Bam Bière | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Bam BièreBam Bière

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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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Added by nomad on 02-04-2006

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Photo of granger10
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a sixer of this while in Dayton this past weekend. Amazing that I find it there and not anywhere in West Michigan.

Fairly cloudy but shining hay yellow color with a huge billowy, airy white head. Head maintains its height for awhile and leaves tons of lacing rings along the glass.

Aroma is very pungent. My friend smelled it across the room about 10 seconds after I opened it. Very strong yeasty smells. Very farmhouse and rustic in nature. Upon further inspection there's some orange juice pulp and citrus lime acidity. A bit of a granny smith/mackintosh apple combo as well. Excellent.

I immediately notice the lack of malt or sweetness in the taste. At first this is disconcerting but the more I drink the more I enjoy the other flavors being showcased and am thankful for the dryness from the start. There's a spicy floral hoppiness apparent the whole way through. Noble hops? Strong yeasty phenols without the breadiness. Lots of pepper througout. Some bitter orange peel and coriander seem to find their way in towards the back. Finish is really dry with more of a spicy floral edge.

Mouthfeel is light and almost airy but with heavier yeast phenolics riding in. Interesting but it works. Carbonation is high which moderates the dryness but maybe a bit more malt backing would help. Not much more but maybe a touch. Very, very rustic. Spices might get a bit too much at times. Doesn't feel the most complex but there seem to be flavors I can't pin down and I don't get bored with this beer.

I would imagine this is how old school Saisons taste. Drinkable and enjoyable with an edge. Try it.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy bright yellow gold body, moderate carbonation, and a huge sticky and fluffy snow white head which rose above the rim and held a few beats before genly receded an leaving excellent lacing.

Big spicy aroma evident as soon as the cap pops. Carries well. Lot of pepper, among others.

A light malt sweetness kicks off the taste, followed quickly by a wash of tingly spices which sparkle across the tongue, then a burst of juicy fruitiness at the swallow, and an encore of the spices in the aftertaste. Refreshes well on a broiling hot day.

Very good stimulating light mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

Good example of the style, and a good answer to a July heatwave.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a light golden and with a small haze to it with a beautiful thick white head.

Smell. Nice spices, clove, cinnoman, with a somewhat light citrus hop. also has a nice caramel aroma that gives it a nice sweetness. fruits are also nice and present. Some sweet apples and apricots.

Taste. There is an interesting sweet and sour taste to it, unique to the style but unlike many saisons ive had. The dry hops added when they made this is really coming through. fruity flavors are nice with tart apple that dries the beer up there is that small yeast taste present too. Each swallow has an initial tartness to it, followed by a tiny tea-like finish.

Mouthfeel. lots of carbonation. body is a bit thin, probably due to the low alcohol. but the carbonation does take place of some of that.

Overall. a very interesting saison. Aroma is incredible, i think. the taste i do not think compares to the aroma. But i think this will be a great beer if it had just a little more alcohol to fill the mouthfeel up, however i cant knock that too much cuz i think that is a personel preference.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up fresh on draft at Vintage Estate's in Boardman, OH...appears cloudy unfiltered honey amber sunburst golden tone with a large slightly off white mother of pearl head forms thick the way I like it as it dwindles slowly leaves fine lacing evenly great retention on this brew. Aromatics funky farmhouse spicy with citrus notes and hints of oak barrel aging to go around. Herbal hop aroma mixed with so much zestiness citrus peel, funky yeast mix definitely an acidic character but great smelling overall. Flavor is grassy and spicy upfront with funk ridden citrus combo going on as well, one of the better more creative American saisons I've come across what has gotten into this folks up in Dexter, MI wow this is the Bam. Mouthfeel is light in body by no means thin healthy carbonation carries the flavors very nicely almost spritzy in a sense spice mixture coats the palate and sticks around. Drinkability a very quaffable challenging version of this style great for the warmer months not to be turned down especially on draft good stuff.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on the 4th of July with my cousin and brother. The beer poured a hazy golden yellow color with an thick active carbonated body and head that stuck around for awhile and left some good lacing. The nose of this beer was a pleasant mix of brett and earthy tones and some spice and malt that made my taste buds quickly jump in for their share of the beer. The taste was very strong as well with a nice hop bite on the tongue but balanced out well with the sweet maltiness and earthniess running around in there. The body is light but complex and makes for a very good summer brew.

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Photo of Gusler
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer empties from the 12-ounce brown bottle a slightly hazy gold with bits of suspended matter, the head modest in size, semi-creamy in texture, the color a splendiferous white, and the residual lace a velum like sheet to obfuscate the glass. Nose has a sprightly citrus like tone, hints of hops and a nice malt sweetness at the back, start is tartly sweet, grain presence delectable and the top moderate in feel. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops delightful; a nice semi-sweet dry aftertaste ends this most excellent beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Thebeercellar2: Poured a slightly hazy blonde color ale with a huge foamy white head with great retention. Very interesting aroma consisting of brett with some sweet malt, some funk and some wheat and spices. Taste as some sourness and funkyness which is well balance with some sweet malt, some light spices and some oak characteristic. Very well done and very interesting from this brewery, which just seem to continually amaze me.

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Photo of Lagaffe74
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally put my hands on this one from Jolly Pumpkin... and Bam! What a nice surprise!! Wonderful...
It has a nice heavy head that takes its time to settle. Pretty to look at. Nice bouquet as well. The palate is exquisite with a slightly bitter finish with white pepper and cloves. This beer was pure joy from start to finish. I can picture Emeril screaming "Bam! Bam! Bam! Great beer!"
To be enjoyed without any sign of moderation.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very underrated Jolly Pumpkin beer. This is the perfect beer for outdoor summer drinking. I think I could easily put down a six pack during a session of mini-golf style croquet in the backyard. I can't picture anybody not loving this.

The color is yellow and fairly hazy. It foams out of the bottle upon opening, so be careful. Subsequently, it takes forever for this beer to settle out during the pour. Has a very effervescent head that both retains well and laces the glass beautifully.Nice carbonation. Beware the sediment in the bottom. I caught it just as it was starting to come out of the neck of the bottle, and it looked very buggy.

The beer has a wonderful hop bouquet. Subtle spiciness and herbal grassiness. Combined with the light dry tartness (smells brett), the beer can damn near quench your thirst by smell alone. Nice hay-like malt aroma also adds to it.

The taste is frickin phenomenal. Carries on very well from the nose, but the sensory experience is very much heightened on the palate. Starts with a great bitter/sweet flavor and dries off ever so gently with a beautiful flowery taste.

The body is light, but the palate is very complex. Hard to describe the perfection. Drinkability is off the charts. Hopefully John's Grocery got a lot of this stuff in, because I am going to drink the shit out of it.

Touching story on the side of the bottle to boot. Can't recommend this beer enough.

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Photo of thelagerheads
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listen, I don't believe in this mouthfeel mishmash. In fact my "mouth feels" a bit filthy saying it. But my "tongue feels" that this is a member of the fruit family. Namely the glockenspiel fruit playing Jesus music. It pings in there and bounces from tooth to tooth: boong baaang bong bong. And my belly says it is truly the spice lords stamping their gummy little feet into the loam and making footprints. And there's a tractor behind a barn carrying apples to a spice-barrel and dropping them in and all the monkeys are loose and throwing gobs of the pulp at the back of your throat and your uvula is saying "aaahhh."

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

Hazy orange with consistent carbonation. Ginormous creamy white head resembles my mom's lemon meringue. Leaves a ton of lacing as it slowly fades. Very nice.

Sour fruit, funky, musty aroma. Smells very acidic and slightly citrusy.

Very carbonated body, apple, oranges, lemon zest. Very tart and acidic initially then fades to allow the fruits come through. Finishes dry and clean with a hint of apple aftertaste.

Carbonation is very high with a light body. A refreshing beer that is low in ABV and super easy to drink.

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Photo of Phatz
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy bright golden yellow color with magnificently active carbonation.

Smell: Lemon pepper and yeast make a very pleasant earthy light aroma. A bit "Farmhouse Ale-ish"

Taste: A bit tart, lemon, wheat and yeast make a typical Farmhouse Saison Flavor but gentle and not too big. I like it that way as I am not a huge fan of this style; but this is a good one.

Mouthfeel: Prickly crisp and boy does it linger.

Drinkability: This is worth trying and if you are a fan of the style you'll like find it very drinkable. For me it is a decent summer beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of nortmand
4.95/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfect 2/3 beer, 1/3 head pour. Cloudy orange with a fantastic lacy white head.

Rich, fruity esters dominate the smell. Fresh lemon zest and hints of coriander.

Dry pineapple and rich coriander flavors dance on the tongue. Ends with an assertive enough hop presence.

This takes Belgian style carbonation to another plane of existence. Very carbonated, a bit too much, otherwise awesome. I'm very impressed with this beer, I believe it rivals many Belgian saison offerings.

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

Another phenomenal Belgian beer, so often mistreated by Americans is the saison. After finding such deliciousness in the Calabaza, I was sure this would be a treat too.

The beer pours a cloudy orange with a minimal head, lots of bubbles dancing around in the glass. It has an interesting aroma of apple, citrus and a good heaping of yeast. The taste was nice: lemon and apple, a nice floral touch with the open-fermentation tartness and overall very refreshing for a warm summer day.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jolly Pumpkin's bottle-conditioned farmhouse ale pours a cloudy golden body with an orange cast beneath a massive, rocky head of white froth. The head retention and lacing are excellent, obviously buoyed a bit by the streams of tiny bubbles teeming from below.

The nose is initially very yeasty and peppery (black pepper, the fresh seeds of garden peppers) with a delicate citrusy side. As it warms a bit, some more fruit shows (papaya, melon rind), floral hops, and a more complex, earthy and mineralish character reveals themselves.

The flavor offers a dollop of sharp, thin fruit (golden delicious apples, white grapes, spent lemon wedges) upfront, followed by a wash of acidity and then some increasing yeastiness (as in actual yeast flavor, not fruitiness). As it warms some delicate maltiness also appears across the middle; and notes of dusty earth, citrus rind, and trampled floral hops give it depth in an otherwise thin-base. Yeasty black peppper comes forward in the swallow and lingers a bit, leaving it quite dry in the finish. Everything else disappears immediately (the fruit and acidity) leaving it very short and refreshing. The pepperiness and earthy/mineral/slate-like character (Brettanomyces), however, remain, and cut down on the refreshing side by just a little bit.

The body, not unlike the flavor and aroma, is at first sip seemingly thin or lacking. It becomes apparent almost immediately, however, that the balance between the light-medium body and its delicately zesty carbonation-level is perfectly done. Any more would leave it dulled, and any less would leave it vapid. As it is, the piquant display is just right for accentuating the delicate nuances it offers.

Overall it's quite impressive. The initial broadness of the yeast softens as it warms to reveal its full range, and the combination of muddy Brett and floral hops is engaging. This is not a beer for the mainstream or entry-level beer connoseur, but rather a teasing delicacy for those familiar with the complex beers of Belgium and southern France.

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Photo of warmstorage
2.21/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle, ~$2.00 from Hi Times in Costa Mesa, poured into beer clean pint glass. Bought this one because I wanted to taste a Jolly Pumpkin brew before risking a 750ml, and this was the only 12 ounce available. Glad I did.

Damn near exploded upon opening; managed to pour (gently) about an inch into the glass before needing to wait a few minutes, since the huge rocky white foam was up to the top. Took several pours to get a decent amount into the glass, and then wait for the head to go down enough so I could drink the liquid. Even now, ~20 minutes in, there is vigorous bubbling of carbonation.

Pours a bright yellow, retains an active rocky rolling head. The 3.5 appearance score is after it settled for 20 minutes; if I'd scored it initially, it's nearly impossible to drink straight after opening.

Aroma is sour and tangy, with hints of phenolic/plastic. Doesn't bode well.

Initial taste is much like the aroma hinted: sour, tart, puckery tangy, and distinctly band-aid phenolic. Pretty unpleasant, frankly. The sour plastic taste and tingly mouthfeel linger, and even eating some plain bread in between doesn't totally get rid of the sourness. Dry indeed, and here the influence of the brett really isn't pleasant, as it is in other beers I've had. Pucker is fine with me, mouth twistingly sour is not. Tangy is fine, funk is not.

Now, I know farmhouse style ales are designed to be tart, but this is over the top tartness compared to any other Saison I've had (which is somewhere around 8 to 10.) This is so excessively tart and sour that I'm not sure I want to finish it, which is a shame, and really something for me. I'm going to go sit on my porch in the late afternoon sun and think about it as a lawnmower beer.

Nope, didn't like this much at all, either for style, or overall. Seems like a lot of other people's comments mirror mine, yet they rate it higher. Guess it's just a matter of taste...

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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a cloudy golden amber with a super foamy tall white head.

The aroma was of a yeasty tartness and fresh noble hops - very reminiscent of Orval Trappist Ale.

The flavor of the beer was very crisp with a noticable wheat tartness (and possibly lactobacillus).

The hops were there in the finish, but seemed a little flat.

The mouthfeel was thin as the beer was overly attenuated in my opinion. I also felt it was way over carbonated - much more than even a soda.

I like the Jolly Pumpkin beers, but they're always on the brink of over attenuation and this one kinda falls off in that regard. It's easy to drink, but overall it's kinda weak.

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

12oz bottle without apparent freshness dating.

Poured cloudy pale peach with mammoth soapy white head. The beer exploded on the initial pour, so I only got about 2/3 into the glass. The smell is full of appropriately sour fruitiness (lemons?) and spices (cloves, pepper). Dry and rather hopped and yeasty flavors up front. Middle is full of earthy yeast, lemons, tangerines, and pepper. Tastes s bit restrained compared to the aroma. Light and strongly carbonated in the mouth.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 pack purchased at La Bodega, Riverisde, CA for $10.99 in late May 2006. Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with lots of head and lots of carbonation feeding it. The aroma/flavor- 2 words: funky delight. Seems a little more unrestrained in its funkiness than the others I really like (Hennepin and DuPont). There are mild sour citrus notes among the funk, and it has a sharp cheese-like ending. Overall, pretty enjoyable beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've noticed a recent stockpile of Jolly Pumpkin hitting the shelves of my usual stops in the LA area....great news to me. Careful with the pour in this saison as the head can get away from you fast. A bit of a haze going on in this otherwise golden brew. Lots of active carbonation and sea foam type whispy head that leaves strands and chunks of lace.

Quite and subtle in the nose. Don't let this fool you as the first drink grabbed every taste bud and did the tango. Dance baby Dance. Carbonation really crispens this baby up, almost fizzy at times. This is a high end spiced up brew, light fruitiness although everpresent takes a back seat to the spices. Has the mouth of a dry champagne. Bigtime funky, but once again it leans towards that dry spiced up goodness...

Notes: Highly reccomended. You pay for what you get and in this case its well worth it. This is one of those beers that is a "MUST HAVE", seek it out, trade, drive, fly, You Must Try This Beer. The best part is its great in the heat, complex, ans SESSIONABLE!

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

12oz bottle/$2.19. Surprised to find this one as I hadn't seen it before, and 12oz'er are new to Jolly Pumpkin AFAIK. 4.5% ABV. The cap releases with a loud Pssssht. Pours to a cloudy, dirty peach, forming a large off-white head with average retention but even better lacing with solid sheets clinging to the glass. Carbonation is moderately brisk. The aroma is quite unique and piques my interest...I can't place it, but it's definitely Belgian farmhouse...salty fermented apples, candied overripe peaches, a pinch of mint snuff, canadian bacon. The mouthfeel is vibrant with a light body and zippy carbonation. Explodes when it hits the tongue, like champagne. The taste is pleasantly surprising! Starts with a punch of lambique acidity followed by moderately strong floral "hay-like" hop flavor in the middle. There isn't much sweetness from the malt, although it would benefit highly from such. Astringent lemon and pepper finish with an aftertaste of snuff. The bitterness lingers on the tongue for minutes and has a chemical nature to it all. Apples and pears throughout, but again, lacks any sweetness.

This beer is ok, but 25% more malt would really make this top-notch. It has alot of things going for it, but the bitterness is too much for it's own good and some sugars would really bring out a tremendous amount of character.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the first Jolly Pumpkin beer I found in 12 oz bottles. Perfect size, because 750ml is usually too much...

Poured into a tumbler, the beer looked nearly perfect. Hazy golden color with a huge white foam which lasted forever. The smell was a little hoppy but mostly had the Jolly Pumpkin funk. Actually the aroma was not as strong as the other Jolly Pumpkin beers but that worked.

The taste and mouthfeel were almost flawless. A little sour and malty with a hoppy after-taste. Everything worked together perfectly. Easily my favorite Jolly Pumpkin.

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

Cheers to ddarden for this one!

Pours a slightly hazy bronze with a tightly packed 1.5" white head. Great lacing & head retention in my chimnay glass

Smell: Lemons & latic acid, a bit overpowering

Taste: Tart & more tartness (grapefruit) that just wraps around the whole tounge. Finishes dry and grapefruitty

MF: Light & effrvescent, probably a touch too light for the style.

Drinks okay on hot day like today (just got finished playing catch with my boy & raking a lot of dead grass). But tartness would prevent this from being more than a one or 2 beer selection. But having said that I didn't like about 1/2 the saisons I had in Belgiue either. First I've had from jolly pumpkin, makes me want to try some more

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Cantaloupe body. Huge white head with a speckling of orange yeast. Steady carbonation streams.

N: Lemons and honeydew. Earthy, sweet, with mild muskiness.

T: Lemongrass, a touch of the sour funk, earthy malts, a pinch of pepper. Sulfuric acidity is unappreciated.

MF: Tart and zesty. Medium to full body. Sulfur powder sensations detract. ABV is unnoticeable.

Drinkability: Low. Flavors are unbalanced but not bold enough to be interesting. Not my cup of Saison.

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Photo of ddarden
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this beer recently as it has just become available in the SouthEast. It poured a cloudy pale yellow with a frothy white head that dropped pretty quickly. It appears to have a lot of carbonation with tight bubbles. The smell of the beer is in character for a Saison, lemon and a slight must. The taste is sharp due to the high carbonation with a lemon and white pepper character. It finishes very dry. To me, this beer could have a little more body and it seems quite thin. I did not notice the low abv until I got home. Most saisons I have had are in the 7-8% range and have more of a medium mouthfeel. Bam is very light tasting, but it is refreshing. It reminded me more of a wit than a saison. The overall drinkability is good because of its clean crisp taste, but it is a little on the thin side for me. Decent beer, but I would not go out of my way to drink it.

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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,399 ratings.
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