Thursday, February 10, 2011
Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza
I acquired a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza from Teresa’s Next Door bar as part of their clearance sale. The bottle is labeled Blend 2, 2009. The beer pours a reddish-brown color with an extremely lofty and foamy off-white colored head. The aroma consists of malty with sour apple and cherry notes, oak, and bits of vanilla. The taste has toasted malts with a bubbly mouth feel just before the sourness kicks in on the tongue. There are flavors of grape, plum, and cherry and some oak lingers on the after taste. The alcohol content is 9.0% ABV. The beer has held up over age and has a wonderful sour fruit profile, yet has an excellent malty backbone.