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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 JoEBoBpr
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -1.3%
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 -3.3%
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 +18.3%
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 -11.5%
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 -8.9%
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 -3.8%
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 +10.2%
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 +5.6%
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 +3.1%
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 -3.8%
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 -2.8%
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 beer...no 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 +6.4%
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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Photo of Augustiner719
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle dated July 2 2010.

Pours a near clear yellow sunlight color with a huge, white head with ridiculous retention and a clumpy lacing that rub a down the glass. The aroma is big time floral and even some perfume aromas. Very light and fresh with some sourness to it. The flavor is very crisp, flowery and fen has some sour notes like the aroma. Really a classic tasting saison. Love how light and crisp it is. The mouthfeel is nice too with laser focus on the acidity and light palate cleansing components. The low abv is just perfect for the summer and really shows how a beer is capable of huge complexity and flavor with such low abv.

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Photo of daledeee
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 750 ml bottle dated July 12 2010.

Poured into the tulip. got a monstrous white head and very bright gold body.

Nose is funky and I mean FARM. Musty, sour, funky and sour millk.

Taste is very spicy and lemony.

Mouth feel is quite effervescent. I would like this a lot more if it was stronger alcohol. Came across watery. Otherwise, a fine tasting beer.

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Photo of dstc
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber gold with a full, foamy white head. Head falls very slow. Nice thick lace.

Aroma is very herbal and all brettanomyces. Plenty of that farmhouse funk.

Nice taste. Sweet yet tangy. Full of herbal flavors and brett. Farmhouse indeed.

Thin to medium mouthfeel, tangy and biting.

Nice farmhouse. Enjoyable.

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

Growler filled at the JP Cafe about 30 minutes ago

a - pours a bright golden amber, quite cloudy, big two-finger white head with good retention and lacing

s - yeasty aroma with a nice lemon and apricot tartness, bretty mustiness that I find in many JP beers, reminiscent of a cave and spiderwebs, really nice aroma

t - lemon and apricot fruit flavors up front, lightly sweet with a mild tartness developing on the midpalate and flowing into the finish, sweetness diminished quickly and the finish is rather dry, midpalate has a yeasty component and the finish, as with the aroma, has the trademark JP brett mustiness, alcohol is negligible, my only big knock is that the finish is a bit short, otherwise, this would be a 4.5

m - medium-to-light bodied, moderate-to-higher carbonation, fairly dry finish, no alcohol warming, not that you'd expect it at this abv, very crisp on the palate

d - very drinkable stuff, the flavors are refreshing and interesting, it's easy on the palate, the abv is very low, no problem with this growler, my kind of a session beer

Very good farmhouse ale from JP. It's incredible how much flavor they can fit into a 4.5% beer.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served up a cloudy, slightly golden yellow with a nice foamy and creamy head that leaves droopy lacing on the sides of the tumbler. Aroma is of fresh citrus, pepper, grass and summertime. It also carries are fare amount brett tartness. The flavor is quite nice and much more complex than the smell. Lactic tartness, pale malt, sour apple, pear, spice, a hint of skunk, lemon grass, grain and cellar. The body is fairly light and it has a slightly sticky and lingering finish. This is a very drinkable beer that would make a great summer session choice.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Stopped in the brewery and had a little sampler of several beers. Pretty cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Spice and slight fruit aroma in the nose. Spicy farm taste as well. Funky finish with fruits. Light/Medium mouthfeel. Not really something that I thought was spectacular but not terrible either.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours hazy straw yellow with a fluffy bone white head. Nice retention. Thick lacing.

S_Fruity,tart,sour,yeast and citrus.

T_Fruity. Hints of banana and clove.Lemon. Tart and sour but not over the top. Yeast. Very dry and crisp.

M_Full bodied , crisp, refreshing and finishes dry.

D_Very drinkable. Great summer beer which seems to be the point of saisons.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy honey color. Smells of sour funk, and citrousy fruits. Nice fluffy head to it. Very lemonie in flavors. Well balanced. A little mild for my taste, but a lot of the non-sour beer drinkers were digging it. there is something to be said about that. This might be a good one to try if you are looking to get into sour beers. Highly drinkible for how out there it is.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 506/507 - bought and consumed in MI while here for work.

A - I poured EXTREMELY slowly based on past experience with beers like this, and the result was a moderate head on a cloudy pale-yellow body.

S - This smells amazing. Funky, tart, dry. Lots of lemon but with plenty of that bretty must hanging around.

T&M - I figured this would be close to Boulevard Saison-Brett based on the description and nose, but this is completely different. Where that to me seemed like a saison with a brett character, this seems like a wild yeast beer with a saison character. It is very dry and highly carbonated - there is a bit of grassy light malt body, but little bitterness - instead just the prevailing tartness. The finish is where the sourness comes out the most, but it is never puckering - merely the dominant characteristic of the beer.

D - A little more body or less sourness would have resulted in a more balanced beer, but this still works very well. It seems like something that could be sipped on slowly for hours and enjoyed thoroughly.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown.

A: Hazy yellow with a large, white, fluffy head that resembles a cloud. Great lacing all over the glass.

S: Lemons, brettanomyces, hay.

T: This beer is quite light and refreshing. The low abv and easy drinking feel make this a great summertime beer. Funky brett flavors and a quaffable beer makes me happy. It's not incredibly sour by any means, but the brett aspect is instantly recognizable, and plays a major role in the overall taste profile.

M: Smooth and easy, but perhaps a bit under carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink. Sour, but not overly so. Low alcohol content with a pleasant aroma and taste. Good stuff.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In tap at the jp pub as part of a sampler...Pours a light gold semi clear, ok retention and lacing...The aroma and taste are both dominated by sourness, there is not a lot going on here in terms of complexity or flavor. A typical jp sour beer but a little below average for them.

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Photo of birchstick
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 291

A - pours a faint orangeish yellow with a nice one-finger head

S - smells very funky/musty, almost like bad breath, with some lemony, a touch of pepper. I am interested to see how this turns out...

T - follows the nose pretty similarly. The mustiness of the nose came off on the palate. This was blended with a lot of tart citrus flavors were also present (mainly lemon peel and some dry grapefruit). There was a peppery spiciness on the finish. I also found some pretty weak grassy hops the mix.

M - good body, but it goes down a little watery. Surprisingly sour and a bit dry overall.

D - this was definitely on the musty and sour side within the Saison flavor family. I wouldn't say I was crazy about this, but at the same time I wasn't disappointed. Good saison. Given the price point, I don't know if I will return to it, however I have been meaning to check out this brewery for a while and will definitely pick up some more by them.

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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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