$9.99 Green’s Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA, USA. 750 mL bottle.
Mid-orange body with thick, milkshake like head poured into the Duvel tulip. Some nice lacing. Looks very nice.
Belgian spiced overtones and a hint of acidity and farmyard funk (apples and West Country Cider) in the nose.
I dunno, this is the second Jolly Pumpkin offering that I have had, and the experience has been almost identical in each case. There is an inordinate amount of funk and acidity that would be OK in a cross between a Flanders Red and a Saison/Wild, but seems horribly out of place in a beer that is categorized as a Belgian Pale. I think if you are drinking this and expecting a typical sweet, candied mildly spiced Belgian, you are going to be very disappointed. If you are a fan of sour beers you’ll probably enjoy this – I’m not, so I was slightly let down. I found pretty much he same thing with La Roja; http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/9897/19314/?ba=Ding.
I guess my gripe is a style thing, but it appears that the Jolly Pumpkin beers are going to be strongly featuring the Saison/farmhouse funk angle regardless of the style that they are trying to achieve.