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Bambic - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 129
Gots: 49 | 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:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 01-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

1560 bottles [330 ml]
180 bottles [750 ml]
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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of ChrisPro in Blind BIF #4. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a bright golden color. Single-finger white head with some spotty lacing. Nose is quite acidic with a bit of funk. Good way to end this BIF. Nice funkiness and a touch of light lactic presence. Some tart lemons in there as well. Also a faint hint of dry wheat. The flavor is quite nice with a bit of lemon juice and remind plus some very mild funk alongside of a good lactic presence. The feel is pretty light with low carbonation and some pretty good acidity. No real funk there. Drinkability is quite good as well. Really nice example of the style.

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of tart and sour notes is quite pleasant. Taste is a very nice mix between some tart notes with some sourness and some medium barnyard notes. Acidity is quite low and sourness level is maybe more present then in the usual JP beers. Body is about average with good carbonation. Another well brewed beer though not necessarily my favourite from this brewer.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Derek!

The pour is a slightly cloudy golden color with a rather tall white head. A nice tartness on the nose. Plenty of lemony notes as well as a bit of peach and green apple. Some mild funk to it like straw and grass, too. The flavor has a touch of cereal sweetness, but otherwise it's mostly tart apple and lemon flavors with a little bit of grassy funk. The oak is subtle, but definitely there. A medium body with high carbonation and long finish.

Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Matt. 64 oz growler.

Appearance: Hazy amber with no head, very little visible carbonation.

Smell: Quite a bit of funk on this. Fruity acetic notes, lactic sourness, rotting wood and soil. Strawberry and sour peach fruitiness.

Taste & mouthfeel: Mildly sour, but quite funky. Juicy acetic strawberry notes, lighter lactic sourness. Great backbone of oak and funk. Little white wine vinegar, a touch of acetone. Almost no carbonation. Finishes tannic, almost spicy. Pretty nice stuff, highly quaffable.

Photo of emerge077
4.57/5  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

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

Big thanks to hannydawg for generously cracking this bottle!

Blend 2, bottled 3/15/11. Heard good things about this guy and thought I'd never really see one. Imagine my surprise... Anyway, it pours a cloudy pale straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises sour white grapes, white vinegar, sour lemon, Brett, and a sort of buttery caramel in the back. The taste holds notes of tart lemon, tart orange, light white vinegar, tart pineapple, and a decent amount of wheat, which vainly tries to cut the tartness (though it does provide a nice bit of variation on the tongue). The body is a rather light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very enjoyable brew, one that showcases a lush garden of tart fruits. Good times.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blind BIF Beer #5

About this time we were hankering for an IPA, stout, barleywine. Something to mix things up from the sour barrage.

Weird 12oz bottle, similar to Green Flash, but this is not Green Flash.

It's sour. Feel the pain. Enjoy the pain.

Honestly, we were a little sour fatigued at this point. My already not very detailed notes became even less detailed.

Smell is old but not unpleasant. Taste is bland but not unpleasant.

I had absolutely no idea what this was, but as soon as the reveal was jolly pumpkin we saw the telltale jolly pumpkin signs we had missed.

Photo of MasterSki
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TurdFurgison for sharing. A blend of Bam Biere and Lambicus Dexterius - what could go wrong?

A - We have a gusher! Pours with a finger of foam that dissipates to a thin cap and thick collar, leaving behind splotches of lace. Hazy blonde body.

S - Lots of orange citrus, oak, vanilla, spicy wood, black pepper, and some floral notes. As it warms up more funky brett comes out.

T - Taste is more smoothed out, with citrus pulp, unmalted grain, spicy wood. It's a little bit bland actually.

M - The feel is my least favorite thing about this beer. Grainy and extremely tannic medium-light body, with medium-low carbonation.

D - It goes down easy enough, but it's not particularly exciting. I didn't dislike this, but I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again. I think I prefer Lambicus and Bam Bière on their own.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Hazy golden-yellow pour with a small bubbly white head that receded to a thin layer, leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma was funky and tart, ripe orchard fruit, citrus, hay. Taste followed the smell, notes of lemon, green apple, wet hay, wood, a bit of an acetic bite bringing in a moderate sourness, general JP house taste, which I have no problem with. Not entirely unique, but definitely a good drinker. Medium body, crisp, prickly carbonation. Very enjoyable overall.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Brad. Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles. No lacing moderate retention, interesting beer.

Aroma is tart and sour with hints of brett and some lactic / acetic character.

Beer is light and sort of tastes like temptation, that is to say it tastes good. Beer has a nice finish. I'd have this again, a very agreeable sour.

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into my New Belgium globe. Received in the birthday BIF from MbpBugeye; thanks Seth! This one looks pretty cool and was brewed for the Winking Lizard's 25th Anniversary. Bottled on 12/01/10, consumed on 03/06/11. Was a tiny bit of a gusher when I popped the cap, but I had a glass ready so didn't lose any beer.

a - Pours a hazy orange yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for two to three minutes with an inch hanging around for the whole drink. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass as well.

s - Smells of funky, tart fruits, tart lemon, oak, grassy notes, vinegar/acedic notes, and that barnyard funk that JP beers have. Smells really funky and tart; smells amazing.

t - Tastes of tart lemons, barnyard funk, oak, spice, yeast, and some lactic notes. Nice and enjoyable, but a major step down from the noser. It was still tart, but not nearly as tart as it smelled.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this was a very good beer from Jolly Pompkin. I think the highlight of the beer was the smell. It was very tart and sour, which I loved. While the taste was very good, it was nowhere near as sour/tart as the smell. Would like to have this one again sometime.

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Bambic from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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