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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 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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Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is hazed golden amber with a tight white head. Nose is hoppy and juicy, clean grain, juicy golden fruits, and a light dustiness. Grains are more in the forefront, clean. Dusty yeast, juicy golden fruits, extremely strong carbonation on a light body. Pear, lemon, nice integration and bright flavors but the carb takes a hint away from the finish.

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Photo of mattbk
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Highly carbonated. Huge 4" head, rocky, frothy. Light golden in color, fairly cloudy. I don't love beers quite this carbonated, but I do love the look of this beer.
S: Spicy, brett funk, hay, a little bit of earthy hops as well. Very nice.
T: Taste very similar to aroma, but with a bit more bitterness, actually some malt sweetness as well. The brett is almost more in the backseat playing with the rest of the beer. It isn't very cheesy or horsey, hay would be the best descriptor. Spicy, but certainly not too spicy. Very nice, well balanced beer. Completely enjoyable.
M: Medium light, the carbonation doesn't bother me all that much. Not super drying, coats the tongue just a bit. This could certainly be classified as refreshing though, although it's fairly complex.
O: I think this is just a wonderfully made beer. It has so many subtle flavors that blend into something complex. It's refreshing yet interesting. Recommend.

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Photo of i4ourgot
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma from this beer was a citrus with a peppery spiciness with notes of tropical fruits. The beer had a white foamy head and was slightly cloudy and straw in color. You could still easily see through the beer but it was a little hazy. The beers flavor was just a little malt sweetness that turned to a citrus and clove flavor, and finished with a subtle spiciness. The beer was pretty clean and balanced no overwhelming flavors. The mouth-feel was very dry and bubbly. When we opened our bottle it slowly started to foam over a little.

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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 macrosmatic
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando, and thanks to Mandy behind the bar for picking this one up! Served in a tulip glass.

A: Nearly clear gold with some chill haze, and a big white fluffy head. Fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Grassy, funky, with Belgian fruity yeast esters, a touch black peppery, and some fresh barnyard.

T: Fresh grass, lemon citrus and maybe some tart cherries from the yeast esters over a light biscuit malt. Mild funk, a bit of pepper, and a dry and lightly tart finish.

M: Light bubbly body. Low alcohol presence.

M: Kind of a weird saison, but still a tasty beer. A touch of graininess to the malt base that I think detracts a bit from the beer. But still pretty good.

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4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in KC back on January 1st--reviewing from notes. Poured into a small Belgian style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful hazy golden color, with notes of darker maize colors up under the shadow of the head, which is a massive three fingers of silky off-white microbubbles. Retention is excellent, and as the head begins to recede, it leaves a thick rim of lacing around the top of the glass, like icing, as well as sheets of lace on the sides of the glass and ample ringing on the sides of the glass as I drink it down. The foam is so silky and smooth looking that if I didn't know better, I would almost mistake it for a nitro tap.

Smell - Bright acidity and tartness along with a pretty good representation of barnyard funk and oak mustiness. Fruity phenols and some nice spiciness that gives the impression of white peppercorn, as well as more generic spice elements--maybe sage? Thyme? There is a lemon zest characteristic as well.

Taste - There is a lot of flavor power in this beer for such a low ABV. I know ABV =/= flavor, but there seems to be a tendency for sub-5% beers to give the impression of being watered down or too polite. Not the case here. Many of the aromas are now represented on the tastebuds--especially the lemony tartness, some Brett-like funk akin to wet hay and more of that pleasant peppery spice.

Mouthfeel - Light of body and incredibly quaffable. The carbonation is high and provides a nice prickly kick to compliment the rustic flavors involved. Finish is incredibly dry and entices the next drink. When I had this two weeks ago, I distinctly remember being finished with the almost before I started it.

Overall, an excellent example of the style, and one that stays true to it's origins--low alcohol, easy to drink and refreshing beer that would have been given to farmhands as they worked the fields in hot weather. Some of my favorite saisons are high ABV, so the fact that this one is so well done while remaining low in strength is a credit to Jolly Pumpkin. Now that they are being distributed to Missouri again, I look forward to trying more and more of their offerings.

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Photo of stcules
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Intense golden color, limpid and clean, white foam. A bit more haziness at the second pour.
Som cork at the nose... Wheat note, some spices, very light.
Light taste, malt, some sourish note, wheat.
Light, fresh, drinkable.
The body is really light, maybe too much.
Good drinkability, some refreshing hop, and some citrus note.

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

A - Cloudy and golden, lots of carbonation, white airy head formed quickly taking up half of the glass! Thin layer remained once most dissipated.

S - Sweet, fragrant hops, a bit spicy, some citrus, some apple . . . strange aroma, but pleasant.

T - Sour and tart, but dry and crisp

M - Fairly high carbonation, refreshing

O - Bought this on a trip to Michigan, direct from the source. Jolly Pumpkin brews have a distinct taste. I like that about them. It could be a bit divisive though. Wife took a sip and hated it! Me, I think I'd buy it again if I visited JP.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.
Batch 854, Bottled 8-15-2011, Almost 2 years aged.

Hazy straw/gold with 1 finger of white head. Decent retention with moderate carbonation.

Golden apple, lemon, peach, potpourri, hay and coriander.

Tart lemon and golden delicious apple with a light lactic sourness. Some peach, pear and nectarine. Very light Belgian yeast character. Hints of hay, potpourri, coriander and black pepper.

Light-medium bodied, tart, crisp and dry.

A tart and thirst quenching Saison. Excellent summer fair.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This is batch 1252/1232, bottled on 11/8/2012.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a light haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head pours three fingers of pillowy white foam which dissipate slowly. Attractive!

Smell: grassy and funky with a surprising hit of sourness. There's a nice malt underneath with just a hint of butteriness which actually works here. I rather like it.

Taste: quite light, with a nice grassy, funky character and less sourness than the aroma. There's a little bit of graininess to the malt which adds a little complexity, although the overall intensity of the flavor is pretty low -- no doubt due to its low-ABV nature. Good, but I'd love a little more oomph.

Mouthfeel: light in body, but the big carbonation yields a huge, if a bit evanescent, creaminess. I think it works great in this context.

Overall: this is a seriously drinkable saison. Its lack of strength means it doesn't pack the flavor punch of stronger brews, but it also makes this a superbly drinkable session saison. Love it!

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Photo of MarioM
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into RR Stemmed glass. Batch 1265, Bottled on 12-05-2012. (7.5 moths old)

A: Nice golden color with a light fluffy white head made of medium but mostly small creamy bubbles with some great lacing. Moderate carbonation with rising bubble continuously rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: Light citrus, lemon grass, spicy, a bit hoppy ans mixed with a slight sourness from perhaps the brett. Very complex aromatics, was not expecting such am interesting aroma especially from its low abv tag of 4.5%. Can already tell this baby has lots to offer. Can't wait to taste...

T: Very light, dry, crisp, light lactic tartness, mild citrus and almost lemon grass like but very interesting. Great balance and hard to believe such a small beer at 4.5% can have such a big character. A tad bit of Brett character adds a nice finish to the beer and is balanced beautifully with the light bitterness.

M: Medium to high carbonation that adds body but is not overpowering and foaming in the mouth. Refreshing citrus at the beginning and ends with a light tartness and bitterness that lingers till the end along with the light Brett phenolics. Great complex flavors are left behind and make for a delicious and interesting brew.

O: All I have to say is I am legitimately impressed by the huge character of this relatively small 4.5% abv beer. A highly drinkable and refreshing beer that does not take a hit in complexity and flavor. Its just crazy that other beers nearly twice its potency can have a fraction of this beers complexity and personality. Definitely one of my new favorite beers and will definitely buy again and again. Beer poured, as mentioned above, is over 7 months old which explains the light lactic tartness and Brett character so I'm also curious to see how this tastes fresh and perhaps even older. Ron Jeffries I love you!

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Photo of Philousa
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed at Original Gravity on 7/12/13.

Pies a very hazy yellow with billowing white head that settles quickly to a thin layer covering the top. Lots of lemon and orange rind in the nose with slight spice normal with Belgian yeast. I get some slight tart in the nose as well. Flavor starts with prickly allspice and lemon, supported by wheat and cracker underneath. The bitterness is slight, I get mostly nectar notes from what I can only assume is noble hops. Feel is light with a dry but not a super dry finish.

This is very refreshing and a great beer to have on a hot day, with its low ABV. The Belgian characteristics are there without being overwhelming.

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Photo of pryopen
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up this shelf turd for less than $3 at a local liquor store.
750ml bottle, batch number 448/449, with a quick search seems bottle date was 8/27/11
Poured into tulip glass, reviewed same day

A: hazy golden hue with 3-4 finger white head that hung around all the while, nice lacing

S: sour nose with lemon zest, some malts, vinegar, wood tones

T: starts very tart, , oak near the end, some grass but not in the barnyard funk sense, very slight spice

M: very effervescent, crisp with a very dry finish

O: amazing saison, had always wanted to try and figured at the price there wasn't too much risk even if it fell off after 2 years sitting on the shelf, happy I did; wish I could have found a fresher one around town to compare

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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 flayedandskinned
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 3/22/2013
Poured into a standard tulip.

Appearance: (4)
Pours a hazy straw yellow with a huge 3.5 finger tall, billowy white head. The head lasts a while and leaves some splotchy lacing behind as it settles to about a finger's height.

Aroma: (3.75)
Bright, fresh Brettanomyces character upfront; wet hay, tangy pineapple, musty earth and light leather. The Brett is accented by some traditional Belgian yeast spiciness; mostly white pepper, clove and some freshly sliced pears. There is a spicy orange hop character as well that is somehow woven effortlessly between the brett and saison yeast aromatics. A soft, lightly sweet malt backbone rounds off this spicy smelling ale.

Taste: (3.5)
Spicy yeast esters right out of the gate; more of that white pepper and clove found in the nose. The yeast is accompanied by a simple barnyard funkiness; There is a light, grassy and somewhat citric hoppiness before you're greeted with some simple, bread-y pale malt. Finishes light, slightly bitter and dry with more lingering barnyard funk from the Brett.

Mouthfeel: (3.5)
Light bodied with a spritzy carbonation. Honestly feels a tad thin for the style.

Overall: (3.50)
A pretty much a 2 note beer(brett and yeasty spiciness) with a light, almost watery body. I was really expecting the high level of complexity that comes with most of Jolly Pumpkin's offerings, but I have to say I am pretty disappointed by this beer. However, It does achieve what it set out to be; which is a light, refreshing rustic ale. I just wish that the Brett character had more of that signature Jolly Pumpkin layered complexity.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of Jolly Pumpkin's flagship brews, I can't believe it has taken me thing long to come around and finally review it. Bottled in October of 2010, it pours a beautiful golden-amber color with a light haze and translucency to it. Incredibly volatile, even being almost three years old; a huge, cloudy, off-white head forms and leaves some chunky lacing at the top of the glass.

The aroma stuns me with a nice funky-tartness up front that only seems to get funkier as time goes on; hay, wet cork, mild barnyard must, and plenty of yeast. It's got a light floral hop kiss, but it's quite subdued in this one, most likely due to its age. Tart fruits are abundant and mesh nicely with the funk - solid bouts of apples, grapes, and light amount of lemon and orange zest. Not acidic or vinous, really, but very refreshing smelling; laid-back and chill as can be.

The first sip lends to a mild tartness made of crisp, juicy apples. Malt is more apparent in the taste than the aroma, with plenty of light cracker and biscuit flavors that lay a solid foundation for the rest of the beer. Once the tart fruits sidestep a bit, the funk becomes heavy-handed; damp, wet wood, and musty cellar flavors. Bam Biere has a very solid flavor profile that's proving to be even more complex than I originally thought.

Jolly Pumpkin beers, aside from the Grand Reserves, typically contain a very nice, harmonious balance to them, and Bam Biere is no exception to that rule. It contains plenty of the signature "Jolly Pumpkin yeasty funk" while offsetting admirably with a collage of mildly tart fruits. No acidic or vinegar burn, meaning no acid reflux the next morning. Probably one of the lightest barrel influences of the JP beers I've had, though the finish is incredibly dry and contains a bit of oak; high carbonation with a light, crisp, effervescent mouth feel.

Certainly one of JP's best year-round brews, it integrates a few different styles by taking a funky farmhouse saison and souring it just a bit - not quite a saison, not quite a Flanders oud bruin. JP often blurs the style guidelines, and that's what I love about them. Possibly the best thing about this beer is the 4.5% ABV tag, too - so drinkable and quenching, and you won't be paying for it later. Definitely a solid brew.

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Photo of rcmooney
2.04/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

smells great , honey, wild yeast, slight sour, citrus, spice

Hazy golden yellow with flakes of yeast, big rocky white head

Taste is very mild, underwhelming, slightly watery

Light body, dry finish, high carbonation

Not a fan. Very low flavor profile.

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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 spoony
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on November 13, 2012.

From a 750 ml bottle (dated 2-1-12) into a tulip.

A-This beer poured with a fluffy, two-finger head of shiny, off-white foam. The beer was cloudy and orange-tinted. I could see a few streams of carbonation through the murk.

S-The smell was slightly sour lemon and funky wet hay and grass (just like you would expect from Jolly Pumpkin...). Had a bit of a brett component to it.

T-The taste was pretty mild with some of the same funky, brett-like flavors that showed up in the smell. There is also lemon, light pepper spice, and hay. Flavors are pretty well-integrated, but a bit feeble.

F-Carbonation is noticeable, but not huge. The beer is lighter to medium bodied.

O-I was slightly disappointed with the mild flavor, but then I realized that this brew has half the ABV of many of the other beers I was comparing it against and it clicked why the flavors were less intense. Keeping that thought in mind, I would drink this again on a hot summer day or as a session-type beer. As a stand-alone, however, this brew is a little light on taste for me.

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Photo of tut2528
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1209, Bottled 9-24-12

A: pours a light gold color with a massive 2-3 fingers worth of fomay/soap-like head. the lacing is massive and the body is slightly transparent. head directly up to the light, the brew becomes a light yellow. The biggest surprise was how long the head stuck around for and just how foamy it was.

S: very nice blend of funk and orange peel and massive pears dominate the backbone of this brew. to a lesser extent, I pick up lemons, and a mixture of both peppery and herbal spices.

T: much more funk comes out here than I was expecting. like of like an old shed or a musty basement. sour lemon, pepper, a blend of pears and apples, and wheat.

M: much too light for my liking.... watery, reminds me actually of lemon water with a sharp funk.

O: i possibly set my expectations too high on this one. definitely not a fan of the how light the brew was as i think it off set the beer.. just my honest opinion

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into my Russian River tulip glass

Appearance: Murky off straw body. Decent egg white head which recedes back while drinking.

Smell: Wet straw. Pears. Very fruity smelling with some slight funk.

Taste: This is where it gets interesting. Pear and cider apple. Funk is very prevalent on the back end. Has a dry champagne quality/taste to it. Slightly sour funky finish. This is great.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a really dry finish. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Overall: For the price and availability this is a go to saison for me. I love how easy this one drinks. I just discovered JP and I can't wait to drink this one on a hot summer Jawjuh day.

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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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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 859/861 Bottled 8-3-2011
Served in a Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a 2 finger head that held up very well. A few droopy lines of lacing.

S - Funky basement yeast, spicy, dusty dry grass, pears, sourdough bread, tangy fruit, dank wheat malt,

T - Nice tart lemon upfront, allspice, heavy dose of pepper, soured fruit, dried apples and pears, the brett yeast is more subtle than the nose but really compliments the beer. Notes of wood in the background. Finishes dry with a crisp citrus bite at the end.

M - Moderate foamy carbonation settles down a bit half way through the glass, light to medium body.

Not super complex but great flavors packed into a small ABV. Very impressed by that.
The lemon was a tad lactic, plenty of spiciness, solid fruity middle with a dry finish. The aroma was almost perfect for what I want a Saison to smell like. I liked this better than the E.S. Bam.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. Batch 735, bottled on 2/18/11

A- pours a lightly cloudy shade of straw yellow with a two finger white head. Very carbonated, lots of bubbles. Looks like a classic saison

S- light aroma of lemon, slight funk. Doesn't stand out

T- light lemon, light funk. Underwhelming, almost tastes more like an American wheat than a saison

M- very light body, extremely thin. It's very pleasant, actually

O- not a bad beer by any means, but not standout at all. I prefer Brooklyn Sorachi Ace when looking at a lemony saison, but the ABV on this is a major bonus

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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,389 ratings.
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