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Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,144
Reviews: 606
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 42
Gots: 83 | 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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Photo of unklesyd
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my third beer from Jolly Pumpkin. The Rojo was fantastic, the Blanche not so much. This was kind of a tie-breaker. The verdict... good brewery!

Pours out a nice straw color with a head of very loose, large bubbles that dissipate quickly and do not return, with carbonation ceasing at the end of the pour.

Nice notes of some some funky yeast and hay in the nose.

Excellent flavor profile: sharp, somewhat funky, moderately sour, a slight smooth bitterness. Very dry. Slightly biscuity aftertaste, nice, moderate toasty background.

A very crisp beverage, very refreshing and a great beer for a warm day that is dry enough to want another but not enough to tire the palate. Very well done!

unklesyd, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of schusterbauer
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

highly foggy glowing yellow beer with gobs of yeast dancing about. mammoth white head comprised of huge bubbles. smells of funky yeast, lemon, honey, mint, spices, sandalwood... this scent should be marketed for all kinds of incense and cleansing products: Bam soap; Bam shampoo; Bam scented oils. tastes fresh and spontaneous, lemon juice counteracts the belgian yeasts, spicy malts add all sorts of dimension; mild hints of pepper, clove, coriander, honey, mint leaves. heavily carbonated, very gaseous, crisp in the mouth. refreshing, and frighteningly easy to drink. it takes massive restraint for me to make a 12 oz. bottle last more than 15 minutes.

schusterbauer, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explodes out of bottle with a five+ finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Yeasty nose. Flavor is slightly sour and yeasty, citrusy, tart, dry finish $2.08 for a 12oz bottle from Hi-Time Cellars Costa Mesa, Ca.

jdhilt, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, 4.5% ABV. Pours a cloudy yellow/gold color, with a huge thick fluffy white head. A good deal of carbonation helped this head hold for what seemed like an eternity. Aroma is floral, grassy, spicy, and a bit funky. A few citrus notes in the background. Near the end, the aroma seemed to become perfumey. Soft carbonation gives this a great mouthfeel, almost creamy. A bit of tartness, followed by some earthy spices, and lingering lemon zest. Great patches of lace are left clinging to the glass as I drink this brew. Lingering earthy and grassy bitterness. There is a bit of funky flavor that hits as you raise the glass to your lips. Seemed just a bit harsh for me, which hurts the drinkability somewhat. Overall, pretty good.

Bierguy5, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of david131
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light clear yellow. Beautiful creamy white head that retains itself the entire way down the glass. Massive amount of carbonation, but does not seem "explosive," more of a simmering carbonation. Very interesting. Leaves some very good lacing.

S- The first thing I notice is the sourness of this beer. Very typical of a Jolly Pumpkin I suppose. Some lemon, peppery, some odd fruit tossed in as well.

T- This is by far the most flavorful beer that I have had that is below 5%.
A good amount of lemon and pepper, pretty sour. The flavor really grows on you.

M- A little dry, but not cloying. The carbonation suits this beer well- I would assume that it is one of the reasons the beer has so much flavor.

D- Not as drinkable as I thought it would be for a 4.5%. I am also glad this wasn't in the typical 750mL Jolly Pumpkin bottle. 12oz. was just right.

david131, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 3rd Jolly Pumpkin beer i've had and the first one that we can't actually get in South Bend. Pours orange and mostly clear with one of those great white creamy puffball heads that good saisons get. Sour tangy odor, some light spiciness. Fruity tangy taste. Some fresh grassy hop flavor that sets it apart from some other saisons. Quite flavorful and intresting. Also very easy to drink. a refreshing, yet different, example of the style.

aforbes10, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of shivtim
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like the bottle on this one. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a small white head. Nose is fruity, perfumy hops. Almost like rose hips. Yeast aroma comes through. Taste is hops, bright fruits, with slight alcohol and grain in the finish. Mouthfeel is super foamy and sharp. Pretty interesting. Drinkability is good.

shivtim, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Such a hight score for appearance because of hte fluffy cloud of a head. Great retention, great lacing. Pale yellow good carbonation, and some floaties.

Zesty, spicey, fruity aromas. Lemon, nectarine, yeast, white pepper, star fruit, and some light melon aromas hide beneath it all.

Nice and spicey, the white pepper integrates itself perfectly with the lemony citrusy fruit profile. Nice bitter grassy hop on the finish. Very good brew.

Light and zesty and sessionable too no end.

mcallister, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of jkaufman
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will start off by stating that I have not consumed many saisons, in fact, this may be my first one. So before starting this review I read up on characteristics of the style, and feel a bit awkward consuming a summer brew in February. But hey, it had just arrived at my local store this week, so I had to give it a try.

Appearance: golden, slightly cloudy; moderate carbonation; pours with a thick, white head into a thistle glass that quickly recedes to a thin layer, leaving a nice lacing behind.

Smell: smells a lot like a summer wheat; tartness evident, slightly floral and citrusy in nature.

Taste: The first few sips are fairly tart and citrusy, but very well-balanced and complex, despite being dry-hopped. There's definitely a lot of good stuff going on here spice- and hop-wise that I can't quite put my finger on. The tartness mellows out over time, letting the earthy yeast esters present themselves.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a "slippery" feel to it, and the initial rush of carbonation tingles the tongue, but finishes dry. A very earthy scent remains on my breath afterwards.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable; I could see myself consuming a lot of this in the hot summer months, would make a good session beer.


jkaufman, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of treedoctor5002
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer-geek in me has looked forward to trying anything from Jolly Pumkin for a while now. The hophead in me loves the fact that this thing is loaded with hops. As the bottle reads, this thing is dry-hopped and I sure am looking forward to trying it.

Pours a nice yellow/gold color with a pillowy, soft white head, very nice.

Smell is sour and hoppy all at once, very distinct.

Taste is a wonderful mix of sour apple/citrus tanginess. Also has a nice Belgian like yeasty flavor to it. A very interesting mixture.

Mouthfeel is light with lots of carbonation. Drinkability is high. A great summer refresher. I will enjoy this beer again soon.

treedoctor5002, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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

jcdiflorio, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Illinick
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden yellow with a huge, billowing white head that retains superbly and diminishes ever so slowly to a medium sized head. Displays exquisite lacing as it clings like barnacles. Tiny rising carbonation as well.
S: First quaff reveals citrus and lemon pulp scents followed by typical yeasty funkiness (brett), an interesting tree/woodsy type smell and finishing with crisp sour scent (sour in a good way). At several points I also detected a slightly plastic smell that I couldn't put my finger on.
T: Unique seems to be the right term. Generic citrus up front followed by the belgium-like yeast and horse blanket then a huge tart, sour lemon citrus flavor breaks in. Ends with the sour notes as well as some slight hop presence and pepper. Definately a saison at the root, but quite unique in the flavor arena.
MF: light, but creamy at times that finishes somewhat dry.
Overall: I enjoy JPs experimentation and this does well for their portfolio of brews. Extremely high drinkability with a unique (did I stress that enough) take on a saison. Definately worth seeking out if you are a fan of the style; but beware of the tart, sour finish (in a good way).

Illinick, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of Umbra
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown bottle acquired through a great trade. Cloudy yellow goodness, with a large bubbled white head. Incredible retention and beautiful lacing. Loads of carbonation streaming up to feed it.
Aroma of sharp farmhouse funkiness and sourness. Something really crisp in there bringing the aroma profile more airy, but I couldn't really tell what it was.
Smooth chalky wheat, with lemon and citrus. Brett funk is there, but seriously subdued enough to enjoy the smooth wheatiness that much more.
Mouthfeel felt really light and airy, going down smooth, with just a hint of oil on the tongue. I could see myself really getting the hang of this in the warmer weather. The most drinkable funky brew I've ever had.

Umbra, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of wingman14
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a fluffy white head with large champagne like bubbles. The smell is citrus with sour notes, with some spice and yeast characters as well. The taste is citrus up front with the yeast/doughy flavor followed but a not overwhelming but very noticable sour that lingers. The mouthfeel is interesting, light with carbonation that adds texture to the beer. This one is not the easiest drinking beer, especially for those not familiar with the style. This is different and worth checking out. Enjoy.

wingman14, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of GooberMcNutly
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange pour with big Saison head but low residual carbonation. Less spicy flavors than the other commercial standards, but a nice low final gravity keeps the taste light and the taste buds awake and looking for more flavor. Tart and lemony with some nice yeasty/bready notes.

GooberMcNutly, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a tall tulip with a huge ivory pillowy headcap over a thinly hazed peachy gold hue containing some scant tiny suspended particles. Lace paints the glass interior and a floater of cloudy antique white floats around.

Brisk aroma of pepper light clove and rich fresh bready dough. Some dirty Earth and light honey with a bold brash heavy hopped addition of balsa wood.

First swigs: Dry start and dry finish with an orange peel pucker. Light wood and hop finish. Some light watered down diluted tartness that creeps out along the lines of a cranberry or lemon wedge.

Feel is light and fresh with a delicate finish. Quite the session with 4.5% ABV here. Sems to straddle the line between Trappist Pale and Saison but that is a cool twist.

Beer is good. Happy saison funk beering.

Last swigs:

blitheringidiot, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- partly cloudy straw color, ridicously huge frothy, foamy, bubbly white head, awesome retent, little lacing

S- sweet, malty, floral, crisp

T- sweet malts with a solid hop backbone, a tart bite from the middle to finish. Spicy flavors throughout. A lemonish flavor in brew as well.

M- hgih carbonation, light but full bodied, coats palate nicely

D- a fine brew, would go well in place of wine of campange, tasty and very enjoyable. would go easy with many different food combonations

tonistruth, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of emerge077
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...

emerge077, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
$11.49 6-Pack

Bam Biere poured a very hazy golden. There was a 2+ finger white frothy head upon the pour that turned chunky and rocky after falling to 1 finger. Fast rising carbonation bubbles rise all over the sides and, I'm guessing, in the middle. The haze makes it tough to tell.

I really like the smell of this one. It's different from saisons I've had in the past. Fresh tart green apples are the first thing that comes about. It's followed by an interesting burst of wildflowers. There is also that smell of straw and horse blanket that is found in other saisons. The yeast spiciness isn't as bold as in other versions.

There is more of the spicy yeast in the flavor. That's the first thing I taste actually. Mid-palate the wildflowers and straw come through. Along with a touch of clove. It's a very soft flavor. The finish is earthy and damp. Unfortuanately it finishes a little weak. As it warms there is a slight pepper spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Prickly carbonation but not overdone. The carbonation makes the body feel lighter than it actually is. Keeps it moving quickly throuh and getting the flavors in quickly before the next takes over.

I can easily sit here and drink a few of these. If it's hot outside or paired with the right meal I could easily drink these one on top of the other. The alcohol keeps it an easy drinker.

Bam Biere is a good quality brew from Jolly Pumpkin. The beers I have tried from them have all been good and interesting. This one follows suit. Give it a try with a chicken or turkey breast.


joe1510, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of KevBrews
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Billowy ivory head; cloudy straw color

S: Stong spiced aroma, with some clove and some citrus. Sweet, with slight hints of barnyard.

T: Hops upfront, but not overpowering; dry malt character, with dry finish. Grassy notes, some spiciness (nutmeg), some earthiness (barnyard). Lots of yeast character. Funky, earthy flavors dominate as it warms.

M: Big carbonation, explodes in mouth.

D: A lot going on, but spiciness and dry finish dance well together. This beer is sold by the sixer. I couldn't have more than one or two a night, but could see having it on hand as an occasional reward.

KevBrews, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of Grundle20
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's bronzed golden in color. There is a big pillowy head that has some great retention and clumpy lacing.

The scent is a little funky and sour and definitely screams farmhouse. I'm really not enjoying it but I don't think it's necesarilly "bad" for the style.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
I haven't had as many saisons in my life as I have other styles but this beer is far more tart then any of the others I have had. It's tastes like unsweetened apples. The beer is dry, light, and crisp. There's a slight sour funk aftertaste but it's not too awful.

There's not as much body as I've seen in examples such as Saison Dupont, Foret, or Fantome which actually plays to the favor of this beers drinkability. It's not quite as flavorful as the aformentioned brews which detracts from it's points.

Bottom Line:
It's more tart then other saisons and lacks the body that others do but it's alright.

Grundle20, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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

Billolick, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a hazy straw color with a fluffy white head. The nose was strong with yeast notes, some delicate fruit and caramel. The taste was fairly simple, yeast mostly, tiny bit of malt, not much to say here. Mouthfeel was highly carbonated, too much. Goes down easy, but a poor finishing flavor.

dherling, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of waughbrew
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes in an elegant brown champagne bottle that will soon house my homebrew. Thanks.

Hazy limey-lemon color with a ferocious carbonation that, after decanting circa 4 ounces into a 22 ounce glass, which filled it up, I turned my back for a minute and the bottle still foamed up and over. Yikes, this is a beast. Head collapses down after a few minutes into a mountainous and craterous range of suds. Smells like a rounded mix of citrus fruits, primarily a muted grapefruit, and spices coriander and pepper. Medium body is surprisingly smooth despite the large carbonation. Very dry, crushed Smarties, apple, a mild household cleanser, and a zesty earthiness. This one's got its head in the clouds but its feet on the ground. Fresh and refreshing. The drinkability, while good, is hurt by the large lingering lemoniness.

One of the beauties of this beer is that, to me, it could be nothing but beer. Some beers seem candyish, or chocolaty, or very fruity, or just hops. This has everything present, but in the end the flavor is not very much like anything that I have ever tasted besides, well, beer. A good one that has that special magic.

waughbrew, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of benito
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jolly Pumpkin boasts that their interpretation of a saison made the top 25 cut for Men's Journal's Best Beers of the US. The writers should have done a little more research...

Bam Biere pours from a fun looking bottle with a terrier on the front and pours a pale straw, too light a hue for this style, but billowing, the rocky head makes up for it--mostly. The bouquet is a mix of barnyard and lemon, the latter of which is the dominant, almost overpowering, flavor on the palate. This is a very dry and slightly sour version of a saison, a quality that helps downplay some of the lemony bite, and the final result is a beer that is thirst quenching, if not entirely satisfying.

Like Jolly Pumpkin's Calabaza Blanca, they've got the framework for a great beer here, but the recipe, particularly the balance of flavors, needs some fine tuning. I'd like to see this beer in a few years, as I'm hopeful that Captain Ron and company will be able to broaden the flavors in this brew. Until then, I'll keep drinking La Luciernaga, listed on this website as a Belgian Pale Ale; however, it is clearly a saison, and a better one than Bam Biere.

benito, Nov 21, 2006
Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 1,144 ratings.