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98
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RATINGS: 1250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!

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Pailhead's rating

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2011 Bottle: Courtesy of Styles although I had this at Schroppy’s gathering but confused it with Calabaza Blanca and didn’t 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 I’m 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 isn’t 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 I’ve personally rated higher. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Granted this doesn’t score low, but this has to be one of the most underated brews out there.


3.7
rejtable (2839) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2017
Bottle from LCBO. Pours clear golden lots of foamy head and minimal lacing. Nose is floral and barnyard. Flavours of oak, apples, funky, white wine. Taste med/light bitter, light sweet, light/med tart. Full sticky body lively carbonation and lasting dry tart finish.

4.1
ccex (1366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2017
Pours a hazy peach color with moderate off-white head that coats the glass with lacing. Aroma is tart and spicy with sour pears, green apples, lemon, brett, and pepper. Taste is sour with a dry finish. Body is medium with lively carbonation and a zesty mouthfeel. If I had to classify it, I'd call it a farmhouse ale instead of a Belgian, but it is a winner from Jolly Pumpkin.

3.5
L_Lovecraft (716) - - OCT 16, 2017
Good nose, floral, a bit of cellar and stronk okie notes, golden with a good white head, medium body, average carbonation, bitter and sour notes, wood....quite good.

3.5
n1940 (150) - Dunbar, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2017
Bomber from LCBO. A unfortunate start! 10% - 15% jumped out of the bottle as soon as the cap came off. Not impressed! A quiet pour with active carbonation and an aroma of citrus, spice, and hard fruit. The beer has a hazy gold colour with a rich white head and good lace.The start is malty smooth with brett, earthy tones, and fruit notes expanding into the middle. Long finish with yeast and peppery notes blending at the very end. Good but a messy cleanup.

3.7
ametras (1731) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2017 750ml bottle. Hazy golden yellow with a foamy white head. Flavors are bread, lemon zest, pear, stone fruits, spices and alcohol with floral and grainy notes. Medium body, moderate to good carbonation, smooth texture.

3.7
Spab (4081) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2017
750 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a cloudy golden peach colour with good-sized white head. Aroma is citrus and tree fruits, grains, spice and light earthiness. Flavour has lots of modestly tart lemon, apple and pear, clove, white pepper, graininess and mellow earthy character. Fine carbonation. Quite nice.

4
Frothmeister (829) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2017
750ml bottle. Cap off, this yeast is alive. Always remember, yeast is alive. As soon as the air hit it, it reached for the sky. Wow. Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a three white cap. Aroma is fermented cider (the real stuff), very faint malt vinegar, a combination of caramelized sugar, yeast, and apple that makes me think "apple fritter", some definite "brett" notes, but to me, really heavy on the apple notes. Wow. Sour, with acidic fruit notes, tart cherry, summer apples, plum, into more tartness, calvados, brett notes, yeast, and a finish that is all unripe fruit with some minerality. I’m impressed, it reminds me of Orval, but minus the "barnyard" that I have difficulty getting past. Two more in the cellar. Looking forward to seeing how they age!

4.2
cattaneopapa (419) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2017
750ml bottle from LCBO. Pours an opaque golden colour with half of finger of white head. Aromas of citrus, apples, and a hint of honey. Taste matches the aroma with a spicy finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. It’s more comparable to a farmhouse ale than Belgian strong ale.

4.1
mikkopen (1193) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2017
750 ml bottle. Hazy yellow colour, thin white head. Spicy, tart aroma with apples, citrus fruits, woody notes and floral hops. The taste is malty, dryish, with apricot, lemon, earthy notes and a tart, peppery finish. Delicious.

3.4
chris__hartley (449) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2017
It pours murky copper with a off white head. The aroma has notes of: yeast starter, lemon juice, and bread. The taste is medium sour that finishes lightly bitter. The palate is medium bodied with medium carbonation; the finish is also medium. Overall, a little bland.


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