Episode 161 – Noel de Calabaza

We end our “Noel” beer roundup with an American entry from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Brent our esteemed director and editor decided to have a little fun with the editing being the end of a rather heavy ABV day of shooting. This is yet another 9% ABV Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The label is misleading – there’s no pumpkin in it! – but that isn’t the worst thing in the world. We get sour on this puppy often caused by the Brettanomyces yeast (which Dave totally mispronounces) but we’re not sure if it’s on purpose or what this beer is trying to be. The almost Flemish Sour characteristics of this beer throws us but we really want to know what happens if it’s aged for a year. Go give it a try let us know what you think!

  • Anonymous

    83! 85? I think it should get at least a 91 for uniquesity! You guys are tough on a weird beer. I know, maybe it’s different for beer than wine but 85 says you wouldn’t buy again. Above 88 and you might buy again for the right price.

  • mattymatty2000

    Good to have you guys back.

  • All of JP’s beers are infected with a bunch load of their house bugs, which is exactly what they’re looking for. Certainly gives their beers a similar character. I also believe they barrel age all their beers as well.

  • Jmw222

    FYI: Its artisan not artesian. 2 different words with two different meanings.