Saturday, August 25, 2012


I was listening to an interview with Evil Twin Brewing's radical gypsy brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø the other day on the always-excellent Beer Hear! podcast, and they asked him something along the lines of where he'd love to brew his beer in the US. The implication was obviously, "who's the most inventive and experimental US-based brewer whose ethos best matches yours?", and Jarnit-Bjergsø came back in a milisecond with his no-doubt answer: "Jolly Pumpkin, absolutely", and then proceeded to heap praise on the Michigan farmhouse masters. In recent years we too here at Beer Samizdat have come under the sway of Jolly Pumpkin, and are pretty damn delighted to be able to find their beers just about everywhere we go in our area circa 2012.

Picked up a bottle of their "BAUDELAIRE iO" saison the other day, not simply because we were smitten with the pretty victorian-era female on the bottle, but because we're Jolly Pumpkin fans over here now, and that's the end of that. And man what a beer this one is - made with "rose hips, rose petals and hibiscus", Baudelaire iO is absolutely amazing across the board. Super frothy, as you can see from my photo, and a lot of taste is retained in that huge head. Fruit, yeast, and flowers, with a deep earthiness but so much flavor to knock you for a loop. It surely falls within the saison style, definitely leaning toward the more fruit-forward and spicy of the bunch. Mine, for what it's worth, is from "Batch 1018" and was bottled on 2-10-12. I don't know if that's some sort of indicator of scarcity, but I do know I'd buy this again in a Farmington Hills minute if I saw it again. 9.5/10.

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