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 Jacobob10
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 554, bottled 03/19/2015.

Purchased this bottle on a recent trip to Massachusetts. I'm usually pretty aware of bottling dates on the beer I buy, but I was in a rush and excited to see Jolly Pumpkin, which is not available in my area, so I quickly grabbed it without realizing it was bottled over a year ago! Despite its low ABV, it is bottle conditioned so maybe it's still in good shape. Let's give it a go...

Well, the aging hasn't affected its appearance. Beautiful deep gold color and cloudy with a creamy white head that refuses to die. Good lacing on the glass. Bright aroma filled with lemon, coriander, and a little pepper. Tartness hints at what's to come and the flavor is slightly acidic with citrus and spice. Barnyard yeast adds some funk as it finishes dry and feels stronger than it actually is. Lively carbonation keeps it from becoming too heavy.

Overall, this was a nice, refreshing Saison. I haven't had this fresh, so I can't compare, but this 1+ year old bottle was very enjoyable.

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

Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy white head of about two and a half fingers. The head lasts for quite a while before it starts to break leaving generous lacing and a marshmallow island in its wake. The smell is quite nice, a strong tart citrus, with the funkyness one expects of the style. The taste starts with a bit of that lemony flavor, and continues with some pepper and other spice. Funkyness comes in a bit after the sour/citrus, but it is there for sure. There is a very lively carbonation to this beer and a medium feel, with a dry finish.

A nice beer. I enjoyed it on a warm summer day on the front patio, and it went down quite easy. I may buy another one or two for later as the price was quite reasonable.

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Photo of frothy_80
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The smell is of lemon zest, mild grass, and a slight earthy spiciness. The taste is similar with the lemony citrus dominating the taste buds. Essentially the taste follows the aroma with some slight grassy floral and earthiness components in the background. A good amount of tartness makes it really refreshing. Beer feels fuller than what is actually. Finishes dry and and fades away quickly. An easy drinking enjoyable beer.

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Photo of puck1225
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Cloudy golden yellow with a thin head but decent lacing. Slightly sour smell and taste. Lemon and mild spice. Light feel and significant carbonation. A decent beer.

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Photo of Jakewalker47
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- Golden Orange
Smell- Bright citrus (lemons and oranges)
Taste- Very citrus, heavy lemon notes with subtle orange at the back
Feel- Very full up front and fades at the back, no linger, finishes a touch dry

Overall- Just a nice easy drinking farmhouse with tons of citrus. Perfect for the spring and summer!

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Photo of Beginner2
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another interesting small American brewery.
Who would have thunk that middle Michigan would produce a crafter specializing in the Belgian styles.
Indeed, this clearly is what they do well; judging that 8 of their top 10 most-Had beers are Belgian.

But be honest with me... (you won't hurt my feelings) Why is Bam Biere considered a saison?
Its sourness lies closer to the Belgian sours.

The woodiness and sourness is what most people like while rating, but, alas, I am still getting used to this and, probably, will not relish it. But, Bam Biere is interesting.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

*Bottled 7/21/14 (not sure how this was still on the shelf after so long)

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a meager crest of white suds. The aroma features plenty of pepper and barnyard funk, along with some lemongrass and a delicate breadiness.

The taste is funky and sour up front, even moreso than I expect from a saison. The sourness is at once citric and lactic, like lemon meringue, and the peppery bite and fog of horseblanket drive home the point that this is a saison. Notes of lychee and unripened tropical fruit add an intriguing complexity that plays beneath the more overt elements. Medium-light body and high carbonation make for an ultra-dry and crisp mouthfeel that borders on champagne.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from an old bottle from an unfamiliar brewer, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. This saison is funky, flavorful, and refreshing, with nice complexity to boot. I wouldn’t mind having it again some time.

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Photo of BeerBobber
2.76/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The look of this one poured out a hazy gold with a very rocky white head. When I got a nose on it it smelled like pickle vinegar with a huge ton of sour like vinegar. The taste was an explosion of sour up front with a huge bitter taste washing all else out mid tongue. The mouthfeel was very fizzy and finished very crisply.

I am sorry to say this beer was not my style. I know there is a large following of these beers but I just could not get into it. I do respect that there is an art to producing such a unique product. As for myself I will look elsewhere for my beer pleasures. Cheers!

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Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share from friend. Nice light, floral saison. Pale golden body with temporary airy head. Spicy, herbal aroma with grassy notes. Yeast comes into play more in the flavor, nice slick body but low ABV makes it exceptionally smooth.

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Photo of richj1970
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330 ml bottle dated 6/30/2015 into snifter.

A: Pale yellow with one finger white head that settled quickly. Light lacing. I was expecting a larger head but maybe I need to try a fresher bottle.

S: Sour lemons, fresh cut grass, and some barnyard funk.

T: Follows the nose with some tart lemons with some earthy funk.

M: Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation.

O: Easy drinking and refreshing. Another nice beer from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/24/2014

L-The brew pours a beautiful gold. The head is bright white, fluffy, and lasting. Lacing is copious and clings for a long while.
S- The smell is tart citrus and mild barnyard funk.
T-Musty barnayard funk from the nose is the dominant flavor, but not overpowering. As my palate adjust to the funk, I'm able to pick out the lemony tartness from the nose as well. I'm not picking up a lot of hops, but at more than a year old that isn't surprising.
F- Excellent carbonation from the bottle conditioning leads to a light to medium mouthfeel. Heavy enough to coat the palate but not be out of character for the style.
O- Maybe a little more barnyard than I would personally enjoy, but I expect that I would enjoy this quite a bit when sampled closer to the bottling date. Still I enjoyed this and will try a younger version sometime in the near future. A very well executed saison.

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Photo of JFrank78
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very good, light full-flavored saison. Great pour, a bit of head, settles into a nice hazed yellow. A slight sour hint, but it doesn't last long. Very crisp, tastes fresh. I really enjoyed this, and will certainly indulge again.

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Photo of Premo88
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz. bottle poured into tulip

L: 50/50 clear/misty yellow-gold with massive head of offwhite foam, at least 3 inches tall and super sticky; percolates all the time, a huge column of bubbles flying up the middle of the column that pushes up a constant skin of foam, including a big patch of foam in the middle, a thick collar; crazy lacing; an easy 5

S: very musty/sour ... musty old barn, some oak wood, lots of lemon/sour/citrus/kumquat, yet somehow it's very "clean" ... has a slight sweetness underneath; as it warms, gets sweeter, running into a fingernail polish remover smell; overall it's signature Jolly Pumpkin

T: tart, sour, grain, sweet barley ... it's a mix of all the farmhouse standards with that light barley sweetness giving it fantastic balance; loads of earthy hops/dirt with a little pinch of grass, some good oak wood; the sweetness is sour apples, cherries

F: big carbonation gives a lightweight liquid a full feel ... love it, true to the big carbonated Belgians

O: about as good a farmhouse ale as I've run into ... no tricks, no gimmicks, just a load of tart farmhouse flavor balanced nicely

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Photo of Moose90
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a very pale and lightly hazy yellow hue into the glass, there is a puffy, quite tall white head that forms and leaves behind some very nice and consistent lacing.

S — Smells funkier than expected, perhaps a bit of a hop presence as well, really fresh, bright and nice.

T — Tastes predominately of yeast, light brett, juicy hop component, and almost a hint of oak.

M — Quite dry, refreshing and drinkable.

O — Fantastic Saison, one of my favorites, could drink this all day long, and the low ABV would let you.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very pale and hazy yellow. Off white head with very little retention. Sour and funky aroma with notes of apricots and a bit of earthiness. Flavor is lemony citrus and earthy funk with a tart finish. Love this beer.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a cloudy straw yellow color. a 4 plus finger white head, good retention and a huge frothy lacing behind. completely hazy and cloudy. Opaque.

Smell: lemongrass, grains, wheat, grass. some green apple skin.

Taste: opens with wheat and some lemon grass, a bit more citrus mostly lemon juice. a grainy to light bready maltiness. some sweet belgian yeast and farmhouse taste. green apple skin and some additional fruitiness floats around.

Mouthfeel: light and refreshing. some tartness and a light bitterness. very nicely balanced. a bit sticky and lingering.

Overall: a decent and tasty farmhouse ale. the could use a bit more depth with the malts.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden colored and murky completed. A half inch of beige head rests on top. Heavy lacing is present. The nose is earthy and spicy from the saison yeast. I taste light biscuity malt and the earthy saison yeast. The mouth is light, crisp, and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of TheBlueWaffle
4.76/5  rDev +20.8%
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 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 Ri0
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured 375ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled November 2014.

A - Pretty light cloudy golden apricot with a sea foam white 3 finger head. Retention is very nice (it is growing not fading so I'm glad I used a big glass) and there is plenty of lacing (understatement).

S - A nice tart funk with yeast, grass, and some floral hops and herbs. More citrusy scents and some spice mixed in as well.

T - Damn this is funky with just a slight tartness about it. A nice citrus, lemon and floral hops with a wet straw/grass funk. Good amount of yeast, wheat, and some light spice to finish it off.

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry and clean with an easy drinking quality.

O - Enjoyed this Saison. Would love to buy it more often, but it is expensive to make.

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Photo of Seeker84
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold under a 2” cream colored foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: a little citrus, spice and earthiness in the aroma with hints of barnyard.
T: A little earthiness and tartness in the taste – almost like a very dry cider
F: It’s very dry and refreshing. They have captured the Saison carbonation and mouthfeel.
O: An excellent wild, funky Saison.

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Photo of Buttermilk
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful clarity and good head retention. I can immediately recognize that Jolly Pumpkin house aroma (and flavor) which is very pleasant. I can detect hay, citrus and light oak notes in the aroma. Flavors are able to pop thanks to the spritzy carbonation. Lemon and light citrus play well with the bright funk notes, which are subtle. The tartness and the tannins from the oak coat your mouth in a wonderful way and the dryness keeps you coming back for more. This is a very nice and refreshing beer.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy golden color with a very thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are superb. Not many comparable to it. Farmhouse, farmhouse, farmhouse aroma. Slightly peppery. Maybe some lemon. Nice farmhouse, spicy bite to the taste. The Belgian yeasts are strong and slightly spicy. Kind of a lemony, tart, astringent aftertaste. Very good beer. My first try with Jolly Pumpkin. Will definitely try some of their other offerings.

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Photo of guityler83
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Gold color beer with a mild haze. A modest finger of white foam poured and quickly dissipated leaving behind a ring of tiny bubbles around the edge and a cloud in the center.

S: Bright lemony tart, white grape aroma with a refreshing lactic bite. Funky hay and damp wood with a wheat and soft bread like malt character in the background - very similar to Cantillon lambics.

T: Green apple tartness with lemon zest and musty basement funkiness. Nice balance of tart and funk flavors with clean pilsner malt in the middle. A moderate spicey hop character in the finish that gives a freshness to the beer.

M: Moderate to high carbonation with prickly tiny bubbles. Crisp dry finish with a light to mild body. the tartness leaves a mild drying sensation on the tongue and cheeks.

O: A very underrated beer. The funk character reminded me so much of Cantillon but the tartness was lower - being a farmhouse style i didn’t expect that but a welcomed surprise.

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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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