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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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cloudy amber colour, lots of lace. Sourness in nose.Wheaty, biere de garde, aggressively carbonated, making for full mouthfeel Well malted more than Jenlain. Bitterness at end.Woodiness. aftertaste I had problems finishing with Dr. Jay and Viggo, but still nice.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/18/14. Batch 264/266.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, fruit, wood, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, apple cider, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a solid sour and funky fruit aspect all around that reminds me of apple cider.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

jolly pumpkin can do no wrong for me. this bier de garde type is a little more straight forward for me than some of their other stuff, but thats okay, its really expertly made and really yummy. a copper colored beer with a radiant luster, small white fizz head, and a remarkable clarity for a wild ale. i smell the classic jolly pumpkin brett and bacterial culture, and a ton of oak, giving it a funky sweetness that goes well with its robust grain profile. the flavor is a little sweeter than i need it to be, a mix of grain and oak contributing to that, a very toffee-like complexion to it, almost english in nature really, but then the bugs kick in. the beer takes a hard turn towards sour, with the acidity really developing later in the sip. dry now for how sweet it began, and mellowed by a ton of wood, really earthy and fresh. i could stand a bit more carbonation in this one to make the flavors pop a little more, they all seem to melt together just a little bit and lose their individuality, which bubbles would aid in i think, but i like the medium body and all the oak on this. clever beer, definitely up to the high standards they have set throughout their lineup.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another outstanding offering by Jolly Pumpkin. This beer may be the funkiest beer of the beers that I have had the privilage of sampling. The beer fills the nose with a mix of malt sweetness, soured malts, and a firm spicy, woody note. Very peppery, tart, fruity, and musty throughout. The look is a typical rusty hue, moderate haze (from sediment), and very well headed and constant lacing. Flavors alternate between estery fruits, malt sweetness, and bretnomyces sourness. No attribute dominates the brew, but complements it fully. Phenols gain precedence as the beer warms and also adds complexity without detering from the other flavors. Nicely bitter to round out the sourness and offset any sweetness. Much bitter and spiciness comes from the wood, and not so much from the hops. Finishes warm, dry and with a part-wood / part-fruit lingering. A seriously good offering from a seriously good brewery.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an cloudy amber with one of the most perfect heads I have seen in a long time; thickets of tiny bubbles capping the liquid leave copious webs of lace

Smell: Malty must, with peppery yeast, rotting apples and some grapefruit pith

Taste: Very intriguing opening; spicy sage and pepper phenols with a tart apple/cherry/plum element that turns increasingly sour and musty by mid-palate, with grapefruit pith intermingling with the rotting apple flavors; after the swallow, the oak barrel flavors mellow out while a leathery Brett aftertaste develops

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with buoyantly assertive carbonation

Drinkability: I'll be sad when this one is gone as I cannot remember where I got it (it's been in my cellar for a while) and I haven't seen it recently

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extra from HopHead84. Pretty awesome extra.

Hazy burgundy appearance with a lasting cap of pure white. Good retention and lacing. Lactic sourness in the nose, vinous, fruity, musty. Grapes, damp basement, faintly malty sweetness. The aroma really opens up as it warms. The taste closely follows the nose; soured red wine, lactic acidity, unripened berries, mild acetic acid and tannins. Dry throughout, on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Crisp and refreshing, perfect on a day like this, just the job. Tannic, vinous finish. Another excellent beer from this great brewery.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged bottle, held onto this one over a year. Served at cellar temperature, 48-50º. It pours into a Duvel tulip a fiery auburn shade, with plenty of fluffy foam that pushes up to defy gravity. Sudsy sparkly foam, yet creamy with an irregular meringue surface. The foam coats the glass, leaving a precipice of stiff froth clinging to the inner rim. Nose is of fallen apples overripe in the sun, wet hay, some woody spice, and mildly wild yeast funk.

Tangy tart apples, persimmon, mild cheese, slight bitter edge from the wood. Earthy dry aftertaste, almost like bittering hops. The fruity notes taper quickly leading into the tart and seemingly bitter dry aftertaste. Mild Brett character, a touch medicinal and horseblankety. Effervescent body carries it well, it definitely has substance. This is another unique Wild ale/Bière de Garde/un-pigeonhole-able experimental brew from JP...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa: Poured a clean copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma is zesty, orangey and very funky. Taste is also a typical JP mix between some orange, lightly sweet lemon with some distinctive barnyard and bretty notes. I think I detect some spices but there are not too prominent and might come from the yeast used in this beer. Full body with good carbonation and no distinctive alcohol. Very well done again from a brewer that just can't stop to amaze me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of jale. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a muddy brown color with a bit of a copper-crimson hue to it. Thin off-white head and some light lacing on the way down. Thin collar. Nose carries a good dose of lactic acid with a touch of acetic character in the background. Mild funk and a solid base of bread-crust malt. Flavor is acidic and a nice tartness and a very light cherry character. Light malt. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation and a good sour kick in the finish. Well done.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Blend 1, bottled 3/1/2011. Pours lightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger foamy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart cherry, sour apple, raisin, caramel, clove, pepper, toast, oak, hay, leather, red wine, grass, funk, vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Incredible aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast notes with moderate malt balance and barrel character. Taste of tart cherry, sour apple, raisin, caramel, pepper, clove, toast, oak, hay, leather, red wine, grass, vinegar, funk, and earthy yeast spiciness. Moderate fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart fruits, caramel, clove, pepper, toast, hay, grass, oak, leather, red wine, vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy esters with moderate barrel character and malt balance; with a great tartness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, slick, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible wild Biere de Garde style! All around great complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on with moderate acidity. An extremely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of thick, creamy white head slowly recedes and leaves massively thick lace. The body is amber-orange and hazy.

S - Sour, funky yeast aroma with a good dose of citrusy hops. Notes of grapefruit, lavender and wet stone.

T - Moderate sourness and a big, wet, funky earth note. Slightly roasted amber malt note in the middle along with significant woodiness; all of which is followed by lots of citrus hop flavors and strong bitterness in the finish.

M - Thick, creamy body with high carbonation. Dry, sour finish.

D - Very refreshing and drinkable. Quite reminiscent of Orval, but with a more pronounced sourness.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gah! What is this nonsense? I'm being spewed on here. Anyway, we later end up with a hazed, reddish-amber body showing plenty of effervescence and topped by a monstrously huge, off-white head. Oh, and don't even get me started on the lacing.

Smell: Altogether musty aroma with notes of oak planks, caramel malts, dried fruits, funk-bringing yeast, and even a few mint leaves.

Taste: Caramel maltiness at first with a delicate sweetness that is quickly ensnared by a sharp sourness and bracing woodiness. Fair amount of barnyard funk. Tart cherry fruitiness. Some more of the malts perk back up for the woody, acidic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Quite well carbonated.

Drinkability: As always, it's another weird, wild ride from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rusted orange with a polished bronze glow. The amount of carbonation and the size of the frothy cap are reminiscent of a Belgian ale, but it doesn't have the sticky rockiness that would make me go gaga over the appearance. It's more of a melted ice cream look. A few streamers of sea foam lace decorate the glass.

I know that biere de garde is a wide-ranging style, but to me, this Jolly Pumpkin offering is a dead ringer for a Flanders oud bruin. It smells brown malty, sour fruity and there's a busload of funkified yeast. Okay, so maybe that last one isn't classic for an oud bruin. Let's see if those impressions hold on the palate.

Biere de Mars tastes like something that Fantome would produce, only not as amazingly complex. I like what I'm tasting, even if the various flavors aren't as bold or as well-defined as they could be. For one thing, this beer isn't quite as arid as most of what comes out of Dexter. It's far from sweet, but at least my tongue isn't crying out for a few molecules of malt sugar.

As far as specific flavors... hmmm... crisp apples mixed with fallen apples (brown and mushy), dessicated fig chunks, balsamic vinegar, a boatload of Brett and a crisp oakiness that gives things a refined, dignified quality. This 'French Style Stock Ale', as it says on the label, is an enjoyable drinker.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel doesn't get it done. I don't mind its (slightly lighter than) medium feel, but the initially raucous carbonation has faded to such an extent that the beer lacks volume in the mouth. Room for improvement here.

Other than Oro de Calabaza (another biere de garde) and Bam Biere (saison), I haven't been thrilled with Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Biere de Mars gets thing back on track. Maybe the difference is that I want and expect sour funk in beer of this style. I don't want it, nor do I expect it, in every single style. In any case, this one is definitely worth a purchase. Great label... as always.

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Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours an effervescent peach/amber with 4 fingers of sand-colored head. Super lacing & head retention with some floaty chunks at the end, a beautiful beer

S: Sourness & mushroom that fades away as this warms, but comes back, weird

T: Sour with hints vinegar & apple skins. Dry as all hell in the middle with the distinct taste of oak or Popsicle stick & pears. Loads more apple skins follow with big-time tartness, plus a little vanilla & some toffee. Finishes with more apple, a little caramel, a little cinamon, tartness, dryness & warming hints of booze

MF: Spritzy with medium body

Drank really slow due the dryness & astringency. This strayed off style too much for me to other than reluctantly recommend to anyone other than bret or Belgian freaks. This brewery is just too funky for me, I think they've taken the whole artisanal/funky theme off the road & towards the cliff. I'd have to be an odd mood to drink this again I think, but you never know? Serve damn near room temp, I'd probably like this on a raw spring day (cold & windy) sitting by a bonfire

P.s. love the label

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Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Orange red color, relatively clear. Small head, no lace.

Lots cherry sweetness. Some sourness.

Very reminiscent of a kriek. Lots of sourness with a cherry touch. Rich body and lower carbonation.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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 Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Served side by side with Bière de Mars Grand Reserve.

The beer is orange to brown in color, with an off white head. Random, spotty lacing on the tulip. Awesome aroma, with a strong Brettanomyces presence. Funky, wild, and wonderful. The flavor is outstanding. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. Medium to thin in body, with adequate carbonation. I am thoroughly enjoying this. Perhaps not as bold or daring as the Grand Reserve, but highly quaffable. I definitely recommend it and would have it again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blend 1 3-1-11

They should have called this one a Bam too. Because the whole thing is just, bam, oak all up in your mouth. Which is okay, but there is no grace or style to it. It's somewhat one dimensional and I'd have to say too strong. Decent, but lacks finesse.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled Feb 16th, 2014.

Deep rust bucket brown color. Opaque and slightly muddy in appearance. Barely any head creation off the pour, slightly wet, and a thin tan collar and puck that manages to stay populated.

Really nice fruity nose. Hints of mild tartness, but a mellow sweetness of purple grapes, taffy candy, and bubblegum. Some cherry and strawberry like fruit seems to be in a bit as well. Real neat fruit and diverse angle to it.

Very light bodied palate for oak aging, but luckily not too wet. Some good malt coating, and a sort of fruit smuckers spreading like flavor in the mid palate. Slightly tangy jam fruits, and some caramel like sweetness. Juicy body a bit matches with matching aroma characters of fruit berry and grape. Very soft carbonation.

Overall, it comes across muted a bit, but it's very easy drinking and solidly enjoyable. Still always a style I sometimes don't get to wrap my head around much.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, ...hazy dark amber/ orange, edging on reddish'brown appearance, creamy froth atop, long-lasting in the glass.

Tart, woody nose, a hint of cherry...darker tones emerge...very mysterious and intriquing.

Fills the mouth well on first imbibement, tart cherry flavor dominates, sour, then sweet. Floods the mouth, coats the corner with generous flavor, slides out having done it's job, unloading unique explosions of taste off the tongue and down the hatch.

There's a constant recurrence of the pucker, then the dark oak, then the sweet, as it rounds and quietly depart. Refreshing and drinkable, despite it's stronger than average alcohol, (yet moderate, considering current trends).

I like this. A very interesting beer, that doesn't fit easily into stylistic folds. Fine with me.
One can enjoy this easily with dinner, or sipping slowly in the company of friends. just don't expect it to blow you mind or bust your tastebuds in 10 or 12 new ways.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review this is the #6 top Biere de Garde on best of lists. Bottle shares by Thorpe in a mini side by side with the "grand reserve" version. Beer serves in a Russian river wine glass.

Beer is brown and mildly hazy with a thin off white head of small bubbles no lacing low carbonation.

Aroma is lactic, strong Brett character.

Beer is medium in body and sour on the palate. The lactic acid wins out here for sure. There is a mild acetic bite the whole thing as well. The finish is a little dry. Overall a good beer. Very drinkable. Very nice. I'd have it again.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to pick up one of these in Ohio since for sme reason this is the only regular Jolly Pumpkin that Indiana doesn't get.

Biere de Mars pours a lighter bodied dark amber in color with a one finger, very soapy off white head. The nose is sharp and vinous. I get a good amount of lactic acidity and a red grape, tannic side as well. The flavors too, very sharp and crisp. I get a lot of sour red grape character in both a lactic and acetic manner. It also has a slight, juicy, fruity sweetness to it as well. This is definitely one of the more sour Jolly Pumpkins and definitely one of the most acidic. Because of this it isn't quite as approachable as some of their other, highly rated beers but it is a nice beer and a decent sour. Really, I would call this a darker version of Petrus if I had to relate it to anything.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this beer off my wants list. Batch 256.

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of dark fruit, with some plums and cherries standing out the most. I also get some caramel malt.

The flavor is full of tart apples and tart cherries, as well as some yeast and a little bit of funk. The toffee malt adds a touch of sweetness to the flavor profile, which goes well with the tart fruit notes. Overall, a little more sour than I expected it to be. Very enjoyable overall.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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