Paardebloem Lips of Faith series collaboration by New Belgium and Red Rock brewery

1185754_10101360003354340_899459529_nRating: 4/5

Paardebloem Lips of Faith series collaboration by New Belgium and Red Rock brewery is a 9% ABV Belgian Strong Pale Ale brewed with Peach juice, Grains of Paradise and dandelion greens blended with wood aged beer

Using dandelion greens to bitter a Belgian-style ale blossomed from our brewers collaborating with Red Rock Brewing. This being our sixth interpretation together since 2008, expect a wonderfully complex ale fermented with wild Belgian yeast and blended with just a touch of wood-aged beer. Bitterness imparted from dandelion greens and grains of paradise will have you blowing wishes for sips.

Got this one as an extra to go when buying beers. I have not tried this one nor the other one (Pluot) which were the summer releases for the Lips of faith series. The ones from spring were pretty good. This one is made with fruits and flowers so I am hoping it will be good.

Aromas are of honey, peach, grapes, pineapple, apricot, light biscuit bread, light flower scent, citrus scent, peppercorns, coriander spice, a touch of a caramel and wine notes

Flavors are of grapes, honey, peach, white wine, apples, pears, pineapple juice, plums, biscuit bread, waffle cone, orange juice, coriander spice, light oak notes, caramel, floral bitterness and slight tart nectarine.

The aftertaste is sweet and tangy but finishes dry. The alcohol is somewhat hidden but comes out sweet. This one can be drank easy to moderately

Overall the beer turned out to be very good but nothing too new or mind blowing, simply very good. Reminded me of the Fejoia but more orange juice, floral notes and a bit of oak. For the price I would go with another beer that is just as good or better. This is actually worth trying at least once to get a good feel for it. Also, I apologize about the label, seems like the label paint was peeling from the bottle. I had noticed it after the first pour. As long as the main part of the label is still good.


Luciérnaga or The Firefly by Jolly Pumpkin

Rating: 4.75/5

Luciérnaga or The Firefly by Jolly Pumpkin is a 6.5% ABV Belgian Pale Ale brewed with Spices. This time of year, it is available. The summer sour ale. But honestly, it is not as sour as some of the other JP beers 😛

Label: The Firefly, an artisan pale ale brewed in the Grand Cru tradition. Enjoy its golden effervescence and gentle hop aroma. Coriander and Grains of Paradise round out the spicy palate, melting o so softly into a silken finish of hoppiness and bliss! Make any season a celebration! 

It smells of the usual JP funky wine sourness with somewhat citrus and banana fragrance. The taste of this beers is pretty good. The last time I time I tried this beer was last year. Decided to pick it up again to give a chance. Flavors of the JP grape wine vinegar are very low. What happens then on is that it gives way to some sweet delicious oranges, coriander, peaches, green apples, lemon, biscuit bread with honey, very minor earthy hop notes, caramel, minor peppery and cinnamon flavors. In general, though ye may be of sour origination, each beer brought forth is something different that may not be the same. JP, although a mainly sour brewery, has created some of the best sour ales out there like no other brewery. Cheers guys :)!!

2011 Review: 
The Jolly Pumpkin fire fly is a very sweet pale ale. Sweet in the form that there is a range of flavors going from fruits, spices like corriander, some slight maltiness to the palette as well as that jolly pumpkin sourness. The funny part about this beer is that the sour notes are noticed at first but the finish is very sweet, almost peach like. This is definitely a summer ale like no other, especially for being jolly pumpkin and their sour style ales :P. Lol the funny thing about it as well is that its quite fizzy so be careful when opening this one. Enjoy :3….