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Bam Noire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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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:
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Photo of Vonerichs


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent reddish-brown color with enourmous head. I poured this into a tulip and it funneled a good 2" of white head with spotty lacing.

The nose is brett funk, sour cherries, and all spice.

The taste adds a nice twist to the saison style. Jolly Pumpkin's take on the funky side is their trademark flavor that is found in most of their beers. The finish is tart and resembles an unripe plum.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Good carbonation and mouth puckering.

This is a fantastically easy to drink beer. It has a low abv yet maintains complexity with a refreshing feel.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 02:06:04 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of Risser09


4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a crystal tulip - fridge - 2010 Batch 446/447

Appearance: Pours a great brown color with orange and yellow highlights. The head is a huge 3" at it's inception, with that trademarked JP finely carbonated look. It shows great retention and tons of lace sticks to the glass. Wonderful.

Smell: Funky fermentation, barnyard, brett, a little bit of darker malt in the background. Intoxicating. Some wood. Nougat, nuttiness.

Taste: An odd pairing of a brown saison with the funk that Jolly Pumpkin always produces. Malt, acidic brett and barnyard notes. Acidulated malt. Awesome and complex.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. Medium body with that Jolly Pumpkin effervescence that takes over your mouth. Funky, acidity, tartness and even some nice, sugary malt behind it all. Not a trace of alcohol.

Drinkability: This is exactly what a drinkable beer is for me at this point in my craft beer appreciation. Sour, funky, malty, carbonated, and low in alcohol for generous, continuous consumption. Near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 06:20:28 | More by Risser09
Photo of chickenflea


3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a very strange beer for me. My experience with some of the more exotic tastes (for this American palate) is limited. So take that into consideration as you read this review. I may struggle a bit with how to evaluate this brew.

I can see why they call this a farmhouse ale. There are plenty of barnyard smells here. Starting with a late winter silage aroma. Apple and sweet cherry are also here. A wet dog is here as well. Very mild hops aroma, too.This beer had one of the larges heads I have ever witnessed. The head is persistent, tan, and has plenty of lacing. Color is medium brown with red highlights. Translucent with slight cloudiness. The flavor is more difficult to pin down. Sour with a heavy umami presence. An apple seed bitterness settles onto the roof of the mouth with this beer. A very long finish. Medium carbonation with a light astringent mouthfeel. I don't know what to say about it overall. It is a very different beer from the usual lager, pales, IPAs, stouts, porters, and browns I am used to. I will give the brew the benefit of the doubt because I like the brewery. They are from my home state (MI) and if you have been reading the papers lately, they need all the help they can get up there.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 19:17:32 | More by chickenflea
Photo of dstc


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark yet clear with a ruby hint. Nice ran head falls to a minimal one. Thin lace.

Nice roasted malt aroma back by the farmhouse smell of funk and brettanomyces.

Taste is similar to their Bam Biere. Nice funky farmhouse ale full of spice and brett yet this one has the flavor of a roasted malt thrown in as well.

Thin to medium bodied and quite a tangy mouthfeel.

Nice, rather easy drinking beer. Worth seeking out as are most Jolly Pumpkin beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 13:47:15 | More by dstc
Photo of armock

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a brown color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a tart fruity nose

T - Follows the nose with mostly a tart fruity flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - Over all this is a good beer sure it not my favorite Jolly Pumpkin out there but its still a damn fine beer that I could drink the hell out of worth picking up sometime to try

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 23:11:33 | More by armock
Photo of jonvan04


3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled a 750ml bottle from batch 262,263. It poured jet black with a khacki colored head. It had a very pleasant fruity/sour aroma to it. The taste wasn't as appealing as the aroma, there was a ton of carbonation and not very much of a finish at all. Not bad, but not great either. For almost $20 a bottle, I'd expect more than this.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 15:43:12 | More by jonvan04
Photo of zoso1967


3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served up a cloudy dark tinged walnut brown with an off white head that fades quickly and leaves no lace. The aroma is subdued with some brown sugar, toffee and a touch of musty cellar. It is so mild that even giving the glass a swirl really does not lend much more aroma. The flavor has a nice tartness and more brown sugary notes. There is some dark dried fruit in there as well, but I really have to search for it. A slight woodiness and touch of spice also manage to make it through the funky tartness as it warms, but this beer seems to be a bit one dimensional. It is almost like a mild but with funky tartness. Light bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and a nice long finish that may just be its finest quality. Drinkable, but not really all that captivating.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 00:09:05 | More by zoso1967
Photo of ne0m00re


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/17/10- Had this one at Winking Lizard out of a Batch 474 in a 12 oz.
A: Mahogany with a nice cream tan head.
S: Sour green apple cores, raisin and dark fruits, rye bread, cheese, white wine,
T: Sour green apples, earthy, raisin, some chocolate, and apple cores.
M: Expected mouthfeel from JP. Very frothy.
D: Very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 01:21:03 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of kbutler1


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Stopped in the brewery and had a little sampler of several beers. Dark red rust color with a white/tan head. Slight smoke notes in the nose along with some coffee. The taste is just ok in my opinion. Leather aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. It seems to me that a lot of these JP beers have a very similiar profile and taste with slight tweaks. Just really not blown away be there everyday offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2010 18:26:12 | More by kbutler1
Photo of RickS95


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown. Not exactly black, but you can tell it means business. A hunormously thick head sits on top and stays for a while.

I like the smell, it's fruity and flowery at the same time. I can't tell if it's figs or plums or both or something else, but it's a smell I've never had before in a beer. Also, there's a smokiness to it. At first, I thought it smelled like sawdust, but it's smoke.

The taste is strange. It tastes just like it smells, and like I said, it's not a scent I've had before in beer, and this is certainly a taste I've never had before. Again, it must be the figs or plums, but maybe even some sort of berries.

This beer really tickles your palate. It's sweet from the fruit, but also tangy and tart from the fruit. The sweet and tangy battle til the swallow.

Highly drinkable. It's sweet but not overpowering due to the tangy. It's relatively low alcohol, so you can have a lot. I enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 02:08:58 | More by RickS95
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a full cap of off-white head, leaving decent lacing. Scent is of sweet fruits from apples to strawberry with a noticeable sourness to it, also a bit of fresh hay, must and dried grains and a touch of fresh bread. First taste is noticeably earthy, musty and sour, a multitude of fruit flavors are present but dont add a whole lot a sweetness, the backbone is a nice fresh dried grain, hay and bread taste. Medium bodied for the style, slight drying quality to the finnish. A nice beer with some earthy tastes that just get a little too in the way of some bright qualities.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 15:17:52 | More by rfgetz
Photo of eclaycamp


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

22 ounce bomber (Batch 262, 263) poured into a large tulip glass. Large volumous head with lots of foam and nice retention. As the glass sits the head develops nice pock marks. Color is a dark amber that reminds me a bit of maple syrup. Aroma is of Granny Smith apples and pears with some light fruity sweetness in the background. Interesting taste. Somewhat spicy, Very acidic with some roasted malt and dark cherry flavors with lots of sourness, especially in the finish. Light mouthfeel but there's plenty of flavor there. Overall an interesting beer to drink, though it's not what I would usually gravitate to.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 23:41:16 | More by eclaycamp
Photo of Katahdin


4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A wonderful farmhouse ale. Pours a darker color than most farmhouses and exudes a fruity (plum, raisins?) smell upon first whiff. Full bodied with a nice crisp head. Taste is very smooth with hint of lemongrass lingering on the palate. Goes down smooth and light.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 18:37:38 | More by Katahdin
Photo of tigg924


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

Appearance: clear, brown in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: dark fruit, hay, funk, plum, cinnamon

Taste: nice dose of dark fruit--berries?, sweet juice, hay, light funk

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, funky and sweet

Drinkability: I really like this one and could drink it regularly. A greta combo of sweet fruit and funk. Jolly Pumpkin is becoming my favorite maker of this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 14:59:22 | More by tigg924
Photo of laituegonflable


3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark amber, brown-yellow up to the light, with huge, voluminous head, dense and marshmallowy on top, sinking slowly with an interesting foam formation left in the middle. Looks like a cappuccino with a marshmallow melting into it. Leaves amusing puddles of lace behind and seems murky and cloudy. Exquisite - a marvel to behold.

Smell is funkadelia, with lots of olfactory-cleaving pungent tartness. Huge acidity on there with underripe berry notes, some currant notes. Yeah has the classic Jolly Pumpkin, not a lot of darkness except for maybe a richer maltiness underlying. Love the smell, though it doesn't scream uniqueness at me. Reminds me quite a lot of the Bière de Mars.

Taste is...well, interesting. Definitely lacks the acidity and piquancy I had expected. Front is malty with a nutty kind of character, slightly nut-brown, then becomes mildly brown ale-esque with a slight English character and a slight roastiness. Slight sourness on the back but not tart at all, gives it a kind of capsicaian character with mild peppery spice and yeah, a bit of funk but not much at all. Bit of a letdown, really. It tastes kind of like a mild brown ale, could use more funk to spice things up. Not bad but pedestrian, and a bit disappointing from the pumpkins.

Quite nicely textured though, smooth enough. If anything it's a bit thin, but it's quite slick and smooth. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 06:07:53 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of akorsak


3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 327/328, a capped 750 mL bottle. Shared with ksak.

A: A saison noire! Or at least JP's take on a dark wild ale. A deep ruby red, the ale is an opaque, nearly brown concoction. A finger and a half of off-white head is lacing in fits.

S: Hmmm, this is a Jolly Pumpkin beer, right? Of course it is, so of course it has a sharp citric tartness. There is no indication of darker malts; it's all lemony.

T: The roasted malts are evident from the first sip, a fuller, rich flavor of burnt toast and chocolate. The fullness is not quite at the level of a stout, but I can see the lines between the two are fuzzy. The roasted malts stand in stark contrast to the tartness, an uneasy transition that takes on an acetic flavor, a first from my JP experiences. The lemony citrus flavors are limited, never stepping into the spotlight. The dryness of the wild critters accentuates the darker malt flavors in the finish.

M: The sharp citrusy flavors are replaced by a roasted malt/acetic presence. The vinegary trend is not one that I'm fond of, but in this case it is very mild.

D: Another low alcohol offering from JP. The ale is a bit more vinegary with the funk and stout interplay.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 00:57:01 | More by akorsak
Photo of buschbeer


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a large, tan head. It is copper colored which is dark for a saison but expected since the bottle was clearly marked "dark farmhouse ale". The aroma is that tart, sour, wild yeast smell. The taste is tart/sour as well but just slightly. The darker malt does not play a large role in the taste. It is discernible but not a major factor. It is a lot better than the last couple of saisons I have had. Overall, it is a refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 17:02:33 | More by buschbeer
Photo of beveritt


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

Presentation: Thanks to my friend Ryan for bringing this treat to me. Poured from a 750 ml brown, capped bottle into a wine glass. Label depicts a black and white dog.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 finger of light tan head. This settles to a ring around the glass and the random island here and there. Nice lacing is left behind. The beer itself is a medium, muddy brown.

Smell: Sour twang with distinct notes of strawberries.

Taste: Tangy upfront with flavors of citrus, pears, and berries. Medium funkiness, with a long lingering sourness.

Mouthfeel: Average + carbonation level, as I would expect from a sour. Body is decent, maybe a little thin.

Drinkability: My second beer from Jolly Pumpkin and another good one. Provided you enter with the understanding that they make sour beer, irrespective of what style they purport to be making, i think you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 01:24:42 | More by beveritt
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an absolutely gorgeous deep chestnut brown colour, with a huge and frothy head of pale creamy white foam. Lacing is spectacular, and with the luscious, vibrant and beautiful colour of the body, it's hard not to perceive this as a nigh-perfect looking beer. Of course, it's an unusual look for a Saison, but this is what they're going for.

Big vinous oaky characters on the nose. Lovely deep grainy characters as well, but the funk and the oak are the biggest winners. Just enough to suggest darkness, but primarily the wild and unrestrained notes are dominant.

Taste again is balanced oddly between dark grain notes and a little funk, although here the grain characters and the roasted flavours are more prominent. The funk adds a lilting freshness over the top, skewing the palate to something slightly unusual. Very interesting, although it's a little thin.

An interesting brew. Saison? I'm not sure it has the freshness to fit the canonical style, even with its interestingly warped skew towards the dark end of the spectrum to give it some leeway. It feels a little flat on the palate, but it's an adventurous and unusual beer, and I respect that.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 09:08:52 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of womencantsail


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
Photo of CampusCrew


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

appearance: pitch black with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: roasted malt, some barn yard and earthy aromas. devine

taste: complicated ale. starts tart and sour and finishes with stout like coffee bitterness on the back. might be too complex.

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied

drinkability: truly interesting brew. I enjoyed the expereince of the beer but unlikely to seek out again. maybe....

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 18:09:04 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of bamadog


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 5/24/2010 and poured from the bottle (labeled 340/341) to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a deep plum purplish-brown and starts with a massive 3 finger light tan and frothy head; body is dark and hard to see through because of it, but where you can see looks to be pretty clear; nice and intricate strands of lacing are woven together and criss cross.

Smell: Sweet dark fruits like dates, cherries and even some red grapes; there is a wonderful tangy and tart presence and just a whiff of brett funkiness; nose is really quite strong.

Taste: Flavors are a little lighter than I thought they would be based upon the smell, but still nice; the sweet dark fruits of date, cherry and red grape are present and come across a little acidic; fruit flavors are complimented by a mild and funky tartness created by the brett; overall, this is a very refreshing beer with great flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light and prickly carbonation in a body of medium weight; a nice dry stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth and on the insides of the cheeks.

Drinkability: This may be the most drinkable Jolly Pumpkin offering yet -- and it's rapidly becoming one of my fast favorites. The flavors are solid and funkiness and tartness is a little mild so this would be a solid beginner beer for people looking to get into the style; the ABV is very slight and more than manageable at 4.3%.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 02:24:21 | More by bamadog
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch #373.

Swimsum shared this with several of us at a tasting last night. Thanks Brent! Following review written from notes.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Clear but very dark. Body is dark brown with tons of crimson highlights. A foamy, khaki-colored head sits on top for the entire session, fed by very active carbonation. As the beer descends, it leaves a trail of crystalline lacing in its wake.

Smell: Bret, caramel, and orange zest. That's about it. Surprisingly weak.

Taste: Vinegar-like Bret and alcohol jump out at me right away. I also get hints of lemon, hay, and earth once the beer warms up. Very mild overall. Somewhat astringent.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and slightly tart. Light-to-medium body. Carbonation is a bit harsh. Odd.

Drinkability: This was a very weird beer. I had no problem finishing it, but I wouldn't ever purchase it.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 22:58:33 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 5 Jan 2010.

Poured in a 0.4 L Kur Pils snifter. Large khaki colored head. Dark brown almost opaque beer. Aroma is nice, dark sweet cherries, a little ethanol and just a touch of tanginess. Flavor is earthy with some cherry pits. Cherry flavor is pretty light compared to aroma. Touch of cinnamon, vanilla and oak. Slightly sour twang to the finish and aftertaste. Medium to light body, powdery on the tongue. Moderate ethanol.

Nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 01:41:36 | More by htomsirveaux
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South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle labeled batch 327/328, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Cherry cola body topped with a fat and fluffy cream-colored head that slowly reduces into a dense half-finger cap. Spotty creamy splotches of lace.

Very tart nose, tart cherry, lemon zest and Granny Smith apple with a funky/yeasty combo lingering in the background. Although it's quite dark, no roasted malt is apparent.

No roasted malt flavors, either. (They're certainly not expected from the style, but oddly absent considering the color- curious what they had in mind here) Tart, almost sour fruits and tangy yeast dominate. Appropriately well attenuated, but not a lot of spice. Could perhaps benefit from swapping some of the tartness for some sweeter fruitiness up front.

Overall impression: Decent, but a bit one-dimensional with the sourness.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 00:07:13 | More by PDXHops
Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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