Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Bière De Mars - Grand ReserveBière De Mars - Grand Reserve
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-22-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
219
Reviews:
102
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
7.37%
 
 
Wants:
314
Gots:
46
For Trade:
1
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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of brentk56
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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4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011: Gravity pour at GTMW... super sour stonefruit, sharp acidity, one dimensional almost. Not as good as the 16 month aged batch reviewed in '09. Maybe bottle conditioning time would improve.

2009 edition, aged 16 months:
Big whiff of quality bourbon in the nose, never got the bourbon barrel from one of these before. Brown sugar, oak, complex wild nose. Tart with plenty of leathery Brett. Soft, restrained, lots of wood. Subtly different from last year, less fruit, more oaky with the slight bourbon inflection. Thanks makdeco & tyee!

2008 release, aged 27 months in oak. Served at cellar temperature, around 55º.

Color is a light reddish-orange brown. Small head at first, that settles to a constant ring at the edge. With a little swirl, some spotty lace clings to the edge.

Huge cidery aroma of apple cider vinegar, wet wood, with a restrained wild funk underneath.

Tart cherry skins, oak, succulent berries, underripe tart strawberry, and lime zest. Long aftertaste, plenty of fruit and woody traces that linger. Muted oak tannin, never overpowers or becomes too dry. Once the initial tartness passes, it has a sublime smoothness. Carbonation is pretty light.

This stuff is too damn delicious, i'm glad I got the chance to taste it. It ranks up there with Oerbier Reserva and Supplication to me, and stands apart with it's own distinctive character. All the best qualities of Flanders sour ales are here, with the unique JP twist.

Huge thanks to TheBlackMallard!

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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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4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by chswimmer. Thanks, Craig.

Cloudy chestnut colored body, lightly carbonated. A slow pour leaves me with half an inch of head that quickly recedes to a ring.

Fruity and vinous aroma, tart, musty, oaky, lightly acetic. It brings to mind rhubarb and strawberries. This is wonderfully balanced and deep, slightly funky but leaning more toward the rich dark fruit and vinous barrel notes.

Cherries, tart red grapes, tannic red wine - there's a lot going on in this one. The barrel character is substantial, lending a big tannic backbone that melds nicely with the vinous qualities. There's a touch of malt in the mid-palate that drops off again near the finish, replaced by tart cherries and raisins. The finish is bready and surprisingly brief - it ends on a clean, slightly lactic note. This is another winner from JP.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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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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4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper with an off white head and a good amount of lacing as it goes down. Nose is incredibly complex. I get tart green apples, ripe cherries, brown sugar, hints of caramel, a bit of vinegar, and maybe a little bit of lemon. Taste draws all the flavors together quite well and adds a bit of extra funk. Mouthfeel comes from both acetic and lactic sourness. Quite drinkable, although maybe a bit over the top in any relatively large quantity.

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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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Starting the vacation off with a bang, the cooler I brought with me to folly for the next 4 days is just insane. After polishing off the growler of twigs this afternoon I cracked this one after dinner. Served chilled in a snifter, this one was consumed on 08/07/2010.

What a gorgeous beer! Dark amber pour reveals tons of cloudiness and a one finger head of off white foam that has incredible retention. Streaks of lacing that are just dripping down the sides of the glass are hallmarks here.

Aroma is horse funk. Deep tart apples, hints of sour that tingle the nose. Apple vinegar and a deep, earthiness that blends well, grounding it and keeping it from being a huge sour monster. Warming brings out the cherries, hints of a brown sugary sweetness and touches of sour apples that show their form. So damn sharp at the taste, bitter as hell with a wincing factor that was off the charts. Mellows mid palate bringing back some of that lovely earthiness that keeps it nice and calm until all moisture is sapped from your mouth an long, dry, sour finish seals the deal.

Overall, wow. A stunning example of the style and a stunning beer in general. Really glad I brought this one with me.

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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes. I remember that someone (BeerGestapo (?)) had noted my love of Jolly Pumpkin beers in my Profile Beer Thoughts and brought some by, but when that may have been is lost in the ether.

The pour produced two fingers' worth of thick, foamy, creamy yellowish-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity and a high level of effervescence. Nose had notes of green apple, cider and cheddar cheese. Mouthfeel was medium with a slightly sour cherry taste, but not so sour as to be off-putting. Finish had a very cherry-like flavor, macerated cherries in liqueur as one person put it or kirsch, another way. Mmm.

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4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 06/25/11 notes. 2 330ml bottles shared by ahalloin; thanks Tony, always interested in trying new JP beers. Poured into my Bruery tulip. Batch 346/348, dated 02/19/10.

a - Pours a murky dark brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of that distinct Jolly Pumpkin yeast and funk, oak, horse blanket, and light fruit. Very funky and enjoyable; really like the nose.

t - Tastes of funk, light fruity, yeast, that barnyard funk/horse blanket taste, and light oak.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty creamy body, and not as carbonated as I expected.

o - Overall a really good beer from Jolly Pumpkin beer. If you like their style this is acan't miss. Would like to have it again.

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4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Derek and his never ending generosity for this one. Enjoyed as a brief respite from the absolutely excessive heat the last two days.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a head that dies quickly and becomes a thin ring of off-white head.

S: The oak and lactic acidity are quite evident on the nose. A bit of sweet caramel and vanilla, as well as some light funkiness. Some hints of sour cherries and vinegar, as well.

T: Oak is dominant throughout and provides a tannic quality to the beer. Some light vinegar and and cherries, but not overly sour or tart. There's a distinct earthiness to this beer which I find enjoyable.

M: The body is medium with a soft carbonation and lightly dry finish.

D: Like most of Jolly Pumpkin's beers, this is a good one. I haven't had the regular Biere de Mars, but this has inspired me to pick one up at some point.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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