RATINGS: 1245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2009
While I enjoy the comfort of familiarity as much as everyone else, I also enjoy the heart-pounding excitement and mystery of the unknown. Delving into that very unknown, I have before me the Oro de Calabaza, a Belgian-style golden ale with a sour twist.

My Oro de Calabaza pours a gorgeously cloudy golden-orange with a soft head that wastes no time fading into a thin blanket. What better way, my dear, then to let her nose reach me unburdened? Orange, nectarines, peach, grapefruit, apples, and apricot mingle in a sweet and sour bungalow of guilty pleasure. Pepper and spice along with the zest of coriander adds a spark of life further aided by the addition of orange peel and ginger. Truly, a tart, citric, and dry olfactory assault that could scare away the less adventurous. Not me though; I scoff in the direction of timidity and fully embrace with wild abandon the unknown. Like all good bottle-conditioned ales, Oro de Calabaza is bursting with airy effervescence which perfectly carries every single delicious iota of her palate across my eager tastebuds. Bright and tart with bitter citric elements that linger in a mouth-watering dry finish. Spice mingles with orange, apricot, tangerine, and grapefruit while ginger and coriander nips after each quaff. Her alcohol warmth slowly spreads throughout my body, and as she warms, her balance is a smooth succession of warmth, spice, sour fruits, and dry tartness. Soft notes of wood offer silent support from the background, and far sooner than I would like, my empty glass is all she wrote.

Oro de Calabaza had all the winning points of a delicious Belgian-style golden ale with the added punch of tart dryness. It always amazes the many different things that wood can add to and take away from a beer in a delicate game of balance. Different woods and different bugs or the lack thereof can wholly change a beer or add subtle differences for the discerning palate. They are neither lambics nor standard Belgian-style ales. Jolly Pumpkin Artisan ales have created a brand-new hybrid of sorts in the brewing world. Oro de Calabaza is a beacon for a brand-new brewing frontier, one which I am very delighted to be able to take part in.

Spab (3963) - 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.

AcctError97534 (815) - 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!

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.

mikkopen (1185) - 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.

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.

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.

Bacchus66 (765) - 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.

Ferris (16090) - 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.

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.

svandyke (255) - 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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