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 Halcyondays
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz. bottle,

A: Pours actually a dark ruby red, with an average white head, average retention, no lacing, good colour though.

S: Lactic acidity, molasses.

T: Brisk acidity hits first, nice wood notes, light vinegar/acetic acid, dark malt, dark fruit.
Not terribly complex, I think I like the regular Bam Biere Saison better, but quite a tasty acidic beer.

M: Acidic, low pH, crisp and easy to drink, light-bodied, bubbly carbonation.

D: A nice beer from JP, great with a steak, its acidity cut through the gamey flavours and the dark malt complemented the roasted flavours of the meat. A beer I would have again, but $11.49 for a 750 is a little much, all and all, a good beer from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of weasbri
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Jolly Pumpkin review. We visited the brewery while visiting relatives in nearby Ann Arbor, and picked up a few to bring home.
Color is a reddish-brown, with a little bit of head and not much lacing. I get a slight bit of funkiness mixed with perhaps some cherry in the aroma.
I actually enjoyed the flavor of this. A tad on the light (watery) side, but I've gotten a little tired of all the Imperials this winter, so this was a nice contrast. Good tartness on the sides of my mouth, but some sweetness as well, definitely some raisin in there.
I like this one, as I said, as a contrast to some of the "big" beers I've been having, I could have a good session with this brew.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown in color with only a little froth around the edges.
There's some kind of cola, coffee smell in the nose and the taste. Can't quite put my finger on it, but it's definitely there. It's not jiving with me though. Taste is the aforementioned cola and coffee with a bunch of carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium and non-cloying. I'm a huge Jolly Pumpkin fan, but this is by far my least favorite of their offerings.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz bottle, 07 stamping on bottom of bottle. recieved in week two powerball from theblackmallard, cheers to you sire

A - pours a slightly hazed deep orange, head doesnt stand for too long and reduces to a thin patchy layer on the beer.

S - earthy, tart smell, tart cherry notes, very slight sweet chocolate note.

T - chocolate undertone, earthy, bitter is gentle but gradually getting more and more bitter, cherry is subdued but definitely there.

M - dry, crisp, slightly lingering

D - 4.3%, oh yeah. Not necessarily a session, but damn near

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

Large bottle, "Batch 255", pours dark plummy dark tan head, initially huge, then fairly quickly down to islands and wildly lacing the glass. Just some slight cola and hints of earthy horse infused funk in the nose. I have a hard time getting a good take on these Jolly P beers. I dont drink em that often and when I do they always seem somehow hard to figure out. Have they gone south in the bottle or are they supposed to be slightly over carbonated, then somewhat thin taste wise and then wild and funky? Anyway, I'll go with the wild and funky thing here, as this one seems fresh and in good shape. Notes of more cola, wood, tang, slight barnyard funkyness, moderatly sour, with just light malts and minor to no hops. Interesting, lively and active brew, its alive and vibrant in the mouth. Give this one a try if you like some sourness and are able to find a bottle or two in you area.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large Bottle, Batch # 255

Poured into my tulip glass a hazy brown with a slight slight slight hint of red an enormous craggy tan head rose up in the glass. The head looked lik

sweet and tart on the nose. hints of cola, brown sugar. Winey a faint bit of sour cherry. A little me crazy but I even detect a very subtle dill pickle like scent on the nose.

Taste is a bit blunt and monochromatic for a jolly pumpkin, but it's not bad, very smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some faint cola flavors, funkiness, tart...sour cherry, brown sugar, some cocoa...
Bitter bite on the aftertaste almost a little medicinal or asprin-esque, but none the less very refreshing.

I must say I admire a beer at 4.3, super sessionable, which is great for those nights when you want to enjoy a few glasses but don't want to loose your edge...perfect for a night like tonight when I'm trying to get tax bullshit together.

This is slightly disappointing for a Jolly Pumpkin, pales in comparison to a god of a beer like their La Roja, but even though this maybe a Jolly Pumpkin low light it's none the less a pretty decent brew

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of off white foam on a dark, ruby colored body with slight haze. The head settles at a moderate pace, but leaves thick lace.

S - Sweet and sour fruity aromas hit the nose first. Peppery notes with a hint of unrefined sugar.

T - Strong sour note followed by a rough, very woody oak note. Lots of spice in the middle, black pepper, chilies, and cardamom. The finish is very oaky, with a little bit of caramel and some herbal hops.

M - Thin body, high carbonation and a very dry finish. There is a good bit of astringency in the finish as well.

D - This beer has an almost overwhelming amount of raw oak character, and that makes it a little hard to drink for me. This spice notes are nice and there is plenty of refreshing sourness, but the oak is rough around the edges (quite tannic and lacking any vanilla character) and there is not quite enough residual sweetness to balance everything out. In some ways this beer reminds me of Rodenbach, but it is not as subtle or complex; I would expect that with some additional aging it might compare more favorably.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 255.

Pours a very dark brown that is clear with a sizeable creme head. Nose is like browned apples. Seems to switch to what smells like cooked plastic. Liked it at first...nooot diggin' the plastic so much. Flavor is deep and robust. A part of it almost seems like roasted game of some sort. The plastic tone kind of comes back, and I have to say it kills the experience a bit. There is just something lacking...something out of line. Feel has a very full carbonation and the liquid is about standard. I personally like the Bam Bière better as it is one of my favorite American produced saisons.

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Photo of tprokop7
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the bottle @ Julio's about a week ago and poured into a Duvel Tulip. Temperature was in the high 48-50F. I love farmhouse's, and I love dark beers, so I was excited about the combination of both...

A - Dark, dark, dark red and not too cloudy. Full off-white head, dissipates to Belgian lace concentrated in the center where the glass creates it. Really is beautiful in the glass.

S - Smell is similar to a Flemish sour... can't really smell much else.

T - Starts out wonderful, like a dark Belgian (think Oerbier). As it finishes, though, you get a strong, burnt flavor. It's different than a typical smokey flavor, and it turns me off from the beer. Also notes of coffee and bitter chocolate in the finish.

D - The burnt flavor ruins this one's long term drinkability for me. I like the beer, but I think it'd be so much better if it was just a bit mellowed.

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Photo of BeaBeerWife
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've only had two beers in this category so far. But it's my favorite in the category! I have tried quite a few Jolly Pumpkins and loved them all, this was the first one I have had from them that I am impartial to. It is completely unique. A variety of strong smells, and a complete lack of traditional taste. I tasted nothing sweet in this beer at all. A very weird experience!! Probably the most unique beer I've had to date, but overall it's just too far out there for me. But I have mad respect!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I usually love me some Jolly Pumpkin, and I've had all of them now but the reserve beers. This one, though, just underwhelmed me. Tasted kinda watery and without enough funk to make it interesting. Oh well. Poured chestnut colored with little head. Aromas are thin and lightly sour. The taste is likewise, thin, lightly sour, clean and light, and has some light malt as well. Mouthfeel is relatively thin. If it had a bit more oomph it would be a lot better. The flavors are okay, they just need to be pushed more in the same direction.

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

This one poured with a short, tan cap covering the hazy, deep reddish brown beer. The foam was really sticky with good head retention, and very slowly thinned to a thick ring and skim of fine bubbles. The aroma had the funkyness I associate with JP - a bit of barnyard and light vinegar, with an earthy and bready center. There was a very quick, sharp bitterness up front with mild sweetness at the rear and a bit of lingering, grassy bitterness and a hint of chocolate. There were also notes of leather, earthiness, acidic vinegar, and some fruitiness throughout. Medium/light bodied with generous carbonation, it stayed fairly crisp and was on the dry side. Definitely on the mouthwatering side. I enjoyed it and it was a tasty brew, but I think I liked the regular bam biere a little better.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, cola-like, with a slim whitish head.

Sweet aroma, cola, again, maple, then a kick off spice...vanilla, anise, pepper, ...others?...candi sugar...brown sugar?

Taste: smooth entry on the palate, there's the buzz and pop, the sweet and the spicy, mixed with the dark. A bit light on the tongue and in the body, but that's what the saison is, of course. Very drinkable, if lacking in finish. Finishes quickly, but it urges you into another drink. Goes down well, and might make a fine match with dinner, particularly a meat dish, turkey or other poultry, games, etc. Might even work with pasta, heartier vegetarian fare.

Don't think this is a brew I would return to again, doesn't fit in with the ones that please me most, just for drinking, but I find it recommendable. Tastes good, drinks well...try one with friends and food!

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Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 250 bomber pours an effervescent brown/chestnut with 2 fingers of caramel-flecked sand colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, a bit of dirt, some apple

T: Apple skins, tartness,& apricot up front. Sour cherry, dryness, brown sugar& more apple skins as this warms. Finishes dry, tart with some raspberry & a bit of apple vinegar. This barley gets an above average

MF: Slick with moderate carbonation, body holds up great for the ABV

Drinks alright, bot a huge fan of this style, but spot-on technically. If you like em sour & just a bit funky, then this will please you. I like my Saisons with more malt

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Photo of goethean
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a champagne-style bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Aroma of sour, almost rancid grapes. has that classic Belgian lambic funk. If blindfolded, I would have guessed that this was an imported lambic.

A bolt of intense tartness is my first impression. thin body. tartness is balanced by a smooth, mellow maltiness. fruity but not cherry-like. oxidized, musty finish, with a detectable hops bitterness.

This is nothing like the refreshing Bam Biere, but is of the very highest quality, which is what I have come to expect from Jolly Pumpkin. Demands that the consumer has acquired a palate for funky, sour, complex, weird ales.

Here is my wife's review: "first, I felt bitterness on the back of my tongue. then this nasty funkiness, like a dog that hadn't taken a bath for a while. was awful."

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Photo of mully
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a- rich brown -- thick head that sticks around -- lots of great yeast left on the bottom of the bottle

s- cloves and some roasted malt

t- crisp, tart clove and a little sour, not truly funky

m - thin - but true to style

d - would be a better sumer beer that winter would be refreshing on a hot day not the best fit for a cold night.

Overall a good beer, could be more sour, good intro to funky beers, good balance, not too much of any one area.

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Photo of beerking1
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pure black, until held up to the light, when you see it is actually a muddy dark brown, with some significant haze. Aroma is dark fruits, with the musty, earthiness you expect from a saison or farmhouse ale, only this one is dark. The is also some tartness in the background of the aroma. Flavor is tart, musty and fruity, with very little malt. Some hop character, but subdued. Finish is complex, with a tartness and some fruit and must. A black saison, very interesting change of pace.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting II on 10/19/07: Hazy dark amber color with a medium tan head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of tart fruit, cobwebs and yeast. Light-bodied and effervescent with flavors of dark fruit, straw and peppery spices. The finish is tart and short with a spicy aftertaste. Above average overall.

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Photo of Mudpuppet
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Riedel sniffer. Pours a medium brown with good clarity.

S- Great nose. Dark malt but fruity notes from the yeast.

T- Some nice sweet malt at the onset moving towards darker coffees and almost leathery taste. This is very good!

M- As always with JP good carbonation. I think the natural carbonation makes a difference in the mouthfeel.

D- I could drink a 6 pack of this no problem. I like the flavor and it goes down very easy. Without knowing the ABV I would say it is a good session beer. If you can get enough to make a session out of.

Thanks to kryptic for the chance to try this!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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 mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Goblet

A - Poured a very deep dark maroonish colored brown. Almost a garnet color with lots of hints of reddish tones around the outside and bottom. Nearly opague as well. A large tan head of about three fingers high rose up and settled reluctantly down into a thin film across the top leaving behind more then adequate sticky side glass lace.

S - The aroma was very thick. Lots of musty wild yeast and a touch of some earthy and woody like smells as well. Very hard to describe, but as others have noted, almost a salty or briney like smell to it. It was very odd, very full and very good. Some light fruit notes way in the back but they were pretty much obscured.

T - The flavor was extremely full as well. Lots of deep musty bread like tones mingled in with a very big presence of yeast. Some strange things going on here as it morphed into a smokey robust flavor that ended in a slightly spicy earthy finish. Nothing like I have ever had before.

M - Nice medium body had alot of carbonation which led to a very nice creamy feel. Great follow through and really no slickness here at all. This was very good.

D - This again was unlike anything I had ever had, and how it is under 5% abv is simply beyond me. This was just great and I could have easily had another and then another after that.

Overall this was actually my first offering from Jolly Pumpkin and it will be no means be my last. This was simply too unique and too good to pass up. I would love to have this in the fridge to hit whenever. It was in a word, great!

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Photo of geexploitation
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany color that's quite dark in the center, topped by a long-lasting coffee-foam head. The aroma is heavy on the wild yeasts and gives off a tons of earthy (and even some fecund marine) smells). Underneath the sweat and salt and rot is a light toasty malt backing with just a touch of spent coffee grounds. Wonderful aroma. On the palate, hop bitterness up front, with a tart backing that grows into the mid-palate. Toward the end a slightly sweet and smooth nutty malt character comes out. Very interesting tastes here. Overall, this is a really interesting beer. It's an odd category for a beer -- a dark farmhouse ale -- but the results are, at the same time, expected and unique. Very cool.

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Photo of becktone
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: Garnet in color with some copper in there as well. Head has excellent retention, great lacing, and is a tainted white in color; texture is somewhere between creamy and rocky.

Nose: Earthy, spicy, smokey, and musty, and damp woody, mulch like aroma. Can't quite put a finger on the spice aroma, but all the others described above combine to form it. Maybe a little bit of cinnamon in there as well. Smells interesting and intriguing.

Tongue: Unlike any beer I've ever had before. Very earthy on the palate. Lots of smoked character as well as earthy wood/mulch. Also some sourness upfront followed by some sweetness. The brew finishes dry with a very woody character-cedar? All in all a very unusual and unique brew. I really like this one, nice departure from everything that I've ever tasted. Not really a "Saison" by all definitions but still an interesting brew to check out.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: As mentioned before if finishes dry, leaving a woody and earthy taste in the mouth. And when I say earthy here, I mean it, this is the epitome of earthy in edible food, besides licking a rock or eating a handful of dirt or mulch you can't get closer than this. It may sound gross, but I find this beer to be quite tasty. Very refreshing, a nice departure from most beer styles. I wouldn't hesitate to grab another. This beer would be easy to session, and I can see it pairing real nicely with smoked pork, smoked chicken, maybe a salad, some steak. Also a nice session beer.

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Photo of cabsandking
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby highlight, a fingers worth of beige, fine bubbled head that fades but still leaves a sticky crown. Sour cherry fruit and some yeasty funk, and slight earthy malt for aromas. Very dry grains, chalky bitterness and an astringent yeast character. The farmhouse funk is bit one dimensional. Some vinous, cherry notes through the middle and settles in the finish with a bit of musty, husky grains and bitter, dry cocoa powder. Descent mouthfeel that’s well carbonated and not too watery for a 4.3. Not bad for a dark saison, I’ve got mixed emotions on this one. It’s an easy drinker right now but I would like to see something bigger for this style.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch #250

A - Pours a murky brown with blackish ruby highlights and 2 fingers of tan head.

S - Funky with wet hay and leather, yeast and some cocoa.

T - Wet wood, tart and funky with some cocoa and yeasty flavors.

M - On the thin side and slightly watery.

D - I was hoping for a nice take on Bam Biere and it ended up just being interesting.

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