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Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.57%
Wants: 287
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
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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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Batch 676/677. Bottled 3/4/13.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with malt, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is really tasty but has a much better sour presence in the aroma.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper with an off white head and a good amount of lacing as it goes down. Nose is incredibly complex. I get tart green apples, ripe cherries, brown sugar, hints of caramel, a bit of vinegar, and maybe a little bit of lemon. Taste draws all the flavors together quite well and adds a bit of extra funk. Mouthfeel comes from both acetic and lactic sourness. Quite drinkable, although maybe a bit over the top in any relatively large quantity.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 release, aged 16 months in oak

Appearance: Pours a burnt sienna with a modest cap that fades quickly but leaves quite a bit of lace before it goes

Smell: A lot going on, with tart/sour fruit, oak, bourbon, vanilla and Brett

Taste: Opens very mellow, with the oak and vaniila flavors hiding what is to come; before long, however, there is a blast of tart/sour green apple and cherry flavor followed by a Bretty funk that builds to a crescendo by mid-palate; after the swallow, the vanilla and woody flavors return to put the sour and funk flavors in a balanced perspective; the bourbon becomes most apparent in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: What an incredible achievement; so much complexity, yet so enjoyable

Thanks, brewdan, for the opportunity

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Starting the vacation off with a bang, the cooler I brought with me to folly for the next 4 days is just insane. After polishing off the growler of twigs this afternoon I cracked this one after dinner. Served chilled in a snifter, this one was consumed on 08/07/2010.

What a gorgeous beer! Dark amber pour reveals tons of cloudiness and a one finger head of off white foam that has incredible retention. Streaks of lacing that are just dripping down the sides of the glass are hallmarks here.

Aroma is horse funk. Deep tart apples, hints of sour that tingle the nose. Apple vinegar and a deep, earthiness that blends well, grounding it and keeping it from being a huge sour monster. Warming brings out the cherries, hints of a brown sugary sweetness and touches of sour apples that show their form. So damn sharp at the taste, bitter as hell with a wincing factor that was off the charts. Mellows mid palate bringing back some of that lovely earthiness that keeps it nice and calm until all moisture is sapped from your mouth an long, dry, sour finish seals the deal.

Overall, wow. A stunning example of the style and a stunning beer in general. Really glad I brought this one with me.

Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Derek and his never ending generosity for this one. Enjoyed as a brief respite from the absolutely excessive heat the last two days.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a head that dies quickly and becomes a thin ring of off-white head.

S: The oak and lactic acidity are quite evident on the nose. A bit of sweet caramel and vanilla, as well as some light funkiness. Some hints of sour cherries and vinegar, as well.

T: Oak is dominant throughout and provides a tannic quality to the beer. Some light vinegar and and cherries, but not overly sour or tart. There's a distinct earthiness to this beer which I find enjoyable.

M: The body is medium with a soft carbonation and lightly dry finish.

D: Like most of Jolly Pumpkin's beers, this is a good one. I haven't had the regular Biere de Mars, but this has inspired me to pick one up at some point.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by chswimmer. Thanks, Craig.

Cloudy chestnut colored body, lightly carbonated. A slow pour leaves me with half an inch of head that quickly recedes to a ring.

Fruity and vinous aroma, tart, musty, oaky, lightly acetic. It brings to mind rhubarb and strawberries. This is wonderfully balanced and deep, slightly funky but leaning more toward the rich dark fruit and vinous barrel notes.

Cherries, tart red grapes, tannic red wine - there's a lot going on in this one. The barrel character is substantial, lending a big tannic backbone that melds nicely with the vinous qualities. There's a touch of malt in the mid-palate that drops off again near the finish, replaced by tart cherries and raisins. The finish is bready and surprisingly brief - it ends on a clean, slightly lactic note. This is another winner from JP.

Photo of emerge077
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011: Gravity pour at GTMW... super sour stonefruit, sharp acidity, one dimensional almost. Not as good as the 16 month aged batch reviewed in '09. Maybe bottle conditioning time would improve.

2009 edition, aged 16 months:
Big whiff of quality bourbon in the nose, never got the bourbon barrel from one of these before. Brown sugar, oak, complex wild nose. Tart with plenty of leathery Brett. Soft, restrained, lots of wood. Subtly different from last year, less fruit, more oaky with the slight bourbon inflection. Thanks makdeco & tyee!

2008 release, aged 27 months in oak. Served at cellar temperature, around 55º.

Color is a light reddish-orange brown. Small head at first, that settles to a constant ring at the edge. With a little swirl, some spotty lace clings to the edge.

Huge cidery aroma of apple cider vinegar, wet wood, with a restrained wild funk underneath.

Tart cherry skins, oak, succulent berries, underripe tart strawberry, and lime zest. Long aftertaste, plenty of fruit and woody traces that linger. Muted oak tannin, never overpowers or becomes too dry. Once the initial tartness passes, it has a sublime smoothness. Carbonation is pretty light.

This stuff is too damn delicious, i'm glad I got the chance to taste it. It ranks up there with Oerbier Reserva and Supplication to me, and stands apart with it's own distinctive character. All the best qualities of Flanders sour ales are here, with the unique JP twist.

Huge thanks to TheBlackMallard!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of MasterSki
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to heliosphann for picking this up before DLD. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. This is the 16 month (bourbon) version.

A - Pours with a couple fingers of light tan foam that dissipates to a solid cap, but leaves minimal lacing. Orange-red transparent body - almost like a dark version of Cranbic. Compared to the flat Bon-Chien Bière de Gardes I've recently this is quite attractive.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, oak, lactic sourness, acetic acid, fruity funk, red wine vinegar, sour cherries & raspberries, and a touch of spice. Mellow, balanced, funky, sour - delicious, but could have "popped" a tiny bit more.

T - There's a lot of bourbon and barrel in the taste - vanilla, spicy oak, slightly sour and tannic finish. The other biggest carryover from the nose is red wine vinegar. A lot of the sweeter notes are pushed to periphery and I think complexity and balance suffers a bit for it. Still, it's quite excellent.

M - Low carbonation with only a slight tingle, perhaps a bit thin for 7%. Smooth body, minimal heat, and a fairly clean aftertaste with a touch of dryness to it.

D - This is probably my favorite Jolly Pumpkin brew. Easy drinking, rich in flavor, with no palate destroying flavors. I wish it released more often, but I suppose you can rush all those months in the barrel. Can't wait to see what the next release brings.

Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Huhzubendah in a side by side with the "regular" version of this. Served in a Fantom glass, and oh yeah AT THE TIME OF THIS REVIEW this is the #1, NUMERO UNO, the quitessential, the top dog Biere de Garde on the best of lists on beeradvocate.com. Thanks for sharing this Matt.

Beer is brown and mostly clear, darker than the regular version but only slightly. The head is wispy and white, tiny bubbles. Carbonation is low, no real lacing, looks pretty good.

The aroma on this beer is stronger than the regular, more acetic, more "burn" a little acetone flavors in the nose. The lactic and wood are still there, mild tannic, some Brett character obviously.

Beer is not as harsh as it smells. I don't mean to say that it smelled bad but the acetic character on the palate was more subdued than I assumed it would be when I originally smelled the beer. There is definitely an acetic character, but it more brightens the beer than makes it dry or harsh. The beer is sour but not tart on the finish. A little dry on the ending and a lactic creaminess with a nice bouquet of yeast on the midpalate. I am not sure which one I liked better, I think this one suffers from a solvency, but the flavor is better. I'd have it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 06/25/11 notes. 2 330ml bottles shared by ahalloin; thanks Tony, always interested in trying new JP beers. Poured into my Bruery tulip. Batch 346/348, dated 02/19/10.

a - Pours a murky dark brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of that distinct Jolly Pumpkin yeast and funk, oak, horse blanket, and light fruit. Very funky and enjoyable; really like the nose.

t - Tastes of funk, light fruity, yeast, that barnyard funk/horse blanket taste, and light oak.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty creamy body, and not as carbonated as I expected.

o - Overall a really good beer from Jolly Pumpkin beer. If you like their style this is acan't miss. Would like to have it again.

Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

Batch 346/348. The beer pours light brown with a white head. The aroma is tart with some lemons, yeast and oak. The flavor is brown sugar, lemon, brett funk and oak. The tartness lingers and makes the beer very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 65; Sampled April 2008
A vigorous pour produces only a half finger thick head that quickly disappears. The beer is a ruddy, dark cherry color that shows a hazy, cranberry stained, amber color. The aroma is interesting and funky & oh so characterful. Tart, vinous, with a touch of sour-cherry, spicy oak, light balsamic, a touch of hot alcohol, lightly funky ripe cheese and barrel character that is quite reserved but plays a significant role. The barrel character provides notes of spicy wood, buttery oak, and touches of very light bourbon aromatics (that hot alcohol mentioned earlier). It is so easy to just keep smelling this beer for quite some time, but I feel I need to drink this before it loses all of its light carbonation.

Quite sour tasting, but tastes surprisingly distinctly of sour-cherries. The carbonation is quite light, but adds a nice soft prickle to the tongue, just enough to perk up the texture. The bourbon adds a bit of character to the finish, a touch of warming and some spiciness without being overwhelming. Speaking of which, I am quite pleased by how soft of an impact the bourbon has here; I was worried that the bourbon would overwhelm this beer, but it is held well in check (I hope this is a trend that continues, over bourbon'd beers have been a bit overbearing lately for me). Oak character provides mouth coating tannins and oak-heft that just make the texture feel so soft and inviting. While quite tart, the sourness melds so well with the other flavors that it is not nearly as noticeable as it might be. The tartness really accentuates a deep, tart, fruit character that is a mix of tannic cherries, rich plums and a touch tamarind. As the beer warms up it picks up a phantom sweetness that accentuates the fruit character even that much more.

This is very nice, I was really expecting the Bourbon to be too much here, but instead it adds a bit more complexity without being over-bearing. Too soon this beer is gone, a 12oz bottle was just not enough of this one.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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