Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Oro de Calabaza

Today I'm drinking Oro de Calabaza, a Bière de Garde brewed by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in Dexter, Michigan. This is Batch 728, bottled in a wine bottle on 4-19-2011 after being aged in oak casks. The label art depicts an open treasure chest on the beach of a deserted tropical island, palm swaying in the breeze. The colors are very soothing, except for the treasure, bright golden glowing bottles of Oro de Calabaza. Mmmm. A story on the side talks a little about the beer.

Lemony citrus aroma, very much surrounded by a bouquet of yeasty, musty, wet clothes. Yum! Sour Granny Smith Apple flavors are sharper than expected, but in a pleasant surprise kind of way. Nice tartness! The carbonation really makes for a great mouthfeel as well. There is plenty of lemon citrus, and an intense acidic, wine-like (let's go with Pinot Grigio) flavor is present for the entire wine bottle. Some light peppy pepper and spiciness also come in and out of play.

Now, there is definitely a funky yeasty flavor, but not nearly as much as in the aroma. The tangy fruit flavors linger long after each sip, and the 8% alcohol does a great job of accentuating that right at the end. Very pleasant and enjoyable aftertaste. And a great beer! BTW. I am enjoying this at a cool and NOT cold temperature, so think about that. Get yourself a bottle!

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Miamimaltbomb said...

Looking forward to drinking this one again, I haven't had it in a long time. That it can be bought here now, all the better.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

I was at Total Wine yesterday, where I bought this one. And I didn't see any more. Really hard to believe they sold out already. Maybe I just wasn't looking carefully.

Miamimaltbomb said...

I had one over the weekend. Really good, even better than I remember it being.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

This was a first time for me. Really enjoyed it. Might be my favorite of the ones I've tried.