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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 41
Gots: 79 | 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:
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(Beer added by: NoLiberty on 10-27-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

JimmyFlatRock, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

drabmuh, Jan 31, 2010
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.

ILikeGoodCider, May 29, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

biegaman, Jan 06, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
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

brew3crew, Mar 19, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Nuggethops, May 18, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -12%
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.


sholland119, Jul 30, 2011
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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.

vfgccp, Dec 23, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

OakedCanuck, May 12, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear red amber color with two fingers of pink head. There is a ring of carbonation that remains around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Overall this has a very mild smell. Mild fruity smell, like fruit punch. There is also some floral notes as well.

Taste: Again, a very mild sweetness with fruit and floral notes. The fruit kind of reminds me of fruit punch as well. There is a very mild sour note as well, it really doesn't dominate, just a hint. The only issue I have here is that it is a bit watery. Can't taste the alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body, with delicate bubbles. The finish is very dry.

Overall: I enjoyed this one, but not as much as some of the other Jolly Pumpkin offerings. The taste was a bit watery. A good offering, but I don't think I'd have it again.

oline73, Apr 01, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Talkin 'bout a beer that pulls the palate in several different directions at once, we get the signature Jolly Pumpkin tannin tartness but enlivened by the periphery of perfume and floral whimsy.

The artistry begins with the decanting into the snifter with a rich mauve hue of haze and rust. A billowing foam of sand stain, loosely knit carbonation and dusted with flakes of yeast define the foam character with great retention and strong lacing. Of course, I'm taken back by the inquisitive color, yet I'm inclined to dive into the beer well before the head settles.

A crazy aromatic blend begins with the tartness of under ripened berries, crab apples, and limes but quickly shift to an ultra floral character of bright rose pedals, perfume, lavender, chamomile, herbal teas, strawberry, sandalwood and must. Yea, that's a lot going on with just the first visit to the glass.

Diving further into flavor, the briny taste of lime, salt, and aged woods ingrain the flavor profile while the flowery flavors of dried honeysuckle, chamomile, rose, lavender, dehydrated strawberries, zinfandel must, and light horsey tartness seem to dance about and reveal a different impression each time the beer hits the taste buds. And that's just half of it- as the beer treads across the middle palate, the flavors develop into a rustic flavor earthy hop bitterness, hay-like bite, and a dusty wood flavor that pushes the impressions of sweetness aside and ushers in a remarkably complex taste in finish. Although the characteristics of metals, detergent, and highly phenolic spice make their way into the lasting flavors, they seem to add roundness and variety to the session and without compromising its quality.

Powdery and mouth drying from the onset, the would-be creaminess is replaced by an airy and evaporation texture that makes me thing that I'm inhaling the beer rather than sipping it. The coating of flower oils provide a light film on the mouth and buffer me from the pang of oak. The soft tannin astringency dries the mouth with a peppery bite and mellow alcohol warmth. I'm taught that many of these mouthfeel attributes will deter from the quality of the beer, but Jolly Pumpkin gets a reprieve. They just do it a different way!

The amount of varying flavors, that all share the stage at once do so with harmony and balance. But you have really got to enjoy highly floral and perfumy beers with rustic charm and challenge to make this a staple in your beer drinking sessions.

BEERchitect, Apr 18, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Andy kindly opened this one up to drink while watching the Bruinks stonp Vancouver. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a nice velvet red with a creamy finger of light pink head. Nice retention with thick soapy lace.

Pommegarnaice in the aroma with what I can only describe as soap. I'm sure it's from the rose petals but it's soap for me. It's really not a bad soap smell though, it's pretty nice. A little bit of doughy yeast here too. Slightly tart in the aroma. Biscuity yeast on the pallet with a little bit of peppery hops. Floral flavors and a bit of earthy must.

A little bit of a full body here that with low carbonation. It doesn't seem to have the crisp saison feel that I'm accustomed to.

A really interesting beer here. I'm not sure that I'm crazy about the addition of rose petals on this. They don't seem to add much; especially on the pallet. I'd say a tasty beer worth a shot. Really a unique take on a saison.

Bendurgin, Jun 07, 2011
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3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy ruby color with a frothy quarter inch head that liners indefinitely.

Floral and vinous aromas are accompanied by soft fruit notes of raspberries and some horse blanket funk. There's a bit of a perfumey, soapy character in the background.

Flavor is subtle and dry. There's a mildly tart, vinous character at the base, with subtle notes of roses and tart fruit giving way to a bready malt backbone at the finish. The Rose character really opens up as it warms.

Body is moderate to slightly full, with light carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Very subtle, clean beer with less sourness and funk than most jp beers. The dryness creeps in too early to close the flavor. Could benefit from a bit more carbonation but that might kill the flavor completely.

barczar, Jul 03, 2013
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3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky amber with a mountainous beige head that leaves a ton of lace as it slowly recedes.

S: Aromas of white pepper, hibiscus, rose hips, caramel, cedar, cypress, red tea, minerals, oak, must, and wild yeast fill the nose.

T: Notes of cider vinegar, cedar, oak, chalk, red tea, caramel, white pepper, sage, lemon, rose hips, hibiscus, must, and lactic wild yeast funk flit across the palate. The finish is oddly short and muddled with an overpowering jumble of floral, mineral, and wild yeast notes.

M: Very, very slight in body with overpowering carbonation. The thin, watery body really undercuts the complexity of the flavors, leading me to believe that something may have been off about this batch and/or bottle.

O: I kind of adore where Jolly Pumpkin was trying to go with this particular batch. The problem is that the brewer apparently just was not able to pull it together this time out. Still, I have graded leniently because I feel that had this beer been sampled under better conditions and turned out as the brewer had obviously intended, it would have been an absolute knockout. I'll sample next year's edition when it comes out and see how things have changed in order to get a better understanding of this beer's qualities and potential.

mrfrancis, May 24, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, blend 7/8 bottled 2/3/11. Pours a clear light pinkish red with a huge rocky pinkish white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is slightly tart fruits and some floral notes with a bit of brett.

The flavor is a bit subdued - some tart acidic fruits, with some funk and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer - very pink! I wish there was more to the flavor. A bit pricey too at $17.

Beaver13, May 09, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy amber, orange, ruby tones reminiscent of stained glass. Quite frothy and foamy.

S: Notes of apple cider, brettanomyces, and grass. A very springtime vibe.

T: Not as interesting as the smell would lead me to believe. Pretty fresh with some grass, rosehip, and orange.

M: The bottle I had was over-carbonated.

O: This was kind of a letdown because I really enjoyed the appearance and smell but the taste and mouthfeel were just not that appealing. It didn't really have that saison crisp sweetness to it.

DrFayhee, May 04, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blend 3 – Bottled 1/18/11 – Poured into a tulip

Appearance- Pours ruby red, transparent with lots of active carbonation. Large fluffy white head, with a touch of pink. Great retention and nice lacing.

Smell- Fresh cut grass and some damp hay. A little bit of the signature JP funk, a little brett, but not as predominate as other offerings. Some berries, and definitely rose in the aroma as well.

Taste- Berry up front, maybe strawberry. Very floral, it must be from the rose/hibiscus, though they are not too distinguishable in the flavor, (your typical floral flavors). A nice dry grassiness and somewhat musty. A lot of brett character, I don’t think I have ever picked up this much in such a relatively “young” bottle. Slightly vinous on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Just a touch tart, light body with pretty high carbonation. Nice dry finish.

Overall- A nice saison, but I was expecting the flavors to be a bit more bold. I don’t regret the purchase, I love me some Jolly Pumpkin, but this just falls a bit short for me. Probably won’t revisit.

JLeege, Aug 23, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Early 2010 rate.

750ml bottle, pours a deep rose, hazy copper orange in the light. Big rocky white head. Classic JP funk on the nose, but with a nice bright, fresh, herbal quality. Soft in the mouth. Presents a really interesting collage of sweet, sour, and bitter flavors. Getting this kind of overbearing cherry cough drop flavor. Really herbal, bordering on medicinal at times. Not sure what to think of this. It's really bright and fun, but it has too many qualities I don't enjoy to make it as drinkable is it could be.

JAXSON, Jan 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

HardyA, Oct 17, 2013
Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.