joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Maracaibo Especial pours a hazy, murky, deep crimson with glowing orange highlights. I can just barely make out some tiny, fast rising carbonation bubbles. A one finger off-white head forms on the pour and quickly falls to a skim coat with fat edges. Leaves nice sticky lacing after each drink.
The aroma is fantastic with a big hit of sour cherries, peaches and pears up front. The upfront aromas are of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. The middle brings mild oak that leads flawlessly into cinnamon and the sweet orange peel listed on the label. As it warms the cocoa comes across faintly to finish things off. The aroma on this beer just pulls you in. Probably the best aroma from a Belgian Sour I’ve yet to come across.
The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the aroma but it would be extremely tough to do so. Sour funky tart cherries lead the way trailed by a refreshing lighter, but still tart, underipe pear. Finishes off with tart green apple and all the wonderful spicing. Mild oak mid-palate followed by Mild cinnamon and a bigger dose of refreshing sweet orange peel. Maybe it’s my mind playing tricks on me but the faintest hint of cocoa seems to linger after the swallow.
Champagne like mouthfeel. Light bodied with very active carbonation that creates a frothiness in the mouth. Puckeringly sweet up front leads to some resiual sugr to balance things out. Not quite as dry as expected.
This beer is a thirst quencher. The sour and tartness leave you needing a sip right after your last. Vey satisfying with the perfect spicing.
An incredible beer from Jolly Pumpkin. This is my favorite sampled from them so far. The crazy mix of spices work perfectly without one overshadowing the others. A great combination of sour and sweet make this an incredible, approchable beer.
10/12/07 BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2007
From bottle : Pours a thick dark brown that is hazy with a glourious finger and a half white foamy beautiful head. I love the way the head feels on my mustache as a take a sip. Leaves wonderful lacing in cool swirly designs around the glass. A really nice, different aroma. Im smelling cinnamon, oak, dark and sour fruits, apples, spices, and a little hint of caramel. Palate is on the thin side. Has a spicey taste toward the beginning, some dry orange taste toward the middle, and im getting a little hint of alcohol toward the end, not to much though. Really quite yummy to sit around and sip on. MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2007
opaque, brown with a nice tan head. aroma of sour fruits, but also earthy musty hints. Prominently sour and carbonated, but overall balanced by the full malt character as well as the cornucopia of complexity including fruits, vinegar, must, chocolate, oak. A very well constructed complex artisan ale. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2007
750 ml bottle via trade with jasonmech77 - Pours a hazy brown color with a one finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is mainly lightly spiced esters (apple). Flavor is tart esters, spice, and light malt. Palate is TART! Medium body. I wanted to like this beer, but couldn’t get past the tartness. My friend, who I shared it with, said the same thing. I’m glad I had the chance to try it though. Thanks Jason. shrubber85 (11618) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Bottle. Musty barnyard and clove aroma. Cloudy orange-brown color with a giant head. Sour tart orange and dry musty malt flavor. Very nice - dry saison-like beer.
redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Sweet and spicy aroma, Brett, cinnamon, caramelly nose. Pours a rich amber, brown color with a good white head. Tart caramel upfront, there’s an overwhelming creaminess that is just great, and a good dry brett finish. Sweet and tart citrus flavors, with caramel and cinnamon, just a great caramel malt flavor in the middle between slightly sour flavors. Very smooth and surprisingly light and easy to drink. aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2007
Appearance: Reddish brown with no head retention.
Aroma: Sour and acetic with balsamic vinegar and a light sulphuriness.
Flavour: Woody and dry, Special B? Clean sourness witha goodly dose of acidity to brighten it. Sour wins over malt character. Chocolate ice cream and pomegrantes. Red berry fermentation esters.
Mouthfeel: Thin dry and bright from acidity.
Overall: Very sour with lots of fermentation esters. Like raisins, plums and cherries in balsamic vinegar over chocolate ice cream. Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Nice tart and sour aroma (pretty standard for the Jolly Pumpkin beers). Pours an opaque reddish-brown, with a nice slightly off-white head. Wow... there’s a lot going on in this beer. There’s tartness, a touch of spices, a touch of baker’s chocolate, and a long tart finish. Definitely something I want to get more of. patrick767 (4181) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2007
bottle - Pours dark brown with a small white head. The aroma has malts, yeast, and a sour fruit smell. Some kind of sour malt dominates the flavor and is joined by the yeast and a hint of citrus and spice. It’s a solid beer, but the sourness wasn’t doing it for me, at least not in this beer. (100th Michigan beer rated... nifty) kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011
Date: June 17, 2006
Appearance: clear dark brown with ruby highlights, big lasting creamy beige head that slowly oozes out the top of the bottle but leaves lace on the glass
Aroma: nice tart aroma of oak and chocolate
Flavor: nice dry chocolate flavor with lots of woody oak character, a little orange sweetness sneaks through, touch of spices including cinimon grows as it warms, lasting light bitterness
Date: October 29, 2006
continues with the dry chocolate flavor along with plenty of complex character
Date: April 03, 2008
Aroma: still the tart chocolate aroma
Flavor: drying out even more with the chocolate flavor, tartness in control, bretty cobwebs showing up
Overall: a couple more years will let the brett shine
Date: May 09, 2011
Source: cellar stock
not much change over the last three years for the good or bad, lots of fruity tartness, rich chocolate, not so much the bretty character,
Date: February 04, 2010
Source: Ale Atlanta
Words: blend 3
Aroma: sweet caramel and chocolate aroma
Flavor: funky chocolate flavor with a nice tartness
Date: July 24, 2011
Source: cellar stock
Flavor: time has dried it out and allows the flavors to blend and mellow
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4