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RATINGS: 1252   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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4.5
MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 The Lure:
A cloudy golden gown serves as the vessel for citrus fruit, flowers, doughy yeast, and that perfectly-hinted wild barrel touch seemingly endemic to Jolly Pumpkin.



The Festivities:
Sweet alcohol is diffused through the splendidly dignified malt soil. Oranges, coriander milkiness, flowers, white wine fruitiness, snappy tartness and a hop bitter ending are amazingly well-blended in this perfect mouthfeel. It seems more recent batches (with the square label are even classier, if that’s possible.



Transcendence:
The shining beacon of true gold is always a wonder to behold.

4.4
tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
Complex aroma contains notes of cork, cedar, orange vanilla, coriander and a light, lactic, sweaty, barnyard sourness. Hazy burnished copper with decent, white, fine-bubbled head that recedes to lasting cover with some fine lacing. Flavour is also complex and marries better than the aroma - earthy, barnyard, tropical fruits, fresh vegetables, balsamic vinegar and a peppery spiciness. Engaging fine-bubbled carbonation and soft rounded malty texture. Heavenly. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.

3.7
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
Clear amber, light off-white ring. Softer aroma than other Jolly Pumpkin offerings yet it grows on you. More vinous than others, it has a strong cork flavor to it (bottle has no cork, but barrel aged.. ), musty vinegar flavors, vinous earthiness in a peppery fashion. Slightly astringent around the edges and probably too vinous for me to enjoy it as much as other JPs, but very interesting, unique, charming. Herbal, spicy (rosemary) and lightly meaty even with a pleasant balsamic touch. Velvety texture, medium biting carbonation.

3.3
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2005
On tap at Ashleys in Ann Arbor. I wanted to love this beer, it being a locally brewed GABF winner. But I thought it was only decent. A little flat in character I thought. Still, nice Belgian spiciness, some evervescence, and a mellow maltiness.

3
DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
Sweet malt aroma, amber with a small custard head. Flavour of malt, touch of hops. Thin. Very nice but it didn’t seem to fit the style.

Thanks wohlfs and qdog.

3.7
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2006 Re-rate. I had no idea I had this almost two years ago at Doug’s! It was a small sample; here is a proper sample, shared with GregClow, Blankboy, and Hogtown Harry, Harry’s bottle. Interesting sour, citrus, funky farmhouse aroma - nice. Hazy dark yellow, small white head. Nice taste - strong alcohol, funky yeasty sourness - maybe a little too much acidity. The taste is not near as complex as the aroma, but still has a wonderful citrus aspect to it that I really enjoyed. A good strong Biere De Garde.

Toronto Christmas Party 2004. Dark yellow colour, small white head. Spicy aroma. Very crisp mouthfeel. Very strong taste of spice, malt, and some citrus that left me feeling a little overwhelmed to be honest. Not bad, but too much to be really enjoyable. original rating 7/3/7/3/12

3.5
Radek Kliber (7487) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 21, 2004
Aroma of funky Belgian Ale, some alcohol, spice and herbs. Cloudy gold, misty, nice creamy head. Not bad yeasty feel, medium bodied, smooth, pleasant.

3.6
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2004
Golden-orange with a tight white head. Aroma is fruity and spicey with a barnyard & blanket edge. Peach & apricot flavours with some dusty barnyard funkiness. Dry, wine-like finish. [Toronto Christmas Party ’04]

3.6
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Golden color with a white head. Yeasty and a little spicy with a nice farmhouse character to it. Light alcohol prescence, medium to fuller bodied. Akin to an American farmhouse ale such as Hennepin. I liked. Thanks wohlfs and qdog.

3.1
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2004
Cloudy god w/ some floaties. Off-white foam. Sweet, yeasty (banana), fruity (strawberry), mildly spicy (pepper, coriander) aroma. Medium-light, sugary feel. Flavour is malty, yeasty & spicy w/ a sweet, lemony edge.


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