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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
90 94 88 3 17 16
Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Bière de Garde
7.00 % ABV


 
Review by SAP on 09/07/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 5 9 2008
Batch 65; Sampled April 2008
A vigorous pour produces only a half finger thick head that quickly disappears. The beer is a ruddy, dark cherry color that shows a hazy, cranberry stained, amber color. The aroma is interesting and funky & oh so characterful. Tart, vinous, with a touch of sour-cherry, spicy oak, light balsamic, a touch of hot alcohol, lightly funky ripe cheese and barrel character that is quite reserved but plays a significant role. The barrel character provides notes of spicy wood, buttery oak, and touches of very light bourbon aromatics (that hot alcohol mentioned earlier). It is so easy to just keep smelling this beer for quite some time, but I feel I need to drink this before it loses all of its light carbonation.

Quite sour tasting, but tastes surprisingly distinctly of sour-cherries. The carbonation is quite light, but adds a nice soft prickle to the tongue, just enough to perk up the texture. The bourbon adds a bit of character to the finish, a touch of warming and some spiciness without being overwhelming. Speaking of which, I am quite pleased by how soft of an impact the bourbon has here; I was worried that the bourbon would overwhelm this beer, but it is held well in check (I hope this is a trend that continues, over bourbon’d beers have been a bit overbearing lately for me). Oak character provides mouth coating tannins and oak-heft that just make the texture feel so soft and inviting. While quite tart, the sourness melds so well with the other flavors that it is not nearly as noticeable as it might be. The tartness really accentuates a deep, tart, fruit character that is a mix of tannic cherries, rich plums and a touch tamarind. As the beer warms up it picks up a phantom sweetness that accentuates the fruit character even that much more.

This is very nice, I was really expecting the Bourbon to be too much here, but instead it adds a bit more complexity without being over-bearing. Too soon this beer is gone, a 12oz bottle was just not enough of this one.

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 08/15/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2009
Tawny brown velvet with a nice medium capping of firm dark ivory foam. Keeps a great collaring of fluffy firm foam and a decent skim always present. Loose and drippy lacing with some patchy globs and torn strings sticking.

Lovely aroma of slightly oaky sour vinegar floating atop of maple syrup, thick vanilla, sour apple, and some sticky malts that tender up some toffee and pale fruityness. Which helps keep this a very well-rounded and balanced nose.

Taste is just as nice. Lovely tamed pull of oaky vinegar sourness over a delicate malt play of soft, ripe fruits of tart cherries, apples, grapes, and a squeeze of orange oil. Very slight vanilla hints in the middle and a slight woody, earthy, taragon touch to it thats quite nice. Finishes with a peppy return of oaky sour grab as it faintly drys the throat and palate with a vinegar-like sweetness and tart fruit skin texture.

Feel is about medium with a very well balanced give and take of sour and sweet malt. Smooth and just down right balanced. The sour is just right here.

A superbly crafted brew by JP. Very subtle play and characteristics within the souring tones. Earthy, woody, and rounded with great additions in tartish fruit and cider juices and dryness. Outstandingly lavish and well made. Solid!

Served In: Goblet

Review by seaoflament on 03/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 17 4 9 2008
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!

Served In: Bottle

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