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RATINGS: 1250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Artisan Golden Ale. Ale aged in oak barrels. Barrel aged & bottle conditioned. Aged in large oak casks and refermented in the bottle. Oro de Calabaza is brewed in the Franco-Belgian tradition of special golden ales. Spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet and the beguiling influence of wild yeast. Please enjoy our beers in good health, Cheers and Mahalo plenty!

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4.2
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2006
Beautiful pouring beer: Sparkling clear honey golden, with a thick, pillowy off white head, that lingers on and on, becoming more dense and whipped, a la Duvel. Aroma is nice and complex, with notes of sour fruit, honey, hay, oak, herbal/floral and spicy hops, yeast, and perhaps cookie dough.. Very fun indeed! The initial sip is tart on the tip of the tongue, which softens and moves towards honey and malt sweetness, and a touch of pepper towards the back of the throat.. The alcohol is very well concealed in the flavor spectrum. A unique, delicious, complex and well balanced brew from the fine folks at JP!!

3.9
HogTownHarry (6925) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev, my bottle. Cloudy light gold-orange, solid white head. Funky/yeasty aroma, incredibly spicy, herbal hops - very hoppy, just not resiny or sharp - like a BdG on steroids mixed with a nice gueuze and plenty of alcohol. Solid body, very very lively, spicy,sharp, acidic, alcoholic - really nice, unusual.

4
rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2006
Hazy yellow honey hue, with a rocky white head, leaving laces, yeasty nose, earthy pale malt, barnyard, notes of fruity tartness of sour green apples, citrus fruits, flowery hops lemony, hints of wet oakiness and mustiness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice mild yeasty tartness character, could even detect a note of brettanomyces of wild yeast here cool!!!, with a green apple sourness and acidity, with a zesty citrusy accent of grapefruit, lemon, hint of floral hops in a cheesy barnyard wet oakiness, leading towards a tart fruitiness in a spicy mild sharpness finish.

4.1
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Hazy golden color with a HUGE white head that lasts forever. I drank it yesterday and it’s probably still there. Sucker is huge and everlasting. Delicious spicy aroma with notes of orchard fruit. One of those beers that you just want to sit there and sniff all night. Wonderful spicy flavor. Light bitterness. Earthy finish. A little bit tangy as well. I love this stuff.

3.8
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Pours a nice orange color with a huge white head with shit flaoting in it. Aroma remids me of fresh sawed trees. Flavor is creamy and spicy with a splash of sour. over all a ncie brew.

3.7
bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Bottle. Amber beer with a big off-white head. Sweet/tart aroma - some spice and yeast, but mostly just a slight citrusy tartness. Yeasty, spicy, lemony, green apple flavor with nice tartness - not overwhelming. Nice cleansing flavor. Alcohol slightly noticeable. Finishes peppery, yeasty, and tart. High carbonation.

4
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
750mL, no date. Pours a hazy golden with a huge off white creamy head. Aroma of sour apples and tart cherries, yeast, some barnyard funk, spices and oak. Yeast and oak and alcohol are the first things I taste, followed by some tangy citrus and funk. Bone dry finish, though not terribly bitter at any point. Moderate carbonation, medium-full bodied, nice lacing. Very good beer. by the aroma alone, it seems that JP brews are fairly similar. The taste and overall beer is another story. I guess I never realized this was 8%--kinda surprised me. Great beer.

4.2
JK (6162) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Excellent. More of a saison than a biere de garde, I tought. Bright, cloudy yellow. Very large and thin white head. Small pieces of brown sediment, and quite a bit of it. Aroma is spicy and barnyard. The natural fermentation is clear in this beer. Flavor is horse blanket, a little sour, with some citrus flavor that included lemon. Some wheat; maybe coriander. Alcohol is very well hidden and sneaks up on you.

3.7
jimhilt (2610) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Explodes out of bottle with a five+ finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Piney nose. Starts sweet and sour, then tartness - maybe cherries, smooth finish, high ABV is not noticeable. $8.99 for a 750ml bottle from Hi-Time Cellars Costa Mesa, Ca.

3.8
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Hazy dirty gold with a white head. Mildly sour orange, fruity. Some woody notes, plus melon. Excellent lacing.


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