bwstud (2) - Park City, Utah, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A brilliant offering from Jolly Pumpkin.
Bam Noire pours a thick, opaque auburn with bright copper around the edges. A one and a half finger head rose readily to the top of a pint glass. Fine bubbles. 6-7 minutes into drinking there is still a thin layer of fizz.
The aroma of this beer is lovely. Lots going on. Nose warrants repeated examinations. Currant, golden raisin and bing cherry lead the charge. Keep smelling and you’ll get dark sorghum and a faint, sour/metallic note. A pop of miso reminds me of a soy-sherry reduction.
Flavors develop nicely around the tongue. Tart cherry and a sour profile are the stars riding a light malt background. That sour start fades into a full expression of old ranch living: worked leather and yellow straw. Long, subtle, dark fruit finish. Important to note that the sourness is not overwhelming or abrasive. Quite mild, in fact.
In terms of mouthfeel this beer can be summed up in a word: rich. Medium body and sublime, silky carbonation. Bam Noire’s sour astringency reminds you your drinking something on the wild side. An extremely pleasing experience.
At the end of the day this stand-out from Jolly Pumpkin is a hell of a lot of fun. A chewy and rewarding bottle for those familiar to the world of sour beer but also an excellent potential introduction for the uninitiated. Recommended drinking.
BlackHaddock (4251) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
24th Jan 2015: shared bottle at the Cotteridge Wines meet. Poured a hazy, cloudy brown body with a weak head. Sour notes from the start , fruity, yeasty and notes of dirty farmyards in both the aroma and taste. Not my sort of thing, but a fine example of a Saison.
EithCubes (5104) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
25.4oz bottle, Batch 920 Bottled 10-18-2011, so 3.25+ years ago. Nose is lightly sweet but quite tart with lactic, lots of floral and lightly lavender tones. Pours deep amber-ruby with a large rocky tan head. Taste is sweet and tart but not particularly sour, all kinds of dry Brett scratchiness, some earth and black pepper, old leafy greens that have faded; body thinned out significantly (actually quite dry from the attenuation perspective), need to get some wheat and oats into this jawn. Touch dust, hay, wood but not roast at all at this point,.not getting any "noir" character to distinguish this from a generic, accidentally soured saison. Will happily seek a fresh bottle, but for now this stands as a misstep from JP.
KapitiCritique (353) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - JAN 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
big taste, medium head, cold - so nose was subdued. slightly spritzy, longish fhinish, sour--acidic, slightly murky--unfiltered, deep brown colour, excellent
imdownthepub (10768) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, sampled at The Cotteridge Wines Convention, supplied by mR_fr0g many thanks. Hazy to cloudy amber with slight head. I had a sour sweetcorn note from this, if that is possible, some sourish fruit. A heavy beer for a saison in my eyes. Not really sure about it.
Garrold (1902) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share. Cotteridge Beano. Hazy brown. Light, sour fruit. Taste is much the same. Too much fizz. Dry finish.
RichTheVillan (3702) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Cotteridge wine convention; cloudy brown pour with a big beige head, caramel, straw and coconut aroma, taste has light funk, brett, some dark malts, and some toast.
Beersiveknown (3442) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 25, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at cotteridge tasting 24/1/15, cheers!
hazy dark amber brown, frothy tan head, earthy dry wheat, lively carbonation, barnyard notes, sweet, carbonic bite.
tommann (2921) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Pours hazy dark orange with a large head. Aroma is farmhouse vanilla and a little pepper. Taste is peppery with burnt toast.
unclemike (2339) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a red/chestnut color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, cocoa, light wild yeast, and coriander. Taste of light roast, dark fruits, toffee, brett, with some leather, and a lightly sour finish I gotta get more of this
tectactoe (2511) - Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Murky copper with dark brown towards the center. Extremely fluffy beige head; cloud-like & lasting forever. A touch of fruitiness to the nose with a backdrop of funk, old cork, & barnyard hay. Some apples, maybe a little red grape. Funk grows stronger with time. Sourness up front in the flavor but it mellows out very quickly then sweeps into a strong funkiness. Light berries, a touch of peach. Huge musty, funky, corky tones... Hay, mildew-y wood, & old cheese rind. The funk dominates the latter 80% of the brew with an extremely dry finish full of old driftwood, barnyard floor, & cheese. Not a bad brew but probably one of my least favorite from JP. Just doesn’t have the lovely balance they usually exhibit. A little too over the top with the dryness & funk.
Had a 2007 bottle, aged nearly 7 years thanks to Jeff. More acidic up front but still tons of that woody, cotton-like funk. It was probably the driest beer I’ve ever had. Finished like antimatter sucking the protons from your mouth. Estimated FG of 0.996 holy shit. Probably enjoyed this aged bottle better than fresh, but this is still a weaker link in JP’s portfolio.