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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

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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Photo of hwwty4
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a capped 750 into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours a cloudy straw yellow with a massive puff of bright white head that leaves lace Lorraine down the entirety of the glass. The aroma starts off with subtle note of pear and apple, followed by fresh cut hay and finishing with just a hint of bright lemon zest. Slight bretty earthiness to it. While I don't think Bam Biere is fermented with brett, I can smell just a hint. The flavor is very similar with unripe green apples and hard pears. Lemon zest cuts across the palate, a slight bit of grass and damp earth. I pick up hint of bretty funk. I wonder if maybe the barrels used might contain some bacterial remnants adding another layer of complexity to this beer. At the very end is a citric tartness that lingers on the palate. The mouthfeel is about perfect for this beer. Heavy carbonation lifts flavors off the palate almost scrubbing it for the next sip. The carbonation is very energetic and never over powering. Bam Biere finishes exactly the way I want a Saison to finish: very dry. In a day in age when breweries are trying to Imperialize everything, its refreshing to see a great beer at 4.5%. This could easily make it into my regular Saison drinking rotation.

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Photo of mrmanning
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at MI brewer's guild winter fest- Cloudy yellow body with a fairly thick white froth. Strong sweet pear and melon aromas are graceful and pleasing. Yeasty brett aromas compliment. FInishing aromas are basement/barnyard and citrus. Tart fruity flavours are paired up with a dirty, earthy mash and a solid brett presence. Dry finish, with tart pear afterflavours, left we wanting more

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle does not have a born on date. Beer is yellow and completely hazy. Its dark yellow, almost brownish. Carbonation is moderate and steady made up of small bubbles. Forms a medium head about two fingers deep and the head falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Looks like a saison.

Pretty sweet and fruity aroma for a saison. Was not expecting that. What is this going to taste like. There is almost no sulfur character at all.

Lots of carbonation in the mouth. There is a lot of fruit character to this beer. More than expected with a slight aftertaste of grain. The fruit character is tropical, almost pineapple, mango. Second taste, medium bodied, drinkability OK. Its pretty good. Flavors seem to be off style slightly but its interesting.

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As good as most Saison styles I have tasted. Bottle conditioning gives a nice, hazy cloudiness to the golden yellow color. The fine white head leaves a layer of fine bubbles along the edge and sticks to the side of the snifter into which it was poured. Brown .75L bottle is labeled from Batch 466.

The citrus notes in the aroma and flavor reminds me of the grapefruit orchards in Florida. Overall, a well-made, smooth and refreshing farmhouse ale.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a straw color, not as cloudy as I was expecting. A 1.5 inch almost white head forms and slowly reduces leaving a full coverage froth. Carbonation is readily visible and minimal sediment.

The aroma is very good with a good combination of grassiness with sour bacteria (? brettanomyces) and a mildly citrus fruity component. Also an oaky hint.

The taste was a bit weak to me. Flavors are there, just not intense. Primarily a sour/tart bacteria portion with some citrusy hops components. Lots of subtleties in the background including grass, wood, and pepper.

The mouthfeel impacted the taste and it was light bodied and lacking intensity. Good balancing carbonation. It leaves clean and crisp with a mild dryness that attempts to redeem itself.

Overall, I do like this beer and think it is easily drinkable but leaving room for improvements.

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Photo of WwRGSwW
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: yellow with a lot of haze. Head is thick when there.

S: tart, with fruit smells.

T: not one flavor was to strong for me.

M: Easy feel in my mouth... smooth and rich taste

D: One of my favorite beers from Jolly Pumpkin.

it actually mixed well with one of their other beers (that has a more sour taste) and tasted quite good... if you want to try that... you might want to...

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Golden pale with quickly disapating head retention, nice cloudy mess and huge floaties spinning around the glass

smell: that typical jolly sour yeast smell. sublt lemon

taste: Nice and sour, nit too much though. love sour saisons. sublte bitterness from the hops.

mouthfeel: light to medium bodied. very easy to put down. great summer feeling

drinkability: great beer and top notch saison.

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Photo of icefisherman
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge white rocky head quick to die down into the cloudy yellowish beer. Smells not verry impressive atleast to me supper sweet green apple, not a fan. Taste almost like the smell but I like it on the palete sweet/sour green apple I do like it no hops to speek of. Mouth about what I was expecting kinda wattery but not bad. Could drink a few of these but I think I wouldn't want to ever again, good thing I only have the one.

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Photo of dqrull
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy stray yellow with a crisp and creamy head that leaves alot of lacing, looks like liquid summer in a glass!

Smells fresh and fruity, apples green grapes and almost a bit... celery? All throughout it has a tart and dry edge to it.

Well, the nose had me expecting a pretty sour brew, but it's not nearly as acidic as I had expected, but it is however extremely dry, while maintaining a crisp and refreshing fruitiness, reminiscent of apple-must, some weak and earthy hop-notes in the end.

Almost too light body on this one, feels almost a bit soapy in the mouth, carbonation was fitting with small hard bubbles, matching the dryness of the brew.

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Photo of bum732
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful creamy, wispy, pillowy head, cloudy straw yellow. Smells of melon, vanilla, lavender, some citrus, cherries and oak. Tastes of fruity malt with of spice on the backbone. Spicy bitterness leads to a drying of the palate with some earthiness and a touch of cherries. Very crisp mouthfeel.

I very much enjoyed this interpretation of an American Saison. Not so much spicy as fruity, and i think the oak contributes a surprisingly good note to this. Very unique and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a cloudy, puffy, full rocky white head with excellent retention and gobs of pillow like lace.

S: Some Brett, tart yellow apples, pear, wet dog which is appropriate considering the label.

T: Orange marmalade and lemon jelly, with wet wool and lactic acid. Brett is prevalant, but not taking over lending its characteristic horse blanket flavour. Needs some rustic fare to sink it's teeth into, not a traditional session beer.

M: Creamy and smooth, thick feeling for its 4.5%, moderate acidity that melds well with the flavours.

D: A very good saison sour hybrid by JP. Really their flagship beer and one of their best.

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

Bottle from Louisville Beer Store: 1pt 9.4 fl oz batch 367/368. Sweet honey and barnyard brettanomyces with citrus fruit. Tall rocky white head that lingers and leaves lacing on the glass. Sweet malt, lemony citrus and bitter brett flavor that last into the long finish.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 280/281 bottle served into a Westmalle chalice

It took a while before I could even pour this saison. The bottle was a gusher upon removal of the cap. It took a good three to four minutes before the foam would stop rising up out of the bottle though I didn't really lose that much liquid overall.

Bam Biere pours a fairly bright yellow that is very hazy with yeast particles. For such a gusher out of the bottle, the head on first pour was relatively restrained at two fingers. The foam is white, recedes quickly, and leaves behind soapy lacing.

Lots of pear skin up front in the nose, with root vegetables and damp hay. Its tart with lemon juice. Only mild funk... I frankly expected more out of a batch this old.

This saison is sort of a jack-of-all-trades (master-of-none). There is a brief splash of lemon and overripe pear. That gives way to a quick hit of funky flavors -- lived-in hay and a dog hair aroma that goes from your mouth up into your nostrils. The bready malts are informed by the cracked pepper tastes then transition into a very drying finish. The total amount of flavor is minimal and begs to be paired with food to accentuate it. In fact, this tastes more like a Biere de Garde to me than a Saison (still clearly in the Farmhouse Ale family).

The mouthfeel is light and pretty prickly with carbonation. There was lots of bottle conditioning going on here. Drinkability is kind of insane, especially considering the very low ABV of 4.5%. This is a beer to share multiple bottles of around the table throughout the meal.

In my recent saison kick, drinking beers new to me and beers already dear to me, this flagship offering from Jolly Pumpkin rates among the lowest. This is a solid farmhouse ale with plenty of merit but frankly doesn't warrant purchase in the same market as any one of Boulevard's three world-class saisons (let alone a market that also carries Saison Dupont and Fantome). Still, as my score indicates, this is a good saison.

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Photo of BetterDarker
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear yellowish orange color (I left the yeast behind, sorry guys) with a thin off-white head that slowly settles down. Poured in a tall, fluted glass which this beer looks fantastic in, lots of little bubbles raising to the top. Some lacing.

S: Great smell, fruit & floral aromas with a mild funkiness.

T: Faint malt taste and earthy hop notes. A mild funkiness and a semi-tart finish. What a surprise, a great tasting beer that is less than 5% ABV!

M: Medium body, crisp and refreshing with aggressive carbonation.

D: Considering the nicely complex but not intimidating flavor profile coupled with the lower ABV, it's a highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

JP Bam Bière (Farmhouse Ale) pours up with excellent effervescence creating a voluptuous white head that adamantly persists above the bright golden body. Beautiful beer! The aroma is surprisingly complex with a moderate acidic sourness rounded by the citric fruitiness (pineapple, pomelo, white grapefruit) followed by an earthiness (grassy/haylike) from the microbiota fermentation. Some peppery spiciness is detectable from the late edition Euro-style hops. Very fragrant! The flavor starts with a nice wheat cracker graininess followed by some mid-late sweetness that quickly stifled by a zesty bitterness that carries through to a slighty tart (citrusy), peppery finish. This fine artisan farmhouse-style ale is quite approachable with good complexity. However, this light-medium bodied specialty has a dextrinous, almost chalky astringency that detracts slightly from the overall impression. Suggested pairings include a firm, herbed goat cheese and/or spiced pâté or simply enjoy as an apéritif or a digestive. Here's to the tenacity of Jolly Pumpkin and their namesake Jack Russell terrier.

Mahalo! Beertracker

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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 BeerFMAndy
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle split with Beerwolf77. Poured into my Unibroue tulip. Batch 401 sticker on the back. No other info.

Thanks to Sweemzander for this bottle! Haven't had Jolly Pumpkin before.

A - Totally clear golden yellow with bubbles constantly coming up to a well formed white head. Good retention with moderate lace left on the glass.

S - A light horseblanket funk hides behind a mildly spice pale malt and wheat nose. The most interesting thing about this beer is the hint of salsa. To make it interesting, there is also some weird wet wood too. The nose is all over the place. It changes constantly with the head level.

T - Despite the abundant nose, the flavor is harshly lacking. Very thin and watered down pale malts and a mild spice hint with an insanely dry finish. Where did all the flavor from the nose go?

M - Sparkling like champagne and as thin bodied. Watery with an intensely dry and lightly bitter finish.

D - Not what I was hoping for after the nose. It's not terrible but definitely disappointing for the first Jolly Pumpkin. Maybe it's old?

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.51/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

BeerFMAndy decided to share this beer with me. Thanks(I think).

The beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow with an enormous white head that nearly escapes my glass. The head rests on top like a thick dollop of whipped cream and just sort of camps out. It litterally hung around for several minutes. Decent lace rings are left in its wake (looks can be decieving)

The aroma is a whirlwind of olfactory dichatamies. I picked out a strong woody aroma. Then that changed to black pepper mixed with apples. This then faded to a funky barnyard, wet straw mix. I then picked up a black earth grassy tone in the finish. Very complex.

The flavor is WTF! Super dry an tart. This reminds me of perrie sparkling water. Light black pepper and a hint of yeast. There really isn't even a whole lot of flavor period. Just what is there is as foul as I've ever tasted. We passed this beer along to other people in the house and got the same reaction so it wasn't just me. I believe someone said it tasted like "having perfume sprayed in your mouth." I've had plenty of saisons and this ain't what I remember one tasting like.

The body was medium to light with moderate carbonation. Dry dry dry. The Sahara desert thinks this beer is dry.

Overall the look and the smell were fine. That's the only redeeming qualities of this beer. Never again. Drain pour city! I hate it when someone cracks a beer with you and it turns out horrible. Sorry Andy.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin white head, which quickly receded to a white collar. The body was a hazy pale yellow color, which did not seem to exhibit any visible carbonation.

S- FUNK (brett and pedio?) with aromas of leather and lemongrass. Smells quite interesting, yet light and zesty!

T- A perfect replicate of the nose... packed with funky, leathery and lemongrass flavors. Finish is long and funky, turning a bit earthy at the end.

M- Thin and highly attenuated. Not unlike others I have sampled in the style... just nothing impressive. A nice soft carbonation scores it a notch above average in the mouthfeel department.

D- A wonderfully complex, delicious and sessionable brew. Never would have guessed it to come from the US!!

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Photo of goatgoat
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was opened straight from the fridge. A bit of a gusher but I didn't lose too much.
Let it sit for an hour or so before very gently pouring into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a perfectly clear gold. A very bare bit of white head. It falls into a thin island in the middle. Playful carbonation. Very little lace but that may be because of my housemates handling of my glasses.

Aroma is bright, as clear as the color. Tart melody with a harmony of spiciness. Bass riff of earthy funk. There's light orchard fruits in there, way in the background.

A light sweetness just starts when it's overtaken by a sturdy but polished bitterness. Pithy. Finish is a wonderful blend of bitter, sour, spice with a long lingering dryness.

Generally light on the palate with a good amount of carbonation.

It's been a while since I had either a saison or JP brew. The aftertaste was such that I wanted time to enjoy it but the dryness kept me coming back. A lovely version of one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of mjl21
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Frank. 750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. No abv info is given. Batch 407/408.

A-Pours a semi-hazy straw yellow with a one finger off white head that some some great retention. The head results in some really nice lace patterns. Lots of bubbles can be seen rising and there is also some visible sediment floating around.

S-The nose isn't overly complex. It is definitely rustic smelling thanks to some nice barnyard funk. There is also some noticeable lemon that livens it up.

T-It starts out nicely with barnyard funk. Midsip is when the lemon kicks in and gives it a nice tart character. The funk returns as it goes down. There is a nice level of bitterness in between sips.

M-Lighter bodied with very active carbonation. It has a tart, dry, and crisp finish.

D-A refreshing low abv farmhouse ale.

I really enjoyed this beer. The low abv makes this a great session beer. Would gladly buy more of this one.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 273,274

Bottle conditioned, 1 pt., 9.4 fl. OZ.

A - straw yellow with some gold highlights, pillowy soft head retention, vibrant co2 release. this beer looks refreshing.

S - This bottle has some age on it... im kicking myself for not drinking this one sooner. Brett takes the forefront with citrusy lemon peel, some tropical fruits but that big unmistakable medicinal/barnyard funkiness... nearly Orval-like. Some grainy notes, some light notes of fresh cut grass. The brett wins the aroma battle, hop character has dimished quite a bit.

T - The brett character is much more tame in the flavor then it is in the aroma. There is a bit more hop character (bitterness and flavor) as well. Think of lemon and orange rind. Lemon acidity, medicinal flavors with a background of grainy/doughy maltiness blend in with the brett/hop character. The flavor is fairly balanced but i think would do much more justice a bit more fresh.

M - Bright carbonation and bone dry... no astringency, no sweetness... it makes this beer so damn refreshing.

D - All day. If this beer was a bit more inexpensive, I would have this around all the time. Very refreshing, I imagine even more so during the summer months. Will try again a bit more fresh.

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Photo of taxguyjase
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere Farmhouse Ale is the second of this style that I've tried (the first being the Liquid Sun Saison from Rock Bottom Brewing). Given the amount of darker beers that I've been enjoying lately, this was a refreshing dip into the lighter end of the beer pool...hmmm...beer pool. Upon pouring, I noticed a whole lot of head on this beer and a cloudy, light golden color. It seems a lot of beers I've tried have had pretty wimpy heads, so this was really refreshing. Expect some malt, spice, lemon and very fruity notes when you take a whiff. There is a slight sourness to the taste at first, but it mellows out to being a bit sweeter fruit flavor. The beer finishes smooth with a touch of bitterness. It was enjoyable, but nothing so enjoyable I'd make a particular effort to get it.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - really heady, cloudy light golden color
Smell - 4.0/5.0 - fruit aroma, malty, spicy, lemony
Taste - 3.0/5.0 - slighty sour, but mellow taste - nothing that sharp or anything
Feel - 3.5/5.0 - not aftertaste, smooth, some bitterness at end
Drinkability - 3.0/5.0 - ok, but nothing to write home about

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 with my roommate. Poured into wide snifter.

A- Caramel, orange, and yellow mixed together with a frothy two-finger head in my snifter. Looks damn impressive, if I do say so myself.

S- FUNKY. Wow. Brett, tart, wet dog, musty clothes, grassiness, and mild overripe fruit.

T- Very good. The tartness and sourness is there, but the sweetness adds depth. This beer is more than it appears at first sip. While I feel like it lacks a certain 'punch' that a higher ABV might have delivered, for a 4.5% beer it is pretty damn tasty. A unique farmhouse, a tad bit funkier than most I've had. Fruity pear and unripe banana, mild grass clippings, and some notes I can't quite put my finger on. Tasty, though.

M- Tart, light, and highly carbonated. Nice. Very dry.. Moreso than I'm used to seeing.

D- Moderately high. An easy drink, but I took my time with this one to draw it all in. And I'm glad I did.. this is a very good beer and Jolly Pumpkin is 2 for 2 in my book!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Batch #291. How old or fresh is this? No info on their website.

(A)- Pours a cloudy yellow goldenrod color that produced a huge fluffy & billowy white head, that as it slowly dissipated, is leaving clumps of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Decent retention.

(S)- A straw-like grassy note with lemon & lime citrus. Yeasty with a thick clay in the background. Light biscuits that turn to hay.

(T)- Really dry with a predominant grassy/hay field-like barnyard funk. Good lightly sweet lemon citrus in the background. Finishes dry with the tiniest twinge of bitterness.

(M)- Dry, yet has a crisp bite. A playful carbonation level that fizzes to life on the tongue. Great balance and complexity of flavors that fits the style very well. Very traditional with no surprises.

(D)- At first, I didnt like this at all. The more I had of it the better it got if that makes sense. Primarily barnyard/prairie characteristics with a delicate citrus to it that make it an invigorating farmhouse that rolls off your tongue. Well done Jolly Pumpkin!

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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 1,419 ratings
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