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Bière De Mars - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 99
Gots: 66 | FT: 12
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2005)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

02-07-2006 23:11:02 | More by Sammy
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-14-2011 21:19:29 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429


4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

08-13-2011 22:50:07 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

09-07-2007 23:11:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

04-17-2008 23:33:12 | More by brentk56
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-19-2014 06:34:43 | More by zestar
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Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1%

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.

07-30-2008 20:06:19 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

11-07-2007 16:03:39 | More by BEERchitect
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-27-2013 00:20:38 | More by kjkinsey
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-27-2013 02:10:08 | More by Texasfan549
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

11-22-2011 18:24:17 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

01-13-2008 22:15:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-03-2013 04:08:34 | More by jaydoc
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

05-08-2006 22:40:14 | More by oberon
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

11-15-2011 18:05:12 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.18/5  rDev 0%

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...

12-20-2008 01:20:47 | More by emerge077
Photo of largadeer


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

09-14-2009 03:46:43 | More by largadeer
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-24-2012 22:54:18 | More by JAHMUR
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-03-2014 07:12:46 | More by SocalKicks
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3.78/5  rDev -9.6%

Blend 1 3-1-11

They should have called this one a Bam too. Because the whole thing is just, bam, oak all up in your mouth. Which is okay, but there is no grace or style to it. It's somewhat one dimensional and I'd have to say too strong. Decent, but lacks finesse.

08-23-2012 16:01:07 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of nickfl


4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

01-31-2008 05:31:14 | More by nickfl
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West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

04-05-2008 01:29:23 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.65/5  rDev -12.7%

Pours an effervescent peach/amber with 4 fingers of sand-colored head. Super lacing & head retention with some floaty chunks at the end, a beautiful beer

S: Sourness & mushroom that fades away as this warms, but comes back, weird

T: Sour with hints vinegar & apple skins. Dry as all hell in the middle with the distinct taste of oak or Popsicle stick & pears. Loads more apple skins follow with big-time tartness, plus a little vanilla & some toffee. Finishes with more apple, a little caramel, a little cinamon, tartness, dryness & warming hints of booze

MF: Spritzy with medium body

Drank really slow due the dryness & astringency. This strayed off style too much for me to other than reluctantly recommend to anyone other than bret or Belgian freaks. This brewery is just too funky for me, I think they've taken the whole artisanal/funky theme off the road & towards the cliff. I'd have to be an odd mood to drink this again I think, but you never know? Serve damn near room temp, I'd probably like this on a raw spring day (cold & windy) sitting by a bonfire

P.s. love the label

07-03-2007 22:04:30 | More by russpowell
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

750 ml bottle, ...hazy dark amber/ orange, edging on reddish'brown appearance, creamy froth atop, long-lasting in the glass.

Tart, woody nose, a hint of cherry...darker tones emerge...very mysterious and intriquing.

Fills the mouth well on first imbibement, tart cherry flavor dominates, sour, then sweet. Floods the mouth, coats the corner with generous flavor, slides out having done it's job, unloading unique explosions of taste off the tongue and down the hatch.

There's a constant recurrence of the pucker, then the dark oak, then the sweet, as it rounds and quietly depart. Refreshing and drinkable, despite it's stronger than average alcohol, (yet moderate, considering current trends).

I like this. A very interesting beer, that doesn't fit easily into stylistic folds. Fine with me.
One can enjoy this easily with dinner, or sipping slowly in the company of friends. just don't expect it to blow you mind or bust your tastebuds in 10 or 12 new ways.

07-06-2007 10:02:45 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

At the time of this review this is the #6 top Biere de Garde on beeradvocate.com best of lists. Bottle shares by Thorpe in a mini side by side with the "grand reserve" version. Beer serves in a Russian river wine glass.

Beer is brown and mildly hazy with a thin off white head of small bubbles no lacing low carbonation.

Aroma is lactic, strong Brett character.

Beer is medium in body and sour on the palate. The lactic acid wins out here for sure. There is a mild acetic bite the whole thing as well. The finish is a little dry. Overall a good beer. Very drinkable. Very nice. I'd have it again.

08-14-2011 08:30:03 | More by drabmuh
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Bière De Mars from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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