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Review by everetends on 08/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 15 4 6 2010
Had this on tap at The J. Clyde. Continuing the trend of starting off each visit with a glass of whatever Jolly Pumpkin they have on tap. This was on this visit, so it had to be ordered. Served up in a tulip.

A: Hits the table as a dark brown with lots of red highlights. Doesn't really come close to a crazy dark in color but it is dark for a saison. The brew had a little under a finger of tan head, but it lasts the entire experience and tosses up some good lace as well.

S: Its light but nice. Everything seems in place but a little muted. Getting some earth up front. Then comes in some green apple and some dark fruit sweetness. This is followed by a light funk and touch of tartness. I would give it higher marks but nothing stands out, its there and thats about it.

T: When compared to the Bam and ES Bam, this one has a more subtle, overall earthy flavor. The malts really tame every other aspect of this beer, and its just an earthy, dirty, flavor experience. I say this, but its not bad. It still has some dark fruit presence, a little bit of mustiness, and sour comes through, but the earth prevails.

M: Medium in body with a light carbonation. Its nice and soft and easy drinking. It is dry on the finish. No ABV to worry about. Refreshing. Aftertaste is earth.

OA: I dig it, but I didn't dig it as much as the regular Bam and ES Bam. Would I have it again? Yeah, but it would have to be on draft. Couldn't see myself paying bottle premium for this. Still tasty and enjoyable, its a different take that comes out as a really mild saison with mellow flavors. Maybe a gateway saison? . . . but it may be confusing and saison really don't need a gateway. Who knows. Not bad at all.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 9 15 4 6 0
Thanks to Kryptic for this one!

Pours a cloudy dark amber/brown, with a one finger, light tan head showing excellent retention. Impressive lacing.

Aroma is very light. Sweet and sour. Prunes, raisins and green apples. Light yeast notes. Very nice, but subtle.

Taste is sour, dirty and musty, with a light touch of funk. Really, that is about all I can come up with. Nothing really stands out.

Moderate to medium in body, dry, almost astringent mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

I am a bit disappointed with this one. Saisons' are one of my faves, and this one just doesn't do it for me. Drinkable, but I wouldn't ask for it again... very average.
Try it if 'ya want.

Served In: Other

Review by SAP on 09/07/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 10 13 3 7 2009
750ml bottle, Batch 250; Sampled January 2008
This is definitely a funky brew, even as I pour this it smells of pronounced funk. The beer pours with a four-finger thick, slightly brown tinged, light tan colored head that leaves a nice lacing patter on the sides of my glass as it slowly recedes. The beer is an opaque, murky mix of dark amber and concentrated brown hues, but shows an almost clear, bright ruby color when held up to the light. Aromas of tart cherries, lemon zest and perhaps some pear provide a counterpoint to more aggressive enteric notes, a piquant dusting of woody black pepper and an earthy, musty, slightly rotting woody note (a big part of the overall aroma). The enteric notes are more earthy and fungal in quality than like baby diapers (which I found heavily in my last bottle of this). A backdrop of malt provides a touch of toasted aromatics, some notes of cocoa in the finish and a solid soda cracker maltiness. An extremely complex and funky aroma; it is characterful enough to keep me quite interested and, while not nearly as acidic, with its added rich malt character would give many a Lambic a go in the complexity compartment.

Very light, almost water-like in its heft, it does have some palate presence though after each sip. Extremely dry and lightly tart, which when coupled with the lightness, makes for a very refreshing brew. Flavors of tart pears, dusty cocoa powder, lactic sourness, slightly astringent lightly burnt grain husks, toasted grain and definite woody mushroom like flavors. This is quite carbonated, which, in combination with some of the carbonation notes, provides a sharp peppery carbonic bite. The finish and palate presence mainly consists of a lactic note combined with a bit of dark malt astringency.

This is much better than the first time I tried this, but it still does not have the finesse or quality of the regular Bam. It is a touch simplistic in flavor some how and I find the mix of lactic tartness and astringent burnt grain huskiness a bit distracting at times, but this is still a nice beer.

Served In: Tulip

Review by cjsell on 11/05/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 8 14 3 7 2008
Out of my brand spankin new Old Guardian glass.

A: Poured a dark brown color with a ton of foamy head that was still there when I finished.

S: Smelled funky with some woodiness and fruit.

T: Pretty watery with some mild fruit flavors coming through. Very mild flavor with some hints of sourness every once in a while.

M: Medium-light mouthfeel with some carbonation

This was a very underwhelming beer from Jolly Pumpkin. I was expecting the normal JP beer with tons of flavors coming at you from all over the place.

Served In: Other

Review by Westside Threat on 02/22/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 9 14 3 7 2008
Batch 258, 259

A: Sort of a chocolaty red color with ruby highlights. Appears to be clean and filtered. Head is a decent inch of medium sized whipped butter bubbles.

S: Lot of funkiness. No surprise there. Some vinous woody aromas, sour apple, tart cranberries, black grape, vitamin C and trace earthy bittering hops.

T: A lot of muted flavors going on. Starts mildly sour with aspects of lemon juice, crab grass, apple peel and rose water. Extremely spicy with loads of dry hay, grass clippings and bitter lemon peel. Darkness of the brew doesn’t come through a lot, just some watery dark fruit and hints of licorice. Finishes slightly tart around the back sides of the tongue, a tad hint of powdered cocoa, red apple and a slice of roasted barley.

M: Medium body, sort of hard with some carbo sting.

D: This is definitely one of my least favorite Jolly Pumpkins beers. Nothing wrong with this beer but it doesn’t shine like the majority of the beers JP makes.

Served In: Wine Glass

Review by Tip Top on 11/27/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 10 12 4 7 0
Sticker on the back says Batch #250.

A - Pours a light brown, dark amberish colored body. Very slight haze to it. Bottle has some huge soapy bottles above the liquid after a pour. Head on the beer is a very light tan/brown that is thick and clumpy. About one inch tall and made up of very tight bubbles. Nice looking brew. Decent lacing and nice retention of a thin layer on top.

S - Big tart funky nose here. Sour lemons are huge here. There is that yogurty brett lurking in here. Little bits of barnyard funk rolling around in here too, with basic barnyard odors and a touch of horseblanket.

T - Starts off softly with some sweet, fruity flavors. Strawberries and lemons. This quickly turns around into sourness. It's not really overpowering sour or tart, but it also isn't accompanied with that much flavor here. Finishes softly with almost no aftertaste and only a little lingering tartness.

M - Medium to light bodied. Very soft feel and carbonation.

O - Given the other stuff I have had from JP, this one disappointed me a little bit. Very little complexity and one dimensional flavor. It's a decent beer, but not by Jolly Pumpkin standards.

Price: $9.99 Served In: Pint Glass

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