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Friday, September 17, 2010

Day 260 Drink: Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Goord

The Denver Rare Beer Tasting was my first chance to taste a creation by Ron Jeffries from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales that fights prostate cancer. No, no one is making a health claim about the beer -- even though it is brewed with a number of ingredients recognized to be rich in compounds that fight prostate cancer. Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Goord, is a limited edition brew raises awareness and funds for the Pints for Prostates campaign.

Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Goord is a saison brewed with kale, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin and green tea. It is extremely limited edition beer was made to mark National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September. Besides the Denver Rare Beer Tasting, the only way to taste this beer is to order it through The Rare Beer of the Month Club or visit one of the Jolly Pumpkin locations in Michigan. You can check out our original post about the project here.

Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Goord was aged in oak and bottle conditioned. The beer has a thin tan head and an aroma that has citrus notes. Brettanomyces is clearly present. The beer has a nice tart opening palate, but then some other flavors start to emerge. Fruit, some earthiness and a slightly wine-like finish round out the experience. A great brew, for a great cause.

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