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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #533
Ranked #13,937
3.95 | pDev: 9.11%
Dec 14, 2020
Oct 27, 2009
Very Good
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Notes: Rye Tripple-Ale aged for 17 months in California Chardonnay barrels. The Baudelaire Bière Series is based on the poetic works of Charles Baudelaire.
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3.99 by DruC4 from Michigan on Dec 14, 2020
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3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jlindros from Massachusetts

This looks interesting, and haven't had a new Jolly Pumpkin in a while, so I'm excited

Pours a small fizzy bubbly head with lower retention, fair lacing, a bit of legs, semi hazy deep dark golden tan color

Nose is interesting, a little papery oxidation I think, green apple and tart apple juice notes with fair tart fruit, little toasted buttery oak, light grainy malt, with a bit of a raisiny fruit, white raisin, light floral phenol spices, mix of fruity esters, little fruity white wine, becoming more chardonnay like, but also a weird unpleasant acid aroma that I can't put my finger on

Taste brings chardonnay like dry white wine and champagne like dryness and champagne yeast like flavor, bready dough thing, little bitterness, plenty of apple juicy, tart apple and green apple skin, again that strange acid character I'm not a fan of but I can't label, little alcohol, some fruity berry like esters, and more raisiny prune notes, little oak tannin and buttery oak, some weird bitter spices mixed in as well that I can think as spicy rye thing going on, little brothy as well, finishes flemmy with acidity and sticky feel, more of that weird acidity and sour apple juice

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, some warming slight tingly alcohol, flemmy acidity, med-lighter carb

Overall it was not that great, lots of fruit, some good and some less so, the sour apple juice and apple skin was not that great, also clashed with the spices, and the strange acidity that I didn't like, chardonnay and barrel were OK, but the rest was kinda weird and unpleasant

Mar 23, 2020
3.73 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Feb 02, 2020
2.5 by BdM from Netherlands on Aug 29, 2019
4.35 by Trmmilwwi from Illinois on Jul 13, 2019
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3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Dark orange and almost totally opaque. Very thin white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Orange, pumpkin, brett funkiness, grapefruit.

Taste: Icy rye spice and mild bitterness. Relatively little of the smell comes through.

Mouthfeel: A little thin with high carbonation.

Overall: I wish the smell came through more in the flavor. It ends up being a lot less impressive than it lets on.

Feb 23, 2019
3.89 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Aug 09, 2018
4.44 by mamaraza from Texas on Jul 21, 2018
3.83 by BKotch from Texas on Jul 16, 2018
3.83 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Dec 02, 2017
3.75 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Nov 22, 2017
4.04 by Giggy from Michigan on Aug 30, 2017
3.74 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana on Apr 23, 2017
3.84 by tommy5 from Michigan on Apr 24, 2016
4.15 by nonpo from Germany on Sep 06, 2015
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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by RollBounce from New York

Fun beer lemon and funk.

Jul 13, 2015
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4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Thanks Adam.

Golden orange body with a small white head. Funky brett, fruity notes, malt, yeast. Lovely flavor. Bready citrus with loads of Jolly Pumpkin brett funk. Delicious.

May 09, 2015
3.5 by atrocity from Virginia on Dec 29, 2014
3.5 by EuphonicHops from Virginia on Dec 26, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by SitkaSteve from Idaho

I see its says "retired," well ok, as I'm just some Alaskan that this beer showed up at Percy's in Juneau. Uh...honestly, I don't care as I posted it in WBAYDN #796.
I had it and this is my take on it.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a nice glazed over orange color with a thin half fingered white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Light sticky lacing graced the sides of the glass.
The smell had a super nice big citrus to rye to pine glossed over sweet grapefruit maltiness.
The taste was there. Its sweet and bitter and has a light rye spice to balance and combine nicely. There's a nice grapefruit bittersweet aftertaste lingering to lead to a fine bitter finish.
The mouthfeel had a really nice sweet lingering rye to citrus/sweet grapefruit palatable sessionability about it. Wow, really? Yeah, I really I liked this one.
Overall, where did this come from? It says its a saison on Beer Advocate, but that rye-ness on this, whoah, hot damn, I really like it, but it seems a bit different than other saisons I've had. I'd still have this again.

Dec 26, 2014
4 by DrBobPierce from Michigan on Nov 24, 2014
4.14 by Canada_Dan from Colorado on Oct 13, 2014
4.25 by MarioM from California on Oct 06, 2014
4.12 by AMCimpi from New York on Sep 29, 2014
4.5 by sammyg832 from Arizona on Sep 18, 2014
3.75 by sachie23 from New York on Sep 02, 2014
3.25 by masterofsparks from Ohio on Sep 01, 2014
4 by warnerry from Michigan on Aug 04, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/27/2014. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of tart lemon zest, green apple, apricot, orange zest, white wine, hay, straw, grass, herbal, oak, pepper, clove, musty funk, spicy rye, bread, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of tart fruity/spicy/funky yeast, pale/rye malt, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon zest, green apple, apricot, orange zest, white wine, hay, straw, grass, herbal, oak, pepper, clove, musty funk, spicy rye, bread, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness and yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon zest, green apple, apricot, orange zest, white wine, hay, straw, grass, herbal, pepper, clove, musty funk, oak, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of tart fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale/rye malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/tartness/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, lightly prickly, and fairly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wild rye saison. All around excellent complexity and balance of tart fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale/rye malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Jul 26, 2014
4 by djsweet from Michigan on Jul 13, 2014
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3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
by laituegonflable from Australia

Pours a nice orange colour, mild cloud. Head is white, small fizzy bubbles, sinking unevenly. Lace is slippery. Looks alright.

Smells saisony, with an earthy organic barnyard aroma dominating nicely. Touch of acidity with maybe some mandarin peeking through. Light spice notes and a touch of licorice. All fairly subtle, but nice and inviting.

Taste is earthy, slightly bitter upfront with a touch of off funk. Fruit acidity provides a nice tang midway with notes of orange zest, passionfruit, before finishing bitter again. Fair barnyard with a medicinal crunch and a whisper of rubber. Also a slight yeasty character which is unwanted. Midway through this is a cracking blend of tart, fresh and earthy, but it finishes a little astringent and doesn't pack the punch it might have.

Bit fizzy on the feel, with distinct pull from the yeast. Body is a bit thin, which doesn't help.

Nice drop for tasting, doesn't quite pull its wild notes into tame, drinkable captivity though. Overall pleasant, but unhinged.

Jul 11, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by lacqueredmouse from Australia

750ml brown bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam.

Pours a hazy golden colour, with a firm froth of white that stays persistently even as it gets pocked with larger and larger bubbles. Lace forms cottony patterns down the inside of the glass. Body is a bit light, but with this style of beer that's not necessarily all that unnatural. Looks pretty good.

Nose is quite funky right of the bat, almost heading towards funky, plasticky, crushed vegetation and lambic-style bite. There's some citric tones though as well, giving a slight zesty, peppery aroma to the mix. In the sinuses the funk almost turns to tomato-plant-crush in its sharpness. I like it a lot.

Taste is also good, but a lot thinner in the body than it could be, so the flavours don't express themselves with the complexity the might otherwise have done. Clean, sharp, slightly metallic bite on the front, with a lingering bitter character that runs through the centre. This gives it a rather vinous brut champagne note towards the back, especially with the carbonation. Light, metallic and somewhat medicinal in the finish. Feel is dry and sparkling, just like a very dry champagne.

Overall, it's an impressive beer, although exceedingly dry. As long as you're along for the ride and accept that the super-sec character is going to drive it, there's an awful lot to enjoy about it.

Jun 29, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Beerzebub from California

"Batch 378" - about 4 and a half years old now, cellared at 55 degrees F.

Color somewhere between copper and amber, bright and pretty. Big bumpy off-white head. Looks good in the glass.

Smells great. Tart, fruity, piney, spicy aroma, with an all encompassing brett presence.

Tastes like brett, bread, grain, dried fruit, pine, and some spice that grows toward the finish. Good length; spicy brett. Quite tasty, but doesn't quite live up to the aroma; more acidity would be nice.

Fairly highly carbonated. Some swirling renders it cushy and smooth.

Never tried this fresh, but in any case it's delicious at the moment.

Jun 10, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Tone from Missouri

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, strong yeast, funk, slight citrus, alcohol, and a hint of biscuit. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong tartness. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, strong yeast, citrus, alcohol, hint of pine, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, complexity, and decent appearance.

Jun 09, 2014
4.5 by TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky on Jun 05, 2014
4 by BDeibs from Colorado on May 26, 2014
3.75 by GRG1313 from California on May 26, 2014
4.25 by drbenderdo from Michigan on May 25, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

unretire this, it is back and it is genius. tripels are usually so sweet and strong, alcoholic and laden with belgian yeast esters. this one takes an entirely new approach. with the addition of rye to the grain bill and the wild fermentation, it is a whole new animal. one of the best beers from jolly pumpkin, who makes nothing but epic beers all around. murky but glowing golden color, deeper than most, with a tall white head that never fades and a nose that shows brett as well as a familiar souring bacteria culture. awesome. as i smell it deeply, i get a whole heap of rye malt. its too simple to call it spicy, and to say that it goes so well with the peppery yeast notes is all too generic phraseology, but such is true. it might be more descriptive to say that the rye, in addition to its usual adjectives, also has a dried straw or hay complexion, which resonates more with the brett than the belgian yeast. oats obviously flesh out the body here, its so lush and textured on my palate, dry as can be, effervescent, but also somewhat rich, decadent, and confusing. theres ten times more going on here than most beers i open, so a several hundred word summation seems cursory, but suffice it to say that this is exquisite beer, both in flavor and feel, and that its unlike anything ive had, even from jolly pumpkin, who, with this brew, have firmly cemented their position at the apex of the wild ale world. this stuff is magic, one of a kind, not rivaled by crooked stave, jester king, cascade, or any of them.

May 23, 2014
3.75 by jbaker67 from Pennsylvania on May 14, 2014
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