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Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,209
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 47
Gots: 93 | 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 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.

Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a bottle of this recently at the River Street Ale House. Poured into a chalis glass with less than one finger of head.

A: Bright golden color.
S: This had a strong floral smell to it.
T: Great. A bit sour and crisp at the same time.
M: Light and refeshing. The sourness really played nicely with the rest of beer and gave it a great balance
D: One of the better domestic saisons I have consumed. I would highly reccomend this.

Photo of seaoflament
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Jolly Pumpkin beer. Poured it into my Duvel tulip glass and has lots of action which results in a thick, pearl white, two fingers worth of head which lasts for a few minutes and then reduces to about half.

The color is a pale, slightly cloudy, yellow. The aroma is very yeasty, slightly spicy, and I think I can see what people are talking about with that “funk” aroma. It has a leathery aroma, it reminds me of something but I can’t quite remember what. As the beer warms a bit there is the malt sweetness which pushes forward, as well as an assortment of dried fruits.

I put my lips on the rim of the glass and as soon as the beer touches the tip of my tongue astringent and sour notes are first detected. Lemon and sour green apple comes to my mind as I keep sipping. To me it tastes like a funky Belgian pale ale. The finish is nice and dry, and the mouthfeel is a bit average but interesting.

Drinkability is good, the alcohol content is quite low, but I don’t feel like my taste buds can handle more than one funky brew in a sitting.

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to trep for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus foamy white head, lots and lots of sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, soury, with some spices. The taste is malty/yeasty, with some sour notes, and spices. Medium body. Drinkable, really this is not my cup of tea, I've had better Saison's.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jolly Pumpkin- Bam Biere

Appearance- Hazy yelowish orange with an annoyingly frothy and fizzy head.
Smell- Tangy sweet funkiness. Whiskey sour mix and lemons.
Taste- Tart and sour citrus, lemon and orange. Funky sour hay/ straw notes.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and fizzy up front with a sour citrusy finish.

Overall- A decent Saison. Couldn't drink too many due to its high carbonation!

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A-Hazy, unfiltered cider-like body with super airy head that stuck to the glass nicely. Carbonation was wonder on this beer. Some good size yeasties sink to the bottom of my glass...Nothing wrong with a little Vitamin Y

S-The nose on this is great. The first thing to hit is the sweet, sour, oaky funk. It is very welcoming and almost fruity. Beneath that lies a great amount of crisp dry-hop aroma. The combination works very well in this beer.

T&M-Great wheat body lends a nice base for the bitterness of the hops, sourness of the oak aging and brett, and spicyness of the yeast. Tons of bitterness and tartness make this a very refreshing brew. A certain bit of spiciness is definately present, but just enough to blend perfectly into the background. The body may seem a bit thin to some, but great for nice hot days. A nice dry finish tops this off and leaves you begging for the next sip.

D-Come on...beers don't get much easier to drink that this. The bundle of flavors is phenomenal for a beer of such low gravity. I can barely finish the review without opening another bottle. For an "all day'r" , this one should be worth seeking out. Why can't there be more session-style saisons out there (or any saison for that matter!)

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow with a large white head.

Smell: Fruit, Slight Yeast and Spice.

Taste: There is not much spice in the flavor which surprised me because of the aroma.. The flavor starts sour and then moves on to a dry finish.
There is also some apple in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I am getting used to the saison flavor and good see this as a session beer.

This is my first saison and it seems to match the style. Another good offering from Jolly Pumpkin. Keep up the great work!!!

Photo of enfield249
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden straw color with a bout 5 fingers of head. Had to wait a few min for the head to go down to get it all in my Imp. Pint Glass.

S - Apples, light fruit.

T - Sour, apples. Sharp, and not a small amount of bitterness, almost to a pale ale level which is surprising. Not bad, but not what I expected. It might also be astringency but it sure tastes like hops.

M - Very sharp because of all the carbonation. Light otherwise.

D - Decent beer all around. I did like the flavor, even with the odd bitterness. I'd drink this again, but it's not my favorite jolly pumpkin.

Photo of WaveRebel51
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 1,209 ratings.