931: Bam Biere

931 - Bam BiereName: Bam Bière
Brewery: Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Dexter, Michigan
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.5%
First Brewed: 2005

Tasting Notes
Very complex aroma of wood, earth, and pineapple fruit. Taste is bright, tart, backed up by a little sweetness. Builds to woody middle, modest hop bitterness, and a touch of bready maltiness.

Ricky’s Thoughts
This bottle looks so familiar to me… I just can’t place it. The beer isn’t that old. They just started brewing in 2005, and this bottle was actually bottled in March of 2011. There is a sticker on the side of the bottle. This bottle was bottled on 3-16-11 and is a part of batch 752. I wish more beers did that. Adds a nice touch to it.

I was chatting with Jake on Twitter, and while he isn’t here to enjoy this bottle conditioned beer with us, he is here in spirit. Let’s see what this beer is all about.

(Please note I am drinking a Hopslam too… so let’s get through this because I doubt it even comes close to that delicious beer!)

In the Glass: It looks like a wheat beer in the glass. It’s gold and cloudy, and reminds me of a wit beer. The head is nice though, and I can tell that this beer will provide nice lace. For such a young beer, less than a year old, the beer stands up for a solid brew.

Nose: At first, there isn’t much nose. But if you stick your nose down into the glass, it gets good. I smell dirt. That’s a good thing though. This is a farmhouse ale after all. That is the brettanomyces I am smelling. I do, as the beer warms up, get a “pop” that I expect on a wheat beer.

Flavor: There is a TON of carbonation on this beer. Holy cow. That’s like drinking a diet soda with a mouth full of pop rocks. That is a TON of bubbles. It’s almost too much to be honest. The bubbles are overwhelming. I have had champagne that wasn’t this carbonated. It sort of takes away from the flavor on the from of the palate.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is awful. There are so many bubbles I don’t even want to finish the glass. As the beer explodes on the front, middle, and back of the tongue there is some subtle bitterness on the corners of the palate, but the bubbles are all I can think of. When I swallow, the flavors start to kick in… but the bubbles take so much away from the beer.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste will provide the most flavor you get from this beer. The bubbles, and I know I keep going back to them, are just horrible. Now… let me rephrase that. They don’t make the beer horrible. They make the beer experience horrible. I wanted this to be smooth, loaded with flavor. A beer with this low of an ABV isn’t something I will order all the time, but I couldn’t pay more than a few bucks for this if it was on special.

The beer isn’t bad… but the bubbles are ALL I can think about. So if you like a beer that is loaded with carbonation, this is the beer for you. The most I have found in a beer to date. Not sure I could drink this one again. I will finish the glass, but that’s as far as I can go.

Rating: 2/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
We’re doing a beer tonight!  It’s a big one, a bottle that basically amounts to a pint for each of us.  And, it’s a farmhouse ale.  That’s about all I know.  Ricky and I visited a place called Twenty Tap the other night with our friend Jake, and they had a couple of farmhouse ales there.  Jake tried one, and for some reason that’s what made me pick this particular beer for us to try tonight.  (Twenty Tap, by the way, was pretty great.  31 beers on tap – how can you beat that?)

When Ricky poured this beer out into our glasses (which, by the way, are from Pensacola Bay Brewery – a souvenir from our visit there last February… it’s a neat little brewery that is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area) – it bubbled up a lot and had a very foamy head.  Very carbonated, and very, very foamy.  It was almost like there was soap in the glass.  The color of the beer is a lot like Blue Moon.  And the smell… well, there’s pretty much no smell, from the whiff I got.  It just smells wet, and kind of like an ale.  Ok, so I say that, and then the more I smell it, the more aromas I get out of it.  It smells kind of sour, honestly.  Sour, with a little bit of spice, maybe.

That sour smell carries right over into the taste.  It tastes sour as well, sour with some acid taste to it.  I am usually not into sour beers, and the ones I first tasted that had this sour taste to it, I was not a fan at all and rated them low just because I didn’t like the taste at all.  But the other night, Ricky had a beer at Brugge Brasserie that was pretty sour, and it actually wasn’t bad, so maybe the sour taste is starting to grow on me.  But I’m still not there yet.  This beer is ok… but probably not something I’d buy again.

Rating: 2/5

930 bottles of beer on the wall…

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