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: 872 |  Reviews: 352
Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Hokenfloken
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of sbricker
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of khumbard
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fruity, mainly apple and banana, with a yeasty undertone and a hint of miso. It pours a rich, tempting, dark mahogany with a pale tan head that does not stick around too long. Flavor is mainly fruity, like sour apple with banana and yeast notes and a hint of caramel. Texture is fairly fizzy, just a teensy on the thin side but still good.

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Photo of KDawg
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I forgot to write down the bottle date on it, but the bottle was from a feb-11 batch

poured from bottle into a tulip. Poured a dark brown/almost black color with a nice head that disappears somewhat fast

Nice and fragrant aromas of tart cherries, dark berries, and a bit of funk. Good depth with the funk more being more of a base aroma and isn't completely upfront

good medium feel, but seems to be lacking a little bit. Very good flavors though with the funky tones being more present on the back end

This was interesting, but seemed to lack just a little bit on the feel. Still, a very good beer that brings some real good flavor at a lower ABV

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a snifter. Active off white head that quickly reduces to a cap, black as oil hue. Nose features slight sourness. Tart apple, cherry, and slight orange taste, somewhat earthy. Light and crisp mouthfeel, finishes to the dry side. Tasty little sour ale.

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Photo of MEsoJD
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(batch 658: bottled 10 - 21 - 10)

A: Dark amber/copper body, with a massive creamy/fluffy head (slow/moderate dissipation).

S: Smells sour with some tartness. The smell is faint.

T: Although the nose was faint; the smells follow over into the taste. Sour malt with tart apple and grape throughout. Very earthy beer. Not picking up that leather finish others have mentioned.

M: Light bodied, medium carbonation, no alcohol presence, drinkable but not smooth, and dry finish.

O: Sour ales are not for everyone. If you are part of the minority, I would defiantly suggest this beer. I believe this would of benefit from a higher alcohol percentage. Try this one out, it's a breath of fresh air.

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Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Ken, batch 512. 750ml bottle into some tulips.

Poured a dark brown/burgundy, with a creamy light tan head. Moderate retention and light lace. Nose has some rockets (the powdery, sweet and tart candy), light funk and tartness and lots of lemon. Taste flashes some dark malts right off the bat which disappear just as fast, and turn tart and lemony. Wheat appears quickly as well. Mouthfeel is transient with some very rapid carbonation (almost like pop-rocks on the tonuge, unique really). Extremely quick finish, which suggests another sip immediately.

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Photo of peensteen
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle

Brownish ruby colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, lots of sticky lace left behind. Smell is tart and yeasty, sugary sweet notes, sweet tarts candy like, sour lemony citrus notes. Taste is tart and yeasty, moderatley sour, lemon rind, fairly acidic, very quick finish witha almost no aftertaste. Quick high carbonation, medium body, lightish feel. Very drinkable and quite complex, aside from the super quick finish this was very good.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black saison. The JP aroma of sour yeast, sour, yeasty. Some head. Sour taste dominates, average mouthfeel, another good one in taste and drinkability. A little ginger and soda pop like carbonation.Other spices besides pepper are a melange. A palate flattener. Lacey on a blackish body.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a large white head that hangs around a while and leaves a lot of lacing.

Aroma of light sour fruits with some bready malt and brett.

Taste starts off with hints of sour apple followed by more evident notes of dark cherry, peach, and a touch of orange. Slightly musty and the brett becomes more apparent in the middle. Woody and spicy flavors show up in the finish.

Lots of carbonation, mouthfeel may be a little thin. I've seen better from JP but this one was still worth a try.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking, brown and hazy with a monstrous head that lasted forever, leaving thick white foam behind, and gobs of sticky lacing.

Taste followed the smell, it was a bit dry and powdery/earthy, with a bit of fruit, a smidge of yeast, and some dry/bitter qualities.

Body was light and very nice for the style.

Overall it's a darn tasty treat. Jolly Pumpkin's 750's rock.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A dark ruby bordering on brown. Thin white head and lots of ringed and spiderweb lacing down the glass.

I love the way this beer smells! It's a fantastic combination of sweet fruits, wet wood, and barnyard mustiness. It's funky, tangy, and sweet all at the same time.

Taste follows the nose, though the earthiness, wood, and tangy yeast is at the forefront, with the sweet fruit flavors just lingering behind the rest.

Medium bodied, though seems a touch heavy and creamy at times.

A delicious, fruity, musty, barnyard saison. I enjoyed this one a lot, especially the aroma.

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Photo of jondeelee
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bam Noire (batch 426, if you keep track of that sort of thing) smells distinctively Flemish, with strong fermented apple cider notes wafting from the bottle. Hints of orange and pear lie just beneath, with a light background of spice (coriander and clove).

On the tongue, these flavors translate almost directly for the first half of the mouthful, with the apple cider winning heftily over the lighter fruits and spices. The second half of the mouthful, however, takes on a characteristic all its own, with the sour flavors kicking into an overdrive that would leave fighter pilots envious. Unfortunately, this isn't a good thing, as the extra boost of sour makes the beer taste less purposefully, and more accidentally sour--as if it had been left out in the light for too long. Instead of apple cider sour, the brew tailspins out of control and becomes partially-rotten-apple-cider sour. Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is extreme, making this reviewer think he should have left the bottle open in the fridge for a half-hour or so to deflate.

Overall, I can't say as I'd recommend this one, which is a shame, as the first half of the taste was so good.

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Photo of Nashvillain
2.26/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch 327/328

Pours a dark ruby-brown into my Unibroue tulip. Even a gentle pour produces a very robust head, which lingers for quite a while before settling into a more manageable rocky pillow on top of my beer.

Smell is both tart and sweet with a brightness to it that really contrasts with the darkness of the liquid producing it. The smell reminds me of some of the other golden-hued JP beers as opposed to the dark sour produced by the Madrugada.

Taste is a complete surprise, and not in a good way. There's definitely something off here. A faint, fleeting tartness up front followed by an uninhabited void of flavor. This beer is a black hole, there's just nothing there. The body is more like a corpse. I've held onto this one for a few months but don't see how that should matter. Finish is metallic and leaves a terrible taste in your mouth. After warming the tart beginning gains a little ground, but there's still that vacant middle and finish that reminds me of the iron taste when you bite your tongue and it starts bleeding.

I really like JP beers and this one won't discourage me from trying others, but I honestly hope there was just something wrong here.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

smells of sourness and malts are most immediate. maybe i can smell the roasted malts as well. i want to say it smells a little fruity and spicy too but its hard to say which fruit.

deep brown, almost black. cloudy too, but translucent. great head retention. tan head. and great lacing, which is very much jolly pumpkins tradition.

taste tart. in the finish a slight hop flavor as well as peppery phenols. taste slightly fruity in the middle but again the flavor is so brief its hard to say just what fruit. slightly malt in the finish.

very light body, very crisp dry finish, but the bret flavor still lingers after the finish. very refreshing.

this beer seems to be completely in the finish. thats when all he flavor are heightened and then only for an instant. overall i think it could be a tad more complex. but it is good.

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Photo of Derranged
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a large mug

A- Nice dark brown near black color with thick off white head.

S- Kind of fruity with a hint of vinegar.

T- Not what I expected. Sour like vinegar taste with some dark malts. But a relatively weak flavor.

M- Very thing

O- This beer just did not work for me. It makes me realize that beer styles have an abv range for a reason. I think the low abv might contribute to the lack of flavor/so-so taste. I was disappointed. However, that's what trying out different beers is all about. I'm glad I got the opportunity to try this beer and give kudos to this brewery for making such a unique beer. Maybe I need to try it again to be sure I didn't get a bad bottle.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Deep brown body with a huge off-white head. Almost overflows the glass. Foam sticks to the side of the glass and rests atop the body like a pillow until the last sip.

Smell - At first I smelled dark malts. Then I noticed the funk and a hint of acidic tartness. Some grassy aromas as well. Smells nice, but the flavors clash a bit.

Taste - A bit of tartness up front, but it's hardly sour. Grassy and funky as well. In the back are the dark malts. The blend of flavors clashes even more in the taste than it does in the smell.

Mouthfeel - Kinda heavy for a 4% or so beer. I'm surprised. The dark malts really heft it up. Nice carbonation, but it drinks sluggishly for such a light beer.

Overall - Interesting, but not something I'd buy again. The dark malts muddle the flavors a lot.

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

750 ml bottle labeled Batch 780 Bottled 4-21-2011, poured into a tulip glass.

This may have the most adjectives of any of my posts.

A- A normal pour resulted in a 2-finger, tan head that retained really well at about 1/2-finger. The body was a hazy, deep brown with red-pink highlights. I could make out medium-light carbonation. Nice sticky spots left on the glass.

S- At first, I picked up a ton of Brett-like qualities. I got green apple and spicy notes. It got smokey at points with dark bread and vinegar when it was at its coldest. You really needed to get your nose in there to get the full effect at first. With some warmth, there was a woody quality, subtle raisin, a pleasant must, some leather, and lots of red wine vinegar. Lots of complexities.

T- Again with the Brett, especially from the middle to the end. Some red wine vinegar qualities, Granny Smith apples. Further in, I got a wine barrel flavor. Warmth brought out a little tobacco, grape skins, and peppery spice. With all that going on, I felt some of those "non-Brett" qualities could have come through a little stronger.

M- It's pretty light bodied, though not unexpected at 4.3% ABV. Medium carbonation. Really dry. A tangy bite from the Brett.

O- This is not a bad beer. I'm giving it a good score. It really grew on me by the end. I didn't have any problems finishing off the 750 on my own. That said, I still expected a little more. I think the Brett overwhelmes some of the subtle/nuanced qualities. At the sticker price, it may be a one and done. Something I'm glad I tried even though I may not be back for more.

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

11.2oz bottle, batch 528, poured into a tulip glass.
A: Brown colored; generous two-finger head.
S: Sour green apples.
T: I can't quite place it all- some fruit, some spice, some sour notes, some funk, and something that reminds me of the grill. Intriguing and good.
M: Smooth and light.
O: I enjoyed this. A little different, but definitely good.

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Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.77 out of 5 based on 872 ratings.
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