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!

Added by nomad on 02-04-2006

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Photo of dstc
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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 +10.9%
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 +2.8%
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 -6.1%
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 +6.1%
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 +6.6%
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 +4.6%
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%
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 -14.5%
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 -11.7%
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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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle in deschutes globe. Bottled 5/21/2010. Reviewed 7/7/2010

Ar: Tart/funk, floral, berries, light cherry, barn hints, herbal/spicy hop bitterness, tropical fruit, great hop, fruit and funk, strong hop presence, tartness and funk become more mild with time

Ap: Very thick coarse white head with great retention, hazy straw, chunky lace

T: Spicy/herbal hop, clean bitter end, mild fruit with candy sweetness, hints of sour/brett earthyness, pleasant brett/wild subtleties add a lot, herbal/spicy, then candy sweet with mild berries/light figs, then earthy tart hints with light hop bitterness at the end, clean pale malt

M: light mouthfeel, medium very fine carbonation, clean refreshing end, mild sweetness

O: The aroma is better than the taste, clean and light, want crisper/drier, more funk would be good but it would probably mean hops would be weaker

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Photo of techfed87
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like most Jolly Pumpkin beers, the head is quiet thick on this one.

Pours a very cloudy yellow. Smells tart, although a bit lighter than what I would have thought it was going to.

First sip is nice and malty, with some very prime flavor characteristics. It's quite drinkable, and has a superb afterflavor that lingers for a bit on the pallet.

Overall, another good Jolly Pumpkin beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This particular saison beer comes out of the tap a hazy, barely translucent light honey golden. Strong aroma is sweet, fairly malty and slightly spicy. Malty flavor is somewhat honey-sweet and slightly spicy and hoppy. Texture is lively, fizzy and tingly.

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

Shared with sleepnbballrlife.

750mL high-shouldered brown glass bottle. Sticker on back reads "Batch 311/312."...what does that mean?

Appearance: A hazy golden. Tall white head, 2+ inches.

Nose: Lemon rind and cider vinegar (props). Lemongrass, white pepper, peach, stone fruit, peach pit, apricot.

Palate: Sourness is aggressive, but fades in a flash to medium-light bodied malt character. Spicy yeast, sour apricot, underripe peach, apple skins, stone fruits again. Long tart, but balanced finish. Brett is present but not super loud until the finish.

Notes: A great brett-ed saison. Lots of apple/stone fruit notes and good balance. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this guy into a White Birch goblet. Thanks Andy for cracking this. Pours about two fingers of rocky white head and leaves attractive lacing on this golden beer. Smells yeasty and sour. Faint aromas of citrusy fruit such as grapefruit are present, but it isn't really prominent. This definitely has some funk. Not much in here to taste. Sour yeast. This actually kind of reminds me of a light beer that has a sourness added. Good mouthfeel, I like the lightness of the beer and the carbonation is good. Easy to drink and I wouldn't pass one up on a hot day, but not my favorite.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. I figured I should drink this before hitting up the Jolly Pumpkin brewpub next week.

A - Lemonade colored, hazy yellow body with a fluffy bubbly white head.

S - Musty, funk smell that I've come to love in Saison's. Hints of lemony spice and maybe a whiff of tart flavor that I am expecting.

T - Interesting complex flavor. Definitely sour but not mouth puckeringly so, it faintly wraps its sour flavors around my tongue reminiscent of a fruit picked before it got to ripen. Hints of fruit rind in there and with a bit of a bitter bite at the end.

M - Fully carbed with a light to medium body. Mouthfeel goes well with the style.

D - Pretty easy to drink in this too hot and humid SC weather. I would pick this up again but wouldn't go nuts trying to find it.

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Photo of largadeer
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. The hazy, unfiltered body of the beer matches the copper-colored bar. It's topped by two fingers of dense frothy foam that retains for most of the glass. Very rustic, spot-on farmhouse ale appearance.

It has big musty aroma, damp wood and barnyard funk, washed rind cheese, lemons, spicy phenols. Not much in the way of malt or hops reach out beyond the funky yeast character.

Tart and woody flavors are prevalent; the tannins, bitterness and mild sourness combine to form a flavor profile that brings to mind lemon and orange peels. It's light and refreshing, bone-dry, mildly astringent and quite musty and funky with a restrained pale malt flavor. The wild yeast and bacteria brings a lot of complexity to this light-bodied ale. Hops are present as well, herbal and zesty in character. It finishes with mild bitterness and lingering oaky astringency.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22-oz bottle. A hazy golden color with a large rocky white head, highly carbonated , lots of jagged lacing left. Aroma is slightly yeasty, spicy with a bit of tartness. Flavor is slightly sour and yeasty, coriander and citrus with a hint of tangerine in the finish, not as sweet as other Saison I have had. Smooth. Light body with a crisp ,clean mouthfeel , and a dry finish. Very refreshing and sessionable , a very good beer.

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Photo of branimal9
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Green's in Columbia - 6/8/2010.

Cloudy light orange in color with some nice yeasty sediment swirling around. Small bubbly head. Oaky, sour aroma. Taste opens tart & funky, with a slightly dry and bittering finish. Tried this along side JP's Calabaza Blanca, which I preferred to this one, but still a very well-crafted beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, orange/golden color with a small, bubbly, eggshell white head of foam. It left some soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of some barnyard funk and sour fruits.

T - Good funky flavor with sour fruits providing a little pucker factor. Good Belgian spices with some sweet caramel to balance out the sour.

M - It was crisp, sharp and finished quite dry. A medium bodied beer that is very easy drinking.

D - This is a very nice saison. I love the sour/bitter combo with just enough sweet caramel to make a very tasty Belgian-style ale.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked me up a big bottle of this brew not because she's heard of Jolly Pumpkin's reputation or because she knows that I like a good saison on a hot day... she bought it for me because it has a puppy on the label. Good pick none the less!

A - Cloudy bronze with several small chunky-monkeys floating around in there after I poured the last glass. The prodigious head is white, crisp, and airy. Lots of crusty lace is left on the glass.

S - Funk o rama! This has a nice crisp tang on the nose that almost reminds me of Dijon mustard. This makes me think immediately of brettanomyces and dirty socks, but not dirty socks in a bad way.

T - Super-funky tang, mustard seeds, sourdough bread, and hay. Nice and tasty, but distinct enough to be really interesting.

M - Light in body and big on flavor, this one is highly carbonated and "fluffy" feeling in the mouth. Finishes relatively clean for such a funky brew, but I do get reminders of that brett flavor minutes later seemingly out of the blue.

D - A good summer sippin' brew. A little to stanky and funky for a session brew, but I like that sourness for just a one-beer-only occasion. A very well made Saison that ain't quite up to par with the gold standard (Saison Du Pont), but still a very very well made brew.

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Photo of regspeir
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gowler from Capone's. Poured a cloudy lemony gold with a one-finger head which quickly settled into a coating. Nose is lemon zest, apples, pears some floral tones and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium to thin, smooth with light carbonation. The taste was green apples, lemongrass, some funk for sure (but never overbearing) and definitely some earthy, grassy hay-like presence. There was a hint of pepper or spices there as well. Finish is a nice dry lingering citrus tartness. Taste along with the ABV make this a perfect summer sessionable refreshment.

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

Recently discovered notes. I remember this beer pretty distinctly, as I had it on cask at the Blind Tiger in Manhattan during my honeymoon.

Orange, hazed, thin film of medium-sized bubbles partially covering the lid of the beer. Nose is quite funky with lots of citrus. I noted lemon zest, with possible grapefruit bitterness on the nose and flavor. Carbonation obviously low, bringing the mouthfeel to a more smooth, gentle place. Interesting interplay between the low-level mouthfeel and the zesty flavor.

Unique. I had a couple of these; it was a really nice summer's night, with nowhere to be. Great memories, and probably the best saison-on-cask I've had.

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Photo of bump8628
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with an enormous amount of dense, rocky white foam and powerful carbonation.

Sour, tart, mildly funky, and almost "dirty" tasting, rustic is probably a fitting description. Hops are slightly coarse with a nice hit of lingering bitterness and some earthy tones. Lemon zest, grass, and spicy, peppery yeast fill out the other main components of the complex flavor profile.

So much packed into such a small package. I'd love to see more beers like this out there. Strangely, though, I was expecting this to be a really refreshing beer, but actually found it be more of sipper due to it's complex, bracing, and sometimes overwhelming nature.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at capones.

A- hazy bright yellow in color with a small cap of white sudsy head. Good lacing all the way down.

S- tart and funky with some wood and fruit. Very grassy and clean.

T- tart and sour up front with lots of grapefruit rind and lemon peel. Lots of wood and herbal hops. Yeasty and funky with all the wild signs.

M- light body with medium to high carb. Nice pucker and dry finish.

D- low abv and lots of flavor. That's the way to go. I really like how its paired with the white mussels too.

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