Bam Di Castagna | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by JollyPumpkinIain on 10-12-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
37
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
8.23%
 
 
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0
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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Premo88
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(9/7/2016 born-on date)

L: murky yellow-gold topped by thick 1-inch head of offwhite/beige foam; even a careful pour renders that big head; loads of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, and it's hard to keep it all out of the glass; not much sticking or lacing but beer maintains a full skin and thick fluffy collar of foam; only a little sticking and lacing; clears up only enough for you to see the column of bubbles rising up the middle of the glass

S: vinous and tart, sour grapes, dry white wine, lemon peel, slight bit of fingernail polish/remover but with a lot of sweetness mixed in with the more sour notes, the mix being like tart cherries or apricots, kumquats; so sweet at times that the chestnuts almost come through as toffee or chocolate ... "almost" being way too strong a word, for it's more the hint of an impression than anything else; as it warms, sour grapes becomes the main note

T: first sip is farmhouse dirt ... super earthy and almost bitter and it tastes more like they used the husks of the chestnuts rather than the chestnuts; then as it warms and the palate adjusts, the actual chestnut flavor peeks through a big chunk of farmhouse tartness, lemon, lemon peel and still quite earthy with loads and loads of yeast; the aftertaste slowly begins to sweeten and take on a good oak-wood finish; the barn must and wet hay funky flavors sneak up on you, building and building in the background until suddenly they're front and center

F: if I could score this a 6, I would ... classic farmhouse feel of light, near watery, liquid that's completely filled out by the carbonation; a full-blooded Belgian

O: a true "sour" fan's sour, the bottle label classifies this as about a 4 on a sour-scale of 1-11, but the 10 months of conditioning in the bottle as pushed this sucker well into the 8 or 9 range; add in the mega-yeast earthiness and it's not for the weak of heart; if a little more of that sweetness in the nose found its way into the flavor, it would rate much higher with me, but considering the time the yeast has had to chew up the sugar, it's still very tasty in the rustic farmhouse vein; good enough that I'll look for this one this coming fall and see if I can find a fresher version

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Photo of Lukass
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours amber with a medium head. The smell is strongly suggestive of a sweet beer: dark fruit, funk, some boiled cauliflower, and some vinous notes. Intense bitterness reminiscent of quinine or espresso. Tart background. Light body.

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Photo of dukeufo
3.09/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of paresis
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of safaricook
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious Saison that is playing a sour note

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Photo of bubseymour
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer was just overwhelmingly dry and bretty, and void of most all other flavors. Not really done very well IMO.

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Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of n2pux
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbaker67
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of videofrog
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +19%
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 Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of babaracas
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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 DrBier
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dweedlebug
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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 BKotch
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Bam Di Castagna from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.89 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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