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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by JollyPumpkinIain on 10-12-2016

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 34
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12.7 oz. bottle dated 09/07/2016

Pours cloudy opaque orange with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like tart funky chestnuts, peach, apricot, orange citrus, lemon, bready malt, oak, peppery spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like tart funky chestnuts, peach, apricot, orange citrus, sour lemon rind, bready malts, oak, peppery spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice oak aged sour farmhouse saison brewed with chestnuts.

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Photo of babaracas
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going into this with no preconception of what chestnuts would do to a JP table strength saison. Pour is a hazy solid orange with barely-forming fizzy white head, a few dots trail down the glass. Left some of the slurry in the bottle, though a fair amount has made it in as it was pouring clear to start. Smell: mildly grainy, diluted peach-mango juice, herbal and vanilla notes. Taste: apricot, vaguely tropical fruit juice (again, dillute), white grape, mildly tart grape skin, underlying herbal flavors with a note of toasted grain. Dries out almost mid-sip. More straightforward and a bit less of the usual JP funk, but flavorful and refreshing.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Bam Di Castagna for $4.99 at The Lager Mill. This one caught my eye when I was looking for some new beers to try and interested to see how the chestnut works with this beer, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12.7oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it has a nice design and it's a little eye catching. It poured a very cloudy golden orange color which takes on more of a golden color when held to the light with almost a full fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the funky yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a typical farmhouse yeast aroma with some wet straw and funky horse blanket like aromas showing up. Up next comes a little bit of sourness with slight soapy aroma and it goes into the fruits which impart a mixture of stone fruit, citrus, lemon and light lemongrass. Towards the end comes the malts which are on the lighter side and the impart a light pale malt, grainy and light sweet malt like aromas with just a super light nutty aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, I like the fruity aspects, but I wish the chestnut was more noticeable.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the funky yeast still imparting all the same aspects that it did in the aroma, but this time it's a little lighter and it's followed by the fruity aspects which are also lighter than they were in the aroma and this time the citrus peels and lemon show up the most. Towards the end comes the malt which shows up just about as much as it did in the aroma and it imparts all the same aspects and it's followed by the chestnuts which seem to show up a little more and they impart some nutty flavors that are just noticeable enough. On the finish there's a little bit of bitterness with pretty much not sourness and it has a funky yeast and slightly fruity aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish there was a little more sourness and chestnut flavors.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, a little prickly, a little clean, medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and It's a solid example of the style, it's pretty unique with the light nutty flavors and they wat the tartness build up a little and fades to nothing. This beer had nice drinkability, I think a full glass would be the perfect amount for me. What I like the most about this beer is the uniqueness, it's different than most JP beers. What I like the least about this beer is that id didn't have a little more chestnut and sour flavors. I would buy this beer again when looking for an easy drinking and unique JP beer and I would recommend it to any looking for the same. All in all I was happy with this beer and I was a little surprised with how unique it was. It's not a favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer, but it is a solid example of the style. Nice job guys, this is a tasty and unique beer.

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Photo of puck1225
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Cloudy brownish yellow with a good initial head and decent lacing. Slightly sour and grassy smell. Taste is a bit sour, earthy and nutty. Some lemon and Amy e a hint of lime. A decent beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's hard not to buy any new beer Jolly Pumpkin puts out...I don't know they they've ever disappointed me.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. 12.7 fl oz. Branded black pry-off crown cap. Terrific label art. Bottled 09/07/2016.

"Sour ale brewed with chestnuts." "Oak aged farmhouse saison." 4.50% ABV. "Sour level at time of bottling: [between 4 and 5 out of 11].

HEAD: Foamy, frothy, and soft looking with a good overall complexion and billowing consistency. ~4-5cm in height, with excellent (~10 minute) retention.

BODY: Murky hazy orange-copper colour. Not the most vibrant, but not dull either. It's obviously unfiltered, but I hoped for more lively and plainly visible floating yeast.

AROMA: Wheat, oak tones, floral hops, funkiness, a hint of sourness. I find the chestnuts when I look for them.

Suggests a balanced refreshing farmhouse ale. I'm excited to try it.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The chestnuts are remarkable and incredibly well integrated into the harmonious whole. A soft wheat backbone and clean notes of pils and pale malts. Fringe notes of wild yeasts and subtle funkiness are present, but no overt sourness or bacterial flavour. Microflora lend subtlety to the execution. Remarkable well-balanced if a bit reticent in terms of depth of flavour. Oak ties it together, giving it a nice cohesion and unity of build. All the flavours play well together, and the chestnuts aren't just a gimmick - that flavour works.

Soft and perfectly carbonated. Refreshing, light to medium-bodied, coating, smooth, wet, approachable. Great presence on the palate.

OVERALL: A true-to-form well executed farmhouse ale that would benefit from more depth of flavour and a richer oak presence. More good work from Jolly Pumpkin.Incredibly easily to drink.

Low B (3.59) / GOOD

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 ml bottle, bottled on 09/07/2016 (stamped on label). Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around for a bit. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like apricot, hay, citrus peel, bready/grainy malt, white grapes and some oak. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some minerals and a bit of nuttiness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's easy to drink and has a good amount of carbonation. I thought it was good, certainly worth a try if you've never had it before! $8.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

375ml bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a lighter straw yellow body with a two finger white head, fair bit of retention, not much lacing. Smells of light brett; touch of lemon, zest, light leather, a bit of cereal, and a bit of astringent wood. Flavour is fairly bland, touch of zest, minimal acidity, light grain, astringent nuttiness. Mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, dry without a whole lot on the finish.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/7/2016. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, orange, pear, green apple, white grape, chestnut, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, wheat, cracker, oak, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, chestnuts, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, orange, pear, green apple, white grape, chestnut, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, wheat, cracker, oak, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Large amount of peppery yeast spiciness and moderate tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, orange, pear, green apple, white grape, chestnut, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, oak, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, chestnuts, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, dry, and fairly acidic/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is an excellent saison! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, chestnuts, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. Feels a bit more tart/acidic than I remember the base beer in the past. The chestnuts have good presence, and compliment the funk/barrel notes very well with earthy/nutty flavors. A very enjoyable offering.

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Bam Di Castagna from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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