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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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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.57%
Wants: 279
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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biga7346

Michigan

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

2011 poured into JP snifter

A - Really deep chestnut color, oil soaked wood like wood stain, firm like most JP beers, relatively flat.

N - Gourd or pumpkin, grape skin, wet cement, white peppercorn and spices like cinnamon, very vinous, tart apple, lemon juice and lemon zest, tanginess; as it warms there's some phenol-like, medicinal notes, wet hay, some nutty cheese.

T - Wonderful finish of soaked wood and tart grape skin, healthy punch of acidity, fresh citrus, more oily and acidic than La Roja GR; subtle floral notes, rose hips, dirt, soda water, oak barrel. Mouthfeel is dense, chewy for a JP beer, good carbonation after more than year in the bottle.

D - Great complexity, the color alone is one of the most unique I've seen.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 18:55:00 | More by biga7346
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark red almost brown with little head or lacing.

Aroma is apples, sour berries with oak.

Very sour up front with more apple and pear notes. A little bit of fruity sweetness creeps in and it finishes with a puckering dry oak presence. More sour than the typical JP offering.

On the lighter side in body with low carbonation.

Very enjoyable although the extreme dry sourness may limit drinkability. A small pour was excellent though. Definitely different than the typical JP offering and offering some surprising gueuze characteristics at times.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 16:49:54 | More by jmarsh123
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-16-2012 17:37:20 | More by deapokid
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bauermj

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-11-2012 03:47:13 | More by bauermj
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Khazadum

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-31-2012 23:08:20 | More by Khazadum
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DovaliHops

California

4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Bottled 2-19-10...A tad bit over 2 year old. Pours an almost-clear, ruby-amber color with a hint of brown. Very minimal white head. Scent is...out of this world! Such a great smelling beer. JP always has a distinct aroma to them...that lovely barnyard funk they specialize in...with just the slightest tart aroma. This is that same scent, but kicked up a notch. A huge amount of oak with some sweet bourbon (I'm not sure if the Grand Reserve edition is aged in bourbon barrels, but I get a hint of it). Sweet cherries and some acidic notes. A bit of spice as well. Very lovely and complex. Taste is just as complex... Sour cherries up front. Followed by lovely wood/oak flavors and some lingering bourbon sweetness. ABV is so well hidden, it's ridiculous. Not as acidic as the nose is, but definitely leaves a sticky feeling on the gums and teeth. Mouthfeel is very dry with a sticky finish. Drinkability is very high. I could sip on this beer all night. Overall, this was such a great experience. It should be a crime to bottle this fantastic beer in such small bottles. This one is meant to be in 750ml and shared amongst friends. Amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 06:36:47 | More by DovaliHops
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

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

11.2oz bottle poured into Duvel glass. 3/22/11 bottling (1 year old)

Appearance: Dark amber in color, almost no head to speak of, just a few bubbles. No lacing, and only a thin outside rim lasts throughout the drink.

Smell: Apple, cherry, nebulous sour fruit, and oak.

Taste: Very tart lactic bite up front with a smoother fruity blend on the aftertaste. Oak, a hair of sour apple cider, wood, and some brett-y/barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and low carbed. Very dry and puckering.

Drinkability: Low - it's delicious but this bottle size is perfect. 750 of this would be too much.

Overall: A very nice "true" sour. Whereas most JP beers are more funk than sour, you wouldn't think twice about it if somebody blindly poured you this beer and told you it was from Russian River. Tart and complex. This is JP's highest rated beer, and with good reason.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 00:29:37 | More by cbeer88
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nicholas527

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -31.2%

03-04-2012 20:14:27 | More by nicholas527
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-02-2012 21:20:37 | More by theminutemen
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camil1mj

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 3/2011 bottling. Shared by Tjohn2401.

A: Reddish brown. Slight amount of white head that quickly disapates. Minimal lacing.

S: Vinegar, funky cherries.

T: A good balance of sweet and sour followed with some fruity tones.

M: Medium body. Not a whole lot of carbonation.

O: A great beer. I think I like La Roja Grand Reserve better.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 19:54:25 | More by camil1mj
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-05-2012 23:17:56 | More by enelson
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claytong

Vermont

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-05-2012 02:25:48 | More by claytong
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Sideswipe

California

4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated batch 472/473, 3/22/2011

I received this in an incredible box from my friend AleWatcher. Thanks Jeff!

The beer pours a beautiful ruby hued, mahogany color. Little to no head. The nose is a mélange of oak, sour cherries and funk. The taste starts out incredibly tart. Sour cherries predominate up front. An intense puckering quality manifests itself mid-palate with oak and wet horse blanket at play in the background. The finish is dry with a sweet, tart aftertaste which lingers. The beer is light bodied with an evervescent level of carbonation that really adds to the experience. Overall this is a great beer. Probably one of the best sours I've had to date. The tart, sweet, funky characteristics flow from one to another flawlessly making for a supremely enjoyable experience. Wish I had a couple of more of these. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 06:56:33 | More by Sideswipe
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stevefinny

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-23-2011 04:42:23 | More by stevefinny
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beerhan

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-28-2011 06:26:38 | More by beerhan
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.3%

11-26-2011 04:24:05 | More by Exiled
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

11-24-2011 22:40:24 | More by JAHMUR
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

11-22-2011 18:24:39 | More by ygtbsm94
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DJButters

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%

11-22-2011 18:21:49 | More by DJButters
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hannydawg

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

11-22-2011 05:44:44 | More by hannydawg
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

11-22-2011 04:53:29 | More by starrdogg
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Magery

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-20-2011 04:53:17 | More by Magery
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

11-18-2011 01:07:47 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 18:16:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

11-15-2011 18:05:21 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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