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Bière De Mars - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 99
Gots: 78 | 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 tai4ji2x
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with cap. sticker is labeled "batch 345/348". tasted in late april 2009. poured into tulip.

dark brown w red ruby hue. gemstone clear under the light. large, foamy beige head, fades to wispy layer and ring. good lacing.

aroma: caramelized cider vinegar, oak, wood and hay, with gentle funk and grassy hop whiff. hint of cherry, fig and even some nutmeg, with trace phenols in the back.

taste: cider and malt vinegars, plus even a hint of balsamic. underlying caramel, hint of cranberry and cherry. gentle farmhouse funk, hay, and grassy hop that gives mild to moderate bitterness, melding with oak and bright but moderate acidity. touch of phenols melds nicely.

medium body, quite smooth despite the acidity, which also gives texture into the finish. moderate carbonation is faintly tingly, with moments of fluffy texture.

why did it take this long to show up in massachusetts? more more more!

Photo of WakeandBake
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #256 A muddy deep amber pour with a big offwhite head,loads of carbonation and some nice spotty lacing.Aroma is of tart fruit,oak barrel, earthy yeast funk,peppercorns and spice.Flavor is complex, sour apple,tart cherry very funky,earthy,slightly dusty, some caramel,brown sugar, and oak, light body,bubbly clean mouthfeel, with a dry tart finish.

Photo of JoeMayo
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark amber with golden edges when held up to the light. The off-white head recedes to a thin ring around the glass.

S- Complex sour notes. Brett-like sourness with hints of funky horse blanket. Vinuous with hints of sour cherries.

T- Not as complex as the aroma. Sour, but not funky. Notes of lemon with a characteristic breadiness. More malty than I would have immagined with a slight bitterness at the end. Floral notes in the aftertaste.

M- Light and crisp

D- Good

Photo of Yetiman420
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass.

Pours a rich dark brown with a very light red hue.

Aroma is caramel and that wonderful Jolly Pumpkin (light) funk.

Flavor certainly has malt characteristic to it with a touch of the barrel. 7% alcohol has a bit of a presence which surprised me since I usually don't pick that amount up.

Photo of twelvsies
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Call me a sucker for oak-aged beers brewed with wild yeast, but I've been working my way through the Jolly Pumpkin line and enjoying every sip so far. This brewery has "unique" written all over it, each beer having its own personality. Initially surpised by the darkness of the pour, a ruddy brown yet clear to the light, ruby edging and a short lived head. Smell is lively and full of yeasty bugs, strong oak, and underlying fruit, cherry and crab apple. Wow I was sort of expecting a more carbonated and lighter Biere de Garde but this is one of those non-category hybrid beers, almost like a dryer sour brown ale. Zesty wild yeast plays big here out front, with a nice mellow fruityness as the body of the beer, finishes pleasantly sour and with huge oak and dry woody tannins. Really excellent. Perfect with food. Though not as carbonated as I expected, this brew proves to be very refreshing and a different twist on the style. Once again I'm not surprised to be surprised by another great offering from ye Jolly scalawags.

Photo of Nick3
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a burgundy color into my Rochefort chalice. Smell is cherries and Brett yeast. Taste is similar with some sourness, a more mellow version of the Duchesse. Very easy to drink with no alcohol presence. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit but it didn't knock my socks off.

Photo of cjgator3
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle
Batch 346/348

A- Capped 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is sour with dark cherries and oak. There is also some caramel and toasted malt as well in the aroma. As always, I am a huge fan of the unique aromas with all the Jolly Pumpkin beers!

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with sour with some oak flavors as well as some toasted malt and caramel thrown in there too. What an impressive beer this is so far, I'm really enjoying it!

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- I find this beer to be pretty damn drinkable. This beer simply blew me away! I love Jolly Pumpkin, this one may be the best beer that I've tried from them so far. Highly Recommended!

Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to OHLRangers for this. Poured into a pint glass.

The beer appears dark ruddy brown with a large fluffy beige head.

I knew nothing about this beer before opening it, and I'm very happy to report the existence of tart, dark cherries in the aroma. Woody notes are present, as well as some tannins. The flavor is has a low-medium level of tartness to it. The wood notes work well with the unexpected cherries. The finish is tart and fruity.

The beer is light-medium bodied with ample carbonation.

This beer is a delicate, easy drinking, slightly sour offering from Jolly Pumpkin.

Photo of BierFan
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a flute. Sticker on the back proclaims this is batch 346/348.

Appearance: Nice thick fluffy layer of tan foam. The beer itself is a dark murky brown, almost black.

Smell: Sourness from the brettanomyces and a little bit of oak as well.

Taste: Sourness and tartness dominate the flavor. Oak is in the background. Yeast and hop bitterness make their debut in the finish and aftertaste.

One heck of an ale. I wish there were more American breweries like Jolly Pumpkin.

Photo of seaoflament
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for opening up this 750ml bottle last night at La Bella. I've wanted to try this beer for a while now. Batch 256 on the bottle.

Pours the color of burnt brown sugar with a very thin head. Some good head retention on my glass but not so much on Joey's or Danny's glass.

First thing I smell is funky plastic, light berries, some currants, and a bit of caramel and toasted malts. Some slight vinegar and brown sugar later on.

Funk and plastic upfront, just like in the aroma. Some fruits and berries like strawberry, grapes, lightly toasted malts, and green apple in the finish. Dry toast flavors develop later on in the finish.

Medium-low carbonation with a semi-dry finish. Quite easy to drink.

Photo of n811
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 346/348, purchased at the brewery. Poured from 750 mL bottle into my Duvel tulip glass - this is the last of JP's beers that I haven't tried - now I have the whole set!

Not as much of a head as JP beers usually have, but it still settled as dense, with fine bubbles like meringue. Fantastic.

This one's got a great mahogany color - definitely ups the anticipation factor. Smell was all JP - tart oak with faint sweetness lurking in the background.

Taste followed suit on the smell. This beer has a wonderful explosion of sour oakiness, but more so than all the other JP beers I've had, this one has a great, smooth, subtle sweetness that comes through on the aftertaste.

Highly recommended.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another bottle from my winnings in the Pigskin and Porter fantasy football league sent to me by shrlsu. Thanks Stephen.

Biere de garde has a russet orange body with a pretty good sized, creamy head. Leaves a few rings of thick, sticky lacing.

Smell is dominated by a good blast of oak. According to the label I can assume that it is French oak. Whatever it is, I find it pleasant. Also some tart apples and a good blast of sour bretts.

The taste here is once again big on woody, oaky flavors. I find the oak pleasant once again, as I did in the smell. It adds a nice dimension and doesn't over power. Next comes a moderate amount of tartness from the brett that reminds me of tart, green apples. A slight bti of peppery yeastiness and some malt flavors in there, but the tartness and the oak dominate here, which is ok with me.

A pretty light body with moderate carbonation. Nothing special, pretty OK all around.

This beer is drinkable, I was definitely happy with this one and will probably buy it again.

Photo of rye726
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orangish color with a beige head. The nose has oak, tart fruits, manure, and candy malts. The taste was well balanced, but could have used more of a baryard funk presence. Medium body is well carbonated. A good beer from Jolly Pumpkin. Pairs well with aged cheese.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy brown with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing.

Moderate tart citrus spice aroma.

Medium body with a slick texture and bottle conditioned thin particles.

Medium sour flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.

I would recommend this to a freind as one of my top rated active bottled beers for the Biere De Garde style.

Photo of hellbilly
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

batch 256 bottle shared by sparky27.

hazy auburn/maple syrup color with a small off white head.

lots of caramel in the nose... notes of wood, red wine, spicy brett, rubbery cherry skins, slate and flowers.

the palate is a great balance of sweet/caramel versus dry versus tart... toasted walnut skins, lots of tannins, caramel, herbaceous and grassy, wood, brett stink and it's dryness with a black peppery finish. there's a lot of watered down wood aged red wine vinegar noted as well. it's on the lighter side of medium bodied. dry tart mouth feel is slick with little to no carbonation.

this gets way stinkier as it warms near the end of the bottle!

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this courtesy of midaszero. Thanks Josh!

Poured part of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Batch #256

Appearance - This brew pours a hazy transparent, borderline translucent, brown with garnet hues. It produced a 1 1/2 finger head that slowly dissipated to a spotty crown across the surface of the glass. It produced light lacing as the head dissipated and the further along I got into drinking.

Smell - Smells pretty nice, but it is pretty subdued in comparison to some of the other beers Jolly Pumpkin puts out. There are definite notes of that trademarked Jolly Pumpkin funk and tartness. There are notes of oak and vanilla, and a soft malt build as well. Fruit notes consist of lemon zest, apple and cherry skins.

Taste - The smell is very similar to the taste, but the funk/tart notes are much more pronounced in the flavor. There is a prominent oak and vanilla note that is closely tied to the softer malt notes. The tart and funk is tied to the fruit flavors of lemon, green apple skin, and dark cherry skins.

Mouthfeel - the mouthfeel is very subdued for a Jolly Pumpkin. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and very soft and silky. It doesn't have the normal huge carbonation level that other JP's have, and I am not sure how to feel about it. On one hand, I was wanting and expecting the carbonation to be extremely lively, but the softness suits this beer pretty well.

Drinkability - This, like all other Jolly Pumpkin beers, is a very easy drinking sour. The sour is light and even, and would probably be a good sour to start with for people who don't have a taste for sours. Jolly Pumpkin should hurry up and get distribution in Texas.

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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...

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Five Points in Athens, GA.

Pours a good looking color - deep orange in the middle that lightens up around the edges. The head is two-fingers of big-bubbled white foam that recedes pretty quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Not much lacing.

Smells good. Tart fruits are the most prevalent but even that isn't terribly pungent, mostly cherries and apples. There's also a bit of funkiness from the yeast.

Tastes good as well. A fruit flavor that isn't quite sweet starts things off, and it quickly turns mildly tart. It does end with a bit of an earthy sweetness, almost like vanilla, that I assume is from the barrel aging. Somewhere between dry and not dry, but leaning more towards dry.

Mouthfeel is good. Even with the big head the first glass of this was a bit heavy on the carbonation and I would've liked a bit more thickness. However, after pouring the rest of the bottle it calms down it smooths out a bit more.

Drinkability is good. Lots of flavors working very well together make this one go down easily.

Overall I was OK with spending this much money on a beer from a brewery that I wasn't overly impressed with previously. I'll be sure to try more of their beers after this, and you should too.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. pours a straight opaque mahogany. nice medium khaki colored head. great retention and lacing.

S: tons of coconut, lemon zest, big sour nose. some blood oranges. some tropical fruit, papaya, mango.

T: nice tropical fruit flavors, hints of papaya, coconut, and a dash of mango. big time sours in this. absolutely delicious. great malt, but the barrel aging in outstanding.

M: higher carbonation level, bu fits the beer. great palate all over this one. very unique mouthfeel. velvety.

D: I could probably drink anything from JP for the rest of my life, amazing palate characteristics form from their barrels. try to get this one....it is phenomenal.

Photo of stumac
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was tasted at Feces Fest '08 with Onslow and my girl Melani.

this brew pours up a murky reddish brown with a nice big frothy tan head. good lacing, too. the nose is very floral with a slight sourness to it, subtle oak, some citrus fruits. it tastes of apples, citrus, oak, subtle spicy hops, subtle sweet malts, some sourness. medium bodied, medium carbo. I prefer this one over Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza....

Photo of brewandbbq
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Non-dated bottle at 59F.

Pours perfectly clear dark amber, with a massive head of spongy, beige foam.
The rocky froth fell fairly quick to a placid surface and left barely a trace of lacework.

A lactic blast with sour apples, tannic wood, and musty spice lead off the nose. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, cedar, Sherry, and lemon furniture polish follow through.

Medium bodied with a lightly creamy and crisp bite.

Sour fruit, earthy tannins, and vinegar spritzed boards start the palate. Cherry pits, lactic malt, spoiled cider, and a peppery warmth follow through.

Finishes with some jowel-watering lactic acid, warming spice and alcohol, and lingering spoiled fruits.

Another decent JP beer that's a bit too heavy on the lactic for my tastes. I love the sour and acidic beers, but the lactic quality here cuts down on the drinkability.

Photo of Slynger
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep and clear brownish amber with a big, tight lid of fuzzy, fuzy, light, light brown.

The nose is sweet oak on top of funky apple and cherry.

Taste brings a bit of brown suggary sweetness at first, followed by lots of tart apple/cherry/wheatishness, then some solid funk and the oak finishes it out with a light bitter-spiciness. Solid medium-full body, loads of fuzzy carb.

Damn tasty brew. Not the most complex, and a little pricey, but well worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of MiScusi
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- a dark brown/purplish beer with an off white head that fades somewhat fast.

S/T- quite tart in the nose, really reminds me of a rodenbach or monk's flemish ale after my friend USCTrojanBrian made the suggestion. Has that tart, funky, almost like those sour cherry beers, smell. The taste has a bit of wood in the finish too.

M- I thought this was a bit overcarbonated for the style.

D- still a really good tasting beer. Didn't seem as unique as most JP beers, but it was still enjoyable.

Photo of joe1510
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam's, Marcey

Batch 256

Jolly Pumpkin's Biere de Mars artwork is one of the coolest around. My tulip slowly fills with a surprisingly dark heavily rusted red liquid. When backlit the body glows the color of tarnished copper and shows off some of its haziness and swirling carbonation. A standard pour wasn't conjuring up much of a head but I did get two fingers of dishwater beige foam when I poured more aggressively. The head fizzled rather quickly to a solid ring and decent skimming. Each drink leaves behind thin but velvety sheet lacing.

I'm hit right away by that signature Jolly Pumpkin twang of tartness. There's a good amount of caramel in this beer. Mild cherry and peach flavors rise from the yeasts used and there is a decent underlying brown sugar quality that's barely noticeable. The mild fruitiness grows as this beer warms. The peach comes forward more and there are flashes of white grapes along with slightly overripe green apples. The aroma is interesting with a lot of critter qualities.

The flavors follow the aroma stride for stride. Caramel maltiness gets things started and lays down a foundation to be proud of. All of those special Jolly Pumpkin bacteria do a fantastic job of adding fruity complexity. A semi sweet peach quality flashes through before tart, crisp green apples, overripe green apples, and tart white grapes all play a role. Sour cherries come along toward the finish and make for a good sour-styled beer.

This beer shows some mild stick on the front of the tongue but quickly becomes airy from the Belgian-esque carbonation. The body is on the lighter side of medium and has a semi dry finish that keeps me coming back.

This is a highly drinkable Biere de Mars. The dry finish and puckering ability of this beer keeps me wanting another drink as soon as I swallow the last. The bottle is disappearing fast and I'm afraid it won't be enough.

Biere de Mars is another high quality beer from Jolly Pumpkin that I wouldn't hesitate to pick up again. They have the sour aspects of their beers down to a science and they all seem to be within moderation. Unfortunately, it's getting harder and harder to find their beers around these parts. It seems like they're just not on the shelves anymore.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dense foam head, one finger beige will not quit with generous, small bubble carbonation. Chestnut colour, heavy retention, solid ring. Smells of over ripe fruit. The alcohol is a bit in your face, I kept wondering if it was corn-based giving it a bourbon-esque mouthfeel. Jolly Pumpkin, I'm told, uses wild yeast and oak barrels, that might account for the strong flavour. I thought I detected a sour, rotten-fruit backdrop but with a redeeming fruit-cake presence as well. Overall, another interesting offering from a fine Michigan brewery, recommended.

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Bière De Mars from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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