Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,264
Reviews: 621
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 50
Gots: 109 | FT: 6
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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 spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on November 13, 2012.

From a 750 ml bottle (dated 2-1-12) into a tulip.

A-This beer poured with a fluffy, two-finger head of shiny, off-white foam. The beer was cloudy and orange-tinted. I could see a few streams of carbonation through the murk.

S-The smell was slightly sour lemon and funky wet hay and grass (just like you would expect from Jolly Pumpkin...). Had a bit of a brett component to it.

T-The taste was pretty mild with some of the same funky, brett-like flavors that showed up in the smell. There is also lemon, light pepper spice, and hay. Flavors are pretty well-integrated, but a bit feeble.

F-Carbonation is noticeable, but not huge. The beer is lighter to medium bodied.

O-I was slightly disappointed with the mild flavor, but then I realized that this brew has half the ABV of many of the other beers I was comparing it against and it clicked why the flavors were less intense. Keeping that thought in mind, I would drink this again on a hot summer day or as a session-type beer. As a stand-alone, however, this brew is a little light on taste for me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of thelagerheads
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
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."

Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of ricke
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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!!!

Photo of wrycon
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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!

Photo of blitz134
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of nickadams2
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.31/5  rDev -41.1%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Murky orange with a giant dollop of head and fantastic lacing.

Smell: Holy Brett! Musty barnyard funk, with sweet breadiness and light citrus.

Taste: Extremely musty and fairly tart. Very bready, with horseblanket, citrus, and pepper. Great mix of flavors, but a touch more subtle than I would prefer.

Feel: Light, refreshing body with high carbonation. Exceedingly dry.

Overall: Great Brett-driven Saison. Very refreshing and crisp, but could use a little more oomph. Of course, it is under 5%, so that is quite impressive.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served into a large tulip glass from a 12oz brown bottle crimp cap.

Mirky,golden color with a fluffy,creamy white head.Very good retention,well carbinated,lots of tiny bubbles stringing tightly together racing to the top,very lively.

Very complex nose an odd yeasty aroma,spicy,very citrusy with a lemon rind twist.Fruity,peppery an earthy quality.

A lot of citrus taste,very tart,rind peel with a lemony feel.Earthy/grassy with dry spicy tastes. Finishes clean tart with lots of citrus.

A light,crisp pleasing mouthfeel,very refreshing and very drinkable also. Recommended tasting here. Thanks to the WVbeergeek for bringing this beer down

Photo of Kraken
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes,

Bottle indicates it is from batch 311/312
Poured from a caped 750 ml into an over-sized wine glass. Careful pour yields an uneven rocky pure white head approximately 1/4 of an inch. Impressive staying power, and a fair amount of lace. Pours a wonderful slightly cloudy golden straw yellow.

Nose- Wonderful citrus hops, orange, lemon, and grapefruit. A tempered lemon zest really comes through. I also get a little bit of sourness almost hints or soured milk.

Taste- Lemon zest, although more muted then the nose would indicate. Not as thick in the mouth as I expected. Very light, there is a mineral-esque quality about it almost sauvignon blanc like but less astringent. Sourness becomes more apparent as it warms however its not overwhelming. A bit thin, however very refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Light, very active, mildly bitter.

Drinkability- fair.

Photo of beerkittycat
1.89/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

First off, I love Jolly Pumpkin ales but unfortunately this was not a strong offering. Appearance is cloudy yellow-gold with a massive rocky white head. Aroma is of lemons, saltines, and that distinct tart aroma of lactic bacteria. Tasting this beer was like biting into a lemon wedge but not quite as sour or tart. Mouthfeel is medium light and way too thin for a saison and there's a distinct flavor of lactic bacteria which is also off for the style. I could not smell, taste or detect any hops at all because of the sourness and tartness. Finish is harsh and the effevescent carbonation actually intensifies the off-flavors as I swallow the beer. Clearly a cross-contamination happened here, but it won't stop me from reaching for a Jolly Pumpkin beer. I'll just select a different beer from their line-up.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold under a 2” cream colored foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: a little citrus, spice and earthiness in the aroma with hints of barnyard.
T: A little earthiness and tartness in the taste – almost like a very dry cider
F: It’s very dry and refreshing. They have captured the Saison carbonation and mouthfeel.
O: An excellent wild, funky Saison.

Photo of boatshoes
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from Arbitrator in a recent trade. My first Jolly Pumpkin, thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a hazy blonde out of the bottle with a substantial two fingers or so of fizzy white head. Head sticks around for quite a bit despite the initial fizziness but ultimately dies back to a thin sheet across the top. Lots of beading in the body and some moderate lacing.

Smell- Interesting. Smells of hay, a touch of barnyard, some musty hops, and a mild lactic tartness. I had heard all of Jolly Pumpkin's beers are a bit on the funky side, but I wasn't quite expecting the tartness. Unique.

Taste- Again, interesting. Starts out with hay and musty hops similar to the nose. However, complemented more noticeably by some funky barnyard and tartness. The lactic qualities are not overwhelming by any means but still clearly noticeable on the finish. Adds a nice layer of complexity to the beer and I imagine this is similar to what old-timey farmhouse ales may have tasted like where wild yeasts and bacteria were introduced.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is just the a touch thin but well carbonated and decent aside from that. Drinkability is quite good and goes down easy. Just complex enough.

Overall, a very unique farmhouse ale. Give it a shot, if goes down quite easy regardless. Looking forward to trying more Jolly Pumpkin.

Photo of kingjames1
2.48/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer pours a nice hazy blonde with yeasties o-plenty, per the style. The smell is fruity, funky and sour. Taste - blech! This is a drain pour. It has to be ruined somehow. I know farmhouses are funky, but this is nasty. Something has gone awry - terribly awry. At least, that is my hope. Surely this can't be right. The carbonation is fine, but the taste - a rotting fruit, that is both sickening and overly sour - makes this undrinkable. Super dry, and ending with a nasty metallic taste. Ugh... I will have to try another one. This one blows chunks.

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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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