Bambic | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

204 Ratings

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
1560 bottles [330 ml]
180 bottles [750 ml]

Added by womencantsail on 01-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A couple bottles shared back from 6/25/11 notes. Have to say thanks to some random guy at Dark Lord day who left these beers in our cooler.

A: Looks nice, great hazy saison type look with a bright straw to gold color and some nice lacing. Ring of fluffy white head.

S: Very fresh tart farmhouse dirty yeast smell with some pear and citrus grapefruit rind notes in it. Almost a white wine grape smell too. Spicy farmhouse malt and maybe even some fresh basil.

T: Weaker taste than I expected from the smell but still there is a nice rush of wild yeast/brett and champagne grapes and some other ripe fruits. Touch of peppery grapefruit, maybe that basil flavor is also hidden in there. Just a bit tart.

M: Dry and crisp, pretty good carbonation. Nice feel at the back.

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Photo of markalansmall
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review of blend 1 & 2. Both from bottle to pint.

Blend 1 bottled 12/1/10 special oak aged sour ale for 25th anniversary of WLT.  11.2 oz bottle.  Appears hazy golden orange with large foam head that creates good lacing. Smell 38/40 hint of fruit lemon/lime, slight straw and oak. Taste 45/50 tart lemon/lime small hint of straw and oak but more of sweet-tart taste. I find it taste great. Mouthfeel 10/10 high co2, tart with strong dry finish. Total 93/100

Blend 2. Bottled 3/15/2011. Appears the same in looks. Maybe a slight bit mellow, but I wood score the same.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

598th Review on BA
Bottle to small snifter
330 ML
Batch 1 12-1-10

App- This poured with a yellow/orange in the glass and a one finger quick receding head. Soft sticky lace on this one.

Smell- Well I finallyt get what they mean by barnyard. All the others pale in comparison to this one. A little funk, hay, grass, wheat, damp. Just different but it works.

Taste- Funky, yeasty, damp. A little damp and a lot of lemon juice mixed with the yeast. It took my tastebuds for a ride and then some. Wasnt expecting the punch that I got.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium/high carbonation, but didnt like the residual flavors. A little too thick bubbled and lemony funk.

Drink- Always a pleasure to drink with GuruDel. Glad he busted this out for an improptu tasting tonight. Nice little beer. Don't get the fuss. But would have it again.

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Photo of waltersrj
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, 375 ml, Blend 2, 2011.

Pour: Clear golden straw with a 1/4 inch white bubbly champagne head.

Nose: Chardonnay, oak, Brett, apple rhind, lemon zest, barnyard funk and band aid.

Taste: Initially a tart lemon zest, granny smith apple and oak that transitions into a drying slightly soured oak, Chardonnay and Brett finish. This tastes like a blend of RR Tenptation and Sanctification...almost identical.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly at first and finishes slightly drying.

Overall: I liked this as my first JP offering and would love to have one again. It's not at the top of my sour list but it's quite enjoyable. The nose and taste seemed slightly muted when compared to similar offerings which is my only complaint.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Brew33

A - cloudy yellow body, small white head.

S - soap? tart, some oak.

T - mildly tart lemony flavor. Very palatable, not that interesting.

M - dry, light, thin, fairly smooth.

O (D) - a fine beer, just nothing too interesting. Probably not worth the price, but i'm glad i got to try it.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks brew33 for bringing this by for our tasting

Pours a hazy yellow with tons of white head. A bit of a gusher. Smells incredibly lemony. Tons of zest and citrus tart and sweet on the nose. Tastes a bit bland. Maybe it needs more time but it's not very tart. Overall the citrus flavours are good but the profile is too subtle. Solid mouthfeel and overall better than I expected

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of tart and sour notes is quite pleasant. Taste is a very nice mix between some tart notes with some sourness and some medium barnyard notes. Acidity is quite low and sourness level is maybe more present then in the usual JP beers. Body is about average with good carbonation. Another well brewed beer though not necessarily my favourite from this brewer.

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Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

-Blend 1, bottled on 12-01-10, from a 330ml. bottle.

Pours in the glass a cloudy, light orange color with yellow, pale straw colored highlights at the edge. Has a big, rocky head of foam at first which recedes rather quickly back into the glass.

Strong funk upfront on the nose of boiled eggs or a soft French cheese such as a Brie. Good citrus aromas of lemons and grapefruit. I'm also picking up the smell of fresh pineapple juice and a faint nose of apricots. After awhile the robust funk blows off leaving a earthy hop, dusty haybarn or burlap sack funk to the nose which I like better. Somewhat sugary, candied fruit in there also. Lots of lemon aromas coming out now as this beer warms up, almost reminds me of dandelion flowers.

Low carbonation. Has a soft and thin mouthfeel to it. Not much sourness in the initial sip. Plenty of lemons in the taste, with flavors of grapefruit, even pink grapefruit maybe and fresh pineapple juice. Somewhat of a sweet, light butter taste to the beer which makes me think of pound cake or a rich chardonnay. The sweetness is faint though the beer is more dry, with crisp and clean flavors. I picked up some of that boiled egg, soft cheese funk not much though, not like at first in the nose. Kinda musty and earthy in the palate, fresh wheat bread. I keep think of fermenting brewer's yeast in the nose and taste. Just that eggy, hydrogen sulfide aroma you get from fermenting yeast. Has a acidic, tartness that hits you pretty sharply in the finish with not much else. Overall the flavors are still much mellower than in the nose.

I found this beer looked and smelled better than it taste. It wasn't bad, but I just could of used more on the palate. It was a very crisp and clean beer. The flavors just kinda disappeared rather quickly. On that note I've got another 330ml and a 750ml to age, I'll be interested too see what happens with this beer down the road.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle thanks to Ed (OHLRangers). Poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner glass. Blend 1 (Bottled on 12/01/2010).

A: The cap opens with a vicious hiss and foam begins a slow ascent. Without further delay, I pour. The beer is hazy yellowish orange with a fizzy white cap that quickly recedes. A little scattered lacing is left on the sides of the glass and a small lingering froth is visible.

S: A light barnyard mustiness accompanies wet leather, oak, and cheese. I detect lemon, Chardonnay, apricot, apple, and peach, with an upper moderate tartness. All aspects exist in balance.

T: Upper moderate tartness with a moderate citric acidity. Somewhat brackish. Oak is drying on the palate. Funk is earthy and musty. Fruit notes are of lemon (primarily), apple, and peach. There's a light lactic sourness. The finish exhibits an increase in citric acidity with lingering lemon and oak. The oak quality reminds me of Chardonnay.

M: Dry, lightly tannic, and spritzy. Light in body with high carbonation.

Overall: A well rounded and enjoyable sour. Highly drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Mikey (MIkey711) for this one. 4oz. pour from a capped 750ml bottle into a Hill Farmstead snifter. Had at a tasting on 6/4/11. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a .25 finger fine white head with good retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is stringy with good cling. Solid.

S: Nose is straw, lemon barnyard funk, and Brett in the back. Also citrus, apple rind, and some lemon zest. Not overwhelmingly aromatic but pleasantly mellow.

T: Lemon, apple, citrus, band-aid, and straw. Tartness grows towards the middle with a Brett presence really coming on strong. Slightly lactic, more citrus towards the end with a quiet apple finish and an apple skin bitter aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Abrasive and prickly in the mouth and filmy going down. Smooth at the end with a mellow finish and a quiet aftertaste. Great for the style.

O: This beer is essentially a carbonated and therefore, livelier, crisper, and ultimately, better Lambicus... which in itself was a beer that I enjoyed a lot. A big sleeper in my opinion.

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Photo of Luk13
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Hill Farmstead Gathering by a generous unknown advocate. Fabulous aroma, a nice mix of lambic and saison. The funky barnyard meets citrus rinds and yeast. I love the yeast profile here. Flavors of lemon and yeast leads to a dry finish along with some lactic notes. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Awesome wild ale, as close as it gets to a real lambic.

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Photo of samie85
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; originally 5/8/11

A-Pours a hazy, yellow color with one finger of white head.

S-Smells mainly of lemon, tart cherry, with a hint of some funk.

T-Tart, lemon with some leather and acidic cherry notes.

M-Medium bodied with low, prickly carbonation and a puckering mouthfeel.

D-Very interesting and complex beer; the price point is a little high, but a very solid wild ale.

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Photo of emerge077
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Dave for busting out this 750, it's been on the radar for awhile!
Review from written notes.

Into a small tulip glass it pours a peachy opaque orange, a wispy skim across the surface after it settles down relatively quickly to other JP beers. Spotty lace all around the glass.

Acidic, tart fruits, lychee, passion fruit, grapefruit. Lactic tartness alternating with a slight natural fruit sweetness later on as it warms.

Pink grapefruit, peach, lychee... the fruity tropical citrus flavors dominate. Intensely fruity, tart, and dry. Tannic oak dries out the finish, cidery with a slight stickiness on the lips. Effervescent and lush with juicy fruit flavors. I could easily drink this all day and would never tire of it. Super fruit forward, not intensely sour, and very quenching. What's not to like?

Note to Jolly Pumpkin: Please put this into regular distribution! TIA

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Photo of Brez07
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed in the Blind Beer BIF #5. 330ml bottle poured into a Ommegang glass

A: Light lemon color which some orange and pink highlights. Not cloudy, but slightly hazy. There was initially a small amount of frothy white head which settles into a ring. Swirling leaves some brief spotted lacing (4)

S: Oh, this is a funky one. Some barnyard, lemon rind. Maybe leather too. Finishes off with some wood notes (4)

T: Starts off with a decent amount of funk and sourness. Lemon rind is the prominent flavor. Starts to remind me of unsweetened lemonade and then the flavor sort of... drops off. Very weird. Definitely lacking some depth. Some subtle woody vanilla notes (4)

M: Medium bodied. Brief tartness, dry finish. Could probably use a little more carbonation but nothing to really complain about (4)

D: Other then the the flavor disappearing act, I found this beer very enjoyable. Finish the bottle rather quickly even with taking notes. Would drink again (4.5)

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch 2 bambic from the birthday BIF. Thanks!

A- Pale orange/yellow with a lively head. Bottle was a slow gusher but I got it into the glass with time to spare.

S- Lemony with a strong dirty sock aroma. Not my favorite.

T- Lots of funk- earthy and bitter. No dirty socks, thankfully. Lemon is mild compared to the nose- lots of oak as well. Mild green apple. Sharp bite to the acidity.

M- High carbonation helps take the edge off some of the stronger flavors. It does the beer well. Nice on the tongue.

O- Impressed. Did not know what to expect going in, but I liked it. Went over well with some sour n00bs I shared it with, as well. Seems like this is one of those beers where the overall score doesn't reflect my enjoyment of this beer, so I'm bumping the overall to round it out.


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Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330ml bottle. Many thanks to Eric (gratefulbeerhead) for the bottle.

A- Pours a hazed golden yellow color. Two finger white head shows great retention. Tons of web style lacing all over the glass when I drink this one down.

S- Barnyard funk really stands out in this one a lot in the inital aroma. Cider vinegar with hints of oak come through next with a hint of lemon as well. More funk and something else almost peach like in the ending along with a nice linger of alcohol. The funk really gives this beer a interesting appeal that makes my mouth water.

T- Banryard funk right upfront with a light vinegar flavor to it. The oak to me makes a nice presence right after this and I feel should be right there. A nice tart lemon flavor comes in next which packs a nice light sourness to it. Peaches once again show themselves in the ending but ever so lightly to me. Another cider like funk rides the ending along with a crisp warming alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is fantastic for this beer beyond the first pour I think. Lots of funk and oak notes left on the palate. Aftertaste is hints of sourness and alcohol along with a boatload of cider vinegar funk. Flavors were well balanced for the style. No off flavors were present although it would be hard to tell anyways. Heavy alcohol drying on the palate which I expected from this beer.

O- I freakin loved this beer. I thought the funk on this was perfect not making it hard to drink. The ABV was drying and went well with the oak that seemed to bring this beer together quite well. I am looking for a couple more bottles of this beer as it is going to be good with a year or two on it!

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Photo of sholland119
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #900.

Blind BIF #5, Beer #1. Thanks to abraxel for the chance to try this one.

A-Pours a hazy peach with virtually no carbonation. Just a pool of white head at the edge of the glass.

S-Nicely sour on the nose. A nice helping of farmhouse, barnyard funk with just a bit of sweetness detectable underneath it all. I'm liking it a lot already.

T-Crisp bite right away. Tangy funkiness. A healthy amount of peppery brettiness gives this a great kick. Puckery, and I love it.

M-Light to medium bodied, exceedingly dry. My tongue has shrunk to a fraction of its usual size. Fizzy, fine carbonation is a bit overdone here, but the only flaw I can find in this beer.

O-A really excellent beer. I will be savoring every drop.


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Photo of projectflam86
2.31/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle "blend 2" bottled 3-15-2011

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a thick white foam that settles to a thin ring. Decent lacing left behind.

S- Very funky aroma with a medicinal/herbal smell. Maybe a touch of tart lemon.

T- Woah, this one has some strange qualities. Rubbing alcohol, bandaids and fresh onions. If I really strain I can faintly recognize some lemon, oak, and peach flavors but a very astringent plastic flavor dominates everything.

M- Light bodied with decent carbonation.

O- I did not enjoy this beer. Did I drink it much too young?

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Photo of gnemesis
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8oz sample was poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter (not ideal) on 04/25/2011. Blend 1 12/01/2010.
Pours a golden hay color topped with a creamy, white head. Good retention and decent lace. My nose immediately picks up the sour notes- sour citrus with a touch of sweetness in there somewhere. The sour tastiness pierces the sides of the tongue on contact. Bitter apple notes show up late. Medium body and spritzy carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. I'm new to sours but this is a good beer. JP rarely disappoints.

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

Pours a cloudy gold color with an orange hue. Not much of a white head that falls quickly to a ring, and island that leaves very few spots of lacing. It smells sour, funky, and dirty! Lemons, limes, grapefruit, overripe grapes, "horse blanket", wet hay. Very citric and funky, I taste lime, lemon, grapes, balsamic vinegar, and an earthy herbal quality. Lots of funky goodness in this one. Light to medium body with a prickly carbonation, and a citric bite; its all balanced ever so nicely. A wonderful funky, sour treat! Big aroma, big flavor it never becomes too much.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this 330 ml bottle, poured into an oversized snifter. Slightly hazy orange with a short-lived fizzy white head that's soon a wispy island surrounded by a collar of foam, and soon after than near gone altogether. Small patches of wet lace are teased now and then, but mostly drip back in.

Funky and oaky aromas drift in and out of cider vinegar, lemon, and the tiniest hint of sweet fruitiness, perhaps peaches.

A 1-2 punch of funk and sour. A touch of sweetness would perhaps bring an extra element of complexity, but it's pretty tasty stuff. Interesting mouthfeel; the carbonation seems to fluff up the funk and lemon midswallow. It's briefly quite a mouthful before finishing very dry. Lingering cider vinegar and funk in the finish.

Overall impression: I prefer my wild ales without the brett, but this one's not bad at all. Kind of quaffable and challenging at the same time.

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Photo of GrandCruDrew
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle 4/10/11

A- great carbonation and good head retention. Solid lacing. A beautiful cloudy, hazy dark golden color.

S- Wonderful unripe tropical fruits. Some sourness and funk, but not overwhelming.

T- Great sour peach, and tropical fruits & lime oil. Some def barnyard funk, but not to acidic. Really well balanced.

M- Very nice on the tongue. The balance of refeshing tartness and sour makes it easy on the mouthfeel. I really love how easy it is on the acidity.

Overall- Very well balnced and delicious.

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Photo of 7ways
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this is so much better than Lambicus.
A - Hey, look, it's carbonated! Hooray! Pretty well too, there's a nice frothy white head. Pale hazy orange.

S - Sour orange and lemon, beach, kind of woody. And the musty wet produce basement, can't forget that. Quite phenolic/medicinal/plastic after a vigorous swirl. Not very pungent.

T - There is a lot going on here. The phenolic aspects ride all the way through without distracting. Lactic lemon bomb and grape and apple skins, followed by dry, dirty brett.

M - Very coating, tannic, juicy, and a little painful. Love it.

Overall, tastes more like a real Belgian sour than any other JP, and is now one of my favorites from them.

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Photo of craytonic
2.61/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: peach-gold pour; big head with some decent lacing.

Smell: Off-funk, bits of plastic and diapers mixed in. I've never been a fan of Jolly Pumpkin's bugs. Lots of lemon sourness and brett. Not a high-grade product

Taste: Tastes a bit off, weird funk of diapers and plastics, not the high-quality cantillon or drie fonteinen funk. Some lemons, pepper and oak behind it. Flavors are not very integrated.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is too aggressive

Overall: Not impressed with this one; I dumped my glass after a few sips and moved on.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge to one of my regulars erikkoppin for tossing this in a recent box. Split and poured into tulips. I read this one had gusher issues. Unfortunately I forgot that as I cracked it. Holy shit! In the blink of an eye the beer came rushing out out of the bottle. Luckily we were ready with our tulips. So we didn't lose much.

A: Cloudy golden orange. Huge three finger plus of bright white head. Soapy lace left behind.

S: Nice tart nose. Juicy lemon, lactic, green apple skins, touch of vinegar. The funk comes in as it sits. Wet hay, musty basement band aids.

T: The sourness seems focused on the back of my tongue. I don't get much in the flavors except a solid woodiness and some sweet and sour pull.

M: Light super carbonated body.

O: This one was decent but nothing real memorable.

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