Bam Noire | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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3.78/5
Very Good
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by FightingEntropy on 09-01-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,158
Reviews:
360
Ratings:
893
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
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28
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100
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Photo of thepenguin
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours dark brown, with a very nice sized creamy off-white head. Lively effervescence with constant streams of small bubbles coming up from the sides of the glass. Superb head retention – the large creamy head hardly recedes at all, even as you drink the beer down – and pretty out of control lacing.

S: Lots of funk and wheat. Sweaty, yeasty brett notes meld with some highly-kilned dark malt.

T: Moderate tartness, a good deal of barnyardy funk notes, and a lot of wheat character. Mostly dry with some lactic sourness, but with a bit of chocolately roasty notes emerging in the finish and battling it with a very dry tannic quality.

F: Just under medium bodied with abundant carbonation consisting of very tight-knit bubbles, giving the beer a light yet creamy mouthfeel. Very drying tannic feel towards the finish.

Thoughts: A dark sour done well — a highly drinkable wheat-forward and rustic farmhouse beer, with restrained sourness and the dark malt appearing more as an afterthought rather than the main attraction. Very solid beer that I would happily buy again, I’m not sure why it’s not more highly rated.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of amstokesdb9
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Toomanybarrels
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 475 bottled 11/05/2014

Look: brown to dark red with off white head.

Smell: funky with tannins. Hints at stone fruit. Underlying malty saison essence

Taste: delicious. Complex with out being overpowering. I could drink this all night. Hints of oak. Perfectly smooth.

Mouthfeel: thinner than you would expect for the amount of flavor you get. Every bit a saison.

Overall: late summer in a glass. Slow roast some pork and have a case of this on hand to marinate you and share splashes with the meat.

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Photo of BdM
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of eire
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I would like to try more dark saisons; but this is my second Bam Noire and that is enough.
While I should be more reconciled to the wild-Bretts finding their way into the saison category, I still don't accept the fusion.

While Bam Noire is a good-Looking ale (fluffy head and translucent brunette) and it Smells interesting (mostly brett-like with some spices to add dimension to the tart), the tart comes on too strong in the Taste and interferes prevents the other ingredients from playing a better role. Bam Noire also is a bit thin and bit too dry to finish.

OA: Not a good value. I suppose I could try a flight at their new brewpub in Hyde Park... but I'm not liking having to sit down with a 750 that is too tart on my tongue.

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Photo of BLZR
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Loudog1411
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look (3.75): Brown, slightly hazy with a red ring around the outside edge. It's got an eggshell colored head that lingers around and likes to stick to the edges. Not a ton of carbonation though.

Smell (3.5): Funky, sour and darkly malty. It's got some tart cherry aromas to it.

Taste (3.5): A little to heavy on the fruit dark cherry tartness. I was hoping for a little more of a barnyard caramel or cedar taste to it.

Mouthfeel (3.25): Extremely tart, but it seems a little too tart. It loses a lot of carbonation after a short time as well.

Overall (4): I still need to work on finding out what type of sours I enjoy.

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Photo of km02600
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeschaefer
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stezz420
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this was truely a unique beer. this beer tastes more like a wine than a beer. it smells more like wine as well. for a wine enthusiast i would recommend this beer

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Photo of ArtZan
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of DbbC
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeard89
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nakedasajbird
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 893 ratings