mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy boboski! Pours a hazy light maroon orange with a small off white head. Very intriguing aroma. Smells of caramel malts, light bourbon, mild tartness, acidity, and sweet fruits. Alot going on here, and very complex. The flavor is refreshingly tart, big funky characters in typical JP fashion, with mild sour fruits, bourbon, and caramel malts. Maybe some honey in there too. I liked the fact that the bourbon wasnt up in your face, it seemed to really blend in well with the funk. Almost perfectly. Very complex and interesting. I really enjoyed this one. Thanks bobo!
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A stirred bottle pours a very cloudy rust orange with yellowed amber glints. The color is largely unappealing but for the density. A thin light beige head recedes so slowly it’s barely worth noting. The nose exudes more initial complexity than previous encounters with JP barrel aged beers I’ve sampled(Luciernaga and La Roja). Bourbon and wet wood lead, mild funk and spicy yeast that’s peppery and sweet with boysenberry hints. The power of the nose is forceful to say the least, subjugating, tart wine vinous notes. Dark, very lightly toasted grains and surreal caramel are melded into a sticky canvas that’s painted with heavy floral essences and honey. What was a sultry Bière de Garde has morphed into a multi-layered, lightly farmhouse flared malt bomb with subtle ties aplenty. This is a masterpiece...and that is no surprise. The flavor is more accessible and easily interpreted. Tartness is more evident and medium, quenching and releases a medium-high acidity that isn’t cutting but sinks into the deep corners of the mouth nonetheless. Sweetness is writhing in semi-sweet caramel, medium-high overall, building. The yeast profile is peppery, dusty and farmy. Vinous notes are delicious. The finish is moderately tart, sweet and sumptious, full. Palate experience is ever-changing and fascinating, medium-full bodied, vividly but softly carbonated. I think this is great - aging something this complex and soft in something as barbaric as a bourbon barrel seems like an odd choice though, even at the hands of the master brewer and blender Ron Jeffries. I hope that future barrel aged beers see different types of barrels employed; bourbon is so ordinary in today’s brewing climate.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Biere de Mars Grand Reserve
Date: April 27, 2006
Appearance: clear brown, whispy fine white head
Aroma: big rich sweet dark malt aroma
Flavor: rich and sweet flavor, tart, nice bourbon sweetness
Name: Biere de Mars Grand Reserve
Date: July 09, 2006
Appearance: lasting creamy white head leaving some drippy lace
Aroma: lots of musty moldy aroma
Flavor: good malt flavor with a strong tart edge, great musty woody oak character
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy amber body with medium beige head. Aroma of oak, sourness, balsamic vinegar, cherries, and herbs. Flavor of sour grapes, oak, cherry, and toasted malt.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Body-brownish orange with a medium ring of bubbles and a thin film of bubbles. Nose-woody, light brett, Flemish sour. Taste cinnamon, great wood, medium dry, cooking sherry, medium alcohol, light cherry, great sourness, sawdust. Perfect mix of wood, bacteria, sourness and malt. Very champagne like.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Moejuck. Pours an earthy brown with a thin tan head. Smells of oak, brett, sugar, very much like a good Flemish Sour. Taste is complimentary oak, butter, lemons. Mouthfeel is dry and reminds me of wood. Finish is of cherries. An amazing beer!
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lots of sweet aromas in the nose. Hazy dark copper in appearance. Medium palate. Lightly sour upr front. Some bland malts follow but don’t offer much in the way of complexity. Not nearly as good as the other grand reserves that I’v had.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Earthy aroma with a slight sourness as well.Pours a medium to deep copper with a light off white head.Yeast,light fruits and a slight sourness stand out in the aroma.Medium mouthfeel with a sour malt finish.
kramer (4564) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, via MikeMac. Pours a dark chestnut brown body with a fair amount of small chunkies despite my careful pour. Small fizzy beige head retains forever due to the active carbonation. Aroma is bourbon, oak, and bretty funk just bursting at the seams. Lots of fruitiness along with some yeast and sugar. Very robust aroma. Flavor is in lock step with the aroma. Amazing how it can be so complex and delicate yet have been in a bourbon barrel so long. Long lingering funky finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry crisp finish and lovely efforvescent fizzy carbonation. This beer was great. Amazing complexity and range of flavors. Better than the regular BdM version. My new highest rated Jolly Pumpkin!
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled (thanx to the american bunch). Orange golden in colour with a medium sized head. Bourbon, dried fruits, vinegar. Nice complexity. A somewhat dry finish.