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.
TH28 (182) - - 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 (408) - 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 (2003) - 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.
The_Osprey (2416) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at Cotteridge Wines. Pale brown, cloudy, big off-white head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, sour. Body is medium, low carbonation, pretty foamy in the mouth. Taste is tangy biscuity malt, earthy, soft bitterness.
BlackHaddock (4391) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
24th Jan 2015: shared bottle at the Cotteridge Wines meet. Poured a hazy, cloudy brown body with a weak head. Sour notes from the start , fruity, yeasty and notes of dirty farmyards in both the aroma and taste. Not my sort of thing, but a fine example of a Saison.
EithCubes (5138) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
25.4oz bottle, Batch 920 Bottled 10-18-2011, so 3.25+ years ago. Nose is lightly sweet but quite tart with lactic, lots of floral and lightly lavender tones. Pours deep amber-ruby with a large rocky tan head. Taste is sweet and tart but not particularly sour, all kinds of dry Brett scratchiness, some earth and black pepper, old leafy greens that have faded; body thinned out significantly (actually quite dry from the attenuation perspective), need to get some wheat and oats into this jawn. Touch dust, hay, wood but not roast at all at this point,.not getting any "noir" character to distinguish this from a generic, accidentally soured saison. Will happily seek a fresh bottle, but for now this stands as a misstep from JP.
KapitiCritique (367) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - JAN 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
big taste, medium head, cold - so nose was subdued. slightly spritzy, longish fhinish, sour--acidic, slightly murky--unfiltered, deep brown colour, excellent
imdownthepub (10875) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, sampled at The Cotteridge Wines Convention, supplied by mR_fr0g many thanks. Hazy to cloudy amber with slight head. I had a sour sweetcorn note from this, if that is possible, some sourish fruit. A heavy beer for a saison in my eyes. Not really sure about it.
Garrold (2029) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share. Cotteridge Beano. Hazy brown. Light, sour fruit. Taste is much the same. Too much fizz. Dry finish.