Bière De Mars | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
693
Reviews:
225
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
8.7%
 
 
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104
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Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of moundbz
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of halo913
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lazhal
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tyecko
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hudson2508
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of leitmotif
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of paleoplant
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petrusek23
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wonderweasel
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MGibbons
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dasotelo50
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Corburk
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KCHopTalk
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

For the price I paid this should have been absolutely phenomenal.

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Photo of drew74
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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