jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2007
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
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 (3462) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2007
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
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 (7696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2007
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.
thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Light sour apple aroma starts things off. Deep golden brown body with an eternal, fluffy, off-white head. Full palate with perfect carbonation. The taste is very light. Wood, sour flavors and some yeast. Very restrained and easy to drink. AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2007
2006 Vintage. An orangey-red color, lightly hazy with an uncharacteriscally Jolly Pumpkin, thin head that is bone white. Aroma is intense with rotting, sour cherries, oak, vanilla, coconut, and a red wine-like acidic overlay. Powerfully intense flavor profile. All of the aroma components are in the flavor with the oak showing freshness, lots of coconut, a solid sweetness, and a balancing tannic bite. Beaver (1801) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy copper-orange with a fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some fine lacing.RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2007
The aroma is oak, pepper, some hops and bready malts with some sour sweet-tarts.
The flavor is some bready malts and grassy hops with a little tart sourness. The finish is a weird muted bitterness that tastes kind of off. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery with some sharp fizzy carbonation.
Overall, a decent beer. So far it’s my least favorite JP beer. I would’ve like to see a little more sourness, and less of the off bitter finish. As it warmed, it did smooth out some.
Pours a ditry tan-orange, Smells of oak, dirt, earth, cherries, tied with a funky sourness. Tastes is mostly wood, bread, and an integrated sour tartness. Finishes equally tasty and somewhat slick. I was impressed with the integration of sour flavors in a beer that is naturally meant to taste earthy and "homemade." Very intereresting. SSSteve (4006) - - MAY 19, 2007
pours an amber/brown with a medium sized off-white head. palate is sharp and lively with a dry finish.. flavors of oak, caramel, bitter hops. aroma of oak, grapes, and other light colored fruit.