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Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,108
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 38
Gots: 77 | 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 mocktm


4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 04:24:58 | More by hopsbreath
Photo of clint1019


2.55/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance-Straw Colored and very hazy with a huge frothy white head.

Smell-Very citrusy and tart aroma.

Taste-A very strong tart lemony taste. Could not taste much else.

Mouthfeel-It was very light bodied and very dry tasting with a blast of carbonation on the tongue.

Overall-I'm not real sure what to think of this beer. This is the first beer of this style that I've tried, so maybe I wasn't prepared for how sour tasting it was going to be. Don't think I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 03:01:01 | More by clint1019
Photo of davey101


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip glass. In the fridge for about a half hour. Batch 280/281. Still unsure about bottling dates, but it certainly has a few years on it. Dust covered bottle found on the bottom shelf of a local store that doesn't push much craft beer.

Where to start with this beer? Well, the bathroom I guess. I began to crack the cap and foam violently gushed out. So I ran into the bathroom with glass and bottle in hand. As I stood there slurping the absurd amount of foam coming from the neck I had one thought in my head, "This kind of tastes like a gueze". 15 minutes later I had the cap off and was dealing with a full gush over. Another 15 minutes and I had a full glass. The bottle was still filled with foam. Lesson learned....let a bottle conditioned beer sit for more than a few hours after the purchase!

A - The first glass yields a frothy, dirty foamy off white head. After that fades the golden body is on full display. Looks amazing. However, I saw some pretty large chunks flying around in the remainder of the bottle. The second glass will be strained.

S - Sour lemon rind and green apples. Lots of fruit. Yeast and light alcohol. There is some funkiness going on, but it is very sweet and tame. This is my favorite part of the beer. Smells very refreshing.

T - Well its a bit flat. Something tells me this has to due with the volcanic eruption of foam. This makes the beer feel very thin and watery. The taste is spot on though. Some crisp sour apples and lemon rind. Faint hint of malts, hops and some yeast. Light peppery spices, but I get more fruits than anything. The finish is sour and a tad musky. It then all vanishes and leaves some dryness.

O - I feel like I wasted this beer by opening it while it was so volatile. It was really good though. I'm not sure how old this particular batch is, but I'll be buying another bottle or two to cellar. I did find it to be sort of in between a saison and a gueze. It was lacking some of the characteristic spice from a saison, but it wasn't as intense or tart/sour as a gueze. Perfect beer as an intro to some of the funkier stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:49:53 | More by davey101
Photo of nezelrac

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into tulip

A - pours a straw-copper with a voluminous frothy head; good retention and lacing

S - earthy, slightly spicy, yeasty and a little funky with gentle malt graininess; there is a tartness to the nose as well

T - spicy citric tartness; yeast; malt is there in support; decent bitterness keeps the balance; good length with more spicy earthy notes emerging on the finish with a background tartness

M - light-medium weight; lively CO2; firm through the middle and softening at the back end

O - damn good beer

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 16:21:47 | More by nezelrac
Photo of Knapp85


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was paired up with a red cheese wild mushroom puff pastry with ginger plum chutney, awesome combo. The smell of the beer had a really nice dry hopped aroma and earthy farmhouse smell it to it. The taste paired with the food was very nice, the sour hoppiness was matched very well with the creamy cheese. The mouthfeel had a healthy amount of carbonation. Overall this beer was very enjoyable with the pairing and on it's own.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 01:13:17 | More by Knapp85
Photo of ebby82


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light gold into a pint glass with a frothy head.

The aroma is tart, fruity, and funky. Definitely a familiar aroma from the only other Jolly Pumpkin beer I've had.

The taste is tart, and slightly sweet. There are no hops evident, nor are malts abundant. Instead, it has a tart, "funky" taste.

The mouthfeel is like and refreshing.

I wasn't sure at first sip, but I enjoy it. However, I do enjoy saisions which have a stronger hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 22:19:29 | More by ebby82
Photo of DovaliHops


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, dirty straw color with a medium white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is very funky and a bit tart. Some nice barnyard aromas, along with grass and pepper. Some nice yeasty aromas as well. Taste is initially funky with some nice hop flavors. Then I get some pepper, Belgian yeast, green apples, and just a hint of tartness. There are some lovely lemon flavors as it finishes with some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is very light, crisp, and dry. Drinkability is very high, as this is a very refreshing and sessionable beer for this hot, summer day. Overall, not one of the best saisons I've had, and definitely not one of my favorite JP beers...but it's good.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 23:28:45 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of gskitt

New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw, even a bit hazy. Head is huge and never really dissipated. Scent is not huge, but present is a fruity sweetness. Taste is apricots, peaches, fermented apples even. A bit of mustiness? The mouthfeel is dry, there exists some, a little, hoppy bitterness in the back. Overall, solid Saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 01:53:34 | More by gskitt
Photo of 33nickadams


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once poured, it has a thick white foamy head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves nice lacing down the glass. Really effervescent, translucent and a pale orange color. I smell green apples and slight citrus notes. The taste has sour green apple that quickly drops to dry. The acidic sourness is not overbearing and in fact refreshing. The mouthfeel is medium without any hint of alcohol. I really enjoyed this beer and I found that the colder it is, the less sourness you can pick up. I just finished mowing the lawn and this was a perfect way to finish. A great lawnmower beer and a nice twist to the saison style!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 02:10:41 | More by 33nickadams
Photo of burnheartsMKE


4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, Jolly Pumpkin - Bam Biere. Love it! I could drink it everyday…

Beautiful golden with a foamy, but quickly dissolved head.
Notes of pear, citrus, damp hay & fresh peach skin get the taste buds watering.

Taste is light and refreshing with some of the aromatics coming through. Rustic by design, I feel as if I am eating fruit in an abandoned farmhouse while someones grandma is cooking me dinner. A touch of sourness kicks in mid-to-end and it finishes off dry and pleasant.

I really love Jolly Pumpkin - if you haven’t yet discovered them for yourself, start here and work your way up to the bigger, crazier and sourer stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 16:25:36 | More by burnheartsMKE
Photo of dcloeren


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my awesome girlfriend for finding this bottle. Big time props!

Holy bah-jesus this is a FOAMY beer! Poured a beautiful hazy golden yellow with 4+ fingers of foamy snow white head

The scent that I am getting is full of spice and yeast along with great citrus notes and a hint of cinnamon.

Lemon zest stands out over everything else on the taste with a nice back ground of green apples, white grapes, yeast, black pepper, cinnamon and spices and some fresh cut grass

Mouthfeel is light, extremely carbonated and very refreshing. The carbonation explodes as soon as it enters your mouth like tiny bombs exploding on your tongue, very champagne like. Very lemony drying aftertaste

Overall, this was a very refreshing and tasty beer. I wish that Jolly Pumpkin was more available down here because I would blow this beer up all summer long. I highly recommend this beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 01:16:58 | More by dcloeren
Photo of Tone


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, slight spice, floral aromas, and hops. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tang. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, slight floral, hint of spice, and hint of yeast. Overall, very drinkable; good aroma, body, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 19:48:23 | More by Tone
Photo of Northsider


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Local Option, Chicago.

I really enjoyed the Goose Island Sofie, which apparently is the same style as this (-ish?). I was hoping for the great taste that Sofie had, and I was a bit disappointed.

The pour was golden/yellow, clearish. Head was massive and lingered forever. Some carbonation bubbles latched to the side of the glass.

Smell was very fruity and some spice. The taste was definitely crisp and refreshing, but didn't really follow up on the fruity smell. The bitterness took over after it hit the tongue, which I wasn't a fan of. It made finishing this drink a chore. However, the low abv made it easy to drink once I got past the bitterness.

Overall not a bad beer, but not the great experience I had with Sofie from Goose Island. I wouldn't get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 02:12:55 | More by Northsider
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into two goblets.

Appearance - A slightly hazy straw colored body with a huge, three-fingered white head. Very nice. The head never fully receeds, leaving a nice layer of foam on the glass. Only a little bit of foam clings to the glass. Otherwise, it's a beautiful beer.

Smell - A bit funky. Yeasty smells, which I expect, but lemony and grassy aromas dominate. It has a bit of a tart nose to it as well.

Taste - Bright tart flavor. Not overly tart, just a bit of a lemon tang. Grassy and yeast flavors are underneath, but it's the lemon tang that's most prominent. Finishes with a sustained bitterness that I find to be a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and very well carbonated. It goes down so easily and at 4.5%, I could drink this all day long.

Overall - Interesting saison. I love the tartness and I love the funk. Definitely would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 00:46:17 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bam Biere - Batch 695/696
Bottled 12/17/2010

A- Hazzy golden hue, monstrous foamy four finger white head. Lacing is wonderful.

S- Lemon, fresh cut grass, dill, apple and orange peel. Slight funk and wet hay. Nice light yeasty notes.

T- lemon, grass, yeast, apple skins, light dill. Must and hay and a subtle funk to the mix. Very refreshing.

M- Thin bodied, lively carbonation. Tart/bitter aftertaste.

O- Only my third saison, first from Jolly Pumpkin, really starting to love the style, will be stocking up on JP next time I head to Buffalo!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 02:30:24 | More by korguy123
Photo of TheWhiskerReview


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 739/740. Bottled 2-23-11

Pours a cloudy gold with a big fluffy 2 finger white colored head. Retention is supreme- at least 1/2 finger, dense with soapy lace.

The nose is a bit schizophrenic, but in a good way. Sometimes the honey tones join the light biscuit malt in a pleasant and delicate way. Other times the honey joins with the funk and spicy/herbal tones for an aroma reminiscent of honey mustard vinaigrette dressing. It's rather dynamic in this regard. There is also a nice balance of both fresh and tart fruits- more of the fresh coming from the citrussy hops and the funk attaching itself to the pear flavors. A chalky yeastiness too.

The palate is light+ bodied with a crisp and bright carbonation- tart lemon upfront and a midpalate return to the honey mustard dressing vibe. Quickly, though, the hoppy bitterness clears everything out with strong herbal/straw flavors- a vague resinous character on the mostly dry finish, which is long with a nice fresh fuji apple flavor.

Like it seems with most Jolly brews, give this one at least 15-20 to open up as the flavors and especially the tartness needs to harmonize. Overall, another winner in my book. I think I'm much more of a fan of the lower-gravity Jollys, as they seem to be incredibly flavorful yet really light on their feet. And not too overwhelming in the funk department either.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 20:35:34 | More by TheWhiskerReview
Photo of Rifugium


3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a clear golden-yellow, with a small white head that dissipated rather quickly. Musty smell, sweet malts, and a touch of sugar. Sweet toasted malt taste, grassy with extra dandelions, some hay and light sugar notes. A subtle sensation of bitter hops also noticeable in the finish. Light bodied and moderately drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 04:00:45 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Rayek


3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at City O' City in Denver. Served in a snifter.

Bam is cloudy peach with a wispy eggshell head that quickly falls to a ring of foam. Leaves bits of lace.

Saison is a style I've really been digging of late, but this one just isn't doing it for me. The body is thin and the taste is too. Funk is the theme here. Apple, pear and straw fight against a lemon and vinegar sourness. Something seems way off. A light earthy hop presence tries to get through the sourness. Finishes dry, tart and puckering.

I like a good Saison and Bam is hitting few of the right buttons for me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 03:50:06 | More by Rayek
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was very nice with a rich golden yellow. Lots of haze and cloudiness here with a large two finger high head of white foam that just would not receded. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom to reinforce it.

The aroma was loaded with spices. Hints of lemon and cinnamon where abound here, with a rich earthy mix to it. Lots of almost a nutmeg I am picking up here. The flavor took off right where that left off. A rich mixture of lemon, fresh grass, light fruit flavors and a ton of spice. Nice hints of allspice, cinnamon and pepper here. Nice light to medium body feel capped it off very well and the overall drinkability was very nice,

Overall not half bad. Not the best in the style I had ever had, but definitely worth seeking out to try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 01:29:28 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of xnicknj


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a clouded straw yellow, thin white head, clouded film, plenty of carbonation, and some patches of lacing.

Spritzy citrus with lemon and peel, fruit sweetness and bretty funk.

Nice yeasty citrus up front with lemon and orange. Rind and pith with a decent backbone, straw and lemon grass. Some biscuit malt and tart brett funk. Finishes tingly and dry with some lingering flavor.

Lighter medium body, high carbonation, refreshing and drinkable. Nice flavor and good integration of tartness, fits in nicely with the rest of the JP lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 21:37:22 | More by xnicknj
Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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