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Bam Noire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 22
Gots: 58 | 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 Nipitato
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An Easter gift from my wife.

A: Super dark amber. Capped with virtually no head - though I suspect that this has something do do with the fact that it had been opened and capped in my refrigerator for a couple of days.

S: A nice sweet and sour aroma. Some oak and funk. All restrained. Earthy though no horse blanket. Lactic acid all over the place.

T: Great lactic acid taste takes front and center. Some limited farmhouse funk. Earthy - a little peaty maybe. No esters or hops. Dry and woody.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Good spritzy carbonation. Dry.

D, notes: Lactic sourness makes this want you to come back fro more adding significantly to drinkability. Jolly Pumpkin makes very good beer my only concern is they all taste kind of the same.

Nipitato, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled may 24/08 as part of biegaman's annual summer saison tasting, with a mix of BA/RB represented. paul/blankboy shared this one. thanks paul!

750ml bottle. batch 258,259.

pours hazy medium brown with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fast and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is great. malt vinegar. grapefruit. bit of lemon. caramel. bread. hint of spice. leather. horse blanket.

taste is good. funk and sourness is much more restrained than i expected from the aroma. just under medium bitterness level. caramel. bit of lemon. multi-grain bread. slightly toasty.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. good balance, restrained funk. very nice.

grub, May 28, 2008
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer in every way except taste. Mind you, it doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't taste much.

Lovely pour into a chalice, big thick creamy head. Head fades to a solid lid and leaves lots of lacing. Obvious yeastiness.

Smell is delightful: funk, mild horse-blanket & leather, some bready malt, a bit of ginger, some grass notes.

Taste is a big let-down. Pleasant yeastiness, but not much else. Not nearly as complex as the smell.

Mouthfeel is soft and round with ample carbonation.

Exceptionally drinkable at only 4.3%

Overall, good enough, and worth having more of. Quite refreshing.

ColoradoBobs, May 22, 2008
Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting brew.

A-pours a dark red/brown color. 1" of brownish head. Cloudy.

S-not really sure. It smells familiar but I can't quite put a finger on it. Fruity, spicy.

T-Raisins/grapes, corriander, all-around a fruity-spice mixture.

M-Tingly, warm, sweet.

D-On tap, could probably have my fill. Out of a bottle, one every now and then would be good.

TasteTester, May 13, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz to tulip glass
pours a thick redish amber, high carbonation (bottle conditioned) with a heavy white head, on second pour, yeast sediment flowed in the glass (yay vitamin b!)

first smell i announced ginger, fruit mainly apples, very belgian like yeast

tasting reminded me more of a cider than a beer, yeasty, crisp apple notes, really nice, dry on the finish - not as complex as other jolly pumpkin ales, but damn if it isn't just as tasty - worthy of a six pack purchase

the mouthfeel is great, crisp yet luscious on the mouth, finishing dryly making you want to go back for more

straight 4's here

drxandy, May 08, 2008
Photo of BeerZack
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy medium brown color with tan and khaki bubbly foam covering that leaves some lace.

Sweet & sour, Sweettarts, dominates the aroma, dark fruit, mostly prune, some lemon zest and cocoa all follow.

Tangy with a bit of spice, similar to the nose, but more dark. Generic dark fruitiness pervades with tart citrus notes, not as tart as the nose implies.

Pretty acidic, but almost too light, almost watery feeling, but at 4.3% abv I'll let it go somewhat. Nicely drinkable.

BeerZack, May 06, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cracked this one open to commemorate my trip to Kalamazoo tomorrow. Served in my Delirium Tremens tulip. Batch 262,263 on a sticker on the back of the bottle. Poured a deep opaque brown with a purple hue. Rocky one-inch off-white head dissipated gradually into a thin consistent skim of algae. Sheets of lacing with good retention present during the tasting. Scents were difficult to tease out, but first impression was sour and wine-like. Flavor was also subdued; more sour, but not overwhelmingly so, as well some oakiness (reminds me a little of a cabernet). Consistency fell somewhere between light- and medium bodied, but effervescence helped round out the mouthfeel nicely, and finish was fairly clean with just a touch of sourness lingering. Drinkability was fair. Not my favorite offering from JP, but not bad; however, just not that much going on with this one.

Jwale73, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle Batch #250. Has a clear mahagony with a small head that has good retention. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

Smells sour with just a hint of malt. Brett is definately noticed.

Starts out fruity but quickly goes sour with a barnyard/horse blanket finish. Very dry.

Has a lighter body than I expected with heavy carbonation.

The low ABV aids drinkability but this is an expensive beer that goes down quick.

morimech, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of albern
1.75/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Sorry all, but this beer is dreadful. I bought this a few weeks ago, tried it, and thought surely this was just a bad batch and I should try again. Well I bought another bottle over the weekend and the second time the beer is consistent with the first, so statistically it is very unlikely that I have two bad bottles. The taste is vinegar, really potent yeast, and just undrinkable. I'm getting nothing but really strong, pungent, astringent vinegar. Malt, caramel, warming notes, I don't detect anything of the sort. I liked the other Jolly Pumpkins I just don't know what in the world the brewmaster was trying to get at with this awful concoction. Down the drain it goes, it's just too bad I spent $12 to do it.

albern, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of prototypic
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a very dark, roasted brown color. Head is just a bit off white and roughly two fingers deep, but it's damn stubborn and just doesn't want to go away. A bit selfish too as there wasn't much lacing left behind.

Smell: It's a bit light in this department. There are some roasted and malty notes that are noticeable. Aside from that, it's yeasty and a bit odd smelling. Perhaps its the Brettanomyce yeast, but I'm personally only acutely familiar with such an aroma. Frankly, to the extent you can smell it, it's a bit stinky.

Taste: It's better than I anticipated. But, still just a notch above average. It does have a sour, yeasty taste which, again, I anticipate is from the infusion of Brett. It's not a bad flavor though. Caramel malts are sweet. Roasted malts complement the other flavors well and perhaps provide a slight smoky flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and overly so. The body of this one clearly needs to be thicker. Carbonation is good and it has a nice crisp bite to it. Drinkability is pretty good. I'd be more inclined to drink more if it had a better taste. Overall, it's interesting and certainly worth a try. But, it's clearly a far cry from what it could've been.

prototypic, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of dgallina
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml green glass bottle marked batch #250.

Pours slightly cloudy dark brown and red. An inch of thick foam settles to a persistent finger of head and nice clingy lace. The house yeast produces a fragrantly sour beer. The aroma is laced with orange, pepper, lemon, and light cocoa notes as well. The flavor is less exciting. Tart lemon and lime flavors are carried on a husky malt and cocoa bean base. These make for a slightly odd and thin combination. Pretty light in body as well, with abundant carbonation. Drinks easily, but isn't the most successful Jolly Pumpkin beer in my opinion.

dgallina, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml, Batch 258,259. Poured into my big St. Feuillien goblet, the Bam Noire is clear, dark ruby with a small, creamy ivory head that is long lasting, leaving heavy lace. The second pour was more of a murky chestnut, with a few smaller yeast floaties. Decanting is for wine, and no, that 1/2 tsp of yeast didn't change the taste!

Smell is softer, dark fruits, some spices, a bit of cane sugar and wisp of brett.

Taste is not very funky, well at least compared to the Fuego Del Otono I just preceded this with! In retrospect, I should have reversed the order. The brett here is more of a musty, dirty sock kinda of vibe, with the dark malt providing a slightly astringent charcoal taste. From there very first sip, I was disappointed with this one. Really not much more too it. Don't come here if your a big Saison fan, as this is no where near that by any measure. It's just a funky small Belgian ale with black patent or some other dark malt that didn't really contribute anything very pleasant in the taste department. Strangely, in spite of the low ABV, there a bit of alcohol in the taste as it warms, probably exacerbated by the astringency. JP's beer's are mostly big hits, but this one's a firm miss in my book.

Mouthfeel is sharply carbonated, light bodied.

Drinkability is low for a Saison, and for a Wild Ale, it's still a bit below average. Just not that tasty. And I consider myself a big fan of Brett beers, and Saison's are my absolute favorite style. Stick to regular Bam, much better IMHO. On the plus side, the low ABV makes it easy to gulp down and move on!

ccrida, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Bam Noire pours a deep, rich mahogany with a very effervescent tan head. Great head retention, with some good lacing. The aroma on this is intense. Very nice sweet/sour aroma. Some figs and plums as well. Lactic acid takes the lead. Very nice taste as well. The sours are very mellow. Nice malty flavors. Light hints of figs along with some fall fruits. Smooth and very mellow mouthfeel. Nice and clean. High carbonation level. As for its drinkability, I would always drink anything from Jolly Pumpkin, especially if you are into sours and Farmhouse style beers.

paulthebeerguru, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this one a while ago at Beverage Warehouse (I think). First time I've tried a Jolly Pumpkin brew. Poured into a nonic glass. Batch 258,259.

A: Obviously very dark for a Saison, a clear reddish-brown. Thick two finger head forms but very quickly dissipates, leaving some film. Does not appear overly bubbly.

S: Huge funky scent attacks the nostrils. Plenty of other smells going on though, including apples, raisins, cloves, cinnamon and some sourness.

T: The first thing that strikes me is that there is a fairly pronounced sourness in this beer, along with a lot of oak funk and earthiness. It's not the only element, but it is quite noticable. Past that there is a strong toasted malt flavor with maybe just a little coffee.

MF: The sourness already gives this a bit of a mouth puckering feel, but it is also fairly carbonated. All that being said, the feel is pretty thin. It left my mouth feeling almost gritty, like the earthy flavor actually translated into soil.

D: This is a unique and complex beer, owing to the extremely earthy flavor and the sourness. The flavor is actually fairly mild though, and refreshing. It's quite drinkable due to the low alcohol content, but still a sipper for me because of the strangeness of the flavor. I'm kinda on the fence with this one. It's good enough to drink once, and an interesting taste experience, but it also kinda grew on me as I drank it. An interesting take on this style.

rxdrewthejew, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of rdickey
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with somewhat rocky one-finger head. Significant chunks of yeast even though it wasn't a bad pour; looks like some of it was caked around the top of the bottle.

Smell: There's a funk to this. Almost barnyard like, but in a good way.

Taste: Malt sweetness with a little smoke up front, then gives way to some fruity tartness that reminds me of green apples and echoes the yeasty funk in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied; tartness belies some of the heaviness you might otherwise expect.

Drinkability: Between the yeasty funk and the tartness, this is a very interesting beer. If you were in the mood you could easily drink these all night, and unlike most of the big beers we spend most of our time tasting, you might not end up on the floor.

rdickey, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 262,263

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a dark black black color with a large two finger light tan head that possesses great retention and lacing characteristics. The aroma is a little tart and acidic with some dark malt, cocoa, yeast and a touch of funkiness. The taste is tart with some malt, cocoa and yeast with a dry earthy finish. Overall, this is an interesting brew that is worth a try.

cjgator3, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for hooking me up with this one...
Appears a dark crimson with a hearty, off-white head that fades into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is unusual with notes of cocoa, pumelo citrus, zesty spices, yeasty dough, and light caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with notes of apple, and apricot layered on top of the cocoa, citrus, and plum.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, dry, light cocoa, vanilla, oak, and citrus.

weeare138, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz. bottle,

A: Pours actually a dark ruby red, with an average white head, average retention, no lacing, good colour though.

S: Lactic acidity, molasses.

T: Brisk acidity hits first, nice wood notes, light vinegar/acetic acid, dark malt, dark fruit.
Not terribly complex, I think I like the regular Bam Biere Saison better, but quite a tasty acidic beer.

M: Acidic, low pH, crisp and easy to drink, light-bodied, bubbly carbonation.

D: A nice beer from JP, great with a steak, its acidity cut through the gamey flavours and the dark malt complemented the roasted flavours of the meat. A beer I would have again, but $11.49 for a 750 is a little much, all and all, a good beer from Jolly Pumpkin.

Halcyondays, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of weasbri
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Jolly Pumpkin review. We visited the brewery while visiting relatives in nearby Ann Arbor, and picked up a few to bring home.
Color is a reddish-brown, with a little bit of head and not much lacing. I get a slight bit of funkiness mixed with perhaps some cherry in the aroma.
I actually enjoyed the flavor of this. A tad on the light (watery) side, but I've gotten a little tired of all the Imperials this winter, so this was a nice contrast. Good tartness on the sides of my mouth, but some sweetness as well, definitely some raisin in there.
I like this one, as I said, as a contrast to some of the "big" beers I've been having, I could have a good session with this brew.

weasbri, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown in color with only a little froth around the edges.
There's some kind of cola, coffee smell in the nose and the taste. Can't quite put my finger on it, but it's definitely there. It's not jiving with me though. Taste is the aforementioned cola and coffee with a bunch of carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium and non-cloying. I'm a huge Jolly Pumpkin fan, but this is by far my least favorite of their offerings.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of rsyberg01
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz bottle, 07 stamping on bottom of bottle. recieved in week two powerball from theblackmallard, cheers to you sire

A - pours a slightly hazed deep orange, head doesnt stand for too long and reduces to a thin patchy layer on the beer.

S - earthy, tart smell, tart cherry notes, very slight sweet chocolate note.

T - chocolate undertone, earthy, bitter is gentle but gradually getting more and more bitter, cherry is subdued but definitely there.

M - dry, crisp, slightly lingering

D - 4.3%, oh yeah. Not necessarily a session, but damn near

rsyberg01, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle, "Batch 255", pours dark plummy dark tan head, initially huge, then fairly quickly down to islands and wildly lacing the glass. Just some slight cola and hints of earthy horse infused funk in the nose. I have a hard time getting a good take on these Jolly P beers. I dont drink em that often and when I do they always seem somehow hard to figure out. Have they gone south in the bottle or are they supposed to be slightly over carbonated, then somewhat thin taste wise and then wild and funky? Anyway, I'll go with the wild and funky thing here, as this one seems fresh and in good shape. Notes of more cola, wood, tang, slight barnyard funkyness, moderatly sour, with just light malts and minor to no hops. Interesting, lively and active brew, its alive and vibrant in the mouth. Give this one a try if you like some sourness and are able to find a bottle or two in you area.

Billolick, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of DaggerEyes
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large Bottle, Batch # 255

Poured into my tulip glass a hazy brown with a slight slight slight hint of red an enormous craggy tan head rose up in the glass. The head looked lik

sweet and tart on the nose. hints of cola, brown sugar. Winey a faint bit of sour cherry. A little funky...call me crazy but I even detect a very subtle dill pickle like scent on the nose.

Taste is a bit blunt and monochromatic for a jolly pumpkin, but it's not bad, very smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some faint cola flavors, funkiness, tart...sour cherry, brown sugar, some cocoa...
Bitter bite on the aftertaste almost a little medicinal or asprin-esque, but none the less very refreshing.

I must say I admire a beer at 4.3, super sessionable, which is great for those nights when you want to enjoy a few glasses but don't want to loose your edge...perfect for a night like tonight when I'm trying to get tax bullshit together.

This is slightly disappointing for a Jolly Pumpkin, pales in comparison to a god of a beer like their La Roja, but even though this maybe a Jolly Pumpkin low light it's none the less a pretty decent brew

DaggerEyes, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of off white foam on a dark, ruby colored body with slight haze. The head settles at a moderate pace, but leaves thick lace.

S - Sweet and sour fruity aromas hit the nose first. Peppery notes with a hint of unrefined sugar.

T - Strong sour note followed by a rough, very woody oak note. Lots of spice in the middle, black pepper, chilies, and cardamom. The finish is very oaky, with a little bit of caramel and some herbal hops.

M - Thin body, high carbonation and a very dry finish. There is a good bit of astringency in the finish as well.

D - This beer has an almost overwhelming amount of raw oak character, and that makes it a little hard to drink for me. This spice notes are nice and there is plenty of refreshing sourness, but the oak is rough around the edges (quite tannic and lacking any vanilla character) and there is not quite enough residual sweetness to balance everything out. In some ways this beer reminds me of Rodenbach, but it is not as subtle or complex; I would expect that with some additional aging it might compare more favorably.

nickfl, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 255.

Pours a very dark brown that is clear with a sizeable creme head. Nose is like browned apples. Seems to switch to what smells like cooked plastic. Liked it at first...nooot diggin' the plastic so much. Flavor is deep and robust. A part of it almost seems like roasted game of some sort. The plastic tone kind of comes back, and I have to say it kills the experience a bit. There is just something lacking...something out of line. Feel has a very full carbonation and the liquid is about standard. I personally like the Bam Bière better as it is one of my favorite American produced saisons.

RblWthACoz, Feb 11, 2008
Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.