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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 42
Gots: 80 | 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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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Beerenauslese, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. Pours a coppery/caramel color with a half-inch, loose, off-white head embedded with ringlets. Nose reveals tart cherries and also offers a suggestion of aging in a wine barrel. Taste reveals rose petals, with a slightly medicinal undertone, a little bit of cork and a hint of cinnamon somewhat reminiscent of dull atomic fireballs. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish. There's not much astringency to this beer; however, the salivary glands are lightly stimulated. All and all, a very drinkable beer, but not what I would consider a traditional saison - maybe more of a mild wild.

Jwale73, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Sustained sourness with a gentle floral touch.

Presentation: 750 ml brow cap bottle. Label shows a soft pastel portrait illustration of a woman with a a fly on her hair. Notes style and main ingredients, and 6,8% Alc. Vol. Back label offers a narrative talking about the intent of the series and creative freedom of the brew. Displays batch number (blend 5 1-26-2011). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Medium to deep amber/ruby pour, rich frothy head, good retention, fair surface memory, good lacing.

S - Sour nose, dash of brett, fruity with a faint floral hint.

T - Palate follows without much difference. Sour/tart notes coated in a fruity range, berries with a soft floral hint. Spicy yeasty dash, and a balance sense overall embracing the tartness.

M - Medium body with high carbonation, fair smooth rhythm to accompany the sourness with a crispy touch in the finish.

O - Nice sour sense, sturdy but not overwhelming with pleasing hints.

Notes: A good brew, subtle with a characteristic touch and sour edge from Jolly Pumpkin, but nothing that touches on the extraordinary albeit it might be amongst their most drinkable sours.

Daniellobo, May 22, 2011
Photo of brewcrew76
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

brewcrew76, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev 0%

Bottle shared by Chris (of the Rhino), bottle labelled as "Blend 4 - January 25, 2011." Into a tulip.

Pours slightly lighter than chestnut brown, murky with some pinkish and peachy hues in there. A huge creamy offwhite head is procured; leaves behind great retention and lace. Nose is lightly floral (is this the hibiscus/rose?), wheat, light funkiness and hints to some sourness. Taste continues these floral notes, with some wheat and gentle tartness. Some definite funky qualities to be found as well. High carbonation that serves to quench, fruity, floral and tart all around. Pleasant and ideal for a summer's afternoon.

liamt07, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of khumbard
4.08/5  rDev 0%

thanks to badnewsbeers for this very cool extra! blend 5.

a - pours amber, but with a pinkish hue. Definitely can notice the colors from the flowers.

s - earthy, grassy, slightly vegetal. interesting.

t - the taste is interesting. solid saison flavors, but with some interesting vegetal tones. a slight tartness, but definitely not sour. finishes a little bitter.

m - light, lively, dry. very nice.

o - this was an interesting beer. the flowers add some characteristics that are a bit odd, but I kind of liked it. A solid saison that I would gladly have again.

khumbard, May 06, 2011
Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev 0%

Served on-tap at The Pony Bar.

The appearance is orange with a burning red sunset aspect tot the color with a rather frothy, that the kind bartender poured w/ attention. It has a nose with flowers, hibiscus makes a formidable presence and brett. Mouthfeel is tart, low-key carbonation, some of that funk lingers, very nice sensation. A great saison that I have had on my "want to try" list for a little while, glad I had it.

mltobin, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of krisandajt
4.08/5  rDev 0%

Scored a bottle of this from the NEPA Beer Clubs latest case split. Cheers!

Appearance: Poured from the bottle, this brew is a deep, clear, ruby mahogany color. Even with an easy pour, there's still a good two inches worth of white fluffy head. Retention is pretty good, and the lacing is impressive.

Smell: Got some funk, a nice subtle yeast character, and flowers. Interesting, the rose characteristics really compliment the overall aroma of the brew.

Taste: A dry sort of funk, a little tart, and refreshingly floral. Really a good tasting brew, very refreshing and fits nicely to this reasonably warm spring night.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation, a nice easy drinking medium body.

Overall (Drinkability): A really tasty brew. Nice flavors, very refreshing. I would definitely recommend this one to anybody that's a fan of the Saison style, and if you're not this beer just may sway you to the dark side. Cheers!

krisandajt, May 06, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a cloudy ruby with an absolutely huge white head that is rocky, self standing, and lingers and laces. The head on this beer is worth the purchase alone.

Smells of sour funk with some sweet apple, wood, and general tartness.

Taste is tart and astringent up front that goes into a more mellow cherry wood middle before finishing with a hint of bitterness and sweetness despite being dry.

Creamy, lighter body with high carbonation is spot on.

Really nice funky/tart beer with notes or wood and some apple. These rose hips, barely apparent in the finish, are not flowers of evil, oh no, they are flowers of joy.

TenHornsProud, May 13, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

999th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22 oz

Batch 2 1-12-11
Thanks to Eric Marshall for this one

*Shared by those at MrHirschybars*

App- A nice darker saison with some red/orange/yellow haze. Very appropriate to call it Sherbet in a bottle with a good one finger larger bubbly head with some good retention and big cling.

Smell- Standard JP yeast strain with a lot of the florals shining through on this one. A bit less spice than most of their beers. A nice oaky feel from the barrel comes in lastly. A nice aromatic saison. I enjoyed this nose.

Taste- I was a bit reluctant to try this at the tasting. I just saw this as a novelty with the roses and other items and thought no. Towards the end of the night it was sitting alone and thought what the hell. It was a nice saison. Uniquely crafted with some floral notes and even some ripened darker tart fruits.

Mouth- Light light-medium bodied and medium carbonation. Residual dark fruits and a lightness behind it.. The bretty flavors linger only for a short time. I like the feel of this one quite a bit. Not too prickly. Not too dry. I like it just like this.

Drink- Like I said above, I was hesitant of this one. It was different with the little person staring back at me. I am glad I manned up and tried it. Unique, cleaver and flavorful. I'd give this one a go again. Was flavor and layered.

FosterJM, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Picked up at Julio's back in, I think March. This bottle is Batch 5 bottled 1/20/2010. Debated letting this sit for a few more months but couldnt resist cracking it. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear copper pour with a good two finger head that faded to leave a nice semithick cloud and average side lacing.

S - Smell is nice and inviting, good sweet malts, grains, and yeasts with a very nice rose/floral background.

T - More of those nice sweet malts and typical saison barnyard funk/yeast notes. The big draw is the very nice floral notes that this beer offers in the taste. Good light almost perfumey flavors of roses and hibicus. Tasty.

M - Nice slightly higher than usual carbonation on this one. Very nice and sharp on the tongue. Prevents big gulps.

O - Overall this was a nice offering from JP. Theres the usual JP notes of slight sourness, funk, and good yeasts. On top of all that is a nice and tasty floral presence. Very nice brew.

rudzud, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of jamie2dope
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to Kurt over at Gordons on Main Street for selling me his last bottle. I haven't had anything from these guys in a while, so I am looking forward to this. Poured in to a wine glass, the color is stunning. It is a blood orange color that gets lighter as you make your way through the glass. About a finger of white heading shows up, and stays till the end. The nose is juicy, with fruit such as strawberries and pomegranate. A little bit of mustiness comes through as well. It definitely drinks like a traditional rustic Saison, but there is a level of complexity there too which I am guessing can be attributed to the addition of rose hips and petals. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice dose of carbonation. I was sort of expecting this to be a gusher, as I have experienced that in Bam Biere, but this one came through with flying colors. JP hit a home run with this beer.

jamie2dope, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

first off... not sour. don't get it thinking that.

a pricy pour of reddish pink. i thought i was getting another augmented belgian american style that seemed to be heavily spiced. this was spice but equilaterally. Nice almost white head stuck around for most the drink.nose of husk of grain and bitter malt. Some wheat citrus floral additives of the herbs used. Palate was some not expected. At first husky and what one would make out to be a smokey bitterness. But this later expands into something a bit more floral vegetative. And here is where i think the beer is troublesome because it seems to compromise the meatiness. It would be meaty... Pepper and thyme sips along with the qualities of the flower and citrus bloom but it would at times get a sweetness that was a wit in nature. But the bitter funk would always finish it and it something i'm used with a nice zest of wheat but gritty bark almost. An interesting late spring feel with a ready for game latitude.

the only think i found somewhat strange about this beer is that it seemed like something that is just a regular make and mode of something i would have in montreal. i wouldn't say something that would really pick up there. just because they have a lot of augmented wits and this seemed to have a similar temperament but very different all together.

rtepiak, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

(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
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Baudelaire iO
Blend 3, 1-18-2011
$17 @ Whole Foods "Cold Point Pub" in Plymouth Meeting, PA.

Appearance: A massive head of pink froth rises steadily as you pour. The initial pour is clear, and it's light ruby in color. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves broken sheets of lace about the glass.

Smell: The aroma displays Brettanomyces when I stick my nose in it, but when I hold the glass a little further away I smell strawberries. The Brett is sharp, almost metallic, and just a little dung-like. As it warms the fruit and Brett can both be smelled equally in the glass, and it becomes more floral. To be a little bit poetic, as the label suggests, it reminds me of a damp, late spring morning.

Taste: The flavor is really interesting. At first it displays straightforward golden malt notes with a touch of light spice and some floral character, but then a waft of light fruit floats in (might be from the hibiscus). Grassy and herbal notes appear at the swallow, and then it returns to soft spice and a bit of wet cardboard (must be the rose petals). It finishes dry with some light fruitiness and a bit of herbal character. At the outset I found it slightly medicinal in the finish, but as it warmed that faded and it became much more pleasant with some more fruit and less herbs.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body and kind of spritzy. It's zesty on the tongue.

Overall: I've had beer made with rose petals, and beers made with hibiscus, but I've never had one that combined those ingredients with Brettanomyces, and I'm excited by that. It's reaching; and it's succeeded. Of course now I'm sorry that I drank it because my wife knew I had it (she was excited by the rose petals and hibiscus), and it turns out that it's exactly the kind of beer a woman would love. If I could get another bottle I'd cover my tracks, but I'm pretty sure that's out of the question. If you can find it, try it.

NeroFiddled, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Etan
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

Etan, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, killer 4+ inch creamy head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Classic spicy, yeast saison smell. Lots of floral fruits, rasins, date, pine, lemon, tons of spices, some sugar, cherries and a little malt.

Taste - Really light and crisp. Lots of flowery fruits and a yeasty, grassy feel. Hops are light and floral, not very citric, more flowery also. Sugars are mild and add some sweetness. Finish has a peppy, lemon bite.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light and easy on mouth. Tounge gets floral and flowery hops, plenty of spices and some spices. Palette gets more flowery/floralness along with some sugars and a little pepper. FInish is light and dry.

Overall - Pretty good, a little too smooth and light for its own good. Reminds me of a heather ale with the flowery additions to it. Alcohol is not very present either, so that adds some drinkibilty. Its well done and a nice beer, just wish it had more kick to it.

wvsabbath, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of PEBKAC
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

PEBKAC, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -2%

tbryan5, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -2%

Janeinma, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of doremite
4/5  rDev -2%

doremite, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -2%

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%

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 ianjsullivan
4/5  rDev -2%

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 ste5venla
4/5  rDev -2%

ste5venla, Apr 20, 2014
Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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