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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 204
Hads: 633
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 47
Gots: 101 | FT: 12
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States | website

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 drpimento
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a beer! Let it warm a bit out of the fridge first. Then poured with a voluminous, billowy, frothy, foamy, fluffy, cream colored head that lasts all the way down and loads of clingy lace. Color is a hazy, pink tinged amber. Aroma is yeast, floral, earth, malt. Flavor's like nose, plus the JP trademark tartness which is more balanced in this case with just enough sweetness and yeast bitterness. Body and carbonation are great. Finish is clean, like flavor, and of average length. Superb saison with some interesting twists!

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Photo of ccrida
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Pony Bar.

The appearance is orange with a burning red sunset aspect tot the color with a rather frothy, that the kind bartender poured w/ attention. It has a nose with flowers, hibiscus makes a formidable presence and brett. Mouthfeel is tart, low-key carbonation, some of that funk lingers, very nice sensation. A great saison that I have had on my "want to try" list for a little while, glad I had it.

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Photo of champ103
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A: This is a gusher, but manageable to poor. Which is par for the course with JP. Pours a beautiful hazed dark ruby color. A two finger pink tinted head forms with excellent retention. Rings of lace. This is a looker.
S: I love the aroma. Very floral up front. Tangy, spicy hibiscus aromas. Lightly acidic, with tart dark cherries, and other fruits like pears and apples. funky yeast as well. Excellent.
T: Follows the nose. The flowers are very apparent along with the hibiscus specifically. Slightly sweet and tangy with a nice spice. Acidic with some dark fruits. Tart cherries, plums, pears, and apples. Light funk. Everything is so balanced, and nothing overpowers.
M/D: A medium body that is very effervescent and dry. Just a bit thin, but not bad. So easy and enjoyable to drink. The slight puckering makes me want to keep coming back, and the balance is excellent.

This is Jolly Pumpkin at its best. An excellent spin on a saison that works perfectly. Something I love and highly recommend.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a deep reddish copper, mostly transparent. thin and light bubbly head, tan with light lace.

S-the nose is sweet and floral, orange, touch of somked malt, citric notes with some zesty lemon and lightly spiced yeast notes.

T-the flavor is slightly less integrated and has more yeasty zip to it. notes of orange and citric notes. light spice in the back, very pleasant.

M-medium to full creamy body, solid carbonation, a little lighter, soft palate.

D-this is pretty solid stuff, well balanced and interesting. the flavor is slightly less integrated than the nose but easy to drink and tasty.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor. Baudelaire iO pours a deep and swampy red and ruby color with some patches of brown that appear as the light passing through the brew changes. Swampy like you'd expect a saison to be; almost 100% opaque, in fact, topped off with a sappy and thin, rose tinted skin. Very intriguing look, unique and interesting.

I had to go back about five or six times, taking big, deep inhales each time, and I still wasn't able to capture everything I was smelling. So complex and so unlike anything I've ever smelled before. It's a grand mixture of typical saison-like qualities and a brilliant inclusion of some spices and florals that I haven't experienced before.

The nose is very floral, almost akin to a wild patch of flowers. Hibiscus is heavy in the aroma, along with leaves, roses, wood, wet oak, and a bit of forest floor. The fruity, saison side of things balance and intertwine nicely; cherries, plums, and a bit of tart apple skins. Very perfume-y on the edges, backed up with that signature Jolly Pumpkin funk - light must, wet hay, and mild barnyard on the back end. Holy shit!

So, what does this bad-boy taste like? A refreshing, floral saison - that's what. Up front, there's a good bit of leafy and lightly herbal tea leaf with white pepper and lavender oil playing supporting roles. The palate picks up on even more spices than the nose... I wish I was a chef, so maybe I could identify some more of these spices. The incredible thing is how there's so much going on at once, yet nothing is overpowering anything else.

Some very mildly tart cherries and juicy apples make their way into the mix, right about the same time the oak debuts. Again, that signature JP funk rules the finish with some musky cheese cloth and wet cellar flavors, coupling with the oak barrel to give a dry finish that leaves you wanting more with each sip. The carbonation is on point, and though I'd prefer a slightly heavier beer, its thin and crisp body works for the style.

No doubt, one of the most interesting beers I've had; there's really no other beer I can think of that would be a "good" substitute - you've really gotta try it for yourself. So refreshing and so easy to drink, too. It's crazy how many things are going on at once and how well they all harmonize and create such a nice experience for the senses. What a nice saison.

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Photo of Brenden
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This so-called red saison is definitely that, a bright but thick red-brown with some rosewood or cherry wood hues. It builds a solid frothy white head with lots of retention that leaves some patchy lacing.
The aroma brings out some soft berry notes, maybe a hint of sweet darker fruits but nothing tart, and a gentler sourness than I get from most J.P. offerings. It's very softly floral with a sort of woodiness to it that's more oak than earth.
This is a beer that strikes the balance between delicacy and flavor, getting both. The floral aspect is so gentle, easing in with a soft strawberry-like note while overtop lies gentle sourness and tartness with a light, gentle funk. The wood note is like beach, not as hard as oak but adding some flavor and a bit of depth. There's a bit of grape must toward the finish, where more delicate florals (think jasmine or lavender) come out.
This beer starts off dry but never very much so, it's just a part of the feel that goes from beginning to finish. There seem to be some tannins, though not in the way I'd feel them in a wine by any stretch. The feel is generally somewhat bubbly, as the carbonation adds a crispness but the smoothness doesn't show so much over the dryness and the "bubble," so to speak.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gusher! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured red-orange with an explosive off-whitehead that subsided to a one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, funk, fruit, spice and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, funk, subtle tart, fruit, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really liked the twist that JP took on this one with the nice funky note going on with a kiss of tart. This really kept it interesting and your palate guessing what was going on throughout the bottle. I need to drink more saisons from JP if this is how they do them. An absolute must try for any avid beer lover out there.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy copper color with a white head. In the aroma, green apple sweet and pinch of sourness with hints of cinnamon spice. In the taste, green apple sweet and that pinch of tartness, cinnamon spice bite and somewhat flowery. A sour bite with a small to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry flowery and sourness in the aftertaste. Almost like a cider and /or wine. I loved it. I love you, Jolly Pumpkin!!

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

Blend 2 bottled 1/12/11

Pours cloudy pinkish red/brown liquid with at least three fingers of head. Head has decent retention and leaves only a small amount of lacing behind.

Smell is a quite floral up front, along with some nice funk. Smells include rose, cherries and strawberries and a bit of lemon as well. A bit of perfume.

Tartness hits the palate first, but is quickly balanced by a dry funkiness. Really nice. Taste is not as floral as the smell, but fruits are abundant, with cherries, some strawberry and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is medium but crisp, finishing tart and dry.

This is a very enjoyable beer. Tart, but not overly so, nicely balanced with some dry earthiness.

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

Had from bottle at Jolly Pumpkin Brewery Restaurant in Ann Arbor. Appearance and aroma are extremely unique. Clear deep red color, with pink head. Smells sweet with heavy notes of sour cherry, rose and hibiscus. Taste follows the smell perfectly, with heavy flower notes in the background of signature Jolly Pumpkin sourness. The complexity and uniqueness of this beer make it a must-try. JP hit what they were going for right on the nose here, and made quite a pleasant beer. Sour cherry and floral flavor, yeasty farmhouse flavor, clean finish. Light and airy. Oh man this is awesome. I wish there were a score for beer labels. This would get a 10 out of 10 in my book. All around winner.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant red colour, with cloudy body. Head is way too generous, but looks pretty amazing; slight pink tinge, fluffy marshmallow-like sinking with great clumps of lace left behind. Would look ideal, if head were slightly less enthusiastic.

Smells really lovely. Funky and sour, with big vinegary acidity from the Brett that also gives a funky earthy bitterness underneath. Raspberry, redcurrant and some lemon zest on there. Not really traditional saison, but lovely, big, complex and inviting.

Taste is not quite as complex or bold at first. Lots of tart and even astringent acidity from start to finish, with decent caramel sweetness and a touch of clove. Mid-palate gets all Bretty and funky, with notes of caramelised balsamic vinegar, lemon zest and washed rind cheese (just slightly). Quite dry and almost vinous on the back, it's really well tamed in fact. Fresh, complex, interesting but still very drinkable.

Bit thin upfront, but lots of presence and texture from the wild yeasts that end up quite dry. Interesting.

Almost feels too subdued like the tartness from the wild yeast is not fully formed. I can picture this as a sweet bridging sour beer for those who can't handle them yet, but to me it's just a bit of a mild entity.

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Photo of illidurit
5/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden ruby color, a bit murky, with a huge off-white head that settles into a puffy cap leaving a good amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of tart green apple skins and oak. A bit of farmhouse but nothing too strong. Some light floral notes from the rose and hibiscus but it is quite subtle.

The taste is not nearly as tart as the aroma. The flavor starts off with the rose and hibiscus, which provides a light sweet character. There is a sharp tartness that follows but it doesn't linger. Some lemon rind and green apple that goes well with a peppery hop.

Light feel with airy carbonation. Dry on the finish, and finishes clean. Quite a refreshing brew. Nothing overpowering, good balance.

An interesting saison. The flower presence isn't strong but it balances the tartness of the brew. Drinks very well.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into 25oz snifter. Blend 5, 1/26/11. Thanks again Jay.

A: Pours a glowing, clear dark red with a fluffy, soft white head that has a light pink tinge to it. Head took forever to slowly fade into a thick film that lasted the whole beer through and left a dense sheet of lacing down the glass.
S: Big floral and fruity notes of rose, lemon and other citrus, as well as raspberries and hibiscus. There are notes of earthy hops as well as some subtle hints of funky brett.
T: There are still enough peppery earthy spices and grassy undertones to remind me this is a saison, but over all this beer is very fruity and floral. The finish takes a lightly tart turn with flavors of funky yeast and is also quite dry with a few gritty tannins.
M: Medium body with ample carbonation that is spritzy at times. Mouth is drying and chalking.
O: A very interesting and complex brew. Pretty tart for a saison but I love the floral flavors. Well crafted and worth a taste if you come across it. Thanks again jbck109 for hooking me up.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

999th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22 oz

2011
Batch 2 1-12-11
Thanks to Eric Marshall for this one

*Shared by those at MrHirschybars*

App- A nice darker saison with some red/orange/yellow haze. Very appropriate to call it Sherbet in a bottle with a good one finger larger bubbly head with some good retention and big cling.

Smell- Standard JP yeast strain with a lot of the florals shining through on this one. A bit less spice than most of their beers. A nice oaky feel from the barrel comes in lastly. A nice aromatic saison. I enjoyed this nose.

Taste- I was a bit reluctant to try this at the tasting. I just saw this as a novelty with the roses and other items and thought no. Towards the end of the night it was sitting alone and thought what the hell. It was a nice saison. Uniquely crafted with some floral notes and even some ripened darker tart fruits.

Mouth- Light light-medium bodied and medium carbonation. Residual dark fruits and a lightness behind it.. The bretty flavors linger only for a short time. I like the feel of this one quite a bit. Not too prickly. Not too dry. I like it just like this.

Drink- Like I said above, I was hesitant of this one. It was different with the little person staring back at me. I am glad I manned up and tried it. Unique, cleaver and flavorful. I'd give this one a go again. Was flavor and layered.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Baudelaire IO a couple weeks ago for $13.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been just now starting to get into these Jolly Pumpkin beers, and I wanted to get something different that I normally wouldn't buy and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Release, I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A- I really like the label on this beer, it's got a nice and artsy look to it that makes it look pretty fancy, it reminds of a fancy wine label. It poured a nice redish brown color that took on some ruby hues when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of fluffy slightly pink head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a nice fruity aroma with no single fruit seeming to stick out the most and there's a slightly noticeable hibiscus aroma in the background. Up next comes that signature Jolly Pumpkin yeast that imparts a nice and funky aroma with some oak aromas in the background, This beer had a very nice aroma, I really liked the balance between the fruity and funky aromas.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by that same fruity aspect that I got in the aroma with no single fruit sticking out more than the other and there's a nice and lighter oaky flavor hanging around in the background. Up next comes the Jolly Pumpkin yest that adds just the right amount of funky flavors to this beer with some hibiscus like flavors in the background. On the finish there's hardly any bitterness with some nice lighter tartness taking it's place that has a Brett like flavor to it with a funky and fruity aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, all the flavors worked really well together.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, crisp, fairly tart, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation that was a little prickly. The mouthfeel was very nice and it worked really well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a very good example of a funky Farmhouse style Saison, I tend to like my Saison's with a little bit of funk to them so I ended up really liking the balance of the typical Saison with the funky and fruity flavors, it was nicely done. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, clean, not filling, and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention, I don't think I would have any problem drinking the whole bottle to myself, no need to share this one. What I liked the most about this beer was pretty much everything, in my opinion this beer didn't have a weak point. What I liked the least about this beer was the price, at $14 it's a little on the expensive side and that would prevent me from buying it as much as I would like, I think $9 or $10 would be the perfect price. I would for sure buy this beer again, if i see another bottle at the beer store I will pick it up to see how it changes over time, but for $14 it's more of a special occasion type of beer for me. I would recommend this to any Jolly Pumpkin fans or anybody who likes a funkier Saison. All in all I really enjoyed this beer and I thought it was pretty impressive. Jolly Pumpkin did a great job with this beer and it's now up there as one of my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beers and it might just be one of the best funkier Saisons that I've had so far. Good job guys this is one great beer.

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

Sustained sourness with a gentle floral touch.

Presentation: 750 ml brow cap bottle. Label shows a soft pastel portrait illustration of a woman with a a fly on her hair. Notes style and main ingredients, and 6,8% Alc. Vol. Back label offers a narrative talking about the intent of the series and creative freedom of the brew. Displays batch number (blend 5 1-26-2011). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Medium to deep amber/ruby pour, rich frothy head, good retention, fair surface memory, good lacing.

S - Sour nose, dash of brett, fruity with a faint floral hint.

T - Palate follows without much difference. Sour/tart notes coated in a fruity range, berries with a soft floral hint. Spicy yeasty dash, and a balance sense overall embracing the tartness.

M - Medium body with high carbonation, fair smooth rhythm to accompany the sourness with a crispy touch in the finish.

O - Nice sour sense, sturdy but not overwhelming with pleasing hints.

Notes: A good brew, subtle with a characteristic touch and sour edge from Jolly Pumpkin, but nothing that touches on the extraordinary albeit it might be amongst their most drinkable sours.

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Photo of alexgash
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

Gorgeous, ruby-hued medium copper body with a slight haze. Tall, rocky, maroon-tinted beige head. Great lacing. Wild Dexter nose of tangy cheese, tart cherries, funky sea air, musty raspberries, lemon juice, grapefruit, and hay.

Tart, lemony-metallic taste up front. Herb-infused, grassy-hay malt body settles in. Tart cherries, musty raspberries, and raspberry seeds around the edge. Floral, perfume-y character shows through, especially in the finish. Finish is dry, with some lingering tart fruitiness (grapefruit). Interesting--I'm not super crazy about the floral-perfume notes, but the funky tartness helps cancel them out. Medium-bodied with a very sparkly, carbonated feel.

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Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Blend 7/8 - Bottled 2/4/2011

Baudelaire IO is a dark copper color. There’s a mild haze clouding the scene, but backlighting has no trouble revealing attractive crimson highlights. Carbonation looks relatively active. A careful pour produced an off-white, two and a half finger head. Retention was pretty good. Lacing was moderate, but sticky. A little left of center for a Saison, but it looks good.

The nose is good. It has a really nice earthy, herbal scent up front. It’s consistent with the style. The interesting parts are the floral, musky, and funky notes that emerge. There’s no doubt that there’s a little Brett here, but its presence is quite restrained. I like that. The floral notes are obviously the rose hips and hibiscus. All in all, they work together pretty well. Belgian yeast rounds it out. Alcohol is buried.

Lo and behold…I like the flavor quite a bit. It does feature tasty herbal, earthy, and musky notes initially. Belgian yeast follows and builds a nice base of typical Saison flavors. Light funk and floral notes follow. This is probably Jolly Pumpkin’s best use of Brett that I’ve encountered. It’s moderate, but just tart and funky enough to make things interesting. Rose hips and hibiscus definitely impart a strong floral presence. I can’t say they have a profound, positive impact on the flavor, but they don’t hurt it either. Alcohol is buried. The finish is slightly tart, funky, and musky.

Baudelaire IO has a body that’s unfortunately light. It feels too thin. Way too thin. There’s no confusing this with a true Belgian Saison. Frankly, this is below average for the style. I guess it goes down easy for what it’s worth.

I’ve tried a few Jolly Pumpkin beers over the past few years. I’ve never been overly impressed. Baudelaire IO is one of their better efforts I’ve encountered. The floral and funky notes are unique, and it all works together pretty well. The only real shortcoming here is the body. Way too light and thin. Very solid otherwise. I’m hopeful the other Baudelaire release I have is likewise impressive.

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Photo of Zach136
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden rod body.

Aroma/Flavor: Rosey floral notes, along with red wine. Mild acidity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with high carbonation. Refreshing.

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Photo of deapokid
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 3/25. Reviewed from notes.

This is the first Jolly Pumpkin I've had without a dog on the label.

This spicy Saison is a beautiful ruby red color with a big, tufty white head. Lacing is sticky with a nice punch of carbonation. The look is fruitier than you'd expected for the style. I don't really know what to expect, and I like that.

Aroma is very bretty and dry with a slight hint of wheat and a tart lemon quality. Some floral notes peak out (rose hips, chamomile, dandelion), but it maintains a lightness which is quite appealing.

The taste is spritzy and dry with a floral, almost tea like conclusion. Lemon and some banana are accompanied by a potpurri-esque floral quality which opens pleasantly, but becomes more and more medicinal as the beer warms. Your reaction to this one will depend on your tolerance for the floral notes.

Mouth wise, the wheat adds a nice creaminess, which combats some of the dryness and limits the amount of unpleasant resonance.

It's an original take on the Saison and it tastes good, but it's probably not a repeat performer, since the floral notes can be a shade off.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 750ml bottle on 1/25/10.

A - Poured a cloudy, cider-like body with a burnt orange haze and half an inch of creamy off-white head that depleted to nothingness.

S - Tart and fruity nose with plenty of sour Brett character suggesting green apple, grape skins and tannins. A moderate band-aid character also emerges, as well as subtle alcohol notes.

T - Much like the aroma, the sour character persists throughout the flavor, offering a tart fruitiness paired an earthy, funky quality. The band-aid aspect also carries over into the flavor. Finishes with a sour apple zing and more earthy notes.

M - Medium bodied, although overall the mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. Actually, I find the texture to be slightly chalky. Finishes with moderate sour pucker on the palate, but nothing over-the-top.

D - Pretty good Saison overall with fairly pleasant Brett characteristics. This one wasn't too funky or musty, which helped the overall drinkability of this brew.

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4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ML bottle
Served in a Jolly Pumpkin tulip glass
Bottled 02-22-2012

This beer pours copper in color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with several inches of lively, beige head that leaves some decent lacing.

The first thing I notice is a tart smell. I get some ripe red berries, and hibiscus. I even get a little funk and mildew.

The taste starts out with ripe red fruit. Then I get a floral flavor followed by some dank basement flavors and a dry finish.

Medium mouthfeel and effervescent.

The smell is amazing. The taste is good. Jolly Pumpkin rarely disappoints. This is a delicious brew.

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Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.