Baudelaire Ale Absurd | 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): 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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
79
Reviews:
45
Avg:
4
pDev:
8.5%
 
 
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18
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 45
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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of masterofsparks
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to yourefragile for opening up this bottle. Long time want. Served in a Jolly Pumpkin tulip.

Pours a clear light copper with a huge, rocky white head of foam. Very creamy and extremely long lasting. Cap throughout and really nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose has a bit of oxidized malt along with a sizable rye presence. Some light pepper and phenols as well.

Flavor begins with rye and a fairly-heavy phenolic presence. A bit of rye in the background, as well as a touch of bread. Body is light, dry, and crisp. A bit bitter.

Very mild touch of bubblegum in the nose as it warms.

Probably a bit past its prime, and ages different than most Jolly Pumpkin beers. I'm not sure what the design was, but this doesn't have any oak, funk, or acidity. As a plain tripel, it's not bad, but it isn't anything noteworthy either.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, a beer that Northyorksammy and Buckeynation have not yet reviewed. A rarity :)

A nice little bit of a different art work on the label here. Didn't think it was JP at first glance. Then I read....

Gotta say that I don't think I've seen a Saison/Farm.Ale this color. It's a bright, glossy chestnut...or a dull ruby...pour. Off pink head is nice and settles to a collar and some middle film.

Aroma is more floral than anything else to me. The funky yeast is there, and spices. But flowers are the norm here. Not super strong.

Flowers in the taste, too. Sweet light malt in the back. The hibiscus is present throughout. The funkiness holds on and gives the beer a nice structure. The weird thing is that aftertaste. Spices and funky yeast, along with the light touch of flower stems somehow, some way, gives me a very quick hint of grilled chicken skin at the end. Weird. I haven't eaten chicken in weeks. And I swear this is my first (and only) beer of the night.
Now I'll have to buy it again and have it with grilled chicken.

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Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 22Blue
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of EuphonicHops
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RespertFTW
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of NoLiberty
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Described as an oak aged farm house ale. The beer pours from a bottle by a bartender at the Jolly Pumpkin beer pub in Ann Arbor.

As promised/warned by the bartender the beer explodes from the bottle once opened causing a rush to fill our glasses before it all spills onto the bar. Once in the glass this active beer continues to spit up a massive head that finally rests into a moderate thick cap after several minutes. The color is a nice hazy yellow-straw.

When cold the aroma is very zesty, alcoholic, sweet and unbalanced. But once the beer has time to warm the more interesting funky barnyard aromas along with a prodigious hop character come into their own making for a delicious bouquet of American inspired Belgian styling. Quite nice after some time to rest. Flavors of pepper, hops, yeasty funk, lemon and straw fill the glass.

Equally, the flavor starts uneasy and unbalanced, more dominated by sweetness and spice than by true flavors of the beer. But once warmed to room temp the subtler flavors of the wild yeasts and oak develop. A smooth, woody, earthy, spicy, lemony, pepper, hop spice all build into a quite nice array of collected flavors.

The beer has a medium body with over carbonation that fizzes and sizzles in the back of the palate never giving the drinker time to truly sip and enjoy the liquid nature. Unfair for a good tasting beer.

I would try this again on a different brewing...or bottling.

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3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip. Soooo foamy. Too foamy. How to get rid of this head....?? Rocky and everlasting. Cloudy peachy color. Beautiful yet daunting. Sticky along glass.
Smells so good. Funky horse blanket aroma. Spicy rye. Belgian spice & noble hops. Underipe apricot and bubble gum.
Taste like a pale ale brewed with with wild yeast and Belgian yeast and spicy rye. Hot up front and finishes with a soapy flavor.
MF is okay. A bit weak with CO2.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-12-10
Batch 378

Pours a very pleasant orange/amber color, with a a giant off-white head that says in a big clump on the top of the beer.

Smell is slightly sour, with a very nice caramel malt edge. Not a ton of complexity, but still a lot of depth.

Taste is boozy and bitter, with nowhere near the sourness I expected. One dimensional and disappointing.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, although the carbonation is pushing the extreme side.

Drinkability is not very good, a year in the cellar might do this one wonders.

Overall, I'm not overly impressed with this beer, and I'm glad I split it.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Thanks to akorsak for hooking me up with this ages ago.

Pours a bright, hazed golden copper with a massive white frothy white head. Mild brett on the nose, with lemon, yeast, sweet citrus and light spice. Flavor starts with light pepper, earthy yeast, some phenols and bubblegum, green apple and lemon in the finish. A touch of rye, and a dry finish. A unique triple but would never guess this is a Jolly Pumpkin beer.

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Photo of MarkFy
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Foam foam foam. Big foamy white head atop a hazy orange brew

Nose is great... apple skins with some spicy yeast, dry and a bit of yeast.

flavor has a nice pronounced citrus bump that melds well into some spicy notes that I can only assume comes from the rye.

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

Very good, getting used to the funky beers that JP puts out, still opening up the palate to this variety.

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3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weasbri
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up over the holidays when I sadly missed out on their lambic limited release. My label specifically calls this a "Rye Tripple."
Poured into a tulip glass, and overflow into a pint glass. The bottle started spewing like champagne immediately, and even after pouring into the glass, foam continued rising out of the bottle so I had to pour it into another glass. So, in the glass was a hazy orange beer with half a glass of stiff white frothy head. It eventually settles down to a good head that stays with the beer, leaving some of that stiff stuff on the glass.
Funky aroma that you come to expect from the Pumpkin, but also a rather sweet aroma there as well. Kind of a sour aroma wafting up too.
More of a tart flavor than I might have expected. Some of the rye comes through too. Definitely peppery, in fact, that ends up being the dominant lingering flavor on my palate. Interestingly enough, turning the glass to drink in some of the lacing, you get a little bit of an extra funky flavor. There is a tiny bit of sweetness floating around there too.
Not sure that I'd drink a whole lot of this, but it is definitely an interesting experiment for the Jolly Pumpkin guys. Keep up the good work.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of WeisGuy
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of hansgruber
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of sachie23
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of rcjennings
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of changeup45
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from splax23. Batch 378. Dirty gold color and pours with a booming head but not a gusher. Fruity esters in the aroma along with cloves, an assortment of spices, flowers and the trademark JP funk. The flavors are spicy and dry. Fruity notes; tangerine, sharp citrus. This has some grainy notes and a little bit of the rye comes through as well that I didn't really get in the aroma. Lots of funky yeast provides another element but I expect nothing else from JP. Very dry in the finish with a little alcohol sneaking in there. A very nice beer. Tastes more like a Saison than a Triple to me.

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Baudelaire Ale Absurd from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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