Bam Noire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 737
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 23
Gots: 61 | 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:
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(Beer added by: FightingEntropy on 09-01-2007)
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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Honus1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Neorebel
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is similar to a 'bock' beer, in my opinion, a translucent auburn hue. The aroma was interesting, reminding me of pot pourri, and apple cinnamon pie. For the flavor, I found it to be pleasantly sour and tart, like apple cider vinegar, and with plenty of that farmhouse funky yeast taste. It was very fizzy, light-bodied, and crisp, almost enough to make me pucker in the end. The only slight criticism I had was that I noticed a slight vegetal/herbal hint intermingled deep within the other flavors that I was not so sure about. I definitely want to have another though, and would highly recommend this to those that like sours.

Photo of 4ster
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of sneaks2210
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Phelps
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a tulips at World of Beer tulip. This here's a dark saison made with the usual JP yeast.

Deep copper, mostly opaque. A two-finger head of light tan leaves thick spatters of lace.

In the nose, I get a touch of sweet balsamic mixed with dark fruit. A hint of toast, some lemon, some caramel, some raisin.

Very different flavor. Tart notes are a whisper, a memory. Just a touch, with a little pepper and cracker. Very dry throughout. Could use more oomph at the finish.

High carbonation. Pinching. Light, fizzy, soft. Whipped as it moves.

Needs more strength. Weak.

Photo of rolandboy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mrebeka
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Number45forever
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heard some intriguing things about this beer, was looking forward to it. Poured from bottle dated 1/23/ this bottle is about 10 months old.

Appearance: amber, very clear, light passes through without issue. Appears to be a filtered beer..surprising in a saison? But, a good looking beer. Almost like a hoppy amber IPA in appearance.

Smell: Tart, some slight funk and slight dark fruits. Not getting any kind of pepper or spices. Nice.

Taste: Much more funk than the smell. Some tartness, some cherry taste which I wasn't expecting in the style. Tons of funk, almost missing more sourness to balance it out. If you like the hay/horse blanket, taste - this is your beer!

Mouthfeel: Nice. Prickly carbonation, but I could have used a touch more carbonation.

Overall. Solid. Not bad at all. A good, funky saison. Will I get through the whole 22oz? Shouldn't be an issue. Not sure I'll be chasing this one down in the future though.

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of KarlSpackler
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of ltltony
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Gtg642
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of OSUBeerStudent
2.53/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 10/18/2011, into a Lost Abbey glass.

A - pretty nice if not spectacular. Fairly thick head on pour, sticks around reasonably well but only a thin layer. Nondescript dark brown body.

S - faint. Smell is some light lactic/acetic acid, very tiny bit of funk. Nothing at all from malts or hops. Slight bit of grass in the background. Mediocre at best.

T - acidity, again a bit of funk in the taste. Again basically no hop/malt presence at all. Overwhelming impression is dry and slightly acidic, with very little else. It's just not very pleasant.

M - extremely dry, highly carbonated. Bone-dry. The carbonation is too high for it to be easy to drink, though.

Overall, this is not a very good beer. It has little to no complexity, little/no malt presence to play with the acidity, light funk even after being a year old, pretty one-note acidity. Disappointing.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Murrhey
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 7/12/11.

A- One finger cream-colored head, middling retention. Auburn color with high clarity. Good looking carbonation and some sticky vestiges of lacing.

S- Brown sugar, raisins, dates, some caramel, gingerbread, molasses, cinnamon. Very complex smell that points out all sorts of sugary and dark treats.

T- Acidic and tart. Some of those dark fruits in the smell appear here as well. Soda pop taste with some dark but mild malts and a bit of a hop-oil tie-in. Some strange flavor (not unappealing) I can't put my finger on.

M- Bubbly and medium bodied. Wet finish.

O- Above average, but not a knockout. I am excited to try more Jolly Pumpkin Ales though.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.