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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #779
Ranked #21,505
3.78 | pDev: 11.9%
Today at 08:25 AM
Sep 01, 2007
Very Good
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3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

It's not black coffee brown like most porters and stouts. But it is darker brown than a cola soda. There's an abundant frothy head that conveys only a hint of the brew's color. Now that the entire contents of a pint can have been temporarily relocated into a clear glass liter mug, the nose becomes interested. It smells sour, almost vinegary sour. Probably it's the oak tannins taking command of the aroma. The label's suggestion that there are notes of sweet plum, coffee and cocoa seems to be stretching. Alright, maybe a little plum, but not in a sweet manner. As for the taste, firstly, it is sour. The tannins don't make it taste like a boilermaker, they just augment the sourness. Now the notes of black coffee can be detected, but still in the background. A little confusion occurs, as this isn't close to being as smooth as most brewed things that this dark are. It's light across the tongue and its sourness and tannins certainly don't contribute to smoothing things out. The closest taste comparison may be to a sour stout, but most of them are far more complex in taste, usually with an added layer of roasted malt that offers a good foil to their sourness. That's just not here. An interesting try, for sure, but not the best sour drinking experience you'll ever have. There's not much lacing left inside the glass, but it really doesn't matter.

Today at 08:25 AM
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured at fridge temp. Pours a nice dark reddish brown with slightly off-white head. Tiny bubbles rising throughout. Nose is sour patch kids, plums, rhubarb, marmalade, and a nice bread note. The taste is great. Slight dank flavor, plums, raisins, grass, leather, barnyard funk, lemon, and wood. There is definitely more funk on the taste than on the nose. Really nice beer overall with a fairly light and dry mouthfeel.

Thursday at 02:34 AM
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3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.5% (vs 4.3% in Description^). The lable is also evolved, it now has less blue... it's mostly black, white and grey...
L- Pours a mid chestnut brown, almost clear with very brief patch of bubbles. If the glass - my regular - weren't nucleated I expect the bubble-cap might not have formed at all.
S- Interesting smell and not what I was expecting! I see it described as a saison in the headers and to me that means dry and tending sour-wards. However here I get almost a cider/apple smell.
T- Ooph! That said it is dry, very dry for me. Alas that also seems to go with it being a bit mono-dimensional; the dryness doesn't leave scope for other aspects to get a look in.
F- Notably dry, no compensating richness/feel. All a bit austere; well certainly if Saison/sour and similar isn't really your style.
O- If I was blind-folded and also blind-tasted this and it was suggested it was an ale or a cider I think I'd go for cider, albeit a notably dry one. I don't get anything ale-like here, though taking the blind-fold off the colour might make me pause for thought. All thaat said I've had dryer saisons, and sours etc and if that end of styles suits you then likely won't seem to hard-core. Interesting to try but not really my thing.
#2053. Bought from the veritable old-school beer cave 'Bacchanalia', Mill Road, Cambridge/UK BB: 04/04/2024 (Packaged 04/04/2019... 5 year shelf-life for a 4.5% beer, unusual!) 375ml bottle £7.49

Dec 12, 2021
3.84 by Mavigo from Michigan on Oct 14, 2021
3.54 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Apr 26, 2021
3.95 by Nunya from Ohio on Nov 14, 2020
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3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

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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3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by josanguapo from Spain

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
3.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 16, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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
3.97 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Feb 21, 2020
4 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Feb 21, 2020
3.77 by user785335 from Florida on Feb 01, 2020
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1.32/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
by Foyle from North Carolina

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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3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by mothmanscott from Georgia

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
4.19 by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts on Oct 19, 2019
4 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Jul 11, 2019
4 by Scott_McCool from Florida on Jul 10, 2019
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

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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3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Sabtos from Ohio

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
3.25 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Jun 15, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by stephens101 from Oklahoma

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
Photo of Captain69
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Captain69 from Illinois


Jun 12, 2018
3.78 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio on May 28, 2018
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

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
3.59 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee on Apr 27, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

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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4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by EMV from Pennsylvania

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
3.73 by mltobin from Connecticut on Mar 24, 2018
4.03 by Samputnam14 from South Carolina on Mar 22, 2018
4.47 by johnverduin from Indiana on Mar 09, 2018
3.85 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan on Mar 05, 2018
3.96 by brutalist from Pennsylvania on Feb 23, 2018
3.77 by nwhittin from Indiana on Nov 08, 2017
3 by nstygles from Pennsylvania on Oct 18, 2017
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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
3.81 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Aug 18, 2017
4.23 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Aug 09, 2017
3.77 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Aug 08, 2017
3.87 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Jul 17, 2017
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