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RATINGS: 1261   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 11/30/2011. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an oversized wine glass. Batch 733, bottled 4-28-2011. My pour is an elegant golden color with a fluffy white cap with a soft, straight down the center pour. Nice retention and a bit of lace result from the head. The beer itself is quite hazy and lively looking. The base of the aroma is a light crackery malt. Pepper and some other spices blend with some yeasty esters and a bit of musty funk. Apricot, peach, and some citrus provide the fruit notes. The light malt has a fairly dry crackery flavor to it; it is very clearly simply setting the table for the other flavors. Spicy notes come into play fairly quickly, with ground pepper leading the charge. The yeast contributes some generous complex spice notes throughout the entire sip. In the middle, tart grape, apricot, and peach fruit flavors start to come through, gradually becoming more tart into the finish. Some oak tannins and musty funk come through at the end. I was surprised to see the ABV was 8% after drinking about half the bottle; there is almost no alcohol presence in the taste and the body drinks much lighter than that. The carbonation is full and crisp, and the sour flavor creates a tart puckering sensation that grows throughout the sip, peaking just before the finish. To me, this tastes like a mini Fantôme Saison, which is definitely a good thing. There is a bit more complexity and intrigue in the Fantôme, which accounts for my higher scores, but this is a very enjoyable beer.


3.6
john44 (3510) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2018
Bottle. Bought Aug 2017; BB undated; Drank Jan 2018 - Hazy pale yellow in colour. Large foamy white head. Fruity; sour fruity, citrus lemon, rind, green apples. Yeasty; light funk. Spicy; peppery. Malty; light caramel, wheaty. Hoppy; light hops. Quite dry. Moderately sour citrus fruity yeasty spicy throughout. Good. (2018-01)

3.9
azzurro (539) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2018
I do think that this one is more of a sour ale than a belgian ale. It is a very good pumpkin ale, part of the LCBO 2017 Summer Beer Program.

4.3
MatChar (125) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2018 Bottle. Appearance: clear light yellow golden, nice thick white foam getting into thin laces, low and subtle carbonation. Smell: very subtle brettanomyces, perhaps bread/cereals, very smooth vinegar. Taste: notes of lemon, bread and very smooth funk, nice low sourness and sugar, great texture and feel, medium drinkability. Overall: high quality and awesomely balanced beer, was expecting more complexity, but still highly enjoyable.

4.6
piraat83 (44) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2018 Light golden yellow with quickly dissipated white head. Sweet a bit floral. Kind of complex with a small bit of hops. Great complex beer from JP

3
mjmoen (630) - - JAN 19, 2018
D-. Pours a hazy yellow color with white head. Very tart, almost undrinkable

3.7
Raviq (123) - POLAND - JAN 19, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2018 ciekawe, czuć beczkę, przyprawowo-ziołowe aromaty, dość wytrawne, krótka ale tępa goryczka

3.4
culchiem (4295) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2018
Draught at Beer Temple. Hazy lemon with a medium head. Aroma of spicy perfume. Flavour is spicy yeast, fruit and perfume. Warm booze, hoppy fruit finish.

4.1
Franckg (1949) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2017 Bouteille datée du 20/04/2017, bue après 8 mois. Robe dorée trouble surmontée d'un col de mousse blanc et rocailleux. Arômes de levures sauvages fruitées, cuir, essence de chêne douce, pamplemousse, vanille, épices légèrement poivrées. En bouche, agrumes épicés, levures sauvages boisées, léger cuir, pamplemousse et mangue, zeste de citron, houblons floraux. Texture semi-onctueuse et corps moyen. Excellente.

4.2
SampleTamer4 (2) - Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2017 Wow. Pours hazy pure gold with bright white head. Aroma of lime sorbet, pepper, barnyard and of course oak. Very oak forward with a hint of that malt peaking through the wild funk. not over dry but a clean finish. Very interesting.

4.2
chimpgibbon (583) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2017
Bottle from Clapton Craft. Failed Xmas cellaring attempt here... not upset though as this is sublime. Perfect marriage of the wild yeast character, apple sweetness and subtle oak. Really really top drawer stuff


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