Baudelaire IO
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #192
Ranked #3,515
4.1 | pDev: 9.51%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - amber color big lasting white kind of pink head
Smell - tart but sweet and floral
Taste - a lot like the scent but also has some spice to it, probably that hebiscis and rose but I have no ide what those taste like
Feel - pretty light with a lot less carbonation than expected after seeing the massive head
Overall - ok beer, pretty tart and not really showing me anything new

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This might have been the first Jolly Pumpkin beer I ever had. I think it was James who picked up a bottle at Craft and we popped it right there. Poured with a slight pink hue to the normal yellow colored beer, plenty of influence and haze provided by the rose hips/petals. Interesting. Slight off white head 1/2". Aroma wasn't of much, largely mute in that regard.

The taste is like huffing on a rose bush in the early morning when dew is still on the leaves and petals. The saison base isn't really dry nor does it have any tartness. There was more breadiness than brettiness I thought. At the end of the day, I thought paying almost $20 for this was something I wouldn't ever want to do. I mean, all day ipa or snpa, I could get a 15 pack of each for the same price.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with a reddish tinge, cloudy, lots of carbonation and 2 fingers of beige, pink tinged head.

Smells of roses, hibiscus, funky cellar, oaken dankness, a sour note and macaroni.

Tastes follows the nose and its slightly sour, mostly dry as opposed to fruity.

Medium, dry, slightly tannic body, with lots of carbonation.

Got this in Saginaw, MI, drinking in Chiang Mai, Thailand, June 19th, 2018. Decent, slightly sour, decadently snobbish brew.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From memory:

Pours a raspberry juice red with a small tight head. Retention isn't great but there is some lacing.

Smell is spicy and funky with the rosehips coming across nicely.

Taste brings the rosehips forward, then tart funk.

Feel is light with active carbonation. The finish is pleasantly dry and it fades nicely.

Overall, a nice beer, not sure I would have it again, but I really liked the finish on this one.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a semi-dark auburn red sort of color topped with a sheet of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace to leave some running/sliding lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of herbal to bready and a dampened spice-like (white pepper, somewhat) and then a subtle funk slides in underneath for a further balancing sort of complexity.
The flavor leaned into a blend of herbal, bready, white pepper to funky sort of quality up front with some lemon rind starting to come out decently. Mild aftertaste of the herbal/bready/funky and lemon rind-like character.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, as it seemed to sit just a touch under. A light carbonation spoke of this beer with good intentions, but having a sly stickiness, acceptable and not cloying.
Overall, pretty nice saison, well worth my time and money.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a pint glass to a deep red topped by a dense and rocky three finger light pink head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of smells a little chalky and tart with some floral notes and a little funk. Smells like an interesting beer
T: Taste is slightly tart and herbal with some notes of rosewater and hibiscus with some funk and a little chalkyness to it. the tartness is very light and slightly lemony. Swallow is more tartness and floral notes with some lingering funk and chalkyness
M: This beer is on the lighter side of the spectrum and it is dangerously close to watery. The carbonation on the beer is very effervescent and slightly prickly. The beer has a drying finish as well.
O: Overall this is a very nice beer with some excellent flavors and complexity. It drinks well and it is very refreshing. Definitely one to grab if you are a fan of Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of Sabtos
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark red leaning purple with a soft white, slightly pink, blanket.

Smell and aroma take on aspects of nicely tart cherry, raspberry, grape, oak, and a little sting of sourness with black pepper. Nearly acetic yet complex funk.

Frothy, soft, and semi-dry.

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Photo of puck1225
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. A cloudy pinkish gold color with a large head and great lacing. The smell is a bit vinaigrette-ish. The taste is tart, fruity, and refreshing. A nice summer beer!

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look is reddish/copper with thin head that dissipates to a ring that leaves a nice lace.

Smell is tart cherries, and that dominates the taste as well. It's not overly sour, and would probably be a good entry point for someone trying sours for the first time.

Feel is pretty full bodied for a saison. Oily feel that had a long finish that turns fairly sweet once the tartness has settled on your palate.

Overall, a tasty beer from JP that is not terribly complex, but enjoyable.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell is tart, cherry, some general barnyard funk, and a floral aroma. Taste is Belgian yeast, pepperiness, sour fruit, vegetal notes (kind of like V8), hints of watermelon, red wine, and some light tartness. There's a lot going on in this beer but all of the flavor notes blend together nicely.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, served in a snifter glass.

Pours a medium lighter brown body, one finger white head, good retention. Not much lacing. Smells of bready malt, tart lemon, a bit of leather, cereal grain, moderately floral. That's a nice saison, on the sweeter side. Flavour is is bread, cereal, lemon, leather, floral notes, minerals, mild tartness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, substantial with good depth to it. Overall, a very solid farmhouse ale with the archetypical flavours, on the sweeter side closer to DuPont rather than Side Project.

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Photo of chinchill
2.83/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Large shared bottle.

Too funky (both aroma and flavor) for my taste, and with too much vinegar in the aroma. Lightly tart flavor.

Feel: Lively carbonation.

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Photo of Ottoj55
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice glass, looked copper orange/red with pink highlights, frothy white and persistent head on mine that seems to have picked up some hint from the beer and nice lasting lace. The first smell is a nice mix of bready malt, brett funk and tart fruit. I expected more sourness from JP, but was first impressed by the brett character. Wonderful farmhouse ale flavors like fresh hay without the heavy barnyard flavors. This is followed by tart fruits, peach/apricot, berries and the floral flavors of the roses and hibiscus. The roses and hibiscus were never overwhelming. Mouthfeel is dry and clean with a crisp finish. Another great beer from JP, really happy that it wasn't as sour as many of their beers.

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Photo of Gus_13
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with an orange hint. Head dissipated quickly but was super fluffy. Nice grapefruit and lemon aroma with a hint of spice. Hibiscus tends to be grapefruit-esq to me. Super dry and tart on the palate with a more citrus up front and a finish of saison spice.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: hazy ruby to orange. Thick taupe head

S: lemon. Yeast. Florals. Green apple.

T: Bready yeast. Lemon peel. Floral petals.

F: creamy. Full bodies. Crisp and clean. Medium plus carbonation

O: solid. Well balanced. Slight sour but malty bread.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the better saisons I have tried. Not too bitter or sour. Instead it finds the perfect middle ground. Lots of carbonation here which fits well with the citrusy taste. A really tasty, refreshing beer

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Photo of Zach136
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden rod body.

Aroma/Flavor: Rosey floral notes, along with red wine. Mild acidity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with high carbonation. Refreshing.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a hazy brown-tinged red. Looks like strawberry fruit leather. Thin barely-there head. Smells of light yeast with a strong fruit/berry note. Taste is very tart, with more Jamaica than rose. I was expecting more of a rosewater character, but the Jamaica strong arms it. I get a bit of vanilla. Yeast isn't very pronounced. Light body, strong carbonation, acid on tongue. Tasty saison, but not one of Jolly Pumpkin's best.

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Photo of zdk9
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours with a full head of light bubbly foam over an incredibly cloudy brown-orange liquid. Strong sheets of lacing down the side of the glass.

S- Leather, musty, medicinal. A little sour. My wife rejects it as 'hairspray' but I'm not hating it. Certainly not the typical saison, but interesting if nothing else.

T- This kinda runs the gamut in terms of fruity, sour, sweet, bitter, musty. A little bit of everything. A little fruity with cherry and raspberry.

M- it's bizarrely hot, with some aspects of grain alcohol. Also extremely carbonated. This beer definitely falls flat in terms of the mouthfeel.

O- Interesting. I'm not sure I would get this again, but it'd be good as something to savor on a warm summer night (as tonight in fact), or as a break for something different at the bar.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark amber to dark copper, 2” head, fluffy and persistent.
S: Spicy, herbal and sour with floral herbal aromas leading the way with some barnyard in the background.
T: Rich malt with a crisp tartness throughout, lemon, floral, and almost a cherry tartness on the finish, moderate funk. Moderate hops provide some balancing bitterness
F: Medium light body, highly effervescent, dry and tart. Has the Brett texture nailed.
O: An excellent funky saison.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. fresh as a daisy. big bottle into .3 L glass.

A: pours a very rich caramel color. pretty clear.

S: barnyard, leather, lots of brett.

T: really barny. tart too. a little grainy in towards the finish and there is definitely an interesting flavor I cant put my finger on. pickle brine? regardless, I like it.

M: moderate amount of carb on a medium body.

D: a really good saison. not sure if I get the rose hips and petals, but I appreciate the complexity between the brett, malt, and herbs. well done. would happily drink more of this.

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Photo of babaracas
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly opaque pink/red with orange tint. Thick pillow of dense pink splashed khaki head sticks for a long time; thick lace down the glass. Yowza. Smell: floral as you'd expect and sweet with some perfumey coriander-ish spice, notes of pepper and orange citrus. Also some mild flanders red action...raspberry-ish, herbal/oaky note. Taste: floral and spicy upfront, tart raspberry note, ripe peach, herbal, lactic/citric/cheesy finish. Superb. 2/2015 bottling ("Blend 1").

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Photo of barleybadger64
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Obviously well made beer but not what I expected. Very close to champagne feel, flavor and aroma which I applaud. Very dry finish. I think I expected a little more sweetness and ale-ish flavor. I would recommend people try and judge for themselves but this one wasn't for me.

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Photo of EMV
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 'The Pour House', Exton, PA in a snifter glass.

L: Pours a reddish brown, murky/opaque with a creamy and aggressive head that was slow to fall and left some great lacing on the glass.

S: Fruity (grapefruit especially) and flowery with a yeasty/bready undertone. Complex.

T: Tart, almost like a cross between a sour and a saison... strong grapefruit notes with a yeasty fullness from the saison style and a floral backdrop. You can pick up subtle notes of oak from the aging process. Smooth at the finish.

F: This one puckered my lips up at first... strong carbonation and there was a small party going on in my mouth. Aggressive.

O: If a sour and a saison got together this is the kind of love-child offspring that they would produce, and the oak aging gives it an added level of complexity. Sour grapefruit at first, giving way to some complex saison yeasty goodness... this is a very drinkable and sessionable beer. Highly refreshing, and I'd absolutely get it again.

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Photo of ARoman
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a "balloon" snifter. The aroma is floral and bright with secondary yeast notes and a light pepper presence with a heated honey and mild burnt sugar note appearing late. The beer's hue is a murky, opaque mustard brown topped by a creamy white head that retains a thin, dense ring and leaves a sparse lace. The taste is a balance between a medium sweet and medium sour with a medium light bitter. The beer is syrupy with a fuzzy carbonation and a medium full body. The flavor profile is toast and citrus jam with some stone fruit. It finishes with a dry floral character and a crispness that leaves an aftertaste that's lightly grassy and astringent, but doesn't leave any strong flavor characters

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