Bam Bière
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #551
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,398
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 11.36%
Reviews:
671
Ratings:
1,475
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Michigan, United States
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: This delicious farmhouse ale is named for our Jack Russell, who struck by a car, bounced back in fine tenacious Jack Russell fashion, and is brewed for those of us who knocked down, have picked up, dusted off and carried on undaunted. Golden, naturally cloudy, bottle conditioned and dry hopped for a perfectly refreshing balance of spicy malts, hops and yeast. Please enjoy our beers in good health, And look both ways when crossing the street!
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BergBeer from Hawaii

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a shaker pint

Look: Lighty hazy translucent pale gold with a thick white head

Smell: Straw, green apple, noble hops, and light champagne vinegar.

Taste: Green apple, arugula, light cucumber, green apple, light cloves, vinegar tartness, and a clean noble hole finish.

Feel: Light and clean. Mild tartness. No alcohol. Mild bitterness. Bright and bubbly carbonation.

Overall: A delicious and complex saison. Drinks so clean. An excellent beer.

Apr 02, 2021
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In great saison fashion, this one looks great in the glass.

Funky, spicy, yeasty, tart and dank all have appearances in the aroma and taste of this one.

I've always liked saisons and this one adds to that data set.

Mar 04, 2021
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color, minimal head. Funky, soapy aroma. Flavor is citrusy, funky, and tart/sour, which I was not expecting. Good carbonation, tangy with nice light acidity. Overall a good farmhouse sour?

1/25/21
16 oz can dated 3/25/20
4 rating

Jan 24, 2021
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Junior from Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - bright golden straw with a big frothy Snow White head.
A - eatery and toasted cracker
T - a little funky, toasted malt
F - highly carbonated with a dry finish
O - good beer but a little to earthy.

Nov 15, 2020
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer. Cloudy yellow with an inche of fuzzy, short lasting head. Nice tart aromas coming off this in waves. Taste is clean and just a little funky. Good beer.

Oct 11, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Captain Lawrence muffin top pint; no production information.
A: Pours a slight hazy to hazy (changes during the pour), bright golden color with solid two finger, foamy, lemon chiffon head, excellent (half finger) retention, and sticky but spotty lacing.
S: Light bouquet of cloves and banana initially, with hay and white pepper notes emergent. Definitely a whiff of lemon citrus, if not zest.
T: Dry, dry, dry. Pleasant tastes of lemon/lemongrass and lime blend with a spicy notes of coriander, dry basil, and white pepper. Solid peppery bitterness leaving an extremely clean finish.
M: Light bodied; persistent, champagne-bubble effervescence.
O: Complex, subtle, and very balanced. Guessing this has Sorachi Ace hops, but just a guess. A small beer by US standards (ABV 4.5%), I could sit outside and drink this all day. Bam Bière is a really nicely executed Saison.

Aug 30, 2020
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minterro from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This can caught my wife's eye because the coloring looked just like our foster pup.

A&S: Hazy orange-yellow. Thin white head. mild carbonation profile. The aroma consists of tart white grapes, lemon citrus, funky yeast, black tea.

T&M: Taste includes dry and tart, acidic, and citrus. Mouthfeel has higher carbonation, relatively smooth, but kinda watery. Very drinkable.

Overall: I thought this beer was fantastic would highly recommend it.

Jul 27, 2020
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PorterParker from Arizona

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours with a tall white head. Very light and slightly hazy. Not very inviting for me.
S: Smells more funky than I expected. Citrus, banana, clove, apple skin, and slight malt.
T: Very sour at first, almost unbearable. Very enjoyable after i got used to it later on.
F: Lightly carbonated. Crisp.

O: After I got used to the sour/funk I really began to enjoy it. Great for a hot day at the pool.

Jul 13, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big, frothy white head, slightly uneven. Good retention, and very nice lacing. Beer is almost transparent, with just the slightest amount of haze.

Sharp aroma, with vinegar-like sharpness, mustiness, citrus, honey, straw, and oak. A lovely sour-forward saison on the nose.

Similar presentation on the palate, although the sourness is much more restrained, with the emphasis clearly on funky yeast and dull oak. It's a really tasty, complex brew, a touch watery on the palate - not unexpected for the low ABV.

Jun 28, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle it pours a cloudy brassy golden color. A modest head quickly dissipates.

The nose opens with a touch of rustic funk. This is followed by fruity and citrusy aromas of tart lemon and lime, orange, kiwi and peach. Later on a pleasant aroma of fresh cut flowers develops.

Medium to light bodied, lively carbonated and with a nearly acidic vinous mouthfeel. The palate is dry with tart notes of fruit and cider and vinegar like flavors. Notes of white grape, green apples, peach, peach, kiwi, lemon, lime and peppery phenols. The finish is bone dry.

Overall this was a solidly made tart Saison that had some refreshing properties and went well with my meal. However, for the nearly $7 price tag for a 12oz bottle, it was a tad underwhelming.

Jun 04, 2020
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REDAMI from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Straw colored pour, thin white head. Slightly hazy, decent amount of sediment in the bottle.

S - Lemon, tart, grassiness.

T - Dry and tart on the front end, hops and oak on the back.

F - Fine, stinging carbonation, very dry mouth feel.

Crisp and somewhat refreshing. Well balanced and enjoyable.

May 31, 2020
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mhe1931 from Michigan

3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden yellow. Smell is acidic but pleasant with notes of Meyer lemon and yeast. An acidic, and ever so slightly sweet, taste follows with a slightly bitter aftertaste, reminiscent of citrus pith. Overall quite pleasant.

Apr 07, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 12/29/15

Pours hazy golden yellow with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like musty farmhouse, apple, pear, white grape, lemon, orange, apricot, banana, grapefruit, tropical fruit, grainy malts, vanilla, slight sweet vinegar, peppercorn, clove spice, straw, hay, dust, with floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes tart and acidic, sour with some citrusy notes, orange, lemon, grapefruit, lychee, apricot, banana, apple, pear, white grape, tropical fruit, tea, peppercorn clove spice, musty farmhouse, grainy malts, sweet vinegar, straw, hay, with floral earthy herbal grass. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate high carbonation. Overall a nice farmhouse ale.

Mar 18, 2020
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 710
Bottled 07/24/15.

Pours a nice golden yellow, with small traces of white head that temporarily rise up, but settle quickly back into the beer.

A good funky nose, largely dominated by Brett, with lots of bright, zesty citrus and barnyard funk. Predominantly sweet, with a touch of sour to balance.

Milder than the nose, with Brett still dominating. Barnyard funk, yeast, apple, and lemon flavors also ring true. Lightly grassy in the finish.

Light-bodied, mildly dry with that yeasty, textured finish and very good sessionability.

May 16, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Aromas of lemon and citrus. Tastes of lemon and apple. Good flavor. An excellent, tart saison.

Feb 08, 2019
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jhartley from Florida

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Brew Hub Belgian snifter.

Appearance: Pale golden body with a soap bubble head.

Aroma: Apple, lemon some funk and greatness on the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tart crisp green apple, lemon and funk. Light and dry mouthfeel with an easy drinkability.

Overall: A light and refreshing farmhouse ale. Would definitely give this one another try in the future.

May 27, 2018
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours slightly hazy golden, pillowy sugar white head dissipates to lacing.

Smells of citrus, coriander, lemon grass, cereal malts, wildflower and a hint of passion fruit.

Tastes of rose water, coriander, wheat cracker, cereal, orange zest, white grape and fresh grassy malts. Tinge of grassy bitterness.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty great saison, lots of good flavor. Really rich for the abv. Definitely enjoyable and worth trying.

Apr 18, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour. 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Falls fast... modest ring of lacing.

S: Lemon citrus... mild funk and hay. Summer fruits.

T/F: Light cracked grains... lots of fruit character. Complex... lemon/citrus, pear, green apple rind, and slight funk. Grassy... apricot and wheat. Slightly tart. Light bodied... well carbonated.

O: A delicious complex Saison... great flavor, nice tartness... super easy drinking, and with the low ABV you can make a really nice extended session out of this one. Great beer from Jolly Pumpkin.

Mar 03, 2018
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a single into a tulip, pours a semi-hazy dull gold with a 1/2 finger pill white tight head that subsides to a thin crown. Nose is quite nice, with a few different very good things going on: some nice wet hay, a little sweet orchard fruit (juicy apple, golden pears), some minor brett notes that are just a little funky. The taste isn't quite as layered, but it is still good, and it comes to a nice coherent point at the finish, with some slight hoppy bite and some yeasty sweetness. It isn't really tart, but there is some faint crabapple and lime at the end. Actually, that's a lot of flavor considering the very low abv. The feel is a little wet for me, but it is still lively on the tongue, with moderate to high carbonation. Far from their best, but still a solid saison.

Oct 22, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was basically a light to semi - hazy orange to bronze color. There was a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving a light lacing here and there and all over the place. The smell had a decent light grassy lemon allowing a light pepper to invade lightly to even bring in a light lime as well. As it warmed even further, there was a light sour apple. The taste was mainly sweet with a light lime/lemon and then the sour apple. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The aftertaste was slightly sour but yields a gentle lemon/lime to sour apple finish. Overall, interesting saison I say.

Jun 18, 2017
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light lemon, slight funk, with a mild tartness.

A: Bright light orange color, hazy, with a super dense white head that has outstanding retention, lots of lacing in the glass.

T: Complex balance of fruitness, caramel malts, mild floral hops and light spice, with a moderately light lingering sourness and dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Very drinkable tart saison with a great balance of fruitiness, malt sweetness and mild sourness.

Jun 15, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Delightfully crisp, tart and clean. Pours a cloudy golden hue out of the bottle with a tightly capped white head. Aroma of lemon, apple, pear and peppery hops. Slight citrus bite followed by peppery (almost rye-ish) malt, lemon, green apple, pear and earthiness. A real easy drinker. Dry body with a traditional farmhouse feel that ends with a crisp snap - perfect carbonation take it to the finish line. Would love to have this available in MA year-round for an easy change-of-pace. Great beer.

Apr 17, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a two finger foamy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is lemon zest and barnyard funk.

T - The taste is lemon, lime, peach, cracker, light barnyard funk and white pepper.

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

O - This is a super drinkable farmhouse ale. The flavors are a nice mix of citrus and barnyard funk. Perfect for a warm day.

Apr 09, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased this one at Craft in Reno a few years ago for the first time. Pours golden with 1/2" white head, moderate haze. Good retention. I didn't pull much out aroma wise, very mute.

Taste, wow, this was highly carbonated was the first thing I noticed, more of a mouth feel aspect, but nonetheless. . .

Some dry hay aspect to it. Hops. A little bit of citrus. A slight soapiness to it. Wouldn't say I got much of a funk or brett aspect from this one. Of course the high volume of carbonation is going to blast that nuance away if it was even there in the first place. I didn't find it tart or sour really at all.

Mar 08, 2017
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AngusOg from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice refreshing farmhouse style ale, with just enough funk to keep things interesting. Drinkability is high on this one, could definitely see enjoying this one in warmer weather around a hot grill. Haven't had a ton of Jolly Pumpkin offerings, but I've really liked what I've had, and I think this one is the one I've liked most thus far. Nice beer.

Mar 07, 2017
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