Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales - Bam Noire

After being impressed by Jolly Pumpkin's collaboration beer with Nøgne Ø and Stone, I made a mental note to try some of Jolly Pumpkin's beers in the near future. The first one I tried was one called Bam Noire. Bam Noire is labeled a "dark farmhouse ale," which basically means it's a new take on the saison style.

The beer pours a deep, dark brown and garnet color with a head that balloons up in the glass as soon as it's poured. Every good saison I've ever had has had a huge head, so I was kind of glad to see this. The head on this one didn't take as long as some saisons to go down, but it stayed at about 3/4 of an inch and gave the beer a nice appearance. The beer may not have as much funk to it as some, but the funk was there in the smell along with some hints of spicy yeast, some brown sugar and something that smells a bit like chlorine.

Surprisingly, this beer tasted a little sour, which I was not expecting. This wasn't a straight sour beer by any means though. The beer had a nice yeast profile with some cherries and a bit of vinegar in the taste. There's something a bit woody in the aftertaste as well. Overall, this is a good take on the style and this beer had a very original taste. Not the best saison I've ever had, but a pretty good beer. I'm going to have to try a few more from Jolly Pumpkin.

Final Grade: A-

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