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Bière De Mars - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 96
Gots: 74 | FT: 9
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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 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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy copper/ orange-ish with a light tan head. In the aroma, oak, cherry, and vanilla. In the taste, somewhat smokey and sour, white grape flavor as well. A sour bite, and medium mouthfeel, with a dry sour cherry like aftertaste. Biggest oak flavor I think I have ever had, Exceptional!

Photo of Crosling
3.41/5  rDev -18%
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 ryrust5301
3.24/5  rDev -22.1%
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 ShrLSU
2.65/5  rDev -36.3%
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 david131
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice amber ruby color with some brown hints as well. There is a really nice crystal ball effect when held to a light. The head is surprisingly small for a Jolly Pumpkin, just a thin, creamy off white head.

S- Some sweet candied fruit, brown sugar, and a very floral aspect. A little spicy and lots of funk. This smells like it is going to be sour.

T- Wow this packs a punch. Very sour and sweet. Lots of lemon with some caramel. It kind of tickles my nose everytime I take a sip.

M- Very tart and sour. The carbonation is just about right.

D- A little heavy on the sweet and sour. This is definitely a sipper.

Photo of jeonseh
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle of Batch 256 and poured into my Bell's tulip glass.

A - a rather cleary and a bit watery. Color is a mix of brown and crimson. Has a good bit of carbonation flowing though it as well. There is also a nice head that I would say is a light bronze color and leaves some nice lacing as well.

S - smells is a tart cherry with a hint of lemon as well. The cherry tartness and even what I would call red wine vinegar is really what dominates the nose. There is a slight hint of oak as well.

T - The taste is at first cherry that comes on strong. There is a slight bit of funk that comes in the middle before a hint of lemon comes in. The funk is a big whiff of brett that gives blends in well the rest of the flavors. Also has a slight hint of lemon grass and vinegar in there as well that comes in before the aftertaste starts out strong.

MF - The mouthfeel has a nice hint of carbonation of it. The body is medium and a little light but that is what I think you would expect for this style of beer. I wouldn't want this to be any thicker as I don't think it would go well with the flavor profile of it. Has a nice tingly feeling that sticks around on the tongue after you drink it which I think

D - Overall, this is a good beer. The bottle is not hard to finish at all but I think it would really be one of those beers that you either like or hate. You have to like the tart and brett taste of this one to enjoy this beer. If you don't like those flavors, I would avoid this all together. Fortunately, I like tart and funk so I think this is a good beer. Reminds me a bit of the LA Red Poppy even though they are completely different styles.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at Odies Big Ten in Lansing MI. Popped the cap and decanted in to two large brandy snifter glasses. Beer pours deep mahogany with a light tan head the fell in to a very thin sheet sparsely covering the beer.
the aroma is intense with a little acidic twang, lemon grass, herbal, peach, peppery with whiffs of malt sweetness.
the flavor is dry, little acidic on the tongue, there is a bitter component, it is more woody i guess. the beer is earthy, with a quick zing from a hint of sour, hints of vanilla and cinnamon, with a mellow earthiness like a mushroom.
this beer is wonderful, not for everyone but very balanced and interesting. get a round of brie and some water crackers

Photo of blakesell
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 256
Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Duvel goblet/chalice.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear reddish brown with a lovely two and a half finger head of bone and tan foam that quickly dies down to large bubbles in a mossy lake formation across the top of the glass. Lacing is ample and clings to the sides for the duration of the tasting.

Smell- Funk and pepper, fresh cracked black pepper with brettanomyces thick in the brew. A rich raisin wafts thru the nostrils with the good sour tartness underlying. Oak (why there is an oak aged and non oaked version on BA is beyond me as they list aged in oak on the label), spicey cheese, possibly roquefort, and a hint of cherry pie.

Taste- Wow is this thing sour and funky. My dad's dirty socks with a sweet mold thing going on in there. This has to be the first time I would praise the taste of my dad's dirty socks. How the hell do I know how they taste? None of your business on that one. Cherries, burnt wood, oak is powerful in the flavor. Toasted malts and so many spices I couldn't hope to list them all but I'll try. Burnt orange peel, lemon zest, coriander but not too much at all, grains of paradise, mustard seed is pretty powerful in there. A slight margin of wheat, and herbs.

Mouthfeel- Tart and puckering with sourness. Effervescent, medium full bodied, highly carbonated, but not the gusher that many Jolly Pumpkin brews are.

Drinkability- For most, hardly any, but for me, well I could drink this all day long. Sadly, I can't be doing that with Ron's new pricing structure. I may snag another for aging purposes though. I'm sure this beer for aging will age quite well.

Photo of BMoney575
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-2-08
Batch 256

Pours a light orange brown, with a foamy off-white head that leaves giant lacing.

Smell is super funky and sour, a little Belgian, exactly the thing JP does well.

Taste is just like the smell, sour and tart, with a fruity edge. The finish is very dry and surprisingly bready.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of fizz to go with the tartness.

Drinkability is good, If your in a sour mood.

Overall, a darker funky Jolly Pumpkin. Good, but not my favorite.

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

A- Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a hazy amber with a nice pillowy head that sticks around.

S- Nice bretty and fruity nose. Notes of cherry and peaches. Note overly sour or funky. I would say less funky than most JP brews.

T- Starts out fairly bitter with sour cherry notes. This quickly becomes more sweet and fruity then much more astringent and bitter. Nice complex beer but I don't like how the bitterness sticks around in my mouth. Did you notice sour and funky are missing from this Taste review?? I don't find that normal JP funky and sour taste in this beer. There is some of both in here but differently than I expect from JP.

M- Nice carbonation in this beer. Smaller bubbles make it almost creamy but it has a thinner consistency.

D- I like this beer. It pails in comparison to other JP beers I have had but that is entirely relative. They make incredible beer!

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

Photo of Flyer
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep cherry color, translucent near the bottom and becoming darker near the thick, creamy head. Oak on the nose, with huge Belgian floral notes coming through with the first sip. Lots of sourness, with cherry, bitter unripened peach, ans spice in the background.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 256

A - Pours raisin brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

S - Sweet malt followed by tart apples, cherries, oak and a sour funk.

T - Caramel malt with a tart apples, white grapes, sour cherries and a woody, musty funk.

M - Light and crisp with good carbonation.

D - Another tasty funky beer from JP.

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

Today is the day after the Ides of March and the day before St. Patrick's, and it's week 'til my birthday. What a perfect evening to pop this one open. Thanks to demcorhip for procuring this beer for me. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours very tamely compared to other JP beers I've had, which is welcome. Carbonation is medium-low, 1/2 inch of head recedes to some patchy lace fairly quickly. Colour is somewhere in the orange-red-brown area, slight chill haze. Very clean aroma with a crisp, tart, Granny Smith apple character, some funky brett, sharp cheese, peppery hops. Grassy, earthy, hay-like aroma as well with hints of oak.

The taste is acidic up front, tart and sharp and full of funk and cheesiness. Melds nicely into a balancing apple sweetness. There's lots of woody, oaky notes as well with a hint of vanilla, very pleasant. Spicy hop notes, peppery and herbal, meld into a surprising bitterness in the finish, and a hint of mellow malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow carbonation that's just about right. A little sticky but not super dry. This a nice sipper for a chilly spring evening, and one I'd like to have again in the future.

Bière De Mars from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
93 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.