Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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United Kingdom (Wales)
4.18/5 rDev -4.1%
Batch 346/348. Bottled 2-19-10z
Very little head. Color is copper amber.
Flavor profile is very complex. Reminds me of a sour Flanders red. Cherries, oak, tannins, red apple skins, light acidity. A little bit of malt.
Mouthfeel: tart but not over the top. Lighter bodied. Nice amount of sour.
Overall, a very nice sour beer. Very easy to drink. I wish this wasn't so hard to find.
08-31-2013 16:49:53 | More by mothman
4.05/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
08-26-2013 15:14:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.38/5 rDev +0.5%
375mL sized bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 03-04-2013. Thanks Matt for sharing!
(A)- Pours a ruby reddish chestnut brown color. Some good white froth formed as well.
(S)- A nice earthy cherried oak component. Slight dirt and leather meets a great acidity and vinegar. Nicely complex and engaging for me.
(T)- Fairly similar to the smell. Great acidity and oak meets a slightly earthy yet fruity profile. Not quite as dynamic as the smell was, but the oak presence really drives this home for me.
(M)- A smooth carbonation level meets a nice oaky acidity. Again, not overly complex but very well balanced, if not a touch more sour overall than what I was expecting.
(O)- I really look forward to when these Grand Reserves come out. Possibly my favorite one to date, however we did have an older regular base Biere de Garde along side this, and we actually all agreed we preferred that over this which was interesting.
08-01-2013 21:12:54 | More by sweemzander
4.51/5 rDev +3.4%
From notes. Batch 472/473 3-22-2011
My pour is a murky brown color; the pour is a little darker, fuller, and less transparent than the regular beer. A small off-white ring forms around the edge of the glass.
The aroma has a bit more vinegar burn than the regular Biere de Mars. Lemon,
The flavor is much more sour than the regular Biere de Mars. The lactic sour notes are still presence, but there is a bit more vinegar sourness. Lots of lemon steps in the front and really takes the place of the dried dark fruits. A fit of faded caramel malt is noticeable in the background, but the full, robust sour flavor has really taken over in a delicious way.
Being more sour than the regular Biere de Mars, it is no surprise that it is more puckering on the palate. It starts out smooth and a bit sweet, with a lemony sourness that grows, peaks, and levels off at the end, finishing cleanly. The body and carbonation are both on the light side of medium.
Biere de Mars is a great beer, and the Grand Reserve improves it nicely.
06-19-2013 03:53:59 | More by KickInTheChalice
Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
96 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.