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 metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +1%
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 +0.5%
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 +6.9%
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 +2.5%
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 +1.8%
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 -38.9%
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 +10.2%
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 +1.8%
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 +12.5%
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 +1.3%
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 -13.2%
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 -3.3%
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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Photo of nataku00
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Hazy golden yellow with an initial two fingers of off white fluffy head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving some nice lacing on the glass that really sticks around. A lot of gentle carbonation viewable from the edge of the glass.

Nose is lemon, earthy funk, and floral hops. Aromas get a little funkier as the beer warms up closer to room temperature.

Taste follows the nose pretty well, lots of lemon initially, with the funky sourness and earthiness providing lots of contrast. The hops are more prominent on the taste than in the nose, floral hops finish very dry and clean on the tongue.

A very crisp, light bodied and well carbonated saison. At just 4.50% abv, yet still be capable of so much flavor is impressive. Very drinkable beer, and interesting to boot.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy sunny yellow with some floaties and a huge semi loose head that leaves lots and lots of spotty lace. The aroma is lemon rind with a good funky barnyard character, some tartness, and some really well defined fruitiness. The flavor follows logically, the beer is very dry and has notes of light sourness some good bitter fruit rind plenty of fruitiness and citrus flavors as well balanced by a good consistent earthiness throughout. For it's sourness the beer is only mildly tart, but everything works together harmoniously to make a really damn refreshing complex and delicious beer, I really wish they still had the six packs of this around.

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3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750mL to tulip. Bottled 7/28/10, reviewd 10/26/10. Batch 600.

A: Four fingers of bright white, stiff foamy head with excellent retention. The color of the body has a rustic amber-orange character. Bottle conditioning produces a light cloudiness and lots of interior bubbles. Lacing is more than adequate.

S & T: Nice nose and decent flavor, albeit far short of outstanding. Notes of orange rind and pith and red apple skin. As the beer warms, the nose presents an alcoholic punch, very heavy for a beer only weighing in at 4.5%. The dry-hopping effort went by unnoticed. Flavorwise, Bam Bière finishes empty and abruptly.

M: Medium body with an alcoholic texture. Soft carbonation. Lightly chalky and dry on the finish.

D: Pleasant to drink, but not much more than that. I'll spend my money on a more satisfying saison in the future.

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Photo of CASK1
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. First glass was a brilliantly clear, deep gold color with a thick, creamy, meringue-like head. Aroma is very light grainy malt with tart fruity notes of lemon, peach, pear and orange. Low peppery phenols and low spicy hop aroma. Low Brett character in the nose. Complex and refreshing taste. Lots of fruit; lemon and apricot. Quite tart, but refreshing rather than mouth-puckering. Background of Brett barnyard funk, but complimentary rather than distracting. Moderate hop bitterness and low spicy hop flavor. Medium light body with high carbonation leads to a dry finish and highly drinkable beer. A truly outstanding wild ale.

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Photo of sitarist
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 510/511, bottled 2-17-10.

Pours a cloudy, golden color with orange highlights. Lots of tiny bubbles race up to a frothy white head that falls after a couple minutes to a nice cap, sheets of lacing slide back into the cap.

The aroma is tart and funky. Lemons, and puppy breath are the first thing that comes to mind...along with some mild spice / coriander. Im beginning to wonder why this beer doesn't rate higher. It is well balanced, pleasant, effervescent, and alluring.

It is herbal, a bit funky, little spice, and slightly tart. The flavors are not as complex, and powerful as the aroma, but still pleasing.

Lighter bodied. With all the bubbles I thought the carbonation would come into play a little more. It coats my tongue then dries quickly.

Im still wondering why this beer is not rated higher. It is well balanced, easy to drink, and it is unique. If I had this blind and someone told me it was a Fantome brew, Id believe it.

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

A: Foamy head. Cloudy to the point of opaqueness. Golden hay color, like straw (fits right in with farmhouse theme).
S: Fruity, spicy, funky, citrus.
T: Citrusy tartness is the first thing I notice. I like some tartness in my Saisons, but this might have been overdone a tad. Farmhouse funk. Fruity esters, but not much of peppery phenols. Grassy hop aftertaste, a bit more than I would have liked.
M: Refreshing acidity and carbonation. Light body, very dry. Low alcohol.
O: Highly drinkable due to low gravity, acidity. Fruitiness and funkiness well balanced. Not the most complex Saison, but quite pleasant to drink.

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Photo of scoots511
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle conditioned farmhouse ale, 4.5%ABV.

Production notes: Bottle conditioned with Brett (and possibly oaked)

Appearance: Golden, light foamy white head

Smell: Very light smell, subtly reminiscent of a Heineken smell and farmhouse yeast

Taste: Taste dissipates quickly on tongue. Background taste, spice(?) that I can't identify. Very drinkable very light tart/sour taste to it in line with a farmhouse ale but very light. Finishes dry. "Simple Saison". Edit: This beer has warmed a bit and letting it stand in the mouth more really brings out the citric intensity and earthy flavors. The original tasting may have been a bit too cold to really capture the beer flavor.

Mouthfeel: The tight (not excessively foamy) bubbles give a very refreshing taste to the beer

Drinkability: Really light great clean beer with some nice flavor undertones

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Photo of augustgarage
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouref from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip. Batch 603, bottled August 4th, 2010. Having been hit by a car myself this year, I can relate to the story of their Jack Russell, though thankfully I wasn't injured.

Hazy gamboge liquid with very faint sunglow highlights. A massive four fingers of incredibly dense rocky foam fills the top of the glass, leaving an obscene mesa upthrusting in the center. Merengue like tendrils of lacing rest on the sides like a heavy layer of snow.

Pungent funky aromatics with hints of buttermilk, dark roast coffee, hay, a variety of esters, and faint zinc.

Sour complex palate entry with a barnyard earthiness suggesting Brett. Citrus and grass come through while the hops accentuate and diversify the character of both flavors. Light lemon-pepper and malt notes round out the profile. The finish is bright, tart, somewhat dry, and mildly bitter. Well done.

Medium-light bodied, but effervescent - the low ABV makes this sessionable, and reminds me of a less bready/yeasty version of Dupont's Avril in some ways.

A good introduction to sour/funky beers for novice drinkers - and a unique example of the style.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 367

A - Beautiful golden hue, slightly hazy, and capped with a thick white Duvel-like head.

S - As soon as I pour it, I am ecstatic. Big tart notes ranging from sour peach to green pear to Calabrese olives are immediately emanating from the glass. Granny Smith apples, limon zest, and Betadine tincture show up for the party fashionably late.

T - Medicinal, ginger, band-aid, tart pear and peach. Tart and sweet, and with a very nice golden ale base that features a nice mineral-y pale malt and some green grassy hop, although the base is radically transformed by the JP funk. As I drink more, I get distinct citric acid and navel orange flavors, ever so subtle, but distinct. Towards the end of the bottle, my yeast-driven impressions of funk have subsided to a degree, and I can appreciate the malt and hop of a very delicious golden ale base.

M - Mouthwatering, softly carbonated and slightly creamy but still hugely bright. As good as feel gets. 6 out of 5.

D - I could drink this all day every day, it is infinitely drinkable.

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Photo of rlshep
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Mainly funk with some spiciness.

Appearance: Big chunky, pillowy head. Color is pale yellow. Very cloudy. Lacing looks more like a popcorn ceiling and stays around for about as long.

Flavor: Dominate flavor is funk.. Lemony fruit notes and light malt. Tasted like someone dropped a sweet tart in the bottle. Bitterness is medium-high.

Mouthfeel: A little thin. Extremely high carbonation. I could only pour a half a glass at a time. Very dry finish.

Overall: Easy drinking. I was expecting more complexity out of it. Very light yeast driven beer.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks just about perfect. Nice pale golden colour. Head and lacings are wonderful. Big pillowy white head with very well-defined lacings.

Aroma is a bit of a let down. A touch of funk overpowers the other parts. Overall you get a bitter funkiness, not particularly nice.

The taste, however, is quite lovely. A refreshing tartness right up front. This transitions to some big citrus flavours and the tartness moves into a bit of sourness. Finish is nice and dry. Says goodbye with an interesting barnyard funk.

Nicely carbonated, contributes to the overall refreshing nature of the beer, and that's the most important thing with a saison.

Incredibly drinkable, went through the bottle in no time.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate yellow-golden with a nice white head and some pretty good lacing. The nose is quite good with some moderate funk, light grain, green apple, and some oak. The taste is a bit peppery with some oak and funk. Some very light fruit. Really good feel between the oak and the funk. Drinks incredibly well and is absolutely sessionable.

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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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