Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle shared by JulienHuxley. Recent batch (65).
Appearance : Clear amber with tiny head.
Aroma : Great sourness, brown sugar, lots of oak. Slightly vinegary.
Taste : Oaky and tannic. Sour and acidic. Brown sugar with some fruits. Some dark cherries.
Overall : Really complex and hard to describe. Fairly light on the sourness for a JP but it’s a good thing for me. Really interesting and well done. Fairly well balanced.
JulienHuxley (2514) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small bottle. Dark brown/mahogany pour, no head. Aroma is lightly sour some flanders red notes a bit of cherry, some vinegar. Taste is sour but not extremely so, some brown sugar, a tad cherry, very woody. Palate is a bit flat, med body. I remember this being better, I’ll give it a rerate.
blomster (229) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Hazy murky, reddish brown. Aroma of sour berries with some vinegar in the background. Taste of vinegar, berries, quite sour. Medium bodied, long pleasant aftertaste. Really enjoyed this one.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 472/473 3-22-2011
My pour is a murky brown color; the pour is a little darker, fuller, and less transparent than the regular beer. A small off-white ring forms around the edge of the glass.
The aroma has a bit more vinegar burn than the regular Biere de Mars. Lemon,
The flavor is much more sour than the regular Biere de Mars. The lactic sour notes are still presence, but there is a bit more vinegar sourness. Lots of lemon steps in the front and really takes the place of the dried dark fruits. A fit of faded caramel malt is noticeable in the background, but the full, robust sour flavor has really taken over in a delicious way.
Being more sour than the regular Biere de Mars, it is no surprise that it is more puckering on the palate. It starts out smooth and a bit sweet, with a lemony sourness that grows, peaks, and levels off at the end, finishing cleanly. The body and carbonation are both on the light side of medium.
Biere de Mars is a great beer, and the Grand Reserve improves it nicely.
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good amount of cranberry, vanilla and oak in the aroma. Flavor has much of the same and finishes sharp and dry. Hoping to have more of this.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[4169-20111203] Tap. Grainy saison yeast aroma. Hazy, dark amber brown body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Yeasty orange fruit flavour has a quick but interesting sour yeasty finish. Medium body has a funny sour note. Tasty. (8/4-/8-/3/16) 3.9
(w/ jerc, rudolf)
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 346/348, Bottled 2-19-10
Tasted on 2/11/12 from a 330mL bottle obtained in a trade. Pours hazy dark auburn with a thin, bubbly off-white head that leaves thin, bubbly lace. The nose is sour fruits with the Jolly Pumpkin funk that I love, along with some oaky vanilla and coconut notes. The flavor is pretty much the same with the sour fruits, funk, oak, and an added bread malt. The body is medium with just lighter than average carbonation, and a long sour, funky, and oak influenced finish, with some nice tannin.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of bushmat1. Batch 472/473. Thanks so much, Matt! Oaky, dark cherry, dark raspberry, fairly tart aroma. Tangy, moderately tart raspberry/cherry/plum, moderately sour, rich fruity flavor that’s very smooth. Tart, black cherry aftertaste. Great beer! Thanks again, Matt!
arminjewell (5716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 472/473, 2011 bottle huge, huge thanks to Matt for cracking this one. Gushed a tiny bit, but nice dark reddish pour with white head, aroma has notes of vinegar, acetic notes, hints of oak, red grape, tannic oak, really nice smelling. Taste is nice sour cherry, dark fruit, hints of oak and vinegar notes, touch of tart fruit and lemon, finishing really dry and oaky. Delicious!
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011-12-03. Hazy red tinged dark brown body, tiny beige head. 3+ Modestly oaky aroma, sour fruit, hints of lemon and cherry. Complexity of the oak grows as you go. 7+ Flavour is similar, steady oak presence, lemon sourness, pithy lemon, lemon and grapefruit seeds, modest sourness lingers pleasantly. 7+ Smooth average plus palate suits the beer, soft carbonation. 3+ Pretty nice, refreshingly sour. Bottle via trade with FlandersNed