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Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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88
very good

1,114 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 39
Gots: 79 | FT: 3
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: nomad on 02-04-2006)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Farmhouse aroma with attractive spices. Lace, cloudy yellow, thin head. Aggressive carbonation, tasty and very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel. Crisp, funky, citrus, ginger heat, corriander, pepper,sour aftertaste and spice burn like a hot chile pepper. Recommend with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 23:45:50 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

11-19-2012 13:54:20 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-20-2011 22:05:45 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate yellow-golden with a nice white head and some pretty good lacing. The nose is quite good with some moderate funk, light grain, green apple, and some oak. The taste is a bit peppery with some oak and funk. Some very light fruit. Really good feel between the oak and the funk. Drinks incredibly well and is absolutely sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 04:11:46 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Furiously carbonated marigold beneath a Belgianesque cap of light beige foam. The head resembles beer from that country in size certainly, but not in texture. Oops, I spoke too soon. The foam is a little rocky as it deflates and leaves the glass respectably covered with, if not exactly slathered with, meandering streamers of lace. I like the look.

The nose is an appealing mixture of fruit, spice and phenolic farmhouse funk. Too much of the last would have been too much, but it manages to stay on the polite side of the line. So far, I'd say that Jolly Pumpkin has done a more than creditable job with a style that many American brewers seem to have trouble with.

While Bam Biere isn't nearly as deep or as complex as the best Continental saisons, it's no slouch either. A big blast of flavor greets my every mouthful; I just wish that there was more behind the blast. I'm relatively certain that a near doubling of the ABV would effectively solve that problem, but this would then be a different beer entirely.

Unsweet pears and apples lead the way, along with a white peppery spiciness that is only moderately clove-like. There's still a fair amount of Islay whisky-like phenols, but not enough to turn off those who might shy away from such flavors. Bam is impressively dry and crisp. So much so that I'm pretty sure this is a candi sugar-free zone (the sub-5% ABV suggests that as well).

The body/mouthfeel weighs in somewhere between light and medium; it's difficult to tell with all the bubbles. Thankfully, the beer feels lively rather than chaotic and I wouldn't change the amount of carbonation one iota.

Bam Biere is an excellent JP offering and is second only to the outstanding Oro De Calabaza in my opinion. This bottle disappeared in the blink of an eye and I find myself wanting more. I love the idea of a sessionable saison that comes in 12 ounce bottles. I wish more American craft breweries would follow Jolly Pumpkin's example.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 13:50:52 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a high amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The nose is spicy and has moderately strong aromas of peppers.
T: Like the smell, the taste is spicy and has flavors of pepper and yeast along with some notes of sourness and hints of lemon.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, crisp and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
O: The beer is easy to drink and is quite refreshing. The low alcohol content makes it very sessionable.

Note: Batch 695/696, Bottled 12/17/2010

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 21:13:23 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a huge head that retains well and leaves all kind of dancing lace patterns around the chalice

Smell: Bretty funk and coriander, with undertones of peach

Taste: Starts out with an immediate blast of barnyard funk that only intensifies by mid-palate; underneath, there are growing hints of pepper and coriander, along with some peach and orange peel flavors; after the swallow, the massive tastes actually settle down and come together into a nicely fruity, but sour finish; an interesting floral aspect appears well after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with foamy carbonation

Drinkability: A first class effort; funkier than most saisons (limiting drinkability from my perspective), but that is the Jolly Pumpkin signature

Thanks, TheBungyo, for another great experience

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 01:01:27 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was very nice with a rich golden yellow. Lots of haze and cloudiness here with a large two finger high head of white foam that just would not receded. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom to reinforce it.

The aroma was loaded with spices. Hints of lemon and cinnamon where abound here, with a rich earthy mix to it. Lots of almost a nutmeg I am picking up here. The flavor took off right where that left off. A rich mixture of lemon, fresh grass, light fruit flavors and a ton of spice. Nice hints of allspice, cinnamon and pepper here. Nice light to medium body feel capped it off very well and the overall drinkability was very nice,

Overall not half bad. Not the best in the style I had ever had, but definitely worth seeking out to try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 01:29:28 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Thebeercellar2: Poured a slightly hazy blonde color ale with a huge foamy white head with great retention. Very interesting aroma consisting of brett with some sweet malt, some funk and some wheat and spices. Taste as some sourness and funkyness which is well balance with some sweet malt, some light spices and some oak characteristic. Very well done and very interesting from this brewery, which just seem to continually amaze me.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 15:54:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great for the upcomming warm season. Very citrusy and musky. Looks a hazy yellow with fleeting head retention. Promises to be thin and tart. The nose offers a tart / sour taste and feel. Lemony and orange-ey with a bold spice undertone. It turns from an upfront creamy and smooth to a finishing thin and tart. Lightly barnyardy and musky. Lightly acidic, alcoholic and astringent. Very clean and crisp. A true refresher for the warm summer evenings.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 20:16:00 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2009

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a rocky white head and excellent lacing.

S: There are just a ton of different fruits here. Lots of peaches, lemons, berries, and apples. The usual spice, esters, and phenols of a saison are there and underneath is a bit of damp oak. Slightly tart in the typical Jolly Pumpkin fashion.

T: A lot of white grape, lemon, and apple. There are some nice yeast notes and a lot of "saison character". A touch wild with a more oak forward feel than the nose lets on. The same could be said of the more substantial tartness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a crisp, dry finish.

D: Probably my favorite Jolly Pumpkin regular line-up beer. This one is just fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 07:47:34 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -23.3%

11-22-2011 18:21:30 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

10-20-2012 23:36:38 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly clear, yellow body with a fizzy, white head.

Smell: Meager maltiness with scents of must-ridden hay, dandelion petals, and a touch of coriander.

Taste: Light malt sweetness and flavor with a nice amount of lemons and, to a lesser extent, bananas. Some Belgian-type spices thrown in. Both lightly bitter and sour on the lasting finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple lil' saison!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 02:46:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-28-2012 11:10:30 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-03-2013 04:07:49 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-15-2014 23:48:56 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

03-11-2013 04:44:20 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2006 22:06:02 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was paired up with a red cheese wild mushroom puff pastry with ginger plum chutney, awesome combo. The smell of the beer had a really nice dry hopped aroma and earthy farmhouse smell it to it. The taste paired with the food was very nice, the sour hoppiness was matched very well with the creamy cheese. The mouthfeel had a healthy amount of carbonation. Overall this beer was very enjoyable with the pairing and on it's own.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 01:13:17 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, orange/golden color with a small, bubbly, eggshell white head of foam. It left some soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of some barnyard funk and sour fruits.

T - Good funky flavor with sour fruits providing a little pucker factor. Good Belgian spices with some sweet caramel to balance out the sour.

M - It was crisp, sharp and finished quite dry. A medium bodied beer that is very easy drinking.

D - This is a very nice saison. I love the sour/bitter combo with just enough sweet caramel to make a very tasty Belgian-style ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 16:19:41 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On cask at the Map Room, from notes over the summer.

Pint glass arrives with a honeycomb of irregular bubbles floating atop a deep orange liquid.

Smell is intensely funky yeast with a citrus note following it up.

Taste is tart, smooth, predominately lemon zest, and dry lingering farmhouse funk. Cask conditioning seems to lessen the carbonation, focusing the flavor somewhat. Again, tart citrus, yeast, and maybe a light clove are the major flavors in play.

Mouthfeel is smooth and mellow, not as effervescent as it's bottled counterpart. Saison is characterized by it's zesty carbonation, and on cask it falls a little short in that respect.

Drinkability is good since I had 3 in a row...

Serving type: cask

12-29-2006 03:04:10 | More by emerge077
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2011 18:03:26 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Creepy that a beer named in honour of one's favourite pooch having a near-death car accident experience is called 'Bam'. Anyways, they need to shore up the grammar on their label goings-on: '...and is brewed for those of us who knocked down, have picked up, dusted off, and carried on...' Can I get me a freaking extra comma?

This beer pours, well it doesn't 'pour', in the traditional sense of the word, it merely foams, in the ration of, oh, I dunno, 100-1, or so, in head to liquid. Fucking hell. So, the head turns out nice and puffy, rocky, chunky, and playfully frothy, and leaves, it leaves, well I'll get back to you on that. Ok, back again after checking my email and hitting the can, I can now see some random chunky, splattered sudsy lace remains around the glass.

It smells of sharp, estery yeast, somewhat metallic, but mostly just salt of the earth (I know, there's metal in salt), spicy white pepper, zesty lemon pie, doughy pale malt, tart white wine, musty tanned leather, a hint of generic funk, and earthy, herbal, and floral hops. The taste is edgy, moderately funky yeast, dry orchard fruit - apple, pear, and maybe a hint of dried apricot - rather subdued pale grainy and wheaty malt, understated white and black and green peppercorns, an isolated lemon rind astringency, and leafy, weedy, and mildly grassy hops.

The carbonation is quite tight, astringent, and upper palate-probing, the body a veritable lightweight, with a smoothness that can only be described as well, battle-scarred. It finishes rather dry, the yeast, bitter citrus, and wan pale malt not really interested in anything beyond.

I know bottle conditioning is a 'thing', but sometimes it just goes too far. I'm a reasonably patient man, but this sort of shit just doesn't pass the smell test (well, it does, actually, as that's all I can do to this beer for a long while once I've poured it). Pretty? Yes. Pretty wanky? Even more so. While I have nothing bad to say about the flavour or overall bearing of this offering, shitty presentation just has that cranky, negative effect on me.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2014 02:01:55 | More by biboergosum
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largadeer

California

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. The hazy, unfiltered body of the beer matches the copper-colored bar. It's topped by two fingers of dense frothy foam that retains for most of the glass. Very rustic, spot-on farmhouse ale appearance.

It has big musty aroma, damp wood and barnyard funk, washed rind cheese, lemons, spicy phenols. Not much in the way of malt or hops reach out beyond the funky yeast character.

Tart and woody flavors are prevalent; the tannins, bitterness and mild sourness combine to form a flavor profile that brings to mind lemon and orange peels. It's light and refreshing, bone-dry, mildly astringent and quite musty and funky with a restrained pale malt flavor. The wild yeast and bacteria brings a lot of complexity to this light-bodied ale. Hops are present as well, herbal and zesty in character. It finishes with mild bitterness and lingering oaky astringency.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2010 22:04:21 | More by largadeer
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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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