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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

531 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 41
Gots: 81 | 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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2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

BeerImmediately, Mar 13, 2011
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2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Crunchberry, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of nickhiller
3/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

nickhiller, Apr 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

IPx, Nov 19, 2011
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LSUPT, Nov 18, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

ccrida, Jul 22, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

NoLiberty, Oct 27, 2009
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3.09/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

beertunes, Aug 31, 2013
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3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 31, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

corby112, Apr 26, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

mothman, Aug 24, 2010
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Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.