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84 94 78 3 11 4
Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Bière de Garde
6.10 % ABV

Review by SAP on 09/07/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 4 10 2005
Sampled February 2006
This beer is pretty well carbonated, it pours with a frothy three-finger thick tan head, that starts to leave a lacing pattern as it slowly, and falls back in a cratered rocky fashion. The beer is a hazy reddish-tinged amber color. The aroma is intoxicating, it is immediate as soon as I start pouring this beer; it is a mix of tart notes and fruit up front. As I go in for a deeper draught of the aroma I get a signature of Brett that is a bit horseblanket, and quite funky (especially if you linger over the aroma. The tartness is still here underneath the Brett character; notes of tamarind and tart plum are quite evident. The aroma is quite complex, and quite nice I could smell these beers for quite some time. Comparable to a Lambic in many ways but there is that balancing sweet note, which contributes to the fruitiness, and is not typically found in a bone dry Lambic. After a bit of time I start to pick up a fruity concentrated note that reminds me of sweet strawberries and kiwis; Interesting.

The beer has some body to it, and an astringent woody/ tannic note that definitely make one think of the barrels that this was fermented in (or perhaps some of it is from the chestnuts). It only has a light sweetness to it, but it is enough to play up fruity notes of apples and plums. The beer is spicy with a nice carbonation note in combination with some spicy oak notes and sharp acidity. It is notable that the acidity is almost subtle here, I am not saying that it is not here, because it is definitely tart, but it is so well integrated with the rest of the flavors. The spices that were used are also quite subtle, in fact I can't even pick any of them out, which in my mind is about perfect, I like the integrated character that spices add, but don't like them to be individually noticeable. The Brettanomyces is here in the flavor, but not nearly as noticeable as it was in the aroma. This really works for this beer, because the Brett does not dominate the flavor profile; it contributes an underlying funkiness that sort of wraps around and accentuates the other characteristics found in this beer. As time goes on this beer picks up a wonderful creaminess to it, which really brings the mouthfeel to another level.

My final word on this beer is that it is so well integrated, and so well balanced. The wood character, the tartness, the funky notes, the fruit character and everything else just combines to form a really nice drinking, complex brew. Once again Ron has created a masterful brew, so far he is firing on all cylinders and I still have 5 more of these to go.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 03/02/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2008
Batch 244,245

A - Pours a glowing apricot color with a bit haze to it. Head is very light tan and about one inch tall. Soapy looking from the sides, but rocky from the top.

S - Nice autumn spices. Good dose of Belgian yeast. Signature Jolly Pumpkin tart/sourness is lingering about.

T - Belgian yeast kicks this one off, bringing just a touch of funkiness. Caramel maltiness comes in, not huge, but sort of soft. Then the funkiness really starts to come in. Bits of barnyard and horseblanket. Slight brett tartness with a bit of peach and lime. There is a slight bitterness that sort of mixes in. Finishes clean with little to no aftertaste.

M - Medium/light bodied. Soft carbonation.

Overall - Definitely not as up front and in your face as some of the more aggressive JP brews. Soft and delicate, making for what would be a nice fall sipper.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/27/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 10 17 2 8 2008
Slightly darker than I expected. This one is a dark reddish and cloudy. Smell was a bit slight given the color. A little spicy, which is not a surprise. Taste is only slightly bitter, with a decent sour finish. That's good thing for me. Feel gets dragged down by the huge carbonation. Too many bubbles in this bottle.

Overall, I like this one. Slight spice smell and taste. Good hint of citrus and sour taste. Just a good bottle. Except for one thing --- WAYYYYYYYY over-carbonated. The bottle was over half emptied and the foam kept coming up the neck of the bottle before I had a chance to pour it into the glass. That was the biggest knock on this bottle.

Served In: Pint Glass

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