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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Added by FightingEntropy on 09-01-2007

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Ratings: 882 |  Reviews: 353
Photo of drtth
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into an imperial pint glass a dark reddish caramel color with a 1/2" light tan head that recedes slowly but does not leave much lacing on the glass. Sipping creates scattered patches of foam.

The aromas include some cherries and apple with a background of oak and light funk.

The flavors are like dark bread from the malt with tartness from the apple and cherries. The sweetness is well controlled and does not conceal the background of oak and light funk.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and prickly with the active carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the sweetness and other flavors disappear into the tart, dry ending.

Overall this is a nice beer but I've had others from Jolly Pumpkin that I preferred. I wouldn't pass on this if offered but don't intend to seek it out in the future.

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Photo of LiberateTeExInferis
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Alex5
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of goochpunch
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown with red hues. Smells of caramel, chocolate, light fruit, light funk, and toasty malts. Flavor is tart and dry. Lots of toasty and roasty malts with a definite Jolly Pumpkin house taste. Fruity and crisp. Caramel. Carbonation is lively, and the body is light. Pretty perfect as a compliment to the flavor profile. This beer packs tons of flavor for such a low abv. Delicious. Probably my favorite "Bam."

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Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jim_carignan
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first review:

Appearance: pleasant light brown with plenty of head.

Smell: subdued yeast and not much else.

The Bam Noire after taking out of the fridge was mediocre at best. My fault, i drank it at the wrong temperature. The flavor was thin and completely unbalanced.

I let the beer warm back up to about 60 F and this beer really started to shine. But, It reminded a more of an unblended lambic then a saison. The yeast came through as the dark wheat malt tasted like it was melding with the rest of the flavors. Many of the characteristics of the saison that I expected were muted at best. But, I did appreciate the flavor that was there; it was just something different than i expected.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of JGlitz87
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jrfehon33
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Morakaton
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of TruePerception
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of amishbooze
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mkrass
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mikem0487
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/14/2013, batch 71. Poured into goblet.

A-Frothy off white foamy head. Two fingers width. Tremendous lacing with good retention left on the glass. Dark mahogany body with heavy carbonation breakout at nucleation sites.

S-Aroma is saison-esqu for sure with some mustiness thrown in. Very faint the smell. Peppery dark chocolate and roasted notes are subtle.

T-The taste seems to be a little watered down. Wish it had more pronounced flavors. For me not as exciting as the aroma was. Cocoa, hints of coffee bean, roasted malts and a nice subtle tartness round out the flavor profile.

M-On the thinner side for a dark beer. Highly carbonated. Dry finish.

O-A good dark saison. Saisons are one of my favorite styles and this is an good easy drinking representation of the saison with a dark twist. Just wish the taste was more pronounced. To faint/watery for a higher rating but a highly drinkable beer none the less. This could be very good if they just get those flavors to pop out and not be masked.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of bmwats
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a teku.

A: Medium-dark brown. Pours a giant, cascading, loose, frothy, brown-white head. Settles very slowly, leaving a craters and peaks, and plenty of dry residue behind as it does. Lots of spider web lacing. Head renews relentlessly with each pour.

S: Frambroise, kreik, and a little yeast.

T: Nice and yeasty, with hints of fermented raspberry and fresh bitter tea leaf. Distinct flavor of wood chips in there, too.

M: Light body, crisp character, lightly bitter finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is excellent. Giant head, and tons of lacing. Nose is fruity and yeasty. Yeast-laden with fermented fruit and bitter tea leaf. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/28/2012. Pours lightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger foamy and rocky light khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of sour cherry, green apple, pear, grape, clove, hay, pepper, oak, toast, cocoa, light roast, leather, funk, light vinegar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast, barrel, and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart cherry, green apple, pear, grape, toast, cocoa, light roast, clove, pepper, oak, hay, straw, light leather, funk, light vinegar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. A touch of earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, toast, cocoa, light roast, clove, pepper, hay, straw, oak, light leather, funk, light vinegar, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and oak flavors with a nice balance of dark/roasted malts; with a good malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dark saison style. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, oak, and dark malt flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of HardyA
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of RBorsato
2.49/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of utopiajane
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pours the color of iced tea tinted with cranberry. Hazy and with plenty of effervescence to hold up a massive meringue like head of off white foam. Head fell off rocky, craggy sticky and just beautifully. Left sticky streaks and patches of lace.

Nose has faint tart fruits. Apple, and grapes and a woody scent that hints at cherry. Roasted malt with a light caramel sweetness. Leather, hay and earth are dominant and there's some spice too. Clove and cinnamon. There's a farmhouse funky scent that also is mellow.

Taste follows the nose. Tart fruit with a woody earthy malt touched by sweetness. Soft bread keeps it flowing and it finises tart and dry. There's a little pepper in the finish with the cinnamon and clove. The roasted malt has not weighed this down at all. It has a sour bite to it in the finish.

At first glance I was tempted to say that this was a bit bland. The apple could have been sweeter and juicier. The woody scent if it was cherry has changed over to leather. The clove and the cinnamon held it up though. The fact that these flavors may have faded translates to an almost vinous aspect in the drink. So I would say it held up really well. Bottled on 11/21/2012 and only 4.3%. Very easy to drink and once it warms the roasted malt really takes hold of the flavor and makes it deep and succulent.

I would buy this again and I am going back for more of their offerings based on this first impression.

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Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 882 ratings