Bam Noire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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5/5 rDev +32.3%
I poured a 2009 release of this bam noire into a burgundy wine glass made by Riedel. The bottle reads batch 403.
Appearance: Dark brown with hints of dark purple and dark red. Pours an inch of light frothy tiny champagne like bubbles. When swirled, the bubbles create small walls with fading patterns as they slide down the fine crystal. The beer is slightly hazy with a touch of unsettled sediment. It is close to opaque, very difficult to see through the beverage.
Smell: Dark blackberry, medium malty nose, Black cherry, Cognac and Vanilla.
Taste: The same flavors follow through on the pallette. There is a medium minus hop bitterness. Dark berry fruit with subtle power starts and is joined by subtle piny hops flavor with a touch of chocolate malty flavors. Creamy cocoa with edges of Dark cassis and Fig finish wiht a lingering quality of vanilla and dark berries. Baking spices dance in the background of all of these other flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium weight moves into refreshing acidity and edgy bubbles. Bubbles party in your mouth at this point cleansing all the surfaces touched by the beverage. This is so refreshing but still has a light richness and finishes clean with subtle dark berry flavors lingering.
Drinkability: This beer is incredibly well balanced and refreshing. It has dark flavors and has the most impressive acidity with well integrated hop profiles. The levels of malt are subtle and the beer finishes dry. This beer would be an impecable pairing for pulled pork or fresh bacon.
10-12-2009 05:08:29 | More by llikkrad
4.8/5 rDev +27%
Batch 426. My goodness. Brett at its finest. I like this better than ES Bam or Bam Biere, and I like them both very much.
A: This isn't where the beer shines. It's a dark-copper, brown color. Not as pillowy of a head as Bam Biere (which I've had explode on me), this one is pretty controllable and reduces to a nice thick fingernail of lace.
S: Beautiful, sour, funky, barnyardy. In a blind test, I don't think I'd be able to tell this apart from other funky Jolly Pumpkin beers.
T: Well carbonated, funky, yeasty, barnyardy. It is sour with some dark fruit, but mostly a deeper version of the Bam or EB Bam. Love.
M: Prickly carbonation, smooth. Nice.
D: 4.3%? Highly drinkable, even in 750 ml format. Have it with a cheese plate. Be jolly.
02-14-2010 02:51:41 | More by STLbeerwriter
4.75/5 rDev +25.7%
750ml bottle poured into a crystal tulip - fridge - 2010 Batch 446/447
Appearance: Pours a great brown color with orange and yellow highlights. The head is a huge 3" at it's inception, with that trademarked JP finely carbonated look. It shows great retention and tons of lace sticks to the glass. Wonderful.
Smell: Funky fermentation, barnyard, brett, a little bit of darker malt in the background. Intoxicating. Some wood. Nougat, nuttiness.
Taste: An odd pairing of a brown saison with the funk that Jolly Pumpkin always produces. Malt, acidic brett and barnyard notes. Acidulated malt. Awesome and complex.
Mouthfeel: Perfect. Medium body with that Jolly Pumpkin effervescence that takes over your mouth. Funky, acidity, tartness and even some nice, sugary malt behind it all. Not a trace of alcohol.
Drinkability: This is exactly what a drinkable beer is for me at this point in my craft beer appreciation. Sour, funky, malty, carbonated, and low in alcohol for generous, continuous consumption. Near perfect.
09-18-2010 06:20:28 | More by Risser09
4.65/5 rDev +23%
Clear brownish red color. Tan head, thinish but very lacey. Moderate to mild carbonation. Intense smoky aroma, combined with powerful musty, woody, leathery aromas. Very Earthy. Flavor starts out smoky and toasted, as drink goes down, smokiness fades to tartness and soured flavors. Delicious contradicting flavors in one drink. Amazing how flavors transition in your mouth. The ending tartness of the drink causes it to feel heavy when first on the tongue, but turns into a light refreshing finish. And over all awesome beer with amazing qualities. A very delicious, drinkable beer.
11-14-2010 06:16:11 | More by despainmakesbeer
4.63/5 rDev +22.5%
Served from a champagne-style bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.
Aroma of sour, almost rancid grapes. has that classic Belgian lambic funk. If blindfolded, I would have guessed that this was an imported lambic.
A bolt of intense tartness is my first impression. thin body. tartness is balanced by a smooth, mellow maltiness. fruity but not cherry-like. oxidized, musty finish, with a detectable hops bitterness.
This is nothing like the refreshing Bam Biere, but is of the very highest quality, which is what I have come to expect from Jolly Pumpkin. Demands that the consumer has acquired a palate for funky, sour, complex, weird ales.
Here is my wife's review: "first, I felt bitterness on the back of my tongue. then this nasty funkiness, like a dog that hadn't taken a bath for a while. ooooh...it was awful."
12-25-2007 01:26:46 | More by goethean
4.6/5 rDev +21.7%
Pours out a dark, dark brown with a massive head, I mean inches, with loose clingy bubbles that stay around, leaving traces all along the side of the glass. The color is not very traditional, but I can't help but think this one is beautiful. The smell is fairly straightforwardly funky, but what else would you expect from JP? You can't exactly smell the dark malts underneath, but you notice it when you taste. I fell in love with this beer from the first sip. You notice this brilliant caramel sweetness, almost backed with a bit of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and almost vanilla. And it finishes wonderfully tart. The perfect balance so that the tartness, sweetness, and dark malts never come unbalanced. You know what I think this tastes like? Tamarind. I think this will be one of my 'subjective' score beers, since I've never seen anything like it. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but never unpleasantly so. That's about all I can complain about. And at 4.3%, I could drink this forever.
02-18-2009 03:04:13 | More by taylorhamrick
4.58/5 rDev +21.2%
A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Riedel sniffer. Pours a medium brown with good clarity.
S- Great nose. Dark malt but fruity notes from the yeast.
T- Some nice sweet malt at the onset moving towards darker coffees and almost leathery taste. This is very good!
M- As always with JP good carbonation. I think the natural carbonation makes a difference in the mouthfeel.
D- I could drink a 6 pack of this no problem. I like the flavor and it goes down very easy. Without knowing the ABV I would say it is a good session beer. If you can get enough to make a session out of.
Thanks to kryptic for the chance to try this!
12-19-2007 00:44:51 | More by Mudpuppet
4.55/5 rDev +20.4%
Batch 462. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.
Light soapy wheat head recedes from four fingers to one, covering the burnt umber body which glows rufous and rust when pierced through by the sunlight. Ornate delicate lacing. Good retention.
Cedar, sourdough, wild yeast tartness/funk, chamomile, toasty malt, and faint generalized spiciness in the nose.
Ginger, pepper, corander, bitter melon, and lots of citrus create a complex mixture for the palate. Moderately bitter grapefruit and Japanese citrus notes from the hops intermingle with the sour yeast flavors beautifully. The finish is bright, yet dry and somewhat earthy, nutty, and phenolic as well. Subtle, and well balanced.
Medium-light bodied, effervescent, and somewhat puckering mouthfeel. I was concerned the low ABV would reduce the body somewhat, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
Refreshing and sessionable without sacrificing any depth of flavor (on the contrary!). A unique dark saison, and one of the few domestic examples that I find similar to some of Fantôme's offerings. Quietly top tier, this.
09-23-2010 01:22:39 | More by augustgarage
4.55/5 rDev +20.4%
A wonderful farmhouse ale. Pours a darker color than most farmhouses and exudes a fruity (plum, raisins?) smell upon first whiff. Full bodied with a nice crisp head. Taste is very smooth with hint of lemongrass lingering on the palate. Goes down smooth and light.
06-09-2010 18:37:38 | More by Katahdin
4.55/5 rDev +20.4%
A - Deep coffee-brown in hue, and capped with a prodigious khaki head.
S - Patented JP funk, of a darker variety; huge band-aid aroma, along with spicy ginger, orchard fruit and red grape juice. The brew is exquisitely aromatic and intricately nuanced.
T - The gustatory follows the olfactory with this brew. It does not taste 'brown' or 'dark', i.e. there is not really any roasted character nor residual caramelized sugar, instead it is very dry up front, with a lot of sharp medicinal Brett flavor, and then it segues into ginger-root and orchard fruits like apple, grape and nectarine, finishing with a slight herbal hoppiness. Very well-balanced, sublime, and, again, intricately nuanced.
M - Lighter than medium, creamy and effervescent; enhancing.
O - Jolly Pumpkin is the Cantillon of America.
05-16-2011 17:30:06 | More by ktrillionaire
Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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