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Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,195
Reviews: 612
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 46
Gots: 92 | 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

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Beer added by: nomad on 02-04-2006

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Photo of berkey
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 10/24/09 notes. Batch 324/325. 750 ml poured into a tulip glass.

Excellent bright white rocky head with incredible retention. Right on par with the best Belgian style ales. Very hazy blonde colored body. Beers don't get much better looking than this.

Initial aroma is of tart yeast (a thing with Jolly Pumpkin brews I've tried to this point) along with some spice, mildly bitter hops, and a pleasant earthy character.

Flavor is also fairly tart and also somewhat grainy. Hints of the spice I picked up on the nose are also detectable. Very clean for the most part but the mild phenolic character that can be present in this style comes out a little much for my tastes. Not that it's strong, probably just not enough other flavors to keep it in check.

I have to say I started to feel less enthusiastic about this one as I went. I was kind of excited about a nice drinkable low ABV American Saison but this one just didn't do it for me. I'm not likely to purchase again.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BATCH 280/281

Pours a golden yellow color, with a slight orange tint and a light touch of haziness. A massive head of loose white foam sits on top. Retention is good and lacing is in little, sticky spots.

Big yeastiness. Lots of barnyard funk. Wet hay. A very nice sourness. Unripened grapes and tart apples are prominent.

The sourness gets you first, but it is relatively mild and totally enjoyable. Then you get a nice amount of earthy/wheaty notes. A mild level of yeastiness. Very minor presence of hops. This is all covered in a funk blanket, which is once again on the mild side.
All-in-all, this is quite a nicely balanced and enjoyable flavor profile.

Medium bodied beer with a high carbonation level. It is crisp, light and refreshing. The bubbles are almost going into soda pop territory, but not quite.

Very drinkable. Especially in the realm of sours. This would be a great one to get someone started into the world of sours.

Photo of adamette
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken 10 15 09. Poured from tap at Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor into a clean, clear glass.

A Slightly cloudy but otherwise nearly clear, light yellow body with little to no head. 3.0

S Slight citrus to the nose. Really not much smell here. Interesting since the Hefe/Bam mix carried a more significant lemon citrus aroma. 3.0

T Well, really straight forward lemony citrus taste without a lot of complexity at all. 2.5

M Thin but made to feel a bit fuller by the lemon citrus tartness. 3.5

D Fair since it is, to me, such a one dimensional beer, it does not carry enough interest to want to drink it repeatedly. 3.0

Notes: I had seen this in bottles and read about it here on BA many times. I was looking forward to trying it here on tap. It is a fine, artisan beer but it is too one dimensional for me.

Photo of BigBossMan
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - light and cloudy like a thick fruit juice, small head with little to no lacing

S - sweet and pleasant

T - refreshingly sour, a little thin at the end but a pleasant bitter flavor helps to hide it

M - slightly over-carbonated and thin

D - very refreshing, easy to drink, would be a great session beer on a hot day or while tailgating.

Bam Biere is a sour beer that could be widely appreciated.

Photo of TheDoorman
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow body with a musty, funky, grassy, barnyardy aroma. Taste starts flat with an salty, effervescent selztery quality, moves into a tart mid-palate followed by a sharp, hop bitterness in the finish. A touch overcarbonated, even for the style.

The aroma is this beer's high point, but I would recommend this beer to a Saison drinker on the strength of the aroma alone.

Photo of Florida9
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Large 2 to 3 fingers of extra active, foamy white head. Leaves a surprising amount of head. Cloudy yellow in color with little dirty brown yeast chunks settled on the bottom of the glass.

S: Bright, vibrant, clean lemon. Noticeable tartness.

T: Predominantly lemon. Less predominantly green apple. With a mild sweetness and a little sour yeast twang. Slightly acidic.

M: Light with high carbonation. Clean. Tart.

D: Good beer. Highly refreshing and not a funky as some other JP beers can be. But that is not a bad thing either. Reminds me of carbonated, not-very-sweet lemonade. Fun and enjoyable.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750ml brown bottle, pop top, with nice label..."batch 291"...poured out into a Hennepin saison glass...been looking forward to this one for a long time

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark golden beer with light carbonation, a big billowy bright white head which soon fades to a thick, patchy film with good retention

Smell: Lots of tart funkiness; this is bright, citrusy, and a bit wild, kinda musty, just a bit of sugariness as well...typical of Jolly Pumpkin's brews

Taste: The flavors aren't nearly as intense as the aromas suggest (I'm wondering if this has to do with the beer being bottled some 18 months ago...my local bottle shop just got a case of this in, so I think this might be as fresh as it gets)...there is some mild fruity tartness and definitely some funk...and then a big hit of hoppy bitterness on the finish...

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: I was really looking forward to this, and I must say, I was a bit underwhelmed...I absolutely loved JP's Calabaza Blanca, but this was just a bit light on flavor, not quite providing the intensity the aromas suggest...I would probably not get this to drink again by itself unless I could get a fresher batch, but it did pair nicely with a crostini with mild goat cheese

Photo of GordonQuid
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass on tap.

Vibrant sunny golden yellow with a whispy effervesant head and slight lace. Bubbly.

Smells like sweet tart candies-fruity easters, wheat malts and spicey hops.

Taste is a tart and spicey refreshing. There is a lingering spicey hop quality that is enjoyable. Also the cask conditioning comes through this beer in the finish-ripe melon and lemon zest.

This might be one of the best hot day beers I have in a while. The modest ABV makes this a great summer day session beer.

Photo of Riggo
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inviting sunny golden yellow in color with a brilliant white, yet whispy head. Carbonation bubbles rise continuously up the sides of the glass.

Smells fruity and tart/sour, with notes of pear, and granny smith apple skin, and pineapple. Some honey and some earthy, funky back notes. Herbs--mint (hops?), perhaps chives.

Taste is an initial rush of fruit and tartness, then a big hit of puckery sourness. Tastes of apples, lemons, some butteriness. A hint of bubblegum. Finish is clean, tart, and quick.

Mouthfeel is creamy, silky, and effervescent all at once. Refreshingly light in the mouth. Drinkability is high for that reason, though some points are taken away for the tartness.

Photo of ricke
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy yellowish orange color with an enormous rocky off-white head that slowly slowly settles down. Lots of chunky lacings.

S: The smell is really good. Refreshing fruit aromas, floral notes and a mild funkiness reside on a delicate biscuity malty backbone. Hints of spices and medicinal phenols.

T: The taste is surprisingly clean with notes of lemon-peel and melon up front. The fruits quickly step aside and make way for spices, faint malts and grassy and earthy hop notes. A very mild funkiness and a semi-tart note is overpowered by a moderate sweetness. The finish is surprisingly short, mildly tart and bitter with notes of medicinals, spices, minerals and brett flavors.

M: Medium body, crisp and refreshing with a rather aggressive carbonation. The finish is really dry.

D: I like this one, and in general I find Jolly Pumpkin's brett character quite pleasing. Perhaps Bam Bière can't compete with the best Belgian representatives of the style, but it's quite close.

Photo of gameface23
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy, light golden color with a rocky head.

S: Refreshing citrus notes, spicy yeast aspects and a great earthiness.

T: Flavorful and refreshing at the same time. A great blend of hops and saison complexity.

M: Amazingly light with a really nice, extremely dry finish. This, to me, is exactly what a saison should be like.

D: All the flavor you could ever ask for in a 4.5% beer.

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

Appearance - Pours a very cloudy/hazy golden orange hue with just loads of white fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Great lacing follows.

Smell - Very floral with a nice sweet overtone (malty) with some apple sent wafting up my nostrils.

Taste - Tastes fruity - funky. A very nice tartness to it and it follows up and finishes nice and dry.

Mouthfeel - Light body with a decent amount of carbonation. Fits this beer well and it feels pretty good when I quaff a bit of this down.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. First time I had this I was at the Jolly Pumpkin satalite brewery up in Traverse City Michigan. My father and brother-in-law got a pitcher of this and sat on the deck outside looking at lake Michigan through some tall pine trees. Extremely enjoyable in such a nice cool setting. This beer will always be associated with good times with family.

Photo of ewright
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle with a label that reads Batch 280/281.

A: The beer is a murky gold color with ample amounts of rocky head that clings nicely to the side of the goblet. Retention is above average and never disappears completely.

S: Strong spicy notes and some muted hop aromas. A faint earthy must is also present. There are too many competing aromas for me, and none really stand out.

T: Crisp taste of lightly toasted malt with strong peppery notes. Hop balance is present in the back of the mouth, but no noticable flavor contributions. I got a faint note of sourness when the beer was refrigerator cold, but that has disappeared as the beer has warmed.

M: Light and effervescent. The overall feel is fairly dry. No residual sweetness is left on the tongue.

D: Not my favorite farmhouse ale. I *can* drink it, but I'd prefer to be drinking something else.

Photo of rye726
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a glowing straw color with a frothy beige head.

Nose has tart citrus, bready malts and a nice farmyard funk presence.

The wild yeast is not as evident in the nose. Still a good farmhouse though, well balanced.

Crisp body drinks well. Nothing like a funky Saison.

Considering how much I enjoy JP's other brews, I can't beleive how long I waited to try Bam. Another impressive offering from this impressive Michigan brewery.

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

Thanks to brianj555 for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The saison is a beautiful hazy golden yellow color. Sitting still in the glass, the ale look still but a thin pool of head, originally 3/4 of a finger, tries to lace.

S: The nose is refreshingly dirty, citrusy and tart with an aroma that refuses to back down. Pepper and barnyard highlight the funk. Brett has kicked this ale's ass.

T: The saison's taste, being rather muted, is a nice foundation for the funk to build off of. A dry, Belgian-yeast dominated landscape is a nice accompaniment to the brett. Both are dry but the Belgian saison side has a mild fruitiness that stands up to the citric funk. A peppery flourish unites the saison and the funk. The sharp lemony tartness towards the end of the sip leaves a nice flourish.

M: The funk and citrus are a nice combination, almost yielding an anise flavor. The lemony citrus leaves a pleasing tartness. This is what a wild saison should be.

D: Weighing in under 5% with this flavor profile? It's hard to imagine. The ale is dirty and proud of it.

Photo of bobsy
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Troy for sharing a bomber of this beauty. I've recently fallen in love with saisons, and bam biere has been near the top of my 'must try' list for a while.

A classic saison appearance, with a hazy, light gold liquid and a huge foamy white head that leaves some decent lace. Good, funky aroma, with strong hints of leather mixing in with horseblanket. Underneath there's a spicy yeastiness and almost a bit of mustiness going on. Great funky flavour - again the leather, but this time joined by cider. A great spiciness throughout, with black pepper nicely amped up, and a nice touch of oak. Medium-light body with a spritzy carbonation makes for a refreshing beer.

This is a pretty solid saison - thanks T!

Photo of bamadog
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Jolly Pumpkin offering. I've been told that they are typically a little funky and oftentimes have sourness to them, so it's a bit of an adventure, we'll see...

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellow with some darker highlights (is that an oxymoron?) of a yellow that is close to a deep sunflower; body shows very strong carbonation; a nice two finger head that is very white and made up of the tiniest bubbles slowly fades to a rocky and thick skim on top and leaves a full curtain of lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Definitely something a little funky coming out of it, and I wonder (as I am unschooled in this style as of yet) if it is the brett that causes it (?); some strong grainy/yeastiness comes out and there is a bit of a sour-fruit like odor emanating from the glass, but beyond that, not much else is coming to me.

Taste: Definitely has a funky flavor to it, and it's hard for me to describe -- definitely some hints of sourness as it makes my mouth pucker a bit and it reminds me like a Sour Smarties or some other such candy as it really just comes across as sour with not flavor attached to it beyond some mild fruity aspect that I can't place; the grainy yeastiness follows the sourness and a faint hint of bitter hoppiness finishes off the taste.

Mouthfeel: A very dry finish to a pretty well carbonated beer, which I have to admit that I'm kind of glad about because it doesn't leave any stickiness behind for the sour aftertaste to hang around too long.

Drinkability: Well, it would take some getting used to as the flavor is off for someone who is new to the brett and sour aspects, but it's definitely not bad and the ABV is really quite low, so once I'm more comfortable with these flavors, I'd be able to get through a couple of pints of this without much problem.

Photo of clickpush
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy body pours out of the bottle into tulip glass. Pale amber color, slightly translucent w/ a big white head that slowly subsides. Lots of lacing remains on the glass, floating above the healthy white head that remains throughout the drink.

Smell is tart and dry, mouth watering. White peppercorn hints, good balance of brettanomyces, herbal hops, and refreshing pale malts.

Flavor is light and bright, sparkling mouthfeel and gentle lasting finish. I could drink this all day. Very dry. Brett is pronounced but not overbearing... this is not a sour beer, just a dry, farmy one. Lovely.

Photo of kylesobrien
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gorgeous, radiant golden yellow. Slightly hazy. Rocky, thick head which continues to ascend the glass a minute or so after decanting from the bottle. LOTS of fine carbonation. Lacy head which clings well to the stemware.

Smell: Smells of coriander, citrus and noble hops. Slightly funky. Overall, aroma has a spicy character. I like the hoppy scent.

Mouthfeel: The beer is not too heavy. Body is slightly more than what one would expect from a Belgian pale, and very reasonable for a saison. The carbonation lightens things up quite a bit, but also gives the ale something of a prickly texture.

Taste: I might be mistaken, but I'd swear this was fermented with some Brettanomyces in additional to one of the ordinary saison strains. It has a slightly funky scent, which is not at all unpleasant, but definitely not quite what I expected. After taking a sip, the scent seemed to confirm what my taste buds were telling me -- the sourness is not just from acidulated malt. The taste is refreshingly dry and reasonably tart, which is exactly what I would expect from a saison. Aftertaste is hoppy, with lemony notes. Now *this* is a domestic saison which looks and tastes the part. I would prefer a little less of the funky character and a touch more sweetness, but overall this is a very quaffable ale.

Drinkability: I'd pronounce this very drinkable. I'd also say that in terms of alcohol content, dryness, color and carbonation, this is one of the most accurate renditions of a saison I've encountered from a U.S. brewery. Too often breweries seem compelled to increase the ABV or overload the flavor with a barrage of various spices and other adjuncts, which is highly unnecessary in my opinion. Most saison yeasts are capable of producing adequate nuances of character on their own, and smothering those subtleties with too much of this or that can ruin an otherwise fine ale.

I do like that this beer has some funky flavor to it, but I wish it had slightly less of that taste and a touch more sweetness. I'm merely assuming that there's some Brett in this one, but that would account for the barnyard aroma, reasonable carbonation and thorough dryness. I'm giving it the thumbs up on taste and drinkability, and the double thumbs up on appearance. This is a beautiful beer to behold. Recommended.

Photo of WakeandBake
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A hazy golden color pour with a huge rocky white head, highly carbonated , lots of jagged lacing left. Aroma is slightly yeasty, spicy with a bit of tartness. Flavor is slightly sour and yeasty, coriander and citrus with a hint of tangerine in the finish,not as sweet as other Saison I have had . Light body with a crisp ,clean mouthfeel , and a dry finish. Very refreshing and sessionable , a very good beer

Photo of digitalbullet
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy golden color with a thick rocky head that just doesn't quit even after 10 minutes. A ton of sticky lace. this is what a beer is supposed to look like.
Smell: Very yeasty smell with a ton of lemon peel in the back ground.
Taste: A lot of citrus notes with a light hop kick to it.
Mouthfeel: very carbonated.... almost too much. the head is so thick and it does not dissipate.
Drinkability: Damn tasty beer. A good session beer on a nice summer day.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 311/312

This one was the last bottle of it's kind at Zipp's. I've liked what I've had so far from Jolly Pumpkin so far so I thought I would give it a shot.

It looks very similar to the two previous Jolly Pumpkin brews I've had, the Calabaza Blanca and Ore de Calabaza. Light in color, and ample head produced. The head on this one can get out of hand, but it's much easier to control that that of Ore de Calabaza. Lively carbonation and great lacing.

The nose on this one is very light. There isn't a lot going on that I can detect, and very little brett if any. I get citrus fruits and spices such as clove and coriander.

The taste is a little more defined, but still very light. I get citrus fruits and clove and coriander. The funk and tartness are a little more defined here, and I like that. Overall, just not strong or pronounced enough flavors for this to be a great brew. Still solid though.

The mouthfeel again, is my favorite part. Jolly Pumpkin knows there head and carbonation, let me tell you. Creamy head and lively fine carbonation made a smooth and refreshing mouthfeel.

I like this one, just not as much as the other two I've had so far. I really want to try La Roja soon, I just have to find it first.

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

750mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle reads, "Batch 299/300"

A - Golden brown body with good head retention. Little yeast floaties quickly settle to the bottom of the glass.

S - Farmy, sweaty, and fruity. I smell dried apricots, a good amount of farmhouse funk, citrus peel, slight floral notes, sweat (seriously!), wet mowed grass. Beautiful nose with well-integrated complexity.

T - Really crisp with a long, spicy finish. More peppery notes than I'm able to pick up on the nose. There's also an almost gueuze-like sourness. The prominent notes are apricots, peppery spices, hops, yeasty bread, and grass.

M - Crisp and tart, even for a saison. Highly carbonated, but it works well for this brew.

D - A winner, for sure. I could definitely drink another one, especially with the low alcohol content - can you say "session beer?" I would love to try this with a fresh goat's milk cheese or a duck confit salad. This is an exceptionally well-balanced and well-made saison.

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

The crowned 750 ml opens with a hiss and the chilled bottle pours clear and sunny golden. A fat white topping of pearlescent-bubbled foam is steadily fed from below by a subsurface cadre of carbonated streamers. As the head slowly relaxes to a persistent half-finger's thickness, it deposits a soft, broken, white sheet of foam around the interior of my Duvel tulip.

The smell is zingily acidic and sweetly fruity with a pungently green herbal twist. Notes of green apple peel and mushy-ripe pear join a spritz of roasted lemon cut with a dilute splash of pale malt drizzled with tart cherry and mellow caramel.

The taste is crisp and zippy with a mellow, fruity, medium-kilned malty backbone. Mildly tangy notes of fallen apple and tart plum meld with the mild grainy sweetness and accent a dusty, musky, earthy character that stops just short of coming off as "funky". A grassy hop note and a bit of green watermelon rind spring up late into the encounter, and the beer finishes quite juicy throughout.

The drink is on the light side of medium-bodied with excellent, fine-grained carbonation. Quite tasty and sporting a conservatively manageable 4.5% ABV, Bam Biere is plenty quaffable.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a slightly hazy, golden color with strong carbonation, and tall, fluffy, pillowy, white foam that persisted. The smell was a strong "saison" aroma with a slight tartness, a touch of yeast, and a bit of wildness (though not sour wildness). The taste was on the tart side, lightly sour. Thin flavor overall, with some hops coming out in the finish. The mouthfeel was thin with light body and good carbonation. Lightly sour and bitter flavors lingered. This was ok, though thin and on the sour side. 12 oz bottle.

Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 1,195 ratings.