Bam Bière | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Bam BièreBam Bière

Brewed by:
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 biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bam Bière could have a career as a model. It is stunningly beautiful (at least on the first pour). It has a shimmering, polished golden complexion, near pristine clarity and a steady stream of bubbles that's absolutely hypnotizing. Its head is big, fluffy and cotton white and sits above the beer like a fat summer cloud floating in the wide blue sky.

Whatever hops, yeast strains and brewing techniques were used are a marriage made in heaven. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more flattering, balanced, and dynamic blend than these highly aromatic notes of tart peach skins, ripe apricot, lemon juice, white wine, vanilla and a grassy, almost spicy earthiness. Yup, heaven here on earth.

That wonderful combination of the farm, the orchard, the tropics and the vineyard carries over to the palate too, even if it's not quite as impactful. Still, that lemon juice acidity is appreciated, as are the vivid and fresh flavours of peach and apricot. Tastes of white wine grapes are predominant too, something enhanced by a subtle vanilla oakiness.

The funky bacterial 'horse blanket' notes taste a little more subdued than they smell (though considering this was bottled only 6 months ago there's plenty of time yet for them to reach their full funky potential!). While unquestionable more restrained than a typical "sour beer", this still offers much the same complexity but in a really easily drinkable 4.5% ABV package.

I'll say it again: this combination of the tropics, farm, orchard and vineyard is magical. I think a lot of craft beer drinkers probably take this simple but splendid beer for granted - Jolly Pumpkin got into the farmhouse game on the ground floor and with wild yeasts it's not easy to be so consistent as to become almost boring. Bam Bière is an original classic.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Mar-02-2016

Pours a creamy dandelion color with two and a half fingers of fairly solid white head that ends up an easily roused, chubby film. Good retention; concentric lacing splotches. (4.25)

Sweet tarts, strawberry, mix of under-ripe limes and those that are past their prime, white pepper, crusty white bread. (4)

The slightest hint of tartness riding on the back of hay, cracker, mineral water. (3.75)

Dry, light body, expertly shy of puckering, very effervescent, super drinkable. (4)

Pretty good beer.
It is a tart/sour saison. The real attraction in my mind is how close it is to my threshold for sourness without crossing it. No twinge, no pucker, but it is there. Tastes like a “Rusa sin chile” (lime and mineral water) in Mexico. Just crisp hard water and a slightly green tart snap that is almost not tart at all. It is light, drinkable, tasty and dry as a bone. It looks nice enough and has a fruity, tart, funky smell, that is probably the best part of it for me.
A straightforward beer. Would have again, depending on the price. (4)

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of peensteen
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazed golden colour, one finger of white head and some lace as well. Smell is funky with a bit of oaky/woody notes, lightly lactic notes and a sharp acidity on the nose as well. Taste is dry and funky, some spice as well, yeasty, a very faint bit if brett creeps into the finish, fruity with some green apples and lemon, funky aftertaste. Medium high carbonation, dry medium body. Decent, a very nice saison that would be a solid everyday option, great drinkability.

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Photo of dasotelo50
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma has nice yeast esters, clean and floral. Taste is slightly tart, citrusy with a slightly bitter finish. Really good one, fresh and aromatic.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerk_Store
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from the LCBO; dated Mar 2 2016 and served slightly chilled. First time I've had a JP beer, even though I (apparently) live shockingly close to Dexter, MI.

Pours a hazy golden-blonde colour, generating nearly an inch of delicate, fluffy, sparkling white-coloured foam at the surface. It recedes slowly over the next five-plus minute, coating the glass with multiple, overlapping rings of lacing on its way down; a wide, soapy collar also survives afterwards, rimming a dense, creamy cap. Tart, zesty lemon peel on the nose, accompanied by a good amount of funky Brett notes. Also getting suggestions of white grape, green apple and apricot, with yeast spiciness and grassy, floral hops.

We've got a live one here - zesty, zippy flavour with plenty of character for such a low abv. Grainy pale malt notes blend together with fruity flavours of apple, apricot and white grape, leading into a tart, lemony-lime citrus zest flavour by mid-sip. Mild barnyard funkiness, with floral, grassy hops and spicy, earthy yeastiness towards the end. Mildly sour, leathery aftertaste, with the yeast notes and grassiness fading from the palate thereafter. Very aggressively carbonated, with prickly bubbles that constantly bombard the tongue with each sip. Fairly light in body, with a crisp, extraordinarily refreshing mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 4.3, an A grade. Jolly Pumpkin's Bam Bière is a fabulously enjoyable farmhouse ale, offering up a superb mix of barnyard funk, restrained tartness, and assertively dry-hopped yumminess. Very full-flavoured, which is all the more impressive considering the low, session-worthy abv. A serious thirst-quencher brewed to please serious beer geeks - I'd pick this up again, and am eager to try more JP beers in the future. Viva la Bam Bière!

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Photo of MGoeltz
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of AMZB
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served cold into a tulip. Purchased from the LCBO for $9.95 CDN, bottled December 29, 2015.

Appearance - a hazy pale golden color beer is poured with lively carbonation and a good sized white head nearing two fingers.

Smell - some barnyard funk, generally earthiness and loads of lime on this one. Interesting and fresh.

Taste - the lime doesn't shine through as much, but is still prevalent with some powdery yeast and a healthy grain bill. Some earthy funkiness here too but not to the extent of the nose.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated drying finish, a good example of the style.

Overall - quite enjoyable, but given the steep price tag, not quite worth a repeat purchase.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy peach with a frothy long lasting head. Fruity and tart aroma with lemon and melon notes. The taste is dry with a pronounced tartness, Some bready malt and cherry in the back, but tartness is king here. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Moderate acidity in the long dry finish.

A very straightforward farmhouse ale. Moderate tartness and an array of accompanying fruit flavors make this a very crushable beer, Highly recommended.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 554, bottled 03/19/2015.

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

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

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

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tyronegangsta
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wajohnst
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bf_89
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of yancot
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of polloenfuego
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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