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RATINGS: 1159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Milky medium gold. Medium puffy whitish cap. Keeps a firm skim and collar once fading is complete. Lacing is mediochre in thin sheeting and some stringy globs. Aroma is biggly yeastified with dried floral spice, corrianderis placed in with a solid portion. Bright fruityness underneath with tangerine, pineapple, and lemon, plus there’s a slight musty mushroom earthyness present as well. Nice well rounded flavors of deep melony fruit thats entertained in a mild but substantial strength and tonality. The flavors are a little hard to nail down. Mostly melon-like of a duller sweetness of melon juices, even milder/dulled orange pith, a bite of banana, and tame pineapple. Solid little spicy kick in the finish of yeast, corriander, and white pepper. Drys off with a fine layered spicy heat enveloped in a back washing of fruit skin sweets. Rich and mildly tangy with a medium to light tangyness. Body is close to full, very well rounded, and seemingly simple. The smoothness here is really unique. I find it a bit leathery and slightly oily underneath the mainstay of fruits and dryness. Nice little pep of heat and spice to make ends meet as it finishes. Quite a treat and drinkable to boot. Liked its overall dulled down quality while it still boisterously fulfills and charms its way across the palate with nice fruit juices and the fun kick of dry spice and heat in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Pours copper with a white bubbly head. Smells of candy apples, coriander and freshly cut grass. Tastes woody with caramel, pepper, and brown sugar. Warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 Combo rating. 12oz bottle courtesy of Mike Mac and a 750ml from I don’t know which batch? (old label though) That has been in the basement for quite some time. Hazy dark golden. Poured carefully into a Duvel glass, huge white head, full of tiny carbonation bubbles. Great lacing. Aroma is all over the place. Yeasty fruit, brett, candy sugar, floral hops, faint horseblanket and some pepper. Initial flavor is soft pils like malts, tart fruit shows through the middle. Pineapple and other carribean fruit and plenty of orange/lemon zest. Some peppery notes along with a residuel sweetness in the finish. Perfect mouthfeel. Original rating was a 3.9, then a 4.2 now here we stand. Brett character is near perfect in this right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Orange/copper body. Both the aroma and the body are one dimensional sweet candy and caramel flavors with spices in the background. Medium bodied. Easy to drink and hides the 8% well, but not that interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2005
light amberish color maybe more like a yellowish color with orange glowing through it. spicey and peppery with some lemon drops in it. Noog fest victim.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Pours with an orange-gold body topped by a thin head with some lacing. It’s sweet with candy sugar notes and a nice spiciness, as well as, a touch of caramel. Smooth, medium bodied and slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2005
Cloudy Golden color with a nice white head that last until your glass is empty. High carbonation which bring a little dryness to this beer. Pleasant herbal spicy aroma. Malty, peppery and herbal spiciness flavors with high alcool notes (too high in my opinion)and a hint of vanilla. I did not taste or smell any oak in there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2005
orange-y yellow opaque like clouds in a sunset. word t suttree who had black pepper and cinnamon which is totlaly what i wrote down. had a very bread-y flavor washed out with some hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Cloudy orange, nice white head. Aroma of black pepper and cinnamon. Full, rich palate. Big bready malt body, and an herbl spicy flavor, as well. Can a beer be described as "gamey"? Maybe "rustic" would be a better term. Nevertheless, a tasty brew that would go great with dinner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2005
25oz - Bit of a sour aroma of lemon, nutmeg, clove, and black pepper. Hazy orange body with a small white head and medium lacing. Flavor matches the aroma plus something I can’t put my finger on... A hint of hops are also there. Palate is tangy and tart, not something I look for in a brew. Very interesting. I will revisit later when my palate has matured even more to see if it’s any better.

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