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Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,159
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 43
Gots: 88 | 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 goodbyeohio
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy gold with a real unfiltered wheat appearance. looks thick due to slowly moving drunk bubbles. brew is crested by fluffy airfilled nodules.. lacing like shaving cream and soap. sticks though, shows some game.

light fruity hops shine alongside a floral aroma.. fieldy and natural. some feline urine lurks in the background throwing off the profile a bit. violets and lime rind rule alongside the uncontrollable stink of nature.

spritzy mouthfeel, strangely refreshing and refreshingly sour. drinks easy with a raw pale ale flavor compounded over slight bacterial funk which adds green strawberry seed madness to the party. remiss to not mention orval, which tames the wild farmhouse spirit in a similar fashion, although this one finishes a bit creamier with a hint of sour milk and bread in the end. a queer bird for sure, but solid, and clean. not my cup of tea per se but admirable for what it is. in a blind tasting, i'd swear this was belgian.

goodbyeohio, May 13, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a pure snow white head that sits on a hazy orange body with no carbonation. The haze is soft and transparent.

S- There are some notes of grapefruit along with the tartness of grapefruit and a faint aged blue cheese note that is pleasant. It is hard to describe the smell but it has a bright quality to it.

T- The taste of orange is quickly transformed to tart grapefruit that has a soft wheat and yeast note to it. The finish is a light grain and lemon flavor that is very nice but bold.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol heat.

D- This is a very unique beer even for the saison style. It is smooth and drinkable but the flavor over tart fruit with a faint nose of funk. I will have to drink a few more to wrap my brain around this beer.

rhoadsrage, May 12, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep golden/copper. Murky. Rocky eggshell white head. Good retention and stick.

Aroma: Musty, yeasty, dank, earthy, peppery, spicy, lemony.

Flavor: Starts off a little funky. Coming from the yeast no doubt. Spiciness is present with some cracked black pepper. Earthy malts and hops. Hoppiness isn't at the level I was expecting, but a hop bitterness is present, albeit more of a complimentarty one than an overbearing one. Good fit for this beer.

Mouthfeel: Lightly spritzy. Medium to medium-full in body. Alcohol is not a factor.

Drinkability: Middle of the road drinkability compared to other saisions I've had. This is good, but not one I'd need to return to over and over.

Bighuge, May 08, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor,poured a light golden with a fizzy white head that was gone pretty fast.Aromas were nice quite phenolic and lemon zest with hints of black pepper and coriander.In my opinion this beer is a little to phenolic and yeasty there with notes of green apple and peppery spice in the finish.Its a decent brew but I was somewhat lrt down by it,its ok but I wouldnt seek it out again.

oberon, May 07, 2006
Photo of laintringulis
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from the bottle into a wide mouth wine goblet. It has a pale straw color with a small head, but it laces nicely. It smells musky with citrus overtones. It has a refreshing tart citrus taste with a clove and peppery backtaste. It is much drier than most saisons I have had. Very drinkable, goes down quite easily. Tastes much better than it looks!

laintringulis, May 07, 2006
Photo of ej285701
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of a 12 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet a hazzy yellowish orange color with a two and a half inch billowing, off-white head that actually gets bigger after I get done pouring.

The smell is of lots of citrusy fruits, especially zesty lemons, maybe a little bit of apple in there, also some yeast with a nice bready backround.

Taste is much like the smell. Lemons and yeast being the dominant flavors Also a zesty spiciness, and a dry bitterness in the finish. Very good farmhouse flavor.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp and dry with a good deal of carbonation. Very refreashing.

Very drinkable at only 4.5% alcohol. I could have a few of these and not get tired of the flavors. However, I think the taste would be a bit fuller if this were around 6% alcohol. But still very good and worth a try, especially for the summer months.

ej285701, May 04, 2006
Photo of Brian700
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, thank you Trbeer for sending me this bonus biere in our trade...that was great of you.

This beer pours a golden almost yellow color with a big billowy white head that hangs around for a while. Great lacing.

The aroma is of a combination of cider and citrus with a touch of spice.

The flavor is almost vinous like a piesporter. There are a lot of fruit flavors present: apple, grape fruit, some orange. There is a spiciness that you might get from an Ardennes Yeast, like La Chouffe but not as obvious. The hops that are there are definately of the citrus variety and there is a nice balance.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Leaves a dryness in the mouth but a flavorfull dryness that is enjoyable like drinking a glass of wine.

I think this is a very drinkable beer. Great for the summer. I'd pick up a bunch of this if I could get it in my area. Thanks again Trbeer.

Brian700, May 02, 2006
Photo of frazbri
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bam from Jolly Pumpkin poured a cider-like cloudy golden brown topped by a tall, vigorous, white head. I smelled apples, spice, pepper and cinnamon. Pear flavor came through at the start, thier was a tangible bitterness throughout and a woody finish. Bam was light in body, highly carbonated and had a dry finish.

Is this a pumpkinized english bitter? It didn't blow me away, but piqued my curiosity enough to want to try it again.

frazbri, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of fingolfin72
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw gold with a huge, white, meringue-like head.

The nose is bracing and tart, kind of like Perrier with a squeeze of lime.

The palate is also bracing and tart - dry and citrusy with yeasty notes. It's very, very quaffable and food friendly. One of the cleanest beers I've had lately (it actually makes you thirsty for more).

fingolfin72, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of lou91
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having tried this once before I was anxious to try it again. Wonderful pour –big noisy lasting and bright white. It also smelled great with wild funkiness and sublte lime scents. The taste is very nice and approachable despite the funk. The only ding I would give this is it is a bit thin but that makes it all the more drinkable. Another excellent product by JP.

lou91, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big ol' 4" off-white head over the cloudy dark golden brew. Meringey head fades VERY slowly, with intricate lace tatting along the entire glass sides. Aroma is a fervent mixture of spices, sweetness, funk, and what have you. Taste is a bit more controlled, with a somewhat tart and spicy overall picture. Also a slightly chalky close that lingers. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, what with spiciness and carbonation, but probably more or less to style, and drinkability is not so bad either. Overall, my anticipation from the look and aroma overwhelmed what I got out of this flavor-wise. Still a pretty nice beer though.

ppoitras, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored and hazy with a tight white head. First smells are perfumy, tart green apples, and then a light honey with a little spice. A lot going on in the aroma of this one. There is a slight sweetness first on the tongue which is followed by a lemony, grassy tartness with a bitter finish. The beer is crisp and refreshing and although this might not be something I choose for everyday drinking, Jolly Pumpkin has a very wide array of aromas and flavors built into this beer.

hoppymeal, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of rrwiltse
4.97/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, wow, wow. Bam Biere is simply mindblowing!
Pours a beautiful golden/orange, lots of frothy head, takes its time to disappear; goodly amount of sediment in the bottom. Wonderful yeasty and citrusy aroma. This will be my beer of summer for sure! Some light lemon/citrus mixed with a "barnyardy" (I stole this term from someone else, it's perfect!)essence, very dry finish, yet unbelievably refreshing! Only 4.5%, an awesome session beer, I'll be drinking a lot of this one. A refreshing change from the abundance of 9%-ers lately.
Once again, the Captain at Jolly Pumpkin proves his little brewery to possibly be the best in the state of Michigan, and certainly one of the best in the Midwest.

rrwiltse, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber/gold, huge rocky white head, lots of lace and great retention. Smell is sweet, wheat, orange peel, some barnyard funk, citrus, yeast and lots of spice. Taste is sweet, with citrus/orange peel, some sugary sweetness, barnyard funk again, wheat, yeast, some floral and spice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth, very refreshing. Thanks DrJay!

Viggo, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed gold colour with a big, fluffy white head. Decent retention and chunky lace remained on the glass. Complex aroma with plenty of barnyard and leather, plenty of lemony citrus, a light breadiness, and a spice character somewhere between ginger and clove (maybe I'm just getting a bit of each). There's a light, lemon bitterness that lingers through the finish. Earthy, musty quality with a bit of leather and a balanced tartness. Mild sweetness ties all the flavours together. Light bodied, moderate carbonation after the pour, some dryness. A very drinkable beer with a lot of character. Quite enjoyable!

DrJay, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Bam Biere pours from the 12oz bottle with the cool caricature of Bam the dog on the front a cloudy, dirty yellow color with a big sticky, cragly two finger tower of foam. Very appealing. Aromas of sweet and spicy grainy maltiness touched by some fruity, citrus scents. A really nice earthy, barnyard yeastiness as well that imparts a funky sourness. A touch of herbal, floral hops tops it off. One of the best aromas of a U.S. brewed saison I've come across so far. Lovely.

First sip brings a crisp, grainy maltiness that's a touch spicy. Lots of fruity flavors pass over the tongue with notes of lemon, orange and green apple. A wonderful earthy, funky yeast is present as well and adds a touch of sourness along with a musty, farmhouse aspect. Just a touch of flowery hops on the finish. A very tasty saison to be had here.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a blast of fast moving carbonation. Goes down easy and is a really refreshing beer. I'd have to say drinkability is exceptional here...I just wish the availability was better. I grabbed a six pack for $9.99 and after drinking this one I would buy a case at the drop of a hat to drink through the summer months. Another wonderful brew by JP. Keep 'em coming!

orbitalr0x, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Farmhouse aroma with attractive spices. Lace, cloudy yellow, thin head. Aggressive carbonation, tasty and very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel. Crisp, funky, citrus, ginger heat, corriander, pepper,sour aftertaste and spice burn like a hot chile pepper. Recommend with dinner.

Sammy, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of clvand0
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium head and decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is weird, imagine that. Lots of citrus (mostly lemon) along with a barnyard-like funkiness. The flavor has a lot of the lemony bite with some funkiness. Not too sour, but has some hints. The finish leaves a little of the funky on the tongue along with some dryness. The body is fairly light and the drinkability is good. Tasty brew.

clvand0, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy lightly oranged straw color with a gigantic 4 fingers of creamy white head that falls quickly to a full finger over top after pouring the rest of the bottle in. The beer is rather hazy, with an enormous carbonation that bubbles vigorously from the bottom of the glass. The nose is funky. Good lemon citrusyness with a sharp acidic bite overlaying a good base of spiceyness. Big Brett character in this one with a very solid sourness. Flavor is moderately, almost acidic, sharp initially, moving to a lemony and spicey Belgian character, finishing with a fairly prevalent noble hop kick that bites hard but not offensively. The lemon is very prevalent with it fading to a very light musty sourness. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. This one is slightly drying on the finish and leaves a bit of stickey spit after a sip. There is a sour bite on the finish that melds with the hop. The funkyness works well in this one. I had this on tap a week ago and I thought the flavors were definately more pronounced in the draft version, but this is one I'm glad to have a few more bottles of. Good beer.

I'm having a second bottle, and the funk is definately more pronounced in the flavor. This one is a winner.

kmpitz2, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From the new 12 oz bottles. Pours out to a light and hazy yellow color with a nice 1/2 inch head of foam that remains consistant. Higher level of carbonation. Aromas are initially confused with that of a rotten granny smith apple and kitchen cleaner. Yet, when the senses are opened and the mind becomes more aware, the smell of sour fruits, citrus, mild sugars, and, oddly enough, the essence of freshly frozen ice, like on a hockey rink, fill the nose. I can now appreciate the aroma. Taste is very saison like; flavors of lactic sourness, lemons and oranges, coriander, fresh flowery mildness and mild raw veggies. Mouthfeel is good; very bubbly and zesty. Feels like my mouth is being wrapped around a beer blanket. Overall, I don't think this is a brew I'd look to very often, but it's probably the best Saison I've had. Recommended

Frozensoul327, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great for the upcomming warm season. Very citrusy and musky. Looks a hazy yellow with fleeting head retention. Promises to be thin and tart. The nose offers a tart / sour taste and feel. Lemony and orange-ey with a bold spice undertone. It turns from an upfront creamy and smooth to a finishing thin and tart. Lightly barnyardy and musky. Lightly acidic, alcoholic and astringent. Very clean and crisp. A true refresher for the warm summer evenings.

BEERchitect, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to trbeer for this...
Appears a hazy light gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades out. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of barnyard funk, lemongrass, tart granny smith apples, yeasty, earthy, mild oak, and mild amounts of sulfur esters from one of the yeast strains.
Taste is of light funk with light green apples, apple skin, lemongrass, and mild citrus.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, dry, mildly tart, and funky.
***sidenote*** Had this side by side with a bottle also provided by hopdog. My bottle seemed to have a huge amount of floaters compared to his bottle, which had barely any floaters. Also, my bottle seemed to give off more of a sulfuric smell when poured; whereas his bottle didn't seem to have much of that at all. Interesting. Could it be the batch, brett, or bottles? He got his yesterday, and I got mine today.

weeare138, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my first stop at the MBG Winter Beer Festival. I haven't been a fan of the Jolly Pumpkin brews, but I did like this one!

A: Golden-bronze with a fluffy, white head. Great retention & lace. Exceptional.

S: Wild & earthy.

T: Very earthy, with a slight citrous flavour. The sour/tart funk was perfect for this style.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation.

D: More approachable than some of their brews & quite refreshing. Personally, I wouldn't be able to drink too much though...

Derek, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of xgrigorix
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Darker side of straw gold. Fast moving lines of carbonation. Fluffy white head, retains well & leaves a good bit of patchy lace clinging to the glass.

Nose is 2 parts sour funk, 1 part fruit party, 1/2 part musty earth, & 1/2 part what are you doing smelling this still?

Eathy, rustic, a touch of spice, and subtle fruit all interplay nicely. Dry finish. Light bodied, airy. A showstopper.

xgrigorix, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of Jredner
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Cahege. Thanks, Cindy.

Aroma is an overripe citrus fruit mash and fairly musty. The cloudy golden color of the body holds a creamy, two finger thick, white head. Tart and mildly critic fore...great mouthfeel-creamy yet still wet and quenching..musty overripe oranges, mild spice...finish is throat tickling crisp with more musty notes and a twinge of sourness. This would pair well with spicy foods I think.

Jredner, Feb 27, 2006
Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
86 out of 100 based on 1,159 ratings.