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Bam Noire | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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3.78/5
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878 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by FightingEntropy on 09-01-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,711
Reviews:
353
Ratings:
878
pDev:
11.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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26
Gots:
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Ratings: 878 |  Reviews: 353
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black saison. The JP aroma of sour yeast, sour, yeasty. Some head. Sour taste dominates, average mouthfeel, another good one in taste and drinkability. A little ginger and soda pop like carbonation.Other spices besides pepper are a melange. A palate flattener. Lacey on a blackish body.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 927. Bottled 10/25/2011.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small bubbly patches of lace form quickly fade off the sides of the glass. Smell is sour and tart with some fruit and spice aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with the spices lingering slightly on the finish. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with a very crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the flavor is a bit thin and I think it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.59/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with light tan head-nice looking

Light simple sour nose.

Thin citrus mouth.

Light citrus simple sour flavors. Not much of anything for this one. A pleasant, light, simple citrus brew but not worthy of Jolly Pumpkin. Best thing about this one is the cool label. By the way, it's not really bad; it's just not good. It tastes sort of like a lightly spiced, lightly sour "less sweet" 7Up.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is definitely not rated high enough on here. a perfect example of a dark saison, bordering on a sour. beautiful pour, light translucent brown with a lasting tan head. smells like brett, lots of funk, perfect nose for a saison. flavor really features the brett, the darker malts used, and some really interesting yeast. almost a wild ale. maybe it is a wild ale actually. seems like it. i like the dark malts in this beer, not a common style as far as i know. feel is good, a little thin on the body and on the alcohol content too, it could have been like a 7.2% beer pretty easily, and for the price maybe it should have been. still, its light and drinkable despite its complexity, the carbonation is good, and the aftertaste is delicious. overall this might not be as good as the la roja, but its a realy good beer. jolly pumpkin is moving up my list.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

On draft, pours a hazy reddish brown, lots of head and good carbonation.

Smell is sweet caramel, funk, apples, hazelnut, candied sugar. The flavor is a bit quieter than the nose, but same line of thinking, more candied sugar, fruity with a little bit of funk, apricots. It is pretty balanced, but heavy for 4.3%. It is a bit chalky.

Overall, its good.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish red in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of oak and sourness in the nose along with hints of cherries. The cherries become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: the taste is a little sour nd tart and has light notes of cherries and dark fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: this is a very interesting beer that is very easy to drink and quite flavorful for being lighter in body.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In true Jolly Pumpkin style, Bam Noire has all the great funky flavors along with a dry, spicy finish and a underlying toasty, powdery note througout. Here's more on the session...

The beer pours with a deep amber, moderate brown color with slight haze, a very persistant egg-shell white head with a great deal of lacing and retention. A really nice looking beer.

Aromas of toasty malts, vibrant breads, and tart fruits lead the way. Light phenolic spices of white pepper, cumin, and plastics follow up. While the spiciness is nice, the plastics are a bit of a let-down.

Those fruity flavors of lemons, grapefruit, under-ripened berries, orange zest, and pear piths set the flavors. Soon enough the toasty malt character comes in with bold force and do a bit more than just balance; they garner attention and ride the dry toasty flavor deep into the finish. Woodsy, funky, cork-y flavors offer tart and nearing sourness notes that offer more intrigue than distractions.

Quite dry and malty textures offer creaminess up front and then dries considerably and creates moderate astringencies in the finish. Challenging but pleasant and refreshing beginning to end.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #250

Pours into a Caracole tulip with a solid cap of foam, moderate level of lacing.

Aroma is extra funky...horse stalls and wet moldy hay, getting into burnt wood and delicate puffed rice. Soil and upturned roots....there's alot of depth even though it was off-putting on the surface at first.

Lots of dry wood and toasty malt, giving way to an nice earthy roast midway through. Some berry notes come out halfway through the bottle. A ton of light colored yeast sediment. Yeast is the only similar component to Bam Biére. Not really all that bitter, save for some mild tartness, but much less than and Oud Bruin or Wild Ale in general. It's still fresh though...a far cry from "apple, dark malt and nothing else" mentioned elsewhere.

Mouthfeel is not completely thin, but less than medium-bodied. The carbonation saves it. It feels a bit like a rustic homebrew at times. I'm working on a 750 solo, and i've finished a Madrugada before, but this is a distant relation to the supreme drinkability of Bam Biére.

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 512

Appearance: After a brief foamover from the lip of the bottle, Bam Noire settles in the glass with a dark caramel color and a modest cap; not much lacing is left behind

Smell: Oak and tart apples, with hints of pear, leather and farmhouse funk

Taste: Starts out with a dark bread character that quickly moves in a funky, tart direction, with apple, pear, oak and leather characteristics; after the swallow, a touch of licorice adds a vague sweet element, but the beer finishes dry and tart

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with buoyant carbonation

Overall: Not among the top tier of Jolly Pumpkins, this one is missing a depth of flavor compared to the others; still, I would never turn away a beer from this brewery and this one is no exception

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of oline73
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a reasonable amount of light coming through. There are three fingers of off white fluffy head and a good layer of head remains throughout.

Smell: Initially there is a bit of a sour smell. Some herbal/spice smell comes through with a little bit of fruit and sour apple.

Taste: Just like the smell, there is a mild sourness right off the bat. Following that, there is a little bit of roast and some spice as well. Overall I think the flavors don't blend real well and it tends to be a bit watery as well.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit on the thin side. I wouldn't say that this one is super smooth. The finish is quite dry.

Drinkability: I don't think I'll be searching this one out again. I don't think the roast and sour flavors blend real well in this case.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of jjpm74: Poured a clear dark black color ale with a big foamy head with perfect retention and perfect lacing. Aroma of dry hops with loads of Brett is really enjoyable and classic Jolly Pumpkins. Taste is also dominated by some nice Brett flavours with some light sweetness and huge Belgian malt. Body is above average with some great carbonation. Complex beer with some nice controls of the funky aromas.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 878 ratings
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