E. S. Bam | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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E. S. BamE. S. Bam

Brewed by:
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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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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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a huge foamy white head.

Cucumber, pear and lemon mist with loads of funky brett. Aquatic is a word that comes to mind at the moment. Steely, totally sharp, very light white citrus. Sourness in there..

Funk is reinforced in taste. Brett comin on strong with mild lemony citrus but subdued acidity. Peppery and wild..very sharp..i dig it. Dry finish complements acidic flavors. cclleeaann.

Light body, buzzy carbonation, and dry aftertaste


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

A - Ridiculous and annoying overflow carbonation, hazy orange, mountain of head and lacing
S - Spicy, sour citrus, musty, light perfume
T - Pepper and stale sour citrus, funky yeast, sharp pale grain
M - Light and over the top carbonated, musty dry finisg
O - Tasty enough but the funky mustiness of it is a bit heavy, still tasty though and worth a purchase

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. The bottle is labeled as batch 1037/1038 and bottled 3/6/2012. This one foamed up pretty seriously even though it wasn't agitated prior to opening. Had to wait a while to get a proper pour to check out.

A - HUGE, fluffy head, almost sculptural in its density and structure; lots of dry, caked lacing on the sides of the glass. Orange/copper in color, cloudy and lots of obvious effervescence.

S - strong sour and Belgian yeast notes: sour apple and funk. Some lemon peel and earthy spice, but it's definitely in the background.

T - extremely sharp, crisp drinking beer with a very dry finish. Moderate initial bitterness driven by a very earthy/spicy hop presence, and bitter through to the finish. Some mild acidity and funk throughout, but these are a lot less intense than the nose would suggest.

M - body is light-medium to medium, with high, effervescent carbonation. No booziness and a SUPER dry finish.

Sadly my experience with this bottle was marred somewhat by a relative foam explosion, but when I got it all under control it was still really tasty. I'm a little surprised just how dry and clean it is in the finish and how it was less funky/sour than the nose suggested. Ultimately it was pretty much what the name suggested: a hoppy farmhouse ale that was pretty solid for the category.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 ml, bottled bath #1067 bottled April 11 2012 poured into a dfh snifter.

A: I opened the bottle, tunes around for a minuet, look back and foam is pourin out of the bottle, which is IMO a bit obnoxious, this bottle has been in my fridge for a week and there was no agitation to warrant such things. Pours a murky brown amber with a massive two and a half fingers of head... The only positive to the appearance is that it leavs alot of sticky lacing.

S: mellowed Brett funk and citrus notes, along with a good bit of floral character. Not a bad nose, but nothing overly impressive.

T: nice amount of Brett funk, nice citrus notes as well, lemony, some nice herbal hop character as well, a touch if caramel malt in there as well, very well balanced. The oak comes into play here, much more then in the aroma... Overall I get Brett funk, citrus, grassy/herbal hops, a vague touch of pine, and some nice oak.

M: light medium body with spritzy carbonation, has a touch if creamyness to it as well, dry on the finish with a touch if bitterness.

O: this is a pretty good saison, to bad it had the problems it did when unopened it, which immediately started me off with a negative opinion, but by the end I found this to be quite delicious, unjust wish I had gotten to it when it was fresher, although it is still perfectly delicious, with a pleasant bitterness I'm it's current form. I could
Deffinatly see myself drinking this again, particuarly if I can get my hands on it wen it is nice an fresh.

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E. S. Bam from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.81 out of 5 based on 451 ratings.
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