RATINGS: 609   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
A sustaining beer that is brewed to comfort in the gusty ides of March and welcome in a wealth of warmer weather.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2007
grandaddy had a barrel out back of the ol’ shed filled with nails and license plates and broken tire chains and such. after the shed blew down, that oak barrel filled with rain water-- and though it took nearly a generation-- the broth of metal, hard water and decay--plus maybe a few dead birds and some anti-freeze-- eventually turned the very color and consistency of this biere de mars. kinda smelled like this beer too, as i recall. the brew is mostly cloudy, ruddy as autumn willow, with suspended little bits of beer vitamins-- that taken daily will help to decrease memory. very nice head, lasting, one that will re-appear later in another costume: that of a bright carbonation that dances and sparkles across the stage to the delight of this audience. heavy brett and french mustard lead in the aroma. then i find dill weed and wine vinegar, medical tape, dried peach, with an earthy champagne background. imagine a bright carbonation mellowed by a milk gravy yeastiness; imagine very sharp lemony-tasting aged hops that grew even bigger fangs in their dark woody coffin of oak; think of the drying dust of a flemish horse barn, mingling in a blur of microbes with honied baklava, and imagine that it’s both contemplative and refreshing. you’ve got the idea: and finally imagine that your friend jeff left a bottle just for you after his last visit. cool. that’s where i’m at. (maybe grandaddy shoulda bottled some of that rusty muck). thanks to TAR.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2007
hazy brown, good amount of foam, lacing is nice. Spicy nose, some yeast, almost woody. Flavor is slightly hoppy on the start, some definate fruits dried fruits, spices oak some caremel, the booze is well hidden, creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (5703) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2007
My first biere de garde. $10 for a brown bomber. Attractive mild piquant banquette. A cloudy noctilucent ferrruginous brew. Big alabaster tan head that fades rapidly to foamy rocks and lumps. Barmecidal carbonation that comes on with a fine fizz then disappears. Immediately the taste starts off tart but it rapidly evolves into a pickwickian bitter quagmire. A lambic beginning and an American pale ale ending. I was not really expecting much from this since the only reason I got it was to try a sample of this style. Overall, not bad except for that cursed medium bitter finish. Too expensive for what you get.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (11215) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Bottle. Musty grapefruit malt aroma. Cloudy orange brown color with giant head. Dry musty orange peel/grapefruit and light malt flavor. Very slightly sweet for a second after swallowing followed by a dry hops finish. Another work of art by Jolly Pumpkin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - DEC 1, 2007
Pours rather boisterously a ruby gold color with massive 1-inch dense sudsy head. Cider-sour on the nose, flowery and bitter-citrusy; seems more like a gueze than a biere de garde. More sourness on the tongue, crisp carbonation quickly cleans the palate leaving surprisingly strong medicinal hoppy bitterness on the palate. Grapefruit and melon pop out on the tongue, along with dusty spices and metallic tinges. Light body, yet heavy carbonation fills the mouth quite quickly. Alcohol is well buried. I can imagine this being very refreshing on a summer deck. Impressive depth for an American brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Bottle courtesy of unclejedi. Thank you, sir. This has been one of my most wanted beers for quite a while, very excited to finally try it.Pours a really nice looking amber/orange body, tons of carbonation shooting up from the bottom of the glass. Huge, pillowy white head, very sudsy and soapy looking. Unbelievable lacing all over the glass, I don’t see how a beer of this style could look any better, so I have to give it a 5. Nose is tremendous, lots of flower petals, various spices, yeast, barnyard funk, oranges, lemons, apples and pears. I’m probably shorting it by not giving it a 9, but for some reason I can’t quite go there. Flavor brings a ton of oak into play that I really couldn’t get in the aroma, along with the wonderful sour fruits and yeasts that were present in the nose. Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Very refreshing, even when we were freezing our asses off. Finishes crisp and bitter, also with a nice sour note to round things out. Wonderful beer, criminally underrated I think.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 16, 2007
750 ml bottle. Poured a slightly hazy dark orange color. Head was tall, rocky, and off white with good retention. Aroma was of sour fruit with a hint of oak. Very tart and effervescent on the tongue. The acidity tapers off somewhat but lingers a while. Tasted of oak and sour fruits with toasted bread and graham cracker in the background. I was initially disappointed, but the beer improved as it warmed a bit and was given a chance to breathe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GRM (3954) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2007
Sample, at the Mondial de la bière, savoured June 2 2006; eye: "thick", suspended matter, caramel with a tiny white head; nose: scotch, wood, dill; mouth: dill, resinous, grape juice, full body, lightly carbonated FRANÇAIS Échantillon, bue au Mondial de la bière, savourée le 2 juin 2006; oeil : « épaisse », matière en suspension, caramel avec une petite mousse blanche; nez : scotch, bois, aneth; bouche : aneth, résineux, jus de raisin, corsée, légèrement carbonatée

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Cloudy brown/ruby, light tan head. Nose is JP funk, earth, musty cherries. Flavor is must, leafy malt, sour cherries, oak, lemon. Tart/sour with a leafy malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 Rerate. I didn’t realize I had rated this one. 750mL bottle, no date. Clear orange brown with a creamy two finger yellowish white head, great retention--I don’t know how it could look better. Nose has plenty of caramel and funky brett with some dry oakiness in the background. Digging a little further the fruitiness (didn’t I mention fruitiness?) presents itself as white grapes and tart cherries. Flavor continues with not a ton of acidity, but enough to keep the caramel sweetness at bay (ha! I said the same damn thing in my old rating). There is also kind of a buttery caramel note--much like I get in New Glarus’ Unplugged Belgian Quadruple. Dry low to moderately bitter (3 out of 10) lingering earthy finish. Once this got to room temperature there the alcohol was just noticeable. Moderate carbonation--lightly tingly yet also creamy--with a medium body. I very much enjoyed this. 7-5-8-4-15--3.9 Old rating. Can’t remember if I bought or traded for this. 750mL, no date. Hazy orange with hints of brown and a 2 1/2 finger light beige head, very nice retention--glad this didn’t asplode when I opened it, which I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with a few times with JP. Aroma of sour apple flesh, dry oak, a fair amount of barnyard funk, leathery brett, and a wonderful bready sweetness that helps keep the sourness at bay. Flavor adds a fitting buttery note to the brett that fits very well. This doesn’t seem to be as tart or sour as JP’s other offerings, and that’s fine with me. Still some tart apple notes, plenty of dry oak, light spices and alcohol are the only other notable additions. Fairly fruity with minimal bitterness and some earthy elements. Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Very good beer. Ah, yes--I picked this up at the Blue Maxx during the RBSG. 8-5-8-4-16--4.1 The average of the two is a 4.0, which I’ll change in the overall.

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