Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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3.66/5 rDev -10.3%
Slightly hazy ruby color with a frothy quarter inch head that liners indefinitely.
Floral and vinous aromas are accompanied by soft fruit notes of raspberries and some horse blanket funk. There's a bit of a perfumey, soapy character in the background.
Flavor is subtle and dry. There's a mildly tart, vinous character at the base, with subtle notes of roses and tart fruit giving way to a bready malt backbone at the finish. The Rose character really opens up as it warms.
Body is moderate to slightly full, with light carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.
Very subtle, clean beer with less sourness and funk than most jp beers. The dryness creeps in too early to close the flavor. Could benefit from a bit more carbonation but that might kill the flavor completely.
07-03-2013 20:47:53 | More by barczar
4.4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
07-02-2013 11:47:06 | More by tectactoe
4.63/5 rDev +13.5%
Appearance: a hazy reddish color. two fingers of a pink head that sticks around. very good looking beer. not like anything ive seen before.
Smell: florals, spiciness, funky yeast
Taste: a nice floral taste first, from the rose petals, followed by the classic jolly pumpkin saison. spiciness and funky yeast. quite tasty
Mouthfeel: surprisingly not sticky at all and extremely light.
Overall: a great and unique beer. really enjoyed this one.
06-13-2013 02:12:23 | More by SportsandJorts
Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.