cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 12 oz. bottle via trade with OhioDad - Pours a hazy golden color with a big foamy white head. Has a spicy, grassy, and estery aroma. Flavor is kinda spicy and a little tart. Medium body. A good beer. Just not my style. Thanks Scott. <P>Re-rate - Gonna leave the numbers the same. A pretty good beer we now can get here in Arizona.
OldGrowth (2935) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from trade with kramer17801. Great nose, tart fruity. Yeasty, doughy. Cherry, orange. Like a clove or coriander. Hazy yellowy gold color, most sediment was left in bottle due to massive foam. Foam eventually reduced down to a cap. Good lacing. Tart flavor. Like aroma. A little viney too. Medium body, light slippery mouthfeel, tart dry finish. Nice. I enjoyed it as it warmed. I don’t think I could have a bunch of these though. Still learning to appreciate these saisons.
rajendra82 (982) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
For the first time ever, Jolly Pumpkin beers have become available locally. The Bam Bière is the first of the new arrivals to grace my home. As I popped the cap, the beer almost gushed out. A quick and careful pour saved every single drop. In the oversized wine glass, this looked like the prototypical Saison, with a hazy pale body, and a very large foamy head. The smell was typical as well, with a yeasty and doughy rustic smell mixed with a smattering of grassy and floral hops. The taste was light and refreshing with a good balance between sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. Not as funky as authentic Belgian examples, but still a very good interpretation. Mouthfeel was a bit too thin and watery for the style, considering the better examples of the style are above 6% ABV and cellarable. I would have no problems visiting this again in the middle of the summer for a change of pace from the Witbier and Pilsner rut.
aracauna (3283) - Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden with a tenacious white head. The aroma is fiercely phenolic with pears, orange peel and bay leaves. The body falls a bit flat compared to the flavor. Very dry, good hop bitterness and flavor that lingers, but the malt seems to be a bit of a no-show. Good beer though.
ElGaucho (2307) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Beer on the Pier. Sour aroma, like a Flemish Sour. Cloudy, yellow, large bubble head, very different. Very dry, served warm. A little sour; there are some hops which provide a little bite. A little like lime juice. If I understood the style better or had more experience with it, I may have enjoyed it more. I’m sure it’s well done for the style.
kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, via MikeMac. Pours a hazy gold with a large fizzy white head that faded quickly. Aroma is tart and crisp with some fruitiness, especially tangerine. A nice funky undertone with some brett and dry sugary notes akin to a gueuze. Nice dry, crisp, and slightly tart flavor up front with a finish laced with brett and soft malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively pinpoint carbonation. Finish is crisp and sharp. Just a great refreshing beer. Has some gueuze like aspects, but much more approachable for many folks. I’d drink this alot if it were available to me.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 9, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, fairly fresh: easily half of my pour is a wonderful, Duvel-like, fluffy, cloud-esk foam, that grows right out of the glass into a plateau. Sweet and lightly sour grapefruit aroma, laced with all sorts of floral notes alongside Belgian candi sugar, fresh grass, lemon zest and funky-tart yeast. Flavours match the beautiful aroma perfectly: rustic yeast elements, notes of iron, brett and bitter orange zest. A fantastic effort and one that I would happily drink all night long…so seemingly simple, but wonderfully complex!
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle thanks to Mullman. Hazy golden color with a large white head. Yeasty, citrusy aroma with some fresh cut grass thrown in as well. Flavor pretty much mirrored the aroma but was much drier than expected. Very good.
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Hazy pilsener golden with a huge and frothy, white head - shaving foam style. Marked sourish nose. Rather light body with a vague accent. Fruity accent of Brett - perhaps even some banana. Extremely dry. 220406
Lowe1983 (1391) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden color with thick white head. Aroma is of citrus, earthy and sour notes. Slight hops on the nose as well. Flavor is strong of earthy tones and citrus. Finishes with a slightly sour taste. Better then I was expecting on this one, not my favorite but a decent brew.