Baudelaire IO | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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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 Sabtos
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -3.7%
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 -1.5%
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 -2.2%
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 -3.9%
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 -30.5%
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 +8.6%
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 -1.7%
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 +3.2%
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 +5.2%
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 -0.2%
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 -5.2%
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 -15.2%
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 +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 Jimmys
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +4.9%
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 -5.4%
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 -1.2%
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 -4.7%
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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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 SierraFlight
3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at jolly punpkin Ann Arbor poured into balloon tulip. Foam and foam and foam. Took the beer server a few minutes and a foam reservoir to make the pour. Pink to light reddish with a finger and a half of residual head and good retention. Brett yeast, tart citrus, rose hips and peppercorns come through on the nose. Tart and yeasty with some malt sweetness and the rose/hibiscus/peppercorn florals. Glad the server recommended this one, I wouldn’t have chosen it otherwise. Crisp, medium bodied, soft carbonation.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Gusher that left about 1/5 of the bottle in the sink and all over the counter. Ruby colored with a ton of carbonation and thick foamy head that doesn't want to recede. I can taste and smell notes of hibiscus, but little else. While effervescent it fell flat. Not much classic saison character.

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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 mchegash
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date: 8/28/2014
Other notes: Batch 304,306. Bottled on 02/12/14.

Appearance - 4/5
High carbonation upon opening. Took a while to pour the glass because the foam would build up quick and then I'd have to wait for it to die down before pouring more.
Pours a deep orange-red. The color is beautiful, not sure if I've seen such a vibrant shade of this particular color before (in a beer). A little hazy, hard to see through it, but you can a little if you hold it up to a bright light. After the crazy carbonation dies down, the head is minimal.

Smell - 4/5
My initial whiff consisted of beer/alcohol smell, tartiness (the same tartness flavor that other JP beers have). Fruitiness as well, maybe cherries and sour apples. Maybe a little bit of floral smell (bottle says beer brewed with rose hips, rose petals, and hibiscus

Taste - 4.25/5
Jolly Pumpkin fruity-tartness flavor, though toned down a bit perhaps. It's fairly sweet. I would say the beer has a juicy feel to it. There's also some saison spicy taste. Overall the flavor is quite nice

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
The carbonation is not too strong, just the right level for this beer. In between crisp and creamy. The beer is fairly smooth. As I said above, the beer has a juicy feel to it, at least that's the way I would describe it, but it's hard to describe. But I like the feel.

Overall - 4/5
Overall, this was quite a good beer. It wasn't really floral tasting as I was expecting due to the rose petals, rose hips, and hibiscus. Perhaps I'm just not refined enough to taste those flavors (what does a rose taste/smell like anyway?). The nice color and mouthfeel combined together to make an overall good drinking experience.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant red colour, with cloudy body. Head is way too generous, but looks pretty amazing; slight pink tinge, fluffy marshmallow-like sinking with great clumps of lace left behind. Would look ideal, if head were slightly less enthusiastic.

Smells really lovely. Funky and sour, with big vinegary acidity from the Brett that also gives a funky earthy bitterness underneath. Raspberry, redcurrant and some lemon zest on there. Not really traditional saison, but lovely, big, complex and inviting.

Taste is not quite as complex or bold at first. Lots of tart and even astringent acidity from start to finish, with decent caramel sweetness and a touch of clove. Mid-palate gets all Bretty and funky, with notes of caramelised balsamic vinegar, lemon zest and washed rind cheese (just slightly). Quite dry and almost vinous on the back, it's really well tamed in fact. Fresh, complex, interesting but still very drinkable.

Bit thin upfront, but lots of presence and texture from the wild yeasts that end up quite dry. Interesting.

Almost feels too subdued like the tartness from the wild yeast is not fully formed. I can picture this as a sweet bridging sour beer for those who can't handle them yet, but to me it's just a bit of a mild entity.

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