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Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 629
Hads: 1,320
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 54
Gots: 126 | FT: 8
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States | website

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 chinchill
1.99/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

From a 750 ml bottle (bottled 12-28-10) into a snifter. It looks like unfiltered apple cider, but with a fluffy, off-white head. About 1.5cm of sediment-loaded liquid was left in the bottle.

Smell: Wild yeast with a bit of a brett. Slightly sour and floral.

Taste: mild for style, with lingering Brett and wild yeast, leather, earthy hops and some lemon. Mildly sour and fruity.

M: Light, watery body; semi-dry; tart.

O: rather mild flavor; not a bad thing for the Brett component. Bretty/earthy/funky beers your kind of thing? ... then this one’s for you. For me, it's barely drinkable, at best.

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Photo of spoony
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on November 13, 2012.

From a 750 ml bottle (dated 2-1-12) into a tulip.

A-This beer poured with a fluffy, two-finger head of shiny, off-white foam. The beer was cloudy and orange-tinted. I could see a few streams of carbonation through the murk.

S-The smell was slightly sour lemon and funky wet hay and grass (just like you would expect from Jolly Pumpkin...). Had a bit of a brett component to it.

T-The taste was pretty mild with some of the same funky, brett-like flavors that showed up in the smell. There is also lemon, light pepper spice, and hay. Flavors are pretty well-integrated, but a bit feeble.

F-Carbonation is noticeable, but not huge. The beer is lighter to medium bodied.

O-I was slightly disappointed with the mild flavor, but then I realized that this brew has half the ABV of many of the other beers I was comparing it against and it clicked why the flavors were less intense. Keeping that thought in mind, I would drink this again on a hot summer day or as a session-type beer. As a stand-alone, however, this brew is a little light on taste for me.

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Photo of tut2528
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1209, Bottled 9-24-12

A: pours a light gold color with a massive 2-3 fingers worth of fomay/soap-like head. the lacing is massive and the body is slightly transparent. head directly up to the light, the brew becomes a light yellow. The biggest surprise was how long the head stuck around for and just how foamy it was.

S: very nice blend of funk and orange peel and massive pears dominate the backbone of this brew. to a lesser extent, I pick up lemons, and a mixture of both peppery and herbal spices.

T: much more funk comes out here than I was expecting. like of like an old shed or a musty basement. sour lemon, pepper, a blend of pears and apples, and wheat.

M: much too light for my liking.... watery, reminds me actually of lemon water with a sharp funk.

O: i possibly set my expectations too high on this one. definitely not a fan of the how light the brew was as i think it off set the beer.. just my honest opinion

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into my Russian River tulip glass

Appearance: Murky off straw body. Decent egg white head which recedes back while drinking.

Smell: Wet straw. Pears. Very fruity smelling with some slight funk.

Taste: This is where it gets interesting. Pear and cider apple. Funk is very prevalent on the back end. Has a dry champagne quality/taste to it. Slightly sour funky finish. This is great.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a really dry finish. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Overall: For the price and availability this is a go to saison for me. I love how easy this one drinks. I just discovered JP and I can't wait to drink this one on a hot summer Jawjuh day.

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Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/19/2012. Gusher, but I am not even upset. Pours hazy golden straw color with a beautiful 3 finger fluffy white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings to the glass; plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart lemon zest, pear, apple, pepper, earth, grass, wheat, light funk, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, wheat, earth, pepper, clove, pear, and yeast spices. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, wheat, earth, pepper, clove, pear, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; with zero cloying on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very crisp and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero alcohol presence as expected for 4.5%. Overall this is an excellent saison. True to style in flavor with a nice little kick of that JP funkiness. No complaints at all; very easy to drink and refreshing, with a nice amount of complexity.

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

Batch 859/861 Bottled 8-3-2011
Served in a Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a 2 finger head that held up very well. A few droopy lines of lacing.

S - Funky basement yeast, spicy, dusty dry grass, pears, sourdough bread, tangy fruit, dank wheat malt,

T - Nice tart lemon upfront, allspice, heavy dose of pepper, soured fruit, dried apples and pears, the brett yeast is more subtle than the nose but really compliments the beer. Notes of wood in the background. Finishes dry with a crisp citrus bite at the end.

M - Moderate foamy carbonation settles down a bit half way through the glass, light to medium body.

Not super complex but great flavors packed into a small ABV. Very impressed by that.
The lemon was a tad lactic, plenty of spiciness, solid fruity middle with a dry finish. The aroma was almost perfect for what I want a Saison to smell like. I liked this better than the E.S. Bam.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. Batch 735, bottled on 2/18/11

A- pours a lightly cloudy shade of straw yellow with a two finger white head. Very carbonated, lots of bubbles. Looks like a classic saison

S- light aroma of lemon, slight funk. Doesn't stand out

T- light lemon, light funk. Underwhelming, almost tastes more like an American wheat than a saison

M- very light body, extremely thin. It's very pleasant, actually

O- not a bad beer by any means, but not standout at all. I prefer Brooklyn Sorachi Ace when looking at a lemony saison, but the ABV on this is a major bonus

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Photo of KDawg
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Jolly Pumpkin. Pours a hazy yellow color with a nice foamy head.

Balanced with decent depth and aromas of funk, navel oranges, bitter lemons and some spice tones as well.

Medium bodied with a nice smooth feel. Nice depth with notes of bitter lemons, spices, navel oranges and a touch of funk.

The funk would emerge more in the bottle. There is a nice crispness to it across the aromas and taste. A very good beer with nice balance as well.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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 +4.3%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of evilkalla
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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. 

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Photo of jethrodium
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.