beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
The pour reveals a cloudy dark red color with a medium offwhite head. Solid aroma of brett, fruits, malt and spices. Very good flavor of malt, wood, spices, fruits and brett. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. Merci Martin! Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2008
750ml bottle, blend #2. Pours a cloudy cinnamon red with voluminous off white head. A beautiful lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head settles down into a soft layer of clouds. Aromas of funk, muscat, and wood fill the nose. Thoughts of freshly picked Michigan sour cherries fills my imagination. A batallion of tingling bubbles confront my tongue with a complex array of flavors. Smoky oak, sour cherries, and soft malt all stand tall in the front line leaving the alcohol safely hidden away behind his soldiers. The battle end ephemerally, leaving only the faintest reminder of the events of this battle. Another wonderful offering from this fine brewery, one of their best. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
In short: Fruity funky woody lightly acidic beer. A Jolly Pumpkin alright. Excellent.Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
How: Tasting session with Montreal crew (fresh 750ml bottle)
The look: Cloudy brown body with a medium beige head
In long: Bretty nose and taste. High funkiness level for a beer, average funkiness level for a Jully Pumpkin. Complex dark fruits flavours, light sourness/acidity, notes of old woody/barrel. Finish is a mix of caramel and sourness. No alcohol presence. Yet another reason why this is one of my favourite brewery. Truly original. I always thought that those dudes at Jolly Pumpkin were a bit “out there”. How out there? A Christmas beer with a Pumkpin logo!!! Totally disconnected from our reality I’m telling you. And that’s just fine by me.
Typical stuff from Jolly Pumpkin. Those who usually like them will like it and vice versa.
MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
Bretty. Huge fluffy head. Cherry pits. Vinous. Lots of fruits. Oak. Blueberry jam. Foamy texture. Earthiness. Limited sweetness. Absent 9% ABV.
Not very distinguished from other JP, yet it’s their Christmas offering. Lactobacillus seems overly enthusiast. Astringent finish. Metallic 2nd half.
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2010 My Bottom Line:
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Wooden sagacity houses a salient cherry and red wine fruitiness, as a whirlwind of chocolatey malts, cakey yeast and tamed tartness magically lifts all spirits. This is yet another marvelously authentic and idiosyncratic Jolly Pumpkin creation which seems to have somehow burgeoned in the Wallonian countryside.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A frothy castle of foam protects the cloudy reddish brown.
-Carbonation is expansive, but only propels the complex flavors, never impeding on them.
-Alcohol is barely present in this flavor profile.
-The finish is rather subtle, as tartness and wilderness subside to allow more drinkability.
-That fruitiness is very complex; it can be redolent of citrus fruit, grapes, plums, cherries, and many other warped varieties.
Bottles, from 2007 and 2009.
750 mL bottle, Blend #2. Pours a deep, rich dark mahogany with sturdy beige head. The aroma is an earthy sourness with some interesting lemon, mango, muscadine, and general tart fruit notes; a touch of oak is detectable, along with some sweet alcohol and a distant gentle hazelnut note. The flavor is sour right off the bat, but quickly attains an intriguing complexity. Nutty malt tones linger beneath the sourness, with an occasional vanilla hint. The sharp acidity hits throughout the mouth, but is kept in check by a moderate dusty earthiness. Once in a while I get a very distinct taste of fresh plums. The finish is slightly nutty with some alcoholic warmth and leaves a vinous aftertaste. Great beer. bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
sampled at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival Nov 2008, an event shared with what seemed liked hundreds of ratebeerians and enjoyed mostly through a straw, since my face was a bloody mess of scabs and stitches. this came from the RB table full of bottles. This one came from DarkElf. the aroma was a bit funky. flavor had a great sour barrels flavor. slightly sweet vinous notes with other dark fruit, finishes with slightt bitterness. doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
First off, what a great BA beer for a pretty attractive price, $9.99. 750ml bottle, Blend 4. Pours a dark brown color with red highlights. Very thin off-white head that hangs out for a bit. Smells of spicy red wine, and a hint of french oak. Maybe a little sweet malt smell in there as well. Tastes of red wine and oak with a nice subtle hop flavor in the background. A little malt mixed in with the dominant red wine flavors up front as well. Crisp palate, somewhat thin for being 9.0%. Nice active carbonation. Great red wine barrel aged brew. I will have to find some more of these and hang onto them for next X-Mas. beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2008
This beer is dark brown, and cloudy, pours with a small but dense and persistent head, which leaves lace all the way down the glass. Aroma is slight, but with wonderful sour notes, and a pretty good amount of brett funk on the nose. Perhaps some pediococcus and lactobacillus as well. The Belgian funk comes through in the flavor as well, with notes of dark cherries, more Brett funk, and tart apples, backed by a nice malt backbone, and the barest hints of oak and hop. Finishes dry and tart, but not overwhelming. RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Blend 4, 2007. Pours a fully clouded and very dark orange brown with a minimal dark crème head. Nose is beautiful! Bringing the funk. It’s like having a Flanders or a lambic even. Just wild yeast. I love it. On top of that there are noticeable sugars, minor wood tones., and just a nice, gentle perfume tone. Flavor is great. Nice use of spices that bring just the right level of character, but don’t overpower things at all. Minor wood tones. Seems like there is a bit of a noticed alcohol tone. Just enough to notice it. Still all good though. Feel has a nice level of carbonation to it and a good liquid feel as well. Overall the contents are a bit thick and it becomes a sipper fairly soon into the game. But it is definitely well made and a nice one to drink. Something about this reminds me of that 1995 Marriage Parfait I had at Spuyten Duyvil.