Bam Noire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 786
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 23
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of facundoCNB
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

an interesting dark reddish/brown (almost black) pour with about 2 inches of frothy off white head leaving behind copious amounts of lacing. smells like a typical saison (pepper, funky, lemon peel, cilantro) with a very unique herbal smell in the finish that i can't figure out! a smoked flavor.. slightly sour, hints of chocolate, spicy black pepper, a bit tart/sour like lemon.. this is a very strange tasting beer.. i can imagine this pairing PERFECTLY with a piece of grilled fish or maybe chicken.
the carbonation is constant, body is very light.. the first few sips felt almost as if i were sipping on flavored air.. threw me off a little bit honestly, you see the dark ale, you taste a feel a frothy head which feels like it's disapperaing as soon as you touch it.. almost like cotton candy. i'm giving it a high score for its uniqueness.
overall, i think i scored this a bit higher than i should have, but i can justify it by saying this is my first ever dark saison. to me, it was very unique - even though i personally feel like it wasn't one of my favorite beers, i scored it a little higher for that reason. don't get me wrong - it's tasty, and looks/feels great, but i'm not TOO impressed considering the price tag on this one. it's also my first beer from this brewery, and if this is any sign about how the rest of their beers are, i can't really see myself spending close to $20 a 750ml bottle again.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 927. Bottled 10/25/2011.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small bubbly patches of lace form quickly fade off the sides of the glass. Smell is sour and tart with some fruit and spice aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with the spices lingering slightly on the finish. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with a very crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the flavor is a bit thin and I think it smells better than it tastes.

Photo of jrenihan
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov 21, 2011

Beer is very dark brown, hints of red. Large off-white head. Decent retention.

A bit sour in the nose, cherry, oak. Good.

Taste is a bit sour, roasted malt, brett, oak, a bit of fruit. Tastes good, though not super complex. Oak is particularly strong in the finish.

Light bodied, low to moderate carbonation. A bit thin but good. An easy drinker.

Overall, pretty good. A bit thin in terms of flavour, but enjoyable. The mix of roasted malt and sour is not common and is a nice change, but isn't a perfect combo.

Photo of champ103
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brown color. A massive beige head forms that sticks around forever. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Funky, earthy slightly fruity, some wood aromas. Pretty much just that unmistakeable JP yeast. Which in and of itself is something I really enjoy.
T: Follows the nose. Funky, earthy, fruity. There is a bit more acidic sourness than in the nose. Besides the color, this could be packaged as generic JP beer X.
M/D: A medium and dry body. A bit under carbonated and thin though. Very easy to drink. The bomber will be gone in no time.

This seems like the basic, base Jolly Pumpkin. The completely unique JP yeast is very apparent. Just not among their elite IMO.

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this little gem on sale today at Total Wine.

I see a more brown than black body with a thin white head. I like it.

I love the way every single Jolly Pumpkin beer smells. Strong oaky smell with a bit of Brett funk. Hint of Belgian candy sweetness.Very slight hint of roasted malts muddled in there somewhere Smells much more sweet than other funky saisons.

Now this is a unique JP beer. Very light and flaky. Sourness really isnt pronounced as is with their other offerings. a bit more shallow than the other JP offerings. I get more of the malt here. Light body reminds me of GI Matilda. I can feel the strong roast of the malt, yet it does nothing to the body at all. Its like watered down, oddly. The oak barrel is dry, yet refreshing.

I like it in terms of drinkability (which is awesome), but in terms of overall flavor its a bit underwhelming. I think Ill have the rest of the bottle.

3 words to sum it up - oaky, roasty, light.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is definitely not rated high enough on here. a perfect example of a dark saison, bordering on a sour. beautiful pour, light translucent brown with a lasting tan head. smells like brett, lots of funk, perfect nose for a saison. flavor really features the brett, the darker malts used, and some really interesting yeast. almost a wild ale. maybe it is a wild ale actually. seems like it. i like the dark malts in this beer, not a common style as far as i know. feel is good, a little thin on the body and on the alcohol content too, it could have been like a 7.2% beer pretty easily, and for the price maybe it should have been. still, its light and drinkable despite its complexity, the carbonation is good, and the aftertaste is delicious. overall this might not be as good as the la roja, but its a realy good beer. jolly pumpkin is moving up my list.

Photo of daledeee
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought I had tried this one, but no.

A 750 ml bottle poured very dark brown with very large off white head.

Nose is really appealing at first but becomes less intense. Very funky with hints of dark fruit and black licorice.

Taste is quite hoppy, in a Belgian way. Once again, there are dark notes such as prunes or raisin. Very carbonated and a dry finish. This is a distinctive beer. As usual, Jolly Pumpkin makes good beer.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Forgot to rate this when I had it. Bottle at the brewpub in A2. Pours a dark brown with white head. Aroma of breadth malts with lots of yeast, candy sugar, dark fruits. and ever so slight hints of chocolate. Flavor follows with dark fruits and lots of yeast. Plenty of carbonation and pretty easy drinking. Was expecting something a little more flavorful but overall a nice beer.

Photo of Auracom
2.82/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Poor Phil's. 10 oz. poured into a tulip on April 29th, 2012.

A - Deep violet-mahogany coloring. Soapy, clingy, one-finger white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Smells like a soft sour brown ale. Light sour cherries, granny apple skins, raspberry vinegar. Quite simple.

T - Unfortunately it's pretty laid back here too. Carbonation, vinous, herbal sourness, and a light bready malt note in the aftertaste.

M - Light body, high carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - This is certainly sessionable, but it's just not got enough of a flavor profile. It's somewhat unique and more acidic than I'd expect for a Saison.

Photo of yamar68
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 to brandy snifter:

Murky mid brown body with a couple finger of off-white, nearly pinkish head - great lacing, nice looking beer.

The nose is quite floral. Raspberries, white wine, yeast, bits of spicy clove.

The taste is entirely unique - barnyard funk, some cereal, slightly sour afterburn. Much more reserved than the nose would suggest. Nice and dry.

Overall, this is a nice, fresh, easy drinking dinner beer. Can't say I'll buy again though.

Photo of Suds
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a rich brown-ruddy red colored liquid with a thin, film-like light-tan head. The aroma, a spritzy, citric scent, has a fleeting hop character and a slight yeasty funk. Lemon, backed with a slight sugar scent, and a wood barrel smell are also notable. The taste is refreshingly tart, with a subdued sweetness and malt underbelly. Wine-line in the finish, which is crisp and a bit effervescent...drier than expected, given the foretaste. Not bad at all.

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

A: Holy foam over. Lost a few ounces. Dark chestnut brown. Haze with some floaties settled to the bottom. Very plentiful carbonation is “only” noticeable in the way plentiful foam. Huge, very light tan mountain of foam. Settles to a thick cap that retains very well & leaves a nice bit of lace – especially at the top of the glass.

S: Lots & lots of forward dark fruit – cherry, tart raspberries, plums, & even a hint of dates. Sour & tart note with some background minerally sweetness. Ghost hint of vanilla? Is there oak in this? Touch of yeasty esters. A very intriguing nose with just fair strength.

T: Fruit (& flavor overall) is mostly restricted to very tart cherries – almost choke cherries. Strong dose of sour to go along with the tartness. Anything else is just a hint. Some unripe raspberries and unripe plum. Faint minerally sweetness. Touch of roasty and toasty malts. Earthy yeast. Ghost bit of herbal. Very robust & intense in a narrow way.

M: Light body. Firm, active, and expansive carbonation. Very nearly fizzy. Very attenuated with big pucker. Lots of sour / tart drying. Astringent a bit in the finish. Understandable given the age, but this is very bone dry and drying. Might as well put some alum in your mouth. Exceedingly drying & bitingly cleansing.

D: I’m sure it had more going on when fresh, but now it is fairly one-dimensional. Sort of a light & thin & tart Flanders. Not that it is bad, it is very interesting with lots of flavor in a sharp profile. But it is a bit too much to enjoy drinking by itself. If you have a bottle of this that is this old then try it with some dinner. By itself the carbonation & dryness take even the low abv right to your head. (plus the intense tart/sour flavor). Jeez, maybe its best use is to share it with friends as an aperitif or digestif with a good meal. It would be good for that.

Photo of MBACoach
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on draft. Mild head that dissipated quickly. Very light brown in color.

Very nice funky aroma with some hidden oak. Definitely pick up the wild yeast.

Great flavor for what it is - a session farmhouse.

Very light on the palate. For sure the lightest sour I've had.

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a small off-white head.

Aromas begin with 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 light roast that I got in the aromas are not apparent here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks really solid for such a low ABV beer so high marks for that.

Overall a great treat to find on draft anywhere, regardless of the season. Quite sessionable for the ABV and quite falvorful as well. Nothing revolutionary here, just a really solid dark saison.

Photo of elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is from batch 927, bottled 10/25/2011.

This pours an amber-red color with tight lacing. Clear, with no sediment. Tart aroma with hints of sour cherries rounding it out. Nuanced flavor, nothing really stands out or overpowers the palate (more accurately). I get the sour cherries and an earthy, oaky tannic taste. Nice mouthfeel, with an effervescence that keeps it light. The sour/tartness isn’t strong but it makes its presence known, and it has enough character to keep it interesting. An enjoyable sipper on a warm spring day.

Photo of korguy123
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep, dark, murky brown with a purple/red hue. Finger width egg shell head with decent lacing.

S- Lemon and grass earthiness. Strong notes of cherries and grape juice. Hints of brown sugar.

T- Lemon, grass and cherries with a watery grape juice. Not as sweet as the nose.

M- Watery and tart. Light carbonation.

O- Very good, much more complex than Bam Biere. Wonderful treat.

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

A: pours a deep brown with a finger of fluffy not quite white head
S: smells fruity with hints of lemon, some spice, a bit of dark malt as well, and sort of yeasty. Smells good to me
T: Starts off a bit bready with a small bit of funk, a twinge of sourness mingles with some fruity esters, a touch of roasted flavor from the malt towards the end finished with a slightly sour and delightfully roasty finish
M: prickly carb but kind of thin. For a farmhouse it's fine
O: very enjoyable. Fairly new bottle but I needed to clear out room in the fridge, sour flavors were nice but not heavy handed.

Photo of willseph
2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Part of a mini-tasting with some friends, enjoyed about halfway through the night. Bottled in October 2010, drank January 2012.

A - Poured a dark, cloudy, medium brown color with a half-finger of head. Left a bit of lacing all the way through the beer.

S - Lots of wet wood and funk, but also sour cherries. Reminded me of most any Flanders beer.

T - This was pretty underwhelming to me. The predominant taste was of soda water, meaning there wasn't much of a taste. There was some sourness and lemon, but nothing really noteworthy.

M - Very, very fizzy. Almost too fizzy, which might have influenced how it tasted like soda water.

O - I normally really dig JP beers, but this is near the bottom of my list. I wouldn't say it was a bad beer, just not what I normally expect or enjoy.

Photo of 01001111
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep rusty brown, similar to a dark, cloudy, black tea.

S: Vinegar and berries.

T: There's an wave of the tartness, astringency, and fruits which is subsequently gives way to hints of the malts and then a dominating hop bitterness. As the bitterness subsides there's a lingering flavor of black cherries or pomegranate juice.

M: A bit thin and quite fizzy.

O: There's a lot going on in this beer and it seems reasonably well balanced. One of the better American craft farmhouse ales.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bwstud
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fruity, mainly apple and banana, with a yeasty undertone and a hint of miso. It pours a rich, tempting, dark mahogany with a pale tan head that does not stick around too long. Flavor is mainly fruity, like sour apple with banana and yeast notes and a hint of caramel. Texture is fairly fizzy, just a teensy on the thin side but still good.

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

I forgot to write down the bottle date on it, but the bottle was from a feb-11 batch

poured from bottle into a tulip. Poured a dark brown/almost black color with a nice head that disappears somewhat fast

Nice and fragrant aromas of tart cherries, dark berries, and a bit of funk. Good depth with the funk more being more of a base aroma and isn't completely upfront

good medium feel, but seems to be lacking a little bit. Very good flavors though with the funky tones being more present on the back end

This was interesting, but seemed to lack just a little bit on the feel. Still, a very good beer that brings some real good flavor at a lower ABV

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

bottle poured into a snifter. Active off white head that quickly reduces to a cap, black as oil hue. Nose features slight sourness. Tart apple, cherry, and slight orange taste, somewhat earthy. Light and crisp mouthfeel, finishes to the dry side. Tasty little sour ale.

Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.