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RATINGS: 1252   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarrettB (1665) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Another bottle of Jolly Pumpkin which, at the time, was still a newcomer to Colorado liquor stores. The head is snow white and distended, raising itself over the glass like a plateau of earth hurling itself over the ground. The body is a cloudy mix of bright pollen yellow and a duller, browner apple juice tan making a bright but flavorful looking color. The aroma seems dry, but still fruity with a powerful push of raw sugar and preserved fruity flavors. Sweet orange, pineapple and yeast are the most noticeable scents, with a slight glance of marshmallow. Also included in the bouquet is a hearty wheat crack, a few drops of grapefruit and, perhaps coupled to the sweet orange, the scent of tangerines. And, right before my first sip I catch the rare but pleasing smell of dried mango. Compared to the rich and dynamic aroma, the flavor seems diluted. It begins sweet and quenching, introducing pine and apple flavors, along with a little lemon zest. But then the flavor abruptly turns tangy, then slowly surrenders both the sweet and tart, leaving yeast, wheat and lemon in a lackadaisical but tasty aftertaste. The three stages - abundant fruits, semi-sweet tanginess, and calm wheat landing - represent three complete and whole flavor profiles, each a real treat. Likely my favorite offering from Jolly Pumpkin so far.


3.8
Metalchopz (3591) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2017
Damn, should read other reviews before, and not after opening beers. Another big volcano all-over, so "open over sink", even if not moving the bottle at all. Other than that, the rest seems like a real good brew (so sad to lose a bit of it). Gets hazy at last pour, golden-orange, off-white cap and some creamy lace. Brett nose with the funk aromas, mild sweet Belgian Ale yeast (or sugars) and apple notes. Same for taste with the earthiness, tartiness. Decent grass for the style. Everything is very well-balanced and the alcohol is nicely hidden.

3.9
bpar73 (1186) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2017
On tap at the Old Mission pub. Hazy gold pour with a white head. Spice, Belgian malt, pepper and light hoppyness in the aroma and taste.

3.7
rejtable (2847) - 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 (1370) - 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 (744) - - 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 (153) - 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 (1751) - 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 (4124) - 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 (834) - 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 (428) - 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.


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