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Bam Noire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 21
Gots: 57 | 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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Photo of goblue3509
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours a dark brown cider like color with a fluffy two to three finger head which gives way to decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little faint but of green fruits. The taste is tart with green fruits on the backend and cherries up front with sweet malt. The mouthfeel is thin with mild carbonation. Drinability is good it is a very easy drink. Overall it is a soild beer with a nice flavor and an easy drink. Easily could have a couple.

goblue3509, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of BucBasil
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

Poured from the 750mL bottle into a large snifter. The bottle is labeled "batch 462."

A: The beer is a very dark brown - almost opaque aside from a bit of light coming in around the sides. Very large head of more than 3 fingers, very light tan color and with excellent retention.

S: Pretty funky tart smell. Fruit profile mainly of raspberries, cherries, and some nice pie-crust malt. Currants are in there, and unripe blueberries and strawberries. Beautiful aroma that ranks up there with the better Belgian lambics.

T: More subtle up front with hints of light fruits and a slight oakiness from the barrel. Some slightly unripe grape notes. Finishes funky and slightly bitter with lots of unripe fruits and unblended lambic flavors - citrus peel and unripe cherries. Very tangy and funky. A nice reminder of my trip to the Cantillon Brewery in Brussels. Wow. Very faithful interpretation of what a sour should taste like from an American brewer. Excellent.

The tanginess makes it a little less drinkable than ideal, but the taste itself is almost irresistable for the style. Alcohol level is very low, so that helps. A good change-up unique beer that I might get again, although a bit expensive in CA.

BucBasil, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

A: Deep and dark brown and garnet in color with a head that balloons up in the glass as soon as it's poured, then stays at about 3/4 inch.

S: Spicy yeast, brown sugar, some funk and something that smells a bit like chlorine.

T: Surprisingly, a little on the sour side, which was nice. Some cherries, vinegar, and some woodiness in the aftertaste. Goes down smooth.

notchucknorris, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of klewis
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%

Batch 528, bottled 4/1/10 in a 11.2oz stubby

A: Pours a murky brown with two fingers of frothy foam. Good retention and lacing.

S: A moderate dose of brett funk with citrus and mild spice aromas.

T: Some burnt, roasted flavors on the back of the tongue, but oddly almost no other flavor whatsoever - nearly like soda water (and this on a clean palate).

M: Light-bodied with fizzy carbonation.

D: I normally love JP beers, but this one seems to be quite off in the taste department. Not offensive, but really no reason to drink it.

klewis, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of grover37
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%

A $13 750ml bottle bought from D'Vines poured into tulips.

Appearance (4.5): A cloudy, dark brown with three fingers of fizzy, off-white head. The foam spiderwebs and recedes to a thick, half-finger layer with lots of huge, patches of lacing. Carbonation is very apparent.

Smell (4.5): Very strong funk with notes of oak, wheat, and maybe chocolate.

Taste (4): Tart and a bit acidic up front with some dark berries like raspberries and some sour grapes. A hint of sweetness and oak tannins in the middle and a dry, slightly woody finish. The aftertaste is of white grape and some vanilla from the oak.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Effervescent and light. Light bodied with high carbonation. It is a bit drying from the wood and little residual sugar presumably.

Drinkability (4.5): This is a very good wild ale and packs a huge punch considering it's only 4%.

grover37, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of mmercede
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

750ml bottle served at the Kite and Key.

Appearance: Amber-brown with unfiltered haze. Pours a huge head that lasts till the last drop.

Smell: Some lactic and funk character. Some earthiness, roasty, and caramel aromas. Quite interesting.

Taste: an interesting contrast between a substantial malty body, a complex saison yeast, and a lactic and funky undertone. This is a great interpretation of a seasonal saison offering. The malty flavors are dominant and feature roasted barley, dark chocolate, caramel, and oak. The saison yeast adds a level of pepper and fruit flavors. The funk and lactic sourness are reserved, but really finish the flavor well. Well done Jolly Pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is the major drawback to this beer. The body is fine. However, I feel that this beer is over-carbonated...even for a saison.

Drinkability: THe mouthfeel and price definitely hurt the drinkability of this one. However, the flavor and aroma will keep me coming back.

mmercede, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Adamthome1
3.1/5  rDev -18%

Pours a dark amber, unfiltered look, a fantastic looking full handed head, pour slowly as not to over froth...head retention is A+

smells of sour apples and pears

for a very dark amber looking beer I'm surprised at the super sweet, malty body, only a very mild caramel or roasty flavor, it is dominated by fruity and earthy undertones, maybe some oaky aging, particularly noticed in the aftertaste

As it warms it tasted like old apples and pears, drink cold

Adamthome1, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Hophead101
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

ok - second beer from my starter box from sitarist

beer poured into my chalice glass. color is a hazy dirty brown. decent off white head which is bubbly but not frothy. nice collar once it subsides, decent lacing as well.

smell was fruity at first but not overpowering. some sour notes, grapes, tannins and underlying brown sugar sweetness. earthy and inviting.

taste was initially sour, but mildly sour. this is not a sour - but the beer has a sour component to it. get more of the fruity tones and grapes all backed by a malty earthy sweetness. this is a unique beer, I am not wowed by it, but I keep going back for more tastes. I would call this a bit one dimensional, but I kept going. Kind of like the woman in the dark corner of the bar - you think she is hot, but you don't know for sure and you keep looking over her way.

it is well carbonated, almost a bit too much. not very complex, but still pleasing.

Hophead101, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of timobkg
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

The beer is a very dark red, such that it looks brown. Holding it up to the light reveals it to be a very dark red, like a garnet. Thick beautiful head.

The smell is fruity and tart, like sour cherries, and definitely earthy and funky. As it sits, the fruitiness is replaced by sourness.

It tastes light, slightly tart, refreshing, and funky. And yet I find myself wanting more. I keep thinking that it tastes nice..., not thrilling, but nice. There's little to draw me back into taking another sip.

Drinkability is where this beer suffers. The first glass is nice, light, refreshing. But on the second glass, I'm struggling. It's light, low alcohol, refreshing, and yet the second glass feels taxing to drink.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this beer, but I'm not going to buy it again, and can't really see myself recommending it.

timobkg, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the signature jolly pumpkin bretty funky oak barrel characteristics were there on the nose with vinegar pickle juice notes and faint citrus.

T: the taste also had the weird vinegar pickle flavors but with funky bretty notes and oaky accents. After a few sip the citrusy and various grain notes seemed to come through.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of tingly carbonation which had a bretty, funky, oaky, vinegary, and slight dry finish.

D: I usually really like jolly pumpkin beers but this one was not something I can honestly say I truly enjoyed all around. It did drink pretty good though.

Gobzilla, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of innersanctum
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured this domesticated Belgian into a tulip glass which enhanced the aroma of light cherry, strawberries and pine. Head contained lots of foam which must enhance the smell of this brew. This ale has a dark mahagony color and not very transluscent. Once that ale hits the pallete it is a stark contrast with the smell as a subtle sour tone covers the tongue. Be warned this is not a harsh nor unpleasent sour, but a light and ever present coating, yet the finish is very dry so there is no heavy lingering of flavor on the pallete. Its very nice really, and the mouthfeel is about as heavy as an apple juice, thus solid from sip to swallow. For a complex tasting bomber bottle this was very drinkable with the 4.3% ABV.

Overall this wasn't my favorite, but nonetheless it makes me want to taste other Jolly offerings.

innersanctum, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.63/5  rDev -4%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 1pt 9.4 oz bottle. Batch 512.

A - Pours a rich mahogany color with some good head on it. The head is about 2 inches tall and its slightly off white with some really tight bubbles.

S - Aroma is yummy with some slight tart notes and some good sweetness in the nose as well. Some slight clove and yeast aromas are present as well. I smell some slight licorice and some slight cinnamon in the nose as well these are not in any way prevalent.

T & M - Very funky flavor. Dry and crisp and very very clean. There is some tartness in there that is slightly muted and a bit vinegary. There are some grainy flavors but overall there is funk, funk and some slight tartness. There are some woody hints around the palette as well. There is slight fruit sweetness that can be felt but the wood aspect kind off cuts this quick.

D - Not my favorite of the JP ales. It is refreshing but I wouldn't have this one over.

JoEBoBpr, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a capped 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Batch 508, bottled on 2-11-10.

Appearance: Big khaki colored head has decent staying power. Body is a very dark hazy brown.

Smell: Smells like a Jolly Pumpkin beer, tart.

Taste: Tartness obscures the dark malts a bit. A little roasty, kind of has some porter flavors.

BierFan, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of stimulus
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a NB globe glass. Batch 614, bottled 8/19/10.

A: Pours a hazy brown/red with a huge tan head that settles to one finger, mostly as expected. Great lacing is left along the edges.
S: Funky and spicy, like a typical saison.
T: Spices and funk on the beginning followed by smooth oak flavor and finally some sweetness on the finish (probably from caramel malt used to darken this beer).
M: Smooth and light bodied, with higher than normal carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, even for a saison. Not much detracts from this beer; it is simple yet complex, and the oak aging paired with the dark malts turn a crisp finish into a smooth one.

stimulus, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.65/5  rDev +23%

Clear brownish red color. Tan head, thinish but very lacey. Moderate to mild carbonation. Intense smoky aroma, combined with powerful musty, woody, leathery aromas. Very Earthy. Flavor starts out smoky and toasted, as drink goes down, smokiness fades to tartness and soured flavors. Delicious contradicting flavors in one drink. Amazing how flavors transition in your mouth. The ending tartness of the drink causes it to feel heavy when first on the tongue, but turns into a light refreshing finish. And over all awesome beer with amazing qualities. A very delicious, drinkable beer.

despainmakesbeer, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of jpoder
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

very nice beer from JP!

hazy brown in color, thin head that recedes quickly to a lacing

tastes (to my memory) very similar to their Bam Bier. darker in color, but similar in taste. probably need a side-by-side tasting to be sure.

nicely funky brett smell and taste, but taste had little/no sourness.

thin mouthfeel as to be expected.

very yummy! I could drink a bunch of this stuff. wish it had some sourness...perhaps if I could manage to hold on to a bottle and not drink immediately...

jpoder, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev 0%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a reddish-brown color with an off-white head. The nose brings forward some oak, mild sourness, a bit of roast, and a light bit of funk. The taste pulls back quite a bit and shows oak and funk more than anything else. The taste is a bit funky and makes the oak known. Drinks pretty well; another nice JP saison.

Thorpe429, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

750mL high-shoulder brown glass pry-top bottle. Batch 426. Purchased at Libation Station in Johnson City, TN.

Appearance: Pours a dense reddish-black (clear, though) with thick fluffy tan head that won't give up. Almost like frothed milk.

Nose: Oh brett, how I've missed you! Lots of apricot and white oak, some faint amber malt. Some raspberry notes too.

Palate: Medium-light bodied and I've gotta say with my eyes closed, I don't think I could tell you this was a dark beer. Raspberry, sour peach, sour apricot, and maybe just a hint of leather. Finish is sour but balanced. Some lemon pulp turns up too.

Notes: Never had a sour dark ale before (at least not one that was soured on purpose), but I have to reiterate that I don't really taste the dark ale through the funk. Good stuff, but rather drink regular ol' Bam.

SFLpunk, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

"Look. It has a dog in a bat costume on the label!" This was my friend's reason for buying this. Turns out the beer behind the costumed dog is pretty good. Poured into a Goblet.

A: Deep walnut with a dense cream cap. Head retention is good and bits of lace are left behind.

S: Funky is the theme here and it blows away everything else. Brett and barnyard sits on top of a light charred wood aroma.

T: The funk settles and leads to a fairly light and easy drinking beer. Roasted grains lend some nice flavor. Bitterness is very mild and adds a touch lemon and coriander.

M: The light body is quite dry and has the right amount of fizz.

D: This was an interesting beer overall. The flavor didn't quite live up to the promise of the nose, but I still liked it.

Rayek, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Batch 512.

The beer pours a medium to dark brown color with a fluffy white head that hangs around until all the beer is gone. The aroma is quite a bit of Belgian yeast, along with some dark fruit, toffee and a little bit of brettanomyces character. The flavor is much heavier on the brett, as I get a lot of leather and orange citrus notes, as well as lemons, a slight bit of funk, toffee and yeast. The beer is very dry and is very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and a high, biting carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

Had this on 2010-10-09 in Columbia, PA from a 25.4 oz bottle. Batch 446/447.

A - Dark brown and mahogany. Lots of color but not cloudy. Large, tan head.

S - Levely. Spicey, sour, mildly sweet malt and a pleasant, wild yeast aroma.

T - What a nice surprise. Sour like a Rodenbach Grand Cru without an oak barrel, wine flavor. Excellent wild-yeast and sprouted grain without a roasted grain or caramel taste. Impressive.

M - Light body and medium-heavy carbonation. Dries quickly.

D - Oh yeah. Easy on the pallete. Not as wine-sharp as a Grand Cru. Top notch.

Tucquan, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Poured into a white wine glass.

A-Poured with a huge tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving a beautiful pattern of lacing. Deep burgundy with ruby highlights.

S-Funky, a bit tart,hints of hay and musty wood.

T/M-Opens with a light tart fruit acidity on the tip of the tongue. This soon yields to flavors of new oak, tart green apple, and wild yeast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with a touch of fruit acidity in the finish.

D-One of the more sessionable Jolly Pumpkin beers. I could drink this all day!

DaveHS, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

had in september '10 at the restuarant in ann arbor

pour is amber murky with a head of about 2 fingers. tight nested over a murky head. nose is straw and lemon grass with a funky bacterial qualities hiding somewhere in the back. palate is one of the best saison table beers i've had. quality of floral hop blended with lemon grass and a mineral sour qaulity that was very subtle and not dominating on the palate. the malt was the kicker with a interesting very distinct but gentle roastiness. the feel was perfectly meaty with the mineral sour and floral brisk leaving a very dry feeling on the tongue. a clean earthy bitter that was not at all strong. very easy to drink. fantome caliber.

rtepiak, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%

Batch 462. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Light soapy wheat head recedes from four fingers to one, covering the burnt umber body which glows rufous and rust when pierced through by the sunlight. Ornate delicate lacing. Good retention.

Cedar, sourdough, wild yeast tartness/funk, chamomile, toasty malt, and faint generalized spiciness in the nose.

Ginger, pepper, corander, bitter melon, and lots of citrus create a complex mixture for the palate. Moderately bitter grapefruit and Japanese citrus notes from the hops intermingle with the sour yeast flavors beautifully. The finish is bright, yet dry and somewhat earthy, nutty, and phenolic as well. Subtle, and well balanced.

Medium-light bodied, effervescent, and somewhat puckering mouthfeel. I was concerned the low ABV would reduce the body somewhat, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Refreshing and sessionable without sacrificing any depth of flavor (on the contrary!). A unique dark saison, and one of the few domestic examples that I find similar to some of Fantôme's offerings. Quietly top tier, this.

augustgarage, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

Vonerichs, Sep 22, 2010
Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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