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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #283
Ranked #5,734
4.08 | pDev: 7.35%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Saison XSaison X
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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Reviews by champ103:
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champ103 from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful hazed and vibrant straw yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace. Love the color here.
S: Musty, tart, floral aroma up front. Not a lot of depth, but really inviting. Grassy and herbal with a bit orange peel. Tart and acidic. Very nice.
T: A tart acidic bite up front. Basement like funk, which I always love. There is a hint of sweetness, but that quickly fades. Peppery spice, floral and lingering orange peel. Finishes dry, and really well balanced.
M/D: A light to medium body. This is beautifully crisp, and after the initial sweetness, is pretty dry. So easy to drink. All day with this, I wish the bottle would never end.

Jolly Pumpkin makes some of the best American style Saison's on the market. This is no exception. Well balanced with enough funk and acidic tartness to please. But still really well balanced. Love it, and need to get more.

Feb 11, 2015
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michiganmatt from California

3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4.25/5
Pours a very unique yellow color. Not yellow-gold. There aren't really any hints of orange. Just straight up yellow. If it wasn't for the carbonation, this could probably pass as piss. Anyway, the yellow color is nice, makes the beer look refreshing. Quite clear. About a finger of white head with dissipates down to a thin layer on the top of the beer. An average amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

Smell - 4.5/5
Standard JP sour funk, though it smells sourer than normal (which I like). For those not familiar with the standard JP sour funk, its a mixture of sour apples, sour cherries, and other general sour flavors. I can also detect hints of spices. Essentially this smells like JP Oro de Calabaza, except more sour, and less spice.

Taste - 3.75/5
Tart fruit, particularly apples and cherries and lemon, maybe some plum as well. A bit of spice. The taste is actually a bit watery in my opinion. The bottle mentions a "candied ginger in the finish", but I can't really detect that.

Mouthfeel - 3/5
Medium-light in body, feels a little watery to me. The taste is crisp and refreshing, but overall a little too thin. The carbonation level is decent. It could perhaps make up for the waterines of the taste by adding a little more carbonation.

Overall - 3.75/5
Overall this is a decent sour beer, but I'm not really sure this adds anything to JP's existing selection. Oro de Calabaza and Calabaza Blanca both taste similar and are a couple bucks cheaper.

Jan 12, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brine is beautiful! As the inaugural "letter" series kicks off, the classic "phenol-forward" character of "X" showcases Jolly Pumpkin's house character in all its earthen and spicy charm.

Bright straw, yet casting a cloudy haze, the beer's soapy swaths billow as its racing carbonation churns away from below. Seemingly like champagne, its sparkling nature casts aspirations of tangy citrus, sharp white wine, musty cork and a pungent bouquet of saddle leather and damp basement. With a quick bready-sweet taste and strong acidity washing over the tastebuds, its sourness is shocking to the senses.

Any would-be malt sweetness is shoved aside almost immediately, in order to celebrate its yeast and spice dominance. Lemon peel, orange peel and apple skins all give a fruity tang, but the brunt of acidity rushes in with white cider and white wine sourness. Crabapple, under-ripened berry and lime complement the sour and salty middle before a dry finish of burlap, sod, straw and peppercorn close the taste.

Medium-light but trending absolute with dryness, the finish is sour and minerally with sweat, brine and that unmistakable pep of pepper. But one last wave of flavor comes in aftertaste, delivering a waft of citrus peel and wheat.

Jan 29, 2015
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Saison X a few weeks ago at The Lager Mill. I'm always down to try a new Jolly Pumpkin beer and they have some serious skills when it comes to this style and I'm interested to see how it turns out. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a Jolly Pumpkin snifter.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to it and it's eye catching. It poured a nice golden color that took on more of an orange hue when held to the light with a finger and half of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a nice mixture of fruity aromas being the first to show with some nice citrus fruit like aroma sticking out the most with a little bit of tropical fruits showing up in the background. Up next comes that signature jolly pumpkin yeast which imparts some a medium funky yeast aroma that lead right into some sweet malts and wheat like aromas with just a slight peppercorn and candied ginger aroma coming through. This beer had a very nice aroma, the funky yeast worked well with the fruity aromas.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the fruits still being the first to show up and this time the citrus fruits show up just a little more than they did in the aroma with hardly any tropical fruit aspects coming through. Up next comes some of those sweet malts and they are followed by just a slight peppercorn flavor. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness and just a slight bit of tartness with some candied ginger showing up a little and going into the aftertaste along with some citrus fruit and funky yeast. This is a really nice tasting beer, I thought all the different aspects worked well with each other.

M- Smooth, a little refreshing, crisp, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a very nice example of Farmhouse Ale, the funky yeast wasn't too dominating and the fruity flavors along with the peppercorns and candied ginger made for a beer that always held my attention. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, a little refreshing, not acidic, crisp, not too filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I don't think I would have a problem drinking a full bottle especially on a warm day. What I like the most about this beer was how all the different aspects worked really nicely together, nothing seemed out of place. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change. I would for sure buy this beer and I might have to get another to put in the cellar. I would recommend this beer, especially if you like farmhouse ales and jolly pumpkin beers. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer, I know that JP has some skills when it comes to the style, but they really did a good job with this one and I feel like it stand apart from a lot of other ones. It's one of the better JP beers I've had and it's one of the better Farmhouse Ales I've had. Great jop guys, this was one seriously tasty beer, keep it up please.

Mar 02, 2015
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superspak from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; bottled in 9/2014, listed as 6% on the bottle. Pours slight hazy bright golden color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tart lemon zest, orange peel, green apple, pineapple, citrus rind, pepper, ginger, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon zest, orange peel, green apple, pineapple, citrus rind, pepper, ginger, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spice and tart fruitiness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, green apple, pineapple, citrus rind, pepper, ginger, cracker, bread, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Jan 24, 2015
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Rockjocknroll from California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Jun 26, 2014
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_morandi_ from California

4/5  rDev -2%

Oct 29, 2014
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BDetwiler from Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 06, 2015
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OKFine from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 07, 2015
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suckaj from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 25, 2015
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mschrei from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Mar 02, 2018
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eball33 from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 02, 2015
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Desimoaj from Michigan

3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 15, 2015
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mig100 from Texas

3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 17, 2015
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km02600 from Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 05, 2016
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Yeldarb92 from Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jan 02, 2017
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Kevin-1989 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

Oct 24, 2014
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acostuhhh from Michigan

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 11, 2015
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DeliciousDetroiter from Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think I'm in love with Jolly Pumpkin.

Feb 28, 2015
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Sara24 from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 16, 2015
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cards22 from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sep 23, 2015
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Philcassella from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 05, 2017
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LAp from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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BKotch from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Feb 01, 2015
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Billolick from New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
Saison X from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 119 ratings