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 nataku00
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +4.1%
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 -16.8%
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 +9.4%
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 +10.9%
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 +4.8%
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 +1.5%
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 -1.3%
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 +21.1%
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 -7.6%
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 -0.5%
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 +10.9%
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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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice hazy and slightly pale straw golden color with a big 2 inch head that is nice and dense and meringue like. It is quite sticky and retention is excellent. Near perfect look.

S - Starts off with some nice farmhouse funk and great lemon tartness. There is also some hints of apples especially granny smith. Slight sweetness and clove hints with some great spice notes like coriander and pepper.

T & M - Taste starts off with bready grain notes and then there is a nice tart slightly lemony hint. Quite funky in the middle and throughout the end. There are some slight sweet apple hints as well as a nice spice character. It is really funky and thats the best part about the beer. It is a bit on the light side but it has great carbonation.

D - Very good ABV and good overall flavor. I would have this more often but its not my favorite Saison.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains and odd funk that I've never encountered along with Belgian yeast, some spices and light malts.

T: The taste starts out with tartness from flavors of citrus and some spice. The some bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a thin malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style even though it's a bit on the sour side, although there are better beers in the style this is a good beer do drink for a while.

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

Batch 556 bottled May 21st, 2010. Poured from bottle to tulip.

A: Pale golden yellow in colour with a generous three finger head that laces sparsely down the glass.

S: Bright fresh lemon zest, faintest funk, green herbs, peppercorns.

T: Tart and lemony, with some other fruits mixed in. Orange and pineapple maybe? Just a hint of dank brett, and a crisp finish from the tartness and light hops. Quick finish, this disappears from your palate immediately.

M: Thin, maybe a bit too thin even for a saison.

D: Not the best example of the style I've ever had, but certainly something that brings you back for another sip. Light and lively, which is what I want in this beer.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz tulip on draught at fine establishment. A very lively pour, so much so that the bartender had to let the beer sit for a minute or two to give me an honest glassful. After that the beer settles nicely into the glass with a huge and long-lived head, atop a bright orange biere. Fresh and lively, inviting. This beer is all about the fresh and the lively - zippy aroma of fresh grains, light grassy hops, and a slight musty funk. Subtly complex yet maintaining a simple, straightforward quench and drinkability factor. Nice woodsy funk, slightly sour, dry and earthy, slight hints of soap and bitter hop, lemony fresh and light grains. Real dang tasty. Finishes dry and refreshing. Quite possibly a perfect beer. Jolly Pumpkin embraces the barrel and so should you.

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Photo of wschmit
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 589, bottled 7/16/10.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a lush, three finger head. Large bubbles diminish retention, but there's some very pretty webbing as the head recedes. The body effervesces with fine streaks of carbonation throughout.

S: A little bit sour, and almost sweaty, in that nice wild sort of way. A little bit of tart fruit, maybe apple, and some wheaty, bready scents. Any hops scent is lost in the funk.

T: My mouth puckered nicely with the first sip. There's a good funk flavor at the finish, but that's about it. Not a lot of interesting grain flavor behind the tartness and barnyard sensations. There's a bit of a grainy, vaguely Belgian malt characteristic in the very tail end of the taste, but it's subtle and lost in the funkiness. Still, pretty tasty.

M: A little bit watery, but just enough carbonation to rescue it from utter flatness.

D: If you like the style, this is probably more legitimate than many American attempts. Still, nothing like Fantome, or DuPont. I adore the style, and will have no trouble finishing this big bottle, but it's just about average for the style, I think.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first actual Jolly Pumpkin purchase. Get excited. I've sampled their beers, and heard great things about them, so I'm looking forward to opening Bam Bière. Batch 506/507. Served a little warm, probably around 55°F.

A: Uncapped, causing a foamy eruption. Was I too warm or did JP overcarbonate? Bam pours straw gold, birthing a generous four-finger head. The cap eventually collapses to a rocky bubble bath, which sticks around and leaves Belgian lace on the glass. There is a slight haze, and the final pours are cloudy from disturbing the yeast cake. Even in the first pour, though, tiny flecks of yeast float in suspension.

S: Subtle is the name of the game. A slight zoo-like Brett funk gives way to a hint of tangy lemon peel. Herb notes waft out of the snifter. Cilantro? Spicy phenols are countered by fruity esters. Finally, the Brettanomyces reasserts itself with spicy, peppery aromas. Overall, nothing stands out. Is this balance or boredom?

T: The flavor is light, and slightly sour with the same tangy lemon from the nose, this time accompanied by honey. The brew is very dry and tart. A small splash of vinegar hits the back of the tongue, and Bam finishes with some bitterness, although it's difficult to determine if that's from hops or from the wild yeast.

M: Bam Bière's mouthfeel is thin, watery, with a slight hop bite. The high carbonation adds a distinct refreshing crispness.

D: Drinkability for this ale is medium.

I'm torn - I suppose because I don't care for this style. This is a decent Saison, being very light and tart, and representative of the style, and it would be a great quencher on a hot day, but there's no excitement within this bottle. The beer is a lightly-soured version of a very plain pale. Not that they would, but Anheuser could brew this and call it Bud Light Farmhouse.

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

750ml served in a tulip.

A - Light golden, cloudy, nice white head & lacing.

S - Fresh lemon, yeast

T - Red wine vinegar, Belgian yeast --> Lemon, orange, fizz --> barnyardy, dry finish with some sour elements

M - Light, crisp, refreshing

D - A boozy 4.5% beer? Not bad, not great

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz bottle batch 548/549 Bottled 5-06-10

A- Pours a golden orange color, slightly cloudy, with a huge 3 finger frothy white head that lingers forever.

S- Sour yeast notes, oak, cherry and melon.

T- Highly carbonated, light tart, mild sour note on the finish, some tropical fruit notes of mango and citrus orange.

M- Crisp and carbonated, light body, low alcohol.

D- Extremely drinkable, enough interesting depth in flavor to keep me interested, and light body, dry finish that is refreshing.

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

Really nice beer...Given the low body and low alcohol, I could drink a ton of this!

Bottle into a snifter. bottling date 7/25/2010

a) golden yellow, with strong carbonation. nice head that stuck around a while

s) really great smell...nice sour funky smell

t) perhaps a little light in taste, but complex wondering how this would age...might be too small of a beer to be aged for very long. pineapple, lemon, grassy.

m) light body, good carbonation. very dry tasting, but that could be the tart nature

d) great! very drinkable.

Overall a good wild ale. I like De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserve much better (especially one that is a few years old), but its a much bigger and different beer. I would definitely buy again!

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Capone's for a saison event, this is from old notes.

A- Light golden with a slight bronze attitude, kinda like a new olympic medal. A nice tight cap around top full of the white stuff. Spray paint lace.

S- Oak from american wood without the vanilla and a slightly tart scent coming up. Wild berries, yeasty, earthy.

T- This is one fine saison that reminds me of a mix of saison and berliner weiss. A great balance of oak, tannins, apricot and lemon and a yeasty finish.

M- Light bodied with moderate carb. Some tartness that fades away leaving a dry finish.

D- Since having this a few more timesw around the city, I gotta say it's one to go back for. It's not super complex, but an easy drinker with character.

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Photo of shodrod
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours with a golden straw color with a beautiful head that clings to the glass and recedes very deliberately. A heavy green apple presence in the aroma which comes from their love of open fermentation. The flavor is exactly what you expect from the first sniff...lots of green apple and heavy sour notes. Not a beer you can drink several of in one sitting because of the sourness. The finish is quite dry and one would expect from a saison style. If you want to experience the pinnacle of open fermentation brewing, get your hands on just about anything this brewery makes!

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Photo of hawks10
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - Batch 367/368 - Poured into a tulip...

Pours a golden straw yellow with a bit of haze. Two fingers of bright white head forms and recedes slowly...

At first sniff all I pick up is a load of bretty spiciness...becomes musty, funky and barny on second whiff, exactly what I want to smell in my saisons. A touch of lemon gives some fruitiness to the beer...very nice!

I am not sure of the age on this one, but I know they are in to the 500's for sure now, so this one is probably fairly old. I say all that because the brett in this beer, which was very prominent in the nose, and nice, is HUGELY prominent in the taste...almost overwhelming all other aspects of the beer. Very dry with loads of funk and some spiciness. No sweet or citrus flavors at all. This is a brett bomb! Some earthy, leafy bitterness adds some complexity to the detection of sweetness or any tart/sour characteristics...maybe I should try this fresh to compare...

Light bodied and above average carbonation. Crisp and very dry...

Would like to try this one fresh to compare the brett levels in each. This one just has a bit too much, maybe it's the age, maybe that is what they were going for. Makes it hard to finish the whole 750...

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a hazy texture. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. A great-looking beer.

S: Had that typical saison barnyard funk, along with some citrus and malt.

T: Tasted of lemon, light fruit, and malt. Not quite as complex as I would have expected, but still very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A solid, well made, drinkable saison.

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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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