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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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443 Ratings
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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%


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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shanblur

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 17:39:02 | More by shanblur
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 11:30:35 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 00:18:13 | More by brewandbbq
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ptykozoon

California

3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 20:14:15 | More by ptykozoon
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illidurit

California

5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rating #1200! 750 mL bottle (Blend 5, bottled 1-26-2011) poured into my Odonata Saison glass. Pours a deep, glowing, strawberry-copper color with a pinkish-tan head; like raspberry cake frosting spread atop a hunk of petrified amber. Nice rocky formation, fabulous retention and clingy lacing. The aroma displays some breathtaking clarity and focus; the rose petals and hibiscus are plain as day but distinct and unmuddled. A grassy note, some earthiness and some Orval-ish brett lie underneath. I may as well be walking through a garden. The perfection of the aroma is refreshing and inspiring, and I hope the flavor lives up to it. First sip and... wow, it does. An initial hibiscus and unripe strawberry tartness washes into a divine brett finish that recalls Orval in the best way possible. More on the tartness: it reminds me a bit of that Minute Made frozen raspberry lemonade from concentrate that you have to mix with 4 parts water. As a kid, I always mixed it with 3 parts because I wanted it stronger and more tart, and this beer has an element of that flavor, fleetingly. More on the finish: bone dry with a grass/hay brett character and some mild bitterness. At this point, halfway through the first pour, the head looks like a glob of melted vanilla ice cream in an ice cream float. Creamy, firm and fine carbonation, lower in effervescence than Orval (not a bad thing). The palate is soft and pleasant, the swallow leaves a light residual acidity that, together with the arid dryness, begs the next sip. I cant fault this beer in any facet. Its been a long time since I was blown away by a beer, but this beer has snapped me out of complacency. I really hope JP expands the Baudelaire line, because Ale Absurd was great and IO is flat-out incredible.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 06:57:54 | More by illidurit
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DCon

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 1 PINT, 9.4 OZ bottle of this from the 33 Wine Bar & Tasting Room in Lafayette Square (St. Louis), MO for $15.99. Poured from the bottle with a Girl with a Fly on Her head?!?! into a Tulip Glass and has Blend 7/8, Bottled 2-3-11 on the side with a sticker.

Aroma- Has a nice rose petal aroma thats VERY light but noticeable at the beginning. A bit of hop and sourness are found after this aroma. Bit of fruit in here too but very soft. Alot of attributes linger in this brew's nose.

Appearance- Pours 3 fingers of bubbly head that have good retention. Is a ruby red color body and is semi-hazy. Leaves TONS of lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Good rose petal taste here and sweetness. Lots of citrus and other fruit tastes are faded out with the Hibiscus though... Not sure that I care for this but its still a nice flavor! Light bitterness on the end.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, effervescent, but doesn't have much of a sour/puckering taste or finish like many of the Saisons I like!

Overall Impression- Very nice and interesting with the rose petals brewed in! I would recommend if you get a chance but not a perfect Saison. No real sour flavors or high citrus aromas that usually are around. I would love to see this bottle in stores and I would pick up again for sure! Complexed aroma!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 22:59:42 | More by DCon
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JLeege

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 04:16:12 | More by JLeege
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend 7/8 Bottled 2/3/11

I thought I had missed this beer and low and behold I found it at one of my locals. I would have been really dissapointed not to get to try a fantatic saison by one of the best American brewers of Saisons.

Poured a capped 750ml into my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a amber honey with a massive 4 inch head that leaves some serious lacing down the sides of the glass. The head retention is fantastic. About a 1/2 inch of a foamy cap always sticks around for the entirety of the bottle. The aroma is amazing. Up front is a nice earthy brett. Damp earth with just a little must. I like to call it old closet. Layers of smells underneath the brett. Up front, are sweet berries almost a mix between strawberries and raspberries. Just a bit of sweet tartness. Underneath that you get a bit of honey with a subtle grassy/graininess. With the first sip, you get a big brett presence. I wonder what brett strains they used. Up front I get a bit of damp earth mixed with musty clothes. Then there is this tropical fruit sweetness, almost along the lines of pineapple. Several flavors work well with the brett. There is a nice floralness that I cant pinpoint if it actually comes from the rose/hibiscus or is a result of some sort of hop they use. Really amazing. The mouthfeel is creamy up front and finishes a bit dry. I wish it finished just a bit drier but honestly that's a little thing. Overall, its another fantastic beer by Jolly Pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 23:50:31 | More by hwwty4
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really unique in color. A true deep rose hue, slightly cloudy, with the lightest pink colored head. Head is nice and frothy with impeccable retention. Pouring the beer I was immediately excited by the bright smell of Brettanomyces. The high carbonation aggressively pushes out the aromatics. Really pleasant floral quality to the smell. Not even sure if I am picking up on the smell of yeast or flowers. Flavors are a bit more robust than the subtle aroma. Intense but quite balanced and drinkable. Tartness is solid, fits in nicely with the rest of the flavors. The floral flavors are present, but faint enough you could almost forget it is a flower beer. Highly acidic on the tongue. Thin body as expected with a saison, especially with brett introduced. With 6.8 ABV, I feel like this beer would get much better in a year or two, in order to give a chance for the brett. to develop more. I enjoy this beer, really interesting. I plan to pick up another if they are still around.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 21:19:47 | More by mlazzaro
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml brown pop top with gorgeous label. HUGE thanks to jbck109 for crossing this major want off my list. Bottled on 1-26-11, my wife's birthday; if she liked wild brews, I'd be splitting this with her. Alas, this is all mine. Ok, popping the top here, I found the STRANGEST thing I've ever found in one of my beers. For about an inch and a half all around the top of the bottle from the lip (and inside of the cap) is a dark, muddy pink/brown paste. It almost looks like melted wax of the lesser-quality variety (i.e. what's used on New Glarus' fruit beers. Weirdest freaking thing I've ever seen. If this were just 'any' beer, I'd probably dump it out, but now that I have this, I'm all systems go...

Appearance: Hazy, ruddy orange/brown beer with pink highlights. Nice, creamy ivory cap with pink hints. Amazing sheets of lace. Really quite attractive overall.

Smell: It's JP, so of course there's tons of Bretty goodness front and center. Vibrantly fruity, earthy, and funky. Just a hint of strawberry as well. I'm not getting a anything specifically rose-like here, but it is a bit flowery.

Taste: Wild, and slightly tart, but not over-the-top; this is nicely nuanced and balanced. Although I'm having trouble pulling out any individual fruit flavors here (I get a bit of raspberry after awhile), but this is absolutely bursting with fruity and floral flavors of the Brett variety. Nothing that specifically shouts 'rose', but this is really pleasant. Just a hint of crisp, dry pale/pils malt on the finish. Tart, but delicately so, like raspberries and slightly underripe fruit. Lightly bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium-bodied.

Overall: When I started in on this, I was thinking I was gonna be a bit disappointed in that this was going to be 'just another' wild beer. And, while it's true that I don't get anything specific here that shouts 'rose', 'rose hips', or 'hibiscus', it really is a beautifully fruity, floral, brettanomyces-kissed brew that (unlike many American Wild Ales, and some from JP for that matter) strikes a perfect balance between yeasty notes, fruity esters, funk, tartness, hop bitterness, and malt. Really, this is one of the best saisons I've had, wild or not.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 01:54:50 | More by BedetheVenerable
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chris (of the Rhino), bottle labelled as "Blend 4 - January 25, 2011." Into a tulip.

Pours slightly lighter than chestnut brown, murky with some pinkish and peachy hues in there. A huge creamy offwhite head is procured; leaves behind great retention and lace. Nose is lightly floral (is this the hibiscus/rose?), wheat, light funkiness and hints to some sourness. Taste continues these floral notes, with some wheat and gentle tartness. Some definite funky qualities to be found as well. High carbonation that serves to quench, fruity, floral and tart all around. Pleasant and ideal for a summer's afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 17:36:51 | More by liamt07
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larryi86

Delaware

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, blend 5 bottled 1/26/2011, poured into a tulip glass

A- A slightly hazy red with a hint of pink and a three finger off-white head.

S- Flowers, roses, some barnyard funk and sour, brett.

T- Slightly sour, light fruit notes, roses, funky burnyard finish, earthy. Nice complexity, very enjoyable.

M- Smooth, refreshing, light body.

O- This is a great and unique saison, worth the money. Smooth, complex, refreshing, great for a hot day. Will be picking up a few more bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 03:17:30 | More by larryi86
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the brewery in Ann Arbor. Blend 7/8 bottled 4 Feb 2011.

A: unusual color for a saison, but it is brewed with some unusual additions, deep light copper rose color, cloudy, similar to Rodenbach, nice head that became lacey
S: medium nose, slightly cloying w/medium subdued saison style qualities, yeasty
T: medium taste, not as much spritziness of other trad saisions, subdued saison qualities but still there, can definitely taste the flavorings, interesting and good
M: slightly cloying but good, not as much CO2 as most
O: decent but misses the mark ever so slightly

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 01:59:43 | More by wisrarebeer
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Cinderbike

Nevada

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle purchased at Total Wine. Consumed in 94° weather while outside brewing.

A - Orangish pink, a bit hazy, and TONS of fluffy white head with belgian lace that lingered for what seemed hours.

S - Smells of brett, rose hips, freshly mowed grass, light malts, and lemon. I love it.

T - I like this much more than I had planned. The rose comes through first, followed by some light maleness and tart cherry undertones. Brett dominates the finish in with phenolics and light barnyard, leather flavors. The hibiscus seems to impart less in flavor than it does in color.

M - Effervescent carbonation and a light body (no doubt due to the bugs) makes this a great ale for a hot summer day.

O - A great, albeit untraditional saison. I'd drink this any day.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 00:50:28 | More by Cinderbike
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

HV

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 23:43:15 | More by sholland119
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daveytheformer

Oregon

4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 19:06:08 | More by daveytheformer
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 20:55:31 | More by peensteen
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ccrida

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 06:40:07 | More by ccrida
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep cloudy amber color with a nice head on top. The lacing was nice and sticky. The smell was a little herbal, has a little Belgian yeast on the nose also some floral farmhouse notes. The taste is floral and has plenty of typical saison flavors. The mouthfeel was bubbly and yet remains soft. Overall the beer tasted unique, it had a nice aroma and all in all I thought it was really interesting. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 03:04:07 | More by Knapp85
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Klym

California

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 1, poured into a Lost Abbey Tulip. Review from notes.

It poured into a honey-like color gradient with a deep golden brown in the center and more crisp gold around the edges. The head was almost excessive and maintained throughout much of the drink, collapsing randomly at parts like bath foam. Lots of floral and earth smells in the nose. The taste was a very complex combination of petals, spice, minerals, earth, and some yeast with minimal sour or sweetness.

This beer was very good, and one of the most well-developed beers I've had in the earthy/mineral taste spectrum. It's extremely complex, something you could revisit and spend hours sniffing and tasting and keep getting more out of every time. You really have to respect this beer, there are few beers that come off as elaborate as this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:34:04 | More by Klym
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SupaCelt

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome this is a farmhouse...

Blend 7/8 bottled 2-4-11
The pour deposits an amber orange tinted beer. Spitty spatters of lacing, one making the shape of a duck, cling to the glass above the remaining head biscuit. Bubbles. Tiny bubbles.

The nose throws the trademark sour acidity of JP. Wild and woody with a little bit of subtlety in the way of the rose hips and hibiscus that were introduced into the fray. Nothing overt from these ingredients.

The taste is sour and woody again first and foremost. The flower qualities, although very late to manifest, come through much more noticeably in the flavor than they do in the nose. There is a very flower petal remnant like quality that coats the tongue and grows in presence after the swallow trickles down the pipe. Interesting. Unsurprisingly so.

The mouthfeel is perhaps a touch thinner than anticipated, yet manages to lay a crispness that makes the flowery elements bloom across the palate.

Overall, this beer is quite an enjoyable one. Complexities may not be glaring but this brand of beer is brash in the house character fashion and the subtleties need to be patiently awaited while the up front qualities run their course. It really is delicate underneath the initial assertiveness. Nicely done. Worth a ride...

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 02:58:09 | More by SupaCelt
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cherry hued amber body with a dense white head and fine lacing.

Rose petals and hibiscus dominate the aroma with some light brett notes sneaking in there.

Tastes like a wild garden. My first impression was that the rose and hibiscus had taken this beer over, totally overboard. As I sat down with it and tried to dissect the glass, brett, mild acid, eucolyptus, bubblegum and other qualities began to appear. But...the rose and the hibiscus in particular still seem to strong. They seem to mask other flavors.

The mouthfeel is perhaps a bit thinner than a standard Saison, but overall not much to report here.

A unique beer that combines two very interesting Saison ingredients to form a very unique beer. I wish it had less floral character and more Brett and Saison flavor, but that's my only complaint.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 06:29:51 | More by BradLikesBrew
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Cavery

California

4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml into Lost Abbey tulip, shared with SourSunday.

Blend 1, bottled 1-11-2011

A: strong two finger head (and rising) above a dark burnt orange body. The head looks like whip cream on top of a home-made Pumpkin pie. Two fingers worth is just the right amount of whip cream. Lively carbonation is visually apparent. this beer is itself, a jolly pumpkin.

S: Really sweet earth funk. Smells like fancy mushrooms thrown around in a pan of sweet wines and peppercorns. A real amazingly salty plantain note rides my nose for days after I sniff. This brew has a really salty linger, I can almost feel the sand under my feet. really a quality nose-full, not restrained at all, but also not sloppy at all. Very fancy and very strong.

T: Very mild earthy vegetables. Sweet front of jicama and rustic baked potatoes, seared turnips in rosewater. with the faintest rhubarb sweetness. a Light sweet and sour tang lingers in the mouth like a sweet Tennessee dry-rub. Ground black pepper, paprika, and sweet green chilies pay a visit. A super mellow hickory sweetness kinda rocks my world, and bay leaves add just enough spiciness for me to not get bored with earthy notes. I think this is exceptional, a flavor bomb behind a curtain of subtlety.

M: this has enough carbonation for two beers. Super solid long-lasting and fizzy through the finish. This thing has kept a filmy head since it was poured. This beer is alive, and the mouth-feel lets you know it. Solid body that lightens due to the air in the bubbles. The body is the foundation for all the flavor, and the bubbles make you think this thing is floating on a cloud. Just money.

O: A deliciously earthy delight. There is a lot going on in this bottle, and I'm sure I missed a lot of it. I think this beer requires a college class to decipher. Monumental complexity that is testament to the quality of the brewers hand. My taste buds are tantalized, my mouth is mystified, and my something else is something elsed. No more reading, go get your hands on a bottle of this. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 04:45:03 | More by Cavery
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SundaySour

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Cavery. And it must also be noted, that I am drinking this mainly because Baudelaire is a kick-ass poet.

A: A hot coal shade of red and orange, with a dense cream colored head. Purdy as a picture.

S: The tart scent of cherries, and I am briefly having happy memory spasms of The Duchesse de Bourgogne. I'd be a lying scoundrel if I said I really caught the scent of rose hips. It kind of smells like the rosemary bread they serve at Macaroni Grill, which don't lie, you love.

T: At first, you think you're chugging a sour. Then, here comes Captain Floral. I am still not picking up rose, but again, rosemary bread. Finishes with a fabulous bready taste. Complex and savory, with that hot bread flavor.

M: Crispy and super fizzy. I like anything that makes me think of champagne, so high-five Jolly Pumpkin.

O: I'm completely author-biased, but hot damn if this isn't a crisp and surprising treat. I still never really caught on to all the florals they so lovingly threw into the vat (which I'm sure looked like a really elegant beer hot tub), but who cares? This beer makes me feel happy, happy feelings.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 04:29:21 | More by SundaySour
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle. Thanks go out to gratefulbeerhead for this bottle. You rock Eric!

A- Poured a nice amber color with light pink hues overall. Three finger white head shows great retentino. Huge rocky chunks of lace left on the sides of the glass.

S- Floral in the nose right off the bat. Rose petal and hibiscus really come off in the front with hints of cracked pepper. Light oak toward the middle with hints of vanilla. Ending of the aroma shows big green apple aroma with a ton of barnyard funk. Light alcohol which I expected more to be honest.

T- Green apples on the front of the beer with a floral flavor which reminds me of rose petals. Hints of black pepper on the final part of the front. Middle shows off some light funk along with oak and vanilla. Green apple comes out more with that typical Jolly Pumpkin funk to it. Alcohol shows some light funk as well on the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is lively and good for the style. Rose petals, light malt, and hints of funk left on the palate. Funky alcohol, hints of oak, and green apple are left long into the aftertaste. Flavors were actually well blended and felt no stop and jerk flavor profile. No off flavors were present although the green apple might have been a light off flavor. Medium heavy alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- This was a wonderful saison. Jolly Pumpkin makes a great tasting beer it seems at times without even trying. The ABV is a little on the light side which makes this beer easy drinking. Nice tasting beer for the summertime nights!

Serving type: bottle

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