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Baudelaire Ale Absurd - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Baudelaire Ale AbsurdBaudelaire Ale Absurd

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BA SCORE
88
very good

70 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 20
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NoLiberty on 10-27-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

WOLFGANG, Jul 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

hansgruber, Jul 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

WeisGuy, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

yourefragile, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

RespertFTW, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

mrebeka, Sep 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Khazadum, Apr 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Diomede, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

liamt07, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of peensteen
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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

peensteen, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Sammy, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of prototypic
3.93/5  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.

prototypic, Jun 12, 2011
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.

HopHead84, May 08, 2011
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.

Mebuzzard, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of abrethanson
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

abrethanson, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of clickpush
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

clickpush, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of changeup45
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

changeup45, Oct 05, 2010
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

brentk56, Sep 16, 2010
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.

womencantsail, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

BeerFMAndy, Aug 10, 2010
Baudelaire Ale Absurd from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.