Bière De Mars | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

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

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Ratings:
689
Reviews:
223
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
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104
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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 newbeeraday
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Huffs
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rocko1992
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 MatthiasGP
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Too sour for me
But looks good, smells good

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SirWalkAbout
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a snifter at the Ann Arbor location. One of my absolute favorite beers.

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Photo of Mistamakkus
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 VictorsValiant
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 Gooseman80
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jakea
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kjbober
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kate_Amos
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bwarren82
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fargrow
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bière De Mars from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
4.15 out of 5 based on 689 ratings.
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