Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Batch 280/281 bottle served into a Westmalle chalice
It took a while before I could even pour this saison. The bottle was a gusher upon removal of the cap. It took a good three to four minutes before the foam would stop rising up out of the bottle though I didn't really lose that much liquid overall.
Bam Biere pours a fairly bright yellow that is very hazy with yeast particles. For such a gusher out of the bottle, the head on first pour was relatively restrained at two fingers. The foam is white, recedes quickly, and leaves behind soapy lacing.
Lots of pear skin up front in the nose, with root vegetables and damp hay. Its tart with lemon juice. Only mild funk... I frankly expected more out of a batch this old.
This saison is sort of a jack-of-all-trades (master-of-none). There is a brief splash of lemon and overripe pear. That gives way to a quick hit of funky flavors -- lived-in hay and a dog hair aroma that goes from your mouth up into your nostrils. The bready malts are informed by the cracked pepper tastes then transition into a very drying finish. The total amount of flavor is minimal and begs to be paired with food to accentuate it. In fact, this tastes more like a Biere de Garde to me than a Saison (still clearly in the Farmhouse Ale family).
The mouthfeel is light and pretty prickly with carbonation. There was lots of bottle conditioning going on here. Drinkability is kind of insane, especially considering the very low ABV of 4.5%. This is a beer to share multiple bottles of around the table throughout the meal.
In my recent saison kick, drinking beers new to me and beers already dear to me, this flagship offering from Jolly Pumpkin rates among the lowest. This is a solid farmhouse ale with plenty of merit but frankly doesn't warrant purchase in the same market as any one of Boulevard's three world-class saisons (let alone a market that also carries Saison Dupont and Fantome). Still, as my score indicates, this is a good saison.
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2010 00:51:05 | More by Reaper16
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