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RATINGS: 813   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

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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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Blend 1, 2007. This thing gushed like no other when I opened it. Pours light brown with a huge, tan head. Aroma is sour and oaky. Flavor is sour cherries, limes a bit of funk with some oak and dark fruits. Finishes with with a unique saltiness. I really like this breweries style, dude.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Pours to a mostly clear light brown with a medium light tan colored head. The aroma is sour plums, sour cherry, bits of aged oak, and hints of caramel hidden in the background. Taste initially hits with a medium sour flavor of citrus, lime, sour red wine-soaked oak, then shows a cherry acidity, caramel, and light hints of pepper. Finishes with a sour red wine & caramel flavor. Medium bodied, light carbonation, feels very crisp in the mouth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (7041) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2008
FoBAB 2008 offering: #808 - The sole entry at FoBAB from Jolly Pumpkin. Very dark pour, blackish with brown edges and a small head that remains. Lighter sour, a touch of oak, but largely dark fruits and a nice belgian yeasty spice. Raisins and light bready malt sweetness in the finish. Interesting, unique, "Christmas-y".

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Bottle at Fobab VI. Was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t more JP at Fobab, but this one was nice. Not particularly sour, had some sour candy notes and poured dark brown-red. Spicy and reasonably dry. Would love to try more JP, not sure why I’ve not had more. This is distinctly a Christmas beer, though. No alcohol really comes through. Mostly though, this one is yeasty and spicy. Nice enough.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2012 07 (blend 2) pours dark ruby with a pink-white head. Nose is rather soft and of sour cherry, urine, citrus, and a little sweet spice balancing it out. Very carbonated, yeasty and spicy, a little sour, the flavor comes off rather conflicted. Decent beer, but not cohesive or complex.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (11382) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2008
Wonderful version of oaking, aged an extra year in my cellar. Reddish colour, Belgian Flemish sour aroma. Medium plus mouthfeel. Delicious,cherry-ish. Very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1160) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2008
batch 331 from a 750 mL bottle - not-quite-clear ruddy brown, chestnut color. JP house notes of acid and red wine, discernible oak, and rich caramel malts. some spiciness, but seems more due to yeast than actual spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). slight astringency and not as full-bodied as 9% would suggest; it’s extraordinarily dry and easy to drink. dry and tart finish, acid lingering and a warming alcohol presence. excellent.


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