A bit about the brewery first. Jolly Pumpkin brews artisanal beers. Using only Belgian or French yeasts, all JP beers are bottle-conditioned and oak-aged. The labels are beautifully illustrated and represent the beers well. Like the beers themselves, each label is funky, mystical, plucked from a long-forgotten storybook.
Brewery: Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Brewery Location: Eastern Michigan
Beer: Bam Bière
BJCP Style: 16C. Saison
A: Billowy ivory head; cloudy straw color
S: Stong spiced aroma, with some clove and some citrus. Sweet, with slight hints of barnyard.
T: Hops upfront, but not overpowering; dry malt character, with dry finish. Grassy notes, some spiciness (nutmeg), some earthiness (barnyard). Lots of yeast character. Funky, earthy flavors dominate as it warms.
M: Big carbonation, explodes in mouth.
D: A lot going on, but spiciness and dry finish dance well together. This beer is sold by the sixer. I couldn't have more than one or two a night, but could see having it on hand as an occasional reward. The folks over at BeerAdvocate mostly give it high marks, although it's a beer that would be challenging to some, explaining the occasional low scores.