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RATINGS: 779   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2007
12 oz bottle-Secret Santa-Pours a dark, cloudy color w/a good size tan foamy head w/lasts thru the brew. Had quite a few floaters. Flavors of dark fruit & plum, Has a wine like flavor to it w/a bit of a citrus afterbite & some woodsy overtones. Almost a little bit of a Bourbon/Port type finish. Good Stuff.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Pours dark brown with a moderate head. Very little of an aroma. Flavor is mildly tart with some hop bitterness. Flavors are warm with some qualities of darker fruits. Thin mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2007
750 from batch #250. Horizontal with bam biere and leelanau whaleback white. Clear dark/red that is like a flemish sour and off-white head/beige head. Aroma has a surprisingly large amout of coffee roast with oak and subtle spice. I swear I also get coffee in the flavor with that typical JP oak, cherry and other red fruit and a little sweeter than bam biere. Medium bodied and hotly carbonated. An interesting beer for sure, but not the monumental beer I was looking for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Pours pure black, until held up to the light, when you see it is actually a muddy dark brown, with some significant haze. Aroma is dark fruits, with the musty, earthiness you expect from a saison or farmhouse ale, only this one is dark. The is also some tartness in the background of the aroma. Flavor is tart, musty and fruity, with very little malt. Some hop character, but subdued. Finish is complex, with a tartness and some fruit and must. A black saison, very interesting change of pace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tjthresh (1867) - 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 (5737) - 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 (3203) - Ithaca, New York, 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 (5483) - 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.

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