Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza

Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza

I hate the cold weather. And don’t give me that “if you don’t like the cold, move somewhere warm” garbage. My wife and I have family up here that we can’t move away from. It doesn’t change the fact that each time winter comes around I dislike it more than the previous year.

This morning it was 11 degrees when I walked the dog. At least 0 degrees with the wind-chill. When walking the dog (below) I get all bundled up to make sure I stay as warm as possible….I don’t care if my neighbors think I’m burglar/ninja.

You know what else pisses me off? Back zits. I’ve got one right now.

Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza

The only thing that will dull my bitterness this evening is a good Christmas beer. Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza came highly recommended, so I’m giving it a go.

Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza

At first I thought the beer had gone bad. It gushed a little bit on me and smelled sour. A short Google later and I felt dumb. It’s a Belgian strong ale that has sour characteristics.

Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza

Noel de Calabaza tastes like a sour plum to me. The sour, while completely noticeable, isn’t overpowering. This is probably a good thing given that I’m only starting to get into sour beers.

It’s also got a hint of spice, or possibly clove. Whatever I’m picking up is ever so subtle, mostly hidden by the sour flavors, and hard to describe.

Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza

This is tasty beer. The sour notes make the beer unique as far as my winter/Christmas beer experience has been over the last couple of years.

A good beer here – One I can’t fully appreciate or evaluate due to my inexperience with sours.

While I work on polishing off the bottle, Brady and I will be watching the Bruins.

-Lost

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.