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)

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Added by NoLiberty on 10-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer graciously shared by sweemzander. Thanks buddy.

Oh fuck it's a gusher! Quick Andy grab some paper towel! After the minor spillage I pour a sample into my tulip and the beer is rusty brown with a thick two fingers of beige head. Thick lace rings and a nice cap remain.

The aroma starts with light black pepper and rye. This is followed with a funky dry wood and straw profile. Hints of granny smith apples and lemons as well.

The flavor is woody and spicy. A modest tart funk blends with lemons and rye bread. The rye is very strong in the finish.

Medium to light body. Higher than normal carbonation.

Overall pretty solid saison. IO was much better though.

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

Bottle courtesy of iceicebaby. Pours a hazy dark orange color with a huge fluffy khaki head. Aroma is a first lemony, then appley, then spices like nutmeg and clove come into play, giving it a fleeting apple pie character. Flavor is nice and funky, really bretty and with some phenolics as well. Probably the closest thing to Orval other than Orval that I've tasted. There are lots of parallels: orange color, fruity aroma, bretty flavor, bone dry finish, high-but-soft carbonation. The mouthfeel is spot-on Orval. Really not much in the tripel department. Definitely not an ester-forward beer. But that's fine with me. Orval is incredible, and this sorta-clone is great too.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first JP beer I have had that does not taste like a JP beer. No funk, no sourness. What this is, is a seriously good, spicey triple.

Golden pour with decent white head. Smells sweet, bready, slightly clovey. Tastes very much like any other triple I have tried. Mouthfeel / carbonation is a bit high. This is a JP trademark that can be a boon or a curse. In this case, it does not do the beer any favors. A bit strong both in alcohol and spice to be too drinkable. A very pleasant change of pace.

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Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks OHLRangers for this one. Large capped bottle, poured hurriedly into a tulip - actually, three tulips, as it kept on overflowing from the bottle, which was cold and not agitated over at least 2 weeks.
Hazy golden beer with orange-red highlights, with an immense white head on all three glasses, with good rention and lacing.
It certainly does not smell or taste like a trippel, which is what is stated on the label. This is a saison all the way.
Musty and spicy aroma, with fruity notes, and earthy overtones.
Medium bodied, quite refreshing, taste is above all, earthy, and bone dry.
Notes of grass, fruits, some acidity, and mild funkiness. Spiciness has multiple notes that come very close to predominate on the overall flavor, but earthiness and graininess, along with some funk keep coming up.
Quite nice.

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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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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 emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle of this yesterday while outside enjoying the 70º+ weather. Review from notes.

Gusher, big time! Cap didn't fully come off, and it sprayed out in a downward shower. A couple full glasses of foam, then finally some tawny orange ale was visible. The foam was full of large, sparkling bubbles. Nice clarity with racing trails of carbonation.

Aromas of leather, wood, wild tartness & dry brett funk.

Bright tart fruit, floral chamomile notes, mildly sweet with a drying finish. Some spice character, possibly from the rye. The wild yeast was a little strange, with the odd sterile gauze note, but ultimately not distracting. There was a touch of alcohol as it warmed. Very effervescent. It may say Rye Trippel on the label, but it's more of a wild ale than anything.

Tasty and unique, like much of JP's output. Worth a try if you see it, but watch out for the gush. It was in the fridge for a full week before opening...

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 750 mL bottle of Batch 378 into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Golden honey, it poured with an immense head that was white and puffy, which slowly died to a normal head.
S: Sour, funky orange rye with a toffee sweetness (kind of like apple juice) and white wine alcohol.
T: Sour grating rye which crumbles into a lemon-lime bitterness with vodka alcohol and piney hops.
M: Mildly syrupy but big and frothy. Not quite crisp.
D: It is very drinkable.

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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 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 gordavidson
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy orange liquid with some streams of carbonation creating a massive, craggy white head that has excellent retention. Stunning for the style.

S- Sour, funky, and floral. Smells very Jolly Pumpkin-y. Aromatic and intriguing.

T- Sour and fruity. Funky with a assertive sweetness and some apparent alcohol. Complex, warm, and appealing. Well done. If the alcohol were a bit more subtle, this would be killer.

M- Creamy but with a distinct alcohol warming aspect. A bit hot and dry.

D- A very well made beer. I think this would age extremely well considering the ABV, style, and amount of yeast in the bottle. Expensive, but well made and enjoyable.

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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 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 alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Picked up at the Ann Arbor restaurant location. This was brewed in Dexter, though.

A quick pour, thanks to some gushing, reveals a deep golden orange body. Pretty clear. Big (3-4 fingers in the tulip glass), rocky, beige head. Great lacing on the sides of the glass. Fresh, lively aromas of lemongrass, cut grass, aging hay, hints of strawberry, funky cheese, above a fruity, graham crackery malt base.

Citrusy, tart, slightly metallic flavors up front. Spicy, graham cracker malts follow. Musty raspberries and hints of pears. Funky, old hay and cheese before a moderately tart, drying finish. Lingering tropical fruit flavors. Medium-bodied with a very lively, overcarbonated feel. Let this one de-gas a little before enjoying!

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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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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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