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.
CaptainBoosh (37) - - DEC 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours medium dark brown with a lot of persistent off white head. Aroma is funky, sour, rotten hay. Taste is pleasantly musty, sour wheat, acidic. Very carbonated, effervescent mouthfeel. Not overly "dark" but a good farmhouse style ale.
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llkc (492) - århus, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
duft: koriander. sødme. sulfu. ribs. svag stal
smag: sødme. svag syre, blomster lidt karamel. parifymieret
jerseyjohn71 (212) - corsicana, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2014
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
dark????? sour , tart, watery, red hue, olive juice, bitter bite , white foamy as hell ,,, bottle in fridge foamed when un caped,,, too much co2,, floral, hazy, rocky head, medium bitterness, heavily sour, medium body, fizzy, bitter, long finish,
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle -
Just an amazing beer full of funky/tart goodness, yet still so drinkable and enjoyable. Shared w/ my brother while smoking som babybacks for the Raider tailgate. Aroma was dusty, slightly citrusy with some pear/apple juice with some light malt-vinegar note. Totally different that what one would expect looking at a beer as dark as this. Creamy dense white head, milky with a black body. Musty flavor, dry with just a touch of funky/citrus. Very light touch of roasty-dry bitterness comes thru. Really a beautiful session beer. Easy to drink large amounts of this.
JHeath99 (1170) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by friends. Pours a super hazy brown with tan head. Aroma and taste of spice, funk, pine, and dark fruits.
JDBaker11058 (1366) - Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: medium brown, lightly clouded, with a short, creamy light tan head. Aroma: toasted brown bread, earthy funk, wet wood. Taste: saison barnyard funk with a hint of brett, a bit roasty and toasty with darker malts, a hint of Belgian waffle and pine nut . Finish: typical JP finish--slightly sour and funky, but with lingering toasted bread notes to darken it up. Notes: Thought this was a really creative darker saison. A little toasty to go with the usual JP funk. Enjoyable. On draught at Victoria’s Gastropub, Columbia, Maryland.
Caytinator (966) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle. Pours a murky dark brown color, translucent, with a big ’ol puffy white head that lingers forever. Good lacing/adhesion. Aroma is definitely sour, some brett sourness and a hint of spice. Taste matches, sour, with a tinge of roasted malt. Palate is slightly thin, and has an unsatisfying bitter finish that I think is lacking. Not the greatest overall but interesting nonetheless -- also a terrible description by the brewery.
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this is a pretty cool beer. of course it has the standard funky/sour/wild aspect that pretty much all JP beers have in common...and that’s a good thing. the dark malt lends a bit of sweetness and body too, but after that there’s nothing to it. little follow through. another good beer from them, but so far only the LaRoja was great!"
Beergeek23322 (2493) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
9/26/2014. From bottle. Cloudy brown with a massive off-white head. Funky yeast aromas with hints of oak, dark fruit and spices. Sugary flavors, still tart and spicy with a sour finish.
Geokkjer (6016) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a huge beige head. Aroma of malt, funk, caramel and spices. Flavor is sweet and funky with some brown sugar, caramel and spices. Medium body, average carbonation.