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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
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444 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%


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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jwinship83

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottled with "blend 4, bottled 1-25-11" written on the back. drank from my duvel tulip. always looking forward to a new jolly pumpkin beer.

A- this one pours out a somewhat hazy pale amber colored body with some ruby red highlights. the massive head on top is almost like a khaki color with some pink highlights. the head takes its time falling and leaves behind large globs of lacing. a fairly unique looking beer.

S- the first thing i think after my initial whiff is "brett." very musty and old smelling. think an unfinished basement in an unattended house. after that i pick out some fruity notes. a little bit of strawberries and cherries. some spicy notes as well. herbal and floral hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with more of the musty and earthy smelling wild yeast i could smell. very little in the sour department going on here. the strawberries i could smell come out stronger in the taste, and the cherries seem to have fallen out of the picture. herbal and grassy notes. some floral hops.

M- the carbonation isnt nearly as high as i was expecting after seeing the huge head here. the beer is dry and musty from the wild bacteria used to ferment it. the body is light.

O- another pleasant and unique beer from some of the most creative brewers in the business. i drank this one fresher than i would have liked to, but it was just calling out to me. im glad i did, i really enjoyed it. im looking forward to seeing how some time in the dark will evolve this one. check it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 03:09:29 | More by jwinship83
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mmercede

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Reviewed from memory.

A: One of the most beautiful beers I have ever seen. Maroon and Pink hues from the addition of roses. nice fluffy sizeable head with nice lacing. Perfect 5!

S: strong saison esters and phenols coupled with some funkiness and a nice vinuous character. Im getting pepper, sour grapes, barnyard aromas, lemon zest, and berries. Really interesting.

T: The flavor for this one is very similar to the aroma. typical saison esters and phenols including pepper, citrus fruit, bready notes, ect. The flavor is perfectly balanced with funk and tartness. What a great beer!

M: Nice strong level of cabonation and a full body. reminds me of a sparkling chardonay.

O: I loved this one. Totally worth the $18!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 15:57:10 | More by mmercede
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aerozeppl

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The artwork is awesome. The beer is a glorious deep red color with a finger of red tinged white head. Excellent head retention.

S: The nose is so complex.A very soft tartness. The rose and hibiscus are really there and gives the beer a rich floral bouquet Little bit of bret. Earthy. Damn basement. Think a midwest Fantome.

T: Starts off with a nice sweetness then it is cut by the dryness and funk of the bret. It is fruity but not overly sweet. Just balanced. A touch of oak even though as far as I know this is not barrel aged. You even get some malt out of it but I know they used a diversified grain bill so I really cannot pick anything specific out.

M: Dry. Well carbonated but never harsh.

D: Such a complex and drinkable beer. This is one of the best American saisons that I have ever had the privilege of having. The price is a little steep but I think it is worth it.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 22:58:50 | More by aerozeppl
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Cinderbike

Nevada

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 00:50:28 | More by Cinderbike
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled January 2010
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a quickly growing head that ends up four-fingers thick to the room plus two fingers of height above the rim of the glass. The head is a soft, pale tan color and it has an awesome, structurally sound staying power. The beer is a murky, red-plum color that shows a fairly hazed, amber tinged, cranberry color when held up to the light. As I pour this a musty, earthy, slightly musky smell is noticed emanating from my glass. A more focused inspection yields much more of this plus a phenolic, not quite plastic, maybe more band-aid like note, but definitely Brettanomyces driven, farmhouse funkiness. Grassy, cracker driven, with just a hint of toasted charter, the malt is just present underneath the up front funkiness. There is also a light fruitiness to this beer that smells of ripe plums, a light melon note, some definite tart green apple character

Lightly tart tasting, and the flavor definitely finishes with a phenolic character that doesn't become overwhelming, but definitely linger on in the finish. Up front, with the tartness, this beer tastes of a tart, fruity plum, but without much real sweetness. This has a nice, lively carbonation to it at first, but I have been a bit preoccupied for a couple minutes and the beer is now merely spritzy. The body is actually quite light, the color would suggest a heavier body, but this is actually only has a very light fullness to it; it is enough to keep this from being any where near watery, but it is still eminently quaffable. The beer has a definite fruitiness to it, at times reminding me of red pears, floral apples, some melon notes that include some green, unripe melon rind notes. I am not sure there is oak here (given this is Jolly Pumpkin I am guessing it does though), but there is a touch of toasted woodiness towards the finish as well as a spiciness that seems characteristic of oak. Much of the spiciness comes from the fermentation character though; clove, spicy phenols, sweet ginger and white pepper, among other just general spicy notes. The fruitiness really starts to come in to its own after the beer starts to breath.

The various components really work together quite harmoniously; this is definitely a well balanced brew. This is my kind of Saison for the Fall; fruity, funky, lightly tart, complex and damn tasty. I can't get enough of this exquisite brew; Jolly Pumpkin has definitely done it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 16:50:05 | More by Gueuzedude
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to sweemzander for busting this one out during our tasting.

Poured into my tulip the beer is amber orange with a light pink tint. About one finger of light pink head recedes leaving just a touch of soapy lace.

The aroma is spectacular. Fresh cut flowers mixed with berries and hint of barnyard funk. Dry dusty wood as well. The actual saison aspect can be picked out with a hint of pepper and citrus mixed in.

The flavor is reminds me a lot of a chardonay. White grapes, lemon and white pepper. A decent amount of tart funk. Wet hay and dry wood are present as well.

Light body with mild carbonation. Super dry finish.

Overall this is like drinking a warm spring day in the garden. I would love to have an entire bottle to myself.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 21:57:20 | More by beerwolf77
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joepais

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I walked into my new favorite beer store and saw this beautiful woman calling my name, in other words great label. I split the bottle into snifter's between friends and was greeted with a red tinged white head that dissipated quickly. The brew itself was a burgundy red in color with great carbonation.

The fragrance funky brett hits you in your face like most JP brews. One of the guy's picked up on the rose hips and hibiscus right away but I had to let mine warm to get it. This is a very flavorful Saison, light and fruity a little grassy as well. It reminds me of springtime in a bottle the brett character is right on for this brew adding just another perfect dimension to it. The carbonation was spot on making this beer light and crisp.

I still haven't found a JP that I didn't like and I'll put this one at the top of the pack as my favorite so far.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 14:48:40 | More by joepais
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Klym

California

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 1, poured into a Lost Abbey Tulip. Review from notes.

It poured into a honey-like color gradient with a deep golden brown in the center and more crisp gold around the edges. The head was almost excessive and maintained throughout much of the drink, collapsing randomly at parts like bath foam. Lots of floral and earth smells in the nose. The taste was a very complex combination of petals, spice, minerals, earth, and some yeast with minimal sour or sweetness.

This beer was very good, and one of the most well-developed beers I've had in the earthy/mineral taste spectrum. It's extremely complex, something you could revisit and spend hours sniffing and tasting and keep getting more out of every time. You really have to respect this beer, there are few beers that come off as elaborate as this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:34:04 | More by Klym
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 11:47:06 | More by tectactoe
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Gobzilla

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by hophead84 at barrel blast

A: poured a reddish brown in color with amber brown highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very intresting fruity nose that consisted of the signature jolly pumpkin bretty funky tart character along side cherries, spice, strawberries, hibiscus, and oaky notes.

T: the hibiacus was a little bit more apparent on the palate with lots of bretty funky character strawberry, oaky, spice accents and a touch of cherries as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a bretty funky, fruity, oaky, and tart finish.

D: very tasty brew that is now one of my favorite JP brewa faux show that drank really good.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 00:43:47 | More by Gobzilla
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rand

California

4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 750 ml bottle to Mikasa tulip glass

A: The beer appears a light mahogany in color, effervescent and obviously bottle fermented. A gentle pour yields a fluffy, 2-inch head that thickly laces the glass where it touches

S: Dry, grassy notes play against citrus and berry sweetness. A subtle note of farmhouse funk surrounds the bouquet, suggesting notes of tobacco, wood and pepper.

T: Slightly more malt-forward than the nose suggested, the balancing sweet notes are a mix of apple and citrus and berry. Plenty of drying, grassy and herbal tones keep the sweet aspects at bay, adding layers and complexity. Hints of tobacco and oak round the flavors toward the finish, which is short and dry.

M: Medium-bodied, the grassy, funky notes seem to cut down on the brews viscosity and oily aspect.

Another reason why I love this brewery so much. There's so many interesting and experimental things you can do with a Saison, but this puts drinkability front-and-center.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 06:35:07 | More by rand
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased on 3/14/11. Sticker on side of bottle reads: "Blend 6, bottled 1-27-2011."
Poured into a Chimay Goblet at about 65 degrees.

A hard pour revealed an active fizzy head at first but then retained a pillow-y white/slightly pink head throughout. Beer is a beautiful red amber with a slight haze. Gorgeous.

Aromas of cherries, apple cider, pepper, and flower shop.

Tastes of dry cherries, hibiscus, light berry work well with the prickly carbonation and yeast. Some sourness and strawberry and a touch of funk in the finish.

Mouthfeel starts off with prickly carbonation which complements the medium malt body and a bit of peppery hop. As it warms, the body and finish soften and it becomes a bit creamier. Dry & refreshing.

Great balance makes it very drinkable. Enjoyed every sip of this one more and more. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 16:34:51 | More by jongullotti
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beautiful looking beer. The pour starts pink and as the glass fills and the volume increases the hue shifts towards a dark topaz with some pink highlights. Fairly good clarity and a nice creamy head that sticks around. Nice burnished glow to this beer, like polished cherry wood. The aroma is nice as well, if a little light. There is a base of that trademark light sourness and then very floral notes of rose and citrus. I like the addition of hibiscus and the underlying acidity here- it very much plays nicely with the rose and reigns it in so it doesn't taste like an old lady's perfume smells. In fact the taste is a very nice balance between light tartness, floral notes, some herbalness, and a light muskiness. I could use a hit of spice or pepper here to really make it pop, but as is its a brew that is approachable but subtly complex. Very nice, I enjoyed this- always nice to see a new brew from Jolly Pumpkin, and this one plays to their strengths.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 23:31:32 | More by Georgiabeer
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

4.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 01:54:50 | More by BedetheVenerable
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 21:19:47 | More by mlazzaro
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zeff80

Missouri

4.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 23:34:18 | More by zeff80
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seand

California

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a fruity pomegranate red, with lots and lots of white foam. The head retains in clumps pretty well, leaving lots of lacing.

S: Grain, light sweet fruit, funk, and yeast. The overall blend is very nice.

T: Sweet saison yeast and grain, tart fruit, a little vinous. The finish is has very nice complexity, tart and dry and sweet and deep.

M: Medium body, medium to high carbonation.

Overall, very very nice. Everything comes together very well, and the individual elements are nice if you try to focus them individually.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 03:25:42 | More by seand
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 23:27:10 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, OR. Shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe in Sydney, Australia.

Pours an immediately odd color: bright rose-like red, with a huge, frothing head of pink bubbles. Lacing forms in chunky patches down the glass. Body is very light, as you'd expect from a wild ale, or anything from Jolly Pumpkin's stable. Really good stuff.

Nose is intense: big, funky oak-barrel acidity with a touch of lactic to it. Everything is mellowed, however, by a bright and fragrant floral note from the rosehips and perhaps the hibiscus. The hibiscus, though, is more an afterthought: a clear, sweeter karkadeh note that sits around while the other character evanesce and dissipate. It's absolutely gorgeous.

Taste is lighter than I expected, and is a little disappointing for it (if you can ever call such a beer disappointing). There's a bright fragrance on the front: more rose and floral notes, but this doesn't translate into much in the flavour proper. Mid-way through we're left with a much lighter, slightly woody and carbonic emptiness, with just a sting of pepper in its tail. Don't get me wrong, this is still a very good brew, but I feel like it's "good" where it could have been "exceptional".

Feel is also light. Again, it's not unexpected, but I feel as though a bit more sharpness, even a slice of true acidity would have helped here.

I loved this beer. This is despite my feeling that I've said some less than complimentary things about it in this review. But like all really good things, I want it to be as good as it can be; and this beer is so close to perfection that I wanted it to get there for real.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 06:46:33 | More by lacqueredmouse
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 20:05:05 | More by StonedTrippin
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 6.8% ABV, Batch 389.

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing this one to our pre-Milwuakee Brewfest tasting!

A - Dense off-white head forms above the beer but has moderate to low retention. The color is a rosy pink amber with almost perfect clarity. Good lace clings to the glass.

S - Brett yeast funk comes through with a bit of barnyard and horse blanket that melds perfectly with tons of floral, mainly rose, attributes that only get stronger with a vigorous swirl. White pepper with strong strawberry and blackberry notes come through on the swirl. Totally amazing aroma, very unique!

T - Very floral on the tongue with lots of rose pedal and a sharp brett bite to the finish. The funk is there but largely secondary to the floral notes. A bit of toasted amber malts find their way into the finish as well.

M - Very sharply crisp and medium-light-bodied with a high level or carbonation, the floral aspect adds a little chalkiness to the dry finish. Fairly refreshing though!

D - Incredibly unique, it's probably the only beer that is crazy floral that I've ever had. The brett yeast is very nicely implemented with the rose, hibiscus, and malts. A great summer/fall beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 02:23:40 | More by BeerFMAndy
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 22:13:20 | More by BMMillsy
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largadeer

California

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Andrew.

Cloudy and ruddy amber, this is a dark saison. Carbonaton is pretty reigned-in, leaving only a small head.

Tons of brett on the nose, backed by a floral and perfumey note. The funk is leathery and earthy. Lot of yeasty goodness on display.

The palate is musty, dry, leathery. Quite floral, there are notes of rye and whole grain bread, citrus fruit, mild sourness. Finishes dry with a strong lingering earthy brett character. Another very enjoyable JP beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 06:38:56 | More by largadeer
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, this is a translucent dark pink color with around an inch of fizzy head. Smells are sweet and spicy with loads of cloves, pepper, apple, and roses. Taste is a mellow blend of cloves and roses that slowly blend into an easy malty finish. Mouthfeel is frothy and creamy. Alcohol presence is very limited, keeping this extremely drinkable. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 01:14:13 | More by webmanspidey
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dciBA

Maine

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 3
Bottled 1-18-2011

Poured from the 750 into a tulip. Visually a very attractive beer. Deep cherry red in color. Pillowy pink hued white head forms easily with a quarter inch of that lingering for a while. Lacing covers the glass as I drink.

Smell is strong with plenty of Brett funk. Fairly typical JP Brett smell but definitely on the floral side. Tart berries are there as well with an underlying smell of peppery spiciness.

Flavor is not as complex but very pleasant on the palate. The front of your tongue is treated to somewhat tart strawberries. A mildly bitter funkiness lingers on the sides for quite a while after every sip. The spiciness in the nose is also there but overshadowed easily by the overall fruitiness of the brew.

Body is light, with a dry finish. Exactly what I want in a saison. Carbonation is high without being fizzy.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 23:17:27 | More by dciBA
Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.