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RATINGS: 609   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2007 Trade from jasonmech77. Deep amber beer with a light haziness. Aroma is just incredible, earthy funkiness with a soft leathery dustiness. There is a surprisingly prominent red grape sweetness. Much less of the lemony citrus that I normally asociate with Jolly Pumpkin, but still maintaining a distinct house character. The acidity is quite restrained here, letting the soft earthy malts come through. Definitely more balanced than other JP beers. Softly bready but also insistently fruity. Red wine with soft spiciness on the back. Really nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (5979) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2007
750 ml bottle shared at Glouglouburps rooftop tasting. Poured a slightly hazy orangey/amber/brown with a tight white bubbly head. Aroma of wood, sour fruit and some nice funkiness. Dry medium palate. Flaovr is very tart with notes of sour fruit and wood with a sligh kick of funkiness. This style is slowly growing on me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4166) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 24, 2007
750 ml bottle from ? Nose of oaky apples, a hint of tartness, spices, and breadiness; light copper with a huge beige head; flavor is light fruit, spices, and plenty of oak, with only a slightly tart finish!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (5030) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Light copper color with a medium head. Aroma of a little sour apple. Plenty of malt in the flavor, but buried in tartness and oak. Some fruit. Good, but definitely don’t expect it to be a ’usual’ Biere de Garde.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is very fruity, maltiness, alcohol, oak. Taste is a light tartness, with a peach and berry fruit background, with a high oakiness to it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8952) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a light tan head. Tart aroma with fruit and oak. Tart, fruity (apple, berry) flavor with lots of oak and vanilla. Lingering oaky tartness. Medium body. Very dry. Nice tartness, but too much oak and a bit too dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9653) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2007
My Bottom Line:
That intrinsic Jolly Pumpkin wooden barrel character brings along its usual wild citrusy twang to broaden the fruity yeast signature and caramel malt apport. Brett is admirably balanced even in the finish as its dry, piney spontaneity splashes the back of the tongue.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A bubbly sheet of foam covers the cloudy orange.
-The carbonation is lively and frothy, definitely of Belgian lineage.
-I don’t feel like this one’s as cohesive in its flavor deployment as Luciernaga or Bam Biere (for example), but I can’t really complain with such quality and originality.
-The fruitiness is akin to that of plums, prunes, some fieldberries.

Bottle. Thx Paul and Dave!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Pours amber with a thick off-white head. Very malty aroma with some spice. Good malt flavor with nice oak characters. Alcohol is present throughout.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Thanks to SoLan for sharing this beer that we can’t get for almost another year. Pours amber with a half-inch of off-white head. Foamy, cloying lace. Nose is dark fruits, some yeast, and spice. I found the taste to be somewhat subtle for a J.P. brew. Usually there’s a pronounced farmhouse sour yeast kick upfront, but not here. Almost feels like a barleywine. Tastes include fired oak, caramel, subtle yeast, plum, and dark fruit. High carbonation, full body. A great change from the other-more available-beers by this fantastic brewery. Probably one of the coolest beer labels ever printed as well. Captain Ron must REALLY like pirates.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Beer de Mars
Date: 01/27/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cask Eve, 2006

clear amber, whispy white head, sweet malt aroma with some hot alcoholic spices, sweet malt flavor, a touch of oaky character, slight sourness, balanced by some nice spices,
-------- /> Name: Beer de Mars
Date: 04/27/2006
Mode: cask
Source: brewery

big tart and spicy aroma, creamy body, big rich malt flavor with plenty of tartness, lots of complex character, a very nice smooth cask character,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4


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