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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by NoLiberty on 10-27-2009

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that quickly died down yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There is a slight amount of sourness in the aroma, but this is nicely offset by sweet smells of hibiscus. Hints of floral hops are also present.
T: The initial taste has a slight amount of sweetness and transitions to flavors of tart cherries, oak and strawberries towards the finish along with some hints of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The finish has a bit of dryness.
O: Drinking this beer is a breeze; I would definitely try this again if I can find it because it has a very unique taste for the style.

Note: Blend 6, Bottled 1/27/2011

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Photo of nova009
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A- Pours a nice dark burgundy, looks like a mixture in between cranberry juice and a red wine, fluffy white head appears and dissipates down to a sticky covering, nice sticky lacing on the glass

S- nice jolly pumpkin, definite floral notes, smells like sticking your nose into a rose bush

T- wow this one has a really interesting transition, you get hit with the tart jolly pumpkin sour from the start, the flavor transitions into a slightly bitter almost liquorices flavor, and then finishes off sugary sweet, you get funk and floral, this is a fantastic one to drink on a spring day

M- pretty light body, medium amount of carbonation balances really nicely, finishes slightly dry, really refreshing

D- overall a great beer, different from any saison ive had before, jolly pumpkin really knows how to put an interesting twist on classic styles, will definitely be picking up a few more of these bottles

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Photo of joepais
4.38/5  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.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excited to try the new one from JP. The pour is healthy, lively and robust, light ruby in color with a wispy pink pillow of head - really fresh looking and inviting. Amazing nose of oak and must mingled with subtle rosy floral notes, some citrus and berry overtones, and mellow dusty herbal hops - top notch. Fresh as can be at first sip - really full of flavor, slightly tart, funky, accentuated by the tangy rose hips, hay fields and oak barrel, excellent floral notes of rose and hibiscus (not that I know what hibiscus tastes like really), all melding well with a dry herbaceous hop profile. Really explosive flavors yet so mellow and everything comes together. Dry yet quenching, prickly refreshing moutheel and super refreshing. A near perfect beer in my opinion, just great all around. Read the back of the label - these guys are serious about their beer. Art in a glass really.

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Photo of dciBA
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baudelaire iO
Blend 3, 1-18-2011
$17 @ Whole Foods "Cold Point Pub" in Plymouth Meeting, PA.

Appearance: A massive head of pink froth rises steadily as you pour. The initial pour is clear, and it's light ruby in color. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves broken sheets of lace about the glass.

Smell: The aroma displays Brettanomyces when I stick my nose in it, but when I hold the glass a little further away I smell strawberries. The Brett is sharp, almost metallic, and just a little dung-like. As it warms the fruit and Brett can both be smelled equally in the glass, and it becomes more floral. To be a little bit poetic, as the label suggests, it reminds me of a damp, late spring morning.

Taste: The flavor is really interesting. At first it displays straightforward golden malt notes with a touch of light spice and some floral character, but then a waft of light fruit floats in (might be from the hibiscus). Grassy and herbal notes appear at the swallow, and then it returns to soft spice and a bit of wet cardboard (must be the rose petals). It finishes dry with some light fruitiness and a bit of herbal character. At the outset I found it slightly medicinal in the finish, but as it warmed that faded and it became much more pleasant with some more fruit and less herbs.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body and kind of spritzy. It's zesty on the tongue.

Overall: I've had beer made with rose petals, and beers made with hibiscus, but I've never had one that combined those ingredients with Brettanomyces, and I'm excited by that. It's reaching; and it's succeeded. Of course now I'm sorry that I drank it because my wife knew I had it (she was excited by the rose petals and hibiscus), and it turns out that it's exactly the kind of beer a woman would love. If I could get another bottle I'd cover my tracks, but I'm pretty sure that's out of the question. If you can find it, try it.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy red plum (i agitated the sediment) with a nice two fingers of head which leave decent lacing, batch 5. Nose is fruity and floral with a bright citrus funk. Also pick up some herbal tea notes as well. Mouthfeel and taste is a little light and water but still a nice spiced saison. Light notes of lemon and earth along with more herbal tea and red fruits with a somewhat creamy ending. The alcohol is not noticeable at all. Nice unique saison but probably not at the price.

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Photo of oline73
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear red amber color with two fingers of pink head. There is a ring of carbonation that remains around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Overall this has a very mild smell. Mild fruity smell, like fruit punch. There is also some floral notes as well.

Taste: Again, a very mild sweetness with fruit and floral notes. The fruit kind of reminds me of fruit punch as well. There is a very mild sour note as well, it really doesn't dominate, just a hint. The only issue I have here is that it is a bit watery. Can't taste the alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body, with delicate bubbles. The finish is very dry.

Overall: I enjoyed this one, but not as much as some of the other Jolly Pumpkin offerings. The taste was a bit watery. A good offering, but I don't think I'd have it again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle consumed at a recent tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter. Blend number 5.

Pours a really pretty pink color with a good white head and a bit of lacing as it slowly falls down the glass. The nose brings some mild funkiness as well as some earth. There's also a bit of cardboard and oxidation that wasn't particularly pleasant. Taste was again slightly funky without too much else going on. There was a strange dryness to the mouthfeel. Quite earthy in general. Interesting, but not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 1 Bottled 1-11-2011. Pours a very pretty orangish red color with a very large white head with a hint of orange-cream color to it. The head is very frothy and doesn't go down any time quickly. Scent is quite funky with some earthy notes and spices. I get a bit of citrus as well as floral notes and hops. This scent is very inviting. Taste is very unique. I get a lot of berry flavors and funky yeast with some nice grassy notes. Lightly tart fruit flavors with earthy spiciness and citrus hoppiness. The floral notes compliment all the other flavors very nicely. Finishes with some more tart berries, bready notes, and more mellow funk. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and quite dry. Very refreshing. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer blew me away. Amazing complexity in flavor and aroma. A very different and outstanding brew.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kurt over at Gordons on Main Street for selling me his last bottle. I haven't had anything from these guys in a while, so I am looking forward to this. Poured in to a wine glass, the color is stunning. It is a blood orange color that gets lighter as you make your way through the glass. About a finger of white heading shows up, and stays till the end. The nose is juicy, with fruit such as strawberries and pomegranate. A little bit of mustiness comes through as well. It definitely drinks like a traditional rustic Saison, but there is a level of complexity there too which I am guessing can be attributed to the addition of rose hips and petals. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice dose of carbonation. I was sort of expecting this to be a gusher, as I have experienced that in Bam Biere, but this one came through with flying colors. JP hit a home run with this beer.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Noble Grape in Chicago IL for $12.99. Poured into two Goose Island wine glasses. Blend 4, bottled 1-25-2011.

Appearance: Pours murky with an orange/copper color. White with red/pink hue head. Really beautiful looking beer, big points for that.

Smell: Smell is fantastic. Smell of brett/funk is present with a fresh funk barnyard backing. Bright hibiscus brings out the sweetness well.

Taste: Sweet hibiscus, not a lot of barnyard on the palate. Very soft flavors, almost thin at times. Berry front, sweet funky flavor supports the sweet thin beer.

Mouth: High level of carbonation. Has almost a champagne mouth to it. Light and bubbly.

Drink and Overall: Great beer. Took a half bottle get used to the style. After that, really enjoyed it. Similar to the Goose Island Fleur, but better. One of a kind beer.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 2 1-12-2011
Shared by Turdface McGee at Jackie O's

Pours a light pale orange. Murky with. Good amount of slightly pinkish head. Smells A bit funky with some light rose hints. Some sour herbal smells. Tastes heavy of rose and hibiscus. Very solid mouthfeel. Highly carbonated and tasty

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Photo of brew3crew
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Party of our epic tasting at jackie o'swith brad and Co

A-nice appearance. Nice amber color with good head
S-smells like spring. Very fresh and clean. Little bit of tartness towards the end
T-spicy and grassy. Gets better with temp.
M-eh at best. Very dry and really brings down the beer
O-OK beer. Finish really brings it down

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

first off... not sour. don't get it thinking that.

a pricy pour of reddish pink. i thought i was getting another augmented belgian american style that seemed to be heavily spiced. this was spice but equilaterally. Nice almost white head stuck around for most the drink.nose of husk of grain and bitter malt. Some wheat citrus floral additives of the herbs used. Palate was some not expected. At first husky and what one would make out to be a smokey bitterness. But this later expands into something a bit more floral vegetative. And here is where i think the beer is troublesome because it seems to compromise the meatiness. It would be meaty... Pepper and thyme sips along with the qualities of the flower and citrus bloom but it would at times get a sweetness that was a wit in nature. But the bitter funk would always finish it and it something i'm used with a nice zest of wheat but gritty bark almost. An interesting late spring feel with a ready for game latitude.

the only think i found somewhat strange about this beer is that it seemed like something that is just a regular make and mode of something i would have in montreal. i wouldn't say something that would really pick up there. just because they have a lot of augmented wits and this seemed to have a similar temperament but very different all together.

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Photo of jongullotti
4.33/5  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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Ann Arbor location. It was served in a tulip-shaped glass, and looked kind of like a girly drink. That or Belgian. Light amber-pink, nice haze, with large poofy foam that was nearly white.

It smelled tart but not as much as the high production Jolly Pumpkins, with floral (rose) aromas and some light berries, maybe a hint of citrus.

It tastes really approachable, more of a saison than a wild although some signature brett was in there. Very floral and a little spicy, but not in a bitter way at all. Light-to-medium carbonation, very easy drinking. Highly recommended, one of the best I've had from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.93/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml, Blend 3, 1/18/11. Wish I discovered before Valentine's Day...

Pours with a decent, 2F worth of foamy pinkish-white head over a dark pink-to-red body, with lots of carbonation.

Aromas are a bit tame - the floral aspects come thru with some red grapes, cherry twizzlers, and Belgian yeast.

Comes across fairly sharp with carbonation, with some cherry cough drops, and fairly significant floral bitterness. Pretty thin mouthfeel, quite dry overall, and even the high carbonation doesn't kill the bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability suffers a bit due to the flavor and carbonation.

This is the first JP that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed, but I give them credit for trying something unique.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, blend 6, bottled 1/12/11. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a murky brownish rose color with a massive, fluffy light rose tinged head. Long last retention and thick, clumpy sheets of lacing.

Interesting aroma with contrasting herbal and tea notes, JP funk, and delicately tart fruit. Smells like a fresh bouquet of flowers.

Flavor starts with a strong floral (rose and hibiscus obviously) dryness before a soft fruity tartness. Funk is minimal, but still distinctly Jolly Pumpkin. Initially the finish is off putting with an aggressive hibiscus floral taste lingering uncomfortably long. However through the course of the bottle it is balanced by more the funk and tart and becomes more palatable.

Mouthfeel is very soft and full bodied with light carbonation. Very delicate and refreshing.

Took some time to get used to this, and I might enjoy this more if the hibiscus is turned down a little, but recommended for the warmer months ahead.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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

blend 5 murky brownish orangish pinkish with an off-pink head that holds and leaves tons of lace. nose is definitely yeast and herb/flower driven. lots of fruit (strawberry mostly, but lemon and grapefruit as well?) mingling with light bretty barnyard sour cherry pie notes and lots of hibiscus and rose. taste is fruit, sour cherry pie, bretty funk, and flower. tartness is overcome by brettyness in the taste, but it is there, and it seems to lift everything on the palate so the flowers can shine a bit. very well balanced. good bitterness in the finish. medium body that is silky underneath the prickliness. have to admit that this one isn't exactly my cup of tea (pun intended). well done and fun, just not a classic.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an MJ tasting glass.

Pours a cloudy, ruddy pinkish orange, with a pinkish head of about two fingers that drops to about one after a few minutes. Lacing evident.

Aromas of flowers, pepper, definite rose aroma. Lemony.

Flavor of roses, peppery, yeasty,lemony. Hints of strawberries and cherries. Finish is short and perfumy, with hints of underripe strawberries and rose.

Mouthfeel is medium, tends toward a drying bitterness.

Very unusual. Highly drinkable. Nothing aggressive or harsh.

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

Blend 2 bottled 1/12/11

Pours cloudy pinkish red/brown liquid with at least three fingers of head. Head has decent retention and leaves only a small amount of lacing behind.

Smell is a quite floral up front, along with some nice funk. Smells include rose, cherries and strawberries and a bit of lemon as well. A bit of perfume.

Tartness hits the palate first, but is quickly balanced by a dry funkiness. Really nice. Taste is not as floral as the smell, but fruits are abundant, with cherries, some strawberry and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is medium but crisp, finishing tart and dry.

This is a very enjoyable beer. Tart, but not overly so, nicely balanced with some dry earthiness.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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