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Perseguidor by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Sour Ale
7.20 % ABV

Review by MasterSki on 02/08/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 10 14 4 8 2010
Batch 5. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. BA scores noted after the description (as I can't enter this review there due to asinine restrictions).

A - Pours a murky apple cider color with a finger of light tan foam that dissipates to a thick cap and leaves an abundance of lace. There are a few bubbles visible in the body that adhere to the sides of the glass. 4.0

S - Very funky and sweet, notes of horse-blanket, with some light acetic acid and oaky vanillin character. Over-ripe citrus, tart apple, and mixed berries over top of a ample caramel backbone. Subtle and elegant. Gets more intense as it warms - drink this one at cellar temperature. 4.5

T - This area is a bit of a disappointment. The richness of flavor found in the aroma is nowhere to be found. Mostly pear-like sweetness, caramel malt, and a slightly sour lemon and Chardonnay finish. Slightly tannic aftertaste. Very mellow, and reminds me of some Belgian beers I've had that are very old (20+ year old Bios Vlaamse Bourgogne, 10+ year old Oud Beersel Oude Kriek). I'm not confident this is going to get more tart or acetic with time, although the sourness builds a bit throughout the 12oz. 3.5

M - Active carbonation that is soft yet tingly. Medium body that's velvety soft. Some mild dryness in the finish, yet a touch of residual stickiness. Quite good. 4.5

D - It's actually quite drinkable, thanks to the well-attenuated sour and tart characteristics. Not much in the way of perceptible alcohol either. 4.5

This isn't as good as P4, and while it's easier-drinking than P3 it's not as complex. Still - worth trying!

Price: $10.00 Served In: Tulip

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 2009

Batch 3

Emerge077 brought this rarity over yesterday for a sour tasting, thanks! Perseguidor is a hazy copper brew with rusty red highlights when backlit. A super clean white head rises to one finger on the pour and crackles down to a skimming rather quickly. The moderate collar leaves behind a lot of small patches down the glass.

Damn, this beer smells like a melon patch of various varieties. Honeydew, cantaloupe, and even hints of watermelon steal the show on this beer, all in that order of intensity. Sparkling white grapes and mild strawberries come along as well. This is a fruit bomb but in the most soft, well, rounded, perfectly integrated sort of way. A slight minerally funkiness washes through on the back end with some very soft barnyard notes.

The flavor is perfectly in sync with the melon patch of a nose. All the aromas are injected directly into the flavor profile with an incredibly well integrated and soft feel. The flavor is actually softer than I expected and Jolly Pumpkin executed it to perfection. There's a faint funkiness that's somewhat earthy and hay-like. A couple friends mentioned this being a little hot but, for the life of me, I couldn't find any heat at all. I have never come across a brew with this type of flavor profile in the past.

The body feels surprisingly light for the abv with an active carbonation that is perfectly soft while creating a nearly frothy feel on the tongue. The only alcohol I can come across is a little forehead sweat after drinking half a glass.

I could, without a doubt, drink this beer nearly all day long. The refreshing qualities are most impressive and the only thing that would stop me from pouring glass upon glass, besides the obvious availability, is the abv.

Perseguidor was my favorite of the day in a long list of critter driven beers. Of all the great Jolly Pumpkin beers I've had in the past this is one of, if not the best. I didn't think I'd get to try this one. Thanks for bringing this treat, Matt!

Reviewed: 8/25/09

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 04/27/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 11 14 3 7 2008
Big thanks to SaucyA for this trade last year. I shared this 750ml bottle at La Bella on 4-24-09 with buddies Jason and Joe.

Batch 3 edition.

Poured a golden color with little to no head.

Wow! The first smell was great. Really sour upfront with some tart cherries, lots of oak, lemon, funk, cheese, vanilla, green apples, vinous and wine-like acidity, and some wild flowers. After the first olfactory impression the aroma did tone down but a stir of the beer brought back some intensity. Later on I started to pick up some wild honey aromas and pale malt sweetness.

Sweet and tart cherries initially and then it continued with some toasted malts, tart apples, pears, and vinegar in the finish. There was also some oak and apples in the aftertaste. Quite good but rather tame compared to the aroma and not as puckering as the aroma would lead you to believe.

Low carbonation and at some points I detected a sort of film-y sensation on the palate. Not that hard on the stomach and quite easy to drink.

Served In: Other

Review by SAP on 03/21/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 2009
Batch 4; Sampled March 2009
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass produces a large bubbled, finger-thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark, burnt amber color that is nearing black, but does pass light when held directly up to one as it flashes deep ruby notes. The aroma smells quite nice with a mix of oak character, some funky tartness and a spiciness each of which work quite well together. This has a substantial tartness in the nose with a mix of lactic and acetic notes; the acetic is perhaps the secondary sour note in the nose, but adds richness that reminds me of an oaky, red wine vinegar. Substantial oak aromatics provide a spicy, tannic-woodiness as well as a touch of caramelized wood and some vanillin notes. A bit more exploration of the oak character yields a nice buttery note. There is a definite mustiness here that smells a bit like a musky, though somehow clean, cloth blanket; definitely a bit butyric.

Lightly carbonated, but enough to provide a soft prickle as the beer rolls cross the tongue. The flavor has a solid sourness to it that is more lactic in balance, but does seem to have a hint of acetic character to it in the finish. Speaking of which, the finish has a substantial oak-driven tannic astringency to it, as well as a peppery, spicy woodiness and even a dry, roasted grain character that must be the Madrugada asserting itself. The tartness of this beer accentuates a nice fruity note in the middle that reminds me of a tart plum. This has a definite body to it that seems to be tannic in structure; this has a definite feel to it and a light heft as it rolls across the tongue. At times the mix of barrel notes can remind me a bit of Bourbon (especially the spiciness), but it is a pretty smooth character that blends pretty well with the rest of the beer and also manages to not accentuate any hot alcohol notes. The dark grain notes play a fairly subtle role here, but at times I notice a notes of cocoa, burnt caramel (though quite dry) and even a bit of coffee flavors.

As usual, this is quite a complex, nicely integrated, married mix of flavors from the Perseguidor. This is a very solid beer that is very nice to be able to try; I must admit though that it is missing something that would push it over the top.

Served In: Tulip

Review by KAF on 12/02/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2008
Batch 1
Cloudy copper in pour with a thin white head. A pickled nose (pickles?) with dill. Dry oak/wood finish. A bit of sourness as well and maybe wet feet.

Served In: Snifter

Review by SAP on 08/29/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 10 17 4 9 2008
Batch 3; Sampled August 2008
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with an amber tinged, tan colored head that is quite fizzy and fairly short lived. The beer actually foamed up as soon as I popped the cap, but it was slow enough that I caught it all in y glass. The beer is a ruddy, amber hue that shows a hazy, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma exudes notes of oak and tartness as it sits on my desk. A closer inspection yields more oak (mostly spicy but with a touch of woodiness to it) as well as a flint-like white-wine grape fruitiness. Some apple cider like aromatics, some tart plum, perhaps a touch of tamarind and of course the ever-present, though not overwhelming, lactic tartness. The sourness reminds me a bit of a fruity, concentrated wine vinegar that is not quite balsamic in character, even with a slight cherry note to it towards the finish. The aroma is a touch soft in its effect, but is quite nicely balanced and integrated between tartness, oak and fruit notes.

Nice and tart, but with an oak-driven backbone that supplies plenty of spicy oak as well as a tannic mouthfeel and texture. Lightly carbonated for a beer that foamed up upon opening, with just a bit of a prickly texture. The finish is quite dry with a substantial, lingering oak character that is quite spicy. Fruit flavors are nicely noticed up front and die down through the long finish (even if never completely disappearing); flavors of plum, aromatic apple varietals, a touch of raisin and perhaps even a touch of fig. Despite being quite dry, this has a nice body to it; it is still light enough to be pretty drinkable, but the tannins from the barrel definitely provide a structure to the mouthfeel. The spicy, oak driven finish at times reminds me a bit of Bourbon, with even a touch of heat to it.

As the beer warms up a bit the fruitiness becomes a bit more forward and even contributes something that seems like sweetness (though I would guess this is just perceived), which helps to balance the tartness; the sourness in this beer was never bracing to begin with, though is certainly a substantial part of the flavor profile. Really as this warms up it becomes a lot more integrated and balanced; the tannins still play a big role, but they provide a structure & texture that supports the mix of sour flavors, fruit notes and spicy oak overtones that define this beer in equal amounts.

This has a bit richer fruit flavors than perhaps the color would suggest. This is actually quite oaky, but it doesn't seem to bother me too much, which may be more of a sign that I am getting used to aggressive oak in beer rather than this isn't over-oaked. Quite a tasty brew, it is really too bad that so little of this was made, I am actually a bit surprised that so little was made of this (even by Jolly Pumpkin standards). This really gets a big boost because it ends up being such a great blend of flavors.

Price: $16.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 08/29/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 14 4 8 2006
Batch 1; Sampled July 2008
A standard pour produces a finger-and-a-half thick, light tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is a murky, reddish plum color that shows a hazy, opaque, maraschino cherry red color when held up to the light. The aroma up front is a mix of oak and tartness with aromas of vanilla, slight buttery oak, tamarind, sour raisin, concentrated sour plum and lightly spicy wood. Quite funky too with a rich, musty, damp earthiness, cobweb & musky Brettanomyces notes and some slight, ripe cheese character is also here. The barrel adds a touch of spiciness and even a hint of booziness that is reminiscent of Bourbon. I can't exactly say why, as no single thing jumps out at me as being all that unique or even overly interesting, but the aroma on this is just really nice; spending dedicated time just smelling this beer is very easy to do.

This is sour tasting, though not aggressively so. It has a soft, yet persistent carbonation that adds a bit of a textural prickle as the beer flows across my tongue. This is quite dry, with no perceived sweetness to it at all, despite this it does have some heft and viscousness to it; it seems to have picked up some body boosting tannins during its sleep in the barrels. This is very quaffable and, if it wasn't for the fact that I only had one twelve ounce bottle, I could easily drink this a lot faster than I am. Spicy oak flavors in the middle produce thoughts of Bourbon, these notes then meld in with the sourness that becomes a bit more dominant in the finish. Tart fruit flavors of plum, tamarind and raisin (without being sweet at all) are each noticeable. Oak influenced flavors of vanilla linger on the palate and there is a tough of butterscotch here as well. Not nearly as funky as the aroma (though it was fairly light there too), with more of a musty earthiness than anything.

The aroma was a bit more well integrated somehow than the flavor ends up being; the components are mostly the same, it is just that in the aroma they create an enticing, harmonious whole that is not quite achieved in the flavor. Despite seeming a little flat, the flavor is still quite good and I would happily drink more of this. A very drinkable beer; before I know it my glass is sadly empty.

Served In: Tulip

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