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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Original batch aged 14 months in bourbon. Recent batch (65) aged 27 months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Bottle in trade from Styles, more than 1 I think. Truely a fine treat. I love the funkiness of the JP brews and this one was no letdown. The soured fruit and that aroma that I can only describe as funky translate into a such a complex taste. I have never been good at these funky brews except to say it is incredible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3362) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 bottle (thanks to amorphiss)....poured a dark ruby brown with a small off-white head....nice nose of sour oak and other tart notes. detected some malt as the beer warmed up.....taste had the same elements as the nose. oak and some sour funk but it all just ended a little prematurely. the dryness didn’t allow the flavors to develop any further. the oak was evident but no hints of bourbon at all.....i liked this slightly better than the normal version but would be nice to have this side by side with it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2007
12oz bottle. big thanks to pantanap for sharing this ever so rare and elusive gem. pours dense amber with big white head. nose is very oaky, buggy, and vanilla. flavor is dry, funky, a bit too dry though. extremely drinkable, buggy, and thrist quinching. perhaps straightforward and bland but extremely tasty. this was aged in bourbon? weird, i didn’t notice any bourbon notes so i thought it was just aged a long long time in american or french oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6166) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Slightly hazy orangey dark amber. Mammoth frothy white head, takes forever to settle. Lots of lace. Sour cherry nose. Medium fizzy body. Nuts, caramel, and cherry on the mid-palate. Light toasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Thanks for sharing Sick_boy282. Pours with a cloudy, chunky orange-amber body topped by a thin to medium thick head with little lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and oaky with notes of vanilla, not much else in the aroma. The flavor is slightly sour and vinious with a tough of yeast and prevailing oaky notes. Light to medium bodied and slightly numbing on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Bottle from Artusory. Thanks a ton for this. Was looking for it for ages. Pours a decently carbonated brown with a nice but small head. Big oak and vanilla in the aroma, apples and pizza. Very nutty and balanced flavor, only a little bourbon and a lot of oak. Still gets the BdG style quite close with assertive pale malts and good florals. Reminds me a lot of the Southampton BdM. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Damn, another great bottle from the legend that is boboski. Very cloudy, murk beer, lightly hued browns and red dominate the color. The aroma is a joyous symphony of wood, funk, yeast, some dark fruits. Flavor is rich and slightly tart, yet so elegantly balanced I am mesmerized. Finishes up with some rich honey and dark sugar notes, very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2007
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 28, 2007
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 Bičre 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Biere de Mars Grand Reserve
Date: April 27, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brewery
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
Mode: bottle
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
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

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