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Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,141
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 42
Gots: 83 | 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 kmpitz2
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of marcobrau
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

A hazy, golden ale that displays an enticing white meringue-like head when poured into my favorite tasting glass. This beer has a spicy nose that is full of lemongrass. The first sip is rather tart with a spicy citric character. The finish cleans up a bit and is quite dry, with a bit of tannin. A slightly lactic sourness surfaces as this beer warms up. The aroma changes, too, and I notice rubber-like phenols and sort of musty, sour milk-like aromas -- definte Jollky Pumpking house character. (I don't find these aromas off-putting, but rather interesting.)
This is a very complex beer with a noticeably low alcohol content, proving that a lower alcohol beer doesn't have to a be plain or boring. This is really exciting to me, as all last summer I experimented with creating lower strength (around 4-5 percent alc. by vol.) Belgian-inspired ales in my homebrewery. However, that said, I think this brew is over-priced at $11 a six-pack and I worry that will scare many people away from an otherwise delicious and highly sessionable ale.

marcobrau, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of quasimoto
2.73/5  rDev -30.2%

A - Poured a cloudy amber with slight lacing. There is also very very little lace but very frothy.

S - Eucalyptus, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some lemon. Its kind of what pine sol would smell like if they used a pumpkin aroma instead of pines.

T - It also has that cleanser kind of taste. It taste like a lemon pumpkin pie.

M - Simple and light. There is also kind of a salty feeling on my tongue.

D - It's light. I couldnt drink this all night. The flavors kind of throw me off.

quasimoto, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of kohoutek
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Beautiful looking head. Nice fluffy, rocky white mess with lots of topography. The color is a very light amber/orange, streaming with bubble chains. Lacing until the very last sip - eventhough the whole experience was measured in minutes!

Upon first whiff I am greeted with the smells of Belgium. Lactic sourness comes across freshly and lemony. Some herbal notes cut through with the dry hops. My only negative comment is the sulfur, dank side of the Brett. It is less gamy, yeasty and footy in character than I usually associate with Brett (much like good "stinky" cheeses). In this case I get rubber, some skunky mercaptans and an acrid longer chain acid experience - almost hot, but certainly not from ethanol.

*Note: This sensation dissipated within minutes. After this break-in time the aroma beckons to be experienced. This beer shares some overlapping aromas with legends like Orval and Moinette.

This beer is suprisingly tricky. The aroma is that associated with larger beers, but it is cleaner, more approachable and smooth. The bitterness finishes wonderfully with the yeasty bread, grainy wheat and lively acidity. The flavors lack a seamless integration, but experience hints that this beer will develop even more balance with a little bit of age, a few more months?

A marvelous session beer. It is literally so drinkable you will wish you could take another sniff . . . but it's gone!

Luckily for me, I am refilling my glass as I write.

kohoutek, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of Shovelbum
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a tall white head over a hazy deep golden body. Great head retention and chunky lace. Spicy aromas of orange citrus, coriander, tart fruit and a touch of yeast. Slightly tart flavors, mild spicy hop bitterness, over a background of smooth malt. Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with a slightly dry finsh.

The yeast and hops are definitely the major players with the malt playing a supporting role. It has the signature JP Brett tartness, but is milder than the other ales in the fleet. Relatively light-bodied with low ABV, but plenty of flavor. A session ale on JP's terms.

This gets much smoother and more well-balanced as it warms.

Shovelbum, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a oversized wine glass.

Pours a very hazy, golden, copper color. Huge white, fluffy head that fades quickly, leaving lots of sticky, clingy, delicate lacing. Incredible smell, a combination of sour apples, cinnamon, and a hint of lemon. Other aromas include, flowers, yeast, and spices. One of the most aromatic brews I've sampled. Beautiful! Well balanced, fruity, sour, and tart all descibe the taste. Reminds me of a light tasting cider, not overwhelming. Lots of carbonation, light bodied brew, and is very dry. Easy drinkability and with an abv of 4.5% a definite session brew. Highly recommended!!! Another fine example from Jolly Pumpkin!

BigDaddyWil, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4.93/5  rDev +26.1%

Undated 12oz poured into a tulip.

Cloudy golden orange with a tall frothy head of white that shows strong retention and leaves clumps and wisps of lace as it goes down.

The nose has an amazing balance of sour acidic apples, lemon zest, white grapes that are getting past ripe, oak, cinnamon, grassy hops, barnyard funk, old nails, and sugars. Wow! a five!

The taste is tart with a good kick from the brett. It doesn't seize up my taste buds, rather it allows the juicy fruit flavors of the apples and grapes that the nose promised. The earthy character comes through as somewhat dusty with some chalk and wood. The grassy hop flavors come in towards the back and lead into a pleasantly dry finish. Again, amazing.

Medium to full mouth that is a little puckerya and enjoys a good dose of the carbonation tingles. This is the most complex and flavorfull session beer to ever pass my lips. I strongly recommend this incredible beer.

ypsifly, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of putnam
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

A clay colored blur tempers the amber from within. A surface of pale on top barely obscures the liquid. Exotic winey aromas contain sweet sappy resins. Wild whole cinnamon, nectarines, pears and yuzu come to mind. Fluffy, chalky dry texture. Tangy. Mashed pears and apples. A vigorous charge of gas expands the wheaty, mineral flavored dryness. I attribute the seizure of wiry, earthy bitterness on the finish to wood extract. Identifiably Jolly Pumpkinish.

putnam, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.9/5  rDev +25.3%

12-oz bottle, Sampled February 2006
Pours an incredibly hazy, orangish-yellow color. It is well carbonated, which produces a pale tan colored, frothy, fairly dense, almost meringue like head that leaves a coat of lacing on the sides as I work my way through this beer. Ah, the aroma is exactly what I hoped; lightly tart, with a bit of lemon, plus a solid funkiness that reminds me a bit of damp (perhaps even slightly moldy) cotton, and a slight farmhouse cheese note. There is also a real nice floral aspect to the aroma, which makes me think of a field of fragrant wildflowers. As I delve more into this, some spicy character begins to become noticeable; I get notes of white pepper, some definite orange peel, a hint of spicy ginger. The aroma on this beer is really nice, incredibly complex and definitely wild with funky aromatic notes that make this outstanding.

The taste is light up front, with a hint of sweetness in this pretty much bone dry beer. As the beer passes through it starts to pick up that funkiness that was found in the nose; I would describe it as a lightly astringent, with a solid funky brett-like note of musty blankets, which carries through to a long finish. There is also a really nice light acidic tartness to this beer that has note of soft lemon and a bit of Curacao orange flesh to it as well.

The aroma is definitely the best aspect of this beer, everything else is world class as well though. I have really become a sucker for these low alcohol, yeast & wee-beastie flavor driven profiles. They are so refreshing, yet fully complex and interesting.

Gueuzedude, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of nomad
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%

A "naturally cloudy" oranged gold, this beer pours a full maze of a head, a sticky spider web of wheaty covering that does fall back. Lace is moderate but noted.

Smell is tart candied phenols and hop hay with a noble purity to them. Shows a near vanilla-like smoky essence but softly so and far from resinous, like good natural incense. The tart background adds a great base for the dry-hopped scents of lemon while a smidge of sweet pale malt balances their more herbal subtleties.

Taste explodes with punchy acidity and arid brett tartness, finishing dry and truly drowning in citrus juice. A powerhouse of flavor at such a low alcohol, the hops are oily and stern with vegetal hop bitterness and a ragged underline reminiscent of bitter orange peel. As it opens, warmth shows a full malt base that balances the acids and oils with pale sweetness, saving from too dry a finish. Drinks light on the palette with wheat ease and a fairly slick moderate weight.

The drinkability of this beer is ridiculous and I look straight at the abv and balance of flavors as the top reasons. It is no surprise that it is dedicated to the Jeffries' Jack Russell terrier, Bam, because it (and he, I'm sure) is in your face with tenacious but lovable personality.

nomad, Feb 04, 2006
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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 1,141 ratings.