hiddenvariable (207) - 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 (1556) - Ashburn, 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 (12033) - 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 (8492) - 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.
adrian910ss (2419) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark coppery color with a medium frosty beige head. Aroma of wine, rooting wood, spice and yeast. Taste is leathery with a lemon zesty feel and hints of spice and wet wood. Has a tobbaco-ey finish. Not bad.
Brigadier (3225) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle
Thanks to whomever gave this in a recent hand to hand trade. I have a 750 that I was considering opening soon. After trying this I may still do so; however I’m going to find some people to share it with. While it is far from mediocre I found it a bit of a let down coming from Dexter. On the other hand because this is the weakest thing they’ve brewed in the past five years Jolly Pumpkin is still one of the best breweries in the country.
Aroma / Appearance - A one finger sandy head lingered over a body the color of red wood stain. Apple sauce, spice and cherry twizzlers play against the wood and dark Hershey’s chocolate. It’s not a weak set of aromas but it just lacks the complexity I’ve come to expect.
Flavor / Palate - The typical Jolly Pumpkin funkiness is complimented by sourness and blackberries. Peanut butter and chocolate sandwiches tickle the throat before a finish of licorice. I was all excited to try this after having the Bam Biere but the other is a better beer. This isn’t bad it just is a little bit of a letdown. It’s still worth a try if you know what to expect beforehand.
pineypower (2721) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to jimbowood for this one, 750ml bottle. Pours out dark brown with a thin white head. Aroma of yeast, wood and an earthy/leathery hint. Taste is complex and although a bit watery it is more of a mouthfeel than you’d expect from a 4.5% beer. Flavors of yeast, oak, caramel and slight earthy/toffee notes on the finish.
Beaver (1443) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a brownish tea color with a thin white head that quickly recedes to a thin film. It has lots of big yeast sediment.
The aroma is musty yeast , grains, toffee and some tart fruits.
The flavor is some chocolate malts, musty yeast and a little zippy lemon twang. The mouthfeel is light to medium and kind of watery.
Overall, a nice easy drinking and refreshing beer. I’d make it a regular if it wasn’t so expensive ($14.50 a six pack).
TheEpeeist (3520) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Muddy brown with a small tan head. Nose of cinnamon, nutmeg and banana. Underlying sour cherry. Lightly sour lemon-lime bubbles fill the mouth. Soft oaky caramel and cloves dry into green melon rind. Very nice, very drinkable.