Bam Bière | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 657 | Ratings: 1,440
Reviews by WickedBeer:
Photo of WickedBeer
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of TheBlueWaffle
4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My first Jolly Pumpkin.

Poured into a Duvel glass, three finger off white head, cloudy with bits of yeast and other who knows what floating around.

Smell is very fruity and astringent.

Taste is a bit tart with green apple and light cherry, but quickly smooths out to a nice light vanilla bread malt.

Mouthfeel is amazing, wet enough to know you're drinking something, but dries out in the end, leaving you wanting another sip.

I have little to no experience with sours, but do with saisons. I like this as a drink, but to classify as a saison would be hard, but that is the beauty in saisons, almost anything goes. As far as I am concerned, these guys have something going on that no one else does. Cheers

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Photo of thelagerheads
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listen, I don't believe in this mouthfeel mishmash. In fact my "mouth feels" a bit filthy saying it. But my "tongue feels" that this is a member of the fruit family. Namely the glockenspiel fruit playing Jesus music. It pings in there and bounces from tooth to tooth: boong baaang bong bong. And my belly says it is truly the spice lords stamping their gummy little feet into the loam and making footprints. And there's a tractor behind a barn carrying apples to a spice-barrel and dropping them in and all the monkeys are loose and throwing gobs of the pulp at the back of your throat and your uvula is saying "aaahhh."

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

people always forget how amazing jolly pumpkin beers are, and this flagship funky saison is the standard by which others must be measured against. hazy blonde in color, with a colossal white airy head that not only never settles, but never even stops rising, very impressive. pale wheat malt as its base, the nose radiates complex yeast funk, some brett and some belgian strain working together. some pear or apricot fruit waft too, followed by a light hop bitterness, and the flavor is just like the smell. yeast driven with subtle malt, but not light in body, its fluffy and bigger, but drinks easy with its effervescent carbonation and low alcohol. bam is textbook saison, simply made but elegant and layered with nuanced flavors in perfect proportion that are not so easily recreated it must be, or others would be this good. one of the best in the business. perfect mix of yeast characters that constantly evolve. living beer at its finest.

edit: just had a bottle dated 2011, some 7 years old now! man this develops well, about as dry as can be now, almost mellower on the funk and fizz, but so well integrated with some lambic complexity to it now, and still a solid malt base. enormously interesting and well refined, i reckon this has about an infinite shelf life...

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served cold into a tulip. Purchased from the LCBO for $9.95 CDN, bottled December 29, 2015.

Appearance - a hazy pale golden color beer is poured with lively carbonation and a good sized white head nearing two fingers.

Smell - some barnyard funk, generally earthiness and loads of lime on this one. Interesting and fresh.

Taste - the lime doesn't shine through as much, but is still prevalent with some powdery yeast and a healthy grain bill. Some earthy funkiness here too but not to the extent of the nose.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated drying finish, a good example of the style.

Overall - quite enjoyable, but given the steep price tag, not quite worth a repeat purchase.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1245 bottled 11/02/2012. Quite aged.

Pours slightly cloudy light orange/yellow. Large frothy white head that recedes slowly. Decent amount of lacing. Significant carbonation.

Tart apples, overripe fruit in the aroma. Musty and earthy brett character. Lemons and grassy hay. Some crackery malt present. Pineapple as well. Age has treated the beer nicely. Brett has really taken on a nice complex character.

Tart lemons at first given way to earthy funk. Malt is still present but backgrounded taking on a soft cracker character. Very dry, somewhat oaky. Tart but still approachable.

Highly carbonated with some tannins. Very dry which adds to the perception of tartness.

This is a beer that has aged quite well. I found this beer to be a bit simple (though still quite good) fresh. Much more complex with age, but still quaffable.

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Photo of Seeker84
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Usually love Jp. Bought this off a warm shelf and came to realize it was 18 months old upon opening. Brett had its way with the beer and there was pretty much nothing left but overcarb/foam/bandaids :/

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Photo of kingjames1
2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer pours a nice hazy blonde with yeasties o-plenty, per the style. The smell is fruity, funky and sour. Taste - blech! This is a drain pour. It has to be ruined somehow. I know farmhouses are funky, but this is nasty. Something has gone awry - terribly awry. At least, that is my hope. Surely this can't be right. The carbonation is fine, but the taste - a rotting fruit, that is both sickening and overly sour - makes this undrinkable. Super dry, and ending with a nasty metallic taste. Ugh... I will have to try another one. This one blows chunks.

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Photo of gatornation
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from 750 ml bottle batch 548/549 bottled 050610

A- pours a hazy light straw yellow color with a fluffy white head that settles with a good collar

S- light lemon/citrus smell with a clove and sour yeast funk smell but its not strong

T-follows the nose except its much better i get nice tart citrus zest with just the right amount of hops and some barley..a bit of sour funk (not much) is present for a nice saison balance

M- nicely carbonated crisp and tart with a nice balanced taste profile

D- very good its a light saison that has a nice floral ,citrus,tart taste will buy again

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Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear golden color with a healthy amount of fizzy foam that dissipates fairly quick

S - nice bouquet of floral notes, honey and some green fruit... Very inviting

T - green tree fruits, herbs and earthy hops. Slightly sour, but not puckering... Nice fruity and bitter clean finish.

M - very bubbly, almost evaporates off the tongue. Slight burn from the carbonation but within style.

O - 4's across the board on this one... Great farmhouse ale.

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Photo of paresis
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of benj1123
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of MispeledStalion
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Photo of bloberglawp
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Demcorhip sent me this for CanBIF 4, thanks friend!!

Alright, what a incredible looker, HUGE frothy foamy head, incredible lacing and very attractive hazy golden yellow ale.

Aroma of brett, citrus, hops and pepper. Flavor of funk, citrus and wheat malt.

4.5% with this much flavor? It's amasing! I'd have this on hand all summer long if I could... perfect for hot summer day BBQ.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have never seen a beer with so much foam. Even after I poured half of the bottle into my glass the foam continued to rise out of the bottle. Huge gobs of sticky lacing are left behind as (what seems like an eternity) the foam settles. Has a beautiful hazy straw color.

Smells wonderful, lots of barnyard funk(yeast), spices, a little bit fruity and some citric hops.

Tastes of citric hops, pepper, some yeasty tang and earthy. The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side (IMO).

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Photo of davey101
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip glass. In the fridge for about a half hour. Batch 280/281. Still unsure about bottling dates, but it certainly has a few years on it. Dust covered bottle found on the bottom shelf of a local store that doesn't push much craft beer.

Where to start with this beer? Well, the bathroom I guess. I began to crack the cap and foam violently gushed out. So I ran into the bathroom with glass and bottle in hand. As I stood there slurping the absurd amount of foam coming from the neck I had one thought in my head, "This kind of tastes like a gueze". 15 minutes later I had the cap off and was dealing with a full gush over. Another 15 minutes and I had a full glass. The bottle was still filled with foam. Lesson learned....let a bottle conditioned beer sit for more than a few hours after the purchase!

A - The first glass yields a frothy, dirty foamy off white head. After that fades the golden body is on full display. Looks amazing. However, I saw some pretty large chunks flying around in the remainder of the bottle. The second glass will be strained.

S - Sour lemon rind and green apples. Lots of fruit. Yeast and light alcohol. There is some funkiness going on, but it is very sweet and tame. This is my favorite part of the beer. Smells very refreshing.

T - Well its a bit flat. Something tells me this has to due with the volcanic eruption of foam. This makes the beer feel very thin and watery. The taste is spot on though. Some crisp sour apples and lemon rind. Faint hint of malts, hops and some yeast. Light peppery spices, but I get more fruits than anything. The finish is sour and a tad musky. It then all vanishes and leaves some dryness.

O - I feel like I wasted this beer by opening it while it was so volatile. It was really good though. I'm not sure how old this particular batch is, but I'll be buying another bottle or two to cellar. I did find it to be sort of in between a saison and a gueze. It was lacking some of the characteristic spice from a saison, but it wasn't as intense or tart/sour as a gueze. Perfect beer as an intro to some of the funkier stuff.

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Photo of LambicKing
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of OB1
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of frasergrove
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ypsifly
4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Undated 12oz poured into a tulip.

Cloudy golden orange with a tall frothy head of white that shows strong retention and leaves clumps and wisps of lace as it goes down.

The nose has an amazing balance of sour acidic apples, lemon zest, white grapes that are getting past ripe, oak, cinnamon, grassy hops, barnyard funk, old nails, and sugars. Wow! a five!

The taste is tart with a good kick from the brett. It doesn't seize up my taste buds, rather it allows the juicy fruit flavors of the apples and grapes that the nose promised. The earthy character comes through as somewhat dusty with some chalk and wood. The grassy hop flavors come in towards the back and lead into a pleasantly dry finish. Again, amazing.

Medium to full mouth that is a little puckerya and enjoys a good dose of the carbonation tingles. This is the most complex and flavorfull session beer to ever pass my lips. I strongly recommend this incredible beer.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip from bottle. Massive, massive head! About 2 inches I swear Hazy yellow, some sediment, good retention and lacing. Very sour/tart smell, some grain, and spice, but I keep getting the sour which I thought was fine. Taste is about the same. Some grain and general earthiness, yeast, some spices and a little tart to it. Pretty good I thought. Mouthfeel was very light, lots of carbonation and almost a little too thin. Would probably be refreshing on a hot summer day. Overall a good beer, not the most memorable but fine nevertheless.

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Photo of TheBronze
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of clint1019
2.61/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance-Straw Colored and very hazy with a huge frothy white head.

Smell-Very citrusy and tart aroma.

Taste-A very strong tart lemony taste. Could not taste much else.

Mouthfeel-It was very light bodied and very dry tasting with a blast of carbonation on the tongue.

Overall-I'm not real sure what to think of this beer. This is the first beer of this style that I've tried, so maybe I wasn't prepared for how sour tasting it was going to be. Don't think I would buy again.

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Photo of Wildeman
3/5  rDev -23.7%

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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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