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RATINGS: 1208   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Aroma is tart and spicy with mild acidic fruity notes. Color is a a nice luminescent yellow with a mostly dimniishing white head. Lots of lemons and funkiness in the fore. Hints of pineapple and peppery spices with a pretty funky musty finish, but that tart lemony citrus flavors is what lasts in the far aftertaste. You won’t get to try something like this very often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Hazy straw with a loose white head. Definately spicy and peppery in aroma with some pineapple and vegetable soup. Seriously, I get some Campbells vegetable stew aroma. Sharp, tart, effervescent and lusious. Has some bitterness in the mix but the other flavors pass it by and linger on the tongue. Lemony and spicy. Very interesting, lively brew. I wish I had a case to lay down as this one would be fun to taste as it matures. Thanks Walt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Huge white head that goes quickly pillowy. Color of honey that has been in the fridge too long. Thick opague with sediment. Nose is yeast with sour hay notes. Kind of heavy flavor for a Biere de Garde but this is a fantastic ale. Thanks Jase!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Pours light gold with slight haze. Medium fluffy head eventually yields to gravity and leaves sheets of lace. Malty sweet aroma with moderate hop spice & earthy yeast. Flavor of sweet malt -- LOTS of sweetness, plus light hop bitterness, a touch of tart, and slight hop warming in the end. Thick, almost sticky palate. Too sweet for the style but still another fine exhibit of the obvious love of beercraft by the folks at Jolly Pumpkin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Small sample at beer tasting at From The Vine in Lewis Center, Ohio. Bright yellow; tiny, fizzy head. Aroma pear, banana, and cloves. Flavor verry hoppy; banana; sugar; alcohol. Full bodied and clean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 Chill haze golden, with soapy rim of off-white. Unknowingly at the time, my first Biere de Garde. Awesom. Light aroma of chilled pears and spicy chardonnay. Tinge of esters. Tart lucious flavor. Sipper. Delicious. Woody, wild and full of random fruits. Touches of banana and cinnamon. Sweet. Extemely well balanced and full of flavor. Peculiar tart characterisitics that lend an air of sophistication. Finish is strong clingy sugars. Belgian yeast notes detectable in the finish. Heavy sugar smack.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Rating #905
I am finally getting around to actually rating this beer, even though I have drank many a bottle in the past. This bottle happens to be from a more recent batch, which I noticed is very different from what went before.
The beer pours with a body as golden as a summer sunset and as lively as the winter winds. A tall rocky white snowdrift rests enduringly atop. The aroma and flavors from this batch of Ora are filled with fruity esters of apples both green and red, ripened green grapes, bananas, plums, and passion fruit. Nice spicy suggestions of black peppercorn, with a hint of coriander in the finish. The wild yeasts are most prominent. Lots of zesty and mildly tart brett flavors intermingle with some gentle lactic flavors… adding tons of depth and density. Pulling out lots of biscuity suggestions, a hint of yogurt and buttermilk, rather dry and vinous in the finish. The body is spectacular. Carbonation is largely from an in bottle secondary fermentation…adding a very fine and silky texture. This is a splendid beer… I am glad I have multiple bottles on hand; as I might just have another after this… WOW!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Highly anticipated bottle from Kevin. Very hay colored body with a huge foamy head. LOTS of CO2. Nose-like old over rippened fruit-in a good way and very spicy. Smells like a super Saison. Taste-slightly sour, black pepper, anise, acidic zestiness, apple skin, very light banana/clove hefe yeast notes, YEASTY!, maybe some citric zest, very clean, VERY heavy corriander, and maybe just a hint of soapy brett. Amzing not because of the taste alone, but because there are about 90 flavors here each dancing off of each other. Beautifly constructed and thought out. Has some slight lotion/soap notes that I dislike, but the good strongly outweighs the bad. Almost tastes like a very spicy sweet white wine, like a very complex riesling. Very vinous. As it warms it really opens up and takes on a beautiful character. I can’t get over how much like a white wine this is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2006
750ml. bottle enjoyed at the Spuyten Duyvil. Hazy golden color with a huge white head. Spicy, yeasty aroma with hints of papaya. Mildly tart flavor with black pepper, yeast and some citrus. Very refreshing, especially for a beer of this strength.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2006
12/31/05: On tap at Barley’s Smokehouse.
Gradated body; bottom starts off dirty yellow and ends up with a green-tan color. Thin white head, creamy with thick lacing which clings to the glass. Nose of yeast. Flavor is gueuze-like, without the dirt. Flavors include white cheddar cheese and a touch of must.

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