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E. S. Bam - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 14
Gots: 28 | FT: 3
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Big78CJ on 02-14-2008

E.S. Bam - Extra Special Farmhouse Ale
A Bam celebration of excess. More malt, more hops, same vivacious personality.

Seasonal released in April
4.7% Alc./Vol.
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Ratings: 445 | Reviews: 239
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy amber under a 2” white foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: Has a lemony, tart, light funk aroma that reminds me of Orval.
T: Big lemony citrusy tartness balanced by an assertive hop bitter emphasis. The hop bitterness masks some of the barnyard funk.
F: Soft in the mouth yet tart, medium light body and medium high carbonation.
O: Tart, dry and refreshing with an assertive bitterness.

Photo of jakewatt135
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

bottled on 3/16/12
enjoyed on 9/8/14

great aroma on this, citrusy with some funk, my favorite part of the beer. the flavor following the aroma kind of fell off for me. up front some good citrus flavor which fades into funk and some earth tones in the finish. very light and crisp, high carbonation which was to be expected in this particular bottle. overall not something i will rush out to get again but it was something nice to sip on for a change of pace.

Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy golden brown tea color.

There’s a lightly tart aroma with notes of dark cherries on it.

I get some more dark cherries as I sip, with a light sourdough funk rounding it out. There’s a tart finish and a light body. Tasty and delicate.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is the kind of wild ale i would drink all day every day. the best of the bam incarnations i think, more hoppy, reminds me of mikkeller ak alive, that funky, so darn good. only lightly hazy amber color liquid with more than an inch of pearly white head as light as a feather and lasting for the whole drink. on tap at hops and pie, i love their beer program. aromas of farmhouse funk and citrusy hops, its a reall cool and uncommon combination. flavors of brett in all its glory mingle with the hops, which only add a little bitterness but a ton of oomph to a beer as sessionable as this one. the yeast and funk combo here is pure glory, light and bright, and the mouthfeel is incredibly dry, with some peppery spice and a gorgeous hop bouquet mixing with the brett. complex and supremely drinkable at under 5% abv. i wish i had a mainline of this, i would never get bored. some of the most impressive stuff in a beautiful catalog from jolly pumpkin.

Photo of Chico1985
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1046/1047, bottled 3-14-12. Had this once loooong ago on-tap, curious to try it again and see how it has held up up after 20 months. Shared with friends.

Gusher bottle! Darkish orange body with plenty of bubbles and some haze. Ridiculous foamy off-white head morphing into all sorts of shapes and sizes, lace everywhere, etc.

Nice scent of brett/light tart fruits, bread, some grass and earthy tones.

Taste follows suit, still some nice hoppage at this point. Good, somewhat tame tart brett presence, apple, citrus fruits, bread, grass, some earthy and farmy tones.

Very carbonated and foamy, maybe a bit detracting but it works decently with these flavors. Other than that, quite easy drinking.

Like many JP saisons, nothing earth-shattering but certainly a pleasant and interesting beer. Good brett and some x-tra hops.

Photo of superspak
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled 4/16/2012. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a big 3 finger dense and rocky off white head with insane retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of green apple, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, grass, hay, pepper, herbal, brett funk, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and fruity/spicy yeast/brett notes; with good strength. Taste of green apple, pear, lemon zest, orange zest, bread, pepper, clove, grass, hay, herbal, brett funk, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Good amount of tart earthy spiciness/bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, pepper, clove, hay, grass, herbal, brett funk, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hops with fruity/spicy yeast/brett flavors with a fair amount of malt presence; with a moderately dry finish with no cloying flavors. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy saison style. All around good balance and complexity of hops and fruity/spicy yeast and brett flavors; and extremely crisp and smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of SanDNigel
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark golden honey. Creamy off-white head
S- Sour hoppiness. A very exciting smell. Just a ton of depth in the smell range
T- Slight sour with a nice crisp clean hoppiness. What a great beer
M- Great. Enough bubble but not overwhelming. Really clean
O- A really great beer that I look forward to enjoying again.

Photo of goochpunch
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep caramel amber body with a thick, foamy head. Really good head retention on this one. Smell and taste should be taken with a grain of salt, as this bottle is over 2 years old. Hops aren't as up front as the label would have me believe (obviously because of the age). Still a tasty beer with caramel malt flavors, slight toast, and prominent brett both in the nose and taste. Tasty. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with some prickly carbonation. Kind of fluffy as well like a good hefe. This is a nice beer that I'd love to try fresh one day. Unfortunately the place that I buy Jolly Pumpkin in Louisiana is a beer museum (i.e., most of their stock is older than dirt).

Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: bottle foamed up immediately upon opening, despite careful storage. Medium, dirty-golden hue with a moderate haze and an indiscernible effervescence. Head is four fingers of extremely inconvenient ivory foam with great retention; annoying, but pretty.

Smell: light malt with just a touch of sour and funk; the overall character is very grassy, green, and fresh; it really evokes springtime. Not only do I really like it, I think it is a very successful execution of the brewer's intentions.

Taste: somewhat dry malt with a bit of caramel character, but only a bit. A light farmhouse funk is present, just as in the aroma, and the grassy character is maintained. Despite its relatively light intensity (it is only 4.7%, after all), I really like the composition of the flavor here.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good level of carbonation and a refreshing effervescence.

Overall: a very refreshing, light, tasty and drinkable saison. If I didn't have to drive to Oregon to get this, I would think about keeping a few bottles on hand!

Photo of TheBrewo
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served on tap at the Jolly Pumpkin Café taproom in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It arrived in a generic geometrical pint glass, showing a golden cider coloring. It held a one and a half finger tall head of thick bubbles that were similar in color and consistency to eggnog, but with a chunkier cakey component to them. This allowed for coating sheets and rings of lacing to be deposited around the glass. A thick haze cut clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma was wrought with cinnamon and stronger phenolic clove, soured barnyard yeastiness bordering on their Bretty-esque house yeast, creamy lactics, spicy amber and pale malts, lemon peel, sourdough breadiness, dirty wheat crust, watermelon fruitiness, and sesame seed. Our first impression was that the flavoring showed strong bitterness as expected, but this mixed expertly with the soured yeastiness, and the hefty hoppy background. As we sipped, the taste opened with a pale, red, and wheaty malt base, grapefruity and oily pine hoppiness, under ripe nectarine, raw crabapple astringency, gravel, white flour, and bittered sourness of yeast. The middle came to a peak with crisper, paler malts, light honey, stone and dust, green strawberries, raspberry puck, drying wheat flour, white sugar flashes, bittered lemon and lime rind, sesame seed, sunscreen chemicals, and dried grassy hop sweetness. The ending wash came with pale and bittered amber malts, soapy detergent, grassy and green hop oil pucker, bittered lemongrass, earthiness, icy mineral, lactic acidity, and barnyard funk. The aftertaste breathed of tannic breakfast tea, unsweetened lemonade, pungent gorgonzola cheesiness, lactic creaminess, bittering lemon rind, earthiness of hops, black pepper, soft booze bitters, and light vanilla woodiness. The body was solidly medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave creamy slurp and smack, with soft froth and foam. The mouth was initially cooled and coated, but this quickly flashed into floury dry astringency across the tongue and hard palate alike, with lighter than expected bittering puck. The abv was easy, and the beer sipped easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its surprising hoppiness though the aroma, and spilling over to follow through in the flavoring. This aspect added a curious, organic pleasantness to the already bittering bite and sourness of the yeast. These both had to sit high against the inherent rawness and astringency of the malts themselves, and to that goal they succeeded nicely. The feel remained creamy throughout, easing drinkability. The aroma actually was easier than the taste by the end, as the bitterness did tend to slow you down by the bottom of the glass. Either way, it works, and the ultimate blend remains memorable, lingering on both the taste buds and the mind.

Photo of sitarist
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 1050 bottled 09-20-12.

It has a murky, golden, honey like color. A stream of tiny bubbles rise up to a half a glass of meringue like head that takes its time. Sheets and webs of lacing cling on.

It has a funky aroma, like a g-spot tornado. Barn, old library books, vitamins, and lemon; there are also some spicy , and faint fruit notes. The funk comes on the strongest.

Though the funk is still there, it does not dominate its' flavor as I was hoping. Red apple; seeds & all, grapes; seeds & all, some herbal notes, white peppercorn, with a dose of funk.

Light to medium in body, it does not feel flat, nor is it over-carbonated. It has dry finish that fades pretty quick.

Its' flavor failed to match its wonderful aroma, but still it is an enjoyable beer. No problem drinking the bottle.

Photo of vfgccp
2.56/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottled Feb 2011, opened July 2013.

A - Super hazy, dried apricot body. Tall, foamy head pops out of the glass. Awesome retention and stelar lace.

S - Super sour, with a touch of barn-yard funk. Pear, green apple, peach, hay, tart white grapes.

T - Surprisingly little sour in the flavor profile. Sharp herbal bitters, dish soap, lemon, unripe peach.

M - Disappointingly thin body with an overly fizzy mouthfeel.

O - Unfortunately the mouthfeel kills the beer, and it comes off as aggressively seltzer water.

Photo of tectactoe
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Jolly Pumpkin's pub in Ann Arbor. ES Bam pours the color of liquid, molten copper - it's translucent, though doesn't exhibit anywhere near the clarity necessary to be called "clear". A crisp, beige-tinted head rests on hop; clunky and made of large bubbles, it perches up there for quite a while before finally reducing to a foamy skin.

When each of your beers (for the most part) is made with a similar fermenting, aging, and packaging process with the same types of equipment and in the same location, your beers will typically all carry a common denominator, though they may still all be completely different from an ingredient standpoint. Jolly Pumpkin knows this territory well, and ES Bam contains the same funky aroma that you could easily pick out of a line up of beers anywhere.

Musty barnyard, wet hay, and cheesecloth-y Brett are packed into the aroma. Enough dry oak to go around and remain prominent for the better half of the brew, too. The backdrop contains shades of pear-like tartness and a mildly leafy-herbal hop bill, but the funk is certainly the dominant character, here.

Surprisingly enough, the taste begins with an initial fruit sweetness and a faint tart twinge. Far from sour, mind you, and still not as tart as La Roja, Oro, or Bam Biere, but enough tartness to be notable. It's impressive how quickly that tartness is brush aside, however, for the gigantic wave of funk that would be soon to follow.

Mound after mound of funk gets heaped into the palate with each sip; horsey funk, cheesy funk, dry, old, musty, Brett-y funk, completely with a faint burst of pineapple and wet cork. I love funk as much as the next guy, but the sheer balance of this brew may be slightly out of kilter... It seems more like a different take on Bam Noire rather than Bam Biere. The bone dry, oak-ladden finish is commonplace for JP brews, and this one is no different.

The mouth is not bad, but neigh is it anything special. Crispy, slightly effervescent and possibly a little vapid on the palate, but isn't that to be expected for a 4.7% ABV farmhouse ale? Pretty quaffable on the grand scheme of things, but this is a bit lower on the list of beers I reach for when I'm at Jolly Pumpkin. The problem is that ES Bam has no unique qualities that would make me come back to it versus other JP beers, plain and simple.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Bottled 3-19-12
Drank summer 2012
A- This beer pours a murky dark orange body with racing strands of microcarbonation supporting a thick head this is like shaving cream. The head last after the beer is gone.

S- The fresh British hop have a green herbal quality to them blend with a fruity funk note underneath. There is a fresh rain and mint note that turn more into a perfume old aftershave quality as it warms.

T- The woody green bright hops have some nice brett flavors of white cheese rind and some grapefruit pith that are full and linger into the after taste.

M- The light mouthfeel has a refreshing crisp fizz that compliments some of the brett and hop characters.

O- The bright crisp balance of hops and brett come together with a nice grapefruit character linking them together. This is a wonderful beer to drink as the complexity and full flavor make delicious but the light mouthfeel keeps it very sessionable.

Photo of DelMontiac
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml capped bottle filled on 04/12/12 into a nonic. Stored in the cellar for about 9 months.

This beer looks beautiful - slightly hazed honey/orange with 3 fingers of super dense eggshell rocky-peaked froth. Lace is off the charts leaving sip rings and large 3D clumps of the froth all over the glass, the last sip comes from under a 1 inch layer of fine creamy foam. Impressive.

Aroma...hmm...it's a bit of a bummer - fresh cut grass and dank dirty gym socks with a tad bit of lemon/lime.

As with my other experiences with JP, flavors are not pronounced and quite flat for a saison. Grassy hops are the highlight of flavor followed by some lemon grass, peppery spice, and dank yeast.

I do like the medium/full feel. It's creamy and oily for a saison. Low abv makes for high drinkability.

Overall, I am not overly impressed with this beer or with this brewery to be honest. However, I may give it another shot since bottle was a year old. Maybe it just didn't hold up well. If the taste matches the look and feel when it's fresh, then I would recommend it.

Photo of mikem0487
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle poured into Tired Hands saison glass. Bottled on 03/06/12

A-This thing poured a crazy huge thick head. Almost a hands width of white dense foam. I know its bottled conditioned like all their beers so this guy was just waiting to be opened. Foam is literally coming out of the top of the bottle as I type this haha. Other than the over carbonation within the bottle the beer looks good. An unfiltered burnt brown/orange body takes place of the huge head after some time. Nice lacing as I drink it.

S-Smell is full of different aromas. Burnt carmelized sugar, hop resin, tangerine/orange rind and a funkyness that gives off the aroma of some brettanomyces. Citrus notes are in the back end mixed in with some black pepper.

T-The taste is not as interesting as the nose. Caramel, bitter orange rind, citrus fruits, bready malts, pepper and some tartness at the finish. Has flavor but not as pronounced as they are in the nose.

M-After the initial pour(s) the carbonation is actually really nice. Medium mouthfeel with dry finish.

O-A good farmhouse saison that lacks in the flavor department. Expected more with the nose offering up alot of unique flavors but definitely do not shine through with the taste. Maybe a fresh one would change all that?

Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Biergarten in Jenks, OK. Bottled on 04/12/12

Pours caramel with 3+ fingers of rocky cream colored head. Head conitinues to surge from the bottle neck. Insane lacing & head retention, clouds up a bit as the bottle drains

S: Sourness & appleskins that fade as this warms

T: Follows the nose, much sourness & tartness up front. There's a touch of grapefruit as this wams, pears & crab apples with some tamped down cinnamon notes, but mostly sour & tart. Finishes fruitty tart & sour

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation

Suoer drinkability, this is one my favorites from JP

Photo of Muhly
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into large rounded beer glass.

A-uhhhh, explosive? A big gush of foam greets you upon opening the bottle. Pours with a mountain of sculptured foam head. The foam kind of makes twisties as it escapes from the bottle. Retention is prolonged. Lacing is solid. Pours a cloudy dark orange/amber.

S-pungent funk, barnyard and pale malts. Definitely some orange wafting in here. Some pepper notes.

T-definite Brett kick here. Taste gives a bit of vegetable earthiness, peppercorn and orange rind.

M-a moderately full mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation making it somewhat effervescent. Finishes with a tiny bit of almost tart sweetness.

O-a funky farmhouse beer. Certainly meets the requirements for wild and crazy ale.

Photo of MadScientist
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not a gusher but be ready for a bit of foam over and than watch as foam slowly rises from the bottle after pour out a glass. The beer is a slightly hazy light copper color. The head is beyond enthusiastic with a light tan, meringue like, stiff foam filling three quarters of the glass.

S: A moderate grapefruit-like tart aroma and barnyard Brett funk with the grapefruit being from from the yeast. There is still a moderately-light citrus hops aroma but being a year old time has diminished their strength. There is also a fair amount of malt aroma being mostly Pils malt with some bready and a touch of caramel.

T: Not as sour as the nose suggest with just a light sour but a decent amount of Brett character. The hops flavor is low and the bitterness is moderate with a slightly pithiness that built as you sip it. There is the fruit and peppery spice of Belgian yeast. There is a moderate pils malt and light caramel malt flavor. The balance is slightly tart and bitter. The after taste is of bitter lemon and lime peels.

M: A medium bodied creamy beer with a moderately-strong level of carbonation.

O: It an off beat beer that defies style but it's enjoyable and worth the purchase. It is a bit too thick and malty to be a Saison and is maybe like a light weight, dry triple. Defiantly a great beer to enjoy with dinner with an acidic, citrusy character that with cut through rich foods just avoid sweet sauces otherwise you'll have that orange juice meets toothpaste effect.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: A bit of a gusher, this beer pours dark golden color, almost amber with four fingers of head, even on a careful pour. Retention and lacing are extremely good.

S: Citrus hops mixes with musty and citrusy brett. A bit of lactic acidity keeps this from being a brett bomb. A bit of fruity sweetness in there, too.

T: Very dry with citrusy and funky brett. Really reminds me of a Belgian Pale Ale with brett. Quite bitter, hoppy farmhouse ale is a good descriptor. A touch of caramel and fruity sweetness helps keep this beer from being too dry.

M: Light bodied and quite carbonated.

O: This is a very nice hoppy Saison with brett. Dry, funky, with a nice hoppiness that mixes well with the brett.

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a huge foamy white head.

Cucumber, pear and lemon mist with loads of funky brett. Aquatic is a word that comes to mind at the moment. Steely, totally sharp, very light white citrus. Sourness in there..

Funk is reinforced in taste. Brett comin on strong with mild lemony citrus but subdued acidity. Peppery and wild..very sharp..i dig it. Dry finish complements acidic flavors. cclleeaann.

Light body, buzzy carbonation, and dry aftertaste

Yes.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Ridiculous and annoying overflow carbonation, hazy orange, mountain of head and lacing
S - Spicy, sour citrus, musty, light perfume
T - Pepper and stale sour citrus, funky yeast, sharp pale grain
M - Light and over the top carbonated, musty dry finisg
O - Tasty enough but the funky mustiness of it is a bit heavy, still tasty though and worth a purchase

Photo of DoktorZee
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. The bottle is labeled as batch 1037/1038 and bottled 3/6/2012. This one foamed up pretty seriously even though it wasn't agitated prior to opening. Had to wait a while to get a proper pour to check out.

A - HUGE, fluffy head, almost sculptural in its density and structure; lots of dry, caked lacing on the sides of the glass. Orange/copper in color, cloudy and lots of obvious effervescence.

S - strong sour and Belgian yeast notes: sour apple and funk. Some lemon peel and earthy spice, but it's definitely in the background.

T - extremely sharp, crisp drinking beer with a very dry finish. Moderate initial bitterness driven by a very earthy/spicy hop presence, and bitter through to the finish. Some mild acidity and funk throughout, but these are a lot less intense than the nose would suggest.

M - body is light-medium to medium, with high, effervescent carbonation. No booziness and a SUPER dry finish.

Sadly my experience with this bottle was marred somewhat by a relative foam explosion, but when I got it all under control it was still really tasty. I'm a little surprised just how dry and clean it is in the finish and how it was less funky/sour than the nose suggested. Ultimately it was pretty much what the name suggested: a hoppy farmhouse ale that was pretty solid for the category.

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 ml, bottled bath #1067 bottled April 11 2012 poured into a dfh snifter.

A: I opened the bottle, tunes around for a minuet, look back and foam is pourin out of the bottle, which is IMO a bit obnoxious, this bottle has been in my fridge for a week and there was no agitation to warrant such things. Pours a murky brown amber with a massive two and a half fingers of head... The only positive to the appearance is that it leavs alot of sticky lacing.

S: mellowed Brett funk and citrus notes, along with a good bit of floral character. Not a bad nose, but nothing overly impressive.

T: nice amount of Brett funk, nice citrus notes as well, lemony, some nice herbal hop character as well, a touch if caramel malt in there as well, very well balanced. The oak comes into play here, much more then in the aroma... Overall I get Brett funk, citrus, grassy/herbal hops, a vague touch of pine, and some nice oak.

M: light medium body with spritzy carbonation, has a touch if creamyness to it as well, dry on the finish with a touch if bitterness.

O: this is a pretty good saison, to bad it had the problems it did when unopened it, which immediately started me off with a negative opinion, but by the end I found this to be quite delicious, unjust wish I had gotten to it when it was fresher, although it is still perfectly delicious, with a pleasant bitterness I'm it's current form. I could
Deffinatly see myself drinking this again, particuarly if I can get my hands on it wen it is nice an fresh.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a chalice at Local Option.

This thing sounds like it's a Mah-Jong tile... Anyway, it pours a clear wan adobe topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly funky earth, flowers, grass, light green apple peel, light clove, and a touch of vague sweetness way in the background (though this may have been my imagination). The taste delivers a strong sense of chlorophyll-laced bitterness that drowns out most everything else. Shards of clove, wheat, and coriander come into view every now and again, but these sightings are fleeting at best. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this thing is just too bitter for its own good, keeping out most of the usual farmhouse characters and any semblance of Jolly Pumpkin-style sourness.

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