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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4240) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Pours a hazy orange copper color, and it is topped by a frothy thick tan head. The aroma is at first cidery, but then becomes musty and woody with spicy notes of orange peel, ginger, lemon, as well as hints of cobwebs, acetic acid. The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and creamy up front but then moves to a sharp, almost astringent note through to the finish. The beer has a dominant note of spritzy apples and lemon peel, as well as a note of bitter pith. This beer is quite complex, and tasty.

This shares many of the characteristics of the Luciernaga and the La Roja, but for some reason it just seems to work quite a bit better in this beer. This beer is quite well integrated between the up front apple and lemon character, the soft spiciness and the barrel funk. There is a certain sharpness in the finish which seems to have notes of higher alcohols, tannic woodiness, and hot estery alcohols. None of the sharpness in the finish is overwhelming, in fact it adds sort of a balancing note to the soft creamy fruitiness. While this beer does not wow me quite like the Calabaza Blanca, it is incredibly well balanced and certainly tasty to boot.


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 (541) - 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 (1950) - 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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