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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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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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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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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Bière De Mars from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 697 ratings