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RATINGS: 850   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich brown ale inspired by the enigmatic monastic brews of Belgium, and the mysterious mist shrouded jungles of the tropics. Brewed with real cacao, and spiced with cinnamon and sweet orange peel for a sensual delight. A brew to be sipped, savored, and enjoyed!

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Medium reddish brown color with short white head. Sour almost barnyard aroma with orange peel and malt. The flavor is quite interesting: slightly sour malt, cinnamon orange coffee cake, and a sour finish. A nice beer although not my favorite offering from Jolly Pumpkin...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2007
I think the mantle of sour brewer is being battled between Soy-Ereze, Belgium and Dexter, MI. Dexter, MI....wtf, but thank goodness there is at least a competition, which is good for us beer drinkers. Pours a hazy ruby brown with a medium off-white head, the lacing is embodied by some lively carbonation. Aroma is first off; sour followed by yeast and lastly the orange peel. I feel kind of confused by the description of cacao, in its raw form it really has no chocolate qualities but when processed it does but it then becomes chocolate. As such I did not detect any chocolate qualities. Taste is tart, if that is a taste quality, mildly spicey with some orange peel at the end, although to me it tastes as if they left too much of the pith on the peel. A medium dry finish with a lingering aftertaste, remnants from the sourness, a bit watery. Very nice for the price.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Hazy orange/brown, some yeast floaties, with an off-white head. Bracingly tart nose, with some barnyard notes, a bit of cherry, a hint of chocolate. Very dry. Moderately tart, with a very interesting blend of fruitiness--cherries and oranges, mostly--with chocolate. Some earthy notes and lemon in there as well. Quite interesting indeed.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Pours a translucent ruddy, glowing brown with a nice, thick, sustaining head. Rich aromas of a classic Belgian sour ale. The taste is complex and contradictory: earthy but not malty, with bitter cinnamon notes, and fruity qualities that are at once sour, tart, and dry. I cant really detect the cacao and I might not have noticed the hint of orange peel if the label hadnt mentioned it, but theres still a lot going on here. It finishes with a nice, sharp, tartness. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Nice brown pour with an off-white tan head - not a mega gusher (at least not this bottle) like alot of JP bottles (I decided to open a geyserish La Roja at the same time). Nice light bready aroma with cinnamon, spice, yeast, and some light fruit - a bit of citrus and some subdued summer fruit. Flavor is a nice cinnamon-orange-bread with a nice sweet-sour-bready sensation. Nice mouthfeel and a nicer tingly finish. Always a pleasure with JP.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (3491) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Pours a clear reddish orange color with a decent offwhite head. Big aromas of grapefruit and some yeasty mustiness. Tastes a little of citrus and spice. Orange flavors are deep on the palate. A slight sweetness. Very nice sourish type beer. Perfect for this time of year. Im digging this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1765) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2007
A murky, glowing pool of mahogany. Sawdust aroma laced with butterscotch, chocolate and nectarine. A very unique take on sour taste, giving the impression of sucking fresh juice from a cacao dusted lemon. Fruits soaked in ginger. Vibrant swells of subtle texture in the mouth. Tart, dry, and alive with nuance - a fun one. Thanks Jason!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2007
bottle. dark copper/brown pour with frothy tan head. aroma is apple, cinammon, nutmeg, malty and nutty. tart but smooth, light but not watery. cinammon, nutty malts, a bit peppery, cherry and apple. lively and crisp. All JPs that Ive tried have a distinct cidery tartness that is unique to them. One that I enjoy. very nice brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9207) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 This is so a flemish sour ale. Murky garnet and burgundy colored body with a small-bubbled tan and pink head. Faint but inviting sour brett and oak nose, with some dough and crackers and cedar wood scents. Exceptional smell to this beer, Im amazed... I dont want to stop smelling it. It tastes wonderfully vibrant and fresh, with cedar, yogurt and lactic acid the most dominant flavors, some oak and sour black cherries in the mix as well. A great recipe, and its made very well.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Bottle. Poured a dark brown. Aroma was a little sour and earthy. Flavor was like aroma, sour, musty, its hard for me to get used to the sour / horse blanket thing that is always present in JP beers. Not what I was expecting from the bottle description.


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