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Bière De Mars - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 212
Hads: 626
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 105
Gots: 101 | FT: 10
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States | website

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

Big thanks to thorpe429 for this long time want and romolux for supplying more of this in a recent trade.

bottle poured into bruery tulip
Blend 1 2011

Color: Brownish red hues for this beer.... glows differently from every angle. A hazy beer, not plenty of light getting through this one. A nickle sized head forms after the pour of the off white shade. Some minor soapy lacing is left on the glass as you drink the beer down.

Nose: Big funky smells come from this beer. Vinegar comes up at the forefront followed by some wicked barnyard scents. Dried pit fruit floats around in the glass and the smell of apples and cranberries swim in the background.

Palate: Interesting! mellow sourness/tart. Funky and fruity with a medium body feel. The drinkability is awesome.... the carbonation is spot on and the abv is well masked. As the beer warms it gets a tad more complex,but a bit harder to drink, but not really a bad thing.

Finish: Dry and tart with a lingering texture of sour fruit and mild vinegar. I really enjoyed this brew. I wish it was available a lot more especially in California. JP another solid brew!

Rating: 94 out of 100

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blend 2 - bottled 3-8-2011.

Pours like a Diet Coke, a deep hazy ruby chestnut, almost purple at times, topped by a thin head of foam that dies down to a thin collar circling small islands of foam.

The aroma is pure sour funk with notes of caramel and apple cider vinegar.

The taste is sour caramel cherries. Dry oaky finish with rubber gym balls lingering in the aftertaste. Tart without being sour, but it's enough to keep the caramel and light cocoa notes in check. Somewhat vinous/vinegary.

Light body with light carbonation.

Pretty decent overall.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Served side by side with Bière de Mars Grand Reserve.

The beer is orange to brown in color, with an off white head. Random, spotty lacing on the tulip. Awesome aroma, with a strong Brettanomyces presence. Funky, wild, and wonderful. The flavor is outstanding. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. Medium to thin in body, with adequate carbonation. I am thoroughly enjoying this. Perhaps not as bold or daring as the Grand Reserve, but highly quaffable. I definitely recommend it and would have it again.

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Photo of JLeege
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 8th, 2011 – Poured into a tulip

Appearance- Pours a rich mahogany color with a finger and a half of off white head. Fades to a small collar. (The inital pour is beautiful, the second "yeast" pour looks like swamp water)

Smell- Caramel and a bit doughy, dark fruits; a touch of citrus and oak, all with the signature JP funk, which I adore. Smells very nice, though overall not as aromatic as most of their beers (usually the aroma fills up the whole room upon opening).

Taste-Slight tart cherry, plum and red grape at the onset; fairly vinous. Caramel notes pick up and a hint of toasted malts. Nice oak, slight vanilla, and leather towards the finish. A nice brett-y dryness at the end, still a young bottle, but I expect this to dry out even more over a few years. The ultimate linger is dry toasted oak with some grape/raison.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and medium/low carbonation, could use a touch more carbonation if I want to get really picky. Ever so slightly tart and quite dry.

Overall- Great beer. I will probably try to snag another bottle or 2, or 5, because I feel this beer will age gracefully and become even more dynamic. Jolly Pumpkin is quickly becoming one of my top 3 breweries.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle that has been chillin in the cellar at least a year or two. Pours a decently clear dark copper color. Nice lace and tight head. Oh, and one of the coolest labels I have ever seen.

Nose is brett, leather, dark fruit and toasted malt. Big, bold and funky smelling brew...JP fans will not be disappointed here.

Tart, dry and bold toasty malts make for a unique flavor experience. Funkalicious oak and bold toffee. As it warms some nice fruit undertones come out, not quite as bold as raisins, more currant-like. Quite impressive, much more than merely enjoyable. JP employs a deft hand at farmhouse funk with the majority of their beers. With so many turning out delicious, I am ruling out luck as a factor why this is so damn tasty. Next to La Roja, this might be my one of my favorite offerings. Superb!

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Photo of itk1
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 346/348. One of the best regular Jolly Pumpkin offerings in my opinion.The beer pours a light brown color with a substantial white head. The smell is slightly sour with a little bit of funk thrown in to the mix. The taste is similar with a slightly sour start to the sip finished off by a little funkiness that isn't to over the top. You can also pick out a little oak in the finish. Rather light on the pallet which is nice during the summer in Florida. Overall a winner that I would return to regularly if were a little less expensive.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 346/348. Poured into Lost Abbey stemware. Pours a dark brown color that is a beautiful reddish-purple when held up to light. It had a large off-white head that hangs around for a very long time. Beautiful head on this beer. Scent was extremely funky from the second I popped the cap. Gotta love that JP signature funk. I also get a lot of oak and wood aromas with some sweet fruits and hints of vanilla. Taste is....DAMN I LOVE JP MORE and MORE with each of their beers I try. Initially I get tart cherry flavors, immediately followed by Belgian yeast, barnyard funk, and TONS of oak. The sweet fruity flavors in the beginning are amazing and somewhat vinous. Then all the oak and vanilla comes in and just blows my palate away. Mouthfeel is very full-bodied and creamy. Drinkability is very high with no detectible alcohol flavors. Overall, this is ANOTHER amazing beer from Jolly Pumpkin...These guys are becoming one of my favorite breweries by far.

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Photo of davidbowers13
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviw of blend 2, bottled on 3/8/11.

A - Hazy light brown color with hardly any head and mild carbonation. Poured straight into the bottom of the glass to induce head, but could not attain anything more than a finger/half a finger tall.

S - Mostly oak and cherries. I thought it had a smell similar to a chardonnay wine.

T - Followed the nose. Oak with a sour cherry character. A little lacking in carbonation, I feel this may have improved the overall beer a little.

M - Light, with a light sour finish. I'm not a big fan of sours and this beer did not over power me. Again, I feel that a little more carbonation could have helped too.

O - Overall a pretty good beer. I recommend trying it if you get the chance. Not sure I'd buy it again however.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown glass prytop. Batch number 346/348. Bought at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

Pours a murky brown with some red highlights and thin light tan head. Not a very pretty beer. Aroma is all about sour black cherry, black raisins and dates with lime zest on them. Great nose.

Palate is sour and crisp right off the bat. Goes a little wanky, a little watery after a second. Flavors are sour cherry, black cherry, figs, dates, oats, and lemon rind and pits.

Great aroma, good flavor, weak palate, weak appearance. Good but not great overall.

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Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a very dark ruby/chestnut brown color that appears completely opaque in the glass with sligh mahogany edges and a two finger frothy beige head. Very good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Funky earthy aroma with a prominent barrel character as well as some bret, citrus fruit and zesty spice. Lots of earthy oak/wood as well as some coriander and citrus rind.

Full chewy body with a slightly creamy texture as well as some soft carbonation up front and a good bit of dry funk. Slightly tart wihout being acidic. Nice dry Bret presence along with a wrong barrel charater and malt backbone. Hints of earhy oak, dry Bret and other bugs,vanilla and citrus peel. Dry finish. Complex, refreshing and very easy to drink. One of my favorite beers feom JP.

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Photo of
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy tawney-orange with a thin tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell - Very vinous. Sour, earthy, and funky. Notes of dark tart cherries, oak, and honey.

Taste - Echoes the aroma. Softly sour with a nice oak presence and a clean, lingering finish.

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Photo of GrandCruDrew
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has alwaya been my favorite beer of all time. Reviewing 2010 & 2011 side by side. 750mL. The 2010 poured in my New Belgium goblet. The 2011 poured into my Struise goblet. The points in this review reflect the 2011.

2010 A- Pours a dark amber or even brown, beautiful off white head that is a solid 3 fingers. good lacing that coates the glass.
2011 A- Pours an amber, lighter than the 2010. It has great head about an inch and a half, lacing is a bit thinner than 2011.

2010 S- very similar to the 2011, but a little bit lighter on each characteristic. A little more funkiness, little less fruitiness.
2011 S- smell of fruity, beautiful funk and sour notes, light caramel, toffee, tart cherries, and signature JP Brett & funk.

2010 T- Definitely reflects it's age. It has more barnyard, mustiness and funkiness, but less depth and fruitiness.
2011 T- Every thing that the nose offers reflects on the palate. I think I get the Lager strainds a little. Which I would only like in a beer like this.

2010 M- A much shorter finish than the 2011.
2011 M- Great mouth feel. Lingers, tart on the mis and back palate.

2010 Overall- Good with age, but I may drink all of my future BdM young! Except GR's!
2011 Overall- I prefer fresh to vintage. This is by far superior in taste and in the nose. It offers so much fruitiness, spicyness and depth. I love this biere!

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Photo of abraxel
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky orange-brown, with an off-white head and little, steady streams of bubbles off the bottom of the glass. Nice.

S - Lots of yeasty, slightly funky esters (pretty recognizable as Jolly Pumpkin's signature). A little sour, a little sour-lemon-citrus. It's an enticing combination.

T - More sour lemon, estery funk, and is it oak? There's a distinctive place I can't quite place which might be the oak barrels. It tastes quite good, but I'm not well-versed in the style and can't quite define why ("What a useful review," you're saying).

M - Soft and smooth, nice and comfortable. Not too thick, not too thin.

O - Overall, quite good. I'm going to the release of the grand reserve next week, and am quite excited, given how tasty the base beer is.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a large snifter. This is a clear translucent brown color, extremely well carbonated with a champagne-like fizziness. Smell is sour and funky with lots of lemon, barnyard, and blue cheese-ish qualities. Taste is a sour, pungent lemon.. very acidic and very drinkable. This is delicious. Jolly Pumpkin is a great brewery for sour beers.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 346/348Poured into a Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery Globe on 4/9/11.

Pours a dark brown with some amber red hues when held to the light. Pours a medium off white brown head that leaves no lacing.

Smells sweet but has a tang of cherries and smells of earth in the slightest since.

Taste is almost like wine. Lots of fruity tones and a nice hop presence. Lots of tang but well balanced. Other tones fights back the sour.

Mouthfeel is medium. Nice bite on the front and a little on the middle of the palate but its a solid brew.

Over all try this beer. Not great but l want people go at it. Great brew and I will seek it in the near future.

Cheer, Joe

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Photo of kwjd
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-red colour with thick white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly without too much lacing. Smells tart, with some oak and lots of yeasty aroma. Flavour has a very mild sourness, but there is a very big malty flavour to this beer as well. Aftertaste seems to be mostly sour, with my mouth puckering somewhat. Fairly big carbonation level. Another nice beer from this brewery.

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Photo of AwYeh
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Blend 2, 2/24/10, poured into snifter; thanks to Jesse13713 for splitting this one with me.

A: Pours a cloudy mahogany brown color with a finger of dense, off-white head, with good retention and spotty lacing.

S: Tangy, yeasty, musty, and oaky; quite complex while being tart throughout.

T/M: Quite sour, on par with a gueuze easily; acid coats the palate much like lemon juice. Oaky flavors are quite strong, along with some citrus fruits- the aforementioned lemon in particular (sour apple, while not a citrus, is also pretty predominant). Medium-bodied with light carbonation, quite smooth considering the acidity present. Sour/bitter finish closes things off nicely.

D: An enjoyable glass, I wouldn't mind returning to this one again in the future when I'm feeling something sour.

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Photo of Jesse13713
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - About a finger and a half of head topples over a dark brown beer. Quite impressive lacing that clings to the glass. A slight coppery red.

Smell - Very sour with strong hints of grapes. Has a distinct red wine smell to it. Slight lemon. Quite a strong presence of Belgian yeast in this.

Taste - Definitely a take on the darker side by Jolly Pumpkin. There traditional and signature sour taste is combined with a darker reddish brown ale taste. Very heavy in the sour and lemon zest departments. Quite a bit of citrus and a light note of cherry. Slightly malty and the sourness balances out the sweetness perfectly.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - As stated, slightly more sour than sweet. A very awesome tasting and well balanced beer. Slightly more the red ale and darker tasting side of J.P. beers. This reminds me even further of why Jolly Pumpkin is one of my favorite breweries.

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

Poured from a 250 ml bottle. My bottle has a sticker on it that says "Blend 2 Bottled 2-24-10. Not sure what that means. But anyway, it pours a dark ruby red with a thin fizzy head.

The aroma has a definite oak aroma. Also smells of grape. Has sort of that wine like aroma. You can smell the tartness before it hits your tongue.

Tastes great. The tartness starts to work on the first sip. Tastes of fruit... mostly grape. What a nice presence of the oak.

This is the first beer I have had in the style. Tastes almost wine like. The tartness is so interesting to me. This beer is a greater sipper. Overall, this one is well worth a try. These types of beers are so far left than many of the other styles that they are just fun to drink.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this before but didn't review it... I wish I had this laying around all the time... Bottle brought over and shared by DSC.

Pours a murky rusty cherry color with a tan creamy head... Nice curtains of bubbly lace. Nice.

Nose is dry oak, sour tart cherries, and some nice funk... Mmmm.

Taste is lightly sweet cherries, tart cherries, vinegar, dry funk, and oak. Wow. Nice sour bite. This tastes sooo good! As it warms up, there is a light spice note.

Body is nice and creamy. Certainly not overcarbonated or thin feeling. It is just right.

This is hands down my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer... The flavor, funk, and tartness are everything I want out of a JP beer. This is so good.

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Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hazy dark brown/walnut in the glass. Nice tan head, though it fades rather quickly.

S: Tangy. There is a nice sweetish sour note right off the bat. I am picking up lemon and berries, a touch of vinegar and some malt.

T: Tart and sour right off the bat. There is perhaps a touch of mustiness in this, and perhaps a little bit of leather/licorice. As it gets warmer the sour seems to fade a little and some malt tends to come out a little more.

M: Light on body, very high carbonation, and slightly filmy, yet somehow drying as well. Odd.

D: Overall I think the sourness covers up a lot of the other flavors. Nearly all the oak character is covered up by the sourness. As I continue to drink I can pick up a bit more of what the beer beneath the sour is, but I still think this could be nearly any base beer and many people wouldn't be able to pull out the original style. It's good, but I think this degree of sour muddles up anything that the base beer was.. I enjoy it, but I probably wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber thanks to bobsy, we were thinking Bier de Garde but this one is anything but traditional.

Pours a dark ruddy brown with hints of amber and purple. Nose reveals the sharp sourness, which has a bit of funk and vingar like quality, that matches wits with a caramel and toffee base, loads of dark fruits, hint of cocoa, light roast. A little acidic and sharp for my liking, lacking the integration of many of JPs other offerings. A little too sharp carbonation which presents the beer as thinner than it is, just wasn't that drinkable for me.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy brown almost an amber color with good head and some lace. The aroma is very funky with cheese horse blanket sour cherry and some bread. The flavor is very sour with some lemon peel and is well balanced with a good strawberry and fruity character. The beer is dry and oaky and has some vinous notes. Beautiful.

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