RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Original batch aged 14 months in bourbon. Recent batch (65) aged 27 months.

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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.

puzzl (3264) - 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.

CheesedMan (572) - 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.

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!

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 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 (10880) - 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

bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2007
(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
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 (6368) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2007
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 (1365) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
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.

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