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RATINGS: 506   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A sustaining beer that is brewed to comfort in the gusty ides of March and welcome in a wealth of warmer weather.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2490) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Hazy bronze. Sticky, fully sustained dirty-white foam of meringue consistency. Aromatically peppery, plasticy phenols and floral hops flow with abundance into the nose. Lesser notes of honey, fennel, and leather. Finely conditioned, velvety carbonation. Opens with a captivatingly flavorful touch of acidity which matches the peppery phenolic-induced airiness. Complex wave of malt follows suit with a briskly dry earthiness and suitably bready sweetness. Somewhat limp in body, with a profusion of unripe peaches, melon, and passionfruit, which carry the malt weight with little effort. Understated oakiness firms up the and freshly pulverized date foundation. Finishes persistently juicily hoppy, as an imaginative interplay between nutty, earthy, bready malt flavors lessens the soft lacto tartness. Impressively authentic version and another testament to Ron’s artistic brilliancy. Thanks, Schroppfy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Oakey, cider aroma, bubbly, brown and cloudy in apearance, nice head. Flat, but tingly mouthfeel. Lots of of sour apple in the flavor, some sweet caramel malts. Very refreshing. Thanks Brad.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
UnsofistaCat (237) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2006 This one has tons of potential. Apple orchard, oaky nose. Frothy eggshell white head that looks bubbly from the side of the glass but creamy from the top. Dark, hazy ice tea in color. Sour on the first swallow. As it warms, the carbonation disappears quickly, which is actually kind of nice. While they are screaming for attention, the oak and toffee notes are too far in the background, however, the tang does hold itself back as it warms. Alcohol is cloaked well. I drank this far too young and would love to try this 4 years from now. Excellent beer. Rerate 8/17/06. Man, this beer is even better then I thought. Its not as thick as I remember but smooth. Scoring going up.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Picked a bottle of this up to bring down to my friend in DC. I’ve only had limited experience with biere de mars, but if they are all similar to this, I will probably like them. Dark, mahogoney color, moderate carbonation. Spices galore, bready, cloth-y mouthfeel. I read this style is starting to make somewhat of a comeback, I am glad to hear this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2005
wow..what a beer; this brewery gets the job done...oak red app. with medium frothy head...aroma is of sweet cherry, spices, and prune...flavor is sort of oak-aged, with dark fruits, spices, beef jerky, and bourbon...wonderful, wonderful brew!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Hazy, muddy orange-brown body, thick light cream/buff head with nice lacing. Spicy apple cider aroma, tart fruit skins, cola, prune, and plum with sour oak tannins. Instead of apples the body was a bit more cherry-like, a bit tart, and quite spicy, not quite what I expect from a Biere de Garde, but very nice, with hints of cinnamon complementing the fruits and yeast. Tight carbonation, spicy, creamy body. Earthy, spicy finish. There’s a lot going on here, and it’s all good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Big 1 pt bottle. Favorite of the Jolly Pumkin Ales and great all around. Complex yet well balanced. I just can’t place all the different tastes but they wind up to a great beer that hides the 7% alcohol well. I’m excited to buy some more and age it for a while.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Tap @ Great taste of the Midwest- Pours a hazy brown, small off white head. Aroma of sour apple, oak, and some wine notes. Flavor is very nicely done, smooth with just the right ammount of sour, also wood and vanilla notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2007 Wow this beer has aged into something good. I had it from Schroffly’s and thought it was good, but now it is very good. A reddish orange, moderate white head rims the glass. Bananish aroma with tang. Flavor is the right balance of hop bitterness(coming through as a slight peppery spice) and breadish malt. Finish is moderately dry and oh so slightly bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
beer decants a hazy reddish brown, with a nice short tan head that retains well and leaves ample lace. nose is quite a bit cleaner than I expected - very nice, rich malt notes and some earthy hoppiness, with a hair of underlying tartness. very inviting. flavor is solidly that of a biere de Garde - a solid maltiness up front, with a lightly bitter finish. also some licorish notes in the finish, as well as a slightly tart astringency, which I attribute to the oak. a real solid example of the style, and again, cleaner than I expected.


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