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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Baudelaire IOBaudelaire IO

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

444 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%


Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NoLiberty on 10-27-2009)
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy and dark reddish-gold color with two fingers of pink-tinted head. Light wet lacing left behind.

Aroma of tart berry and floral notes along with earthy funk, yeast, and brett.

The taste was tart with berry, rose hips, Belgian yeast, brett, earthy funk.

Medium bodied, crisp and dry with a moderate carbonation.

A very nice Saison from Jolly Pumpkin. I will definitely have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 21:11:20 | More by Monkeyknife
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nickfl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's a gusher! Hazy amber brown body topped by a huge meringue like head of white foam. The aroma is spectacularly floral with pepper, hibiscus, tropical fruit and farmhouse goodness. Sweet malt with more pepper and lots of the same floral notes that are in the aroma. Medium body, high carbonation, and a balanced finish. Really nice, this is a great saison and an excellent use of flowers in beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 03:26:30 | More by nickfl
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/10/2013. Massive gusher upon opening, but no lost beer. Took a while to pour it. Pours very hazy reddish orange color with a fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big green apple, pear, cherry, pineapple, lemon zest, rose petal, herbal, floral, grass, clove, light pepper, light caramel, bread, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, flower petal spice, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart green apple, pear, lemon zest, cherry, bread, light caramel, rose petal, herbal, floral, grass, clove, pepper, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of apple, pear, lemon zest, cherry, bread, light caramel, rose petal, herbal, floral, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, flower petal spice, and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced saison. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, flower petal spice, and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:29:30 | More by superspak
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

wild ale saison type with rose hips, rose petals, and hibiscus flowers. what a cool beer, the first ive had with hibiscus not to be way over the top like perfume, beautifully balanced and accentuated by the accents here, just killer beer. i come across this in my revisiting everything jolly pumpkin has done, and its all just so darn good. lovely dark pink orangey color to this, under a titanic white foam head that continues to rise and never fades, good looks. the nose is quite floral, i smell the rose hips before the others, and of course the classic brett strains of this brewery. a lighter wheat malt lets the funk shine through, a tad sour and lactic, a little citrus, but a lot of rose hip and rose petal in this, its summery but also trans-seasonal. there is a mellow herbal quality, and a tea-like property as well, both from the floral additions i assume, and the finish is bright and light and dry and funky, while maintaining a smoother feel with a lush body and tickling carbonation. this is a demonstration of creativity, restraint, craftsmanship, and beauty. a one of a kind brew worthy of the highest accolades.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 20:05:05 | More by StonedTrippin
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fire in the hole! Baudelaire iO gushes like a volcano. This is never fun. Definitely not the good kind of first impression. Pink-tinted froth is no doubt pretty, but no one needs this much of it; the glass is half full with foam. The other half isn't exactly charming either - it's a murky combination of ruby grapefruit and blood orange tones.

"Throwing caution to the wind and following (their) creative muse" has evidently led to unpredictable results (as the spill on my kitchen floor attests). The nose is intensely, almost indescribably sour. Admittedly this is not surprising from Jolly Pumpkin, but the magnitude and concentration of sourness was not expected from something brewed with roses and hibiscus.

Oddly enough, the flavour is better appreciate in the aftertaste. There's far too much tartness and oakiness on the palate to note the delicate tastes of rose hips, rose petals, and hibiscus. But once all the bubbles and mustiness fade there is lots of strawberry flavour as well as a trace of flowers and herbal tea (though vanilla and lemon juice still have the greater presence).

Obviously Batch 101 (bottled May 2013) didn't go entirely according to plan, but such is the nature of spontaneous fermentation. Fortunately wild yeasts typically yield interesting, even if unideal results; the acidic tartness and moderate spritz are well-suited to the beer's airy, light disposition. The malts also provide a substantial bakery-fresh breadiness.

Despite this batch's obvious faults, Baudelaire iO delivered on the promise of a soft, delicate, and tart Saison. It's atypically approachable for something intentionally soured and left to ferment in old oak barrels replete with all kinds of bacteria. Indeed, barrel-aging and wild yeast are often used to make brooding, intimidating beers - but this is the opposite of that.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 23:13:51 | More by biegaman
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MadScientist

New York

4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy, medium copper ale with a fairly deep red hue. The persistent head pours with about a finger of rocky, ecru colored head tinted with a touch of red that leaves some thick ropes of lacing on the glass.

S: Aromas of brett and hibiscus a prominent along with some light fruit aromas. A fruity and herbal nose backed by a solid barnyard funk. There is a light spicy hops note, a slight oak character when it warms and little malt character.

T: A firm tartness with a citrus zest bitterness dominates giving the impression of equal parts brett, rose hips and hibiscus contributing the funky bitterness. The balance is firmly bitter with a There is a soft malt character in the front and middle but it ends fairly dry with an aftertaste of herbal and citrus peel-like bitterness.

M: A fluffy medium light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation that gets just a little prickle on the tip of the tongue.

O: The saison base is exceptional on it's own with a some sourness and barrel character but I really like is the interaction of flavors between the hibiscus and rose hips when added to a soured beer. Jolly Pumpkin beers are always a treat and this one is right up there with their best; thanks Dude!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 03:57:37 | More by MadScientist
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. This one's a gusher.

A: Pours a rustic dark copper with a large off-white head.

S: The rose hips are pretty apparent in the nose, giving the beer a pleasant floral aroma that also is a little herbal. Some mild pineapple brett notes and caramel sweetness as well.

T: Taste brings more floral rose notes, mild berry-like tartness, a bit of clove and white cake, a little leafy.

M: Light-bodied and very frothy.

O: This might be one of the best incorporations of rose ingredients I've had. Often-times rose beers are too subtle or hit you in the face with perfumy notes; this beer is quite even-handed, though. If the carbonation wasn't overly frothy this would be a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 00:16:30 | More by Etan
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Crunchberry

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Unfortunately very over-carbonated. Opened bottle and lost much of it to foam. Poured 3 glasses of foam and bottle continued to foam. Taste was good, as was smell. Don't have much else to say, but need to have 250 characters. Guess I should add that I purchased this beer along with a dozen other expensive beers for a taste testing with friends and family.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 20:56:22 | More by Crunchberry
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rand

California

4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 750 ml bottle to Mikasa tulip glass

A: The beer appears a light mahogany in color, effervescent and obviously bottle fermented. A gentle pour yields a fluffy, 2-inch head that thickly laces the glass where it touches

S: Dry, grassy notes play against citrus and berry sweetness. A subtle note of farmhouse funk surrounds the bouquet, suggesting notes of tobacco, wood and pepper.

T: Slightly more malt-forward than the nose suggested, the balancing sweet notes are a mix of apple and citrus and berry. Plenty of drying, grassy and herbal tones keep the sweet aspects at bay, adding layers and complexity. Hints of tobacco and oak round the flavors toward the finish, which is short and dry.

M: Medium-bodied, the grassy, funky notes seem to cut down on the brews viscosity and oily aspect.

Another reason why I love this brewery so much. There's so many interesting and experimental things you can do with a Saison, but this puts drinkability front-and-center.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 06:35:07 | More by rand
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cranberry color with a white head with a pink tint.

Aroma, bready with some mineral notes. JP's signature bretty funk is there. Very nice

The flavor is nice and dry with a clean yeast profile and a slight touch of brett. Light floral notes and a cranberry hint at the finish

High Carbonation and a nice light body

A great beer and one I would recommend, not the best saison I have ever had but nonetheless a great beer

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 03:18:28 | More by RenoZymurgist
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled in June of this year

The beer pours a dull rose gold color with a sticky and fluffy off-white head that impedes further pouring until after a few minutes of settling time. The nose is tangy yeast upfront with fruity sweetness and peppery bitterness that sets in as it warms. High class saison flavors with tangy, floral/fruity sweetness, yeast, grain, and a slightly biting, sour, and bitter finish. This has a light-medium body, ample carbonation, tart funkiness, crazy attenuated sugars, mild bitterness, and extra dry finish. This is definitely a full flavored saison that's reasonably priced & available, and packs in some interesting herbal/floral components to keep things interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 00:38:10 | More by ThePorterSorter
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Baudelaire IO a couple weeks ago for $13.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been just now starting to get into these Jolly Pumpkin beers, and I wanted to get something different that I normally wouldn't buy and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Release, I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A- I really like the label on this beer, it's got a nice and artsy look to it that makes it look pretty fancy, it reminds of a fancy wine label. It poured a nice redish brown color that took on some ruby hues when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of fluffy slightly pink head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a nice fruity aroma with no single fruit seeming to stick out the most and there's a slightly noticeable hibiscus aroma in the background. Up next comes that signature Jolly Pumpkin yeast that imparts a nice and funky aroma with some oak aromas in the background, This beer had a very nice aroma, I really liked the balance between the fruity and funky aromas.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by that same fruity aspect that I got in the aroma with no single fruit sticking out more than the other and there's a nice and lighter oaky flavor hanging around in the background. Up next comes the Jolly Pumpkin yest that adds just the right amount of funky flavors to this beer with some hibiscus like flavors in the background. On the finish there's hardly any bitterness with some nice lighter tartness taking it's place that has a Brett like flavor to it with a funky and fruity aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, all the flavors worked really well together.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, crisp, fairly tart, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation that was a little prickly. The mouthfeel was very nice and it worked really well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a very good example of a funky Farmhouse style Saison, I tend to like my Saison's with a little bit of funk to them so I ended up really liking the balance of the typical Saison with the funky and fruity flavors, it was nicely done. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, clean, not filling, and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention, I don't think I would have any problem drinking the whole bottle to myself, no need to share this one. What I liked the most about this beer was pretty much everything, in my opinion this beer didn't have a weak point. What I liked the least about this beer was the price, at $14 it's a little on the expensive side and that would prevent me from buying it as much as I would like, I think $9 or $10 would be the perfect price. I would for sure buy this beer again, if i see another bottle at the beer store I will pick it up to see how it changes over time, but for $14 it's more of a special occasion type of beer for me. I would recommend this to any Jolly Pumpkin fans or anybody who likes a funkier Saison. All in all I really enjoyed this beer and I thought it was pretty impressive. Jolly Pumpkin did a great job with this beer and it's now up there as one of my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beers and it might just be one of the best funkier Saisons that I've had so far. Good job guys this is one great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 20:39:21 | More by StoutHunter
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Kirk_Grant

Maine

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Hazy brick ruby
Smell: Funk, roses, spatzle, and ruby grapefruit
Taste: A sour cran-apple note leads into pear and hints of cedar
Overall: A wonderfully complex beer that's honestly hard to put to words...there's the typical Saison funk I look for with a more tart palate than most. Fun and easy to love...Outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 22:40:48 | More by Kirk_Grant
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Brenden

Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This so-called red saison is definitely that, a bright but thick red-brown with some rosewood or cherry wood hues. It builds a solid frothy white head with lots of retention that leaves some patchy lacing.
The aroma brings out some soft berry notes, maybe a hint of sweet darker fruits but nothing tart, and a gentler sourness than I get from most J.P. offerings. It's very softly floral with a sort of woodiness to it that's more oak than earth.
This is a beer that strikes the balance between delicacy and flavor, getting both. The floral aspect is so gentle, easing in with a soft strawberry-like note while overtop lies gentle sourness and tartness with a light, gentle funk. The wood note is like beach, not as hard as oak but adding some flavor and a bit of depth. There's a bit of grape must toward the finish, where more delicate florals (think jasmine or lavender) come out.
This beer starts off dry but never very much so, it's just a part of the feel that goes from beginning to finish. There seem to be some tannins, though not in the way I'd feel them in a wine by any stretch. The feel is generally somewhat bubbly, as the carbonation adds a crispness but the smoothness doesn't show so much over the dryness and the "bubble," so to speak.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2013 20:15:00 | More by Brenden
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PEBKAC

New York

4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch: 1015/1016. Hibernating in the fridge last few months. Served nice & sweaty.

Ommegang Anniversary glass. Off-white, whipped cream head that quickly retreated. Foggy, amber, honey-ish, body. Nucleation from some lonely, misguided sediment.

Acidic, sour cherry pit tang on my first whiff. A little soapy, a little yeasty. Grandma sat in this chair not too long ago.

More pits in the flavor. Touch of saline/sweat. Soft tang. Just a bit of faded hibiscus tea remains. Doughy sweet, leading to a long, lingering, astringent finish.

Zesty, even a bit irritating. Fluffy/starchy body, but heavy on the suds. Alcohol kept in check.

Iz good.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 06:56:29 | More by PEBKAC
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beertunes

Washington

3.09/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a cloudy (I think I got yeast sediment, but I didn't pour, so I'm not sure) reddish brown with 1/4 inch of light tan head that had good retention and lacing. The beer was much darker than is expected for the style, but was still pretty attractive.

The aroma had a fruit note more often found in Dubble's, or even Quads. Therewas nice grains and yeast as well. The story was the same on the tongue, much more akin to a light Dubbel than a Saison. Very tasty regardless.

The body was on the heavier side of medium, and again, was more like a light Dubbel. The beer had nice carbonation throughout the glass. Drinkability was very good, I would have had another. Overall, a very nice beer that's worth your time. It got low scores for being so atypical. Try it if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 07:12:44 | More by beertunes
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 101 - Bottled 6/10/13

A - Murky garnet color with a big fizzy, soda like, pinkish white head. As the foam collapsed a big ball settled in the center looking like an ice cream float. Thick layers of foam cling to the glass.

S - Earthy, floral rose hips, light funk/tartness, spicy, hint of hibiscus. The rose hips are quite strong in this one.

T - Tart, flowery almost perfumey rose hips and petals, light funk, spicy white pepper, hay, earthy.

M - On the light side of medium with a lot of carbonation. Dry and tart.

D - Classic JP taste with interesting addition of rose hips/hibiscus. Not sure I would pay $12 again for it but it was really good.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 01:31:52 | More by brewcrew76
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Malibu Sundownder Tasting Room in Westlake Village, CA.

Pours a murky red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice light fruit and floral presence in the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 20:09:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, batch 58, bottled 05-16-2013, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark garnet color, topped with a gigantic pink head, really awesome retention and tons of lacing.

S- Some fruit, hibiscus, oak, a bit of funk and bretty tartness.

T- Sweet, grainy malt, some fruitiness and herbal spiciness. There's a nice floral element as well, before a light tartness, herbal bitterness and some oak towards the end.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, soft feel.

O- A tasty saison, really refreshing, drinkable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 04:17:17 | More by WillCarrera
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Beerenauslese

California

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real gusher of a bottle, had a glass ready and didn't lose much, but first glass was only foam. Took 15 minutes for the beer to settle out. Had to cork it hard to keep the foam from bubbling out of the bottle.

2nd pour was better. Cork removed with a resounding pop. Poured gently, finally some beer came out of the bottle with a reddish brown body topped by a foamy pink head. Gobs, chunks, sheets of heavy lacing.

Smells lightly sour, very floral, spicy.

Tastes lightly sour, with definite rose and hibiscus themes. JP yeast adds some depth with a little funk, breadiness, and metal. Some cinnamon spice brings it together to make a complex beer.

Body is medium and vibrant carbonation gives this a crisp mouthfeel, but becomes creamier as the carbonation settles down.

Nice idea to pair rose hips and rose petals with hibiscus and JP yeast makes a good, complex tasting saison, but way overcarbonated in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 01:19:16 | More by Beerenauslese
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seand

California

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a fruity pomegranate red, with lots and lots of white foam. The head retains in clumps pretty well, leaving lots of lacing.

S: Grain, light sweet fruit, funk, and yeast. The overall blend is very nice.

T: Sweet saison yeast and grain, tart fruit, a little vinous. The finish is has very nice complexity, tart and dry and sweet and deep.

M: Medium body, medium to high carbonation.

Overall, very very nice. Everything comes together very well, and the individual elements are nice if you try to focus them individually.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 03:25:42 | More by seand
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barczar

Kentucky

3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy ruby color with a frothy quarter inch head that liners indefinitely.

Floral and vinous aromas are accompanied by soft fruit notes of raspberries and some horse blanket funk. There's a bit of a perfumey, soapy character in the background.

Flavor is subtle and dry. There's a mildly tart, vinous character at the base, with subtle notes of roses and tart fruit giving way to a bready malt backbone at the finish. The Rose character really opens up as it warms.

Body is moderate to slightly full, with light carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Very subtle, clean beer with less sourness and funk than most jp beers. The dryness creeps in too early to close the flavor. Could benefit from a bit more carbonation but that might kill the flavor completely.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2013 20:47:53 | More by barczar
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor. Baudelaire iO pours a deep and swampy red and ruby color with some patches of brown that appear as the light passing through the brew changes. Swampy like you'd expect a saison to be; almost 100% opaque, in fact, topped off with a sappy and thin, rose tinted skin. Very intriguing look, unique and interesting.

I had to go back about five or six times, taking big, deep inhales each time, and I still wasn't able to capture everything I was smelling. So complex and so unlike anything I've ever smelled before. It's a grand mixture of typical saison-like qualities and a brilliant inclusion of some spices and florals that I haven't experienced before.

The nose is very floral, almost akin to a wild patch of flowers. Hibiscus is heavy in the aroma, along with leaves, roses, wood, wet oak, and a bit of forest floor. The fruity, saison side of things balance and intertwine nicely; cherries, plums, and a bit of tart apple skins. Very perfume-y on the edges, backed up with that signature Jolly Pumpkin funk - light must, wet hay, and mild barnyard on the back end. Holy shit!

So, what does this bad-boy taste like? A refreshing, floral saison - that's what. Up front, there's a good bit of leafy and lightly herbal tea leaf with white pepper and lavender oil playing supporting roles. The palate picks up on even more spices than the nose... I wish I was a chef, so maybe I could identify some more of these spices. The incredible thing is how there's so much going on at once, yet nothing is overpowering anything else.

Some very mildly tart cherries and juicy apples make their way into the mix, right about the same time the oak debuts. Again, that signature JP funk rules the finish with some musky cheese cloth and wet cellar flavors, coupling with the oak barrel to give a dry finish that leaves you wanting more with each sip. The carbonation is on point, and though I'd prefer a slightly heavier beer, its thin and crisp body works for the style.

No doubt, one of the most interesting beers I've had; there's really no other beer I can think of that would be a "good" substitute - you've really gotta try it for yourself. So refreshing and so easy to drink, too. It's crazy how many things are going on at once and how well they all harmonize and create such a nice experience for the senses. What a nice saison.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 11:47:06 | More by tectactoe
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: a hazy reddish color. two fingers of a pink head that sticks around. very good looking beer. not like anything ive seen before.

Smell: florals, spiciness, funky yeast

Taste: a nice floral taste first, from the rose petals, followed by the classic jolly pumpkin saison. spiciness and funky yeast. quite tasty

Mouthfeel: surprisingly not sticky at all and extremely light.

Overall: a great and unique beer. really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: on-tap

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AltBock

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle that looks like a 22oz bomber bottle. On it is a label that you have to see for yourself to appreciate. On the label is a really good drawing of a beautiful kind of gothic woman with curly hair and a giant fly on her head. The back label has a lengthy paragraph about the beer. Along the side was a sticker that had the batch number and bottled date. My bottle was from batch 1015/1016 and bottled on 02-21-12. It has a little age on it.

When poured into an Ommegang Tulip, this JP beer was a semi hazy golden copper with some faint sun yellow highlights at the bottom. The beer's color was almost as nice as the label. On top of this brew was a massive head of foam. It was at least 2 inches tall. As for the color, it was white with a dab of beige. It wasn't paper white. It was one of those dirty white colors. This dirty white head of foam had great slow retention. It left behind a thick skim of foam and a huge number of streaks of lace. These streaks coated my glass.

The aroma to me was more tart than sour. Mixed in with the light tartness was some of that Brett yeast farmyard funkiness. Behind all that was some green grapes, green apples and some flowers. This floral aroma consisted of rose pedals and a pinch of hibiscus. Very good and very unique.

Like the aroma, the taste was also good and unique. The taste was dry and lightly tart with a little barnyard funk, fruits, and flowers. The rose pedals and hibiscus made an appearance in the taste, but they came out more in the aroma than the taste. Same thing with the green grapes and green apples. One thing that wasn't in the aroma, but made an appearance in the taste was the oak. Not bad. I wish the fruits were allowed to come out and play more.

This was a light to medium bodied easy drinking Saison with an interesting aftertaste. This aftertaste was dry, tart, and oaky. The aftertaste had its fair share of Brett yeast as well. This aftertaste doesn't linger.

A very nice easy drinking unique Saison. Neither the flowers, the oak, or the Brett yeast take complete control of the beer. I think the Brett yeast wanted to take control, but it didn't. If you want to try a unique Saison, pick up a bottle of this Jolly Pumpkin brew.

Serving type: bottle

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