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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

507 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 42
Gots: 78 | 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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Patrick999

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend 1, 1/11/11. This is a seriously beautiful beer, it truly is a "red saison." Outstanding color. In a flute glass, it might pass for a rose but for the fact that it's a hazy from not having been filtered. Like rose Champagne with some strawberry preserves thrown in. Carbonated? Yes, this is Jolly Pumpkin - big fizzy head on the pour, one that sticks around and leaves some lacing.

Varied nose - some whiffs yield sweet strawberry, some rose petals, others some unmistakable sweaty, musky Brettanomyces. This saison is squarely on the "wild side." I also get a little cinnamon and nutmeg. So a flowery, spicy, sweaty, fruity nose then. It sounds unfocused, but it's exquisite.

I'm sure some other company uses the tagline "Always An Adventure," otherwise I'd suggest it for Jolly Pumpkin. These beers are for contemplative, serious drinking. If you throw this down in a loud, smoky bar you might miss a lot of what it has to offer. This is one you spend an hour or so with, teasing out the various micro-flavors. Right up front, it's pretty bitter/hoppy and crushed-aspirin medicinal, similar to a fresh Orval. Midway through, I feel like I'm eating flowers, as I get a very pithy, floral/weedy flavor. Tart strawberries and old saddle leather round it out to a very dry finish - this is one dry beer. Which I like, to me that's essential in a saison.

Feels sharp and thin on the palate, like many Jolly Pumpkin beers. Stinging carbonation, which you would expect for the style, but body might be a shade light for a 6.8% beer. Not a huge flaw in my book, as this does make for some very crisp, refreshing drinking.

If I can't score a saison a 4.0 or above in drinkability, I tend to view it as a failure. Not so here, this is highly drinkable with the caveat that you have to like your dry, Brett-y beers. This is brewing art, and I'm glad to have enjoyed a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 23:13:17 | More by Patrick999
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Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.