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RATINGS: 821   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4174) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
750 ml bottle from Styles; Blend 2, 2007; Nose of bretty tartness, cherries, nutmegy spices, and sour apples; Cloudy dark brown with a big, glass-lacing straw head; flavor of horseblanket, crabapple sourness, (both light and non overpowering at all), spices, and caramelized brown sugar; finish a nice light brett tartness. Typical Jolly Pumpkin!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Blend 3, 2007... Appears a dark mahogany with a small beige head that slowly fades out and leaves streaky lacing around the glass. Smell is of brett, tart citrus, cherries, vanilla, plums, lemony zest, earthy notes, and brown sugar. Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some standout earthy mushroom, plum, and caramel flavors coming through on top of the brown sugar base. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart/sugary, well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle Blend 1. Body-dark almandine with a quarter inch foamy head. Nose-woody, sour La Folie like nose, light funk, unsweet apple juice, pot roast spices, light vegetable rot (in a good way), light urea. Taste-thin horse, black tea, cherry, medium wood tannins, light cheap Chardonnay, raw leather, kind of squash like vegetables, corn water, malt vinegar, slightly astringent tea like tannins really come out and dominate. Very complex and layered. I am very surprised by the malt vinegar/tea flavor combination.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (14360) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2007
750 ml green bottle Batch 1 poured a clear dark mahogany with a lasting amber head. Aromas of tart citrus, oak, light spice and hints of cherry. Palate was medium bodied crisp and slightly tart. Flavors of oak, cherry, grape, light spice and some vinous notes with a crisp lingering lightly tart finish.
One of the best Christmas beers Ive had this season!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (14189) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2007
750ML Bottle Blend 2, 2007 from Rivers Bend. Poured hazy brown color with a large frothy light brown head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma was as complex heavy dark fruit, spicy, wood and yeast. Medium body with soft carbonation. Moderate spice sour flavor with a Moderate sour fruit finish with medium alcohol bite. Good brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Blend 5, 750ML bottle
Dirty brown with a thick white head and lacing. Aroma is dark fruits. oak and yeast. Flavor is over ripe fruits. Very sweet cherries and malt. Tart yeasty finish.t

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Bottle courtesy of golubj. Poured a murky brown, bog color with light brown head. Aroma is heavy on a sour oak, with fruit, caramel, yeast and maybe flowers. Flavor was much of the same. Almost a little bit too sour for my liking. Other flavors were wood and caramel; not as much dark fruit in the flavor. Some aging might do this some good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12835) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 25, 2007
750 mL bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Blend 1, 2007. Pours mahogany with an average, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting after initially fading somewhat, fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel), average hops (citrus, flowers), average yeast (earth, basement) with notes of sour cherries, wood, and figs. Medium bodied, fizzy and bubbly texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter, metallic finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness. This one needs to sit a while, IMHO, as it seems very raw. The 9% ABV is well-hidden beneath the soured fruit and wood flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2007
750ml $10.99 Binnys Plainfield Blend #1 2007 Jolly Pumpkins newest releases is Noel de Calabaza, their Christmas release. Pours a murky rusty copper with a moderate haze as it rises up the glass. The head grew to a creamy three fingers as I poured then settled down to a thick one finger beige crown. Each sip leaves very respectable drink lines. The smell od Noel de Calabaza is as refreshing as a winter styled brew could be. The nose is so robust its hard to put your finger on exactly whats there. Some dark fruits are present along the lines of prunes, figs, and although not a fruit, plum pudding. Theres that fresh, juicy, fruity aroma found in so many of JPs beers from the fermentation. Makes your mouth water. Flavor is very similiar to the aroma just not quite as robust. The juicy dark fruits are there and creat a great complexity. Im even picking up some candi sugar, whether its there or not, it sure tastes like it. Theres a bit of sourness on the finish but only enough to make you pucker before the tartness leaves you wanting another drink immediately. As the mouthful disappears a touch of tobacco leaf comes into play. The mouthfeel is the only thing lacking on this beer. The bacteria ate up a little too much of the sugar leaving the body a little on the light side. The lively carbonation and light body usually work great on these sour ales but this one could use a touch more body to go with the darker fruits present. Although the mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would have liked it actually boosts the drinkability. The slightly dry finish and tartness on the swallow leave you wanting another drink right away. Another good beer from Jolly Pumpkin. Its refreshing to find all these great barrel aged sours so easily and affordable. Jolly Pumpkin does the beer drinking public a great service by offering these normally expensive hard to find styles in many locations and at an affordable price for such great beers. Thats one of many reasons you will always find at least a couple Jolly Pumpkin offerings in my fridge at a time. 12/24/07

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
750 ml bottle, from BevMo LaJolla. Pours hazy chestnut color, with a smallish off white head that leaves little to no lace. Aroma of tart fruit, funk and barnyard, wet wool, oaky and somewhat vinous. Flavor is also tart and funky, wonderful sour/tannic notes curl around the flavors of unripe berries, red wine and earth and hops with alcohol well hidden. Medium, smooth body, very gentle carbonation. Nice, very nice and enjoyable.


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