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RATINGS: 1215   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
desurfer (1290) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2006
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. There’s 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 8, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - APR 2, 2006
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 I’ve had. Taste is spice and sweet citrus...wet hay and some hop crispness. The mouthfeel of this beer is surprisingly heavy. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (13438) - 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 (397) - 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 (3597) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, 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 (2667) - 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 didn’t resonate with me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (579) - 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.

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