Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2008
750ml bottle from BevMo! La Mesa. Pours pure black, until held up to the light, when you see it is actually a muddy dark brown, with some significant haze. Aroma is dark fruits, with the musty, earthiness you expect from a saison or farmhouse ale, only this one is dark. The is also some tartness in the background of the aroma. Flavor is tart, musty and fruity, with very little malt. Some hop character, but subdued. Finish is complex, with a tartness and some fruit and must. A black saison, very interesting change of pace.
shigadeyo (3764) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2008
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2008
6/11/2008: Bam Noire (Dark Farmhouse Ale) is a light cola brown color with a large, fluffy light tan-colored head. The usual funky and tart Jolly Pumpkin aroma is accompanied by roasted malt and balsamic vinegar. The flavor is roasty and a bit on the dry (ashy-like) side. The sourness/tartness and acidity qualities are more supressed in this Jolly Pumpkin brew compared to many if not all of their other mainstay offerings. There is a touch of red wine, port, and subtle balsamic in the flavor as well as a dusting of cocoa powder. This beer has a medium body and it is crisp on the palate. Overall Bam Noire is quite good and very refreshing. It may not be quite as complex as some of the other Jolly Pumpkin beers, but it is a solid offering nonetheless and perfect for those new to Jolly Pumpkin beers or those who might be afraid or dislike some of the other more funky and sour ones...
1 pt 9.4 fl. oz. bottle (4.3% alc/vol) from jsh12bama via trade. Thanks Jason! I appreciate it. Rating #218 for this beer...
Another winner from jolly pumpkin. Got this from Pantanap. Thank you, Kan! Had some good roasted malt and chocolate characteritics mixed in with the JP house funk. Very smooth and tasty. I think I liked this better than the regular bam. jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Pours murky brown with thick tan head. Aroma is what you expect from JP, funky sour. Taste is also the sourness expected from this brewery. Spices, apples and dark fruit are present, but there is just not much here. Just OK. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2008
750 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a light chestnut brown with a big sudsy head with good retention and magnificent lacing. Aroma is that of a sour; the nose is rich with funk, sour apples, sour grapes and some dusty white pepper. The flavor showcases more tart apples and a good spice profile consisting of pepper, thyme, and nutmeg. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and light. The finish is long and dry but just a bit harsh. Overall: I found this beer really refreshing. Very nice. But, I don’t think its a saison. This is a sour.
blankboy (7780) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
My bottle (750ml) shared at ’Biegaman’s Second Annual Saison Tasting’. Pours a murky amber-copper with some sediment and an average size diminishing creamy off-white head. Good lacing. Awesome aroma of funky yeast, plenty of hops, toastiness, spices, coffee and dark fruit -- fresh and refreshing. Flavour, also refreshing, is funky and sour along with fruit, toasted malt, hops and spices -- so easy to drink. Dry finish. Average to medium bodied. Fantastic stuff! Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2008
(bottle, thanks Tytoanderso!) Pours brown with an off-white head. This beer has a really great smell, and is ver gueuze-like, with sharp tart and funky notes. The taste is pretty much non-existent, with only a light tartness and lingering yeast showing up in the finish. This was an anomalous beer, the aroma was great, but the flavor is not even there. Shag (3036) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2008
A dark brown appearance with a beige head. The aroma contains some chocolate, caramel, cherries, raisins, and a little bit of vinegar. The flavor is rather tart with some cherries, granny smith apples but also malty at the same time with some molasses and chocolate. Interesting concept for a beer. Overall I really enjoyed this. heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Thanks for the bottle, iowaherkeye. Dark brown and red body with a light khaki head. The aroma is tart with some wood and apples. There is also some caramel. The taste is fairly sweet with some apples and floral notes. There is also some berry character. Surprsingly sweet at first, as you drink more, the tartness comes through. A decent brew, but a little boring. pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Orange amber color with a good head. Dusty sour oranges smell. Super mild and subtle flavor. Mouthfeel is nice but not amazing. Overall, drinkable, but not too memorable.