Bière De Mars - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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Reviews by trevorwideman:
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Today is the day after the Ides of March and the day before St. Patrick's, and it's week 'til my birthday. What a perfect evening to pop this one open. Thanks to demcorhip for procuring this beer for me. Poured into a tulip glass.
Pours very tamely compared to other JP beers I've had, which is welcome. Carbonation is medium-low, 1/2 inch of head recedes to some patchy lace fairly quickly. Colour is somewhere in the orange-red-brown area, slight chill haze. Very clean aroma with a crisp, tart, Granny Smith apple character, some funky brett, sharp cheese, peppery hops. Grassy, earthy, hay-like aroma as well with hints of oak.
The taste is acidic up front, tart and sharp and full of funk and cheesiness. Melds nicely into a balancing apple sweetness. There's lots of woody, oaky notes as well with a hint of vanilla, very pleasant. Spicy hop notes, peppery and herbal, meld into a surprising bitterness in the finish, and a hint of mellow malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow carbonation that's just about right. A little sticky but not super dry. This a nice sipper for a chilly spring evening, and one I'd like to have again in the future.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2008 02:50:06 | More by trevorwideman
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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
4.53/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 03-08-2012.
Decided to re-review this one since when I first had this, it was very early on in my interest in craft beer and was amazed at how much better it was than I last remembered/had this. (old review at the bottom)
(A)- Pours a ruby amber color with some chestnut brown highlights. Produced some good white froth and even some lacing as well.
(S)- A nice dry yet slightly earthy oakiness with subtle leathery notes at the end.
(T)- Quite similar to the smell. A really nice underlying tartness that meets leather and subtle fruitiness. Great smooth oak characters throughout this.
(M)- A great carbonation level meets a very harmonious oaky tart balance. Some dry funk and leathery oxidation really makes this a dynamic beer for me.
(O)- I really like how this one shows in the bottle with a little bit of time on it. Well balanced with and excellent subtle oak tartness. I am also amazed at how I adore this beer now versus what I remember this was back when I first had this 3+ years ago.
(A)- Pours a dark dark crimson color with some brown highlights. Produced a good off-white fluffy head that stayed around for awhile. (4)
(S)- Lemon & lime with some dry yet bitter oaky wet wood. (3.5)
(T)- Very similar to the smell. Has a thin middle, but a bitter yet tart citrus & an oaky dry finish. Some barnyard-like hay thrown into the finish too. (3)
(M)- A decent carbonation level; was definitely expecting a bit more bubbly than what this offered. Kinda thin tasting. Good citrus & oak, but much more subdued that I would have hoped. (2.5)
(D)- Definitely was expecting more in this than what was present. Some good things going on, just not hitting the right marks. (3)
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2013 21:20:35 | More by sweemzander
Bière De Mars from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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