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Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Bière De Mars - Grand ReserveBière De Mars - Grand Reserve

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BA SCORE
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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.57%
Wants: 283
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-22-2006)
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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.83/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at "Free" Beer Party - 2008 at Taco Mac Lindbergh in celebration of the 75 anniversary of the end of prohibition.

Oak aged for 27 months.

Pours brown/orange with weird spotty lacing, small 1/8 inch copper colored head. Smells of sweet malts, oak, and bourbon. First taste is extremely bitter with a slightly sweet aftertaste - hints of green apples, lemons, and grapefruit. As it warms, the bitterness somewhat declines, but not by much.

Very limited with only 17 cases produced.

ATLbeerDog, Apr 09, 2008
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

nicholas527, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

GRG1313, Saturday at 06:09 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

montrealbcr89, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of DrJay
3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 65, in the barrel for 27 months. Generously provided by grub for the 2008 Biergotter Tasting.
Caramel coloured, fairly clear, with a little bit of beige foam that formed a thin collar. Some spotty lacing. The aroma was sort of sharp, tart and vinegar with a bit of alcohol, some funk and earth. Sweetness hit up front but faded fast. Very sour, citric and acetic. Seemed a little thin on malt, but it was certainly there. Light bodied with lowish carbonation, off-dry. This one seemed a bit one dimensional after all the other amazing sours we'd been enjoying. It was quite acidic, but still refreshing and flavourful.

DrJay, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 1: Sour/Wild Ales. i contributed this bottle that i got in a trade with GrandCruDrew. thanks drew!

12oz bottle. batch 65, barrel-aged 27 months. sampled nov 27/08.

pours pretty much crystal clear with just a wisp of ultra-fine white bubbles clinging to the top. the head drops fast and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. lemon. sour cherry. sour cranberry. light vinegar. bit of alcohol. cracker and multi-grain bread. light funk.

taste is wild. big malt vinegar. lots of lemon. huge sour and vinegar component on this one. cracker and white bread. light alcohol. behind the sourness is a bit of other mixed citrus and fruit, but it's hard to find it when you're being smacked around by the vinegar+sourness.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is ok. the acidity is pretty strong, which definitely takes away from the drinkability. i think if this one dialed back the sour/vinegar component a little to let those other components through it'd really shine. still a tasty and interesting brew.

grub, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, thanks to the generosity of OHLRangers. Unknown batch, the sticker on the back has been partially ripped off.

From notes: Minimal and short lasting head covers this hazy, dark reddish brown beer.
Aroma is funky, tart, with a little bit too much vinegar. Some woody notes.
Taste is a bit too sour and vinegary for a biere de garde, and carbonation is lacking. Some bourbon notes, oak, and again, lots of vinegar. Fruitiness, and the tartness, a bit exaggerated, unexpected for the style.
Pleasant, but definitely not great.

brdc, Oct 09, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

tom10101, May 19, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle thanks to sarro on BA.

Pours dark brown with reddish hues and a one-finger light tan head that fades to a ring.

Jolly Pumpkin's house yeast is evident on the aroma. Pretty funky and oaky with caramel malt.

Flavor is slightly sweet caramel malt but mostly tart and full of the house yeast flavor. Funky and oaky with some slight fruity notes and very slight bourbon.

Nice palate, dry and fairly tart with medium body.

Pretty good beer. Not amazing, but good.

nickd717, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - -Light brown colored beer with a bit of a white head that didn't rise very high or stay for very long. Looks a little red on the edges.

S - Dark fruits, yeast is fairly present, some funk, little vinegar.

T - Sweet caramel, some tartness with the normal Jolly Pumpkin yeast smell. Some funk and oak from the barrels. I get bored with JP beers, but this one is somewhat interesting.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Decent beer, not amazing, but this one is pretty good.

AgentZero, Jul 18, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty cloudy beige color ale with s mall bubbly head with limited retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of sour and tart notes with light oak notes. Taste is quiet sour with some light oak and light funky yeast notes with a mild acidity level. Body is quite full with low carbonation. I tasted more funk then bourbon to be honest but very enjoyable beer from one of my favourite brewery.

Phyl21ca, Nov 16, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/copper with only a small sliver of head.

The aroma is a nice blend of tart grapes, biscuit, earthy hops, peppery spice, and heavy oak.

The flavor starts out with a bit of raisin sweetness, which quickly disappears to make room for a very dry oak finish. Lots of earthiness and a bit of cobwebby must.

The body is medium and carbonation is low. Overall this beer was nice, but perhaps a little oaky and lacking depth in the flavor profile. Still, worth taking a crack at.

alcstradamus, Apr 30, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark amber-brown with a thin tan head.

S - Funk, cherry, tart citrus.

T - Funky cherry, tart old fruit. The sourness overpowers most of the flavors here.

D - Mild carbonation, light body.

O - A good sour, bring on the tart.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed November 23, 2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Apple candy aroma, with a touch of apricots mellowed in ale, yet with some peculiar edges of old woman perfume. Some of the alcohol notes are deep and dark, with edges of caramel. Pour of a rich deep caramel, firey in glowing orange, witha thin rim of whitish. Flavor is a somewhat confused melange of bright awakening acidity in apple skin and white grape juice, with caramel syrup dangling with a fast flow of balsamic vinegar, between fading into a mellow fragrant lemon hop smack, yet remaining lightly subdues. Some of the nose-stinging acidity creates some balance. However, the flavor of this beer alights some muddines and subtleness with a little less distinctive qualities, it’s still a deliciously complete package.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 19, 2006
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

acurtis, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

InVinoVeritas, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

DJButters, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

claaark13, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

enelson, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

cosmonick, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Anonymous1, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sample courtesy, and thanks to MDS. Thanks MIke. Sampled at Tuesday night Jolly Pumpkin bonanza!Cloudy brown/mahogany, with good yeast floaties in bottom, and good lace present. Woodsy aroma with vague plum, whisky, and faint grapes/booze. Tart fruit matched with yeasty brett, and earthy oak, with some booze. Smooth, good tart finish, thick and earthy. Wow, great stuff. Thanks goes out To Ron J, and Mike. D. S

mrmanning, Mar 09, 2010
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

ygtbsm94, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Spider889, Jan 20, 2013
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Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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