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RATINGS: 1115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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!


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Redserpent (8) - USA - APR 25, 2010 does not count
WOW WOW WOW! The aroma was sweet and funky in the best way. The slightly hazy golden color was pleasing to see. The malty sweetness is short then filled in with a tart funkyness that finishes out earthy and refreshing. What a beer Jolly Pumpkin crafted.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
matt7215 (2180) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2010
750ml bottle shared with jsprime, his bottle. bottled 03-03-10. pours slightly hazed golden with a white head. aroma of big belgian blond ale aged in jolly pumpkin barrels. big, fruity, funky, tart, dry belgian ale. pretty much perfect. thx for the share jeff!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iswain1914 (19) - USA - JAN 8, 2009
Fuck Matt Abdoney (the head craft guy @ JJ Taylor) for forcing this beer on me. Itís PHENOMENAL. So why should he burn in hell? THIS BEER IS WAY TOO GODDAMN EXPENSIVE!!!!! all of jolly pumpkinís beers are. Iím going to go broke even buying this beer at wholesale. Love the excessive Brettanomyces. Love this Beer. Hate Matt Abdoney......not really.....but I should.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2010
A: snifter. pours a nice opaque and vibrant yellow with some major orange notes. huge white head, great retention rate and outstanding lacing. S: wonderful sweet sour citrus aroma. like tart oranges. T: wow. this is amazing. sweet citrus with some major tart sourness. great sourness. some tropical fruit flavors. M: nice tart palate. big carbonation level. medium bodied. D: wonderful brew, I think everything from Jolly Pumpkin is outstanding. Give them a shot if you love sours.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
desurfer (1219) - 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. Thereís 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!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 4, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Poured deep yellow with a HUGE white head. Aroma was sour and somewhat fruity. I thought it was going to be a flemish sour after smelling this. The flavor was a huge dissapointment given the wonderful sour aroma. Very dry and weak tasting. Flavor had a bunch of herbal and grassy notes with none of the sourness hinted at in the aroma. Dry and very light. 8/4/5/2/11 Re-rate: Bottled. Poured a perfect SOLID yellow. It looked like a yellow stone in a glass with an off white head. Aroma was sour, tart, barnyard, classic JP, sweet fruits: banana, orange, and lemon. Almost like a sour juicy fruit. Body was super smooth and made it tasted like I was eating beer. Slightly sweet banana and orange sponge cake is how I might describe it. Felt like a beer malt, like a solid block with a smooth velvet bottom sliding across the tongue. A tinge of barnyard in the finish, some tartness, but only enough to let you know, "Nukka I here!"

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - APR 24, 2012
Cloudy gold with Brett and barrel on the nose. Medium bodied with more Brett infused tart citrus and pear on the palate. Perfect fresh mouthfeel with high carbonation. A delicious beer!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (521) - truckee, California, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Pearlescent hazy glowing gold. Wonderful fuzzy peach apricot tartness to the smell A spicy bitter taste unexpected but balances with the aroma. Slightly dry with a slow fade.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pailhead (4842) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2011 Bottle: Courtesy of Styles although I had this at Schroppyís gathering but confused it with Calabaza Blanca and didnít rate it. Banana, yeast, spice, and some lemon. Pours a cloudy orange with some sediment and a nice white head and decent lacing. Very sweet with lots of banana. Woodiness seems to come more up front. Finishes citrusy and yeasty with some light hops. Lightly acidic.

Well, I realize that current batches of JP are becoming more and more "bug" influenced (which is great IMO) so Iím not suprised my description and rating has changed. Aroma has a lot a tartness with moderate yeast, lemon, fruit, pepper, and a touch of wood. Pours a hazy almost cloudy pale yellow with a creamy white head with some yellow tint and excellent retetention and lacing. Flavor starts with a quick fruity yeastiness that is quickly influenced by the brett tartness. The fruit combined with the sourness almost gives it a sweet tart flavor. There are some subtle hints of banana in the background. Finishes mildly peppery with some moderate floral notes. There is a touch of acidity. Alcohol isnít noticeable in the slightest. As often as I drink this, I never had a clue it was anywhere near 8%. Carbonation is lively but still manages a sort of creaminess rather than coming across as stingy. As close to a daily drinker as I could find. Either this or Bam Biere. This is so much better than the first time I had this. I would choose to drink this beer ahead of a few that Iíve personally rated higher. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Granted this doesnít score low, but this has to be one of the most underated brews out there.

4.6
   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 donít 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.


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