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Baudelaire IOBaudelaire IO

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

Blend 2 1-12-2011
Shared by Turdface McGee at Jackie O's

Pours a light pale orange. Murky with. Good amount of slightly pinkish head. Smells A bit funky with some light rose hints. Some sour herbal smells. Tastes heavy of rose and hibiscus. Very solid mouthfeel. Highly carbonated and tasty

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

iO Saison, vintage late 2009

Served in New Belgium tulip

A: Pours deep orange/amber with towering soft head. Great retention. When it finally settles down, delicate, intricate lacing is left. The beer itself is very clear and effervescent. 

S: White pepper and a strange flowery quality, which I never quite solve, lead off. A soft sourness, more acetic than acidic, follows. A little damp wood and funk are detected, but I have to strain my sense of smell for them. 

T: Above characteristics are all present in taste, if in different proportions. A hint of malty sweetness  sneaks in front of white pepper, though. I suspect lactobacillus joins acetobacteria in sourness profile. Brettanomyces is definitely present, but provides more drying earthiness than barnyard funk. Finish is dry and moderately sour. 

M: Medium-light body and carbonation. Another softer Saison, which isn't bad. Drying. 

O: iO Saison seems simple at first, then different layers of complexity become evident. Good drinkability, too. 

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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 HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle opened by me at the 2011 Pizza Port Barrel Blast.

A: Orange tinged red with a big white head.

S: Pronounced rose aromatics with lesser notes of hibiscus. Quite floral. Light Brett notes.

T: Rose, hibiscus, dry Brett, a little sweetness and earthiness. 

M: Medium body. Lower high carbonation, sticky and dry mouthfeel.

Overall: Quite interesting and good in small quantities.

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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 RenoZymurgist
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cranberry color with a white head with a pink tint.

Aroma, bready with some mineral notes. JP's signature bretty funk is there. Very nice

The flavor is nice and dry with a clean yeast profile and a slight touch of brett. Light floral notes and a cranberry hint at the finish

High Carbonation and a nice light body

A great beer and one I would recommend, not the best saison I have ever had but nonetheless a great beer

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Photo of pitasoup
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

thanks to optimator13 for this bottle.

blend 3 dated 1.18.11

A: pours murky ruby-brown with two inches of billowy fine slightly pink head that is extremely slow to subside. The bottle itself is a bit gunky at the mouth/neck. It is as if this were stored upside down for a while and the sediment never made it back to the bottom. A bit unpleasant to look at honestly, hopefully the beer will be fine. I did try to flip the bottle, shake it a bit in hopes of washing things down. That did not work. The best description I can give is that it looked like krausen stuck to the side of a carboy.

S: saison yeasts, a bit of funk, rose, dandelions and dirt. lots of subtle floral notes. this could be mistaken for an herbal tea.

T: subtle tart and funk, hay, hibiscus tea flavors. quite nice. a hint of lemons and hop bitterness, perhaps saaz. saison yeasts are muted at first, but linger on the tongue afterwards. wheat, lemons, and peppery yeasts show up as it warms.

M: light-medium body. a dryness lingers afterwards, oaky tannins, chardonnay like.

O: delightfully refreshing. not an everyday saison but unique and worth seeking out.

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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 ffejherb
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 750ml bottle on 1/25/10.

A - Poured a cloudy, cider-like body with a burnt orange haze and half an inch of creamy off-white head that depleted to nothingness.

S - Tart and fruity nose with plenty of sour Brett character suggesting green apple, grape skins and tannins. A moderate band-aid character also emerges, as well as subtle alcohol notes.

T - Much like the aroma, the sour character persists throughout the flavor, offering a tart fruitiness paired an earthy, funky quality. The band-aid aspect also carries over into the flavor. Finishes with a sour apple zing and more earthy notes.

M - Medium bodied, although overall the mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. Actually, I find the texture to be slightly chalky. Finishes with moderate sour pucker on the palate, but nothing over-the-top.

D - Pretty good Saison overall with fairly pleasant Brett characteristics. This one wasn't too funky or musty, which helped the overall drinkability of this brew.

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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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Novel saison, good gateway beer. Shared with Paul and George at Ginger Man NYC. Funky yeasty aroma. Retained head of about a quarter inch onto golden yellow. Herbal tea blend of sourish rosehips,carbonation kicked up with hibiscus, softened by rose petals, pepper in the finish. Good drinkability, but only over the course of an hour. Fuller mouthfeel.
Had 2 month later and got the sourish tea, still nice.

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Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Blend 7/8 - Bottled 2/4/2011

Baudelaire IO is a dark copper color. There’s a mild haze clouding the scene, but backlighting has no trouble revealing attractive crimson highlights. Carbonation looks relatively active. A careful pour produced an off-white, two and a half finger head. Retention was pretty good. Lacing was moderate, but sticky. A little left of center for a Saison, but it looks good.

The nose is good. It has a really nice earthy, herbal scent up front. It’s consistent with the style. The interesting parts are the floral, musky, and funky notes that emerge. There’s no doubt that there’s a little Brett here, but its presence is quite restrained. I like that. The floral notes are obviously the rose hips and hibiscus. All in all, they work together pretty well. Belgian yeast rounds it out. Alcohol is buried.

Lo and behold…I like the flavor quite a bit. It does feature tasty herbal, earthy, and musky notes initially. Belgian yeast follows and builds a nice base of typical Saison flavors. Light funk and floral notes follow. This is probably Jolly Pumpkin’s best use of Brett that I’ve encountered. It’s moderate, but just tart and funky enough to make things interesting. Rose hips and hibiscus definitely impart a strong floral presence. I can’t say they have a profound, positive impact on the flavor, but they don’t hurt it either. Alcohol is buried. The finish is slightly tart, funky, and musky.

Baudelaire IO has a body that’s unfortunately light. It feels too thin. Way too thin. There’s no confusing this with a true Belgian Saison. Frankly, this is below average for the style. I guess it goes down easy for what it’s worth.

I’ve tried a few Jolly Pumpkin beers over the past few years. I’ve never been overly impressed. Baudelaire IO is one of their better efforts I’ve encountered. The floral and funky notes are unique, and it all works together pretty well. The only real shortcoming here is the body. Way too light and thin. Very solid otherwise. I’m hopeful the other Baudelaire release I have is likewise impressive.

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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 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 jsanford
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, kinda pricey but the girlfriend loves saisons and floral beers so...Poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a lovely hazy red rose color with a generous head of creamy light-pink. Very pretty, matches the nifty label nicely.
S - Floral qualities of rose water and hibiscus really jump out at you, followed by the slightly funky yeast strain and a bit of red berry.
T - Solid Saison flavors of crisp malt, peppery coriander, and earthy hay are present, and meld nicely with the slight funkiness from the yeast and the floral rose/hibiscus aspect. Lightly tart, almost cherry-like, with just a tiny bit of lemon juice and a very dry finish.
M - Medium-bodied with crisp, spritzy carbonation, perfect for a hot Spring day.
O - I was nicely surprised by this one, the floral aspect took an already great Saison and made it something really special. An excellent Springtime beer.

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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 weasbri
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Actually poured two glasses of this: once into a regular pint glass, then into a tulip glass. Ruby color shows through. Big saison frothy head (very big in the tulip glass) which dissipates quickly (more slowly in the tulip, again).
Light funkiness in the aroma, a little bit of something sour in there as well, hard for me to get much of anything, even with the tulip glass funneling it up.
Nice sour bite right off the bat, rolling around the top of my mouth. The usual Jolly Pumpkin funk is there as well, but it has to fight the tartness to get through. I honestly expected more earthiness for a Jolly Pumpkin saison, but I do like the balance achieved here. (Some might say there's a conflict, as I mentioned earlier, but I'm gonna go with balance.)
Pretty dry finish, that pucker hangs around a little bit too.

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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 John_M
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

IO pours a gorgeous rose amber color with exceptionally good, pillowy head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is quite aromatic, showcasing cracked black pepper, light sour, vanillla and considerable spice. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose in this generally dry, spicey saison style beer, although there's a hint of honey on the mid palate as well. The sour component is otherwise pretty light, and the cracked black pepper seems to dominate the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is pretty light, with a moderately long, spice infused finish. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol completely unnoticeable. The finish is a bit weak and watery, but otherwise this is an easy to appreciate, well crafted ale.

Only real drawback is the price, which I thought a bit high given some of the well made, excellent saisons from Belgium.

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Photo of lamarr04
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

beer pours a clear ruby brown with a white/slightly pink 2 inch foamy head.

smells like a flemish sour. tart cherries and yeast with a subtle sweet note. as beer warms, i get a faint herbal characteristic (rose pedals/flower shop).

tastes super attenuated, with very little body a good deal of acidity and a tart finish.

mouthfeel lis light with crisp carbonation. the finish is dry.

overall impression is that this beer is, as described on the label, a delightful little saison. nothing too complex but crisp and refreshing.

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Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
4.07 out of 5 based on 672 ratings.
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