9% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Dark brown with amber-ruby highlights and a full, tan head that lingers.
Aroma: A complex bouquet of dark fruit with oak and sweetbread notes.
Taste: Flavors of raisin, plum, tart cherry, figs and dates meld with oak, spice, toasty malt and sour yeast funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy bodied, highly carbonated, smooth but with a bit of warming alcohol in the finish.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, because Jolly Pumpkin’s holiday seasonal, Noel de Calabaza Special Ale, is on tap (if you’re fortunate) and available in bottles at your favorite reputable beer store. Whether you’re enjoying with family and friends around the holiday table or fireplace or putting a bottle or two in your cellar to age for later consumption, it’s among the most interesting holiday beers you’ll come across and, for my money, one of the best. Just don’t leave it where Santa can get at it.

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