Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Bière De Mars - Grand ReserveBière De Mars - Grand Reserve

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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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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.86/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at "Free" Beer Party - 2008 at Taco Mac Lindbergh in celebration of the 75 anniversary of the end of prohibition.

Oak aged for 27 months.

Pours brown/orange with weird spotty lacing, small 1/8 inch copper colored head. Smells of sweet malts, oak, and bourbon. First taste is extremely bitter with a slightly sweet aftertaste - hints of green apples, lemons, and grapefruit. As it warms, the bitterness somewhat declines, but not by much.

Very limited with only 17 cases produced.

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Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 65, in the barrel for 27 months. Generously provided by grub for the 2008 Biergotter Tasting.
Caramel coloured, fairly clear, with a little bit of beige foam that formed a thin collar. Some spotty lacing. The aroma was sort of sharp, tart and vinegar with a bit of alcohol, some funk and earth. Sweetness hit up front but faded fast. Very sour, citric and acetic. Seemed a little thin on malt, but it was certainly there. Light bodied with lowish carbonation, off-dry. This one seemed a bit one dimensional after all the other amazing sours we'd been enjoying. It was quite acidic, but still refreshing and flavourful.

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Photo of grub
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 1: Sour/Wild Ales. i contributed this bottle that i got in a trade with GrandCruDrew. thanks drew!

12oz bottle. batch 65, barrel-aged 27 months. sampled nov 27/08.

pours pretty much crystal clear with just a wisp of ultra-fine white bubbles clinging to the top. the head drops fast and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. lemon. sour cherry. sour cranberry. light vinegar. bit of alcohol. cracker and multi-grain bread. light funk.

taste is wild. big malt vinegar. lots of lemon. huge sour and vinegar component on this one. cracker and white bread. light alcohol. behind the sourness is a bit of other mixed citrus and fruit, but it's hard to find it when you're being smacked around by the vinegar+sourness.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is ok. the acidity is pretty strong, which definitely takes away from the drinkability. i think if this one dialed back the sour/vinegar component a little to let those other components through it'd really shine. still a tasty and interesting brew.

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Photo of brdc
3.72/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, thanks to the generosity of OHLRangers. Unknown batch, the sticker on the back has been partially ripped off.

From notes: Minimal and short lasting head covers this hazy, dark reddish brown beer.
Aroma is funky, tart, with a little bit too much vinegar. Some woody notes.
Taste is a bit too sour and vinegary for a biere de garde, and carbonation is lacking. Some bourbon notes, oak, and again, lots of vinegar. Fruitiness, and the tartness, a bit exaggerated, unexpected for the style.
Pleasant, but definitely not great.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - -Light brown colored beer with a bit of a white head that didn't rise very high or stay for very long. Looks a little red on the edges.

S - Dark fruits, yeast is fairly present, some funk, little vinegar.

T - Sweet caramel, some tartness with the normal Jolly Pumpkin yeast smell. Some funk and oak from the barrels. I get bored with JP beers, but this one is somewhat interesting.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Decent beer, not amazing, but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of nickd717
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle thanks to sarro on BA.

Pours dark brown with reddish hues and a one-finger light tan head that fades to a ring.

Jolly Pumpkin's house yeast is evident on the aroma. Pretty funky and oaky with caramel malt.

Flavor is slightly sweet caramel malt but mostly tart and full of the house yeast flavor. Funky and oaky with some slight fruity notes and very slight bourbon.

Nice palate, dry and fairly tart with medium body.

Pretty good beer. Not amazing, but good.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty cloudy beige color ale with s mall bubbly head with limited retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of sour and tart notes with light oak notes. Taste is quiet sour with some light oak and light funky yeast notes with a mild acidity level. Body is quite full with low carbonation. I tasted more funk then bourbon to be honest but very enjoyable beer from one of my favourite brewery.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark amber-brown with a thin tan head.

S - Funk, cherry, tart citrus.

T - Funky cherry, tart old fruit. The sourness overpowers most of the flavors here.

D - Mild carbonation, light body.

O - A good sour, bring on the tart.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/copper with only a small sliver of head.

The aroma is a nice blend of tart grapes, biscuit, earthy hops, peppery spice, and heavy oak.

The flavor starts out with a bit of raisin sweetness, which quickly disappears to make room for a very dry oak finish. Lots of earthiness and a bit of cobwebby must.

The body is medium and carbonation is low. Overall this beer was nice, but perhaps a little oaky and lacking depth in the flavor profile. Still, worth taking a crack at.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed November 23, 2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Apple candy aroma, with a touch of apricots mellowed in ale, yet with some peculiar edges of old woman perfume. Some of the alcohol notes are deep and dark, with edges of caramel. Pour of a rich deep caramel, firey in glowing orange, witha thin rim of whitish. Flavor is a somewhat confused melange of bright awakening acidity in apple skin and white grape juice, with caramel syrup dangling with a fast flow of balsamic vinegar, between fading into a mellow fragrant lemon hop smack, yet remaining lightly subdues. Some of the nose-stinging acidity creates some balance. However, the flavor of this beer alights some muddines and subtleness with a little less distinctive qualities, it’s still a deliciously complete package.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Rediscovered" in the cellar. Bottled 2-19-10. Batch 346/348. Finally time to open this from a very long time ago trade.

Poured from a 330ml stubby bottle a dirty amberish copper with nearly 200 white bubbles around the rim and leaving a few spots of lace. Aroma is oak tannins, dark fruit skins, mild funk/barnyard, earthy and acetic. Flavor is mellow and mildly tart, oak corked wood, some oxidation as would be expected but not as much as I thought it might be. Semi-medium body and very light carbonation. Finishes tart and faintly fruity and tannic. Perhaps a shadow of its former self, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of mrmanning
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sample courtesy, and thanks to MDS. Thanks MIke. Sampled at Tuesday night Jolly Pumpkin bonanza!Cloudy brown/mahogany, with good yeast floaties in bottom, and good lace present. Woodsy aroma with vague plum, whisky, and faint grapes/booze. Tart fruit matched with yeasty brett, and earthy oak, with some booze. Smooth, good tart finish, thick and earthy. Wow, great stuff. Thanks goes out To Ron J, and Mike. D. S

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark brown color with a minimal frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy tart citrus, good funk and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer for style.

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Photo of Etan
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz stubby from the recent release into a Cantillon flute.

A: Pours a rich yet mellow mahogany color with a small light tan head.

S: Very lactic aroma, along with some notes of bretty pineapple, mild acetic fruitiness, subtle coconut and vanilla tannins.

T: Taste brings moderate red wine vinegar and cherries, a bit of musty wood, light caramelized grain, vague buttery bourbon. The acidity is pretty well-balanced, not very strong.

M: Light-bodied with almost no carbonation.

O: This is pretty nice, but a bit lacking in complexity and carbonation compared to other notable soured bieres de garde.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Batch 676/677. Bottled 3/4/13.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with malt, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is really tasty but has a much better sour presence in the aroma.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle given to me from BrewerDan23 from his midwest brewery're the man Dan! Poured from a 11.2oz small Belgian-like short bottle. Label is completely different from the picture shows here on BA. Batch # 346/348...Bottled 2-19-10. Poured into my De Dolle tall snifter. Pours a cloudy brown color with very little head. What head rises is fizzy, off-white, and barely worth mentioning...especially how fast it dissapears. Again, with that said...lacing is basically a few random fizzy bubbles.

Aroma, WOW! Mouth watering! Brett-like tartness, citrus, very faint funky-ness/oak and vinegar sharpness. There's a fruit I can't quite put my finger on...cherries maybe?

At first: not as good in flavor as nose...but still very good! Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and light carbonation. Tartness is mild, vinegar isn't as bitey as anticipated. The fruit/citrus notes are light. The oak aspect is not prominent, but noticable none-the-less. A recomendation if I may...drink at cellar temp. Flavor and sharpness really stand out as the beer warms up.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Bells tulip...A medium brown with a little amber in it, muddy color, light tan head, ok carbation, decent lacing...Aroma is decent funk and oak. In reality it smells like every other Jolly Pumkpin beer, they all have the same oak backbone, this goes a little further adding a little vinegar and tart fruits. Better than the average jp...Taste is pretty good, again a lot of the jp oak but more complex.

Most jp beers are blah to me but this is something I'd like to have more of.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of kryptic. No distinguishing batch information, although it was aged in oak for 16 months.

A: The BdG is a dark ruddy color that verges on brown at times. Only the narrow base of the glass routinely shows off the red highlights. A small head doesn't get very big, nor does it last long.

S: Surprising for JP, the ale offers more barrel than funk, thanks to those 16 months. Sweet, woody oak barely stands out over the critters. That funk is gamey, more wild than tart.

T: Plenty of malt upfront, reminding that this is a BdG. Fast on its tail, the oak shines through with vanilla. The funk isn't as strong as some reviewers note. Instead the barrel has really mellowed the ale out. What little funkiness is there is acetic, a small dose of vinegar and apples. The oak with just a thin undercurrent of funk is interesting and delicious. The funk intensifies a bit as time passes but the vinegary flavors never overtake the oak.

M: The tartness increases over time, gradually moving into the limelight. I really like the oak, the subtle twang of wood and vanilla.

D: The exchange of oak and funk is interesting, especially for a JP beer. The crescendo of the funk, it's really coming close to edging out the barrel, is amazing.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown color with ruby highlights. Poured a half-finger off-white head that dissipated to random bubbles. Spotty lacing.

S: Apple vinegar. Dark fruity Belgian yeast; plum and raisin. Clove and cinnamon spices. Earthy foundation.

T: Sharp vinegar flavor up front. Sour green apple and cherry. Definite wild funk and maybe a little wet wood. Low, even bitter in the finish.

M: Light to medium body. Ample fizzy carbonation. Dry finish with warming alcohol.

D: Cornucopia of flavors; very complex. Drinkable for sure, but definitely a sipper.

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Photo of mothman
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 346/348. Bottled 2-19-10z

Very little head. Color is copper amber.

Flavor profile is very complex. Reminds me of a sour Flanders red. Cherries, oak, tannins, red apple skins, light acidity. A little bit of malt.

Mouthfeel: tart but not over the top. Lighter bodied. Nice amount of sour.

Overall, a very nice sour beer. Very easy to drink. I wish this wasn't so hard to find.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: 12 oz. Gold label that states it was aged in oak for 27 months. I purchased it at the brewery on March 21, 2008.

A - Deeep amber, with a slight film of head. Hardly any carbonation. Quite clear, and the speed at which the bubbles reach the surface is as bizarre as everything else about it. They look like they're moving through syrup. Interesting, to say the least.

S - Funk. If there is a beer that embodies funk, it's this. Smell is of brett, lacto, white wine vinegar, yeast, oak, and the usual JP wonderfullness. Seriously, this is a funky-ass beer.

T - Completely and utterly complex. Not necessarily a typical biere de garde, but a true farmhouse bretty wallop. The tartness in this brew is seriously one to behold. Runs the gamut from barnyard, nail-polish remover, lemons, oak, bad wine, sour fruits, yeast, barrel... it's really bizarre, but I just can't stop drinking it. Seriously, I hate it and love it in the same drink. Minutes after I have a sip, I lick my lips and it feels like they've been soaked in lemon juice.

M - Barely carbonated, yet it works. Medium bodied if not a little thick.

D - As insanely tart as it is, it makes me wanna drink more and more. By far the sourest beer I've ran across, yet it has the same effect as a giant hop bomb. You can't help but drink more because you NEED it.

Notes: I almost killed myself and my girlfriend obtaining this beer. Was it worth my life? Not really, but it's still a great beer.

Ron's wife said it was the sourest beer they've ever produced and I think I'm inclined to agree with them. If you like your sour tastebuds tickled, this has your name written all over it... I'm definitely glad I have a few more of these.

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4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BigDaddyWill for the opportunity to try this rare beer. 12oz Grand Reserve bottle aged 27 months in oak, batch 65. I received this bottle in the summer of 2008.

The color is a faint cherry with some mahogany when held to the light. A few bubbles amassed on the top but they quickly fell back to form a ring around the glass.

Tart fruits and oak instantly, as soon as I started pouring. A lot of sweet and sour cherry, like a sour cherry fruit-roll up. Acetic, lemony, grapes, and a touch of leather in the background. Some nectarine, strawberry, green apples, and currants. Vanilla and flowers.

Medium oak intensity mid-palate, cherry, strawberry, blueberries, lemons, and a nice vinegar flavor to tie it all together. Oak tannic bitterness in the finish. Hints of vanilla and caramel. Tart, dry, and acetic finish. A little more lemon in the end as it warms up. Cranberry juice.

Medium body and carbonation, suits well for the beer. Very acetic, acidic and tannic in the finish, wow!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Masterski for sending this along in a recent trade. Executed many trades with Alex and he's a great guy.

Bottle marked Batch 346/348 Bottled 2/19/10

Enjoyed this beer in my Dogfish Head over sized snifter. Poured with a small off white head that was only a 1/8th in thick and faded right away to a film of foam. Good looking color that was a deep amber/ruby color. There was nice clarity despite the very deep color.

Aroma is just fantastic. Very earthy, funky and the old horse blanket or farmhouse aroma. Slight tartness in the nose. Also a touch of oak and perhaps some fruit. (Cherry)

Rather interesting beer. Like many the aroma led you to believe there would be a more tart flavor than actually exists. Initial moment of cherry/green apple tart fades to a toasted malt flavor. After this the oak presence makes itself known. I wish there was a lingering tartness to mix with the oak flavor as I think would add more complexity. The oak seems to be the core component in the flavor here. Mixed in here is a touch of leather. Finishes dry. Funk pops out here and there when you least expect it.

The body is actually quite light and delicate. There is a dry finish to the mouth feel like noted above. Just the most subtle carbonation.

Nice beer to explore as you watch a football game. One to take your time with.

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Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for opening up this one, its been kicking around waiting its turn for a while! Batch 65, barrel aged 27 months. Day 1 of insane DrJay visit epic tasting.

Pours a crystal clear reddish orange, thin white head forms, settles to a very thin ring and drops a few lace spots on the glass, looks nice. Smell is neat, sherry, cherries, strawberries, very fruity, caramel, sour lemons, sweet maltiness through the middle, yeasty, honey, wacky sweet/sour aroma. Taste is neat too, lemons and vinegar, honey, very sour middle, spicy, funk and saltiness, wood, horse sweat, fruit, pretty crazy flavours going on. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, very sour and funky, pretty cool stuff, mellows out quite a bit over the years. Thanks Russ!

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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle poured into teku - thanks erikkoppin - 2011 bottle

Softly hazed dark copper pour with some golden hues, little to no head/lacing/retention to speak of.

Tart and acidic in the nose with notes of dark fruit, currants, red grape skin and oak. Slightly leathery and funky with plenty of spicy yeast. Hints of apple and caramel.

Decent sourness right up front, smacking of dark fruits with raisins and currants. Oaky and warm, taking on some chewy red wine characteristics with overripe grape skin. Roasted apples, caramel and funky Belgian yeast underneath. Finishes tart and dry with lingering acidity.

Medium body, milder carbonation, dry and sticky on the palate. This definitely takes the regular Jolly Pumpkin beers to another level, with increased nuances of flavor and higher levels of sourness and acidity.

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