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RATINGS: 820   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (9243) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle. Low fluffy off-white and quickly disappearing head. Think and muddy looking orange brown body. Vinegar like acidc aroma with spicy vineous notes. Powerfrul plum raising ginger flavor with a hint of pepper. A good deal of carbonation and a long and strong aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Gathicus, Hogtown Harry and GregClow, courtesy of Hogtown Harry. Blend 1, 2007. Nice aroma - some fruit, some oak, malty. Nice dark brown with a small head. Taste - lots of sour, of course, lots of spice, some burnt malt. Complex sipping beer and another winner from these guys.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3552) - Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Heavy carbonation calls for a gentle pour. The body is a dark wood stain and the aroma and flavor both have that touch of sourness that all Jolly Pumpkin beers have. Nuts and woods come from the dark malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Deep mahogany colored pour with a small off-white head that fades to a small ring. Aroma of caramel, nutmeg, oak, typical jp house funk, and some dark fruit. Lots of mixed fruit flavor, wood, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, and dough. Velvety medium body with a gentle but lively carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Pours out dark brown-black with no head . Taste is sweet fruit with roasty malt. Notes of dark fruits and spice. Semi Abbey-like but with sour yeast. Nice and very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2920) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 7, 2008
HogTownHarrys bottle, shared with Blankboy, Tupalev and GregClow. Appearance: Dark deep purple/brown, huge white head. Aroma: Sour, sweet cinnamon and rosehip. Flavour: Sour, cinnamon and spices, perhaps some dark fruits in there too. Very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Bottle, Blend 1 from 07. Dark amber pour with a large tan head...nose has hints of oak, spice, some dark fruits, earthy malts and a bit of lactic sourness. If there is one thing that constantly amazes me with JP it is the body...perfectly carbonated, crisp and lively and rarely heavy. Fine stuff...flavor starts dry and oaky leading to some spiced fruits and lactic sourness. As usual with JP, great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Bomber, pours a brown, cloudy apple cider color, with huge frothy head. Aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, and sourness. Taste is wood, caramel, and tart, though not as tart as JPs other offerings. Fizzy and quenching mouthfeel. Normally not a fan of JPs beer because I am not a sour fan, but this had a mild amount of tartness and was quite good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Beer poured with lots of carbonation. Color was darker with a white head. Aroma was very subdued and I could really only pick up on the sour aspect of the beer. As expected the beer was very dry. Malt and spices were present but very subdued. Overall beer was good but nothing I would go out of my way for.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Big fluffy off white head just kept growing after pouring from a big bottle. The fruity sweet aroma fills the room while waiting for the head to dissipate a bit. Another different but delicious brew from Jolly Pumpkin. A funky off kilter taste of dark dried fruit. The body is medium with a bit of carbonation. The Oak barrel flavor seems to turn up as a bit of sourness rather than the typical bourbon alcohol flavor. In fact it is hard to detect any alcohol at all. But at the same rate it is a great winter beer.


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