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Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 Bottle, thanks Sersdf. Murky brown pour with an oily head. Wet hay, yeasty, sour, with a woody citrus character. Flavor is surprising... sweet and spiced - cardamom and cinnamon, clove. Pretty interesting finish. Nutmeg. I’m not sure this is a Christmas beer, other than the spice notes. It’s good though. Hugely smooth for 9%. Rerate - YAY! A gusher. An over attenuated and funky beer from JP? Weird... Good though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBeer45 (1235) - Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2014 750ml bottle from Jolly Pumpkin Brewery, Blend 4, 2007, pours a hazy amber brown with a medium foamy off-white head that thins, aroma of roasted malt, with the JP sourness, yeast funk and faint sweetness, some woodiness fragrance, spicy caramel aroma(?) when warmed, flavors are sweet and sour, spices, caramel and dark malt flavors, faint chocolate and a touch of brown sugar, there is a definite sourness to this ale, faint wine-grape taste here and there was no alcohol when cold-cool, alcohol is well hiddened, a little alcohol tinge on the nostrils at room temperature is all I found, as the ale warmed a citrus orange grapefruit flavor emerged and the sourness weakened to let the other flavors grow, more malt flavor, a berry-fruit sweetness with caramel on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Blend 2. Mahogany pour, big white head that stays big the whole time. Aroma is sour, cherries, grapes, oak and classic JP sour yeast. Flavor is sour but light definitely not as big as most of their beers. Some roastiness to it, grapes, oak, a touch of chocolate. Classic JP yeast, always funky, phenolic and sour. Lot of floral notes and a touch of perfum in the flavor. Man they make some complex brews that are hard to describe. Some cherries, cinnamon and even a hint of mint. What a complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2007
750ml bottle (Blend3) and served in my Duval snifter: Pours a deep brown with some reddish highlights and a fading frothy head but good lace. The aroma has notes of sour cherry and grapes, a mild yeasty funk, oak, light juniper and mint, and a note of bakers chocolate. The taste starts twangy and fruity with a hint of barnyard yeast. Some note of malt comes through before the woody acidic finish. The mouth feel is very carbonated and sprite with no trace of 9% alcohol.

This is the 3rd time I had this brew including what I believe to have been batch 1 at FoBAB. This latest batch and bottle seems to have grown on me. Far better depth than before. You could easily classify this beer as a sour ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
750 ml bottle from Stone. Dark brown with no head. Sour oaky and chocolate aroma. Tangy fruit, chocolate, oak, spice, and roastiness taste with a smooth woody finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
750 ml bottle entitled blend 3. Shared with the mother. Subtle oaky funk aroma with notes of citrus and spice. Flavor is similar to the above and moderately satisfying with a touch of acidity. Could use some more bubbles to help create body and some "umphhhh". Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Poured from a 750ml bottle--dark amber-ruby body. High carbonation and big foamy off-white head. Fruity flavor of cherries with a mild musty scent. Oaky flavors melded nicely with the fruits. Mildly acidic and not overly sour. Finished with a little spicy bite that was quite welcomed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 My biggest knocks against this beer is that the yeast profile is very similar to some of their other beer, obfuscating the uniqueness in the malting of the beer. Additionally, the wild yeast create this slick mouthfeel that reminds me of diacetyl, but without too much of the overwhelming flavor. That said, I really like this beer. The aroma is at first oaky and subdued, infected sourness that blends with the sweet malt base of the beer to create a woodsy, slightly vinegary, fruity aroma. The head to this beer is non-existent, but it laces like it has diacetyl in its veins (or tons of alcohol). Funny enough, there is no presence of alcohol in this beer. For 9 percent that is majestic. Taste follows very much to form with the aroma, but is at first a touch fizzy, then a Dutchess de Borgenon-esque, dull sourness that is cut again by the carbonation. However, the sourness and the vinegar come right back with the oak and linger for just a second before the finish. The palate is initially fizzy, then full of fruit and vinegar, then fizzy again, and finally settles on the oak with a touch of sourness. Overall, this is a very solid beer. Blend 4 ----- Blend 3 Aroma is moderately funky and sour. Taste is cherry and oak with a mustiness to the beer. This one is much more balanced in terms of funk and flavor, but is not nearly as "different" as blend 4. Overall, I think that this is a better beer. Not many diacetyl notes, but a definite oakiness. Very solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Pours a nice brownish amber shade. Modest white head. Smells og sour sweetness. Smooth but somewhat thin on the palate. Excellent flavor of sour fuit and sweet malt and yeast. Tastes of wood barrels is nice. Overall a pleasant brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Lightly sweet/cinnamon aroma with some sour fruit and citrus scents. Murky brown with a solid head. Sweet taste up front with a very light sour presence. Light spices--black pepper in the finish. Very light caramel malt throughout. Well balanced.

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