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Bière De Mars - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

495 Ratings
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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 99
Gots: 69 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2005)
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1/5  rDev -76%

Photo of damienblack
2.3/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Batch 346/348, for reference.

Pours a very dark brown, pruney almost. Odd for a BdM or BdG. Slight head, quickly dissipates. Smells hugely vinegaric - like an absolute sour bomb with nothing else in it. Like a Oud Bruin with no balance to it whatsoever, no malt for balance. Wearily, I try a sip. It goes beyond vinegaric to downright offensive - with this style though, I don't know if they were shooting for a sour bomb, or if it has an infection (given the yeasts they go for). I think I made it about 3 sips with this before drainpouring the rest. I'm going to check into it, and will edit the review if it is not supposed to be like this.

Photo of ShrLSU
2.63/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured a dark orange amber color with a decent head which thinned out after pouring and settling.

S- A bit sweet with some fruitiness to it. A bit of pear and apple scent.

T-SOUR....very sour. I almost can't get past the first taste and the sour bite. No sweetness at all like the nose would lead you to believe.

M- Sour and tart. Tingle of carbonation

D- Overall a sour beer. I'm no fan of this style. i guess you really have to like sour beer to enjoy this. i sure didn't.

Photo of AndoBrew
2.83/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*want to like, would not buy, unless someone made me sure i had a bad bottle*

app: hues of the red planet itself. nice looking, good head! lost half the bottle to an eruption tthough.

smell: some pepper some tart some chemical blonde yeast butter malt smell as well, odd.

taste: tart sour refreshing, light, yummy, not to complex, a bit watery. the almost chemical tart sourness does add up a bit to much sip after sip. it has a very small backdrop of almost porterish malts.. you get more of the malt mouth if you hold it in your mouth for a bit, this is silly though. i want to like it but only kinda do. lil more balance toward normal and i would love it.

mf. spritzy, but good, it fits.

drinkable?: eh, you can drink it and finish.. its not a dumper.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of letshaveanother
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good, deep amber garde color. But I expect a head much better than what I saw from this beer. Good bubbling, just terrible head retention. Good spicey toasty malts though. Made me think of herbal biscuits baking in the oven. The taste was a little flat considering all the visible carbonation.

Photo of justme
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of ryrust5301
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Into a snifter from a 750oz. black bottle. Cool looking logo.

Appearance - A dark amber color with a pisturesque one finger white head.

Smell - Lots of candied fruit and a sour pungent smell

Taste & Mouthfeel - Very tart and sour. Cherry accounts for the sweetness, but is offset by a strong lemon tang at the end. Sour taste lingers through the swallow. Mouthfeel is extremely sharp and carbonated.

Drinkability - Not my style at all. As far as the style goes it holds its own. Should defenitely not be a stopping point for the average drinker. Know the style before drinking.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as good as I had hoped. The head was nearly non-existant, although the body itself looked nice. Smell reminded me of some of hy homebrews, actually. And it tasted like some of my first batches, too. I detected a bit of sweet toffee-like malt, but it was overpowered by an astringant finish that hindered drinkability. The alcohol was well-hidden, but I won't be buying another one.

Photo of goochpunch
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled sometime in 07

This was a gusher.

Pours out a hazy to cloudy honeyed amber body with a thick, full head and tons of bubble action in the body. Leaves a lot of lacing. Smells of faint crackery malts and caramel tones underneath loads of funk, fruitiness and spiciness. I get lots of fresh apples, apple cider and apple cider vinegar here. Yeast gives this a spiciness with tones of clove and ceylon cinnamon. I pick up some oranges as well. Flavor is kind of thin in the malt department. Extremely dry. What subtle caramel and toasted malt qualities I got in the nose are even more muted here. Kind of like this has funk for funk's sake and it doesn't mesh as well as with their other beers. Has a weird acrid bitterness in the finish. Has quite a medicinal lingering effect. Mouthfeel is light and spritzy. I usually love JP's offerings, but I'm quite disappointed in this one. Maybe fresher would be better for these, but for a beer touting itself as a stock ale, I would expect better from a beer having been aged for a year under good conditions.

Photo of Crosling
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007. Autumn colored, with a lasting foam that forms great shapes. Nose has some funk, a bit of oak, some fruit, could be more vibrant. Flavor is nicely balanced. Brett, oak, funk, some fruit, with a bit of an unpleasant cooked corn note as well. Just ok. I'm not the biggest JP fan. All their beers taste the same.

Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More or less translucent brownish chesnut color on the first pour. Small struggling head with not much going on in staying-power. Lace is much better, good rings on the glass. Orange-ade aroma, slightly estery with a bare yeastiness, but not that much. A little uncarbonated and flat (or is that just this bottle?), mouthfeel is lighter. Starts out with the characteristic Jolly Pumpkin sharpness with funky tones. Middle impression spreads out a little bit, slightly chalky bitter with mandarin orange and mellon notes. But the finish is a let-down, seems to fade to a definite wateriness that's not helped by the lack of carbonation -- not much but a bare tartness remains. Mildly warming in the stomach. Meh, not a favorite for me.

Photo of redneckchugger
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a duvel tulip, dark brown body, tan fizzy head.
big funky nose, with some nice caramely malt in the back.
The taste starts out great, with a big upfront attack of the funk, like old socks dipped in lemon juice, and rolled in old hay, which sounds gross but i like it. The mad palate is more malty with some caramel notes coming through, and even a bit of dark fruit showing up, the finish though is pretty rough, there is a linger off tastes that defies my powers of description, but its pretty bad.
This beer confuses me, the nose is off the charts good, but the after taste is awful.
Its a decent beer, not great, but it would be mind blowingly good if not for that damn after taste.

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Clear copper red pour with a small white head. Light sour, white grape and woody aroma. Very light body with a sour cherry and mild red apple taste upfront. Also has flavors of orange, white grapes, mild caramel malt, and yeast. Finishes with a strong and wet sour flavor.

Photo of DonFrap
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of brpendergast85
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Oxymoron
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour was a copper color with orange highlights that are more noticeable when held to the light. Decent carbonation aided by a swirl with the body. Also causing a hazy appreance.

The nose had a limited malt aroma that contrast with soft caramel aromas with some definite oat characteristics. Some fruity notes with an apple candy appeal and a touch of apricots. Some off rose-like esters mixes with some fusel alcoholic notes.

The flavor is an odd mix especially considering style. The malt is less subtle as what the nose would indicate. The fruity flavors are more tart with more of a white grape feeling. This is mixed with noted oak-like vanilla and green earthy hops. Some yeasty notes that is distinctive with Jolly Pumpkin.

The body is light as should be with most Belgian. Carbonation mixes well and enhances the tart quality. Overall this just feels off style but what is on style for Belgian beers?

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of hotsudge
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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Bière De Mars from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
93 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.