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Baudelaire Ale Absurd - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
88
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 19
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: NoLiberty on 10-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of yourefragile
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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 peensteen
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

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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 prototypic
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
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.

Photo of abrethanson
3.96/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of clickpush
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Baudelaire Ale Absurd from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.