Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Bière De Mars - Grand ReserveBière De Mars - Grand Reserve

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-22-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a kickass JP tasting a while back... finally getting my notes typed up.

I'm going to preface this review with this statement:
The Biere De Mars is my favorite JP beer I had ever had. I am going into this beer with VERY high expectations.

This is a 2008 bottling-- brewed in 06?
This is an orangey red color. Minimal head and lacing, but the legs are thick and oily looking.
The nose is apple cider vinegar and oak with a nice tartness coming through. The nose leads nicely into the taste, and they are both fantastic.

A great strong sour presence with just an incredible flavor. Lots of oak and vinegar... a near complete loss of any spices.

I love this beer.
We opened this side-by-side with the 2010 bottling, and while the 10 is good, the 08 DESTROYS it. I love the regular BdM, but the 2010 GR kills it... and the 08 GDM rapes the 2010. You do the math!

I want more of the GR here. I will be aging any of these for 2 or 3 years!

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4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 release, aged 16 months in oak

Appearance: Pours a burnt sienna with a modest cap that fades quickly but leaves quite a bit of lace before it goes

Smell: A lot going on, with tart/sour fruit, oak, bourbon, vanilla and Brett

Taste: Opens very mellow, with the oak and vaniila flavors hiding what is to come; before long, however, there is a blast of tart/sour green apple and cherry flavor followed by a Bretty funk that builds to a crescendo by mid-palate; after the swallow, the vanilla and woody flavors return to put the sour and funk flavors in a balanced perspective; the bourbon becomes most apparent in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: What an incredible achievement; so much complexity, yet so enjoyable

Thanks, brewdan, for the opportunity

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4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Bottled 2-19-10...A tad bit over 2 year old. Pours an almost-clear, ruby-amber color with a hint of brown. Very minimal white head. Scent is...out of this world! Such a great smelling beer. JP always has a distinct aroma to them...that lovely barnyard funk they specialize in...with just the slightest tart aroma. This is that same scent, but kicked up a notch. A huge amount of oak with some sweet bourbon (I'm not sure if the Grand Reserve edition is aged in bourbon barrels, but I get a hint of it). Sweet cherries and some acidic notes. A bit of spice as well. Very lovely and complex. Taste is just as complex... Sour cherries up front. Followed by lovely wood/oak flavors and some lingering bourbon sweetness. ABV is so well hidden, it's ridiculous. Not as acidic as the nose is, but definitely leaves a sticky feeling on the gums and teeth. Mouthfeel is very dry with a sticky finish. Drinkability is very high. I could sip on this beer all night. Overall, this was such a great experience. It should be a crime to bottle this fantastic beer in such small bottles. This one is meant to be in 750ml and shared amongst friends. Amazing beer.

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4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a stubby 11.2 oz bottle into a Jolly Pumpkin snifter.

Appearance- Pours a dark, cloudy reddish-brown with only enough bubbles to rise, and disperse to the edge of the glass. Looks very aged for a beer.

Smell- Tangy pungent sour fruit followed by robust oak, caramel, allspice, burnt Santo Marron wood, candied figs, red currant jam. Very complex aromas akin to a very long oak-aged spirit.

Taste- Tart citric acid blasts the palate- like sour candy. Followed up with cherry wine, sweet grapes, prune, tobacco, maple sugar, oaky tannins, earthy cinnamon and cardamom. This finishes quite dry for how tart it starts off.

Mouthfeel- Very dense and smooth with very little carbonation.

Overall- A very unique brew that has complexity written all over it. Justifiably so, given its lengthy aging. Reminiscent of a tawny port, or a fine cognac in all of its complex character. Not to be missed if you are afforded the rare opportunity to try this. I will look forward to future bottlings if they do them again.

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4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 65, aged 27 months in oak, bottled in March 2008 from a single oak barrel. This batch made 12 cases of 12oz bottles.

Pours a rich murky mahogany with a very light but lumpy cork colored head with little to no lacing. Yeast sediment is visible in the bottom of the bottle. Nose is tart cherries and sour raspberries. Oak dust and slight lime citrus are also present.

Young under-ripe cherries and old sour raspberry mash overwhelm the palate with tartness and sourness. As the flavors develop I get more oak dust and something reminiscent of old attic. The finish is lime citrus and then a little surprise of banana at the end. It feels moderately thick and leaves a residue coating the mouth which helps the flavors to persist and develop. There is a light but biting carbonation as well.

Overall this was really a great beer. The complexity alone would make this one to sip rather than drink. I already had a high regard for Jolly Pumpkin's beer but Ron has really outdone himself with this one and surpassed the already high standard his brews have set. It's just too bad that this was such a limited release, but I guess that's the price of this level of quality.

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4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 346/348 Bottled 2-19-2010
Thank you Keith for picking this up for me.

A-Rubyish brown. Low tan head, almost non-existent. Slightly cloudy.

S-Lots of oak. Typical JP funk. Slight medicial phenols. Cherry pie.

T-Malty and carmelly along with a good bit of tart. No hops. Nice woody flavor. Tartness balances well with the carmelly malt. If you told me this was an oud bruin, I'd say "SPOT ON"

M-low carbonation. slight wood tannin which is nice. Tartness doesn't get in the way.

D-Another great beer from JP. Perfectly balanced tart and malt. I wish I had more of these. If I had to nit pick, I'd say a hair more carbonation would bring out more of the aroma. But whatever, this is near perfect.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 poured into JP snifter

A - Really deep chestnut color, oil soaked wood like wood stain, firm like most JP beers, relatively flat.

N - Gourd or pumpkin, grape skin, wet cement, white peppercorn and spices like cinnamon, very vinous, tart apple, lemon juice and lemon zest, tanginess; as it warms there's some phenol-like, medicinal notes, wet hay, some nutty cheese.

T - Wonderful finish of soaked wood and tart grape skin, healthy punch of acidity, fresh citrus, more oily and acidic than La Roja GR; subtle floral notes, rose hips, dirt, soda water, oak barrel. Mouthfeel is dense, chewy for a JP beer, good carbonation after more than year in the bottle.

D - Great complexity, the color alone is one of the most unique I've seen.

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