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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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204 Reviews
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Reviews: 204
Hads: 631
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 46
Gots: 101 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NoLiberty on 10-27-2009

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Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle opened by me at the 2011 Pizza Port Barrel Blast.

A: Orange tinged red with a big white head.

S: Pronounced rose aromatics with lesser notes of hibiscus. Quite floral. Light Brett notes.

T: Rose, hibiscus, dry Brett, a little sweetness and earthiness. 

M: Medium body. Lower high carbonation, sticky and dry mouthfeel.

Overall: Quite interesting and good in small quantities.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours murky copper with a creamy one-inch head of white. Streaks and dots of lacing throughout the glass and a solid skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with fruit, cut grass, lactic acid and dried flowers. Hints of orange and the signature JP yogurt/bile lactic bite follow through.

Medium bodied with a creamy, crisp mouthfeel.

Wet hay, stone fruit, horsesweat, and cheesecurds start the palate. The acid is a bit muddled by the yogurt-like lactic nature, and could be brighter and cleaner for a sharper profile.

Finishes with some faint floral qualities, funk, soured apples, and lingering stomach bile.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 1, Bottled 1-11-11

A: Pours a hazy reddish orange with a solid 2-finger pinkish head. Massive clumpy and clingy lacing.

N: Classic JP yeasty funk aroma with floral and wet wood notes. Lots of farmhouse qualities. Unusual and unpleasant metallic thing going on.

T: Initial tart bite (perhaps the thorns) followed by the floral bloom (rose hips and rose petals). Bready yeast with some funky brett.

M: Medium to light body and moderate carbonation.

O: Very flowery and summer-like. Wait for a warm day. Would like to try again.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Gusher that left about 1/5 of the bottle in the sink and all over the counter. Ruby colored with a ton of carbonation and thick foamy head that doesn't want to recede. I can taste and smell notes of hibiscus, but little else. While effervescent it fell flat. Not much classic saison character.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 2 1-12-2011
Shared by Turdface McGee at Jackie O's

Pours a light pale orange. Murky with. Good amount of slightly pinkish head. Smells A bit funky with some light rose hints. Some sour herbal smells. Tastes heavy of rose and hibiscus. Very solid mouthfeel. Highly carbonated and tasty

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Photo of Wadsey
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

iO Saison, vintage late 2009

Served in New Belgium tulip

A: Pours deep orange/amber with towering soft head. Great retention. When it finally settles down, delicate, intricate lacing is left. The beer itself is very clear and effervescent. 

S: White pepper and a strange flowery quality, which I never quite solve, lead off. A soft sourness, more acetic than acidic, follows. A little damp wood and funk are detected, but I have to strain my sense of smell for them. 

T: Above characteristics are all present in taste, if in different proportions. A hint of malty sweetness  sneaks in front of white pepper, though. I suspect lactobacillus joins acetobacteria in sourness profile. Brettanomyces is definitely present, but provides more drying earthiness than barnyard funk. Finish is dry and moderately sour. 

M: Medium-light body and carbonation. Another softer Saison, which isn't bad. Drying. 

O: iO Saison seems simple at first, then different layers of complexity become evident. Good drinkability, too. 

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Photo of scottfrie
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into 25oz snifter. Blend 5, 1/26/11. Thanks again Jay.

A: Pours a glowing, clear dark red with a fluffy, soft white head that has a light pink tinge to it. Head took forever to slowly fade into a thick film that lasted the whole beer through and left a dense sheet of lacing down the glass.
S: Big floral and fruity notes of rose, lemon and other citrus, as well as raspberries and hibiscus. There are notes of earthy hops as well as some subtle hints of funky brett.
T: There are still enough peppery earthy spices and grassy undertones to remind me this is a saison, but over all this beer is very fruity and floral. The finish takes a lightly tart turn with flavors of funky yeast and is also quite dry with a few gritty tannins.
M: Medium body with ample carbonation that is spritzy at times. Mouth is drying and chalking.
O: A very interesting and complex brew. Pretty tart for a saison but I love the floral flavors. Well crafted and worth a taste if you come across it. Thanks again jbck109 for hooking me up.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a deep reddish copper, mostly transparent. thin and light bubbly head, tan with light lace.

S-the nose is sweet and floral, orange, touch of somked malt, citric notes with some zesty lemon and lightly spiced yeast notes.

T-the flavor is slightly less integrated and has more yeasty zip to it. notes of orange and citric notes. light spice in the back, very pleasant.

M-medium to full creamy body, solid carbonation, a little lighter, soft palate.

D-this is pretty solid stuff, well balanced and interesting. the flavor is slightly less integrated than the nose but easy to drink and tasty.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled in June of this year

The beer pours a dull rose gold color with a sticky and fluffy off-white head that impedes further pouring until after a few minutes of settling time. The nose is tangy yeast upfront with fruity sweetness and peppery bitterness that sets in as it warms. High class saison flavors with tangy, floral/fruity sweetness, yeast, grain, and a slightly biting, sour, and bitter finish. This has a light-medium body, ample carbonation, tart funkiness, crazy attenuated sugars, mild bitterness, and extra dry finish. This is definitely a full flavored saison that's reasonably priced & available, and packs in some interesting herbal/floral components to keep things interesting.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's
Date: Bottled 2/21/2012
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Baudelaire IO is a very pleasant, generally subtle saison from Jolly Pumpkin, featuring notable Brettanomyces and berry-like fruit ester combinations. While I enjoyed the beer, I don't think it's one that I would pay the $16 for again.

Pours a towering head of very dense foam, made up of small, off-white (with a very light pink tint) bubbles. Retention is excellent, and the head leaves many horizontal bands of lacing with its decline. The head never fully dissipates, descending to a 1cm cap atop the body at all times. Body is a dark burn red and brown, nearly opaque, and with visible carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is of fairly heavy Brettanomyces, with hints of rose-like bathwater and subtle fruity esters from the hibiscus.

Tasting opens with hibiscus (somewhat berry-like fruit esters), sweetness, and a hint of Brettanomyces composting hay meets burnt plastic. Mid-palate showcases more Brettanomyces influence, alongside slightly raspberry-like tartness from hibiscus and rose hips. Back of palate continues the Brettanomyces, but also has a substantial bitterness that I assume is from hops. Overall flavor is a mix of sweetness, mild Brettanomyces, hibiscus flavorings, and subdued bitterness/tartness/astringency.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with high carbonation that creates an acceptably non-painful fizzy mouthfeel. Closes quite dry, nearly astringent.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Noble Grape in Chicago IL for $12.99. Poured into two Goose Island wine glasses. Blend 4, bottled 1-25-2011.

Appearance: Pours murky with an orange/copper color. White with red/pink hue head. Really beautiful looking beer, big points for that.

Smell: Smell is fantastic. Smell of brett/funk is present with a fresh funk barnyard backing. Bright hibiscus brings out the sweetness well.

Taste: Sweet hibiscus, not a lot of barnyard on the palate. Very soft flavors, almost thin at times. Berry front, sweet funky flavor supports the sweet thin beer.

Mouth: High level of carbonation. Has almost a champagne mouth to it. Light and bubbly.

Drink and Overall: Great beer. Took a half bottle get used to the style. After that, really enjoyed it. Similar to the Goose Island Fleur, but better. One of a kind beer.

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Photo of jampics2
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A red beer with a white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of tartness, brett, and sweet Belgian malt.

Taste is interesting. A tart peak fades into the JP brett (Bam) taste. The addition of the sour funk at the beginning makes this one much better for me that the other JP brett beers. Nice flavors from the malt - sweet and dry.

Very crisp, perhaps a tad thin.

A decent, crisp beer. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Nice pink color with lots of suds on top. The lacing is kind of sticky. Good head retention.

The aroma contains some nice typical Jolly Pumpkin tartness with some nice fruity apricot and peach like aromas to round it out.

The taste has a mild sweetness to it and is full of nice spicy yeast. The herbal additions are noticeable with the yeast flavor. The finish is dry and refreshing.

This is light and drinkable with smooth carbonation.

I'm a big fan of Jolly Pumpkin, so of course I like this one!

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Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chris' bottle

Hazy reddish copper colour, big off white head, sticky with lots of lace. Smell is quite funky, barnyard notes, yeasty and quite floral. Tart initially and in the finish, middle has lots of yeasty floral qualities, fruity and dry with notes of tea coming in as well. Full body, med-high carb, good feel. Very nice stuff, very drinkable, solid stuff

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Photo of Gmann
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden ruby color, a bit murky, with a huge off-white head that settles into a puffy cap leaving a good amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of tart green apple skins and oak. A bit of farmhouse but nothing too strong. Some light floral notes from the rose and hibiscus but it is quite subtle.

The taste is not nearly as tart as the aroma. The flavor starts off with the rose and hibiscus, which provides a light sweet character. There is a sharp tartness that follows but it doesn't linger. Some lemon rind and green apple that goes well with a peppery hop.

Light feel with airy carbonation. Dry on the finish, and finishes clean. Quite a refreshing brew. Nothing overpowering, good balance.

An interesting saison. The flower presence isn't strong but it balances the tartness of the brew. Drinks very well.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-12-10
Batch 389

Pours a bright but cloudy red/brown color, with almost a pink tinge. A very sizable head gives way to huge, craggy lacing.

Smell is sour up front, with strong floral aromas. Subtle and yet complex, it's hard to pinpoint the many things going on.

Taste is all sour and slightly bitter, with a dominating green olive flavor. Not as complex as I expected, and a little odd, but still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated and light, which adds to the sourness and tartness, in a good way.

Drinkability is good, although the sourness is enough to make one bottle plenty.

Overall, a good beer that I'm glad I tried, and even more glad that I split the price with somebody.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Whole Foods poured into a tulip.

Pours a red/amber hue with a billowing white head of three or four fingers that has a pinkish hue. Great retention and lacing.

Smells of funk, dry yeast, floral, herbal, and the signature Jolly Pumpkin saison yeast fragrance.

Taste follows smell. Floral, funky, yeast, bretty, dry, rustic, herbal. Quite the layered saison.

Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied, well carbonated. A good beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gusher! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured red-orange with an explosive off-whitehead that subsided to a one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, funk, fruit, spice and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, funk, subtle tart, fruit, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really liked the twist that JP took on this one with the nice funky note going on with a kiss of tart. This really kept it interesting and your palate guessing what was going on throughout the bottle. I need to drink more saisons from JP if this is how they do them. An absolute must try for any avid beer lover out there.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4/5  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.

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Photo of shanblur
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 7/8. Bottled 2/4/2011. Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a reddish copper color with a frothy pinkish white head. Extensive lacing retained.

S - Sour notes predominate. A blend of floral and citrus.

T - Sourness dominates the taste with a strong acidity. Some light citrus flavors.

M - Light to medium bodied with an effervescence.

Not my favorite style, however, I appreciate the uniqueness. Tastes, looks and feels like an extra brut rose but sour. Would pair nicely with the right food.

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Photo of brystmar
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours tons of fluffy, white head. Good retention. Aroma is funky and fruity; citrus complements the funky yeast well.

Taste is crisp and clean. Yeast funk is balanced with the other flavors. I'd happily reach for another bottle of IO on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Gus_13
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with an orange hint. Head dissipated quickly but was super fluffy. Nice grapefruit and lemon aroma with a hint of spice. Hibiscus tends to be grapefruit-esq to me. Super dry and tart on the palate with a more citrus up front and a finish of saison spice.

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Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.