Bam Bière | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Farmhouse aroma with attractive spices. Lace, cloudy yellow, thin head. Aggressive carbonation, tasty and very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel. Crisp, funky, citrus, ginger heat, corriander, pepper,sour aftertaste and spice burn like a hot chile pepper. Recommend with dinner.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

Bottled 9/26/13. Batch 99.

Pours a murky orange with a super foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, tropical fruit, earth, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, earth, funk, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that still smells and tastes quite nice at almost a year of age.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was paired up with a red cheese wild mushroom puff pastry with ginger plum chutney, awesome combo. The smell of the beer had a really nice dry hopped aroma and earthy farmhouse smell it to it. The taste paired with the food was very nice, the sour hoppiness was matched very well with the creamy cheese. The mouthfeel had a healthy amount of carbonation. Overall this beer was very enjoyable with the pairing and on it's own.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a high amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The nose is spicy and has moderately strong aromas of peppers.
T: Like the smell, the taste is spicy and has flavors of pepper and yeast along with some notes of sourness and hints of lemon.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, crisp and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
O: The beer is easy to drink and is quite refreshing. The low alcohol content makes it very sessionable.

Note: Batch 695/696, Bottled 12/17/2010

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great for the upcomming warm season. Very citrusy and musky. Looks a hazy yellow with fleeting head retention. Promises to be thin and tart. The nose offers a tart / sour taste and feel. Lemony and orange-ey with a bold spice undertone. It turns from an upfront creamy and smooth to a finishing thin and tart. Lightly barnyardy and musky. Lightly acidic, alcoholic and astringent. Very clean and crisp. A true refresher for the warm summer evenings.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Creepy that a beer named in honour of one's favourite pooch having a near-death car accident experience is called 'Bam'. Anyways, they need to shore up the grammar on their label goings-on: '...and is brewed for those of us who knocked down, have picked up, dusted off, and carried on...' Can I get me a freaking extra comma?

This beer pours, well it doesn't 'pour', in the traditional sense of the word, it merely foams, in the ratio of, oh, I dunno, 100-1, or so, of head to liquid. Fucking hell. So, the head turns out nice and puffy, rocky, chunky, and playfully frothy, and leaves, it leaves, well I'll get back to you on that. Ok, back again after checking my email and hitting the can, I can now see that some random chunky, splattered sudsy lace remains around the glass.

It smells of sharp, estery yeast - somewhat metallic, but mostly just salt of the earth (I know, there's metal in salt) - spicy white pepper, zesty lemon pie, doughy pale malt, tart white wine, musty tanned leather, a hint of generic funk, and earthy, herbal, and floral hops. The taste is edgy, moderately funky yeast, dry orchard fruit - apple, pear, and maybe a hint of dried apricot - rather subdued pale grainy and wheaty malt, understated white, black and green peppercorns, an isolated lemon rind astringency, and leafy, weedy, and mildly grassy hops.

The carbonation is quite tight, astringent, and upper palate-probing, the body a veritable lightweight, with a smoothness that can only be described as, well, battle-scarred. It finishes rather dry, the yeast, bitter citrus, and wan pale malt not really interested in anything beyond.

I know bottle conditioning is a 'thing', but sometimes it just goes too far. I'm a reasonably patient man, but this sort of shit just doesn't pass the smell test (well, it does, actually, as that's all I can do with this beer for a long while once I've 'poured' it). Pretty? Yes. Pretty wanky? Even more so. While I have nothing bad to say about the flavour or overall bearing of this offering, shitty presentation just has that cranky, negative effect on me.

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Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a huge head that retains well and leaves all kind of dancing lace patterns around the chalice

Smell: Bretty funk and coriander, with undertones of peach

Taste: Starts out with an immediate blast of barnyard funk that only intensifies by mid-palate; underneath, there are growing hints of pepper and coriander, along with some peach and orange peel flavors; after the swallow, the massive tastes actually settle down and come together into a nicely fruity, but sour finish; an interesting floral aspect appears well after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with foamy carbonation

Drinkability: A first class effort; funkier than most saisons (limiting drinkability from my perspective), but that is the Jolly Pumpkin signature

Thanks, TheBungyo, for another great experience

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Photo of emerge077
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

On cask at the Map Room, from notes over the summer.

Pint glass arrives with a honeycomb of irregular bubbles floating atop a deep orange liquid.

Smell is intensely funky yeast with a citrus note following it up.

Taste is tart, smooth, predominately lemon zest, and dry lingering farmhouse funk. Cask conditioning seems to lessen the carbonation, focusing the flavor somewhat. Again, tart citrus, yeast, and maybe a light clove are the major flavors in play.

Mouthfeel is smooth and mellow, not as effervescent as it's bottled counterpart. Saison is characterized by it's zesty carbonation, and on cask it falls a little short in that respect. In bottles it has plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is good since I had 3 in a row...

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Photo of largadeer
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. The hazy, unfiltered body of the beer matches the copper-colored bar. It's topped by two fingers of dense frothy foam that retains for most of the glass. Very rustic, spot-on farmhouse ale appearance.

It has big musty aroma, damp wood and barnyard funk, washed rind cheese, lemons, spicy phenols. Not much in the way of malt or hops reach out beyond the funky yeast character.

Tart and woody flavors are prevalent; the tannins, bitterness and mild sourness combine to form a flavor profile that brings to mind lemon and orange peels. It's light and refreshing, bone-dry, mildly astringent and quite musty and funky with a restrained pale malt flavor. The wild yeast and bacteria brings a lot of complexity to this light-bodied ale. Hops are present as well, herbal and zesty in character. It finishes with mild bitterness and lingering oaky astringency.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Thebeercellar2: Poured a slightly hazy blonde color ale with a huge foamy white head with great retention. Very interesting aroma consisting of brett with some sweet malt, some funk and some wheat and spices. Taste as some sourness and funkyness which is well balance with some sweet malt, some light spices and some oak characteristic. Very well done and very interesting from this brewery, which just seem to continually amaze me.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, orange/golden color with a small, bubbly, eggshell white head of foam. It left some soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of some barnyard funk and sour fruits.

T - Good funky flavor with sour fruits providing a little pucker factor. Good Belgian spices with some sweet caramel to balance out the sour.

M - It was crisp, sharp and finished quite dry. A medium bodied beer that is very easy drinking.

D - This is a very nice saison. I love the sour/bitter combo with just enough sweet caramel to make a very tasty Belgian-style ale.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate yellow-golden with a nice white head and some pretty good lacing. The nose is quite good with some moderate funk, light grain, green apple, and some oak. The taste is a bit peppery with some oak and funk. Some very light fruit. Really good feel between the oak and the funk. Drinks incredibly well and is absolutely sessionable.

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Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/19/2012. Gusher, but I am not even upset. Pours hazy golden straw color with a beautiful 3 finger fluffy white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings to the glass; plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart lemon zest, pear, apple, pepper, earth, grass, wheat, light funk, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, wheat, earth, pepper, clove, pear, and yeast spices. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, wheat, earth, pepper, clove, pear, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; with zero cloying on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very crisp and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero alcohol presence as expected for 4.5%. Overall this is an excellent saison. True to style in flavor with a nice little kick of that JP funkiness. No complaints at all; very easy to drink and refreshing, with a nice amount of complexity.

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Photo of nickfl
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy, orangish yellow body topped by a huge, rocky head with the most spectacular retention I have ever seen.

S - Malty and a little sour. Subtle earthiness with noticeable sulphur.

T - Lemon and especially orange. Earthy yeast and wheat. Refreshing acidity, but not nearly as sour as some Jolly Pumpkin beers. A little bit of black pepper. Finishes with musty, saaz hop bitterness.

M - Creamy body, though quite dry, and very high carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable beer. The sulphur in the nose is a little off putting at first (and it was stronger in one bottle than the others), but once you get used to it, it is all-right. Not the most complex saison, but a nice, bright and refreshing example.

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor,poured a light golden with a fizzy white head that was gone pretty fast.Aromas were nice quite phenolic and lemon zest with hints of black pepper and coriander.In my opinion this beer is a little to phenolic and yeasty there with notes of green apple and peppery spice in the finish.Its a decent brew but I was somewhat lrt down by it,its ok but I wouldnt seek it out again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jolly Pumpkin's bottle-conditioned farmhouse ale pours a cloudy golden body with an orange cast beneath a massive, rocky head of white froth. The head retention and lacing are excellent, obviously buoyed a bit by the streams of tiny bubbles teeming from below.

The nose is initially very yeasty and peppery (black pepper, the fresh seeds of garden peppers) with a delicate citrusy side. As it warms a bit, some more fruit shows (papaya, melon rind), floral hops, and a more complex, earthy and mineralish character reveals themselves.

The flavor offers a dollop of sharp, thin fruit (golden delicious apples, white grapes, spent lemon wedges) upfront, followed by a wash of acidity and then some increasing yeastiness (as in actual yeast flavor, not fruitiness). As it warms some delicate maltiness also appears across the middle; and notes of dusty earth, citrus rind, and trampled floral hops give it depth in an otherwise thin-base. Yeasty black peppper comes forward in the swallow and lingers a bit, leaving it quite dry in the finish. Everything else disappears immediately (the fruit and acidity) leaving it very short and refreshing. The pepperiness and earthy/mineral/slate-like character (Brettanomyces), however, remain, and cut down on the refreshing side by just a little bit.

The body, not unlike the flavor and aroma, is at first sip seemingly thin or lacking. It becomes apparent almost immediately, however, that the balance between the light-medium body and its delicately zesty carbonation-level is perfectly done. Any more would leave it dulled, and any less would leave it vapid. As it is, the piquant display is just right for accentuating the delicate nuances it offers.

Overall it's quite impressive. The initial broadness of the yeast softens as it warms to reveal its full range, and the combination of muddy Brett and floral hops is engaging. This is not a beer for the mainstream or entry-level beer connoseur, but rather a teasing delicacy for those familiar with the complex beers of Belgium and southern France.

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Photo of chinchill
1.99/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

From a 750 ml bottle (bottled 12-28-10) into a snifter. It looks like unfiltered apple cider, but with a fluffy, off-white head. About 1.5cm of sediment-loaded liquid was left in the bottle.

Smell: Wild yeast with a bit of a brett. Slightly sour and floral.

Taste: mild for style, with lingering Brett and wild yeast, leather, earthy hops and some lemon. Mildly sour and fruity.

M: Light, watery body; semi-dry; tart.

O: rather mild flavor; not a bad thing for the Brett component. Bretty/earthy/funky beers your kind of thing? ... then this one’s for you. For me, it's barely drinkable, at best.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at the Buckeye Beer Engine. Lakewood, OH.

Pours a moderately hazy medium gold with a thin head of brite-white foam. Retains around the edges with some thin wisps across the center, leaving some good lacing behind. The aroma is predominantly funky and tart with additional notes of citrus, spice, and earthy hops.

The taste is once again very tart but it seems to be more of a funky citrus tang than sour, being very mellow on the tongue. This is backed up by more notes of citrus, earthy hops, and just the right amount of sweetness to help pull the tartness back some. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow and dry feel and fairly low carbonation.

A unique Saison, that pulls a bit tarter than I would normally like, this never goes overboard and stays quite smooth and drinkable on cask. Nice.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains and odd funk that I've never encountered along with Belgian yeast, some spices and light malts.

T: The taste starts out with tartness from flavors of citrus and some spice. The some bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a thin malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style even though it's a bit on the sour side, although there are better beers in the style this is a good beer do drink for a while.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Note: Batch 506, Bottled 11/12/2014

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense foamy/pillowy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a medium sized three finger tall cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a finger thick layer covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spicy saison yeast with a light amount of hay-like barnyard notes. That is followed by a light amount of lemon citrus in the finish.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts and grainy malts with just the slightest hint of sweetness. That is followed by a light flavor of lemon citrus. Finally, there is a light to moderate amount of acidic sourness and a moderate flavor of spicy saison yeast. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades away quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with a light amount of acidic prickliness and a moderate amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Extremely easy to drink and refreshing, with a 4.5% ABV this one is definitely sessionable. Really nice flavors with just a hint of sourness and a wonderful aroma. Delicious.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a clear golden-yellow, with a small white head that dissipated rather quickly. Musty smell, sweet malts, and a touch of sugar. Sweet toasted malt taste, grassy with extra dandelions, some hay and light sugar notes. A subtle sensation of bitter hops also noticeable in the finish. Light bodied and moderately drinkable.

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Photo of mactrail
2.77/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can see swivelling up to a tankard of this in some stone pub at the end of a rocky trail through a poor, dusty country. Really, it should be served in big plastic soda jugs out of a fly-blown booth at an Africa truck-drivers' crossroads for a few cents.

Pale hazy golden in the glass with a really nice cap of white foam. Not much lacing. Lightly fizzy without any real body. Mouthfeel consists of some tart sensation and that hint of fizz. There is just a hint of yeasty bitterness

"Subtle" is perhaps too strong of a word for the flavor, which is not much. It's more like a science experiment. There is a slight acidic whiff if you try to smell it. This is just such a shadow of a beer, that if MillerCoors came out with it as a new Blue Moon flavor, the Lite drinkers would complain. On tap at the Public House in La Jolla.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, dark gold body alive with active carbonation. Full inch of lightly yellowed foam.

Smell: A little tart and a bit spicy on the nose with fresh-cut hay, sliced lemon and faint tropical hint.

Taste: A subtle, restrained maltiness, lightly sweet and lightly tart. Sharp pop of lemon. Slightly floral. Brightly acidic. Mild, middling peppery spiciness and reasonably bitter. Dry, lively finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Well carbonated. Lively mouthfeel.

Overall: Very nice.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Furiously carbonated marigold beneath a Belgianesque cap of light beige foam. The head resembles beer from that country in size certainly, but not in texture. Oops, I spoke too soon. The foam is a little rocky as it deflates and leaves the glass respectably covered with, if not exactly slathered with, meandering streamers of lace. I like the look.

The nose is an appealing mixture of fruit, spice and phenolic farmhouse funk. Too much of the last would have been too much, but it manages to stay on the polite side of the line. So far, I'd say that Jolly Pumpkin has done a more than creditable job with a style that many American brewers seem to have trouble with.

While Bam Biere isn't nearly as deep or as complex as the best Continental saisons, it's no slouch either. A big blast of flavor greets my every mouthful; I just wish that there was more behind the blast. I'm relatively certain that a near doubling of the ABV would effectively solve that problem, but this would then be a different beer entirely.

Unsweet pears and apples lead the way, along with a white peppery spiciness that is only moderately clove-like. There's still a fair amount of Islay whisky-like phenols, but not enough to turn off those who might shy away from such flavors. Bam is impressively dry and crisp. So much so that I'm pretty sure this is a candi sugar-free zone (the sub-5% ABV suggests that as well).

The body/mouthfeel weighs in somewhere between light and medium; it's difficult to tell with all the bubbles. Thankfully, the beer feels lively rather than chaotic and I wouldn't change the amount of carbonation one iota.

Bam Biere is an excellent JP offering and is second only to the outstanding Oro De Calabaza in my opinion. This bottle disappeared in the blink of an eye and I find myself wanting more. I love the idea of a sessionable saison that comes in 12 ounce bottles. I wish more American craft breweries would follow Jolly Pumpkin's example.

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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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