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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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 patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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 ONUMello
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of rand
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Slack
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of MIbeer27
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of do_ob
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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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 rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of ARoman
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, poured into a balloon snifter. The aroma is oak and sour cherry with a warm bake spice and pie crust, along with some caramel adding to the mix late. The beer pours a murky amber with a thick, white soap head that has a moderate light retention and only a light, runny lace. The taste is a balance between medium sweet and sour with a slightly less potent (although still present) bitter; it has a nice overall roundedness. The beer is oily with a soft fizz and a medium body. The taste is dry, sweet, tart plums, cherries, and a hint of citrus with a light woody smoke, light caramel, and a swallow that has a zesty, zippy clean quality with a bright toffee flourish. It finishes clean with a resinous character and a taste of light, sour citrus, candy apple, candy corn, and a dry rye bread which lasts only a short time leaving just a touch in the aftertaste.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown with a slight burgundy hue.

Smell - Sour, light funk...

Taste - Light sour, little oak, very good.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Light carbonation.

Overall - my first offering from Jolly Pumpkin. Very nice light sour. Reminds meaning of Consecration from Russian River. Very enjoyable, worth a shot.

Grade (A-)

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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 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 Franziskaner
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light brown and incredibly cloudy with no penetration to light. I smell a bit of tart apple and some light funk. The taste is nice and balanced with bit of apple cider like tartness. The finish is quick,crisp, dry and refreshing.

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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 TreyIsWilson
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark orange with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving virtually no lacing.

S - Aromas of green apple, vinegar, tart cherries, and oak.

T - The taste is green apple, tart cherries, vinegar, and some lactic acidity. The finish has some oak tannins and tart white grape.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a dry finish,

O - A nice tart beer with lots of interesting flavors going on. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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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 Jonada
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with no freshness date, poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a rusty dark brown orange color with less than a finger of head that dissipates to a thin off white collar. Body is super hazy and barely translucent.

Smell: Sour apple, vinegar, oak, funk, slight brown bread character, sour cherry, leather. Interesting.

Taste: Not as sour/acidic as the aroma led me to believe, but there is a light sourness upfront, followed a mashup of fruity, funky characteristics without any one sticking out individually. There are also notes of oak, hay, brown bread and almost a fall foliage type character. Lots

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Carbonation on the low side of medium. Finishes oaky and dry.

Overall: Very unique beer and also very good. Lots of flavor and complexity. One of Jolly Pumpkin's better offerings.

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