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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Ratings: 220 |  Reviews: 102
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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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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.52/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sadly, past its prime by the time I tried. This was bottled 3-4-2013.

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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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3.61/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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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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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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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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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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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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3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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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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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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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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3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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