Had this one on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Figured I would start a night of drinking with something light and tasty, and this caught my eye immediately on the tap list. Served up in a tulip.
A: Hits the bar in front of me and it is sitting with a pretty dark amber body with deep, rich red hues. Almost has a bit of a light purple tint to it at times (it is dark in here, so that may have something to do with it). Held to the light, it is absolutely darker than expected but the body has just a touch of haze to it. On the most part though, it is pretty clear. The tulip had a good two fingers of DENSE, pristine white foam sitting on top. Might as well call this cream instead of head. Just move it out of the way for sippin, but places for smelling and it works fine. Lace is all over this glass as I drink this one down. Very nice to look at indeed.
S: Funky goodness is what I am getting from the aroma. Lots of dusty and earthy notes coming out first and foremost. Hops are grassy and earthy as well. Getting a touch of wood in here. There is a little bit of a malt presence but it is a very light biscuity note on the back end. This smells like the end of a hot day in a field. You can smell the dirt from the earth, spicy grain, pollen, etc. Its nice.
T: Not much unlike the nose. Lots of earthy funkiness. Grass hops notes. Dusty wood, earth, peppery spice. Its funky but its not overly funky. It has a lightness to it that I can really appreciate. Behind that I get a little bit of some fruit notes in the form of orange and green apple. Just a little bit of sweetness and tartness. Malts seem to be an afterthought here as well with just a touch of biscuit and ever so faint caramel on the back end. This beer is just so damned clean and fresh tasting.
M: Light bodied with a wonderfully crisp carbonation. Little bit of tartness, little bit of sweetness on the palate. ABV is not worth mentioning because it might as well not exist in this beer. Can't find it. Aftertaste is a light lingering earthy funk.
D: Well I had to give it up to this beer because I couldn't stop pouring it down my throat. Just so damned easy to drink, I killed a glass of this in mere minutes. This being my first JP experience, I am quite happy to have gotten to finally have this and on tap no less. This is a perfect beer to drink on a hot day and thats probably why it hit the spot perfectly for me. Will have to see if I want to shell out the cash to keep bottles of this at home, but I will say that I am very pleased with this beer.
Served In: Tulip
E.S.Bam empties into the glass a beautiful, juicy ruby red with a moderate haziness. A large bubbled beige head grew to three fingers on the pour. The head eventually falls to a thick dense one finger that the lively carbonation keeps in place. Stream after stream of tiny carbonation bubbles race to the surface. As the head falls it leaves behind some sticky, spotty, patchy lacing at first but soon leaves sheet lacing and thick drink lines. A really good looking beer!
One of the things I really enjoy about the standard Bam Biere is the summer field like funkiness and according to the nose E.S.Bam has all that same great funkiness. Dusty and slightly tart with a big helping of wild flowers and pollen. A nice grassy hoppiness throughout that really adds another layer of complexity that I'm very fond of. Extremely inviting nose!
The flavor follows the nose very well. A good deal of that wild flower like funkiness greets you right upfront and leads the way throughout. There is a slight earthy dusty and mustiness toward the backend. The grassy hoppiness is there on the swallow in small doses but the more I drink the more the bitterness piles up. This is a good beer without a doubt.
The mouthfeel is where it should be. Healthy carbonation leads to a light tingly mouthfeel that massages the tongue on the quick ride through.
This is an easy beer to put away. A thirst quencher with mild dryness on the swallow leaves you wanting more.
Another good brew from Jolly Pumpkin and I expected nothing less. This is right up my alley in terms of a farmhouse style beer. Keep 'em coming guys I have yet to find anything less then good from Jolly Pumpkin.
Price: $9.99 Served In: Pint Glass
Batch 267, 268 (a blend I guess); Sampled April 2008
Definitely on the hoppy side, as I pour this beer an aroma of earthy, berry-like hop character wafts to my nose. The beer is extremely well carbonated as a careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a five finger thick crown of cream colored froth that is a half finger above the rim of my glass. The head actually forms a very interesting, lofted mesa of foam as it slowly recedes all the while leaving lots of fragile lace on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark plum color, but shows a chill hazed (it was brilliantly clear when I put it into the beer-fridge yesterday), bright cherry color when held up to the light. A deeper inspection of the aroma yields a very earthy nose that is more from funk & fermentation character than from the hops. Aromatic notes of black pepper, loam, savory, slight sage, some thyme, fresh cut hay. Also a soft underlying fruitiness contributes aromas of plum, orange zest, bright-berry hop notes, . The spiciness contributes a very savory, rich aroma that is quite appetizing. Interestingly enough the hop character, while very noticeable as I poured this brew, plays a secondary role here in the aroma, at times it can even be overpowered by the fermentation character, but it is quite persistent and refuses to play anything but a significant role here in the nose.
Very light feeling, with almost no body to it at all. As this suggests this beer is quite dry with no perceived sweetness. This has a savory, rich earthiness to it just like the aroma suggested, but there is also a herbal component; flavors of earthy coriander, sage, thyme, some green tobacco in the finish and a grassiness. The hops provide a nice, biting bitterness that is found throughout the flavor profile, it almost doesn’t seem as noticeable as it should be, because of all the other complex flavor avenues that one feels the need to explore. The mouthfeel of this beer has a certain tannic quality to it that helps to boost the very light body into something with just a touch of texture. The bright berry-like hop character of the nose is much muted in the flavor, which is not surprising given how dry this beer is; a slight note of orange peel comes through, with perhaps just a hint of black currant flavor as well. There is a presence here of caramelized malt (just not sweet) as well as some dry, biscuit-like notes and a whole-grain breadiness.
For my second pour I did not spend an extended period smelling the beer and so the beer almost explodes as it first hits my mouth; an excessive, rustic carbonation turns this beer to a froth, luckily a quick swirl reduces this to merely a well carbonated beer. The second pour is a bit more chunky, which doesn’t effect the flavor much, but does add some rustic yeast-aromatics to the nose. This is a very quaffable brew, I am having no problem finishing this 750ml bottle.
The appearance of this beer is just a perfect example of a Farmhouse Ale; an epic head, appetizing color and even a rustic light haziness, you really can’t ask for more in this type of beer. This is a fantastic beer, though it falls just short of the greatness that is regular Bam Bier. I really do like how savory this beer is though, this really helps to offset the light body of this brew, which is darn near water in heft.
Served In: Tulip
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