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 WillCarrera
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, batch 58, bottled 05-16-2013, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark garnet color, topped with a gigantic pink head, really awesome retention and tons of lacing.

S- Some fruit, hibiscus, oak, a bit of funk and bretty tartness.

T- Sweet, grainy malt, some fruitiness and herbal spiciness. There's a nice floral element as well, before a light tartness, herbal bitterness and some oak towards the end.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, soft feel.

O- A tasty saison, really refreshing, drinkable stuff.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real gusher of a bottle, had a glass ready and didn't lose much, but first glass was only foam. Took 15 minutes for the beer to settle out. Had to cork it hard to keep the foam from bubbling out of the bottle.

2nd pour was better. Cork removed with a resounding pop. Poured gently, finally some beer came out of the bottle with a reddish brown body topped by a foamy pink head. Gobs, chunks, sheets of heavy lacing.

Smells lightly sour, very floral, spicy.

Tastes lightly sour, with definite rose and hibiscus themes. JP yeast adds some depth with a little funk, breadiness, and metal. Some cinnamon spice brings it together to make a complex beer.

Body is medium and vibrant carbonation gives this a crisp mouthfeel, but becomes creamier as the carbonation settles down.

Nice idea to pair rose hips and rose petals with hibiscus and JP yeast makes a good, complex tasting saison, but way overcarbonated in the bottle.

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Photo of seand
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a fruity pomegranate red, with lots and lots of white foam. The head retains in clumps pretty well, leaving lots of lacing.

S: Grain, light sweet fruit, funk, and yeast. The overall blend is very nice.

T: Sweet saison yeast and grain, tart fruit, a little vinous. The finish is has very nice complexity, tart and dry and sweet and deep.

M: Medium body, medium to high carbonation.

Overall, very very nice. Everything comes together very well, and the individual elements are nice if you try to focus them individually.

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Photo of barczar
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy ruby color with a frothy quarter inch head that liners indefinitely.

Floral and vinous aromas are accompanied by soft fruit notes of raspberries and some horse blanket funk. There's a bit of a perfumey, soapy character in the background.

Flavor is subtle and dry. There's a mildly tart, vinous character at the base, with subtle notes of roses and tart fruit giving way to a bready malt backbone at the finish. The Rose character really opens up as it warms.

Body is moderate to slightly full, with light carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Very subtle, clean beer with less sourness and funk than most jp beers. The dryness creeps in too early to close the flavor. Could benefit from a bit more carbonation but that might kill the flavor completely.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor. Baudelaire iO pours a deep and swampy red and ruby color with some patches of brown that appear as the light passing through the brew changes. Swampy like you'd expect a saison to be; almost 100% opaque, in fact, topped off with a sappy and thin, rose tinted skin. Very intriguing look, unique and interesting.

I had to go back about five or six times, taking big, deep inhales each time, and I still wasn't able to capture everything I was smelling. So complex and so unlike anything I've ever smelled before. It's a grand mixture of typical saison-like qualities and a brilliant inclusion of some spices and florals that I haven't experienced before.

The nose is very floral, almost akin to a wild patch of flowers. Hibiscus is heavy in the aroma, along with leaves, roses, wood, wet oak, and a bit of forest floor. The fruity, saison side of things balance and intertwine nicely; cherries, plums, and a bit of tart apple skins. Very perfume-y on the edges, backed up with that signature Jolly Pumpkin funk - light must, wet hay, and mild barnyard on the back end. Holy shit!

So, what does this bad-boy taste like? A refreshing, floral saison - that's what. Up front, there's a good bit of leafy and lightly herbal tea leaf with white pepper and lavender oil playing supporting roles. The palate picks up on even more spices than the nose... I wish I was a chef, so maybe I could identify some more of these spices. The incredible thing is how there's so much going on at once, yet nothing is overpowering anything else.

Some very mildly tart cherries and juicy apples make their way into the mix, right about the same time the oak debuts. Again, that signature JP funk rules the finish with some musky cheese cloth and wet cellar flavors, coupling with the oak barrel to give a dry finish that leaves you wanting more with each sip. The carbonation is on point, and though I'd prefer a slightly heavier beer, its thin and crisp body works for the style.

No doubt, one of the most interesting beers I've had; there's really no other beer I can think of that would be a "good" substitute - you've really gotta try it for yourself. So refreshing and so easy to drink, too. It's crazy how many things are going on at once and how well they all harmonize and create such a nice experience for the senses. What a nice saison.

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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 AltBock
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle that looks like a 22oz bomber bottle. On it is a label that you have to see for yourself to appreciate. On the label is a really good drawing of a beautiful kind of gothic woman with curly hair and a giant fly on her head. The back label has a lengthy paragraph about the beer. Along the side was a sticker that had the batch number and bottled date. My bottle was from batch 1015/1016 and bottled on 02-21-12. It has a little age on it.

When poured into an Ommegang Tulip, this JP beer was a semi hazy golden copper with some faint sun yellow highlights at the bottom. The beer's color was almost as nice as the label. On top of this brew was a massive head of foam. It was at least 2 inches tall. As for the color, it was white with a dab of beige. It wasn't paper white. It was one of those dirty white colors. This dirty white head of foam had great slow retention. It left behind a thick skim of foam and a huge number of streaks of lace. These streaks coated my glass.

The aroma to me was more tart than sour. Mixed in with the light tartness was some of that Brett yeast farmyard funkiness. Behind all that was some green grapes, green apples and some flowers. This floral aroma consisted of rose pedals and a pinch of hibiscus. Very good and very unique.

Like the aroma, the taste was also good and unique. The taste was dry and lightly tart with a little barnyard funk, fruits, and flowers. The rose pedals and hibiscus made an appearance in the taste, but they came out more in the aroma than the taste. Same thing with the green grapes and green apples. One thing that wasn't in the aroma, but made an appearance in the taste was the oak. Not bad. I wish the fruits were allowed to come out and play more.

This was a light to medium bodied easy drinking Saison with an interesting aftertaste. This aftertaste was dry, tart, and oaky. The aftertaste had its fair share of Brett yeast as well. This aftertaste doesn't linger.

A very nice easy drinking unique Saison. Neither the flowers, the oak, or the Brett yeast take complete control of the beer. I think the Brett yeast wanted to take control, but it didn't. If you want to try a unique Saison, pick up a bottle of this Jolly Pumpkin brew.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a complex reddish orangish brownish color with a substantial off white head made of large bubbles, a steady stream of bubbles flowing up from the bottom of the glass. Yep, she's a purty one!

Smells more sour than I was expecting--very tart, lots of brett too. I get pear and banana and apple and grape, some flowers, something faintly peppery, and a pretty healthy amount of funk. Not hard to believe this is a Jolly Pumpkin beer.

Taste opens with lots of tart grape, fades into some funky flowers and pepper, finishes with more fruit (pear/apple). Fairly sour up front but finishes a little more sweet. Spicy brett really comes out in the aftertaste. Only sweet for a second, pretty dry overall (more dry than acidic). Quite complex, and damn tasty.

Mouthfeel is great, tons of carb, you can feel it bubbling on the tongue. Very drinkable, refreshing even.

I like this!


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Photo of CloudStrife
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz bottle split and poured into a snifter. Bottled 02-10-2012. Gusher.

A: Pours a hazy amber ruby with a giant puffy white head. Quite dense. Lots of visible carbonation. Head dissipates in the course of a few minutes leaving some nice lacing.

S: The rose really comes through on this brew and the wild yeast has kicked it up a few notches.

T: This is an enjoyable beer, really get the floral rose taste with the saison blend and a fairly intense sour taste. Adds a farmhouse dimension. Very different and quite tasty. I like the rose and brett compliment.

M: Lots of carbonation as shown with the appearance. Crisp finish that is pretty refreshing. Reminds me of a champagne on the tongue. So easy drinking.

Overall has the classic Jolly Pumpkin taste with their yeast strains but also a great rose petal addition. Very tasty and quite drinkable.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's
Date: Bottled 2/21/2012
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Baudelaire IO is a very pleasant, generally subtle saison from Jolly Pumpkin, featuring notable Brettanomyces and berry-like fruit ester combinations. While I enjoyed the beer, I don't think it's one that I would pay the $16 for again.

Pours a towering head of very dense foam, made up of small, off-white (with a very light pink tint) bubbles. Retention is excellent, and the head leaves many horizontal bands of lacing with its decline. The head never fully dissipates, descending to a 1cm cap atop the body at all times. Body is a dark burn red and brown, nearly opaque, and with visible carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is of fairly heavy Brettanomyces, with hints of rose-like bathwater and subtle fruity esters from the hibiscus.

Tasting opens with hibiscus (somewhat berry-like fruit esters), sweetness, and a hint of Brettanomyces composting hay meets burnt plastic. Mid-palate showcases more Brettanomyces influence, alongside slightly raspberry-like tartness from hibiscus and rose hips. Back of palate continues the Brettanomyces, but also has a substantial bitterness that I assume is from hops. Overall flavor is a mix of sweetness, mild Brettanomyces, hibiscus flavorings, and subdued bitterness/tartness/astringency.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with high carbonation that creates an acceptably non-painful fizzy mouthfeel. Closes quite dry, nearly astringent.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ML bottle
Served in a Jolly Pumpkin tulip glass
Bottled 02-22-2012

This beer pours copper in color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with several inches of lively, beige head that leaves some decent lacing.

The first thing I notice is a tart smell. I get some ripe red berries, and hibiscus. I even get a little funk and mildew.

The taste starts out with ripe red fruit. Then I get a floral flavor followed by some dank basement flavors and a dry finish.

Medium mouthfeel and effervescent.

The smell is amazing. The taste is good. Jolly Pumpkin rarely disappoints. This is a delicious brew.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gusher! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured red-orange with an explosive off-whitehead that subsided to a one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, funk, fruit, spice and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, funk, subtle tart, fruit, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really liked the twist that JP took on this one with the nice funky note going on with a kiss of tart. This really kept it interesting and your palate guessing what was going on throughout the bottle. I need to drink more saisons from JP if this is how they do them. An absolute must try for any avid beer lover out there.

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Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'There are women who inspire you with the desire to conquer them and to take your pleasure of them; but this one fills you only with the desire to die slowly beneath her gaze."

from "The Desire to Paint"

Pours red with burnt orange hues. Froth is sheet-like with tiny bubbles. Funk, pepper, perfumy florals, vanilla cake and a back splash of hops to the nose. Somewhat grainy up front and dry. A mixture of light and dark fruits interplay fluidly with some spice, pepper, hibiscus and a slight barnyardy essence. Aftertaste is a little bitter with some phenols involved. Grows slightly tart after a while. Light to medium bodied and goes down easy. The added ingredients (rose petals/hibiscus) work quite well in this interesting take on one of my favorite styles. Add in the top-notch artwork as tribute to one of my most revered poets, and I could die slowly beneath the gaze of this brew all day long.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sour apples, pear, and cherries. It is bold, and unafraid to show it's colors as a sour beer. I don't get any traditional saison aromas coming off of this beer, but it doesn't matter, my mind is puckering just smelling this.

Mostly clear with just a slight touch of haze. It's a deep red color with a slightly pink head. Sheets of lacing coat the glass as the liquid depletes from the vessel.

The first thing I noticed is how highly carbonated this is.. it almost immediately foams up when it touches my tongue. Body is medium and brings on flavors of pear, apple, and other light, crisp summer fruits. It is far less sour on the palate than on the olfactory senses, but that doesn't make it less enjoyable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 7/8 bottled 2-4-11

Not too many spot on saisons this side of the ocean. At least to this degree. This one has some nice funk and interesting rose and floral characters. Nice to drink, but you'll need to appreciate beers like Fantome to really dig on this one.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, OR. Shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe in Sydney, Australia.

Pours an immediately odd color: bright rose-like red, with a huge, frothing head of pink bubbles. Lacing forms in chunky patches down the glass. Body is very light, as you'd expect from a wild ale, or anything from Jolly Pumpkin's stable. Really good stuff.

Nose is intense: big, funky oak-barrel acidity with a touch of lactic to it. Everything is mellowed, however, by a bright and fragrant floral note from the rosehips and perhaps the hibiscus. The hibiscus, though, is more an afterthought: a clear, sweeter karkadeh note that sits around while the other character evanesce and dissipate. It's absolutely gorgeous.

Taste is lighter than I expected, and is a little disappointing for it (if you can ever call such a beer disappointing). There's a bright fragrance on the front: more rose and floral notes, but this doesn't translate into much in the flavour proper. Mid-way through we're left with a much lighter, slightly woody and carbonic emptiness, with just a sting of pepper in its tail. Don't get me wrong, this is still a very good brew, but I feel like it's "good" where it could have been "exceptional".

Feel is also light. Again, it's not unexpected, but I feel as though a bit more sharpness, even a slice of true acidity would have helped here.

I loved this beer. This is despite my feeling that I've said some less than complimentary things about it in this review. But like all really good things, I want it to be as good as it can be; and this beer is so close to perfection that I wanted it to get there for real.

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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 ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A surprisingly light pink colored pour, slightly hazy, with slight amber hues as well. Small off-white head that leaves nice stick down the glass.

The aroma is quite lovely, with a huge amount of floral (rose?) aroma, with some dark berries and citrus notes, along with a bit of earth and classic Jolly Pumpkin tartness/funk.

A lovely combination of floral and citrus notes, mild funk, rose petals, earth, and funky yeast character. This is a complex though incredibly drinkable saison.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

I love it!

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

ST: 750 poured into a wine glass. Blend 6, brewed 1-27-2011.

A: Two-fingers of creamy white head sits on top of light, clear, amber, toffee brown.

S: Sour fruit, citrus, hops, banana, crispy sour dough bread.

T: Sour stony orange, lemon, with earthy bread tones and bright zingy citrus on the finish with herbal rose and left over bread crust.

M: Medium, but dry.

O: A very enjoyable beer that uses unusual ingredients well. The ingredients do not take over the beer, but the rose petals and hibiscus are present. The rose parts and hibiscus adds an enjoyable herbal note to the sour, earthy, citrus tone of the beer.

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Photo of philbe311
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blend 6 / Bottled 1-27-2011

A - Two plus fingers worth of audibly fizzy crisp even egg shell colored head with a rounded top... Excellent retention... The color is a very pale reddish copper... A moderate bit of random patterned moderate paced carbonation...

S - The aroma is both familiar and refreshingly new... Lavender... Loaded with floral aroma which are never overpowering... Apples... Pears... A slight Belgian yeast component... Quite pleasant and fairly complex...

T - Floral and fruit notes clash at the on set... Light raspberries... Apple... Pears... Perhaps even a hint of kiwi... The floral notes are even and consistent throughout... A slight bit of funkiness... There is a slight tart bite on the finish... Very interesting brew...

M - Medium bodied... Quite sturdy... Briskly carbonated... A bit "juicy..." Even and consistent...

D - I have found Jolly Pumpkin offerings to be hit or miss with no real middle ground... Fortunately, I can confirm this to be a definite hit... Loads of complexity and character... Quite unique and refreshing... Sophisticated... I wish I were able to get my hand on this on a regular basis... Very close to rounding the scores in the 1st four categories up to 4.5, but not quite... Nicely done...

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

Pours tons of fluffy, white head. Good retention. Aroma is funky and fruity; citrus complements the funky yeast well.

Taste is crisp and clean. Yeast funk is balanced with the other flavors. I'd happily reach for another bottle of IO on a hot summer day.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy ruby with an absolutely huge white head that is rocky, self standing, and lingers and laces. The head on this beer is worth the purchase alone.

Smells of sour funk with some sweet apple, wood, and general tartness.

Taste is tart and astringent up front that goes into a more mellow cherry wood middle before finishing with a hint of bitterness and sweetness despite being dry.

Creamy, lighter body with high carbonation is spot on.

Really nice funky/tart beer with notes or wood and some apple. These rose hips, barely apparent in the finish, are not flowers of evil, oh no, they are flowers of joy.

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Photo of DrFayhee
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy amber, orange, ruby tones reminiscent of stained glass. Quite frothy and foamy.

S: Notes of apple cider, brettanomyces, and grass. A very springtime vibe.

T: Not as interesting as the smell would lead me to believe. Pretty fresh with some grass, rosehip, and orange.

M: The bottle I had was over-carbonated.

O: This was kind of a letdown because I really enjoyed the appearance and smell but the taste and mouthfeel were just not that appealing. It didn't really have that saison crisp sweetness to it.

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

Served on-tap at The Pony Bar.

The appearance is orange with a burning red sunset aspect tot the color with a rather frothy, that the kind bartender poured w/ attention. It has a nose with flowers, hibiscus makes a formidable presence and brett. Mouthfeel is tart, low-key carbonation, some of that funk lingers, very nice sensation. A great saison that I have had on my "want to try" list for a little while, glad I had it.

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Photo of litheum94
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1018. Bottled 2/10/12.

A giant, foamy, merengue-like head, slightly pink tinged. Hazy, copper body. Head takes forever to settle, like most JP beers.

Pronounced funk, with lemon zest and an earthy must.Very floral, with aromas of rose water and hibiscus tea. Slight pepper as well.

Very floral and slightly vegetal (probably from the rose hips). Delicate, rose water flavors, with tropical, bright, hibiscus flavors. There's an underlying funk, with musty earth flavors and some lemon. Slight pepper and other spices on the finish.

A great saison, with some amazing flavors. I've been disappointed by JP many times, but this is a winner from them.

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Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
4.07 out of 5 based on 666 ratings.
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