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Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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625 Reviews
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Reviews: 625
Hads: 1,305
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 16.79%
Wants: 54
Gots: 122 | FT: 8
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: nomad on 02-04-2006

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Reviews by Jettanbass9:
Photo of Jettanbass9
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 273,274

Bottle conditioned, 1 pt., 9.4 fl. OZ.

A - straw yellow with some gold highlights, pillowy soft head retention, vibrant co2 release. this beer looks refreshing.

S - This bottle has some age on it... im kicking myself for not drinking this one sooner. Brett takes the forefront with citrusy lemon peel, some tropical fruits but that big unmistakable medicinal/barnyard funkiness... nearly Orval-like. Some grainy notes, some light notes of fresh cut grass. The brett wins the aroma battle, hop character has dimished quite a bit.

T - The brett character is much more tame in the flavor then it is in the aroma. There is a bit more hop character (bitterness and flavor) as well. Think of lemon and orange rind. Lemon acidity, medicinal flavors with a background of grainy/doughy maltiness blend in with the brett/hop character. The flavor is fairly balanced but i think would do much more justice a bit more fresh.

M - Bright carbonation and bone dry... no astringency, no sweetness... it makes this beer so damn refreshing.

D - All day. If this beer was a bit more inexpensive, I would have this around all the time. Very refreshing, I imagine even more so during the summer months. Will try again a bit more fresh.

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Photo of thelagerheads
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listen, I don't believe in this mouthfeel mishmash. In fact my "mouth feels" a bit filthy saying it. But my "tongue feels" that this is a member of the fruit family. Namely the glockenspiel fruit playing Jesus music. It pings in there and bounces from tooth to tooth: boong baaang bong bong. And my belly says it is truly the spice lords stamping their gummy little feet into the loam and making footprints. And there's a tractor behind a barn carrying apples to a spice-barrel and dropping them in and all the monkeys are loose and throwing gobs of the pulp at the back of your throat and your uvula is saying "aaahhh."

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Photo of TheBlueWaffle
4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My first Jolly Pumpkin.

Poured into a Duvel glass, three finger off white head, cloudy with bits of yeast and other who knows what floating around.

Smell is very fruity and astringent.

Taste is a bit tart with green apple and light cherry, but quickly smooths out to a nice light vanilla bread malt.

Mouthfeel is amazing, wet enough to know you're drinking something, but dries out in the end, leaving you wanting another sip.

I have little to no experience with sours, but do with saisons. I like this as a drink, but to classify as a saison would be hard, but that is the beauty in saisons, almost anything goes. As far as I am concerned, these guys have something going on that no one else does. Cheers

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor,poured a light golden with a fizzy white head that was gone pretty fast.Aromas were nice quite phenolic and lemon zest with hints of black pepper and coriander.In my opinion this beer is a little to phenolic and yeasty there with notes of green apple and peppery spice in the finish.Its a decent brew but I was somewhat lrt down by it,its ok but I wouldnt seek it out again.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This has a pretty but explosive head and a light, glowing orange body.

Smell – This nose is remarkably hoppy; very grapefruity. There's a warning sense of sourness here as well, kind of like lemonade. I can't pick up much of a malt base.

Taste – Ah, the spices come out big at the taste. They are very dark and dirty, like allspice. The malts are still very faint. The sourness isn't as bad as it smelled. Boo on overly sour American-made Saisons.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than light-bodied but a bit overcarbonated for my preference.

Drinkability – Not a bad effort from the Jolly Pump. The fizziness cut down on its drinkability but overall this is a nice one.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Cantaloupe body. Huge white head with a speckling of orange yeast. Steady carbonation streams.

N: Lemons and honeydew. Earthy, sweet, with mild muskiness.

T: Lemongrass, a touch of the sour funk, earthy malts, a pinch of pepper. Sulfuric acidity is unappreciated.

MF: Tart and zesty. Medium to full body. Sulfur powder sensations detract. ABV is unnoticeable.

Drinkability: Low. Flavors are unbalanced but not bold enough to be interesting. Not my cup of Saison.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of Jolly Pumpkin's flagship brews, I can't believe it has taken me thing long to come around and finally review it. Bottled in October of 2010, it pours a beautiful golden-amber color with a light haze and translucency to it. Incredibly volatile, even being almost three years old; a huge, cloudy, off-white head forms and leaves some chunky lacing at the top of the glass.

The aroma stuns me with a nice funky-tartness up front that only seems to get funkier as time goes on; hay, wet cork, mild barnyard must, and plenty of yeast. It's got a light floral hop kiss, but it's quite subdued in this one, most likely due to its age. Tart fruits are abundant and mesh nicely with the funk - solid bouts of apples, grapes, and light amount of lemon and orange zest. Not acidic or vinous, really, but very refreshing smelling; laid-back and chill as can be.

The first sip lends to a mild tartness made of crisp, juicy apples. Malt is more apparent in the taste than the aroma, with plenty of light cracker and biscuit flavors that lay a solid foundation for the rest of the beer. Once the tart fruits sidestep a bit, the funk becomes heavy-handed; damp, wet wood, and musty cellar flavors. Bam Biere has a very solid flavor profile that's proving to be even more complex than I originally thought.

Jolly Pumpkin beers, aside from the Grand Reserves, typically contain a very nice, harmonious balance to them, and Bam Biere is no exception to that rule. It contains plenty of the signature "Jolly Pumpkin yeasty funk" while offsetting admirably with a collage of mildly tart fruits. No acidic or vinegar burn, meaning no acid reflux the next morning. Probably one of the lightest barrel influences of the JP beers I've had, though the finish is incredibly dry and contains a bit of oak; high carbonation with a light, crisp, effervescent mouth feel.

Certainly one of JP's best year-round brews, it integrates a few different styles by taking a funky farmhouse saison and souring it just a bit - not quite a saison, not quite a Flanders oud bruin. JP often blurs the style guidelines, and that's what I love about them. Possibly the best thing about this beer is the 4.5% ABV tag, too - so drinkable and quenching, and you won't be paying for it later. Definitely a solid brew.

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Photo of ricke
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy yellowish orange color with an enormous rocky off-white head that slowly slowly settles down. Lots of chunky lacings.

S: The smell is really good. Refreshing fruit aromas, floral notes and a mild funkiness reside on a delicate biscuity malty backbone. Hints of spices and medicinal phenols.

T: The taste is surprisingly clean with notes of lemon-peel and melon up front. The fruits quickly step aside and make way for spices, faint malts and grassy and earthy hop notes. A very mild funkiness and a semi-tart note is overpowered by a moderate sweetness. The finish is surprisingly short, mildly tart and bitter with notes of medicinals, spices, minerals and brett flavors.

M: Medium body, crisp and refreshing with a rather aggressive carbonation. The finish is really dry.

D: I like this one, and in general I find Jolly Pumpkin's brett character quite pleasing. Perhaps Bam Bière can't compete with the best Belgian representatives of the style, but it's quite close.

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Photo of MadScientist
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bam Biere from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales... 4.5% alcohol. I've had Bam Nior and La Roja, its time to try this farmhouse beer. Batch 450

A- Pours a cloudy golden fluid with haze that produces a fluffy inch of head that falls to a quarter inch lingering for the remainder of the brew. Heavy lacing clings on the walls of the glass with rings after every sip. When held up to sun it shows a pale orange color in the middle with light golden accents on outside.

S- A little of a sulfer farmhouse scent upfront. Wet hay, composing grass, citrus and wild yeast tart.

T-M- This is where this beer wins... Light but beautiful complexities and excellent farmhouse charactoristics. Upfront is a grassy citrus hop taste followed by a funky horse blanket and warm wet hay bite. This outrageous mix is then finished by a wild yeast tart and tang that makes this beer a refreshing mofo. Mouthfeel is as smooth a water with a light carbonation that only dances over the buds with the tart linger.

D- I can drink this all day long. Excellent session (if you got the money), or a good beer to pair with a mexican number. Needless to say ill revisit this Bam Biere... cheers!!!

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Photo of wrycon
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 548/549 Bottled 5-6-10

After opening, watching a foam snake creep out the top of the bottle. Looks nice enough. Golden straw with a 2 inch head of cloud-white fluff. Smells like Jolly Pumpkin - some lemon, some grass and a lot of funk. Quite sour at the start, it pinches the tongue with a yeasty lemon fist. Pretty watery in the beginning, expecting more heft. Expecting more funk, but not getting it. Tastes like a denser San Pellegrino with half a lemon floating in it. The more I taste it, there are some interesting notes on the back end - some clove, a touch of earthiness. Not a bad beer, by any means, but not what I expected.

Like It? Want to Like It More

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Bam Biere pours from the 12oz bottle with the cool caricature of Bam the dog on the front a cloudy, dirty yellow color with a big sticky, cragly two finger tower of foam. Very appealing. Aromas of sweet and spicy grainy maltiness touched by some fruity, citrus scents. A really nice earthy, barnyard yeastiness as well that imparts a funky sourness. A touch of herbal, floral hops tops it off. One of the best aromas of a U.S. brewed saison I've come across so far. Lovely.

First sip brings a crisp, grainy maltiness that's a touch spicy. Lots of fruity flavors pass over the tongue with notes of lemon, orange and green apple. A wonderful earthy, funky yeast is present as well and adds a touch of sourness along with a musty, farmhouse aspect. Just a touch of flowery hops on the finish. A very tasty saison to be had here.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a blast of fast moving carbonation. Goes down easy and is a really refreshing beer. I'd have to say drinkability is exceptional here...I just wish the availability was better. I grabbed a six pack for $9.99 and after drinking this one I would buy a case at the drop of a hat to drink through the summer months. Another wonderful brew by JP. Keep 'em coming!

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Photo of blitz134
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of head on the pour. Reduced down to a lumpy white mass that resembles whipped meraigne. A touch of haze to its light golden body.

Aroma reaches me from a few feet away. Some tartness initially comes forth, similar to that found in a lambic. Pear and white grapes also present themselves. A bit of musty funk comes in underneath. A bit more funky than a typical saison, but this was intended with this particular brew.

Spicy character, possibly from teh carbonation, is immediately noticed. A sweet malt presence underlies the flavor, but some subtle tartness, a hit of apple, comes over the top. Finish is grassy.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and over carbonated. Drinkability is still good regardless. A bit ofr funkiness which isn't overwhelming and the lightness form the carbonation make this go down easily.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours hazy straw yellow with a fluffy bone white head. Nice retention. Thick lacing.

S_Fruity,tart,sour,yeast and citrus.

T_Fruity. Hints of banana and clove.Lemon. Tart and sour but not over the top. Yeast. Very dry and crisp.

M_Full bodied , crisp, refreshing and finishes dry.

D_Very drinkable. Great summer beer which seems to be the point of saisons.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml capped bottle. Poured into a tulip glass, this beer is a hazy yellow with probably the hugest head I've ever seen. Pure white, long-lasting, leaving some nice lacing. It has a citrusy aroma, mostly lemon. Some spice lurking in the background. A nice tart taste, again with a hint of spice. Good mouthfeel, oily (in a pleasant way). Wonderful beer.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Beaver13
2.31/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours murky yellow with a smallish white head that quickly recedes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing. There's lots of chunky yeasties.

The aroma is musty yeast, lemongrass a little vegetables and spices.

The flavor is earthy yeast and lingering grassy hops with a little pepper and fruits and some hard to identify off notes (charred plastic?). The mouthfeel is rather thin and watery.

Overall, this just does not do it for me. Definitely my least favorite from an interesting brewery.

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Photo of merlin48
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazy dark golden body with a large and pillowy white head. Head retains well and leaves plenty of patchy lacing.

Aroma is complex, with notes of fresh lemons, limes, mint, pepper, tropical spices and yeasty esters.

Lovely mouthfeel is velvety from the spirited carbonation on the light medium body.

Taste is dry and refreshing. Lime, lemonrind, white pepper, mint, spices, yeast, and floral and grassy hops. Finishes dry.

The low alcohol allows for a lot of drinkability. Very similar to the other Jolly Pumpkin brews but less potent.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed multiple pints of this nice saison on tap at 3 different spots in the Ann Arbor, Mi. area last weekend. Pours dark apricot, cloudy. With an off white head and leaving loads of fine ringed lacing. Spicy/yeasty nose. Tasty, funked up/brett infused saison. Thoroughly enjoyable, complex, BA worthy saison from the folks of Dexter’s Jolly Pumpkin. Well worth seeking out and enjoying

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy, bright gold in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: apple rind and hay

Taste: grass, fermented apples, pear, slight cinnamon, and pepper

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with a bitter ending that does not leave a long term bitterness in my mouth

Overall: A nice return for me to Jolly Pumpkin. A nice, light, sessionable, summer beer. I could have several glasses of this. The pepper is not overpoweriing and the fruit tastes are amazing.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending this bottle as an extra. Batch 548/549. Bottled 5/6/10.

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the brett with some pepper and orange citrus notes mixed in. The beer smells very inviting.

The flavor is also very heavy on the brett. I get a lot of orange and lemon notes, as well as a heavy leather component from the brett. There is a light sourness and a medium amount of funk. Very tasty and easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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