Baudelaire Ale Absurd - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
88
very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 19
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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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:
Beer added by: NoLiberty on 10-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 45
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deeply earthy, yet brought to life with spice and herb, the Baudelaire Serie extends into an herb infused taste that includes flowery tones, a fruity soul and a biting acidity.

As the beer opens, its body evokes a sense of peach, amber and gold. Hazy with its color, the foam that separates is frothy yet delicate. Its white creme stands the session well and laces lightly on the glass- shedding wine-like character all along.

One whiff delivers bold fruit, spice and tarter aromas- bright floral tones are of hibiscus, chamomile and rose hips. But as that bouquet of floral medley subsides, a peppery and acidic tone rises to offset its honeysuckle character. Soft white pepper, wood rot, vinous rose wine, lemon and lime all spear the senses while that first sip comes quick.

But when the beer touches the tongue, its floral and fruity taste abounds with honey, melon, tropical passion fruit, apricot and papaya. That fruitiness fades in the middle as its peppery taste takes command. White pepper, cumin and fennel rise while those fruity-floral tones lurk in the backdrop. Its dry finish is tart, tangy and just short of sour- shedding glimpses of dry white wine, cider and must.

To the mouth, the ale plays lightly. Its sweetness is light, delicate and floats above the tongue like powdered sugar. Once dissolved, the ale effortlessly dives into a quick finish of white pepper, oak, aniseed and alcohol while delightfully warm.

The classic spicy yeast character of Jolly Pumpkin applies its thumbprint upon the beer. But its whimsy of floral character plays out early and often, shedding rosy character intermittently upon the session. As beautiful as it is, the beer teases the palate with a tangy sensation that falls short of sour. Unfortunately, those teases never follow through and the beer leaves the taste buds wanting much more.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

unretire this, it is back and it is genius. tripels are usually so sweet and strong, alcoholic and laden with belgian yeast esters. this one takes an entirely new approach. with the addition of rye to the grain bill and the wild fermentation, it is a whole new animal. one of the best beers from jolly pumpkin, who makes nothing but epic beers all around. murky but glowing golden color, deeper than most, with a tall white head that never fades and a nose that shows brett as well as a familiar souring bacteria culture. awesome. as i smell it deeply, i get a whole heap of rye malt. its too simple to call it spicy, and to say that it goes so well with the peppery yeast notes is all too generic phraseology, but such is true. it might be more descriptive to say that the rye, in addition to its usual adjectives, also has a dried straw or hay complexion, which resonates more with the brett than the belgian yeast. oats obviously flesh out the body here, its so lush and textured on my palate, dry as can be, effervescent, but also somewhat rich, decadent, and confusing. theres ten times more going on here than most beers i open, so a several hundred word summation seems cursory, but suffice it to say that this is exquisite beer, both in flavor and feel, and that its unlike anything ive had, even from jolly pumpkin, who, with this brew, have firmly cemented their position at the apex of the wild ale world. this stuff is magic, one of a kind, not rivaled by crooked stave, jester king, cascade, or any of them.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle of this yesterday while outside enjoying the 70º+ weather. Review from notes.

Gusher, big time! Cap didn't fully come off, and it sprayed out in a downward shower. A couple full glasses of foam, then finally some tawny orange ale was visible. The foam was full of large, sparkling bubbles. Nice clarity with racing trails of carbonation.

Aromas of leather, wood, wild tartness & dry brett funk.

Bright tart fruit, floral chamomile notes, mildly sweet with a drying finish. Some spice character, possibly from the rye. The wild yeast was a little strange, with the odd sterile gauze note, but ultimately not distracting. There was a touch of alcohol as it warmed. Very effervescent. It may say Rye Trippel on the label, but it's more of a wild ale than anything.

Tasty and unique, like much of JP's output. Worth a try if you see it, but watch out for the gush. It was in the fridge for a full week before opening...

Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/27/2014. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of tart lemon zest, green apple, apricot, orange zest, white wine, hay, straw, grass, herbal, oak, pepper, clove, musty funk, spicy rye, bread, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of tart fruity/spicy/funky yeast, pale/rye malt, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon zest, green apple, apricot, orange zest, white wine, hay, straw, grass, herbal, oak, pepper, clove, musty funk, spicy rye, bread, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness and yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon zest, green apple, apricot, orange zest, white wine, hay, straw, grass, herbal, pepper, clove, musty funk, oak, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of tart fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale/rye malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/tartness/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, lightly prickly, and fairly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wild rye saison. All around excellent complexity and balance of tart fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale/rye malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled December 2009
The cap comes off safely enough, but I get this into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip and end up with seven fingers of foam that continuously spews foam over the sides. Finally settles down enough to take away from the sink and I have a picturesque tall head that sits about an inch above the rim of my glass. In the bottle the beer was actually pretty clear, but after pouring, the beer is a reddish, darkish amber hue that shows a hazed, pink-orange, amber hue when held up to the light. As the head slowly subsides it leaves a nice, layered, lacing pattern on the sides of my glass and the head is very structure forming mesas that have quite some staying power. Visually, you can't ask for much more from a beer of this type. The aroma is musty with a woody peppery note, a faint tartness (a touch of lemon perhaps) and a grassy-earthy grain note that dominates the finish. Very rustic and earthy smelling, but also bone dry smelling, this is a very nice smelling beer.

Light, a touch fizzy (it has sat long enough in my glass that it has loss much of the excess carbonation) and it has a dry, grassy grain finish as well as a touch of phenolic clove and a very faint tartness (much of which could just come from the wheat). There are some light apple and pear notes here, but this is dry enough of a beer that it is very subtle. Earthy, slightly musty notes perhaps signal a touch of Brettanomyces character, but this is very faint and only at the beginning stages of funkification. There is a very grounded, earthy, woody pepper note here that is only lightly spicy. The malt actually almost has a savoriness to it that is brought out by the dryness; there is a nice pale grain cracker note, a touch of hay and some freshly threshed wheat notes. Much of the spiciness is from the wild fermentation character (even if it is a touch tame); there is definitely quite a bit of phenolics in this beer, it is a touch clove like, but mostly a bit plastic like, or even a touch solvent like, butt this last is definitely quite faint. The oak plays a definite supporting role here, it is almost hard to even recognize underneath the steady, earthy funkiness, but it does accentuates a light, overall spiciness, the touch of woody character, as well as some tannic astringency towards the finish. The texture of this beer is definitely light, this is a beer meant to be quaffed, but it doesn't come off as being overly thin as there is a touch of malt viscosity to this brew; some of the oak derived tannins also contribute a bit to the weight of this brew.

This has the perfect amount of funkiness to be classified as a Farmhouse ale; the funk lightly accentuates the rustic grain and yeast-fermentation character. This is a Farmhouse ale for the late spring or early Autumn as it is a touch more malty and textured than a pale, light Summer Saison.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Adam.

Golden orange body with a small white head. Funky brett, fruity notes, malt, yeast. Lovely flavor. Bready citrus with loads of Jolly Pumpkin brett funk. Delicious.

Photo of yourefragile
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam.

Pours a hazy golden colour, with a firm froth of white that stays persistently even as it gets pocked with larger and larger bubbles. Lace forms cottony patterns down the inside of the glass. Body is a bit light, but with this style of beer that's not necessarily all that unnatural. Looks pretty good.

Nose is quite funky right of the bat, almost heading towards funky, plasticky, crushed vegetation and lambic-style bite. There's some citric tones though as well, giving a slight zesty, peppery aroma to the mix. In the sinuses the funk almost turns to tomato-plant-crush in its sharpness. I like it a lot.

Taste is also good, but a lot thinner in the body than it could be, so the flavours don't express themselves with the complexity the might otherwise have done. Clean, sharp, slightly metallic bite on the front, with a lingering bitter character that runs through the centre. This gives it a rather vinous brut champagne note towards the back, especially with the carbonation. Light, metallic and somewhat medicinal in the finish. Feel is dry and sparkling, just like a very dry champagne.

Overall, it's an impressive beer, although exceedingly dry. As long as you're along for the ride and accept that the super-sec character is going to drive it, there's an awful lot to enjoy about it.

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Photo of Tone
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, strong yeast, funk, slight citrus, alcohol, and a hint of biscuit. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong tartness. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, strong yeast, citrus, alcohol, hint of pine, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, complexity, and decent appearance.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange colour, mild cloud. Head is white, small fizzy bubbles, sinking unevenly. Lace is slippery. Looks alright.

Smells saisony, with an earthy organic barnyard aroma dominating nicely. Touch of acidity with maybe some mandarin peeking through. Light spice notes and a touch of licorice. All fairly subtle, but nice and inviting.

Taste is earthy, slightly bitter upfront with a touch of off funk. Fruit acidity provides a nice tang midway with notes of orange zest, passionfruit, before finishing bitter again. Fair barnyard with a medicinal crunch and a whisper of rubber. Also a slight yeasty character which is unwanted. Midway through this is a cracking blend of tart, fresh and earthy, but it finishes a little astringent and doesn't pack the punch it might have.

Bit fizzy on the feel, with distinct pull from the yeast. Body is a bit thin, which doesn't help.

Nice drop for tasting, doesn't quite pull its wild notes into tame, drinkable captivity though. Overall pleasant, but unhinged.

Photo of illidurit
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Picked up at the Ann Arbor restaurant location. This was brewed in Dexter, though.

A quick pour, thanks to some gushing, reveals a deep golden orange body. Pretty clear. Big (3-4 fingers in the tulip glass), rocky, beige head. Great lacing on the sides of the glass. Fresh, lively aromas of lemongrass, cut grass, aging hay, hints of strawberry, funky cheese, above a fruity, graham crackery malt base.

Citrusy, tart, slightly metallic flavors up front. Spicy, graham cracker malts follow. Musty raspberries and hints of pears. Funky, old hay and cheese before a moderately tart, drying finish. Lingering tropical fruit flavors. Medium-bodied with a very lively, overcarbonated feel. Let this one de-gas a little before enjoying!

Photo of prototypic
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Baudelaire Ale Absurd from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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