Bière De Mars - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by aasher:
4/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I had to pick up one of these in Ohio since for sme reason this is the only regular Jolly Pumpkin that Indiana doesn't get.
Biere de Mars pours a lighter bodied dark amber in color with a one finger, very soapy off white head. The nose is sharp and vinous. I get a good amount of lactic acidity and a red grape, tannic side as well. The flavors too, very sharp and crisp. I get a lot of sour red grape character in both a lactic and acetic manner. It also has a slight, juicy, fruity sweetness to it as well. This is definitely one of the more sour Jolly Pumpkins and definitely one of the most acidic. Because of this it isn't quite as approachable as some of their other, highly rated beers but it is a nice beer and a decent sour. Really, I would call this a darker version of Petrus if I had to relate it to anything.
Serving type: bottle
11-06-2012 05:33:35 | More by aasher
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4.16/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
750 ml bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass
Blend 1, Bittled 2.27.2013
A: A beautiful clear copper color with a slight white film of a head with no lacing or head retention. No cloudiness and many rising bubbles from the base of the glass.
S: Huge dark fruit nose with a delicious lactic sourness character on the nose. Oak mixed with Brett funk makes for an extremely complex and delicious smelling brew. Aroma is also almost wine or grape like. Wow, can't wait to try this baby.
T: great balance of tartness and fruit character along with a medium carbonation that makes for a very interesting beer. A very nice Brett character that works perfectly with the oak character. The two flavors of Brett and oak work graceously in this beer, amazing.
M: The beer is a little thin and medium to high carbonation makes a decent attempt at trying to add some body but still thin. However, this is a very interesting and delusions brew. The light tartness helps tremendously in adding mouthfeel.
O: I waited long to try this brew since it was too rich for my blood,but finally pulled the trigger when some spare cash came along and all I can say is it was worth every penny.
It's a very complex brew with a gentle friendly tartness with great fruit/dark frui character. It's a very drinkable beer but I would never dare to chug as it is des served to be sipped and savored. Great brew and reminds me why Ron Jefferies is the Man!
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2014 05:23:35 | More by MarioM
4.04/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: Bottled 03-09-2012, Batch 970/973
Glass: New Belgium globe glass
Biere De Mars is a heavily soured biere de garde from Jolly Pumpkin, bearing strong resemblance to the Flanders sour styles more than the typical malt-and-hops varieties I've tried of the style. If I saw this again, I would pick up a bottle, as I'm curious to try a side-by-side with the La Roja now. Definitely is one of the better beers I've had from Jolly Pumpkin, up there with Oro de Calabaza and La Roja.
Pours a 1cm tall head of beige-colored foam, made up of small bubbles, creating a fairly dense and frothy-looking mass, which unfortunately only lasts for about 30 seconds to one minute, before fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a few small islands of foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, but minimal, a few small dots and lines scattered here and there. Beer is a hazy amber brown color, light bringing out a shade of dirty golden orange. Carbonation marginally visible through the nearly opaque (70-80%) body, low in activity and amount.
Aroma of tartness with raspberry/blackberry-like esters, spicy acetic acid, some herbal components, fairly strong oak barrel characters/tannins, cinnamon, and faint mustiness, altogether coming across slightly raw, but definitely enjoyable.
Overall flavors of tart berries, lightly vinegar-like acidity, oak barrel, vague remnants of a toasted/caramel malt base: comes across slightly harsh and bordering on puckering when warm. Front of palate picks up pleasant, mild tartness as from a Flanders Oud Bruin (oaked sour raspberry in a toasted/caramel malt base) with fruit esters and sweetness (raspberries, blackberries) balancing things out. Mid-palate is full of tart raspberry/blackberry flavor, with oak characters, herbal components and a bit of spiciness as well. Back of palate finds strong oak-barrel characters (woodsy, tannins) fused to tart blackberry and raspberry esters with mild spiciness. Aftertaste of tart blackberries and raspberries with a touch of vinegar and herbal notes.
Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is softly foamy, smooth and not coarse or harsh, the acidity providing the major movement factor for this beer. Closes semi-dry, with low stickiness on the palate and lips.
Serving type: bottle
08-30-2013 06:42:12 | More by falloutsnow
Bière De Mars from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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