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Baudelaire Ale Absurd - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Baudelaire Ale AbsurdBaudelaire Ale Absurd

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BA SCORE
88
very good

46 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%


Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NoLiberty on 10-27-2009)
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Thanks to akorsak for hooking me up with this ages ago.

Pours a bright, hazed golden copper with a massive white frothy white head. Mild brett on the nose, with lemon, yeast, sweet citrus and light spice. Flavor starts with light pepper, earthy yeast, some phenols and bubblegum, green apple and lemon in the finish. A touch of rye, and a dry finish. A unique triple but would never guess this is a Jolly Pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 23:23:28 | More by yourefragile
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to yourefragile for opening up this bottle. Long time want. Served in a Jolly Pumpkin tulip.

Pours a clear light copper with a huge, rocky white head of foam. Very creamy and extremely long lasting. Cap throughout and really nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose has a bit of oxidized malt along with a sizable rye presence. Some light pepper and phenols as well.

Flavor begins with rye and a fairly-heavy phenolic presence. A bit of rye in the background, as well as a touch of bread. Body is light, dry, and crisp. A bit bitter.

Very mild touch of bubblegum in the nose as it warms.

Probably a bit past its prime, and ages different than most Jolly Pumpkin beers. I'm not sure what the design was, but this doesn't have any oak, funk, or acidity. As a plain tripel, it's not bad, but it isn't anything noteworthy either.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 23:23:16 | More by Thorpe429
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

golden amber color with a good haze to it and great carbonation visible throughout. huge white head on top that led to a ton of lacing up and down the sides of the glasses.

aroma is light at first but builds as the night goes on. light citrus touches, fresh herbals, light flowery mix an a nice grain bill seem to support a rather complex flavor. and that is exactly what i get with a quick dose of lemon right off the bat. it transforms into a nice pear and apple flavors, loads of grass and quick hits of lavender and a touc of peppery like spice seal it. this is exactly what i was looking for. clean, crisp, sparkling and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 01:57:42 | More by mikesgroove
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Ken, 750ml into a tulip. Batch 378. My first JP.

Poured a hazy dark orange, with a HUGE 4+ finger head. Soapy and leaving some sticky lace behind. Nose has some light lemon, grass, funk, citrus zest and tart fruit notes. Taste is much less tart than the nose would suggest, lemon, breadiness, some rye, light alcohol with a bit of a tart pucker at the end. More complex and less tart than the nose would suggest. Medium full feel, high carbonation. Very nice drinkability, one of my highlights for the evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 00:28:57 | More by liamt07
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ken's bottle

Hazy pale orange colour, two fingers of slightly off white sticky head, lots of lace left behind from this one. Smell is funky wild yeast, brett, touch of rye wheat and belgian like spicy notes. Taste more like a triple, belgian yeast, spicy rye comes back, light funk in the taste with a subtle sourness in the finish. Medium carbonation, med-full body, good overall feel. Very nice brew, drinks very well, could have very well had lots more of this

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 15:25:29 | More by peensteen
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle, lovely stuff. Malty aroma. Enormous amount of foam in my pour, unfiltered grapefruit coloured body. Wild wild, love the brett, good malt and yeast, and a little rye edge. A minority in that it tastes better than it smells.Very smooth, lots of head even 15 minutes in.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 01:02:15 | More by Sammy
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prototypic

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to hoppymeal for sending me this one ages ago.

Baudelaire Ale Absurd pours a copper color. Looks a little hazy. Light gives it a distinct orange look. Carbonation looks to very active. A careful pour resulted in a head that stands over four fingers tall! For what it’s worth, it’s slow to recede. Frankly, it’s a little annoying. Lacing was really nice and thick…as you might have guessed.

The nose is interesting and good. One whiff is all it takes to recognize the presence of Brett and its barnyard funkiness. It is a rather strong presence, but it smells quite good. Earthy, musky, and grainy notes are all prevalent throughout. It definitely has a strong, spicy character. Belgian yeast is noted and imparts a nice, phenolic scent to the mix. There might be a touch of spicy rye, but it’s tough to tell amidst all the other strong scents. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

The flavor is quite good. It starts out with waves of earthy and grainy notes. The continue throughout. Musky and funky flavors follow. Brett really has a big impact on the overall flavors. It is strong in the mix, but tastes delicious. It doesn’t come across as overpowering. Belgian yeast emerges, and tastes delicious as usual. It definitely adds spicy phenols and clove flavors. I’m not getting a whole lot of rye, but I’m not surprised. The flavor profile is big and complex. Rye just seems a little lost in there. Alcohol is masked well.

The body is medium. Carbonation is overactive and a little buzzy. Less bubbles would be an improvement. For what’s it worth, it’s tasty and does go down relatively easy.

Jolly Pumpkin did a pretty nice job with Baudelaire Ale Absurd. I’m not a huge Jolly Pumpkin fan, but this is good beer. The only problems I have with it are the excessive bubbles and the lacking rye presence. I really wish the rye were more noticeable. All in all, this is good stuff though. I’m not sure there are many bottles floating around, but if you have the opportunity…it is worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 02:25:40 | More by prototypic
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HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/7/2011

Bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to OhlRangers. Insane gusher.

A: Transparent dark copper with a huge white head.

S: Sweet bready malt with some candied sugar. Light rye notes and restrained alcohol. Decidedly Belgian in character. Faint mustiness.

T: Sweet bready malt with a Belgian yeastiness. Slight candied sweetness with more rye than was in the aroma. Touch of tartness.

M: Medium in body with high carbonation. Sticky and dry mouthfeel.

Overall: A pretty good rye triple.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 22:07:52 | More by HopHead84
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, a beer that Northyorksammy and Buckeynation have not yet reviewed. A rarity :)

A nice little bit of a different art work on the label here. Didn't think it was JP at first glance. Then I read....

Gotta say that I don't think I've seen a Saison/Farm.Ale this color. It's a bright, glossy chestnut...or a dull ruby...pour. Off pink head is nice and settles to a collar and some middle film.

Aroma is more floral than anything else to me. The funky yeast is there, and spices. But flowers are the norm here. Not super strong.

Flowers in the taste, too. Sweet light malt in the back. The hibiscus is present throughout. The funkiness holds on and gives the beer a nice structure. The weird thing is that aftertaste. Spices and funky yeast, along with the light touch of flower stems somehow, some way, gives me a very quick hint of grilled chicken skin at the end. Weird. I haven't eaten chicken in weeks. And I swear this is my first (and only) beer of the night.
Now I'll have to buy it again and have it with grilled chicken.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 09:55:14 | More by Mebuzzard
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abrethanson

California

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer pours a 2 finger thick and frothy head into my tulip glass. I think some ravers may be having a foam party in my glass. Can I dive in? The head's hint of pink and sexy figure conjures images of cotton candy, barista creations, and clouds of the imagination. Never seen a head quite like it.

Smell - per my partner in crime, it brings images of jumping hay bales back on the farm but with a sour and citrus attitude. I keep feeling I am about to drink some high quality perfume. Maybe the bottle should be more decorative to reflect this.

Taste - a solid yeasty and tart Saison. Pretty straight forward at the nose and then the flower power hits you over the head in the end. I enjoy the taste but keep feeling like the fragrance of perfume is creeping through my nostrils.

Drinkability - Very sessionable for how high the alcohol content is. The funky hibiscus/rose/perfume taste lingers a little too long so I do not think this will become my standard. But a fun one indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 02:30:34 | More by abrethanson
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip. Soooo foamy. Too foamy. How to get rid of this head....?? Rocky and everlasting. Cloudy peachy color. Beautiful yet daunting. Sticky along glass.
Smells so good. Funky horse blanket aroma. Spicy rye. Belgian spice & noble hops. Underipe apricot and bubble gum.
Taste like a pale ale brewed with with wild yeast and Belgian yeast and spicy rye. Hot up front and finishes with a soapy flavor.
MF is okay. A bit weak with CO2.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 02:52:29 | More by clickpush
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changeup45

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from splax23. Batch 378. Dirty gold color and pours with a booming head but not a gusher. Fruity esters in the aroma along with cloves, an assortment of spices, flowers and the trademark JP funk. The flavors are spicy and dry. Fruity notes; tangerine, sharp citrus. This has some grainy notes and a little bit of the rye comes through as well that I didn't really get in the aroma. Lots of funky yeast provides another element but I expect nothing else from JP. Very dry in the finish with a little alcohol sneaking in there. A very nice beer. Tastes more like a Saison than a Triple to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 04:02:06 | More by changeup45
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Not quite the gusher experienced by others, the bottle pours a hazy apricot color with a massive head that leaves clumps of lace; though not a gusher the bottle was a foamer

Smell: Rye bready, with an apple barnyard character; cleary some wild yeast going on in here, as well

Taste: Opens with a spicy rye bread character with just a hint of apple fruit; by mid-palate, the beer becomes very tart with the fruit persisting underneath; plenty of peppery elements, as well; after the swallow, there is an intriguing contrast between the spicy rye bread and the tart fruit flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: I was expecting a tripel and got a saison - not disappointed in that at all; and a very intriguing saison at that, with a bready rye spice that, when combined with the wild yeast strain, really makes this one worth seeking out

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 00:33:21 | More by brentk56
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womencantsail

California

4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eric for sharing this bottle and to Derek for sending me one of my own.

A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden color with some hints of orange and amber. The head is a tower of white foam that takes some time to settle down to a level that allows drinking.

S: A wonderful spice note is present right away, that seems to be the rye with maybe a hint of pepper or just some yeasty esters. A light funkiness along with some citrus zest and a hint of green fruits.

T: The rye and yeast esters provide a really great spice note along with some bready malts that are the base of this beer. A gentle funk character with some hay and straw, and a great dry, bretty quality. A lightly tart lemon flavor and some hints of green apple.

M: The body is medium with a very full carbonation that sort of tickles the tongue.

D: The last couple Jolly Pumpkin special releases have really been fantastic. This one was no exception and I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 20:36:12 | More by womencantsail
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 8.3% ABV, "Rye Trippel-Ale", Batch 378.

Another thank you to sweemzander for busting out another saison for our pre-Milwaukee Brewfest tasting!

A - Bright golden amber with a clear body and a beautiful dense off-white head with great retention and patchy lace coating the glass.

S - Tons of awesome saison aroma with great lemon zest and Belgian yeast funk. A bit of slight barnyard comes through. A little rye comes out but it's not very sharp. This is a phenomenal aroma I can't get enough of!

T - Sharp rye comes out in the flavor much more so than the aroma lets on. It actually overwhelms most everything else. Lemon citrus and Belgian yeast with a light candi sugar sweetness too. Pale malts reside in the back of the flavor profile with a tiny hint of funk that pokes out too.

M - Very sharp carbonation with a big sour-ish bite with a wild tang to the finish. It tickles on the way down.

D - Very good take on the saison style that's completely unique. A good drinkable beer that would be perfect during fall!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 02:30:07 | More by BeerFMAndy
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer graciously shared by sweemzander. Thanks buddy.

Oh fuck it's a gusher! Quick Andy grab some paper towel! After the minor spillage I pour a sample into my tulip and the beer is rusty brown with a thick two fingers of beige head. Thick lace rings and a nice cap remain.

The aroma starts with light black pepper and rye. This is followed with a funky dry wood and straw profile. Hints of granny smith apples and lemons as well.

The flavor is woody and spicy. A modest tart funk blends with lemons and rye bread. The rye is very strong in the finish.

Medium to light body. Higher than normal carbonation.

Overall pretty solid saison. IO was much better though.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 22:38:21 | More by beerwolf77
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Batch #378.

(A)- Gusher! Pours a clear mahogany color that produced a giant bubbly white head that took a minute or two to dissipate. Tons of spotted lace here and there. Yet another seriously dark color for a saison.

(S)- A dry, yet fruity hay light funk with a hint of a light spice. A good fruitiness behind it that I cannot quite pinpoint. Loving the combo of dry hay funk, spice, and fruit.

(T)- A spicy rye-like front with some dark fruits. Finishes dry with a light hay/straw/ funk components.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A nice spice in there with the dry and hay funk with just a tiny bit of bitterness.

(D)- Another solid yet unique take on the style from Jolly Pumpkin. An all-around fitting beer with a light spice and good dry hay funk/fruit profile. I love to see something unique like this.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 20:43:19 | More by sweemzander
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Ann Arbor after it slipped through my fingers here in Columbus. Batch 378.

A- Nearly impossible to pour this one gently enough. You get a massive meranuge like head no matter what. It takes its time fading down enough to allow you to actually fill the glass. Eventually I get enough beer in the glass, allowing the head to stand out above the rim, to see that its a deeply hazed, ruddy orange.

S- Very bitey, spicy nose. Plenty of funk is there its like band-aids, and horseblanket. Interestingly, there is some orange like citrus. It plays along with the fruity tripel smells. Im picking up apple pie, kiwi, white wine and some underlying chalky earth. The bretty character of this really stands out and bites you in the nose.

T- Very interesting. In keeping with the norm at Jolly Pumpkin they have made another beer that is very unlike anything else Ive had. Citrusy hops upfront with a spicy rye bread base. That breaks into a very bretty and funky middle. There is LOTS of spice and yeast. Finishes with some hints of a tripel. Chalkiness, apple skins and some blackberry. This is an intensely complex beer.

M- Finishes very clean like a tripel should. Only a little bit of spice and citrus are left behind. The body is medium with fluffy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 03:22:35 | More by MbpBugeye
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to erikkoppin for allowing me to try this great beer. I'm expecting another box of greatness from him tomorrow and can't wait. Cheers!
Appearance - Pours into my Bell Tulip as a hazy, copper color with over three fingers of white, billowy head that I pegged to dissipate quickly but instead lingers around, leaving thick, chunky lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell - Ahh, the familiar JP funk immediately hits my nose. Green apple, spices, barnyard funk such as leather and wet hay, sour funk, yeast, and a hint of lemon.
Taste - An immediate citrus hit that then delicately melds with the relatively heavy spices including clove (and I assume come from the rye in the beer). A very "Belgian" aspect to this beer yet with a JP twist to it as with all of their beers. Soft fruit flavors come through such as apple peel, lemon zest which lend itself to a satisfying tartness. This is not a Rye beer. This is an AWA. So delicious.
Mouthfeel - Heavier bodied than expected, loads of carbonation, slight warming alcohol sensation down the throat but ultimately not noticeable.
Drinkability - Marvelous. This beer is so similar, yet so different from the other JP beers I have experienced. As with most of the JP lineup, this is not so much a quaffable beer as it is one to enjoy while sitting outside in the fresh air, enjoying life and nature to its fullest. Coincidentally that is exactly what I am doing and I must say I am thoroughly enjoying this beer and would love to try it with a bit more age on it.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 02:13:31 | More by SpdKilz
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750 mL capped bottle served at the Ann Arbor brewpub. I was disappointed that Io was sold out, but this turned out to be a very good choice. Billed as a 'rye tripple ale'.

A: The ale has a golden tripel hue that is noticeably darkened by the presence of rye, the result a bronzed golden brown that is opaque. The ale is well-carbonated, lively in both my glass and the bottle. Two fingers of craggy, dense foam in the glass; an oozing foam, at times running out over the mouth of the bottle. As you'd expect, significant lacing ensued.

S: The nose is funky, but not as funky as most JP offerings. Tripel aromas, sweet candi sugars and peppery spice, stand out, holding their own against the funk. The rye is spicy and bready but pales in comparison to the tripel. A well-balanced nose.

T: I enjoy the complex breadiness that rye lends to a beer. In this one, I had to search quite a while before the dark spicy notes came through. They are nestled behind the tripel and the funk, a tough duo to get past. While the ale is funky in the Jolly Pumpkin bretty kind of way, it is not domineering. Instead, the light lemony citrus flavor dries the palate and leads the way for the tripel's sweet candi sugars and stronger alcohol content. All three flavors, despite being starkly different, work nicely together.

M: The prickly lemony citrus stays with me through every sip, setting the bar for flavor. The ample carbonation further accentuates the hotness, scrubbing with a caustic feel. Very lively and very good.

D: ksak and I split the bottle and decided to grab a second one to bring home with us. A complex ale that seems to work best when young, before the brett gets all into the tripel flavors and dries them out.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 12:59:14 | More by akorsak
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illidurit

California

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of iceicebaby. Pours a hazy dark orange color with a huge fluffy khaki head. Aroma is a first lemony, then appley, then spices like nutmeg and clove come into play, giving it a fleeting apple pie character. Flavor is nice and funky, really bretty and with some phenolics as well. Probably the closest thing to Orval other than Orval that I've tasted. There are lots of parallels: orange color, fruity aroma, bretty flavor, bone dry finish, high-but-soft carbonation. The mouthfeel is spot-on Orval. Really not much in the tripel department. Definitely not an ester-forward beer. But that's fine with me. Orval is incredible, and this sorta-clone is great too.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 08:44:00 | More by illidurit
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Onibubba

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first JP beer I have had that does not taste like a JP beer. No funk, no sourness. What this is, is a seriously good, spicey triple.

Golden pour with decent white head. Smells sweet, bready, slightly clovey. Tastes very much like any other triple I have tried. Mouthfeel / carbonation is a bit high. This is a JP trademark that can be a boon or a curse. In this case, it does not do the beer any favors. A bit strong both in alcohol and spice to be too drinkable. A very pleasant change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 14:17:40 | More by Onibubba
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brdc

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WARNING: IT'S A GUSHER!

Thanks OHLRangers for this one. Large capped bottle, poured hurriedly into a tulip - actually, three tulips, as it kept on overflowing from the bottle, which was cold and not agitated over at least 2 weeks.
Hazy golden beer with orange-red highlights, with an immense white head on all three glasses, with good rention and lacing.
It certainly does not smell or taste like a trippel, which is what is stated on the label. This is a saison all the way.
Musty and spicy aroma, with fruity notes, and earthy overtones.
Medium bodied, quite refreshing, taste is above all, earthy, and bone dry.
Notes of grass, fruits, some acidity, and mild funkiness. Spiciness has multiple notes that come very close to predominate on the overall flavor, but earthiness and graininess, along with some funk keep coming up.
Quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 00:04:00 | More by brdc
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MarkFy

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Foam foam foam. Big foamy white head atop a hazy orange brew

Nose is great... apple skins with some spicy yeast, dry and a bit of yeast.

flavor has a nice pronounced citrus bump that melds well into some spicy notes that I can only assume comes from the rye.

Bigger body than expected, but the carbonation is fairly abundant and helps smooth everything together.

Very good, getting used to the funky beers that JP puts out, still opening up the palate to this variety.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 05:30:33 | More by MarkFy
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cool bottle that Ditmier pulled out at a tasting at his house a couple weeks ago... Freaking Cool Eric!!

Big foamy white head atop a hazy orange brew... the head lasts forever... great lacing...

Nose is great... apple skins with some spicy yeasty phenols.. dry and a bit of yeast funk...

flavor has a nice pronounced citrus bump that melds well into some spicy notes that I can only assume comes from the rye... but the Belgian aspect is still plenty present and shows some clove phenols too.. a bit of white peppercorn ... some mild alcohol that doesn't really distract.. some lemon zest with warmth...

Bigger body than expected, but the carbonation is fairly abundant and helps smooth everything together...

Very nice... and I really liked it... I do say that this is the best JP beer that I've had .... complex... and almost too complex... I would like to try this with 6 months or a year on it to give some time to really meld.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 08:26:03 | More by JohnGalt1
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Baudelaire Ale Absurd from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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