Friday, April 30, 2010

304. Jolly Pumpkin Baudelaire IO Saison

This marks our fourth beer from Jolly Pumpkin—we’ve previously enjoyed Bière de Mars, E.S.Bam, and La Roja. Thank you, Ron Jeffries, for your awesome work. You make every day a little brighter.

Described on the label as an ale brewed with rose hips, rose petals, and hibiscus, Baudelaire IO pours a hazy pinkish copper with a thick mousse-y head. The nose is floral, perfumy, spicy, and even a bit sweet. Let’s just say there’s a lot going on. Starting soft, Baudelaire IO begins with dry candy sweetness before moving into a clean floral middle with light fruit undertones. The finish is dry with a pleasant citric tartness and more of the floral characteristic of the middle. With a medium body and a soft, refreshing mouthfeel, Baudelaire IO is clean easy drinking. The carbonation starts very soft in the front, but becomes bright and effervescent in the final third of the beer, brightening and lightening the whole. Tart, lively, and very very drinkable, Baudelaire is both well-crafted and delicious. Here’s hoping we can find some more of this, although I’m not gonna hold my breath.

My version of ol’ crazy octopus head...

From the bottle: “Let’s face it, Beer is an art form that excites our senses ad stirs our imagination. This truth gave Jolly Pumpkin an idea. We’d create a limited series of beers by throwing caution to the wind and following our creative muse no matter where it leads. This is how we discovered Baudelaire Beer. A romantic world, dimly lit by distant memory, yet alive and inspiring us to pursue beauty at any cost. In the world of Baudelaire, label and beer come together in character and taste, influencing the drinker to take upon the spirit of creativity and thin the veil between life and art. Let the muse guide you.”

I hope that this doesn’t mean that the giant fly on the woman’s head on the label has something to do with this beer. That would be creepy.

ABV: 6.8%
Batch 389


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