Baudelaire IO | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Baudelaire IOBaudelaire IO

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of illidurit
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rating #1200! 750 mL bottle (Blend 5, bottled 1-26-2011) poured into my Odonata Saison glass. Pours a deep, glowing, strawberry-copper color with a pinkish-tan head; like raspberry cake frosting spread atop a hunk of petrified amber. Nice rocky formation, fabulous retention and clingy lacing. The aroma displays some breathtaking clarity and focus; the rose petals and hibiscus are plain as day but distinct and unmuddled. A grassy note, some earthiness and some Orval-ish brett lie underneath. I may as well be walking through a garden. The perfection of the aroma is refreshing and inspiring, and I hope the flavor lives up to it. First sip and... wow, it does. An initial hibiscus and unripe strawberry tartness washes into a divine brett finish that recalls Orval in the best way possible. More on the tartness: it reminds me a bit of that Minute Made frozen raspberry lemonade from concentrate that you have to mix with 4 parts water. As a kid, I always mixed it with 3 parts because I wanted it stronger and more tart, and this beer has an element of that flavor, fleetingly. More on the finish: bone dry with a grass/hay brett character and some mild bitterness. At this point, halfway through the first pour, the head looks like a glob of melted vanilla ice cream in an ice cream float. Creamy, firm and fine carbonation, lower in effervescence than Orval (not a bad thing). The palate is soft and pleasant, the swallow leaves a light residual acidity that, together with the arid dryness, begs the next sip. I cant fault this beer in any facet. Its been a long time since I was blown away by a beer, but this beer has snapped me out of complacency. I really hope JP expands the Baudelaire line, because Ale Absurd was great and IO is flat-out incredible.

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Photo of Burlyn
4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beautiful blood orange amber with a thick reddish head. The lacing too is very thick on the glass.

Tart and floral fruity aroma. Rosehips. Hibiscus. Green apple. and a little apricot.

tart pear and apple flavor followed by sweet berries. lemon zest. This is fruity and floral all the way. So refreshing and perfect for summer degrees over 100.

Smooth and clean. Goes down very easily. Its highly carbonated so beaware.

This is by far the best saison/farmhouse ale i have ever had. This means a lot since these are my favorite styles. Pat on the back Jolly Pumpkin for producing such a wonderful brew.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Very large deviation on the rating but one of the best (if not THE best) non-sour/brett saisons I've ever had and that deserves a high rating in my book.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excited to try the new one from JP. The pour is healthy, lively and robust, light ruby in color with a wispy pink pillow of head - really fresh looking and inviting. Amazing nose of oak and must mingled with subtle rosy floral notes, some citrus and berry overtones, and mellow dusty herbal hops - top notch. Fresh as can be at first sip - really full of flavor, slightly tart, funky, accentuated by the tangy rose hips, hay fields and oak barrel, excellent floral notes of rose and hibiscus (not that I know what hibiscus tastes like really), all melding well with a dry herbaceous hop profile. Really explosive flavors yet so mellow and everything comes together. Dry yet quenching, prickly refreshing moutheel and super refreshing. A near perfect beer in my opinion, just great all around. Read the back of the label - these guys are serious about their beer. Art in a glass really.

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Photo of Cavery
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml into Lost Abbey tulip, shared with SourSunday.

Blend 1, bottled 1-11-2011

A: strong two finger head (and rising) above a dark burnt orange body. The head looks like whip cream on top of a home-made Pumpkin pie. Two fingers worth is just the right amount of whip cream. Lively carbonation is visually apparent. this beer is itself, a jolly pumpkin.

S: Really sweet earth funk. Smells like fancy mushrooms thrown around in a pan of sweet wines and peppercorns. A real amazingly salty plantain note rides my nose for days after I sniff. This brew has a really salty linger, I can almost feel the sand under my feet. really a quality nose-full, not restrained at all, but also not sloppy at all. Very fancy and very strong.

T: Very mild earthy vegetables. Sweet front of jicama and rustic baked potatoes, seared turnips in rosewater. with the faintest rhubarb sweetness. a Light sweet and sour tang lingers in the mouth like a sweet Tennessee dry-rub. Ground black pepper, paprika, and sweet green chilies pay a visit. A super mellow hickory sweetness kinda rocks my world, and bay leaves add just enough spiciness for me to not get bored with earthy notes. I think this is exceptional, a flavor bomb behind a curtain of subtlety.

M: this has enough carbonation for two beers. Super solid long-lasting and fizzy through the finish. This thing has kept a filmy head since it was poured. This beer is alive, and the mouth-feel lets you know it. Solid body that lightens due to the air in the bubbles. The body is the foundation for all the flavor, and the bubbles make you think this thing is floating on a cloud. Just money.

O: A deliciously earthy delight. There is a lot going on in this bottle, and I'm sure I missed a lot of it. I think this beer requires a college class to decipher. Monumental complexity that is testament to the quality of the brewers hand. My taste buds are tantalized, my mouth is mystified, and my something else is something elsed. No more reading, go get your hands on a bottle of this. Fantastic.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy copper color with a white head. In the aroma, green apple sweet and pinch of sourness with hints of cinnamon spice. In the taste, green apple sweet and that pinch of tartness, cinnamon spice bite and somewhat flowery. A sour bite with a small to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry flowery and sourness in the aftertaste. Almost like a cider and /or wine. I loved it. I love you, Jolly Pumpkin!!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: a hazy reddish color. two fingers of a pink head that sticks around. very good looking beer. not like anything ive seen before.

Smell: florals, spiciness, funky yeast

Taste: a nice floral taste first, from the rose petals, followed by the classic jolly pumpkin saison. spiciness and funky yeast. quite tasty

Mouthfeel: surprisingly not sticky at all and extremely light.

Overall: a great and unique beer. really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of champ103
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A: This is a gusher, but manageable to poor. Which is par for the course with JP. Pours a beautiful hazed dark ruby color. A two finger pink tinted head forms with excellent retention. Rings of lace. This is a looker.
S: I love the aroma. Very floral up front. Tangy, spicy hibiscus aromas. Lightly acidic, with tart dark cherries, and other fruits like pears and apples. funky yeast as well. Excellent.
T: Follows the nose. The flowers are very apparent along with the hibiscus specifically. Slightly sweet and tangy with a nice spice. Acidic with some dark fruits. Tart cherries, plums, pears, and apples. Light funk. Everything is so balanced, and nothing overpowers.
M/D: A medium body that is very effervescent and dry. Just a bit thin, but not bad. So easy and enjoyable to drink. The slight puckering makes me want to keep coming back, and the balance is excellent.

This is Jolly Pumpkin at its best. An excellent spin on a saison that works perfectly. Something I love and highly recommend.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend 1, 1/11/11. This is a seriously beautiful beer, it truly is a "red saison." Outstanding color. In a flute glass, it might pass for a rose but for the fact that it's a hazy from not having been filtered. Like rose Champagne with some strawberry preserves thrown in. Carbonated? Yes, this is Jolly Pumpkin - big fizzy head on the pour, one that sticks around and leaves some lacing.

Varied nose - some whiffs yield sweet strawberry, some rose petals, others some unmistakable sweaty, musky Brettanomyces. This saison is squarely on the "wild side." I also get a little cinnamon and nutmeg. So a flowery, spicy, sweaty, fruity nose then. It sounds unfocused, but it's exquisite.

I'm sure some other company uses the tagline "Always An Adventure," otherwise I'd suggest it for Jolly Pumpkin. These beers are for contemplative, serious drinking. If you throw this down in a loud, smoky bar you might miss a lot of what it has to offer. This is one you spend an hour or so with, teasing out the various micro-flavors. Right up front, it's pretty bitter/hoppy and crushed-aspirin medicinal, similar to a fresh Orval. Midway through, I feel like I'm eating flowers, as I get a very pithy, floral/weedy flavor. Tart strawberries and old saddle leather round it out to a very dry finish - this is one dry beer. Which I like, to me that's essential in a saison.

Feels sharp and thin on the palate, like many Jolly Pumpkin beers. Stinging carbonation, which you would expect for the style, but body might be a shade light for a 6.8% beer. Not a huge flaw in my book, as this does make for some very crisp, refreshing drinking.

If I can't score a saison a 4.0 or above in drinkability, I tend to view it as a failure. Not so here, this is highly drinkable with the caveat that you have to like your dry, Brett-y beers. This is brewing art, and I'm glad to have enjoyed a bottle.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend 7/8 Bottled 2/3/11

I thought I had missed this beer and low and behold I found it at one of my locals. I would have been really dissapointed not to get to try a fantatic saison by one of the best American brewers of Saisons.

Poured a capped 750ml into my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a amber honey with a massive 4 inch head that leaves some serious lacing down the sides of the glass. The head retention is fantastic. About a 1/2 inch of a foamy cap always sticks around for the entirety of the bottle. The aroma is amazing. Up front is a nice earthy brett. Damp earth with just a little must. I like to call it old closet. Layers of smells underneath the brett. Up front, are sweet berries almost a mix between strawberries and raspberries. Just a bit of sweet tartness. Underneath that you get a bit of honey with a subtle grassy/graininess. With the first sip, you get a big brett presence. I wonder what brett strains they used. Up front I get a bit of damp earth mixed with musty clothes. Then there is this tropical fruit sweetness, almost along the lines of pineapple. Several flavors work well with the brett. There is a nice floralness that I cant pinpoint if it actually comes from the rose/hibiscus or is a result of some sort of hop they use. Really amazing. The mouthfeel is creamy up front and finishes a bit dry. I wish it finished just a bit drier but honestly that's a little thing. Overall, its another fantastic beer by Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of DIM
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to OHLRangers for the chance to split this amazing brew with my dad and brother-in-law.

a: This was a clear coppery color with golden edges. It poured with a large, moderately sticky, fizzy cap.

s: Musty, earthy floral aromas are what I noticed first. There is also a fairly pronounced funky note that comes from what I'm guessing is the bret. Crackers, grain, and tart fruit aromas all emerge as this warms.

t: This is easily one of the best funky saisons I recall trying. Pronounced mustily tart fruit flavors come through in a big way. Lots of cherries, apricots, and a little sour apple. Wet grains and prickly leafy hops add a nice tingle at the finish. I think I also taste a little oaky tobacco. The floral qualities are more subtle here, but they help dry this out even further.

m: Fizzy, champagne like carbonation lends itself perfectly to a beer like this.

d: My dad had some reservations, but Eric and I loved it. I'm really glad I got to try this, the folks at JP should be proud of this one.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This pours a ruddy amber in the glass.

The aroma is directly, distinctly sour with a sharp funk.

Tastes sour in the most wonderful of ways too. Sharply sour, with that now-cliché ‘barnyard funk’ coming across, followed with a great finish. An intriguing beer. One I’d be happy to revisit!

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Photo of drpimento
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a beer! Let it warm a bit out of the fridge first. Then poured with a voluminous, billowy, frothy, foamy, fluffy, cream colored head that lasts all the way down and loads of clingy lace. Color is a hazy, pink tinged amber. Aroma is yeast, floral, earth, malt. Flavor's like nose, plus the JP trademark tartness which is more balanced in this case with just enough sweetness and yeast bitterness. Body and carbonation are great. Finish is clean, like flavor, and of average length. Superb saison with some interesting twists!

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 1 Bottled 1-11-2011. Pours a very pretty orangish red color with a very large white head with a hint of orange-cream color to it. The head is very frothy and doesn't go down any time quickly. Scent is quite funky with some earthy notes and spices. I get a bit of citrus as well as floral notes and hops. This scent is very inviting. Taste is very unique. I get a lot of berry flavors and funky yeast with some nice grassy notes. Lightly tart fruit flavors with earthy spiciness and citrus hoppiness. The floral notes compliment all the other flavors very nicely. Finishes with some more tart berries, bready notes, and more mellow funk. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and quite dry. Very refreshing. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer blew me away. Amazing complexity in flavor and aroma. A very different and outstanding brew.

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Photo of nickfl
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's a gusher! Hazy amber brown body topped by a huge meringue like head of white foam. The aroma is spectacularly floral with pepper, hibiscus, tropical fruit and farmhouse goodness. Sweet malt with more pepper and lots of the same floral notes that are in the aroma. Medium body, high carbonation, and a balanced finish. Really nice, this is a great saison and an excellent use of flowers in beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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 brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, garnet-infused, amber color with a thick, one finger head that leaves lacing a plenty all around

Smell: Fresh berry-fruit aroma, with underlying floral and oak aspects; the hint of bretty tartness is very subtle

Taste: Toasty malt serves as a backdrop for the sweet/tart berry flavors, with the floral elements dancing above the fruit; by mid-palate the oaky tartness adds another dimension and, after the swallow, the tart flavors tend to dominate, leaving the floral and fruit elements to remain distinct but, clearly, second fiddle

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: Sort of a combo fruit beer/lambic/saison, this beer is certainly out there and, I think, well worth seeking out

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish-orange (almost pink at first) with a big, frothy, white head. The head eventually reduces to a thin film with good lacing. Further pours produce a slightly cloudier body.

Earthy, dry and floral on the nose. The hibiscus comes through nicely with the rose elements. Tea-like presence. Just a touch of oak barrel and faint funk.

Sweet, dry, hibiscus and earthy malts in the flavor. Light oak tannin and a hint of vanilla. Grass and hay linger beneath. Great taste. The rose hips and hibiscus work well with the base beer.

Mouthfeel is dry and earthy with just a touch of sweetness. Carbonation is spot on. Feels good going down. ABV is essentially unnoticeable.

Overall, this is a great floral saison! The base beer is well crafted and rose hip/hibiscus combo adds a well integrated layer of complexity. Definitely a top 10 saison for me and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 2/6/15 stamped on the label. Pours a deep ruby red with a slightly pinkish hue colored head that dissipates very slowly. Great head retention and beautiful lingerie like lacing around the glass as I continue to sip.

Smells initially of sweet hibiscus with a very subtle tartness moves into a bit barnyard/hay and then finishes with floral rose. I had to sniff my sleeve to reset my nose and then smell again real deep. It's so very subtle at the end when you pull the glass away that you get the rose fragrance. Pretty amazing!

Tastes tart initially with full on hibiscus, but then mellows out over time after you swallow. You lick your lips and pick up the floral flavors and some of the spice and then breathe in and out to pick up some of the hibiscus again. Not a typical saison but quite interesting.

Very prickly on the tongue as saisons typically are. Nice puckery feeling from the tartness. Smooth finish seconds after swallowing. Very drinkable and at 6.5% it's not overpowering at all.

Overall an awesome brew from Jolly pumpkin. It has the traditional characteristics of a saison but taken to a whole new level with the hibiscus and rose hips/petals. I would absolutely get this again next year.


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Photo of augustgarage
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1/1/11 - poured from a 750mL capped bottle into my Troubador tulip.

Furious yet stealthy carbonation builds a fist and a half of misty rose foam. Immense rocky head recedes very slowly. Tremendous 3-D webs of lacing. The liquid beneath is a cloudy mixture of flame and dark coral. Stunning.

Pink peppercorn, grape skins, yogurt, a variety of floral aromatics, nectarines, passion fruit, and a deep subtle barn-yard funk in the nose.

The hibiscus is a brilliant touch, rounding off the tartness of the palate entry, and contributing to the very long finish with chicha morada, jamon iberico, and loam in addition to cranberry and violet. Low to no bitterness or hop flavor that I can detect. The yeasty base marries everything together none the less.

Effervescent, medium-bodied, somewhat slick, yet still cooling. Great for a late Spring morning.

Many creative brews fall flat on their faces, but this saison is a gentle revelation, the domestic peer of Fantôme's experimental offerings, though perhaps lacking in equivalent bombastic weirdness.

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4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't do a lot of double reviews but felt this one deserved it. Blend 7/8, 750ml into allagash tulip.

A- Ruddy brown with some pink and orange highlights. Small head sticks nicely on the edge of the glass.

S- As I remember- wet grass, a bit of funk, like being in a flower garden after a spring shower.

T- This blend/bottling tastes different than the growler review I did. The fruit isn't as prominent- but the floral aspect is much stronger. I think I liked the other one's fruitiness, and I'm missing it a bit here. Still, great, complex florals- hibiscus, rose petals, some white wine tartness as well.

M- Sweetness fades into a drying, tart finish. Good body, carbonation. Keeps the flavors moving. Keeps me coming back.

O- I think I liked this from the growler better.. but that might have been because I got to enjoy 64 oz of it at a time. This beer is spectacular. GOAT or damn close.


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Photo of
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer looks beautiful in the galss. It's deep amber-pink with a rich, rocky white head. Retention is good and it leaves nice lacing.

Smell - The hibiscus and rose really come through; their perfume-like scent, vanilla, and black pepper mingle with the sour apple and leather funk of the wild yeasts.

Mouthfeel - light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

Taste - Floral with apples, oak, sweet malt, faint pepper, characteristic JP sourness and a bit of mineral water on the finish.

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Photo of larryi86
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, blend 5 bottled 1/26/2011, poured into a tulip glass

A- A slightly hazy red with a hint of pink and a three finger off-white head.

S- Flowers, roses, some barnyard funk and sour, brett.

T- Slightly sour, light fruit notes, roses, funky burnyard finish, earthy. Nice complexity, very enjoyable.

M- Smooth, refreshing, light body.

O- This is a great and unique saison, worth the money. Smooth, complex, refreshing, great for a hot day. Will be picking up a few more bottle

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Photo of MadScientist
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy, medium copper ale with a fairly deep red hue. The persistent head pours with about a finger of rocky, ecru colored head tinted with a touch of red that leaves some thick ropes of lacing on the glass.

S: Aromas of brett and hibiscus a prominent along with some light fruit aromas. A fruity and herbal nose backed by a solid barnyard funk. There is a light spicy hops note, a slight oak character when it warms and little malt character.

T: A firm tartness with a citrus zest bitterness dominates giving the impression of equal parts brett, rose hips and hibiscus contributing the funky bitterness. The balance is firmly bitter with a There is a soft malt character in the front and middle but it ends fairly dry with an aftertaste of herbal and citrus peel-like bitterness.

M: A fluffy medium light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation that gets just a little prickle on the tip of the tongue.

O: The saison base is exceptional on it's own with a some sourness and barrel character but I really like is the interaction of flavors between the hibiscus and rose hips when added to a soured beer. Jolly Pumpkin beers are always a treat and this one is right up there with their best; thanks Dude!

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Photo of beethousand
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a snifter

Appearance: pours a pinkish copper with a thick, creamy head that sticks around for a while

Smell: yummy, complex nose with floral, perfumy, and spicy aromas accompanied by malt sweetness

Taste: candy, floral, and fruit; dry finish with citric bite

Mouthfeel: soft, refreshing, and pleasant; carbonation sharpens in the final third to close beer out

Drinkability: tart, lively, and refreshing; very drinkable and very enjoyable

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Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
4.07 out of 5 based on 674 ratings.
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