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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
91
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547 Ratings
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 43
Gots: 81 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy ruby with an absolutely huge white head that is rocky, self standing, and lingers and laces. The head on this beer is worth the purchase alone.

Smells of sour funk with some sweet apple, wood, and general tartness.

Taste is tart and astringent up front that goes into a more mellow cherry wood middle before finishing with a hint of bitterness and sweetness despite being dry.

Creamy, lighter body with high carbonation is spot on.

Really nice funky/tart beer with notes or wood and some apple. These rose hips, barely apparent in the finish, are not flowers of evil, oh no, they are flowers of joy.

Photo of SalMineo
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of DrFayhee
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy amber, orange, ruby tones reminiscent of stained glass. Quite frothy and foamy.

S: Notes of apple cider, brettanomyces, and grass. A very springtime vibe.

T: Not as interesting as the smell would lead me to believe. Pretty fresh with some grass, rosehip, and orange.

M: The bottle I had was over-carbonated.

O: This was kind of a letdown because I really enjoyed the appearance and smell but the taste and mouthfeel were just not that appealing. It didn't really have that saison crisp sweetness to it.

Photo of alwaysanswerb
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of sennin
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of litheum94
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1018. Bottled 2/10/12.

A giant, foamy, merengue-like head, slightly pink tinged. Hazy, copper body. Head takes forever to settle, like most JP beers.

Pronounced funk, with lemon zest and an earthy must.Very floral, with aromas of rose water and hibiscus tea. Slight pepper as well.

Very floral and slightly vegetal (probably from the rose hips). Delicate, rose water flavors, with tropical, bright, hibiscus flavors. There's an underlying funk, with musty earth flavors and some lemon. Slight pepper and other spices on the finish.

A great saison, with some amazing flavors. I've been disappointed by JP many times, but this is a winner from them.

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of let8it8grow
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Lynux
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of DougBrandt513
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of TheRuss9585
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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 champ103
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | 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.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, killer 4+ inch creamy head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Classic spicy, yeast saison smell. Lots of floral fruits, rasins, date, pine, lemon, tons of spices, some sugar, cherries and a little malt.

Taste - Really light and crisp. Lots of flowery fruits and a yeasty, grassy feel. Hops are light and floral, not very citric, more flowery also. Sugars are mild and add some sweetness. Finish has a peppy, lemon bite.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light and easy on mouth. Tounge gets floral and flowery hops, plenty of spices and some spices. Palette gets more flowery/floralness along with some sugars and a little pepper. FInish is light and dry.

Overall - Pretty good, a little too smooth and light for its own good. Reminds me of a heather ale with the flowery additions to it. Alcohol is not very present either, so that adds some drinkibilty. Its well done and a nice beer, just wish it had more kick to it.

Photo of roblund
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks amazing in it's glass full of texture with vibrant flowing head pink tinted with an ruby highlighted amber body (a bit hazed in a good way). Smells like a spicy floral Jolly Pumpkin saison, this one uses rose hips, rose petals and hibiscus...strikes down on the palate with a very dry flow of flowers and earthiness. I'm getting rose water with a light spice back end. Pleasant flavors present throughout the glass, a strong rose water aspect with other flowers, a tart wild fermentation is also playing it's cards. I enjoyed the entire glass from start to finish, simply enjoyable offering without hesitation I consider this great beer. Mouthfeel is full with rose water texture, minimal oily texture from the plant additions, effervescent carbonation flows fully throughout each sip, overall a nice complex medium bodied beer.

Photo of emilylee
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of output01x
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL. capped bottle (Batch 1015/1016 Bottled 02-22-2012) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2 1/2-finger rose-tinted off white head that slowly settles after a few minutes to a thick coating. The body is a dark blood clot red that smooths out to a grapefruit red along the edges. Thick lacing can be seen sticking to about 50% of the glass in unorganized blobs.

The nose is primarily sweet and tart dark fruit and apple vinegar with a splash of funk. Roses overlap notes of cherries and red grapes. Despite the bit of funk, the nose has a classy, beautiful quality about it.

Holy flowers batman! While I must admit I have never eaten a rose, I'm almost positive that this is what it would taste like. Well, along with some cherries and barnyard funk. Swallowing the beer allows apple cider vinegar to come out a bit along with the cherry flavor. However these are quickly met by more flavors of fresh flowers - stem and all. As these flavors fade, the barnyard funkiness is allowed to reappear and lingers in the back of the mouth.

The medium body is smooth and slick, allowing the flavors to register but also permitting the carbonation to bully it. Fizzy and foamy, the carbonation makes dissecting flavors a bit difficult. The swallow is also a bit too foamy for the body, making for a somewhat disappointing finish.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.