hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a bronze amber with a thin white head and fizzy carb. The aroma is sour, wood, vinegar, with notes of tart apples and grapes. The taste is moderately tart with great fruity favors on the back end. It’s delicious, smooth, and refreshing. Great tart, dry finish. Great beer!
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not the way I wanted to try this one. I dropped the bottle and popped the seal on the cap, forcing the issue. Thanks to my dropping, this one pours a huge off white head. Very fluffy head. It clings to the glass very well. The aroma is a bit sweet with citrus, with a bit of spice. The color is a coppery orange.
The flavor is different. You can taste the barrel aging coming through, with a hint of orange, a bit of grass, with a tart finish. This gets better with more air allowed to it.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Mars
750 ml bottle
Released 04/07, idealized 05/07.
Moderate pour in a beer mug (it’s all I had :(
Poured a clear brown with a huge frothy to rocky fully lasting head with excellent lacing.
Smelt of strong sour brett and citrus, and moderate leather, oak, toasted malt, spices.
Taste was upfront strong sour brett, orange lemon zest, moderate oak and toasted malt followed by a strong horseblanket sourness and leathery oakiness on a long finish.
Palate was light to medium bodied, lively carbonated, watery on a dry finish, lightly to moderately puckering.
Overall, this one kind of took me by surprise. I didn’t really know what to expect, but the sourness is not over the top and the oak balance is way above par. There isn’t anything to hate in this one.
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Usually I like the Jolly Pumpkin, but mixed feelings about this. First off, i do not dig the smell. Its very strong so it gets a few points there, but its not good so it loses most of them. Too fruity. Very tart and sour for such a dark beer, I can definetly taste the oak aging and the yeast.As always for beers like this, its too sweet for my palate but I can appreciate the beer nonetheless.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Color is amber brown with a light head. Some malt and tart aroma. Flavor is at first malty and then a moderate sourness with pretty strong woody oak spice that gives it a dry finish.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a clear ruby red with a nice little white head minimal lacing. aroma is a little bit cherry, yeasty dust and a little sour. taste is spice, yeast and wood.
chef201atc (261) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly cloudy deep amber, slight off-white head. Aroma is funky with some brett, slightly fruity. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Flavor is tart, some tannins, astringent and wine-like.
Dunt (254) - Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at the Jolly Pumpkin Old Mission location. A murky brown/mahogany in color. There is a half fingers worth of white head that has good retention. Really solid nose on this, lemon, cherry throat lozenge, some spice, and a touch of earthiness. Body is a little lighter than I would like, but it has good carbonation and a long finish. There is some nice acidity on the finish. One of the better Jolly Pumpkin offerings, the wild yeast has taken a nice hold of this and given a nice tart kick.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer whispers to me, "Get a better job so you can buy Jolly Pumpkin beers all the time...ooooo."
kepano (245) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Second in our Jolly Pumpkin diptych, I was surprised to find a striking similarity between La Roja and Bière de Mars. Suggesting the weathered planks of a ship, the body glows of a deep orange under a brumous cream-colored head. The nose is what veritably likens the two beers. The matching funkiness implies a strong influence from the barrels that may be masking their individuality. Still, I found the Bière de Mars less tight, showing more banana and green apple, as well as nutmeg, allspice and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is dry and aggressively carbonated, which sadly erodes some of the flavor. Red apple, blueberries and a leathery sourness are welcome tonalities, however. I preferred La Roja for its kinder texture and affable mascot. (20/05/07)