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Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,206
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 47
Gots: 92 | 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 martymoat
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz bottle

A: poured in a snifter, pours golden light brown, cloudy. Head at first is big and frothy looking, then settles into place and retains well.

S: first smell has that true farmhouse smell to it, spicy, peppery, under that a light fruity smell…. Smells delicious.

T: first taste has fruitiness/ hoppiness however the hops more leaning to earthiness rather than floral smelling and bitterness is right there with it. following by this is the spice and malt. taste is surprisingly different than most other jolly pumpkin ales I have tried. I have noticed some tend to have many similarities in them, and with this one I do not see, could it be different fermentation tanks used…?

M: mouthful is light and bubbly, leaves mouth with earthy spicy after taste, goes down smooth

Photo of woodychandler
3.02/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This arrived with a thick, white head above a very cloudy, medium-amber colored beer. The nose was really funky, obviously yeast-driven, with a sour quality to it, like overripe fruit. The mouthfeel was somewhat thin and the taste had a vinous quality, like a dry white wine. The finish was likewise dry, with a lingering aftertaste of that yeasty funk. I have to admit, this was my first Jolly Pumpkin on draft (not cask) and I was disappointed. I got John’s Grocery in Iowa City to sell me a single bottle out of a six-pack just so that I could re-review it. That review has already been posted, so it might be interesting to compare my two reviews. One beer does not change my stance, though. Jolly Pumpkin IS da bomb, yo!

Photo of EvilKeith
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes of 08/28/2006 visit to The Map Room, Chicago IL.

Pours a cloudy hazed burnt orange color with yeast settling to the bottom of the glass. The head is a firm dense off-white two fingers of foam. The lace is very thick and hangs in sheets.

The smell is earthy, a touch of fruitiness, spicy and a bit smoky.

The taste is heavy with yeast, fruity, lightly tart, with citrus and a faint mustiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in a medium-light body giving this a light crisp mouthfeel.

Overall, enjoyable and easy drinking.

Photo of Gritsak
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy straw color with an explosive white fluffy head. Although i poured slowely, i had to stop several times because the head grew so quickly.

S- very strong yeast/doughy aroma. Some delicate fruit hints are also present.

T- really not a dominating flavor. The yeast is still pretty noticable in the taste, but the overall flavor seems to be a little bland. Also has a weird dry aftertaste.

M- highly carbonated, almost to the point where it might be taking away from the flavor.

D- pretty easy to drink, although it does have a funky aftertaste as noted above.

overall- I was hoping for a little more from this, but its not terrible. The carbonation is a little extreme, and the flavor is kinda dull. Im reviewing this directly from the fridge, so im hoping once it warms up a bit it will bring out some more flavor.

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

This nice little beer from the welcome new-comers to the Belgian-American beer scene has a beautiful golden color. Clear, super thick with a chunky head, foaming but not overflowing. Nice, very high dry lacing that sticks to the sides like BBQ sauce to ribs.Also, nice label.
The aroma is funky, sweet and tart, good for the style. A gorgeous rose-like perfume that got twisted in the barnyard. Brett? Perhaps, cause I got that funky sweaty horse blanket thing going on.
The taset is definitely that of an American farmhouse-style ale, not truly farmhouse but we can call it that. Full cereal body and wheat flavor. Strong hop flavor but a little light on the malt characters. I think this could have used a bit more time maturing because the back drops out, but the finish is nice with a fruit tartness and crab apple effervescence.
Mouthfeel is with big carbonation that fills the mouth but without a full body.
Definitely will drink more of these.

Photo of sacfly
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with an impressive head of bright white bubbles. Medium sized bubbles almost look like tiny frosted glass beads. I usually don’t pay much attention to the head, but for some reason this one caught my eye. Aroma is musty, yet has a hint of sweet over ripe/fermenting fruit. Taste follows suit with the sweetness coming out first, then giving way to the mustiness that I find trademark of farmhouse ales. Finishes lightly sour/tart/acidic, but light- nothing over the top. Finish is on the dry side.
Very easy to drink and a nice change of pace and the ABV won’t knock you out.

Photo of mentor
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by orbitalr0x as part of BIF33. Thanks for the opportunity. This one's been in the fridge for a couple months. Poured half the bottle to get an overly vigorous 5-6 finger head that settled rapidly to a few off-white wisps. The beer is super cloudy and heavily particulated because I swirled and dumped the remainder of the beer in the glass.

Smells vegetal and like the wild-flowers in my back yard. Oaky sour cherry in a manner very similar to La Folie (from New Belgium Brewing). I suspect that to be from brettanomyces.

Tastes sweaty horse blanket and flander's red sour. The sour is of a La Folie character, but certainly not to the same extreme. Plus, this has some sweeter and floral qualities. Green apple and maple. Lemon and yeast. Dry, yet floral. There's a bit of zing which I think does not come from alcohol. Not yeasty phenolic, and not hoppy. Gotta be something the yeast produced.

Mouthfeel is md, but dextrinous. Carbonation is strong, despite my releasing a large amount during the pours. Minimal lacing on the inside of the glass and decent yeasting on the bottom of the glass. Nice summer quencher and, IMO, a relatively simple saison. One that was a great opportunity for me to explore into relatively unfamiliar territory.

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

bought a 12 oz bottle at odies big ten in lansing michigan. ($2.19)
pours a cloudy straw with a rocky headthat has staying power.
the aroma is fruity, sourish, spicy, flora.
the flavor is watery, light, spicy, malty, cardimon, sourish twang, hint of hops.
this is a dead on saison.

Photo of OldSock
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – 12 oz bottle from Julio's. A bit of a foam volcano upon opening, but I had my glass ready and didn't lose any beer. In my wine glass the beer is light amber-orange and cloudy. Rapid carbonation keeps the creamy stark-white head inflated.

Smell – Lots of slightly funky Belgian yeast character. Rounding out the aroma are notes of spicy hops, bready yeast and fruit.

Taste – At first it is a bit of a let down, the funky aroma doesn't really translate as expected to the palate. It is a well balanced beer with some sweet malt, spicy hops and a nice dry finish. However, as I continue to drink the yeast character comes back, particularly in the back of the mouth with a brett like sweaty, mildly tart character.

Mouthfeel – Light with lots of stinging carbonation. My only complaint is that there is a slight astringency.

Drinkability & Notes – Slightly tart and all this flavor, at under 5% abv? Now that is a hot summer day quencher with some character. Not sure if there is brett in this one, if there is I imagine that it is to blame for my overcarbonation, hopefully its finished eating...

Photo of sullysbeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet fruitiness, barnyard/horseblanket, has a slight sourness and alcohol with hints of grapefruit.

Appearance: Very clear golden with a dense white head retention about one finger thick that lasts till the last drop.

Flavor: Very earthy and spicy malt flavor up front, followed by a tiny hint of a sourness that rounds off dry, having a delicate bitterness that has you begging for more. I swirled the bottle and dumped the yeast in the glass which intensified all the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium Body with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall Impression: Being in Dexter, Michigan, I never thought I would try Jolly Pumpkins Artisan Ales. Well, thy bottle condition great beer. This beer is cleanly fermented and has such a wonderful farmhouse or barnyard flavors. If you can pick up a bottle of this do it. Great on a hot summer afternoon on the deck BBQing.

Photo of Nero
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy amber golden colored with a nice white thick head. head retention was nice and left a nice sticky lace on the sides.

Smell: citrus with medicinal herbs, very yeasty smell as well

Taste: a very yeasty taste to it. the citrus fruits came thru with the yeast mellowing it out. So you get a sour taste and then its balanced by the yeast which is nice.

Drinkability: very easy to drink, I could drink a few of these and not get sick of them.

Photo of granger10
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a sixer of this while in Dayton this past weekend. Amazing that I find it there and not anywhere in West Michigan.

Fairly cloudy but shining hay yellow color with a huge billowy, airy white head. Head maintains its height for awhile and leaves tons of lacing rings along the glass.

Aroma is very pungent. My friend smelled it across the room about 10 seconds after I opened it. Very strong yeasty smells. Very farmhouse and rustic in nature. Upon further inspection there's some orange juice pulp and citrus lime acidity. A bit of a granny smith/mackintosh apple combo as well. Excellent.

I immediately notice the lack of malt or sweetness in the taste. At first this is disconcerting but the more I drink the more I enjoy the other flavors being showcased and am thankful for the dryness from the start. There's a spicy floral hoppiness apparent the whole way through. Noble hops? Strong yeasty phenols without the breadiness. Lots of pepper througout. Some bitter orange peel and coriander seem to find their way in towards the back. Finish is really dry with more of a spicy floral edge.

Mouthfeel is light and almost airy but with heavier yeast phenolics riding in. Interesting but it works. Carbonation is high which moderates the dryness but maybe a bit more malt backing would help. Not much more but maybe a touch. Very, very rustic. Spices might get a bit too much at times. Doesn't feel the most complex but there seem to be flavors I can't pin down and I don't get bored with this beer.

I would imagine this is how old school Saisons taste. Drinkable and enjoyable with an edge. Try it.

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

Hazy bright yellow gold body, moderate carbonation, and a huge sticky and fluffy snow white head which rose above the rim and held a few beats before genly receded an leaving excellent lacing.

Big spicy aroma evident as soon as the cap pops. Carries well. Lot of pepper, among others.

A light malt sweetness kicks off the taste, followed quickly by a wash of tingly spices which sparkle across the tongue, then a burst of juicy fruitiness at the swallow, and an encore of the spices in the aftertaste. Refreshes well on a broiling hot day.

Very good stimulating light mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

Good example of the style, and a good answer to a July heatwave.

Photo of acrawf6
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a light golden and with a small haze to it with a beautiful thick white head.

Smell. Nice spices, clove, cinnoman, with a somewhat light citrus hop. also has a nice caramel aroma that gives it a nice sweetness. fruits are also nice and present. Some sweet apples and apricots.

Taste. There is an interesting sweet and sour taste to it, unique to the style but unlike many saisons ive had. The dry hops added when they made this is really coming through. fruity flavors are nice with tart apple that dries the beer up there is that small yeast taste present too. Each swallow has an initial tartness to it, followed by a tiny tea-like finish.

Mouthfeel. lots of carbonation. body is a bit thin, probably due to the low alcohol. but the carbonation does take place of some of that.

Overall. a very interesting saison. Aroma is incredible, i think. the taste i do not think compares to the aroma. But i think this will be a great beer if it had just a little more alcohol to fill the mouthfeel up, however i cant knock that too much cuz i think that is a personel preference.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up fresh on draft at Vintage Estate's in Boardman, OH...appears cloudy unfiltered honey amber sunburst golden tone with a large slightly off white mother of pearl head forms thick the way I like it as it dwindles slowly leaves fine lacing evenly great retention on this brew. Aromatics funky farmhouse spicy with citrus notes and hints of oak barrel aging to go around. Herbal hop aroma mixed with so much zestiness citrus peel, funky yeast mix definitely an acidic character but great smelling overall. Flavor is grassy and spicy upfront with funk ridden citrus combo going on as well, one of the better more creative American saisons I've come across what has gotten into this folks up in Dexter, MI wow this is the Bam. Mouthfeel is light in body by no means thin healthy carbonation carries the flavors very nicely almost spritzy in a sense spice mixture coats the palate and sticks around. Drinkability a very quaffable challenging version of this style great for the warmer months not to be turned down especially on draft good stuff.

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

Sampled on the 4th of July with my cousin and brother. The beer poured a hazy golden yellow color with an thick active carbonated body and head that stuck around for awhile and left some good lacing. The nose of this beer was a pleasant mix of brett and earthy tones and some spice and malt that made my taste buds quickly jump in for their share of the beer. The taste was very strong as well with a nice hop bite on the tongue but balanced out well with the sweet maltiness and earthniess running around in there. The body is light but complex and makes for a very good summer brew.

Photo of Gusler
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer empties from the 12-ounce brown bottle a slightly hazy gold with bits of suspended matter, the head modest in size, semi-creamy in texture, the color a splendiferous white, and the residual lace a velum like sheet to obfuscate the glass. Nose has a sprightly citrus like tone, hints of hops and a nice malt sweetness at the back, start is tartly sweet, grain presence delectable and the top moderate in feel. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops delightful; a nice semi-sweet dry aftertaste ends this most excellent beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Thebeercellar2: Poured a slightly hazy blonde color ale with a huge foamy white head with great retention. Very interesting aroma consisting of brett with some sweet malt, some funk and some wheat and spices. Taste as some sourness and funkyness which is well balance with some sweet malt, some light spices and some oak characteristic. Very well done and very interesting from this brewery, which just seem to continually amaze me.

Photo of Lagaffe74
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally put my hands on this one from Jolly Pumpkin... and Bam! What a nice surprise!! Wonderful...
It has a nice heavy head that takes its time to settle. Pretty to look at. Nice bouquet as well. The palate is exquisite with a slightly bitter finish with white pepper and cloves. This beer was pure joy from start to finish. I can picture Emeril screaming "Bam! Bam! Bam! Great beer!"
To be enjoyed without any sign of moderation.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very underrated Jolly Pumpkin beer. This is the perfect beer for outdoor summer drinking. I think I could easily put down a six pack during a session of mini-golf style croquet in the backyard. I can't picture anybody not loving this.

The color is yellow and fairly hazy. It foams out of the bottle upon opening, so be careful. Subsequently, it takes forever for this beer to settle out during the pour. Has a very effervescent head that both retains well and laces the glass beautifully.Nice carbonation. Beware the sediment in the bottom. I caught it just as it was starting to come out of the neck of the bottle, and it looked very buggy.

The beer has a wonderful hop bouquet. Subtle spiciness and herbal grassiness. Combined with the light dry tartness (smells brett), the beer can damn near quench your thirst by smell alone. Nice hay-like malt aroma also adds to it.

The taste is frickin phenomenal. Carries on very well from the nose, but the sensory experience is very much heightened on the palate. Starts with a great bitter/sweet flavor and dries off ever so gently with a beautiful flowery taste.

The body is light, but the palate is very complex. Hard to describe the perfection. Drinkability is off the charts. Hopefully John's Grocery got a lot of this stuff in, because I am going to drink the shit out of it.

Touching story on the side of the bottle to boot. Can't recommend this beer enough.

Photo of thelagerheads
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listen, I don't believe in this mouthfeel mishmash. In fact my "mouth feels" a bit filthy saying it. But my "tongue feels" that this is a member of the fruit family. Namely the glockenspiel fruit playing Jesus music. It pings in there and bounces from tooth to tooth: boong baaang bong bong. And my belly says it is truly the spice lords stamping their gummy little feet into the loam and making footprints. And there's a tractor behind a barn carrying apples to a spice-barrel and dropping them in and all the monkeys are loose and throwing gobs of the pulp at the back of your throat and your uvula is saying "aaahhh."

Photo of trep
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with consistent carbonation. Ginormous creamy white head resembles my mom's lemon meringue. Leaves a ton of lacing as it slowly fades. Very nice.

Sour fruit, funky, musty aroma. Smells very acidic and slightly citrusy.

Very carbonated body, apple, oranges, lemon zest. Very tart and acidic initially then fades to allow the fruits come through. Finishes dry and clean with a hint of apple aftertaste.

Carbonation is very high with a light body. A refreshing beer that is low in ABV and super easy to drink.

Photo of Phatz
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy bright golden yellow color with magnificently active carbonation.

Smell: Lemon pepper and yeast make a very pleasant earthy light aroma. A bit "Farmhouse Ale-ish"

Taste: A bit tart, lemon, wheat and yeast make a typical Farmhouse Saison Flavor but gentle and not too big. I like it that way as I am not a huge fan of this style; but this is a good one.

Mouthfeel: Prickly crisp and boy does it linger.

Drinkability: This is worth trying and if you are a fan of the style you'll like find it very drinkable. For me it is a decent summer beer.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of nortmand
4.95/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfect 2/3 beer, 1/3 head pour. Cloudy orange with a fantastic lacy white head.

Rich, fruity esters dominate the smell. Fresh lemon zest and hints of coriander.

Dry pineapple and rich coriander flavors dance on the tongue. Ends with an assertive enough hop presence.

This takes Belgian style carbonation to another plane of existence. Very carbonated, a bit too much, otherwise awesome. I'm very impressed with this beer, I believe it rivals many Belgian saison offerings.

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

Another phenomenal Belgian beer, so often mistreated by Americans is the saison. After finding such deliciousness in the Calabaza, I was sure this would be a treat too.

The beer pours a cloudy orange with a minimal head, lots of bubbles dancing around in the glass. It has an interesting aroma of apple, citrus and a good heaping of yeast. The taste was nice: lemon and apple, a nice floral touch with the open-fermentation tartness and overall very refreshing for a warm summer day.

Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 1,206 ratings.