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.
Scopey (4697) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at December Watford Tasting, thanks to Matteo. It pours dark brown with a thick, light tan head. The nose is toast, barnyard, light tartness, juicy apple, pear and a touch of spice. The taste is toast, light roast, funk, tart lemon, green apple, sherbet, parma violets and some spice with a dry finish. Medium body, fine carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Smooth, tart and tasty. Enjoyable.
tightslice (74) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 71 (5-14-2013). Musty and dry moldy fruit bones on the nose. Tastes slightly haunted and unpleasant at first. Definitely opens up more after sitting (as other reviewers have mentioned) to some fruit leather and cocoa powder, but ultimately this is light, dry, bitter and underwhelming. To be fair I poured this immediately after indulging in the blessed beast that is Rouchefort’s Trappistes 8. I’m also not a huge fan of the Saison/Farmhouse genre AND I was expecting a lot from Jolly Pumpkin (way up there on the ACB RB charts).
JanLaursen (2519) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaske, 33 cl. Rødbrun. Beige, frodigt skum. Frisk, syrlig, let mælket næse. Stikkelsbær. Let krop. Som en schwartzbeer med let brett. Høj drinkabillity og en vis vinøsitet.
ericdevin (472) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Stumbling Monk, Seattle. Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown, decent amount of quickly dissipating cream colored head. Aroma roasty, slight esters, cocoa. Body light, lively, with a hint of spice. Finish is smooth and delicious, little to no bitterness. Were it not for cost, a great session beer.
radarsock (650) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From label: "Batch 614; Bottled 8-19-10". Before I describe how this saison tasted, I’d just like to mention that Jolly Pumpkin release ale was a gusher, in every sense of the word. Thankfully, I didn’t spill any on the carpet or on the cat in which it laid. This is a yeasty farmhouse ale with notes of caramel, fried pear skins, green apples, and some lavender, but I had wait 9+ minutes after decanting to experience more flavor from my glass. A little tobacco, toffee, and gingerbread past the 9+ minute mark alongside a pleasurable growing warmth with undertastes of sticky hops and corn. Lactose, pineapple, and lactobacillus at swallow. Still, this is hardly a complex beer. Because there’s more than three flavors in this doesn’t means it’s great; it only means that I could accurately pick out those flavors. Not bad -- I quite enjoyed the creeping coziness on this one-- but the tangs definitely needed improving.
Davhgbrew (752) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
A dark saison huh..well, aroma of sour fruit and cherries. Huge frothy tan head. Sips light like a framboise with its consistency and flavor. Does have a bit of that barnyard/cellar flavor that u find in the saisons. Fruity and sour.
_angst_ (2093) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought someplace I don’t remember. Pours hazy reddish black with a huge frothy mocha head that slowly dissipates while leaving some soapy lacing and trace on the glass. Smell is funky, tannic and spicy with crackers, biscuits, roasted malts, lemon juice, unflavoured yoghurt, lemon zest, black pepper corns, allspice, dark roast coffee, hay, dry soil, leather, cocoa powder. pumpernickel bread, dry wood, dark grapes and hints of red wine. Taste is sour, funky, tannic, spicy and malty with roasted malts, crackers, biscuits, caramel, lemon juice, unflavoured yoghurt, lemon zest, sour milk, hay, dry soil, black pepper corns, allspice, cloves, dark roast coffee, cocoa powder, dark grapes, lychee and hints of cheap red wine. Mouthfeel is dry, tart, velvety and light to medium bodied. Finish is sour with roasted malts, lemon juice, sour milk, black pepper corns, dark roast coffee, hay, moist wood and hints of caramel and cheap red wine. Tasty funky dark saison that fit the pumpkinseed pesto baked salmon it was served with very well.
Fritz123 (570) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Sybarite Pig in Boca Raton. Snifter. Deep amber pour with one finger white head. Some sporadic lacing. Aroma of bread, barn, Brett, fruits, and candy. Taste is funky barnyard, crackers, salt, light fruits, sour yeasts. Not really a sour but a sour saison. Medium body. Dry, sour finish. Pretty good.
Gerbeer (1252) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with very light head. Aromas of brett, biscuits, and sugar. Flavors of green wood, sour candy, and resin. Very sharp and sour at first with a mellower finish. Weak for a sour - very sour for a Saison. Certainly not the later even though this style may not have a good definition. Interesting anyways.
arkurzynski (1292) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy red brown pour. Heavy carbonation, yellow tan head. Nose is bready toasted malt, floral apple/cherry, and yeasty spice. Flavor is biscuity/bread malt, lightly toasted with a light cider tartness. Faint roast. A bit heavy-handed on the carbonation. Abrupty cuts the flavor and palate. Dry. A little residual toast, cider, and cherry.