tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 Bottle. Pours amber with orange highlights. Great nose: joebrew’s comment on "starburst like sweetness" is right on. Spicy, rich dry and complex on the palate. Slightly fruity with a wonderful spicy dryness. Finishes quite dry. Enjoyable.
JK (6046) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just a little sour. Very much in the biere de garde style with a yeast common to these beers. Spicy, herbal character. Some fruit and lots of yeast. It doesn’t do anything to blow me away but it very solid.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to joebrew for sharing. Plenty of head on this gold colored pour. This bottle didn’t exploded like the last JP we opened, which was a pleasant surprise. Excellent spicy nose with some nutmeg, cinnamon, and something I don’t recognize. Ripe fruit taste.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium brown with a small white head. Great sour nose with a starburst like sweetness. Great spicy nutmeg, cinnamon, on the mid-palate with a great ripe fruit edge to it. There is a spice I can’t decipher, but it is great nonetheless. Killer dry finish with a good lingering effect. Great beer.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at Uber. Hazy amber with big head. Mild sweetness. Actually, pretty mild everything. Light yeast and musty flavor....a good drinker, but not very overwhelming. A little bit of sour fruit. Not what I expected.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep, cloudy amber with a thick, flat, light tan head. The aroma is sweet with melon, tart fruit, bubble gum, and grass. The flavor starts sweet and malty with some fruit. The middle of the tongue detects a slight amount of acid and some funk (brett?) along with other malt flavors like caramel and toffee. The finish picks up very complex flavors: hints of vanilla, lots of fruit (melon, banana), more grassy brettonamyces funk, and hints of acid that is very mild at first but leaves an after-taste like balsamic vinegar around the teeth and edges of the tongue. The finish is somewhat dry with a fruity malt flavor that intensifies into the after-taste. There are also hints of sherry in the finish and after-taste. The mouthfeel is quite nice - light with a very lively carbonation, but also creamy and not biting. Overall, not much like a typical Bière de Garde - it would be more appropriately labeled an Oud Bruin.
highpoint (26) - lansdowne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2007
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
third bottle, and same notes... I’m not sure if it’s intended, but all three bottles were sour. Orange color, good carbonation. just hard to get past a sour BDG, as they are not supposed to be sour!
LinusStick (3399) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first biere de garde. It’s hard to pin point what this style is about. Pour was a beautiful medium brown with a nice 2 finger off white head. Aroma of must and fruit. Taste of orange, spices and ginger (?). Heavy carbonation rounds this beer out. Uneventful and not exciting, however I don’t have anything to compare it to
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.
Ernest (7596) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2014 Bottle (2014 batch). Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of sour apples, lemon juice, autumn leaves, wood, bile. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly to moderately astringent. Seven years since my last sample, and...yup...alas...it’s the same as almost everything else JP makes. Overly attenuated, highly infected/sour, and very generic. They all pretty much smell the same nowadays. What happened to Fantome has unsurprisingly happened to JP; both have so much bacteria going on that everything is sour and a bit dirty. Whether or not Dany and Ron want things to be different, it very well may be out of their control now. This was a 4+ beer back in 2007, but has become a muddled, dump bucket sour ale.