Bambic | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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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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Ratings: 204 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of DangerDawg
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of homebrew311
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with minimal head and virtually no lacing. Not the most appetizing in appearance, but is not out of the realm for a Wild to look like this. The nose start with lactic acid, a bit of funk that I can't quite describe beyond using the word "funk", and some dank woody qualities. The taste is puckering up front with a big wave of acidity in the form of white grapes, tannins. This is followed by a gentle sweetness that makes for a nice refreshing balance. The carbonation is rather high with a medium body. This is a nice flavorful sour with plenty of character for the taste buds to enjoy.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of BlissJunkie
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of pawpaw
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of bigclydeoliver
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of denimdemon
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Honus1
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of axeman9182
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle, generously included by radio2525 in the Barrel Aged BIF. It was taken out of the fridge a bit early, and then poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Bambic pours a mostly hazy goldenrod, with minimal visibility through the glass. Maybe a finger of white foam crowns the beer, but it fades relatively quickly and quietly. The nose is almost gueuze-like, with wet hay centric funk and bright lemon acidity coming together and battling for aromatic supremacy. The flavor manages to add a bit of depth. That same wet hay brett character leads things off, before being interrupted by a somewhat sharp citric tartness. The finish has plenty of mellow oak, supported by a subtle flash of black pepper. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, with a well dried out body. The carbonation falls just short of being lively enough to be truly great though. I've enjoyed most of the beers I've had by Jolly Pumpkin, but Bambic has to be one of my favorites.

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Photo of damngoode
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Arbitrator
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass -- 375 oz batch 1, courtesy of lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a hazy golden-straw body with a pinky finger of off-white head.

S: Lemon tartness -- the first whiff suggests brett, but thereafter I only find sour and tart notes, so maybe it was just a temporary thing. Kaffir lime, green apples, oak, pepper.

T: The taste reveals more of the brett character that the nose dropped -- barnyard funk mixes well with kaffir lime and lemon tartness / sourness; oak, green apples, vanilla, pepper -- this reminds me a lot of Temptation. Sorry to compare Jolly Pumpkin to another brewery and rob it of the chance to establish its own identity, but this was my very first, and unshaken, thought regarding the beer: "early Temptation."

M: Light-medium-bodied; carbonation is on the low end, so it's not a perceived mouthfeel, just a genuine thin-ness. Not a deal-breaker, but it's worth noting.

O: Surprisingly good, especially after the Lambicus Dexterius earlier in the evening, which has faded out to nothingness.

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4.41/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lightly hazy yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, sweet peaches, sweet yeast, and a note of funky cheese. In the taste, sour peach skins, and just a touch acidic, but WOW, is this tasty! A sour bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer sour peach skin in the aftertaste. Sour all day, dry peach skins, and not too overly acidic.

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Photo of KevSal
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps mellow after 2 years but still the foamer. Dark brown, with initially lots of foam. Neutral aroma. A wild ale, some acidity, but not that sour. How shall I say it, dish soap soapy residue aftertaste? Good drinkability, though just OK. Thanks for the rarer one in these parts, Steve.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of SalMineo
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ron Jeffries hit the nail on the head once again for this beer. I absolutely loved it.

Pour-Had that beautiful hazy clouded tinged yellowish golden color to it. It had a bit of nice white head on it. The carbonation was perfect.

Smell-Does anything smell as good as lambic that's been sitting for awhile and fermenting? I detected brett, lemon grass, citrus,spice and tropical fruits. Of course I usually received that beautiful punch in the nose aroma of sour funkiness mixed with Oak.

Taste-The most enjoyable part of this beer. Very acidic and enough tartness to make you want to pucker. I love it. I got some earthy notes from the taste as well as some tropical fruits citrus and lemon. Finishes with tartness that put Jolly Pumpkin on the map.

Mouthfeel-As always the case with his beers. The feel is very crisp. Full mouthfeel and a long finish.

Overall I loved this beer. Ron Jeffries really hit a home run with this beer. Excellent sour beer. It is true that it is a bit tamer than the traditional lambics such as Hansens and Drie Fontein or Cantillon but I don't it's meant to compete with those. I wish I could my hands on some more of this stuff. This beer to me is a perfect example of why Ron Jeffries can put along side Vinnie Cilurzo as the best sour brewers in the United States.

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

Hazed golden yellow

Very sour for jp. Lemon acidity. Lots of fruitiness. Kinda of funky and bretty. A slight medicinal flavor in the end. Solid.

Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall,  a very tasty offering. Very sour and funky. I dig this one.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Sean9689
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to jale!

A - Pours a yellow/orange color, white head, spotty lace.

S - Fruity sweetness, lactic tartness, light funk, and oak.

T - Sweet tarts, lactic tartness, buttery, funky, and oak. There's a nice pucker, but this wild isn't overly sour like Beatification. It's an easy-drinking wild and finishes tart and oaky.

M - Light body, refreshing, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A nice wild that's very easy to drink and enjoyable. I was able to crush the 12oz bottle with little problem at all and I'm already looking forward to finishing off the 3 remaining bottles I have. Good stuff.

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Bambic from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.97 out of 5 based on 204 ratings.
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