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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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3.8
JorisPPattyn (10113) - BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2007
Fully hazy, amber-brown beer; small yellowish rim. Fuselalcohols, esters, orange peel, spices. Orange peel again in the taste, as well as strawberries, alcohol, sweet-sourish, and again obviously full of fusels (and quite possibly, fermented at demented temperatures, for doing "Belgian"...). Warming up, some coriander. Well bodied, but well-attenuated at the same time. Good yeast, this one. Sweet-sour and forced Belgain. OK, quite nice, but it IS forced. Thanks to Dirk, as well as to an anonymous American donor!

3.8
SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2007
750 ltr bottle, from Slob (I think). Pours a hazy chestnut brown with a huge, fluffy beige head that leaves spotty lace. Aroma is dry and somewhat vinous, oak notes along with hints of molasses, bitter chocolate and molasses. Nice tart dark fruity flavors, along with lemon tea, prune, brown sugar, tannic with a bit of the wild funkiness and a sour cream raisin character. This one opens and improves as it warms. Medium body and very smooth like liquid satin with a nice tingly carbonation.

4.4
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Bottle via Puddintane. Brown in color with reddish hues. Faint tan head that diminishes instantly. Cinnamon, tropical fruit and raisins in the aroma. Wow, that’s zingy!! Starts out sweet but turns tart mid-palate and finishes dry. It’s hard to pin down the flavors; musty chocolate, apples and dark fruits along with an orange hint and all along, tons of cinnamon. Another great beer from JP.

4
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Bottle. Reddish brown pour with a soapy off white head. Funky aroma - grass, wet hay, sourdough, and a really nice punch of sweetness in there. Good woody notes in there also, along with some spiciness and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is much more on the sour-type-flemish-application-thing. The aroma only hints at the tartness that’s in the flavor. The flavor is much less complex than the aroma. I guess I was expecting something different, but this is a pretty substantial beer as far as most of the sour beers I’ve had go. Worth having once, especially in the summer - nice and refreshing. Smooth and bubbly.

4
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2010
In short: A strange but interesting mix of caramel and sour funk. Not for everyone.
How: Bottle 750ml. Many times. This rating for bottle about 1 year of age
The look: Very cloudy glowing copper body with a small beige head.
In long: A little bit of everything in this one. Fruity sourness, chestnuts cream, earthy wood, orange peels, and I can go on and on. Taste has a lot going on and may even be a bit too much in the long run. Fruity, nutty, lots of caramel, signature JP funk, sourness, and I could go on. But where the beer can be hit or miss is with that mix of rich caramel and funky sourness. Sometimes it works for me, sometimes it takes me one hour to drink the bottle. Jolly Pumpkins beer are an acquired taste and this particular one probably even more than the others. This is a case where whole is less than the sum of its parts. This is a case where the sum of its parts is greater than the whole. Sorry, I’m an engineer, I had to double-check the equation.

3.3
Quevillon (3196) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
Bu au Mondial 07. Brune brumeuse, pas de collet. Légé arome de malte caramelisé, avec des note de fruits sûrettes. Goût de fruit malté très sûrettes, mais une finission sec.

3.9
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 31, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2007 This one was a trip. Bottle pictured with a tulip glass, red/brown with a tan head. All sorts of fruits and spices in this one. Apples, berries, citrus, cinnamon, raisons... intriguing concoction.

4
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Hazy reddish brown with a creamy tan head, dense, but thinning over time. Lightly sweet nose with a slight yogurt tartness. Round smooth malt with enough raspberry/apple tartness to balance. A bit creamy. Really well proportioned. Lively small bubbled body with a slight tingle al la Flemish sour. Foamy and creamy, though not over carbonated. Round round malt in balance with an almost vinous grapey tartness. The chocolate seems to fill out the malt and give the sweetness a bit more depth, as there isn’t any huge distinctly dark malt presence other than some well placed caramel. Very dry finish. Clean, slightly toasty aftertaste (from the lingering caramel notes?). A lovely beer, I’ll pick it up next time I see it.

4
blankboy (7864) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2007
Bottle (750ml) shared at ’Biegaman’s Summer Gathering’ -- courtesy of viggo. Pours a cloudy orange-copper with an average size creamy tan head. Very nice spicy, funky & fruity aroma along with nuts, toasty malt and oak. Flavour’s tart, dry and funky along with spices, citrus, dark malt, oak and more -- quite complex and difficult to pin down everything going on here. Damn tasty though. Medium bodied. Man, these guys make such interesting quality beers and this is yet another one -- great stuff!

4.2
SSSteve (4006) - - MAY 18, 2007
murky light brown/orange with a medium sized creamy yellowish head. caramel, and oak dominate aroma. flavor is caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, and light sweet fruits. not too sour.....just right. the flavors mesh well.


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