Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere tasting
I picked up a bomber of Jolly Pumpkin’s Bam Biere at a local liquor store and felt it was worth a review.
The bottle was dated 11-08-2012, Batch 1252/1232.
Served into an O’so Brewing Company snifter.
Just as soon as I poured the beer, I was greeted with a lactic/Brett tang effervescing from the beer. Second to that was the pillowy head rising from the body of beer. Here are the notes I collected:
Look: Poured a hazy, golden orange. The head was pillowy and dissipated at a moderate rate. Once the head subsided, a layer of bubbles remained on top the beer.
Smell: A lactic tang was most noticeable and behind that was a yeast funkiness. Further beyond that, there seemed a smell reminiscent of vanilla (possibly aged/conditioned in a barrel?).
Taste: The taste was packed with yeast spiciness that complemented a slight bitterness from the hops. Once those two flavors morphed, the sour/Brett flavors came to reveal the dryness associated with Saison/Farmhouse ales. Also, the aftertaste was slightly bready and fruity.
What a beer. Very glad I had the opportunity to try this. I’ve heard of Jolly Pumpkin and had once passed up the opportunity to try a beer of theirs, but didn’t let that happen again. A sessionable beer, by the way, I was able to polish off most of this bomber on my own and still remain refreshed.
Currently a university student in Central Wisconsin. I am pursuing a degree in Biochemistry and looking to work in some sector of the brewing industry. Currently I am involved in an Environmental Chemistry research project and like to spend my leisure time drinking beer and learning about it as well. I’ve been home brewing since December 2012 and jumped right in to doing all grain brewing.