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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,536
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3.8 | pDev: 11.84%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle 2/17 2016 where's a dark copper brown almost pitch with a surprising quarter inch of foam despite this beer almost being four years old. Smells of mild chocolate roast tart vinegar and some mild Cherry notes. Taste is about the same vinegar notes are very balanced and it has a almost cherry-like finish but it does still have the chocolate and roast which makes it quite unusual. Body is quite light easy to crush overall for 2.50 it really wasn't that bad to try

Oct 07, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

De Tercertiempocervezas. En copa Teku. Jugando a Roblox con los niños (Virus Story) Perfil eminentemente funky en el que se echan en falta notas adicionales que le den interés, especialmente las notas oscuras y a roble anunciadas en su etiqueta

Jun 23, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 06/09/2015

Pours reddish brown amber mahogany with a tan khaki brown foam head that slowly recedes. Smells roasty, fruity and tart with some chocolatey roasted malts, dark fruits, cocoa, vanilla, almost cherry like dried fruit, plum, slight funky farmhouse yeast, sweet spice, hay, straw, with some dusty earthy hops. Tastes a bit tart and acidic with roasty dark malts, dark chocolate, toasted bread, dark caramel, vanilla, dried fruit, dark fruit, apricot, hint of cherry or plum, cocoa, funky farmhouse yeast, mild banana, clove spice, apple, hay, straw, with dusty leafy earthy herbal hops. Feels medium bodied, smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice dark farmhouse ale.

Apr 01, 2020
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Foyle from North Carolina

1.32/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Served from 375 ml bottle in tulip glass. A thick tan had drops slowly with mild lacing. Color is cloudy copper-brown. Aroma dominated by vinegar with yeasty malt background. Mouthfeel is light to medium, extremely carbonated. Flavor is unpleasant vinegar and overwhelming tartness. Not picking up any typical farmhouse ale flavors with this. Overall: I hope the sample I had was off somehow, because I could not finish this beer. Just too sour and tasted like a glass of vinegar.

Jan 19, 2020
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes 1/14/12: This brew is a dark cola brown with a huge, lasting, light tan head which leaves minor lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is tart, sour and yeasty. Taste is same but with a peppery start and notes of lemon and sour apple in the finish. Transient taste/rapid finish. Something is not "right" about this bottle. It may be that it is old or has been mishandled.

Oct 22, 2019
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought at Liquor Shed. No dating that I can find.

Opening the bottle, bought on the warm shelf, and it started to gush. Poured it into my glass promptly, the bottle began oozing. No problem.

I see a murky rusty brown colour, off white foam that shrinks slowly, lacing is okay.

I smell some Brett and a mix of vinegar sourness and fruity tartness. Not much Saison character going on here but I still like the smell.

Vinegar sourness, fruity tartness taste. Brett is subdued. There's a mild sweetness and spiciness mid palate that never comes close to taking over.

On the lower end of medium bodied, carbonation is adequate.


Jun 29, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Muddled yet clear brown-red with a creamy but thin tan film.

The aroma is light, exhibiting oak, char, cherry and plum.

Taste is actually light and drinkable, just barely tart for a Jolly Pumpkin sour, with hints of cherry, char, roast, cocoa, seeds, and smoke. Overall semi-bitter.

While the light-medium body is soft, it swallows dry.

Jun 19, 2018
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A dark, crimson red brew sits beneath a nice-sized head of tan froth.

Faint plum and other slightly ripened dark fruits give way to hints of grain and herb; making for a very calming aroma.

More plum, along with prunes and black cherry, a little straw and very subtle funk, along with a faint candy sweetness in the finish.

Dry and light and airy in body.

So right in so many ways, but just needs a little kick in the pants in the flavor department.

Jun 13, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste: complex, tangy, tart bready, dark fruit, berries, sour as it warms. Same with the nose. Deep Mahogany Red hue, slightly unfiltered, tall foamy head, delicate lace. Medium to full body. Thirst quencher. 24 IBUs

May 04, 2018
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours cloudy wooden brown. Ring of yellowish white lacing for a head.

Smells of oak barrel, biscuit, cider vinegar, and earthy notes.

Flavor of oak, biscuit, earthy and mineral flavors over hemp, citrus and lemongrass.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Decent darker farmhouse beer. Good flavor and body. Great for the style and worth trying.

Apr 15, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear mahogany brown pour... 3 fingers of foamy white head. Falls fast with a thick ring of lacing.

S: Funky saison... grassy/yeasty, light citrus and fruit.. tartness.

T/F: Complex. Funky and musty... barnyard... mildly tart with under-ripened fruits and mild lemon/citrus. Very slight roast character to the grains. Very light... super drinkable. A little heavy on the carbonation but that does give it an almost creamy feel. The finish is more funk and fruit.

O: A delicious mildly tart saison... the 'dark' part is overblown but slightly noticeable. Super easy drinking... light... just an awesome beer.

Apr 02, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark red with a two finger off white head. Nice amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is green apple, tart cherries, oak and some light farmhouse funkiness.

T - The taste is follows the aroma. Tart cherries, green apple skin, lemon, and funky brett with a strong oaky finish.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a nice dark farmhouse ale. The flavor are light and easily drinkable. This would make a nice introductory sour.

Oct 07, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance has a dark brown body with red tinges at the edges, one finger white foamy head that dies a bit leaving some concave lacing, super foamy all around as I had to hold the bottle over the sink so not to waste any of it as it tried to spill over.
The smell had a tart funkiness up front with an earthy/musty woody yet sour cherry.
The taste is extremely tart/sour/ and funky with the same earthy/musty/woodiness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a quaint sipping quality about it due to the sour harshness coming about. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, I had to have this a couple times in life to get a good feel for it. First time, I absolutely hated this beer. But the fourth time I had this, I do have to admit, though the price is steep, it is quite good all around.

Jun 18, 2017
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark red color. The head was white, less than a finger, and did dissipate quickly.
The nose is quite interesitng. It's got a slight sweetness. Slight funkiness. Floral aroma. Very pleasing.
The taste is tart. It's like a tart cherry, but there's more going on. There's a slight sweetness also to it, but the tart is very up front.
The feel from the tartness is quite strong. The beer doesn't feel too watery, otherwise.
Overall interesting, but not something I'd go out of my way for.

May 21, 2017
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Bascule-Brewer from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Batch 475 Bottled 11/05/2014

Aroma of funky brett with some lactic acid, fruity cherry and grape.Malt aroma mainly light bread and biscuit.

Amber color with off white head. Head somewhat fades quickly and some light lacing.

Nice balanced tartness. Not overly sour. Clean and complex lactic acid. Flavor of light bread with funky brett and medium cherry and grape. Quite dry. With medium high carbonation.

Overall a pretty good beer. Would prefer a little higher gravity and mouth feel. Prefer some other JP beers over this one.

Apr 15, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours almost a dark plum color with thin off white head that quickly dissipates not much lacing at all.

Aroma - Lots of plum and grape, little bit of hay and farmhouse funk. Little bit of yeast and tartness.

Taste - The first thing I noticed is that the tartness in the aroma was no where near as strong in the taste. Still dark fruit little funk, wheat.

Feel - Medium body well carbonated nice bite with a hint of dryness on the finish.

Overall - A very solid farmhouse, the funk and tartness are not very strong in the flavor.

Jan 17, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft. Poured out a dark amber color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of stone fruits, toffee and spices. Sweet fruity taste with caramel and an estery bite.

Jan 02, 2017
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jfitzbrew from Vermont

4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How do these beers sit on shelves at beer stores? Deep red with nice pinkish white head and good retention. Incredibly funky, sour cherry, spicy honey, and citrus notes in the aroma. Equal if not more complex flavor. Slight tarness, lots o barnyard funk in a beautiful way, clove, toffee, yeast, sour cherry. vVery full feel. Awesome interpretation of a dark farmhouse ale

Sep 14, 2016
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A two finger head with good retention. The head off white creamy and foamy with some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is reddish copper with some orange brown hues. The clarity of the beer is fairly clear.

N: a nice tart lactic acid note with cherries, honey, caramel, phenolic clove, spicy note, floral, citrus, yeasty, and some earthy note.

T: Phenolic cloves, a subtle spicy hop note, citrus, yeasty caramel, toffee, tart lactic acid, floral, yeast and some earthy

M: Carbonated. medium light body, some acidity, and a dry finish.

O: Actually this the first saison that i have enjoyed. Often the other ones I have tried so far are super spicy like a belgium or heavier in the body. A nice balance in the beer. I did enjoy very much.

Aug 16, 2016
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thepenguin from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours dark brown, with a very nice sized creamy off-white head. Lively effervescence with constant streams of small bubbles coming up from the sides of the glass. Superb head retention – the large creamy head hardly recedes at all, even as you drink the beer down – and pretty out of control lacing.

S: Lots of funk and wheat. Sweaty, yeasty brett notes meld with some highly-kilned dark malt.

T: Moderate tartness, a good deal of barnyardy funk notes, and a lot of wheat character. Mostly dry with some lactic sourness, but with a bit of chocolately roasty notes emerging in the finish and battling it with a very dry tannic quality.

F: Just under medium bodied with abundant carbonation consisting of very tight-knit bubbles, giving the beer a light yet creamy mouthfeel. Very drying tannic feel towards the finish.

Thoughts: A dark sour done well — a highly drinkable wheat-forward and rustic farmhouse beer, with restrained sourness and the dark malt appearing more as an afterthought rather than the main attraction. Very solid beer that I would happily buy again, I’m not sure why it’s not more highly rated.

Jul 21, 2016
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Toomanybarrels from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 475 bottled 11/05/2014

Look: brown to dark red with off white head.

Smell: funky with tannins. Hints at stone fruit. Underlying malty saison essence

Taste: delicious. Complex with out being overpowering. I could drink this all night. Hints of oak. Perfectly smooth.

Mouthfeel: thinner than you would expect for the amount of flavor you get. Every bit a saison.

Overall: late summer in a glass. Slow roast some pork and have a case of this on hand to marinate you and share splashes with the meat.

Jul 07, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I would like to try more dark saisons; but this is my second Bam Noire and that is enough.
While I should be more reconciled to the wild-Bretts finding their way into the saison category, I still don't accept the fusion.

While Bam Noire is a good-Looking ale (fluffy head and translucent brunette) and it Smells interesting (mostly brett-like with some spices to add dimension to the tart), the tart comes on too strong in the Taste and interferes prevents the other ingredients from playing a better role. Bam Noire also is a bit thin and bit too dry to finish.

OA: Not a good value. I suppose I could try a flight at their new brewpub in Hyde Park... but I'm not liking having to sit down with a 750 that is too tart on my tongue.

Apr 23, 2016
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ivehadthatbrew from Nevada

3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look (3.75): Brown, slightly hazy with a red ring around the outside edge. It's got an eggshell colored head that lingers around and likes to stick to the edges. Not a ton of carbonation though.

Smell (3.5): Funky, sour and darkly malty. It's got some tart cherry aromas to it.

Taste (3.5): A little to heavy on the fruit dark cherry tartness. I was hoping for a little more of a barnyard caramel or cedar taste to it.

Mouthfeel (3.25): Extremely tart, but it seems a little too tart. It loses a lot of carbonation after a short time as well.

Overall (4): I still need to work on finding out what type of sours I enjoy.

Mar 31, 2016
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this was truely a unique beer. this beer tastes more like a wine than a beer. it smells more like wine as well. for a wine enthusiast i would recommend this beer

Feb 02, 2016
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irrevjim from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into bulbous red wine glass
look; cloudy dirty brown soda, visible carbonation, not much head, moderate soapy lacing
smell; classic sour cherry tartness with some citric acidity, must
taste; a full mouth full will yield the same taste as the nose, sipping it, i lose all the sourness and taste dark malts and watery grapefruit
feel; a little thin and bubbly for how it looked and for how i wanted it to feel
overall; points for interesting. a hard beer to rate, a muddy light berliner weisse/kriek, enjoyable and different but not as good as their (jolly pumpkin's) oro de calabaza, bam biere, or my favorite, la roja, it just didn't seem to come together as well as these others.

Nov 21, 2015
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