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 liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chris (of the Rhino), bottle labelled as "Blend 4 - January 25, 2011." Into a tulip.

Pours slightly lighter than chestnut brown, murky with some pinkish and peachy hues in there. A huge creamy offwhite head is procured; leaves behind great retention and lace. Nose is lightly floral (is this the hibiscus/rose?), wheat, light funkiness and hints to some sourness. Taste continues these floral notes, with some wheat and gentle tartness. Some definite funky qualities to be found as well. High carbonation that serves to quench, fruity, floral and tart all around. Pleasant and ideal for a summer's afternoon.

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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 wisrarebeer
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the brewery in Ann Arbor. Blend 7/8 bottled 4 Feb 2011.

A: unusual color for a saison, but it is brewed with some unusual additions, deep light copper rose color, cloudy, similar to Rodenbach, nice head that became lacey
S: medium nose, slightly cloying w/medium subdued saison style qualities, yeasty
T: medium taste, not as much spritziness of other trad saisions, subdued saison qualities but still there, can definitely taste the flavorings, interesting and good
M: slightly cloying but good, not as much CO2 as most
O: decent but misses the mark ever so slightly

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Photo of Cinderbike
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle purchased at Total Wine. Consumed in 94° weather while outside brewing.

A - Orangish pink, a bit hazy, and TONS of fluffy white head with belgian lace that lingered for what seemed hours.

S - Smells of brett, rose hips, freshly mowed grass, light malts, and lemon. I love it.

T - I like this much more than I had planned. The rose comes through first, followed by some light maleness and tart cherry undertones. Brett dominates the finish in with phenolics and light barnyard, leather flavors. The hibiscus seems to impart less in flavor than it does in color.

M - Effervescent carbonation and a light body (no doubt due to the bugs) makes this a great ale for a hot summer day.

O - A great, albeit untraditional saison. I'd drink this any day.

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Photo of sholland119
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.


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Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes.

Pours a bright auburn color with a huge bubbling white head. Fades to lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells spicy and floral. Oak and green apples as well as a little bit of lemon and funk.

Tastes are only ever so slightly tart. Subtle apple flavor with the hibiscus certainly being noticeable.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with almost soda like carbonation.

Overall is really good. Different than other Saisons I've had but not in a bad way and still very enjoyable. A good first beer of the evening and great after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chris' bottle

Hazy reddish copper colour, big off white head, sticky with lots of lace. Smell is quite funky, barnyard notes, yeasty and quite floral. Tart initially and in the finish, middle has lots of yeasty floral qualities, fruity and dry with notes of tea coming in as well. Full body, med-high carb, good feel. Very nice stuff, very drinkable, solid stuff

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Photo of ccrida
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Blend 3 (bottled 1-18-2011) poured into a goblet, Baudelaire is a dark, cloudy amber with a very tight, creamy off-white head, thick, foamy lace.

Smell is soft and floral, mostly roses, nothing from them esters or bugs I'd expect.

Taste has some complexity without being over-blown, but isn't working for me at all as a saison. Belgian amber with roses, no sourness or even brett. Simple for a JB, but the rose adjuncts for a saison provided some depth.

Mouthfeel is oily and light bodied.

Drinkability ok, not really a saison, and the price and availability makes it one and done. JP rips out some great beers, and I was geeked on the the concept of a saison, but as my second tasting of this brew, I'm not impressed.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep cloudy amber color with a nice head on top. The lacing was nice and sticky. The smell was a little herbal, has a little Belgian yeast on the nose also some floral farmhouse notes. The taste is floral and has plenty of typical saison flavors. The mouthfeel was bubbly and yet remains soft. Overall the beer tasted unique, it had a nice aroma and all in all I thought it was really interesting. Nicely done.

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Photo of Klym
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 1, poured into a Lost Abbey Tulip. Review from notes.

It poured into a honey-like color gradient with a deep golden brown in the center and more crisp gold around the edges. The head was almost excessive and maintained throughout much of the drink, collapsing randomly at parts like bath foam. Lots of floral and earth smells in the nose. The taste was a very complex combination of petals, spice, minerals, earth, and some yeast with minimal sour or sweetness.

This beer was very good, and one of the most well-developed beers I've had in the earthy/mineral taste spectrum. It's extremely complex, something you could revisit and spend hours sniffing and tasting and keep getting more out of every time. You really have to respect this beer, there are few beers that come off as elaborate as this one.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome this is a farmhouse...

Blend 7/8 bottled 2-4-11
The pour deposits an amber orange tinted beer. Spitty spatters of lacing, one making the shape of a duck, cling to the glass above the remaining head biscuit. Bubbles. Tiny bubbles.

The nose throws the trademark sour acidity of JP. Wild and woody with a little bit of subtlety in the way of the rose hips and hibiscus that were introduced into the fray. Nothing overt from these ingredients.

The taste is sour and woody again first and foremost. The flower qualities, although very late to manifest, come through much more noticeably in the flavor than they do in the nose. There is a very flower petal remnant like quality that coats the tongue and grows in presence after the swallow trickles down the pipe. Interesting. Unsurprisingly so.

The mouthfeel is perhaps a touch thinner than anticipated, yet manages to lay a crispness that makes the flowery elements bloom across the palate.

Overall, this beer is quite an enjoyable one. Complexities may not be glaring but this brand of beer is brash in the house character fashion and the subtleties need to be patiently awaited while the up front qualities run their course. It really is delicate underneath the initial assertiveness. Nicely done. Worth a ride...

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cherry hued amber body with a dense white head and fine lacing.

Rose petals and hibiscus dominate the aroma with some light brett notes sneaking in there.

Tastes like a wild garden. My first impression was that the rose and hibiscus had taken this beer over, totally overboard. As I sat down with it and tried to dissect the glass, brett, mild acid, eucolyptus, bubblegum and other qualities began to appear. But...the rose and the hibiscus in particular still seem to strong. They seem to mask other flavors.

The mouthfeel is perhaps a bit thinner than a standard Saison, but overall not much to report here.

A unique beer that combines two very interesting Saison ingredients to form a very unique beer. I wish it had less floral character and more Brett and Saison flavor, but that's my only complaint.

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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 SundaySour
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Cavery. And it must also be noted, that I am drinking this mainly because Baudelaire is a kick-ass poet.

A: A hot coal shade of red and orange, with a dense cream colored head. Purdy as a picture.

S: The tart scent of cherries, and I am briefly having happy memory spasms of The Duchesse de Bourgogne. I'd be a lying scoundrel if I said I really caught the scent of rose hips. It kind of smells like the rosemary bread they serve at Macaroni Grill, which don't lie, you love.

T: At first, you think you're chugging a sour. Then, here comes Captain Floral. I am still not picking up rose, but again, rosemary bread. Finishes with a fabulous bready taste. Complex and savory, with that hot bread flavor.

M: Crispy and super fizzy. I like anything that makes me think of champagne, so high-five Jolly Pumpkin.

O: I'm completely author-biased, but hot damn if this isn't a crisp and surprising treat. I still never really caught on to all the florals they so lovingly threw into the vat (which I'm sure looked like a really elegant beer hot tub), but who cares? This beer makes me feel happy, happy feelings.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle. Thanks go out to gratefulbeerhead for this bottle. You rock Eric!

A- Poured a nice amber color with light pink hues overall. Three finger white head shows great retentino. Huge rocky chunks of lace left on the sides of the glass.

S- Floral in the nose right off the bat. Rose petal and hibiscus really come off in the front with hints of cracked pepper. Light oak toward the middle with hints of vanilla. Ending of the aroma shows big green apple aroma with a ton of barnyard funk. Light alcohol which I expected more to be honest.

T- Green apples on the front of the beer with a floral flavor which reminds me of rose petals. Hints of black pepper on the final part of the front. Middle shows off some light funk along with oak and vanilla. Green apple comes out more with that typical Jolly Pumpkin funk to it. Alcohol shows some light funk as well on the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is lively and good for the style. Rose petals, light malt, and hints of funk left on the palate. Funky alcohol, hints of oak, and green apple are left long into the aftertaste. Flavors were actually well blended and felt no stop and jerk flavor profile. No off flavors were present although the green apple might have been a light off flavor. Medium heavy alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- This was a wonderful saison. Jolly Pumpkin makes a great tasting beer it seems at times without even trying. The ABV is a little on the light side which makes this beer easy drinking. Nice tasting beer for the summertime nights!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a deep reddish copper, mostly transparent. thin and light bubbly head, tan with light lace.

S-the nose is sweet and floral, orange, touch of somked malt, citric notes with some zesty lemon and lightly spiced yeast notes.

T-the flavor is slightly less integrated and has more yeasty zip to it. notes of orange and citric notes. light spice in the back, very pleasant.

M-medium to full creamy body, solid carbonation, a little lighter, soft palate.

D-this is pretty solid stuff, well balanced and interesting. the flavor is slightly less integrated than the nose but easy to drink and tasty.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice off-white head atop a rose, cloudy ochre color. Good lacing and bubbling.

The aroma is full of roses, flowers, and earth. Lets not forget a lovley carbonated seltzer splash in the nostril-feel aspect of the sniff.

The taste is full of roses, flowers, lightly toasted malt, green apples, and a little honey sweetness. Very nice, complex saison. Bubbly palate with a dry snap at the end. High marks indeed.

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Photo of Gmann
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden ruby color, a bit murky, with a huge off-white head that settles into a puffy cap leaving a good amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of tart green apple skins and oak. A bit of farmhouse but nothing too strong. Some light floral notes from the rose and hibiscus but it is quite subtle.

The taste is not nearly as tart as the aroma. The flavor starts off with the rose and hibiscus, which provides a light sweet character. There is a sharp tartness that follows but it doesn't linger. Some lemon rind and green apple that goes well with a peppery hop.

Light feel with airy carbonation. Dry on the finish, and finishes clean. Quite a refreshing brew. Nothing overpowering, good balance.

An interesting saison. The flower presence isn't strong but it balances the tartness of the brew. Drinks very well.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ruddy copper color, 1 solid finger of off white head.

Smells pretty sour for a saison, plenty of brett in the aroma, as well as a little caramel. Almost floral-ish too.

Taste is not at all what I expected. Lots of rose. Despite the aroma of sour, pretty much non existant in terms of flavor. MF is best described as leaving a coat on your tongue,

This is definitely an odd beer. Not at all when I was expecting to get in to from the aroma. Interesting to see how hibiscus and rose taste in beer, but not one I would buy on a regular basis. Definitely worth trying though.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Whole Foods poured into a tulip.

Pours a red/amber hue with a billowing white head of three or four fingers that has a pinkish hue. Great retention and lacing.

Smells of funk, dry yeast, floral, herbal, and the signature Jolly Pumpkin saison yeast fragrance.

Taste follows smell. Floral, funky, yeast, bretty, dry, rustic, herbal. Quite the layered saison.

Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied, well carbonated. A good beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, Blend 7/8, Bottled 2-4-2011. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours an amber/red/pink color (looks different depending on how I hold the glass up to the light) with an inch and a half off-white/light pink head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is floral, tart and also a bit sweet. The brew smells like flowers (I assume that's the roses and hibiscus), peppery spice, oak, tart apples and herbs. It tastes like herbs/flowers, peppery spice, lemon peel, white grapes, berries and some tart apples and funk that gets a bit stronger as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit dry and is well carbonated. The soft carbonation helps make this brew easy to drink. I think it's a good solid beer, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of yusef
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip glass

A: Pours a dark pink ruby color with a nice sized white head. Nice lacing and head retention. Good amount of carbonation.

S: I get big floral notes. The rose hips, pedals, and hibiscus used during brewing are all present. Also a little bit of fruit and earthy saison yeast.

T: Everything from the aroma is there in the taste with a touch of sour funk. Also lightly tart and a tad drying

M: Light to medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. Perfect for a hot day.

O: Overall I enjoyed this. The flowers added a nice unique character to the beer. Not an everyday saison but definately worth seeking out to try.

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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 andrewinski1
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Nice pink color with lots of suds on top. The lacing is kind of sticky. Good head retention.

The aroma contains some nice typical Jolly Pumpkin tartness with some nice fruity apricot and peach like aromas to round it out.

The taste has a mild sweetness to it and is full of nice spicy yeast. The herbal additions are noticeable with the yeast flavor. The finish is dry and refreshing.

This is light and drinkable with smooth carbonation.

I'm a big fan of Jolly Pumpkin, so of course I like this one!

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Andy kindly opened this one up to drink while watching the Bruinks stonp Vancouver. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a nice velvet red with a creamy finger of light pink head. Nice retention with thick soapy lace.

Pommegarnaice in the aroma with what I can only describe as soap. I'm sure it's from the rose petals but it's soap for me. It's really not a bad soap smell though, it's pretty nice. A little bit of doughy yeast here too. Slightly tart in the aroma. Biscuity yeast on the pallet with a little bit of peppery hops. Floral flavors and a bit of earthy must.

A little bit of a full body here that with low carbonation. It doesn't seem to have the crisp saison feel that I'm accustomed to.

A really interesting beer here. I'm not sure that I'm crazy about the addition of rose petals on this. They don't seem to add much; especially on the pallet. I'd say a tasty beer worth a shot. Really a unique take on a saison.

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Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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