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 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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Photo of micromaniac129
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like this beer but it was way over carbonated and produced an ever growing tall white head.
Good to the taste with yeast and malts and funk and some light lemons.

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Photo of Resuin
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. This is from batch 224, bottled 11/05/13.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber and leaves several fingers of puffy white head, that linger for quite a while before slowly fading to some white layers atop the beer. (4.5)

Smell: Green apple skins, slight musty funk, white grapes, a bit of citrus zest, bready malts. This smells like the inside of those old wooden apple orchard stores that sell their fresh produce - really lovely. A smeller for sure. (4.75)

Taste: Bready, biscuity malts, some green apple, a bit of lemon zest and some light floral hops. Quite light and balanced. Refreshing. (4.25)

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a medium, slightly dry body that works well with the style. Highly drinkable and nice and light. (4.25)

Overall: This one took me by surprise - really a lovely beer. Absolutely delicious aroma, with apples and appleskins taking center stage. As for the drinking, nice and light and tasty. I'll be picking more of this up to see if it's as good when fresh. (4.25)

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Photo of Svingjo
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bottle conditioned ale so it poured a bit thick. The head stuck around for a while with this hazy beer. It had a lemony hay flavour with a slight bitterness. Out of all the beers we tried during this particular tatsing it had the lowest ABV at 4.5% but presented higher in the mouth. A great sipping beer.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of mchegash
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 8/23/14
Other notes: Bottled 1/28/13 (over 1.5 years ago...didn't know was this old when I purchased a couple days ago).

Appearance - 3.75/5
A very clear golden orange. Fairly strong head retention. Large carbonation bubbles can be seen flowing up the beer. Looks refreshing and inviting. I think I would have liked the appearance if the beer was a little more hazy though. It seems too clear.

Smell - 3.75/5
Classic Jolly Pumpkin tart smell. Smells of tart apples and lemons. Perhaps a bit of the saison spiciness

Taste - 4/5
Classic JP tart taste. Tart and fruity taste. Apples, lemons, other fruit tastes. Perhaps a slight taste of the saison spicy/yeastiness, though it is extremely subtle. I don't mind that, since Saison is not my favorite style anyway, but it seems like it could have improved the beer a little beer, if the spiciness was a little more apparent.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Crisp, medium body. Has a very nice level of carbonation which really fits well with the rest of the beer.

Overall - 4/5
When it comes to Jolly Pumpkin beers, I may be a bit biased, since I love their taste. But this beer was pretty good. Had the JP tartness that I have come to love and expect. Considering this is a Saison, I thought it could have used to be a bit spicier. There is not that much that makes this beer stand out from other JP brews, but it is still great overall.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

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Photo of Celtics17
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

You get a slight tartness, which is needed with this saison. For me this beer was heavy on the carbonation, and foam. In the smell I got the normal earthy qualities. I got a lemongrass smell, and I got the feel that this would be tart.

Real good profile.

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

A: Beer pours a cloudy golden body with an insane white head thats overly carbonated.

S: There is a nice subtle sourness, saison yeast and a faint bit of bitness.

T: slight tartness, not overpowering saison flavor and a fruity sweetness.

M: Thick carbonation and has a slight tingle of the tip of the tongue.

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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 Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Cloudy golden pour with a large frothy white head and lots of carbonation. Aroma of yeast, pepper and light lemon. Taste is somewhat peppery upfront with a good bit of yeast as well. Nice sour flavor comes out as the beer warms with flavors of lemon, oak and earth. Finishes with a nice sour lemon taste. Very interesting and complex.

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Photo of Kinsman
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Picked up a bottle this weekend dated November 2013. It's been a couple of years since I've had any Jolly Pumpkin beers, and now I regret not buying them more often. Bam Biere is a simple yet tasty farmhouse ale that packs a lot of flavor into a relatively light package. Pours a nice dark golden color and quickly amasses quite a large and fluffy bright white head. Aroma fills your nose with lots of yeasty funk and earthiness right off the bat. A bit fruity and just a touch of bready malt in there as well. First sip tells you all you need to know about this farmhouse ale. It's the real deal. Tart and funk with a nice dose of juicy fruits and an ever so light touch of herbal hops. This beer, like many a good saison, really goes to show how much flavor can be packed into such a low ABV beer.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This review is from a bomber dated May 2013

Pours a cloudy, yellow body. Head is two fingers and pearly white. Head retention was good and lacing was outstanding.

Smell is of tart lemon rind, peppery Belgian yeast, and abit of straw malt/barnyard funk. Alcohol aroma is slightly present.

Taste is of sour, Belgian yeast, some lemon peel too. Pale malts are also there but hops aren't detected. Alcohol is very light and there is a slight bandaid aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Lots of effervescence, also astringent/tannic. Head added some smoothness to beer.

Overall, this was a tasty, lighter style beer. Beautiful to look at but the bandaid and funk flavors just didn't combine well for this particular beer. Very easy to drink the bomber but don't think I'll be revisiting this one anytime soon.

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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 SHODriver
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/11/2013

A: poured int oa duvel tulip to a bright yellow that's a little hazed with a monstrous dense and fluffy white head that has excellent staying power and great lacing
S: smell is barnyard, funk, oak tannins, and a little sour lemon
T: taste is sour lemon, funk, oak, and slight spice. swallow is slight band aidm a hint of tartness and oak
M: this beer sits fairly light on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a
O: It's a great beer and everything works really well together. Jolly Pumpkin consistently produces beers with a nice funk and sourness to them.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another US craft brewery hits Alberta and there was much rejoicing (at least if you like light and sour Belgian ales). Bottle poured into a weizen glass. A pale cloudy yellow color with a towering fluffy white head composed of fairly large bubbles, the whole effect is very "lemon meringue" pie. Aroma is tart and citric with a subtle undercurrent of sweetness and lemony spice: Sour green fruit, wine gums, faint saddle leather or horse blanket, ginger, maybe a whiff of wildflowers. Palate features huge Granny Smith apple and unripe berry notes, more grains of paradise/ginger spice, white bread, lemon and lime rind, a more assertive bretty funk than the nose suggests but still clearly not a true "wild ale", faint tropical fruit musk ... Everything does meld together a bit to form an overarching sour funk impression that I am rather enjoying. Light bodied and fizzy, makes the mouth tingle. Finishes dry, with a decent dose of spicy funk and light floral hops. Rather good, reminds one of a dialed-down Orval or Rayon Vert type Belgian pale with some brett character but still rather fruity and not at the same level of dryness.

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Photo of FLima
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Whitey yellow color with a huge mushroom aired head with eternal retention. Some floating particles.
Nice funky aroma, notes of lemon, horse mantle and a mild on yeast.
Mouth brings an elegant tart flavor of lemons, green pears, biscuit malt, green apples and nectarines. Hints of Brett and dry aftertaste.
Light body that almost vanishes on an explosion of carbonation. Slightly acid sensation.
Very good brew. A tart Farmhouse ale that is not too biased to yeast and it is not really sweet. Utterly refreshing and not aggressive, I could easily drink it a whole afternoon.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Batch 160. Bottled 08/14/13.

A: Cloudy golden yellow body with a towering 3 fingers of rocky, white head. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: Yeast and funk. Lactic acid. Hay. Lemon. Soil and earth. Nice.

T: Tart and musty up front. A balancing hop bitterness develops. Finishes very dry. Lingering sour and earth on the finish. No significant alcohol. A twinge of sweetness somewhere in the middle.

M: Moderate to high carbonation with light, spritzy body. Nice saison character.

O: My first Jolly Pumpkin. Legit, I'd say. Saison by way of gueze. Dig it. I'll seek out more.


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