Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by Reaper16:
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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4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The aroma from this beer was a citrus with a peppery spiciness with notes of tropical fruits. The beer had a white foamy head and was slightly cloudy and straw in color. You could still easily see through the beer but it was a little hazy. The beers flavor was just a little malt sweetness that turned to a citrus and clove flavor, and finished with a subtle spiciness. The beer was pretty clean and balanced no overwhelming flavors. The mouth-feel was very dry and bubbly. When we opened our bottle it slowly started to foam over a little.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2014 19:19:55 | More by i4ourgot
4.09/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
people always forget how amazing jolly pumpkin beers are, and this flagship funky saison is the standard by which others must be measured against. hazy blonde in color, with a colossal white airy head that not only never settles, but never even stops rising, very impressive. pale wheat malt as its base, the nose radiates complex yeast funk, some brett and some belgian strain working together. some pear or apricot fruit waft too, followed by a light hop bitterness, and the flavor is just like the smell. yeast driven with subtle malt, but not light in body, its fluffy and bigger, but drinks easy with its effervescent carbonation and low alcohol. bam is textbook saison, simply made but elegant and layered with nuanced flavors in perfect proportion that are not so easily recreated it must be, or others would be this good. one of the best in the business. perfect mix of yeast characters that constantly evolve. living beer at its finest.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 19:15:00 | More by StonedTrippin
Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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