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.
northropfrye (2418) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was so thin, flat and watery that I felt maybe the bar was doing something wrong. I really don’t know. Has a slightly tart and fruity flavour, but very subdued. Finishes dry and vinous. But all of this is not very pronounced. Unexpected for a good brewery like Jolly Pumpkin. I’ll have to try this again if I have the chance.
gunnfryd (11759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
KØLF 190914. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is malt, funk, caramel, spices. Flavour is dry, sourish, hop, malt, yeast, apple, sugar, funk, caramel, spices. Nice beer.
Minderbinder (2222) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy mahogany (or very dark amber) with a huge frothy light-beige head. Intense lacing. Aroma is of bretts, soap, mangos, weird vanilla. Taste is of bretts, fruits, bitterness, soap. Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Nothing stellar.
mathieuc (1731) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a medium brown with a high and foamy offwhite/dirty head that leaves moderate lacing. Nose is of brett and roasted malt, not really enticing. Taste is of roasted malt, husky and tartness is really low. Body was medium, carbonation medium-high and I thought it wasn’t too tasty (unlike your usual Jolly Pumpkin). Overall an OK beer but not much more.
tom10101 (3386) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (750 ml) bought @ Winooski Beverage Warehouse. Split with the Québec crew.
Appearance: Clear copper / light brown with a huge bubbly off-white head leaving good lacing.
Aroma: Mild roasted malts along brettanomyces, hints of red fruits, lemony notes and a tiny bit of oak.
Taste: Light roasted malt presence along brettanomyces, light herbal notes, a touch of oak, mild fruitiness and mild lemony presence.
Palate: Light body. Medium carbonation. Foamy/areated mouthfeel and a bit watery. Moderately dry finish.
Overall: Not really complex (the low abv Jolly Pumpkin are usually at least a little more deep than this one). Easily drinkable, but it’s still way more without the roasted malts (regular Bam Biere). Decent / good.
czar (5018) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks bro! pours hazy/cloudy very light brown orange with a rocky and almost dirty beige head, good retention and strong lacing. cherry brettiness, some leather, lightly buttery barrels, lemony, zesty saizohn-ish and quite spicy too, bitter herbs and pepper. lively/foamy carbonation, light body - watery; lightly tart and astringent, dry woodsy-grassy-spicy finish. o-k.
TH28 (186) - - FEB 28, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Appearance: Clear brown with deep orange and ruby highlights, with a small white foam cap.
Aroma: Lactic acid dominates the aroma with a slight hint of toasted malt.
Taste: Very little malt character, as the lactic acid overruns the flavor, with hints of lemon and apple. Tart acidity is strong but pleasant. Very one dimensional taste.
Mouthfeel: Light and thin, with moderate carbonation.
Finish: A bracing acidity and tartness with no apparent maltiness.
Overall: Very similar to Weizen Bam in that the beer is very one dimensional with the lactic acid dominating the flavor profile, with no definitive malt profile. While I like the pleasant acidity of JP beers, there seems to be no differentiation between beers because the malt profile is nonexistent.
freeofthoughts (680) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap pours a hazelnut brown with tall near khaki foam. A pleasant funky Belgian sour aroma. While the nose was great the flavor leaves a lot to be desired. Light all around, dark malts leave a roasted bitterness, the funky near Flanders red aroma never really shows much of any sourness. It’s enjoyable but overall a very mild Belgian brown ale with wheat.
47574xeCD (431) - God’s Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle Share at Cotteridge Convention 24/01/15
Poured a hazy brown unattractive beer, with cream head. Hints of malted milk biscuit, bitter finish otherise bland.
s_hartshorne (2025) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle cotteridge pissup. Brown froty white head. Aroma fruity yeasty taste same decent sourness. Prickly carbonation. Decent stuff.