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Bam Noire - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 23
Gots: 61 | 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 twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this bad boy into a snifter. Somewhat cloudy dark ruby color. One of the best heads on a beer I have ever seen. Pillowy, fat off-white clouds float on for ages! Definitely a gorgeous beer.

Dark berry fruit nose, rotting wood, strawberries, pumpkin, cedar trees - very complex. La Folie-esque nose.

Taste is nearly a 180 from the smell! None of the fruitiness from the nose makes it to the 'buds. Dry, woody, earthy, tannins. Funk-a-licious...Brettomyces!

twiggamortis420, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of blakesell
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Yes! I found a sixer at a decent price here in Columbus, so here we go.

Poured from the 12oz bottle into my favourite Belgian style goblet.

Appearance- Beer pours an Oud Bruin Style brown, cloudy, thick and with so much yeast it looks like a largemouth bass has pooped in it. Head is a thin half finger that subsides to a murk across the top with orange pac-man styled power pills across the top. Lacing clings like a four year old that loves you for some strange reason, I guess it's the funny faces.

Smell- Sour and full of wild funk. This is the finest of all funks and Isaac Hayes would be proud to smell this funk. That sweet/sour smell that I love to smell so much that is so characteristic from the Jolly Pumpkin beers. Lactic sourness with a big brettanomyces backbone. Very difficult to catch malt or hops although I'm sure they are there. The bacteria is all I'm getting here.

Taste- Sour and bacteria laden indeed. Very lactic and really, almost unpleasant. Pediococcus thick in the flavor. Very nice upfront, but afterward just ends up tasting a bit like bug spray, something I had never tasted in a beer until a recent beer judging, I'm guessing that lambic had the same things going on in it as this Bam Noire has in it. I had such high hopes, but was kind of smashed with the output.

Mouthfeel- Sour, medium bodied, somewhat warming despite it's low ABV, solventy, very highly carbonated, not a gusher, but just under that level, very tart and puckering.

Drinkability- While I will end up drinking the other 5 bottles over the next five years or so, I will be doing it very slowly to see some significant changes (hopefully).

blakesell, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bam Noire pours an interesting looking hazy tangerine/cola color with a lid of lightly fluffy/frothy, light beige, fuzz.

It brings an interesting array of apples to the table, offering a touch of red apple with much more significant sour/tart golden/green flavors, a solid funk, and a fair bit of peppery spice. It's pretty light bodied but has some definite pop and zing to it's zesty, lightly fuzzy-sharp carbonation.

It's quite refreshing and supremely drinkable, just not quite as complex or solid of a brew as the original Bam. Good beer, but maybe not quite worth the price I payed for it. Well worth a try though.

Slynger, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into a New Belgium chalice. Dark, cloudy reddish-brown color with a substantial head on top, and excellent lacing. There's a soft maltiness in the nose, and a little ripe fruit. Interesting flavor: an initial graham-cracker malt, not too sweet but with a little cocoa. Fruity, yeasty, with a pleasant tart sourness that's much less than the Bam Biere and better blended. Finish is satisfyingly dry.

allengarvin, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity. Batch #250.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" light tan head over the cloudy reddish amber brew. Head lasts tremendously, with heavy frothy lacing. Aroma is spicy and tart. Taste balances the spices with the moderate tart, an intricate tightrope act that JP has mastered here. Mouthfeel is smooth but a little too bubbly, maybe, with nice drinkability as well. Another good thing from the barrels of JP.

ppoitras, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at biegamans Summer Saison tasting, thanks to blankboy for bringing this one.

Pours a clear dark orange/brown, thin off white head forms, drops some nice lace, light ring around the glass sticks, looks good. Smell is good, sweet and malty, grains, brown sugar, tart citrus kick through the middle, honey coated bread, sour dark fruit, nice. Taste is caramel, fruity sourness, toast and dry spice in the middle, tart citrus and biscuity malts in the finish, drying. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Nice beer, JP always delivers. Thanks Paul!

Viggo, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was provided by Sea Bass

A: Pours a dark brownish red hue with hints of shimmering red showing thru. The one finger head is big and rocky. It leaves behingd spotty lace.

S: This one is a nice mixutre of fruit, earthy spice, and a touch of sour.

T: Nice peppery spice with hints of apple and dark fruit. Other spices mingle with bready malt in the middle and the finish has a little tart sourness to it.

M: medium to chewy. Good for the style.

D: Rather enjoyable.

tpd975, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of 11thFloorBrewing
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a muddy dark amber, lots of carbonation, getting a lot of little bubbles, thick fluffy khaki colored head about 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick that lasts forever, thick foam clings to the glass as I drink

Smell - sour apple, stone fruits, light alcohol, cherry, overall the aroma is very subtle

Taste - oh wow this is much lighter in flavor than expected, a wonderful balance of toasty malt, sour apple, definitely a farmhouse but the funk is nicely restrained, the finish is dry with a slight sourness

Mouthfeel - very strong carbonation, lots of bubbles on the tongue, overall very light

Drinkability - I expected this to have a very strong flavor with lots of funk and was pleasantly surprised to find the opposite. Very well balanced, light and refreshing. I am a huge fan and will definitely pick up more bottles soon.

11thFloorBrewing, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Saison Dupont tumbler.

A: Pours the color of Liptons tea; murky, chocolate-brown with suspended sediment and a creamy, three-finger, khaki-colored head that leaves sheets of lace.

S: Earthy and sharp. Tart fruity funk and toasted malt with a helping of oak.

T: Much like above. I found the funk to be pretty restrained for a JP beer. I also noticed an underlying hint of bitter dark chocolate. The toasted malt makes itself known during the finish, as does the oak.

M: Tart and fruity, but not over the top. Dry and spicy on the tongue.

D: I was expecting this to be a sour & funky monster and instead was surprised at how balanced it was.

GbVDave, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle shared at tasting. Pours a muddy chocolate brown with no head. Smell is fresh, tart, and fruity vinegar, and cherries. Taste is mild, dusty, and lightly funky with very faint tart fruity dark flavors. Bubbly mouthfeel, light, and mildly flavored compared to the nose again. Decent.

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of RedDiamond
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a drafty, toys-in-the-attic smell and highly excitable carbonation. Deep mahogany color. Informal flavor with old sock bittering.

Bam Noire has farmhouse written all over it with gentle, backdrop souring, and a gentle body that holds a persistent cap of beige suds. Casually elegant.

RedDiamond, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of gmcfarre
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a nice chocolate / soda brown color with a decent 1/2 inch light tan & dense head. Lacing is moderate.

S - Strong dark fruit with good earthy yeast flavor. Sour dark cherry, raisin and plum. Some spiciness adds to the welcome earthy scents. Almost chocolately in its darkness. Good, interesting flavor.

T - Starts with nice dark fruit sweetness, mainly sour dark cherry and raisins. Mid-palate presents some dry spiciness with good, dark earthy flavor. Finish is dry and sour, in a champagne-like way. Well balanced and interesting.

M - High carbonation with a very tingly sensation on the tongue. Medium bodied. Crisp finish with lots of residual spice and some sweetness.

D - An interesting take on the saison, adding dark fruit flavors to the traditional earthy spice. Another winner from Jolly Pumpkin. Low alcohol for such a dark beer. Flavor stays appealing as it warms.

gmcfarre, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of demitriustown
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle: An awesome sour apple, sweet, yeast, a little bit of caramel malt and some fruit undertones. Appearance is a deep dark reddish brown with a thick tan head that lingers for a while. Taste is subtle but very refreshing. The notes in the aroma don't really pop. Nice and tart with some lingering yeast. Palate is nicely carbonated, lip feel is bubbly, mouth feel is light with a lightly malty aftertaste. Overall, It's pretty good stuff. Not as good as the regular Bam or the ES bam IMHO. Cheers!

demitriustown, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of BeerTruth
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to iceicebaby for this brew.

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a very dark ruby with a fluffy two finger light khaki colored head which stays there forever. Solid layer of webbing remains on the sides of the glass once the head finally decides to fall down. Lots of tiny crazy bubbles sprinting to the top. Smell is funky and sour with hints of leather and wood. Pear, a touch of vinegar, and sour yeast in the nose with some apple as well. Pretty complex aroma overall. Taste begins with lemongrass, farmhouse hay, and sour dark fruits. Earthy hops and some woody malts blend midway leading to a funky dry aftertaste. Again this beer is complex but in the flavor profile, very nice. Light and creamy feel with a medium body and steady carbonation. I feel this could be a very interesting session brew. I've seen a few JP brews around here, but unfortunately not this one. Bam Noire is just proof again that American breweries really know what they're doing when it comes to Belgian style beers. Keep up the good work JP, you Michigan folk are lucky bastards.

BeerTruth, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of halfP1NT
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to johnd513 for this one.

This beer pours a nice dark mahogany with a thick, dense, off-white head. Some yeast sediment is floating throughout. The head sticks around for a long time and leaves some big lacing behind.

Smell is yeast and fruit; sour apples, pears, raisins, bready and a little bit of spice. Smell is not very strong, but the breadiness is dominant.

Taste is very bready. It starts out very tart and a little sweet with some flavors of fruit; plum, apple, sour grapes. Lots of carbonation, crisp and bitter, finishes very dry and clean.

This is quite a refreshing beer for the hot weather, very drinkable. I think I would drink this more often in the summer if it were available in NJ.

halfP1NT, Jun 14, 2008
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
Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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