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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 mchegash
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4/5
An extremely clear amber-orange. Almost no head. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top at a moderate pace. Overall, it has a classic beer look, and looks like an inviting drink.

Smell - 4.5/5
Sweet smells of cherry, oranges, licorice. It's hard to describe, but the smells are very nice.

Taste - 3.75/5
Extremely sweet, tastes of oranges, cherries, bubblegum, caramel, other sweet flavors. A bit of tartness funk. There is a small alcohol presence as well as a bit of malty taste. The aftertaste in the mouth is quite nice. Overall, the taste is good, and seems fairly unique. However it might be a little too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
The beer is light to medium in body. More crisp than creamy. The carbonation is between light and medium.

Overall - 3.75/5
Overall, this is a tasty and unique beer. It might be a little sweet in my opinion. The main strength of this beer is it's unique flavor. I am glad I tried this beer, but I don't know if I would get it again, at least for a while.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Firestone Walker tulip glass.

A: Hazy dark bronze, with a finger's worth of white head that fades fairly quickly. A few stray bubbles up the side is all the visible carbonation.

S: Funky and tart with mild acetic qualities and some dry oak tannins. Some tart fruit (lemons and cherries, mostly) as well.

T: Tart cherries, acetic and lightly funky, provide nice counterpoint to the rich malt sweetness. Oak tannins present in the back providing dryness but not prominent oak flavor. Tartness and oak dryness meet together in the hang.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation. The ABV is very well-hidden.

O: I might be still a little fuzzy on what this style should be, but this beer is really tasty. Tart and funky without being overwhelming on either front. Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%

Big bottle from Tipples. Batch 281/283, bottle 2/20/14. Poured 10/20/14. Pours beautifully clear amber color with a super creamy two finger off white head. Aroma is mostly bready malts with some light grass and a bit of toffee sweetness, and just a hint of barnyard funk. Flavor is on the sweeter side, lots of fruits--apples, cherry, pears--some very sweet caramel malts, a hint of spices, and some funky yeast character. Lightly sour with some lightly dry oak character. Medium plus bodied, and could use a bit more carbonation to lighten things up. Overall, a nice beer for the fall, but wondering if I should have popped it when it was fresher, as it comes in a bit on the sweet side without much hay/hop/funky yeast notes that I was hoping for here.

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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 SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottled 2/23/14

A: poured into an oversized wine glass to a light brown with a dense two finger head that fades to a small mat that leaves decent lacing
S: smells of funk, spices oak and tartness
T: tastes of oak, light tartness, funky barnyard, light spice, hint of caramel malt. swallow is lactic sourness, more oak, and some lingering funk
M: this beer is somewhat light on the palate with soft carbonation and a drying finish
O: I'm not a huge fan of the style but knowing how Jolly Pumpkin does beers gave me the courage to grab a bottle. I'm glad I did as this one is very good.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Clear copper red pour with a small white head. Light sour, white grape and woody aroma. Very light body with a sour cherry and mild red apple taste upfront. Also has flavors of orange, white grapes, mild caramel malt, and yeast. Finishes with a strong and wet sour flavor.

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Photo of spoony
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle to a wine glass.

A-A normal pour produces just less than a finger of white head. The retention is short and the beer leaves no lacing on the glass. The brew is dark honey in color and sort-of murky, dirty-water in appearance.

S-The aroma is musty and subtle with suggestions of wine vinegar, white grape, and green apple tartness. The malt aromas are caramel with a slight spice and dough flavor that reminds me of fruit cake. I'm not sure I'm into it.

T-The taste, like the smell, is a bit jumbled. I taste malt flavors like toffee, prune, and a musty wet wheat flavor. I also taste pear and apple fruit, and the aforementioned white grape. The fruitcake spice is still there too, lurking in the background with some white vinegar tartness. It is complex, but not in a good way.

M-The feel is medium in body with a smooth carbonation that stays active on my palate.

O-I had a hard time getting into this beer. There is just so much going on that I am not sure it all fits together. Between the tartness (that is typical of Jolly Pumpkin), the strange malt flavors, and the lighter flavors of apple and pear, it feels and tastes a bit odd to me. Oh well, I can see the appeal, but this beer is not for me.

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Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It is great being able to buy Jolly Pumpkin in Texas now. I can't believe I have not reviewed this one yet...

A: Pours a clear, but rusted red color. A dense, two finger white head gently rises, and recedes in a minute. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Acidic cherries and apples are the first ting I get. Almost cider like. Just a bit of sweetness here with vanilla and oak. White grapes linger. A delicate nose that is really enjoyable.
T: Toasted malts up front. Tart and acidic cherries and apple cider. A bit vinegary as well. Some sweetness like vanilla and caramel, but that quickly fades in a second. Oak barrels, with a lingering dry tart white grape flavor that pulls the cheeks in. Everything is very delicate, and nothing wants to take over.
M/D: A medium body and effervescent with lively carbonation. This finishes dry, with a great puckering that I love. Like everything they do, immensely drinkable. A bomber goes down to easily.

I have always loved the delicate balance Jolly Pumpkin has. Nothing is over the top or intense. Just really well balanced and well done.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%

Starts with a cloudy brown body and a creamy, frothy white head. There's lots of residual yeast visible. Lots of energetic carbonation. 4

Smells of brown malt, sourness, and some barnyard funk. There's a bit of nuttiness and earthiness. 4

Tart, earthy and fruity with some unripened cherry flavor. I get undertones of brown malt. 4

This brew is surprisingly creamy and smooth, tart, with a slight acidity. 4.25

This is an interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber with a creamy, lingering khaki head.

S: The nose presents delicate aromas of cider vinegar, oak, must, pineapple, carambola, guava, caramel, toffee apples, and spiced pear.

T: Notes of dark bread, nougat, toffee apples, caramel, spiced pear, cider vinegar, must, oak, pineapple, carambola, guava, toasted almonds, sour cherries, and unripened grape fill the mouth. The finish is clipped and dry with sour cherry, must, oak, pineapple, spiced pear, and toffee apple notes.

M: Medium-to-full in body and very dry. Carbonation is spritzy. There is a slight alcohol warmth in the mouth.

O: An awesome sour ale. To this point, this might be one of my favorite offerings from Jolly Pumpkin.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Biere De Mars last month for $12.99 at The Lager Mill. I've never had this beer before, but I've heard many good things and I'm very interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a Jolly Pumpkin snifter.

A- The label looks very nice and it's got nice scene of a boat in stormy seas and waves that take on a women like appearance, I think it's very well done and I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a nice caramel like amber color that took on a ruby red like hue when held to the light with under a fingers worth of bubbly light tan head that quickly died down to a thin bubbly ring that eventually faded away and it left some super small spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish the head and lacing were a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness and it's followed by a big fruity aroma being the first to show up and it's a nice mixture of dark fruit, tart cherry's and raspberry like aromas with the raspberrys seeming to stick out the most, but not by much and there seems to be a little higher amount of medium sourness showing up with the fruit. Up next comes the yeast which is on the lighter side and it imparts a light wet straw and funky barnyard like aromas that's a lot lighter than most Jolly Pumpkin beers. Towards the end comes the barrel which seem to be a little on the lighter side but they still impart some nice oak like aromas. The aroma was great, I liked how fruity and sour the aroma was.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness and a slightly lower amount of high sourness that leads right into a good amount of fruits that impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time no single fruit seems to stick out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart a bready and slightly biscuit like malt flavors with some sweet malts showing up in the background. Up next comes a little bit of that funky yeast that I got in the aroma along with some light oaky flavors from the barrels. On the finish there's a little more sourness with a great fruity and slightly funky aftertaste. This was a great tasting beer, the taste seems a little more balanced than the aroma and the different aspects worked great together.

M- Smooth, clean, slightly refreshing, not too acidic, a little dry on the finish with just enough crispness, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The beer had a very nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a great beer and I thought it was a great example of a Sour, and it's a little unique for a Jolly Pumpkin beer simply because the funky yeast and oak barrel were a little subdued while the sourness and fruit flavors were in the forefront and I can't say that about many Jolly Pumpkin beers, it may just be the sourest beer I've had from them. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, slightly refreshing, not too acidic, a little dry on the finish, just crisp enough, not filling at all and the taste did a great job at holding my attention, a full bottle might be a little too much for me, but with how great it tastes I think I would give it a shot, so I would say one bottle is the perfect amount for me. What I like the most about this beer was how well the sour fruity flavors were showcased it reminded me of some of the better sours I've had. What I like the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad and I really liked the color, but the head and retention were a little disappointing. I would for sure buy this beer again, it's a little pricey, but I think it's worth and I would like to see how this beer changes with time. I would recommend this to anyone who likes sours, I think it's a must try, especially if your a Jolly Pumpkin fan. All in all I was very happy with this beer and I was also a little impressed with it, it was a little unique for a Jolly Pumpkin and in the end it made for one tasty beer especially for the warmer weather like the label suggests. This might just be my new favorite Jolly Pumpkin beers I've had and it's for sure the sourest one I've had from them and I think it's one of the better sours I've had and I think the complexity helped out with that. Great job guys, I'm really happy I tried this beer and it turned out to be an instant favorite, keep up the great work.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty brown, ring of lacing. Hints of orange.

Funk, sour cherry, oak. Basically a sour with some belgian influences.

Orange, wheat, lots of spices, light sour pang.

Light mouthfeel, ABV seems low. Sessionability is okay.

Good, lots of mixed floral and earthy flavors.

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Photo of babaracas
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with amber edges; two fingers thick fluffy off-white head, spray of chunky lace on the glass. Smell: red grape skin, acetic note and hay above caramel; lightly fruity and sweet. Taste: tart peach, grape skin, unripe plum... tart and semi-sweet fruit is the main event; mild toasted grain flavor, herbal and oaky in the finish. Medium bodied with creamy but lighter carbonation. Tart, fruity, slightly herbal finish. Liked Oro better, but this is nice.

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

Notes are about 3 weeks old, but concise and thorough

The head is off-white, settling in a heavy foam one finger high over an interestingly colored brew of a hazy pink-orange. The head keeps itself up for nearly the entirety of the session, throwing down strong lace as it does.
Sourness and funk are the main attraction with this beer, though it has lots of complexity and runs deep with aroma and flavor. The aroma seems to develop everything just a little more fully, pouring out some spiciness, both a bit sweet and peppery, a green sort of woodiness, some earth and must, and a variety of fruits light, dark, citric and tropical. There's enough sweetness to balance all the pucker, though, and it makes this beer easy-drinking and much more pleasurable than without. This beer shows a bit of yeast, lots of brett, and some earthy must to complement as a result. There are also some phenols drawn out, more in the taste than the smell.
There's a juiciness to the sour aspect that translates into and drives the mouthfeel. It runs dry underneath that for a semi-dry feel overall. It's crisp with a tangy bite to it as well.

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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 dar482
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The aroma has vinegar and tart cherries

The flavor follows of tart vinegar, dark fruits, cherries, a substantial malt in the middle, then lots of tart and funk qualities.

An interesting brew with hints of oak, cherries, tart qualities and Brett funk. In general another one of a good tart and funky brew from Jolly Pumpkin.

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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 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 Auraan
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice cloudy amber with little bits of yeast floating in it and no head. It looks wonderfully rustic and wild, very nice. Scents of sour brett yeast, a slight sweet maltiness and a hint of cinnamon. Not the most intense aroma, but it is nicely subdued and pleasant. Flavor begins with a strong hit of sour brett yeast, quite apple cider vinegar-like, with some lemon notes. The sour flavors override the malty base and make this quite dry upfront. This opens into further sour flavors in the middle, with the addition of an excellent oak undertone that includes hints of oak and vanilla on the palette. Finish is dry and sour with hints of oak. Aftertaste is sour and oak. A very good flavor profile, though not as malty or toasty as a biere de garde normally is, still quite nice. Mouthfeel medium-light bodied with light carbonation and a drying feel. Very nice and easy to drink. Overall this is an excellent sour with a nice bit of underlying complexity in the aroma and flavor. At first glance it seems to be simply sour but as you drink the character of the beer unfolds and becomes nicely complex and very well executed.

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Photo of MarioM
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: Bottled 03-09-2012, Batch 970/973
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Biere De Mars is a heavily soured biere de garde from Jolly Pumpkin, bearing strong resemblance to the Flanders sour styles more than the typical malt-and-hops varieties I've tried of the style. If I saw this again, I would pick up a bottle, as I'm curious to try a side-by-side with the La Roja now. Definitely is one of the better beers I've had from Jolly Pumpkin, up there with Oro de Calabaza and La Roja.

Pours a 1cm tall head of beige-colored foam, made up of small bubbles, creating a fairly dense and frothy-looking mass, which unfortunately only lasts for about 30 seconds to one minute, before fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a few small islands of foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, but minimal, a few small dots and lines scattered here and there. Beer is a hazy amber brown color, light bringing out a shade of dirty golden orange. Carbonation marginally visible through the nearly opaque (70-80%) body, low in activity and amount.

Aroma of tartness with raspberry/blackberry-like esters, spicy acetic acid, some herbal components, fairly strong oak barrel characters/tannins, cinnamon, and faint mustiness, altogether coming across slightly raw, but definitely enjoyable.

Overall flavors of tart berries, lightly vinegar-like acidity, oak barrel, vague remnants of a toasted/caramel malt base: comes across slightly harsh and bordering on puckering when warm. Front of palate picks up pleasant, mild tartness as from a Flanders Oud Bruin (oaked sour raspberry in a toasted/caramel malt base) with fruit esters and sweetness (raspberries, blackberries) balancing things out. Mid-palate is full of tart raspberry/blackberry flavor, with oak characters, herbal components and a bit of spiciness as well. Back of palate finds strong oak-barrel characters (woodsy, tannins) fused to tart blackberry and raspberry esters with mild spiciness. Aftertaste of tart blackberries and raspberries with a touch of vinegar and herbal notes.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is softly foamy, smooth and not coarse or harsh, the acidity providing the major movement factor for this beer. Closes semi-dry, with low stickiness on the palate and lips.

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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 tectactoe
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mike for splitting this with me since it seems to have disappeared rather quickly from shelves this year. It pours murky and brown, akin to swamp water with opacity turned all the way up. The yellow-ish, beige-ish cream cap fizzles swiftly into a thin layer that covers the top of this boisterous and somewhat ugly brew.

The aroma is relatively fundamental in terms of its components; apple skins, faint cherries, mild vinegar, dry oak, and a stingy, lactic sourness. Nothing incredibly off the wall or obscure, but it's the refinement of these simple elements to form an exceedingly pleasing nose when combined that's so captivating here. The mild corky and wet-hay funk, a la Jolly Pumpkin, is a nice finishing touch.

You get a nice acidic, sour bite up front from the very first sip that comes hand in hand with a mountain of oak barrel. The amount of dry oak in the flavor profile is astounding, and despite it's ominous presence, it never washes out other flavors or becomes too overpowering, rather it provides an incredibly stable and reliable backdrop for everything else.

Apple skins, ripe and mushy grapes, light cherries, sharp vinegar, musty florals, and damp cellar funk, all collaborate and play together so nicely among the still-heavy garden of oak that has a lasting presence throughout. The up-front, sharp tartness mellows out rather quickly to a more subtle, mildly astringent sweetness that fades into the once again oak-dominated, uber-dry and funky finish. The crisp carbonation helps this beer scrape every ounce of fluid from your palate in the end.

What a wonderfully delicious treat, and one of my favorite "non grand reserve and/or super limited release" beers from Jolly Pumpkin. Very drinkable with a nice tartness that I'd place somewhere halfway between La Roja and the Biere de Mars Grand Reserve. Such a heavy oak presence on the palate, but it works to strangely well. I will be hard on the look out for more of this one, and will be damn sure to buy as many bottles as I can find each time it comes out.

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Photo of macher0
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 2. Bottled 2/28/13 Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark Amber. Barely translucent. Poured a finger head that retreats to a frothy rim and film. Awesome lacing.

S: Sour JP yeast. Cherries and blackberries. Nuts. A little raw oak.

T: Tart/sour. Oaky. Dusty. Taste follows the nose. A very slight sweetness that comes through as cherries. The flavors are subtle. The cherry flavor become stronger as the ale opens.

M: Very smooth. Moderate body. Fine carbonation. High carbonation.

O: Another great beer from JP. Very solid and consistent across the grading metrics. I strongly recommend this ale if you like Jolly Pumpkin ales and/or sours in general. I love JP beers and Biere de Mars is 2nd to my favorite: La Roja. Perfect for a rustic meal or a cold day. As the beer opens, this ale could easily be confused with a dry kriek. This is in no way a sweet beer but has a very slight sweetness from the fruit notes, likely contributed to the barrel-ageing process.

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Photo of Michigan
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Blend 1. Bottled 2-27-2013

A- Deep translucent candy orange glow when held to natural light. 2 finger vintage ivory head. Not fizzy but rather calm and slightly frothy.

S- Tart. Oaky. Crisp. Fresh apple. Cherries. Touch of honey

T- Juicy fruitiness. Short finish. Citrus rind in the back of the mouth. Doesn't leave many lingering tastes. Acidic. Unwashed apple skins. Quite refreshing.

M- You know that feeling when you grind your teeth after drinking too much Pepsi? Yeah, it has that. Medium body. Very little carbonation left after a short bit.

O- The look of this thing got my hopes up! I was a really good Biere de Garde, and one of Jolly Pumpkin's best offerings. I'd be interesting in trying one after a year.

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Bière De Mars from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
4.15 out of 5 based on 687 ratings.
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