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Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - DEC 10, 2007
The jolly pumpkin brewers are some of the few in America to attempt the more wild Belgian styles, so it was a pleasant surprise to find this, a Flemish style sour, was their winter ale. Pours a dark clear ruby with solid tan head. Nose is tart wild berries, lavender, cider vinegar. Lemon zest up front on the palate, followed by oaky malts and a drying tartness. Only flaw in my mind is its thin palate. Alcohol is certainly well hidden, as with most of their beers. Pretty great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2007
I don’t choose my milestone ratings, so it is just by chance that this is number 1700. Poured a copper/brown with a ring of fizz for a head. Aroma was of spice and tart fruit with some oak. Medium body with some tingle on the tongue. An uninspired holiday beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2007
I was relieved to find out that this one is better than La Roja. More flavor and general sourness overall. This is one that the wine drinkers of the world would like. Change of pace for sure, but good for the style. A big bottle like that at 9% at a tasty price!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Brown, white fizzy head. Typical JP nose of deeply funked sour cherry, lemon, and hints of wood. Bretty funked lemon zest and cherry flavor rests on further barrel notes. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, funky sour finish. Good stuff, but really nothing different from JP. Thanks for sharing, Eben!

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
10th Columbus Tasting (Christmas 2007). It smelled like a#* and there is no other way to describe it. If it weren’t for the sheer bravery of Ogglethorp, no one would have tasted it. Smell went away with warming, but taste was still like fermented maraschino cherries or plums wiht a moldy finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle shared at Columbus Tasting 10. I will not lie. This beer STUNK. One person at the tasting summed it up nicely...Smelled like a fart in a glass! I was afraid to try it. However, was glad I did. If you can get past the rancid smell, you are greeted by a delightful brew! Sweet malts. Caramel. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Bread. All blended well. Alcohol was well hidden but nicely warmed the throat. This was a good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2666) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle (blend 3) from BevMo. Dark hazy brownish color upon pouring. Tart aroma with a touch of sweet apple vinegar. Strong oak qualities. Some alcohol. Smooth, low carbonation mouthfeel. A little tartness with some roasted malty flavors. Some more oak. A little thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bartzilla (559) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Out of a bottle. Very tasty. Not a fan of the usual holiday spiced ales, but with the sour bretts, it blends perfectly. Merry Xmas, Jolly Pumpkin!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 (blend 3 2007, the bottle was from styles.thanks man.)brown body with red and orange highlights.small white head.i pick up brett,apples,cinnamon,and caramel malts in the aroma.flavor is much of the same with a bit of oak thrown in.mouthfeel is pretty thin .(BATCH 4 BOUGHT FROM BEVMO VALENCIA CA.)this batch seems to have more brett in it.mouthfeel is a bit fuller.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4559) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 Original Rating, December 8, 2007. Blend 2, 2007. Very dark ruby color with a large head. Almost a skunkish aroma. A little horsey. Big, fruity malt taste, spiced up with a little cinnamon and dull floral hops. Quite sour and almost puckering. 5/5/7/3/14

MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 30, 2010. Blend 2, 2007. Courtesy of Guerde. Dark red color with an extra large head. Light sour aroma and taste. A bit of wheat. Heavily carbonated. Honestly, it barely tasted like anything.

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