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Bière De Mars - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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212 Reviews
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Reviews: 212
Hads: 617
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 104
Gots: 97 | FT: 11
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2005

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Photo of babaracas
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with amber edges; two fingers thick fluffy off-white head, spray of chunky lace on the glass. Smell: red grape skin, acetic note and hay above caramel; lightly fruity and sweet. Taste: tart peach, grape skin, unripe plum... tart and semi-sweet fruit is the main event; mild toasted grain flavor, herbal and oaky in the finish. Medium bodied with creamy but lighter carbonation. Tart, fruity, slightly herbal finish. Liked Oro better, but this is nice.

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Photo of Brenden
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes are about 3 weeks old, but concise and thorough

The head is off-white, settling in a heavy foam one finger high over an interestingly colored brew of a hazy pink-orange. The head keeps itself up for nearly the entirety of the session, throwing down strong lace as it does.
Sourness and funk are the main attraction with this beer, though it has lots of complexity and runs deep with aroma and flavor. The aroma seems to develop everything just a little more fully, pouring out some spiciness, both a bit sweet and peppery, a green sort of woodiness, some earth and must, and a variety of fruits light, dark, citric and tropical. There's enough sweetness to balance all the pucker, though, and it makes this beer easy-drinking and much more pleasurable than without. This beer shows a bit of yeast, lots of brett, and some earthy must to complement as a result. There are also some phenols drawn out, more in the taste than the smell.
There's a juiciness to the sour aspect that translates into and drives the mouthfeel. It runs dry underneath that for a semi-dry feel overall. It's crisp with a tangy bite to it as well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The aroma has vinegar and tart cherries

The flavor follows of tart vinegar, dark fruits, cherries, a substantial malt in the middle, then lots of tart and funk qualities.

An interesting brew with hints of oak, cherries, tart qualities and Brett funk. In general another one of a good tart and funky brew from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled Feb 16th, 2014.

Deep rust bucket brown color. Opaque and slightly muddy in appearance. Barely any head creation off the pour, slightly wet, and a thin tan collar and puck that manages to stay populated.

Really nice fruity nose. Hints of mild tartness, but a mellow sweetness of purple grapes, taffy candy, and bubblegum. Some cherry and strawberry like fruit seems to be in a bit as well. Real neat fruit and diverse angle to it.

Very light bodied palate for oak aging, but luckily not too wet. Some good malt coating, and a sort of fruit smuckers spreading like flavor in the mid palate. Slightly tangy jam fruits, and some caramel like sweetness. Juicy body a bit matches with matching aroma characters of fruit berry and grape. Very soft carbonation.

Overall, it comes across muted a bit, but it's very easy drinking and solidly enjoyable. Still always a style I sometimes don't get to wrap my head around much.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful. Somewhat fruity but also tart and just a tad sour so the sweetness is not in your face. A little funky too, as other reviewers have noted. Smell is also fruity and a little funky. Lots of interesting flavors going on with this beer--and it's not quite like anything else I've had recently. Will be on the lookout for this one in the future.

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Photo of Auraan
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice cloudy amber with little bits of yeast floating in it and no head. It looks wonderfully rustic and wild, very nice. Scents of sour brett yeast, a slight sweet maltiness and a hint of cinnamon. Not the most intense aroma, but it is nicely subdued and pleasant. Flavor begins with a strong hit of sour brett yeast, quite apple cider vinegar-like, with some lemon notes. The sour flavors override the malty base and make this quite dry upfront. This opens into further sour flavors in the middle, with the addition of an excellent oak undertone that includes hints of oak and vanilla on the palette. Finish is dry and sour with hints of oak. Aftertaste is sour and oak. A very good flavor profile, though not as malty or toasty as a biere de garde normally is, still quite nice. Mouthfeel medium-light bodied with light carbonation and a drying feel. Very nice and easy to drink. Overall this is an excellent sour with a nice bit of underlying complexity in the aroma and flavor. At first glance it seems to be simply sour but as you drink the character of the beer unfolds and becomes nicely complex and very well executed.

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Photo of MarioM
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!

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
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)

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Photo of tectactoe
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mike for splitting this with me since it seems to have disappeared rather quickly from shelves this year. It pours murky and brown, akin to swamp water with opacity turned all the way up. The yellow-ish, beige-ish cream cap fizzles swiftly into a thin layer that covers the top of this boisterous and somewhat ugly brew.

The aroma is relatively fundamental in terms of its components; apple skins, faint cherries, mild vinegar, dry oak, and a stingy, lactic sourness. Nothing incredibly off the wall or obscure, but it's the refinement of these simple elements to form an exceedingly pleasing nose when combined that's so captivating here. The mild corky and wet-hay funk, a la Jolly Pumpkin, is a nice finishing touch.

You get a nice acidic, sour bite up front from the very first sip that comes hand in hand with a mountain of oak barrel. The amount of dry oak in the flavor profile is astounding, and despite it's ominous presence, it never washes out other flavors or becomes too overpowering, rather it provides an incredibly stable and reliable backdrop for everything else.

Apple skins, ripe and mushy grapes, light cherries, sharp vinegar, musty florals, and damp cellar funk, all collaborate and play together so nicely among the still-heavy garden of oak that has a lasting presence throughout. The up-front, sharp tartness mellows out rather quickly to a more subtle, mildly astringent sweetness that fades into the once again oak-dominated, uber-dry and funky finish. The crisp carbonation helps this beer scrape every ounce of fluid from your palate in the end.

What a wonderfully delicious treat, and one of my favorite "non grand reserve and/or super limited release" beers from Jolly Pumpkin. Very drinkable with a nice tartness that I'd place somewhere halfway between La Roja and the Biere de Mars Grand Reserve. Such a heavy oak presence on the palate, but it works to strangely well. I will be hard on the look out for more of this one, and will be damn sure to buy as many bottles as I can find each time it comes out.

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Photo of macher0
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 2. Bottled 2/28/13 Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark Amber. Barely translucent. Poured a finger head that retreats to a frothy rim and film. Awesome lacing.

S: Sour JP yeast. Cherries and blackberries. Nuts. A little raw oak.

T: Tart/sour. Oaky. Dusty. Taste follows the nose. A very slight sweetness that comes through as cherries. The flavors are subtle. The cherry flavor become stronger as the ale opens.

M: Very smooth. Moderate body. Fine carbonation. High carbonation.

O: Another great beer from JP. Very solid and consistent across the grading metrics. I strongly recommend this ale if you like Jolly Pumpkin ales and/or sours in general. I love JP beers and Biere de Mars is 2nd to my favorite: La Roja. Perfect for a rustic meal or a cold day. As the beer opens, this ale could easily be confused with a dry kriek. This is in no way a sweet beer but has a very slight sweetness from the fruit notes, likely contributed to the barrel-ageing process.

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Photo of Michigan
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Blend 1. Bottled 2-27-2013

A- Deep translucent candy orange glow when held to natural light. 2 finger vintage ivory head. Not fizzy but rather calm and slightly frothy.

S- Tart. Oaky. Crisp. Fresh apple. Cherries. Touch of honey

T- Juicy fruitiness. Short finish. Citrus rind in the back of the mouth. Doesn't leave many lingering tastes. Acidic. Unwashed apple skins. Quite refreshing.

M- You know that feeling when you grind your teeth after drinking too much Pepsi? Yeah, it has that. Medium body. Very little carbonation left after a short bit.

O- The look of this thing got my hopes up! I was a really good Biere de Garde, and one of Jolly Pumpkin's best offerings. I'd be interesting in trying one after a year.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip, bottled 3/8/2012.

A: Pours a deep amber color with a finger of fuzzy film that lasted a few minutes before falling into a faint collar.
S: Smells awesome. Tons of dry oak barrel, woody tannins, musty straw, damp earth, spicy hops, a hint of citrus, and bready yeast.
T: Tart notes of oak mixed with crackery malt, acidic citrus, and earthy spice. Gritty tannins cling to my throat in the finish and the aftertaste is faintly sweet with caramel and black tea.
M: Very dry, spritzy carbonation, gritty tannic mouthfeel, clean and crisp.
O: Another awesome sour from JP. Clean, dry, and balanced. Well done.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Decided to tackle this guy fresh, as we crack a bottle stickered as “Blend 2, Bottled 2-28-2013”. It pours a ruddy chestnut coloring, putting up a one and a half finger head of active, off white bubbles, showing nice retention. This leaves spotted lacing all around the glass. A chill haze cuts the clarity, and no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives wild bite from the start. This comes as grassy, barnyard funkiness that doesn’t quite approach the sweetness of Brett, but fortified with sourdough bread, lactobacillus, white vinegar, pretzel mustard, tobacco leafiness, rummy booziness, wet lemon rind, and penicillin medicinals. To balance are lighter, more creamy pale malts, lightly contributory caramel malts, acetaldehyde, nutmeg spiciness, mango sugars, and cabernet dryness. Powdered florals come out with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring shows good funk, as the nose would suggest, but with much more general mildness to it. The taste opens with all of that glorious yeasty funk, with basement musk, pale and muddy maltiness to base, light floral hops, citric rind bitterness, soft yeasty metallics, dried grassiness, and grilled asparagus. The middle comes to a peak with pale and crystal maltiness to cleanse, floury malt inclusions, white wine fruitiness, and a returning bite of winey oakiness, under ripe strawberries, and green plums. Washing through the finish are watered clovey phenols, mild soapiness, green vegetals, sticky yeasty funk, vinyl plastics, mineral water, soft white flour, slick metallics, and more of that bright lemony zest. The aftertaste breathes of raw lemon bite, musk, chardonnay grape skins, moldy woodiness, light fusel booziness, parmesan cheesiness, raw flour pasta, and that continued and drying soured yeastiness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is left wet and crisply coated at first, with eventual lemony pucker and soft woody dryness down the hard palate. Otherwise the slurp, sip, and smack are all there, but froth and creaminess are a bit lost. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. Things were just so funky, creamy, musky, bright, soured, and grassy, all while sitting in the nice malty base of a country ale. The flavoring followed nicely, as did the sip, but the big boldness of the nose was lacking. All the components were there, but they were just not as robust as we were hoping through the flavoring, or as creamy as we would have liked on the sip. Regardless, as a whole this is a fantastic take on the style, and a great showcasing of the tricks, punch, and excitement that Jolly Pumpkin has up their sleeves.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Blend 1, bottled 3/1/2011. Pours lightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger foamy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart cherry, sour apple, raisin, caramel, clove, pepper, toast, oak, hay, leather, red wine, grass, funk, vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Incredible aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast notes with moderate malt balance and barrel character. Taste of tart cherry, sour apple, raisin, caramel, pepper, clove, toast, oak, hay, leather, red wine, grass, vinegar, funk, and earthy yeast spiciness. Moderate fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart fruits, caramel, clove, pepper, toast, hay, grass, oak, leather, red wine, vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy esters with moderate barrel character and malt balance; with a great tartness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, slick, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible wild Biere de Garde style! All around great complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on with moderate acidity. An extremely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my bro for sharing this bottle...

Poured a hazy sunset orange with bright white fizzy head.

The aroma produced was quite nice. Lactic tartness, lemon peel, granny smith apple all encapsulated with se barnyard funk.

The taste is jaw clinchingly tart as the beer warms up. Musty, funky, fresh lemon zest and juicy granny smith apple. The oak becomes more apparent as it gets closer to room temp. Fantastic all around.

Medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation. It really catches me in the bak corners of my mouth when I let it cost my tongue. Very drying finish.

Overall this was a very good beer. I thoroughly enjoyed the funkiness and the sharp finish that this beer brought. Jolly Pumpkin keeps on impressing me.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 970/973
Bottled 03-08-2012

Very nice, one-finger, white, fluffy head that lasts for some time. No lacing and heavy murkeyness.

Tons of lemon, ginger, spices, barnyard funk, and sour apple. Heaven.

Very smooth tartness. Very well laid out with TONS of flavors going on... Lemon, green apple, earthy, pepper corns stand out. Perfect rush of carbonation, mild dryness and perfectly (light) sweet.

IMO, this is near as good as it gets. Awesome sour from JP, keep em' comin, only now to Colorado. This brew sets the benchmark for all other sours.

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Photo of atomeyes
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No need to go into details. This beer is absolutely incredible. I wish i could drink a bottle every day. it would be my elixir.

Amazing tartness, relatively complex. One of the better sours I've had.

the only thing that sucked? i had it in the fridge for 30 min. not long enough. i forgot that JP beers are gushers. hot damn.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750ml brown pop top, high-shouldered Belgian-style bottle with beautiful label. Batch 970/973, bottled 3-8-12.

Appearance: Slightly hazy apple cider with nice dark ivory cap with decent retention.

Smell: Little bit of citrus and a ton of tart apple cider. Pleasant, but I'd like a bit of earthy, toasty malt character as well.

Taste: I like the flavor better. You get a nice kick of acidity up front, a bit puckering, but it doesn't linger on the palate for long, which is really nice. As soon as the sourness fades, you have a nice dark caramel, toasty malt presence. Actually fairly mellow compared to a lot of JP's sour, and I like that. A light mineral note on the finish, as well as a hint of dry malt. This to me seems like a quintessential autumn beer.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied.

Overall: It's $12.00. It's really tasty. Do I love it? Not quite. But I would definitely pick one of these up every year if it was available. Solid B

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Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 2; bottled 2/24/10; notes from 4/25/11

A - A bit of a foamer on opening. Pours copper with two fingers of head that dissipate quickly and fade to a collar.

S - Nice lemony tartness, along with a subtle earthy funk. I am a bit surprised by the subtlety of the aroma, but what is there is very nice.

T - Wonderful lemon tart pucker on the first taste. Earthy on the finish. Leaves a lingering bitterness composed of both earthiness and lemon zest. Actually quite refreshing. This might be my favorite from Jolly Pumpkin.

M - Light/medium mouthfeel is nice and crisp with pleasant carbonation.

O - Definitely a winner from JP. I would love to try the Grand Reserve.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Biere de Mars pours a hazy apple cider bronze color with a medium tan head that eventually fades to a ring around the edge of the glass. No real lacing to speak of.

Smell: The aroma is mostly sour, with a soft leather and musty funk. Caramel malt and dried dark fruits, mostly cherries, control the aroma with an oak back.

Taste: A soft caramel sweetness starts out before the lactic sourness takes over. Cherry plum notes remind me of an Oude Bruin. Some oak, vanilla, and spice come in toward the middle of the sip, with some lemon zest and general tartness to finish it off.

Mouthfeel: The body of Biere de Mars is a little bit fuller than I expect from a sour. The oak dries out and lightens the back end, but the body is still on the full side. The feel is sour, mostly lactic, that causes some salivation. The carbonation is on the light side and fades over the course of the glass.

Overall: Jolly Pumpkin makes quite a few solid sours, and this falls in the upper tier of their beers. Only the Biere de Mars Grand Reserve can really compete in my mind.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this beer off my wants list. Batch 256.

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of dark fruit, with some plums and cherries standing out the most. I also get some caramel malt.

The flavor is full of tart apples and tart cherries, as well as some yeast and a little bit of funk. The toffee malt adds a touch of sweetness to the flavor profile, which goes well with the tart fruit notes. Overall, a little more sour than I expected it to be. Very enjoyable overall.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Bière De Mars from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.