Baudelaire Ale Absurd | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Baudelaire Ale AbsurdBaudelaire Ale Absurd

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by NoLiberty on 10-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Not quite the gusher experienced by others, the bottle pours a hazy apricot color with a massive head that leaves clumps of lace; though not a gusher the bottle was a foamer

Smell: Rye bready, with an apple barnyard character; cleary some wild yeast going on in here, as well

Taste: Opens with a spicy rye bread character with just a hint of apple fruit; by mid-palate, the beer becomes very tart with the fruit persisting underneath; plenty of peppery elements, as well; after the swallow, there is an intriguing contrast between the spicy rye bread and the tart fruit flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: I was expecting a tripel and got a saison - not disappointed in that at all; and a very intriguing saison at that, with a bready rye spice that, when combined with the wild yeast strain, really makes this one worth seeking out

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eric for sharing this bottle and to Derek for sending me one of my own.

A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden color with some hints of orange and amber. The head is a tower of white foam that takes some time to settle down to a level that allows drinking.

S: A wonderful spice note is present right away, that seems to be the rye with maybe a hint of pepper or just some yeasty esters. A light funkiness along with some citrus zest and a hint of green fruits.

T: The rye and yeast esters provide a really great spice note along with some bready malts that are the base of this beer. A gentle funk character with some hay and straw, and a great dry, bretty quality. A lightly tart lemon flavor and some hints of green apple.

M: The body is medium with a very full carbonation that sort of tickles the tongue.

D: The last couple Jolly Pumpkin special releases have really been fantastic. This one was no exception and I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of DIM
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a world class foamer. I filled three glasses with foam and it was still coming out of the bottle. Grrrr. Anyway, when the drama was over I was left with an extremely cloudy, dark straw colored body beneath a frothy, whip cream head.

s: Big aromas of yeasty sourdough and spicy rye notes. There was also some faint apple, mild cloves, and flowery grains. Earthy and moderately funky.

t: Wow, there is a lot going on here. The rye character is very strong and shares center stage with the strong Belgian yeast flavors. I tasted some mild banana and clove phenols, plus a touch of something woody as well. There was a little floral heat at the finish. There might be a little tripple trying to shine through, but this is all farmhouse.

m: A thick, hefty body and surprisingly gentle creamy carbonation.

d: This beer is what I love about trading. This was delicious and decidedly different. Something that I never would have even heard of if I hadn't received this from OHLRangers via BIF. Thanks Ed, I absolutely loved this one!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cool bottle that Ditmier pulled out at a tasting at his house a couple weeks ago... Freaking Cool Eric!!

Big foamy white head atop a hazy orange brew... the head lasts forever... great lacing...

Nose is great... apple skins with some spicy yeasty phenols.. dry and a bit of yeast funk...

flavor has a nice pronounced citrus bump that melds well into some spicy notes that I can only assume comes from the rye... but the Belgian aspect is still plenty present and shows some clove phenols too.. a bit of white peppercorn ... some mild alcohol that doesn't really distract.. some lemon zest with warmth...

Bigger body than expected, but the carbonation is fairly abundant and helps smooth everything together...

Very nice... and I really liked it... I do say that this is the best JP beer that I've had .... complex... and almost too complex... I would like to try this with 6 months or a year on it to give some time to really meld.


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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of RollBounce
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fun beer lemon and funk.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 8.3% ABV, "Rye Trippel-Ale", Batch 378.

Another thank you to sweemzander for busting out another saison for our pre-Milwaukee Brewfest tasting!

A - Bright golden amber with a clear body and a beautiful dense off-white head with great retention and patchy lace coating the glass.

S - Tons of awesome saison aroma with great lemon zest and Belgian yeast funk. A bit of slight barnyard comes through. A little rye comes out but it's not very sharp. This is a phenomenal aroma I can't get enough of!

T - Sharp rye comes out in the flavor much more so than the aroma lets on. It actually overwhelms most everything else. Lemon citrus and Belgian yeast with a light candi sugar sweetness too. Pale malts reside in the back of the flavor profile with a tiny hint of funk that pokes out too.

M - Very sharp carbonation with a big sour-ish bite with a wild tang to the finish. It tickles on the way down.

D - Very good take on the saison style that's completely unique. A good drinkable beer that would be perfect during fall!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750 mL capped bottle served at the Ann Arbor brewpub. I was disappointed that Io was sold out, but this turned out to be a very good choice. Billed as a 'rye tripple ale'.

A: The ale has a golden tripel hue that is noticeably darkened by the presence of rye, the result a bronzed golden brown that is opaque. The ale is well-carbonated, lively in both my glass and the bottle. Two fingers of craggy, dense foam in the glass; an oozing foam, at times running out over the mouth of the bottle. As you'd expect, significant lacing ensued.

S: The nose is funky, but not as funky as most JP offerings. Tripel aromas, sweet candi sugars and peppery spice, stand out, holding their own against the funk. The rye is spicy and bready but pales in comparison to the tripel. A well-balanced nose.

T: I enjoy the complex breadiness that rye lends to a beer. In this one, I had to search quite a while before the dark spicy notes came through. They are nestled behind the tripel and the funk, a tough duo to get past. While the ale is funky in the Jolly Pumpkin bretty kind of way, it is not domineering. Instead, the light lemony citrus flavor dries the palate and leads the way for the tripel's sweet candi sugars and stronger alcohol content. All three flavors, despite being starkly different, work nicely together.

M: The prickly lemony citrus stays with me through every sip, setting the bar for flavor. The ample carbonation further accentuates the hotness, scrubbing with a caustic feel. Very lively and very good.

D: ksak and I split the bottle and decided to grab a second one to bring home with us. A complex ale that seems to work best when young, before the brett gets all into the tripel flavors and dries them out.

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Photo of mrbeermug
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a day after my tasting, so I'll be brief....

The distinct character Rye imparts is something I often enjoy, and this beer is uniquely able to impart that crisp subtlety while also contributing a balanced oak flavor and distinct belgian character. The belgian yeast contributes its classic tight bubbles with thinly lingering latticed-head, aromatic funk, and makes this beer a bit standoffish with all the other flavors, almost too much going on, in the first two sips, but as the palate adjusts and the beer gains character with tastes, it becomes a great drink to split a bomber with a friend.

Another enjoyable creation by Ron Jeffries and I look forward to tasting the new Io beer and future Baudelaire series releases.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Ann Arbor after it slipped through my fingers here in Columbus. Batch 378.

A- Nearly impossible to pour this one gently enough. You get a massive meranuge like head no matter what. It takes its time fading down enough to allow you to actually fill the glass. Eventually I get enough beer in the glass, allowing the head to stand out above the rim, to see that its a deeply hazed, ruddy orange.

S- Very bitey, spicy nose. Plenty of funk is there its like band-aids, and horseblanket. Interestingly, there is some orange like citrus. It plays along with the fruity tripel smells. Im picking up apple pie, kiwi, white wine and some underlying chalky earth. The bretty character of this really stands out and bites you in the nose.

T- Very interesting. In keeping with the norm at Jolly Pumpkin they have made another beer that is very unlike anything else Ive had. Citrusy hops upfront with a spicy rye bread base. That breaks into a very bretty and funky middle. There is LOTS of spice and yeast. Finishes with some hints of a tripel. Chalkiness, apple skins and some blackberry. This is an intensely complex beer.

M- Finishes very clean like a tripel should. Only a little bit of spice and citrus are left behind. The body is medium with fluffy carbonation.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled December 2009
The cap comes off safely enough, but I get this into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip and end up with seven fingers of foam that continuously spews foam over the sides. Finally settles down enough to take away from the sink and I have a picturesque tall head that sits about an inch above the rim of my glass. In the bottle the beer was actually pretty clear, but after pouring, the beer is a reddish, darkish amber hue that shows a hazed, pink-orange, amber hue when held up to the light. As the head slowly subsides it leaves a nice, layered, lacing pattern on the sides of my glass and the head is very structure forming mesas that have quite some staying power. Visually, you can't ask for much more from a beer of this type. The aroma is musty with a woody peppery note, a faint tartness (a touch of lemon perhaps) and a grassy-earthy grain note that dominates the finish. Very rustic and earthy smelling, but also bone dry smelling, this is a very nice smelling beer.

Light, a touch fizzy (it has sat long enough in my glass that it has loss much of the excess carbonation) and it has a dry, grassy grain finish as well as a touch of phenolic clove and a very faint tartness (much of which could just come from the wheat). There are some light apple and pear notes here, but this is dry enough of a beer that it is very subtle. Earthy, slightly musty notes perhaps signal a touch of Brettanomyces character, but this is very faint and only at the beginning stages of funkification. There is a very grounded, earthy, woody pepper note here that is only lightly spicy. The malt actually almost has a savoriness to it that is brought out by the dryness; there is a nice pale grain cracker note, a touch of hay and some freshly threshed wheat notes. Much of the spiciness is from the wild fermentation character (even if it is a touch tame); there is definitely quite a bit of phenolics in this beer, it is a touch clove like, but mostly a bit plastic like, or even a touch solvent like, butt this last is definitely quite faint. The oak plays a definite supporting role here, it is almost hard to even recognize underneath the steady, earthy funkiness, but it does accentuates a light, overall spiciness, the touch of woody character, as well as some tannic astringency towards the finish. The texture of this beer is definitely light, this is a beer meant to be quaffed, but it doesn't come off as being overly thin as there is a touch of malt viscosity to this brew; some of the oak derived tannins also contribute a bit to the weight of this brew.

This has the perfect amount of funkiness to be classified as a Farmhouse ale; the funk lightly accentuates the rustic grain and yeast-fermentation character. This is a Farmhouse ale for the late spring or early Autumn as it is a touch more malty and textured than a pale, light Summer Saison.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Ken, 750ml into a tulip. Batch 378. My first JP.

Poured a hazy dark orange, with a HUGE 4+ finger head. Soapy and leaving some sticky lace behind. Nose has some light lemon, grass, funk, citrus zest and tart fruit notes. Taste is much less tart than the nose would suggest, lemon, breadiness, some rye, light alcohol with a bit of a tart pucker at the end. More complex and less tart than the nose would suggest. Medium full feel, high carbonation. Very nice drinkability, one of my highlights for the evening.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Batch #378.

(A)- Gusher! Pours a clear mahogany color that produced a giant bubbly white head that took a minute or two to dissipate. Tons of spotted lace here and there. Yet another seriously dark color for a saison.

(S)- A dry, yet fruity hay light funk with a hint of a light spice. A good fruitiness behind it that I cannot quite pinpoint. Loving the combo of dry hay funk, spice, and fruit.

(T)- A spicy rye-like front with some dark fruits. Finishes dry with a light hay/straw/ funk components.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A nice spice in there with the dry and hay funk with just a tiny bit of bitterness.

(D)- Another solid yet unique take on the style from Jolly Pumpkin. An all-around fitting beer with a light spice and good dry hay funk/fruit profile. I love to see something unique like this.

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Photo of nonpo
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.14/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to erikkoppin for allowing me to try this great beer. I'm expecting another box of greatness from him tomorrow and can't wait. Cheers!
Appearance - Pours into my Bell Tulip as a hazy, copper color with over three fingers of white, billowy head that I pegged to dissipate quickly but instead lingers around, leaving thick, chunky lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell - Ahh, the familiar JP funk immediately hits my nose. Green apple, spices, barnyard funk such as leather and wet hay, sour funk, yeast, and a hint of lemon.
Taste - An immediate citrus hit that then delicately melds with the relatively heavy spices including clove (and I assume come from the rye in the beer). A very "Belgian" aspect to this beer yet with a JP twist to it as with all of their beers. Soft fruit flavors come through such as apple peel, lemon zest which lend itself to a satisfying tartness. This is not a Rye beer. This is an AWA. So delicious.
Mouthfeel - Heavier bodied than expected, loads of carbonation, slight warming alcohol sensation down the throat but ultimately not noticeable.
Drinkability - Marvelous. This beer is so similar, yet so different from the other JP beers I have experienced. As with most of the JP lineup, this is not so much a quaffable beer as it is one to enjoy while sitting outside in the fresh air, enjoying life and nature to its fullest. Coincidentally that is exactly what I am doing and I must say I am thoroughly enjoying this beer and would love to try it with a bit more age on it.

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