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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 204
Hads: 630
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 46
Gots: 101 | FT: 12
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

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 TheWhiskerReview
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 7/8. Bottled 2/4/2011. Tasting at about 1yr of age.

Pours a muddy, dark orange-amber with a huge head that reduces very slowly, first showing lots of big bubbles around the edges then reducing to that IPA-like, ice-cream-float-looking blob sitting in the middle of the brew. Lingers a while with sticky lace.

The nose is undoubtedly Jolly Pumpkin- funk city with lots of underlying tart fruits, although this is probably one of most harmonious JPs I've experienced. The tartness and yeasty funk are joined fairly seamlessly while the hibiscus and rose elements pull everything in a very floral/red-fruited direction- aromas of tart mandarin orange, banana, cranberry, pomegranate, nectarine and some faint green apple, while the yeast adds a thick horse blanket and hints of clove and pepper. This actually, reminds me most of a much darker 'La Roja' with a bit of age on it.

This is the first JP I've had that's not totally fresh, and that bit of age really makes for an elegant delivery. Medium bodied, the brew is dominated by a blanket of yeasty creaminess that's both soft but dense and wrapped around an ever-present juicy fruitiness whose tartness is softened, allowing a bit of sweetness to peek through. Flavors are heavy on the hibiscus, nectarine and apple, while that tartness starts to take over as the yeast wanes on the finish, leaving just its impressions of pepper and Brett-funk.

A very tasty and well done JP. I'm glad to see the hibiscus, which tends to dominate anything, really integrating itself into the presentation, adding complexity without stealing any. And with the impeccable mouthfeel, I may never drink a JP fresh again.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Loose, chunky head settles quickly, but leaves a nice lace along the way. Beautiful, bright pumpkin orange body.

S – Floral nose with dandelion, rose water, and pollen accented with a mellow tartness. Corn syrup sweetness.

T – Bright opening with agave, honeysuckle and oak. The woodiness arcs sour through the center and then tart through a dry finish, and pushes the floral notes to the greener side of the spectrum; rosewater and plant stems. There’s a light, but surprisingly pleasant maltiness lurking throughout the profile.

M – Light body. Nice carbonation.

O – Slightly more savory than a classic saison, and definitely on the floral side of the style.

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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

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 Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light pink/orange color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light hibiscus notes with some tart notes. Taste is a nice mix between some hibiscus notes with a dry and tart palate and some floral notes. Body is not as full as I would have expected with good carbonation. Well done as per most beer form this brewery though I would have preferred a fuller body.

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

Picked up at Julio's back in, I think March. This bottle is Batch 5 bottled 1/20/2010. Debated letting this sit for a few more months but couldnt resist cracking it. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear copper pour with a good two finger head that faded to leave a nice semithick cloud and average side lacing.

S - Smell is nice and inviting, good sweet malts, grains, and yeasts with a very nice rose/floral background.

T - More of those nice sweet malts and typical saison barnyard funk/yeast notes. The big draw is the very nice floral notes that this beer offers in the taste. Good light almost perfumey flavors of roses and hibicus. Tasty.

M - Nice slightly higher than usual carbonation on this one. Very nice and sharp on the tongue. Prevents big gulps.

O - Overall this was a nice offering from JP. Theres the usual JP notes of slight sourness, funk, and good yeasts. On top of all that is a nice and tasty floral presence. Very nice brew.

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Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a three-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. The long lasting head receded to leave sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled like roses. It really did. A great yeasty quality, too with a grainy presence.

T - It tastes very floral and fruity with a sweet caramel backbone. Some grain flavor with a touch of spiciness.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a clean, dry finish.

O - This is a fantastic beer. Don't know why I passed on it the first time around. Another great brew from Jolly Pumpkin.

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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 Halcyondays
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, Blend 1, bottled 1/11/11,

A: Pours a murky red with a full white head, long lasting, great lace.

S: Flowery with some Brett, rose and cherry blossoms.

T: Notes of red grape, red currant, and peppery spice. Lightly acidic. The hibiscus is clear. A nice flavour, though it is very light, hard to find at times. The carbonation can cover it up.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp with a frothy fizzy carbonation that's a little to much at times. Not really smooth.

O: A poorer effort from JP, it's a unique flavour, I just wish I got to taste more of it.

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

Blend 7/8. Bottled 2/4/2011. Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a reddish copper color with a frothy pinkish white head. Extensive lacing retained.

S - Sour notes predominate. A blend of floral and citrus.

T - Sourness dominates the taste with a strong acidity. Some light citrus flavors.

M - Light to medium bodied with an effervescence.

Not my favorite style, however, I appreciate the uniqueness. Tastes, looks and feels like an extra brut rose but sour. Would pair nicely with the right food.

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3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Batch 4 bottled 1/25/11. Sampled 3/27/11. $20 for the 750mL. Served in a tulip. Great label.

A: An average pour produces 2 1/2 fingers of a foamy, rose-stained white cap. Respectable retention. Hazy with 25% transparency when backlit. Completely opaque otherwise. The body is medium-dark burgundy in color. Thick sheets of foamy lace lather each edge of the tulip. As Jolly Pumpkin beers tend to be, this one is another stunner in the glass.

S: Non descript malts, floral hops with a tamed sourness. Lightly earthy and funky with a cherry pez aroma. The barrel comes across beautifully.

T: Subtle flavors include grape, apple and cherry with notes of wood, chalk and dust in the background. Lightly vinous. While the flavors are nice, they certainly lack depth, stopping at midpalate and leading to a very dry and somewhat empty finish. Perhaps over-attenuated.

M: Light body, thin texture, fizzy carbonation and a chalky finish.

D: Not a bad beer but definitely subpar for a JP offering. Others seemed to like this one more than me so maybe Batch 4 was less impressive than the others. At $20 a bottle, I doubt I will ever find out.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours murky copper with a creamy one-inch head of white. Streaks and dots of lacing throughout the glass and a solid skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with fruit, cut grass, lactic acid and dried flowers. Hints of orange and the signature JP yogurt/bile lactic bite follow through.

Medium bodied with a creamy, crisp mouthfeel.

Wet hay, stone fruit, horsesweat, and cheesecurds start the palate. The acid is a bit muddled by the yogurt-like lactic nature, and could be brighter and cleaner for a sharper profile.

Finishes with some faint floral qualities, funk, soured apples, and lingering stomach bile.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours burnt orange. Huge fluffy head eventually settles into a thick creamy layer with great lacing.

Cherry, oak, earth.

Grassy hops, grape peel, lemon peel, spice; all in all a tad watery. Lots of dry fruit and acidity - lime-like.

Dry, bitter, tons of acidity.

Overall not bad.

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

Bought a 1 PINT, 9.4 OZ bottle of this from the 33 Wine Bar & Tasting Room in Lafayette Square (St. Louis), MO for $15.99. Poured from the bottle with a Girl with a Fly on Her head?!?! into a Tulip Glass and has Blend 7/8, Bottled 2-3-11 on the side with a sticker.

Aroma- Has a nice rose petal aroma thats VERY light but noticeable at the beginning. A bit of hop and sourness are found after this aroma. Bit of fruit in here too but very soft. Alot of attributes linger in this brew's nose.

Appearance- Pours 3 fingers of bubbly head that have good retention. Is a ruby red color body and is semi-hazy. Leaves TONS of lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Good rose petal taste here and sweetness. Lots of citrus and other fruit tastes are faded out with the Hibiscus though... Not sure that I care for this but its still a nice flavor! Light bitterness on the end.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, effervescent, but doesn't have much of a sour/puckering taste or finish like many of the Saisons I like!

Overall Impression- Very nice and interesting with the rose petals brewed in! I would recommend if you get a chance but not a perfect Saison. No real sour flavors or high citrus aromas that usually are around. I would love to see this bottle in stores and I would pick up again for sure! Complexed aroma!

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Photo of JLeege
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blend 3 – Bottled 1/18/11 – Poured into a tulip

Appearance- Pours ruby red, transparent with lots of active carbonation. Large fluffy white head, with a touch of pink. Great retention and nice lacing.

Smell- Fresh cut grass and some damp hay. A little bit of the signature JP funk, a little brett, but not as predominate as other offerings. Some berries, and definitely rose in the aroma as well.

Taste- Berry up front, maybe strawberry. Very floral, it must be from the rose/hibiscus, though they are not too distinguishable in the flavor, (your typical floral flavors). A nice dry grassiness and somewhat musty. A lot of brett character, I don’t think I have ever picked up this much in such a relatively “young” bottle. Slightly vinous on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Just a touch tart, light body with pretty high carbonation. Nice dry finish.

Overall- A nice saison, but I was expecting the flavors to be a bit more bold. I don’t regret the purchase, I love me some Jolly Pumpkin, but this just falls a bit short for me. Probably won’t revisit.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really unique in color. A true deep rose hue, slightly cloudy, with the lightest pink colored head. Head is nice and frothy with impeccable retention. Pouring the beer I was immediately excited by the bright smell of Brettanomyces. The high carbonation aggressively pushes out the aromatics. Really pleasant floral quality to the smell. Not even sure if I am picking up on the smell of yeast or flowers. Flavors are a bit more robust than the subtle aroma. Intense but quite balanced and drinkable. Tartness is solid, fits in nicely with the rest of the flavors. The floral flavors are present, but faint enough you could almost forget it is a flower beer. Highly acidic on the tongue. Thin body as expected with a saison, especially with brett introduced. With 6.8 ABV, I feel like this beer would get much better in a year or two, in order to give a chance for the brett. to develop more. I enjoy this beer, really interesting. I plan to pick up another if they are still around.

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

Presentation: 750ml brown pop top with gorgeous label. HUGE thanks to jbck109 for crossing this major want off my list. Bottled on 1-26-11, my wife's birthday; if she liked wild brews, I'd be splitting this with her. Alas, this is all mine. Ok, popping the top here, I found the STRANGEST thing I've ever found in one of my beers. For about an inch and a half all around the top of the bottle from the lip (and inside of the cap) is a dark, muddy pink/brown paste. It almost looks like melted wax of the lesser-quality variety (i.e. what's used on New Glarus' fruit beers. Weirdest freaking thing I've ever seen. If this were just 'any' beer, I'd probably dump it out, but now that I have this, I'm all systems go...

Appearance: Hazy, ruddy orange/brown beer with pink highlights. Nice, creamy ivory cap with pink hints. Amazing sheets of lace. Really quite attractive overall.

Smell: It's JP, so of course there's tons of Bretty goodness front and center. Vibrantly fruity, earthy, and funky. Just a hint of strawberry as well. I'm not getting a anything specifically rose-like here, but it is a bit flowery.

Taste: Wild, and slightly tart, but not over-the-top; this is nicely nuanced and balanced. Although I'm having trouble pulling out any individual fruit flavors here (I get a bit of raspberry after awhile), but this is absolutely bursting with fruity and floral flavors of the Brett variety. Nothing that specifically shouts 'rose', but this is really pleasant. Just a hint of crisp, dry pale/pils malt on the finish. Tart, but delicately so, like raspberries and slightly underripe fruit. Lightly bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium-bodied.

Overall: When I started in on this, I was thinking I was gonna be a bit disappointed in that this was going to be 'just another' wild beer. And, while it's true that I don't get anything specific here that shouts 'rose', 'rose hips', or 'hibiscus', it really is a beautifully fruity, floral, brettanomyces-kissed brew that (unlike many American Wild Ales, and some from JP for that matter) strikes a perfect balance between yeasty notes, fruity esters, funk, tartness, hop bitterness, and malt. Really, this is one of the best saisons I've had, wild or not.

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Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chris (of the Rhino), bottle labelled as "Blend 4 - January 25, 2011." Into a tulip.

Pours slightly lighter than chestnut brown, murky with some pinkish and peachy hues in there. A huge creamy offwhite head is procured; leaves behind great retention and lace. Nose is lightly floral (is this the hibiscus/rose?), wheat, light funkiness and hints to some sourness. Taste continues these floral notes, with some wheat and gentle tartness. Some definite funky qualities to be found as well. High carbonation that serves to quench, fruity, floral and tart all around. Pleasant and ideal for a summer's afternoon.

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Photo of larryi86
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, blend 5 bottled 1/26/2011, poured into a tulip glass

A- A slightly hazy red with a hint of pink and a three finger off-white head.

S- Flowers, roses, some barnyard funk and sour, brett.

T- Slightly sour, light fruit notes, roses, funky burnyard finish, earthy. Nice complexity, very enjoyable.

M- Smooth, refreshing, light body.

O- This is a great and unique saison, worth the money. Smooth, complex, refreshing, great for a hot day. Will be picking up a few more bottle

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the brewery in Ann Arbor. Blend 7/8 bottled 4 Feb 2011.

A: unusual color for a saison, but it is brewed with some unusual additions, deep light copper rose color, cloudy, similar to Rodenbach, nice head that became lacey
S: medium nose, slightly cloying w/medium subdued saison style qualities, yeasty
T: medium taste, not as much spritziness of other trad saisions, subdued saison qualities but still there, can definitely taste the flavorings, interesting and good
M: slightly cloying but good, not as much CO2 as most
O: decent but misses the mark ever so slightly

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

Served from a bottle purchased at Total Wine. Consumed in 94° weather while outside brewing.

A - Orangish pink, a bit hazy, and TONS of fluffy white head with belgian lace that lingered for what seemed hours.

S - Smells of brett, rose hips, freshly mowed grass, light malts, and lemon. I love it.

T - I like this much more than I had planned. The rose comes through first, followed by some light maleness and tart cherry undertones. Brett dominates the finish in with phenolics and light barnyard, leather flavors. The hibiscus seems to impart less in flavor than it does in color.

M - Effervescent carbonation and a light body (no doubt due to the bugs) makes this a great ale for a hot summer day.

O - A great, albeit untraditional saison. I'd drink this any day.

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Photo of sholland119
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blend 4, bottled 1/25/11.

A-Pours a clear, surprisingly dark amber. Not a bad thing, but rather unexpected given the style.

S-Quite malty, lots of caramel notes, with lighter than expected funk (this is JP after all). Still quite nice but so far, very non-Jolly Pumpkiinish.

T-Again, malt dominates, and I have to say I am rather disappointed here. Very little evidence of farmhouse, funk, barnyard or any classic saison flavors. I mean, a nice beer, but very muted in terms of the style characteristics.

M-Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O-Kind of a dilemma. I am not a slave to style but I feel this one misses the mark by quite a bit. But still a tasty, well made beer.


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

from notes.

Pours a bright auburn color with a huge bubbling white head. Fades to lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells spicy and floral. Oak and green apples as well as a little bit of lemon and funk.

Tastes are only ever so slightly tart. Subtle apple flavor with the hibiscus certainly being noticeable.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with almost soda like carbonation.

Overall is really good. Different than other Saisons I've had but not in a bad way and still very enjoyable. A good first beer of the evening and great after mowing the lawn.

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