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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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200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 294
Gots: 44 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-22-2006

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Ratings: 200 | Reviews: 102
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4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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