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Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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1,126 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,126
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 39
Gots: 82 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: nomad on 02-04-2006)
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Photo of lpotter


4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-14-2011 18:16:28 | More by lpotter
Photo of sbricker


4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-14-2011 18:15:31 | More by sbricker
Photo of khumbard


5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-14-2011 17:28:38 | More by khumbard
Photo of Rollzroyce21


4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-14-2011 14:53:24 | More by Rollzroyce21
Photo of nickhiller


3.95/5  rDev +1%

Batch 671 brewed almost exactly one year ago (11-11-10)

A: cloudy straw, literally the thickest, tallest head I've ever seen, it filled an entire wine tulip, leaving behind thick soapy lace clinging to the sides.

S: nice fresh farmhouse funk and intense peaches, lemon zest, apples.

T: brief splash of sourness, then it settles into soft peachy tones and bitter finish

M: light-bodied, watery, very dry finish.

O: kind of a strange beer, the nose suggests a much stronger sour but it's actually a little watery and the flavors are quite subdued.

11-11-2011 02:32:37 | More by nickhiller
Photo of rudzud


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

Enjoyed on tap at Lion's Pride.

A - Poured into a tulip a clear gold with a one finger head that fades to leave a nice blanket with minimal side lacing.

S - Very light barnyard funk on the nose with some light citrus as well.

T - Similar to the mouthfeel with a nice funk. Its a fair balance between malts and floral hops, and citrus/funk.

M - Its light and crisp, smooth carbonation with a crisp dry finish.

O - Overall I was somewhat dissappointed by this Jolly Pumpkin offering. Its nice and lightly funky/sour but not as assertive as some other Jolly Pumpkins.

11-07-2011 22:22:39 | More by rudzud
Photo of osusullins


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a cloudy straw color with a frothy head.

Nice aroma for a sour. Smells like sour funk. Some serious floral notes. I love those dry-hopped bouquets.

Taste is very tart balanced with spicy malts and floral hops. Decent beer for a sour. My favorite of the Jolly Pumpkin beers that I have tried.

11-03-2011 02:28:15 | More by osusullins
Photo of drtth


4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured into a large snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a hazed golden peach color with a 1” head that recedes slowly leaving large patches of foam clinging to the sides of the glass. The head persists well and sipping creates some leggy lacing that clings to the sides of the glass. For most of the beer the surface is covered by a layer of foam and there are leggy patterns of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aromas include some earthy yeast and peppery spiciness that blends nicely with a variety of lightly floral and fruity aromas such as lemon and orange peel along with green orchard fruits that are almost concealed.

Taste: The flavors include a lightly bittered earthiness permeated with traces of spicy white pepper, lemony citrus with touches of sweet malt. A nice complexity that is predominantly dry, fruity, lightly funky, and musty all at once.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium with lots of smooth carbonation. The finish is medium length with a nice dry finish that invites further sipping.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’ve enjoyed this one a good bit. The beer drinks easily and each sip invites the next. My overall impression is of a well made saison that I intend to revisit. It isn’t Saison Dupont and that is one of its strengths. It is recognizable as a saision but it is also its own beer with a unique interpretation of the style.

10-28-2011 02:12:45 | More by drtth
Photo of mudbug


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

Batch 779 Bottled 4-22-2011.
This carefully stored bottle was chilled for a hour then poured into a standard pint glass, The initial pour has an ever so slight haze in a bright yellow body with a rocky head that slowly falls to a cap of bubbles, chunks of head and lacing stick to the glass as the level drops, I can see some yeast sediment swirling from the remainder in the bottle, so I expect the next pour to be cloudy.
Aroma is surprising, I kid you not, this smells like a bunch of roses . I had my non beer geek wife smell it too, and she agreed. Don't know what to say, it smells like roses, maybe it's just the combination of earthiness and flower from the hops, but never the less it's enticing and appealing, as it warms there is a slight spicy note too.
Taste is superb, Lemon zest, wet hay, nice bitter aftertaste hardly any funk with a tight but lively carbonation, entirely refreshing.
What a nice beer, I could drink this all day.

10-25-2011 23:52:47 | More by mudbug
Photo of EnemyWithin

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle in Dvuel glass on Oct 19, 2011.

Appearance: 3.5
Clear honey yellow body with 1/2 inch white head. Moderate lacing.

Smell: 4.5
Great sour aroma dominates with classic mild-moderate barnyard/cat-pee, musty sour funk. Obviously, somewhat strange to those unfamiliar with the style, but overall a nice aroma typical for a sour beer. Also, get more typical notes of saison, with lemon and peppery notes.

Taste: 3.5
Initially, a sour, dry fruitiness that transitions into a more classic saision flavor. Midway. get dry lemon and slight pepper notes. Not the more complex flavor profile, aside from the sour aspect.

Mouthfeel: 3.5
Mild to moderate carbonation with only mild puckering from the sourness. Finishes on the drier end. A touch on the thinner side.

Overall: 4
A nice beginner sour, and quite accessible. But the overall flavor profile is quite mild, and comparing in to other saisons I've had in the past, it's a smig on the bland side.
Still, an interesting and enjoyable beer though.
Try if you like.

10-22-2011 20:48:58 | More by EnemyWithin
Photo of lnashsig


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

Hauled back from Colorado from my GABF trip. Poured from bottle into my DFH snifter glass. Pours a cloudy yellow-orange flavor, some head that quickly recedes. Bottle dated 6-8-11, so it may be a bit past its prime. Smell- a little sour tart citrus waft. A bit funky, some barnyard. But not an overwhelming obvious brett funk. Just something that reminds me of a farmhouse. Some coriander, orange citrus presence. Taste- a lacto-based sour (lactobacillus?) orangy- tart flavor. Funky for sure. Some nice complexity here, but easy drinking at the same time. I can see traditional Saison Ales tasting close to this. Refreshing, mildly funky, but overall for the purpose of refreshment and low ABV. This one doesnt have as much of a dry finish as you would expect from a Farmhouse Ale. Overall, very nice, great summer beer.

10-09-2011 00:29:57 | More by lnashsig
Photo of Vengeance526


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a hazy golden color with a moderately sized white head that has nice retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma of tart lemon and hints of wheat and spices.

Taste is very tart and fruity with strong lemon notes upfront and lighter notes of orange and pear in the back along with light spice.

Light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Very flavorful and refreshing.

10-06-2011 16:02:07 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of Tucquan


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Had this on 2011-10-04 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy dark straw / light mahogany. Very short head and no lacing.

S - Grape skin, yeast, light toast, floral

T - Mild sourness, lemon flesh, wild yeast, mild roasted grain, light orange peel bitterness. Dries quickly and leaves a nice sour citrus taste.

M - Light body and low carbonation give a watery feel.

O - Lots of flavor and easy to drink. Worth checking out.

10-04-2011 22:56:17 | More by Tucquan
Photo of PerHops


4.38/5  rDev +12%

A- Beautiful pale golden orange. Looks like a perfect example of this style

S- Musky! Lots of funk and minerals, smells like "hard water"

T- Nothing like it smells! Bright acidity, lemons, cherries, apples, allspice and a crisp, dry finish.

M- Super carbonated. Works brilliantly with this style of beer

O- I really like this biere!

09-27-2011 06:36:36 | More by PerHops
Photo of iadler


4/5  rDev +2.3%

On tap at Local Option. Served in a snifter.

A- A slightly hazy straw yellow with a three finger head and lots of rising carbonation. Some thin lines of lacing are left behind.

S- Citrus notes are prominent at first with granny smith apple including the skin, pear and lemon zest. Barnyard funk follows after with hay and a bit of floral hops.

T- Follows the aroma with green apple, pear, lemon zest, barnyard funk, floral hops and some peppery spice.

M- Medium carbonation and low to medium body. Has a pretty crisp mouthfeel that finishes dry and clean.

O- A nice Saison that it sour, funky, yet very approachable and drinkable. This has the most barnyard funk taste I've had in a Saison, but am impressed with this brew and curious to try more of their offerings.

09-17-2011 16:52:31 | More by iadler
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

Jolly Pumpkin : Bam Biere

25oz bottle. Pours a semi hazy golden color, white foam cap and lacing. Aroma is barnyard, lightly sour, lemony and hay like. In the taste, more musty basement, lactic sour, grapefruit rind, and a small hop bitterness. Pleasantly sour and earthy. Drying, yeasty finish. Medium to light bodied and well carbonated. Another characterful sour ale from Jolly Pumpkin.

09-14-2011 21:30:15 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of StarshipPoopers

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Batch 784/785 - Bottled April 27, 2011

A - The appearance of this is quite nice. Light golden yellow with about half an inch of creamy white head with excellent retention. Has a constant stream of carbonation coming up the centre of the glass, even 15 minutes after pouring. Sticky lacing lines the glass. Looks great.

S - Mostly a yeast aroma, with a hint of spice and perhaps some sourness. Nothing much to note, definitely the weakest point.

T - Not what I'd expected. The yeast has a subdued spiciness that really comes through in the finish, has an almost peppery/nutmeg character to it. The taste is pretty dormant and requires a good amount of swishing to unlock all of the layers, which results in a burst of flavours. The funk becomes quite pronounced, with that hard to describe tartness to it. Very dry and clean finish.

M/D - High carbonation produces a light body. I quite like the mouthfeel of this, not too dry, no lingering stickiness or sweetness.

O - I am actually really pleased with this beer. It's an all around enjoyable beer, the carbonation and palate are quite solid. I had their Luciernaga, The Firefly and wasn't blown away. The owner who I bought this from was raving about the different layers, so I gave them a try. It's making me wonder if I possibly got a bad batch of The Firefly. I'll have to retry it sometime.

09-13-2011 03:35:37 | More by StarshipPoopers
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Has a sticker saying "Batch 603 Bottled on 8-4-10" so it's about a year old.

Pours hazy pale yellow. The head retention is excellent. Very bubbly brew.

The smell is very clean and refreshing, but there isn't very much going on in the aroma.

Tastes of lemon, it's pretty sour. Very defined pepper notes. Some very subtle malt. Not exactly complex, but still good. It's unlike most saison beers I've had but in a good way.

Mouthfeel is good bubbly and light.

This is a greet summer beer because its very light, lemony, and easy to drink. I'll be back for more next year

09-11-2011 19:31:13 | More by CrystalShipMS3
Photo of david18

New York

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

Recently got a bottle of this at my local bottle shop. I'm not a huge fan of farmhouse ales but this one was pretty good.

Appearance was a light straw with a lot of carbonation that ended with some lacing on the glass.

Aroma featured some fruit, definite wheat and a little bit of funky malt.

Flavor was nice. Refreshing and complex, with tastes of spice and fruit.

Overall a good beer that I hope to try on draft sometime.

09-07-2011 19:03:15 | More by david18
Photo of mocktm


4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

750 ml bottle, batch 421, into a tulip.

Hazy golden yellow, rocky white head with plenty of retention and a plethora of lacing. Gorgeous...

Nose is relatively tame, consisting of mainly hay and fruit tartness, that of a granny smith apple.

Expands on the nose, significantly sour with lemon citrus, apple and pear with mild spiciness to boot. Barnyard funkiness for sure with some grass in the mix as well. Sweet tart candy is the best comparison I can draw, but it's pretty delicious.

Relatively light bodied, highly carbonated and dry in the finish. Easy to drink, especially at 4.5%.

My first brew from Jolly Pumpkin, and it definitely didn't disappoint. For $7, this is a bargain within the style, cheers!

09-01-2011 23:33:45 | More by mocktm
Photo of jamescain


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Very light straw yellow with a fluffy white head about two fingers thick that lingers and slowly fades into a thin lacing that clings to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Tart, spicy, citrus, lemon, peppery, this is what I think of when I think of a saison.

Taste: Slightly tart, peppery and citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, refreshing, high carbonation, perhaps a tough over carbonated with a dry finish.

Overall: A very enjoyable summer beer that is refreshing and complex.

08-30-2011 14:58:39 | More by jamescain
Photo of Allpe45


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

750ml, batch 735
bottled 2-18-2011

Appears golden bright yellow with a fluffy white head, great retention and lots of lacing. Smell is spicy yeast, hay, pear, citrus rind, typical jolly pumpkin funk, and pale malt. Taste is just like the smell. Faintly acidic with an equally faint sweetness. Thin body, smooth texture, with a tart, dry finish. Very easy to drink, full of flavor and great for warm weather. Not the most traditional saison, but does not taste Americanized.

08-29-2011 01:56:08 | More by Allpe45
Photo of tigg924


4/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance: hazy, bright gold in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: apple rind and hay

Taste: grass, fermented apples, pear, slight cinnamon, and pepper

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with a bitter ending that does not leave a long term bitterness in my mouth

Overall: A nice return for me to Jolly Pumpkin. A nice, light, sessionable, summer beer. I could have several glasses of this. The pepper is not overpoweriing and the fruit tastes are amazing.

08-28-2011 14:02:10 | More by tigg924
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Shared with Dunt.

Appearance: A nice hazy golden straw colored beer with a frothy white head. The creamy, robust head clings to the side of the glass nicely and lingers until the glass is gone, leaving a sheet of lace. Some small bubbles are visible rising up the sides of the glass where it is not too hazy.

Smell: The aroma is tart and dry, with a good amount of spicy yeast. Crackery malt, pepper, and some earthy tones are there as well.

Taste: There is really no sweetness to speak of in this beer. Some general tartness accompanies white grapes, green apples, and some lemon zest in providing a nice tart bite to go along with a dry crackery malt. The yeast is spicy, mostly peppery, and the finish is short and sweet. No lingering aftertaste, very clean.

Mouthfeel: This has a pleasantly light body and a lively, full carbonation that suites it perfectly. It is dry, but not overly so. Overall, the mouthfeel is really solid.

Overall: This is light, crisp, and refreshing. Saison is not a style I normally get into, but the Jolly Pumpkin twist makes this a winner for me. Perfect for sipping outside on a hot summer day.

08-18-2011 17:03:08 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of hopsbreath


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beer BIF #2. Thanks to Jamnescameron for thiss one.

Batch 496/497. Poured into a tulip, the huge frothy white head takes up two thirds of the glass immediately! The liquid underneath is pale golden yellow. Lots of lacing shows up as the froth subsides. This looks like a pretty good saison! My favorite style!

Mmmmm, the funky yeast, lemon zest, earth, and maybe a little grape musk dominate the aroma on this thing. So far we're looking at a top notch saison here!

Big surprise on the taste! There's a surprising amount of sour here. Plenty of citrus, hay, farm funk, and fresh cut grass are all over the place. None of the banana esters I dislike that sometimes pop up in saisons are in this. Simply superb flavors.

Mouthfeel is clean, dry, and crisp. This is really refreshing.

Drinkability is great! I killed the whole bottle by myself and could have had more! I will have to seek out again sometime. Easily one of the best saisons I've had to date.

Edit: Had another bottle of this tonight thanks to zimmerbloke! It's been almost a year since my first bottle, but it's still a phenomenal beer in my book. I'll add the date later when I look at the bottle again, but I know it's over a year old. Checked out the old review I did and decided it needed bumps in points. Easily one of the most underrated saisons I've encountered.

08-13-2011 04:24:58 | More by hopsbreath
Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 1,126 ratings.