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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 203
Hads: 629
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 45
Gots: 100 | FT: 12
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: NoLiberty on 10-27-2009

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Photo of Crunchberry
2.92/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Unfortunately very over-carbonated. Opened bottle and lost much of it to foam. Poured 3 glasses of foam and bottle continued to foam. Taste was good, as was smell. Don't have much else to say, but need to have 250 characters. Guess I should add that I purchased this beer along with a dozen other expensive beers for a taste testing with friends and family.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.93/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml, Blend 3, 1/18/11. Wish I discovered before Valentine's Day...

Pours with a decent, 2F worth of foamy pinkish-white head over a dark pink-to-red body, with lots of carbonation.

Aromas are a bit tame - the floral aspects come thru with some red grapes, cherry twizzlers, and Belgian yeast.

Comes across fairly sharp with carbonation, with some cherry cough drops, and fairly significant floral bitterness. Pretty thin mouthfeel, quite dry overall, and even the high carbonation doesn't kill the bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability suffers a bit due to the flavor and carbonation.

This is the first JP that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed, but I give them credit for trying something unique.

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Photo of nickhiller
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: it's pink! Ruby red pour with a creamy pink head. I don't trust it.

S: ketchup!!! nasty.

T: sour ketchup, I can't shake the ketchup, malt vinegar, it's kind of like drinking a box of french fries, very acidic aftertaste.

M: bubbly and light.

O: weird, I poured it down the drain, just couldn't get over the ketchup and fries, not something I want to taste in beer.

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Photo of NoLiberty
3.04/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Described as a saison ale brewed with hibiscus and other herbs and flowers. The beer pours from a bottle by one of the friendly bartenders at the Ann Arbor Jolly Pumpkin beer pub.

The color is a clear, light plum color, almost dark pink with subtle purple hues. No head whatsoever just flat juice-like liquid that sits motionless in the glass. Pretty disappointing.

The aroma is floral, funky, and enticing. Interesting but the wild yeast character conflict with the sweet and subtle aromatics of the fruit, flowers and herbs. Overall there seems to be a mistake in the glass even with the interesting array of flavors.

The taste is much the same: somewhere between a funky saison and a fruit ale but not quite either and missing the unique and enjoyable qualities. The taste of plum, rose, pear and funky barnyardness all merge into a very agrarian profile.

All of this sits on a very light delicate body with no carbonation. I would not look for this beer again despite it's unique design and rarity from a overall good brewery.

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Photo of beertunes
3.09/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a cloudy (I think I got yeast sediment, but I didn't pour, so I'm not sure) reddish brown with 1/4 inch of light tan head that had good retention and lacing. The beer was much darker than is expected for the style, but was still pretty attractive.

The aroma had a fruit note more often found in Dubble's, or even Quads. Therewas nice grains and yeast as well. The story was the same on the tongue, much more akin to a light Dubbel than a Saison. Very tasty regardless.

The body was on the heavier side of medium, and again, was more like a light Dubbel. The beer had nice carbonation throughout the glass. Drinkability was very good, I would have had another. Overall, a very nice beer that's worth your time. It got low scores for being so atypical. Try it if you see it.

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Photo of ccrida
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Blend 3 (bottled 1-18-2011) poured into a goblet, Baudelaire is a dark, cloudy amber with a very tight, creamy off-white head, thick, foamy lace.

Smell is soft and floral, mostly roses, nothing from them esters or bugs I'd expect.

Taste has some complexity without being over-blown, but isn't working for me at all as a saison. Belgian amber with roses, no sourness or even brett. Simple for a JB, but the rose adjuncts for a saison provided some depth.

Mouthfeel is oily and light bodied.

Drinkability ok, not really a saison, and the price and availability makes it one and done. JP rips out some great beers, and I was geeked on the the concept of a saison, but as my second tasting of this brew, I'm not impressed.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, Blend 1, bottled 1/11/11,

A: Pours a murky red with a full white head, long lasting, great lace.

S: Flowery with some Brett, rose and cherry blossoms.

T: Notes of red grape, red currant, and peppery spice. Lightly acidic. The hibiscus is clear. A nice flavour, though it is very light, hard to find at times. The carbonation can cover it up.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp with a frothy fizzy carbonation that's a little to much at times. Not really smooth.

O: A poorer effort from JP, it's a unique flavour, I just wish I got to taste more of it.

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Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1/4 finger of fizzy white head. Color is a bronze gold.

Aroma: Big spice flavors with flowers, hibiscus, lemons, and yeast flavors. Not to funky or farmhouse like.

Taste: Big dry spice flavors. Oak, yeast, and some orange peel show here. A floral/herbal flavor to this one. Again, not like a saison completely tastes like.

Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp, and spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with some grassy hops showing in the aftertaste.

Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this one. Too much spice flavors and not enough farmhouse funk flavors. Didn't want to drink a lot of this one.

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Photo of corby112
3.27/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml, blend 7/8, bottled 2-3-11.

Pours a cloudy dark blood orange color with dark burnt orange hues when held to a light and a 1.5 finger off white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Rings and small spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral, earthy aroma that is slightly funky with hints of citrus and zesty spice. Slightly funky with a faint bretty bug and wood presence but the citrus and flower characteristics dominate the nose. Hints of blood orange, herbal tea, pepper and clove. The rose petals really stand out.

Slightly oxidized with some tight carbonation up front and a very heavy spice presence. Tart sourness and slightly vinegary without being acidic. There is a bit of a solvent like acetic character but it isn't overpowering. Earthy with a little barnyard funk with hints of spicy pepper and clove. Underneath there is a strong citrus presence with hints of grapefruit and orange peel along with an earthy floral flavor. The floral presence compliments the citrus notes nicely but the heavy spice and slight acetic character make this beer a bit tough to drink.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours burnt orange. Huge fluffy head eventually settles into a thick creamy layer with great lacing.

Cherry, oak, earth.

Grassy hops, grape peel, lemon peel, spice; all in all a tad watery. Lots of dry fruit and acidity - lime-like.

Dry, bitter, tons of acidity.

Overall not bad.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at jolly punpkin Ann Arbor poured into balloon tulip. Foam and foam and foam. Took the beer server a few minutes and a foam reservoir to make the pour. Pink to light reddish with a finger and a half of residual head and good retention. Brett yeast, tart citrus, rose hips and peppercorns come through on the nose. Tart and yeasty with some malt sweetness and the rose/hibiscus/peppercorn florals. Glad the server recommended this one, I wouldn’t have chosen it otherwise. Crisp, medium bodied, soft carbonation.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle consumed at a recent tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter. Blend number 5.

Pours a really pretty pink color with a good white head and a bit of lacing as it slowly falls down the glass. The nose brings some mild funkiness as well as some earth. There's also a bit of cardboard and oxidation that wasn't particularly pleasant. Taste was again slightly funky without too much else going on. There was a strange dryness to the mouthfeel. Quite earthy in general. Interesting, but not something I'd seek out again.

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3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Batch 4 bottled 1/25/11. Sampled 3/27/11. $20 for the 750mL. Served in a tulip. Great label.

A: An average pour produces 2 1/2 fingers of a foamy, rose-stained white cap. Respectable retention. Hazy with 25% transparency when backlit. Completely opaque otherwise. The body is medium-dark burgundy in color. Thick sheets of foamy lace lather each edge of the tulip. As Jolly Pumpkin beers tend to be, this one is another stunner in the glass.

S: Non descript malts, floral hops with a tamed sourness. Lightly earthy and funky with a cherry pez aroma. The barrel comes across beautifully.

T: Subtle flavors include grape, apple and cherry with notes of wood, chalk and dust in the background. Lightly vinous. While the flavors are nice, they certainly lack depth, stopping at midpalate and leading to a very dry and somewhat empty finish. Perhaps over-attenuated.

M: Light body, thin texture, fizzy carbonation and a chalky finish.

D: Not a bad beer but definitely subpar for a JP offering. Others seemed to like this one more than me so maybe Batch 4 was less impressive than the others. At $20 a bottle, I doubt I will ever find out.

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Photo of zdk9
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours with a full head of light bubbly foam over an incredibly cloudy brown-orange liquid. Strong sheets of lacing down the side of the glass.

S- Leather, musty, medicinal. A little sour. My wife rejects it as 'hairspray' but I'm not hating it. Certainly not the typical saison, but interesting if nothing else.

T- This kinda runs the gamut in terms of fruity, sour, sweet, bitter, musty. A little bit of everything. A little fruity with cherry and raspberry.

M- it's bizarrely hot, with some aspects of grain alcohol. Also extremely carbonated. This beer definitely falls flat in terms of the mouthfeel.

O- Interesting. I'm not sure I would get this again, but it'd be good as something to savor on a warm summer night (as tonight in fact), or as a break for something different at the bar.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy red plum (i agitated the sediment) with a nice two fingers of head which leave decent lacing, batch 5. Nose is fruity and floral with a bright citrus funk. Also pick up some herbal tea notes as well. Mouthfeel and taste is a little light and water but still a nice spiced saison. Light notes of lemon and earth along with more herbal tea and red fruits with a somewhat creamy ending. The alcohol is not noticeable at all. Nice unique saison but probably not at the price.

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Photo of deapokid
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 3/25. Reviewed from notes.

This is the first Jolly Pumpkin I've had without a dog on the label.

This spicy Saison is a beautiful ruby red color with a big, tufty white head. Lacing is sticky with a nice punch of carbonation. The look is fruitier than you'd expected for the style. I don't really know what to expect, and I like that.

Aroma is very bretty and dry with a slight hint of wheat and a tart lemon quality. Some floral notes peak out (rose hips, chamomile, dandelion), but it maintains a lightness which is quite appealing.

The taste is spritzy and dry with a floral, almost tea like conclusion. Lemon and some banana are accompanied by a potpurri-esque floral quality which opens pleasantly, but becomes more and more medicinal as the beer warms. Your reaction to this one will depend on your tolerance for the floral notes.

Mouth wise, the wheat adds a nice creaminess, which combats some of the dryness and limits the amount of unpleasant resonance.

It's an original take on the Saison and it tastes good, but it's probably not a repeat performer, since the floral notes can be a shade off.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Malibu Sundownder Tasting Room in Westlake Village, CA.

Pours a murky red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice light fruit and floral presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 05.28.2011 from a 750ml bottle [Blend 1 - Bottled 1-11-2011] poured into a Allagash tulip.

A: Rose (duh), light, with a creamy, sticky and lace-ridden head. Thick, two-finger head.

S: Big floral front, fruity esters, a port/burgandy wine, some oak lambic tucked away in the back.

T: The rose hips are there but the floral sense doesn't knock you down. Overall - moderately sweet, some brett, some wood, cherry, light yeast and just the right funk that a good saison should have.

M - Slick, a bit oily - an almost lambic feel.

D: Quite refreshing. Fresh strawberries, fruit juice and like all Jolly beers, the oak-aging sour finish is very nice. A summer night's beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fire in the hole! Baudelaire iO gushes like a volcano. This is never fun. Definitely not the good kind of first impression. Pink-tinted froth is no doubt pretty, but no one needs this much of it; the glass is half full with foam. The other half isn't exactly charming either - it's a murky combination of ruby grapefruit and blood orange tones.

"Throwing caution to the wind and following (their) creative muse" has evidently led to unpredictable results (as the spill on my kitchen floor attests). The nose is intensely, almost indescribably sour. Admittedly this is not surprising from Jolly Pumpkin, but the magnitude and concentration of sourness was not expected from something brewed with roses and hibiscus.

Oddly enough, the flavour is better appreciate in the aftertaste. There's far too much tartness and oakiness on the palate to note the delicate tastes of rose hips, rose petals, and hibiscus. But once all the bubbles and mustiness fade there is lots of strawberry flavour as well as a trace of flowers and herbal tea (though vanilla and lemon juice still have the greater presence).

Obviously Batch 101 (bottled May 2013) didn't go entirely according to plan, but such is the nature of spontaneous fermentation. Fortunately wild yeasts typically yield interesting, even if unideal results; the acidic tartness and moderate spritz are well-suited to the beer's airy, light disposition. The malts also provide a substantial bakery-fresh breadiness.

Despite this batch's obvious faults, Baudelaire iO delivered on the promise of a soft, delicate, and tart Saison. It's atypically approachable for something intentionally soured and left to ferment in old oak barrels replete with all kinds of bacteria. Indeed, barrel-aging and wild yeast are often used to make brooding, intimidating beers - but this is the opposite of that.

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Photo of Nuggethops
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a St Bernardus oversized wine glass

Pours a gorgeous grapefruit/ruby color with a half inch of frothy white with a slight pink hue head that has amazing retention settling to a thin layer that doesn't go anywhere. There is some nice lacing left on the glass as well.

The aroma is peppery with a slight tartness and faint floral notes as well. Taste is sweet and dry with a light tart sourness in the finish. Faint floral notes as well and a hint of sour cherries. It's dry and a bit light in mouthfeel but is still smooth and nicely carbonated. This is a nice saison and is highly drinkable. The 6.8% abv is completely unnoticeable several of these would go down nicely on a hot summer day. Overall a unique offering from Jolly Pumpkin and the artwork on the label is a nice touch as well.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Party of our epic tasting at jackie o'swith brad and Co

A-nice appearance. Nice amber color with good head
S-smells like spring. Very fresh and clean. Little bit of tartness towards the end
T-spicy and grassy. Gets better with temp.
M-eh at best. Very dry and really brings down the beer
O-OK beer. Finish really brings it down

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a becher glass. Beer is red with a haze to it. Thick white head forms made up of large bubbles. Carbonation is moderate and as the head falls away it completely coats the glass with lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is completely brett. Strong yeast aroma with underpinning of lactic and acetic (vinegar) acids. The flavor of the beer is surprisingly not sour. There is an overall musk about this beer and not a lot that's sour about it. After several mouthfulls I'm getting the sour but I feel misled by the aroma.

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Photo of sholland119
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blend 4, bottled 1/25/11.

A-Pours a clear, surprisingly dark amber. Not a bad thing, but rather unexpected given the style.

S-Quite malty, lots of caramel notes, with lighter than expected funk (this is JP after all). Still quite nice but so far, very non-Jolly Pumpkiinish.

T-Again, malt dominates, and I have to say I am rather disappointed here. Very little evidence of farmhouse, funk, barnyard or any classic saison flavors. I mean, a nice beer, but very muted in terms of the style characteristics.

M-Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O-Kind of a dilemma. I am not a slave to style but I feel this one misses the mark by quite a bit. But still a tasty, well made beer.


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Photo of vfgccp
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Loose, chunky head settles quickly, but leaves a nice lace along the way. Beautiful, bright pumpkin orange body.

S – Floral nose with dandelion, rose water, and pollen accented with a mellow tartness. Corn syrup sweetness.

T – Bright opening with agave, honeysuckle and oak. The woodiness arcs sour through the center and then tart through a dry finish, and pushes the floral notes to the greener side of the spectrum; rosewater and plant stems. There’s a light, but surprisingly pleasant maltiness lurking throughout the profile.

M – Light body. Nice carbonation.

O – Slightly more savory than a classic saison, and definitely on the floral side of the style.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into my snifter.

A - Pours a nice light red to pink. Nice light pink head with good lacing. Clear.

S - Floral, peppery, some citric of lemon and orange

T - Surprisingly more tart than I expected. Noticeable cherry sourness with lemon rind. The brett is there along with the advertised rose, interesting and pretty good. Not as much funkiness as expected/hoped for.

M - Dry, crisp, tart, light.

O - An average saison. I was wishing for a little more funky smoothness to it and the tart edge was a little too sharp. Nice integration of the floral components.

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Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.