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Bambic - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
90
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198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 128
Gots: 50 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

1560 bottles [330 ml]
180 bottles [750 ml]

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 01-25-2011)
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Ratings: 198 | Reviews: 102 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

claaark13, Aug 05, 2013
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Soonami, Jan 29, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle

A - Dark golden hazy beer with a small white head

S - Tart, white vinegar, lactic acid and oak. Really tart in the nose that makes you almost want to back off while smelling it

T - Tart vinegar with lactic acid but not as tart as it smells. Slightly metallic, lemon peel and a small amount of funk to it

MF - Light carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel overall.

O - Decent Lambic but not as good as the Belgians. Soft sourness to it but not much funk to it. I think this would be better if it was as tart as it smelled

jeonseh, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Bay01
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had out of Duvel style bottle bought from the brewery

A: Straw yellow with about one finger creamy head that sticks around

S: Smells fruity, barnyard, and a little acedic

T: I think this has a great balance of fruity belgiany esters and sourness. The sourness is definitely noticable but is not overpowering. Delicious

M: Good carbonation, not sticky or over or undercarbonated.

D: Very drinkable for a beer blended with lambic, wish I could have gotten more of these.

Bay01, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Stigs
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours with a very short lived loose, white film. settles to a thin ring. the beer is almost crystal clear, pale yellow in color...odd for a sour/wild.

S - nice mix of sour/funk, with prominent green apple, farm fields, lemon rind and a pleasant grassiness. smells very much Belgian and authentic.

T - begins with a flash of sweet, almost corny and wheaty malt flavors. turns towards slightly lactic sourness, bringing along some pear, green apple, and a slight funk.

M - lightly bodied with crisp carbonation. finishes extremely dry yet nicely balanced between sweet, sour, and funky. very well put together, thirst quenching, yet not overpowering in any way.

O - solid beer all around, very happy to have picked this up at an Ohio store recently. great balance, though nothing spectacular. would love to try again, if it can be found.

Stigs, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps mellow after 2 years but still the foamer. Dark brown, with initially lots of foam. Neutral aroma. A wild ale, some acidity, but not that sour. How shall I say it, dish soap soapy residue aftertaste? Good drinkability, though just OK. Thanks for the rarer one in these parts, Steve.

Sammy, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Mikey (MIkey711) for this one. 4oz. pour from a capped 750ml bottle into a Hill Farmstead snifter. Had at a tasting on 6/4/11. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a .25 finger fine white head with good retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is stringy with good cling. Solid.

S: Nose is straw, lemon barnyard funk, and Brett in the back. Also citrus, apple rind, and some lemon zest. Not overwhelmingly aromatic but pleasantly mellow.

T: Lemon, apple, citrus, band-aid, and straw. Tartness grows towards the middle with a Brett presence really coming on strong. Slightly lactic, more citrus towards the end with a quiet apple finish and an apple skin bitter aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Abrasive and prickly in the mouth and filmy going down. Smooth at the end with a mellow finish and a quiet aftertaste. Great for the style.

O: This beer is essentially a carbonated and therefore, livelier, crisper, and ultimately, better Lambicus... which in itself was a beer that I enjoyed a lot. A big sleeper in my opinion.

SpeedwayJim, Jun 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Gonzoillini, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of miketd
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Winking Lizard. Blend 1, bottled on 12-1-10. Pours copper with a small head. Big lemon aroma with a touch of barnyard and Belgian yeast. Flavor is really lemony with some tart funk and a crisp finish. This beer is awesome and extremely drinkable. Not as bracingly sour as Lambicus and a bit more interesting than Bam... the best of both. I see a lot of negative reviews here, and I guess if you're not a sour fan I can see the point. But if you like sours, this is a really good beer... although the price is fairly insane.

miketd, Feb 12, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, big thanks to Ryan011235 for this.

Hazy golden in color with a small bu lasting off-white head.

Nice wild aroma, lambic-like, funky, oaky, and lemony. I like it.

The flavor is big on the lemon with considerable -bal notes, oak and bourbon. Some barnyard funk.

Medium body with less sourness than i expected, but hey, sourness is overrated. Mostly hype if you ask me.

Pretty solid beer overall.

nickd717, Feb 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

hiphopj5, Jun 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

ohiobeer29, Apr 27, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was shared by funkydelic with beeruser, StayWhatYouAre2, 67couple, others, and myself at a recent tasting graciously hosted by beeruser! Blend 1! Bottle 12-01-10! 330 mL bottle. Served from bottle into a Duvel Parra tulip. Poured golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, massive funk, tart cherry, sour, and pineapple. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, big funk, and citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. Did I really just get pineapple on the nose of this one and citrus in the flavor!? Nice... The nose on this one was excellent as was the flavor. Everything on this brew worked really well together at complimenting each other and not leaving any component 'out to dry'. A must try for any sour fan out there that has not done so already...

thagr81us, Aug 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

arniepnminne, Oct 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

KnightRider, May 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

GRG1313, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330ml bottle. Many thanks to Eric (gratefulbeerhead) for the bottle.

A- Pours a hazed golden yellow color. Two finger white head shows great retention. Tons of web style lacing all over the glass when I drink this one down.

S- Barnyard funk really stands out in this one a lot in the inital aroma. Cider vinegar with hints of oak come through next with a hint of lemon as well. More funk and something else almost peach like in the ending along with a nice linger of alcohol. The funk really gives this beer a interesting appeal that makes my mouth water.

T- Banryard funk right upfront with a light vinegar flavor to it. The oak to me makes a nice presence right after this and I feel should be right there. A nice tart lemon flavor comes in next which packs a nice light sourness to it. Peaches once again show themselves in the ending but ever so lightly to me. Another cider like funk rides the ending along with a crisp warming alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is fantastic for this beer beyond the first pour I think. Lots of funk and oak notes left on the palate. Aftertaste is hints of sourness and alcohol along with a boatload of cider vinegar funk. Flavors were well balanced for the style. No off flavors were present although it would be hard to tell anyways. Heavy alcohol drying on the palate which I expected from this beer.

O- I freakin loved this beer. I thought the funk on this was perfect not making it hard to drink. The ABV was drying and went well with the oak that seemed to bring this beer together quite well. I am looking for a couple more bottles of this beer as it is going to be good with a year or two on it!

alleykatking, May 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle---Blend 2 (bottled 3/15/11). Poured into my Rodenbach snifter.

Pours cloudy straw color with an inch of white head. Fairly standard for the style.

Smells of some straw, white wine, slight funk

Taste is pleasant. Slightly tart but nowhere near puckering. Some lemon, dry white wine, orange peel towards the end. Not actually that funky on the tongue and I don't get much oak bitterness. Actually backs off flavor-wise on the end.

Carbonation is medium, not bad. Fairly smooth actually. If you like more tart and mouth-drying, this is not your sour.

Overall glad I was able to try this and pick several up; Had been wanting to try this for a while.

CruisaC, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, a huge thanks to both sirotan and GuruDel for hooking me up with a couple bottles of this amazing beer from JP. Thanks again and cheers!

Second of all, I just do not understand why the Chicago crowd (I'm from Chicago...) absolutely ripped this a new one. I understand everyone is entitled to their own opinions but something doesn't add up here...oh well, not my problem.

Split with my brother-in-law in memory of my grandfather. We miss and love you!

Appearance - Pours into a Ladyface Tulip with a hazy golden straw color. About a finger of fizzy white head is achieved with a careful pour (read this may be a gusher - no such case here - perfect amount of carbonation). The head dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Damn is that a potent aroma. More funk than I can remember in most JP beers, lactic sourness, slight wood (not so much rotting as others have mentioned), barnyard, wet hay, and some nice strawberry and banana aromas along with Belgian spice/yeast.

Taste - Thankfully similar to the nose. Acidic and nice tartness up front. More tart than any JP beers I can think of off the top of my head (that I've tried). More so lemon and green apple peel tart flavors emerge as the beer warms, the typical and even more so than average barnyard funk midway through, and finishes dry and spicy with a hint of vanilla and oak.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied, decent carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Immensely so. One of my favorite JP beers. I find it different than the "normal" line up of JP beers which makes it so intriguing to me...because it IS out of the ordinary of their typical beer. Absolutely can't wait to have this again and am SO thankful to my fellow BA's for hooking me up with this beer. Downright tasty.

SpdKilz, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of hippityhops85
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 2 Bottled 3-15-2011. Poured into my Russian River -tion glass.

Pours an every-so-slightly hazy orange/tangerine with absolutely no head. Minimal active carbonation seen in the glass. Nice looking.

The nose has tons of oak, funk, and acidic armoas. Total funkiness and barnyard going on here. The oak is pretty dominating as well.

The taste is full of funk, oak, lactic acid, and a slight butteriness on the end palate. The flavor does die pretty quickly after a sip. Take your tums with this one.

The mouth feel is quite prickly and relatively thin bodied. Very refreshing.

I'm very happy to have tried this brew and would love to taste it again with a few years on it.

hippityhops85, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

jsilva, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Dave for busting out this 750, it's been on the radar for awhile!
Review from written notes.

Into a small tulip glass it pours a peachy opaque orange, a wispy skim across the surface after it settles down relatively quickly to other JP beers. Spotty lace all around the glass.

Acidic, tart fruits, lychee, passion fruit, grapefruit. Lactic tartness alternating with a slight natural fruit sweetness later on as it warms.

Pink grapefruit, peach, lychee... the fruity tropical citrus flavors dominate. Intensely fruity, tart, and dry. Tannic oak dries out the finish, cidery with a slight stickiness on the lips. Effervescent and lush with juicy fruit flavors. I could easily drink this all day and would never tire of it. Super fruit forward, not intensely sour, and very quenching. What's not to like?

Note to Jolly Pumpkin: Please put this into regular distribution! TIA

emerge077, May 24, 2011
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Bambic from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.