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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #354
Ranked #8,464
4.06 | pDev: 7.39%
Mar 28, 2022
Mar 28, 2014
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Notes: Saison brewed with candied ginger, lemon peel, orange peel, and a blend of pink, black, and green peppercorns. All naturally occurring wild yeast, aged in French, Austrian, and American oak.
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3.75 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Mar 28, 2022
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4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mschrei from Illinois

Excellent saison, wonderful barrel presence. Tart, flavorful, definite citrus with mild spice. Good body, super taste.

Mar 02, 2018
4.02 by kjkinsey from Texas on Jul 29, 2017
4.25 by Philcassella from Massachusetts on Mar 05, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by ygtbsm94 from Utah

Nose of floral, vinegar, lemon, yeast, oak, citrus. Taste citrus, yeast, lemon zest, grass, ginger, floral.

Jan 24, 2017
3.08 by Yeldarb92 from Ohio on Jan 02, 2017
4.05 by km02600 from Michigan on Dec 05, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

On tap, 11/04/2016.

Nov 04, 2016
3.7 by T-34-85 from New York on Oct 06, 2016
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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LAp from Ohio

On tap. The stand-out beer of this trip to Jolly Pumpkin. They took a bold conglomeration of additives and managed to incorporate them such that each contributes a piece of nuance to the palate, with any single participant dominating the lot - a rare feat. The ginger particularly, which I feared would dominate the palate, was subtly present and appropriately nuanced. The peppercorn profile was on the radar screen, but not overwhelming. The base saison, with tart citrus notes, was well-executed, and formed a solid foundation on which to build the more complex superstructure of this beer. Worth trying.

Sep 03, 2016
4.25 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Aug 23, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

A - Pours a clear straw yellow with a two finger white fizzy head. The head receds quickly leaving tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is lemon peel, green apple, oak, white pepper and funky Brett.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Lemon peel, green apple, white grape, oak tannins, white pepper and brettanomyces.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Nice crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A very nice Saison. The flavors are bright and funky. Very solid.

May 27, 2016
3.74 by spycow from Illinois on Nov 27, 2015
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4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

Pours a pretty bright golden color with a white head and plenty of lacing. Slightly hazed Belgian style lookimg ale.

Complex oaky aroma and funky lambicus bugs. Lindemans like gueze flavor, nice dryness and palatable, peppery funk. Opens up to a slightly grainy wheat malt body as it warms, but complexity is there. The multi barrel approach works nicely here.

Flavor has sour notes, wine flavor, white grape, citrus, lemon oil and a slight bitterness. Spice, tartness, oak, and a bit of wine. Citrus, a play on a Grand Marnier? Top shelf taste.

Light body that starts off punchy and/or sharp and drops off the a more open, wine like product but champagne like in its slight bubbly nature that never truly dies.

Overall a nice product, deep sour saison flavor, wild,funky, wild ale or saison I really enjoyed this. I'd think this to be ideal to cellar a bit longer, years, even.

Nov 19, 2015
3.95 by impending from California on Oct 31, 2015
3.52 by mig100 from Texas on Oct 17, 2015
3.25 by cards22 from Michigan on Sep 23, 2015
4 by cwxc818 from Ohio on Sep 21, 2015
4.06 by whatname from Pennsylvania on Sep 09, 2015
4.31 by Sara24 from Colorado on Aug 16, 2015
4.09 by rawfish from California on Aug 04, 2015
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Billolick from New York

Bomber bottle. Bottled 9-17-14. Purchased at Whole Foods in Ann Arbor, Mi.

Pours hazed lighter tangerine, light and whispy head leaving nice ringed lacing.

Spiced up nose with lemon and ginger up front.

Tasty,tasty,tasty...more ginger ,tropical fruits and pepper come to mind well crafted and well worth a try if you find some at your local.

Jul 27, 2015
4.05 by polishkaz from Connecticut on Jul 14, 2015
4 by nathanmiller from New York on Jun 19, 2015
4.09 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Jun 17, 2015
4.25 by Supergenious from Michigan on Jun 06, 2015
4.28 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio on May 24, 2015
4.24 by BT_Bobandy from Ohio on May 23, 2015
4.08 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois on May 20, 2015
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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by hosehead83 from Ohio

Vintage 2014 bottle-Hazy bright gold with a bright white cloud deck of foam
Aroma-Fresh ocean air, faint spices
Taste-Faint fruitiness, underlying briny tartness. Subtle flavors emerge with each sip. Candied ginger lends a wonderfully interesting nuance and flavor profile. A lighter -bodied feel that is very refreshing yet loaded with character. A great match for seafood or lighter summer fare.

May 18, 2015
3.87 by cuvtcuv from Florida on May 18, 2015
3.64 by Desimoaj from Michigan on May 15, 2015
4.18 by RebornStussy from Ohio on May 13, 2015
3.79 by McBAINx from Washington on May 09, 2015
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4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

jolly pumpkin ranks among my favorite breweries, and they continue to year after year because of beers like this. complex in both process and flavor, but approachable and entirely unique. this is a great beer, and makes me itchy for the other lettered series beers. you should see this thing in the globe glass, hazy straw colored with a hint of orange highlights and a wispy but structurally sound off white head that rises will above the rim but doesnt run. it smells at first to me like peaches, must be the brett drie or something, but i get a ton of peach in this. the ginger less so, at least on the nose, but the peppercorns are evident as well. lots of brett here, some tang to it, but a lot more saison type farmy funk than sourness. the flavor is incredible here, lots os funk starting off, and then the woods. im not good enough to tell which oak does what, but the combination is lovely. there is an acidity here, something like chardonnay, light fruit, bright acid, clean. a sturdy wheat malt seems to provide the base. a few things i love about this. first, the ginger is so subtle, it just plays its spicy side with the pepper spice, a cool accent combination for the wild yeasts. hard to be subtle in beer with ginger. second, the mouthfeel, its effervescent and super dry, with only the oak flavor remaining on the palate. its abv makes it an all day beer, and with this level of nuance, it would never get old. a real treat, not to be missed for the wild ale fans out there. for me, this is as good as anything i have had from the likes of allagash, crooked stave, almanac, or any of the other highly touted wild ale producers here in the states. its simply stunning.

Apr 12, 2015
4.12 by AMCimpi from New York on Apr 07, 2015
4.02 by MonkeyBread from Nevada on Apr 02, 2015
3.84 by Buckeye982 from Ohio on Apr 01, 2015
4.06 by DRBiser from Maryland on Mar 29, 2015
4.82 by dgeebs07 from New York on Mar 27, 2015
Saison X from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 120 ratings