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RATINGS: 1182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Artisan Golden Ale. Ale aged in oak barrels. Barrel aged & bottle conditioned. Aged in large oak casks and refermented in the bottle. Oro de Calabaza is brewed in the Franco-Belgian tradition of special golden ales. Spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet and the beguiling influence of wild yeast. Please enjoy our beers in good health, Cheers and Mahalo plenty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (11790) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2006
750 ml bottle poured a hazy golden yellow with a large long lasting billowy white head. Aromas of sour citrus, yeast, spices and a hint of apple. Palate was light bodied and tart. Flavors of lemons, mild spices and some grassiness with a crisp tart lingering finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Pours a hazy yellow with a lasting white head. Aroma is yeasty and spiced with a very subtle undertone of fruits. Flavor is much the same with a great zip to it. Grassy, dry finish. Nice brew, really enjoy it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2969) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2007 Used a La Fin du Monde glass, poured with just a little bit of medium low head. The color is a dark yellow, very thick looking, cannot see through the beer. The smell is great, similar to a Belgian Wit. Very strong, refreshing and potent. The taste is zingy, citrusy, and flowery. The aftertaste is a little sour, which is a surprise for a beer like this. 8/4/8/3/15

Rerate: Freshest batch, full rectangular labels now. Poured into a small tulip glass. Pours with a small head but again that thick golden yellow, with no clarity but plenty of light is so beautiful. Aroma is great with full on funky brett. Sour, acidic and that fresh light cherry sourness of the brett. Floral as well, can sit here and smell it all day long. Taste however, is very one-dimensional, soured-grass thing going on. Kind of boring, leaves me wanting more from the beer. No other flavors, leaves an empty feel in the aftertaste. 8/4/6/3/14

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Hazy gold. Large, creamy, off white head. Aroma of yeast, grainy malt, crisp hops, and subtle alcohol. Same flavors. Lot of corn going on. Finish is spicy and a bit sour. Medium/full, well carbonated body. Good for the daytime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Pours rich cloudy gold with orange aroma, taste is orange tang, coriander, a little banana, slightly metallic hop impression on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - MAR 12, 2006
Light nose, cloudy orange color, foamy head. Sweet fruity malt - berry and orange. Lactic, yeasty middle. Spicy and tangy end like a grapefruit. Creamy texture full body. Unuaual, but didnít resonate with me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Re-rate notes: the new version is much more sour than previous, both in aroma and taste. Tart dry and peppery. More interesting than I remember. (Original rating: 3.7) Bottle. Pours a hazy amber color. Sweet aroma of citrus fruits. Taste is semi-sweet with orange peel, spices (pepper), and alcohol. This is not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guzzler67 (1599) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Hazy, pale gold appearance with a large white head that fades slowly leaving a boatload of Belgian lacing. Yeasty, spicy, vinous, slightly musty aroma with doses of tart fruit. Taste shares a few traits of a crisp, white wine; dry, earthy, fruity, spicy, tart. Faint hint of sourness near the finish, but it did not diminish the overall enjoyment of this impressive ale (@ astor).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 9, 2006
750 ml. champagne style bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Loud pfftt when opened. Aromas are of tart oak barrels, Brettanomyces is very present. Slight Belgian funk also. Fresh cut hay in the background. Flavors are of tart Granny Smith apples, Brett, slight oakiness, and barnyard flavors as well. Not quite horse blanket, thank God. Crisp, tart, refreshing. Leaves a clean palate. Fizzy, effervescent, dances on your tongue. Hides itís alcohol very well. Clean aftertaste, slightly apples in the finish. Good beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Cloudy golden body with a huge head. Was kinda fun to see how high I could get the head above the top of the glass, I think I managed about 2 inches. Anyway, aroma is spices, peppers, and lighter fruits. A hint of caramel and vanilla. Flavor is mostly the same, but... thereís too much friggin alcohol. A few sips felt more like 15% and not 8. Could use better balancing, but even then itís not that tasty. Bleh

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