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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Photo of Arbitrator
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Had twice now -- once shared by chswimmer, another time by nickd717. Thanks guys. From notes.

A: Pours a clear brown / amber / maroon body with beige foam. Retention isn't so great; it forms a medium collar, with spots of lace.

S: Earthy lactic sourness. Some grapes and oak.

T: Earthiness, again. Light brown sugar and caramel (the beer mostly tends toward dry, so I stress "light" here). A strong lactic sourness accentuated by grape. I find a lot of oak and some vanilla in the finish. A mild funk.

M: Light-bodied. It's not particularly heavy on the sugars, but it's not as dry as I would like. Still, quite solid.

D: Overall, pretty good for the style. I am not well versed in Biere de Gardes, but I enjoyed this one. Thanks guys.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a squat 330mL bottle, traded from hotpipes29. It has a sticker indicating batch 346/348, bottled 2-19-10.

It pours a dark and clear brown rust color, SRM of 30 or so. The thinnest of heads, just a film of off-white bubbles. It smells like an oud bruin or Flanders red, tart cherries and bret-derived funk. Barnyard aromas and a little oak too, with a minimum of vinegar.

The beer tastes tart and sour, cherries up front. A long aftertaste is even more sour. Reminds me a little of Red Poppy, which is also excellent. The body is light and dry, it seems just about right. I don't know why a beer always seems so hard to get again, I'm pretty sure it's a special release at the brewery only...

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 346/348. What a fantastic beer. 330 mL bottle. Wish this came is a larger format.

The appearance is a dark ruby, bordering on red leather. Has some light head that just vanishes pretty fast. Nice oil legs, pretty good looking beer.

The smell is of tart grapes, balsamic vinegar, LOTS of oak, and some tart cherry.

The taste is smooth, which is the reason I give the mouthfeel a perfect 5. There is some nice tart cherry flavor with a smooth oak barrel flavor. Has a nice Flemsih style sourness that owns a great flavor with this boozy oak flavor.

The mouthfeel is so smooth, the barrel flavor calms all of the incredibly tart flavors that are originally in this beer. Just an amazing flavor that goes down smooth. Probably the best Jolly Pumpkin beer I have had, and that is saying something special.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for this beer! Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle labeled Batch 346/348 bottled on 2/19/10 into a small snifter.

A: Glowing ruby-brown with little to no head; just a few bubbles, but noticeably carbonated.

S: Perfect! Cherries, oak, and just the right amount of funk.

T: Perfect! Tart cherries and oak dominate with a funky finish. A little bit of leather lurks in the background. This has the perfect amount of funkiness to fruitiness ratio.

M: Surprising amount of carbonation (considering what Lambicus Dexterius was like) and finishes superbly dry.

D: The alcohol is not present at all, but some people may be turned off by the tartness of this beer.

Overall, an exceptional beer for my 100th review. By far my favorite Jolly Pumpkin offering so far.

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Photo of organicbrewer
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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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Derek - batch 65.

Pours a deep reddish brown with a small fizzy tan head that recedes quickly to a small collar leaving spotty lacing.

The aroma is full of the oak - spicy with some leather undertones. There are some tart cherries and a bit of earthy funk as well.

The taste has a bit more funk than the aroma, especially in the finish. There is also lots of barrel character and sugary fruits and sweet malts in the background. Definitely a wine character to the whole thing but with a moderate bourbon presence.

Again, the mouthfeel is very vinous - dry and oaky in the finish. Soft carbonation and medium bodied overall.

Man, I haven't revisited Jolly Pumpkin and I forgot how good their stuff was. This is a fantastic oak aged beer and super drinkable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

Batch 346/348. The beer pours light brown with a white head. The aroma is tart with some lemons, yeast and oak. The flavor is brown sugar, lemon, brett funk and oak. The tartness lingers and makes the beer very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

'10 Vintage.

Pours a rich mahognay with a silky tan head. Excellent lacing.

Nose has oak, sour apples, red wine grapes, vanilla, musty funk, manure and horse blanket. Quite acidic.

Taste has tart fruits and Bretty funk up front followed by a bready malt profile, wood, vanilla, red wine and more earthy malts.

Clean, crisp body. Lasting sour finish.

Another great sour from JP. Seems to lack the bourbon presence found in earlier batches, but still an outstanding beer.

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Photo of nova009
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark cloudy brown. Half to quarter finger light white head. Decent lacing.

S- Cherry and sour apple smell are abundant. Makes the glands tingle when smelling it.

T- Crisp and sour with cherry as granny smith apples coming to mind.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is decent.

D- Surprisingly easy to drink for how heavy of a beer. I love sour beers and this one has set the bar for me. It might be $13+ a bottle but its the same price of a decent wine. Treat it that way.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Eric you are the man for this gift! Many thanks go out to gratefulbeerhead!!!

A- Pours a cloudy brown color. Half finger light white head dies down faster than anything I have seen before. No lacing but a light ring around the beer.

S- Tart cherry like notes covered in a barnyard funk from the brett comes out first. Makes my mouth water. Light oaky notes in this as well. Some light citrus notes in this as well with a light vinegar nose throughout. Jolly Pumpkin always amazes me with their beer's aroma.

T- I drank this beer at room temp. and think most everyone should. The flavors are not as jump out as in the nose but still crisp nonetheless. Light cherry sourness with vinegar upfront. Oaky notes in the middle with some light citrus. The brett is there the entire beer but a little more I think in the backend. The sourness kicks it up a notch in the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Sourness and light funk left on the palate with more cherry sourness on the aftertaste. All the flavors were crisp and blended together well. Light alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

D- This was a very easy and smooth drinker. Sours have this way with me though. I hope to be able to get my hands on this again. And if you want a good sour please do yourself a favor and drink this!

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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 MIMicrobrews
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It comes in a 330mL bottle with a cool Grand Reserve label. When poured into a glass, it pours with little carbonation. A frothy head reverse cascades up the sides, to the top of the glass like an upside-down waterfall; it's a beautiful sight. The color in the glass appears dark red, almost brown, and opaque. The smell is downright angelic; tart, fruity, dark cherry... my niece said it smelled like soy sauce. I will say it almost smells like it has a tinge of ginger, but there's definitely a unique aroma invading my nostrils at the moment. That said, disregard my niece. She's learning :) This beer has great flavor; creamy and smooth with a hint of bitter, but mainly sour and tart with a slight oak border. I also taste a little bit of a light red wine, pinot noir-like. The aftertaste continues the smooth with lingering fruitiness, sweetness.

I'm enjoying this brew slowly not because it's heavy or hard to drink... but because I'm naturally wanting to enjoy every single flavor in the delectable concoction. It's an amazingly mellow and bright brew with some beautiful flavors. Sour-haters not to worry. There is a slight sour, but a perfect balance. I know I'm not uber-critical of every beer because I try to find the positives in every one. There have only been a couple beers that have been released in the past year or so that have blown me away. This is definitely one of them.

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Photo of largadeer
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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Photo of muttyd
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hand pulled bottled from a cask.

A - Deep red/amber with a thin white foamy soapy head.

S - Funk, oak, and sour cherries. As the glass warmed up, more hints of vanilla, leather, and wine-like aromas came through.

T - Vanilla, oak, tart fruits (cherries). Mouth watering, lip puckering deliciousness. Love this beer.

M - Silky on the palate, low to moderate carbonation.

D - Wish I had more than the one bottle. One of the best sours I have ever tried.

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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 jampics2
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask @ the release on 4/12. Enjoyed after getting my bottles, nice to have the company of hotpipes29 (Eric) and his wife Erin. I went up there on a whim and it was worth it. This beer rocks the house - absolutely phenominal!!

Pour off the cask was a work of art. A dark brown liquid with cherry edges sits in my snifter with three fingers of fluffy head. Lovely stuff!

Smell was of sweet and sour funk, wood, leather, and cherry. Very wine-like.

Taste is absolutely exceptional. Had I not been fortunate enough to have P4, this would be the best sour I've had in terms of taste. Funky JP-ness, sour grapes and cherry, leather, and a touch of vinegar. Substantial enough malt backbone. Tons of oak. Really, really good!

Mouthfeel is great, a touch thin on the cask w/o the sparkle.

Overall, one of JP's best. And they're the Daniel San of the beer world, the underdog that kicks the Cobra Kai's ass. Ron and crew, you're the best around, no one's gonna ever keep you down :)

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

16 month aged

Not as murky as the 27 light head more chestnut in color

Plum sour fruit barnyard earth apple cider cherry boysenberry much lighter in depth and flavor big oak with a moderate finish lighter carbonation and mouthfeel with mucho wood tannins

27 month aged

Murky apple cider amber colored

Oak apple vanilla infection layers of fruit wood spcey carbonation long finish cherry pear cider like carbonation is bright and vivid and in your face amazing

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Photo of Shumista
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At the release today they were offering the 2-19-2010 batch in bottles and hand-pulled from a cask. Surprisingly a quiet release, only a handful of us were there when they opened. After purchasing my 6 bottle limit I headed downstairs to have a glass on cask and some lunch. Poured into a snifter.

I'm pretty new to hand pulled beers but I was surprised to see this one come out of the cask looking like a glass full of head. Slowly however the murky brown beer crept up the glass until only a medium sized light brown head was left. Looked delicious, even at 11 am after my morning coffee. The smell is dominated by sourness and tart fruit, cherries maybe. The is a red wine vinegar quality and some oak. The aroma indicates this one isn't going to be messing around. Wonderful tasting beer, and I don't even like belgiany sour beers that much. Hugely sour with a tart fruitiness, oak and leather (while I've never actually chewed on leather this is what came to mind). Some pleasant funkiness too. Great sipper. While I can't compare the cask version to the regular the cask had a wonderfully fluffy lightly carbonated mouthfeel, served at a perfect temperature. I imagine this is the right way to enjoy this one. I only had the one because it was a Monday morning, but had it been a Saturday I could have sat at the bar drinking these all day. Great beer and a great quiet subdued release. Really a good morning.

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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 koopa
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Batch # 65 (bottle at the beginning of 2008 I believe). Gold sticker on the upper neck says Grand Reserve 27 months in oak. Bottle received in a trade with leedhill who was more than generous thanks!

Appearance: Pours a murky amber to an iced tea/burnt sienna with a 1 finger white crown that displays little retention or lace.

Smell: Nice cherry tartness, some vinous notes, a touch of barrel, and a whisper of leather.

Taste: A really nice mix of tart cherries, hints of lemon, a slight vinous note, and minimal alcohol presence. I'm digging this!

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of medium bodied and a bit lacking in carbonation, but not offensively so.

Drinkability: Very high.

I didn't like this as much as the original vintage Luciernaga Grand Reserve, but they are both high up on my list! So far, Jolly Pumpkin is 2 for 2 with me when it comes to the Reserve Series! Top Notch!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to heliosphann for picking this up before DLD. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. This is the 16 month (bourbon) version.

A - Pours with a couple fingers of light tan foam that dissipates to a solid cap, but leaves minimal lacing. Orange-red transparent body - almost like a dark version of Cranbic. Compared to the flat Bon-Chien Bière de Gardes I've recently this is quite attractive.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, oak, lactic sourness, acetic acid, fruity funk, red wine vinegar, sour cherries & raspberries, and a touch of spice. Mellow, balanced, funky, sour - delicious, but could have "popped" a tiny bit more.

T - There's a lot of bourbon and barrel in the taste - vanilla, spicy oak, slightly sour and tannic finish. The other biggest carryover from the nose is red wine vinegar. A lot of the sweeter notes are pushed to periphery and I think complexity and balance suffers a bit for it. Still, it's quite excellent.

M - Low carbonation with only a slight tingle, perhaps a bit thin for 7%. Smooth body, minimal heat, and a fairly clean aftertaste with a touch of dryness to it.

D - This is probably my favorite Jolly Pumpkin brew. Easy drinking, rich in flavor, with no palate destroying flavors. I wish it released more often, but I suppose you can rush all those months in the barrel. Can't wait to see what the next release brings.

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Photo of pwoods
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Ed(OHLRangers) for this bottle at DLD last year. Been wanting to try this for quite some time. 16 month.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a GLBC snifter.

A: Pours much darker than expected... pours a deep cranberry color with good clarity. Pretty decent sized tinted head with good retention, laying to a fat skim. Pretty decent lacing.

S: Sour, tart, and even a good funkiness in the aroma. There's some kind of spicy or floral aroma that I can't quite put my finger on. It reminds me of fall or Christmas but I don't know why.

T/M: Some sourness but more tartness from cherries and red grapes. Only a little bit of funkiness with some wet hay and mustiness. Some lighter tart fruits in there as well. More of the spice or floral quality that I can't quite place... tasty, though. Light, wheaty malts. Body is medium light with decent carbonation.

D: Tasty brew but I'd really like to see more sourness and funk. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an amberish hue with a small off white head.

S: Blend of sour fruits, oak, vinegar, and loads of funk.

T: Mild sweet fruit notes before the acid and sourness plows through. Vinegar is there along with nice bold oak and even a bit of bourbon.

M: Medium for the style, goes down pretty easy.

D: Good another tasty rare Jolly Pumpkin treat.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oak Aged - 14 Months. No date on the bottle but I will guess it's from 2006 based on other reviews here.

Pours into my glass a deep, vibrant garnet with a hint of purple and a half inch of bubbly off white foam that sticks to the side of the glass. Aromas kick off with a nice mix of dark dried fruits alongside a ribbon of caramel and light toasted grain. A clean, slightly acidic funky, farmhouse aroma is there with a woody, oak backbone. Leather, lemon zest and a kiss of vanilla.

First sip brings smooth crisp malts laced with a myriad of fruit flavors, grape, strawberry, lemon zest and more. Dry woody oak digs in along with a nice funky tartness as well. Leather, caramel and an afterthought of vanilla on the way down. Finishes with lingering fruit, funk and wood. Extremely tasty and well balanced overall. A joy to drink.

Mouthfeel is smooth, arid and easy to drink with steady carbonation. This is an incredibly drinkable elixir and I wouldn't mind a 750ml bottle of this right now. Really glad to have had the chance to sample this one. Keep it up JP!!

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Photo of mikey711
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with Fbm115 the other night

A: It's a muddy looking brown, dark yet still transparent. minimal head that is slightly off white.

S: Vinegar brett and wood. There is also a nice bit of caramel sweetness, some cinnamon spice and sour green apple notes.

T: Very complex. Caramel and wood with breadcrust notes, unripe apple green apple and then some dragonfruit. Nice amount of funkiness that is subtle and has some nice sweetness to balance it out. Also bits of cinnamon.

M: Slightly acidic and a bit rubbery, no booze and a little bit of dryness

D: A very nice sipper that is very enjoyable

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Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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