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RATINGS: 1246   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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4.1
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Thanks, Naven. My beer fridge always has room for your extras. And when a pal gives you one of these as an extra, you HAVE to be pretty stoked. I love beers with the sourness at this level. Easy drinking and it lets the other flavors come through. White pepper and some hops round this out nicely. Well crafted. Thanks!

3.7
Stine (1780) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 Pours to a beautiful shade of hazy gold. Aroma is quite bombastic with white wine tones of sour apple, grape, almond. Its tartness and carbonation is so dominant at the start that this might first be hard cider, then champagne in a blind taste test. More flavors of pears and caramel as it moves from dry sourness to a subdued sweet finish. Simply too sharp with carbonation. This amplifies an alcohol bite. Interesting, though, and certainly solid.

4.1
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2006
750ml bottle: pours a hazy golden color with a big white head. carbonation is very lively. aroma is very fruity. pineapple lemon, apple, maybe just a tinge of banana. spice. kinda has a sweet smell to it. flavor is slightly acidic and sour at first. pineapple, spice, apple. yeasty honey grappiness. hints of oak. a bitterniess that kinda reminds me of a lemon rind. earthy and smooth.

3.5
MrAndo (39) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Cool beer, had it in a bottle at McHaffey’s, nice smell of fruit and sweet aroma. And the carbonation hits you in the face, it is almost like a champaine type of carbonation. The taste is a bit sour at first but then it smooths out to delicate flavors of fruit and spice. very nice soft delicate beer.

4.3
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2006
Shared a 750mL with Goob. Bright yellow in color. aroma of apples, pears, kiwi, melon, citrus, banana. Lots of fizz. Al ittle too much. Kinda took away from from the beer. Very tart and a little sweet. very balanced. Would pair nice with a seafood salad.

4
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2006
Hazy darker straw colour with big head with beady bubbles. Lots of carbo. Nose is wheaty and yeasty with noticeable spice, corriander, citrus and black pepper. Taste is yeasty with lots of pepper. Finish with a woody dryness. Well built and tasty as its lively on the palate with all the carbo. Nice beer.

3.8
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Yellow-orange pour with a huge white head. Sour brett aroma, apples, and some woodiness. Lemon, orange, and brett notes in the body, a bit of pepperiness. Ligering oakiness in the mouth. Medium-thin body, coats the mouth. Loads of carbonation.

3.9
smcd (366) - USA - OCT 2, 2006
(09/2006. Bottles.) This was a really nice beer, everyone. Give it a taste. Big, sour nose up front. But nothing like that in the taste. First, a clear-to-cloudy (depending on the point in the bottle) straw-yellow with a big white, fizzy head. Nowhere near as sour tasting as the nose would suggest and full of complex spiciness (pepper, grains-of-paradise-esque, and woody aromas ... just a hint of bitterness, and depending on where you’re at in the4 bottle again, more-or-less yeasty nuttiness). Medium-full bodies and spritzy carbonation. Overall ... mmmm ....

3.8
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2006
After opening the beer but prior to pouring it, the bottle began "erupting" - it was quite highly carbonated. The beer pours gold with white head. The carbonation is very fine (small bubbles) that lace the glass in small circles. The aroma first hits with tart fruit - peaches and currants. Some grass, yeast, and more fruit aromas follow (grapes, apricots). The flavor has some sweetness and maltiness, a touch of hop bitterness, and big yeast and fruit flavors (grapefruit, currants). The taste starts a little sweet, but finishes dry and tart. The sour finish is somewhat reminiscent of a sweet vinegar, but also very fruity (grapefruit, currants). Very interesting beer, and good example of the style.

4.3
Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Body is a foggy gold with a 1/2 inch white head. Aroma is very fruity with a bit of nutmeg, and banana with a bit of pineapple and a bit doughy. Great aroma. Taste is a bit of brett with a nice hop background which holds, then come the citrus and tartness. Very nice beer, top notch.


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