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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 42
Gots: 78 | 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:
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(Beer added by: NoLiberty on 10-27-2009)
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-15-2014 21:35:54 | More by elkinbrown
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz bottle split and poured into a snifter. Bottled 02-10-2012. Gusher.

A: Pours a hazy amber ruby with a giant puffy white head. Quite dense. Lots of visible carbonation. Head dissipates in the course of a few minutes leaving some nice lacing.

S: The rose really comes through on this brew and the wild yeast has kicked it up a few notches.

T: This is an enjoyable beer, really get the floral rose taste with the saison blend and a fairly intense sour taste. Adds a farmhouse dimension. Very different and quite tasty. I like the rose and brett compliment.

M: Lots of carbonation as shown with the appearance. Crisp finish that is pretty refreshing. Reminds me of a champagne on the tongue. So easy drinking.

Overall has the classic Jolly Pumpkin taste with their yeast strains but also a great rose petal addition. Very tasty and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 02:05:30 | More by CloudStrife
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-18-2012 18:52:25 | More by TheRuss9585
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4/5  rDev -2%

03-24-2014 09:57:46 | More by gillagorilla
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-01-2014 06:03:20 | More by yancot
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New York

4/5  rDev -2%

05-07-2014 04:25:24 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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New York

4/5  rDev -2%

06-29-2013 04:19:16 | More by Tschnab
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-13-2013 00:50:58 | More by drbenderdo
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4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend 1, 1/11/11. This is a seriously beautiful beer, it truly is a "red saison." Outstanding color. In a flute glass, it might pass for a rose but for the fact that it's a hazy from not having been filtered. Like rose Champagne with some strawberry preserves thrown in. Carbonated? Yes, this is Jolly Pumpkin - big fizzy head on the pour, one that sticks around and leaves some lacing.

Varied nose - some whiffs yield sweet strawberry, some rose petals, others some unmistakable sweaty, musky Brettanomyces. This saison is squarely on the "wild side." I also get a little cinnamon and nutmeg. So a flowery, spicy, sweaty, fruity nose then. It sounds unfocused, but it's exquisite.

I'm sure some other company uses the tagline "Always An Adventure," otherwise I'd suggest it for Jolly Pumpkin. These beers are for contemplative, serious drinking. If you throw this down in a loud, smoky bar you might miss a lot of what it has to offer. This is one you spend an hour or so with, teasing out the various micro-flavors. Right up front, it's pretty bitter/hoppy and crushed-aspirin medicinal, similar to a fresh Orval. Midway through, I feel like I'm eating flowers, as I get a very pithy, floral/weedy flavor. Tart strawberries and old saddle leather round it out to a very dry finish - this is one dry beer. Which I like, to me that's essential in a saison.

Feels sharp and thin on the palate, like many Jolly Pumpkin beers. Stinging carbonation, which you would expect for the style, but body might be a shade light for a 6.8% beer. Not a huge flaw in my book, as this does make for some very crisp, refreshing drinking.

If I can't score a saison a 4.0 or above in drinkability, I tend to view it as a failure. Not so here, this is highly drinkable with the caveat that you have to like your dry, Brett-y beers. This is brewing art, and I'm glad to have enjoyed a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 23:13:17 | More by Patrick999
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-06-2013 01:11:21 | More by Giantspace
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4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kurt over at Gordons on Main Street for selling me his last bottle. I haven't had anything from these guys in a while, so I am looking forward to this. Poured in to a wine glass, the color is stunning. It is a blood orange color that gets lighter as you make your way through the glass. About a finger of white heading shows up, and stays till the end. The nose is juicy, with fruit such as strawberries and pomegranate. A little bit of mustiness comes through as well. It definitely drinks like a traditional rustic Saison, but there is a level of complexity there too which I am guessing can be attributed to the addition of rose hips and petals. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice dose of carbonation. I was sort of expecting this to be a gusher, as I have experienced that in Bam Biere, but this one came through with flying colors. JP hit a home run with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 23:12:47 | More by jamie2dope
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

08-08-2013 09:43:25 | More by AlexChillton
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

06-27-2014 19:15:12 | More by sammyg832
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4/5  rDev -2%

07-17-2013 03:03:15 | More by marct
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3.55/5  rDev -13%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 15:31:04 | More by brew3crew
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

08-20-2013 04:55:59 | More by wonothesane42
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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 19:59:36 | More by wethorseblanket
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4/5  rDev -2%

01-13-2013 21:45:27 | More by weonfire
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New York

4/5  rDev -2%

04-24-2014 22:08:22 | More by ncelauro
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-20-2011 07:33:35 | More by Diomede
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New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 02:37:05 | More by andrewinski1
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

09-13-2013 23:16:41 | More by Mike
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4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 18:05:02 | More by billshmeinke
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-25-2014 01:16:56 | More by ToddHolder
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