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Bam Bière | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by nomad on 02-04-2006

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Photo of sjccmd
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1245 bottled 11/02/2012. Quite aged.

Pours slightly cloudy light orange/yellow. Large frothy white head that recedes slowly. Decent amount of lacing. Significant carbonation.

Tart apples, overripe fruit in the aroma. Musty and earthy brett character. Lemons and grassy hay. Some crackery malt present. Pineapple as well. Age has treated the beer nicely. Brett has really taken on a nice complex character.

Tart lemons at first given way to earthy funk. Malt is still present but backgrounded taking on a soft cracker character. Very dry, somewhat oaky. Tart but still approachable.

Highly carbonated with some tannins. Very dry which adds to the perception of tartness.

This is a beer that has aged quite well. I found this beer to be a bit simple (though still quite good) fresh. Much more complex with age, but still quaffable.

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Photo of mchegash
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 8/23/14
Other notes: Bottled 1/28/13 (over 1.5 years ago...didn't know was this old when I purchased a couple days ago).

Appearance - 3.75/5
A very clear golden orange. Fairly strong head retention. Large carbonation bubbles can be seen flowing up the beer. Looks refreshing and inviting. I think I would have liked the appearance if the beer was a little more hazy though. It seems too clear.

Smell - 3.75/5
Classic Jolly Pumpkin tart smell. Smells of tart apples and lemons. Perhaps a bit of the saison spiciness

Taste - 4/5
Classic JP tart taste. Tart and fruity taste. Apples, lemons, other fruit tastes. Perhaps a slight taste of the saison spicy/yeastiness, though it is extremely subtle. I don't mind that, since Saison is not my favorite style anyway, but it seems like it could have improved the beer a little beer, if the spiciness was a little more apparent.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Crisp, medium body. Has a very nice level of carbonation which really fits well with the rest of the beer.

Overall - 4/5
When it comes to Jolly Pumpkin beers, I may be a bit biased, since I love their taste. But this beer was pretty good. Had the JP tartness that I have come to love and expect. Considering this is a Saison, I thought it could have used to be a bit spicier. There is not that much that makes this beer stand out from other JP brews, but it is still great overall.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

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Photo of Celtics17
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

You get a slight tartness, which is needed with this saison. For me this beer was heavy on the carbonation, and foam. In the smell I got the normal earthy qualities. I got a lemongrass smell, and I got the feel that this would be tart.

Real good profile.

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Photo of gtermi
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a cloudy golden body with an insane white head thats overly carbonated.

S: There is a nice subtle sourness, saison yeast and a faint bit of bitness.

T: slight tartness, not overpowering saison flavor and a fruity sweetness.

M: Thick carbonation and has a slight tingle of the tip of the tongue.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottled 9/26/13. Batch 99.

Pours a murky orange with a super foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, tropical fruit, earth, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, earth, funk, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that still smells and tastes quite nice at almost a year of age.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Cloudy golden pour with a large frothy white head and lots of carbonation. Aroma of yeast, pepper and light lemon. Taste is somewhat peppery upfront with a good bit of yeast as well. Nice sour flavor comes out as the beer warms with flavors of lemon, oak and earth. Finishes with a nice sour lemon taste. Very interesting and complex.

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Photo of Kinsman
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Picked up a bottle this weekend dated November 2013. It's been a couple of years since I've had any Jolly Pumpkin beers, and now I regret not buying them more often. Bam Biere is a simple yet tasty farmhouse ale that packs a lot of flavor into a relatively light package. Pours a nice dark golden color and quickly amasses quite a large and fluffy bright white head. Aroma fills your nose with lots of yeasty funk and earthiness right off the bat. A bit fruity and just a touch of bready malt in there as well. First sip tells you all you need to know about this farmhouse ale. It's the real deal. Tart and funk with a nice dose of juicy fruits and an ever so light touch of herbal hops. This beer, like many a good saison, really goes to show how much flavor can be packed into such a low ABV beer.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This review is from a bomber dated May 2013

Pours a cloudy, yellow body. Head is two fingers and pearly white. Head retention was good and lacing was outstanding.

Smell is of tart lemon rind, peppery Belgian yeast, and abit of straw malt/barnyard funk. Alcohol aroma is slightly present.

Taste is of sour, Belgian yeast, some lemon peel too. Pale malts are also there but hops aren't detected. Alcohol is very light and there is a slight bandaid aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Lots of effervescence, also astringent/tannic. Head added some smoothness to beer.

Overall, this was a tasty, lighter style beer. Beautiful to look at but the bandaid and funk flavors just didn't combine well for this particular beer. Very easy to drink the bomber but don't think I'll be revisiting this one anytime soon.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Creepy that a beer named in honour of one's favourite pooch having a near-death car accident experience is called 'Bam'. Anyways, they need to shore up the grammar on their label goings-on: '...and is brewed for those of us who knocked down, have picked up, dusted off, and carried on...' Can I get me a freaking extra comma?

This beer pours, well it doesn't 'pour', in the traditional sense of the word, it merely foams, in the ratio of, oh, I dunno, 100-1, or so, of head to liquid. Fucking hell. So, the head turns out nice and puffy, rocky, chunky, and playfully frothy, and leaves, it leaves, well I'll get back to you on that. Ok, back again after checking my email and hitting the can, I can now see that some random chunky, splattered sudsy lace remains around the glass.

It smells of sharp, estery yeast - somewhat metallic, but mostly just salt of the earth (I know, there's metal in salt) - spicy white pepper, zesty lemon pie, doughy pale malt, tart white wine, musty tanned leather, a hint of generic funk, and earthy, herbal, and floral hops. The taste is edgy, moderately funky yeast, dry orchard fruit - apple, pear, and maybe a hint of dried apricot - rather subdued pale grainy and wheaty malt, understated white, black and green peppercorns, an isolated lemon rind astringency, and leafy, weedy, and mildly grassy hops.

The carbonation is quite tight, astringent, and upper palate-probing, the body a veritable lightweight, with a smoothness that can only be described as, well, battle-scarred. It finishes rather dry, the yeast, bitter citrus, and wan pale malt not really interested in anything beyond.

I know bottle conditioning is a 'thing', but sometimes it just goes too far. I'm a reasonably patient man, but this sort of shit just doesn't pass the smell test (well, it does, actually, as that's all I can do with this beer for a long while once I've 'poured' it). Pretty? Yes. Pretty wanky? Even more so. While I have nothing bad to say about the flavour or overall bearing of this offering, shitty presentation just has that cranky, negative effect on me.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/11/2013

A: poured int oa duvel tulip to a bright yellow that's a little hazed with a monstrous dense and fluffy white head that has excellent staying power and great lacing
S: smell is barnyard, funk, oak tannins, and a little sour lemon
T: taste is sour lemon, funk, oak, and slight spice. swallow is slight band aidm a hint of tartness and oak
M: this beer sits fairly light on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a
O: It's a great beer and everything works really well together. Jolly Pumpkin consistently produces beers with a nice funk and sourness to them.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another US craft brewery hits Alberta and there was much rejoicing (at least if you like light and sour Belgian ales). Bottle poured into a weizen glass. A pale cloudy yellow color with a towering fluffy white head composed of fairly large bubbles, the whole effect is very "lemon meringue" pie. Aroma is tart and citric with a subtle undercurrent of sweetness and lemony spice: Sour green fruit, wine gums, faint saddle leather or horse blanket, ginger, maybe a whiff of wildflowers. Palate features huge Granny Smith apple and unripe berry notes, more grains of paradise/ginger spice, white bread, lemon and lime rind, a more assertive bretty funk than the nose suggests but still clearly not a true "wild ale", faint tropical fruit musk ... Everything does meld together a bit to form an overarching sour funk impression that I am rather enjoying. Light bodied and fizzy, makes the mouth tingle. Finishes dry, with a decent dose of spicy funk and light floral hops. Rather good, reminds one of a dialed-down Orval or Rayon Vert type Belgian pale with some brett character but still rather fruity and not at the same level of dryness.

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Photo of FLima
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Whitey yellow color with a huge mushroom aired head with eternal retention. Some floating particles.
Nice funky aroma, notes of lemon, horse mantle and a mild on yeast.
Mouth brings an elegant tart flavor of lemons, green pears, biscuit malt, green apples and nectarines. Hints of Brett and dry aftertaste.
Light body that almost vanishes on an explosion of carbonation. Slightly acid sensation.
Very good brew. A tart Farmhouse ale that is not too biased to yeast and it is not really sweet. Utterly refreshing and not aggressive, I could easily drink it a whole afternoon.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Batch 160. Bottled 08/14/13.

A: Cloudy golden yellow body with a towering 3 fingers of rocky, white head. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: Yeast and funk. Lactic acid. Hay. Lemon. Soil and earth. Nice.

T: Tart and musty up front. A balancing hop bitterness develops. Finishes very dry. Lingering sour and earth on the finish. No significant alcohol. A twinge of sweetness somewhere in the middle.

M: Moderate to high carbonation with light, spritzy body. Nice saison character.

O: My first Jolly Pumpkin. Legit, I'd say. Saison by way of gueze. Dig it. I'll seek out more.


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Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is hazed golden amber with a tight white head. Nose is hoppy and juicy, clean grain, juicy golden fruits, and a light dustiness. Grains are more in the forefront, clean. Dusty yeast, juicy golden fruits, extremely strong carbonation on a light body. Pear, lemon, nice integration and bright flavors but the carb takes a hint away from the finish.

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Photo of mattbk
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Highly carbonated. Huge 4" head, rocky, frothy. Light golden in color, fairly cloudy. I don't love beers quite this carbonated, but I do love the look of this beer.
S: Spicy, brett funk, hay, a little bit of earthy hops as well. Very nice.
T: Taste very similar to aroma, but with a bit more bitterness, actually some malt sweetness as well. The brett is almost more in the backseat playing with the rest of the beer. It isn't very cheesy or horsey, hay would be the best descriptor. Spicy, but certainly not too spicy. Very nice, well balanced beer. Completely enjoyable.
M: Medium light, the carbonation doesn't bother me all that much. Not super drying, coats the tongue just a bit. This could certainly be classified as refreshing though, although it's fairly complex.
O: I think this is just a wonderfully made beer. It has so many subtle flavors that blend into something complex. It's refreshing yet interesting. Recommend.

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Photo of i4ourgot
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma from this beer was a citrus with a peppery spiciness with notes of tropical fruits. The beer had a white foamy head and was slightly cloudy and straw in color. You could still easily see through the beer but it was a little hazy. The beers flavor was just a little malt sweetness that turned to a citrus and clove flavor, and finished with a subtle spiciness. The beer was pretty clean and balanced no overwhelming flavors. The mouth-feel was very dry and bubbly. When we opened our bottle it slowly started to foam over a little.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

people always forget how amazing jolly pumpkin beers are, and this flagship funky saison is the standard by which others must be measured against. hazy blonde in color, with a colossal white airy head that not only never settles, but never even stops rising, very impressive. pale wheat malt as its base, the nose radiates complex yeast funk, some brett and some belgian strain working together. some pear or apricot fruit waft too, followed by a light hop bitterness, and the flavor is just like the smell. yeast driven with subtle malt, but not light in body, its fluffy and bigger, but drinks easy with its effervescent carbonation and low alcohol. bam is textbook saison, simply made but elegant and layered with nuanced flavors in perfect proportion that are not so easily recreated it must be, or others would be this good. one of the best in the business. perfect mix of yeast characters that constantly evolve. living beer at its finest.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando, and thanks to Mandy behind the bar for picking this one up! Served in a tulip glass.

A: Nearly clear gold with some chill haze, and a big white fluffy head. Fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Grassy, funky, with Belgian fruity yeast esters, a touch black peppery, and some fresh barnyard.

T: Fresh grass, lemon citrus and maybe some tart cherries from the yeast esters over a light biscuit malt. Mild funk, a bit of pepper, and a dry and lightly tart finish.

M: Light bubbly body. Low alcohol presence.

M: Kind of a weird saison, but still a tasty beer. A touch of graininess to the malt base that I think detracts a bit from the beer. But still pretty good.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in KC back on January 1st--reviewing from notes. Poured into a small Belgian style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful hazy golden color, with notes of darker maize colors up under the shadow of the head, which is a massive three fingers of silky off-white microbubbles. Retention is excellent, and as the head begins to recede, it leaves a thick rim of lacing around the top of the glass, like icing, as well as sheets of lace on the sides of the glass and ample ringing on the sides of the glass as I drink it down. The foam is so silky and smooth looking that if I didn't know better, I would almost mistake it for a nitro tap.

Smell - Bright acidity and tartness along with a pretty good representation of barnyard funk and oak mustiness. Fruity phenols and some nice spiciness that gives the impression of white peppercorn, as well as more generic spice elements--maybe sage? Thyme? There is a lemon zest characteristic as well.

Taste - There is a lot of flavor power in this beer for such a low ABV. I know ABV =/= flavor, but there seems to be a tendency for sub-5% beers to give the impression of being watered down or too polite. Not the case here. Many of the aromas are now represented on the tastebuds--especially the lemony tartness, some Brett-like funk akin to wet hay and more of that pleasant peppery spice.

Mouthfeel - Light of body and incredibly quaffable. The carbonation is high and provides a nice prickly kick to compliment the rustic flavors involved. Finish is incredibly dry and entices the next drink. When I had this two weeks ago, I distinctly remember being finished with the almost before I started it.

Overall, an excellent example of the style, and one that stays true to it's origins--low alcohol, easy to drink and refreshing beer that would have been given to farmhands as they worked the fields in hot weather. Some of my favorite saisons are high ABV, so the fact that this one is so well done while remaining low in strength is a credit to Jolly Pumpkin. Now that they are being distributed to Missouri again, I look forward to trying more and more of their offerings.

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Photo of stcules
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Intense golden color, limpid and clean, white foam. A bit more haziness at the second pour.
Som cork at the nose... Wheat note, some spices, very light.
Light taste, malt, some sourish note, wheat.
Light, fresh, drinkable.
The body is really light, maybe too much.
Good drinkability, some refreshing hop, and some citrus note.

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Photo of henrichsj
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy and golden, lots of carbonation, white airy head formed quickly taking up half of the glass! Thin layer remained once most dissipated.

S - Sweet, fragrant hops, a bit spicy, some citrus, some apple . . . strange aroma, but pleasant.

T - Sour and tart, but dry and crisp

M - Fairly high carbonation, refreshing

O - Bought this on a trip to Michigan, direct from the source. Jolly Pumpkin brews have a distinct taste. I like that about them. It could be a bit divisive though. Wife took a sip and hated it! Me, I think I'd buy it again if I visited JP.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.
Batch 854, Bottled 8-15-2011, Almost 2 years aged.

Hazy straw/gold with 1 finger of white head. Decent retention with moderate carbonation.

Golden apple, lemon, peach, potpourri, hay and coriander.

Tart lemon and golden delicious apple with a light lactic sourness. Some peach, pear and nectarine. Very light Belgian yeast character. Hints of hay, potpourri, coriander and black pepper.

Light-medium bodied, tart, crisp and dry.

A tart and thirst quenching Saison. Excellent summer fair.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This is batch 1252/1232, bottled on 11/8/2012.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a light haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head pours three fingers of pillowy white foam which dissipate slowly. Attractive!

Smell: grassy and funky with a surprising hit of sourness. There's a nice malt underneath with just a hint of butteriness which actually works here. I rather like it.

Taste: quite light, with a nice grassy, funky character and less sourness than the aroma. There's a little bit of graininess to the malt which adds a little complexity, although the overall intensity of the flavor is pretty low -- no doubt due to its low-ABV nature. Good, but I'd love a little more oomph.

Mouthfeel: light in body, but the big carbonation yields a huge, if a bit evanescent, creaminess. I think it works great in this context.

Overall: this is a seriously drinkable saison. Its lack of strength means it doesn't pack the flavor punch of stronger brews, but it also makes this a superbly drinkable session saison. Love it!

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Photo of MarioM
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into RR Stemmed glass. Batch 1265, Bottled on 12-05-2012. (7.5 moths old)

A: Nice golden color with a light fluffy white head made of medium but mostly small creamy bubbles with some great lacing. Moderate carbonation with rising bubble continuously rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: Light citrus, lemon grass, spicy, a bit hoppy ans mixed with a slight sourness from perhaps the brett. Very complex aromatics, was not expecting such am interesting aroma especially from its low abv tag of 4.5%. Can already tell this baby has lots to offer. Can't wait to taste...

T: Very light, dry, crisp, light lactic tartness, mild citrus and almost lemon grass like but very interesting. Great balance and hard to believe such a small beer at 4.5% can have such a big character. A tad bit of Brett character adds a nice finish to the beer and is balanced beautifully with the light bitterness.

M: Medium to high carbonation that adds body but is not overpowering and foaming in the mouth. Refreshing citrus at the beginning and ends with a light tartness and bitterness that lingers till the end along with the light Brett phenolics. Great complex flavors are left behind and make for a delicious and interesting brew.

O: All I have to say is I am legitimately impressed by the huge character of this relatively small 4.5% abv beer. A highly drinkable and refreshing beer that does not take a hit in complexity and flavor. Its just crazy that other beers nearly twice its potency can have a fraction of this beers complexity and personality. Definitely one of my new favorite beers and will definitely buy again and again. Beer poured, as mentioned above, is over 7 months old which explains the light lactic tartness and Brett character so I'm also curious to see how this tastes fresh and perhaps even older. Ron Jeffries I love you!

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Photo of Philousa
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed at Original Gravity on 7/12/13.

Pies a very hazy yellow with billowing white head that settles quickly to a thin layer covering the top. Lots of lemon and orange rind in the nose with slight spice normal with Belgian yeast. I get some slight tart in the nose as well. Flavor starts with prickly allspice and lemon, supported by wheat and cracker underneath. The bitterness is slight, I get mostly nectar notes from what I can only assume is noble hops. Feel is light with a dry but not a super dry finish.

This is very refreshing and a great beer to have on a hot day, with its low ABV. The Belgian characteristics are there without being overwhelming.

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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.