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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 41
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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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 7/8. Bottled 2/4/2011. Tasting at about 1yr of age.

Pours a muddy, dark orange-amber with a huge head that reduces very slowly, first showing lots of big bubbles around the edges then reducing to that IPA-like, ice-cream-float-looking blob sitting in the middle of the brew. Lingers a while with sticky lace.

The nose is undoubtedly Jolly Pumpkin- funk city with lots of underlying tart fruits, although this is probably one of most harmonious JPs I've experienced. The tartness and yeasty funk are joined fairly seamlessly while the hibiscus and rose elements pull everything in a very floral/red-fruited direction- aromas of tart mandarin orange, banana, cranberry, pomegranate, nectarine and some faint green apple, while the yeast adds a thick horse blanket and hints of clove and pepper. This actually, reminds me most of a much darker 'La Roja' with a bit of age on it.

This is the first JP I've had that's not totally fresh, and that bit of age really makes for an elegant delivery. Medium bodied, the brew is dominated by a blanket of yeasty creaminess that's both soft but dense and wrapped around an ever-present juicy fruitiness whose tartness is softened, allowing a bit of sweetness to peek through. Flavors are heavy on the hibiscus, nectarine and apple, while that tartness starts to take over as the yeast wanes on the finish, leaving just its impressions of pepper and Brett-funk.

A very tasty and well done JP. I'm glad to see the hibiscus, which tends to dominate anything, really integrating itself into the presentation, adding complexity without stealing any. And with the impeccable mouthfeel, I may never drink a JP fresh again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 23:27:10 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderately gentle hand. Batch 304,306. Bottled on 02/12/14.

A: Cloudy orange with a pink tint. 3 fingers of rocky off-white head. Good retention. Gushed a bit with opening. Nice lacing.

S: Lightly musty, lightly tart Belgian yeast. Hints of rose petals and other florals. Lemon. Interesting strawberry notes.

T: Tart and lightly fruity up front with development of a faint pale maltiness and mild hop bitterness. Berry sweetness flashes before a fairly dry finish. A floral, slightly sour bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Alcohol is minimal.

M: Moderate to high carbonation, but not overly prickly. Actually rather smooth feeling. Light to moderate body. Good vehicle for the flavors noted above.

O: Another solid offering from Jolly Pumpkin. Enough embellishment to create some interesting depth, but even-handed enough not to overwhelm the underlying base beer. The berry notes, in particular, are quite nice.


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A: Pours a murky amber with a mountainous beige head that leaves a ton of lace as it slowly recedes.

S: Aromas of white pepper, hibiscus, rose hips, caramel, cedar, cypress, red tea, minerals, oak, must, and wild yeast fill the nose.

T: Notes of cider vinegar, cedar, oak, chalk, red tea, caramel, white pepper, sage, lemon, rose hips, hibiscus, must, and lactic wild yeast funk flit across the palate. The finish is oddly short and muddled with an overpowering jumble of floral, mineral, and wild yeast notes.

M: Very, very slight in body with overpowering carbonation. The thin, watery body really undercuts the complexity of the flavors, leading me to believe that something may have been off about this batch and/or bottle.

O: I kind of adore where Jolly Pumpkin was trying to go with this particular batch. The problem is that the brewer apparently just was not able to pull it together this time out. Still, I have graded leniently because I feel that had this beer been sampled under better conditions and turned out as the brewer had obviously intended, it would have been an absolute knockout. I'll sample next year's edition when it comes out and see how things have changed in order to get a better understanding of this beer's qualities and potential.

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Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.