Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,186
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 45
Gots: 91 | 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

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(Beer added by: nomad on 02-04-2006)
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Photo of WaveRebel51
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As with all Jolly Pumpkin beers, make sure to pour slowly to avoid a frothy mess, and for this one, make sure your swirl the bottle to get all the sediment into the glass. Appearance (other than loads of sediment) was not memorable, neither was aroma ... but the taste -- the sour, fruity notes were excellent, but started to thin out toward the end. An average Jolly Pumpkin brew, but their average brew is still worth it.

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

Sampled as a guest tap at Dieu du Ciel.

Appearance: As saison-ish as it gets, minus perhaps the chunky deposits. A peachy yellow that wasn't completely opaque and a thin but sturdy head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Heavily Brett influenced with probably some hallertauer gives it really pleasing pepper and wet hay aromas. I found it to be similar to really fresh Orval, but with more of an acidity to it. I likey!

Taste: That acidity really shines through in the taste, as it constricts your tongue with the very first sip. A pleasing, fruity flavor - without being sweet at all - follows and bittersharp finish that was like grapefruit juice, or perhaps a really dry cider. The hops show up big time in the aftertaste and is quite long lasting.

Wickedly drinkable, that acidity and thin body makes it a Beer I could drink by the gallon. Probably one of the best US-made Saisons I've ever had. My first samplings of JP didn't thrill me, but I'm a believer now with this Beer.

Photo of goochpunch
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a slightly hazed and brassed golden color with tons of carbonation reaching towards the 3/4" bleached white head. Tart and funky brett notes are overwhelming in the nose with some toasty malt, as well as perfume-like floral notes and stone fruits. The funk seems a little more toned down in the flavor, which works more as an accent to the beer. I get some mild fruity esters mixed with crackery pale malts, a good overall tartness, and a bit of citrus pith. Finish is extremely dry and ends with some floral accents. Jasmine and ligustrum stay trapped on my palate long after each sip. Mouthfeel is really light (almost a little too light for me) and the carbonation is exceptionally lively. Amazing drinker. Completely refreshing and interesting, which is what I ultimately look for in a beer.

Photo of katan
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light gold color- lots of head from my possible sub-par pour. Lots of particulates suspended in the beer.

S - Light hops smell with a hint of spice

T - Not as spice flavored as I would of thought - has a somewhat acidic flavor to me. More strongly flavored with the hops than something like a Hennepin.

M - Very strongly carbonated.

D - This is a decently drinkable beer. JP makes good stuff. But, for the style I'd probably break for the Hennepin first.

Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy orange due to yeast in suspension, huge head.

Smell: Yeasty, sour note.

Taste: Starts with a citrusy bite then moves into dry soda cracker.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy.

Drinkability: Easy to put down several in a sitting.

An interesting beer, the taste is opposite of many beers in that the bite comes first instead of the malt tastes. A pretty good summer beer.

Photo of Onibubba
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First, let me just say, Jolly Pumpkin makes some damn fine looking beers. This poured a hazy gold with effervescent bubbles rusing toward the top. I topped the frothy head with a last swirl of residue which left brown specs on top like cinnamon on a latte'. Nice. Funk and lemon hit the nose hard. A nice herbal mustiness later on. Taste is very much like a lemony Dupont. There is also a noticeable hop presence which plays off the tartness nicely. This is smooth, though somewhat thin, drinking. Delicious.

Photo of GRPunk
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

OMG was this a surprisingly great beer. I grabbed it as part of a mixed sixer and I'm glad I did.

A- I was met with a huge, foamy, white head as I poured the hasy golden yellow beer into the tulip glass. I had to stop short risking an overflow on the initial pour. It had a steady stream of light carbonation bubbling up from the center-bottom of the glass and left lots of foamy white lace.

S- This one smelled fruity and sweet. The fruity scents were somewhere between an apple and peaches. Hop aromas were lesser, but still came through.

T- I felt the taste was initially complex and really had to work to pick out all the flavors. It was initially fruity with a pleasant green apple taste that was somewhat dry and bitter. There were citrus hops lurking in the finish.

M- Very nice and smooth in the mouth. The dry flavor came through in the mouthfeel too.

D- This is definitely a new favorite of mine for the warmer summer months. It was very flavorful, yet clean and crisp.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Turbid, bold and golden...huge, active, crystalline white head, leaves some lace, bounces around...lots of bubbles dancing around this one....

Tart, lemony nose, straw and spice, citrus aplenty...alert and a-lively, perfumey and perfectly pleasant....

Lemon looms large in the taste, as well, some minor pepper notes, then it softly fades away. Slides serenely and effortlessly down the windpipe, past the gullet, into the tummy. A prince of a drinker, with lingering lemon and lime in the finish, coating the tongue ever so gently. Very effervescent, kindly carbonated.

Would've liked this more with a fuller body, but that's okay,you can't win them all, can you?

Good, though....not bad in the least...

Photo of BuckSpin
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a tulip stem.

Poured lite & clean, but with some obvious life as the head was almost Duvel like. Very pleasing lite aroma, clean, fragrant with a sweet sourness, spoiled grapefruit rind, wet leather, old honey, dry pine sap, a humid cement basement in mid August. Head, even pouring slowly and at an angle, was insane - over 3 fingers of tight, sticky, sculpted winter white foam that had incredible retention & volume as well as laced like curtains. Thick, murky, hazy, a noticeable amount of chunky sediment on the glass bottom, its a warm, golden-brassy apricot hue, a nice parade of steady agitation rising from the glass' etched base. Visually some serious eye candy.

Crisp, dry, nicely sour, it has a clean yet slightly twanged moutheel. Dull piney hops nip bitterly my tongue, a slight crunch of dry carbonation elevates that old grapefruit rind aspect and lightens it, making it oddly sweetly-bitter with a slight honey echo and even some dandelion. This is nicely balanced yet just so pleasingly sour.

It gets a little thicker, more malt & bitter than sweet on the palate as well as far wetter. Its no where near as crisp & dry as it was on my tongue. The finish is clean, a little tart, faintly sweet with warm citrus like lemon, mild orange, leaving a candy like chewy aftertaste that is a wee bit leathery. I'm going to pass on the seriously large sediment that resembles bread crumbs!

A very nice, refreshing Saison. It has a nice bitterness & lite sour quality that was very nice and had an enjoyable mouthfeel. This would pair great with a variety of cheeses, some artisan bread, simple fare like non spiced cured meats, non-spicy food. Its easy to see why the Saison style is a "farmhouse ale" in that I can see just about any simple provincial fare going very well with this. A most enjoyable brew, and one I would definitely drink again and would love to try with a amuse tray of cheeses, meats, breads & fruits.

Photo of Beaver13
2.28/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours murky yellow with a smallish white head that quickly recedes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing. There's lots of chunky yeasties.

The aroma is musty yeast, lemongrass a little vegetables and spices.

The flavor is earthy yeast and lingering grassy hops with a little pepper and fruits and some hard to identify off notes (charred plastic?). The mouthfeel is rather thin and watery.

Overall, this just does not do it for me. Definitely my least favorite from an interesting brewery.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single 12oz. brown bottle purchased at Oak Tree Buy Rite in NJ. Poured into my large wine glass. Appears a cloudy, golden yellow color with about two generous fingers of fluffy white head that settles down to about half an inch. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Smells of musty hay, fruit and spice. Taste is tart, sour, peppery, and spicy with a touch of malt at the end. Medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty tasty.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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!

Photo of riversider76
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy light golden. Huge fluffy head, with lots of retention,and lacing. Smell is of tart fruit. Body is light with some carbionation. Taste is for sour cherry,with a bit of spice. Nice little touch of hops in the finish. Try this one over the summer.

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

750ml bottle from Florian's. Hazy light yellow body with a couple inches or so of rocky white head that dissipates slowly leaving a fair bit of lacing. Smells strongly fruity and spicy - very very good. Tastes sweet, fruity, pithy, and spicy, with strong citrus flavors. Lighter in body than many of the style, but it along with the fantastic flavor help make this among the most drinkable beers I've had. Very very good.

Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Phyl21ca for the opportunity to try this. He's a great trader.

A slightly hazy almost golden straw coloured brew now sits in my Chimay chalice. A gentle pour produced a one finger white head, intially sudsy, but after a couple minutes its still there, but with more of a finely whipped appearance. A fine but lively stream of carbonation rises from the centre of the chalice to support its lovely head. Intricate and fine clumps of lacings cling and never loose their hold from the inside of the chalice.

Sour fruity smells of golden apples and lesser lemony hints nicely compliment the soft bready underlying smells of the pale malt. Theres a slight wheatiness in there as well. Zesty, spicy yet slightly funky yeastiness gives an interesting funky clove aroma. Hops also present with a mildly floral, peppery and grassy contribution.

Tart, bold golden fruitiness with a nice blend of apple, lemon and lemon rind, with a touch of golden raisin hit the palate with the initial flavour rush. This is followed by the underlying. almost muted flavours of the pale malts with their clean white bread flavours and a slight wheatiness. Then the yeasty spicy funked up clove appears and morphs into the peppery lemongrass finish.

Tart and mildly acidic light bodied brew. Nicely balanced flavours of sour fruit, pale malts, slightly funky brett, and mildly floral and bitter hops. Initially tart, then watery, then a very mild mineral kick into the floral and bitter hop finish. Leaves the mouth feeling clean and looking forward to more. A creamy feel comes from the whipped head (yes its still present) as well.

Very drinkable, and is fairly refreshing. This is what i wish 7-Up or Sprite tasted like, and actually might be an approachable craft brew for those who enjoy lemon lime sodas, or dry sparkling white wines. Definitely sessionable, although im trying my best to go slow and savour it. My restraint is aided only by the fact that all I have is one. Recommended, definitely a good, sessionable and refreshing ale, perfect for a hot summers day or night.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this after the American Beer Festival in Boston last weekend. This looked pretty intriguing, and since I don't drink saisons that often, this certainly fit that bill for me! After most of my bottle, I still can't quite pinpoint this beer or exactly what I like about it, but it's subtly growing on me, and perfect for a soft, rainy night such as this!

The pour was amazing, to say the least. The head filled up my pint glass long before I got all of the beer out of the bottle, and the hue was that of the perfect saison - slightly opaque, golden, with some sediment/debris (or am I not using the right word?) floating around in it. Once the bubbles subsided, a decent lacing remained and the aroma still endured. The taste was a bit like a lambic, in that the light, malty, and lingering sourness were it's hallmarks, but there were many flavors to be had here too. Notes of apple, peach, plum, and medicine can be felt here, and the tartness is so mellow as to never be overpowering. This bill will indeed make ya pucker, but you'll be wishing that it was still in your mouth long after it goes down the hatch. I'm not sure I've ever had a brew that went in so quietly and grew on me more and more as it warmed up and lingered on my tongue!

The 4.5% ABV would easily qualify this as a great session beer, but I can't imagine the novice craft brew drinker or someone looking for refreshment on a summer day grabbing this first. Sure, it is refreshing and a great introduction to this style, but there are other beers out there that would better fit those bills. Instead, this is great for the night at home of pure enjoyment and quite introspection. Being a big Frasier fan, I love the Jask Russell Terrier on the bottle, as it reminds me of Eddie. More importantly, this reminds me that American brewers can take on a foreign style of beer, and beautifully craft their own version of it. If only I grabbed more than one bottle of this!

Photo of Oxymoron
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Funny story about the jack russell. The pour is a pretty hazy with an off yellow that is almost hefe color. A limited head with a pretty generous pour. That said limited lacing and foam retention.

The nose is more malty with some noticeable wheat presence. Some yeasty presence that are noticeable but almost subtle for style. Nice spice touches as well with some white pepper and a touch of tart fruity aromas. More granny apples than anything else.

The taste is limited compared to the nose. The beer has a decent wheat presence with come complexity but is some what to malty and would have liked a drier finish. The yeast flavors are detectable and leaves some earthy and horse like flavors but don’t leave that Belgian saison flavor. The fruity flavors are well represented with lemon and apples mostly.

The finish is very distinctive to Jolly Pumpkin. There is a good presence to the beer but needs to be drier. The tart leaves a decent feel but could be more distinct if the beer was drier. Overall I thought the beer was very nice to drink, especially on hot summer day.

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

Pours a cloudy golden color with a bit of dullness to it. Big, incredibly chunky white head that leaves fuzzy lacing on the sides of the glass. Funky brett character on the nose, along with some oranges and a bit of wet-leaf must. On the palate, very complex with typical saison flavors, while the brett funk adds an extra dimension. First off, citric hops and juicy bitterness, with things skewed toward the hops at the expense of the malt. Light and bitter, but not too acidic. Mouthfeel is marked by huge carbonation (central to the style) and light consistency. Overall, this is very good. It strikes me as a true saison of the old times -- hoppy, a bit funky, relatively low in alcohol (at least compared to what saisons must have been way back when) -- and that's a good thing.

Photo of bigman147
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 6 pack at the brewery last Friday

Apperance: Cloudy, pale straw color. Head was thick and fluffy white that hardly faded. Very impressive.

Aroma: Smells of lemony citrus. Mildly sour lactic.

Taste: Slightly tart and refreshing. I slight wheaty character and some old hop funkiness notes. Acidity makes this very drying.

Mouthfeel: A very highly carbonated (as foam started pouring out of the bottle when opened.) with a pleasant dry finish.

Overall: This was a pleasant surprise as I am not a huge fan of wild beers (in general). Very drinkable and would be excellent on a nice warm summer day. Best saison that I have ever had (as it lacked a skunky aroma like most)

Photo of gmcfarre
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint Glass

A - Pours a cloudy, straw orange color with a beautiful 2 inch head that immediately becomes rocky as it fades. Lacing builds out from the rocky head, but doesn't stick to the glass too much. A good lookin' beer.

S - A funky Brett yeast scent dominates this brew, fulfilling the farmhouse in farmhouse ale. Tart citrus fruit scents accompany, but the funkiness definitely dominates.

T - Tart fruitiness and a spicy, funky yeast with a refreshing carbonation that would make this a good choice on a warm summer day. Not much bittering going on here, but the finish does get dry and tacky. Mild sweetness.

M - High carbonation, medium body and a drying finish.

D - A refreshing version of style, and probably the best US attempt at it I've had to date. The smell can be a little off-putting, but were at available in my area I'd pick this up as a nice alternative to wheat beers on a sunny summer day.

Photo of crwills
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting at biegaman's place with grub, viggo, lexx, blankboy (RB), and tupalev (RB). I didn't write down who brought what, unfortunately, so thanks everyone!

Pale beer with a decent head that stuck around, even in a small sample. Funky, almost fungal aromas. Flavour is very mild (especially compared to the Maracaibo Especiale right before), and not particularly aggressive. Floral notes as it warms, and a surprisingly cidery aftertaste.

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another fantastic beer enjoyed at the first annual Summer Saison Tasting!
Big fluffy, cloud like head that sits atop a lovely tarnished golden coloured body. Thick lacing. An explosive aroma, soft fruity notes (the likes of peach, apricot) coated with light funky notes (as result of the wild yeast) that blends for an almost cider like complex. Steady streams of bubbles rise. I fell in love with the aroma. The taste isn't as effervescent (or impressive for that matter). The malts come more aggressive, not as tasty as their aroma counterpart. Fairly void of spice and not as "fresh" as the aroma would have you assume. A little flat and really quite dependent on a boring malt bill. I loved part of this beer and was neutral on the other half. I intend to revisit (because I enjoyed it) but I wasn't overly impressed with it as for the style goes.

Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

group tasting may 26/07 with biegaman, Viggo, Lexx, crwills, blankboy@RB, tupalev@RB, and me (grub). everybody threw something into the mix and we had a great lineup of beer. biegaman contributed this one, so thanks jan!

750ml bottle.

pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a huge white head of very large bubbles. the head drops fairly quickly and leaves behind lots of lace.

aroma is nice. bit of funk. nice lemony sourness. light cracker malt. bit of almost soapy character.

taste is good. medium bitterness. light lemony sourness. nice cracker malts. bit of grapefruit and orange.

mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation works well. nice medium body.

drinkability is good. this is probably the most "straightforward" beer i've had from jolly pumpkin, and i think it may have suffered from being sampled after maracaibo especial. still, a solid beer that i enjoyed.

Photo of froggyfrog
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a sucker for Jolly Pumpkin and this beer is no exception.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a fizzy achromatic head.

S: Sour with strong notes of apricot and field apples.

T: Tastes like apple cider in the fall, and Jolly Rancher candy with a complex wild sourness.

MF: Light and smooth with a sour bite and a light bitter finish.

D: Complex yet quenching and thoroughly enjoyable to quaff.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What tasty lighter ale. Blows all the other golden ales out of the water from the complex yet light flavor, really – wow. It has a funky bread aroma, but the flavor expands on the light barley with tartness that matches the hops flavors. A heck of a summer beer and a little spendy but worth trying. Great balance, appearance, and a juicy mouthfeel. MMmm.

Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 1,186 ratings.