Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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4.04/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in KC back on January 1st--reviewing from notes. Poured into a small Belgian style tulip glass.
Appearance - Pours a beautiful hazy golden color, with notes of darker maize colors up under the shadow of the head, which is a massive three fingers of silky off-white microbubbles. Retention is excellent, and as the head begins to recede, it leaves a thick rim of lacing around the top of the glass, like icing, as well as sheets of lace on the sides of the glass and ample ringing on the sides of the glass as I drink it down. The foam is so silky and smooth looking that if I didn't know better, I would almost mistake it for a nitro tap.
Smell - Bright acidity and tartness along with a pretty good representation of barnyard funk and oak mustiness. Fruity phenols and some nice spiciness that gives the impression of white peppercorn, as well as more generic spice elements--maybe sage? Thyme? There is a lemon zest characteristic as well.
Taste - There is a lot of flavor power in this beer for such a low ABV. I know ABV =/= flavor, but there seems to be a tendency for sub-5% beers to give the impression of being watered down or too polite. Not the case here. Many of the aromas are now represented on the tastebuds--especially the lemony tartness, some Brett-like funk akin to wet hay and more of that pleasant peppery spice.
Mouthfeel - Light of body and incredibly quaffable. The carbonation is high and provides a nice prickly kick to compliment the rustic flavors involved. Finish is incredibly dry and entices the next drink. When I had this two weeks ago, I distinctly remember being finished with the almost before I started it.
Overall, an excellent example of the style, and one that stays true to it's origins--low alcohol, easy to drink and refreshing beer that would have been given to farmhands as they worked the fields in hot weather. Some of my favorite saisons are high ABV, so the fact that this one is so well done while remaining low in strength is a credit to Jolly Pumpkin. Now that they are being distributed to Missouri again, I look forward to trying more and more of their offerings.
Serving type: on-tap
01-16-2014 17:55:28 | More by LambicPentameter
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