FlacoAlto (4213) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2010
The cap comes off safely enough, but I get this into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip and end up with seven fingers of foam that continuously spews foam over the sides. Finally settles down enough to take away from the sink and I have a picturesque tall head that sits about an inch above the rim of my glass. In the bottle the beer was actually pretty clear, but after pouring, the beer is a reddish, darkish amber hue that shows a hazed, pink-orange, amber hue when held up to the light. As the head slowly subsides it leaves a nice, layered, lacing pattern on the sides of my glass and the head is very structure forming mesas that have quite some staying power. Visually, you can’t ask for much more from a beer of this type. The aroma is musty with a woody peppery note, a faint tartness (a touch of lemon perhaps) and a grassy-earthy grain note that dominates the finish. Very rustic and earthy smelling, but also bone dry smelling, this is a very nice smelling beer.CanIHave4Beers (4194) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Light, a touch fizzy (it has sat long enough in my glass that it has loss much of the excess carbonation) and it has a dry, grassy grain finish as well as a touch of phenolic clove and a very faint tartness (much of which could just come from the wheat). There are some light apple and pear notes here, but this is dry enough of a beer that it is very subtle. Earthy, slightly musty notes perhaps signal a touch of Brettanomyces character, but this is very faint and only at the beginning stages of funkification. There is a very grounded, earthy, woody pepper note here that is only lightly spicy. The malt actually almost has a savoriness to it that is brought out by the dryness; there is a nice pale grain cracker note, a touch of hay and some freshly threshed wheat notes. Much of the spiciness is from the wild fermentation character (even if it is a touch tame); there is definitely quite a bit of phenolics in this beer, it is a touch clove like, but mostly a bit plastic like, or even a touch solvent like, butt this last is definitely quite faint. The oak plays a definite supporting role here, it is almost hard to even recognize underneath the steady, earthy funkiness, but it does accentuates a light, overall spiciness, the touch of woody character, as well as some tannic astringency towards the finish. The texture of this beer is definitely light, this is a beer meant to be quaffed, but it doesn’t come off as being overly thin as there is a touch of malt viscosity to this brew; some of the oak derived tannins also contribute a bit to the weight of this brew.
This has the perfect amount of funkiness to be classified as a Farmhouse ale; the funk lightly accentuates the rustic grain and yeast-fermentation character. This is a Farmhouse ale for the late spring or early Autumn as it is a touch more malty and textured than a pale, light Summer Saison.
Sampled with compliments of a kindly fellow rate-beerian at the RBSG 2010 grand tasting. Pours a hazy blond almost grayish with a good head and some lace. The aroma is lemon rind with some earthy notes and some sweet fruit. The flavor i s dry and slightly smoky with some good sour and tart notes and a bit of spiciness. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Cloudy, hazy orange yellow with puffy meringue like head. Notes of funk, cotton candy, pineapple, oak. Nice balance. Yum. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Watch out, it’s a gusher. Pours burnt orangish with a huge rocky white head. Aroma of spice, funk, and light apple juice, somewhat sweet. Flavor is somewhat spicey, somewhat meaty with a nice funk, light bitterness. The rye is a nice component to this style, as is the funk. Effervescent mouthfeel, finishes with some hops. Pretty ridiculously awesome. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 17, 2010
(bottle - 750 ml) Popped and overflowed immediately upon opening. This happens with pretty much every Jolly Pumpkin beer we’ve tried. Dark orange in color with a mountain of white foam that lasts forever and a day. Earthy and spicy aroma with hints of oak, funk, rye and fruit. Lots of spice and dry rye characteristics at the start of the flavor with some deep and sweet oak notes, a fruity followup and a lightly peppery and dry finish. Tons of different flavors and they all blend really well together.
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2010
750ml, pours hazy auburn with white head. Nose of cookie, rye, herbs, and phenolic. flavors of rye, caramel, spicy yeasty, medicinal. Spritzy carb. Odd brew. stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy and dark amber beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is malt, fruit, dried fruit and some notes of acidity. The flavor is close to the nose. The palate is dry. Overall a good beer. AcctError96987 (3722) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Golden orange body with a small white head. Funky brett, fruity notes, malt, yeast. Lovely flavor. Bready citrus with loads of Jolly Pumpkin brett funk. Delicious. Brigadier (3710) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2014
750 ml bottle
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Despite being an immediate gusher this was another excellent production from Jolly Pumpkin. Throwing rye into a tripel did not create some strange novelty. Instead this, kind of like rye IPAs, sets itself apart while retaining the characteristics of a beer true to style.
Aroma / Appearance - After the foam settled the glass was full of caramel bronze liquid. The bubbly foam never really settled 100% but instead left a layer of frosting. Graham crackers, caramel, pretzels, sourdough bread, and rye all contribute to a thick and sweet experience.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy with a tickle of spices this is not subtle. The full bodied mouthfeel contains within a blend of yeast, rye, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. The long lasting finish gives plenty of time for reflection as well. A well rounded release is definitely a winner if you want something different than your average tripel.
750 ml bottle. Foggy orange brown with a lacy off-white head. Poured out half the bottle into two glasses before the foaming settled down. Wild stuff. Nose is yeast and lemon candy with floral hints. Medium light with prominent sudsy carb. Taste is hay, lemon peel, melon and apricot. Finishes with peach pit and lime zest. Crisp and very sessionable. Really good farmhouse brew.