ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Very tart and sour, fruity aroma. Hazy dark amber in color with streaming bobbles and a huge, frothy head. Head mostly lasts and is clumpy. Nice lace. Like a nice wine, it takes a few sips before the character of this brew really comes out. Unique. Not as tart in flavor as the aroma suggests. Dry. Not my favorite, but I enjoyed it. rajendra82 (1109) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2006
The beer came in a 750 ml. bomber with a very artfully done label. The Belgian style pale ale came out cloudy, deep golden, and bubbly, and readily formed a rocky two finger head, that kept rising up until it was sticking above the glass in a volcano shaped cone of bubbles. Haven’t seen a display such active carbonation since the last time I cracked open a Duvel. The nose was classic Jolly Pumpkin sour, with a clear note of Brettanomyces, which undoubtedly was lurking in the crevices of the barrels this beer was aged in. The taste was dry, oak-influenced, and earthy, with the Brettanomyces showing up rarely as band-aid. The spices were quite muted, and hard to pick out above all the other flavor influences. The band-aid off flavor and the Brett character faded as I let the beer breathe, and Luciérnaga became sweeter and mellower. Pleasingly medium in body, this was also quite warming for a 6.5% ABV pale ale, which was probably due to the fact that I was gulping this easy to drink beer down fast. In my opinion, this was one of the best uses of barrel aging I have run across for a while, and quite fitting the term Artisan Ale that is proudly a part of the name of this brewery. xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Decade topper. The beer - a living organism - spurts forth its excitement upon opening, issuing a sampler of its sure to be generous head. Indeed, the head amply more than matches the volume of beer poured, looking regally staisfied in the well-proportioned tulip glass. An aroma unlike one I recall encountering before, green apple hoppiness, with a squeeze of palpably sour citrus. A touch of sweetness from the green apple bracing the sourness. Exquisite. The head becomes chunky as is slowly fades, leaving jubilant, patterned lacing behind. The warm up to this beer is a phenomenon in itself, justifying what must by now be many hours of patience with much lesser brews. It may be the only, or one of the only, perfect scores I have given to aroma to date. The beer is no letdown in the flavor - one you could suck down like a dionysiac if you were inclined to decadent debauchery, or slowly savor were you inclined to maximize your hedonic and perceptual experience. The collisions of hops and sourness from the yeast generate a refined fruit flavor that is quite enjoyable to the seasoned palate. This is not the easiest to get in these parts but with any luck I will drink it every year to commemorate my life. (It’s a good adult substitute for friendly’s mint ice cream pie, with the green label & flavor.) Simply a wonderful idea, flawlessly executed. Now, they simply need to age this in some kind of cherry sugar soaked cask and I will give it a 5. (Ed: The second glass, by the time I poured it, the bottle had already developed its own second protruding head. Nothing like enjoying that with some cheesy midi celebration tunes provided by ratebeer...!) HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2006
On handpump at the Map Room, Chicago. Thin, close to room temp, and with little head in a 20oz imperial pint glass. Wonderful aroma of gooseberries and malt. The flavor and mouthfeel are like a direct mix of an oud bruin and an English bitter. Smooth, tart, dry at the finish, with a minor collision of hops and lactic acid that somehow works. A truly unique experience, but I supsect beers like this were more the rule than the exception a couple hundred years ago. Primitave but well made and ultimately quaffable. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Thanks to Moejuck for this one. Pours orange with a white head. Smells of flowers, citrus, coriander, lemony and dough. Tastes peppery with some nice perfumy elements. Lots of tanginess as the beer warms.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2006
(04.29.06) One pint, 9.4 oz bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 6.5% ABV. Poured hazy red amber with a gigantic long lasting white head. Assertive clove spice aroma. Medium bodied Belgium-style ale that starts dry with a wisp of malt sweetness and spicy fruity flavors. Some medicinal phenols and tangy acidity but not overbearing. Finished dry with light hop bitterness. A very good drinkable Belgium-style ale. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Pours an attractive honey-brown with an enormous, fluffy white head. Lots of brett, floral notes, tropical fruit and candy sugar in the nose. Intense sourness, lessening halfway through the bottle; honey, definitive belgian character with an abbey-dubbel malt profile; full, layered mouthfeel. Finishes clean, sour, with a slight mouth-drying hoppiness. An excellent interpretation of the style. RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2006
750ml bottle. Aroma: Honey, brett sourness, apples, orange, and some bready malt. Some musty/dusty funk in there as well. Hops are more apparent as it warms up. Smells like Noble hops to me, but not sure which ones. Appearance: Dark amber/orange in color and very hazy. Bottle popped when opened, and a small trickle of foam came forth. Even with a careful pour this thing had a monster head in the tulip shaped glass. Head was off-white and very, very fluffy looking. Almost like someone poured a cloud into the top of my beer. Fantastic lacing. Flavor: Some nice fruity flavors up front, mostly apples, pears, and a touch of green grapes. Brett sourness soon interjects itself smoothly. Sourness was just enough and tasted almost of limes. A little of that musty funk is carried in with the sourness. The spiciness comes through as well. I’m getting a bit of coriander and a touch of pepper. Some oak and slightly piney hop flavors are carried into the finish by the sourness. Palate: Medium bodied with a slightly creamy texture. Lively carbonation bordering on aggressive. Finish was slightly bitter, but pretty clean overall. Overall: I really enjoyed this one. So many flavors pulled together and balanced masterfully. Have to see if I can find some Grande Reserve. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 Proper re-rate, shared with Blankboy, GregClow, and Hogtown Harry, Harry’s bottle. Nice deep orange, big bubbly white head. Decent aroma - some hops, malt, just a hint of sourness - interesting. Tasted like an IPA at first, malt and hops, but then the sourness kicks in. Dry bitter finish. A little bit of alcohol is present as well. Good beer, tough to rate it from fest sample like I did with my previous rating.
MBG 06. Dark orange, frothy white bubbly head. Sour, musty, dust, floral aroma. Taste much the same, with a lot of lemon thrown in. Funky yeasty finish. Lovely, complex, and unique!
jercraigs (11071) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012 2012-11-04. Lightly hazy golden orange, nice foamy beige head. Aroma is lightly musty and funky, fruity notes, pineapple touches. 7+ Flavour is similar, musty and fruity, notes of pineapple and muted tropical fruit. Modest sourness throughout, light woody undertones. It is less assertively sour than I remember, I am curious if that is a function of the age of the bottle or my memory. Average palate is softly carbonated. Pretty enjoyable, very drinkable, milder than I remember. 7/4/7/3/15+ Bottled 6-02-2011, Batch 806/809 from Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor
20006-XX. Hazy golden orange, tiny white head. Aroma is lightly sour, floral citrus, lemon. Flavour is similarly mildly sour, pleasant lemon and muted pale malts that deliver as advertised by the aroma. Lingering lemon in the finish and aftertaste is slightly mouth puckering and quite refreshing. Average effervescent palate. Went in to this one with low expectations and was pleasantly surprise. A nice change of pace at the fest – my favourite Jolly Pumpkin so far. 7/8/3/7/3/16 Michigan Brewers Festival 2006.