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Bam Noire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 23
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
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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 BTPete
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured to tulip x2.

A: Dark dark brown, big fluffy white/tan head, 3 fingers big.

S: Getting a lot of musty, earthy, and funky aromas.

T: Nice smooth start followed by a sour/funk, then ending dry. I think the Brett and wild guys do drown out some of the subtleties of the style.

M: Nice and highly carbed. I enjoy highly carbed beers when the style works with it and this is one of them. Medium bodied but that fits too, it isn't watery.

D: Nice beer, I would have loved to put it side by side with a Bam Biere. I would drink again but I am new to Jolly Pumpkin so I am still working through all of their beers.

Photo of Patrick999
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The dark farmhouse ale. Poured into an unbranded tulip - characteristic Jolly Pumpkin high carbonation. Lots of lacing. Very dark red with hints of brown. As usual, it looks great. Exceptional, even.

Aroma is fairly tangy and robust, especially for a 4% beer. Tart black cherries and a sense of wood. Flowery, almost a Nag Champa-scent at times. Hell, it smells more than a bit like a lambic.

One sip, and this you will know...it tastes exactly like Jolly Pumpkin. Tart, bordering on slightly sour. Sharp grassy hop bite and perhaps a bit of pulverized aspirin taste provide the bitterness. This actually *is* a pretty bitter beer. Obviously, not in a DIPA high-IBU sense - but I think the sense of grass and sharp ultra-dry finish lends it a bitterness all its own. Cherry was in the nose, almost leading me to believe that this was actually a lambic, not a farmhouse ale. Not much fruit on the palate beyond some light stonefruit, though. As for funkiness, maybe I've become very inured to the idea of "funk," because I don't taste any. Pretty clear Brett in that it can be somewhat medicinal, and it is very dry...and some lacto tartness, but not really much horseblanket funk.

Jolly Pumpkin has a reputation for over-carbonation. While I've had a couple bottles from them that were over-carbonated, this one isn't. The carbonation *is* high, as it should be - but in this bottle at least, it didn't cross that line. It is light-bodied, refreshing, and quite crisp on the palate. I can't knock it too much for being thin, as it is only 4%.

Now that it's back to warmer saison-type weather here in formerly-frozen Florida, this is an excellent choice. I have no problem with lower-ABV saisons at all. Better than the regular Bam Biere by a lot, per my reckoning.

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

On-tap tonight @ their location in downtown Ann Arbor. This review was written from notes, yes, I am the nerd that made beer notes on my iphone during dinner...

A: Almost a rather dark hazy brown color that is tinted with a copper hue. They filled the glass to the brim so there was minimal head. The head that was there lasted for about half the beer. No lacing.

S: Smells sour and sweet. There is some sort of complex aroma that I find hard to describe, but was quite pleasant. The beer did not have a very strong aroma, which is somewhat disappointing.

T: Caramelized malt, wild yeasts, sour-dough bread, ginger, spices, and a touch of hops. Even an aura of sour candy is present. This beer is sour-twangy and rather crisp and dry. The finish is drying and then has a lingering sour. Very pleasant to taste.

M: More watery than expected.

D: Reasonably good. The aftertaste actually stimulates further drinking.

O: A good beer that I will enjoy when I visit Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor, this beer is definitely exotic for my palate.

Photo of Beertracker
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JP Bam Noire (Dark Farmhouse Ale) pours up with good effervescence creating a creamy beige head that persists above the bright reddish-brown body. The aroma is surprisingly complex with a moderate acidic sourness rounded by some interesting fruitiness (rhubarb, sand plum, sugar dates) followed by some light earthiness (barnyard, horse blanket, etc...) and woodiness from the barrel aging and microbita fermentation. The flavor starts with a light toasted graininess followed by some mid-late sweetness and roasted character from the black malt which is quickly off-set by a zesty bitterness that carries through to a slighty tart (citrusy), peppery, cacao/coffee bean finish. This fine artisan farmhouse-style ale is quite approachable with good complexity, but suffers from a touch of grainy (dextrinous) astringency that detracts slightly from the overall impression. Suggested pairings include a firm, aged goat cheese and/or spiced pâté or simply enjoy as an apéritif or a digestive. Here's to the Jolly Pumpkin & their mischievous Jack Russell terrier.

Mahalo! Beertracker

Photo of Jdecarol
2.11/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Looks like a dunkleweiss but with more head that never dissipates and stays like drinking a guiness draught. Looks like a mud soup.

Smells peppery, lemony with some spiciness going on. TONS OF CARBONATION tickles the nose.

Taste isn't doing it for me. For such a dark and malty look, it doesn't taste like it. I'm getting such an acidic twang I can't really pull much out of the flavor other.

It feels like I'm drinking carbonated seltzer water. Its taken me about 7 minutes to finish half of it and the carbonation is still flying out of it like I just poured it.

I could displace all of the oxygen in my living room with the CO2 in this bottle and I'll be burping for years to come.

Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a clear and dark mahogany body, topped by a large beige head that has excellent retention. Abundant patchy and curtain lacing decorates the glass.

Very nice aroma is almost perfumey. Herbal, grassy, and minty, with floral and spicy notes. A hint of yeast, lemon zest, and coriander contribute to a very saison-like nose.

Mouthfeel is the only weak point here, as it seems much too thin. Light medium body has an effervescent carbonation.

Taste is dry and herbal with coriander and white pepper notes. Some lemon and green apple tartness add a nice edge. A cola note and a vague hint of dark fruits are the only indication of darker malts. Finishes clean and even with a hint of funk.

The dark color belies a very solid, lighter bodied saison. Highly drinkable and on a par with some of Jolly Pumpkin's other outstanding ales.

Photo of sweemzander
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date; a batch # sticker was scratched off. . . . . . : /

(A)- Pours a hazy medium to dark brown color that produced a large 3+ finger fluffy & creamy white head with amazing staying power & retention. It left huge clumps of sticky lacing all around as it practically didnt dissipate at all. I am enjoying seeing a farmhouse with a dark color; looks very similar to a quad. There is still lots of foam present even with the very last sip.

(S)- Potent lemon & lime citrus with lots of hay, grass, and an overall barnyard earthy funk. Has some baked biscuits that adds to its complexity. Finishes very yeasty.

(T)- Again, potent sour lemon & lime citrus with a dry yeasty hay bit. Finishes dry also, but with a baked to toasted biscuit breadiness. Tastes better & better the more I drink of it.

(M)- Great carbonation level that fizzes to life on the tongue. Good sour citrus and body to it. The dark color adds with it that nice baked biscuit finish that is an interesting twist to the norm. Smoother than I was expecting.

(D)- An interesting farmhouse whose color certainly makes you do a double take. A well-made beer that I think is overall a bit more successful than their regular Bam. Definitely will have this again & again. Very fond of how this one tastes compared to other saisons I have had.

Photo of jgasparine
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the bottle with a nice 1/2" tan head, which slowly receded to edge lacing. The body was black, and appeared as a clear deep garnet color when held to the light.

S- FUNK (brett and pedio?) with accompanying aromas of dark fruit and leather. Very interesting!

T- Tastes of prunes... and is then quickly overcome by the potent funkiness which lasts through the finish. Delicious.

M- Nice medium body... slightly oily... with a nice soft carbonation. A bigger and more pleasant mouthfeel than I would anticipate from the style.

D- Drinkable? Hell yes!

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

Glad to see more JP on AK shelves.

Pours a cloudy brown ruby haze with a nice off white head that retains pretty well and leaves good lacing.

Nose is similar to bam, funky, tart, but with a little more sweetness.

Wow. Actually a bit more tart than i expected even. Funk, not sweet in a flemish way, but in a more sort of tabaccoey way, but pretty slight. Finish is nice and dry.

Mouthfeel is just about right for carbonation as well as viscosity.

Drinkability is good, but there is a little bit too much going on without a good melding here. Kind of messy.

Overall, a tasty brew, but needs a little rounding out i'd say. All the seperate parts are good, but they don't mix as well as they could. Hard to pinpoint what im trying to say, so i'll just shutup now. A good beer.

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

Appearance - Found this at a Whole Foods by me and couldn't pass it up. Pours a very dark, chocolate color into my Bells sniffer. Held up to the light only the faintest bit of illumination can be seen around the edges. Over two fingers of white fluffy head, thought it dissipates relatively quickly compared to other JP brews I've had. Leaves decent lacing.

Smell - Funky with a bit of sour on the forefront. A few more whiffs and you can smell a bit of wood, fruitiness, and downright earthy tones.

Taste - Wow, not what I was expecting. Honestly, it tastes like wet hay/earth/moss. This is quite a bit more funky tasting than the Bam Biere from what I can recall. I should have done a side by side. Oh well. After a few more sips other flavors make themselves known. The funky taste begins to meld with sour/dark cherries, slight vinegar taste in the back, and finishes with just a slight sweet taste reminiscent of caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and decently carbonated. Finishes quite crisp and dry. This would go great with some asiago cheese.

Drinkability - Relatively so. It is quite a low ABV for a "normal" craft beer but that does not mean it lacks on flavor. It is quite flavorful and quite quaffable. The more I drink of this the less out of balance the earthy/funk tones are and the more I am enjoying this. I will admit this is not one of my favorites from JP, but a great offering nonetheless.

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

Pours a blackish brown with a monstrous beige head. The head is billowy, almost chunky, leaving patches of thick lace and uneven bubble sizes. The aroma is sour with the same tart character I have picked up in many of JP's brews, a little bit of brown sugar comes through, perhaps a bit of wine grapes. The taste is a tart with some bright fruitiness to it. Somewhat estery as well. The finish brings earth and some roasted coffee on the back end along with a dry finish. Feel is light and moderately creamy.

Enjoyable beer, though it tastes similar to other brews I have had from JP and not much like a saison either. However, it is rather drinkable and complex and is admirably low in alcohol and high in flavor.

Photo of shadow1961
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noir pours a finger of sticky beige foam over a dark brew, though up to the light it's rosy. Carbonation is massive- the nose is the now familiar cidery Jolly Pumpkin funk with a tingle of herbal hops. The flavor is very tart lightly-toasted malts, oak, and a bit of grassy hops off the back. The mouthfeel is very very dry and also very light and crisp, do in equal parts to that tartness picked up from their barrel aging and the high carbonation. Not for everyone, but if you've gotten a taste for a bit of sourness this is an okay one.

Photo of adamette
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 10 15 09. Poured from tap at Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor into a clean, clear glass.

A Creamy thick head over dark amber but translucent body. Curtain of lacing draped over the glass after repeated sips. 4.5

S Medium malt, licorice, dark fruits. Interesting, on target with style. 4.5

T Leathery, dark fruit, with twinge of tanginess in the middle of the taste. Welcome taste of dark fruits, raisins, linger for several minutes after last sip. 4.0

M Moderate feel with prominent tastes, smooth and big head.

D Good drinkability as I finished my glass without any trouble.

Notes: Had seen this several times in bottles before today. Nice to have on tap at the brewpub.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 340/341.
A: A very dark chestnut brown with a reddish cast. It almost looks black sitting on the bar. Clear, until later pours rouse the yeast sediment. Massive head of creamy light tan froth. Initial sheets of lace are left behind, and then frothy rings with each sip.

S: Brett. A bit of mustiness. Some sharp fruit. Not much else.

T: Tangy followed by a splash of dark fruit (some plum, date, fig, cherry, peach). A flash of citrus. Brett. Earth. Mustiness. Barn. Minor maltiness going into the swallow. Damp cardboard. Non-distinct spice. A dust of cocoa. Raspy dry wood (oak, cedar). Dry finish with a hint of everything that came before and a smear of plastic-like phenol.

M: Medium-light bodied. Initially a bit zesty. Later it becomes bristling, and then almost kind of creamy-smooth.

D: I let this beer warm for at least 10 minutes before tasting it, and at that point I initially found it a little lacking as it was seemingly one very basic flavor combination (mostly brett characteristics and fruit), but as it warmed it opened up and became much more interesting. And the yeast pour added some complexity to it to be sure. But even then it was still not that rich or involved. I enjoyed it, mainly for the straw-like, horse-blanket, mineral and tart contributions of the Brettanomyces, and the oak, but it never got off the ground. So, I'd say that it's better than the Bam E.S.B., but I'll take any other Jolly Pumpkin before this one. On a wider scale... it's OK. It's at least interesting. It has a place in the world.

Photo of batty
2.42/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bought and drank in cambridge, ma. october 09.

dark, almost black with slightly off-white head, thick and nice on the head.. rocky and dense, good lace. brown tinge as i hold it up to the light

pretty weak, really. farmhouse-y smell, but minimal else. touch of chocolate and roasty malts

not impressed, honestly. taste is a bit watery, tiny bit of spritz, decent farmhouse taste, but no backing to speak of. tiniest bit of roasty malts on the end, and finishes pretty clean, w/ just a slight after-taste of the farm.

mouthfeel is smooth, but thin, slightly watery, enough carbonation to be spritzy, but overall doesn't work well

easy to drink, but boring.

overall pretty disappointing. i felt like there could be so much more, such great potential in the idea of this beer, but really poor follow through, at least in this bottle.

Photo of llikkrad
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured a 2009 release of this bam noire into a burgundy wine glass made by Riedel. The bottle reads batch 403.

Appearance: Dark brown with hints of dark purple and dark red. Pours an inch of light frothy tiny champagne like bubbles. When swirled, the bubbles create small walls with fading patterns as they slide down the fine crystal. The beer is slightly hazy with a touch of unsettled sediment. It is close to opaque, very difficult to see through the beverage.

Smell: Dark blackberry, medium malty nose, Black cherry, Cognac and Vanilla.

Taste: The same flavors follow through on the pallette. There is a medium minus hop bitterness. Dark berry fruit with subtle power starts and is joined by subtle piny hops flavor with a touch of chocolate malty flavors. Creamy cocoa with edges of Dark cassis and Fig finish wiht a lingering quality of vanilla and dark berries. Baking spices dance in the background of all of these other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium weight moves into refreshing acidity and edgy bubbles. Bubbles party in your mouth at this point cleansing all the surfaces touched by the beverage. This is so refreshing but still has a light richness and finishes clean with subtle dark berry flavors lingering.

Drinkability: This beer is incredibly well balanced and refreshing. It has dark flavors and has the most impressive acidity with well integrated hop profiles. The levels of malt are subtle and the beer finishes dry. This beer would be an impecable pairing for pulled pork or fresh bacon.

Photo of Jmoore50
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance rates so high because this thing has a sticky frothy head that I have not seen in a very very long time. The color is a dark brown-amber color. The lacing on the sides of my glass are ridiculous as well.

The smell is of dark fruits, cocoa, coco cola.

The taste is weird. It is not quite a true farmhouse and not quite a true stout. It is a fifty/fifty for both. Not any strong overwhelming characteristics. There are chocolate flavors as well as hints of coffee at the end. A coca cola type mouthfeel. I can also taste a faint hop characteristic in the beginning as well.

The whole thing is hard to get through. Not really my thing. It is light bodied with faint tastes. Slightly disappointed.


Photo of BigAl723
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Jolly Pumpkin's new cafe in Ann Arbor.

A: This beer poured a deep mahogany color that was also a little cloudy. It resembled a rusty rail road spike. Not much of a head.

S: Plums, chocolate, sour, funk. Earthy and sweet like top soil. This is one very pleasant smelling brew.

T: The taste resembles the smell quite a bit. Obviously it's funky and sour like almost all JP brews but the funk was more on the lower with this one. Very dark, earthy, and smooth. Towards the end some coffee and chocolate notes come through very nicely.

M: Medium mouthfeel with not a whole lot of carbonation. If it wasn't for the sourness, there would be a lot to be desired by the mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable beer. A great session brew at under five percent. It tastes good too which makes the drink even better.

Overall, a really good beer from JP. They continue to amaze me.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #250.

Pours a deep burgundy color with a fizzy off white head and a nice ring of lacing.

Scent of yeast, sour dark fruit, earth, and coffee. Funky, sweet, sour and earthy, a great scent.

Taste of sour dark fruit, yeast, coffee, cocoa powder, tobacco, leather, and earth. Not quite as good as the scent, but this has aged nicely and offers a great complexity.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth with a good strong bite.

Photo of sweetbrew82
2.56/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz. into a tulip/ Batch 403

P: Deep plum with a light tan head of frothy foam that shows a decent amount of firmness and density. Shows good retention before it settles to a thick sheet of bubbles on the surface while leaving some nice lace behind.

A: Smells like rotten fruits, with notes of green apples, lemons, and sour cherries being the strongest of the bunch. Some toasted malt is there, too, along with some Bretty funk, vanilla, brown sugar, and a little bit of cocoa powder. It smells like nothing I have ever come across before, that's for sure!

T: The first thing I notice upon the first sip is the grape skin-like astringency that is plaguing this brew on the backhalf of the mouthful. The second thing I notice is that they must have pulled the reins back on the Bretty funk, because it's nowhere near as funky as others have mentioned when I compare my notes to theirs. What is there is a band aid-like medicinal flavor along with a slight barnyard funkiness and a fruity presence (similar to the nose) that tastes like it was pureed in a blender and battered in cocoa powder. The toasted grains bring some caramel with them, but they don't even make their presence felt until the finish, which only contributes to the fact that the body seems to overload the malt foundation. This is just not coinciding with me and my palate at any point along the journey. I was expecting much, much more from this beer, damn it!

M: Bam Noire is a medium-light bodied beer with a very airy, almost watery feel that is way too thin to provide any depth of character, whatsoever. Furthermore, the very soft carbonation never even takes a jab at the tongue and leaves me with an impression of a still, boring beer that just does nothing for me.

Notes: Well, I could tell from the nose that this beer wasn't going to provide enough funk to satisfy me, but the lack of Brett on my palate was ridiculous. Add to that the bitter astringency, the lack of interesting flavors, the absence of good carbonation, and the thin, watery feel, and you've got yourself a beer that utterly fails to impress me. I'm quite disappointed with this offering from Jolly Pumpkin.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark mahogany color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into a quarter inch cap of white foam. The aroma is very sour, and very tart with a solid yet soft malt undercurrent that seems to weld everything together. This is a very inviting aroma for someone who loves wild beers, and in fact it makes my checks pucker and my mouth water. The taste is mellower in the sour/tartness, but it is still noticeable. The malt is a lot more pronounced too, but it doesn't seem to add anything to the beer. The taste is nice, but not great like the aroma. The mouthfeel is thin with a watery texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer. I think it would benefit if the taste were even just a little more sour.

Photo of GRG1313
2.59/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with light tan head-nice looking

Light simple sour nose.

Thin citrus mouth.

Light citrus simple sour flavors. Not much of anything for this one. A pleasant, light, simple citrus brew but not worthy of Jolly Pumpkin. Best thing about this one is the cool label. By the way, it's not really bad; it's just not good. It tastes sort of like a lightly spiced, lightly sour "less sweet" 7Up.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In true Jolly Pumpkin style, Bam Noire has all the great funky flavors along with a dry, spicy finish and a underlying toasty, powdery note througout. Here's more on the session...

The beer pours with a deep amber, moderate brown color with slight haze, a very persistant egg-shell white head with a great deal of lacing and retention. A really nice looking beer.

Aromas of toasty malts, vibrant breads, and tart fruits lead the way. Light phenolic spices of white pepper, cumin, and plastics follow up. While the spiciness is nice, the plastics are a bit of a let-down.

Those fruity flavors of lemons, grapefruit, under-ripened berries, orange zest, and pear piths set the flavors. Soon enough the toasty malt character comes in with bold force and do a bit more than just balance; they garner attention and ride the dry toasty flavor deep into the finish. Woodsy, funky, cork-y flavors offer tart and nearing sourness notes that offer more intrigue than distractions.

Quite dry and malty textures offer creaminess up front and then dries considerably and creates moderate astringencies in the finish. Challenging but pleasant and refreshing beginning to end.

Photo of cokes
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Muddied dark tan with some glints of auburn. The beige head is short lived and leaves minor lacing.
Roasty nose, in a broad, ill-defined way, somewhere among grains, weak coffee, and woodchips. Light sourness peeks in, but flits off just as quick.
Roasted grain appears initially across the tongue. It never develops a deeper sense of maltiness. Then it turns blisteringly dry. It's like throwing in a chaw of sawdust. Yeast exacerbates the acrid dryness. With no real sour or sweet counterparts, this is a one-sided affair. An a pretty brutal one.
It's a bit mushy in feel, starting effervescent, and growing gradually flatter.
It can't overcome the overwhelming, crushing sense of dryness. There's some promise here (and I like the original Bam), but nothing steps up flavor-wise to complete it.

Photo of Floydster
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle acquired as an extra in a recent trade with brewdan, thanks again, drank on Tuesday night, reviewed from notes, served in a Rader snifter, color is medium brown with some dark orange in it, 1/2 inch bubbly white head, not much retention, minimal lacing, aroma consists of tart roasted malts, lemon juice, sour apples, brettanomyces, some spices, and cherries, starts off with berry-like fruits and cherries, caramel in the middle that is a little roasty finish has a bit of spice, pretty tart the whole way through but it is always in the background, does not jump right out at you, nicely balanced between sweet and sour with the fruits, this works well, fruity and tart mouthfeel, medium body, lots of carbonation, taste lingered fairly well, pretty easy to drink despite its color, light in alcohol and cannot taste any, smooth stuff, glad to see this stuff is available in California now, will be drinking again, add another solid brew to Jolly Pumpkin's lineup that I have had now, recommended

Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 752 ratings.