Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza

It's like being 8 years old again!

Last night was EPIC! I came home and basically the first thing Melissa told me was “go play some video games while I shower”. Hell yes! 45 minutes later we were sitting down to dinner – our little two-person Thanksgiving. A Tofurkey roast, roasted carrots and sweat potatoes, mashed winter squash, cranberry sauce, stuffing and gravy. Damn it was tasty.

That was only the beginning of the night though.

Melissa and Brady enjoying the fort

Melissa and I enjoyed some beverages and decided to build a livingroom “fort” (see above pictures). Pretty bad-ass if I do say so myself. I will say that my fort making skills have not improved a whole lot in 25 years.

We chilled out in our fort and watch both the Bruins and Patriots roll to big wins. GREAT night.

Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza

Tonight is pretty sweet also. Not a whole lot going on, but it’s the beginning of a LONG holiday weekend. I’m kicking things off right with this Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza.

Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza

The style of this beer is something I’ve never heard of before: Bière de Garde. Trusty Wikipedia tells me that this style “is a strong pale ale or keeping beer traditionally brewed in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.” OK….

1st impression: Tart, as expected. All Jolly Pumpkin beers are tart, if not sour altogether.
2nd impression: LIGHT! Drinkable! ABV must be 5, no more than 6 percent.

And I’m shocked to find out that this is an 8% ABV brew. Dangerous. The pure white fluffy head that never dissipates makes this not only dangerous, but pretty and dangerous! The fruity tartness dominates the flavor with oakiness hanging out in the background. It isn’t terribly complex, but I’m OK with that. I’m still all hung up on how drinkable this is.

If you haven’t tried sour/tart beers, I would urge caution…this might be a bit much for you. Those of you who know you like sours should DEFINITELY give this puppy a go!

Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza

Author: Joshua Dion

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