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Bam Noire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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719 Ratings
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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 22
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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.

OSUBeerStudent, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Texasfan549, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.8%

kjkinsey, Oct 11, 2012
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.

Murrhey, Oct 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

cowboy83, Oct 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

ortie, Oct 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

jlenik, Oct 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

BeerOps, Sep 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

bryoung, Sep 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

QCABeerTour, Sep 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

kjyost, Sep 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Molson2000, Sep 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

ucsbmullet, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

redleg64, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

JustinMatthew, Aug 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

cornucopia, Aug 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

slowdaddy, Aug 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

CB2maltygoodness, Aug 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

GregoryMo, Aug 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

BlueFeetAndBeer, Aug 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

astebelton, Aug 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

illini4x4, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruddy brownish amber with a creamy white head.

S: Aromas of cider vinegar, roasted grain, must, oak, and pickle brine are fleeting on the nose.

T: Notes of cider vinegar, roasted grain, must, oak, pickle brine, unripened vine fruits, minerals, spices, and slightly burnt toast wash across the palate. The finish is clipped with notes of oak, must, roasted grain, and vinegar.

M: Light-to-medium in body, dry, and chalky. Carbonation is firm and crisp. Quite drinkable, but feels a bit heavier than it is.

O: I'm not a fan of Jolly Pumpkin's regular Bam Biere, but this version is far from bad. It's not one of my favorite Jolly Pumpkin offerings, but I am glad I tried this one. I could see myself serving this as a table beer at fall gatherings.

mrfrancis, Aug 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

HopBrain, Aug 03, 2012
Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.