Bière De Mars | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Bière De MarsBière De Mars

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2005

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Reviews: 223 | Ratings: 684
Photo of atomeyes
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No need to go into details. This beer is absolutely incredible. I wish i could drink a bottle every day. it would be my elixir.

Amazing tartness, relatively complex. One of the better sours I've had.

the only thing that sucked? i had it in the fridge for 30 min. not long enough. i forgot that JP beers are gushers. hot damn.

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Photo of xav33
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Mars
750 ml bottle
Released 04/07, idealized 05/07.
Moderate pour in a beer mug (it's all I had :(

Poured a clear brown with a huge frothy to rocky fully lasting head with excellent lacing.

Smelt of strong sour brett and citrus, and moderate leather, oak, toasted malt, bourbon, spices.

Taste was upfront strong sour brett, orange lemon zest, moderate oak and toasted malt followed by a strong horseblanket sourness and bourbon oakiness on a long finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, lively carbonated, watery on a dry finish, lightly to moderately puckering.

Overall, this one kind of took me by surprise. I didn't really know what to expect, but the sourness is not over the top and the oak balance is way above par. There isn't anything to hate in this one.

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Photo of J-Rye
4.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a straight tulip glass (half snifter/half wine glass) from the 750mL bottle at Torst in Brooklyn, NY. This is the best beer I have ever had, hands down: It is incredibly balanced between the malts, the oak, and the funk, each of which there is plenty, but instead of overpowering waves of each crossing the palate, they complement each other in this incredible brew. Of course, the flavor became more complex as it warmed. My mouth is watering just writing this. Fennel soaked olives were an interesting, but not, in my opinion, flavor complimenting food pairing, though the food and the beer remained great individual experiences. Jolly Pumpkin is not easy to find in my area, and this particular brew is even harder to find, and so it was well worth the $35 for the bottle.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle
Batch 346/348

A- Capped 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is sour with dark cherries and oak. There is also some caramel and toasted malt as well in the aroma. As always, I am a huge fan of the unique aromas with all the Jolly Pumpkin beers!

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with sour with some oak flavors as well as some toasted malt and caramel thrown in there too. What an impressive beer this is so far, I'm really enjoying it!

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- I find this beer to be pretty damn drinkable. This beer simply blew me away! I love Jolly Pumpkin, this one may be the best beer that I've tried from them so far. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of badgustav
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this at Public House in the Venetian, Las Vegas. It was beer #5 in a social setting, so didn't get the attention it deserves. Some quick notes:
Hazy to cloudy with a rocky head that dissipated but maintained some lace.
Aroma was hard to capture in the smoky environment, but pleasant and light
Bready flavor with an amazing tartness. Notes of fruit.
Finished dry and pleasant, very little hop bitterness.

I want to try this beer again in a better tasting environment.

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Photo of Tikidude13
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This I by far my favorite Jolly Pumpkin brew. Everything about it is so well rounded, no flavor is overpowering yet everything is well portrayed and pronounced. Sour level is moderate to high with a balanced mouth feel. Strong cider flavors from yeast.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. pours a straight opaque mahogany. nice medium khaki colored head. great retention and lacing.

S: tons of coconut, lemon zest, big sour nose. some blood oranges. some tropical fruit, papaya, mango.

T: nice tropical fruit flavors, hints of papaya, coconut, and a dash of mango. big time sours in this. absolutely delicious. great malt, but the barrel aging in outstanding.

M: higher carbonation level, bu fits the beer. great palate all over this one. very unique mouthfeel. velvety.

D: I could probably drink anything from JP for the rest of my life, amazing palate characteristics form from their barrels. try to get this is phenomenal.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this before but didn't review it... I wish I had this laying around all the time... Bottle brought over and shared by DSC.

Pours a murky rusty cherry color with a tan creamy head... Nice curtains of bubbly lace. Nice.

Nose is dry oak, sour tart cherries, and some nice funk... Mmmm.

Taste is lightly sweet cherries, tart cherries, vinegar, dry funk, and oak. Wow. Nice sour bite. This tastes sooo good! As it warms up, there is a light spice note.

Body is nice and creamy. Certainly not overcarbonated or thin feeling. It is just right.

This is hands down my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer... The flavor, funk, and tartness are everything I want out of a JP beer. This is so good.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is one hell of a good beer! Pours a rusty orange color with a creamy,off-white head. Leaves lots of sticky lacing. The aroma is oak-heavy, with tart notes of cherry, granny smith apples and apricot. Some funky farmhouse notes and
brettanomyces earthiness. Mouthfeel is light to medium with moderate, refreshing carbonation. Dominant oak flavors are
balanced by black pepper, funky brettanomyces, and apple/cherry tartness. The finish is yeasty and lingering, with a bracing sour bite.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Darkness goblet. First off- bottle wasn't a gusher, so that's a minor victory. Ok, now what do we have? Dark reddish oak colour with excellent clarity and fluffy off white head. Nice silky lacing. Nose- a big whiff of that classic JP funk and woodiness. Taste- rich wood and earthiness. Brett presence is felt, but overwhelming sourness. Green apple, crab apple Very dry finish from the wood and some hops show up as well. Reminds of Fantome brew. Various spices in flavour that I can't pick out. The wood has really imparted a lot of flavour and character into this. Carbonation is spritzy and drinkability is high. Very addictive and just great stuff plan and simple.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 970/973
Bottled 03-08-2012

Very nice, one-finger, white, fluffy head that lasts for some time. No lacing and heavy murkeyness.

Tons of lemon, ginger, spices, barnyard funk, and sour apple. Heaven.

Very smooth tartness. Very well laid out with TONS of flavors going on... Lemon, green apple, earthy, pepper corns stand out. Perfect rush of carbonation, mild dryness and perfectly (light) sweet.

IMO, this is near as good as it gets. Awesome sour from JP, keep em' comin, only now to Colorado. This brew sets the benchmark for all other sours.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle with a very cool label depicting the wind blowing a ship around. This beer was an opaque red color with a thin white head resting across the top. The smell was really good and made me think of fruit, especially cherries. The taste was cherries, tart, sour, but not overpowering.I'm not sure I tasted the oak. I especially liked the mouthfeel as the carbonation seemed bubbly and perfect for this beer. This beer just got better and better as it warmed. I have been consistently impressed by the Jolly Pumpkin beers and I am glad they came to Colorado. This beer was excellent and worth the price of admission.

05/10/08 batch 256

I was a little disappointed that the price went up to $14.99 but since this is my favorite JP beer I caved. This was every bit as good as I remembered from last year. Tart smell, nice sour cherry flavor, some oak this time, the sourness is perfect. This is so easy to drink and a wonderful beer. Still my favorite from JP.

01/25/09 2007 bottle thanks to moejuck

Smells acidic like tomatos or ketchup, slight bit of oak and funk, smells really good. Tart but not sour, very easy to drink, subtle flavors, might be better fresh but it holds up well after 20 months or so.

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Photo of Texaseddie
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of frazbri
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Jolly Pumpkin's Biere de Mars poured a beautiful, clear auburn in my chalice, topped by a creamy off-white head. The glass teemed with tiny bubbles that replenished the foam. Aroma had apple notes and an ovearll wine like quality and earthiness as well. Flavor also had apple componants with hints of lemon zest and oak. Carbonation was fairly high and body had substance, though the finsih was dry.

This is another ale from Jolly Pumpkin that is worth seeking. The Biere de Mars really does remind me of a farmhouse ale from the French countryside.

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very pretty dark wood panel brown with a lacy white head that sticks around for ages.

Smells of wonderfully sour oak and lightly toasted malt. Simple but firm and very nice.

Tasets like the sour oak only after a couple of sips the oakniess gives way and it replaced with a very wide, almost perfect array of fruit esters--apples, apricots, cranberries, and figs. No off tastes, no plummyness. The finish is dry and just a little wooden. Mostly, it just tates like good.

Goes down way smoother than it should. I could drink this all day long!

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Photo of dgallina
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped brown bottle without dating.

Pours beautiful cloudy copper brown with mammoth long lasting tan head that you are forced to drink through. Fragrant with sour oak, earth, yeast, and wine. Flavor is layered and complex. An initial touch of hop gives way to a sour wine and oak center. The finish becomes bone dry, with big helpings of yeast, grainy coarseness, and black pepper. Body is surprising in its relative lightness, with wonderful smooth creaminess and bubbly zing. Great job Jolly Pumpkin!

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 346/348. Poured into Lost Abbey stemware. Pours a dark brown color that is a beautiful reddish-purple when held up to light. It had a large off-white head that hangs around for a very long time. Beautiful head on this beer. Scent was extremely funky from the second I popped the cap. Gotta love that JP signature funk. I also get a lot of oak and wood aromas with some sweet fruits and hints of vanilla. Taste is....DAMN I LOVE JP MORE and MORE with each of their beers I try. Initially I get tart cherry flavors, immediately followed by Belgian yeast, barnyard funk, and TONS of oak. The sweet fruity flavors in the beginning are amazing and somewhat vinous. Then all the oak and vanilla comes in and just blows my palate away. Mouthfeel is very full-bodied and creamy. Drinkability is very high with no detectible alcohol flavors. Overall, this is ANOTHER amazing beer from Jolly Pumpkin...These guys are becoming one of my favorite breweries by far.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy copper/ orange-ish with a light tan head. In the aroma, oak, cherry, and vanilla. In the taste, somewhat smokey and sour, white grape flavor as well. A sour bite, and medium mouthfeel, with a dry sour cherry like aftertaste. Biggest oak flavor I think I have ever had, Exceptional!

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy brown almost an amber color with good head and some lace. The aroma is very funky with cheese horse blanket sour cherry and some bread. The flavor is very sour with some lemon peel and is well balanced with a good strawberry and fruity character. The beer is dry and oaky and has some vinous notes. Beautiful.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful. Somewhat fruity but also tart and just a tad sour so the sweetness is not in your face. A little funky too, as other reviewers have noted. Smell is also fruity and a little funky. Lots of interesting flavors going on with this beer--and it's not quite like anything else I've had recently. Will be on the lookout for this one in the future.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich umber colour with a very translucent body, lots of cloud there. Head is nice and retains all right but certainly not huge in my glass. Lacing is pleasantly thick and sticky. This isn't the best glass for head though so I won't hold that against it - looks great.

Nose is very unique - sour and fruity and spicy, with hints of currants, capsicum, pepper, balsamic vinegar, peach - I could go on. Superbly complex, fresh, floral, fruity, simply wonderful. Oh, I forgot spicy that time. Oh yeah, complex, fascinating, just fucking fantastic.

Taste is very intensely sour and very bitter, almost ashy in its deep, rich acridness. A lot of sour characters, unripe fruit and a slight lactic character as well. Hints of redcurrants, cranberries and grapefruit, with a very potent espresso bitterness that comes through on the mid, then a finish that is zesty and sprightly; puckering like lemon and with a slight vinous edge, maybe a bit of oxidised funk.

It's a wonderfully complex drop and in spite of the tartness is incredible easy to get down. Mouthfeel is zingy and sizzling with a lot of puckernig, acidic character, hugely effective and rather pleasant.

I'm enjoying this beer to bits, really complex and impressive in flavour, yet very pleasant and drinkable, with a great palate profile.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 03-08-2012.
Decided to re-review this one since when I first had this, it was very early on in my interest in craft beer and was amazed at how much better it was than I last remembered/had this. (old review at the bottom)

(A)- Pours a ruby amber color with some chestnut brown highlights. Produced some good white froth and even some lacing as well.

(S)- A nice dry yet slightly earthy oakiness with subtle leathery notes at the end.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell. A really nice underlying tartness that meets leather and subtle fruitiness. Great smooth oak characters throughout this.

(M)- A great carbonation level meets a very harmonious oaky tart balance. Some dry funk and leathery oxidation really makes this a dynamic beer for me.

(O)- I really like how this one shows in the bottle with a little bit of time on it. Well balanced with and excellent subtle oak tartness. I am also amazed at how I adore this beer now versus what I remember this was back when I first had this 3+ years ago.

(A)- Pours a dark dark crimson color with some brown highlights. Produced a good off-white fluffy head that stayed around for awhile. (4)

(S)- Lemon & lime with some dry yet bitter oaky wet wood. (3.5)

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Has a thin middle, but a bitter yet tart citrus & an oaky dry finish. Some barnyard-like hay thrown into the finish too. (3)

(M)- A decent carbonation level; was definitely expecting a bit more bubbly than what this offered. Kinda thin tasting. Good citrus & oak, but much more subdued that I would have hoped. (2.5)

(D)- Definitely was expecting more in this than what was present. Some good things going on, just not hitting the right marks. (3)

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Photo of alexgash
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2007. Served at 50 degrees F.

Deep russet copper with golden edges. Tall, rocky, frothy, light beige head that cobweb laces all the way up the glass! Complex nose of citrus peels, lemon tart, pineapple, caramel rolls, floral ambrosia, and spice. Very nice.

Toasted, sweetish malt flavors up front. Light caramel, before a slightly lacto-tartness comes in. Citrusy and acidic and refreshing. Nearly cancels out earlier sweetness, but toasted malt edge remains. JP sourness isn't as strong in this brew compared to others (e.g. Perseguidor, Luciernega). Instead, the tart, wild funkiness really complements the malty caramel notes nicely. Well balanced. Finish is slightly drier and acidic, but with residual toasted sweetness. Another great creation from what is quickly becoming my favorite brewery!

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Photo of oberon
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jolly Pumpkin finally made thier way to Oregon! Huzzah! Picked up this pricy 250lm large-capped bomber at Whole Foods. Also saw it at our local brewshop for 2 bucks less a few days later, bah. No worries, i'll be going back for another bottle real soon. REAL soon.

Deep hazy amber with an accidentally ferocious pour that left half the glass filled with a nice offwhite layer of foam insulation.

Musty wood basement with some nice shart crisp fruit. Pear, apple, and a slight woody bark. Peppery spice and bam, there's NB's proiertary yeast, all powerdy and light. Pithy rind of grapefruit or other fruit skin and the lightest funky brett note. Not really sure if bretts even in here though. Big of alcohol heat in the exhale at the end.

A great beer, wonderful fizzy carbonation and downright drinkable. The wife didn't care for it, considered it 'too belgiany'. Oh well, she found herself an IPA, so she's set.

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