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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

530 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 41
Gots: 81 | FT: 10
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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Reviews by BradLikesBrew:
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cherry hued amber body with a dense white head and fine lacing.

Rose petals and hibiscus dominate the aroma with some light brett notes sneaking in there.

Tastes like a wild garden. My first impression was that the rose and hibiscus had taken this beer over, totally overboard. As I sat down with it and tried to dissect the glass, brett, mild acid, eucolyptus, bubblegum and other qualities began to appear. But...the rose and the hibiscus in particular still seem to strong. They seem to mask other flavors.

The mouthfeel is perhaps a bit thinner than a standard Saison, but overall not much to report here.

A unique beer that combines two very interesting Saison ingredients to form a very unique beer. I wish it had less floral character and more Brett and Saison flavor, but that's my only complaint.

BradLikesBrew, Jul 03, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

MadScientist, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

tectactoe, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -2%

tbryan5, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend 2 bottled 1/12/11

Pours cloudy pinkish red/brown liquid with at least three fingers of head. Head has decent retention and leaves only a small amount of lacing behind.

Smell is a quite floral up front, along with some nice funk. Smells include rose, cherries and strawberries and a bit of lemon as well. A bit of perfume.

Tartness hits the palate first, but is quickly balanced by a dry funkiness. Really nice. Taste is not as floral as the smell, but fruits are abundant, with cherries, some strawberry and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is medium but crisp, finishing tart and dry.

This is a very enjoyable beer. Tart, but not overly so, nicely balanced with some dry earthiness.

warnerry, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, blend 7/8 bottled 2/3/11. Pours a clear light pinkish red with a huge rocky pinkish white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is slightly tart fruits and some floral notes with a bit of brett.

The flavor is a bit subdued - some tart acidic fruits, with some funk and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer - very pink! I wish there was more to the flavor. A bit pricey too at $17.

Beaver13, May 09, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

dgfool, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer which has been on my want list.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of citrus, pepper and some yeast - along with some tartness. The flavor is oranges, yeast, pepper, roses and flowers. There is a little bit of tartness, but it is not a sour beer. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

A very nice saison.

Mora2000, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

GreenMountainBoy, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of mylesj
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

mylesj, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -2%

Janeinma, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A surprisingly light pink colored pour, slightly hazy, with slight amber hues as well. Small off-white head that leaves nice stick down the glass.

The aroma is quite lovely, with a huge amount of floral (rose?) aroma, with some dark berries and citrus notes, along with a bit of earth and classic Jolly Pumpkin tartness/funk.

A lovely combination of floral and citrus notes, mild funk, rose petals, earth, and funky yeast character. This is a complex though incredibly drinkable saison.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

I love it!

ehammond1, Jun 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

doremite, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks amazing in it's glass full of texture with vibrant flowing head pink tinted with an ruby highlighted amber body (a bit hazed in a good way). Smells like a spicy floral Jolly Pumpkin saison, this one uses rose hips, rose petals and hibiscus...strikes down on the palate with a very dry flow of flowers and earthiness. I'm getting rose water with a light spice back end. Pleasant flavors present throughout the glass, a strong rose water aspect with other flowers, a tart wild fermentation is also playing it's cards. I enjoyed the entire glass from start to finish, simply enjoyable offering without hesitation I consider this great beer. Mouthfeel is full with rose water texture, minimal oily texture from the plant additions, effervescent carbonation flows fully throughout each sip, overall a nice complex medium bodied beer.

WVbeergeek, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes.

Pours a bright auburn color with a huge bubbling white head. Fades to lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells spicy and floral. Oak and green apples as well as a little bit of lemon and funk.

Tastes are only ever so slightly tart. Subtle apple flavor with the hibiscus certainly being noticeable.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with almost soda like carbonation.

Overall is really good. Different than other Saisons I've had but not in a bad way and still very enjoyable. A good first beer of the evening and great after mowing the lawn.

daveytheformer, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of girllovesbier
5/5  rDev +22.5%

girllovesbier, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of ianjsullivan
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 750 poured into a wine glass. Blend 6, brewed 1-27-2011.

A: Two-fingers of creamy white head sits on top of light, clear, amber, toffee brown.

S: Sour fruit, citrus, hops, banana, crispy sour dough bread.

T: Sour stony orange, lemon, with earthy bread tones and bright zingy citrus on the finish with herbal rose and left over bread crust.

M: Medium, but dry.

O: A very enjoyable beer that uses unusual ingredients well. The ingredients do not take over the beer, but the rose petals and hibiscus are present. The rose parts and hibiscus adds an enjoyable herbal note to the sour, earthy, citrus tone of the beer.

ianjsullivan, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice) Blend 4 Bottled 1-25-2011

A- This beer pours a dark slightly dense but clear body with microbubbles supporting a creamy foam that has a red hue to it and sticks to the glass after each sip. There is a sea of microbubbles that swirl around from the base.

S- The dry tart strawberry shortcake doll aroma with some dry rose petal notes in the finish. The cheese rind signature Jolly Pumpkin yeast character really comes through nicely.

T- The dry tart fruit hint has some hibiscus tartness in the finish and a nectar note. As the beer warms there is a lactic tartness that comes through in the finish aswell.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a full fizz and no alcohol or astringency noticed.

O- The dry hibiscus blends with a beer that is not dry to give a nice contrast. This beer walks a fine line between a nice sessionable beer and a wild ale. It is almost astringent but not really and the yeast/funk character is just peaking through teasing.

rhoadsrage, Jun 02, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

acurtis, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

ste5venla, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Brenden
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Brenden, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz bottle split and poured into a snifter. Bottled 02-10-2012. Gusher.

A: Pours a hazy amber ruby with a giant puffy white head. Quite dense. Lots of visible carbonation. Head dissipates in the course of a few minutes leaving some nice lacing.

S: The rose really comes through on this brew and the wild yeast has kicked it up a few notches.

T: This is an enjoyable beer, really get the floral rose taste with the saison blend and a fairly intense sour taste. Adds a farmhouse dimension. Very different and quite tasty. I like the rose and brett compliment.

M: Lots of carbonation as shown with the appearance. Crisp finish that is pretty refreshing. Reminds me of a champagne on the tongue. So easy drinking.

Overall has the classic Jolly Pumpkin taste with their yeast strains but also a great rose petal addition. Very tasty and quite drinkable.

CloudStrife, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev -2%

weonfire, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Msharapa
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Msharapa, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of weasbri
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Actually poured two glasses of this: once into a regular pint glass, then into a tulip glass. Ruby color shows through. Big saison frothy head (very big in the tulip glass) which dissipates quickly (more slowly in the tulip, again).
Light funkiness in the aroma, a little bit of something sour in there as well, hard for me to get much of anything, even with the tulip glass funneling it up.
Nice sour bite right off the bat, rolling around the top of my mouth. The usual Jolly Pumpkin funk is there as well, but it has to fight the tartness to get through. I honestly expected more earthiness for a Jolly Pumpkin saison, but I do like the balance achieved here. (Some might say there's a conflict, as I mentioned earlier, but I'm gonna go with balance.)
Pretty dry finish, that pucker hangs around a little bit too.

weasbri, Jan 22, 2010
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Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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