Jolly Pumpkin Noel De Calabaza

I’m not a fan of snow, at all. We ended up getting about 14 to 16 inches here, and it was the wet snow that is an absolutely pain in the ass to shovel. Add to this, the driveway is about 100 feet. Luckily, one of the neighborhood kids offered to snowblow the entire thing for $50. Best money I think I ever spent. But, I think the whole thing is that I just hate being stuck in the house. I don’t mind being home persay, it’s just the idea that I can’t go anywhere. So, given the weather, I’m popping open the Jolly Pumpkin bomber that I picked up.

ABV: 9%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the Jolly Pumpkin website, this brew should have the following flavors: “Deep mahogany and malty, layered hops, figs, raisins, sugar plums, cashews betwixt rum laden truffles.”

Random: When I made my last beer store run, I found few Jolly Pumpkin beers hiding in a shelf. I’ve always heard good things about them, but really haven’t seen them around (especially in a beer store) in New Jersey. When I saw this brew, I had to grab it.

I poured the brew into my Duvel tulip glass and it presented with about two fingers of slightly off white fluffy head. It dissipated in about two minutes leaving some mild lacing on the glass. The body of the brew was a dark brown and I couldn’t see through it, so no visible carbonation. I took a sniff and damn, this nose was complex. I got definite spice with some booze and dark fruits. There was also a hint of funk and some sweetness. I didn’t get much of the oak on the nose. On the taste, wow, definitely not what I was expecting. The nose made me think I was getting a sweet beer and since I really didn’t read a lot about it prior to tasting it, it really comes from left field. I got a lot of sourness and a hint of funk with some of the spice. I really don’t find any of the oak that it advertises on the label. This is not what I expect from a Christmas brew, but it’s really enjoyable. The finish is a bit of spice and booze. The brew itself is pretty thin with mild carbonation. The alcohol isn’t all that noticeable. This was pretty enjoyable. I would look for this again next winter!

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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