Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 In short: A roasted, woody, fruity and somewhat sour dark ale of some kind. Interesting and unusual, but not THAT good.
How: Bottle 750ml. Tasting session post-EBF 2009. Thanks a lot… someone? (I forget who... Rciesla?)
The look: Dark brown body topped by a very small tan head
In long: The nose offers roasted wood. Taste has a dirty/earthy feeling to it. The barrels and roastiness come together as a burnt wood flavour. Rather fruity with dark grapes and roasted figs and roasted dates. Some red-wine tannins notes. Some tobacco. Sweetness flavour contribution takes the form of fudge. Forget about Jolly Pumpkin funky signature it doesn’t come through in this beer. A weird sourness/tartness of medium intensity with a burnt oak and fruity flavour. One thing for sure this is not a bland beer, lots of things going on here and had I not been so drunk I could have written a three page rating. However I was hoping for an intense sour ale experience with the JP funky signature that I love so much and I was left slightly disappointed by this highly unusual but a bit messy offering. I think the Madrugada character dominates this beer and Madrugada is probably my least favourite JP brew. A very good beer nonetheless but with Jolly Pumpkin I put the bar that even a NBA player wouldn’t hit his head on it.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by puzzl: Deep brown pour with a wispy tan head. Very interesting aroma- some underlying dark malt- unsweetened cocoa, oak, some mild tobacco-like notes, subtle mint (not from hops), earthy brett/mild leather and lactic hints. Slick and crisp acidity in the body. Nice lactic cleansing character followed by a very elegant and smooth oak flavor- no boozy sweetness. There’s just a touch of unsweetened cocoa and earthy tobacco. There’s also some other malt subtleties that mix beautifully with the oak and tartness. A unique, complex and amazing Sour Ale!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in a trade. Pours a deep brune body with a tan head. Your classic JP funk and yeast is prevalent in the nose. Funky, tart sour mild. Hints of sweet fruit and mint. Some brett, coco and dark malts. Notes of vanilla and cherries. Delicious beer.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 4; Sampled March 2009
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass produces a large bubbled, finger-thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark, burnt amber color that is nearing black, but does pass light when held directly up to one as it flashes deep ruby notes. The aroma smells quite nice with a mix of oak character, some funky tartness and a spiciness each of which work quite well together. This has a substantial tartness in the nose with a mix of lactic and acetic notes; the acetic is perhaps the secondary sour note in the nose, but adds richness that reminds me of an oaky, red wine vinegar. Substantial oak aromatics provide a spicy, tannic-woodiness as well as a touch of caramelized wood and some vanillin notes. A bit more exploration of the oak character yields a nice buttery note. There is a definite mustiness here that smells a bit like a musky, though somehow clean, cloth blanket; definitely a bit butyric.
Lightly carbonated, but enough to provide a soft prickle as the beer rolls cross the tongue. The flavor has a solid sourness to it that is more lactic in balance, but does seem to have a hint of acetic character to it in the finish. Speaking of which, the finish has a substantial oak-driven tannic astringency to it, as well as a peppery, spicy woodiness and even a dry, roasted grain character that must be the Madrugada asserting itself. The tartness of this beer accentuates a nice fruity note in the middle that reminds me of a tart plum. This has a definite body to it that seems to be tannic in structure; this has a definite feel to it and a light heft as it rolls across the tongue. At times the mix of barrel notes can remind me a bit of Bourbon (especially the spiciness), but it is a pretty smooth character that blends pretty well with the rest of the beer and also manages to not accentuate any hot alcohol notes. The dark grain notes play a fairly subtle role here, but at times I notice a notes of cocoa, burnt caramel (though quite dry) and even a bit of coffee flavors.
As usual, this is quite a complex, nicely integrated, married mix of flavors from the Perseguidor. This is a very solid beer that is very nice to be able to try; I must admit though that it is missing something that would push it over the top.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Schroppfy shared with some folks. Delicious, highly atypical nose, loaded with tobacco and menthol, very very minty, fresh and woody, oak, raw cocoa... god, so good. I could smell this all day. Where does that mintiness come from? Man, delicious. The flavor is totally different, a big milky sourness up front, very oaky and strongly "Jolly Pumpkin," with a punchy and vinegary finish. Delicious.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at MIBGWF 09. Pours dark brown, nearly black with a think soapy tan head. Aroma is tart cherries, chocolate, funk, earth. Flavor is chocolate, tart cherries, oak, light citrus. Palate is medium plus bodied, mild carbonation, finished tart and acidic. Nice stuff, I get this chocolate coved covered sour cherries thing going on.
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 Very dense dark brown colored body, some garnet at the sides of the glass when swirled. Bandaid and sour oak nose, soil-heavy notes of tree bark and mold. Dense and chewy texture, incredibly thick and full on the tongue. Bit of slow leather, molasses and tar that coat the tongue in a tingly and prickly layer of scotch pine, jasper, dense, blackened raspberries and sweet citrus hops. Damn.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2010 Had many samples of this at the Michigan Winter Beerfest. Thank you for bringing this! Poured black with very little head. Aroma was sour with some wood. Taste was nice and sour, mature and acidic, more wood with some citrus and earthy elements. I really enjoyed this. Think I will see what some time does to the bottles I have.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had twice at the Winter Michigan Beer Festival. Thank you thank you thank you to JP for bringing that great keg. I think i had some of the last of it towards the end of the day. (Sorry) Really dark in color with some funk stained wood all throughout the taste. A little worried that there might be to much oak aging, but it comes together really nice and complements the sourness of it all. Detectable alcohol is nowhere near 8%. Very nice.
Tmoney99 (11092) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at local BA tasting.
Poured a clear dark brown color with a minimal frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with virtually no lacing. Moderate to heavy tart citrus, good funk and wood aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sour flavor with a medium to heavy sweet&sour finish of moderate to long duration.
This is a standout beer for style.