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Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,093
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 37
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 hero27


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
Batch #224

If you're reading this before opening the bottle, be careful because foam erupts from this one even with a gentle pour. If you've already opened it, then stop reading this and get a towel.

Slightly hazy, straw yellow with (previously mentioned) large, chunky head of foam.
The tart, gentle fruit flavors are subtle for the style, but the soft tang of the apple and the grainy harshness of the wheat go pretty well together.
Carbonation still a bit too lively in this one. Not sure when it was bottled, I couldn't find a date anywhere.
Overall, this is a refreshing and approachable farmhouse ale, and another solid brew from Jolly Pumpkin

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 05:52:08 | More by hero27
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled conditioned.

A: pours a hazy orange with a creamy white head.

S: Spicy nose, yeast, hops, lemon and sourness at first. Some funkiness on yeast aroma, musky, mildew barnhouse scent.

T: Good spiciness starts out the beer , followed by a big lemon tang and a funky sour yeast finish.

M: Oily texture, some sourness and muskiness for mouthful.

D: decent drinkability, much better examples out there. moderatly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 21:30:24 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of ballenc


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caution: Take care with opening this beer - it can be a bit foamy

A: This beer pours a dull, cloudy straw colored yellow. A pillowy/fluffy white head lingers for quite a bit of time. No noticable lacing.

S: Mainly spicey yeast and grapefruit-like citrus scent in the nose. Not as strong as I expected

T: Starts with a slight tartness on the tongue. Also has a sourness that is noticeable but not overwhelming. A clean yet bready/yeasty finish - almost dull.

M: Light body on the tongue and fair amount of fizzy carbonation throughout.

D: Definitely drinkable as a session beer - not a high alcohol beer. Probably not a favorite for many beer drinkers - seems more like a good summer/hot weather beer. I like the spin that this brewery puts on different beer styles.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 23:19:48 | More by ballenc


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Be warned pour this beer very slowly as it is very carbonated and the head jumps right out of the glass. A rocky off white head has nice staying power and easily reaches three fingers. Scattered lace is all over the glass. Body is a golden orange haze. Nose is a nice mix of lemon zest, spice, mellon and honey suckle. First sip brings a unique mix of piney hoppy bitter and shrill soured balancing the bitter. There is a fresh crispness to the mouthfeel of this brew. A pickled feel and a bit of a mineral feel also exist on the tongue. Farmhouse ale seems to be pretty bready as it has attributes of a pilsner, pale ale and flemish sour ale. Sour spicey hue sits on the mouth long after the sip. This beer is easy to drink but could really use a hint of malt to balance better.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 21:07:23 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of gwong

New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours bright orange with a fluffy white head that stays on the glass for a long time. A good amount of lacing stays on the glass.

S: Strong citrus scent. Yeast is also present in the nose.

T: A good, not overwhelming, tart flavor. A nice blend of sweetness and bread flavor at the end.

M: Light body with plenty of carbonation to keep it light on the tongue.

D: A little too carbonated for me to drink more than a glass of in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 03:32:50 | More by gwong
Photo of PorterLambic


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy orange/yellow brew with a fluffy, creamy looking 3/4" head. Great retention though little lacing.
Smell is sweet, citrusy (lemon & orange), pepper, hops, yeast, malt.
Taste is tart, yeast, hops, citrus, sour and just a touch musty.
Fairly effervescent with a light body, easily drank and refreshing.
A very good brew indeed.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 00:41:14 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of dsigmon


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

bottle thanks to IntriqKen

A: golden amber color with large white puffy head that lasts forever. As I wait for the massive head to dissapate there is a very thin lace with small amounts of foam sticking to the edge of the glass.

S: smell of sour fruits and spicy pepper. some banana and dark fruits lie lowly underneath.

T/M: large amount of small bubbles tickle the palate as a sour peppery citrus runs over the tongue and is lightly met with a spicy cherry fruit flavor light amount of raisin malt.

D: very easy to drink however the large amount of carbonation is accumulating causing large sporadic releases of deep bellowing belches throughout the room. Overall a very different enjoyable experience of a great tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 04:05:35 | More by dsigmon
Photo of Realale


4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear bright gold with an extremely fine, rocky bright white head that sits and stays throughout the pint leaving nice lacing.

Incredibly complex nose of sour citrus and peppery, clovey spiciness. Malt lurks underneath providing crackery support. Amazing nose.

Razor sharp sourness leads the palate, slicing through crisp maltiness. The spicy yeast notes run rampant, but perhaps outweigh the malt leading to a bit of an imbalance, but this is still really, really good.

Microscopic carbonation washes everything away a bit quickly, but makes this beer an outstanding companion to spicier foods. The palate may not quite live up to the nose, but I can't think of many beers that could. Drinkability is off the charts with food, and just fine for a session.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 03:52:37 | More by Realale
Photo of Floydster


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle received as an extra in a trade with pimpp, thanks for providing this Jolly Pumnpkin brew in the package, split with my roommate, poured into my Ballast Point glass

A-Murky golden yellow with a little orange in it, small 1/2 inch creamy head, lots of small bubbles, not much retention, no lacing either

S-Tartness, funk, barnyard, lemon juice, spices including cloves and ginger, vinegar, raisins, Beglian yeast, sour apples, pears, and cherries

T-Funky sourness at the very beginning, with a saison in between, then a finish that is either reminiscent of a chardonnay or gueuze, cannot figure out which exactly, lots of fruit as it warms, especially the apples and cherries, bready malt comes to the surface later on as well, beer did not lose its tart or dryness at any time, nicely balanced overall

M-Sour mouthfeel with a bit of chewiness, medium to thin body, lots of carbonation, taste lingered for two or three minutes, also a little spicy at times

D-Could drink a few bottles of this easily, especially with the low ABV of 4.5%, not heavy on the stomach, cannot taste much alcohol, smooth and easy to drink

First Jolly Pumpkin beer and pretty good, look forward to trying all the other ones I currently have, especially the Noel de Calabaza, would drink this again when in the mood for a saison even though I do not consider this like any other farmhouse beer I have had in the past, could definitely tell it was bottle conditioned and could have passed a mild gueuze or wild ale in my opinion, unqiue and worth a try

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 18:22:29 | More by Floydster
Photo of illidurit


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

Poured into a pint glass, since I didn't have a tulip on hand. Monstrous, rocky head that sticks around forever, both on top of the body and on the glass. The beer is a pale gold color and the head is eggshell.

Aroma is very gueuze-like. Tartness is the only note here, but it's very appealing.

Taste is halfway between Girardin 1882 and Fantome Saison. The sourness is toned down, and there's a touch of grassy hops in the finish.

A little overcarbonated, nice medium-light body, dry finish. Quite quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 08:55:17 | More by illidurit
Photo of Golden2wenty1


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Pour: attractive sunburst of amber to gold with yeasty suspension under a finger of white foam that melts to a skim.

Nose: blasted with that Jolly Pumpkin gueuze-funk up front with notes of vinegar, dirt, lemon and clove.

Taste: funky-tart, dirty yeast, clove, sour lemon. Gets sweeter as it warms.

Feel: light and puckering with a champagne-like dryness and effervescence.

Drinkibility/Overall: A mellower rendition of Oro De Calabaza. A little funky, even for a saison, but an interesting and fun beer from an innovative brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 05:26:06 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of Brad007


3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Pours a Golden yellow color with a thick foamy head (probably from the way I poured). Still looks appetizing.

Aroma: Spice and raisin mixed in with the tartness from the yeast, which adds apple to the mix.

Taste: Strong and tart upfront. Spice and raisin in the middle but dominated more by sourness from the yeast. Faint apple. Again, the sourness seems to dominate more than anything.

Mouthfeel: Mildly dry with raisin/apple.

Verdict: Decent at best. I don't expect a saison/farmhouse ale to be sour though. This still captures the essence of that style but based on the other saisons I've had recently, I wouldn't recommend it to a first-timer to the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 01:22:43 | More by Brad007
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz picked up today at the Coop for about $2.. shared with Brenda, mine poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Big carbonation .... not a gusher, but close ... definitely a fizzer.

Big but short lasting head ... hazy yellow .. quite a bit of spotty lacing.

Nose is a mash up of funky fruits .. sweet sour and dry ... white pepper and green apple... citrusy.

Flavor is tart green apple and pear ... very dry .. yeasty .. more white pepper with a very noticeable hoppy flavor. Light mouthfeel.. and very fizzy.

Pretty good all around every sip gives a new taste. I've only had maybe 9-10 saisons in my day and none anytime in the last 6 months... This one strikes me as not as complex as some of the European counterparts ... but for the money, Bam Biere is pretty damn good... plus I love the Coop is carrying it in 12's.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 03:02:06 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Greggy


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great head on this one. Very fluffy that, after a few sips, recedes to a lower head. Frothy would be the word for this head.

Smell: Sour Pear, Raspberries, grass, a bit of apples

Taste: A nice sour apple/raspberry taste. Somewhat tart but fruity and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Started to feel a bit to much carbonation in the beginning but felt right on after a short while.

Drinkability: This is one great brew. I intend of having more of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 03:50:51 | More by Greggy
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first Jolly Pumpkin brew... Copped a single 12 oz bottle from Oak Tree in South Plainfield... one thing that can be said about this beer is that this is an extremely unique and different sample from anything I've ever tried, let alone a Saison... the taste was very distinct and one that you will remember... Best thing about this one was the incredible appearance, with a hazy, cloudy, citrus-color with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that boasted amazing staying power... a full, five-finger head for sure... smell was rich, full of citrus, lemon, and pepper... taste very much complemented the smell, with strong lemon and pepper notes that were very strong and noticeable... mouthfeel was pretty good, and drinkability was average due to the strong conglomeration of flavors... the interesting thing about this beer was the fact that despite a relatively modest ABV of 4.5%, the beer still exploded with flavor and character... Certainly worth a try... A light, yet flavorful easy-going beer... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 01:19:50 | More by dsa7783
Photo of bluejacket74


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

Served in a chalice, the beer pours a cloudy yellow/hay color with about a half inch white head. Lacing and head retention are both good. It smells like tart pears and apples, funk, lemon, and an earthy aroma. The aroma overall is tart and sour, pretty much what I expected. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's tart and sour, and finishes tart/bitter. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth with good carbonation and a dry finish. Drinkability is good, but I don't think I could session this just because of the tartness. But I could have 2-3 of these at a time. Overall I think it's a good beer, and Jolly Pumpkin is starting to become one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 03:06:49 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Slynger


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale orange-blonde hay color. A big fuzzy white head leaves tons of slippery lace.

The smell is lightly sour of green apple and pear with a mild Belgian yeast spunkiness (that's spicy-funkiness, I just made it up).

Woah! Uber carbonated, as zee German's would say. It is light and fresh, and almost champaign-like, but without the heavy alcohol (move over High Life).

The taste is sour of the aforementioned fruits plus white grapes not dissimilar to a light white wine. There is some light peppery spice in the light, crisp finish.

This beer has impressed me greatly. It is light yet complex, and drinkability is through the roof. I could enjoy this beer anytime. It's very fine.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 04:40:46 | More by Slynger
Photo of johanvond


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

I had this out of a 12oz bottle poured in to a goblet, woth a golden haze and quickly dissapating white head. There was a huge funky bouquet of clay, hay, earth, and wet cat. The body was a bit light but there was plenty of flavor to make up for. Bam was plenty spicy with lots of peper and coriander and nice citric hop flavor in the aftertase, tinged but a bit of sourness. enjoyable i need to try more of there beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 21:54:35 | More by johanvond
Photo of keyserkeg


3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Maudite Tulip.

Ever slightly cloudy golden, with 1/2 cm head with well defined lacing. Visible carbonation.

Fruity sour aroma, with a hint of green grass hay.

Tasted like a toned down gueuze. Although I enjoy gueuzes (and recognize some fundamental similarities to Saisons), I anticipated just a grazing of sweet counter balance that never arrived. The dry, champagne like finish along with the funky yeast was pleasant, however.

Mouththfeel was right on with the style, and was my favorite part of this beer.

Fair (at best) drinkability. Certainly not a beer devoid of character, just not a great interpretation of the style, overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 03:35:32 | More by keyserkeg
Photo of BlindPig


3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Huge thick white head that is still slowly pouring out of the bottle as I type this. Hazy yellow and golden body. Has great head retention.
S- Big sour and farmhouse aroma. Lemon, yeast, hints of other citrus notes, pepper, and almost a light apple.
T- Has the funk and the farm house flavor. Lemon and pepper come through too. Big yeast flavor and seems like something is just flat in the beer. Not sure quite what flavor just seems to be dampening the beer. Medium bitterness left on tongue with lemon and pepper to finish it off.
M- Medium body with low carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. Don't think it's anything to go crazy over but it is a decent saison.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 22:38:12 | More by BlindPig
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Golden straw coloured with a massive chunky white head. Nose- fantastic smell of wood and vinegar sourness. Creates a pavlovian reaction in my mouth as I'm drooling to get into this beer. Taste- very subtle brew, citrus sourness, with light pale malts. Woody dryness, but still a juicy tanginess. Wonderfully crafted and amazingly flavourful for <5% beer. Mouthfeel is light bodies, but still has a creamy texture. Drinkability is through the roof. I could drink pail after pail of this stuff. One of my favourite beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 22:43:16 | More by oakbluff
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a hazy peach-yellow with a huge creamy white head and lacing on top of lacing.

Pleasant aroma of apples, bananas, bubble gum, and yeast.

The taste of bananas, light citrus, and yeast is noted along with a combination of tart and sour. Even some salt and pepper is found at the finish.

Lighter mouthfeel and slightly drying with a touch of carbonation.

A very drinkable Saison for sure and one to try if you haven't already.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 21:43:42 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have never seen a beer with so much foam. Even after I poured half of the bottle into my glass the foam continued to rise out of the bottle. Huge gobs of sticky lacing are left behind as (what seems like an eternity) the foam settles. Has a beautiful hazy straw color.

Smells wonderful, lots of barnyard funk(yeast), spices, a little bit fruity and some citric hops.

Tastes of citric hops, pepper, some yeasty tang and earthy. The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side (IMO).

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 06:25:29 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded gold with a quarter inch white head that stays. Nose is kind of mild with a slight yeast presence. Flavor is very smooth and traditional saison. Feel is a little less meaty than I like, but still fairly good. Extremely drinkable. A damn good saison, and an American produced one at that.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 04:28:09 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of irish


4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, a very complex beer that will make you sit up and pay attention, without the "hop assault" and other exaggerated, attention-getting taste traumas. In fact, Bam Biere is the rare sort of brew that combines complexity and nuance with great drinkability.

I'll leave it to you to sort out your own impressions, but I get a nose of fresh fruits and vegetables that makes me think of a farmer's market. The taste is an almost Thai balance between the sweet and sour, leaning a bit toward the latter. Drink it carefully and you'll notice an initial impression on the tip of the tongue, where we taste sweetness and saltiness, and on the back sides, where we detect sour notes. (See http://library.thinkquest.org/05aug/00386/taste/index.htm)

This sort of intriguing complexity is rather hard to unwrap. If you are like me, you just think "aha" at first, and then you challenge yourself to specify why this has appeal to you.

By all means, seek this one out. You won't regret it!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 00:13:42 | More by irish
Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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