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Bam Noire | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by FightingEntropy on 09-01-2007

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Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of hudsonskunk
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Maurizio
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
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."

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Photo of jim_carignan
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of mikem0487
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/28/2012. Pours lightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger foamy and rocky light khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of sour cherry, green apple, pear, grape, clove, hay, pepper, oak, toast, cocoa, light roast, leather, funk, light vinegar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast, barrel, and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart cherry, green apple, pear, grape, toast, cocoa, light roast, clove, pepper, oak, hay, straw, light leather, funk, light vinegar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. A touch of earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, toast, cocoa, light roast, clove, pepper, hay, straw, oak, light leather, funk, light vinegar, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and oak flavors with a nice balance of dark/roasted malts; with a good malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dark saison style. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, oak, and dark malt flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pours the color of iced tea tinted with cranberry. Hazy and with plenty of effervescence to hold up a massive meringue like head of off white foam. Head fell off rocky, craggy sticky and just beautifully. Left sticky streaks and patches of lace.

Nose has faint tart fruits. Apple, and grapes and a woody scent that hints at cherry. Roasted malt with a light caramel sweetness. Leather, hay and earth are dominant and there's some spice too. Clove and cinnamon. There's a farmhouse funky scent that also is mellow.

Taste follows the nose. Tart fruit with a woody earthy malt touched by sweetness. Soft bread keeps it flowing and it finises tart and dry. There's a little pepper in the finish with the cinnamon and clove. The roasted malt has not weighed this down at all. It has a sour bite to it in the finish.

At first glance I was tempted to say that this was a bit bland. The apple could have been sweeter and juicier. The woody scent if it was cherry has changed over to leather. The clove and the cinnamon held it up though. The fact that these flavors may have faded translates to an almost vinous aspect in the drink. So I would say it held up really well. Bottled on 11/21/2012 and only 4.3%. Very easy to drink and once it warms the roasted malt really takes hold of the flavor and makes it deep and succulent.

I would buy this again and I am going back for more of their offerings based on this first impression.

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Photo of babaracas
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark red-tinged brown with huge cream colored head that settles slowly into a nice clump of meringue. Smell: leather, nutmeg, cinnamon, baked apple, cocoa note. Taste: quick hits of caramel and pumpernickel, green apple, lemon. Light body, creamy carb is quick fading, drying and baking spice covered finish. Not the best of the dark farmhouse style, but a tasty easy drinker.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1257/1258, bottled Nov 21, 2012. The nose is a lot funkier than I was expecting from a farmhouse ale, but if I remember correctly, all of Jolly Pumpkin’s ales are sour/wild in some way. There are tart fruit scents, green grapes, granny smith apples, cherries, spices like clove and cinnamon, roasty malts, some earthiness, old leather and a bit of a hay/farmhouse funk.

The taste is pretty surprising after the nose. Its a lot more powerful with a lot of citrus, some white wine, green grapes, some woody, earthy funk, sharp, peppery spiciness, lavender, a hidden background thread of roasted malts and a tart, dry finish.

The body on this is light, as you’d expect from a saison/farmhouse ale, with a ton of carbonation and dry finish. What a fantastic brew. This is my second experience with Jolly Pumpkin and I continue to be impressed.

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Photo of facesnorth
2.65/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Massively overflowing head, despite a slow pour. Color is a dark amber. Smells dry like sundried grass. Tastes dry. Flavor builds as I take more sips. Really bad first impression, though. Tastes like fermented grass. Aftertaste is dry. Little reward in this one. Bummer as really enjoyed Jolly's Oro de Calabaza the other night. Huge saison lover. Haven't tried regular Bam yet, though I do hear it's better.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark ruby, almost brown, the head was full of bubbles and foam, almost growing in the glass.

The scent was earthy, vegetative, grainy yet sweet. Some bread or biscuit, with some sour elements, kind of funky.

The funky vibe lived on in the taste but not a bad funk. I caught pumpkin, gourd, earth tones with hints of nutmeg. Some malt flavor is hidden, with some sweet and sour.

The feel was a little too airy for my taste, loads of carbonation carbonatuowill do that. Overall, this is a very pleasant and appealing ale that is not within the norms.

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Photo of Luk13
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle 750ml. Dark Brown pour with rocky tan head. Nice citrus, wood and brettamonyces display. Feels similar to regular Bam in the aroma plus some light roastiness. Taste is nicely tart, quite bretty and has light caramel notes. Light bodied and dry. Very good for what is, but I do prefer the regular Bam by a mile.

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Photo of MarioM
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: A nice hazy brown color with a huge light tan head made of large to small creamy bubbles.

S: Great spivey yeasty aroma with a sour character right up front. A nice light citrus character along with a great earthyness. A very complex aroma from this beer.

T: Light tartness with great earthy farmhouse like yeast spivey character that finishes bitter and a bit ashey from the debittered malts to get a beer like this dark. I also get a bit of the barrel aging oak funk in this as well as a bit of dark fruits from the dark malts, which adds great complexity that compliments the yeast character very well.

M: High carbonation a elapsed this relatively small beer gain character. The crispness of the carbonation mixes well with the bitterness and leaves you wanting more. Finishes dry and extremely drinkable with very complex lingering flavors, great beer this is.

O: An amazingly complex and tasty beer for its size. I've had "imperial this and that" with less character than this 4.3% abv brew. A bit ashey from the darkness but adds a bit of dark fruitiness to it which I like, makes for a great aftertase. A must have by JP in my book.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a tulip.

Pours a rich mahogany color with an inch+ airy beige head that quickly recedes leaving a moderate surface layer and light lacing.

Aromas of tart berries and cherries.

Tart and sour flavors of berries, cherries and grapes with a musty, peppery background.

Medium bodied with a crisp, dry finish and a lingering sour aftertaste.

Overall a decent beer, but couldn't help but think something is missing.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1130 - Bottled 7-9-12. Dregs went into homebrew porter...
Poured from bottle into Chouffe tulip.
Pours a barely seethrough deep brown with huge tan bubbley head; actually started slowly erupting from the bottle. This brew smells awesome!
Really funky woody sour malts...some ever so slight hop aroma. wow...smells so good. Super woody malty funk. Some nice sweet malt backbone and bright saison farmouse light finish. Its nicely dry and slightly tart.
This brew is just awesome...closest thing to Fantome ive ever had. Deff recommend this brew to anyone who likes a funky tart sour.
Opened a bottle - Batch 340/341. I emailed JP to find out the bottling date, with a (very quick) response of October or November of 2008! 5 years in the bottle this was fantastic...all flavors really shine through, with a nice surprise of dried fruit added. Super lactic and funky but just extremely well balanced. Well worth holding on to this brew for a while!!!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of MRsojourner
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml served into a snifter. a very dark brown color with a off white creamy head that is super thick and rocky
The small is not intense but you get some sort of wine barrel and a bit of vinegar
The taste is a mix of hops and unripe apple with just a touch pine earthiness. it finishes really dry and you get some barrel character.
overall this beer is interesting but not nearly as much as the other releases. its a easy drinker and teeters on going sour but just not quit there. it is balanced

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Photo of AltBock
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle with a cartoon drawing of Jolly Pumpkin's Jack Russell Terrier, Bam. This label is darker than the other Bam versions and this one even has Bam with small bat wings. Flanking Bam is the mandatory Government info and a description of the beer. On the back of the bottle, there should be a white sticker with the batch number and bottled date. My bottle was from batch 895 and bottled on 9-26-2011. It has a little age on it.

I poured this Dark Farmhouse Ale into an Ommegang tulip. It poured an extremely murky dark cola brown color. It was so murky that light could only shine through this beer at the bottom. On top was a dirty white almost beige 1/4 of an inch head of foam. It had decent retention that left behind a string of foamy rings and a spot or two of lace. Not a bad appearance. The color grew on me as I drank on.

The aroma had a little barnyard funk to it. Not too much. It was also a little sour. Not a bad sour, but a good sour. I didn't get a wide range of fruits in the aroma. My nose was able to pick up some green grapes, green apples, red raspberry, a faint whiff of orange peel and a pinch of oak. Nice lightly funky aroma.

The taste was dry and lightly funky with that barnyard funk that was in aroma. The barnyard funk gives way to the beer's minor sourness. The sour part of the beer didn't last long. It was filled with fruits like green grapes, green apples, and red raspberries. This sour fruit taste was then washed away with a dry oaky taste. It basically had three short lived tastes. I wish it let out the middle sour part a little longer.

The aftertaste was a light bodied, easy drinking due to the low ABV%, and slightly sour and oaky. There was barely an aftertaste to this beer. It was so faint that I could only detect a little sourness and oak.

Not a bad lightly funky Farmhouse Ale. Not my absolute favorite from Jolly Pumpkin, but it's another stand up beer from them. Would I drink another one? I wouldn't mind another one.

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Photo of BeerAsAStoryteller
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber. Drank at home.

Nearly exploded from the bottle when I popped the cap. Lots of carbonation, like a warm champagne.

A: Tons of foam. Poured an inch and the glass was full. That said, the foam is a gorgeous, thick off-white, but fading quickly. Beer is dark, nearly black, amber.

S: Some citrus, with a hint of barnyard funk. Slight copper aroma.

T: Overpowered by a slight tartness that I can't quite call sour, which mixes well with the mild sweetness of the malts. Very little hop bite, and almost no hop flavor. Still getting the citrus, but no funk.

M: Very crisp, lots of carbonation. Medium body.

O: A nice, crisp farmhouse ale that takes a few steps outside the normal boundaries of this category. I wish the funk in the aroma came through more with the tartness in the flavor, and would probably make this a regular if it was so. As is, I will probably seek out funkier and/or sourer farmhouses.

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

A lighter in flavor, hazy, pillowy mouthfeel oud bruin-like profile with no vinegar and less tart. Some slightly roasty malt flavors in background. Enjoyable.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 25.4 oz. bottle into Brasserie d'Achouffe tulip. Batch number 1079, bottled 04-23-2012.

A: This guy was a definite gusher...in fact I had to grab an extra glass to dump it into because it just would not stop. It poured a very murky brown color, with a huge white frothy head. The head was almost 4 times the size of the pour, and slowly sank back into the beer. Honestly, after the head drops, it looks pretty amazing. Awesome lacing all over the glass, with big glops of white foam sporadic. Pretty cool.

N: The nose is obviously dominated by that JP yeast. Some bread, little bit of citrus like spice...lots of funk. No sour tartness to be found, and also a bit of malt coming thru.

T: The taste has a good amount of tartness to it, but I couldn't call it sour really. Has some really nice barnyard notes to it. A bit of tart cherry and maybe some apple cider vinegar. Has a nice maltyness to it.

M: Nice, sweet followed by a dry cherry sensation.

D and O: It's a very interesting beer. It separates itself from the Bam Biere by the rich malty body. It's a really nice beer, dominated by the JP yeast strain. It's a solid brew.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky copper, dark brown hybrid color with an extremely fluffy beige head; cloud-like and lasting nearly all the way down the glass, the head is one of the most unique ones I've seen. I love the way this beer looks and I love the way the head seems to pillow up forever.

Slightly fruity nose with a touch of funk, cork, and barnyard hay; berries, apples, grapes, and peaches seem to fill out the fruit bill. Can't quite put my finger on whether or not this beer is going to lean more towards the funk side or more towards the tart side. Warming up lets the funk get a bit stronger, but the fruits never recess too much.

The taste hits tart and sour at first, which mellows out rather quickly from sour to sweet in the form of light berries and drenched peaches. The barnyard funk hits halfway through and lasts until the end, also leaving the largest impression in the aftertaste. Murky, funky, corky; think of hay, wet wood, and funky, old cheese.

On paper, the flavor profile sounds gross, but works for this type of brew. However, it's a little too dominant here. The sweetness and sour element of the beer just isn't strong enough to balance the heavy funk; I'm sure some funk-lovers out there will enjoy the crass funkiness of this brew, but I would like to see a bit more tart/sour balance. Thin-medium body with a heavy dose of carbonation.

A little lacking in the flavor department from the sweet and sour sides, making the funk stand out a little more than it needs to. Not a bad beer, but this likely won't be a revisit for me, mainly because JP makes so many other delicious beers.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark copper with some clinging carbonation in a fisheye pint. The head reaches four inches of off-white foam that ranges from meringue to sea foam and leaves a thick patchwork of lace.

A light barnyard funkiness accompanies pinesap while light mustiness and some apples are also discernible.

Opens very sweet and in quickly followed by a one-two punch of bitterness and tartness. The finish reprises the bitter/tart duo for a long while. Overall this is quite acidic with notes of lime and pineapple throughout.

A light, effervescent body with needle pricks of alcohol that is surprisingly present in this watery-textured beer.

This is a very different take on the style. It is refreshing and better suited for a warm summer day than a cold wet autumn day.

Batch 1089, bottled 07.Mar.2012

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Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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