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Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere

Top 10 Craft Beers

Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Craft Beers, a golden-hued, naturally cloudy farmhouse ale/saison

Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Jolly Pumpkin Artisanal Ales/Dexter, Michigan

This Belgian-style, artisan Michigan brewery has distinguished itself for its dedication to traditions of old-world craftsmanship — oak aging, bottle conditioning, open fermentation and use of wild yeast, just like they do in Belgium. The brewery's use of oak barrels to age its beers results in naturally occurring microbiological cultures including brettanomyces, which give this beer its earthy farmhouse funk. This golden-hued, naturally cloudy farmhouse ale/saison begins with notes of citrus peels and a fruity aroma that gives way to a slightly sour tartness balanced with spicy malt and a pleasant hop citrus tang. The name and label honor Bam, the brewery's Jack Russell, who survived getting "bammed" by a car. Unlike most Belgian beers, it has a relatively low (4.5 percent) ABV, which means that you can safely drink one without risking getting run over.

Price: $12 for 25 oz
4.5 percent ABV

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(Updated: 09/23/13 NW)

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