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.
freekyp (1949) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2016
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Capped with a medium off-white head aloft atop a brass colored hazy brown body, Bam Noire is quite sour with some herby earth notes, and hints of smokiness. Too sour for my tastes.
HourGlass13 (626) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark brown color, with a medium off white head. Aroma has some roastiness, lost in sour wine notes. Taste is mildly sweet upfront, yeasty with a moderate sour wine feel. Not my thing.
rougeau13 (2630) - Richmond, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark clear reddish amber. Aroma of tart fruit, cola, funk, and toast. Tastes yeasty and lightly sweet and bitter. Medium bodied, dry.
jonas (6863) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tart lactic aroma
Medium light body, dry, light fruitiness and roast, quick finish, not super eventful
ehaak26 (123) - - OCT 1, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at HopCat. Dark brown with decent head. Aroma included malt and maybe some fruit. Palate was very thin. Taste was slightly tart.
PanMarek (267) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, malty nose with some mustiness, dried fruit and cherry or berry. Pours dark ruby brown with thick, white, quick foam. Tart first flavors with moderate fizz and a slightly phenol finish. Medium / light body with saline notes and a sour and dry finish. It has a distinct vinous profile that matches the lightness of the body; combined with the saline flavors it becomes a little vinegary. The brett yeast is muted, but becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.
Marko (4989) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 10, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At the MBR Sour Beer tasting. Thanks Dassa Gozza! Poured a dark amber/brown body. Funky, mild aroma, slightly sweetish. Extremely light taste, liiight red wine barrel (I guess?), some mild peppery bitterness, slightly tart and extremely light. Did I say it was light? It was. A huge disappointment.
fiulijn (19385) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
Dark amber color, opaque. Vinegary beer, some caramel, moderate acidity. Light fruits.
Why this beer?
SlovakSniper (5191) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Belle saison qui exhibe des flaveurs de malts noirs avec des notes citronnées et des petits fruits sauvages. La bouche est facile, jamais aqueuse, fabriquée pour ma grande soif du moment. Bien étonnante. Ma 5000ième bière sur RB. Drôle de choix, n’est-ce pas?
muzzlehatch (4835) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #27. 12 ounce bottle, consumed (I believe) in some hotel room in Michigan towards the end of July, 2008. Typical JP enormous fluffy head topping a dark mocha, nearly impenetrable body...big roasty, dark sour cherry, toasty malts, light funkiness in the aroma...hints of chocolate in the fairly yeasty/bready, light, dry body...stony fruits, again just a light barnyard funkiness. I remember for years trying to get this again when it wasn’t distributed in VT; now coming across this rating and having had a few other JP in the last couple of years that I wasn’t wowed by, I’m wondering if this will leave me cold on a re-taste, I seem to be one of the high raters on it - and I don’t usually love these so-called black saisons. Hmmm. Have to look around, re-tasting pending; but I have to go with my impressions as written down just now.