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Bam Noire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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647 Ratings
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Ratings: 647
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 48 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: FightingEntropy on 09-01-2007)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black saison. The JP aroma of sour yeast, sour, yeasty. Some head. Sour taste dominates, average mouthfeel, another good one in taste and drinkability. A little ginger and soda pop like carbonation.Other spices besides pepper are a melange. A palate flattener. Lacey on a blackish body.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 19:20:26 | More by Sammy
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-19-2012 13:54:45 | More by t0rin0
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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 927. Bottled 10/25/2011.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small bubbly patches of lace form quickly fade off the sides of the glass. Smell is sour and tart with some fruit and spice aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with the spices lingering slightly on the finish. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with a very crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the flavor is a bit thin and I think it smells better than it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 06:18:23 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-20-2011 22:06:11 | More by djrn2
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a reddish-brown color with an off-white head. The nose brings forward some oak, mild sourness, a bit of roast, and a light bit of funk. The taste pulls back quite a bit and shows oak and funk more than anything else. The taste is a bit funky and makes the oak known. Drinks pretty well; another nice JP saison.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 04:32:00 | More by Thorpe429
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3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark bronze with an infusion of blood red. In spite of what looks to be a healthy amount of carbonation, the beige cap barely reached two fingers in height. Although it's creamy and doesn't immediately melt, the head has a featureless surface and isn't laying down any lace. I'm not sure what a 'dark saison' is supposed to look like, but I expected something better than this.

The nose is decent if you like Brettanomyces. If you don't, then what the bloody hell are you doing drinking Jolly Pumpkin beer! There may be a whiff of cocoa that distinguishes this ale from a standard (that is, non-dark) farmhouse ale, but it's subtle at best.

Only on the finish does Bam Noire threaten to fullfill its promise. Prior to that, it's simply another over-attenuated, Brett-blasted JP ale that, like most of the rest, isn't distinctive enough or deep enough to be considered good beer. Once the funk storm has passed, a little (and I do mean a little) dark malt flavor makes its way to the taste buds.

The flavor profile consists of borderline rotten, unripe, spiced peaches; a tannic woodiness; Band-Aid phenols and a sprinkling of cocoa powder, all nearly smothered by a ratty old horse blanket that needed to be washed weeks ago. I like microbes in my beer as much as the next guy, but they have to be used selectively and they have to allow the beer's other qualities to be appreciated as well. What's the point of brewing a dark saison if it doesn't taste very dark because its drinker has to pick the funk out of his teeth?

The mouthfeel is too thin, even for a beer with an ABV as low as 4.3%. That would be fine except that it's also too fizzily carbonated. That combination makes things too harsh in the mouth; a characteristic that improves, but doesn't resolve completely, by the final ounce.

I like Bam Biere. My hope was that Bam Noire would be its delicious doppelganger, but for all the reasons noted above, it isn't. Nevertheless, I will continue to buy and try Jolly Pumpkin beer because one never knows when greatness will appear out the chaos. Continuing to Brett the living shit out of each and every style isn't going to get it done, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 14:09:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish red in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of oak and sourness in the nose along with hints of cherries. The cherries become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: the taste is a little sour nd tart and has light notes of cherries and dark fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: this is a very interesting beer that is very easy to drink and quite flavorful for being lighter in body.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 13:06:53 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

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

Batch 512

Appearance: After a brief foamover from the lip of the bottle, Bam Noire settles in the glass with a dark caramel color and a modest cap; not much lacing is left behind

Smell: Oak and tart apples, with hints of pear, leather and farmhouse funk

Taste: Starts out with a dark bread character that quickly moves in a funky, tart direction, with apple, pear, oak and leather characteristics; after the swallow, a touch of licorice adds a vague sweet element, but the beer finishes dry and tart

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with buoyant carbonation

Overall: Not among the top tier of Jolly Pumpkins, this one is missing a depth of flavor compared to the others; still, I would never turn away a beer from this brewery and this one is no exception

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 22:33:28 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Goblet

A - Poured a very deep dark maroonish colored brown. Almost a garnet color with lots of hints of reddish tones around the outside and bottom. Nearly opague as well. A large tan head of about three fingers high rose up and settled reluctantly down into a thin film across the top leaving behind more then adequate sticky side glass lace.

S - The aroma was very thick. Lots of musty wild yeast and a touch of some earthy and woody like smells as well. Very hard to describe, but as others have noted, almost a salty or briney like smell to it. It was very odd, very full and very good. Some light fruit notes way in the back but they were pretty much obscured.

T - The flavor was extremely full as well. Lots of deep musty bread like tones mingled in with a very big presence of yeast. Some strange things going on here as it morphed into a smokey robust flavor that ended in a slightly spicy earthy finish. Nothing like I have ever had before.

M - Nice medium body had alot of carbonation which led to a very nice creamy feel. Great follow through and really no slickness here at all. This was very good.

D - This again was unlike anything I had ever had, and how it is under 5% abv is simply beyond me. This was just great and I could have easily had another and then another after that.

Overall this was actually my first offering from Jolly Pumpkin and it will be no means be my last. This was simply too unique and too good to pass up. I would love to have this in the fridge to hit whenever. It was in a word, great!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 21:59:27 | More by mikesgroove
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Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of jjpm74: Poured a clear dark black color ale with a big foamy head with perfect retention and perfect lacing. Aroma of dry hops with loads of Brett is really enjoyable and classic Jolly Pumpkins. Taste is also dominated by some nice Brett flavours with some light sweetness and huge Belgian malt. Body is above average with some great carbonation. Complex beer with some nice controls of the funky aromas.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 15:22:26 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In true Jolly Pumpkin style, Bam Noire has all the great funky flavors along with a dry, spicy finish and a underlying toasty, powdery note througout. Here's more on the session...

The beer pours with a deep amber, moderate brown color with slight haze, a very persistant egg-shell white head with a great deal of lacing and retention. A really nice looking beer.

Aromas of toasty malts, vibrant breads, and tart fruits lead the way. Light phenolic spices of white pepper, cumin, and plastics follow up. While the spiciness is nice, the plastics are a bit of a let-down.

Those fruity flavors of lemons, grapefruit, under-ripened berries, orange zest, and pear piths set the flavors. Soon enough the toasty malt character comes in with bold force and do a bit more than just balance; they garner attention and ride the dry toasty flavor deep into the finish. Woodsy, funky, cork-y flavors offer tart and nearing sourness notes that offer more intrigue than distractions.

Quite dry and malty textures offer creaminess up front and then dries considerably and creates moderate astringencies in the finish. Challenging but pleasant and refreshing beginning to end.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 03:50:00 | More by BEERchitect
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with batch numbers 258 and 259 on the label.

A: The pour is a dark brown with a ruby red highlight when held to the light. A fluffy off-white head forms on top and settles down to a thin layer.

S: The signature Jolly Pumpkin tartness is there along with notes of cherries and leather. A light earthiness along with a touch of funk.

T: The sour cherry flavor is noticeable for just a moment on the front end. Soon it is followed by leather and tannins and even a bit of tobacco on the finish. A slight acidity throughout, but a noticeably bitterness and roasted quality.

M: The body is somewhat light and tingly on the tongue with plentiful carbonation and a somewhat astringent finish.

D: I enjoyed the flavors of the beer, but I found the finish to become a bit tiresome and drying. Still a good beer, but not Jolly Pumpkin's best.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 04:06:02 | More by womencantsail
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-09-2014 21:42:54 | More by acurtis
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3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle - $8.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Batch 1013 - Bottled 1-31-2012.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dark russet-toned body with a tall, well-frothed, airy, off-white head.

Smell: Funky, phenolic aroma, first and foremost, sporting notes of leather saddle, decomposing tree bark, ultra faint cocoa, slight dark fruitiness, spicy-scented gentian and ginseng root, and, well, a hint of musty, ole ass.

Taste: Leather-bound raisins with heavily toasted, nutty malt and a little touch of chocolate powder. Very low sweetness. Shredded gentian, a touch of mentho-lyptus. Soiled wooden note, hint of citrus. Extra spice. Splash of stomach juices atop old straw. Some of those early malt hints try to come forth on the back half. Dry with a tongue-coating lactic funkiness on the heavily sudsy, positively gassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Highly carbonated, foaming in the mouth with each sip.

Overall: As always, it’s another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 23:05:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-10-2012 23:01:49 | More by kjkinsey
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-03-2013 04:08:08 | More by jaydoc
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-11-2013 04:45:56 | More by spycow
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-12-2012 02:03:20 | More by Texasfan549
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-22-2011 18:21:49 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-31-2014 00:53:02 | More by kylehay2004
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2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with light tan head-nice looking

Light simple sour nose.

Thin citrus mouth.

Light citrus simple sour flavors. Not much of anything for this one. A pleasant, light, simple citrus brew but not worthy of Jolly Pumpkin. Best thing about this one is the cool label. By the way, it's not really bad; it's just not good. It tastes sort of like a lightly spiced, lightly sour "less sweet" 7Up.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 00:19:25 | More by GRG1313
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #250

Pours into a Caracole tulip with a solid cap of foam, moderate level of lacing.

Aroma is extra funky...horse stalls and wet moldy hay, getting into burnt wood and delicate puffed rice. Soil and upturned roots....there's alot of depth even though it was off-putting on the surface at first.

Lots of dry wood and toasty malt, giving way to an nice earthy roast midway through. Some berry notes come out halfway through the bottle. A ton of light colored yeast sediment. Yeast is the only similar component to Bam Biére. Not really all that bitter, save for some mild tartness, but much less than and Oud Bruin or Wild Ale in general. It's still fresh though...a far cry from "apple, dark malt and nothing else" mentioned elsewhere.

Mouthfeel is not completely thin, but less than medium-bodied. The carbonation saves it. It feels a bit like a rustic homebrew at times. I'm working on a 750 solo, and i've finished a Madrugada before, but this is a distant relation to the supreme drinkability of Bam Biére.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 04:52:57 | More by emerge077
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-15-2011 20:27:07 | More by JAHMUR
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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 340/341.
A: A very dark chestnut brown with a reddish cast. It almost looks black sitting on the bar. Clear, until later pours rouse the yeast sediment. Massive head of creamy light tan froth. Initial sheets of lace are left behind, and then frothy rings with each sip.

S: Brett. A bit of mustiness. Some sharp fruit. Not much else.

T: Tangy followed by a splash of dark fruit (some plum, date, fig, cherry, peach). A flash of citrus. Brett. Earth. Mustiness. Barn. Minor maltiness going into the swallow. Damp cardboard. Non-distinct spice. A dust of cocoa. Raspy dry wood (oak, cedar). Dry finish with a hint of everything that came before and a smear of plastic-like phenol.

M: Medium-light bodied. Initially a bit zesty. Later it becomes bristling, and then almost kind of creamy-smooth.

D: I let this beer warm for at least 10 minutes before tasting it, and at that point I initially found it a little lacking as it was seemingly one very basic flavor combination (mostly brett characteristics and fruit), but as it warmed it opened up and became much more interesting. And the yeast pour added some complexity to it to be sure. But even then it was still not that rich or involved. I enjoyed it, mainly for the straw-like, horse-blanket, mineral and tart contributions of the Brettanomyces, and the oak, but it never got off the ground. So, I'd say that it's better than the Bam E.S.B., but I'll take any other Jolly Pumpkin before this one. On a wider scale... it's OK. It's at least interesting. It has a place in the world.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 02:19:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-15-2011 18:03:37 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.