Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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4.2/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2013 03:52:46 | More by tectactoe
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