emerson430 (95) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2009
On cask @ special sour beer tasting via Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood, Ohio. For a lover of all things Jolly, this is magic in a glass. It has all the roasty notes of the Noel and all the amazing zing of the Roja. The Madrugada seems to make up the body of the beer. On cask the natural fermentation adds wonderfully to the experience. The best part is tasting it bit by bit as it warms and newer, bolder flavors emerge. Pure heaven! Thanks JP cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2010
A-pours a dark brown, almost black liquid with a little tan colored head that sits quite dense.
S-the nose has a good malt body to it, tart aromas, lots of tart cherries, lightly acidic, dry oak, a little vinous and earthy, hints of leather with some subtle red wine qualities.
T-malt base is present but less so than the nose, more sourness than expected from the nose but not overly sour. tons of ripe fruits, cherries, strawberries, well balanced tartness. oak is there, light and very dry oak and a little earthy, hints of brett and just a touch of acidity.
M-full bodied, well carbonated, smooth and crisp finish that is semi dry leaving you wanting more.
D-great flaovrs, love the oak presence along with the huge sweet fruit flavors and somewhat wine like characteristics. the sourness is moderate and balances this nicely, very good beer! fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Bottle pours black with no head a few small bubbles around the edges. Aroma is amazing. I keep smelling this thing. Tart, wood, funk, acid, raisin, paint thinner, and a touch of nail polish remover. Has a medium thin mouthfeel and has carbonation. Flavors are very sour, tart, acidic, oak, raisin, nutty, and complex. Overall a complex and impressive brew. Reminds me of oerbier reserva or earthmonk. Very nice indeed. HopHobo (12) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2009
12oz. bottle Batch 4: blend of La Roja, Madrugada and Noel poured into an oversized duvel tulip.
A-Pours a semi-opaque black color with very thin lacey head that retains very well even after several drinks. Carbonation appears to be medium with good lacing around the glass.
S-The smell of this beer is amazing! Having had Perseguidor 3, I would say this is the only trait that is better in 4. Insanely complex nose, smells of wood, funk, dried fruit, chestnuts and roasted malt. Overall, the most dominating smell is the funkiness with the smell of La Rojo as the most prevalent of the 3 beer in the blend.
T&M-somewhat thin, not at all what you would expect from a beer this color. Tastes of funky souness, very tart, with hints of dried fruit along with the taste of the barrel. Truely exceptional. When I poured this beer and smelled it I thought it would taste like a roasted sour type of stout. There is virtually no stout flavor, I tastes similar to an Old Bruin, but thiner and less acidic, a sipper to be sure do to the tartness, but very tasty.
D-Another great offering in this series, Captain Ron is a master at blending his styles. I’m not really a big fan of the Madrugada, so when I heard it was gonna be a part of this beer I had my doubts, but it works so nicely. A truely wonderful beer perfect for that cold winter night, but light enough to be enjoyed anytime.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2010 I’ve not had P2 or P3, but this far superior to P1, in terms of heft and depth of flavor. Yes, dominated by Roja, but with spice from the Noel detectable along with dark malts, walnut meat. Deliciously sour - everything this old Roja (36 months now?) touches is gold! I think this will age extremely well.
gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle @ WTF OMG! Poured a deep murky brown. Loads of fig, sour acid, tart fruit, raisin, nutty, plum, red wine, vinegar. Flavor was rich ripe fruit, sour, tart grape, cherry, unripe fruit, vinegar, lactic acid, loads of wood, tons of signature Jolly Pumpkin funk. Beautiful! WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2009
12oz bottle via trade with sleestack. Dude you rock, this is completely and totally a sour beer, no way is it a Belgian Strong by any means. Pours brownish with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and rich with a touch of tart. The taste on the other hand is full of sour, funky, tart and super pucker. Holy shit, this is really excellent, I am once again blown away. mar (5423) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. dark brown almost black pour with no head. nose of funk, oak, gueuze and cherries. great on the palate with a nice sour/funk flavor with oak and cherries. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle from Schroppfy shared with some folks. Delicious, highly atypical nose, loaded with tobacco and menthol, very very minty, fresh and woody, oak, raw cocoa... god, so good. I could smell this all day. Where does that mintiness come from? Man, delicious. The flavor is totally different, a big milky sourness up front, very oaky and strongly "Jolly Pumpkin," with a punchy and vinegary finish. Delicious. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle in a trade. Pours a deep brune body with a tan head. Your classic JP funk and yeast is prevalent in the nose. Funky, tart sour mild. Hints of sweet fruit and mint. Some brett, coco and dark malts. Notes of vanilla and cherries. Delicious beer.