Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Brown/amber pour. Fairly carbonated, with a lactic, sour, medicinal aroma. Flavor is fairly weak, with a spicy, sour, medicinal flavor throughout. I seem to get a lot of these JP beers in trades, and to be honest it’s a brewery that just work with me. Just not my thing.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 In short: An original dry fruity dark ale. Good but a bit off. This is no Bam Bičre.
How: Montreal-crew sour-beer tasting. Bottle from Beerbuzzmontreal.
The look: Dark brown body with a medium beige head
In long: The aroma was a mix of raisins and this weird rubber/new toy smell. Body was very fluffy to the point of feeling a bit empty. Taste is dry, a bit woody, prune juice and a little wet ashes. Sounds off… and it was. Not a bad beer at all but compared to its sister the Bam Bičre (one of my favourite beer ever) this is a big letdown. Strong yeast presence but very little of that funkiness that I expect from a Jolly Pumpkin especially one bearing the name Bam. I guess being black and being funky at the same time is just not possible. With folk singers it’s the other way around.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 750ml bottle--Poured a light black-brown body with a beige-tan head. Sour nose with hints of spicy and floral fruits. Lactic acid flavor, tart and grassy. Lemony and roasty. A strange complexity that is not so sessionable, but quite interesting and unique. Easy to appreciate.
puzzl (3237) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 from jjpm/beastiefan/MJ’s rare beer club. A disappointment, coming form JP. Very buttery oak aroma with lactose and minerals. Blunt buttery oak in the flavor with a tropical fruit explosion and a light, dry finish. Not doing it for me.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown pour with a tan head. The nose is pretty lactic. Very lightly flavored. Subtle spiciness with nice malt character. Dry.
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. pours a dark copper brown with a sizable off-white head that sticks around and laces a bit. wow, smell is straight funk at first, it sort of smells like minestrone, a bit spicy and red-vegetably. i have certainly never smelled a beer like this. very earthy taste with a slight acidic note. hints of more funk and some dark roasted malts. finishes with a bit of sourness that builds up over time, little to no bitterness, and only a touch of sweetness. great creamy medium light mouthfeel, but a rather boring palate. decent carbonation. very different and interesting beer. complex, but not terribly tasty for me. i’m glad i tried it, but i won’t be seeking it out again.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, dark clear bronze with a light, bubbly, beige head. Very horsey/bretty nose. Flavor has notes of wood, light grassy/herbal hops, brett, lemon, vinegar and some toastiness as well. Very well-attenuated and dry - light bodied with a very lively, bubbly carbonation. Good stuff.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(11/3/07, 750ml bottle, thanks kmweaver) Creamy medium beige head, lightly hazed cola body. Aroma is medium sweet, sour cherry/brett, some wood. Taste is medium sweet, brett, some oak, cherry, chocolate, moderate dryness. Light-medium body, minimal acidity, somewhat watery.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Musty dryness and roasted mushrooms ride the frothy effervescence of this lightly tart and peppery Saison.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the reddish dark brown.
-Drinkability is sky high, as in most Jolly Pumpkins for that matter, but the flavor profile in this one does not compel one to have another bottle. I’d stick to the regular Bam Biere.
-A meaty personality rises from the roastiness and toastiness.
-After a phenomenal bottle of Oro de Calabaza and an excellent La Roja, this one seemed to lack that certain magic inherent to Ron Jeffries’ creations.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark hazy red, almost opaque, with a nice lasting white head. Aroma is spicy, with hints of tangy and sour cherries. Light maltiness. Taste has a solid toasted and roasty malt core. Cinnamon and other light spices. Hints of fruity hops. Finish is bitter, dark. Great body on this one, light and frothy.