Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-03-2014 01:29:30 | More by superspak
4.31/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
01-29-2014 20:05:05 | More by StonedTrippin
3.55/5 rDev -13%
Fire in the hole! Baudelaire iO gushes like a volcano. This is never fun. Definitely not the good kind of first impression. Pink-tinted froth is no doubt pretty, but no one needs this much of it; the glass is half full with foam. The other half isn't exactly charming either - it's a murky combination of ruby grapefruit and blood orange tones.
"Throwing caution to the wind and following (their) creative muse" has evidently led to unpredictable results (as the spill on my kitchen floor attests). The nose is intensely, almost indescribably sour. Admittedly this is not surprising from Jolly Pumpkin, but the magnitude and concentration of sourness was not expected from something brewed with roses and hibiscus.
Oddly enough, the flavour is better appreciate in the aftertaste. There's far too much tartness and oakiness on the palate to note the delicate tastes of rose hips, rose petals, and hibiscus. But once all the bubbles and mustiness fade there is lots of strawberry flavour as well as a trace of flowers and herbal tea (though vanilla and lemon juice still have the greater presence).
Obviously Batch 101 (bottled May 2013) didn't go entirely according to plan, but such is the nature of spontaneous fermentation. Fortunately wild yeasts typically yield interesting, even if unideal results; the acidic tartness and moderate spritz are well-suited to the beer's airy, light disposition. The malts also provide a substantial bakery-fresh breadiness.
Despite this batch's obvious faults, Baudelaire iO delivered on the promise of a soft, delicate, and tart Saison. It's atypically approachable for something intentionally soured and left to ferment in old oak barrels replete with all kinds of bacteria. Indeed, barrel-aging and wild yeast are often used to make brooding, intimidating beers - but this is the opposite of that.
01-06-2014 23:13:51 | More by biegaman
4.46/5 rDev +9.3%
A: A hazy, medium copper ale with a fairly deep red hue. The persistent head pours with about a finger of rocky, ecru colored head tinted with a touch of red that leaves some thick ropes of lacing on the glass.
S: Aromas of brett and hibiscus a prominent along with some light fruit aromas. A fruity and herbal nose backed by a solid barnyard funk. There is a light spicy hops note, a slight oak character when it warms and little malt character.
T: A firm tartness with a citrus zest bitterness dominates giving the impression of equal parts brett, rose hips and hibiscus contributing the funky bitterness. The balance is firmly bitter with a There is a soft malt character in the front and middle but it ends fairly dry with an aftertaste of herbal and citrus peel-like bitterness.
M: A fluffy medium light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation that gets just a little prickle on the tip of the tongue.
O: The saison base is exceptional on it's own with a some sourness and barrel character but I really like is the interaction of flavors between the hibiscus and rose hips when added to a soured beer. Jolly Pumpkin beers are always a treat and this one is right up there with their best; thanks Dude!
12-22-2013 03:57:37 | More by MadScientist
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
750ml into a tulip. This one's a gusher.
A: Pours a rustic dark copper with a large off-white head.
S: The rose hips are pretty apparent in the nose, giving the beer a pleasant floral aroma that also is a little herbal. Some mild pineapple brett notes and caramel sweetness as well.
T: Taste brings more floral rose notes, mild berry-like tartness, a bit of clove and white cake, a little leafy.
M: Light-bodied and very frothy.
O: This might be one of the best incorporations of rose ingredients I've had. Often-times rose beers are too subtle or hit you in the face with perfumy notes; this beer is quite even-handed, though. If the carbonation wasn't overly frothy this would be a fantastic beer.
12-03-2013 00:16:30 | More by Etan
Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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