Baudelaire IO | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Baudelaire IOBaudelaire IO

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by NoLiberty on 10-27-2009

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to sweemzander for busting this one out during our tasting.

Poured into my tulip the beer is amber orange with a light pink tint. About one finger of light pink head recedes leaving just a touch of soapy lace.

The aroma is spectacular. Fresh cut flowers mixed with berries and hint of barnyard funk. Dry dusty wood as well. The actual saison aspect can be picked out with a hint of pepper and citrus mixed in.

The flavor is reminds me a lot of a chardonay. White grapes, lemon and white pepper. A decent amount of tart funk. Wet hay and dry wood are present as well.

Light body with mild carbonation. Super dry finish.

Overall this is like drinking a warm spring day in the garden. I would love to have an entire bottle to myself.

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Photo of Kirk_Grant
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Hazy brick ruby
Smell: Funk, roses, spatzle, and ruby grapefruit
Taste: A sour cran-apple note leads into pear and hints of cedar
Overall: A wonderfully complex beer that's honestly hard to put to words...there's the typical Saison funk I look for with a more tart palate than most. Fun and easy to love...Outstanding!

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

Blend 2 bottled 1/12/11

Pours cloudy pinkish red/brown liquid with at least three fingers of head. Head has decent retention and leaves only a small amount of lacing behind.

Smell is a quite floral up front, along with some nice funk. Smells include rose, cherries and strawberries and a bit of lemon as well. A bit of perfume.

Tartness hits the palate first, but is quickly balanced by a dry funkiness. Really nice. Taste is not as floral as the smell, but fruits are abundant, with cherries, some strawberry and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is medium but crisp, finishing tart and dry.

This is a very enjoyable beer. Tart, but not overly so, nicely balanced with some dry earthiness.

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Photo of biga7346
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Reviewed from notes)

A - Crimson, light, a very clear beer supports a creamy, sticky and lace-ridden head. Thick, pillowy two-fingers.

S - Big floral complexion, fruit-infused esters, Burgundy wine, bubblegum and oakey lambic way in the back.

M - Slick, oily, crisp, lambic feel.

D - The beer was made with rose hips (a small bud) but the floral sensation doesn't knock you over and more or less like all the wonderful beers in the JP arsenal - this beer is damned refreshing. Savory almost. Fresh strawberries, fruit juice and like all JP beers, the oak-aging sour finish is just wonderful in this very floral and aromatic brew. A wonderful summer beer.

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

A big thanks to Derek for this on. Always enjoy trying a new Jolly Pumpkin beer.

A: The pour is a cloudy pink-orange-amber color with a big off-white head that has very nice retention.

S: The nose starts off with the usual tartness that you expect from a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Great tart fruit notes of grapefruit, berries, cherries, and a touch of lemon. The floral components are light and there's a ton of leathery, dry brett character too.

T: More great tart fruits to start this one off. Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and some hints of cherry are there. There's a bit of a spice character as well as some subtle floral notes. A bit of bread, dry and tannic brett and oak flavors are quite powerful as well.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high level of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Fantastic beer. Very complex yet a nice balance is maintained throughout.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottled with "blend 4, bottled 1-25-11" written on the back. drank from my duvel tulip. always looking forward to a new jolly pumpkin beer.

A- this one pours out a somewhat hazy pale amber colored body with some ruby red highlights. the massive head on top is almost like a khaki color with some pink highlights. the head takes its time falling and leaves behind large globs of lacing. a fairly unique looking beer.

S- the first thing i think after my initial whiff is "brett." very musty and old smelling. think an unfinished basement in an unattended house. after that i pick out some fruity notes. a little bit of strawberries and cherries. some spicy notes as well. herbal and floral hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with more of the musty and earthy smelling wild yeast i could smell. very little in the sour department going on here. the strawberries i could smell come out stronger in the taste, and the cherries seem to have fallen out of the picture. herbal and grassy notes. some floral hops.

M- the carbonation isnt nearly as high as i was expecting after seeing the huge head here. the beer is dry and musty from the wild bacteria used to ferment it. the body is light.

O- another pleasant and unique beer from some of the most creative brewers in the business. i drank this one fresher than i would have liked to, but it was just calling out to me. im glad i did, i really enjoyed it. im looking forward to seeing how some time in the dark will evolve this one. check it out.

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Photo of Ottoj55
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice glass, looked copper orange/red with pink highlights, frothy white and persistent head on mine that seems to have picked up some hint from the beer and nice lasting lace. The first smell is a nice mix of bready malt, brett funk and tart fruit. I expected more sourness from JP, but was first impressed by the brett character. Wonderful farmhouse ale flavors like fresh hay without the heavy barnyard flavors. This is followed by tart fruits, peach/apricot, berries and the floral flavors of the roses and hibiscus. The roses and hibiscus were never overwhelming. Mouthfeel is dry and clean with a crisp finish. Another great beer from JP, really happy that it wasn't as sour as many of their beers.

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Photo of mmercede
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Reviewed from memory.

A: One of the most beautiful beers I have ever seen. Maroon and Pink hues from the addition of roses. nice fluffy sizeable head with nice lacing. Perfect 5!

S: strong saison esters and phenols coupled with some funkiness and a nice vinuous character. Im getting pepper, sour grapes, barnyard aromas, lemon zest, and berries. Really interesting.

T: The flavor for this one is very similar to the aroma. typical saison esters and phenols including pepper, citrus fruit, bready notes, ect. The flavor is perfectly balanced with funk and tartness. What a great beer!

M: Nice strong level of cabonation and a full body. reminds me of a sparkling chardonay.

O: I loved this one. Totally worth the $18!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The artwork is awesome. The beer is a glorious deep red color with a finger of red tinged white head. Excellent head retention.

S: The nose is so complex.A very soft tartness. The rose and hibiscus are really there and gives the beer a rich floral bouquet Little bit of bret. Earthy. Damn basement. Think a midwest Fantome.

T: Starts off with a nice sweetness then it is cut by the dryness and funk of the bret. It is fruity but not overly sweet. Just balanced. A touch of oak even though as far as I know this is not barrel aged. You even get some malt out of it but I know they used a diversified grain bill so I really cannot pick anything specific out.

M: Dry. Well carbonated but never harsh.

D: Such a complex and drinkable beer. This is one of the best American saisons that I have ever had the privilege of having. The price is a little steep but I think it is worth it.

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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 ocelot2500
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a rocky white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of bright, tart fruits and some floral hops.

Tastes of the floral notes with supporting fruits and malt. Floral notes lead off with a bit of what I assume are rose and hibiscus. Tart fruits come through next with cherries, lemon, and cranberries taking over. An earthy bitterness comes next adding depth before a touch of hay and funk make an appearance. Fills out some more with bread notes before a fairly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a delightful saison with plenty of fruit character, but price and availability knock it down a peg.

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

Sampled January 2010
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a quickly growing head that ends up four-fingers thick to the room plus two fingers of height above the rim of the glass. The head is a soft, pale tan color and it has an awesome, structurally sound staying power. The beer is a murky, red-plum color that shows a fairly hazed, amber tinged, cranberry color when held up to the light. As I pour this a musty, earthy, slightly musky smell is noticed emanating from my glass. A more focused inspection yields much more of this plus a phenolic, not quite plastic, maybe more band-aid like note, but definitely Brettanomyces driven, farmhouse funkiness. Grassy, cracker driven, with just a hint of toasted charter, the malt is just present underneath the up front funkiness. There is also a light fruitiness to this beer that smells of ripe plums, a light melon note, some definite tart green apple character

Lightly tart tasting, and the flavor definitely finishes with a phenolic character that doesn't become overwhelming, but definitely linger on in the finish. Up front, with the tartness, this beer tastes of a tart, fruity plum, but without much real sweetness. This has a nice, lively carbonation to it at first, but I have been a bit preoccupied for a couple minutes and the beer is now merely spritzy. The body is actually quite light, the color would suggest a heavier body, but this is actually only has a very light fullness to it; it is enough to keep this from being any where near watery, but it is still eminently quaffable. The beer has a definite fruitiness to it, at times reminding me of red pears, floral apples, some melon notes that include some green, unripe melon rind notes. I am not sure there is oak here (given this is Jolly Pumpkin I am guessing it does though), but there is a touch of toasted woodiness towards the finish as well as a spiciness that seems characteristic of oak. Much of the spiciness comes from the fermentation character though; clove, spicy phenols, sweet ginger and white pepper, among other just general spicy notes. The fruitiness really starts to come in to its own after the beer starts to breath.

The various components really work together quite harmoniously; this is definitely a well balanced brew. This is my kind of Saison for the Fall; fruity, funky, lightly tart, complex and damn tasty. I can't get enough of this exquisite brew; Jolly Pumpkin has definitely done it again.

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Photo of rand
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 750 ml bottle to Mikasa tulip glass

A: The beer appears a light mahogany in color, effervescent and obviously bottle fermented. A gentle pour yields a fluffy, 2-inch head that thickly laces the glass where it touches

S: Dry, grassy notes play against citrus and berry sweetness. A subtle note of farmhouse funk surrounds the bouquet, suggesting notes of tobacco, wood and pepper.

T: Slightly more malt-forward than the nose suggested, the balancing sweet notes are a mix of apple and citrus and berry. Plenty of drying, grassy and herbal tones keep the sweet aspects at bay, adding layers and complexity. Hints of tobacco and oak round the flavors toward the finish, which is short and dry.

M: Medium-bodied, the grassy, funky notes seem to cut down on the brews viscosity and oily aspect.

Another reason why I love this brewery so much. There's so many interesting and experimental things you can do with a Saison, but this puts drinkability front-and-center.

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

I walked into my new favorite beer store and saw this beautiful woman calling my name, in other words great label. I split the bottle into snifter's between friends and was greeted with a red tinged white head that dissipated quickly. The brew itself was a burgundy red in color with great carbonation.

The fragrance funky brett hits you in your face like most JP brews. One of the guy's picked up on the rose hips and hibiscus right away but I had to let mine warm to get it. This is a very flavorful Saison, light and fruity a little grassy as well. It reminds me of springtime in a bottle the brett character is right on for this brew adding just another perfect dimension to it. The carbonation was spot on making this beer light and crisp.

I still haven't found a JP that I didn't like and I'll put this one at the top of the pack as my favorite so far.

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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 AlexFields
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Bottle shared by hophead84 at barrel blast

A: poured a reddish brown in color with amber brown highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very intresting fruity nose that consisted of the signature jolly pumpkin bretty funky tart character along side cherries, spice, strawberries, hibiscus, and oaky notes.

T: the hibiacus was a little bit more apparent on the palate with lots of bretty funky character strawberry, oaky, spice accents and a touch of cherries as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a bretty funky, fruity, oaky, and tart finish.

D: very tasty brew that is now one of my favorite JP brewa faux show that drank really good.

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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 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 BeerFMAndy
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 6.8% ABV, Batch 389.

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing this one to our pre-Milwuakee Brewfest tasting!

A - Dense off-white head forms above the beer but has moderate to low retention. The color is a rosy pink amber with almost perfect clarity. Good lace clings to the glass.

S - Brett yeast funk comes through with a bit of barnyard and horse blanket that melds perfectly with tons of floral, mainly rose, attributes that only get stronger with a vigorous swirl. White pepper with strong strawberry and blackberry notes come through on the swirl. Totally amazing aroma, very unique!

T - Very floral on the tongue with lots of rose pedal and a sharp brett bite to the finish. The funk is there but largely secondary to the floral notes. A bit of toasted amber malts find their way into the finish as well.

M - Very sharply crisp and medium-light-bodied with a high level or carbonation, the floral aspect adds a little chalkiness to the dry finish. Fairly refreshing though!

D - Incredibly unique, it's probably the only beer that is crazy floral that I've ever had. The brett yeast is very nicely implemented with the rose, hibiscus, and malts. A great summer/fall beer!

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

What a beautiful looking beer. The pour starts pink and as the glass fills and the volume increases the hue shifts towards a dark topaz with some pink highlights. Fairly good clarity and a nice creamy head that sticks around. Nice burnished glow to this beer, like polished cherry wood. The aroma is nice as well, if a little light. There is a base of that trademark light sourness and then very floral notes of rose and citrus. I like the addition of hibiscus and the underlying acidity here- it very much plays nicely with the rose and reigns it in so it doesn't taste like an old lady's perfume smells. In fact the taste is a very nice balance between light tartness, floral notes, some herbalness, and a light muskiness. I could use a hit of spice or pepper here to really make it pop, but as is its a brew that is approachable but subtly complex. Very nice, I enjoyed this- always nice to see a new brew from Jolly Pumpkin, and this one plays to their strengths.

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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
4.07 out of 5 based on 672 ratings.
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