carlitoguevara (3) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a sour yeasty smell yeilds to a explosion of sour fruit notes balanced against a hearty backbone of brett
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 1, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy golden orange with a large foamy white head...this was a gusher...of course it was...it was a Jolly Pumpkin :) Head laced and sustained. Aroma of citrus, green apple, barnyard, yeast, brett and some tart/sourness. Really loved the aroma on this one. Flavor of tart apples, yeast, various spices dry and bready. When a brewery makes this as their "session" beer you know the brewery has to be good.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2006
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle via kramer17801(thanks!). Pours an almost clear golden blonDe. Large foamy white head. Tons and tons of tiny bubbles rush to the top of the pilsner glass. Nose is fruity/spicey of wheat, bannanna, peaches, and perhaps some brett yeast? Flavor is the same with a dry sour/tart fizzy finish. A bit overcarbonated as well. Don’t really care for this one.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best aromas I’ve ever smelled. A perfect marraige of fruity saison esters, funky brett, and smooth oak. Flavor is funkier than the aroma, very dry, brett, seltzer characteristics. Slight lemon, but mostly funk. Pour is a very pretty dark yellow/orange with a massive, lacing, rocky and firm head. This is an amazing beer, hopefully soon I’ll be able to buy it locally. The oak adds a glorious layer to the aroma and the flavor that really throws this saison to new heights.
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a hazy golden/orange color, with a lasting white head. Aroma was of light citrus, and perhaps coriander. Intersting flavor... some citrus, a little spice. Not terribly fantastic. Fairly bitter and dry. Good carbonation.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very cloudy gold with thick, uneven white head. Aroma is heavy with yeast, grass, and fruit (lemon and orange zest) with some sweet malt aromas, too. The flavor starts mostly yeasty. The middle of the beer has some malts and some aromatic and bitter hop flavors. There is a grassy astringency, too. The finish has some citrus fruit - mild sour and bitter flavors. The finish is very crisp and dry with a long after-taste.
danimal34 (41) - Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good beer. Hoppy, slighlty malty. Beautiful head. A touch of spice and yet goes down smooth.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Merchants in Dearborn. hazy yellow with a big frothy white head and lace that lasts and lasts. a lemony floral aroma with some coriander and banana notes. a yeasty musty sour funk permeates from the middle to the finish. sourness is a bit overpowering at first but tends to grow on you. the dry tart finish leaves you wanting more. an interesting well crafted brew, just not a style I have grown fond of yet.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling (?), puckered 10/06
Slow pour in a tulip glass
Poured murky pale orange with a huge rocky fully lasting white head with good lacing.
Smelt of strong sour apples, fresh lemons, soap, cloves or coriander.
Taste was upfront harsh green apple sourness with faint bitter grassiness and spice and faint sweet lemon followed by a perfectly blended albeit light bitter sweet and sour modly taste that dies on a fairly short citrusy finish. Mouthfeel was light bodied, watery then dry, lively fluffy carbonation, with a strong chalky finish.
Overall, a saison that looks and smells wonderful, but attacks the palate and tastebuds too aggressively to achieve a balance.
Nuffield (3892) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Moderately hazy yellow with massive head, long lasting. Dry, yeasty aroma, citric, fruity, and a hint of Juicy Fruit chewing gum. A little bit o’ lambic there too. Very dry in the mouth with an astringency at the end that I don’t enjoy much. Interesting front flavors of citrus and orange peel, which enhances that bitterness effect. A bit flat on the palate, even though it doesn’t lack for carbonation; just could be a bit more robust. Has a lot of potential, but drinking enough issues of dry, bitter, sour (in a bad way), and flat come up to knock it down for me. Thanks to Bu11zeye for giving this to me!