onceblind (10891) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Slightly cloudy deep golden with a thin foamy white cap. Lovely aroma with slightly sour tropical fruits and melons combined with a gentle Belgian farm funk and apricots. Smooth and delightful flavor with sweet pale Belgian malts mixed with sweet tree fruits and subtle melon and tropical fruity tones as well, a little fruity sweetness and Belgian funniness at the finish. Really pleasant and complex. jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 750 mL bottle. somewhat tart aroma floats above a sponge-cake-like head, and some fruit and spice shine through as well. no chestnut in the aroma, but there is definitely a nutty/woody flavor hidden behind the cinnamon and clove and yeast flavors which dominate. only 6.1%? it’s nice and sticky and warming - easily my favorite jolly pumpkin beer so far. cheers to this new brewery! jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Big gracious thanks to schroppfy for the bottle. Ron Jeffries is doing wonderful things up there in the cozy town of Dexter, MI and this autumn seasonal is another testament to that fact. It looks fantabulous in the glass. Lightly murky amber with a lovely stark white head that leaves a great wake of lace as it descends the glass. The nose is funky, spicy fruit up front. As it opens up I get more barnyard and ripe fruits (apricot and chestnut). The flavor exhibits wood and some tannins but the meshing of funk and spice is the standout here. The palate is dry, prickly and fully attentuated. The chestnuts come in after the swallow and waft through my sinuses as an earthy nuttiness. Damn good stuff. ogglethorp (919) - Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2006
05 Bottle. Pours is murky tan, amber color, with a huge rocky off white head that lasts forever. Aroma is yeast, malt, nuts, some sourness. Flavor is very tart acidic, yeast, malt, citrus, spice like cinnamon and clove, oak, there’s a lot going on here! Palate is light to medium with huge carbonation and a linger tart finish! Fanatstic! Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2006
KSBF 06. Not sure if this was an 05 or an 06 but it was pretty funky so Id guess the 05? Pours a cloudy yeasty bright orange/light amber with a great fluffy head and nice retention and lace. Aroma is slightly sour and lemony with lots of funky brett, horseblanket, mildewy and musty and lots of phenolicy spiciness. Tart sour cherry and farnhouse funk flavor, leathery, spicy, cloves, woody, oaky, some vanilla. More tartenss and sour in the end with pediococcus or sharp brett cherry pie like flavors. A bit astringency along with the tartness- almond-like or cherry pit harshness with a dry finish. THis was really cool and funky. Great stuff.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a hazy copper/orange color with a frothy two finger head that settles very slowly to a thick cap that sticks around for the entire beer. The lacing that’s left behind is thick, and covers most of the inside of my glass.
Smell; there are some definite tart and sour aromas present. Once you get past those a little fruitiness comes out with apples, lemons and hints of oranges. It’s a bit on the funky side with some interesting barnyard aromas, with some cinnamon and other spices mixed in with an oak barrel presence in there as well.
Taste; it’s definitely on the tart side, but it’s in no way overwhelming. Caramel and cinnamon blend well with the apple flavors, with an interesting lemon twist mixed on with them. The barnyard funk and oak barrel flavors round out the beer very nicely. I wasn’t sure the flavor would live up to the smell, but it definitely has, with all of the flavors smoothly flowing into the next. Mouthfeel is on the full side with a lively but smooth carbonation. The only real problem I have with this beer, is that I only had one of them. redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 thanks to the beermate. Cinamon and nutmeg, allspice, cardomom, corriander in the aroma, spicy and sweet with some earthy sourness remeniecent of a Fantome. Pours amber/brown with a huge white head, the bottle foamed over with the cap was popped off. Sweet upfront, malty with some caramel flavor, dry and spicy, then finishes sour and dry. Excellent beer, complex but still enjpyable and refreshing. The more it warms the more fruit comes out, some apple skin and sweet citrus. I love Jolly Pumpkin!!! worldbfat (8) - USA - APR 10, 2008 does not count
I’m cold, hungry, and jobless (for the summer, I’m in school, not a hobo), but all is well because I have a bottle of Fuego del Otono. I don’t know what the spices are supposed to be but I don’t much care because the great funky, tart, fruity apple/pear flavor of this is delicious. The only odd thing was that on one whiff I’d get a scent like a skunked European pils and on the next I’d get the funky scent everyone expects. Otherwise, a balls-out hard-nosed ass beater. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2008
2007 bottle. Nice golden-orange color with a pleasant, oaky aroma that features some pleasant sourness, spices, and citrus. Flavor has a nice citrus bite with a bit of bretty sourness that is well balanced with gentle spices, oak, and assorted fruits. Nice mouthfeel. This is a classic example of why JP rules! ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2012
750ml bottle - $13.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Batch 899/900, Bottled 10-7-2011.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, clover honey-hued body with a foamy, slowly receding, barely off-white head (though, the latter pours turned out quite clouded). Glass glaze of lace on the descent.
Smell: Simple sugar cookies, faintly sweetish, heavily marked by musty yeasty notes, tart-scented hard cider, citrus, very faint oak sprigs, additional fruity hints, soiled, unwashed herbs.
Taste: Sweetish sugar cookie hints with some slight caramel nuttiness. Big gulp of farmhouse cider with hints of strawberry and one drop of that bright red sauce that comes with the sweet-n-sour chicken. Oak character with a childlike gentleness about it. It’s got a tartness and some barnyard funkiness going on, but it’s very balanced within and amongst the other elements of this beer. Splash of salty, phenolic lemon juice. Tiny pinch of ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Ramping up of acidity on the dry, earthy finish.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.
Overall: As always, it’s another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin. It’s quite tasty and very refreshing.