Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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4.97/5 rDev +27.1%
Wow, wow, wow. Bam Biere is simply mindblowing!
Pours a beautiful golden/orange, lots of frothy head, takes its time to disappear; goodly amount of sediment in the bottom. Wonderful yeasty and citrusy aroma. This will be my beer of summer for sure! Some light lemon/citrus mixed with a "barnyardy" (I stole this term from someone else, it's perfect!)essence, very dry finish, yet unbelievably refreshing! Only 4.5%, an awesome session beer, I'll be drinking a lot of this one. A refreshing change from the abundance of 9%-ers lately.
Once again, the Captain at Jolly Pumpkin proves his little brewery to possibly be the best in the state of Michigan, and certainly one of the best in the Midwest.
04-05-2006 21:33:21 | More by rrwiltse
4.95/5 rDev +26.6%
Perfect 2/3 beer, 1/3 head pour. Cloudy orange with a fantastic lacy white head.
Rich, fruity esters dominate the smell. Fresh lemon zest and hints of coriander.
Dry pineapple and rich coriander flavors dance on the tongue. Ends with an assertive enough hop presence.
This takes Belgian style carbonation to another plane of existence. Very carbonated, a bit too much, otherwise awesome. I'm very impressed with this beer, I believe it rivals many Belgian saison offerings.
06-29-2006 00:18:07 | More by nortmand
4.93/5 rDev +26.1%
Bottle from Louisville Beer Store: 1pt 9.4 fl oz batch 367/368. Sweet honey and barnyard brettanomyces with citrus fruit. Tall rocky white head that lingers and leaves lacing on the glass. Sweet malt, lemony citrus and bitter brett flavor that last into the long finish.
01-08-2010 04:19:11 | More by KYbrewgal
4.93/5 rDev +26.1%
Undated 12oz poured into a tulip.
Cloudy golden orange with a tall frothy head of white that shows strong retention and leaves clumps and wisps of lace as it goes down.
The nose has an amazing balance of sour acidic apples, lemon zest, white grapes that are getting past ripe, oak, cinnamon, grassy hops, barnyard funk, old nails, and sugars. Wow! a five!
The taste is tart with a good kick from the brett. It doesn't seize up my taste buds, rather it allows the juicy fruit flavors of the apples and grapes that the nose promised. The earthy character comes through as somewhat dusty with some chalk and wood. The grassy hop flavors come in towards the back and lead into a pleasantly dry finish. Again, amazing.
Medium to full mouth that is a little puckerya and enjoys a good dose of the carbonation tingles. This is the most complex and flavorfull session beer to ever pass my lips. I strongly recommend this incredible beer.
02-17-2006 02:45:56 | More by ypsifly
4.9/5 rDev +25.3%
12-oz bottle, Sampled February 2006
Pours an incredibly hazy, orangish-yellow color. It is well carbonated, which produces a pale tan colored, frothy, fairly dense, almost meringue like head that leaves a coat of lacing on the sides as I work my way through this beer. Ah, the aroma is exactly what I hoped; lightly tart, with a bit of lemon, plus a solid funkiness that reminds me a bit of damp (perhaps even slightly moldy) cotton, and a slight farmhouse cheese note. There is also a real nice floral aspect to the aroma, which makes me think of a field of fragrant wildflowers. As I delve more into this, some spicy character begins to become noticeable; I get notes of white pepper, some definite orange peel, a hint of spicy ginger. The aroma on this beer is really nice, incredibly complex and definitely wild with funky aromatic notes that make this outstanding.
The taste is light up front, with a hint of sweetness in this pretty much bone dry beer. As the beer passes through it starts to pick up that funkiness that was found in the nose; I would describe it as a lightly astringent, with a solid funky brett-like note of musty blankets, which carries through to a long finish. There is also a really nice light acidic tartness to this beer that has note of soft lemon and a bit of Curacao orange flesh to it as well.
The aroma is definitely the best aspect of this beer, everything else is world class as well though. I have really become a sucker for these low alcohol, yeast & wee-beastie flavor driven profiles. They are so refreshing, yet fully complex and interesting.
02-06-2006 00:17:42 | More by Gueuzedude
4.88/5 rDev +24.8%
Just split a bottle with my brother. Pours with a giant white, frothy head, which dissipates pretty quick but leaves some lacing. Color is a nice pale gold, clear but definitely some yeasties swimming around. Very pleasantly surprised after smelling this one. I've had a fair share of saisons and some Jolly Pumpkin beers, and was hoping this would be a bit sour and funky. Well, the smell indicates that it will. A bit lemony with a hint of 'armpit' (in a good way), earthy and maybe some faint hops. Taste is a nice mix of some earthy, spicy yeast with a good amount of crisp malt afterwards, with a nice sour finish. Mouthfeel is very lively - lots of carbonation but not excessively thin. My only gripe is that there is a massive amount of yeast sludge floating in the bottom of the bottle which gets into the glass (even after a timid pour).
Ok, I love sour beers, but this is now my favorite saison. I always loved Fantome since it was one of the more 'sour' saisons, but Bam Biere reigns supreme for me now. If I was a Belgian farmhand working in the fields in the summer, this is what I'd reach for.
12-31-2008 02:19:09 | More by evantwomey
Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 1,128 ratings.