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.
Andrew196 (1204) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2016
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very murky, brown with yellowed edges. Thick frothy, cream colored head, very resilient. Very pungent aroma, sour taffy, barnyard, unripened banana. A bit disappointing on the follow through...the sourness yielded to a weird malty flatness....notes of tobacco.
Mattburns (114) - USA - JAN 22, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The highlight of this beer, for me, was the malt. Once the musky farmhouse flavours subside, a roasty, smooth, almost caramel malt flavour comes through. Really yum and moreish
ippopotamo36 (1081) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 21, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased at Hoppiness Beer store in Capodistria-Slovenia, drunk in Kosovo. Pours proper chestnut skin color with some amber-ruby highlights, creamy ivory head with retention...a bit gassy too. Nose: some red fruit a bit over ripe, syrup, leather and ultimately some funky. Mouth: carbo is medium to high, a bit bretty-farmhouse, rich funky palate, bit nutty. A more than decent black "farmhouse" saison for those who like sour character.
Manslow (752) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 3, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Butelka Kolor ciemnobursztynowy, piana średnia, szybko opada. Aromat owocowy, wiśniowy, trochę czekolady i to samo w smaku, piwo wytrawne a na podniebieniu dochodzi goryczka Bardzo dobre.
BiddleBrau (1078) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Slight haze, brown off-white hugely dense rocky head. Musty horse blanket aroma. Thin palate, tart, dry and musty flavor. A bit to much to the musty farmhouse side to my liking without the malt backbone.
Vignale (2850) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska från boxbeer.dk drucken med ölföreningen. 2012 vintage. Skummar rejält ur flaskan. Lätt kropp, ganska torr trots viss sötma, lätt (för bryggeriet) syrlighet. Mest träiga smaker, kryddig ceder, lite jordig, tobak, aningen bär. Trevlig men jag har fortfarande svårt för mörka saisoner.
SG111 (809) - New York, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the brewpub, Detroit. Pours slightly murky brown, white/beige head. Aroma is really nice funky sour note, some dark fruits, grapes, prunes. Flavor is similar, nice and tart with the dark fruits and some malt as well. Really nice. I like it.
Klimaet (1086) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Mikkeller Bar Aarhus. Pours dark brown with a big white head. Aromas of soap, malt, tart citrus, light licorice, coriander, esters. Taste is citrussy, esters, licorice, malt, chocolate, brett.
BrownALEx (382) - Portland, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2015
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
I’m not a sour fan so take this with a grain of salt. I don’t not like the taste nor do I like the aroma. Palate is thin and overall its not my pint of beer.
geologyguy (1165) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2015
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Very very light smell that is a touch sour smelling and a bit like tobacco....taste is way way lighter than expected...light sourness and all water....no taste here...thought it would be much heavier...sour water