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Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,154
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 43
Gots: 90 | 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:
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(Beer added by: nomad on 02-04-2006)
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Photo of HumuloneRed
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Transported back from Portland, OR. 12oz. Bottle. It pours a cloudy white peach color with a frothy white head and sticky lacing. The nose is filled with apricot, tangerine, and peach with a sour barnyard sourness. . Those flavors plus a woody sour taste that leaves a tannic mouth feel. I really like this beer and think it is well made but I can see how it might turn some people off.

HumuloneRed, May 01, 2007
Photo of rowew
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz long neck, good description but no date.

Appearance: Pours cloudy yellow with just a bit of orange tint to it. Nice fluffy white head, decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of funky yeast aroma. Spicy, just a bit of hops.

Taste: Mmm .. similar to the aroma, funky and spicy, some peppery hops, lots of yeast, and what seems to be brett.

Overall impression: Wow - I had no idea this was coming to Colorado! Was very excited to see it in Liquor Max's newsletter. Definitely a great saison, and one of the best beers I've been able to get in 6 packs. Sessionable, but interesting enough to sip and savor.

rowew, May 01, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy pale yellow color with a 3" fluffy merangue-like head that lasts forever. Some spots of lace develop.

Smell: yeast, pepper, tart citrus, and barnyard funkiness make up a pleasant aroma.

Taste: the yeast imparts a strong flavor here. Tart lemons, green apples and a big pepper bite is balanced with some nice bitterness. Hint of sourness with a decent amount of musk rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. The finish is a touch dry. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is a bit sour and funky, but the peppery yeast tones are the longest lasting.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one. Very enjoyable farmhouse brew that everyone should give a shot.

Gavage, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a cloudy golden color topped by a small flourish of a creamy white head that retreats rather quickly. Aroma is complex - largely sour and funky, with a decent amount of citrusy bitterness. Palate is nicely nuanced, a delicate balance between the flavorful yeast and light malt character. The sour quality is rather muted compared to the nose, with notes of lime and maybe a little green onion making an appearance. Finish is dry, yet refreshing. The light body is just about perfect for this absolute treat of a beer. A must for sitting on the porch on the first day of spring.

ElGordo, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml capped bottle. Poured into a tulip glass, this beer is a hazy yellow with probably the hugest head I've ever seen. Pure white, long-lasting, leaving some nice lacing. It has a citrusy aroma, mostly lemon. Some spice lurking in the background. A nice tart taste, again with a hint of spice. Good mouthfeel, oily (in a pleasant way). Wonderful beer.

lordofthewiens, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of Sephiroth
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with enormous head, hazy golden straw is the color. Light and funky aroma. Slight spice.

Tastes very refreshing, and light when the beer is cold, complexity comes as it warms. This beer is definitely hoppy, I think this was oaked too. The sour acidity hits the sides of my tongue towards the back, does that mean the acidity is lactic? There are spices evident, but they blend in so well that they almost go unnoticed. This beer becomes very dirty and funky as it continues to warm.

Mouthfeel is highly effervescent with small bubbles. With such a low ABV, this beer is eternally drinkable.

Sephiroth, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my St. Feuillien goblet, the Bam Biere is a hazy golden orange with a small white head, which quickly subsided to a sturdy collar, leaving thin, widely spaced lace. Great color, but could have used a rockier head.
The aroma on this is pure farmhouse and very authentic, initially all lactic skunkiness, behind which lie layers of citrus, flowers and minerals. As it warms, these begin to assert their dominance.
The taste starts out with tart citrus and wild yeast funkiness, fades to a burst a pepper before all but vanishing to a very clean, dry finish, slightly floral finish. For those uninitiated to wild brews, think tonic water, so that your expectations are not to skewed.
The mouthfeel is very light and spritzy, but not in a make you burp to much way, more of flavor dancing on you tongue.
There is a mild, lingering lactic aftertaste, which I'd be curious to see how it holds up had I the pleasure to session these, funky but also a touch sweet. With my single bottle though, the palate would pretty much blank between long pauses. As is, I'm going to say it is highly drinkable, based primarily on the refreshingness, although it is very tasty and light in alcohol. Sure, I could use it a tad sweeter, but with the yeast they're using, that is tough to do without cranking up the ABV.
Man do I like saison's! This is my first offering from Jolly Pumpkin, and I'm quite impressed. At first I was skeptical of the low ABV, but it suits the refreshing quality of this beer perfectly, and is a marquee example that you can get big taste without having to make a big beer. Dare I say this reminds me a lot of Orval? I do. Not sure how much this would cost by the the case, but surely cheaper then it's Belgian counterparts, which would further it's cause as a top choice for a long day in the sun.

ccrida, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of brewandbbq
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy gold with a massive, sponge-like head of at least four inches of height.
After several minutes of settling, the rocky foam receded to the surface, and revealed a cone-like center of dense white froth, and and an outer ring of medium bubbles.
Lacework filled with large-webbed strings clung the walls of the glass.
Aromatics are mostly tart and lemony, with some light spicing and funk. The trademark Jolly Pumpkin lactic profile is dominant, and laced with lemon pith and vinegar-spritzed hay.
The mouthfeel is dry and lively, quenching and lightly puckering.
The pallet is slightly sour and earthy. Fouled citrus fruits and grassy tannins make the beer quite unique. Phenols are prevalent, as a warming clove presense comes forward as well as pepper-spiked bannana skins.
Finishes drying and bitter, with lingering tannins and a hint of cedar.
As with most of the other JP beers, plenty unique and "wild", but lacking a cohesion of qualities that make a beer extremely drinkable at the same time.

brewandbbq, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of CortexBomb
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jolly Pumpkin is a creative brewery, but I've had more misses than hits with them. Bam Biere is a smooth product though, and I really enjoyed it.

The beer poured a nice orange with a large head. Sour citrus wheat on the nose, crisp smelling, if that's possible.

The flavour was a wheat/biscuit tone combined with spice and mixed with the Pumpkin sour, but the sour here was more subdued, and instead of utterly dominating the flavour, which, in my experience, has made some of JP's other beers abrasive, here it simply adds to the depth and gives this some character. Definite earthy/barnyard aspects.

Decent bite to the mouthfeel and an easy to drink beer.

As I said, most of JP's beers are not on my "buy again" list, but this is a smooth, summer style beer that I could see having again.

CortexBomb, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer made a loud pop as I opened it, and then fizzed over. Beer was sitting for more than 3 days since it's been in my possession...maybe it's old???

A - Opaque medium orange color. Head is a bright white quarter inch. Lacing is very strong.

S - Fragrant aroma of sour citruses, mostly orange and lemon. Some pale wheat notes, slight aroma of berries and finally a faint ginger spice background.

T - Sweet and sour citrus notes, with a nice spiciness.

M - Consistency is medium, carbonation fizzed out before I could take a drink.

D - Overall, a very tasty brew with a nice sourness to it. First Jolly Pumpkin brew, and I will try some of their others.

umustdrink, Mar 05, 2007
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
Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 1,154 ratings.