Bière De Mars
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Farmhouse Ale - Bière de Garde
Ranked #3
Ranked #2,723
4.16 | pDev: 8.65%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Bière De MarsBière De Mars
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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Reviews by Slack:
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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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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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Hokenfloken from Michigan

5/5  rDev +20.2%

Nov 15, 2011
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LooseMoose1978 from North Carolina

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

Oct 31, 2015
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afrokaze from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Jul 30, 2013
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IndyDad from New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Jun 08, 2014
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dbc5 from Arizona

4/5  rDev -3.8%

May 08, 2013
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nrb1 from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Aug 17, 2013
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abraxel from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky orange-brown, with an off-white head and little, steady streams of bubbles off the bottom of the glass. Nice.

S - Lots of yeasty, slightly funky esters (pretty recognizable as Jolly Pumpkin's signature). A little sour, a little sour-lemon-citrus. It's an enticing combination.

T - More sour lemon, estery funk, and is it oak? There's a distinctive place I can't quite place which might be the oak barrels. It tastes quite good, but I'm not well-versed in the style and can't quite define why ("What a useful review," you're saying).

M - Soft and smooth, nice and comfortable. Not too thick, not too thin.

O - Overall, quite good. I'm going to the release of the grand reserve next week, and am quite excited, given how tasty the base beer is.

Apr 19, 2011
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KeyWestGator from Florida

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

Jan 01, 2015
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scottfrie from California

4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip, bottled 3/8/2012.

A: Pours a deep amber color with a finger of fuzzy film that lasted a few minutes before falling into a faint collar.
S: Smells awesome. Tons of dry oak barrel, woody tannins, musty straw, damp earth, spicy hops, a hint of citrus, and bready yeast.
T: Tart notes of oak mixed with crackery malt, acidic citrus, and earthy spice. Gritty tannins cling to my throat in the finish and the aftertaste is faintly sweet with caramel and black tea.
M: Very dry, spritzy carbonation, gritty tannic mouthfeel, clean and crisp.
O: Another awesome sour from JP. Clean, dry, and balanced. Well done.

May 08, 2013
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HardyA from Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aug 16, 2015
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BKotch from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jun 19, 2014
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stevefinny from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Dec 23, 2011
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Eziel from Ohio

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

Dec 28, 2018
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oberon from North Carolina

4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Man you gotta love the labels of the Jolly Pumpkin beers,this one poured a nice chesnut brown wich looked great when held up to the light a lighter fast dissapating head atop.The complexities of in the aroma are unbelievable,big orange zest with a number of herbs including sage and clove and quite musty.A beer to sit and savor and drink with food like cassoulet like me today,herbal and musty with a sour orange note in the finish.Much more to this beer than what I wrote I just dont take the time to type it all out,I absolutely love this beer.

May 08, 2006
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MarioM from California

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass

Blend 1, Bittled 2.27.2013

A: A beautiful clear copper color with a slight white film of a head with no lacing or head retention. No cloudiness and many rising bubbles from the base of the glass.

S: Huge dark fruit nose with a delicious lactic sourness character on the nose. Oak mixed with Brett funk makes for an extremely complex and delicious smelling brew. Aroma is also almost wine or grape like. Wow, can't wait to try this baby.

T: great balance of tartness and fruit character along with a medium carbonation that makes for a very interesting beer. A very nice Brett character that works perfectly with the oak character. The two flavors of Brett and oak work graceously in this beer, amazing.

M: The beer is a little thin and medium to high carbonation makes a decent attempt at trying to add some body but still thin. However, this is a very interesting and delusions brew. The light tartness helps tremendously in adding mouthfeel.

O: I waited long to try this brew since it was too rich for my blood,but finally pulled the trigger when some spare cash came along and all I can say is it was worth every penny.

It's a very complex brew with a gentle friendly tartness with great fruit/dark frui character. It's a very drinkable beer but I would never dare to chug as it is des served to be sipped and savored. Great brew and reminds me why Ron Jefferies is the Man!

Feb 08, 2014
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rjcoy06 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 09, 2015
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ADR from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More or less translucent brownish chesnut color on the first pour. Small struggling head with not much going on in staying-power. Lace is much better, good rings on the glass. Orange-ade aroma, slightly estery with a bare yeastiness, but not that much. A little uncarbonated and flat (or is that just this bottle?), mouthfeel is lighter. Starts out with the characteristic Jolly Pumpkin sharpness with funky tones. Middle impression spreads out a little bit, slightly chalky bitter with mandarin orange and mellon notes. But the finish is a let-down, seems to fade to a definite wateriness that's not helped by the lack of carbonation -- not much but a bare tartness remains. Mildly warming in the stomach. Meh, not a favorite for me.

May 05, 2006
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golf4collet from West Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 22, 2016
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Fargrow from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Dec 01, 2015
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paleoplant from New York

4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 30, 2016
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ElGallo from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Jun 14, 2014
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breakingbland from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Jun 09, 2013
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears a burgundy burnt caramel amber hue with a large tan beige head forming with fine even lacing around my glass of course tiny bubbles cling to the glass and head has nice retention, with even Belgian style lacing left behind on my chalice. Aromatics bring tart with spicy funk reminiscent Jolly Pumpkin tones but the tart aspect rains supreme and brings with it some fruity vinous notes combining a cherry and raisin nose about it of course the wood aging and spice additions openly fermented all way into the wave of different characteristics this beer is capable of. Flavors a blend of sweet lactic tinged cherry juice with oak barrel woody and pine notes coming out. Underlying spice and horse blanket funk and yogurt like tang. Really a fine beer by the way you almost need cheese and crackers to pair with this beer, it really cuts through it all quite nicely. If any hops are detectable they come off like herbal earthy cherry pits, by the way this stuff goes so well with food. Completely clears all fat from the palate mouthfeel is fine bubble carbonation streaking effortlessly leaving a dry tart lactic tone on my tongue. Sounds not so good, right? But when it comes down to it, this characteristic blends so well with so many other familiar flavors that I'm not accustomed to. Drinkability is really effortless the bottle drains itself just pair this fine brew with some food and everything will come together for you, definitely a delicious brew that I'm ready to handle any time. Worth the hype on this one, I still love Jolly Pumpkin like the first time I tasted their beers, now that''s love.

Apr 05, 2008
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 717 ratings