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Bam Noire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 335
Hads: 798
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 23
Gots: 75 | FT: 2
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: FightingEntropy on 09-01-2007

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Photo of aProtagonist
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed on-tap at JP's Midtown Detroit location.

L - Light-brown with a copper overtone, couple of fingers of head. Not the best pour, but what can you do?

S - Like somebody dropped a fistful of cherries into a weak acid. Not unpleasant, but not what I expect from a so-called "dark saison."

T - More sour than most reviews on this page give it credit for. The fruit is upfront, almost to an obnoxious extent. I feel like I'm drinking a half-dead forest.

F - Light, brisk, enjoyable. Can barely feel the burn.

O - Not entirely without merit, but nothing about it screams "dark saison" to me. It's definitely a hybrid of some variety, but I can't say it's a variety I particularly enjoy. 3.25, but add .5 if you like sourness in your beer, as I (emphatically) do not. (772 characters)

Photo of TH28
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Appearance: Clear brown with deep orange and ruby highlights, with a small white foam cap. Aroma: Lactic acid dominates the aroma with a slight hint of toasted malt. Taste: Very little malt character, as the lactic acid overruns the flavor, with hints of lemon and apple. Tart acidity is strong but pleasant. Very one dimensional taste. Mouthfeel: Light and thin, with moderate carbonation. Finish: A bracing acidity and tartness with no apparent maltiness. Overall: Very similar to Weizen Bam in that the beer is very one dimensional with the lactic acid dominating the flavor profile, with no definitive malt profile. While I like the pleasant acidity of JP beers, there seems to be no differentiation between beers because the malt profile is nonexistent. (771 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark, brick color with a off-white head that is huge and pillowy, persistent and hanging to the glass in clots.

S - Acid and fruit, along with a bit of barn.

T - Fruit, suggesting cherries and plum flesh, with red grape and plum skin also present. Strong acidic flourishes, along with the clay notes.

M - Brisk and light, and the sourness does not produce puckering or burden the palate. There is a touch of granularity that is the only mark against.

O - A drinkable beer that strikes me as somewhere between a Flanders and traditional light saison, the experience is pleasant. The brew is sour but not taxing. (621 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark copper with a reddish hue. good clarity after leaving a half inch in the bottle when pouring into a pilsner style glass. Big pillowy head made of off white foam - looks like marshmallows. excellent retention.

S: Light toasty malt aroma with mild funky brett character in the way of overripe strawberries, damp basement and spicey esters.

T: Mild tartness gives way to mellow fruity flavors - cherry, strawberry and pomegranate. medium funky hay and barnyard brett character. Low bitterness and no hop flavor detected. An interesting balance between brett and character malts. A hint of smoke in the finish.

M: Medium body with carbonation on the moderate side. No alcohol warming. a slight drying sensation on the cheeks after consumed.

O: The brett really adds a nice fruity quality to this bear. If finishes a little dryer then a few of the other JP beers I've had and maybe a little less tartness but a good beer non-theless. (945 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 927 Bottled 10-25-2011

Appearance: pours with four fingers of off white head which settled in but was present throughout drinking. Dark amber red, light brown in color with a transparent body which shows off the bright active carbonation. Very pretty beer.

Smell: light and sweet toffee and caramel greet the nose. Herbal, earthy malts shine after the init hit of sweetness with the signature spicy yeast characteristics one grows to love and expect from Jolly Pumpkin. Floral notes are accompanied by balanced fruits and an effervescent breadiness keep you sticking your nose in for more.

Taste: toasted amber malts are the first to arrive on the palate. A touch of starchy yeast and butter warm up on the body. Yellow cake with some fig and vegetal flavor mix surprisingly well. Dry spices and touches of woodiness round this one out. More subtle then the aroma but still very solid.

Mouthfeel: what one would expect here from a JP beer. Bright carbonation really pulls out the yeast and fruit flavors and aromas. Balanced spices run throughout.

Overall: an interesting brew here for sure. Wonderful aroma with much more subulty with the taste. Bote has held up marvelously over the years though. I continue to love all of Jolly Pumpkins offering and will continue with exitement to try all their offerings. (1,337 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light brown golden color with the hugest possible off-white head with eternal retention and leaving strong laces.
Aroma with notes of must, smooth leather, a bit of sweat, a chocolate that comes and goes, tart and red fruits, flowers, hay and lemon.
Interesting flavor with notes of horse sweat, some smoked malts, well behaved funky brettanomices, lactic acid, earth, lemon, apricot, candi sugar, white grapes, spices, raspberry, pears and raisins. It finishes acid dry with a subtle cocoa note.
Light body with live carbonation.
Very good Saison, complex with a unique character given the smoked and cocoa that matched perfectly its recipe and broadened its dimension. Don’t expect a kick-ass sourness; it is flavorful but nothing big that shadows the other notes. It also did aged quite well in this almost two years. (822 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Sticker reads, Batch 1130. Bottled 07-09-2012.

A: Dark, amber-brown body. 1.5 fingers of rocky, off-white head with good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Musty brett, earth. Raisin, cherry. Lemon. Some citric, lactic acid. Hay. Slightest hint of dark chocolate.

T: Mild sourness and earthy funk up front. A subdued roasted malt appears with a light nuttiness, tang and a bit of chocolate. A touch of hops, but minimal bitterness. Finishes quite dryly, regardless. Slightly metallic in the aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate to high carbonation with medium body. Feels richer on the palate than the flavors convey.

O: Not sure how 2.5 years have affected this one. Didn't realize the shelf age when I picked it up. Feels a bit hollow. The funk and sour notes are quite nice, but the malt and hops seem faded. I'll have to run this one back.

Prost! (970 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter from the bomber (?).

The head is a bit out of control. Surges out like a homebrew.

After multiple pours I finally get what looks like a normal pour. Fluffy, light and airy, pale and off-colored white head. The body is opaque, dark brown with visible trickles of carbonation. 3.25

Lots of tartness bordering on sourness on the aroma, plus an overall funk. Bright floral, lemony and acidic notes. Darker malt notes lurk beneath begging to be noticed. 4

Taste picks up on the nose, funky, tarty, lemony and peppery. Chocolatey malts bubble to the surface and give a new dimension to the beer. The flavors are nice but on the lighter side rather than being aggressive. 3.75

It's an interesting medley of sensations that constitute this beer, funky, tart, earthy, and a speck of acidity. The body is light and bubbly with a dry finish. 3.75

Unique so that's a plus. Quite the mix of tastes and feels. Enjoyable but it doesn't quite make me fall in love. (976 characters)

Photo of crankdatank
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Batch 842 dated 7-12-2011 poured into a GPBF tulip.

A: medium brown, coca cola appearance. Thin white head lingers for a while then dissipates.

S:nothing intense, light roast and cocoa, definitive sour notes which is to be expected from a JP beer aged this long. No funk to speak of

T: light and watery, sour dominates though it's not a very sour beer. Thin roast and chocolate notes accompany a semi dry finish with a lingering sourness.

O: not bad, but dissapointing. It's sour but not terribly complex and theres not enough "dark" character to balanace . After aging for this long I probably built up my expectations too high. It's cool to see how JP beers developed with 3 plus years of age though. (708 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%

Date: 8/17/14
Where: In my apartment
Other notes: Bottled 3/2013. Poured into pint glass from 25.4oz bottle. Crazy carbonation overflow upons opening the bottle

Appearance - 3/5
Pours a dark hazy red-brown color. The carbonation was crazy in this bottle, so it't hard to tell what the head for this bear would normally be like. Very hazy, but you can still see some of the carbonation bubbling up through the brew if you hold the brew up to a light.

Smell - 3.75/5
Classic JP tart smell. Smells of sour apples, lemons, maybe some cherry. I do love the JP style, but there is nothing to the smell that really sets this apart from their other beers.

Taste - 4/5
A combination of bready and tart tastes. The tartness in this brew does not seem as strong as other JP brews.The tartness tastes like the smell (sour apples, lemon, cherries). Quite sweet, with a tiny bit of spiciness. Overall a good taste if you like tart beers. But again, nothing in this brew taste-wise which sets it apart from other JP brews.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium body, quite smooth, a little bit creamy. A strong carbonation presence.

Overall - 3.5/5
I do love the JP sour taste, which this beer has, however the sour taste seems to be weaker in this beer, and there is really nothing else which improves on any other JP beer.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20% (1,380 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Cloudy dark copper pour with a frothy two-finger slightly off-white head. Slightly sour and spicy aroma. Flavor is somewhat sweet upfront with a slightly sour edge. Can taste flavors of mildly sour fruit, yeast, caramel malt, light clove and earth. Highly carbonated with light to medium body. Finishes with a light sour taste. (327 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dark brown body with a thick white head. This smells like a dark brown sour ale. The flavor has a nice nuttiness, with a tiny bit of tartness and oak. There is a strong tingle on the tongue as it goes down. (223 characters)

Photo of kellyej
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

A: Brown, muddy water in color; good head
S: Sour, leather, unripened fruit, clove
M: Light, bubbly, dry
T: Bitter dark chocolate, fall spices, tart, raisin (159 characters)

Photo of BWED
4/5  rDev +6.4%

12 oz. pour into a tumbler. Prohibition Taproom, Philly.

A- Chestnut in color. Great off white head, with great lacing. Retains low.

S- Sour, with caramel. Some cherry.

T- Sweet. Bready malt character. Cherry.

M- Smooth. Carbonation is very light. Tart, but with a wet and clean finish.

O- Solid drink. Very interesting blend of brown ale sweetness, and sour notes. Not like a flanders, though. (399 characters)

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

On draft, pours a hazy reddish brown, lots of head and good carbonation.

Smell is sweet caramel, funk, apples, hazelnut, candied sugar. The flavor is a bit quieter than the nose, but same line of thinking, more candied sugar, fruity with a little bit of funk, apricots. It is pretty balanced, but heavy for 4.3%. It is a bit chalky.

Overall, its good. (356 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bam Noire pours a darker amber color with a HUGE foamy lacing head. There is a sweet aroma with HUGE Belgian candy notes. The taste is very sweet, huge Belgian candy flavors, and a creamy yeasty note. The body is a little flat, and a little watery aftertaste. Overall, big sweet flavors, and a very light aftertaste. (316 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 750 ml. bottle. Batch 22, Bottled 04-05-013.

Amber chestnut pour with long lasting off-white head. A tad of cloudiness.

Too many beers tonight so this becomes kind of routine. Subtle aroma with moderate malts. Overripe fruitiness. Grapes too.

Light to medium body.

This has a definitive hoppy bite to it. Vague caramel notes but that is not the best descriptor. Sour grapes overall. Drinkable enough but not something I would have regularly. (455 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy brown with a lip of greasy off-white foam.

Mild chocolate notes, perfumey tones, and an interesting nuttiness. Hazelnut, maybe. Very mild tartness. Yeastiness is present.

Singing with farmhouse yeast notes, but with a unique element of Belgian chocolate and hazelnut. Tartness promotes light acetic notes and tannic fruit skins, not entirely unlike apricot skins. Mild hop character is nice. Great flavors and complexity.

Easy and crisp. Has a musty quality that affirms that the body is solid. Likable. (512 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-brown color with a nice light tan head and good lacing

S-malt, slight brown sugar, yeasty, spices, slight sour notes

T-dark roasted malt, yeasty, slight brown sugar, sour, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-pleasant drinking beer with unique flavors (288 characters)

Photo of hudsonskunk
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant, and complex drinker, this is a fairly dark farmhouse style ale. Blindfolded before tasting, I would probably suggest it was some type of flanders red. The sour notes are much more present in the smell than taste. Light spice notes dance around the light and crisp wheat flavor, but never get too out of hand. Mouthfeel is nice and even, nothing out of place in the beer. Is this a balanced beer ? Absolutely, is it my favorite one I've ever had from Jolly Pumpkin ? Not by a long shot, but its damn good. For a 5 dollar pint, its definitely worth a try, although im not sure if I would buy it in a store. (616 characters)

Photo of Maurizio
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose: mildly tangy on a farmhouse background.
Taste: very complex and well-balanced maltiness with just a hint of bretty funk and tang.
Mouthfeel: medium body, appropriate.
Overall: Well-executed beer. I personally prefer more funk and tangyness, but I don't think that's what they were going for here. Solid beer. (314 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.51/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown with red hues. Smells of caramel, chocolate, light fruit, light funk, and toasty malts. Flavor is tart and dry. Lots of toasty and roasty malts with a definite Jolly Pumpkin house taste. Fruity and crisp. Caramel. Carbonation is lively, and the body is light. Pretty perfect as a compliment to the flavor profile. This beer packs tons of flavor for such a low abv. Delicious. Probably my favorite "Bam." (422 characters)

Photo of jim_carignan
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first review:

Appearance: pleasant light brown with plenty of head.

Smell: subdued yeast and not much else.

The Bam Noire after taking out of the fridge was mediocre at best. My fault, i drank it at the wrong temperature. The flavor was thin and completely unbalanced.

I let the beer warm back up to about 60 F and this beer really started to shine. But, It reminded a more of an unblended lambic then a saison. The yeast came through as the dark wheat malt tasted like it was melding with the rest of the flavors. Many of the characteristics of the saison that I expected were muted at best. But, I did appreciate the flavor that was there; it was just something different than i expected. (698 characters)

Photo of mikem0487
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/14/2013, batch 71. Poured into goblet.

A-Frothy off white foamy head. Two fingers width. Tremendous lacing with good retention left on the glass. Dark mahogany body with heavy carbonation breakout at nucleation sites.

S-Aroma is saison-esqu for sure with some mustiness thrown in. Very faint the smell. Peppery dark chocolate and roasted notes are subtle.

T-The taste seems to be a little watered down. Wish it had more pronounced flavors. For me not as exciting as the aroma was. Cocoa, hints of coffee bean, roasted malts and a nice subtle tartness round out the flavor profile.

M-On the thinner side for a dark beer. Highly carbonated. Dry finish.

O-A good dark saison. Saisons are one of my favorite styles and this is an good easy drinking representation of the saison with a dark twist. Just wish the taste was more pronounced. To faint/watery for a higher rating but a highly drinkable beer none the less. This could be very good if they just get those flavors to pop out and not be masked. (1,015 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a teku.

A: Medium-dark brown. Pours a giant, cascading, loose, frothy, brown-white head. Settles very slowly, leaving a craters and peaks, and plenty of dry residue behind as it does. Lots of spider web lacing. Head renews relentlessly with each pour.

S: Frambroise, kreik, and a little yeast.

T: Nice and yeasty, with hints of fermented raspberry and fresh bitter tea leaf. Distinct flavor of wood chips in there, too.

M: Light body, crisp character, lightly bitter finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is excellent. Giant head, and tons of lacing. Nose is fruity and yeasty. Yeast-laden with fermented fruit and bitter tea leaf. Overall, this is a really good quaff. (707 characters)

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Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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