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RATINGS: 740   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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One of Bam's brown eyes is, in fact, black. When mischief reigns supreme, it positively glows. Dedicated to the dark side; smooth, dark, incredibly delicious as only a Jack Russell with bat wings can be.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 3, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a light cola brown, highly carbonated with a uniform sheet of well-retained head on top. In the glass when held up to the light it is a deep red color. Aroma is similar to every other JP beer, including the regular Bam. Light pepper and spice, generous funk, earthiness, brett, a touch of tartness evident, etc. There is a little maltiness underneath there, roastiness or slight chocolate, that is not there in the normal Bam though it is subtle. Flavor is tart up front that quickly changes into a deep maltiness and a dry finish. Quite different than their other stuff. Funkiness and sourness is low to non-existant in the taste. Smooth and quite drinkable. Light bodied. Another solid brew from one of my favorite breweries.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Reddish brown, large head with pretty good lacing and retention. Aroma is quite tart with bret, notes of leather, barnyard action, various fruits, some caramel and hint of darker malts as well. Medium bodied, nice n tart. Big complexity for such a light beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Pour is dark mahogany with a thin dense tan head...smell is super tart and lacto with strong wood and some light funk...strongly tart...but not abrasively so...taste is funky and tart, but not a lot of other flavors...it is lacking the saison aspect...very one dimensional...lightly sweet...lightly medicinal finish...incredibly unique and definitely drinkable, but not what I had hoped for...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Bottle. Dirty brown pour, hazy with a lively, somewhat creamy head. Aroma of light vinous fruits, oak, a bit of barnyard, cherry, and pale malt. Flavors of tart fruits, dry malt, oak, and some brett qualities. Light body, tart/malty/woody with a tart/dry finish. Another nice brew from Jolly Pumpkin.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Thanks to Drew for this one. Dark purplish body along with a tall beige head. Sour and funky aroma shows some tart cherry and a light brown sugar character. Flavor is a bit watery and doesn’t improve as it warms as expected. It’s light, has some tart fruit, and a slight buttery quality on the back of the tongue in the finish. Light on the palate with an effervescent body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2008
dark brown appearance with huge white head. immediately has a sweet malt to it followed by a very dry and oakey finish. not a whole lot of flavor, a very subtle beer that is underwelming i suppose

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Bottle batch 250 pours a clear dark ruby with a smallish head that fades to sufrace foam islands and ring. The second pour is much nicer looking with a much more structured head. The aroma is grape juice, cherries, sour, and slightly funky. The flavor is suprisingly understated, slightly funky, woody, good yeast flavors, and sour in the finish with a rather dry palate. As it warms, it really starts to shine and improve - leather and spice start to surface, more of the sour notes make themselves known, some of the underlying sweetness also gets a moment in the spotlight. Once again, this brewer rules.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jason (1713) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Bottle. Batch 256,257. Poured a dark body with nice head. Aroma is must, yeast and that wonderful Jolly Pumpkin funk. Flavor is slightly sour, chocolate, earthy. Light acidity and smooth body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Blend #2 2007. Pours a slightly diluted cherry cola color with nice frothy white head, some lacing. Very similar bretty character as their other beers, perhaps a bit more pungent on the vinegar notes. Burns the nose just a touch in a good way. Bright sour/bitter onset, flavors of leather, earthy must, and funk galor. A woodyness sucks the moisture from your mouth like sucking on a cedar chip. Somewhat thin in the mouth feel. Lingering flavors of muscat and a woody dryness finish this one off. I really enjoyed this one.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
milewide (1710) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2012 Great sour smell and flavor. Dark brown color. Big, solid head. Fairly thin body. Another excellent saison from Jolly Pumpkin! More flavor than any 4.3% ABV beer that I have ever tried.


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