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Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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625 Reviews
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Reviews: 625
Hads: 1,305
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 16.79%
Wants: 54
Gots: 122 | FT: 8
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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 lou91
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having tried this once before I was anxious to try it again. Wonderful pour –big noisy lasting and bright white. It also smelled great with wild funkiness and sublte lime scents. The taste is very nice and approachable despite the funk. The only ding I would give this is it is a bit thin but that makes it all the more drinkable. Another excellent product by JP.

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

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big ol' 4" off-white head over the cloudy dark golden brew. Meringey head fades VERY slowly, with intricate lace tatting along the entire glass sides. Aroma is a fervent mixture of spices, sweetness, funk, and what have you. Taste is a bit more controlled, with a somewhat tart and spicy overall picture. Also a slightly chalky close that lingers. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, what with spiciness and carbonation, but probably more or less to style, and drinkability is not so bad either. Overall, my anticipation from the look and aroma overwhelmed what I got out of this flavor-wise. Still a pretty nice beer though.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored and hazy with a tight white head. First smells are perfumy, tart green apples, and then a light honey with a little spice. A lot going on in the aroma of this one. There is a slight sweetness first on the tongue which is followed by a lemony, grassy tartness with a bitter finish. The beer is crisp and refreshing and although this might not be something I choose for everyday drinking, Jolly Pumpkin has a very wide array of aromas and flavors built into this beer.

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Photo of rrwiltse
4.97/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, wow, wow. Bam Biere is simply mindblowing!
Pours a beautiful golden/orange, lots of frothy head, takes its time to disappear; goodly amount of sediment in the bottom. Wonderful yeasty and citrusy aroma. This will be my beer of summer for sure! Some light lemon/citrus mixed with a "barnyardy" (I stole this term from someone else, it's perfect!)essence, very dry finish, yet unbelievably refreshing! Only 4.5%, an awesome session beer, I'll be drinking a lot of this one. A refreshing change from the abundance of 9%-ers lately.
Once again, the Captain at Jolly Pumpkin proves his little brewery to possibly be the best in the state of Michigan, and certainly one of the best in the Midwest.

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Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber/gold, huge rocky white head, lots of lace and great retention. Smell is sweet, wheat, orange peel, some barnyard funk, citrus, yeast and lots of spice. Taste is sweet, with citrus/orange peel, some sugary sweetness, barnyard funk again, wheat, yeast, some floral and spice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth, very refreshing. Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed gold colour with a big, fluffy white head. Decent retention and chunky lace remained on the glass. Complex aroma with plenty of barnyard and leather, plenty of lemony citrus, a light breadiness, and a spice character somewhere between ginger and clove (maybe I'm just getting a bit of each). There's a light, lemon bitterness that lingers through the finish. Earthy, musty quality with a bit of leather and a balanced tartness. Mild sweetness ties all the flavours together. Light bodied, moderate carbonation after the pour, some dryness. A very drinkable beer with a lot of character. Quite enjoyable!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Bam Biere pours from the 12oz bottle with the cool caricature of Bam the dog on the front a cloudy, dirty yellow color with a big sticky, cragly two finger tower of foam. Very appealing. Aromas of sweet and spicy grainy maltiness touched by some fruity, citrus scents. A really nice earthy, barnyard yeastiness as well that imparts a funky sourness. A touch of herbal, floral hops tops it off. One of the best aromas of a U.S. brewed saison I've come across so far. Lovely.

First sip brings a crisp, grainy maltiness that's a touch spicy. Lots of fruity flavors pass over the tongue with notes of lemon, orange and green apple. A wonderful earthy, funky yeast is present as well and adds a touch of sourness along with a musty, farmhouse aspect. Just a touch of flowery hops on the finish. A very tasty saison to be had here.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a blast of fast moving carbonation. Goes down easy and is a really refreshing beer. I'd have to say drinkability is exceptional here...I just wish the availability was better. I grabbed a six pack for $9.99 and after drinking this one I would buy a case at the drop of a hat to drink through the summer months. Another wonderful brew by JP. Keep 'em coming!

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Farmhouse aroma with attractive spices. Lace, cloudy yellow, thin head. Aggressive carbonation, tasty and very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel. Crisp, funky, citrus, ginger heat, corriander, pepper,sour aftertaste and spice burn like a hot chile pepper. Recommend with dinner.

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Photo of clvand0
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium head and decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is weird, imagine that. Lots of citrus (mostly lemon) along with a barnyard-like funkiness. The flavor has a lot of the lemony bite with some funkiness. Not too sour, but has some hints. The finish leaves a little of the funky on the tongue along with some dryness. The body is fairly light and the drinkability is good. Tasty brew.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy lightly oranged straw color with a gigantic 4 fingers of creamy white head that falls quickly to a full finger over top after pouring the rest of the bottle in. The beer is rather hazy, with an enormous carbonation that bubbles vigorously from the bottom of the glass. The nose is funky. Good lemon citrusyness with a sharp acidic bite overlaying a good base of spiceyness. Big Brett character in this one with a very solid sourness. Flavor is moderately, almost acidic, sharp initially, moving to a lemony and spicey Belgian character, finishing with a fairly prevalent noble hop kick that bites hard but not offensively. The lemon is very prevalent with it fading to a very light musty sourness. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. This one is slightly drying on the finish and leaves a bit of stickey spit after a sip. There is a sour bite on the finish that melds with the hop. The funkyness works well in this one. I had this on tap a week ago and I thought the flavors were definately more pronounced in the draft version, but this is one I'm glad to have a few more bottles of. Good beer.

I'm having a second bottle, and the funk is definately more pronounced in the flavor. This one is a winner.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From the new 12 oz bottles. Pours out to a light and hazy yellow color with a nice 1/2 inch head of foam that remains consistant. Higher level of carbonation. Aromas are initially confused with that of a rotten granny smith apple and kitchen cleaner. Yet, when the senses are opened and the mind becomes more aware, the smell of sour fruits, citrus, mild sugars, and, oddly enough, the essence of freshly frozen ice, like on a hockey rink, fill the nose. I can now appreciate the aroma. Taste is very saison like; flavors of lactic sourness, lemons and oranges, coriander, fresh flowery mildness and mild raw veggies. Mouthfeel is good; very bubbly and zesty. Feels like my mouth is being wrapped around a beer blanket. Overall, I don't think this is a brew I'd look to very often, but it's probably the best Saison I've had. Recommended

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great for the upcomming warm season. Very citrusy and musky. Looks a hazy yellow with fleeting head retention. Promises to be thin and tart. The nose offers a tart / sour taste and feel. Lemony and orange-ey with a bold spice undertone. It turns from an upfront creamy and smooth to a finishing thin and tart. Lightly barnyardy and musky. Lightly acidic, alcoholic and astringent. Very clean and crisp. A true refresher for the warm summer evenings.

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Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to trbeer for this...
Appears a hazy light gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades out. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of barnyard funk, lemongrass, tart granny smith apples, yeasty, earthy, mild oak, and mild amounts of sulfur esters from one of the yeast strains.
Taste is of light funk with light green apples, apple skin, lemongrass, and mild citrus.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, dry, mildly tart, and funky.
***sidenote*** Had this side by side with a bottle also provided by hopdog. My bottle seemed to have a huge amount of floaters compared to his bottle, which had barely any floaters. Also, my bottle seemed to give off more of a sulfuric smell when poured; whereas his bottle didn't seem to have much of that at all. Interesting. Could it be the batch, brett, or bottles? He got his yesterday, and I got mine today.

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Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my first stop at the MBG Winter Beer Festival. I haven't been a fan of the Jolly Pumpkin brews, but I did like this one!

A: Golden-bronze with a fluffy, white head. Great retention & lace. Exceptional.

S: Wild & earthy.

T: Very earthy, with a slight citrous flavour. The sour/tart funk was perfect for this style.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation.

D: More approachable than some of their brews & quite refreshing. Personally, I wouldn't be able to drink too much though...

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Darker side of straw gold. Fast moving lines of carbonation. Fluffy white head, retains well & leaves a good bit of patchy lace clinging to the glass.

Nose is 2 parts sour funk, 1 part fruit party, 1/2 part musty earth, & 1/2 part what are you doing smelling this still?

Eathy, rustic, a touch of spice, and subtle fruit all interplay nicely. Dry finish. Light bodied, airy. A showstopper.

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Photo of Jredner
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Cahege. Thanks, Cindy.

Aroma is an overripe citrus fruit mash and fairly musty. The cloudy golden color of the body holds a creamy, two finger thick, white head. Tart and mildly critic fore...great mouthfeel-creamy yet still wet and quenching..musty overripe oranges, mild spice...finish is throat tickling crisp with more musty notes and a twinge of sourness. This would pair well with spicy foods I think.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, golden ale that displays an enticing white meringue-like head when poured into my favorite tasting glass. This beer has a spicy nose that is full of lemongrass. The first sip is rather tart with a spicy citric character. The finish cleans up a bit and is quite dry, with a bit of tannin. A slightly lactic sourness surfaces as this beer warms up. The aroma changes, too, and I notice rubber-like phenols and sort of musty, sour milk-like aromas -- definte Jollky Pumpking house character. (I don't find these aromas off-putting, but rather interesting.)
This is a very complex beer with a noticeably low alcohol content, proving that a lower alcohol beer doesn't have to a be plain or boring. This is really exciting to me, as all last summer I experimented with creating lower strength (around 4-5 percent alc. by vol.) Belgian-inspired ales in my homebrewery. However, that said, I think this brew is over-priced at $11 a six-pack and I worry that will scare many people away from an otherwise delicious and highly sessionable ale.

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Photo of quasimoto
2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a cloudy amber with slight lacing. There is also very very little lace but very frothy.

S - Eucalyptus, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some lemon. Its kind of what pine sol would smell like if they used a pumpkin aroma instead of pines.

T - It also has that cleanser kind of taste. It taste like a lemon pumpkin pie.

M - Simple and light. There is also kind of a salty feeling on my tongue.

D - It's light. I couldnt drink this all night. The flavors kind of throw me off.

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Photo of kohoutek
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful looking head. Nice fluffy, rocky white mess with lots of topography. The color is a very light amber/orange, streaming with bubble chains. Lacing until the very last sip - eventhough the whole experience was measured in minutes!

Upon first whiff I am greeted with the smells of Belgium. Lactic sourness comes across freshly and lemony. Some herbal notes cut through with the dry hops. My only negative comment is the sulfur, dank side of the Brett. It is less gamy, yeasty and footy in character than I usually associate with Brett (much like good "stinky" cheeses). In this case I get rubber, some skunky mercaptans and an acrid longer chain acid experience - almost hot, but certainly not from ethanol.

*Note: This sensation dissipated within minutes. After this break-in time the aroma beckons to be experienced. This beer shares some overlapping aromas with legends like Orval and Moinette.

This beer is suprisingly tricky. The aroma is that associated with larger beers, but it is cleaner, more approachable and smooth. The bitterness finishes wonderfully with the yeasty bread, grainy wheat and lively acidity. The flavors lack a seamless integration, but experience hints that this beer will develop even more balance with a little bit of age, a few more months?

A marvelous session beer. It is literally so drinkable you will wish you could take another sniff . . . but it's gone!

Luckily for me, I am refilling my glass as I write.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a tall white head over a hazy deep golden body. Great head retention and chunky lace. Spicy aromas of orange citrus, coriander, tart fruit and a touch of yeast. Slightly tart flavors, mild spicy hop bitterness, over a background of smooth malt. Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with a slightly dry finsh.

The yeast and hops are definitely the major players with the malt playing a supporting role. It has the signature JP Brett tartness, but is milder than the other ales in the fleet. Relatively light-bodied with low ABV, but plenty of flavor. A session ale on JP's terms.

This gets much smoother and more well-balanced as it warms.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a oversized wine glass.

Pours a very hazy, golden, copper color. Huge white, fluffy head that fades quickly, leaving lots of sticky, clingy, delicate lacing. Incredible smell, a combination of sour apples, cinnamon, and a hint of lemon. Other aromas include, flowers, yeast, and spices. One of the most aromatic brews I've sampled. Beautiful! Well balanced, fruity, sour, and tart all descibe the taste. Reminds me of a light tasting cider, not overwhelming. Lots of carbonation, light bodied brew, and is very dry. Easy drinkability and with an abv of 4.5% a definite session brew. Highly recommended!!! Another fine example from Jolly Pumpkin!

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Photo of ypsifly
4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Undated 12oz poured into a tulip.

Cloudy golden orange with a tall frothy head of white that shows strong retention and leaves clumps and wisps of lace as it goes down.

The nose has an amazing balance of sour acidic apples, lemon zest, white grapes that are getting past ripe, oak, cinnamon, grassy hops, barnyard funk, old nails, and sugars. Wow! a five!

The taste is tart with a good kick from the brett. It doesn't seize up my taste buds, rather it allows the juicy fruit flavors of the apples and grapes that the nose promised. The earthy character comes through as somewhat dusty with some chalk and wood. The grassy hop flavors come in towards the back and lead into a pleasantly dry finish. Again, amazing.

Medium to full mouth that is a little puckerya and enjoys a good dose of the carbonation tingles. This is the most complex and flavorfull session beer to ever pass my lips. I strongly recommend this incredible beer.

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Photo of putnam
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clay colored blur tempers the amber from within. A surface of pale on top barely obscures the liquid. Exotic winey aromas contain sweet sappy resins. Wild whole cinnamon, nectarines, pears and yuzu come to mind. Fluffy, chalky dry texture. Tangy. Mashed pears and apples. A vigorous charge of gas expands the wheaty, mineral flavored dryness. I attribute the seizure of wiry, earthy bitterness on the finish to wood extract. Identifiably Jolly Pumpkinish.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.89/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12-oz bottle, Sampled February 2006
Pours an incredibly hazy, orangish-yellow color. It is well carbonated, which produces a pale tan colored, frothy, fairly dense, almost meringue like head that leaves a coat of lacing on the sides as I work my way through this beer. Ah, the aroma is exactly what I hoped; lightly tart, with a bit of lemon, plus a solid funkiness that reminds me a bit of damp (perhaps even slightly moldy) cotton, and a slight farmhouse cheese note. There is also a real nice floral aspect to the aroma, which makes me think of a field of fragrant wildflowers. As I delve more into this, some spicy character begins to become noticeable; I get notes of white pepper, some definite orange peel, a hint of spicy ginger. The aroma on this beer is really nice, incredibly complex and definitely wild with funky aromatic notes that make this outstanding.

The taste is light up front, with a hint of sweetness in this pretty much bone dry beer. As the beer passes through it starts to pick up that funkiness that was found in the nose; I would describe it as a lightly astringent, with a solid funky brett-like note of musty blankets, which carries through to a long finish. There is also a really nice light acidic tartness to this beer that has note of soft lemon and a bit of Curacao orange flesh to it as well.

The aroma is definitely the best aspect of this beer, everything else is world class as well though. I have really become a sucker for these low alcohol, yeast & wee-beastie flavor driven profiles. They are so refreshing, yet fully complex and interesting.

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Photo of nomad
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A "naturally cloudy" oranged gold, this beer pours a full maze of a head, a sticky spider web of wheaty covering that does fall back. Lace is moderate but noted.

Smell is tart candied phenols and hop hay with a noble purity to them. Shows a near vanilla-like smoky essence but softly so and far from resinous, like good natural incense. The tart background adds a great base for the dry-hopped scents of lemon while a smidge of sweet pale malt balances their more herbal subtleties.

Taste explodes with punchy acidity and arid brett tartness, finishing dry and truly drowning in citrus juice. A powerhouse of flavor at such a low alcohol, the hops are oily and stern with vegetal hop bitterness and a ragged underline reminiscent of bitter orange peel. As it opens, warmth shows a full malt base that balances the acids and oils with pale sweetness, saving from too dry a finish. Drinks light on the palette with wheat ease and a fairly slick moderate weight.

The drinkability of this beer is ridiculous and I look straight at the abv and balance of flavors as the top reasons. It is no surprise that it is dedicated to the Jeffries' Jack Russell terrier, Bam, because it (and he, I'm sure) is in your face with tenacious but lovable personality.

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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.