CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Pours a transparent dark amber copper with a thin froth of well-lacing off-white head. Complex aroma of sweet caramel, woody oak, bourbon vanilla and lots of sweaty, funky brett with a touch of lemony tartness. Body starts well-carbonated and sweet showcasing some good tart fruity balance before some bigger lingering bourbon oak and cheesy barnyard complexity toward the crisp flavorful finish. A very drinkable and enjoyable beer, especially given its complexity. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Thanks to artusory. Warm amber body with light visible particulates and a scattering beige head. Great wild microbial characters in the nose with additional qualities suggesting ripe sour cherries, raspberry, vanilla and wood varnish. Flavor has lots of barnyard with a Balsamic vinegar note, medium acidity, and some sweet residual apple. Very organic and pleasant. Another greatly enjoyed beauty from Jolly Pumpkin. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2008 Rerate, 12oz bottle, batch 65, courtesy of Styles via artusory. Thanks, guys! So good to try this again after a long haitus. Pours a murky dark brown with yellow edges; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing; the addition of the yeast gives textured aggregates at the top. Gorgeous aroma, showing plenty of bretty tartness, tropical fruits, and the slightest touch of warming vanilla and oak; some dried cherries, some funk. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: somewhat oily and lightly carbonated in the mouth; sour cherries, toasty oak and vanilla (minimal bourbony presence; adds a soft layer), tropical fruits and red fruits; the levels of acidity aren’t as intense as the regular version, which I see as a nice change; layered, intensely satisfying sour ale. Just excellent, mouthwatering stuff. Long finish: toasty oak, warming touch of bourbon and tart cherries; some funk that shows itself throughout.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
Courtesy of artusory. Wish I got more tasting notes down from this one. Full-on sour nose; terribly drinkable approximation of a flemish sour (less puckering, with all the density). Favorite JP so far; look forward to comparing it to the non-reserve. 188.8.131.52.17=4.2
Big 1cm lasting off-white head covers the cloudy deep burgundy pour. Immediately striking brett hits the nose, but as we reach saturation level, it appears very well integrated. Strangely woody in pointy manners, tartish cocoa blends into earthy minerals and various berries (raspberry, blueberry) amongst herbal and spicy tertiary flavours. Quite fruity in mouth, the barrel seems to impart growing amounts of alcohol which sucks the juiciness out of the berries. Light-medium bodied, rather attenuated, bretty and dark flavour profile, earthy. Lasting woody post taste gets a bit dominant. Gentle tight carbonation. Unique and intricating. shadey (2135) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Dark opaque brown with only a ring of head. Only shows some orange and chunks. Only a ring of white soapy bubbles. Aroma is a mild flemish sour. Smooth well blended flavor of oak. Funky sour cherry. Can’t taste the bourbon. Nice. Very different from the original.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 21, 2006
decants a fairly hazy orange-red, with an off-white head that collapses fairly quickly but holds as a nice collar that leaves good lace. both oak and acid tang in the nose, with a definate sour fruitiness being the dominant impression. oak pops out in the flavor right away, which is backed up by some actual malt - suprising, as I half expected the funk to have chewed it to extreme dryness. some actual hop flavor in the finish, to. interesting beer - not as sour as some JPs have gotten. oak is quite domineering, and leaves a bit of astringency. still, very interesting beer keeps you coming in for more.
TaktikMTL (7798) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille de 12 oz, dégusté au Mondial de la Bière 2006 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur de caramel et de petits fruits foncés. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pruneau et de caramel. Courte durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de petits fruits foncés en arrière goût. (Rating #503) muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Sample from the bottle at the Mondial de la Bière, 2006. A dark hazy caramel body with a smallish lasting white head provides....a nose that is all whisky smokiness and caramel at the front, gradually receding a bit to allow sour cherries and muted grapes an entrance.....on the tongue, it’s all Scotch whisky meets Flemish sour ale, sour/tart and smoky/woody at the same time, very edgy and powerful, lactic and musty, loads of cherries and grapes, but not really enough malt or the lovely vanilla-bourbon that for some reason I was expecting (duh, aged in bourbon...)....it’s a fascinating beer to be sure but the tastes and aromas seem more contrasting and at war than complimentary and friendly, to me....so, a near-miss. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
Insightful caramel shares its sagacity with the bulky, noble wooden barrel...The frothy yet nimble effervescence enlivens the near-glowing blood orange...Tart fruitiness and controlled wilderness coalesce beautifully; this is perhaps my favorite Jolly Pumpkin Reserve... sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2006
12oz bottle: Red/brown pour with a medium sized white head. Tangy and sour up front, there is some fruit and yeast in there as well. Flavor is sweet at first, some caramel, and fruits, the sour kicks in quickly and that nice bret character is evident. Very tasty.