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

a: This was a slightly hazy straw color and it was served to me with a thick, firm, bright white cap.

s: One of the funkier saisons I've come across. I found lots of funk, but not the obnoxiously overpowering kind. Zesty, tart fruits, lots of phenols, and a hint of peppery spice.

t: Wonderfully tart and refreshing. I tasted lots of earthy, musty fruits, plus a nice peppery spice bite. They found a great level of sourness for a small saison.

m: Fuller bodied for a small beer with prickly, effervescent carbonation.

o: Just an outstanding, refreshing, unbelievably drinkable small saison. Loved it.

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Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - nice cloudy yellow-orange-gold tones with about a finger thick soapy, yet frothy head.

s - funk, horse blanket, farmhouse, crisp almost like a cider, sweet and floral. smells like its gonna be a bit sour as well.

t - woah dude. slightly sour, again farmhouse, and a pretty distinct rose water/pedal hint. a pretty awesome balance and although none of the flavors stick too much.

m - actually its a pretty light aftertaste. considering theres so much funk here youd think itd stick but really, the flavor falls off in a couple a seconds.

o - not bad. better on tap. this bottle has been staring me in the face for too long so im happy i got one to review here. not gonna be buying consistently, but i might go in on one with someone who hasnt had something like this to share the experience. definitely unique for a farmhouse style.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 28 December 2010, reviewed 24 April 2011.

Golden in color, enormous head that makes it a difficult one to pour into my tulip. Head is thick and lasts, leaving gobs of lacing.

Smells of musty barnyard aromas and some citrus rind.

Taste is heavy on the barnyard funk, but it's smooth. Dry flavors of apple, pear and citrus stick out through the mustiness. Not very sour to me at all, nor is it very strong. But that's to be expected given the ABV.

Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated and crisp, light, but in line with the style.

I like how this one is able to play up the funk/barnyard while still being a light, crisp drinker. Not something I'd see myself buying much, though.

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

ST: 750ml poured into a wine glass. Batch 671 bottled 11-11-10.

A: Cloudy dull orange-gold with a THICK white head that sits on top and leaves wonderful lacing.

S: What an aroma! Sour fruit mixes with dusty earth and spice. Pear and apple are the dominate fruit that come through.

T: What a unique and wonderful taste this beer has. It begins with some gritty earth then moves to dry pear and apple. Towards the finish some yeast and pepper joins the party before coming to a dry finish. There is a slight sweetness from fruit, but it is mostly dry.

M: It is medium in body and mostly dry.

O: I have had this beer before, but I was not able to rate it at the time. I loved it then, and I love this batch now. If you like saisons or sour beers, you will adore this brew. Jolly Pumpkin strikes again offering a beer with sour fruit notes, pepper, and yeasty bread. It is a perfect beer to drink in warmer weather.

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

Bottle label says Batch 556, Bottled 5-21-10. Pours with a gigantic, fluffly white head in the middle with bubbly carbonated bubbles on the side of the glass. Hazy light yellow body with plenty of carbonation bubbles drifting up through the body.

Strong aroma; starts out with the typical funky barnyard notes and adds in some apple and pear fruity smells. Some grainy aromas mix in and make for a complex aroma profile.

The flavors are even better. Not to repeat, but they follow those in the aroma. Add in some spicy yeast flavor and pepper and you have a really good saison.

Light mouthfeel that finishes crisply. A solid beer that, with the low abv, could be enjoyed in nice quantities.

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Photo of dciBA
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750 into a large tulip. Color is a fairly cloudy honey shade of amber. Big foamy white head that won't go away. Nice thick lacing as I enjoy the beer.

Smell is quite funky with a lot of tart fruit as well. Potent and pleasant at the same time. Sour without being overpowering. Lots of herbal smells in the nose to with some coriander spice as well. Complex smell is really inviting, on to the taste.

Taste is funky for sure, but not nearly as tart and sour as you would expect after smelling the beer. Barnyard funk is the dominant flavor with the herbalness in the nose coming through nicely on the palate. Some apple comes in as the beer warms. Taste is surprisingly simple, yet well done. After such a complex nose the flavor comes up a little short but this is still quite an enjoyable saison.

Tons of carbonation as expected. Bubbly, light mouthfeel and a bone dry finish. Just what you want in a saison. Overall a well done beer, just wish there was a bit more to it. The low alcohol and easy palatability make this a great one for a hot day. I'll grab another and save it for summer.

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

Got this one from Sitarist in the Blind Beers BIF #4.
750 ml bottle into Duvel tulip glass. Batch 603. Bottled 08-04-10.
Beer was reviewed without any knowledge of brewery or style.

A dark clear gold color with a huge streaming bubbly white head of 3 fingers. Nice retention and some good lace left behind.
Smells of apples and other generic fruit notes. Some oaky funkiness is light and overshadowed by a peppery spice note.
The flavor is surprisingly dry, despite some apples, pears, and apricots hitting up front. A white pepper spice note is big, drying, and refreshing. This is incredibly easy drinking. I'll be through this whole 750 shockingly fast!

Light, well-carbonated body is super easy to quaff. Nice little tart note is hiding at the back end, increasig the complexity and deliciousness.

This has to be a Saison... But I have no clue which...

--reveals bottle to be Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere--

Wow-- only 4.5% ABV. This is excellent. I will certainly be buying this again! Thanks again sitarist!

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

Pours a straw yellow colour with thick white head. Good head retention with some lacing around the glass. Smells quite funky (brett?), almost wine-like, with lots of yeasty aroma. Some mild citrus hops as well. Flavour is tart, verging on being sour. A nice saison. On the sour side, but it works nicely.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a tumbler at Pizza Paradiso.

Super fluffy white head with almost perfect uniform pinhead sized bubbles throughout. A very yellow cloudy body like a lemon skin. Minimal lacing while drinking but some. Beer looks suspended.

Smell just seems strangely fresh. First a faint hint of cardamom spice, then giving way to sour yeast. A real refreshing sense of sea salt also and even some hints of butter. Enjoying that.

Mouthfeel is what I feel first on the taste, it seems really chewy in texture. Sour lemon with some decent tartness that is tolerable. Real neat tight carbonation on the finish. There is along with the lemon taste just a bare slight hint of sweet cream.

I am pretty impressed with this one overall. I am not usually a big fan of this style but this just might be my favorite so far.

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

On tap at Max's the other day.

Light straw yellow with a dense, white head with great retention and lacing. The nose is great. Plenty of Brett and funk, this has a great balance between old leather and hay, bringing to mind a good BDSM session.Straw, wheat and a little yeast are present. With no malt or hop character, is is all about the yeast. The palate has a complex Brett character, leather, straw, clove and hay. The clove plays second fiddle here. Light in body with high carbonation, this is drying and mildly spicy on the finish. A great deal when on tap at Max's, the bottles are just too damn pricey.

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Photo of andyinsdca
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- cloudy yellow with a thick head that reminded me of a rootbeer float. I actually floated the beercap (from the 25oz bottle) on the head. The head & lacing lasted all the way thru the glass I poured into.
S- something sour, maybe grapefruit? Not strong like lemon. A bit of hop smell, a bit flowery.
T - spicy, sour, a very interesting flavor. I dug it
M - Fairly solid
O - A good beer, I'm not sure it's a session beer because of the flavors, but it's a good beer that will stand up on its own with good food.

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Photo of bobhits
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a huge white head, thick, dense, creamy, truly impressive. The carbonation is equally amazing, the first pour resulted in what could only be described as a tornado in my glass.

Sour notes following some funk and citrus fruity notes.

I really don't know how to qualify this style or even try to explain it. I can tell you that this beer is enjoyable and worth the 10-11 a spent on a wine bottle size (why such large bottles?). Opens with a touch of sweetness, quickly goes sour/citus as it goes down the tongue and finishing with a bitter note as it finishes going down. One thing I really like about beers such as this is that the flavors change rapidly as the liquid goes down the tongue. It reminds me of being a kid and being taught about how different parts of our tongue taste different flavors. Well this beer seems to activate each and every part of the tongue when taken straight back. When mixed together there are just too many flavors fighting to be noted.

Light body with so much carbonation that it feels rather full and complex. Crystal clear and extremely drinkable and made for the hot summer months.

I won't be coming back to this beer. It's tasty and certainly has some good parts, but there's nothing outstanding or memorable about this beer. It will go down with countless other beers when asked I'll simply say "it was good" or "there's nothing wrong with it."

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a high amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The nose is spicy and has moderately strong aromas of peppers.
T: Like the smell, the taste is spicy and has flavors of pepper and yeast along with some notes of sourness and hints of lemon.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, crisp and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
O: The beer is easy to drink and is quite refreshing. The low alcohol content makes it very sessionable.

Note: Batch 695/696, Bottled 12/17/2010

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color, with a good 2 finger of bright white head with stick spongy lacing. Retention was great.

Aroma was nice and spicy, yeasty, bready, hoppy and herbal earth.

Taste is fairly similar with the spicy yeast, malts, light hops and a nice bitter finish.

The feel is a bit over carbonated and bubbly. Makes for great head retention, but it's stings the tongue a bit too much. Light in body but there is a bit of creaminess to it.

Good over all drink ability. Very tasty saison to have around.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap to 4oz snifter at ChurchKey on 3/14/11
*From notes

A: Lemony haze - it looks like a field of sunflowers. Small .75 finger head that runs away quickly, leaving some faint traces of lacing. When swirled, it reappears quite quickly.

S: Wild brett funk and lavender.

T: Twangy and a bit sour-funky up front. The malt busts through within seconds, providing a stable and relatable backbone to a light and fairly acidic brew that reminds me of warm spring days.

M: Light and airy. It's well carbonated and rests pleasantly in the mouth. Inoffensive.

O: Jolly Pumpkin's Bam Biere is a nice little Saison. It doesn't rank at the top of the list, but it certainly has a home in the upper middle class.

This is a really agreeable and sessionable Farmhouse Ale that's better had being sipped.

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Photo of nova009
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A- pours a light golden yellow, clear with a large amount of bubbles rising to the top, large white fluffy head that slowly dissipates, spotty sticky lacing

S- citrusy, lots of lemon and some tart orange, ripe pear, pretty good amount of funk, nice floral bouquet with some pepper notes mixed in giving it the saison aroma

T- nice and sour/tart right from the beginning, pear and green apple come to mind, light spices, lemony citrus cleans the palate, nice saison flavors mixed with nice sour funk

M- light/medium mouthfeel, nice and crisp, fairly high carbonation that compliments the body nicely, finishes dry

D- very well put together, nice combination of a saison with a sour, very easy to drink, nice and refreshing, another solid beer from jolly pumpkin

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Photo of Jesse13713
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Batch 600 Bottled 7-28-10. Poured into my Maudite tulip glass.

Appearance - Three soapy fingers present itself immediately. Once it dissipates, it leaves a clumpy mound in the center. Looks creamy and thick. The ale itself is very natural looking. Golden yellow with hints of wheat as well. Highly carbonated with no hints of yeast residue. Very natural looking. A good looking saison. Slightly cloudy and opaque.

Smell - Hints of yeast are noticeable right away. Definitely some hints of lemon grass and fig. Slight spices and hops in the nose as well. A citrus-orange smell accompanies the Belgian hints as well. Complex. I took my time trying to get out all the different scents in this one. A slight milky smell as well.

Taste - Spices attack my taste buds initially, and then become quite sour. The sourness is quick to fade into a smooth, natural tasting saison. The lemongrass and citrus notes from the smell are the most noticeable. The aftertaste is filled with sweet clove and yeast. I was a little underwhelmed by the intensity of the spices.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very bitter and sour feeling in the mouth. A Belgian-yeast-like tasting saison. Very tart on the tongue. Starts off medium bodied and then gets lighter as you swallow. Very crisp and citrusy as it rests in your mouth. High carbonation that smooths out to a crisp and dry finish on the tongue.

I was surprised that I enjoyed this beer as much as I did. I bought eight Jolly Pumpkin beers today; and had this first because I expected it to be my least favorite. I think this will be slightly hard to top, however. It still does not compare to La Roja as far as my personal taste; but one of these is bound to top it. For the style, an excellent Saison that reminds me why I love Jolly Pumpkin brews.

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

Bottle labelled batch 311/312. 750ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: cloudy, golden body with a three finger mountainous head. Excellent retention and excellent lacing.

Smell: fairly quiet. Some fruitiness, with some quiet citrus aromas like orange and some apple. Hints of Belgian yeast also.

Taste: follows the nose with some hints of orange, a little bit of citrus hoppiness, pale malt, Belgian yeast flavors, a bit of tartness, not as funky as I thought it would be but there's still a bit of funk. The oak also isn't really there that much for me.

Feel: medium to thin, crisply carbonated, a bit tart but still refreshing.

Drink: this is an easy drinker.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. Its nothing extraordinary but its still quite good and I'll be willing to give Jolly Pumpkin another try sometime in the future. I'd give this one a go if you are a fan of saisons. Cheers!

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Photo of Shrews629
2.4/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Cloudy. Burnt yellow/gold color with a super bright, white, soapy, fluffy head. Had some very nice retention and lacing. Looks pretty good in the glass.

Smell - The aroma is definitely a puzzler. It has the spice of pepper and maybe some clove, but I'm detecting what I think might be a sour lemon or something. It almost had a funky nursing home, stale urine type of smell. Not very pleasing to me.

Taste - The taste had a bitter, tart lemon flavoring. Leads of bitterness to make me pucker up. Some spice of pepper and clove. This also is very sour. Maybe a bit too much for me at this point.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel was primarily medium. Left plenty on the palate. Somewhat watery and could be refreshing under the correct circumstances.

Drinkability - Well, this was my first Saison, so maybe I was caught a little off gaurd by the aroma and taste. Maybe just a touch too sour for me. My palate must not be ready for this style. I'm sure some love it and maybe I will revert back to this and give it a second review when I have had more experience with this style of beer. As for now, this is not a beer I would want on a regular basis.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2009

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a rocky white head and excellent lacing.

S: There are just a ton of different fruits here. Lots of peaches, lemons, berries, and apples. The usual spice, esters, and phenols of a saison are there and underneath is a bit of damp oak. Slightly tart in the typical Jolly Pumpkin fashion.

T: A lot of white grape, lemon, and apple. There are some nice yeast notes and a lot of "saison character". A touch wild with a more oak forward feel than the nose lets on. The same could be said of the more substantial tartness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a crisp, dry finish.

D: Probably my favorite Jolly Pumpkin regular line-up beer. This one is just fantastic.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending this bottle as an extra. Batch 548/549. Bottled 5/6/10.

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the brett with some pepper and orange citrus notes mixed in. The beer smells very inviting.

The flavor is also very heavy on the brett. I get a lot of orange and lemon notes, as well as a heavy leather component from the brett. There is a light sourness and a medium amount of funk. Very tasty and easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of larsenju
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 589 bottled 7-16-10

A-Light gold/yellow body with a clean white head, about 1 finger, and it dropped pretty slowly.

S-Some citrus fruit, primarily lemon with maybe a little orange in there as well, along with a very smooth, but moderately high funk. Just a little sour/lacto aroma, and just a little earthy/pepper.

T-Green apple, along with some pear right away. Moving back the fruit drops out and it picks up some light phenols, think soft cloves or a very light pepper. I started to get some lemon as it warmed, the sour character was mild and made it quite refreshing. I think this is probably a pretty close approximation of what a Saison would have originally been, its pretty interesting.

M-Very sharp and crisp with high carb, this is how I prefer a Saison to feel.

D-Just sour enough to make it very crisp and refreshing, super easy to drink. It is different from what you would normally get these days, but I think its a really nice change. This was my intro to Jolly Pumpkin and I am not let down.

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

1/29/11, thanks to S. Andrews.

Batch 695/696, bottled 12/19/10.

A: A hazy golden color with a THICK frothy head that leaves a nice even coating on the sides of the glass as it dissipates. It looks quite appealing.

S: A slight hint of fruit and yeasty goodness, with a more than slight smell of that funky smell which can only be described as farmhouse. Not too pungent, which makes it hard to discern flavors.

T: It's ever-so-slightly fruity, that light summer/fall fruit that is quintessentially farmhouse. There is also a hint of spice that just misses being clove-y.

M: Very highly carbonated, but not distractingly so. It makes it hard to evaluate the body, but relatively light.

D: Very easy drinking. This beer went down well, with nothing distracting from the enjoyment of a good beer. One of the better offerings I've had from this style, but it's hard for me to compare.

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Photo of duffcalifornia
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Batch 506/507.

A: Golden yellow color. Thick luxurious white head with excellent lacing.

S: Smells of sour citrus.

T: First impression: SWEET JEBUS THATS MOUTH-PUCKERINGLY SOUR, and I almost considered straight drainpouring it on the spot. I gave it a second shot, and it was not as sour. Tastes are predominantly sour citrus, with a bit of a yeasty finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

D: The beer itself is decently drinkable, if you like sour beers. Alcohol is hidden well, and the sour flavor is all you taste. Probably won't purchase another bottle, but would try it again if somebody else had one.

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Photo of gatornation
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from 750 ml bottle batch 548/549 bottled 050610

A- pours a hazy light straw yellow color with a fluffy white head that settles with a good collar

S- light lemon/citrus smell with a clove and sour yeast funk smell but its not strong

T-follows the nose except its much better i get nice tart citrus zest with just the right amount of hops and some barley..a bit of sour funk (not much) is present for a nice saison balance

M- nicely carbonated crisp and tart with a nice balanced taste profile

D- very good its a light saison that has a nice floral ,citrus,tart taste will buy again

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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,406 ratings.
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