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Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,148
Reviews: 606
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 42
Gots: 85 | 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 evanackerman
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bam Biere pours a cloudy blonde, huge head that looks exactly like shiny whipped egg whites. very nice appearance overall.

aroma is citrus fruit and coriander

taste is sharp lemon up front followed by a strong spice/coriander finish, taste is similar to a witbier but with a bit more malt character, pretty tasty,

mouthfeel is very effervescent, medium-light body.

overall, a pretty tasty beer that is well suited for the summer months.

evanackerman, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a pretty golden orange color with a big fluffy, sticky white head. Lots of fruit notes going on in the nose, lemon, lime, grapefruit skin slightly tart and acidic great use of the funk in this one. It does come on a bit strong though, not overly sour but overly funked, if that makes any sense. Pale malts are obviously very important here as well as dry grassy, earthy hops, lemon pulp, tart onions and hay. Highly carbonated and very drinkable, i had this bottle fresh and i think 'll wait 4-6 months to crack the other to see how the funk is doing

ATPete, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured great- Cloudy straw color with a white head that just was initally quite large, but covers the surface but leaves a ton of lacing after a few sips. I had this just a few minutes ago out of an ommegang tulip with my dinner (garden salad with a mustard vinaigrette). It was a great combo.

There was some slight spiciness in the nose combined with a bit of tartness. Maybe lemon?

I cant say that this was refreshing because there was so much going on in the taste that I would want to drink it and savor it. But that being said, it is very palatable. For its ABV, there aren't many in the same range that pack this much flavor. Its kind of yeasty with a tart-like tingly after taste. Initially though, it is a surprisingly substantial mouthfeel for its style/ABV- maybe a little bready. Although it finishes very dry, with once again the spiciness. (maybe some pepper?)

This was my first offering by JP, and won't be my last. I think next I will be moving onto Oro de Calabaza.

Ineedabeerhere, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of brewmudgeon
2.17/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

bam biere farmhouse ale by jolly pumpkin artisan ales llc

pale apricot color. gigantic frothy head, leaves occasional tufts of soapsud lace.

smells of tart fruit, vinegar, lots of lemon, but also a strong medicinal off smell.

taste is tart but not so extreme as say a berliner weisse. there's that medicinal aspect, i suppose from the yeast. having a very hard time enjoying this beer.

body is light but not crisp.

seems a lot like watered down lemon cough syrup, and not very good cough syrup. i gave it a chance and sipped it for half an hour, but for the most part ... yuck.

brewmudgeon, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a golden yellow with high carbonation producing a thick 2 inch frothy/bubbly head.
S: Brett-like farmhouse funk, grass, faint citrus hops, and slight acidity on the nose.
T: Mildly sharp citrus hops, some farmhouse funk but less than what is in the aroma. Hint of mineral and grass notes. Wish this was a bit more complex.
M: Crisp and clean with a sharp minerally bite...not what I expected, but not bad. A tad watery.
D: Light and refreshing beer. A decent offering, but certainly not one of the better saisons around.

mwilbur, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into my Brewer's Art chalice

Notes from last Saturday

Another solid, not quite offering from Jolly Pumpkin. Once again woody, but nowhere near as woody as La Roja. A bit more flavorful and enjoyable this time, a bit more sourness and complexity.

Nice nose, just a touch of funk/footyness, good stuff.

I had something from Jolly Pumpking recently which was intoxicating, but the Bam and La Roja haven't quite lived up to that standard but are still quite enjoyable if more subdued, less sour/aggressive.

USCTrojanBrian, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When i imagine what a really funky saison should taste like this is what i am picturing.
Pours a slightly hazy light gold color with an amazing sticky white head that sits on the beer like meringue. Retention is top notch and the head leaves sticky lace on the inside of my tulip glass.
The aroma is full of apple and pear like esters with some nice dry bready malts floating around there and a hint of horseblanket on the finish.
The taste begins with a hint of sourness that segues into the fruity and malty driven flavors. Overall the beer is a journey in a glass as the first sip leads into a complex blend of esters, funk, dry malt flavor, and a strange clean refreshing character.
Thin mouthfeel this is simply a part of the refreshing quality of the brew the carbonation is full and lends a nice effervescence to the flavor.
Overall very fun and very drinkable.

RenoZymurgist, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes at this was enjoyed by me on-tap several weeks ago at La cav Du Vin.

Served in a tulip glass. This beer is a cloudy golden color with a nice white head 1/2 inch when served to me. Settles to a nice surface layer with a thick white ring lining the inside of the glass. Good lace here. Earthy, sour/tart fruit, spice aromas are present. Nice! Tastewise this baby is bitter, tart and sour upfront with fruity flavors of apricot and maybe pineapple along with citrus hop bitterness for sure, followed by a slightly sweet wheat malt flavor. The bitterness does fade some as the beer warms. Has a slightly crisp, smooth, and frothy medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Surprisingly easy to drink. I really enjoyed this and would like to have it again.


neenerzig, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a golden/yellow color with a HUGE rocky head. There was good retention and a constant stream of carbonation bubbles.

S: Floral, fresh green, spice and sour are the predominant aromas. Did I mention floral?

T: This beer is sour and wine like. It is interesting. Harsh in the beginning and mellower after it warms. Interesting for sure.

M: This beer is thin-medium bodied and carbonated. There is a dry finish.

D: This is an easy to drink beer once it warms, but it does have a lot of wine-like characteristics.

barefootbrewer, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Large corked bottle, poured into a tulip.

Hazy golden body, good white head with nice retention and lacing.
Funky aroma right of the bat, with yeasty, spicy, earthy and fruity notes.
Very light, easy to put down, at times a bit thin, but it has an amazing amount of flavor for such a low ABV: it starts earthy, goes grassy and somewhat bitter with a lively carbonation; spices abound, and fruits come and go, particularly citrusy. A bit more body and depth would go a long way, but would compromise the drinkability. A very good summer beer.

brdc, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of goRideYourBike
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. into my New Belgium goblet. Picked up a six pack at Bruisin Ales in Asheville summer '07.

a = hUgE white foamy head fills my goblet atop a cloudy golden yellow beer. Only able to pour 6 oz. at first. Settles to a soapy cap leaving gobs of cob web-like lace.

s = hell yeah. Bam!- in your nose funk. Lambic like funk all the way. Seriously. Berry tartness, barnyard, lemon/grapefruit, spices. I cannot pick out everything but I know I dont want to take my nose outta the glass.

t = Sour and tart with oak. Delicious, refreshing, complex. Puckering at first with a dry oak finish.

m = Carbonated and tingly. Highly active and medium bodied, awesome.

d = Funk yeah! I really do not remember the fresh bottles being this complex and enjoyable- and at 4.5%? Saison you say? Fooled me. I'd easily crack another if I wasnt saving them to share.

notes = One year ago this was my girls favorite beer. She has since been introduced and devoted to gueuze and unblended lambics. She was on to something...
Beer is too subjective to demand- but take a second lap if you pass this one in the store. It is just Bam good.

goRideYourBike, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bam Biere pours a pale hazy yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is apple, pear and funk. This beer is very highly carbonated. The flavor is also apple and pear with just a hint of funk. Very light, very drinkable and considerably better than I expected.

Drew966, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at the Buckeye Beer Engine. Lakewood, OH.

Pours a moderately hazy medium gold with a thin head of brite-white foam. Retains around the edges with some thin wisps across the center, leaving some good lacing behind. The aroma is predominantly funky and tart with additional notes of citrus, spice, and earthy hops.

The taste is once again very tart but it seems to be more of a funky citrus tang than sour, being very mellow on the tongue. This is backed up by more notes of citrus, earthy hops, and just the right amount of sweetness to help pull the tartness back some. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow and dry feel and fairly low carbonation.

A unique Saison, that pulls a bit tarter than I would normally like, this never goes overboard and stays quite smooth and drinkable on cask. Nice.

Kegatron, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of JBogan
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi cloudy medium yellowish orange with a huge bubbly white head which stayed around forever and left gobs of lacing clinging to the sides of my glass. Looks like a golden bubble bath. Impressive appearance.

Smelled of spices and citrus, with that ever present farmhouse funk. Pretty good in this department but not outstanding.

Taste was of peppery spices mixed with citric fruits, but I didn't register any real tartness to speak of. No sign of alcohol present either, so downing a whole 750 bottle was an easy task.

Mouthfeel was good and crisp, with a solid amount of carbonation to tickle the tongue. I didn't notice any of the dryness usually associated with other beers of this type. None of that squeaky teeth feeling after you've taken a swallow. Only thing keeping it from getting higher marks in my book was that it felt a bit on the thin side.

When all is said and done, this was an easily drinkable brew, although I prefer JP's other offerings more. Worth a try if you see it somewhere however.

JBogan, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle:

Pours clouded golden with a white fluffy head that descends to a rocky, lasting cover. Some foamy spots of lacing stick.

The smell is of lemon peel - lemon pretty strong, but not overpowering. Herbal/earthy/grassy spicing and some barnyard-y mustiness lend a nice complexity.

The taste is of lemon tang with underlying sweet grainy maltiness, some barnyard mustiness and grassy, herbal spicing. Sweet, tart, and a touch of bitter. Finishes refreshingly dry.

The light-to-medium body is effervescent while not being too fizzy.

It has the characteristics of the style, and they work well together. Pretty complex, in a subtle way, with a lingering lemon zest. Modest abv for style.

jwc215, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of SiriusAth
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dusky molten gold with a healthy 2 finger white head, nice solid lines of tiny bubbles streaming up. Retention and lacing are nice with a respectable collar of foam slowly creeping down.

Yeast and pepper greet the first inhalation, wonderful fruitiness; green apple, pear, and that slight bit of funk one comes to expect from JP. The hops are just slightly showing with some good herbal and floral notes.

The taste is citrusy, and very peppery and dry at the finish. Fruit flavors echo the nose with green apples, pears, and some lemon zest below it all. It has the classic saison herbal and spiciness and that slight JP funk again shows up in earthy/musty undertones. Delicious.

The body is fairly light, but well matched with the carbonation. Lots of tiny scrubbing bubbles!

Bam goes down easy and quick, and it's no wonder. It offers a heady explosion of taste and aroma and is an awesome American example of a difficult to emulate and near impossible to perfect Belgian style. More please!

SiriusAth, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of beerkittycat
1.88/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

First off, I love Jolly Pumpkin ales but unfortunately this was not a strong offering. Appearance is cloudy yellow-gold with a massive rocky white head. Aroma is of lemons, saltines, and that distinct tart aroma of lactic bacteria. Tasting this beer was like biting into a lemon wedge but not quite as sour or tart. Mouthfeel is medium light and way too thin for a saison and there's a distinct flavor of lactic bacteria which is also off for the style. I could not smell, taste or detect any hops at all because of the sourness and tartness. Finish is harsh and the effevescent carbonation actually intensifies the off-flavors as I swallow the beer. Clearly a cross-contamination happened here, but it won't stop me from reaching for a Jolly Pumpkin beer. I'll just select a different beer from their line-up.

beerkittycat, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very clear (almost Pilsner like) light gold color. It had a huge frothy white head a couple fingers thick. The frothy head leaves a bit of lacing as it is consumed. A very nice looking beer.

S: A citrus aroma seems to dominate the nose. The classic barnyard aroma seems to be present but not as present as it is in its cousins from Europe. With that said, I kind of prefer the citrus aroma to the wet hay barnyard type aroma.

T: Is this a saison or a wild ale? It is a lot more sour than I expected. Maybe the original saisons were more similar to this one with the wild fermentation, but I have yet to develop a palette for the sour beers. With that said, I still kind of like the taste with the citrusy flavors. Its just something I would have to learn to enjoy on a regular basis.

M: The spicing and carbonation make it pretty aggressive in the mouth. It is a bit thin in body. Due to the sourness, I didn't really enjoy rolling it on my tongue.

D: Assuming you like aggressively carbonated sour beers this one would get high marks here. Too bad I do not care much for that.

GatorBeerNerd, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle, wish I had picked up a couple more since it would have been nice to sip on a few throughout the evening. Pours a cloudy bright yellow-orange with an enormous fluffy white head. Agitated the yeast and dumped it on top creating a light brown sprinkling on top of the head that swirled nicely. Aroma is pleasant somewhat spicy and very yeasty could be more prominent. Mouthfeel is alright nothing great very crisp but a tad thin for my liking. Flavor is right in line with the saisson style. There is a mild peppery spicy flavor backed with some light fruitiness, lightly hopped this beer seemed well balanced and it is very drinkable. Yes I wish I had a couple more to enjoy.

kinger, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear yellow gold color with a dense 1/2" head of fluffy white bubbles that was around 1/2 of it's original height after at least a minute. There are quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head at 1/8" at least a few minutes after the pour. There is quite a bit of lacing left on the glass after the beer was drank.

Aroma: I initially get a fruity citrus aroma with a mild Bretty leathery funk thing going on, and plenty of fresh floral hops mixed in. The aroma is really complex and definitely has an inviting mix of aromatics.

Taste: Oh my God! I tried to take a sip and swirl it...and it foamed so bad in my mouth that I nearly overflowed. I choked it down and will probably be burping like hell for the next hour or so. Boy, that kinda hurt. Swirling it a little more gentle, I was able to taste that the flavor follows the aroma pretty closely. There is some clean lemon flavors that are noticeable right away and last pretty much into the finish. The finish itself is pretty balanced. There are some hops noticeable in there for sure, and the water adds a slight chalky aftertaste that is accentuated by the hops. It is difficult to say who is in charge in the finish, but I think that the hops edge out the malt a touch. As the beer warms up, both the wild character as well as the hops are becoming more evident.

Opinion: I actually like this beer quite a bit. I think that it is probably more typical of a classic "farmhouse ale" than most commercial examples today because they were traditionally kept in barrels where they would take on a bit of a "wild" character while aging. This is not a beer that you can sit down and drink a whole six-pack of, but the flavors and aromas are so complex that it would definitely be a welcomed treat occasionally if it were available regularly here.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a Val-Dieu chalice, this beer is a pale straw-gold color, quite hazy, with a nice initial head, though it fades quick. Big aroma with lots of grassy hops and spicy yeastiness. Initial fruity, moderately hoppy taste quickly gives way to a quite tart sourness. Is that supposed to be there? It's interesting, but not what I expect from a saison. I'd like to taste some other things here as well, but the sourness is quite overpowering.

allengarvin, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of imullica
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very rich, golden color. Cloudy with good lacing and a nice head.

Smell: Spicy, slightly unpleasant odor. Relatively faint scent.

Taste: A bit spicy and citrusy, leaves a bitter aftertaste. More bitter than I would have liked.

Mouthfeel: Heavy carbonation, too heavy for the light flavors before the bitter aftertaste sets in.

Drinkability: Fairly high drinkability despite the heavy carbonation and bitter aftertaste.

Overall I didn't enjoy this brew too much. The flavors I thought should be brought out more were masked by the less pleasant qualities.

imullica, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Wonderful sunny body cloudy with some specks of yeast, great white head with good staying power and amazing lacing.

S: Lemon and other citrus, hint of spice, and some strange odors I never really smelled in beer before.

T: Light, slightly spicy, a little citrusy with a long lingering bitterness, which isn't that unplesant.

M: Good carbonation for the style (heavy), and body is average. A bit of an astringent aftertaste.

D: Nice and light, though the bitterness and astringency may get on my nerves.

Overall I haven't had too many beers of this style, but this is pretty unique and pleasant.

51mmz0rz, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of skiboy
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours cloudy golden with a good white head. But what really stands out is a unique sour citrusy taste and feel. Have had this beer on several occassions, and found it more enjoyable each time -- the proverbial acquired taste. Every beer has its place, and for me this one is best had occassionally lest the singular character becomes too routine.

skiboy, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy golden straw color with a rocky bone white one and a half inch head that forms a rather loose looking cap with some sparse lacing. Is it too much to ask to be cloudier? Not bad but not mind blowingly brilliant.

S: For such a mild beer this one packs a wallop of aromas. A musty earthen citrus is the first thing to greet the nose as the beer pours out of the bottle, on closer inspection there is some wonderful lemon and grassy notes with some white pepper in there as well for good measure. Whatever is going on here is fantastic, just an incredibly mouthwatering aroma all around, hard to think how this one could improve.

T/MF: The inital taste is quite woody, like this beer was aged in wine barels or something, a kind of sour woodiness that is actually far more refreshing then it is actually described. I suppose that is because there are wonderfully mild citrus (lemon being the most noticeable along with orange and grapefruit rind) notes that both enchance the sourness of the beer and supply a nice counterpoint to the barnyard mustiness. The body is quite full for a beer this size, tastes and feels much bigger than it is, mouthfeel is at first bubbly and slightly puckering but becomes chewy after being held in the mouth for a few moments. The finish is slightly drying and the beer takes on a yeastier and thus more funky flavor. Really quite exciting if just a tad too bubbly.

D: This is one fine beer. A bit expensive at 11 bucks plus for a sixer, but well worth it. I could drink this beer all day, wonderfully complex but also boldly argressive in character this is a quintessential summertime beer. What are you waiting for go pick some up right now!

bluemoonswoon, Jul 16, 2008
Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 1,148 ratings.