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Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2007
750ml, blend 2, 2007. Pours dark, muddy brown with some faint red highlights buried below. Off white head, not as big as normal Jolly Pumpkin. Aroma is similar to Fuego del Otono with a deep, honey roasted nuts smell. Subdued funk is in there too but the nuttiness is in the front. Taste is nutty with a tiny bit of molasses and sweetness. Fairly one dimensional taste for a JP. Not much funk or tartness in the taste. A little bit of raisins and traditional Belgian qualities, dark fruits, etc. Not as drinkable as some of their other brews. This was okay but probably my least favorite beer from this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Courtesy Dickinsonbeer. Thanks Paul!! Pours a lightly cloudy maroon amber, with a medium off white head. Smells of big typical Jolly Pumpkin funk. Hints of dark fruits and sweet sugars add some balance, but it is pretty funky and sour smelling. The flavor is lightly acidic, with a good dosage of funk and alot of tannic fruits. It has a light bitter aftertaste, with a very sweet sugary residue left on the palate. Made the finish pretty unique. This tastes young and might need a little more time, but still a solid offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dankman (253) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 Pours a clear brown with a tint of orange, lots of vinegar funkiness on the nose, pretty sour but not much else but a bitter bite to the finish. You don’t notice the alcohol at first but it comes creeping into the picture about 5 ounces into the beer, not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrob21 (2478) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Pre t-day dinner beer. Poured a nice dark brown color and was expecting a bit more body and flavor. I may have drunk this a little too cold. Got some big yeast flavors. The oak mellows out the yeast a little and makes this a smoother drink. I did not get a lot of depth or character out of this one. Getting the same old experience out of these guys, big yeast and not a lot of complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2007
A murky brown pour with off white head. The aroma is an appealing combination of sour barnyard funk, oak, and light spiciness. I think I might detect some dark pitted fruits and cinnamon in there as well. Oak and sour dominate the body which maintains some faint Christmas spice. Smooth finish. Belgian yeast makes an appearance as the bottle approaches room temperature. Best served slightly chilled, but not cold.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SSSteve (3734) - - NOV 21, 2007
dark brown with a large beige head. typical oak, bret, green olive aroma. every beer is beginning to taste the same from this brewery. i don’t notice anything different from one to the next. they all taste like olives. overpowered with oak. no more man. anyway, for what it’s worth, this was another decent (11th)example of their flagship beer style. .....with a little cinnamon.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 Blend 2. Wow. Painful as it is to say this after so long loving this brewery, but the lactic flavors have totally overtaken all the darker beers. Some soft spices are here, for sure, but the brewery trademark moderate carbonation on top of intense lactic sourness is about all. There’s no body depth to speak of, there’s barely discernable malt sweetness or hop flavor - just sour milkiness, thin roastiness and coffee, nutmeg and clove. Watery. Finally gets a bit more tolerable in the yeast pour. Between this and the latest incarnation of Fuego del Otono, I am unfortunately extremely disappointed in the one dimensionality. Lactic bombs. Heinous bummer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2007
750 mL. Pours brown with a reddish glow when held up to light. Aroma is mildly sour with a kind of sweet nutty brown ale smell underneath. Taste is sweet but sour... unlike most JP’s, I think it matches the aroma. Nothing too crazy... but pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (8850) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Hazy, ruby-colored ale with orange highlights and a mid-sized, fluffy, white head. Good retention. Acidic aroma with tons of wood and farm funk wrapped around moderate caramel and mild chocolate notes. Terrific sourness balanced by sweet malt with mild hop and alcohol bitterness. Still, it leans just a hair toward the sweet side. A touch grainy. Medium to full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Finishes lightly coarse, tangy and gently sweet. Dickinsonbeer came through with this sample!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2007 Re-rate:Dec 7, 2007 Had a different batch, this time I had blend #2. This is much better than the original bottle . Doesn’t have the funky smell/taste with it. Much more of the typical JP funk and sourness. Glad to see it was a bad bottle and not the beer itself.

Blend #1. Pours a murky brown in color. Smell is off. Smells a bit skunky, not funky. The typical JP sourness/funk is there, but a bit subdued. The typcial Christmas spices are present. Mouthfeel is nice and no sign of the ABV in the taste. Still can’t get over this "dirty sock" kind of skunky smell. Will let the other bottles sit for awhile and see where this one goes.

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