1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bambic - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

192 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 192
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 131
Gots: 50 | FT: 5
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)
View: Beers (36) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 192 | Reviews: 102 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of gpawned


4/5  rDev -1%

09-29-2012 18:16:21 | More by gpawned
Photo of Arbitrator


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass -- 375 oz batch 1, courtesy of lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a hazy golden-straw body with a pinky finger of off-white head.

S: Lemon tartness -- the first whiff suggests brett, but thereafter I only find sour and tart notes, so maybe it was just a temporary thing. Kaffir lime, green apples, oak, pepper.

T: The taste reveals more of the brett character that the nose dropped -- barnyard funk mixes well with kaffir lime and lemon tartness / sourness; oak, green apples, vanilla, pepper -- this reminds me a lot of Temptation. Sorry to compare Jolly Pumpkin to another brewery and rob it of the chance to establish its own identity, but this was my very first, and unshaken, thought regarding the beer: "early Temptation."

M: Light-medium-bodied; carbonation is on the low end, so it's not a perceived mouthfeel, just a genuine thin-ness. Not a deal-breaker, but it's worth noting.

O: Surprisingly good, especially after the Lambicus Dexterius earlier in the evening, which has faded out to nothingness.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 03:15:12 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

09-28-2012 22:27:52 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lightly hazy yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, sweet peaches, sweet yeast, and a note of funky cheese. In the taste, sour peach skins, and just a touch acidic, but WOW, is this tasty! A sour bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer sour peach skin in the aftertaste. Sour all day, dry peach skins, and not too overly acidic.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 11:51:47 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of KevSal


4/5  rDev -1%

09-22-2012 10:17:57 | More by KevSal
Photo of drewone


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-13-2012 20:12:13 | More by drewone
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 02:14:08 | More by Sammy
Photo of GRG1313


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-07-2012 23:17:22 | More by GRG1313
Photo of SalMineo


4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ron Jeffries hit the nail on the head once again for this beer. I absolutely loved it.

Pour-Had that beautiful hazy clouded tinged yellowish golden color to it. It had a bit of nice white head on it. The carbonation was perfect.

Smell-Does anything smell as good as lambic that's been sitting for awhile and fermenting? I detected brett, lemon grass, citrus,spice and tropical fruits. Of course I usually received that beautiful punch in the nose aroma of sour funkiness mixed with Oak.

Taste-The most enjoyable part of this beer. Very acidic and enough tartness to make you want to pucker. I love it. I got some earthy notes from the taste as well as some tropical fruits citrus and lemon. Finishes with tartness that put Jolly Pumpkin on the map.

Mouthfeel-As always the case with his beers. The feel is very crisp. Full mouthfeel and a long finish.

Overall I loved this beer. Ron Jeffries really hit a home run with this beer. Excellent sour beer. It is true that it is a bit tamer than the traditional lambics such as Hansens and Drie Fontein or Cantillon but I don't it's meant to compete with those. I wish I could my hands on some more of this stuff. This beer to me is a perfect example of why Ron Jeffries can put along side Vinnie Cilurzo as the best sour brewers in the United States.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 14:46:31 | More by SalMineo
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed golden yellow

Very sour for jp. Lemon acidity. Lots of fruitiness. Kinda of funky and bretty. A slight medicinal flavor in the end. Solid.

Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall,  a very tasty offering. Very sour and funky. I dig this one.

Blend 2

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 00:28:59 | More by mothman
Photo of thewimperoo


4/5  rDev -1%

07-20-2012 20:14:49 | More by thewimperoo
Photo of WarnerJC8


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-18-2012 18:29:45 | More by WarnerJC8
Photo of Sean9689


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to jale!

A - Pours a yellow/orange color, white head, spotty lace.

S - Fruity sweetness, lactic tartness, light funk, and oak.

T - Sweet tarts, lactic tartness, buttery, funky, and oak. There's a nice pucker, but this wild isn't overly sour like Beatification. It's an easy-drinking wild and finishes tart and oaky.

M - Light body, refreshing, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A nice wild that's very easy to drink and enjoyable. I was able to crush the 12oz bottle with little problem at all and I'm already looking forward to finishing off the 3 remaining bottles I have. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 17:40:11 | More by Sean9689
Photo of seeswo


2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

07-07-2012 13:03:30 | More by seeswo
Photo of drabmuh


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 01:35:19 | More by drabmuh
Photo of vrbulldog22


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-05-2012 12:29:08 | More by vrbulldog22
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The beer appears straw yellow colored with 3/4" white head which leaves a thick sheet of sticky lacing slowly cascading down the snifter.

The aroma is delightful. Sour, funk, grass, lemons, lemon zest, pepper.

The flavor is equally enjoyable. Complex and well balanced. Loads of funk with a floral hop finish. Lemons and a hint of assorted citrus. Really drinkable. I would love to have more of this. One of the most delicious beers I have had from Jolly Pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 20:20:28 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of KnightRider


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-19-2012 20:15:04 | More by KnightRider
Photo of hoppymcgee


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-14-2012 16:24:28 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of Halcyondays


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours a somewhat hazy gold with a medium white head, good head retention and lace.

S: Farmhouse funk, lemon zest, green apple peel, citrus.

T: Has a definite saison quality, white pepper, coriander, yeast with a lot of lemon. Some solid lactic character as well, nice mix of styles.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, easy drinking, refreshing, tart.

O: A quality wild ale, a hybrid of styles. Glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2012 03:44:56 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of emaciated


3/5  rDev -25.7%

05-07-2012 01:44:31 | More by emaciated
Photo of DaveHack


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-26-2012 00:16:52 | More by DaveHack
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cant get over the grape smell in the air around the freshly poured bottle. Cloudy yellow with a fizzy white head. Apple vinegar, and a harsh lactic sourness up front. Green grape skin and a nice touch of oak barrel. All of which are highly characteristic of Jolly Pumpkin brews. If it were Belgian, I would call it a gueuze.

Nice sour lactic presence, but nothing special. Maybe its more of a lambic. Slight acidic sour presence is there, but its not anything rediculous. Cantillon Classic type sourness, but mellowed out.

Feels almost spicy in its tartness. Different than other Belgian Brett infested beers, and its not a bad thing. Finish is dominated by that grape type flavor from the smell.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 20:18:42 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of jaidenjb


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-07-2012 03:07:57 | More by jaidenjb
Photo of Khazadum


4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

03-31-2012 19:39:17 | More by Khazadum
Bambic from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.