Bière De Mars
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Farmhouse Ale - Bière de Garde
Ranked #3
Ranked #2,710
4.16 | pDev: 8.65%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
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Notes: A sustaining beer that is brewed to comfort in the gusty ides of March and welcome in a wealth of warmer weather.
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Sigmund from Norway

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. "French Style Stock Ale - Ale Aged in Oak Barrels". ABV is 7%. Hazy amber to brownish colour, large off-white head. Strong aroma of farmhouse. horse blanket, lemons, oak and apple cider vinegar. Medium sour flavour with lemony and oaky notes, fairly distinct and peppery hops in the finish. "Beware the ides of March!"

Mar 21, 2021
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Tone from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown color. 2/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, strong bacterial funk, fruit, and yeast. Fits the style of a French Biere de Garde. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong tartness and dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, strong bacterial funk, fruit, slight wine, and yeast. Overall, good appearance, blend, aroma, adn body.

Nov 13, 2018
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I think Biere De Mars a Flanders Style Sour Ale from Jolly Pumpkin, ABV 7.00%, is quite thirst quenching and good for hot weather, but perhaps not tart enough for the Flanders Style, or maybe it is a French Bière de Garde like it says here?

Look: reddish light brown with a thin off white head.

Aroma: toasted bread, wine, citrus

Taste: It is sweet, toasty, a tad of red wine, grapes, and a hint of lemon, but it is very mildly tart.

Feel: light to medium body

Oct 07, 2018
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours up a hazy, thick, amber with a creamy, foamy, 1 finger head.
S: Immediate tannic funkiness, common to all Jolly Pumpkin beers, with some passion fruit coming through.
T: Tart, but not overly sour with some lactic tartness coming through, some slight chocolate coming though and some toastiness as well, hints of lemon, the malt is fairly heavy, but the tannins present in the nose don't come through nearly as much. There is definitely some funk here from the oakiness, but like I said, the tannins are kind of downplayed.
M: a bit too full and a tad watery.
O: I know that this is technically a biere de garde, but this is not a biere de garde. If this is a biere de garde, then the term means little to nothing as far as the consumer is concerned, and if it only refers to process, then the term is essentially useless. This beer is fairly good, but I've never had a Jolly Pumpkin beer that blew me away, and this is no exception. It's fine, does it deserve to be one of the most highly rated biere de gardes on BA? No, no it doesn't. That being said, most American Biere de gardes are BDGs by technicality, bearing practically no resemblance to beers like cuvee des jonquilles, or tre montes from st. sylvestre, or l'angelus au froment from brasserie lepers (y'all sleepin on that one, check it out, it's beautiful), so yeah, this beer is fine, it's a good sour beer (though not especially sour, not a complaint, just an observation), but if you never have it, your beer life will not be wasted.

Sep 14, 2018
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npolachek from New York

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decent color, with solid fruit and oak tastes. Not too sour. Very well done beer that has great balance. Drinks easy, with good mouthfeel and aftertaste.

Sep 09, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap in the Jolly Pumpkin restaurant in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood within the U of C redeveloped Harper Court. This is my 4th different Biere d' garde from JP (unusual to have that many offered by one brewer.) But now that I spent a few minutes on their website, I understand their business model in the Belgian sour/cuisine niche. So, it makes sense to have that lineup from across the border, taking advantage of the French kitchen's most food-friendly biere and, frankly, one as well-suited for a variety of foods as my #1 favorite, the saison.

Biere de Mars has JP's signature tart/sour/Brett; but not, thankfully, as strong as some. I had this on a hot day and it was refreshing and paired very well with the table's frites. I rate JP's de Mars with average Looks, but malty Smells are all there with just enough of tart in the nose. Tastes come in even better because the hops and tart clean the palate very clean for the next frite and its heavily butter-fatted mayo.

I give a high OA rating because I like JP's strategy (particularly its deal with the non-tart North Peak to diversify their beer list and grow their business beyond the narrow tart niche.) But liking JP is not necessarily liking their beers; only 1 (Maracaibo, a sweet brown) of the 8 beers did I give an above average rating. My tolerance for sour/tart remains low no matter how many times I try to change that.

Jul 28, 2018
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BlunderfulGuy from Nebraska

4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This year's bottling from 02/08/17, drank at cellar temperature.

Slightly hazy dark auburn in the glass that shines up to a reddish antique copper in the light, with orange amber highlights. It leans more towards amber bière de gardes than blondes. Finger of tight off white bubbles that quickly recedes to a thin layer. Whatever lacing sticks around inevitably gets pulled back into the body with the next sip.
Lots of tart red apples, hibiscus, a little white grape and red raisins, lemon, a little pepper, caramel. A whiff of an oak aged Manhattan with a dark cherry as well as balsamic or sherry vinegar. Bright sourness and fruits with a bed of earthy and malty aromas beneath them fit this style of bière de mars. Miniscule alcohol spice.
Much more focused on the sour aspect in flavor, at least while it's cold. A prick of acid followed with red apple skin and extra tart green apples, lemondrop or Warhead candy. Cherry and strawberry and caramel with subtle cola syrupy flavors and oak. It finishes with some sour and funk and earthy toasted wheat bread, with a light bitterness. Some alcohol in breaths, but overall hidden. Just below cellar (or just above refrigerator) temp. is where it works best for me, it's balanced between sour and malty and a lot of good flavors bubble up. Warmer yet, the oak, caramelly malt, grape, and hint of cornbread soon become musty and the bright fruits and acids get shy.
Medium bodied, effervescent at first then soft in the swallow, and dry.

Enjoyable and interesting, but not amazing. At first it seemed overly sour but the rest of the flavors came out with some warmth and it leaned towards the malts. It feels like it's going downhill though, if I were to age it any further I'd wax it hot off the bottling line and stuff it in a very cool, dark place. That said, not aging well comes with the style and it's still great for the summer.

Jul 09, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This dark brown gusty looking beer was poured into a tulip. The rest of the appearance had a slim half finger-ed white foamy head that dissipated within less than forty seconds. A minimal amount of spider web lacing slid down the glass. The smell was mainly a tart combination of blackberry, cherry, and currant, all pretty pronounced and leading towards a sour fruitiness. The taste was mainly sour and tart with a nice side dose of the cherries to amplify the the sourness. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body with not so much of a sessionable aspect to it as it comes across pretty sharp across my tongue. Overall, I say this didn't seem too much like a Biere de Garde but a nice sour ale.

Jun 18, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber color with off-white head that fizzes away completely. Aroma is sweet and tart with a slight acetic note, some tart fruits and a bit of sugar. Taste starts tart and yeasty with some sugar in the background, light vinegar and yeast notes. Medium body with low carbonation, quite dry mouthfeel. Quite interesting, more in the direction of a flanders red than a biere de garde.

Oct 21, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with very little carbonation, a very light haze and 4 fingers of glassy, off white head.

Smells of sour, fruity, oaked malts. Similar to others by the brewer.

Taste follows the nose. A very fine , well done sour.

Medium, dry brew with acidic and tannic drying qualities. Little carbonation.

Got at Oppermans in Saginaw, MI, drank in St-Bruno-De-M near Montreal, Quebec, Oct 8 2016. Great brew, but it's a sour, not BDG.

Oct 08, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle, blend 01, dated 2/16/16, poured into a tulip
A: Hazy brown with the thinnest of heads
S: Sour, strawberries, malt, a touch of brown sugar
T: Strawberries, sour grapes, and a light malt backbone
M: Tart, light, refreshing
O: Not the most complex beer flavor-wise but the sourness is what makes it- both in stringing it all together and giving it its tart/refreshing qualities. Nice beer for a warm summer evening

Jul 11, 2016
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rand from California

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle into a tulip

A: A copper-apricot colored brew. An easy pour yields almost no head nor lacing. A tiny ring of bubbles lingers around the top of the liquid.

S: Tart, funky bouquet. Oaky, vintage- JP. Subtle suggestions of strawberries and grapes.

T/M: Sweet, slightly sour flavors. An easy oaky undertone contrasts berry fruitiness. A little earth and funk join in. None of the flavor-aspects overtake - singular on the palate, drinkable. A light, festive mouthfeel ushers in a short finish, with lingering tart fruity notes.

If there was a blind tastes test on what type of beer this is, around 1 out of 1000 would peg this as a Biere de Garde, and that 1 would later admit they've never had a Biere de Garde. But given a Jolly Pumpkin offering, it would be more surprising if they actually colored inside the lines. As usual, this is tasty brew in and of itself.

Jul 08, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a foamy, off-white head left some soapy residue on the glass. It smelled funky, sour and fruity. Tasted quite sour and earthy tasting with a mild spiciness. A light roasted caramel malt flavor.

Jun 01, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is cherries/raspberries, mild funk and a hint of vinegar. The flavor is berries, fruit, malts, earthy, light citrus/orange and a tart/slightly sweet finish.

May 17, 2016
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 541/543; Bottled 02/25/15; Consumed 05/05/16

A: Pours a muddied red-orange color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to pretty much nothing

S: A light lacto sour note and some fruitiness up front with a light malt sweetness and a touch of farmhouse in the back. A bit of an oaky undertone is present as well

T: Starts off with a light tart lacto note quickly followed by some candied fruit and farmhouse notes of hay and grass. A light bitterness and some oak notes follow suit. Finishes with more dry oak and lightly bittered fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate, spritzy carbonation. Dry

O: A solid example of the style that does a nice job incorporating some sour notes with the oak barrels. Definitely not overly sour or tart, so it might make for a good intro to sours if you're into the Biere de Garde style

May 05, 2016
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle sealed with pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

bottle date 02/12/2016.

Appearance: Semi-translucent light brown body with an orange hue. Thick cap of white head that drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: Fruity and apple cider vinegar are the most robust. Light funk. Moderate acetic sourness, dry oak, and some earthy tones.

Taste: Mellow sourness, moderate funk, and a lot of oak barrel. Fruity and malty sweetness balances the sourness. Tastes if vinegar as well. Green apple skin with some white grape and pear skins. Lingering bitter and vinous finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Light dryness at the end. Feels slightly watery in the body of the beer. Could use a little more bubbles which is usually not a problem with JP sours.

Overall: The flavor is not as bold as the nose. It smells like this beer should melt your teeth a by the time you finish the beer, but it wasn't the case.

Apr 27, 2016
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Slack from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber and opaque with no head and minimal lacing.

Aroma is Apple cider vinegar, funk, oak, and a faint sweet note.

Taste is fruitiness and sour up front and in the middle. Also picking up that oak and some citrus. The funk is there as well but mild.

Mouthful is light to medium and crisp but a bit creamy. Carbonation is medium to heavy. Finish is dry and lingers.

A solid beer that is very drinkable. I would venture to say this is a strong Sour and as such could be a negative to some. YMMV. Regardless, the flavors are nice and the mouthful clean. I would drink this again if available.

Apr 03, 2016
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MIbeer27 from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, dated 02/12/2016 Blend 01

Bottle into snifter with hazy amber hue and thin white ring of a head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is lovely. A vinous, grape/green apple/vinegar tartness leads the way. Accompanying that is that signature Jolly Pumpkin yeast: barnyard, funk, hay, and oak are all there. Maybe some vanilla, as well.

Taste generally matches the aroma, just slightly less bold and complex. The tart vinous notes lead the way to about the middle, which they are joined by some vanilla and oak to the finish. A generally neutral malt sweetness hangs in the background, counterbalancing the acidity.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with medium-high carbonation. Nice and juicy throughout until the finish, which leaves the mouth dry.

Overall, Biere de Mars is a great Flanders style sour and my favorite Jolly Pumpkin offering to date. The acidic/sweet balance is impressive. It would be nice if the taste matched the complexity of the aroma, but that is my only real qualm with the beer.

Mar 26, 2016
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Gus_13 from Mississippi

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber in color. Somewhat cloudy but not murky. Off white head that fades quickly. Aroma is citrus fruit, hints of vinegar, and tart like lemon and a bit sour apple. A bit of malt character is still present as well. Flavors follow with the tart apple character coming in over the top of a sweet malty backbone. I'd say more Flanders Oud Bruin than Bière de Garde, but so does Jolly Pumpkin. Fantastic beer none the less.

Mar 07, 2016
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mtomlins from Canada (ON)

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 version poured Feb 2016

Pours a clear Amber red color with minimal head that dissipates quickly leaving little trace. The nose is tart, funky, cider vinegar, light citrus. The taste is tart and funky, sour cherries, balsamic vinegar. It had a medium body but the lack of carbonation really hurts the beer. It is however aging nicely and is a tasty brew.

Feb 17, 2016
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do_ob from Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber in color. Nose is slight barnyard funk, oak, cherries, vinegar, and maybe a bit of molasses or unsweetened caramel. Medium weight. Actually quite subdued in terms of intensity of the taste. Not to say this beer is lacking flavor, but I think it's so well balanced it seems muted because everything meshes so well. Less sour than I was expecting given the aroma. Very enjoyable.

Oct 04, 2015
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Texaseddie from California

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A fruity and not overly sour belgian ale. This has a perfect balance and not overly acidic. Great Amber color and the higher abv would never be noticed but appreciated.

Aug 27, 2015
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seems like a run of the mill beer, executed in a non-traditional style, delivering on a fairly decent sour style beer with a warm, almost spiced finish.

Aug 26, 2015
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I wanted to do a review of this to make one point. I attended a local tasting of five Jolly Pumpkin offerings matched with cheeses. It wasn't inexpensive but I felt like I received good value. Afterward they had Bam Noire on tap and I got a growler along with a bomber of this. The growler wasn't exactly filled to the top and I'd recently replaced the seal on it; but by the second night it was noticeably flat. My point is that unless you plan on draining the growler at one point in time, go with the growler.

I thought the Biere de Mars was outstanding.

Aug 22, 2015
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Brick-red and orange highlights, with a translucent aspect, but hazed to near opacity. The head is white and very thin.

S - Sour acidic notes combine with a subtle floral note. Vanilla hints and oaken wood round out.

T - A strong sour element is the front, reminding me of a Belgian red. The acidity is a line throughout, but the middle offers grape skin and other tannic acid notes, as well as additional hints of granite and barnyard. The close narrows to a slight fruit element and the powerful sourness, ending slowly.

M - Moderate carbonation and aggressive acidity keep things scrubbed. The close trails, with a mild puckering build.

O - Probably my favorite Jolly Pumpkin to date, this is a sour in balance, hitting powerful acidic notes without giving in to brutal chemical-like punishment.

Aug 02, 2015
Bière De Mars from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 717 ratings