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Baudelaire IO | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

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:
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Added by NoLiberty on 10-27-2009

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4.07
pDev:
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Talkin 'bout a beer that pulls the palate in several different directions at once, we get the signature Jolly Pumpkin tannin tartness but enlivened by the periphery of perfume and floral whimsy.

The artistry begins with the decanting into the snifter with a rich mauve hue of haze and rust. A billowing foam of sand stain, loosely knit carbonation and dusted with flakes of yeast define the foam character with great retention and strong lacing. Of course, I'm taken back by the inquisitive color, yet I'm inclined to dive into the beer well before the head settles.

A crazy aromatic blend begins with the tartness of under ripened berries, crab apples, and limes but quickly shift to an ultra floral character of bright rose pedals, perfume, lavender, chamomile, herbal teas, strawberry, sandalwood and must. Yea, that's a lot going on with just the first visit to the glass.

Diving further into flavor, the briny taste of lime, salt, and aged woods ingrain the flavor profile while the flowery flavors of dried honeysuckle, chamomile, rose, lavender, dehydrated strawberries, zinfandel must, and light horsey tartness seem to dance about and reveal a different impression each time the beer hits the taste buds. And that's just half of it- as the beer treads across the middle palate, the flavors develop into a rustic flavor earthy hop bitterness, hay-like bite, and a dusty wood flavor that pushes the impressions of sweetness aside and ushers in a remarkably complex taste in finish. Although the characteristics of metals, detergent, and highly phenolic spice make their way into the lasting flavors, they seem to add roundness and variety to the session and without compromising its quality.

Powdery and mouth drying from the onset, the would-be creaminess is replaced by an airy and evaporation texture that makes me thing that I'm inhaling the beer rather than sipping it. The coating of flower oils provide a light film on the mouth and buffer me from the pang of oak. The soft tannin astringency dries the mouth with a peppery bite and mellow alcohol warmth. I'm taught that many of these mouthfeel attributes will deter from the quality of the beer, but Jolly Pumpkin gets a reprieve. They just do it a different way!

The amount of varying flavors, that all share the stage at once do so with harmony and balance. But you have really got to enjoy highly floral and perfumy beers with rustic charm and challenge to make this a staple in your beer drinking sessions.

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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 wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, killer 4+ inch creamy head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Classic spicy, yeast saison smell. Lots of floral fruits, rasins, date, pine, lemon, tons of spices, some sugar, cherries and a little malt.

Taste - Really light and crisp. Lots of flowery fruits and a yeasty, grassy feel. Hops are light and floral, not very citric, more flowery also. Sugars are mild and add some sweetness. Finish has a peppy, lemon bite.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light and easy on mouth. Tounge gets floral and flowery hops, plenty of spices and some spices. Palette gets more flowery/floralness along with some sugars and a little pepper. FInish is light and dry.

Overall - Pretty good, a little too smooth and light for its own good. Reminds me of a heather ale with the flowery additions to it. Alcohol is not very present either, so that adds some drinkibilty. Its well done and a nice beer, just wish it had more kick to it.

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

This beer looks amazing in it's glass full of texture with vibrant flowing head pink tinted with an ruby highlighted amber body (a bit hazed in a good way). Smells like a spicy floral Jolly Pumpkin saison, this one uses rose hips, rose petals and hibiscus...strikes down on the palate with a very dry flow of flowers and earthiness. I'm getting rose water with a light spice back end. Pleasant flavors present throughout the glass, a strong rose water aspect with other flowers, a tart wild fermentation is also playing it's cards. I enjoyed the entire glass from start to finish, simply enjoyable offering without hesitation I consider this great beer. Mouthfeel is full with rose water texture, minimal oily texture from the plant additions, effervescent carbonation flows fully throughout each sip, overall a nice complex medium bodied beer.

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Photo of output01x
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL. capped bottle (Batch 1015/1016 Bottled 02-22-2012) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2 1/2-finger rose-tinted off white head that slowly settles after a few minutes to a thick coating. The body is a dark blood clot red that smooths out to a grapefruit red along the edges. Thick lacing can be seen sticking to about 50% of the glass in unorganized blobs.

The nose is primarily sweet and tart dark fruit and apple vinegar with a splash of funk. Roses overlap notes of cherries and red grapes. Despite the bit of funk, the nose has a classy, beautiful quality about it.

Holy flowers batman! While I must admit I have never eaten a rose, I'm almost positive that this is what it would taste like. Well, along with some cherries and barnyard funk. Swallowing the beer allows apple cider vinegar to come out a bit along with the cherry flavor. However these are quickly met by more flavors of fresh flowers - stem and all. As these flavors fade, the barnyard funkiness is allowed to reappear and lingers in the back of the mouth.

The medium body is smooth and slick, allowing the flavors to register but also permitting the carbonation to bully it. Fizzy and foamy, the carbonation makes dissecting flavors a bit difficult. The swallow is also a bit too foamy for the body, making for a somewhat disappointing finish.

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

Had from bottle at Jolly Pumpkin Brewery Restaurant in Ann Arbor. Appearance and aroma are extremely unique. Clear deep red color, with pink head. Smells sweet with heavy notes of sour cherry, rose and hibiscus. Taste follows the smell perfectly, with heavy flower notes in the background of signature Jolly Pumpkin sourness. The complexity and uniqueness of this beer make it a must-try. JP hit what they were going for right on the nose here, and made quite a pleasant beer. Sour cherry and floral flavor, yeasty farmhouse flavor, clean finish. Light and airy. Oh man this is awesome. I wish there were a score for beer labels. This would get a 10 out of 10 in my book. All around winner.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 7/8. Bottled 2/4/2011. Tasting at about 1yr of age.

Pours a muddy, dark orange-amber with a huge head that reduces very slowly, first showing lots of big bubbles around the edges then reducing to that IPA-like, ice-cream-float-looking blob sitting in the middle of the brew. Lingers a while with sticky lace.

The nose is undoubtedly Jolly Pumpkin- funk city with lots of underlying tart fruits, although this is probably one of most harmonious JPs I've experienced. The tartness and yeasty funk are joined fairly seamlessly while the hibiscus and rose elements pull everything in a very floral/red-fruited direction- aromas of tart mandarin orange, banana, cranberry, pomegranate, nectarine and some faint green apple, while the yeast adds a thick horse blanket and hints of clove and pepper. This actually, reminds me most of a much darker 'La Roja' with a bit of age on it.

This is the first JP I've had that's not totally fresh, and that bit of age really makes for an elegant delivery. Medium bodied, the brew is dominated by a blanket of yeasty creaminess that's both soft but dense and wrapped around an ever-present juicy fruitiness whose tartness is softened, allowing a bit of sweetness to peek through. Flavors are heavy on the hibiscus, nectarine and apple, while that tartness starts to take over as the yeast wanes on the finish, leaving just its impressions of pepper and Brett-funk.

A very tasty and well done JP. I'm glad to see the hibiscus, which tends to dominate anything, really integrating itself into the presentation, adding complexity without stealing any. And with the impeccable mouthfeel, I may never drink a JP fresh again.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend 1, Bottled 1-11-11

A: Pours a hazy reddish orange with a solid 2-finger pinkish head. Massive clumpy and clingy lacing.

N: Classic JP yeasty funk aroma with floral and wet wood notes. Lots of farmhouse qualities. Unusual and unpleasant metallic thing going on.

T: Initial tart bite (perhaps the thorns) followed by the floral bloom (rose hips and rose petals). Bready yeast with some funky brett.

M: Medium to light body and moderate carbonation.

O: Very flowery and summer-like. Wait for a warm day. Would like to try again.

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Photo of vfgccp
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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Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

999th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22 oz

2011
Batch 2 1-12-11
Thanks to Eric Marshall for this one

*Shared by those at MrHirschybars*

App- A nice darker saison with some red/orange/yellow haze. Very appropriate to call it Sherbet in a bottle with a good one finger larger bubbly head with some good retention and big cling.

Smell- Standard JP yeast strain with a lot of the florals shining through on this one. A bit less spice than most of their beers. A nice oaky feel from the barrel comes in lastly. A nice aromatic saison. I enjoyed this nose.

Taste- I was a bit reluctant to try this at the tasting. I just saw this as a novelty with the roses and other items and thought no. Towards the end of the night it was sitting alone and thought what the hell. It was a nice saison. Uniquely crafted with some floral notes and even some ripened darker tart fruits.

Mouth- Light light-medium bodied and medium carbonation. Residual dark fruits and a lightness behind it.. The bretty flavors linger only for a short time. I like the feel of this one quite a bit. Not too prickly. Not too dry. I like it just like this.

Drink- Like I said above, I was hesitant of this one. It was different with the little person staring back at me. I am glad I manned up and tried it. Unique, cleaver and flavorful. I'd give this one a go again. Was flavor and layered.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light pink/orange color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light hibiscus notes with some tart notes. Taste is a nice mix between some hibiscus notes with a dry and tart palate and some floral notes. Body is not as full as I would have expected with good carbonation. Well done as per most beer form this brewery though I would have preferred a fuller body.

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

Picked up at Julio's back in, I think March. This bottle is Batch 5 bottled 1/20/2010. Debated letting this sit for a few more months but couldnt resist cracking it. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear copper pour with a good two finger head that faded to leave a nice semithick cloud and average side lacing.

S - Smell is nice and inviting, good sweet malts, grains, and yeasts with a very nice rose/floral background.

T - More of those nice sweet malts and typical saison barnyard funk/yeast notes. The big draw is the very nice floral notes that this beer offers in the taste. Good light almost perfumey flavors of roses and hibicus. Tasty.

M - Nice slightly higher than usual carbonation on this one. Very nice and sharp on the tongue. Prevents big gulps.

O - Overall this was a nice offering from JP. Theres the usual JP notes of slight sourness, funk, and good yeasts. On top of all that is a nice and tasty floral presence. Very nice brew.

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Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a three-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. The long lasting head receded to leave sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled like roses. It really did. A great yeasty quality, too with a grainy presence.

T - It tastes very floral and fruity with a sweet caramel backbone. Some grain flavor with a touch of spiciness.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a clean, dry finish.

O - This is a fantastic beer. Don't know why I passed on it the first time around. Another great brew from Jolly Pumpkin.

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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 Halcyondays
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, Blend 1, bottled 1/11/11,

A: Pours a murky red with a full white head, long lasting, great lace.

S: Flowery with some Brett, rose and cherry blossoms.

T: Notes of red grape, red currant, and peppery spice. Lightly acidic. The hibiscus is clear. A nice flavour, though it is very light, hard to find at times. The carbonation can cover it up.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp with a frothy fizzy carbonation that's a little to much at times. Not really smooth.

O: A poorer effort from JP, it's a unique flavour, I just wish I got to taste more of it.

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

Blend 7/8. Bottled 2/4/2011. Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a reddish copper color with a frothy pinkish white head. Extensive lacing retained.

S - Sour notes predominate. A blend of floral and citrus.

T - Sourness dominates the taste with a strong acidity. Some light citrus flavors.

M - Light to medium bodied with an effervescence.

Not my favorite style, however, I appreciate the uniqueness. Tastes, looks and feels like an extra brut rose but sour. Would pair nicely with the right food.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Batch 4 bottled 1/25/11. Sampled 3/27/11. $20 for the 750mL. Served in a tulip. Great label.

A: An average pour produces 2 1/2 fingers of a foamy, rose-stained white cap. Respectable retention. Hazy with 25% transparency when backlit. Completely opaque otherwise. The body is medium-dark burgundy in color. Thick sheets of foamy lace lather each edge of the tulip. As Jolly Pumpkin beers tend to be, this one is another stunner in the glass.

S: Non descript malts, floral hops with a tamed sourness. Lightly earthy and funky with a cherry pez aroma. The barrel comes across beautifully.

T: Subtle flavors include grape, apple and cherry with notes of wood, chalk and dust in the background. Lightly vinous. While the flavors are nice, they certainly lack depth, stopping at midpalate and leading to a very dry and somewhat empty finish. Perhaps over-attenuated.

M: Light body, thin texture, fizzy carbonation and a chalky finish.

D: Not a bad beer but definitely subpar for a JP offering. Others seemed to like this one more than me so maybe Batch 4 was less impressive than the others. At $20 a bottle, I doubt I will ever find out.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours murky copper with a creamy one-inch head of white. Streaks and dots of lacing throughout the glass and a solid skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with fruit, cut grass, lactic acid and dried flowers. Hints of orange and the signature JP yogurt/bile lactic bite follow through.

Medium bodied with a creamy, crisp mouthfeel.

Wet hay, stone fruit, horsesweat, and cheesecurds start the palate. The acid is a bit muddled by the yogurt-like lactic nature, and could be brighter and cleaner for a sharper profile.

Finishes with some faint floral qualities, funk, soured apples, and lingering stomach bile.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours burnt orange. Huge fluffy head eventually settles into a thick creamy layer with great lacing.

Cherry, oak, earth.

Grassy hops, grape peel, lemon peel, spice; all in all a tad watery. Lots of dry fruit and acidity - lime-like.

Dry, bitter, tons of acidity.

Overall not bad.

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

Bought a 1 PINT, 9.4 OZ bottle of this from the 33 Wine Bar & Tasting Room in Lafayette Square (St. Louis), MO for $15.99. Poured from the bottle with a Girl with a Fly on Her head?!?! into a Tulip Glass and has Blend 7/8, Bottled 2-3-11 on the side with a sticker.

Aroma- Has a nice rose petal aroma thats VERY light but noticeable at the beginning. A bit of hop and sourness are found after this aroma. Bit of fruit in here too but very soft. Alot of attributes linger in this brew's nose.

Appearance- Pours 3 fingers of bubbly head that have good retention. Is a ruby red color body and is semi-hazy. Leaves TONS of lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Good rose petal taste here and sweetness. Lots of citrus and other fruit tastes are faded out with the Hibiscus though... Not sure that I care for this but its still a nice flavor! Light bitterness on the end.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, effervescent, but doesn't have much of a sour/puckering taste or finish like many of the Saisons I like!

Overall Impression- Very nice and interesting with the rose petals brewed in! I would recommend if you get a chance but not a perfect Saison. No real sour flavors or high citrus aromas that usually are around. I would love to see this bottle in stores and I would pick up again for sure! Complexed aroma!

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Photo of JLeege
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blend 3 – Bottled 1/18/11 – Poured into a tulip

Appearance- Pours ruby red, transparent with lots of active carbonation. Large fluffy white head, with a touch of pink. Great retention and nice lacing.

Smell- Fresh cut grass and some damp hay. A little bit of the signature JP funk, a little brett, but not as predominate as other offerings. Some berries, and definitely rose in the aroma as well.

Taste- Berry up front, maybe strawberry. Very floral, it must be from the rose/hibiscus, though they are not too distinguishable in the flavor, (your typical floral flavors). A nice dry grassiness and somewhat musty. A lot of brett character, I don’t think I have ever picked up this much in such a relatively “young” bottle. Slightly vinous on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Just a touch tart, light body with pretty high carbonation. Nice dry finish.

Overall- A nice saison, but I was expecting the flavors to be a bit more bold. I don’t regret the purchase, I love me some Jolly Pumpkin, but this just falls a bit short for me. Probably won’t revisit.

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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 mlazzaro
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really unique in color. A true deep rose hue, slightly cloudy, with the lightest pink colored head. Head is nice and frothy with impeccable retention. Pouring the beer I was immediately excited by the bright smell of Brettanomyces. The high carbonation aggressively pushes out the aromatics. Really pleasant floral quality to the smell. Not even sure if I am picking up on the smell of yeast or flowers. Flavors are a bit more robust than the subtle aroma. Intense but quite balanced and drinkable. Tartness is solid, fits in nicely with the rest of the flavors. The floral flavors are present, but faint enough you could almost forget it is a flower beer. Highly acidic on the tongue. Thin body as expected with a saison, especially with brett introduced. With 6.8 ABV, I feel like this beer would get much better in a year or two, in order to give a chance for the brett. to develop more. I enjoy this beer, really interesting. I plan to pick up another if they are still around.

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

Presentation: 750ml brown pop top with gorgeous label. HUGE thanks to jbck109 for crossing this major want off my list. Bottled on 1-26-11, my wife's birthday; if she liked wild brews, I'd be splitting this with her. Alas, this is all mine. Ok, popping the top here, I found the STRANGEST thing I've ever found in one of my beers. For about an inch and a half all around the top of the bottle from the lip (and inside of the cap) is a dark, muddy pink/brown paste. It almost looks like melted wax of the lesser-quality variety (i.e. what's used on New Glarus' fruit beers. Weirdest freaking thing I've ever seen. If this were just 'any' beer, I'd probably dump it out, but now that I have this, I'm all systems go...

Appearance: Hazy, ruddy orange/brown beer with pink highlights. Nice, creamy ivory cap with pink hints. Amazing sheets of lace. Really quite attractive overall.

Smell: It's JP, so of course there's tons of Bretty goodness front and center. Vibrantly fruity, earthy, and funky. Just a hint of strawberry as well. I'm not getting a anything specifically rose-like here, but it is a bit flowery.

Taste: Wild, and slightly tart, but not over-the-top; this is nicely nuanced and balanced. Although I'm having trouble pulling out any individual fruit flavors here (I get a bit of raspberry after awhile), but this is absolutely bursting with fruity and floral flavors of the Brett variety. Nothing that specifically shouts 'rose', but this is really pleasant. Just a hint of crisp, dry pale/pils malt on the finish. Tart, but delicately so, like raspberries and slightly underripe fruit. Lightly bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium-bodied.

Overall: When I started in on this, I was thinking I was gonna be a bit disappointed in that this was going to be 'just another' wild beer. And, while it's true that I don't get anything specific here that shouts 'rose', 'rose hips', or 'hibiscus', it really is a beautifully fruity, floral, brettanomyces-kissed brew that (unlike many American Wild Ales, and some from JP for that matter) strikes a perfect balance between yeasty notes, fruity esters, funk, tartness, hop bitterness, and malt. Really, this is one of the best saisons I've had, wild or not.

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Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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