Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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5/5 rDev +22.5%
Rating #1200! 750 mL bottle (Blend 5, bottled 1-26-2011) poured into my Odonata Saison glass. Pours a deep, glowing, strawberry-copper color with a pinkish-tan head; like raspberry cake frosting spread atop a hunk of petrified amber. Nice rocky formation, fabulous retention and clingy lacing. The aroma displays some breathtaking clarity and focus; the rose petals and hibiscus are plain as day but distinct and unmuddled. A grassy note, some earthiness and some Orval-ish brett lie underneath. I may as well be walking through a garden. The perfection of the aroma is refreshing and inspiring, and I hope the flavor lives up to it. First sip and... wow, it does. An initial hibiscus and unripe strawberry tartness washes into a divine brett finish that recalls Orval in the best way possible. More on the tartness: it reminds me a bit of that Minute Made frozen raspberry lemonade from concentrate that you have to mix with 4 parts water. As a kid, I always mixed it with 3 parts because I wanted it stronger and more tart, and this beer has an element of that flavor, fleetingly. More on the finish: bone dry with a grass/hay brett character and some mild bitterness. At this point, halfway through the first pour, the head looks like a glob of melted vanilla ice cream in an ice cream float. Creamy, firm and fine carbonation, lower in effervescence than Orval (not a bad thing). The palate is soft and pleasant, the swallow leaves a light residual acidity that, together with the arid dryness, begs the next sip. I cant fault this beer in any facet. Its been a long time since I was blown away by a beer, but this beer has snapped me out of complacency. I really hope JP expands the Baudelaire line, because Ale Absurd was great and IO is flat-out incredible.
09-07-2011 06:57:54 | More by illidurit
4.95/5 rDev +21.3%
A beautiful blood orange amber with a thick reddish head. The lacing too is very thick on the glass.
Tart and floral fruity aroma. Rosehips. Hibiscus. Green apple. and a little apricot.
tart pear and apple flavor followed by sweet berries. lemon zest. This is fruity and floral all the way. So refreshing and perfect for summer degrees over 100.
Smooth and clean. Goes down very easily. Its highly carbonated so beaware.
This is by far the best saison/farmhouse ale i have ever had. This means a lot since these are my favorite styles. Pat on the back Jolly Pumpkin for producing such a wonderful brew.
07-24-2012 01:21:04 | More by Burlyn
Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.