Bière De Mars - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by JLeege:
4.22/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottled March 8th, 2011 – Poured into a tulip
Appearance- Pours a rich mahogany color with a finger and a half of off white head. Fades to a small collar. (The inital pour is beautiful, the second "yeast" pour looks like swamp water)
Smell- Caramel and a bit doughy, dark fruits; a touch of citrus and oak, all with the signature JP funk, which I adore. Smells very nice, though overall not as aromatic as most of their beers (usually the aroma fills up the whole room upon opening).
Taste-Slight tart cherry, plum and red grape at the onset; fairly vinous. Caramel notes pick up and a hint of toasted malts. Nice oak, slight vanilla, and leather towards the finish. A nice brett-y dryness at the end, still a young bottle, but I expect this to dry out even more over a few years. The ultimate linger is dry toasted oak with some grape/raison.
Mouthfeel- Medium body and medium/low carbonation, could use a touch more carbonation if I want to get really picky. Ever so slightly tart and quite dry.
Overall- Great beer. I will probably try to snag another bottle or 2, or 5, because I feel this beer will age gracefully and become even more dynamic. Jolly Pumpkin is quickly becoming one of my top 3 breweries.
Serving type: bottle
08-10-2011 00:38:34 | More by JLeege
More User Reviews:
3.71/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From a 750 ml bottle to a wine glass.
A-A normal pour produces just less than a finger of white head. The retention is short and the beer leaves no lacing on the glass. The brew is dark honey in color and sort-of murky, dirty-water in appearance.
S-The aroma is musty and subtle with suggestions of wine vinegar, white grape, and green apple tartness. The malt aromas are caramel with a slight spice and dough flavor that reminds me of fruit cake. I'm not sure I'm into it.
T-The taste, like the smell, is a bit jumbled. I taste malt flavors like toffee, prune, and a musty wet wheat flavor. I also taste pear and apple fruit, and the aforementioned white grape. The fruitcake spice is still there too, lurking in the background with some white vinegar tartness. It is complex, but not in a good way.
M-The feel is medium in body with a smooth carbonation that stays active on my palate.
O-I had a hard time getting into this beer. There is just so much going on that I am not sure it all fits together. Between the tartness (that is typical of Jolly Pumpkin), the strange malt flavors, and the lighter flavors of apple and pear, it feels and tastes a bit odd to me. Oh well, I can see the appeal, but this beer is not for me.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 01:44:00 | More by spoony
Bière De Mars from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
93 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.