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Bière De Mars | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Bière De MarsBière De Mars

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2005

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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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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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Bière De Mars from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.