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 GatorBeerNerd
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very clear (almost Pilsner like) light gold color. It had a huge frothy white head a couple fingers thick. The frothy head leaves a bit of lacing as it is consumed. A very nice looking beer.

S: A citrus aroma seems to dominate the nose. The classic barnyard aroma seems to be present but not as present as it is in its cousins from Europe. With that said, I kind of prefer the citrus aroma to the wet hay barnyard type aroma.

T: Is this a saison or a wild ale? It is a lot more sour than I expected. Maybe the original saisons were more similar to this one with the wild fermentation, but I have yet to develop a palette for the sour beers. With that said, I still kind of like the taste with the citrusy flavors. Its just something I would have to learn to enjoy on a regular basis.

M: The spicing and carbonation make it pretty aggressive in the mouth. It is a bit thin in body. Due to the sourness, I didn't really enjoy rolling it on my tongue.

D: Assuming you like aggressively carbonated sour beers this one would get high marks here. Too bad I do not care much for that.

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Photo of kinger
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle, wish I had picked up a couple more since it would have been nice to sip on a few throughout the evening. Pours a cloudy bright yellow-orange with an enormous fluffy white head. Agitated the yeast and dumped it on top creating a light brown sprinkling on top of the head that swirled nicely. Aroma is pleasant somewhat spicy and very yeasty could be more prominent. Mouthfeel is alright nothing great very crisp but a tad thin for my liking. Flavor is right in line with the saisson style. There is a mild peppery spicy flavor backed with some light fruitiness, lightly hopped this beer seemed well balanced and it is very drinkable. Yes I wish I had a couple more to enjoy.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear yellow gold color with a dense 1/2" head of fluffy white bubbles that was around 1/2 of it's original height after at least a minute. There are quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head at 1/8" at least a few minutes after the pour. There is quite a bit of lacing left on the glass after the beer was drank.

Aroma: I initially get a fruity citrus aroma with a mild Bretty leathery funk thing going on, and plenty of fresh floral hops mixed in. The aroma is really complex and definitely has an inviting mix of aromatics.

Taste: Oh my God! I tried to take a sip and swirl it...and it foamed so bad in my mouth that I nearly overflowed. I choked it down and will probably be burping like hell for the next hour or so. Boy, that kinda hurt. Swirling it a little more gentle, I was able to taste that the flavor follows the aroma pretty closely. There is some clean lemon flavors that are noticeable right away and last pretty much into the finish. The finish itself is pretty balanced. There are some hops noticeable in there for sure, and the water adds a slight chalky aftertaste that is accentuated by the hops. It is difficult to say who is in charge in the finish, but I think that the hops edge out the malt a touch. As the beer warms up, both the wild character as well as the hops are becoming more evident.

Opinion: I actually like this beer quite a bit. I think that it is probably more typical of a classic "farmhouse ale" than most commercial examples today because they were traditionally kept in barrels where they would take on a bit of a "wild" character while aging. This is not a beer that you can sit down and drink a whole six-pack of, but the flavors and aromas are so complex that it would definitely be a welcomed treat occasionally if it were available regularly here.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a Val-Dieu chalice, this beer is a pale straw-gold color, quite hazy, with a nice initial head, though it fades quick. Big aroma with lots of grassy hops and spicy yeastiness. Initial fruity, moderately hoppy taste quickly gives way to a quite tart sourness. Is that supposed to be there? It's interesting, but not what I expect from a saison. I'd like to taste some other things here as well, but the sourness is quite overpowering.

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Photo of imullica
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very rich, golden color. Cloudy with good lacing and a nice head.

Smell: Spicy, slightly unpleasant odor. Relatively faint scent.

Taste: A bit spicy and citrusy, leaves a bitter aftertaste. More bitter than I would have liked.

Mouthfeel: Heavy carbonation, too heavy for the light flavors before the bitter aftertaste sets in.

Drinkability: Fairly high drinkability despite the heavy carbonation and bitter aftertaste.

Overall I didn't enjoy this brew too much. The flavors I thought should be brought out more were masked by the less pleasant qualities.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Wonderful sunny body cloudy with some specks of yeast, great white head with good staying power and amazing lacing.

S: Lemon and other citrus, hint of spice, and some strange odors I never really smelled in beer before.

T: Light, slightly spicy, a little citrusy with a long lingering bitterness, which isn't that unplesant.

M: Good carbonation for the style (heavy), and body is average. A bit of an astringent aftertaste.

D: Nice and light, though the bitterness and astringency may get on my nerves.

Overall I haven't had too many beers of this style, but this is pretty unique and pleasant.

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

The beer pours cloudy golden with a good white head. But what really stands out is a unique sour citrusy taste and feel. Have had this beer on several occassions, and found it more enjoyable each time -- the proverbial acquired taste. Every beer has its place, and for me this one is best had occassionally lest the singular character becomes too routine.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy golden straw color with a rocky bone white one and a half inch head that forms a rather loose looking cap with some sparse lacing. Is it too much to ask to be cloudier? Not bad but not mind blowingly brilliant.

S: For such a mild beer this one packs a wallop of aromas. A musty earthen citrus is the first thing to greet the nose as the beer pours out of the bottle, on closer inspection there is some wonderful lemon and grassy notes with some white pepper in there as well for good measure. Whatever is going on here is fantastic, just an incredibly mouthwatering aroma all around, hard to think how this one could improve.

T/MF: The inital taste is quite woody, like this beer was aged in wine barels or something, a kind of sour woodiness that is actually far more refreshing then it is actually described. I suppose that is because there are wonderfully mild citrus (lemon being the most noticeable along with orange and grapefruit rind) notes that both enchance the sourness of the beer and supply a nice counterpoint to the barnyard mustiness. The body is quite full for a beer this size, tastes and feels much bigger than it is, mouthfeel is at first bubbly and slightly puckering but becomes chewy after being held in the mouth for a few moments. The finish is slightly drying and the beer takes on a yeastier and thus more funky flavor. Really quite exciting if just a tad too bubbly.

D: This is one fine beer. A bit expensive at 11 bucks plus for a sixer, but well worth it. I could drink this beer all day, wonderfully complex but also boldly argressive in character this is a quintessential summertime beer. What are you waiting for go pick some up right now!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, batch "273, 274". big gusher, probably lost about 100ml or more :-(

despite the gushing, the appearance was nice. hazy golden straw w amber hue. lots of head (from the gushing!), but it retains very well and leaves behind some nice rings of lace.

musty farmhouse funk; hay and barn aromas. more funk with the yeast note, plus hints of cider vinegar.

very dry with touch of acidity. grassy hop w moderate bitterness. very crisp, contributing to a very quick finish, with phenolic backend. maybe a hint of toasted crackers.

almost watery, but acidity and tannins give some texture, plus the carbonation is very active and fluffy.

the taste could use a bit more malt and other complexity.

interesting, but not sure i'd try again for the price. classification as a "saison" is kinda questionable, but then again, what else does one classify it as?

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd heard a lot about this beer before learning that it was available locally in Portland. I knew it to be dry-hopped, bottle conditioned, and Jolly Pumpkin's best selling beer. Surely there's good reason for the best selling credit. This is an easy drinking session ale with gentle rustic charm. It sports a zesty aroma courtesy of the Belgian ale yeast it gains its primary fermentation from. It then undergoes a secondary fermentation in oak barrels that expose it to native microbes.

The result is a pale straw ale with sustained carbonation and fragmented head and lace. It tastes like wheat and old hops with a light sprinkling of pepper. An elegant table beer with a friendly bite.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A murky orange, yellow beer with a lot of carbonation. A thick, creamy head which looks like whipped cream.

Smell is spicy and has some great dry hoppy notes. The smell of cork that the Saison yeast usually gives is also quite clear.

Taste is spicy, ginger and peppery. Clear notes of cork and phenols. Quite a remarkable yeast this is. Bitterness is light and malt is pilsnerlike and has some straw notes. Drinkability is great, it's 4,5% really makes this beer a thirst quencher. Great beer!

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at State Line Liquors in Elkton MD.

A: Cloudy, light gold colored body. Huge foamy white head falls slowly leaving a trail of lacing.

S: Yeasty funk with hints of lemon.

T: Much like the smell, a zesty lemon with slight yeasty funk. Some hops dry out the finish.

M: Light to medium body. Highly carbonated.

D: Very drinkable. Going down almost too smoothe on this hot July night.

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Photo of WillClark
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bottle a beautiful honey gold with a decent head that released nice citrus and some stone fruit notes. I expected a little more texture on the palate, but was pleasantly surprised by the lightness of the body, yet the flavors are not compensated. Nicely tucked hop bitterness with the yeasty body.

This is a nice farmhouse, most worthy of a session beer for this genre. However, it seems to be a double-edged sword- on the one hand, I love it's light texture but on the other, I was left wanting something more in the mouthfeel and finish.

I'll drink it again. Great summer beer.

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Photo of gwood
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A huge bright white head piles up with islands of dense foam floating on top, some nice lacing after the fact as well, not a bad looking beer at all, quite nice. Color is golden and hazy and smells are light apples, some apricot, and pinapple mixed with a slight musty funk. The feel of this beer is a bit thin and that mixed with the heavy carbonation makes for an odd pairing at times.

Tastes are clean grains that are slightly husky with herbal hops and spiced yeast, but there are transitions of a slight metallic note here and there that throws everything off a bit. There are also some clean citrus hops notes as well but they are very slight. Hints of funk and spice in the finish but it drys out a bit as it should but there are just some classic Saison notes that are missing here. Overall it's a decent take on the style but not on my short list.

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Photo of Yesac
2.59/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got this as an extra in a trade from yem25 - thanks! This is my first of this stle, Farmhouse Ale.

A - cloudy translucent golden yellow color with a thick foamy head. Bubbles form a ring between the head and glass. Nice lacing.

S - Strong fresh zesty sour lemon, hints of yeast

T - Pow! The first sip woke me up. Tart! Goes along great with the smell, a sour yeast with hints of lemon and dry hops. The taste is thin and flat carried off quickly by the carbonation.

M - Thin and refreshing feeling, washes away nicely. Great carbonation.

D - To sweet and sour for me, this was hard to finish.

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Photo of blakesell
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a lightly hazed yellow goldenrod with a finger thick head of creamy foam with tiny bubbles rising from the bottom. Lacing is ample. I must have the hookup on lacing today.

Smell- Brettanomyces funk that I love from Jolly Pumpkin so much. Lemony sweetness giving way to light hopping. Sours come back with a light sweetness that isn't in any way similar to Belgian candi sugars.

Taste- Sweet saison funkiness along with a little Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings soul funk. Tart, sparkling, lemony citrus rind lingers and goes down smooth for the summertime. A hint of Jolly Rancher candy apple on the finish but still drying.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, light, effervescent, smooth, lightly sour, medium-light bodied, and highly carbonated.

Drinkability- Better on tap than in the bottle in terms of drinkable sweetness.

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Photo of gkatsoris
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Super cloudy and murky. Golden in color, with no head. Lots of tiny bubble floating around in there.

S: Funky. Kinda like apple cider that turned to vinegar.

T: Awesome. Super tart up front. Very sour up front. Gives way o the malts and hops on the very smooth finish.

M: Crisp and clean. Chewy because of the foam that occurs.

D: More like a lambic/gueze. A sipper and one & done.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biére Farmhouse Ale pours a huge stiff head over
a cloudy golden brew. Little floaties are in evidence, but it is bottle
conditioned. There's not a lot of carbonation here, but the nose is very
much like tart apple. The flavor is dry, slightly tart malt- as the nose
suggests, there's just a hint of that appetizing sourness I've tasted in
Lambics and Flemish Reds. There's also a bit of an herbal hop off the
back. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and very very dry. Nice. Named for a
beloved Jack Russel terrier who got hit by a car, yet bounced back
from it's injury. Interesting stuff here.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very troubled beer, of golden yellow colours of unfiltered beauty. A very foamy head that do not go away, more thick than this and I would say someone put some ice cream on this beer.

at first her smell is very tart, season like so a hint of farmhouse added with some backyard smells. This mixed with apples, grapefruit and hints of lemons. The smell is sour at first, but then there some sweetness that comes out next from that sourness, like a cycle.
The beer itself is pretty smooth, a first watery taste hits you slowly, followed by tastes of apples, especially green apples, then tartness comes in with sourness added with a shy hoppy ensemble which ends up with some hints of spices.

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Photo of israel
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

compliments of ahatcher78, thanks again...batch 280/281

poured into an ommegang tulip glass

A - cloudy with a nice frothy white head and a ton of tiny bubbles fighting their way through the head, really nice looker overall.

S - initial smells remind me of a gueze or an unblended lambic which peaked my interest immediately. Definitely a lot of soured notes in the nose along with some lemony notes followed with peppery aromas.very nice so far..

T - Beautiful beer, but certainly different from what I might expect from a farm house ale. The funk is in the foreground with watermelon rine flavors and some barnyard flavors(a good thing). lots of wheat flavors in there as well. excellent beer which leaves me wanting more with each sip.

M - very effervescing to say the least, and with this comes an explosian of flavors washing over your tongue.Medium body with a dry finish..perfect.

D - if I could I would have a stockpile of this beer in my cellar all summer long..ubur-refreshing, and very drinkable..

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
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 PiecefulToker
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is EXTREMELY carbonated, be careful popping the top! This is one of my first saisons as well as one of my first Brett beers, so I am excited to try this. Also, Jolly Pumpkin seems to be a popular and well-respected brewery.

A: Nice golden orange color, hazy. This beer is highly carbonated, and large bubbles form the quickly dissipating head. After a few minutes, very little head remains, though bubbles constantly stream keeping a thin layer at the top.

S: Sweet, sour, berries? This is reminiscent of Lindeman's Framboise, and might be the Brett that I am not used to. It has a very appealing sour smell, like a red Sour Patch Kid.

T: Wow, this is very different from most beer I am used to drinking. I am going to have to sit back and sip on this for a while before I continue... This is quite sour and funky, and does not have the sweetness I expected from the smell (maybe my brain was wanting to taste Lindeman's?), but it is different. I am having a hard time putting my hand on any specific flavors, other than to say it has a nice, sour, peppery flavor in my mouth that lingers in the corners of my mouth. I can taste the green apple notes that others describe. This is one you want to leave in your mouth for several seconds to really taste and appreciate the complexity. Swirling helps release some of the carbonation, and really made it more enjoyable for me. The more I drink of this beer, the more I like it.

M: Immediate prickles on the tongue from the high carbonation, sourness, and acidity, but smooth at the same time.

D: I wouldn't want more than one or two of these from the filling carbonation, but it is very good and highly drinkable in taste. This would be great on a warm summer evening on the patio.

This isn't one I will seek on a regular basis, but I will buy it again. It is a nice change of pace from what I am used to, and I look forward to trying other saisons and Brett beers.

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Photo of animal69
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

WOW, popped the top on this at about 48* seconds later i had a 1"+ foam finger sticking straight up out the bottle and even with a gentle pour could only fill my snifter 1/2 way with cloudy pale yellow beer before the giant rock of foam crept dangerously close to the rim then continued until it was a whopping 6" higher than my glass, yet never spilled over ; a modest smell, sourish w/ green fruit & woody sweatsocks ; a thin, tart flavor, a bit too bitter initially helping to mask the complex taste, all i taste is a cheesy brett "twang" and a bit of earthy hops in this one, finishes dry and tart ; extremely dry w/ a an almost too light body and tons of carbonation ; a drinkable brew, contains the "jolly pumpkin flavor components" but again a bit "watery" overall

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Photo of gpogo
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green 1pt 9.4oz capped bottle. Batch 251,252.

A- Hazy light gold with white head.

A- Slightly funky fruity aroma Perhaps this is in style as another saison I have tried had a slightly skunky smell as well. Citrusy as well. Bit of apple as well.

T- A definite sour taste, slightly lemon like. As it warms an apple taste becomes more noticeable. The sour finish is odd, but definitely an enjoyable and interesting taste.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth yet very tart.

D- At first my thought was no way, but the funk definitely grows on you. Perhaps not as refreshing as other summer beers, but definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of bort11
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mml bottle, batch 280/281, poured into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. Solid frothy light tan head. Patchy lacing sticks to the glass. Color is a hazy golden yellow.

Smell has an interesting funk to it. There is a fruity sweetness and a bit of spice, mixed in with a sour slightly sulfuric quality. It's not bad, just very, very different. taste is also fruity with apples and pears present. There is a sour vinegary finish. Still not unpleasant, just very different.

Mouthfeel is light and dry with a crisp carbonation. A tad filling. A very good offering.

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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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