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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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193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
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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4/5  rDev -8.3%

InVinoVeritas, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of KickInTheChalice
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.

KickInTheChalice, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of oldp0rt
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

oldp0rt, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%

330mL bottle poured into teku - thanks erikkoppin - 2011 bottle

Softly hazed dark copper pour with some golden hues, little to no head/lacing/retention to speak of.

Tart and acidic in the nose with notes of dark fruit, currants, red grape skin and oak. Slightly leathery and funky with plenty of spicy yeast. Hints of apple and caramel.

Decent sourness right up front, smacking of dark fruits with raisins and currants. Oaky and warm, taking on some chewy red wine characteristics with overripe grape skin. Roasted apples, caramel and funky Belgian yeast underneath. Finishes tart and dry with lingering acidity.

Medium body, milder carbonation, dry and sticky on the palate. This definitely takes the regular Jolly Pumpkin beers to another level, with increased nuances of flavor and higher levels of sourness and acidity.

xnicknj, Jun 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Hugonaut13, Jun 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Zaphog, Jun 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

cfrances33, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Anonymous1, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

speedvagen, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Etan
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%

11.2oz stubby from the recent release into a Cantillon flute.

A: Pours a rich yet mellow mahogany color with a small light tan head.

S: Very lactic aroma, along with some notes of bretty pineapple, mild acetic fruitiness, subtle coconut and vanilla tannins.

T: Taste brings moderate red wine vinegar and cherries, a bit of musty wood, light caramelized grain, vague buttery bourbon. The acidity is pretty well-balanced, not very strong.

M: Light-bodied with almost no carbonation.

O: This is pretty nice, but a bit lacking in complexity and carbonation compared to other notable soured bieres de garde.

Etan, May 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

mrebeka, May 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Michigan, May 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Envelopes, May 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

BrokenStones, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

tom10101, May 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

dbc5, May 08, 2013
Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from a stubby 11.2 oz bottle into a Jolly Pumpkin snifter.

Appearance- Pours a dark, cloudy reddish-brown with only enough bubbles to rise, and disperse to the edge of the glass. Looks very aged for a beer.

Smell- Tangy pungent sour fruit followed by robust oak, caramel, allspice, burnt Santo Marron wood, candied figs, red currant jam. Very complex aromas akin to a very long oak-aged spirit.

Taste- Tart citric acid blasts the palate- like sour candy. Followed up with cherry wine, sweet grapes, prune, tobacco, maple sugar, oaky tannins, earthy cinnamon and cardamom. This finishes quite dry for how tart it starts off.

Mouthfeel- Very dense and smooth with very little carbonation.

Overall- A very unique brew that has complexity written all over it. Justifiably so, given its lengthy aging. Reminiscent of a tawny port, or a fine cognac in all of its complex character. Not to be missed if you are afforded the rare opportunity to try this. I will look forward to future bottlings if they do them again.

SaisonRichBiere, May 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

jefferyc, May 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

szmnnl99, May 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Benny3000, Apr 29, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +4.4%

Enjoyed on tap at Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor for the '13 Biere de Mars Grand Reserve release. It pours a cloudy mix of deep copper that cascades from a dense and red-tinted brown at the bottom to a lighter, nearly amber color at the top. The thin, grey-hinted head is small, most likely due to the pour, but it still leaves some nice, wet, dripping lace in its path. Very interesting gradient of color, especially when held up in front of a light.

One whiff and mmm.... You can immediately smell the tartness of the beer. A good amount of acidity jumps out at the nostrils, attached with plenty of hearty vinegar notes all around. The vinous aromas with this one are strong, too; tons of grapes, oak, and tannin. Successive whiffs draw out more fruit aside from grapes; cherries and apple skins are relevant as well. There's a mild, horsey and barnyard aroma that prances in eventually, revealing a mild funk amongst the tart brigade. I would've like the aroma to "pop" just a little more than it did, but it still did a fine job of getting my taste buds excited to finally bring it to my lips.

The first sip stings the taste buds and gets the saliva glands working - quite sour, with a heavy initial tartness; it has got me puckering and smacking my lips right away. Vinous notes are even heavier on the palate with plenty of oak and barrel flavors, tannin, grapes, and a mild hint of alcohol. Vinegar is almost equal in strength as it comes charging in right away, contributing to the brash tartness of the brew. Acidic to the core while remaining devastatingly drinkable.

Just like with the aroma, allowing this beer to open up reveals some more complexity and more fruits; cherries, sour lemon juice, tart green apples. The problem is, I finished this one pretty quickly - very easy to put down. The tail end reveals some moderate funk; wet hay, soaked wood, and a slight musty barnyard, but it's safe to say that this beer is more heavily pronounced on the sour side rather than the funky side. Thin-medium bodied, lively with carbonation, giving an almost crispy mouth feel. The finish is bone dry, ending with a sharp tartness, lightly vinous oik, and very tame funk.

Phenomenal brew from Jolly Pumpkin. Excellent sour. I was sad to look down at my glass and find that it was empty so quickly. I couldn't keep this stuff away from my mouth. It's exceedingly sour and tart, but still to a highly drinkable degree - you won't have to worry about it burning a hole into your stomach. Light funk is a welcomed accompaniment to the complex tart and fruity flavor profile. The vinous and vinegar notes were lovely. I wish this was released more often, but I heard it spends 24 months in barrels... I guess you can't really argue with that.

tectactoe, Apr 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

JohnnieNepal, Apr 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

decadance, Apr 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

ROBSTARR, Feb 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

DarthGuitarHero, Feb 06, 2013
Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
96 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.