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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 200
Hads: 622
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 43
Gots: 99 | FT: 12
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: NoLiberty on 10-27-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Novel saison, good gateway beer. Shared with Paul and George at Ginger Man NYC. Funky yeasty aroma. Retained head of about a quarter inch onto golden yellow. Herbal tea blend of sourish rosehips,carbonation kicked up with hibiscus, softened by rose petals, pepper in the finish. Good drinkability, but only over the course of an hour. Fuller mouthfeel.
Had 2 month later and got the sourish tea, still nice. (407 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that quickly died down yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There is a slight amount of sourness in the aroma, but this is nicely offset by sweet smells of hibiscus. Hints of floral hops are also present.
T: The initial taste has a slight amount of sweetness and transitions to flavors of tart cherries, oak and strawberries towards the finish along with some hints of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The finish has a bit of dryness.
O: Drinking this beer is a breeze; I would definitely try this again if I can find it because it has a very unique taste for the style.

Note: Blend 6, Bottled 1/27/2011 (857 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle consumed at a recent tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter. Blend number 5.

Pours a really pretty pink color with a good white head and a bit of lacing as it slowly falls down the glass. The nose brings some mild funkiness as well as some earth. There's also a bit of cardboard and oxidation that wasn't particularly pleasant. Taste was again slightly funky without too much else going on. There was a strange dryness to the mouthfeel. Quite earthy in general. Interesting, but not something I'd seek out again. (516 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

wild ale saison type with rose hips, rose petals, and hibiscus flowers. what a cool beer, the first ive had with hibiscus not to be way over the top like perfume, beautifully balanced and accentuated by the accents here, just killer beer. i come across this in my revisiting everything jolly pumpkin has done, and its all just so darn good. lovely dark pink orangey color to this, under a titanic white foam head that continues to rise and never fades, good looks. the nose is quite floral, i smell the rose hips before the others, and of course the classic brett strains of this brewery. a lighter wheat malt lets the funk shine through, a tad sour and lactic, a little citrus, but a lot of rose hip and rose petal in this, its summery but also trans-seasonal. there is a mellow herbal quality, and a tea-like property as well, both from the floral additions i assume, and the finish is bright and light and dry and funky, while maintaining a smoother feel with a lush body and tickling carbonation. this is a demonstration of creativity, restraint, craftsmanship, and beauty. a one of a kind brew worthy of the highest accolades. (1,131 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, garnet-infused, amber color with a thick, one finger head that leaves lacing a plenty all around

Smell: Fresh berry-fruit aroma, with underlying floral and oak aspects; the hint of bretty tartness is very subtle

Taste: Toasty malt serves as a backdrop for the sweet/tart berry flavors, with the floral elements dancing above the fruit; by mid-palate the oaky tartness adds another dimension and, after the swallow, the tart flavors tend to dominate, leaving the floral and fruit elements to remain distinct but, clearly, second fiddle

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: Sort of a combo fruit beer/lambic/saison, this beer is certainly out there and, I think, well worth seeking out (747 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  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. (436 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (2,481 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light pink/orange color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light hibiscus notes with some tart notes. Taste is a nice mix between some hibiscus notes with a dry and tart palate and some floral notes. Body is not as full as I would have expected with good carbonation. Well done as per most beer form this brewery though I would have preferred a fuller body. (423 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Andrew.

Cloudy and ruddy amber, this is a dark saison. Carbonaton is pretty reigned-in, leaving only a small head.

Tons of brett on the nose, backed by a floral and perfumey note. The funk is leathery and earthy. Lot of yeasty goodness on display.

The palate is musty, dry, leathery. Quite floral, there are notes of rye and whole grain bread, citrus fruit, mild sourness. Finishes dry with a strong lingering earthy brett character. Another very enjoyable JP beer. (476 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with other BA's at the Ann Arbor brewpub. Review from notes.

Reddish orange body, slightly hazy, with a ton of lacing and strong head retention. In true JP style the foam is sturdy and has a whipped meringue texture on it's surface.

Barnyard funk in the nose, rustic notes of musty hay, spices, general earthiness.

Tart, dry, clean feel. It has a light muskiness, some floral spice (maybe the rose hips & hibiscus, I plead ignorance) and clove for sure, with a light honey finish. The tartness is moderate and integrates well. It seemed similar in feel and drinkability to other JP brews I love, like Bam and Calabaza. The spices were a little subdued, seems like it could use more of a fruit component to punch up the savory tartness, but overall I enjoyed it quite a bit. (792 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a three-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. The long lasting head receded to leave sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled like roses. It really did. A great yeasty quality, too with a grainy presence.

T - It tastes very floral and fruity with a sweet caramel backbone. Some grain flavor with a touch of spiciness.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a clean, dry finish.

O - This is a fantastic beer. Don't know why I passed on it the first time around. Another great brew from Jolly Pumpkin. (574 characters)

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. (536 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Derek for this on. Always enjoy trying a new Jolly Pumpkin beer.

A: The pour is a cloudy pink-orange-amber color with a big off-white head that has very nice retention.

S: The nose starts off with the usual tartness that you expect from a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Great tart fruit notes of grapefruit, berries, cherries, and a touch of lemon. The floral components are light and there's a ton of leathery, dry brett character too.

T: More great tart fruits to start this one off. Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and some hints of cherry are there. There's a bit of a spice character as well as some subtle floral notes. A bit of bread, dry and tannic brett and oak flavors are quite powerful as well.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high level of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Fantastic beer. Very complex yet a nice balance is maintained throughout. (870 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's a gusher! Hazy amber brown body topped by a huge meringue like head of white foam. The aroma is spectacularly floral with pepper, hibiscus, tropical fruit and farmhouse goodness. Sweet malt with more pepper and lots of the same floral notes that are in the aroma. Medium body, high carbonation, and a balanced finish. Really nice, this is a great saison and an excellent use of flowers in beer. (399 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (853 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,912 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 7/8 bottled 2-4-11

Not too many spot on saisons this side of the ocean. At least to this degree. This one has some nice funk and interesting rose and floral characters. Nice to drink, but you'll need to appreciate beers like Fantome to really dig on this one. (266 characters)

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. (844 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/10/2013. Massive gusher upon opening, but no lost beer. Took a while to pour it. Pours very hazy reddish orange color with a fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big green apple, pear, cherry, pineapple, lemon zest, rose petal, herbal, floral, grass, clove, light pepper, light caramel, bread, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, flower petal spice, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart green apple, pear, lemon zest, cherry, bread, light caramel, rose petal, herbal, floral, grass, clove, pepper, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of apple, pear, lemon zest, cherry, bread, light caramel, rose petal, herbal, floral, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, flower petal spice, and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced saison. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, flower petal spice, and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,633 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer which has been on my want list.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of citrus, pepper and some yeast - along with some tartness. The flavor is oranges, yeast, pepper, roses and flowers. There is a little bit of tartness, but it is not a sour beer. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

A very nice saison. (391 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled January 2010
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a quickly growing head that ends up four-fingers thick to the room plus two fingers of height above the rim of the glass. The head is a soft, pale tan color and it has an awesome, structurally sound staying power. The beer is a murky, red-plum color that shows a fairly hazed, amber tinged, cranberry color when held up to the light. As I pour this a musty, earthy, slightly musky smell is noticed emanating from my glass. A more focused inspection yields much more of this plus a phenolic, not quite plastic, maybe more band-aid like note, but definitely Brettanomyces driven, farmhouse funkiness. Grassy, cracker driven, with just a hint of toasted charter, the malt is just present underneath the up front funkiness. There is also a light fruitiness to this beer that smells of ripe plums, a light melon note, some definite tart green apple character

Lightly tart tasting, and the flavor definitely finishes with a phenolic character that doesn't become overwhelming, but definitely linger on in the finish. Up front, with the tartness, this beer tastes of a tart, fruity plum, but without much real sweetness. This has a nice, lively carbonation to it at first, but I have been a bit preoccupied for a couple minutes and the beer is now merely spritzy. The body is actually quite light, the color would suggest a heavier body, but this is actually only has a very light fullness to it; it is enough to keep this from being any where near watery, but it is still eminently quaffable. The beer has a definite fruitiness to it, at times reminding me of red pears, floral apples, some melon notes that include some green, unripe melon rind notes. I am not sure there is oak here (given this is Jolly Pumpkin I am guessing it does though), but there is a touch of toasted woodiness towards the finish as well as a spiciness that seems characteristic of oak. Much of the spiciness comes from the fermentation character though; clove, spicy phenols, sweet ginger and white pepper, among other just general spicy notes. The fruitiness really starts to come in to its own after the beer starts to breath.

The various components really work together quite harmoniously; this is definitely a well balanced brew. This is my kind of Saison for the Fall; fruity, funky, lightly tart, complex and damn tasty. I can't get enough of this exquisite brew; Jolly Pumpkin has definitely done it again. (2,466 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (560 characters)

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Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.