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Bam Bière - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 45
Gots: 91 | 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 wedge
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color, well carbonated, with an airy white head that thickens up as it settles, leaving behind sticky strings of lace. Smells delicate but funky...lemony and sour. Apple and lemon flavors along with a fine sweetness and yeast. The sourness makes things interesting. Lots of flavor for such a "little" beer. Light bodied, effervescent, refreshing, slightly tart, with a dry finish. I could drink many.

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

Presentation: Poured from a brown, 12oz bottle. No freshness date. Apparently this beer is named after the brewery dog, who ended up on the wrong side of a car. But, the eneding is happy, he lived. My first Jolly Pumpkin beer, I am excited, I like the funk.
This beer is begging for me to drink it. After popping the cap, foam started to creep out the neck of the bottle as I was reading the label.

Appearance: Poured with a lot of foam, typical of what I would expect from a Belgain/French beer. Settles slowly and the head that stays around is massice and dense. Almost pure white. The beer itself is a slightly hazy honey color with some activity.

Smell: A sweet, slightly acidic, and definitely funky nose. Hints off sour cherries.

Taste: Wow, here is the famous Jolly Pumpkin funk you either love or hate. Sour and acidic upfront, but not to the level of a Flemish sour ale. Belnds nicely into fruity flavors such as lemon and banana. A hint of bitterness in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Average bady. Carbonation elvel is average, enough to offset the bite of the funk.

Drinkability: I tend to like funky beers but can't drink a lot of them because of what the sourness does to me. This one has a nice level of funk. I personally wouldn't calssify it as a farmhouse ale, but would come up with new names or styles. Let's call a spade a spade and a spade this aint.

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

It pours a fairly cloudy and carbonated lemon meringue yellow. Explosive multi-fingers of white head erupt and maintain for some time indeed. Spurts of lacing splatter the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, tart wheat rule initially then parts a bit to allow clove, coriander, citrus zest, and the merest touch of banana as the esters represent. An acetic sourness is mildly distracting.

Upon tasting, the wheat is sassy and tangy, briefly sweet, and is then tamped by clove, coriander, lemon, and orange peel. A quick flick of earthy dough joins a counter of mild tartness. The finish is a crisp and spicy strain of lingering dryness. It's not especially complex, it's just tasty.

Light bodied, the tart pucker is punctuated by the zippy carbonation.

It may not be truly special, but it doesn't want for personality. It's zesty and cheeky, if a bit halting in spots. So each sip is a nice precursor to the next. And the clean, crisp finish leads to an easy drinking presentation. It may not be about delivering on a lot of anticipation, but it does end well.

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

Saisons/farmhouse ales run across such a wide spectrum of beer, that I have a hard time saying I like the style, as there are many examples I like and many I don't. This particular sample offers a hefe-like wheat-y mouthfeel and flavor, matched with an intense amount of sourness I really enjoyed.

Appearance was a hazy straw color with towering head formation which I found extremely appealing. This fine cumulus-head stuck around for a long time, maintaining its height in the middle of my glass and it sloped downwards on the edge of the glass. Aroma was light and wheat-y, but also rather sour. Flavor was similar. Mouthfeel was pucker-y, like you'd expect a sour beer to be.

Quite nice. Definitely recommended.

I bought this bottle at Murray's Wine & Spirits "going out of business" sale.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Saison Dupont tumbler.

A: Bright hazy yellow with some lazy bubbles capped by an incredibly firm head that towers over the lip of the glass. Sadly, the head recedes to a mere skim, but, leaves gobs of bubbly lace in its' wake.

S: Tart green apple, dirt, sour cherry, funky blanket.

T: See above. Also noticed, as it warmed, was a mild hoppiness and a hint of toasted malt. Excellent fruit flavors that see saw between tart and sour.

M: Surprisingly rich and full, considering the style and how tart it is.

D: Very refreshing. I love Jolly Pumpkin's beers and this is an excellent component of their line up!

Photo of smcolw
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unbelievably rich and rocky head. The head retains its shape even as it goes beyond the lip of my glass. The color is light amber or dark gold. This is very cloudy.

A little bit of a green apple in the aroma. Fresh smells of soured milk that are typical of the style.

This is a relatively dry brew. The sourness continues in the taste. I was pleasantly surprised by the touch of hops which is often missing from this style. The body is pretty much what I'd expect.

This is not my style and it is also not the best of this style, imho.

Photo of UnionMade
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
Pale, bright gold, topped with a heaping plume of white foam, filling roughly half my tulip glass. Good clarity for the first pour, and gradually clouds up as it nears the bottom of the bottle. Great head retention and lacing, sheets clinging to the side of the glass. Even towards the end of the first glass, the head just won't quit. It hangs on the glass in thick, craggy clouds. Whatever you do, do not pour this one vigorously. A weak trickle out of the bottle is enough to stir up a healthy coating of head in your glass.
A very fruity, slightly spicy aroma. Fresh macoun apples and banana, with coriander spiciness and floral hops.
Putting the beer to my mouth, my lips are greeted with a tingle of carbonation, following with a rushing, cola-like surge as I sip. Initially, the activity nullifies all flavor, then light, fruity maltiness settles in. Balancing floral hops present themselves, with an anise-like, phenolic huff through the finish. Leaves off a bit vapid, maybe entirely absent, if not for the yeast spiciness. Light wheaty sourness. The carbonation continues to assert itself, the beer that remains in the bottle foaming so it points out of the top in a little peak of bubbles. Finishes off dryish and airy on the tongue, with just a bit of lingering sweetness. Probably best suited for hot weather, salad courses and the like.
Interesting stuff for such a low alcohol content. Nice session brew for those inclined towards belgian tastes.
Opening the bottle and allowing it to sit for a few hours before drinking might tame the carbonation a bit.

Photo of Nipitato
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Pours with an insanely moussy thick white 3+ inch head, which slowly dissipates. Light moderate amber hue. Opaque. Sticky lacing.

S: Sour citrus aroma. Some malt character in the background. This one definitely has a funky yeast smell to it. Some light medicinal notes.

T: Less tart/sour than other Jolly Pumpkin ales. I suspect the light malt flavor is responsible for this. Citrusy and spicy as well as yeasty and quite earthy. Tart sourness is the main component though, as mentioned, the malt in this provides good balance.

MF: Highly carbonated with a dry finish. Medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol warming.

D,notes: Of the Jolly Pumpkin's I have tried this is my favorite. Excellent balance between tart/sourness and malt. complex. Really good mouthfeel. For a sour leaning beer good drinkability.

Photo of bboven
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grey-golden hazy body with huge thick head and tons of lacing.

Smells like raspberries and yeast.

Lots of sour fruit in the flavor. Wonderfully tart.

Smooth and full mouthfeel, pretty drying and refreshing.

Great Saison, and this is from a guy that doesn't do saisons.

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

Pours a dusty goldenrod in color, topped with an immense and rocky off-white head. Opaque. Nose is lightly spicy and spot-on for the style, highlighted by citric (lemon) and pale wheat malt notes. More lemon and yeast on the first sip, along with a biting astringency and a nicely lingering subtle bitterness. WOW! Mouthfeel is fairly light across the tongue and palate, with the astringency making this appeal to the food-lover in me (if only I were pairing this with some food...) And while this might otherwise strike some as thin bodied it is quite appropriate for the style. Rather drinkable as well, in the manner or a Berliner Weisse or a tart witbier. Much better than I was expecting, and definitely worth seeking out!

[Served in a bulb]

Photo of bruachan
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got myself a winking lizard brew here

it's a hazy orange beer sitting in my duvel tulip. tall white foam sits above and is reinforced by lively carbonation below. smells of thorough spicing come from the head. a distinct lemon zest makes itself known as well. it has a touch of sweetness, as well

ooh, that's tart. but not dry. up front it is quite acidic–way more than a true saison should be, i suppose. truth is, however, i don't think capt. spooky gives a damn. like everything else he makes, this is a fine beer. it is not particularly dry and hops play a morethanminor role (aroma: musty and lemon, flavor: detectable bitterness and more of that continental zing)

Photo of atsprings
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SABL glass a hazy pale orange with a frothy cappuccino head that slowly faded and left spotty lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and Belgian yeast with a hint of spice. The taste is sweet fruit, spice, and some citrus notes. Coriander and orange peel show through in the taste as well. The beer is extremely light and crisp with decent carbonation, just enough to help it go down very smooth. I'm sure those French farmhouse workers would have loved this one! This is a very good representation of the lighter side of this style, extremely refreshing!

Photo of mountdew1
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass. Color was a cloudy amber with a white thick foamy head. Aroma was slightly wheaty, and slightly fruity. Taste was fruity, reminded me of a sweet, slightly dry apple cider. There was a tinge of bitterness, but not very noticeable. Mouthfeel was disappointing. The beer clung to the inside of my mouth like an overly sweet fruit juice. Beyond that, it was pleasant to drink.

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

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a refreshingly fruity scent of yeast esters and spices. It's a bit tart, but nothing over the top. The taste is good. It has a dry earthy pale malt and yeast flavor. It goes down easy and finishes peppery with a mild tartness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I love the aroma. Also, the hops in the finish add a nice complexity to the palate. It's light and fruity with just the right amount of earthiness.

Photo of jmz62565
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a giant white foamy head. The head is HUGE,lasts forever,and leaves very good lacing. The smell is pungent with lemon,grass,citrus,wheat,and banana. The taste is like the smell,floral,lemon,sweet grass,with some bitter hops.l. The m/f is light with the flavors not mixing all that well. This beer has it's moments,but all in all you can do alot better with other Saisons

Photo of sirpsycho
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy, golden color with a large, fluffy, long lasting white head. Aroma is peppery and yeasty, maybe a touch of citrus. Spicy flavor, lemony, malty, a little sour ( it is a Jolly Pumpkin afterall !!!!), very clean. Nice carbonation.

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

Pours a great hazy light golden colour wit ha huge foamy, creamy head that gushes over and out of the glass, has great retention time and leaves gads of residue on the glass.

The aroma is spicy, a bit sweet and has a touch of wood like qualities to it. There is definitely a fair share of citrus in the mix as well. The only problem here is that it's a tad faint overall. It doesn't need to be over the top, but certainly could stand to pack a bit more of a punch.

The flavour is more of the same: citrus is less apparent, although it blends nicely with a bit of spice at the finish of each sip, and there's even a bit of grape in the mix here and there. There is much more of a yeast presence here as well. Mouthfeel is light bodied and fairly crisp and refreshing.

This isn't a bad saison overall, but I'd call it a second tier representation of the style. It's solid all around but just doesn't wow you anywhere except for the appearance. That said, I enjoyed it overall and would be happy to have it again.

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

The Bam Biere comes in a cool label with spot looking at you. It has no freshness date. It pours a pale, foggy light golden color with a foam head. Impressive head on that one.

The smell is of a sour fruit to my nose. The flavor is light on the tongue a little hoppy but a soft balance between the spicy malts and hops. It seems to have a dry mouthfeel. Not an expert in this style but it is a good beer.

Photo of dogger6253
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy head! This is the most impressive head I've seen thus far! The head is about 2 inches big, extremely foamy...giant clouds of head, huge gobs clinging to the glass. Whoa... The body is a very hazy yellow color, slightly orange, kinda like pineapple juice in a way. Little bits of yeast float around. Beautiful looking beer.

The primary scent going on here is sort of like cherries, with a citric twist, kinda like lemonade. Strawberry lemonade. There are small bits of floral hops coming in the mix too.

The taste is very unique, hitting you up front with very floral flavors, just a little hops and some pepper. Shortly thereafter, lemon and grapefruit come in, oranges, green apples, and a yeasty-breadlike quality. Some peach in the mix too.

The beer sort of moves from earthy and bready into sour and puckering with a touch of bitterness, finishing fruity and refreshing. Very crisp and peppery, medium body, little bit more than moderate carbonation. The beer is outstanding, but it's a little puckerish for mass consumption I'd say. I'd love to try this again, but I think I'd rather share a bottle with someone next time. It can be a little much after a while.

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance -Pours a beautiful golden, straw color with a fluffy white head.

Smell - Very faint smell of fruits and a sour smell.

Taste - Wow not very good at all. It almost tastes like a wine that has gone bad. The taste that comes to mind is vinegar.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Huge disappointment!! After having Jolly Pumpkin La Roja I expected more from this beer. I'm hoping that maybe I got a bad beer which is very possible. I'll change my review if I can find one that is fresh. There is no date on the beer at all so I cannot tell freshness.

Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy, orangish yellow body topped by a huge, rocky head with the most spectacular retention I have ever seen.

S - Malty and a little sour. Subtle earthiness with noticeable sulphur.

T - Lemon and especially orange. Earthy yeast and wheat. Refreshing acidity, but not nearly as sour as some Jolly Pumpkin beers. A little bit of black pepper. Finishes with musty, saaz hop bitterness.

M - Creamy body, though quite dry, and very high carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable beer. The sulphur in the nose is a little off putting at first (and it was stronger in one bottle than the others), but once you get used to it, it is all-right. Not the most complex saison, but a nice, bright and refreshing example.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - like a good saison, this beer wells up a huge pillowy white head that requires me to wait to finish pouring, the head becomes rocky as it slowly fades, the beer itself is a pale golden color typical of quality saisons

S - faintly sweet aroma with some fruitiness with a hint of corainder or ginger spices, the nose isnt very strong, as limpid as it is, its not very poignant

T - the biggest component in the flavor is a dry champagne-esque flavor, that dry grapeskin sweetness, with a twang of saison farmhouse spices in the background

M&D - a very dry beer, it has a bit of bitterness that makes this a great beer to pair with food, but different on its own, overall though very nice beer

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

A nice version of Saison. ABV is only 4.5%, so it is a little light for the style.

Bottle conditioned so it is WELL carbonated. VERY long lasting head, white, almost like merienge.

The label does not indicate spices, orange zest comes through, whether it is in there or not.

Very dry and quite a few IBU's for a beer of this gravity.

Great with food or just a few on the porch.

Well done for the lighter Saison....

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

A- Translucent cloudy golden yellow body that pours with a very thick fluffy white head. Head slowly dwindles to 1 finger and has perfect retention. Plenty of lacing in the glass. Bubbles and yeast particles can be seen floating around the suspension.

S- Citrus hits the nose first, followed by a sourness, and a spiciness.

T- Sour and tart citrus upfront with solid yeast backbone. Finish is a combination of a sour tartness, cellared yeast, and bitter-yet refreshing hops. Lingering is a lot of sour bready yeast with hints of hop bitterness.

M- High carbonation and light body strong in yeast presence.

D- Decent Saison. I look foreward to trying more brews from Jolly Pumpkin. Something I will probably have again.

Photo of malcontent
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy, honey-colored brew with a massive, meringue-like head. Hyperactive bubbles abound.

Apple skins, wet tin (weird), and soft pepper notes all come through on the initial sniff. Smells more like a place than a beer!

Dry cider, funky bitterness and controlled sourness...absolutely gorgeous. Champagne-like dryness makes this a perfect candidate for pairing with a plethora of foods.

Lively carbonation, perfect body and lovely, bitter astringency on the finish. I'm starting to think that Jolly Pumpkin is at the very least the most exciting brewery in the Midwest if not the best. Completely drinkable in every way and if it weren't so damn expensive I'd have it in my fridge all the time. Other BA's seem not to be very impressed? Oh, well, more for me!

Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.