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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

547 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 42
Gots: 82 | 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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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sour apples, pear, and cherries. It is bold, and unafraid to show it's colors as a sour beer. I don't get any traditional saison aromas coming off of this beer, but it doesn't matter, my mind is puckering just smelling this.

Mostly clear with just a slight touch of haze. It's a deep red color with a slightly pink head. Sheets of lacing coat the glass as the liquid depletes from the vessel.

The first thing I noticed is how highly carbonated this is.. it almost immediately foams up when it touches my tongue. Body is medium and brings on flavors of pear, apple, and other light, crisp summer fruits. It is far less sour on the palate than on the olfactory senses, but that doesn't make it less enjoyable.

tlazaroff, Sep 10, 2012
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4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.