Saison Z
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #525
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,830
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 6.48%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
51
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
 
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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 51
Photo of brewaddict
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - This pours a caramel color slightly plum colored. Thin khaki head.
S - I get nice deep notes kumquat, orange, oak, and a little funk.
T - The flavors are chocolate, kumquat, and orange peel on the finish. Flavor is not overly tart.
F - Medium bodied and dry
O - I enjoyed this.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well done saison, not very tart at all, just well blended. A little Flemish brewed in. Two years ageing I think helped it. RIch and good beverage, very drinkable.

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Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly dark in color. The city's from the kumquats and orange peel comes out giving the beer some slight tartness. I have no clue what amaranth is but maybe it helps with body? The aroma has that saison spicy yeast character to it. Overall a nice beer I didn't taste the chocolate but the beer is dark and tastes good so who cares.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown with a large, soft off-white that leaves large sheets of lace.

Smell is a pleasant co-mingling of cherry, raspberry, oak, and light brett.

This has a really nice balance of cherry, raspberry, oak and some floral notes, as well as some heart of romaine that adds bitterness.

Nice froth and finishes semi-dry.

This is a very well done beer--not too extreme or divisive as some of Jolly Pumpkin's other beers can be.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Saison Z for at Boyne Country Provisions. I've had Saison X before and since the ingredient list is pretty weird I'm really interested to see how this one turn out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a teku.

A- The label is very nice looking, it's weird and well made, plus it's very eye catching. It poured a muddy brown and crimson color that took on more of a crimson hue when held to the light with a finger and half worth of creamy and slightly bubbly lighter tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it wasn't muddy looking.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts that typical jolly pumpkin funk with some barnyard, wet straw and horse blanket like aroma with the brett sticking out nicely and it goes into a fruity aroma with the the kumquat, orange rind, tropical fruit and some more generic fruit aromas with only a slight bit of chocolate showing up. Up next comes a little more sweet sweetness with a light malty and sweet malt like aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but it's a little to typical for a JP beer.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's a little more rounded out this time and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with that funky yeast being the first to show up, it's a little lighter than it was in the aroma, but it imparts all the same aspects and it's followed by the fruity aspects which take on more of orange rind and citrus fruit aspects with less tropical fruit aspects showing up. Up next comes the malts which impart a sweet malts and pale malts with just a light amount of chocolate showing up towards the end. On the finish there's a medium amount of sourness with some lingering sourness with a slightly chocolate, funky and fruity aftertaste. This a nice tasting beer, but I was hoping the special ingredients would add more to this beer.

M- Fairly smooth, not overly sour, a little crisp, on thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a solid example of the style, it wasn't bad by any means, but it wasn't that memorable either and for all the different things that were used in the brewing of this beer I expected it to be more unique than it is. This beer had ok drinkability, one is enough for me, any more than that and it might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, aroma and mouthfeel, those are the highlights of this beer to me. What I like the least about this beer is the taste and drinkability, they could both use some work and they hold this beer back. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down and I can't say it's a must try, but it's worth checking out of your a die hard JP fan. All in all liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think it would be better if the special ingredients showed up more. It's not a favorite JP beer and it's a little above average for the style. Solid job guys, but with a little more work I this could be a pretty good and memorable beer.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a dark opaque reddish brownn, yellowish white head retains indefinitely as a lacing.

Smells of licorice, molasses, cocoa, fig, and sourdough bread.

Tastes of fig, molasses, green apple, grapes, cocoa, caramel, and toasted bready malts.

Medium to full body with lightly tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

An interesting mix of flavors that work better together than they really ought to. Lots of tart farmhouse flavor up front mixed with dark sweet flavors like chocolate, and a licorice element probably from the addition of amaranth. These blend together surprisingly well, but it still ends up being an odd end product. Probably something that would turn some dirnkers off, but ultimately I think it's good and worth trying even beyond the novelty.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of my least favorite beers from these guys in quite some time, its one of the experiments that doesnt all the way work out i dont think. darker, a murky brown color, heady, but loaded with sediment and looking a little sloppy in the glass despite being very much alive. smells funky but less sour than most of their stuff, maybe its too new? i get a little chocolate malt, starts like a brown ale, but then has a curious stewed fruit complexion, not quite fruitcake, but warm and cooked sort of thing. a little sweetness from that and from the grain, maybe also some other malts in here, a darker wheat perhaps, bready for a moment, fuller bodied for sure, almost like a trail mix in liquid form. carbonated well enough, but it still feels heavy without hardly any of the acidity that i generally associate with their beers. not sure what the mission was here, and im not totally ready to write it off as a failure, but this one needs to mature and evolve a little bit, and i dont quite get it the way the other ones speak to me. not for everyone, but an interesting take on a darker wild ale. strange brew...

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/16/2016. Pours lightly hazy reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tart cherry, kumquat, apricot, berry, lemon, orange peel, green apple, peppercorn, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, oak, chocolate, brown sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, fruit/citrus peel/chocolate, oak barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart cherry, kumquat, apricot, berry, lemon, orange peel, green apple, peppercorn, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, oak, chocolate, brown sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Moderately yeast/tannic oak spiciness and fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, kumquat, apricot, berry, lemon, orange peel, green apple, peppercorn, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, oak, chocolate, toasted bread, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, fruit/citrus peel/chocolate, oak barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from tart/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/acidic/sticky, and lightly chalky/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited wild dark saison style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, fruit/citrus peel/chocolate, oak barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served cold in a teku

Poured a hazy copper with a billowy white head of weirdly inform bubbles. The nose is funky cherries, Brett barnyard funk, lacto sourness, peaches, apricots, stone fruits. The taste follows the nose but with a serious bitterness that does fade as the beer warms up. This is a delicious beer that isn't too sour. The fruit character is wonderful and nothing like what I was expecting. This is definitely worth trying.

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Saison Z from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 51 ratings