E. S. Bam | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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E. S. BamE. S. Bam

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
E.S. Bam - Extra Special Farmhouse Ale
A Bam celebration of excess. More malt, more hops, same vivacious personality.

Seasonal released in April
4.7% Alc./Vol.

Added by Big78CJ on 02-14-2008

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Photo of habanosdarklord
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date of 4-15-11

Poured into a Riedel Burgundy wine glass.

Looks great for a Farmhouse. Nothing to get too excited about though. Typical, maybe darker than usual. Smells of orange orange rind, bannana, clove, malt, and some sourness. Rich, complex nose with a "fresh" sense about it. I really enjoy the aroma of Jolly beers, there is a signature smell to them that's great. Smells great for a Farmhouse. Taste is on board with the smell. Starts off with a great citrus flavor, lemon maybe. Great creamy mouthfeel, good carbonation as well. I pick up some "green" on the palate as well. By "green" I mean herb and green vegetal. Not a bad flavor though. Mostly on the finish of this beer. Slight dank note to this beer as well, along the lines of grassy. If you like farmhouse ales this is a great offering. Complex, interesting, refreshing, all around nice beer. Get it if you can.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a medium brown with a bit of deep orange tint a creamy slight off white head atop leaving broken lace behind s it never completely settled.A mix of herbal and earthy hop mixed with juicy fruit and just a touch of wet grainy funk,flavors are a mix of hops,somewhat earthy and medicinal with an underlying sourness all up against a hard slighty sweet maltbase.I liked this brew more than the regular Bam, much more hop complexity.

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Photo of demitriustown
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Tulip glass. Aroma is Sour apple, yeast, tart, some malts in the backing, and nice and rounded light floral hop aroma. Pours a cloudy amber with a milk tan head that lingers. Taste is got more of a hop presence than other JP beers then melds into the classic belgian tastes that I'm used to from Jolly Pumpkin. With the sours apple, yeast, and a slight amount of roasted malts intermingled. Palate is bubbly and lively on the tongue with an aftertaste of slight tartness. Overall, A really enjoyable session brew in my opinion. Cheers!

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Photo of quasimoto
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color topped off with a nice light off-white head, that would have stuck around had I not swirled the glass so much.
The aromas of oak, bread, pine, earthy horseblanket, some sugary candy, almost a cumin/garam masala flavor, start off the nose,
The taste is woodsy, caramelish sweet malts, light pear-ish, maybe. with the flowery taste of the hops. The finish is of a light peppery note that cleans off the palette.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pseudo-dry. Lightly carbonated.
Overall a very easy drinking farmhouse style ale. A great one at that.

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Photo of grub
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled may 24/08 as part of biegaman's annual summer saison tasting, with a mix of BA/RB represented. mike/MDS shared this one, so thanks mike!

750ml bottle. batch 267,268.

pours light brown with a small very fine off-white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. big fresh hoppy blast. grapefruit. bit of orange. light alcohol. crackers and white bread. just a hint of funk creeping in at the edges.

taste is good. medium-high bitterness level. grapefruit. bit of orange. bready malt. slightly toasty. caramel. bit of yeast. hint of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. light body.

drinkability is great. nice balance. good malty base. makes me think ESB more than saison, but good.

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Photo of vgarneth
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Farmhouse Ale has a nice nose and taste. Just enjoyed with a good friend while watching Super Bowl XLV. (Pumped the Packers won, but my Bears should've been there) Great Saison; however, poured head heavy. Overall, this beer calmed down and turned out to be beautiful.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy golden yellow brew. The head was pretty vigorous and lasted quite a while. The smell of the beer was pretty sour and I guess there might have been some hops in the distance. The taste was more sour I thought than hoppy. The hops might have enhanced the tartness of the beer. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad, it felt like it was on the medium side. This was decent in my opinion.

Revisit 7-27-11: paired with a flat iron steak entive salad. It really brought this beer back to what I think it was supposedto be like. No sour quality at this point. The taste of the beer almost had an earthy vanilla flavor to it. Very impressive pairing at the Trapp Door.

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Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being a hophead that also loves Saisons, I wasted no time picking up a bottle when I saw it on the shelf. Pours a deep amber, almost brown with a decent off-white head that was lasting and left decent lacing. Aroma is a nice balance of biscuity malts and nice floral hops. The taste is an interesting blend of hoppiness and Belgian spice, there was even some wild yeast funkiness. The beer was light and crisp with low carbonation. This was an enjoyable unique beer to say the least.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy medium copper with some orange tints. Initial massive creamy head settles down into a small ring and leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

S: Quite intriguing. The initial whiff is some earthy, floral, and citrus hops reminiscent of orange pith. Alongside this comes a good amount of funk with accompanying sourness. Some caramel and bready malt in the background.

T: Quite similar to the nose, but everything isn't quite as in balance as the nose would suggest. The hops are a little less pronounced, leaving behind flavors of earth, funk, and a bit of sourness.

M: Very nice dryness accompanying the funk, but all around this is just a little bit too thin.

D: Very nice and complex; a lot going on and certainly enough to keep me occupied for half the bottle. I'm curious to see how quite a bit of age will treat this, and I intend to find out.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: A bit of a gusher, this beer pours dark golden color, almost amber with four fingers of head, even on a careful pour. Retention and lacing are extremely good.

S: Citrus hops mixes with musty and citrusy brett. A bit of lactic acidity keeps this from being a brett bomb. A bit of fruity sweetness in there, too.

T: Very dry with citrusy and funky brett. Really reminds me of a Belgian Pale Ale with brett. Quite bitter, hoppy farmhouse ale is a good descriptor. A touch of caramel and fruity sweetness helps keep this beer from being too dry.

M: Light bodied and quite carbonated.

O: This is a very nice hoppy Saison with brett. Dry, funky, with a nice hoppiness that mixes well with the brett.

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Photo of wschmit
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 754, bottled 3-18-2011, into a Duvel tulip. Enough time for some bottle conditioning, but not a foamer at all, as occasionally happens with these guys. Anyways...

A: A sloppy pour yield a large, vaguely golden, fine head that sticks a-plenty as it recedes. It tops a deep, copper body with just a touch of haze (so far, i'm sure some yeasties will appear later). Very pretty.

S: A soft, warming hop glow emanates, mingling with a citric funk usual to JP. There's a bit of mustiness in the end, too, once the other scents fade in my nose. It reminds me quite a bit of Orval, one of which I have handy to follow this up with.

T: It has, mercifully, a great deal of the flavor profile of Orval as well--a bit of rock candy and orange peel, a distinct hop bite, and noticeable but utterly pleasant brett character. It's definitely hoppier than Orval, and maybe shouldn't be compared, but I'm very happy with this.

M: A bit on the thin side. Much of the carbonation blew itself out in the head, it seems. A quick topping off helps this problem. Still, a thin body with very fine carbonation.

O: Quite pleased with it. At ten bucks for 750mL, this is on the low end price-wise for a JP beer, and yet I'm more pleased with it than some of their beers (for the price--nearly everything they brew is still quite good). A hoppier, thinner Orval--a nice alternative to that, for sure. I'll be back to this one.

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Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy medium copper with some orange tints. Initially a massive khaki-colored head that slowly settles down into a small foam cap and leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

Aromas begin with some earthy, floral and citrus hops reminiscent of orange pith. Alongside this comes a good amount of rustic Farmhouse funk. Some toasted pale and bready malt in the background emerges as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose with the hops being a little little less pronounced. Main flavors are earth, Farmhouse yeast spice and funk and a bit of toasted Enlgish style bready malt.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high amounts of carbonation. Finish has a solid dryness accompanying the funk, with a substantial body for much a low ABV beer; something I always greatly appreciate.

Overall this was very flavorful and complex; a lot going on and certainly enough to keep me occupied for half the bottle that I split with a friend during our Sushi BYO dinner.

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Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at biegamans Summer Saison tasting, thanks to MDS for bringing this one.

Pours a hazy brownish amber, thin off white head forms, quickly drops to a thin ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is caramelized, some herbal hopping, floral, light citrus, bit of bready spiciness, tart fruit, nice, some light roasty malts. Taste is similar, caramel, some wood, herbal and lightly fruited, very toasty middle, a bit astringent and bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, big bitterness, but very solid and drinkable. Thanks Mike!

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 288/289

Appearance: Pours a cherry-tinged cloudy amber color with a bountiful rocky head that won't quit and leaves all kinds of interesting lace patterns

Smell: Funky farmhouse, sour green apples, juicy fruit gum and lemony citrus

Taste: Opens with a distinct nod to the sour flavors, with a growing sourness compounded by bitter citrus and green apples; underlying hint of juicy fruit, to add balance; the sourness moderates after the swallow as the yeast elements move forward and join the malt into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; prickly sourness

Drinkability: An interesting experiment, but I am not crazy about the combination of the hoppy bitterness and the sourness; I guess I like one of the other but not both in tandem

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a saison? Really?

Beer is brown and hazy with a broken white head with large and medium bubbles.

Beer is really musky and sour in the nose. Like an bruin.

Beer is quite sour, acetic and musky. Beer is thin and very strong. Tartness ends up in the back and clears the palate. Pretty good for a Flanders.

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Photo of
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy pale amber with a huge frothy white head that lasts forever. Leaves nice lacing as it drinks down.

Smell - Sour barnyard funk, lemon, spicy and grassy hops, mineral.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated, soft, a bit chalky.

Taste - Echoes the smell, but with more hops character. Grass, spice and even a little lemon upfront, followed by nice bracing bitterness in the middle, with a soft, dry mineral finish that has a touch of tartness.

This is a great beer. It actually reminds me a little of Orval, one of my favourites.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark hazy orange body with a super sticky and rocky white head.

Slightly tart cherry note and some musty funk show off the Brett in the aroma. Spicy and a bit lemony as well.

Moving onto taste, this one take sa definite departure from the norm with a wide array flavors from all aspects of the beer. Hops provide some citrusy lemon notes white the yeast provides peppery spice and musty/earthy funk. Pale malts provide some biscuity background notes. Finishes with a slightly tart and sour note that was a bit unexpected for the style.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a rather lively carbonation. Overall, a tasty and rather unique saison. Brett character plays a much stronger role in this beer than most saisons but not enough for me to confuse this with a sour/wild ale.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep caramel amber body with a thick, foamy head. Really good head retention on this one. Smell and taste should be taken with a grain of salt, as this bottle is over 2 years old. Hops aren't as up front as the label would have me believe (obviously because of the age). Still a tasty beer with caramel malt flavors, slight toast, and prominent brett both in the nose and taste. Tasty. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with some prickly carbonation. Kind of fluffy as well like a good hefe. This is a nice beer that I'd love to try fresh one day. Unfortunately the place that I buy Jolly Pumpkin in Louisiana is a beer museum (i.e., most of their stock is older than dirt).

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1058. Bottled on 04-02-2012.

A: Pours a very hazy to cloudy dark golden yellow to orange to copper in color. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to an inch thick cap towards the center of the beer - this beer has great head retention properties. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a light to moderate amount of earthiness along with yeast spiciness and some notes of sour. The strength of the sourness in the aroma gets much stronger as the beer warms.

T: The taste starts out earthy with quite a bit of yeast spiciness. After that the sour notes set in, and persist through the finish. The sour flavors are stronger than those in the smell and also strengthen as the beer warms. Light hints of some grainy/wheaty malts.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Very dry, especially in the finish.

O: This beer is delicious and refreshing - the spices, sourness, and dry finish make this beer a very easy drinking beer. While it is a big bottle, the low ABV and easy drinking feel make this one no problem to put away.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

496th review on BA
Bottle to Oversize Wine Glass
750 ML, Capped

App- A medium yellow with some orange highlights. Huge lacing all over the glass. A nice giant 2 finger head as well.

Smell- A very unique yeasty, peppery, saison with a little bit of hop bitter as well.

Taste- This was very tasty and unique, the balance of almost 3 to 4 flavors was very well done. The yeasty and the pepper worked well with the softness.

Mouth- A very light bodied with a high carbonation and a peppery, funky after taste.

Drink- This was good. It's along the lines of being with a Fantome for making me say, damn this is different and very tasty. Next year, ill grab another one of this.

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Photo of Naugros
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm having fun with this beer. I poured it into a tulip and it immediately turned to mostly suds. So I let it settle and came back and saw that the receding head left behind a massive amount of lace...lace isn't the right word...the head clung to everything and just settled into itself and had become dense. So I poured more in to see if it would rise about the glass rim and it rose and seemed to open like a flower due to the curvature of the glass. Really cool. I swear you could use the portion of the head stuck to the glass for spray-in insulation. The beer? Oh yeah, there's beer in here too. Hazy orangey-brown.

It smells like what they describe it to be...a mix between a saison and Belgian-style IPA. Herbs and spices dominate first...some from the hops and some from the yeast strain. Kind of like rhubarb, marjoram and black pepper. Nothing I'd ever put together in a dish, but it's intriguing here.

A citrus (bitter orange?) element that I had not got in the nose was the first thing to greet my tongue. The black pepper is still pretty prevalent as an aftertaste and the herbs still play around in the background. As with a lot of highly hopped beers, the malts are hard to pick out, but it does make a showing when you burp. This is one of my favorite methods for finding hidden flavors, mostly for its effectiveness, but also for the entertainment value. The burp gave me some light caramel against a little earthiness.

I've only had two Jolly Pumpkin Ales and this is my favorite so far. Definitely better than the La Roja. My brother kept trying to get me to try them again and my wife accidentally bought me a bottle, so what the hell? I'm glad for both.

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Photo of Slynger
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful looking deep, hazy, orange-ruby amber color, with a large and rocky light tan fuzz.

Smells very lightly sweet of blueberries and floral hops. Fresh, tart, citrus and orchard fruits quickly take over, as overtones of pleasant grassy-earth funkiness round out a nice scent.

Lots of fuzzy, effervescent, carbonation fills a soft light-medium body. Light toasted and crystal malt flavors are quickly overtaken by tart peaches and apples. There is a light citrus rind bitterness with that pleasant grassy funkiness. Finishes lightly crisp and clean.

Another very nice one from JP but not quite the better of the original bam.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, dark copper with a ruby tinge.
A massive four-inch head swelled up to the brim with a gentle pour.
The dense, bone-colored foam slowly receded to a rocky mass, and eventually to a solid skim coat. Lacework aplenty throughout, with loads of ripped sheets and clingy webbing.

Aromatics lead off with tart fruit, grassy hops, biscuity malt, and earthy funk. Cherries smashed on cut grass in a farmyard.
Menthol-like brett follows through along with mature cheesecloth.

Medium bodied, creamy with a crispish edge. Drying and tart.

Dried fruits, wet hay, and earthy hops start off the pallet. Lemon pith, grapefruit zest, and green straw.
Some bone-dry malt follows through along with a mild peppery note and lingering earthiness.

Finishes with a firm bitterness, drying funk, and fading tart fruits.

Less tart and intense than most of the other JP beers, but it's got a great balance. Certainly subdued in the hops though.

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Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml into a cervoise goblet. Batch 753, bottled 3-18-2011

A: Slight hazy mixture of amber and copper. Ridiculous head with ridiculous retention. Lace is insane as well.

S: Funky yeast with some light tropical fruits. Some banana as well with a finish of a slight tree bark and hop mixture.

T: The taste is a heightened version of the nose, but more hoppy. Funky yeast upfront with a slight vine through the middle and finishes with some bitter hops.

M: Smooth and creamy on the mouth. Medium bodied with a light fruit finish and some high carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. Funkiness with the hops on the backend really made it cohesive and it worked nicely.

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Photo of Muhly
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into large rounded beer glass.

A-uhhhh, explosive? A big gush of foam greets you upon opening the bottle. Pours with a mountain of sculptured foam head. The foam kind of makes twisties as it escapes from the bottle. Retention is prolonged. Lacing is solid. Pours a cloudy dark orange/amber.

S-pungent funk, barnyard and pale malts. Definitely some orange wafting in here. Some pepper notes.

T-definite Brett kick here. Taste gives a bit of vegetable earthiness, peppercorn and orange rind.

M-a moderately full mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation making it somewhat effervescent. Finishes with a tiny bit of almost tart sweetness.

O-a funky farmhouse beer. Certainly meets the requirements for wild and crazy ale.

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