Sunday, October 26, 2008

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Bam Bière

While eighty-four miles away for work, Mike entered a fine beverage establishment seeking enlightenment. Glowing on the first shelf sat Bam Bière. Having fond memories of Calabaza Blanca from Beertoberfest and Winking Lizard's World Tour of Beers, Mike purchased the 6-pack of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Bam Bière.

Upon opening this beer one must be careful due to the high carbonation and bottle conditioning. It is to be poured like a fine bottle of wine. This beer will give you a great amount of head... and it is great head. With a sweet smell and a slightly tart taste, this Farmhouse Ale only has a 4.5 ABV. This beverage is meant to be sipped and a six-er can be split between a friend with ease. It is a borderline dinner/desert beer that could be easily paired with white sauce pastas. Oz suggests a mango demi-glazed pork chop accompaniment. The finish is delectable but weak, it does not linger, however, bubbles chase the brew down your throat to a racing finish in your stomach.

Mike suggests that the brew could have more of a kick and a stronger finish. Being an Artisan Ale, one would expect more punch for the buck. Oz agrees that the finish lacks but feels that the sweetness and wheat taste pairs well with the kick.

Men's Journal ranked this beer 21 of their top 25 best beers in America:

Mike Scale: 6.8
Oz Scale: 7.3

P.S. Check out Adam Forman (the artist behind the labels) website

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