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RATINGS: 1245   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (745) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Slight bit of overflow upon cracking the bottle open...poured quickly into two glasses, and each produced a billowing head which was very persistent. Otherwise a muted gold color pour...nice looking overall. Aroma is very dry, but with lots of lingering spice...some citrus fruit as well, and a bit of black pepper. Taste is odd, but it grew on me the more I consumed this one, and by the time it was gone, I was wishing I had more. Lots of dry, citrusy fruit (lemon & orange peel), some dry leather, and some yeast mixed in. Finish was dry and sour, but the sweetness in the middle of the drink takes you on a nice ride! Should have taken better notes, but alas, I didn’t, as this was indeed a very complex Belgian. These JP beers are growing on me very quickly, and this was a winner as well.


3.7
Spab (3962) - 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
AcctError97534 (814) - 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 (410) - 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 (1183) - 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 (445) - 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.

3.3
daniel0017 (451) - Yukon, CANADA - JUL 9, 2017
Slightly medicinal aroma with notes of... Concorde grape? Hazy golden color and very bubbly like champagne. Flavor is definitely sour with a tingly mouth feelz. Overall great beer, but not my thing. Kudos to Jolly Pumpkin.

3.9
Bacchus66 (746) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2017
From tap. Pours hazy yellow with a full white head with nice lacing. Slight sour nose of lemons, cloves and spice. Flavors are also slightly sour, with peppery fruit and a zesty mouthfeel. Dry, clean finish. Interesting and very good.

3.5
Ferris (16066) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2017
Draft - Light soured malts and green apple. Clear pale gold with a small white head. Soured malts and raw barrel.

3.6
gyllenbock (9328) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2017
Sample at MBCC 2017. Hazy golden with a white head. A bit tart with apricot, citrus, malt and light spices. The body was medium.

3.7
svandyke (254) - USA - MAY 19, 2017
Bomber- pours a cloudy straw color. Nice earthy barn smell with some spicy citrus on the back. Nice white head. Spicy sour initially, but it resolves to a refreshing nip of hoppiness.


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