erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy orange with a huge frothy, miringue like head. The aroma is sherberty, with estery yeasty notes of marmalade, lemon rinde, as well as floral hops, and a discerning funky acidity, but it is restrained. The body is light and spritzy with a refreshing level of CO2. The flavors are awefully saison like. Juicy and sweetish from the yeast but the overall affect is dry. The finish has a med. acidity, with little in the way of bitterness but it certainly is dry. Really pleasant.
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2006 750 ml bottle shared with malachi
malachi and I shared this treat at an impromptu tasting. Having seen it at Steveís Wine Market, it seemed like a good choice. My first impression upon letting the fumes hit my olfactory senses was wheat, ripe bananas, trodden hay and honeycomb. The liquid itself was a cloudy yellow holding a one-finger head. Upon tasting it, the complex bouquet of bananas, hay, earthiness, caramel, toffee, vanilla and fresh honey combined to form a balanced sweet flavor. The alcoholic content was masked only slightly; careful attention to the aftertaste unmasked it. An excellent choice from a brewery that is fast becoming one of my favorites. Thanks malachi!
canary dog (733) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - APR 19, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as sophisticated as the Roja, but okay in its own right. Pretty complex for a golden ale, but maybe trying too hard to be something special.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2006 From Bottle. Turbulent, banana golden pour with an amazingly tall, brilliant white, soapy head. Musty, horseblanket aroma of peach, lemongrass, and white bar soap. A pleasant layer of mild spices and freshly plucked oregano stems add a nice herbal compliment. Light fruity bouquet of peach skins and dried lavendar petals also supplements the nose. Smooth, milky texture, oozing with banana creamsickle and honeysuckle. Gentle lemon pepper spice tickles the tongue, and out comes an earthy dimension of fermented pineapple juice mixed with some pear taffy. Smooth, supple finish of lemon merangue pie filling. Delicious and woody/earthy, maybe some aspen bark that has been sitting moist on the ground for a few short fall days. Marvelous.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very slightly dusty and slightly lightened amber color. Lasting, fizzy off-white head. Earthy sour aroma. Brett gently gracing peppery hops and earthy malt, pineapple LifeSavers. A little fizzy, but thatís okay because its tasty. Lemony grass with some wood, and sour pez. I really like this beer.... its a bit sour for the style (I think), but given that, it has perfect sourness, perfectly balanced with sweetness and spice.
sloth (2793) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a large white head, firm, good retention also. Lacing is patchy, lasting. Hazy gold body with a slight glow to it. Peppery, spicey nose, touch of citrus, lightly malty. Body is med/light, carbonation is prickly, lightly oily on the palate. Spicey dry maltiness, notes of black pepper, citrus and a light woodiness. Fruity notes of apple, peaches with some light vinous notes creeping around. Dry, spicey finish. JP delivers once again!
lethe (177) - New York, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange pour with an expansive foam head subsides to offer a nose of spice and citrus. Palate is medium heavy with a fair amout of carbonation. Flavor is a mix between a white and a saison with a definite farmy, musty character dominating tones of spice. Good, interesting, and enjoyable.
desurfer (1279) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Heads up; my bottle was a moderate gusher. Pours a nearly opaque straw gold with a big, pillowy white head. Aroma is very pungent; tart and sour with some wild funkiness coming through. Flavor is quite sour like a gueuze, but with none of the mustiness that typically accompanies such flavors. Thereís a definite oak background, but none of that bourbon crap that is so popular right now. Notes of ripe fruit and maybe some earthy cheese (or a flavor that would pair well with such). Hops are there, but not very prominent. Body is thin and highly carbonated. More sourness in the dry, puckering finish. This is absolutely fantastic!
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 8, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Enjoyed a 750ml bottle of this beer courtesy of SoLan. Pours to a beautiful, hazy, pale golden color, with a tall and rocky white head, and a vibrant carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent with lots of good citrus hop aroma, paired with vinous notes, and hints of oak. The palate is fantastic with firm pale malt, paired with sour/oak notes, hints of horse blanket, and citrus. The carbonation really makes this beer so lively and refreshing on the palate. Oro de Calabaza finishes with more complex vinous, yeast, and oak, then ends with refreshing sourness. This is a very impressive Biere de Garde, and is an ultimate aperitif beer. It would also be a fantastic match to a number of dishes, and I could see enjoying this one with Belgian classics, or with rich, buttery cheeses. Many thanks to SoLan for hooking me up with this one, I was very impressed.
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - APR 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2006 NEW THOUGHTS-
CHEESE...TASTES LIKE CHEESE
This shit is beautiful...great golden yellow with a yeasty fog floating around...amazing white foamy head. Aroma is very yeasty and spicey...not very sour...much more like a traditional saison than any other JP beers Iíve had. Taste is spice and sweet citrus...wet hay and some hop crispness. The mouthfeel of this beer is surprisingly heavy. Great stuff.