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E. S. Bam - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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E. S. BamE. S. Bam

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very good

439 Ratings
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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 15
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Big78CJ on 02-14-2008)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

redleg64, Jan 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

chocosushi, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of MRsojourner
4/5  rDev +5.5%

MRsojourner, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

equincel, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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


TheMultiYeast, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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

joemcgrath27, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

tuckerlikesbeer, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.5%

kjkinsey, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of C-Dog
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of DoktorZee
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

DoktorZee, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

PeterIngemi, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

bigbeers84, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

mrebeka, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

TMoney2591, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of SaisonFest
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle that was bottled 223 days ago. Batch 1049.

Body is pretty hazy, lots of sticky lacing, huge cap that only lets me pour a third a glass at a time. all things i like to see in a saison personally.

The aroma is funk prominent, with fresh cut lawn, fragrant lilac and roses, and subtle citrus juice.

Flavors are more subdued in the funk department, higher in the floral ester arena, the hops are not strong, so the 200 days probably mellowed them out but that is not a bad thing with this beer, let the funk grow. If i had more bottles of this i would probably let them sit longer actually.

mouthfeel is medium for the style.

SaisonFest, Oct 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

brbrocc, Oct 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

freduardo, Oct 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

twelveinches, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of bauermj
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

bauermj, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 14/10/12

A hazy golden peach with a a hands width of foam, I got about a 1 to 3 ration of liquid to foam, I still have more foam at the bottom of the glass then I had liquid when I poured it. the massive soapy head ends up as a pencil top eraser like island that pivots like a bobble bead doll when I tilt the glass.

Edit- I'm bumping this one up to perfect, my third pour left me with what can only be understood by someone who's gone down the Great Ocean Road outside Melbourne and seen London Bridge before it fell into the sea. my first bridge of foam crossing from one side of the glass to the other, NEAT!!

S holy funk batman, some tea bag herbal notes with some citric and leafy hops but the Brett is firmly in charge and I didn't see it coming, Beers this funky normally have a little more going on other then the funk, don't get me wrong though I'm enjoying this one

T more of the same really, funky herbal notes and leafy almost grassy dried hay come out, I want to say soapy but it just might be all the foam filling my mind with suds

M a small sip explodes instantly upon entering the mouth, pretty lively even for the style, very airy and foamy with a little grittiness left behind with a herbal tea leaf funk aftertaste

O for some reason I wasn't expecting a a funk bomb and I'm surprised how simple but funky this one is. I'm amazed this one didn't explode when I opened it with how carbonated it is, respectable beer though don't get me wrong

Unexpected qualities, mostly a good thing, something you could easily session but you might win a burping contest along the way. very funky and heavily carbonated low alc% brew, worth a shot for sure

wordemupg, Oct 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

phishfoolme, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Danny1217
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2011. A bit iffy. Let's see what happens.
The bottle gushes immediately upon opening. It won't seem to stop gushing, so I pour it.
Huge fluffy white head. Could eat this with a spoon, it's so thick. Cloudy orange color. Looks delicious.
Smell is rather funky. This beer does have some wild yeasts in it, so that is expected. A bit bready, some herbs. Can definitely smell the brett in it. It's not a particularly good or bad smell.
Taste is quite interesting. There is practically no carbonation, probably due to it gushing when I opened it. It tastes funky and almost lambic like. Lots of brett character. A bit funky and slightly fruity. Some apple and pear flavor, caramel, slight citrus. Not a lot of hop character, unfortunately. Medium body, somewhat smooth.

I doubt this is the ideal age for this beer at a year and a half, and I doubt that it's very much at all like the original beer. However, it is quite interesting and still pretty tasty.

Danny1217, Oct 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Texasfan549, Oct 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

gutbuster, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jheezee, Oct 04, 2012
E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.