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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: 878 |  Reviews: 353
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruddy brownish amber with a creamy white head.

S: Aromas of cider vinegar, roasted grain, must, oak, and pickle brine are fleeting on the nose.

T: Notes of cider vinegar, roasted grain, must, oak, pickle brine, unripened vine fruits, minerals, spices, and slightly burnt toast wash across the palate. The finish is clipped with notes of oak, must, roasted grain, and vinegar.

M: Light-to-medium in body, dry, and chalky. Carbonation is firm and crisp. Quite drinkable, but feels a bit heavier than it is.

O: I'm not a fan of Jolly Pumpkin's regular Bam Biere, but this version is far from bad. It's not one of my favorite Jolly Pumpkin offerings, but I am glad I tried this one. I could see myself serving this as a table beer at fall gatherings.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

an interesting dark reddish/brown (almost black) pour with about 2 inches of frothy off white head leaving behind copious amounts of lacing. smells like a typical saison (pepper, funky, lemon peel, cilantro) with a very unique herbal smell in the finish that i can't figure out! a smoked flavor.. slightly sour, hints of chocolate, spicy black pepper, a bit tart/sour like lemon.. this is a very strange tasting beer.. i can imagine this pairing PERFECTLY with a piece of grilled fish or maybe chicken.
the carbonation is constant, body is very light.. the first few sips felt almost as if i were sipping on flavored air.. threw me off a little bit honestly, you see the dark ale, you taste a saison..you feel a frothy head which feels like it's disapperaing as soon as you touch it.. almost like cotton candy. i'm giving it a high score for its uniqueness.
overall, i think i scored this a bit higher than i should have, but i can justify it by saying this is my first ever dark saison. to me, it was very unique - even though i personally feel like it wasn't one of my favorite beers, i scored it a little higher for that reason. don't get me wrong - it's tasty, and looks/feels great, but i'm not TOO impressed considering the price tag on this one. it's also my first beer from this brewery, and if this is any sign about how the rest of their beers are, i can't really see myself spending close to $20 a 750ml bottle again.

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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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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov 21, 2011

Beer is very dark brown, hints of red. Large off-white head. Decent retention.

A bit sour in the nose, cherry, oak. Good.

Taste is a bit sour, roasted malt, brett, oak, a bit of fruit. Tastes good, though not super complex. Oak is particularly strong in the finish.

Light bodied, low to moderate carbonation. A bit thin but good. An easy drinker.

Overall, pretty good. A bit thin in terms of flavour, but enjoyable. The mix of roasted malt and sour is not common and is a nice change, but isn't a perfect combo.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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