Baudelaire IO | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by NoLiberty on 10-27-2009

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Ratings:
678
Reviews:
212
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
9.58%
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of deapokid
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 3/25. Reviewed from notes.

This is the first Jolly Pumpkin I've had without a dog on the label.

This spicy Saison is a beautiful ruby red color with a big, tufty white head. Lacing is sticky with a nice punch of carbonation. The look is fruitier than you'd expected for the style. I don't really know what to expect, and I like that.

Aroma is very bretty and dry with a slight hint of wheat and a tart lemon quality. Some floral notes peak out (rose hips, chamomile, dandelion), but it maintains a lightness which is quite appealing.

The taste is spritzy and dry with a floral, almost tea like conclusion. Lemon and some banana are accompanied by a potpurri-esque floral quality which opens pleasantly, but becomes more and more medicinal as the beer warms. Your reaction to this one will depend on your tolerance for the floral notes.

Mouth wise, the wheat adds a nice creaminess, which combats some of the dryness and limits the amount of unpleasant resonance.

It's an original take on the Saison and it tastes good, but it's probably not a repeat performer, since the floral notes can be a shade off.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Malibu Sundownder Tasting Room in Westlake Village, CA.

Pours a murky red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice light fruit and floral presence in the aroma and flavor.

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3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 05.28.2011 from a 750ml bottle [Blend 1 - Bottled 1-11-2011] poured into a Allagash tulip.

A: Rose (duh), light, with a creamy, sticky and lace-ridden head. Thick, two-finger head.

S: Big floral front, fruity esters, a port/burgandy wine, some oak lambic tucked away in the back.

T: The rose hips are there but the floral sense doesn't knock you down. Overall - moderately sweet, some brett, some wood, cherry, light yeast and just the right funk that a good saison should have.

M - Slick, a bit oily - an almost lambic feel.

D: Quite refreshing. Fresh strawberries, fruit juice and like all Jolly beers, the oak-aging sour finish is very nice. A summer night's beer.

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3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fire in the hole! Baudelaire iO gushes like a volcano. This is never fun. Definitely not the good kind of first impression. Pink-tinted froth is no doubt pretty, but no one needs this much of it; the glass is half full with foam. The other half isn't exactly charming either - it's a murky combination of ruby grapefruit and blood orange tones.

"Throwing caution to the wind and following (their) creative muse" has evidently led to unpredictable results (as the spill on my kitchen floor attests). The nose is intensely, almost indescribably sour. Admittedly this is not surprising from Jolly Pumpkin, but the magnitude and concentration of sourness was not expected from something brewed with roses and hibiscus.

Oddly enough, the flavour is better appreciate in the aftertaste. There's far too much tartness and oakiness on the palate to note the delicate tastes of rose hips, rose petals, and hibiscus. But once all the bubbles and mustiness fade there is lots of strawberry flavour as well as a trace of flowers and herbal tea (though vanilla and lemon juice still have the greater presence).

Obviously Batch 101 (bottled May 2013) didn't go entirely according to plan, but such is the nature of spontaneous fermentation. Fortunately wild yeasts typically yield interesting, even if unideal results; the acidic tartness and moderate spritz are well-suited to the beer's airy, light disposition. The malts also provide a substantial bakery-fresh breadiness.

Despite this batch's obvious faults, Baudelaire iO delivered on the promise of a soft, delicate, and tart Saison. It's atypically approachable for something intentionally soured and left to ferment in old oak barrels replete with all kinds of bacteria. Indeed, barrel-aging and wild yeast are often used to make brooding, intimidating beers - but this is the opposite of that.

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3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a St Bernardus oversized wine glass

Pours a gorgeous grapefruit/ruby color with a half inch of frothy white with a slight pink hue head that has amazing retention settling to a thin layer that doesn't go anywhere. There is some nice lacing left on the glass as well.

The aroma is peppery with a slight tartness and faint floral notes as well. Taste is sweet and dry with a light tart sourness in the finish. Faint floral notes as well and a hint of sour cherries. It's dry and a bit light in mouthfeel but is still smooth and nicely carbonated. This is a nice saison and is highly drinkable. The 6.8% abv is completely unnoticeable several of these would go down nicely on a hot summer day. Overall a unique offering from Jolly Pumpkin and the artwork on the label is a nice touch as well.

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3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Party of our epic tasting at jackie o'swith brad and Co

A-nice appearance. Nice amber color with good head
S-smells like spring. Very fresh and clean. Little bit of tartness towards the end
T-spicy and grassy. Gets better with temp.
M-eh at best. Very dry and really brings down the beer
O-OK beer. Finish really brings it down

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3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a becher glass. Beer is red with a haze to it. Thick white head forms made up of large bubbles. Carbonation is moderate and as the head falls away it completely coats the glass with lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is completely brett. Strong yeast aroma with underpinning of lactic and acetic (vinegar) acids. The flavor of the beer is surprisingly not sour. There is an overall musk about this beer and not a lot that's sour about it. After several mouthfulls I'm getting the sour but I feel misled by the aroma.

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3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blend 4, bottled 1/25/11.

A-Pours a clear, surprisingly dark amber. Not a bad thing, but rather unexpected given the style.

S-Quite malty, lots of caramel notes, with lighter than expected funk (this is JP after all). Still quite nice but so far, very non-Jolly Pumpkiinish.

T-Again, malt dominates, and I have to say I am rather disappointed here. Very little evidence of farmhouse, funk, barnyard or any classic saison flavors. I mean, a nice beer, but very muted in terms of the style characteristics.

M-Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O-Kind of a dilemma. I am not a slave to style but I feel this one misses the mark by quite a bit. But still a tasty, well made beer.

HV

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3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Loose, chunky head settles quickly, but leaves a nice lace along the way. Beautiful, bright pumpkin orange body.

S – Floral nose with dandelion, rose water, and pollen accented with a mellow tartness. Corn syrup sweetness.

T – Bright opening with agave, honeysuckle and oak. The woodiness arcs sour through the center and then tart through a dry finish, and pushes the floral notes to the greener side of the spectrum; rosewater and plant stems. There’s a light, but surprisingly pleasant maltiness lurking throughout the profile.

M – Light body. Nice carbonation.

O – Slightly more savory than a classic saison, and definitely on the floral side of the style.

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3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into my snifter.

A - Pours a nice light red to pink. Nice light pink head with good lacing. Clear.

S - Floral, peppery, some citric of lemon and orange

T - Surprisingly more tart than I expected. Noticeable cherry sourness with lemon rind. The brett is there along with the advertised rose, interesting and pretty good. Not as much funkiness as expected/hoped for.

M - Dry, crisp, tart, light.

O - An average saison. I was wishing for a little more funky smoothness to it and the tart edge was a little too sharp. Nice integration of the floral components.

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3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjmilholland
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear red amber color with two fingers of pink head. There is a ring of carbonation that remains around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Overall this has a very mild smell. Mild fruity smell, like fruit punch. There is also some floral notes as well.

Taste: Again, a very mild sweetness with fruit and floral notes. The fruit kind of reminds me of fruit punch as well. There is a very mild sour note as well, it really doesn't dominate, just a hint. The only issue I have here is that it is a bit watery. Can't taste the alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body, with delicate bubbles. The finish is very dry.

Overall: I enjoyed this one, but not as much as some of the other Jolly Pumpkin offerings. The taste was a bit watery. A good offering, but I don't think I'd have it again.

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Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
4.07 out of 5 based on 678 ratings.
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