Jolly Pumpkin Bam Di Castagna

This year, our flowers came up really nicely in the yard, except for the fact that the deer like to snack on them. We’ve also gotten a lot of foxes in the yard lately, although only really early in the morning, before Val gets up. They tend to go after deer, which is a bit odd to me. I guess this is what we get for living in the country.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dark, smooth and delicious. Aromas of worn leather and cool autumn nights. Notes of sweet plum and toasted raisin, hints of coffee and cacao. Lingering tart and refreshing finish.”

Random: This is an Autumn seasonal.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head. It was very fluffy head and dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and golden-yellow. It had moderate carbonation. The nose started with a lot of yeast and funk, but quickly went into leather and oak. The taste had some white grapes up front and the same yeast and funk that was apparent in the nose. It had a toasted grain note as well. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with an oaky white wine note. Val bought this for me, so I have no idea how much it was, but I enjoyed the depth and complexity of this beer. I’m glad I got a chance to give this a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial

I picked up this beer because I heard a really good review of it on one of the beer podcasts that I listened to. Hopefully, I like it as much as they did.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: American Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Sour Brown Ale inspired by the enigmatic monastic brews of Belgium, and the mysterious mist shrouded jungles of the tropics. Brewed with real cacao, and spiced with cinnamon and sweet orange peel for a sensual delight. A brew to be sipped, savored, and enjoyed!”

Random: I’m craving blood oranges for some reason. It could be because I read that Dogfish Head is putting out a blood orange beer.

When I cracked this bottle open, it exploded like crazy. I lost a decent amount of the beer before I poured it. Once I got it into the glass, there was half a finger of cream-colored head. The head dissipated quickly and left light lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy with lots of floaties. It was a bright sienna color with no visible carbonation due to the haziness. The nose had a lot of tartness and funk which was followed up by cocoa and alcohol. There was a slight nuttiness from the malt. The taste had really nice tartness and some horse blanket funk. It went into a cocoa flavor that went really well with the tartness. Almonds and then a red grape note that was completely unexpected, but gave the beer profound depth like a red wine. The body with thin with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with funk and white vinegar tartness. A bottle of this was $12.99, which broke down to $.59 per ounce. Despite that being a bit expensive, it was worth every penny. This was one of the most interesting brown ales that I’ve had. If you haven’t tried it, get it immediately.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Jolly Pumpkin Persimmon Ship

The other half is still asleep, so I took this time get rid of the backlog on the blog. This is a beer that I had this week, so let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to, “Persimmons are the edible fruit of a number of species of trees in the genus Diospyros. Diospyros is in the family Ebenaceae. The most widely cultivated species is the Asian persimmon, Diospyros kaki. In color the ripe fruit of the cultivated strains range from light yellow-orange to dark red-orange depending on the species and variety. They similarly vary in size from 1.5 to 9 cm (0.5 to 4 in) in diameter, and in shape the varieties may be spherical, acorn-, or pumpkin-shaped. The calyx generally remains attached to the fruit after harvesting, but becomes easy to remove once the fruit is ripe. The ripe fruit has a high glucose content. The protein content is low, but it has a balanced protein profile. Persimmon fruits have been put to various medicinal and chemical uses. Like the tomato, persimmons are not popularly considered to be berries, but in terms of botanical morphology the fruit is in fact a berry.”

Random: The glass in the picture was actually left by the sellers. Free beer glass, woot!

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, golden-yellow with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. What was there, was a lot of “floaties.” The nose was tart with lemon and dragon fruit. The taste was not as tart as the nose, but had a lot of funk with dragon fruit and what I assume are persimmons behind it. Other than that, there wasn’t much to it. It had a light body with moderate carbonation. The finish wasn’t that long, but was tart and funky. It wasn’t bad, but it just needed something more, especially for $16.99 a bomber ($.77 per ounce).

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Jolly Pumpkin Baudelaire IO

It’s almost Christmas. As usual, I’m leaving everything to the last minute even though I had all of these grandiose plans to have all of my shopping done before December. I’m stuck at work today, but as I mentioned before, this means that I have two weeks off after my shift today, which I desperately need. I picked this brew up awhile back (the girlfriend picked it out if I recall correctly) and tend to really enjoy Jolly Pumpkin beers, so let’s see how it went.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to, “Jolly Pumpkin’s Baudelaire Series – first introduced in 2010 – celebrates the deep, dark and often dangerous side of love, as a story of art and beer unfold. The series is created in the spirit of French poet Charles Pierre Baudelaire (1821-1867). Widely-known as a controversial figure (much like his fellow writer, Edgar Allen Poe), Baudelaire’s name has become the epitome of literary and artistic debauchery. Through these distinctive beers, Jolly Pumpkin presents a liquid narrative, steeped in romantic tendencies – with just a hint of tragedy.”

Random: I hate that it’s so dark out already. It makes me feel more tired than I am.

This brew poured with a huge, four finger, off white head that took forever to dissipate. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy chestnut-brown (which I may add, is a bit dark for the style) with lots of seltzer-like carbonation visible throughout. The nose had a great deal of yeast with a touch of barnyard funk and some citrus notes following up behind. The taste was the nose, but amplified. I got the typical barnyard funk that I’ve come to expect from Jolly Pumpkin. Some sweetness came up behind it with some citrus zest and a touch of oak on the end. There was also a note of hibiscus that wasn’t apparent in the nose. The body was medium thickness, but had very intense carbonation. The finish was rather quick with a lot of yeast and citrus. Although I enjoyed this beer, especially as a sipper, the price point on it was a bit extreme, even for a Jolly Pumpkin beer. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again as a result.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela

Football is finally back! This means that I am a very happy person, well until my Eagles disappoint me again for another season. I’m still annoyed that they re-signed Vick. I would have been much happier to have just gotten rid of him. I’m not a big fan of Foles either. I guess this could be another “rebuilding” year. We play the Redskins tonight and I think we’re going to get completely embarrassed by RGIII and company. Anyways, onto the beer…

ABV: 6%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website

Random: My sister got me a new beverage cart that is basically a cooler on wheels for the backyard when we have parties. It’s definitely cool. It even has a cap catcher and bottle opener on the outside.

This brew poured with a huge two finger white head that dissipated slowly with some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with lots of heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose had a lot of farmhouse funk to it with some nutmeg, but not a lot of the other scents that I associate with a pumpkin beer. The taste was a funk bomb with pumpkin at the end. There was also a touch of oak to it as well. I didn’t get any of the cocoa in it either. The body was a medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with brett. I think that I may have gotten a bottle from last year, because the flavors weren’t there for me. I would try this again if I could get it fresher.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere

Halfway through the week! I had a crazy busy day at work and then did an hour of cardio at the gym. I’m definitely tired now. I’ve been watching the Rangers game for a little bit. This series has been pretty exciting. I used to be a huge hockey fan and I haven’t watched it in years. I’m really getting into it. My sister is a Rangers fan, so needless to say she’s rooting for them. What better way to watch a game than to open a brew to go with it?

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An artisan farmhouse ale that is golden, naturally cloudy, bottle conditioned and dry hopped for a perfectly refreshing balance of spicy malts, hops and yeast.”

Random: An ex girlfriend used to call me Bam. I really don’t even know why.

The brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated relatively quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light yellow color with generous amounts of carbonation. The nose was wonderful and fragrant with notes of lemon, yeast and funk. After one sip, I remember why I love Jolly Pumpkin beers. There was lots of citrus and lemon and generous amounts of funk. This was just a delightful beer. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation, which really let the flavors shine through. The finish was quick with some funk. In short, I love this beer. It was delightfully complex and flavorful and light enough for the summer. Get this now!

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Jolly Pumpkin E.S. Bam

This was a total case of the Mondays. After having smoked brisket last night, I did not feel like getting up this morning. But, I got my behind out of bed and work went pretty quickly. I hit the gym afterwards and I started upping my cardio. I’m trying to lose another 5-10 pounds by my birthday in my crazy dream to have a six-pack. I’ve even factored my one beer a day into my diet (I’m using it as a post workout drink). Anyways, I haven’t had a lot of Jolly Pumpkin beers, but I’ve always heard good things about them and the few that I’ve had I really enjoyed.

ABV: 4.7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, this is an “extra special” farmhouse ale, “A Bam celebration of excess. More malt, more hops, same vivacious personality.”

Random: This is also a seasonal release that comes out every April.

I can’t remember the last time that I had a saison. It was a style that I fell in love with when I first started drinking beer, but I’ve recently neglected. This bad boy pours with a generous two-finger off white head that looks exactly like whipped egg whites. The body was a slightly hazy orange color with a lot of visible carbonation. On the nose, I got a lot of different things. First, I got lemon, then a bit of funk followed by some floral notes and spice. The taste really threw me for a loop. There was a definite hop characteristic that also came with some grassy notes. Lemon was definitely in there too, but it was much more muted than the nose. After a few sips, I also got some mild spice (specifically clove) and a bit of bitter funk with a hint of sweetness at the end. This was definitely a complex beer. The finish had a bit of the funk that was apparent in the taste. Body-wise, the beer was pretty thin and the carbonation doesn’t overwhelm the brew. All-in-all, a very unique and satisfying saison. I would definitely have this again. Another solid offering from Jolly Pumpkin.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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

Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza

I had this brew on tap at The Pour House after visiting the Flying Fish Brewery in Cherry Hill for my birthday. The brewer itself was small and the tour was pretty quick compared to Victory. I did get to sample some of their brews, and I really liked the Oktoberfish. So, this brew is one that I had heard a lot about. I’ve never had a biere de garde, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

ABV: 8%

Style: Biere de garde

Trivia: This won GABF 2004 Gold Medal and GABF 2005 Bronze.

Random: This brew looks like yellow snow…

This beer presented with a cloudy, yellow colored body that was almost straw-colored. There was lots of visible carbonation on the beer. It had a one finger head that left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear. On the nose, I got lemon and some spice. There is a lot of prickly carbonation on the first sip. On the taste, I get lemon and spice (the same as the nose) initially. Then, some green apple and pear come out in the subsequent sips. It’s pleasantly tart. The finish is quick, with some of the fruit still present. I don’t think that I could have a lot of these, just due to the carbonation and the tartness. It’s a sipping beer for sure. It was an interesting beer and I enjoyed it, but definitely not one of my favorite styles. It’s worth a shot if you’ve never had it before.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0