Luciernaga – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Purchased at Davis Beer Shoppe ($13.99/25.4 oz. bottle) and poured into tulip glasses.
This Belgian-style ale from Michigan-based Jolly Pumpkin pours a sunny orange with a tight, off-white head, and a nose that gives off sour citrus, ginger, and white wine, with a distinctly puckering scent. It is milder than expected on the palette, with a light and juicy body that offers muted grapefruit rind, subtle spice, some lemon, and indistinct spices. Luciernaga goes down quite easily, with just a prickle of sour and some spices (coriander and grains of paradise, according to the bottle) piercing the tongue throughout the aftertaste. Subtlety is the keyword for this brew – it’s as light and effervescent as its namesake, the “firefly”.