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RATINGS: 614   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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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.

4.3
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Bottle. Aroma of sour fruits with musty bread. Medium brown hazy hue with a small fully diminishing head that left no lace. Flavor is sweet and tart with a nice dry earthy finish. Palate is light-medium bodied and soft. Very good beer. Wonderful sour falvor and aroma with a great earthy balance. Bravo!

3.8
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2009
750mL: rich dark brown appearing brew with a very mild white head with very little retention. some oakiness and sour notes to the nose. mild hop presence, initial main flavor is some tartness/sourness followed by the first tinge of oakiness then some fruity yeast flavors and a lingering oak and alcohol flavor. very dry finish, but there is some malt flavor that is present, which is pretty rare for jolly pumpkin. perfectly fermented beer and the oak is proudly evident, but not overbearing. very good brew.

4.1
ketchepillar (1198) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 25, 2010
On tap at MBGSF 2010. Really funky bretty. Pretty sour. Cherry. This may have had some variation from the original but I’m not sure.

3.4
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - APR 7, 2006
Hints of earth, fruit, oak, and acidic aromas are present. The color is a cloudy copperish. Head is small and short lasting. Slight sweetness at the forefront followed by a sour finish.

4
Listigovers (1174) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2015
Slight funky grainy aroma, tons of yeast. Flavor is acidic and sour, quickly changing to strike hop flavor, and then finishing dry and bready. Excellent, strong flavour but easy to drink.

3.8
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Bottle. Pours a murky copper color, topped with a moderate sized off-white head. Aroma of wild yeast, soap, oak, malt and spice. Flavor is very enticing, with spice and malt nicely complimented by wild yeast, wood, and floral notes. Nice beer.

4
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Batch 256. Not a gusher like most of JP’s beers! Pours a hazy, dark mahogany color with an average, off-white, creamy, pillowy head; it settles after good retention to a small, pillowy, frothy layer and leaves minimal tight lace. Nose is certainly JP-esque with some sourish notes; certainly some sweet grain notes and rich caramel make up the malt base with some overtones of overripe cherries, sour vinous white grapes, and and almost pickled note bring the tart citric notes. Other notes include, white pepper, sage, ginger root, anise, doughy and lightly musty yeast, and faint vanilla oak notes. Flavor is similar but is rather quick to disappate from the tongue and not as complex. Flavor starts mildly tart with overripe cherries, vinous white grapes, and light sour apple, then some caramels, sweet grains, and musty yeast filter in, and towards the finish lighter notes of sage, ginger, faint buttery notes and faint white pepper find their way in to the mix. Palate is nice for the style with a perfect medium body, nearly lively carbonation, and a silky feel with a quick drying feel as it progresses. Finishes fairly quickly with the tart notes fading to just a light overripe cherry note and a dry oak and sage note finish it all. Certainly a very drinkable, somewhat refreshing, and quite complex beer. The more I had, the more I seemed to like it. Biere de Mars seemes to be one of those styles that takes the malty, aged qualities of the Biere de Garde and adds some tart, refreshing qualities making it a beer you want to drink more and more.

4
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Thanks to rater Styles: who for some reason has not yet rated this beer, for sending it down my way!

Pours a foggy brown darkly hued amber with a bountiful rocky tan head. As all Jolly Pumpkin’s this beer laces the glass like spraying a can of insolating foam. The aroma has an earthy maltyness to it… plenty of biscuity malts and oaked character. The flavor shows itself, as a most authentic recipe should. I find that the nutty malts and gentle spice are most prevalent, some black peppercorn and rosemary rest beneath the suggestions of toasted all-grain bread, walnut, and Brazilian nuttiness. There is a barn like character that is easily noticeable here… leather, dried hay, and musty stagnant air help develop the complexity. The body is porous yet lively, rather velvet like. It hops around so much on the palate that it leaves an arid finish. As noted… This is about as authentic as it comes. More authentic than 99% of imports that I have sampled… which says a lot about Jolly Pumpkins brewer.

3.8
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle from Ross. Coppery brown, small bubbly off white head that settles quickly. Fruity aroma with a a background of wood and spice. Medium body supported by a light tingly carbonation. Sweet fruity flavors quickly take a back seat to a pleasing sourness that continues into a tangy finish which is helped out by some drying bitterness. I’m not a big fan of sour ales, but I found this pretty good.


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