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Review by joe1510 on 11/16/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 12 17 4 9 2009
750ml
$5.99
Binny's Orland

Maracaibo Especial pours a hazy, murky, deep crimson with glowing orange highlights. I can just barely make out some tiny, fast rising carbonation bubbles. A one finger off-white head forms on the pour and quickly falls to a skim coat with fat edges. Leaves nice sticky lacing after each drink.

The aroma is fantastic with a big hit of sour cherries, peaches and pears up front. The upfront aromas are of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. The middle brings mild oak that leads flawlessly into cinnamon and the sweet orange peel listed on the label. As it warms the cocoa comes across faintly to finish things off. The aroma on this beer just pulls you in. Probably the best aroma from a Belgian Sour I've yet to come across.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma but it would be extremely tough to do so. Sour funky tart cherries lead the way trailed by a refreshing lighter, but still tart, underipe pear. Finishes off with tart green apple and all the wonderful spicing. Mild oak mid-palate followed by Mild cinnamon and a bigger dose of refreshing sweet orange peel. Maybe it's my mind playing tricks on me but the faintest hint of cocoa seems to linger after the swallow.

Champagne like mouthfeel. Light bodied with very active carbonation that creates a frothiness in the mouth. Puckeringly sweet up front leads to some resiual sugr to balance things out. Not quite as dry as expected.

This beer is a thirst quencher. The sour and tartness leave you needing a sip right after your last. Vey satisfying with the perfect spicing.

An incredible beer from Jolly Pumpkin. This is my favorite sampled from them so far. The crazy mix of spices work perfectly without one overshadowing the others. A great combination of sour and sweet make this an incredible, approchable beer.

Reviewed: 10/13/07

Price: $5.99 Served In: Tulip

Review by SAP on 09/07/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 2005
Sampled April, 2006
Pours with a frothy, amber tan colored head that starts out about two and a half finger-widths in thickness. It slowly dissipates leaving a light frothy lacing on the side of my tulip glass. The beer is an opaque, dark brown color that shows a murky, reddish amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite fruity as I pour this beer into my glass; notes of sweet plums, raisins, some definite fig notes, and a distinct fruity note that reminds me of something like quince paste. Interestingly enough when I go in for a deep draught of the aroma these fruit aromatics are much muted. Instead I get tart notes of tamarind, some funky Brettanomyces notes, as well as a light acidity. The sharp Brett character seems to be the dominant note in the nose, but underneath it all is an austere, dry, toasty malt character.

The beer is lightly sweet up front and has a creamy mouthfeel to it that just coats the palate. There is some sharp, almost astringent character here that helps to balance the sweetness; it is a mix of sharp, funky Brettanomyces character, and what I would guess is some woody oak notes. The sweetness is complimented by a light, tart sour note that seems to also accentuate the fruit character. The fruit notes remind me of a sweet yet tart plum, some definite rich raisin notes, and a definite, though only a hint of, tamarind. There is quit a bit of malt character in this beer as well, notes of chocolate, caramel, toasted grain, and perhaps a hint of espresso character make for another interesting dimensionality. Somewhere around the middle of a taste of this beer ones starts to pick up a citrus note of sweet orange. There is also a bit more spice character to this beer; lots of spicy yeast notes and perhaps some actual spices as well add up to a not overwhelming character, but one which as a whole is quite apparent, yet well integrates.

This is quite the tasty tipple, it is a bit rich and satisfying, with lots of malt character to round things out. The balance that this beer has is what really sets this beer apart; all of the flavors just integrate so well, with none dominating over the other. The mix of funky Brett character, light tartness, sweet malt, fruit notes, and integrated spicing just works so well here.

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 08/15/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2009
Dark plummy crimson with a finely set medium cap of light tan foam sitting perfectly stretched like canvas. Lacing keeps a small curtain close to the top and a few smaller ink stains scattered about. Keeps a solid skim maintaining that nice canvas effect.

Sublimely delicate and complex nose on this one. I want to say its Chistmasy, but that just ain't it. Close though. More like a ginger bread cookie with a subdued nature to its charm. Cocoa dashed prunes and raisins make the mix with a durable presence along with some dates, figs, and feathery pepperyness. A peculiar earthy-like dryness is drawn through the fruity coating as is a bit of fresh red licorice.

Taste is right on cue with the darker fruityness. And again, we find some nice complexities that are delicately woxen into a farbic of forever feathery dryness and fruits. Very nice interaction of fig, date, raisin and cocoa with a earthen, woody spiced, peppery red licorice and dark baking sugars. Soft and palatable the whole way through. Banana slices at the finish with a touch of cinnamon as it drys off with touches of the drying spices. A delicately nice taster.

Body is at the medium soft level with a fluffyness that comes close to encountering a chalkyness but not quite as the dryness just creates its own weather around your tongue with just the right amount so not to snap any trees, drench any ditches, or parch any sandy beaches along the way.

Served In: Goblet

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