BigBeer45 (1251) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. Bottle: Pours a dark brown that is brown amber around the edges (a dark ruby when held up to
light), off-white head that dissipates to a ring around the mouth of the glass,
Jolly Pumpkin sour woody aroma with some funk fragrance, dark malt that reminds me of the Madrugada
Obscura but not as intense, dark roasted malts in the background, faint coffee grounds in the background,
some berry fragrance engulfed in a sour tartness, grapefruit fragrance,
flavor is of the typical JP sour on the tongue, sour apple, faint wood,
some roasted malt flavor, there some fruit-berry flavor towards the finish,
and a grapefruit citrus kick in the finish to make the palate dry,
citrus sour puts a tingle in my nose with almost every sip,
soft spice flavor and also hints of flavor from the JP ’Madrugada Obscura’,
it is faint but there, roasted malt and faint burnt bitter chocolate,
carbonated and light on the palate, a dark thirst quenching ale.
Nephilium (1356) - Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice funk aroma, some sourness, some oak, and some fruit. It pours a hazy reddish-brown, with a thin white head on it. Crisp tart flavor, nice and refreshing. Seems to be pretty much what they say. Bam Biere, just darker.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. Poured a slightly hazy brown color with some red shining through. Head was light tan with good retention and lacing. Aroma was of white wine, clove, and subdued roasted malt. As with all of the Jolly Pumpkin offerings I’ve tried in the past, this was one was also very effervescent. Lightly acidic and dry on the tongue with flavors of white wine, burnt firewood, and dilute vinegar. Thin mouth feel. Very thin.
mabel (5762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[592-20070908] 1pt9.4floz @ Sourfest 2007 (Buffalo, NY, w/ rudolf, frylock, IPFreely, jerc, swoopjones). Woody musk aroma with funky yeast and light poo. Hazy, dark brown body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Medium woody notes in the flavour with hints of smoky cigarettes. Medium body is a little sour. Surprisingly mild, despite the description above.
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mucho thanks to Swoopjones for sharing. Rich brown, light brown head. Nose is JP funk & cocoa, light fruitiness, brown sugar. Flavor is JP funk, lightly tart plum, smoke, lemon. Lemony butterscotch finish with some fruit going on.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a brown color out of the bottle. Had been looking forward to trying this one. Smelled slightly sour, with some fruit in their as well. Tasted of lighter fruit, earthy, woody, some definite funk, not nearly as much as other JP’s though. I really enjoyed this beer. Thought it was very nicely balanced. A gateway into the world of sours for sure.
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Michael Jackson Rare Beer Club - 750mL with a crown. Dirty brown pour. Small fizzy tan head. Nose is sour and funky. Tart fruits, wet wood, damp basement and funky yeast notes. Taste is sour but reserved. Softer sour fruit notes, more woody flavors, some light earthiness, dusty yeast/cobwebs and dry malts. Body is thinner with moderate carbonation. Ends with more sour fruit, wild, funky yeast, cobwebs, wet wood and light maltiness. Nice but I’m not sure this is a saison.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured into tulip. pours a clear brown with mild head. sour wild yeast aroma. crisp mouthfeel of carbonation. sour wild yeast presence thruought with a good mild finish. full bodied tart finish.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2007
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
750ml Bottle, MJ Rare Beer Club: Yet another JP beer that I just don’t see the fascination with. Pours murky brown with a solid tan head. The nose is subtle, with notes of vinegar and caramel and light plummy malt. The body is thin and watery from start to finish. I can appreciate delicate beers, but this just tastes like acidic water to me. Some roasted coffee, wet firewood and apple esthers if you really dig. Finishes mildly sour. Just blah.
jcr (2205) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark reddish-brown pour with two fingers of tan head that settles into fizzy pools. The aroma is funky yeasty sour with notes of sweet fruits and caramel — plum and raisin. There are hints of coffee. The flavor is sour and tart with some sweetness. Moderately acidic. Watery texture, but refreshing. The finish leaves a nice tart aftertaste. The difference between this and Jolly Pumpkin’s bam biere is that the heavy brit astringency of the bam bier is missing which is why I like this much better. Very good.