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

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(Beer added by: FightingEntropy on 09-01-2007)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has this unexpected sour fruity note to it. I wasn't sure if this was a sour beer or not, though I suppose it is one being Jolly Pumpkin. I get a big hit of cherries, and thats all I can smell.

The beer pours out a dark brown which gradients nicely to light brown in the light. It's topped by a nice frothy, cloud-like slightly-off-white head which leaves beautiful lacing.

Bam Noire has a distinct sort of carpet taste. It's defiantly a saison, but it's been soured a tad. There is no fruit picked up on the flavor, but rather the sourness. It's not strong, but it's present enough to detect it.

Bam Noire is thin on the palate, highly carbonated, and leaves a slight puckering sensation on the tongue.

Drinkability is quite high with this one given the mouthfeel and ABV. I like the drinkability a lot.

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A – Deep burgundy ice tea. Thick off-white head with solid lace and retention.

S – Tart and crisp with a touch of malt that you normally wouldn’t get in a saison. Honey-like sweetness.

T – Opens crisp and tart with a bright carbonation. The profile shows great restraint and balance. Lemon center. Malt shows through on the backend with a light dryness.

M – Medium frame with a great, well balanced carbonation.

O – A fantastic saison with a unique malt character.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brilliant offering from Jolly Pumpkin.
Batch 895
Bottled 9/26/11
Opened 11/24/11

Bam Noire pours a thick, opaque auburn with bright copper around the edges. A one and a half finger head rose readily to the top of a pint glass. Fine bubbles. 6-7 minutes into drinking there is still a thin layer of fizz.

The aroma of this beer is lovely. Lots going on. Nose warrants repeated examinations. Currant, golden raisin and bing cherry lead the charge. Keep smelling and you’ll get dark sorghum and a faint, sour/metallic note. A pop of miso reminds me of a soy-sherry reduction.

Flavors develop nicely around the tongue. Tart cherry and a sour profile are the stars riding a light malt background. That sour start fades into a full expression of old ranch living: worked leather and yellow straw. Long, subtle, dark fruit finish. Important to note that the sourness is not overwhelming or abrasive. Quite mild, in fact.

In terms of mouthfeel this beer can be summed up in a word: rich. Medium body and sublime, silky carbonation. Bam Noire’s sour astringency reminds you your drinking something on the wild side. An extremely pleasing experience.

At the end of the day this stand-out from Jolly Pumpkin is a hell of a lot of fun. A chewy and rewarding bottle for those familiar to the world of sour beer but also an excellent potential introduction for the uninitiated. Recommended drinking.

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