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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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

A: Holy foam over. Lost a few ounces. Dark chestnut brown. Haze with some floaties settled to the bottom. Very plentiful carbonation is “only” noticeable in the way plentiful foam. Huge, very light tan mountain of foam. Settles to a thick cap that retains very well & leaves a nice bit of lace – especially at the top of the glass.

S: Lots & lots of forward dark fruit – cherry, tart raspberries, plums, & even a hint of dates. Sour & tart note with some background minerally sweetness. Ghost hint of vanilla? Is there oak in this? Touch of yeasty esters. A very intriguing nose with just fair strength.

T: Fruit (& flavor overall) is mostly restricted to very tart cherries – almost choke cherries. Strong dose of sour to go along with the tartness. Anything else is just a hint. Some unripe raspberries and unripe plum. Faint minerally sweetness. Touch of roasty and toasty malts. Earthy yeast. Ghost bit of herbal. Very robust & intense in a narrow way.

M: Light body. Firm, active, and expansive carbonation. Very nearly fizzy. Very attenuated with big pucker. Lots of sour / tart drying. Astringent a bit in the finish. Understandable given the age, but this is very bone dry and drying. Might as well put some alum in your mouth. Exceedingly drying & bitingly cleansing.

D: I’m sure it had more going on when fresh, but now it is fairly one-dimensional. Sort of a light & thin & tart Flanders. Not that it is bad, it is very interesting with lots of flavor in a sharp profile. But it is a bit too much to enjoy drinking by itself. If you have a bottle of this that is this old then try it with some dinner. By itself the carbonation & dryness take even the low abv right to your head. (plus the intense tart/sour flavor). Jeez, maybe its best use is to share it with friends as an aperitif or digestif with a good meal. It would be good for that.

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3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on draft. Mild head that dissipated quickly. Very light brown in color.

Very nice funky aroma with some hidden oak. Definitely pick up the wild yeast.

Great flavor for what it is - a session farmhouse.

Very light on the palate. For sure the lightest sour I've had.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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

Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a small off-white head.

Aromas begin with some oak, mild sourness, a bit of roast and a light bit of funk.

The taste pulls back quite a bit and shows oak and funk more than anything else. The light roast that I got in the aromas are not apparent here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks really solid for such a low ABV beer so high marks for that.

Overall a great treat to find on draft anywhere, regardless of the season. Quite sessionable for the ABV and quite falvorful as well. Nothing revolutionary here, just a really solid dark saison.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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

This is from batch 927, bottled 10/25/2011.

This pours an amber-red color with tight lacing. Clear, with no sediment. Tart aroma with hints of sour cherries rounding it out. Nuanced flavor, nothing really stands out or overpowers the palate (more accurately). I get the sour cherries and an earthy, oaky tannic taste. Nice mouthfeel, with an effervescence that keeps it light. The sour/tartness isn’t strong but it makes its presence known, and it has enough character to keep it interesting. An enjoyable sipper on a warm spring day.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

A- Deep, dark, murky brown with a purple/red hue. Finger width egg shell head with decent lacing.

S- Lemon and grass earthiness. Strong notes of cherries and grape juice. Hints of brown sugar.

T- Lemon, grass and cherries with a watery grape juice. Not as sweet as the nose.

M- Watery and tart. Light carbonation.

O- Very good, much more complex than Bam Biere. Wonderful treat.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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