BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber hue with initial huge frothy head which settles into a small but forever lasting foam and outstanding lace. The aroma has notes of white grape, plum, starfruit, pear (yes a lot of fruit esters), oaky and clean cut wood, bubblegum and dusty yeast esters and sublime corriander and pepper. The taste has that Belgium candi sweetness upfront but this beer shows undertones of bitter, spice, and oak upon the finish and good depth of palate. The feel is lively and refreshing....way too initially refreshing as I nearly drank the whole thing before I could rate it! The spices and oak can become too much as you finish the bottle however. Take your time and renew the palate in midstream. Wow, what a wonderful brew and a work of art! Sort of a saison, witbier, old ale hybrid...so calling it a Biere de garde works for me. Very RECOMMENDED!!
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange copper color, and it is topped by a frothy thick tan head. The aroma is at first cidery, but then becomes musty and woody with spicy notes of orange peel, ginger, lemon, as well as hints of cobwebs, acetic acid. The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and creamy up front but then moves to a sharp, almost astringent note through to the finish. The beer has a dominant note of spritzy apples and lemon peel, as well as a note of bitter pith. This beer is quite complex, and tasty.
This shares many of the characteristics of the Luciernaga and the La Roja, but for some reason it just seems to work quite a bit better in this beer. This beer is quite well integrated between the up front apple and lemon character, the soft spiciness and the barrel funk. There is a certain sharpness in the finish which seems to have notes of higher alcohols, tannic woodiness, and hot estery alcohols. None of the sharpness in the finish is overwhelming, in fact it adds sort of a balancing note to the soft creamy fruitiness. While this beer does not wow me quite like the Calabaza Blanca, it is incredibly well balanced and certainly tasty to boot.
plaztikjezuz (4) - USA - FEB 11, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is my first Jolly Pumpkin beer and i really like it. Pours a brillent golden color with a 1" pillowy white head. the aroma is very belgian with sulphur spice and alochol. the flavor is malty with spice and alochol. man this is a great beer.
rajendra82 (952) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Received as part of a trade from CRJMellor, the 750 ml brown bomber was handsome, with a colorful artistic label. When poured into a tulip, the body was golden orange and cloudy, and was capped with a decent sized head leaving sticky spotty lace. The smell was semi tropical in the vein of bananas, apricots, peaches, and fresh tilled earth. The taste was rustic and earthy with peppery spiciness blending nicely with the malt that tasted like buttered French bread. There were also delicate lemony sour notes imparted by the yeast. The mouthfeel was creamy and full, with a dry hoppy and woody aftertaste. Well crafted domestic beer that clearly highlights the old world origins of the style.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle gorged on rapturously with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere. Cloudy amber with lots of yeasty flecks, small-medium lasting head...sweet, spicy orange-creme (Creamsicle!) nose, vanilla and milky, yum...sublime earthy-sweet balance of flavors, probably the oakiest and most vanilla-touched of the JPs, bits of light oregano, and the signature velvety-soft, creamy impossibly wonderful mouthfeel. A masterpiece.
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 The Lure:
A cloudy golden gown serves as the vessel for citrus fruit, flowers, doughy yeast, and that perfectly-hinted wild barrel touch seemingly endemic to Jolly Pumpkin.
Sweet alcohol is diffused through the splendidly dignified malt soil. Oranges, coriander milkiness, flowers, white wine fruitiness, snappy tartness and a hop bitter ending are amazingly well-blended in this perfect mouthfeel. It seems more recent batches (with the square label are even classier, if that’s possible.
The shining beacon of true gold is always a wonder to behold.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Complex aroma contains notes of cork, cedar, orange vanilla, coriander and a light, lactic, sweaty, barnyard sourness. Hazy burnished copper with decent, white, fine-bubbled head that recedes to lasting cover with some fine lacing. Flavour is also complex and marries better than the aroma - earthy, barnyard, tropical fruits, fresh vegetables, balsamic vinegar and a peppery spiciness. Engaging fine-bubbled carbonation and soft rounded malty texture. Heavenly. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber, light off-white ring. Softer aroma than other Jolly Pumpkin offerings yet it grows on you. More vinous than others, it has a strong cork flavor to it (bottle has no cork, but barrel aged.. ), musty vinegar flavors, vinous earthiness in a peppery fashion. Slightly astringent around the edges and probably too vinous for me to enjoy it as much as other JPs, but very interesting, unique, charming. Herbal, spicy (rosemary) and lightly meaty even with a pleasant balsamic touch. Velvety texture, medium biting carbonation.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Ashleys in Ann Arbor. I wanted to love this beer, it being a locally brewed GABF winner. But I thought it was only decent. A little flat in character I thought. Still, nice Belgian spiciness, some evervescence, and a mellow maltiness.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet malt aroma, amber with a small custard head. Flavour of malt, touch of hops. Thin. Very nice but it didn’t seem to fit the style.
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