Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 44
Gots: 81 | FT: 10
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NoLiberty on 10-27-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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