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Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,218
Reviews: 617
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 50
Gots: 93 | FT: 4
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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 cswhitehorse
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Bam Biere comes in a cool label with spot looking at you. It has no freshness date. It pours a pale, foggy light golden color with a foam head. Impressive head on that one.

The smell is of a sour fruit to my nose. The flavor is light on the tongue a little hoppy but a soft balance between the spicy malts and hops. It seems to have a dry mouthfeel. Not an expert in this style but it is a good beer.

Photo of dogger6253
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy head! This is the most impressive head I've seen thus far! The head is about 2 inches big, extremely foamy...giant clouds of head, huge gobs clinging to the glass. Whoa... The body is a very hazy yellow color, slightly orange, kinda like pineapple juice in a way. Little bits of yeast float around. Beautiful looking beer.

The primary scent going on here is sort of like cherries, with a citric twist, kinda like lemonade. Strawberry lemonade. There are small bits of floral hops coming in the mix too.

The taste is very unique, hitting you up front with very floral flavors, just a little hops and some pepper. Shortly thereafter, lemon and grapefruit come in, oranges, green apples, and a yeasty-breadlike quality. Some peach in the mix too.

The beer sort of moves from earthy and bready into sour and puckering with a touch of bitterness, finishing fruity and refreshing. Very crisp and peppery, medium body, little bit more than moderate carbonation. The beer is outstanding, but it's a little puckerish for mass consumption I'd say. I'd love to try this again, but I think I'd rather share a bottle with someone next time. It can be a little much after a while.

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance -Pours a beautiful golden, straw color with a fluffy white head.

Smell - Very faint smell of fruits and a sour smell.

Taste - Wow not very good at all. It almost tastes like a wine that has gone bad. The taste that comes to mind is vinegar.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Huge disappointment!! After having Jolly Pumpkin La Roja I expected more from this beer. I'm hoping that maybe I got a bad beer which is very possible. I'll change my review if I can find one that is fresh. There is no date on the beer at all so I cannot tell freshness.

Photo of nickfl
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy, orangish yellow body topped by a huge, rocky head with the most spectacular retention I have ever seen.

S - Malty and a little sour. Subtle earthiness with noticeable sulphur.

T - Lemon and especially orange. Earthy yeast and wheat. Refreshing acidity, but not nearly as sour as some Jolly Pumpkin beers. A little bit of black pepper. Finishes with musty, saaz hop bitterness.

M - Creamy body, though quite dry, and very high carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable beer. The sulphur in the nose is a little off putting at first (and it was stronger in one bottle than the others), but once you get used to it, it is all-right. Not the most complex saison, but a nice, bright and refreshing example.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - like a good saison, this beer wells up a huge pillowy white head that requires me to wait to finish pouring, the head becomes rocky as it slowly fades, the beer itself is a pale golden color typical of quality saisons

S - faintly sweet aroma with some fruitiness with a hint of corainder or ginger spices, the nose isnt very strong, as limpid as it is, its not very poignant

T - the biggest component in the flavor is a dry champagne-esque flavor, that dry grapeskin sweetness, with a twang of saison farmhouse spices in the background

M&D - a very dry beer, it has a bit of bitterness that makes this a great beer to pair with food, but different on its own, overall though very nice beer

Photo of Chsyhkr
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice version of Saison. ABV is only 4.5%, so it is a little light for the style.

Bottle conditioned so it is WELL carbonated. VERY long lasting head, white, almost like merienge.

The label does not indicate spices, orange zest comes through, whether it is in there or not.

Very dry and quite a few IBU's for a beer of this gravity.

Great with food or just a few on the porch.

Well done for the lighter Saison....

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Translucent cloudy golden yellow body that pours with a very thick fluffy white head. Head slowly dwindles to 1 finger and has perfect retention. Plenty of lacing in the glass. Bubbles and yeast particles can be seen floating around the suspension.

S- Citrus hits the nose first, followed by a sourness, and a spiciness.

T- Sour and tart citrus upfront with solid yeast backbone. Finish is a combination of a sour tartness, cellared yeast, and bitter-yet refreshing hops. Lingering is a lot of sour bready yeast with hints of hop bitterness.

M- High carbonation and light body strong in yeast presence.

D- Decent Saison. I look foreward to trying more brews from Jolly Pumpkin. Something I will probably have again.

Photo of malcontent
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy, honey-colored brew with a massive, meringue-like head. Hyperactive bubbles abound.

Apple skins, wet tin (weird), and soft pepper notes all come through on the initial sniff. Smells more like a place than a beer!

Dry cider, funky bitterness and controlled sourness...absolutely gorgeous. Champagne-like dryness makes this a perfect candidate for pairing with a plethora of foods.

Lively carbonation, perfect body and lovely, bitter astringency on the finish. I'm starting to think that Jolly Pumpkin is at the very least the most exciting brewery in the Midwest if not the best. Completely drinkable in every way and if it weren't so damn expensive I'd have it in my fridge all the time. Other BA's seem not to be very impressed? Oh, well, more for me!

Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blurry golden orange under a billowy white dome.
Nose of lemon rind, peppercorn, old leather, and bay leaves.
Enters with a crispy pils-leaning crackery maltiness, that glints towards lemon, the the brett usurps everything with a wet rock stoniness that envelops everything and this turns decidedly funky, all full of horseblanket, basement, and tanned leather. Perks of pepper and thyme prelude a lasting sour oak denouement, as like-minded acrid and soured dry herb and bleu cheese flavors provide hop closure.
Light bodied with an uppity spritz, furthering its quest to suck all moisture from the mouth. It's would benefit from a sturdier body, presently it's too much like drinking a glass of alum water. As such, a session would be a stretch, even with its modest strength.
It's certainly an interesting creation, with some traits reminiscent of a gueuze, primarily its Bretty funk-derived brutal dryness. Like many of the Jolly Pumpkin's I've tried, it's merely a novel, and flawed, idea.

Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a translucent orange color with a thick and fluffy white head that dissipates slowly. Spotty lacing. The aroma is grassy and yeasty, and a friend mentioned that it also smelled like an opened packet of ketchup which is 100% true. Light-bodied with flavors of apple and citrus, plus yeast and spices. The finish is tart and fruity with a lingering spice character. Refreshing and good all around.

Photo of soupyman10
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

UPDATE - 6/1/08 - 4.5/3.5/4/2.5/3.5 - So I finally tried this one again when I wrangled up a bottle for $1.50. I must say, I think the last one had something wrong with it, cause this one was far, far more drinkable. Still a huge head that foams up over a light yellow beer with lots of yeasty floaties. Nose is sourness, and not much else. Flavor is tasty, especially if you like sour beers. Sourness, wheat, and tons of citrus (particularly lemon). Light flowery hops in there as well. Carbonation's too high, in my book, and ends up masking some of the complexity of the beer. Overall though, much better than my previous experience. Be warned though...this one seems very inconsistent.

ORIGINAL - 4.5/4/1/3.5/1 - I really wanted to like this one - Jolly Pumpkin's a local and one I'd heard good things about. Sadly, this was just no good. It looked great - solid copper color, slightly opaque, with some floating yeast. A huge billowy head on top that hangs around forever. Strong spicy nose of wheat, and lots of citrus as well (mostly lemon). Light sourness, making this one unique compared with other saisons I've had. Taste is...Jesus Christ. Straight sour, kicks you square in the nuts. Nothing else whatsoever. I thought this one might have gone bad, but reading some of the other reviews, I'm not so sure. Awful, a pourer (one of the first I've ever poured, I think). Feel is okay, medium body. I'm hoping this one's gone bad, but I'm not sure if I'll have the gusto to throw more money at it. Too bad.

Photo of sleazo
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy golden with a head waiting to jump out of the glass. A bit of a halo forms on the top of the white fluffy head. The top looks fluffier than it does through the sides of the glass as the lacing of bubbles is rather large through the side. All in all a beautiful beer.

S-A bit of funk, a bit of pepper and some citrus. The smell is strong and I can smell it from a couple of feet away.

D-Sourness and must are the first thing that hits the tongue. Then on the way down the grassy hops and black pepper coat the tongue. The aftertaste has the funk come back with a whiff of black pepper. You also get a lemon zest like citrus sort of thing in the back of the mouth. The yeast remains a strong chracter throughout but does not overwhelm or dominate. The overall character is slightly sour and slightly bitter. As it warms a bit more fruitiness comes through, green apple and starfruit.

M-Effervescent slightly thin but on point for style.

D-This is a very easy drinking saison and one that I would think was European in a blind taste test. I could go for a little more of that funk but really that is getting nitpicky.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You hear that sound? That whisper? It's calling. That sizzle, maybe steaks on the grill?

About half an ounce of pressure on the cap & that sucker flicked across the table & went right under the couch. It's angry. There's no turning back now.

At first pour, it does it's best Hennepin impression, effortlessly foaming up the entire tulip, taking its sweet time to settle. Take two was a lot less time consuming. Foggy straw body, with plenty of movement & a few floaters.

The fumes hit surprisingly hard. It smelled like a mix of rubbing alcohol & peroxide. This isn't what I remember. I decided to walked away.

I came back in five, with some dinner to see if things calmed down any. Of course it did. The foam was still there though. A quarter inch ring that just sat there, snoozing. Like the fat guy at the pool, who despite the combined effort of all the neighborhood children, still manages to float.

Anyways, the evaporating fumes have left. Leaving now, trails of cherries, mandarins, sweet peppers, & yeast. Almost a spicy recollection of some orange Hi-C, with all that extra added citric acid that you remember less then fondly. The Ecto-Cooler was way, way better ...but you all knew that already. :)

Taste is heavy on the coriander, sweet upfront with lemon & grapefruit, doughy through the middle, with a backbone of orange rind supplying the bitterness. With a touch of sourness that makes the ride more... spontaneous.

Carbonation is soft & plush, despite what you see. Some weight to the body, but it moshes around just fine. It becomes real delicate with an hour outside the fridge. Too much longer though, & it starts to fall apart.

Just fine by itself, but I think it needs the breakfast menu by its side to complete it. :)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a nice frothy head that the last remnants of the bottle are now sitting upon. Smell is really funky. There is some spice, some yeast and just a hint of ass. Taste is bubbly carbonated and a good amount of funk/sourness. This is a easy drinker. It’s lacking some punch at the finish. Seems like it’s good upfront, then there’s nothing there to round it out and finish off. Good beer none the less.

Photo of ncvbc
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one and it was hissing when I pulled into the driveway...had to go ahead and drink it. Poured with a lively head and pretty good carbonation. It was a somewhat cloudy golden color. Smell was funky, of course. Very earthy and nice spicy scents come through. Not your typical Heineken funk, this is some good funk. Taste picked up more tart flavors that weren't so apparent in the smell. Zesty lemon and some orange were the most present. A little too sour for my liking which continued in the mouthfeel. It had a zing to it, for sure. Still, a very light and refreshing drink. Went a little downhill after having higher expecations from appearance. James Brown, step aside. This is one funky mother!

Photo of KarlHungus
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a hazy pale orange color. The head is massive, billowly, and doens't recede. Instead, it just sits there, and eventually breaks apart into thick chunks which stick to the sies of the glass. The aroma is of citrus, pollen, flower shop, oak, and has a nice tart/sour edge. The taste is like the aroma, but a little less expresive, and with a nice refreshing bitterness in the arftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively, fine carbonation, and a smooth velvety texture. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, and at 4.5% ABV I could session this for quite a while without getting bored.

Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this for the first time at Max's the other night.

The beer pours an orangy gold color, with decent head retention. Not a lot on the nose, just a bit of lime citrus and ginger. The beer is very crisp and refreshing on he palate, with a touch of sweet honey, orange and even chocolate, finishing with underlying tartness and bitterness. The beer is pretty light and refreshing, and is very drinkable. This would really be a nice beer to quench one's thirst with on a warm summer day.

Very nice beer.

Photo of slyke
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bam Biere pours a orange-gold color with a big pillowy white head. The head falls to a cap of about 1/8 inch and laces quite nicely. The aroma is very pleasant, flowery, yeasty, and hint of spice, perhaps anise.

The taste is interesting, the spiciness is more noticeable with yeast and floral hops following. Mouthfeel is good too as the beer seems to dance on the tongue a bit at the beginning of a drink.

This is a very drinkable beer and at a lower ABV than many saisons I've encountered, it is very sessionable. Try it if you find it.

Photo of bosco7
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale color with voluminous frothy head.

Smells of barn, pear, lemon, and some acetic notes.

Funkiest saison that I have ever had. Horsey and earthy flavors dominate the palate upfront. Lemon pulp, grass, and green apple in the middle. Finishes sour and bone dry.

Highly digestible due to its dry and light body. Pleasantly surprised with this beer- thought I was going to get a typically American interpretation of a Saison instead I got a uniquely wild concoction. Reminds me of Orval. Seek this out.

Photo of cabsandking
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale cloudy tawny/golden color with a white, fluffy fine, tight bubbled head with good retention. Citrus rind is dominant with soft herbal hops and yeast notes with something like the scent of dill. Nice dusty lemon pith flavor with delicate waves of herbal, earthy, and floral tones. Perfume essence throughout with slightly increasing bitterness as it warms. Terrific sour yeast presence and slightly peppery. Carbonation surrounds the tongue with a very frothy mouthfeel. Yeasty residue and herbals make up the finish. Very nice complex Saison.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale golden color with an off white head. Aromas of a sour, fruity, belgian yeast. Basically like a sour saison. In the taste, a small fruitiness and a dry sourness. A dry yeasty aftertaste is left behind, leaving it not as refreshing, but very good. I don't care what anyone says, Jolly Pumpkin makes some great beers.

Photo of rugbyfan13
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Tulip Glass from a bottle.

Appearance: Liquid pumpkin in color. The yeast at the bottom begs to be consumed. Head sticks around until the end with tons of lacing.

Smell: I guess I can see some the lemon other reviewers have noted. Dominant aromas for me include that "Saison funk", leather, earthy tones with little bits of gravel (that's not a bad thing at all, its just the only description I can think of).

Taste: Oh, if only this were just a tad bit less watery. The funk in this is prevalent and delightful. There is a very earthy, barn like, sensation to the beer which is enjoyable to say he least. The yeast at the end, transcendent. Do not leave the yeast out. Your life will be worse off without imbibing it.

Mouthfeel: A little watery, but nice and palpable. It's there but not overwhelming. Very nice change of pace (similar to that of a medium pace bowler in the middle of a Test Match).

Drinkability: Would have more of these, but I am cellaring the others. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a huge white head and a few chunky floaties. Thick, sticky lacing as the head recedes.

Aroma is quite funky and sour with a malty and spicy background. A hint of hops comes and goes.

Slightly sour funkiness upfront with some mild malty and spicy flavors that follow.Becomes a bit dull in the middle. A bit of hops and bitterness appear just as it finishes very dry with a lingering light sour taste.

Medium body, plenty of carbonation.

Overall, a pretty mediocre Saison. I really like sour beers, but this just fell short in both the sourness and complexity factors.

Photo of RoyalT
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This has a pretty but explosive head and a light, glowing orange body.

Smell – This nose is remarkably hoppy; very grapefruity. There's a warning sense of sourness here as well, kind of like lemonade. I can't pick up much of a malt base.

Taste – Ah, the spices come out big at the taste. They are very dark and dirty, like allspice. The malts are still very faint. The sourness isn't as bad as it smelled. Boo on overly sour American-made Saisons.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than light-bodied but a bit overcarbonated for my preference.

Drinkability – Not a bad effort from the Jolly Pump. The fizziness cut down on its drinkability but overall this is a nice one.

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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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