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RATINGS: 738   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cakes (349) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2011
On tap. A deep dark brown with a red tint. It does pour like a warm shaken soda. Strong carbonation, and a giant billowing tan head. Nose is spicy and fruity wth Fig and cinnamon and chocolate.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4196) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2014
750ml bottle at Little Miss Whiskey’s in DC. Pours a murky brown with some creamy, white head. Nose has a mix of things, some cooked greens, some dried citrus pith, a little bit of spice, some mild malt, almost like stale bread, a little fruit cake, some raisin. Flavor has that typical JP tartness, a little lemony, light vinegar, pithy, mild malt, raisin, some cracker. Tart finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1463) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2014
From a 750ml bottle marked Nov 23 2011. Batch 903. Poured a murky red/brown with a one finger off white head. Slightly sour, funky aroma. Tart cherries with a hint of oak. Sweet, in an acidic kind of way. Cherries, green apple, orange zest. Brett? Me thinks so. Medium palate with a sour finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (2711) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 1, 2014
750 ml bottle 11-23 2011 Batch 903. Brown color thin head. Nose is sour oak, cherries and malts. Funky berries, oak, light balsamic notes, burnt sugars and lightly astringent. Still active carbonation even after all this time. Drinkable for sure.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2014
From the February 2014 3R6P tasting +++ Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a murky dark brown color with a medium sized foamy beige head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was tart and sout Sweettart candies and chalk. The flavor was tart and bitter Sweettart candies, a hint of vague spice, and caramel. Medium length tart and bitter Sweettart candy finish. Medium body. Meh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2024) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2014
2/4/2014. From bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of funky yeast, malt and oak. Tart flavors, malt, oak with a sour finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holtguy (114) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Pours brown with off white, fluffy head. Good lacing. Aroma is like a funky, woody Belgian ale. Flavor is malty, slightly roasted and/or smoky flavor. It’s tart, and combined with the roasted flavor makes it a bit different than other Jolly Pumpkin ales. But not too different. It’s very drinkable for 9% abv, as well. Excellent and I would buy again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisSc (184) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 25, 2014
75 cl bottle into chalice Appearance: dark brown. Small rim of white foam. Aroma: sour, vinegars, apple Taste: dry sweetness. Some bitterness. Palat: medium body. Low carbonation. Medium finsih. Overall: great beer. Classic jolly pumpkin.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlainG (1035) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
Liquide brun foncé. Un voile qui recouvre que la moitié de la surface. Un nez qui semble assez complexe. C’est boisé au tout début et aussitôt, la cannelle est sentie et bousculée par un alcool puissant qui ramasse tout. Y’a aussi de l’anis étoilé qui se tient près de la carambole. On sent aussi, en fin de parcours, du malt et des effluves herbacées. En bouche, les bretts surprennent et plaisent. C’est suret, acidulé, fruité et poivré. Une amertume nous arrive en fin de gorgée. Elle n’est pas des plus corpulentes et elle nous imprègne la langue d’une forte acidité. (Blend 14-Embouteillée le 15 nov. 2012) (963-080114)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2014
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/20/2011. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of strawberry, cherry, green apple, raisin, orange zest, caramel, toast, oak, clove, nutmeg, pepper, hay, grass, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, oak, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of strawberry, tart cherry, green apple, orange zest, raisin, caramel, toast, nutmeg, clove, oak, pepper, hay, grass, light funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of strawberry, cherry, green apple, orange zest, raisin, caramel, toast, nutmeg, clove, pepper, hay, grass, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, oak, and spice flavors; with a nice balance of fruit/spiciness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian dark ale. All around nice balance and complexity of yeast, oak, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Danyel (460) - Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown with tan head. Very fizzy. Smells sour, bready. Has a bit of a flat/ boring body, taste a touch of sourness, brett funk...not too impressed.


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