Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,264
Reviews: 621
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 50
Gots: 109 | FT: 6
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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 Darkmagus82
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange color with a huge white head. The head has amazing persistence and leaves a very nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is of lemon citrus and yeast. With this are some lighter aromas of a sour apple and some pine hop notes as well.

Taste – The taste starts out of a bread and lemon sour flavor. As the taste advances the sourness grows stronger with some tartness of hits the tongue. The bread flavor is rather light now and the sourness and tart flavors of lemon get stronger with some yeast flavors and a lighter earthy and grassy hop flavor coming to the tongue. The sour flavors transition from being just lemon to a more lemon-apple mix as the taste advances to the end with the flavor crisping up a bit to leave a bittered bite on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side with the carbonation level being rather high. Very standard.

Overall – A decent saison,, but at the price you pay for it is not really one to go after -rather standard.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy light straw with a creamy white head.

Lots of brett and the typical Jolly Pumpkin funk although white pepper takes a bit too strong of a note.

Starts off with some good musty funk with some wet hay. Not terribly sour even compared to other JP stuff. Thankfully white pepper isn't as prevalent as the nose, but still a bit much.

Light bodied. Crisp medium carbonation. Low ABV makes it drinkable.

Not one of my favorites. Too much white pepper drowns out the flavors I normally like in JP brews.

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

25.4oz split and poured into a snifter. Batch 1093 Bottled 05-17-2012.

A: Pours a hazy golden straw with a 1.5 finger puffy white head. It sticks around for a minute or two before becoming a 1/8" layer. Hard to see carbonation with how hazy it is.

S: A grassy hop and light malt aroma with a strong Brett yeast backing. Can tell its going to be a little sour just by the smell. Light pale fruits, a spicy yeast and hop.

T: Starts off with a light saison with a decent yeasty funk to it. Certainly drifts into the sour category. Pretty heavy on the hoppy side with some floral grassy notes. Malt takes a background seat.

M: Fairly light body with a real crisp finish. A moderate amount of carbonation. A lingering stickiness to it from the hop. Low alcohol presence keeps this real drinkable.

Overall a very complex saison that is definitely worth a try . I love the funky sour this beer offers. A great blend that just seems authentic.

Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky medium golden orange with an average (1-2 finger) white frothy head that diminished down to a thin cap with a small collar and had some good sheets of streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, a mild floral hop and a funky barnyard Brett yeast with notes of green apple, citrus (orange), white wine, a mild peppery spice and a slight tartness.

The taste had a decent tartness and a slight fruity sweetness with a hint of green apple and a mild wine presence early on, then become very sour with a mild citrus sweetness, a strong funky yeast taste and a mild bitter peppery ending. The flavor lasted and average time proceeding the swallow with a tart citrus peel bitter taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a dry, watery texture and a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a satisfying sweetly-tart Farmhouse Ale with a strong bitter presence and a nice spicy finish...

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Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid yellow body with a thick, creamy white head. Sour fruit (apples and cherries) in the nose. Strong tartness to the taste; clean and dry finish with soft carbonation coating the tongue. Mild bitterness in the mix at the finish.

Based on my relatively limited experience with farmhouse ales, I'd say this one fits the profile dead on. There is some nice complexity in the various tastes, and other than the style's tangy character, pretty nicely balanced.

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/26/12 notes. Batch 784/785, bottled on 04/27/11. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy bright deep yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some decent lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells very funky, and of sour citrus, oak, grass, earthy notes, lemon, lemongrass, hay. Very nice and funky.

t - Tastes of barnyard funk, citrus hops, oak, earthy notes, pepper, spices, and dirt. More pepper, not as good as the nose for me. Not as funky or sour.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice beer from JP. Has their signature funk and yeast to it. I liked the nose a lot as it was quite funky and sour, though the taste was a little less and a little too much pepper and spice for me. Would have it again.

Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Murky orange with a giant dollop of head and fantastic lacing.

Smell: Holy Brett! Musty barnyard funk, with sweet breadiness and light citrus.

Taste: Extremely musty and fairly tart. Very bready, with horseblanket, citrus, and pepper. Great mix of flavors, but a touch more subtle than I would prefer.

Feel: Light, refreshing body with high carbonation. Exceedingly dry.

Overall: Great Brett-driven Saison. Very refreshing and crisp, but could use a little more oomph. Of course, it is under 5%, so that is quite impressive.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Unfortunately, this looks as though it spent some proportion of its life on its side, as the cap and neck has a significant yeast sediment inside it.

However, with some careful wiping, this is removed, leaving the beer that pours a brilliantly clear light yellow colour, with a very frothy, aerated head of white. This collapses after a while, but it almost collapses sideways, sticking to the edges of the glass; it leaves such intense lacing. Great looking beer.

Nose is crisp and bright, with a clean, precise, almost clinical application of funk and oak. It has such a zesty, sparkling acidity, but it's broadened and brought back to earth so perfectly by an earthy oak character. It's not as complex and intense as some Jolly Pumpkin, but it sure shares its stablemates' class.

Taste is much lighter than the nose suggests, and much much lighter than the usual JP beer. There's a light apple-skin acidity on the front, that quickly dissipates, leaving a very empty, if smooth, mid and back palate. Boisterous carbonation makes it feel slightly bloating. Hint of pepper and a slight metallic twang on the finish, but it's not much. Overall, the palate feels a little weak, even though I appreciate the fact that the lighter style probably fits into their overall offering.

It's exceptionally drinkable. Yes, it is. It's a very, very good beer. Yes, it is. I just have such a high bar for Jolly Pumpkin that I want them to hit me out of the park with every brew they make. This is their standard beer.

Photo of evilkalla
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 750ml bottle into an ale glass.

A: Cloudy pale straw yellow with an inch of thick head. Carbonation isn't overwhelming. Nice looking beer.

S: Lemon and orange peels, a little pepperiness and spiciness, and funky yeast. Pretty funky actually, hopefully the funkiness isn't off the chart on the taste scale.

T: This has a very citrusy, almost lemon/orange character to it. There is quite a bit of funk but not in a bad way. Fairly dry. Actually less pepper and spice than the nose would lead on, which is somewhat disappointing, but otherwise this isn't bad.

M: Bubbly and effervescent, very nice.

O: Not a bad saison. The funky kind isn't my favorite but this isn't offensive at all.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Binny's in Champaign, IL
Poured into a tulip glass
Bottled on 12/7/2011

Overall, I had high expectations for this beer based upon others from Jolly Pumpkin I had tried, and I felt this was too mild and fairly tame, relative to those others beers. A good gateway to the style, but not something I feel the need to revisit at this point.

Pours a 3cm head of clean white bubbles, small and densely packed, forming a nearly meringue-like head with excellent retention. Leaves solid lacing along the sides of the glass as it slowly descends. Body is a golden yellow with some haze, indicating that this isn't filtered. Carbonation is still visible along the sides of the glass, and appears strong.

Golden with a slight haze. A really nice 2 finger head was generated by the pour. It had a nice rocky look to it. Good retention and lacing. Looks good....

Aroma largely of Brettanomyces farm/stable/plastic resin with a bit of old basement mustiness and some yeast. Slightly spicy, perhaps due to phenolics from one of the yeast strains, or hop additions?

Taste features an apparent, but mild Brettanomyces farm/stable/plastic resin flavor, combined with yeasty, lightly sweet, dough-like malts with a hint of lemon zest flavor and tartness.

Body is medium to medium-light, with medium-high levels of carbonation. The result is a somewhat prickly beer upon the tongue at first, gradually declining to just feeling "crisp" and "tight" across the palate due to the carbonation and lighter body. Finish is semi-dry. Generally, this felt appropriate and very enjoyable on the palate.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all, thanks to Kay for being so kind, and giving me this bottle to enjoy. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Cheers drinking mug.

A) Golden with a slight haze. A really nice 2 finger head was generated by the pour. It had a nice rocky look to it. Good retention and lacing. Looks good....

S) Yeasty, funky with spices. A bit of black pepper. There was an odor that reminded me of old cut grass that has been sitting in a yard bag inside of the garage.

T) The flavor was not as funky as the nose. It was actually fairly tame, and easy drinking. It had the yeast and spice aspects of the nose, not quite as peppery. The hops makes an appearance, and this leads to a grassy, slightly bitter finish.

M) Pretty light, and highly carbonated. Crisp and refreshing, with a slightly dry finish. The mouthfeel works out pretty well.

O) Farmhouse Ales are admittedly not my favorite style, and yet I keep drinking them. Guess I'm waiting for some sort of ahha moment. This brew seems like a solid option to me, and while I'm not likely to seek it out again, if you like farmhouse ales, I think you'll probably enjoy it.

Photo of Chico1985
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review #500! Cool. 750ml shared with cbutova, this was Batch 943/944 bottled on 12-7-11.

Pours a golden yellow/orange with some haze on further pours. Big foamy white head retains pretty well.

Nice funk/brett+farmy notes in the scent, yeast, light fruits.

Taste is tart and yeasty up-front, lemon, apple, brett, farm+straw, breadiness and light oak. Good flavor for the low ABV.

Light mouthfeel, a bit on the foamy side, good balance.

Good, quite bretty but balanced well, nice and pretty easy drinking. Brings on some funk without it being intense.

Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chico for sharing, reviewed from notes

A- Slightly hazed golden yellow ale with a foamy white head. Decent cap retention and a good cloud sticks on top of the beer. Nice patches of lace around the glass.

S- Slightly funky and grassy herbal nose. Familiar notes of JP bugs and barrels.

T- Apple, lemon and citrus fruit with a bit of funk to it. Lighter and smooth tart feel overall. Some herbal, floral, spicy hop and oak barrel hints.

MF- Fairly fizzy light body with a nice tart finish.

Follows the other JP beers that I have had. This one is smooth and easy going and really refreshing for the hotter weather.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P:  Slightly hazy golden body with great bubbles topped with creamy white head that hangs around 

S:  Spicy dill pickle yeast esters, white grapes, moldy leaves, wheat grains, and tart lemons. 

T/M:  Tart white grapes, slight astringent bite, red delicious apples, pepper, and coriander seeds. Persimmons, leather, oak and plums are also in the mix.  Finish is smooth with cinnamon and cereal grains. 

O:  A solid offering from Jolly Pumpkin. The sourness was a great match for the spicy carbonation. Very well blended flavors.  I'm so glad we have this selection in Oklahoma. 

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

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a small white head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is funky with earthy brett, grapefruit hops, some light lemon, and apricot. The taste has a light initial sweetness and a mild tartness. There is grapefruit, lemon, and an earthy funkiness. The finish has a slight tartness and bretty earthiness. Light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle enjoyed at Blue Tractor in Ann Arbor. Pours cloudy golden with big fluffy white head that goes on and on. Smells of spice, hay, big yeast, and grassy hops. Starts bitter on the tongue with a sour finish, big funky yeast influence, and a nice lingering funky grassy finish. Generous carbonation and light bodied. Very nice. I have come to enjoy these JP beers as a nice change up from the ordinary IPA, and the hint of sourness makes this more enjoyable than other saisons I have had.

Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #367/368. Shared with OKComputer. Poured into fluted goblet. Poured an almost clear light gold color with about 2 inches of white head that settled down to about a fingers width, and had very good retention and lacing.

There was a strong, and distracting, vinegar scent at the front of the nose. Behind that was the expected earthy yeast of the style, but none of the accompanying spice that I look for in a Saison. The flavor was, thankfully, lacking those vinegar aspects and featured the typically expected Saison attributes, grain, yeast and a bit of spice.

The body was fairly average for the style, medium and with just a lingering finish. Drinkability was good (but then, I think pretty much all Saisons are highly drinkable), and the beer went down easily enough. Overall, a nice enough beer, one that's worth trying if you see it, but not really a special example of the style.

Photo of halfP1NT
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear & straw colored, fluffy, huge white head. Lively carbonation. Aroma is lemon, pear, apple, musty grape, bready yeast. 

Taste up front is sweet fruit, lemon, grape. Zesty carbonation. Finishes tart and a little funky. Graininess comes through. Sourness lingers after each sip.

Super refreshing, not too complex. Not what you'd typically expect of a saison. The brett funk is pretty prevalent. Not that I'm comlaining. I really love Jolly Pumpkin beers, and although this isn't my favorite of their offerings, I still think it's awesome.

Photo of RollBounce
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow orange color, large champagne like bubbles, nose as expected from a J.P. has that sour funkyness, with lemon zest, and touch of caramel.

Taste is sour and balanced, gueuze llike, with dry apricots, and more mouthfell then other J.P.'s I have tasted.

Overall; Perfect to show people if they want to experiment with new beers. Still of 16$ its just ok. Would wait a few years and see how it tastes for sourheads.

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

Batch 367/368, purchased from Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. Poured around 4C into a Duvel. Also sampled warmer (~15-18C).

A: First pours were crystal clear straw with a tight white head that lasts and laces. Later pours have some haze.
S: Floral Brett, fruity, hints of tartness. Really nice, very Bretty.
T: Some light sweet malt covered by a light to medium tartness that bites in the rear molars. No barrel notes were discernible. The hop character has faded.
M: Biting carbonation, lingering tartness.
O: Overall quite nice, though a little one dimensional on the flavour front towards the Brett.

Photo of spinrsx
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Public House in Las Vegas for 10$

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, citric/lemons, spices

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. Most of the taste is made up of tart citrus and some vinegar. There is also some wheat/barnyard flavour and a bit of a spiciness. It ends with a tart lemon and spice aftertaste.

Overall – Very drinkable. A lot of gueze like qualities. Looking forward to trying more beers from this brewer.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - light golden color, clear, with good carbonation and about two fingers' worth of frothy white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - a bit fruity, smelling a little bit like a light lambic.

Taste - bitter at first, and then mellows out into an interesting musky quality. Finishes with the slight bitterness, and in the end almost has a champagne's bubbliness, or at least it feels like it's going to, but never truly does.

Mouthfeel - pretty well on the watery side, but not borishly so.

Overall - not a bad brew, and interesting to think about, but not interesting enough for another bottle.

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Bold amber with great head retention.
S: Smells like a dry white wine. Grape notes
T: Tastes like a semi-dry white wine. Drinks like a good champagne.
M: Sits very dry if left to linger on the palate. If drunk quickly this isn't as much of a problem.

Overall the sum of the parts is more than the overall appeal of this beer. It seemed quite one dimensional to me even though many of it's qualities were good. As I made my way though the bottle I didn't notice any differences as the beer warmed and I felt like my first couple sips told the entire story. Also the wording on the bottle weirded me out. It claimed malt and hops however I got none of either of those. Overall an average beer.

Photo of tewaris
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bam Biere
Jolly Pumpkin
Farmhouse Ale
4.5% ABV
750 ml bottled 2-23-2011, drank 03-28-2012. Poured into a wine glass.

Very clear, brilliant golden colored with abundant effervescence. I suspected that the head won't last but I was wrong. Aroma is very reminiscent of 3F Oude Gueuze to me, with extra sweetness perhaps. Cellar and basement funk... intriguing.

Taste is almost a polar opposite of what I was expecting... the aroma was so close to Gueuze that I was already tasting dry sourness in my head, of which there's none in this beer. Not right now anyway. The taste is funky, yes, but without the tartness. A clean bitterness that I sometimes associate with pilsners and saisons, except that it's very mild... in fact I wouldn't have called it bitter had I not been expecting tartness. Apple, certainly. Obscure hints of grape peel. What else? Not much of anything... like a dry white wine but diluted in taste?! I have been fishing for interesting notes because this is a craft beer and what not but I am having a hard time telling it from... let's drop that.

Mouthfeel is bursting with carbonation on a light body. Very dry and cleansing without being abrasive. Seems like an ideal companion for foods it can stack up to.

I have been typing my thoughts as I drink and read about it... just found out that it's 4.5% ABV as opposed to the 8% I had stuck in my head. Now it is starting to make a far better impression on me. Also, the warmth is helping. Let's get this straight... this beer highlights the yeast and everything else takes a back seat. Now that it's almost room temperature, and I am burping Gueuze, it's beginning to grow on me. The grape peel character is much stronger and it's getting well into the white wine territory from the diluted white wine territory. There's a welcome astringency at the end although I can't say if it's the acid or the tannins. The mouthfeel carries the flavors excellently and I find it amusing that it was bland to me about 10 minutes ago. Long story short, I am loving it. However, I feel the need to add that the low ABV has influenced my scores significantly. I mean, this is no Fantome, not even close.

4.5, 4, 4, 4.5, 4

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

Bottle: 8/4/11

A: Light, yet rich & warm, golden. First pour is clear with lots of big bubbles zinging up to a large bright white cap of foam. Retention is great & lacing is pretty good.

S: Floral & softly herbal. Lots of fruity sweetness – pears, apples, stone fruits, & white grape – more juicy than estery. Good amount of background pale malt. A bit of a lemony sour / tart impression. Hint of pepper & funk phenols. Ghost hint of grassy hops. Just a bit soft for strength, but nice overall.

T: Not as fruity or floral as the nose, but a lot more funky & tart & a bit sour. Opesn with a touch of sweetness & citrus fruit on a doughy & wheaty malt background. As malts quickly fade the citrus gets increasingly lemon and tart. A fair bit of citrus/grapefruit rind and lemon peel. Tartness is quite firm, and mixes in with earthy, white pepper, herbal, spicy, barnyard, & phenols notes from yeast and hops. Touch of sour throught, but especially noticeable at first. End & finish are quite earthy and herbal. Bitterness is fair, but plays second fiddle to tartness and funk.

M: On the light side with CO2 that is firm but super finely textured. Soft & smooth. Very attenuated. Fair bit of pucker from sour / tart aspect. Very drying starts from tart / sour / attenuation and continues with herbal / hop drying. Very cleansing.

D: Creative, interesting, and tasty. With the tart/sour/funk this may not be for everyone. But for those that like this sort of beer, this one is very solid & super drinkable.

Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.