GRM (4019) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2007
Sample, at the Mondial de la bière, savoured June 2 2006; eye: "thick", suspended matter, caramel with a tiny white head; nose: scotch, wood, dill; mouth: dill, resinous, grape juice, full body, lightly carbonated
Échantillon, bue au Mondial de la bière, savourée le 2 juin 2006; oeil : « épaisse », matière en suspension, caramel avec une petite mousse blanche; nez : scotch, bois, aneth; bouche : aneth, résineux, jus de raisin, corsée, légèrement carbonatée rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Cloudy brown/ruby, light tan head. Nose is JP funk, earth, musty cherries. Flavor is must, leafy malt, sour cherries, oak, lemon. Tart/sour with a leafy malt finish. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 Rerate. I didn’t realize I had rated this one. 750mL bottle, no date. Clear orange brown with a creamy two finger yellowish white head, great retention--I don’t know how it could look better. Nose has plenty of caramel and funky brett with some dry oakiness in the background. Digging a little further the fruitiness (didn’t I mention fruitiness?) presents itself as white grapes and tart cherries. Flavor continues with not a ton of acidity, but enough to keep the caramel sweetness at bay (ha! I said the same damn thing in my old rating). There is also kind of a buttery caramel note--much like I get in New Glarus’ Unplugged Belgian Quadruple. Dry low to moderately bitter (3 out of 10) lingering earthy finish. Once this got to room temperature there the alcohol was just noticeable. Moderate carbonation--lightly tingly yet also creamy--with a medium body. I very much enjoyed this. 7-5-8-4-15--3.9 Old rating. Can’t remember if I bought or traded for this. 750mL, no date. Hazy orange with hints of brown and a 2 1/2 finger light beige head, very nice retention--glad this didn’t asplode when I opened it, which I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with a few times with JP. Aroma of sour apple flesh, dry oak, a fair amount of barnyard funk, leathery brett, and a wonderful bready sweetness that helps keep the sourness at bay. Flavor adds a fitting buttery note to the brett that fits very well. This doesn’t seem to be as tart or sour as JP’s other offerings, and that’s fine with me. Still some tart apple notes, plenty of dry oak, light spices and alcohol are the only other notable additions. Fairly fruity with minimal bitterness and some earthy elements. Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Very good beer. Ah, yes--I picked this up at the Blue Maxx during the RBSG. 8-5-8-4-16--4.1 The average of the two is a 4.0, which I’ll change in the overall. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2007 Trade from jasonmech77. Deep amber beer with a light haziness. Aroma is just incredible, earthy funkiness with a soft leathery dustiness. There is a surprisingly prominent red grape sweetness. Much less of the lemony citrus that I normally asociate with Jolly Pumpkin, but still maintaining a distinct house character. The acidity is quite restrained here, letting the soft earthy malts come through. Definitely more balanced than other JP beers. Softly bready but also insistently fruity. Red wine with soft spiciness on the back. Really nice beer. dmac (6211) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2007
750 ml bottle shared at Glouglouburps rooftop tasting. Poured a slightly hazy orangey/amber/brown with a tight white bubbly head. Aroma of wood, sour fruit and some nice funkiness. Dry medium palate. Flaovr is very tart with notes of sour fruit and wood with a sligh kick of funkiness. This style is slowly growing on me.
IrishBoy (4185) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 24, 2007
750 ml bottle from ? Nose of oaky apples, a hint of tartness, spices, and breadiness; light copper with a huge beige head; flavor is light fruit, spices, and plenty of oak, with only a slightly tart finish! badgerben (5123) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Light copper color with a medium head. Aroma of a little sour apple. Plenty of malt in the flavor, but buried in tartness and oak. Some fruit. Good, but definitely don’t expect it to be a ’usual’ Biere de Garde. Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is very fruity, maltiness, alcohol, oak. Taste is a light tartness, with a peach and berry fruit background, with a high oakiness to it. bb (9241) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a light tan head. Tart aroma with fruit and oak. Tart, fruity (apple, berry) flavor with lots of oak and vanilla. Lingering oaky tartness. Medium body. Very dry. Nice tartness, but too much oak and a bit too dry. MartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2007
My Bottom Line:
That intrinsic Jolly Pumpkin wooden barrel character brings along its usual wild citrusy twang to broaden the fruity yeast signature and caramel malt apport. Brett is admirably balanced even in the finish as its dry, piney spontaneity splashes the back of the tongue.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A bubbly sheet of foam covers the cloudy orange.
-The carbonation is lively and frothy, definitely of Belgian lineage.
-I don’t feel like this one’s as cohesive in its flavor deployment as Luciernaga or Bam Biere (for example), but I can’t really complain with such quality and originality.
-The fruitiness is akin to that of plums, prunes, some fieldberries.
Bottle. Thx Paul and Dave!