My thoughts on @jollypumpkin Biére de Mars: A: Pours up a hazy, thick, amber with a creamy, foamy, 1 finger head.
S: Immediate tannic funkiness, common to all Jolly Pumpkin beers, with some passion fruit coming through.
T: Tart, but not overly sour with some lactic tartness coming through, some slight chocolate coming though and some toastiness as well, hints of lemon, the malt is fairly heavy, but the tannins present in the nose don't come through nearly as much. There is definitely some funk here from the oakiness, but like I said, the tannins are kind of downplayed.
M: a bit too full and a tad watery.
O: I know that this is technically a biere de garde, but this is not a biere de garde. If this is a biere de garde, then the term means little to nothing as far as the consumer is concerned, and if it only refers to process, then the term is essentially useless. This beer is fairly good, but I've never had a Jolly Pumpkin beer that blew me away, and this is no exception. It's fine, does it deserve to be one of the most highly rated biere de gardes on BA? No, no it doesn't. That being said, most American Biere de gardes are BDGs by technicality, bearing practically no resemblance to beers like cuvee des jonquilles, or tre montes from st. sylvestre, or l'angelus au froment from brasserie lepers (y'all sleepin on that one, check it out, it's beautiful), so yeah, this beer is fine, it's a good sour beer (though not especially sour, not a complaint, just an observation), but if you never have it, your beer life will not be wasted. #beer #ale #flandersredale #bieredegarde #michigan #jollypumpkin #bieredemars #michiganbeer #michigancraftbeer #craftbeer #sourbeer