Jolly Pumpkin Baudelaire IO

It’s almost Christmas. As usual, I’m leaving everything to the last minute even though I had all of these grandiose plans to have all of my shopping done before December. I’m stuck at work today, but as I mentioned before, this means that I have two weeks off after my shift today, which I desperately need. I picked this brew up awhile back (the girlfriend picked it out if I recall correctly) and tend to really enjoy Jolly Pumpkin beers, so let’s see how it went.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to, “Jolly Pumpkin’s Baudelaire Series – first introduced in 2010 – celebrates the deep, dark and often dangerous side of love, as a story of art and beer unfold. The series is created in the spirit of French poet Charles Pierre Baudelaire (1821-1867). Widely-known as a controversial figure (much like his fellow writer, Edgar Allen Poe), Baudelaire’s name has become the epitome of literary and artistic debauchery. Through these distinctive beers, Jolly Pumpkin presents a liquid narrative, steeped in romantic tendencies – with just a hint of tragedy.”

Random: I hate that it’s so dark out already. It makes me feel more tired than I am.

This brew poured with a huge, four finger, off white head that took forever to dissipate. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy chestnut-brown (which I may add, is a bit dark for the style) with lots of seltzer-like carbonation visible throughout. The nose had a great deal of yeast with a touch of barnyard funk and some citrus notes following up behind. The taste was the nose, but amplified. I got the typical barnyard funk that I’ve come to expect from Jolly Pumpkin. Some sweetness came up behind it with some citrus zest and a touch of oak on the end. There was also a note of hibiscus that wasn’t apparent in the nose. The body was medium thickness, but had very intense carbonation. The finish was rather quick with a lot of yeast and citrus. Although I enjoyed this beer, especially as a sipper, the price point on it was a bit extreme, even for a Jolly Pumpkin beer. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again as a result.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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