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Bière De Mars - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

486 Ratings
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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 101
Gots: 70 | FT: 12
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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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cloudy amber colour, lots of lace. Sourness in nose.Wheaty, biere de garde, aggressively carbonated, making for full mouthfeel Well malted more than Jenlain. Bitterness at end.Woodiness. aftertaste I had problems finishing with Dr. Jay and Viggo, but still nice.

Sammy, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/18/14. Batch 264/266.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, fruit, wood, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, apple cider, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a solid sour and funky fruit aspect all around that reminds me of apple cider.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

acurtis, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of jale. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a muddy brown color with a bit of a copper-crimson hue to it. Thin off-white head and some light lacing on the way down. Thin collar. Nose carries a good dose of lactic acid with a touch of acetic character in the background. Mild funk and a solid base of bread-crust malt. Flavor is acidic and a nice tartness and a very light cherry character. Light malt. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation and a good sour kick in the finish. Well done.

Thorpe429, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Texasfan549, Jun 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

GRG1313, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kjkinsey, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an cloudy amber with one of the most perfect heads I have seen in a long time; thickets of tiny bubbles capping the liquid leave copious webs of lace

Smell: Malty must, with peppery yeast, rotting apples and some grapefruit pith

Taste: Very intriguing opening; spicy sage and pepper phenols with a tart apple/cherry/plum element that turns increasingly sour and musty by mid-palate, with grapefruit pith intermingling with the rotting apple flavors; after the swallow, the oak barrel flavors mellow out while a leathery Brett aftertaste develops

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with buoyantly assertive carbonation

Drinkability: I'll be sad when this one is gone as I cannot remember where I got it (it's been in my cellar for a while) and I haven't seen it recently

brentk56, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another outstanding offering by Jolly Pumpkin. This beer may be the funkiest beer of the beers that I have had the privilage of sampling. The beer fills the nose with a mix of malt sweetness, soured malts, and a firm spicy, woody note. Very peppery, tart, fruity, and musty throughout. The look is a typical rusty hue, moderate haze (from sediment), and very well headed and constant lacing. Flavors alternate between estery fruits, malt sweetness, and bretnomyces sourness. No attribute dominates the brew, but complements it fully. Phenols gain precedence as the beer warms and also adds complexity without detering from the other flavors. Nicely bitter to round out the sourness and offset any sweetness. Much bitter and spiciness comes from the wood, and not so much from the hops. Finishes warm, dry and with a part-wood / part-fruit lingering. A seriously good offering from a seriously good brewery.

BEERchitect, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa: Poured a clean copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma is zesty, orangey and very funky. Taste is also a typical JP mix between some orange, lightly sweet lemon with some distinctive barnyard and bretty notes. I think I detect some spices but there are not too prominent and might come from the yeast used in this beer. Full body with good carbonation and no distinctive alcohol. Very well done again from a brewer that just can't stop to amaze me.

Phyl21ca, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rusted orange with a polished bronze glow. The amount of carbonation and the size of the frothy cap are reminiscent of a Belgian ale, but it doesn't have the sticky rockiness that would make me go gaga over the appearance. It's more of a melted ice cream look. A few streamers of sea foam lace decorate the glass.

I know that biere de garde is a wide-ranging style, but to me, this Jolly Pumpkin offering is a dead ringer for a Flanders oud bruin. It smells brown malty, sour fruity and there's a busload of funkified yeast. Okay, so maybe that last one isn't classic for an oud bruin. Let's see if those impressions hold on the palate.

Biere de Mars tastes like something that Fantome would produce, only not as amazingly complex. I like what I'm tasting, even if the various flavors aren't as bold or as well-defined as they could be. For one thing, this beer isn't quite as arid as most of what comes out of Dexter. It's far from sweet, but at least my tongue isn't crying out for a few molecules of malt sugar.

As far as specific flavors... hmmm... crisp apples mixed with fallen apples (brown and mushy), dessicated fig chunks, balsamic vinegar, a boatload of Brett and a crisp oakiness that gives things a refined, dignified quality. This 'French Style Stock Ale', as it says on the label, is an enjoyable drinker.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel doesn't get it done. I don't mind its (slightly lighter than) medium feel, but the initially raucous carbonation has faded to such an extent that the beer lacks volume in the mouth. Room for improvement here.

Other than Oro de Calabaza (another biere de garde) and Bam Biere (saison), I haven't been thrilled with Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Biere de Mars gets thing back on track. Maybe the difference is that I want and expect sour funk in beer of this style. I don't want it, nor do I expect it, in every single style. In any case, this one is definitely worth a purchase. Great label... as always.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -27.9%

ygtbsm94, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jaydoc, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gah! What is this nonsense? I'm being spewed on here. Anyway, we later end up with a hazed, reddish-amber body showing plenty of effervescence and topped by a monstrously huge, off-white head. Oh, and don't even get me started on the lacing.

Smell: Altogether musty aroma with notes of oak planks, caramel malts, dried fruits, funk-bringing yeast, and even a few mint leaves.

Taste: Caramel maltiness at first with a delicate sweetness that is quickly ensnared by a sharp sourness and bracing woodiness. Fair amount of barnyard funk. Tart cherry fruitiness. Some more of the malts perk back up for the woody, acidic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Quite well carbonated.

Drinkability: As always, it's another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 13, 2008
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

SocalKicks, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Man you gotta love the labels of the Jolly Pumpkin beers,this one poured a nice chesnut brown wich looked great when held up to the light a lighter fast dissapating head atop.The complexities of in the aroma are unbelievable,big orange zest with a number of herbs including sage and clove and quite musty.A beer to sit and savor and drink with food like cassoulet like me today,herbal and musty with a sour orange note in the finish.Much more to this beer than what I wrote I just dont take the time to type it all out,I absolutely love this beer.

oberon, May 08, 2006
Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extra from HopHead84. Pretty awesome extra.

Hazy burgundy appearance with a lasting cap of pure white. Good retention and lacing. Lactic sourness in the nose, vinous, fruity, musty. Grapes, damp basement, faintly malty sweetness. The aroma really opens up as it warms. The taste closely follows the nose; soured red wine, lactic acidity, unripened berries, mild acetic acid and tannins. Dry throughout, on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Crisp and refreshing, perfect on a day like this, just the job. Tannic, vinous finish. Another excellent beer from this great brewery.

largadeer, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged bottle, held onto this one over a year. Served at cellar temperature, 48-50º. It pours into a Duvel tulip a fiery auburn shade, with plenty of fluffy foam that pushes up to defy gravity. Sudsy sparkly foam, yet creamy with an irregular meringue surface. The foam coats the glass, leaving a precipice of stiff froth clinging to the inner rim. Nose is of fallen apples overripe in the sun, wet hay, some woody spice, and mildly wild yeast funk.

Tangy tart apples, persimmon, mild cheese, slight bitter edge from the wood. Earthy dry aftertaste, almost like bittering hops. The fruity notes taper quickly leading into the tart and seemingly bitter dry aftertaste. Mild Brett character, a touch medicinal and horseblankety. Effervescent body carries it well, it definitely has substance. This is another unique Wild ale/Bière de Garde/un-pigeonhole-able experimental brew from JP...

emerge077, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

JAHMUR, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

jolly pumpkin can do no wrong for me. this bier de garde type is a little more straight forward for me than some of their other stuff, but thats okay, its really expertly made and really yummy. a copper colored beer with a radiant luster, small white fizz head, and a remarkable clarity for a wild ale. i smell the classic jolly pumpkin brett and bacterial culture, and a ton of oak, giving it a funky sweetness that goes well with its robust grain profile. the flavor is a little sweeter than i need it to be, a mix of grain and oak contributing to that, a very toffee-like complexion to it, almost english in nature really, but then the bugs kick in. the beer takes a hard turn towards sour, with the acidity really developing later in the sip. dry now for how sweet it began, and mellowed by a ton of wood, really earthy and fresh. i could stand a bit more carbonation in this one to make the flavors pop a little more, they all seem to melt together just a little bit and lose their individuality, which bubbles would aid in i think, but i like the medium body and all the oak on this. clever beer, definitely up to the high standards they have set throughout their lineup.

StonedTrippin, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears a burgundy burnt caramel amber hue with a large tan beige head forming with fine even lacing around my glass of course tiny bubbles cling to the glass and head has nice retention, with even Belgian style lacing left behind on my chalice. Aromatics bring tart with spicy funk reminiscent Jolly Pumpkin tones but the tart aspect rains supreme and brings with it some fruity vinous notes combining a cherry and raisin nose about it of course the wood aging and spice additions openly fermented all way into the wave of different characteristics this beer is capable of. Flavors a blend of sweet lactic tinged cherry juice with oak barrel woody and pine notes coming out. Underlying spice and horse blanket funk and yogurt like tang. Really a fine beer by the way you almost need cheese and crackers to pair with this beer, it really cuts through it all quite nicely. If any hops are detectable they come off like herbal earthy cherry pits, by the way this stuff goes so well with food. Completely clears all fat from the palate mouthfeel is fine bubble carbonation streaking effortlessly leaving a dry tart lactic tone on my tongue. Sounds not so good, right? But when it comes down to it, this characteristic blends so well with so many other familiar flavors that I'm not accustomed to. Drinkability is really effortless the bottle drains itself just pair this fine brew with some food and everything will come together for you, definitely a delicious brew that I'm ready to handle any time. Worth the hype on this one, I still love Jolly Pumpkin like the first time I tasted their beers, now that''s love.

WVbeergeek, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of thick, creamy white head slowly recedes and leaves massively thick lace. The body is amber-orange and hazy.

S - Sour, funky yeast aroma with a good dose of citrusy hops. Notes of grapefruit, lavender and wet stone.

T - Moderate sourness and a big, wet, funky earth note. Slightly roasted amber malt note in the middle along with significant woodiness; all of which is followed by lots of citrus hop flavors and strong bitterness in the finish.

M - Thick, creamy body with high carbonation. Dry, sour finish.

D - Very refreshing and drinkable. Quite reminiscent of Orval, but with a more pronounced sourness.

nickfl, Jan 31, 2008
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Bière De Mars from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
93 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.