Bam Noire | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Bascule-Brewer
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.96/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of jfitzbrew
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
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

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Photo of colts9016
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Toomanybarrels
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.75/5  rDev +26%
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

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Photo of irrevjim
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stamped in green reads "Batch 475, Bottled 10/31/2014."
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a dark ruddy brown color with a thin white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Foamy lacing sticks to the glass yet slides at a nice pace into the beer.
The smell had a semi-sweet fresh green apple with a side effect of mustiness. Light grassy funk enters in with some tart malt. And then a woody edge with some dark fruits enter in for the balance.
The taste was mildly sour allowing the sweet dry woody edge to escape upon my tastebuds gently and allowing a dry mildly musty woody aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation runs fairly light and I'm thinking that could be due to the fact of the age of this beer. I'm okay with that and understand for the review itself.
Overall, what a nice dark saison that exemplified a fair amount of the fine qualities of the dark side of the wheelhouse for a saison. I'd have again.

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Photo of justinp444
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber brown with a slight white head. Smell of hay, funk, sweet lemon citrus, grapefruit, and slight cherry. Taste is citrus, funk, sour, and sweet slight bitter lemon. Mouth feel is light to moderate with a moderate body. A nice sour beer, not much of a saison though.

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Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 375ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Very dark burnt amber color with a 2 finger tan head. Retention is long and fades into a thick collar with some blobs of lacing on the glass.

S - A musty and tart aroma of fruit and wood. I pick up some dark plumb, light lemon zest, maybe a bit of apple. The funk is light and there is a touch of roasted malt along with the yeast.

T - Flavor is lightly tart with some earthy overtones. Roasty malts combine with the yeast and the tart plumb, lemon zest, and apple. A nice unique flavor that is enhanced by the Brett.

M - Lighter body with prickly carbonation that leaves the palate dry.

O - Another winner from JP.

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Photo of Premo88
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

25.4 oz. bottle poured into tulip

L: dark amber, clear, MASSIVE beige head of foam, about 3 inches tall and super fluffy and sticky ... beautiful color ... it's a fantastic copper with lots of brown mixed in with the red; keeps a 1/3-inch thick layer of foam off a ton of activity in the glass, loads of bubbles churning from the bottom; the lacing is incredible, like a thick coat of light beige paint

S: musty barn sour, lemon, kumquats ... something sweet ... it's sour but there's a light sweetness underneath, almost banana/super ripe banana

T: bitter sour mix of dirt and musty barn ... almost no sweetness in the first few sips, and a unique flavor in there I have encountered in other farmhouse ales (including Jolly Pumpkin) -- what is that flavor? it's a burnt wood flavor ... something bitter and "dark" ... burnt oats? burnt wheat toast?

F: fantastic ... tons of carbonation but good weight to make it full but drinkable

O: that unique "dark" flavor is interesting and makes this beer a nice addition to Jolly Pumpkin's line; the opening bitter dirt flavor is hardcore sour stuff and might have a craft beer novice eyeing the drain, but as the beer warms and the palate adjusts, a nice bit of sweetness peeks in and helps offer some balance ... has a bit more wheat character than other Jolly Pumpkin brews, even with a weak hint of banana at times

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Photo of aProtagonist
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed on-tap at JP's Midtown Detroit location.

L - Light-brown with a copper overtone, couple of fingers of head. Not the best pour, but what can you do?

S - Like somebody dropped a fistful of cherries into a weak acid. Not unpleasant, but not what I expect from a so-called "dark saison."

T - More sour than most reviews on this page give it credit for. The fruit is upfront, almost to an obnoxious extent. I feel like I'm drinking a half-dead forest.

F - Light, brisk, enjoyable. Can barely feel the burn.

O - Not entirely without merit, but nothing about it screams "dark saison" to me. It's definitely a hybrid of some variety, but I can't say it's a variety I particularly enjoy. 3.25, but add .5 if you like sourness in your beer, as I (emphatically) do not.

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Photo of TH28
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Appearance: Clear brown with deep orange and ruby highlights, with a small white foam cap. Aroma: Lactic acid dominates the aroma with a slight hint of toasted malt. Taste: Very little malt character, as the lactic acid overruns the flavor, with hints of lemon and apple. Tart acidity is strong but pleasant. Very one dimensional taste. Mouthfeel: Light and thin, with moderate carbonation. Finish: A bracing acidity and tartness with no apparent maltiness. Overall: Very similar to Weizen Bam in that the beer is very one dimensional with the lactic acid dominating the flavor profile, with no definitive malt profile. While I like the pleasant acidity of JP beers, there seems to be no differentiation between beers because the malt profile is nonexistent.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark, brick color with a off-white head that is huge and pillowy, persistent and hanging to the glass in clots.

S - Acid and fruit, along with a bit of barn.

T - Fruit, suggesting cherries and plum flesh, with red grape and plum skin also present. Strong acidic flourishes, along with the clay notes.

M - Brisk and light, and the sourness does not produce puckering or burden the palate. There is a touch of granularity that is the only mark against.

O - A drinkable beer that strikes me as somewhere between a Flanders and traditional light saison, the experience is pleasant. The brew is sour but not taxing.

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Photo of guityler83
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark copper with a reddish hue. good clarity after leaving a half inch in the bottle when pouring into a pilsner style glass. Big pillowy head made of off white foam - looks like marshmallows. excellent retention.

S: Light toasty malt aroma with mild funky brett character in the way of overripe strawberries, damp basement and spicey esters.

T: Mild tartness gives way to mellow fruity flavors - cherry, strawberry and pomegranate. medium funky hay and barnyard brett character. Low bitterness and no hop flavor detected. An interesting balance between brett and character malts. A hint of smoke in the finish.

M: Medium body with carbonation on the moderate side. No alcohol warming. a slight drying sensation on the cheeks after consumed.

O: The brett really adds a nice fruity quality to this bear. If finishes a little dryer then a few of the other JP beers I've had and maybe a little less tartness but a good beer non-theless.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 927 Bottled 10-25-2011

Appearance: pours with four fingers of off white head which settled in but was present throughout drinking. Dark amber red, light brown in color with a transparent body which shows off the bright active carbonation. Very pretty beer.

Smell: light and sweet toffee and caramel greet the nose. Herbal, earthy malts shine after the init hit of sweetness with the signature spicy yeast characteristics one grows to love and expect from Jolly Pumpkin. Floral notes are accompanied by balanced fruits and an effervescent breadiness keep you sticking your nose in for more.

Taste: toasted amber malts are the first to arrive on the palate. A touch of starchy yeast and butter warm up on the body. Yellow cake with some fig and vegetal flavor mix surprisingly well. Dry spices and touches of woodiness round this one out. More subtle then the aroma but still very solid.

Mouthfeel: what one would expect here from a JP beer. Bright carbonation really pulls out the yeast and fruit flavors and aromas. Balanced spices run throughout.

Overall: an interesting brew here for sure. Wonderful aroma with much more subulty with the taste. Bote has held up marvelously over the years though. I continue to love all of Jolly Pumpkins offering and will continue with exitement to try all their offerings.

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Photo of FLima
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light brown golden color with the hugest possible off-white head with eternal retention and leaving strong laces.
Aroma with notes of must, smooth leather, a bit of sweat, a chocolate that comes and goes, tart and red fruits, flowers, hay and lemon.
Interesting flavor with notes of horse sweat, some smoked malts, well behaved funky brettanomices, lactic acid, earth, lemon, apricot, candi sugar, white grapes, spices, raspberry, pears and raisins. It finishes acid dry with a subtle cocoa note.
Light body with live carbonation.
Very good Saison, complex with a unique character given the smoked and cocoa that matched perfectly its recipe and broadened its dimension. Don’t expect a kick-ass sourness; it is flavorful but nothing big that shadows the other notes. It also did aged quite well in this almost two years.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Sticker reads, Batch 1130. Bottled 07-09-2012.

A: Dark, amber-brown body. 1.5 fingers of rocky, off-white head with good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Musty brett, earth. Raisin, cherry. Lemon. Some citric, lactic acid. Hay. Slightest hint of dark chocolate.

T: Mild sourness and earthy funk up front. A subdued roasted malt appears with a light nuttiness, tang and a bit of chocolate. A touch of hops, but minimal bitterness. Finishes quite dryly, regardless. Slightly metallic in the aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate to high carbonation with medium body. Feels richer on the palate than the flavors convey.

O: Not sure how 2.5 years have affected this one. Didn't realize the shelf age when I picked it up. Feels a bit hollow. The funk and sour notes are quite nice, but the malt and hops seem faded. I'll have to run this one back.


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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter from the bomber (?).

The head is a bit out of control. Surges out like a homebrew.

After multiple pours I finally get what looks like a normal pour. Fluffy, light and airy, pale and off-colored white head. The body is opaque, dark brown with visible trickles of carbonation. 3.25

Lots of tartness bordering on sourness on the aroma, plus an overall funk. Bright floral, lemony and acidic notes. Darker malt notes lurk beneath begging to be noticed. 4

Taste picks up on the nose, funky, tarty, lemony and peppery. Chocolatey malts bubble to the surface and give a new dimension to the beer. The flavors are nice but on the lighter side rather than being aggressive. 3.75

It's an interesting medley of sensations that constitute this beer, funky, tart, earthy, and a speck of acidity. The body is light and bubbly with a dry finish. 3.75

Unique so that's a plus. Quite the mix of tastes and feels. Enjoyable but it doesn't quite make me fall in love.

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Photo of crankdatank
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Batch 842 dated 7-12-2011 poured into a GPBF tulip.

A: medium brown, coca cola appearance. Thin white head lingers for a while then dissipates.

S:nothing intense, light roast and cocoa, definitive sour notes which is to be expected from a JP beer aged this long. No funk to speak of

T: light and watery, sour dominates though it's not a very sour beer. Thin roast and chocolate notes accompany a semi dry finish with a lingering sourness.

O: not bad, but dissapointing. It's sour but not terribly complex and theres not enough "dark" character to balanace . After aging for this long I probably built up my expectations too high. It's cool to see how JP beers developed with 3 plus years of age though.

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Photo of mchegash
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Date: 8/17/14
Other notes: Bottled 3/2013. Poured into pint glass from 25.4oz bottle. Crazy carbonation overflow upons opening the bottle

Appearance - 3/5
Pours a dark hazy red-brown color. The carbonation was crazy in this bottle, so it't hard to tell what the head for this bear would normally be like. Very hazy, but you can still see some of the carbonation bubbling up through the brew if you hold the brew up to a light.

Smell - 3.75/5
Classic JP tart smell. Smells of sour apples, lemons, maybe some cherry. I do love the JP style, but there is nothing to the smell that really sets this apart from their other beers.

Taste - 4/5
A combination of bready and tart tastes. The tartness in this brew does not seem as strong as other JP brews.The tartness tastes like the smell (sour apples, lemon, cherries). Quite sweet, with a tiny bit of spiciness. Overall a good taste if you like tart beers. But again, nothing in this brew taste-wise which sets it apart from other JP brews.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium body, quite smooth, a little bit creamy. A strong carbonation presence.

Overall - 3.5/5
I do love the JP sour taste, which this beer has, however the sour taste seems to be weaker in this beer, and there is really nothing else which improves on any other JP beer.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Cloudy dark copper pour with a frothy two-finger slightly off-white head. Slightly sour and spicy aroma. Flavor is somewhat sweet upfront with a slightly sour edge. Can taste flavors of mildly sour fruit, yeast, caramel malt, light clove and earth. Highly carbonated with light to medium body. Finishes with a light sour taste.

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Photo of gtermi
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dark brown body with a thick white head. This smells like a dark brown sour ale. The flavor has a nice nuttiness, with a tiny bit of tartness and oak. There is a strong tingle on the tongue as it goes down.

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