Jolly Pumpkin Noel De Calabaza
I mostly got into Jolly Pumpkin beers in the last year. They're a Michigan brewery that's big into open fermentation, oak aging and, like many other breweries, bottle conditioning. I especially liked a line from the description of this beer: "cashews betwixt rum laden truffles." Not only does that sound delicious, but any description that uses the word "betwixt" has my vote. The interesting thing about this beer is that you definitely don't get tart notes often in Christmas beers. However, beyond the initial tart is a slightly malty body, finishing with some spice. Jolly Pumpkin knows how to make some flavor trip kind of beers unlike most others out there, a lot of which have that tart element somewhere in the body. Though they're not all considered sour ales, they have that sour beer feature which a lot of beer drinkers are divided on. I'm 100% behind the sour beers, so any tart in the beer, as long as it works, works for me. This beer works for me.
Overall Rating: A- (10 Lords-a-leaping)