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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 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.


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 (128) - 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 (631) - - 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 (4298) - 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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