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RATINGS: 867   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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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shrubber85 (11322) - 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.

4.2
redlight (2318) - 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.

4
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.

4.3
Nephilium (1805) - 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.

3.1
patrick767 (4063) - 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)

3.9
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011
Date: June 17, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip
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
Mode: bottle
continues with the dry chocolate flavor along with plenty of complex character

Date: April 03, 2008
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2006
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
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2006
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
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 2009
Words: blend 3
Aroma: sweet caramel and chocolate aroma
Flavor: funky chocolate flavor with a nice tartness

Date: July 24, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: gusher
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
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

3.7
marcus (10139) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 31, 2007
This amber ale poured with a decent beige head and a sour funky aroma. The flavor is sour and spicy malt with a lot of citrus. There is a carbonated mouthfeel and a long dry finish. This is a complex brew that makes for an interesting drinking session.

3.7
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Bottle share courtesy of Patrick767. A dark, crystal brown colored brew with a small cream head. Roasted malt aroma, notes of boysenberry, strawberry, wet grass and a bit of a spiced candied sugar aspect. Heavily carbonated, dry, sour malt flavor. Some apple flavors came out as it warmed along with a few other fruits. Good stuff.

4.6
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2007
I could tell as soon as I popped the cap that I was in for something special. There is a wonderful nose on this beer. Plenty of spice, tartness and funk. The taste is incredible. The taste has a nice dose of cacao. The mouthfeel is full and creamy and just the perfect amount of carbonation. This beer is a real treat.

3.8
IrishBoy (4185) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 17, 2007
750 from pantanap last Feb.; nose has chocolate, caramel, and some light funkiness; Clear honey-brown (color of a cinnamon grizzly bear for you hunters) with a big beige glass-lacing head; flavor of tart dark fruit, berries, and caramel; finish is peppery spices and tartness!


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