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RATINGS: 1169   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Tap: Golden with decent head and lacing. Spicy notes at first, much smoother than I expected. I love how simple and complex this beer is. Small amount of hops make this beer very enjoyable. Very drinkable and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2007 i must agree with the commercial deScription.its not often I do,Medium bodies with some spiciness to it.Tastes of Nuts and some slight orange,Quite good.I will be getting more from this brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crockett (1034) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
Cloudy orange gold with a medium sized small bubbly head. Sweet tangerinces and honey. Plain icing sugar and lemon cake. Mild funky finish with a little salty dryness. I have to agree that this was lacking luster.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (4249) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2005
Had at RBSG 05 and I think I was well sick of Bretta by the time I had this.
Light golden brown color with lots of farm and bretta in the nose. Light bodied with cheese and cobwebs. Light warming finish. Not really that interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Cloudy, but rich gold in color with a thick, mousse-like, white head. Spicy, phenolic, belgianesque nose with sweet, honeyed malt. Aroma and flavor are one...I like that. There is a mellow bitterness the smacks at mid palate then relinquishes itself to allow the honeyed malt and spicy, yeasty flavor to finish this appetizing beer. I completely disagree that this is described as a Biere de Garde though. Biere de Gardes are typically fermented with a clean lager yeast at warmer temps or a clean ale yeast at cooler temps to eliminate the ester/phenolic character, often contain an hebal and/or anise hop flavor, and are more rustic with an earthy, dead yeast aroma. This is an Artisan Belgian Golden ale (though it has too much aroma and flavor impact to be a Belg Strong Golden like Duvel). That said, this is still damn good. I woner if he uses Anchors yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 20, 2005
750 ml bottle. Orange gold color. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, grapey, oakey and spicy. In other word there is a lot of aroma stuff going on in this beer. Medium bodied Biere de Garde. Malts are fruity (apricots, orange and grapes). Hints of oak, coriander and clove. Light and refreshing with very lively carbonation. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp, dry and tart. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Thanks to Pailhead for this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 Batch 001, consumed July 2005.
A beauty from the first pour. Bright hazy blonde in color with a sudsy, foamy, 3/4" off-white head. Aroma continues the beautification project, sending harmonious wafts of lemon wedges, orange peels, cloves, pure vanilla extract, bananas and coriander. All my favorite aromas in one glass. Damn right. Hits the palate, and oh dear God, this is good. Creamy and smooth - yet spritsy - citric sweetening readily greets the palate. Cloves and bananas compliment a complexity refined in the oak barrel aging practice. Other flavor elements unfold symbiotically, at times with orange rinds and sour, pale and sugar-sprinkled lemons. Smooth yet tingly. An absolute seducer. The epitome of balance. Takes on a waxy, buttery overlay as the liquid recedes.

Hard water and farmhouse elements are all in agreement. Hits the nail right on the head with how Ron at Jolly Pumpkin described it: an abbey tripel brewed in the biere de garde tradition. Effervescent and a tad tingly at times, but pouring and waiting several minutes seemed to solve it. Lemon cream and woodsy eloquence plateau in the finish. Yet again, I am astonished by the many complexities Jolly Pumpkin achieves in one single bottle of beer. Simply put, Jolly Pumpkin sits on a precipice where few can match, let alone challenge it, generating the quality product we can expect time and again from this farmhouse-style brewer.

<h6>(Note: original rating was a 5. Current rating, as it stands, is a reflection of the beer you’ll find today.)</h6>Batch 003 (best guess) consumed February 2006.
The smooth oak is no longer quite the leading lady. The brett has taken over the barrel and producing much more winey and bright qualities compared to the chewy, oily, sweet and smooth semblence that was reflected by the earlier batch. Still laden with an array of fruitiness, this one is brighter, looking to lemons and tropical, ripe bananas. Spiciness is equivocal to the earlier batch. Head retention was also reduced in this batch as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13659) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Cloudy yellow-beige colour with a thick but loose head. The aroma is orvallish, very herbal and dusty with assertive hopping and a subtle lemony note. Palate is spicy, tart, with juicy lemon and a whack of peppery, coriandery notes. The fnish is tart and refreshing, with an austere hop dryness. Spice reigns. Complex barrel goodness. Impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Pour was golden yellow with a thin off white head...smell is light fruity citrus (apricots and oranges) along with some spicy notes of clove and corriander...a little thin in the mouth, but some nicely balanced sweet and spicy with fruit being backed up by clove and pepper...some warm alcohol in the finish...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Very hazy golden orange coloration, big, puffy white head, well-retained. Sweet, spicy, fruity aroma...orange, tangerine, a hint of ginger and coriander... Taste: bold, yet smooth, ...nice, bright hops dance on the tongue...rich, delicious malt...a great golden ale. Huge yeast, bright malty-ness, vibrant hops...a wonderful thing. Ever-so tasty. Not a whit away from the standards of the style...absolutely scrumptious! Give it up for the happy squash, one and all...this is a top-notch tripel/golden ale...I’d have it again in a heartbeat...wait, what did you say? It’s a "biere de garde"?...I guess it’s a good one of those, too... this is quite a tasty thing, and have another reason to toast the fine town of Dexter...they’re brewing good things here...oh,yeah...

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