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RATINGS: 860   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
750ml bottle enjoyed over a two hour period. Pours a slightly red tinged dark brown, with a dense two finger head that settles very slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a sticky sheets of lace. Smell; theres a fairly strong barnyard funkiness going on here, with old hay and some touches of vinegar. I also smell plenty of sour apples and tart cherries, as well as sweet molasses and caramel. Taste; starts out with the sour apples and tart cherries, with a little bit of chocolate and cinnamon thrown on top. Molasses and caramel malts follow behind the fruits, and then the baryard funk starts really come out. Theres some old hay, horse blanket and vinegar in the finish. I thought the finish was a bit harsh at first, but it smoothed out a lot after I let this warm up a little. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and suprisingly drinkable with all of the sour and tart flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2007
750 ml bottle into a Tulip glass. Picked up by Kirk in Ridgewood, NJ. Pours a gorgeous light and dark brown with a tanned head with excellent retention. The aroma has a sweet nutty malt around a spiced yeast aspect. A light cocoa powder smell is also detectable. The flavor brings an oaky cinnamon aspect at first moving side by side with the sweet nutty malt from the nose. There is also a very sour and estringent flavor mixed in with all these other aspects that carries throughout the brew. Dark fruits, such as plums and a bit of figs make up a quick body. An ever so slight roasted characteristic comes through near the finish with a hint of cocoa beans. A slight alcohol warming presence happens once the brew is actually down the throat. Quite the interesting brew. Has aspects of a spiced beer, a dubbel, a brown, and a tripel. Highly enjoyable and very complex. You can definitely tell they are using some very odd yeast strains. Another excellent conception from Jolly Pumpkin!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Bomber, pour was brown, tan white head. This was pretty sour? uhh... I cant say much, not what I expected.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown, slightly cloudy, with a rocky tan/yellow head. Aroma is spicy, yeast, brown sugar, citrus. Flavor is tart, oak, malt, yeast, spice. Palate is light to medium with a sour, dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2006
750 ml. bottle. Deep amber pour that produces a light beige fluffy head that speaks of a lively effervescence. Sadly, the head fades quickly to thin fine bubbly layer. I noticed the spicy aroma right after I opened the bottle, before I had even poured any. In a globe shaped goblet, aromas of citrus, spice, and caramel are complemented by a hint of mustiness. Smooth, rich mouthfeel, and the lively carbonation promised by the pour is certainly delivered. Intial malty sweetness is kept in its place by a light sourness that closes out the taste nicely with no bitterness to speak of. This improved dramatically as it warned, and the full aroma and flavor cannot be appreciated unitl ists just a bit below room temperature.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (11637) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2006
was surprised on how sour this was. I know the brewery is fooling with wild yeast strains, but this was gushing white. Lambic aroma vinegar. Hypnotic effect for those used to sour beers in terms of drinkablility, it wasnt a cantillon but the sourness overpowered the spiciness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1772) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Pours brown, with a tan head. Aroma is malt, brown sugar and fruit. Flavors are slightly sour...fruit, malt, ans spices. Bodys a little thin. Not what I expected, but pretty good anyway.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Body is a foggy brown, with a nice tan head. Aroma is heavy brown sugar, a bit of yeast, alcohol, bit of chocolate also. Taste is a bit mettalic, with chocolate, caramel, cinnamon. Very solid beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3632) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2006
750 bottle-pours cloudy dark amber/red with a small fizzy off-white head. Nose has that characteristic JP house yeast twang-sweet and citric with some light funk with some light woody notes. Is this one wood aged? It doesnt say so on the bottle, but Jefferies always barrel ages his stuff. Im guessing it is due to the woody nose. sweet malts here with nice sharp spices, light oakyness, toasted amber matls, and some light brett character. qutie complex and i cant really pinpoint the flavors going on here. Sharp carbonation, like most of JPs beers (and true to the style), but still doesnt quite feel "great" in the mouth (ok that sounded really bad!). long finish of lingering lemon notes with light spices. I think this bottle maybe a year old, but i think that actually benefited the beer. Its quite complex and watch for some revisions to this rating over the course of the evening.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (6118) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2006
With every Jolly Pumpkin I have I appreciate the brewery more and more. Another knock out brew from them here. Pours dark reddish brown with a soapy tan head. The aroma is very spicy, barnyard / brett-like, along with lightly toasted malt underscore. Medium / light body with some unobtrusive sharp carbonation. This is listed as a dubbel here, but it sure taste like a biere de garde to me. It has the wild yeast taste and spicy brett character most Jolly Pumpkins have. There is also a mellow orange hint and toasted malt adding more smoothness that brings out a smooth fruity flavor. Also included are peppery spice and some citrus. Very smooth, crisp and refreshing. Big thanks to Beerdrenched for picking this up for me. Now Im on a search to get another.


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