Bam Noire | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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869 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by FightingEntropy on 09-01-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
869
Reviews:
351
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.94%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
97
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Photo of nakedasajbird
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of headlessparrot
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jpd026
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Berg-the-Boiler
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wizzle32
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wheels2532
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of irrevjim
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into bulbous red wine glass
look; cloudy dirty brown soda, visible carbonation, not much head, moderate soapy lacing
smell; classic sour cherry tartness with some citric acidity, must
taste; a full mouth full will yield the same taste as the nose, sipping it, i lose all the sourness and taste dark malts and watery grapefruit
feel; a little thin and bubbly for how it looked and for how i wanted it to feel
overall; points for interesting. a hard beer to rate, a muddy light berliner weisse/kriek, enjoyable and different but not as good as their (jolly pumpkin's) oro de calabaza, bam biere, or my favorite, la roja, it just didn't seem to come together as well as these others.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stamped in green reads "Batch 475, Bottled 10/31/2014."
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a dark ruddy brown color with a thin white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Foamy lacing sticks to the glass yet slides at a nice pace into the beer.
The smell had a semi-sweet fresh green apple with a side effect of mustiness. Light grassy funk enters in with some tart malt. And then a woody edge with some dark fruits enter in for the balance.
The taste was mildly sour allowing the sweet dry woody edge to escape upon my tastebuds gently and allowing a dry mildly musty woody aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation runs fairly light and I'm thinking that could be due to the fact of the age of this beer. I'm okay with that and understand for the review itself.
Overall, what a nice dark saison that exemplified a fair amount of the fine qualities of the dark side of the wheelhouse for a saison. I'd have again.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stompilator
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwjd
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stignacious
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LR_CNY
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mcrawford
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of justinp444
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber brown with a slight white head. Smell of hay, funk, sweet lemon citrus, grapefruit, and slight cherry. Taste is citrus, funk, sour, and sweet slight bitter lemon. Mouth feel is light to moderate with a moderate body. A nice sour beer, not much of a saison though.

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Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 375ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Very dark burnt amber color with a 2 finger tan head. Retention is long and fades into a thick collar with some blobs of lacing on the glass.

S - A musty and tart aroma of fruit and wood. I pick up some dark plumb, light lemon zest, maybe a bit of apple. The funk is light and there is a touch of roasted malt along with the yeast.

T - Flavor is lightly tart with some earthy overtones. Roasty malts combine with the yeast and the tart plumb, lemon zest, and apple. A nice unique flavor that is enhanced by the Brett.

M - Lighter body with prickly carbonation that leaves the palate dry.

O - Another winner from JP.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harry_C_Peters
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Premo88
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

25.4 oz. bottle poured into tulip

L: dark amber, clear, MASSIVE beige head of foam, about 3 inches tall and super fluffy and sticky ... beautiful color ... it's a fantastic copper with lots of brown mixed in with the red; keeps a 1/3-inch thick layer of foam off a ton of activity in the glass, loads of bubbles churning from the bottom; the lacing is incredible, like a thick coat of light beige paint

S: musty barn sour, lemon, kumquats ... something sweet ... it's sour but there's a light sweetness underneath, almost banana/super ripe banana

T: bitter sour mix of dirt and musty barn ... almost no sweetness in the first few sips, and a unique flavor in there I have encountered in other farmhouse ales (including Jolly Pumpkin) -- what is that flavor? it's a burnt wood flavor ... something bitter and "dark" ... burnt oats? burnt wheat toast?

F: fantastic ... tons of carbonation but good weight to make it full but drinkable

O: that unique "dark" flavor is interesting and makes this beer a nice addition to Jolly Pumpkin's line; the opening bitter dirt flavor is hardcore sour stuff and might have a craft beer novice eyeing the drain, but as the beer warms and the palate adjusts, a nice bit of sweetness peeks in and helps offer some balance ... has a bit more wheat character than other Jolly Pumpkin brews, even with a weak hint of banana at times

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of aProtagonist
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed on-tap at JP's Midtown Detroit location.

L - Light-brown with a copper overtone, couple of fingers of head. Not the best pour, but what can you do?

S - Like somebody dropped a fistful of cherries into a weak acid. Not unpleasant, but not what I expect from a so-called "dark saison."

T - More sour than most reviews on this page give it credit for. The fruit is upfront, almost to an obnoxious extent. I feel like I'm drinking a half-dead forest.

F - Light, brisk, enjoyable. Can barely feel the burn.

O - Not entirely without merit, but nothing about it screams "dark saison" to me. It's definitely a hybrid of some variety, but I can't say it's a variety I particularly enjoy. 3.25, but add .5 if you like sourness in your beer, as I (emphatically) do not.

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Photo of CaptainHate
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.77 out of 5 based on 869 ratings.
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