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 THECPJ
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark reddish brown with a 1 finger head

smell: farmhouse, malts, hay, dark fruits,

taste: hay, malts, farmhouse, dark fruits,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice crisp refreshing saison. I'll definitely have this one again.


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Photo of rfgetz
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed burnt orangy/amber color with soft dense slightly off-white head. Scent is quite sweet, light fruity tartness, very earthy with grassy and piney notes, all backed by a solid barnyard funkyness. One of the bolder flavored farmhouse ales - full clea, lightly sweet malt profile, solid earthy hop profile, light fruityness - im getting notes of everything from orange to cherry. The funk on this is much bolder then others in the style and gives good charachter to the beer. Medium bodied, dry finnish. Overall a bold and well executed farmhouse ale.

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Photo of dlmccabe1
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft from a Chimay tulip.

Appearance is a nice light amber color with some cloudiness. Pours with a decent head but it dissipated rather quickly. I really like the aromas here with a nice barnyard-y funk to it. Hints of hay earth, not a lot of fruitiness in my opinion.

Those aromas follow through on the palate. It finishes nice and dry with more bitterness than a typical saison, which I suppose is what this beer is trying to do. The brett comes through strongly on the finish and lingers. Nice use of it here.

Medium body coats the mouth and lingers. Overall this is an interesting beer. I like the dryness and the bitterness from the hops, but the brett characteristics overwhelm the finish slightly, which dropped it down a bit for me. Very interesting and worth a try.

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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 BeerImmediately
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip at about 45 degrees.

Pours with a large, rocky, off-white head over a deep (nearly opaque) amber body with a ton of carbonation flowing up the sides.

Aromas are very inviting - sweet for the style, with a nice load of fresh, zesty and piney hops.

Very dry on the palate ... almost sucks the life out of the aromas. Flavor is about what you'd expect from a 5% Saison - Light, earthy bitterness. Lots of green, leafy quality. Touch of citric sweetness. Mouthfeel remains tight and dry throughout.

Overall, not my favorite saison, but a nice interpretation nonetheless.

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

Glad this one is finally back on shelves, especially as it completes the "Bam" series for me... at least the ones that are readily available upon release. Review is from notes taken on 5/15/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a dark, murky cider-like color and it starts with a big 2 and 1/2 finger off-white head that becomes very rocky as it slowly dwindles; body is cloudy, but it still shows very strong and fast carbonation bubbling up throughout; head eventually rests as a huge, fluffy and thick cap with big marshmallowy patches; large swaths of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Mmmm... smells super good -- the hops come through nicely and they have a bit of a citric zest to them, reminiscent of orange rind and lemon peel; the standard JP tartness/funk follows the hops and has that unique, saccharine sweetness to it (I'm always reminded of Smarties); slight bit of peppery spiciness to it.

Taste: Bitter and citric hops lead the way, and there's a bit of a grassiness to them as well; the JP funky/musty tartness is definitely there, and it has a real earthiness to it; the peppery spiciness is fairly subdued, but it's got a mild presence in the beer and it melds well with a sweet and grainy malt bill underneath the two dominant flavors. Flavors aren't as big and bold as other offerings from JP, but still good. Bit of lactic and acidic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Body is light in terms of weight, and fairly drying; there is a cottony dry film left on the roof of the mouth; the gums are left very tingly from the potent carbonation, but it manages to resist being overly sharp.

Overall: A highly drinkable beer, the hopping is a great addition and I'm reminded just a little bit of La Terroir by this one (although I don't believe E.S. Bam is quite as good as the NB offering). The low ABV certainly helps this one out, as it would be very refreshing in the hot summer months with the bitter and tartness; I could easily see this one getting quaffed quite quickly (check out that alliteration!).

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Photo of sweemzander
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap pour at Barley House into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a caramel colored amber. Produced a nice cap of off-white foam. Good retention behind it too. Lots of lace left behind.

(S)- Wow, a big dry earthy floral; almost citrus-like aroma blast up front. Hints at a Brett funk in the far background.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A big dry earthy Brett funk up front with a subtle caramel-like sweetness.

(M)- Very funky, dry, and bitter. At the same time its actually almost a bit thin feeling; it totally drops off the palate.

(D)- An alright Saison. A bit one dimensional; heavy on the dry earthy Brett profile with little else going on.

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Photo of jale
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours acloudy light amber with a finger of off white head.

S: Yep you can tell this is a J.P. beer. Nice funkiness and citrus hops.

T: Light malt, lemon, citrus hops and a hing of horse blanket. Nice balance of hops and light tartness.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: Nice beer for the season. Would drink another.

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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 smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso DC into a tumbler.

Big super foamy bubbles formed for an off white head. Sits on a dark amber brown/orange body that's kind of cloudy but lighter towards the bottom. Not much lacing while drinking.

First initial bouquet is sour, then extremely hoppy and spicy with a touch of salt. A big strange yeast bent is present with hints of almost bubbling acid/sulfurous sense. It does feel like an amped up Bam Biere.

Taste is quite unique, a very big hop bitterness and yeast, but the swallow is all so bretty like, with this sense of crisp acid. Swallow and closure is a feel of sourdough bread and salt. Really unique interesting taste on this brew.

Overall this is a real neat and fun beer, very complex palate and nose, lots of fun to go around.

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Photo of b3shine
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. to tulip. Looks good; dark and hoppy for a sour. Bouquet is good, with both the hops and sour present. Taste is it's best attribute. You get both the hoppiness and the flavor of a sour, which I admit, is a combination I'm both unfamiliar with and impressed by. Overall, a good beer that I'll be having again.

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Photo of output01x
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap in a tulip glass at The Brew Kettle.

A 2-finger cream-colored head rests atop a brown copper body. After a few minutes, the head recedes to an even dusting and thick ring. Thick lacing becomes glued to the sides of the glass.

Funky and sour with earthy undertones. Floral hop aromas and roasted malt aromas can also be detected. The mildness of the nose definitely does not do justice to the taste of this beer.

Acid and sour strike the tongue immediately. A citrus tartness stings the tip of the tongue. Grassy hops appear to be the primary them here. A dry bitter funk aftertaste rests on the back of the tongue. The flavors here are definitely bold and assaulting. I doubt anyone could take a sip of this beer and not notice it.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer has a watery finish that definitely helps the drinkability considering the giant flavors.

This beer is not for the uninitiated to horse blankets. The flavors here are not subtle and are sure to please those that love this style.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pokal glass.

A- Huge four finger frothy head, well carbonated, hazy yellow straw appearance, excellent retention.
S- Mild hoppy smell, slight sour, funky farm house aroma.
T- Very mild, hops are apparent, slightly bitter, mellow sourness, earthy notes, funky taste.
M- Very smooth and light mouth feel, lots of carbonation.
O- Very unique brew, I have to say it was difficult drinking this, the taste is very bland and mellow. Was not what I was expecting,

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Photo of techfed87
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 521/522, Bottled 3-11-2010.

Pours a very big, frothy head. Color is a cloudy amber. Smell is a bit sour.

First sip is a bit more earthy than what I expected it to be. The foam has a completely different quality of hops than what exists in the beer. Then again, the head didn't have any of the wild characteristics that the body does.

A wild, hoppy beer. Me gusta.

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

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a somewhat light gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, with light clove, honey, orange citrus and a hint of vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but with a light sour component I wasn't expecting. The beer is pretty dry, with no more than a light honey flavor along with the light clove, vanilla and sour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp, slightly bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, as you would expect with this level of alcohol.

Nothing earth shattering here, but this is still pretty solid.

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Photo of uturn
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml capped bottle poured into a Kastaar tulip.

Batch 288/289

A: This beer poured a deep opaque brown/copper with a 2 finger tan head which left a fairly thin lacing on the glass.

S: The nose was mildly funky, earthy and of dried grass.

T: In the initial taste I got hit with lightly smoked wood and a very mild funkiness , then a mild malt sweetness which ended dry with some mild bitterness of the hops. The underlining theme was light & mild.

M: The mouthfeel was thin with a medium to high level of carbonation.

D: The drinkability was excellent and refreshing.

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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 Heman36
2.21/5  rDev -42%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A. A beautiful heady pour. High in carbonation. Being a bottle conditioned beer, just as I expected. Creamy, long lasting head that was as large as the pour.

S. Earthy,sour barnyard straw with acid overtones.

T. Wow! Feels like I am breathing in the Lancaster air on a Spring day(the same day they are spreading the winter manure).

M. Dry, thin like boiled hay.

D. This is one of the few beers that my Father-In-Law and I could not finish easily. Felt like I was riding too closely behind an Amish buggy.

Overall this was an amazing beer, able to capture the essence of my days shoveling manure for my organic garden. Unfortunately, it was not a flavor that I was looking for in a beer.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 750ml bottle. Batch 288/289.

A - Pours a strong and hazy amber color with strong copper edges and a nice 1 inch foamy and dense head. The color is slightly off-shite like ecru.

S - Strong funk and nice tart aromas. There is some nice bread malt and almost toasted notes. There is also a nice faint grassy and citrus laced aroma from the hops. The nose even though nice could be a bit stronger and more present.

T & M - The funk is way turned up on this one. High barnyard and horse blanket and husk and any other descriptor of the kind. It is quite dry and carbonated as well. There is some tartness in there as well with some lemon peel but it is quite subtle. After giving it some time and a couple of swirls you can kind off get some nice bread hints beneath the carbonation. The slight grassy hops are also perceived. It is a crisp and dry finishing beer maybe a bit too carbonated but still good.

D - Drinkability is good because it is lower in ABV and has some good flavors if you get past the high CO2.

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Photo of dfillius
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive "pffft" when opened. 2 fingers of head from a gentle pour, great retention of off-white foam. Hazy reddish amber liquid. Good looking!
S: Bright citrus hops, some funky aspirin character. Smells like my homebrewed Hop Two Wet. Faint biscuit
T: Fairly modest funkiness up front with Brett medicinal taste. More hops, malt, less funk please. Slight pineapple, bread.
M: A bit too carbonated and astringent.
D: Okay. I wouldn't order another or buy again. One to share, and I'm alone.

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Photo of david18
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce glass of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Well the main thing I can say about this beer is carbonation, carbonation, carbonation. Maybe it was this batch but any time I asked for a glass it was a ten to fifteen minute process.

Color was light with, as I said, a very pronounced head. Aroma is very yeasty/bready and nice. Flavor is a little weak, just not a lot going on. Light malt, a little yeast, no hops to speak of.

It's drinkable at 4.7 percent but I'm not sure that i'm a big fan of this beer. I will try it again and post again to give it another chance.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capones for a saison event, this is from old notes.

A- A copper, honey gold with some white stickage on the glass. Islands of foam.

S- An oak bomb, I guess this stayed in the barrels for a long time. Oak is number 1 with some vanilla, funk, brett and some dark fruits.

T- It's not all that sour, slightly tart, but oaky as hell. A bit to much for me. I like the vanilla coming from the wood but the amount of oak drowns out other flavors here.

M- Rich and malty, above medium, nicely carbed, a big aftertaste.

D- This is huge on flavor, but not a mix that im digging so much, i'll take regular bam all day everyday.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

05/24/10- Had this one on-tap at Bodega.
A: Burnt orange with a good cream film/collar/lace.
S: Tart brett funk, oaky, blackberry, juniper, and spice.
T: Dry brett funk, slightly tart, underripe apples with their cores, very bitter.
M: Slightly syrupy, dry, and slightly frothy.
D: Only OK. I didn't order another one, and not because of the price.

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Photo of cvaypai
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750ml to Saison Dupont glass. Bottled 3-11-10.

Appearance - Pours a golden orangey amber color, completely translucent with a 2 finger frothy white head that lasts a long time and leaves a very thick coating of lacing.

Smell - Barnyard funk comes flying out of this one tons of brett, sweaty socks, old hay, you name it. A bit of grassy hops come through on the end and mix with what might be a bit of sweet malt. There is sour fruit in there, I wish I could discern the funk better.

Taste - Lots of the funk comes through to the taste, very farmhousey and grassy, lots of spices and some grassy earthy hops at the end. The beer is a bit sour, maybe tart but it wraps together wonderfully. Some light fruits come through, pinpointing them eludes me. Maybe a bit of grape.

Mouthfeel - This one is really light, almost effervescent. Spritzy on the tongue and has a bit of a sticky quality to it. The taste lingers forever. This beer is very dry.

Drinkability - This bottle will be a chore. One 12 oz? No problem, but this isn't one you sit around and drink all day, that's for sure.

My second from Jolly Pumpkin, different, but enjoyable.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 374/5, stored in cellar for about a year. Split a 750 two ways. Poured into tulips. Reviewed 6/2/2010.

Ar: Mmm, tart, cherries, green apple, light acidity/sour, light apple cider vinegar, nutty malt, earthy with brett, fruit down in intensity with time, light floral, *delicate, *caramel

Ap: Light tan very large coarse chunky head, lace, clear light amber, rocky head, best head retention i've seen

T: brett earthiness, light vegetative, brett bitterness, tart hints, herbal spicy hop, nutty/crackery malt, fruity hints (peach, light tropical fruit, cherry), long dry complex brett and hop bitter end, green apples (light) assertive but not aggressive, clean (crisp) medium caramel, woody spices

M: dry lasting brett bitterness, lightly astringent, medium/high fine carbonation, *resin

O: good, brett rather bitter, complex and clean, would like more sour in taste, would like it less vegetative, *darker than expected, *a strange beer, not really a full brett character, not sour, aroma and appearence are the best parts, *appearance is flawless

*= ideas of fellow taster

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