E. S. Bam - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 14
Gots: 28 | FT: 3
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
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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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A further interesting JP. Cherry smell. Good significant sourness in the taste. The smell is hay and garass. Citrus and pine. Dark brown coloured body and bresh. The famyard is in the finish.Thanks ken for sharing. Good drinkability, slight acididty but only to those novices in alcohol.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate earthy aromas of spices and yeast in the nose along with some notes of sourness. The sour aromas become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is quite spicy; however the sourness is stronger and persists into the finish. Notes of the underlying grainy malts are also detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: The spiciness and dryness make the beer feel rather refreshing and the sourness adds a unique twist. Drinking a full bottle of this was a breeze.

Note: Batch 763, Bottled March 30, 2011

Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy medium copper with some orange tints. Initial massive creamy head settles down into a small ring and leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

S: Quite intriguing. The initial whiff is some earthy, floral, and citrus hops reminiscent of orange pith. Alongside this comes a good amount of funk with accompanying sourness. Some caramel and bready malt in the background.

T: Quite similar to the nose, but everything isn't quite as in balance as the nose would suggest. The hops are a little less pronounced, leaving behind flavors of earth, funk, and a bit of sourness.

M: Very nice dryness accompanying the funk, but all around this is just a little bit too thin.

D: Very nice and complex; a lot going on and certainly enough to keep me occupied for half the bottle. I'm curious to see how quite a bit of age will treat this, and I intend to find out.

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 288/289

Appearance: Pours a cherry-tinged cloudy amber color with a bountiful rocky head that won't quit and leaves all kinds of interesting lace patterns

Smell: Funky farmhouse, sour green apples, juicy fruit gum and lemony citrus

Taste: Opens with a distinct nod to the sour flavors, with a growing sourness compounded by bitter citrus and green apples; underlying hint of juicy fruit, to add balance; the sourness moderates after the swallow as the yeast elements move forward and join the malt into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; prickly sourness

Drinkability: An interesting experiment, but I am not crazy about the combination of the hoppy bitterness and the sourness; I guess I like one of the other but not both in tandem

Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow, I feel like I've been taken back hundreds of years as the first sip of this beer takes on the character that I'd expect in those early versions: Raw rustic yeast elements, strong hop character, and moderate strength; yet not lacking complexity.

Muddy copper in color, the rusticity begins with the eye. Opaque with its yeasty haze, the beer builds a rocky eggshell white head that's as creamy, firm, and withstanding as you'd ever want it to be. It's a true Belgian ale appearance through and through.

Weedy and acidic hops work over the nose with the scent of grapefruit pith, lemon, muddled grasses, and under ripened grapes. An underlying brine of sea air, saddle leather, burnt plastics, and horse hair character create complexity and intrigue that extends well into taste.

Where the most terse of malt character was claimed in the aromas, the taste starts off with a cracker-ish taste of bread crust and baked barley before turning dry and giving the flavors over to the hops and yeast. Acidic flavors limes, grapefruit skins and pith, fresh cut straw bridge the taste of hops to the taste of fruit-forward esters and spicy yeast phenols. The plastic taste approaches almost-smoke and medicinal notes before steering toward the brine of mussel shells and iron-like snap. Turning from fruity to sharply acidic bitterness in finish, the beer closes with fleeting malt taste and spicy hop aftertaste.

Medium-light in body, the light malt presence allows the carbonation to play out on the palate with a semi-creamed, but mostly prickle feel. But the finish ushers in slight woody dryness, resinous dryness, and minty alcohol warmth. Only the bitterness of hops and a memory of brine last into an extended finish.

With so much earthen character and unrestrained mineral and wild yeast character, I appreciate the value that Jolly Pumpkin places on the raw taste of Saison- done the upper Midwest way.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of tart and sour notes with some grainy malt. Taste is also a weird mix between some grainy malt with some tart and sour notes and an astringent final. Not as balanced as the Weizen Bam that I tasted a couple of days before.

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy golden yellow brew. The head was pretty vigorous and lasted quite a while. The smell of the beer was pretty sour and I guess there might have been some hops in the distance. The taste was more sour I thought than hoppy. The hops might have enhanced the tartness of the beer. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad, it felt like it was on the medium side. This was decent in my opinion.

Revisit 7-27-11: paired with a flat iron steak entive salad. It really brought this beer back to what I think it was supposedto be like. No sour quality at this point. The taste of the beer almost had an earthy vanilla flavor to it. Very impressive pairing at the Trapp Door.

Photo of largadeer
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber, almost opaque. A thick, frothy three finger head forms from a gentle pour. JP beers always have fantastic head retention and this one is no exception.

Smell: Earthy, herbal hops with a slightly metallic undertone. This is pretty subtle in aroma, and it's very homogenous; I can't really pick out anything specific.

Taste & mouthfeel: Flavors of spice and savory herb (rosemary, sage) greet the palate immediately, leading to a hint of bitter lemon peel and tobacco. The mouthfeel is incredibly light, almost watery, and bone-dry. This is almost lambic-like in its dryness. The finish brings out an herbal hop note with a pleasant lingering bitterness. This is definitely hoppy for the style, though still pretty tame in the grand scheme of things.

Notes: Really nice stuff, I'm glad I decided to pick up a bottle of this.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Polished persimmon with crystalline clarity. The mad rush of miniscule bubbles immediately after the pour slows down to a more sedate pace within several minutes, but not before creating one of the stickiest, rockiest crowns this side of the Belgian countryside. The pint glass is coated with everything from small scraps of lace to large chunks of foam. I love it!

Like all JPAA beer, this one contains critters. The telltale aroma of wild yeast emanates from the glass with even a casual sniff. The good thing is that funk doesn't completely overwhelm everything else. This should be interesting beer. It might even be good beer.

I'm not impressed. There isn't as much malt as expected and complexity suffers as a result. E.S. Bam might have more malt (and more hops) than Bam Biere, but how much barley can any brewer pack into a saison that's only 4.7%. Even though hop flavor has surely faded in the nearly one year since the release, there's still a good bit of bitterness to be had.

My biggest gripe with most Jolly Pumpkin beer is that it's overattenuated. It isn't a flaw since that's the way it was brewed, but I don't have to like it. A few malt sugars would be great right about now. Some dry, crisp saisons are fantastic and are insanely drinkable. This isn't one of them.

There isn't much to the flavor profile. The beer tastes like a malt-deficient wild ale that has a modest amount of funk and more lemongrassy bitterness than fruity tartness. It's okay and is growing on me a little, but it isn't E(xtra) S(pecial) by any stretch of the imagination.

Part of the problem is a mouthfeel that's too light (no matter the ABV) and is too sharply carbonated. The bubbles hit hard and fast, then fade quickly, so there's no trace of creaminess on the swallow.

Granted, this was almost certainly better beer when fresh (batch 267, 268). Then again, any saison that can't go 11-12 months in the bottle doesn't deserve to be called a saison. Those who love everything Jolly Pumpkin will probably love E.S. Bam. Those who want a world-class version should look elsewhere.

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. What does the 'E.S'. stand for? Is this a farmhouse take on the ESB, maybe? Cute eponymous mutt on the label, too.

This beer pours a hazy, cloudy medium golden amber hue, with a feisty amount of thick, foamy, dense whipped-cream head, which leaves broad chunks of 'lace' around the glass as it very lazily settles. It looks like a damned dessert.

It smells prominently of earthy, herbal funk - thank you, Mr. Brett - some edgy, acidic citrus fruit, dry yeast, muscat wine, a bit of white vinegar, and soft floral hops. The taste is edgy, grainy, and a tad biscuity malt, moderate earthy funk, some faint yeast, a strong leafy hoppiness, and a kind of isolated grassy bitterness.

The carbonation is quite reserved, but well structured, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and so-so in the smoothness realm. It finishes fairly dry, the graininess, yeasty funk, and bitter, grassy hops lingering so much the cops have taken an interest.

A nice, hoppy farmhouse ale, with a bitterness that may well qualify it as a bitter, were these types of beers made in Great Britain. Anyways, tasty, complex, and definitely not in a place where one might plead 'needs more dog'...

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep amber tone, hazy and murky. Fluffy foam, not as carbonated as the standard Bam. Bits of irregular lace here and there.

Sweet and bready malt aroma, floral hops, and trace amounts of wet stone that seems to sometimes be attributed to wild yeasts.

Malty body, light and ever-bubbly carbonation, mild floral and bitterness from the extra hops. They are more of the grassy/leafy variety. Some mild fruity pear also that comes and goes. Tasty and approachable, seems that it would definitely pair well with many dishes.

Although I still prefer the standard Bam Biére, this is a close 2nd, with Noire in 3rd.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a medium brown with a bit of deep orange tint a creamy slight off white head atop leaving broken lace behind s it never completely settled.A mix of herbal and earthy hop mixed with juicy fruit and just a touch of wet grainy funk,flavors are a mix of hops,somewhat earthy and medicinal with an underlying sourness all up against a hard slighty sweet maltbase.I liked this brew more than the regular Bam, much more hop complexity.

Photo of womencantsail
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Provisions

A: The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a big off-white head.

S: A mild to moderate tartness with notes of apples and lemon peel. A mild spice to the beer with a nice breadiness and sweetness. Some earthy and floral notes with just a little bit of oak character.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor is far too bitter. The bitterness and very high carbonation drown out the other flavors. Negligible tartness, which just isn't right for a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Floral and earthy tones as well as some light grass and oak.

M: Medium in body with a lot of carbonation.

O: This was a rare miss by Jolly Pumpkin to me. I don't think I'll bother with this one again.

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange amber color with a foamy, bubbly, small, off-white head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled slight funky with some citrus and lemon zest.

T - It tasted of mild funkiness, some sweet caramel and a lemon kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a somewhat dry finish. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good saison. I'd recommend it.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, mahogany-hued body with a full, fizzy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Biscuity malt aroma layered with notes of wood, spice, and a spoonful of fruit preserves enveloped in a mild, earthy funk.

Taste: Toasted maltiness with a smattering of fruit pulp and a fair amount of sweetness. Medium spicy bitterness. Tiny blip of acidity. Faint hint of wood. Standard funkiness you come to expect from Jolly Pumpkin, only dialed way down. Finishes crisp with a final blending of bitter and funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Lively carbonation keeps the palate on guard.

Drinkability: As always, it's another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin (only less so).

Photo of TMoney2591
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Rocky, light brown head of foam on top of a hazy, dark brown body. The head retention is epic and when the foam eventually settles it leaves very nice lace.

S - Pine and lemon hop aromas that mesh well with the somewhat sour funk. A little bit of wheat character with musty wild yeast notes.

T - Sour caramel malts up front with lots of toasted grain. Light funk and spicy wheat in the middle with relatively light acidity. Finishes somewhat sour with toasted malt notes and light, lemony hop flavor. Lingering sour caramel character with light hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - I never know what to expect from JP and I try to come at their beers without and preconceptions, but in this case I couldn't help but hope for a strongly hoppy sour after seeing the label. The aroma certainly didn't dissapoint. Restrained funkiness blended nicely with spicy lemon and pine hops to create a nice, complex aromatic experience. Unfortunately the flavor did not deliver in the same way the aroma did. There were hints of the same complexity, but it was mostly bogged down by heavy, sour caramel malt and toast; something about this particular combination of bready malt and wild character just didn't work for me. I was also let down to find that the pleasant, spicy hop character form the aroma was mostly absent from the flavor. This really hurts the beer; those hops could have helped to balance out the weird malt and also may have brought out the complexity of the funk the way that they did in the aroma.

I have always felt that JP can be pretty hit and miss, and this one was a bit of a miss. Still, this sort of thing is just the price one pays for the thoroughly worthwhile hits like Weizen Bam.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jolly Pumpkin E.S.Bam
750 ml / batch 374 /375

Appearance: A massive head of antique-white foam rises up as it's poured. A mostly clear chestnut brown body teems with life as tiny bubbles rise from below. Good head retention, very good lacing.

Aroma: Brettanomcyes is clearly evident... some fruitiness, caramelish malt, leafy hops, and a mild peppery/woody/patchouli-like/orange/herbal spiciness..

Taste: A bold bitterness comes through straight out. It's brash, and it never really settles, even as the beer warms. Brett character surrounds a thin caramel-dipped maltiness, which is nice. It reminds me of a caramel covered apple. The fruitiness is there, but not the sweetness; and it's spiked with leafy and grassy hops and spice that take on a bit of a herbaceous character. It's dry and earthy with suggestions of fruitiness and tartness. Lots of bitterness lingers in the finish along with a bit of wood and earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied and just slightly creamy smooth as the very-fine-bubbled natural carbonation is released as it warms.

Drinkability: A lack of balance between the dense bitterness and thin maltiness leaves it a bit lackluster. There's just not enough sweetness to support it, and it becomes muddled in a way - it seems to lack focus. The spicing could be nice, but without support from a solid malt base it seems almost like dust in the wind.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy and slightly reddish hued amber. This crème head. Nose is dough and funky. Flavor brings the dough as well. Nice funky edge, but almost sour in a way, leaning towards tart. Smooth feel with a noticed carbonation. Nice to drink, but it's a bit edgy.

Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a cloudy amber-brown color with a finger's breadth of foamy eggshell head, moderate retention and lacing. Bready malts and yeast in the aroma, fruit and spice. Taste of bready malts, woody, lightly spiced fruit and potpourri, vaguely zesty, more sweet than tart, a bit of grassy funk, fairly bitter in the finish. Medium body, generously carbonated. An okay brew, nothing amazing.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is crimson blood burgundy slightly clouded with minimal suspended particles especially for a Jolly Pumpkin offering. While head simply billows with chunky textured edges, the foam here could absolutely be sculpted by the way it's a soothing earth tone sandy beige. Rocky head dwindles slowly with each sip from the chalice large chunks of head cling to the sides of the glass, pretty amazing and fine effervescent bubbles are noted as well. BTW, this is batch # 267,268, and another thing the appearance changes drastically as the last of the yeast sediment make it in.

Aroma full of wild perfume like, open fermentation, and barrel aging effects. Wild barnyard funk lays it on heavily with a floral, grassy distinct hop nose. Lactic edge wood barrel bitterness with wet grain bringing tame sweetness. Very much a Jolly Pumpkin typical smell, let's see how that works out in the flavor.

Flavor I noticed as the more yeast that made it into the bottle the more the flavors melded together initially before the yeast additions I was thinking brash unfocused hops and barrel aging with the funky lactic notes flowing. Again I have to say fresh cut grass and wild flowers with oak wood edges imparted and semi sweet caramel malts flowing through.

Mouthfeel is smooth with even fine champagne like carbonation really flows well on the palate creamy edges with a oily hop cap thrown into the mix, what a nice sensation however the finish feels like somebody lacquered my tongue with a layer of perfume or some strong odiferous solvent chemical.

Drinkability is all around incredibly complex, it may take you an hour or two to get through a bottle of course start cold and let this baby warm up. I love the take that most of the Jolly Pumpkin brews have on traditional styles however there's a point where every one of these brews start to share way too many characteristics. Don't get wrong I'm down with infecting beer during open fermentation, spice additions and barrel aging but by doing the same process it's giving me way too much Deja Vu and not enough Eureka moments.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of brett and sour fruit.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, a bit of funk, and grain.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty enjoyable saison. Would like to try again.

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a saison? Really?

Beer is brown and hazy with a broken white head with large and medium bubbles.

Beer is really musky and sour in the nose. Like an bruin.

Beer is quite sour, acetic and musky. Beer is thin and very strong. Tartness ends up in the back and clears the palate. Pretty good for a Flanders.

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E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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