Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by tectactoe:
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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3.79/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Pour is hazed golden amber with a tight white head. Nose is hoppy and juicy, clean grain, juicy golden fruits, and a light dustiness. Grains are more in the forefront, clean. Dusty yeast, juicy golden fruits, extremely strong carbonation on a light body. Pear, lemon, nice integration and bright flavors but the carb takes a hint away from the finish.
Serving type: on-tap
03-25-2014 20:05:07 | More by cpetrone84
4.41/5 rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: Highly carbonated. Huge 4" head, rocky, frothy. Light golden in color, fairly cloudy. I don't love beers quite this carbonated, but I do love the look of this beer.
S: Spicy, brett funk, hay, a little bit of earthy hops as well. Very nice.
T: Taste very similar to aroma, but with a bit more bitterness, actually some malt sweetness as well. The brett is almost more in the backseat playing with the rest of the beer. It isn't very cheesy or horsey, hay would be the best descriptor. Spicy, but certainly not too spicy. Very nice, well balanced beer. Completely enjoyable.
M: Medium light, the carbonation doesn't bother me all that much. Not super drying, coats the tongue just a bit. This could certainly be classified as refreshing though, although it's fairly complex.
O: I think this is just a wonderfully made beer. It has so many subtle flavors that blend into something complex. It's refreshing yet interesting. Recommend.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 02:16:33 | More by mattbk
Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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