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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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2008

8/12/2008: Well, I popped the cap off and turned to throw it away. I looked back in shock to see the beer foaming out of the bottle in an explosive manner and just flowing down the outside of the botle in sheets! It happened so fast and was so forceful that I lost nearly 8 ounces on the counter in a matter of seconds. What a terrible waste of beer as well as the $10.99 it cost me for this bottle. Arrggghhhhh... At any rate, Oro de Calabaza Artisan Golden Ale has a cloudy dull gold color with a large and lofty off-white head. The foamy head is long lasting, creates puffy lacing on the glass, and is supported by an active champagne-like carbonation. The aroma is fruity (sweet and sour combination of strong pineapple, lemon, and other citrus), yeasty, and spicy and paired with a tinge of JP funk and tartness. The aroma has a malty Lambic quality to it. Taste mimics aroma quite closely for this beer. it is fruity (pineapple and other tropical-like fruits) with notes of bubblegum, soft peppery spice, and just a splash of sourness. It also has a dry, spicy, and pineapple seltzer-like lingering aftertaste. There is a good level of maltiness to this beer which helps to supress the alcohol content from encroaching on the flavor. This beer has a medium-light to medium body and surprisingly does not feel over-carbonated on the palate. Everything about this beer is very well-balanced except the ridiculous exodus from the bottle when the cap is popped off!

1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. bottle (8% Alc/Vol) from Jungle Jim’s Internation Market in Fairfield, Ohio. Rating # for this beer...


3.7
rejtable (2840) - 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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