lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2006
Hazy deep orange-amberish beer with a nice creamy slight yellowish-off white head. Aroma is mild and soft malty, it has touches of nuts and almond liquor. Also touches of chesnut skin that gives a untherbuild tart sharpness in this brew. Aroma is sweeter than the taste. The mouthfeel is quit dry, it has a soft malty carracter with a slight spicy touch and sharp accents of sour apple skins (renette apples) and orange zest. In the afthertaste there is a nice earthy touch with hints of humide forrest soil, wild berries and wet wood The more this beer gets warmer, the more wine like the beer gets. MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 Any first impressions?TheBeerGod (6233) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2006
-A creamy head settles over the muddy dusk.
-Orangey citrus fruit and accompanying herbal spices, comforted by a nutty sweetness, lie on classy wooden flooring.
-Chestnuts obviously provide most of the beer’s sweetness, emboldened by an otherwise meditative spicy flavoring.
-The carbonation is ample but delicate, exactly how these Belgian ales should be carbonated.
What if you dig deeper?
-The fruity, nutty sweetness isn’t overdone, agreeing with the subtle, intelligent tartness.
-The wooden dryness softly drops the curtain.
-All in all, this is a quite humble spectrum of flavors.
-Another Jolly Pumpkin success, an understated but serene and well-brewed creation.
Bottles; no date.
Bottle courtesy of Schroppfy! Pours a murky rusted amber. Tall tanned white head. Nose is slightly nutty, very spicy, and laden with cobwebby yeast. Taste is slightly tart fruits, light nuttiness, spices, Belgian yeast notes and light barnyard notes. Almost a light gingerbready type flavor to this. Body is light-medium and bubbly. Finishes with big spice notes, dusty yeast notes, soft fruit flavors, light nutty notes, and light tartness. Another good JP beer! Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Great appearence with a pillowy foam. I’m not sure I like the subtle wild yeast character. The same character was present in both Biere De Mars and Bam Biere, and I’m still unsure about it. After the mid-palate, some interesting fruit character comes out. The mouthfeel is nice and chewy. I wish it had more barrel character however. More oak please. Pretty good and unique. Don’t worry Ernest, I’ve got another bottle to share with you! Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2006
Bottle shared with GregClow, Hogtown Harry, and Blankboy, courtesy of Greg. Deep hazy yellow, small foamy white head. Huge yeast, funk aroma, some sourness. Big carbonation in mouthfeel. Nice taste - foamy funky sourness - I sure wish I could say I was tasting chestnuts though! Maybe too similar to the other Jolly’s I’ve had, as this one did nothing to stand out to me. Slight burnt notes at the end, with mild spice. On its own, good beer, just not outstanding like so many other Jolly’s.
Radek Kliber (7369) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 15, 2007
Shag (3026) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Clear amber, light brown in colour. Neat good sized white crown leaving decent lacing on glass.
Gently tartness, green apple, light hint of fruits ie. cherry.
Clean, short carbonation burst. Tart middle followed by fruity flavors. Sour, creamy finish.
An amber appearance with a large foaming head. Which seems to be standard for JP. The aroma was filled with strong citrus and some caramel. A bit of grapefruit and lemons showing up with a caramel and nutty backbone. A malty and sour finish. It was good but not one of thier best. brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Enjoyed at NoogFest III. 750ml bottle. Pours hazy orange with a big frothy head that never stops coming. Fairly light aroma with sweet hints of fruit and spicy yeast. Apple (?). The flavor is probably the best I’ve had from a Jolly Pumpkin. Light spice and lemon fruit with that signature Jolly Pumpkin yeasty funky business. Nothing over powering like many of their others IMO. Saison like actually and enjoyable in flavor. Way too carbonated for me though (as is usual for their beers). However, overall I liked this one. It was refreshing. DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2007
750 mL. Pours a clear orange-golden color with a frothy white head and tiny bubbles rising throughout. Maybe a little wood or something in the aroma, but overwhelmingly sour, with not much else detectable. Flavor is much more mild... a little bit sour (aroma is misleading), with a malty caramel flavor and a little bit of spicyness. Jolly Pumpkin beers generally confuse me, but this one was pretty drinkable. BigBeer45 (1541) - Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 750ml Bottle, Batch #244,245, JP has a batch label on the bottle that I have not seen before (I picked up this bottle from the brewery),
pours a hazy light amber brown with honey increments, has off-white bubbles that eventually thin and leave lacing,
bottom of the bottle was completely covered with a coating of sediment, apple sourness, unripened apples, citrus fruits,
faint sweet fragrances, faint spices and some funk earthiness, tart with some real faint caramel,
faint lemon grapefruit citrus with a touch of leather(?), I noticed some spice sweetness as it warmed up a bit,
the finish starts with grape skins and ends with a medium bitterness with dry sour tartness that lingers thereafter,
every sip brought a tingle to my nostrils, letting the ale warm up increased the tingle and I found this ale easily drinkable at room temperature,
I could not sense any alcohol in in aroma or taste, a nice gentle drinking ale.