Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Avg: 4.35
pDev: 10.8%
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Michigan, United States

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Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-22-2006

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of my "winning bid" from the last on-line auction with Liquid Solutions.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with good head retention and OK lacing. While the beer doesn't look particularly unusual or special, that thought was quickly dispensed once I breathed in the aroma. The nose on this beer is quite distinct, consisting of vanilla, prunes, sour cherry and light funk. Not sure what the regular JP beire de mars is like, but I'm impressed by how dialed down the funk and sour component is on this version. The added vanilla component really helps IMHO, and I found the nose on this beer quite enticing. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though they were a bit more muted then I was expecting. Also, the beer was surprisingly dry, with no more then some light sourness on the finish. Otherwise, the beer has some nice vanilla and citrus to it. Not entirely sure that extended barrel aging has benefited this beer all that much, though it was still quite enjoyable to drink. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but with a long, drawn out finish, and drinkability is exceptional. The alcohol is very well disguised, and with the no more then light sour component, this is probably one of the most drinkable beers I've had from JP. Nice stuff.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

John was kind enough to share this last night. Thank you, John!

Beautiful ruby red, clear with a thin off-white hear that recedes to a disk, leaving some lace. Quite gorgeous.

The nose is quite stunning. Beautiful fruity and floral funk with melons and berries, delicately so. Mild leather character, mild sourness and low acidity with lactic and acetic characteristics.

On the palate, it opens up tart with a mild lactic character and a touch of red wine vinegar. Quite vinous, actually, and fruity with grapes and berries. Complex with a combination of a mildly earthy character and a mild caramel sweetness mid-palate. The finish is medium dry with a little sourness and no noticeable tannin character.

Medium-high carbonation in a medium-light body, this is great. The only disappointment to me is a finish that's a touch watery and could use a little more firmness and acidity.

Extremely drinkable, I would love to try this again.

**Edit 19 Feb 2012**
I wish I'd noted which batch my earlier review was for. I think it was batch 65, the one that sat in oak for 27 months, but I could be wrong. I received a 12oz bottle of the batch that was aged in oak for 16 months (IIRC, these were bourbon barrels, and according to joe1510, quite the bomb) from heliosphann. Thanks, Scott!

Much darker than ruby red, this is closer to a ruddy brown. The nose is what you'd expect an oak-aged dark sour to be. Rich, leathery, mildly fruity and tannic, there is some bourbon present. Sourness is predominantly lactic. Bourbon is noticeable, though mostly as a blend of vanilla and oak. Very vinous, it actually reminds me of Consecration. A touch of smoke.

The palate has a rather enjoyable blend of lactic sourness, quite clean, with a touch of lemon. The funk is a blend of mildly musty/damp cellar notes with a rotting fruit note, especially on the back-end. There's a rather surprising lack of vinegar here. Very clean lactic sourness, almost yogurt like, especially on the finish. This is to the detriment of the taste, though, as it scrubs off some of the funk. Moderate barrel character (OAK, vanilla and bourbon) on the finish, this is leathery, drying and pretty awesome. Highly recommended. 4.5/4.5/4

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Release

A- Pours a medium brown with some small floaties and a light tan head.

S- Very funky and tart-smelling. There's a definite brett presence with both lactic and acetic qualities as well. Dark, rich balsamic vinegar and bright cider vinegar. Faint horseblanket funk. Way in the background there's a whiff of plums and a faint floral aroma.

T- More subtle and less sour than the nose, but very well-balanced. Definately some unexpected flavors that deviate from the aroma. Hints of dark cherry, oak, and vanilla are balanced by a vinous character, resembling a very dry red wine. There's also a hint of brett funk. Nothing really dominates the flavor. The flavors enhance one another, rather than compete.

M- Dry with a fairly light effervescence.

D- Not too sour that it must be sipped, although I do recommend that it be savored.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at 56 degrees. Aged 16 months on oak according to the label.

Pours clear dark copper with a half inch head of short-lived white. After the fade, a placid surface remained for the duration along with a few errant dots of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with soured fruit, vineous wine, and oaky bourbon. Tart, fruity and boozy. Hints of cherries, appleskins, tannic oak, and warming bourbon follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, quenching, tart mouthfeel. The carbonation is on the low side but does not detract.

Bright fruit, red wine, and bourbon start the palate. An undertone of oak builds along with cherry pits, peach skins, and sherry.

Finishes with a lingering lactic tartness, overripe red fruits, and acid-spiked bourbon.

By far the tastiest JP I've tried. The bourbon barrel aging has kicked it up to the next level. Quite vineous and complex. The typical lactic quality found in other JP's has some ramped up acid levels also.

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Photo of emerge077
4.7/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.89/5  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

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Photo of HopHead84
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 65, aged 27 months in oak. Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip, the beer is a hazy orange kissed brown with a small fizzy white head that disappears quickly.

The aroma is remarkable. It's sweet and tart, reminiscent of a jolly rancher. Sour cherries, tart raspberries, tart cranberries, lactic acid, a low level of vinegar, and some oak are all present. No alcohol is noticeable in the nose. The bourbon is in the background of the beer and does not play a major part in the aroma, but it does add a nice touch. The flavor has a high level of tartness that is solid throughout. Sweet and tart comes to mind once again. Sour cherries, blackberries, raspberries, and cranberries make up the fruit flavors. Some lactic acid and vinegar are present. I don't notice any bourbon in the flavor, but some oak is present. The alcohol is at a low level. The dry finish is sour fruitiness with a tartness that lingers at the back of my tongue for a long time.

The beer is medium bodied with a low level of prickly carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

Of all the Jolly Pumpkin Grand Reserves I prefer this one.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BigDaddyWill for the opportunity to try this rare beer. 12oz Grand Reserve bottle aged 27 months in oak, batch 65. I received this bottle in the summer of 2008.

The color is a faint cherry with some mahogany when held to the light. A few bubbles amassed on the top but they quickly fell back to form a ring around the glass.

Tart fruits and oak instantly, as soon as I started pouring. A lot of sweet and sour cherry, like a sour cherry fruit-roll up. Acetic, lemony, grapes, and a touch of leather in the background. Some nectarine, strawberry, green apples, and currants. Vanilla and flowers.

Medium oak intensity mid-palate, cherry, strawberry, blueberries, lemons, and a nice vinegar flavor to tie it all together. Oak tannic bitterness in the finish. Hints of vanilla and caramel. Tart, dry, and acetic finish. A little more lemon in the end as it warms up. Cranberry juice.

Medium body and carbonation, suits well for the beer. Very acetic, acidic and tannic in the finish, wow!

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Photo of grub
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 1: Sour/Wild Ales. i contributed this bottle that i got in a trade with GrandCruDrew. thanks drew!

12oz bottle. batch 65, barrel-aged 27 months. sampled nov 27/08.

pours pretty much crystal clear with just a wisp of ultra-fine white bubbles clinging to the top. the head drops fast and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. lemon. sour cherry. sour cranberry. light vinegar. bit of alcohol. cracker and multi-grain bread. light funk.

taste is wild. big malt vinegar. lots of lemon. huge sour and vinegar component on this one. cracker and white bread. light alcohol. behind the sourness is a bit of other mixed citrus and fruit, but it's hard to find it when you're being smacked around by the vinegar+sourness.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is ok. the acidity is pretty strong, which definitely takes away from the drinkability. i think if this one dialed back the sour/vinegar component a little to let those other components through it'd really shine. still a tasty and interesting brew.

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Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 65, in the barrel for 27 months. Generously provided by grub for the 2008 Biergotter Tasting.
Caramel coloured, fairly clear, with a little bit of beige foam that formed a thin collar. Some spotty lacing. The aroma was sort of sharp, tart and vinegar with a bit of alcohol, some funk and earth. Sweetness hit up front but faded fast. Very sour, citric and acetic. Seemed a little thin on malt, but it was certainly there. Light bodied with lowish carbonation, off-dry. This one seemed a bit one dimensional after all the other amazing sours we'd been enjoying. It was quite acidic, but still refreshing and flavourful.

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Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for opening up this one, its been kicking around waiting its turn for a while! Batch 65, barrel aged 27 months. Day 1 of insane DrJay visit epic tasting.

Pours a crystal clear reddish orange, thin white head forms, settles to a very thin ring and drops a few lace spots on the glass, looks nice. Smell is neat, sherry, cherries, strawberries, very fruity, caramel, sour lemons, sweet maltiness through the middle, yeasty, honey, wacky sweet/sour aroma. Taste is neat too, lemons and vinegar, honey, very sour middle, spicy, funk and saltiness, wood, horse sweat, fruit, pretty crazy flavours going on. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, very sour and funky, pretty cool stuff, mellows out quite a bit over the years. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Sephiroth for this bottle. Batch 65.

a - pours a deep rusty brown with red highlights, smallish ivory head with decent retention for a sour, slight lacing, pretty cloudy

s - wow, incredibly complex aroma, one of the best I've ever found in a beer, sour grape and cherry, apple cider, lots of funkiness, dirty socks come to mind, lots of oak and some bourbon, interesting hints of eucalyptus, a bit of caramel as well

t - granny smith apple, under ripe grape, and sour cherry give a sour and tart shot up front, midpalate is a little lingering fruity sourness smoothed out by lots of oak, caramel and a little bourbon, finish has more oak and some leather, lingering sourness with some pear and grape flavors along with some tartness on the edge of the palate, alcohol not really evident

m - medium-bodied, good amount of carbonation, somewhat dry on the finish but nicely balanced for a sour ale

d - certainly a sipper because of the intensity and complexity of the flavors, you want to really enjoy this one and try to decipher it, pretty easy on the palate for a sour because of the balance

Stellar beer all around. Incredibly complex on the nose and palate, I can't do the aroma and flavor justice with words. Kudos to JP on investing in making this beer...27 months in oak is a long time. Too bad this is so rare and this is my only bottle. Thanks again Hans!

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Photo of aforbes10
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

picked up for me by kkulacki in March and held until now (only because he shared a bottle with me 3 months ago, meaning i wasn't foaming at the mouth to taste it. Can't wait any longer though! Reddish, terra cotta color. Little whitish film of bubbles with a ring around the glass. Smells madly sour, malty, hints of vanilla. Big sour blast, but tempered by the oak, with nice vanilla tones and a creamy malt backbone. Gooseberry, raspberry and tart cherry fruit flavors, as well as lactic acid sourness and a hint of Brett. Oak flavor grows and really complements the tartness. This is a delicious beer. Tremendously smooth and tasty...a real treat. Way to go JP!

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Photo of SaucyA
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: 12 oz. Gold label that states it was aged in oak for 27 months. I purchased it at the brewery on March 21, 2008.

A - Deeep amber, with a slight film of head. Hardly any carbonation. Quite clear, and the speed at which the bubbles reach the surface is as bizarre as everything else about it. They look like they're moving through syrup. Interesting, to say the least.

S - Funk. If there is a beer that embodies funk, it's this. Smell is of brett, lacto, white wine vinegar, yeast, oak, and the usual JP wonderfullness. Seriously, this is a funky-ass beer.

T - Completely and utterly complex. Not necessarily a typical biere de garde, but a true farmhouse bretty wallop. The tartness in this brew is seriously one to behold. Runs the gamut from barnyard, nail-polish remover, lemons, oak, bad wine, sour fruits, yeast, barrel... it's really bizarre, but I just can't stop drinking it. Seriously, I hate it and love it in the same drink. Minutes after I have a sip, I lick my lips and it feels like they've been soaked in lemon juice.

M - Barely carbonated, yet it works. Medium bodied if not a little thick.

D - As insanely tart as it is, it makes me wanna drink more and more. By far the sourest beer I've ran across, yet it has the same effect as a giant hop bomb. You can't help but drink more because you NEED it.

Notes: I almost killed myself and my girlfriend obtaining this beer. Was it worth my life? Not really, but it's still a great beer.

Ron's wife said it was the sourest beer they've ever produced and I think I'm inclined to agree with them. If you like your sour tastebuds tickled, this has your name written all over it... I'm definitely glad I have a few more of these.

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Photo of Lothore
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep auburn hue with a small but lively white head.

S- You can smell the funk from the second the cap pops off. Slight apple juice aroma, citrusey, very sweet, wild yeast notes.

T- Very sour all the way through. Citrus continues in the flavor along with huge oak notes. Hints of bourbon towards the very end

M- Thick and semi low on carbonation.

D- This is an excellent wild ale. It's good to taste one of these from the US thats excellent and not from russian river.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/orange in color. Only a little bit of froth on top, but that quickly disappears. Smell is funky, oak. Not getting any bourbon in the nose, just the nice vanilla and lots of oak from the barrels. Taste is plenty of sour, with a lot more of the oak settling in on the back end of the taste. I would like just a hint of bourbon, but this is all oak. Easy drinking, not thin or over carbonated. Very good.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of BeerTruth
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to saucya for this rare treat.

12 oz. bottle, Batch 65, aged 27 months in oak, poured into a tulip.

"Beware the ides of March" - Some guy to some other guy, a long time ago.

Pours a murky dark amber with a half finger off-white head that quickly dies down to a ring of bubbles. Hardly any lacing left on the sides. Probably the funkiest smelling beer I've put my nose too. Sour dark fruits, some vinegar, and wet oak dominate the smell. A good amount of pepper and spice are detected as well. Taste begins with sour cherries, apple cider, and more oak. The 27 months of aging truly shine in the flavor. Some caramel, vanilla, and maple syrup linger on the tongue with a wet lemon-lime aftertaste. Pretty funky through and through with this one, but I like it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very active carbonation that stings the entire mouth from start to finish. Very complex beer and surprisingly easy to put down. So glad I had the opportunity to try this once in a lifetime beer, thanks again Adam.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.86/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at "Free" Beer Party - 2008 at Taco Mac Lindbergh in celebration of the 75 anniversary of the end of prohibition.

Oak aged for 27 months.

Pours brown/orange with weird spotty lacing, small 1/8 inch copper colored head. Smells of sweet malts, oak, and bourbon. First taste is extremely bitter with a slightly sweet aftertaste - hints of green apples, lemons, and grapefruit. As it warms, the bitterness somewhat declines, but not by much.

Very limited with only 17 cases produced.

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Photo of knight84
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 65, aged 27 months in oak, bottled in March 2008 from a single oak barrel. This batch made 12 cases of 12oz bottles.

Pours a rich murky mahogany with a very light but lumpy cork colored head with little to no lacing. Yeast sediment is visible in the bottom of the bottle. Nose is tart cherries and sour raspberries. Oak dust and slight lime citrus are also present.

Young under-ripe cherries and old sour raspberry mash overwhelm the palate with tartness and sourness. As the flavors develop I get more oak dust and something reminiscent of old attic. The finish is lime citrus and then a little surprise of banana at the end. It feels moderately thick and leaves a residue coating the mouth which helps the flavors to persist and develop. There is a light but biting carbonation as well.

Overall this was really a great beer. The complexity alone would make this one to sip rather than drink. I already had a high regard for Jolly Pumpkin's beer but Ron has really outdone himself with this one and surpassed the already high standard his brews have set. It's just too bad that this was such a limited release, but I guess that's the price of this level of quality.

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Photo of alexgash
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

March 2008 bottling. "27 months in oak."

Impenetrably hazy dark orange copper. Small, gauzy, clumpy, lacy, khaki brown head. Big sour fruit and musty barn aromas up front. Tart cherries, lime, faint vinegar, vanilla, oak, and fruit punch all mix together layer upon layer amazingly well. Great complexity.

Starts with plenty of acidity and sour fruits. Marmalade on toast comes through, along with smooth oak. Slightly moldy, tart raspberries take over the palate. Some acidic, metallic, citric puckering around the edges. Finish features lingering raspberry tartness, aged balsamic vinegar, and vanilla. Medium-full body with enough prickly carbonation to lift the acidic tartness off the tongue. Wow. I've had most of Ron's released JP beers, and I would say that this is the sourest I've had. Still has great complexity though.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed November 23, 2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Apple candy aroma, with a touch of apricots mellowed in ale, yet with some peculiar edges of old woman perfume. Some of the alcohol notes are deep and dark, with edges of caramel. Pour of a rich deep caramel, firey in glowing orange, witha thin rim of whitish. Flavor is a somewhat confused melange of bright awakening acidity in apple skin and white grape juice, with caramel syrup dangling with a fast flow of balsamic vinegar, between fading into a mellow fragrant lemon hop smack, yet remaining lightly subdues. Some of the nose-stinging acidity creates some balance. However, the flavor of this beer alights some muddines and subtleness with a little less distinctive qualities, it’s still a deliciously complete package.

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Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for opening this...
Appears a hazy, sediment laden, copper color with a small white head that quickly fades away. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of wild yeast, oaky, vanilla, tart fruit, light citrus, and light spices.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the oaky funk jumping out like a sore thumb and drawing all of the light flavors into a treat to savor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, wild, with the oaky tannins and tartness coming together before the swallow.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a dense 1/2" beige head over the cloudy red brew. Lacing is heavy and coating. Aroma is fruity and tart. Taste is lightly malty upfront, mildly tart in the middle, with an oaky close. Sounds simple, but it all comes together so nicely... Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent, with the wood perhaps offsetting the sometimes over-the-top tartness. Very nice one here.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tawny brown velvet with a nice medium capping of firm dark ivory foam. Keeps a great collaring of fluffy firm foam and a decent skim always present. Loose and drippy lacing with some patchy globs and torn strings sticking.

Lovely aroma of slightly oaky sour vinegar floating atop of maple syrup, thick vanilla, sour apple, and some sticky malts that tender up some toffee and pale fruityness. Which helps keep this a very well-rounded and balanced nose.

Taste is just as nice. Lovely tamed pull of oaky vinegar sourness over a delicate malt play of soft, ripe fruits of tart cherries, apples, grapes, and a squeeze of orange oil. Very slight vanilla hints in the middle and a slight woody, earthy, taragon touch to it thats quite nice. Finishes with a peppy return of oaky sour grab as it faintly drys the throat and palate with a vinegar-like sweetness and tart fruit skin texture.

Feel is about medium with a very well balanced give and take of sour and sweet malt. Smooth and just down right balanced. The sour is just right here.

A superbly crafted brew by JP. Very subtle play and characteristics within the souring tones. Earthy, woody, and rounded with great additions in tartish fruit and cider juices and dryness. Outstandingly lavish and well made. Solid!

Thank you Tim (trbeer) for the chance to try this rare gem!

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Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
95 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.