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RATINGS: 715   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2007
12 ounce bottle from Brad
Served in my La Chouffe glass.
Pours dark transparant brown with a thick off white head.
The aroma is saw dust, wet wool, blended spices, and a smidge of citrus rind.
I donít get much flavor here. Its mostly a touch of brett tartness, but it takes more than that to trip my trigger.
Light body. High carbonation. Dry finish. Easy to drink.
This beer had a lot of potential for me until I actually took a drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4917) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2007
Bottle courtesy of jjpm74: Poured a clear dark black color ale with a big foamy head with perfect retention and perfect lacing. Aroma of dry hops with loads of Brett is really enjoyable and classic Jolly Pumpkins. Taste is also dominated by some nice Brett flavours with some light sweetness and huge Belgian malt. Body is above average with some great carbonation. Complex beer with some nice controls of the funky aromas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2007
750ml from Michael Jacksonís Rare Beer Club. I wasnít sure exactly how the gritty, dry Bam Biere would work in red wine bottles. Overall itís quite enjoyable. When I first tried this about six months ago it seemed that flavors were clashing too much. But with just a bit of age on it, thereís a deep musky quality, and the farmhouse funk has integrated well with the dark red grapes. Nice stuff, even if not JPís best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 15, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2008 12 Oz Bottle. Tart vinous red cherry aroma. Dabblings of balsamic vinegar and italian cherry syrup. Really heavy on the fruit. Apple flesh, dense, sweet fruitcake and distant spice. Nice. Pours a shiningly clear deep blood ruby. Excellently sustaining soft soap on top; lightly off-white. Flavor is a generally a wash of the aroma, but then something strangely butter and soft rolls through. A rather confused flavor profile. Thereís indecision between bright fruitiness, musky spice, and deep earth. Oak draws out the back end. Thereís an off-note in there that waffles between a real gritty pork fat and Frangelico. Itís pretty quiet and seems to fade as I drink, leaving what plays as a lightly spice, somewhat watery oaked JP strain. A nice noble hop leaf crisps out with the woody sensation. I think a little more sugar or tartness would make this feel more rounded and balanced. Thereís just a few components missing. Still. Am I complaining about drinking a Jolly Pumpkin? No, not really, just pointing out that this doesnít hold up to Ronís other work. Further down the bottle, some dust and yeast bitterness perks up. Always enjoyable to try yet another. Thanks Sean!
Re-rates from 1 year old bottles. Let’s face it, Jolly Pumpkin is underrated. This beer is great. There’s a big flush of tropical fruits, dry cottony brett and interesting malt contributions. It’s supremely drinkable and it’s fresh-tasting. It’s great. I can’t believe I gave this beer a 3.7.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2893) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Bottle Pours out a very nice dark amber topped with a tan head. A nice aroma of sweet fruit. Tast was great. Some fruit, wood and yeast. Very good Saison. Thanks Jordan

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2007
12oz bottle thanks to Artosory: Pours to a dark brown-amber colored body with a small tan head. When held to the light the body appears clear with no sediment visible. The aroma shows a bit of sour cherry, sour apple, wood, apple butter, and hints of a sweet apple cider. Taste is apple butter & sourness up front, then showing a bit of bitter walnut flesh, grapefruit rind, and sour herbal yeast notes, and sour oak. Finishes with extended sour oak/tart unripened strawberry flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2740) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Bottle: Dark amber with ruby tones, smaller sandy colored head. Aromas of sweetness and fruit, hints of spice. Flavor is spicey and light, before moving into some maltiness. A little woody. Nice crisp, zing in the tail. Thanks Jordan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2634) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Bottle pours a slightly hazy dark amber brown. Modest off white head. Dark pitted fruit, apple butter and a little smoke on the nose. More brown sugar, sloghtly sweet malt. Sour trailer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Bottle: Dark mahogany color, light thin head and nice lacing. Nose of day-after-fireworks (sulfur), sweet candied cherries; obligatory yeast and ester. A bit of sage and rye, a touch of aged herbal yeast. The flavor is balanced with a balmy mouthfeel, plenty of spicy herbs, sweet lavender and wheat. Some special B licorice mug wort type of thing going on in the tail, tart and zesty. Nice, oak and cherry in the tail. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2007
12oz bottle. Aroma: Lots of malt up front. Toasted bread, grainy malt, nuts. A whiff of oak and vanilla before the sour/funk come in. Lemon, green apple, dusty basement, and slight barnyard note. Appearance: Pours a deep and cloudy reddish brown. Off-white head was full and creamy with great retention. Great lacing. Flavor: Some lightly roasted maltiness upfront with flavors of bread and nuts. Sourness moves in fast, but isnít overwhelming. Lemon, apple, cherry, dusty, and slight sweaty funk. Getting some oak into the finish. Palate: Medium-light bodied and watery. Medium high carbonation. Overall: Slightly disappointing. Regular Bam is a favorite of mine, so I had high expectations. Thin body and a flavor that never really came together. Maybe some age will help.

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