Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 42
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: mattmaples on 07-20-2009

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Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a style I would normally go out of my way to get,I havent had any in this category for awhile though so I grabbed it.Poured into a large tulip glass a lightly hazed burnt orange color with a nice fluffy head atop,minimal lace was left behind as it settled slowly.Light funk and leather is what I picked up most in the nose,after it warmed that lemon verbena came through slightly.Flavors are alot like the nose but more complex,light leather and lighter funk mixed with citric/lemon and candied pears,a hint of vanilla came through as well.Its not bad and not heavy on the funk (wich is good for me),but lacks a real punch to it in my mind.

Photo of RoyalT
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Bright florescent orange in the body with lots of sediment. The head was flat and quickly dissipated.

Smell – Once it warmed I was able to pick up some good spicing to this citrus-laden brew. There’s a malt base in there somewhere, but the citrus hops carry the day.

Taste – Very, very sweet orange flavors to this one. This is less like fresh oranges and more like orange concentrate. It is also spiced, like a peppered vodka screwdriver with a shot of Grand Marnier. I was also able to find the promised yeast from the labeling but in very small quantity.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – Definitely a beer only to have every once in a while when the mood hits. It wasn’t bad, but I don’t think that I could drink two of these in a row if my life depended on it.

Photo of MadScientist
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep gold with an orange hue and excellent clarity. The thick, off-white head has a touch of that orange and easily produces three fingers of mousse like foam that so no sign of settling; very long lasting.

S: Spicy yeast phenols of pepper, cinnamon and clove dominate along with a brett funk. There is an earthy aroma along with mild cellar aroma. Not much in the way of hops nor malt aroma.

T: Spicy and brett flavors, the spicy is a moderately-strong pepper that is pumped up by the moderate tartness. There is and orange flavor from the yeast as well and lemon that I think is coming from the hops. There is moderate malt sweetness. The hops bitterness is moderately low. The balance is tart and bitter but the malt kind of rounds that out. The finish is very dry with an aftertaste of spices and citrus bitterness.

M: medium-light bodied with moderately-high carbonation. There is a light astringency that drys the front of the tongue.

O: A very enjoyable tart brettanomyces and spice focused beer. If you took away some of the malt you'd have a spiced saison.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking bottle with the brewery's name embossed on a ring around the neck. The beer itself is a cloudy orange creamsicle with a fluffy very white head.

Kind of a subdued citrusy wheaty nose, yet not really like a wheat beer, hefeweizen, or whitbier. A bit of a funky stink going on. Interesting.

Taste is kind of the same as the smell. Seems familiar, yet it is still different. On the hearty side, I would say. I'm having a tough time describing this one.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side.

Dont really know what to say about this one. Its not like any other beer I've had, but that's not necessarily a good thing. I'm not particularly impressed or disappointed. I dont like or dislike it.

Photo of Todd
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange hued beer with a touch of cloudiness (this is a bottle conditioned ale), with a slightly off white foam head that keeps a thin lace throughout its stay in the glass.

Delicate floral aroma (orange blossom), soft herbal spices and the faintest honey note in the back. Thin mouthfeel, actually a bit watery, and quick to leave the palate. Coriander, clove, lemon peel, wheat husks, crackers, slight peppery note. Splash of lime bitterness. Touch of peach, both in fruitiness and tartness. Thin honey sweetness. Dry, with a lot of yeast character in the finish. A bit too much as it lingers to the point of almost becoming unpleasant, the some lingering sweet floral notes help to mask this a bit.

This could be something to quaff back during the summer as it's both light and refreshing on the palate, but it does have a slightly sneaky alcohol. A nice farmhouse ale. I'd love to see more US brewers take a stab at this concept.

Photo of Beaver13
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Biere de Mars poured a cloudy yellow-orange with lots of tiny floating sediment. It had a fizzy, white head that quickly went to a thin layer. It has an earthy, fruity aroma of lemon and maybe coriander with some very slight hops. Its taste was sweet malt up front, with quite a bit of lemony citrus, some floral hints, and then a crisp finish. Overall, a nice refreshing, lighter beer.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC, New Belgium night.
Poured cloudy, yeasty orange with a soft head and leaving nice lace. Delicate flavors of citrus, earth, spice, honey. The gathered beer geeks told me this was real rarity on tap in the east. so I ordered another glass! Fine stuff, delicate, nicely balanced, worth seeking out especially for those, like me, who are into this style.

Photo of mrquartetman
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden color with a medium head

S: Earthy, malty & citrusy. The aroma gets more complex, with greater fruitiness and the aroma of the lemon peel, as the beer gets warmer (it was served too cold)

T: A earthy biere de garde flavor, with a distinct sourness. Lots of malt in the flavor. spicy and lemony. The flavor, like the aroma, improved and became more complex as the beer warmed.

M: Has a very good persistence across the palate, with the sourness predominating in the follow and staying on.

D: A very drinkable beer, with lots of character.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a white head. The aroma is light brett funk with some chocolate and caramel malts. The flavor is caramel malt with yeast and brett funk. You also get some citrus fruit and toffee. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

A very good beer, but not as wild as I think wild ales should be. I think this is more accurately a biere de garde.

Photo of magictrokini
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy yellow-gold with a frothy white head, okay retention, moderate lacing. Mellow, funky floral aroma with white pepper and spice. Smooth taste, melon mostly, with some lemon peel and citrus flavors. The yeast is not funky as the nose, but more on the sweet side, kind of taking the edge (if any) off of the grain and spice. Everything was a little too subdued, but that led to a very easy-drinking beer.

Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer served up had a hazy light golden/copper color with a little bit of sticky white head. Belgian fruity esters, some lemon and a fair amount of clean malt is detected in the aroma. The taste is like the aroma. I wouldn't have guessed there was any Brett added. The mouthfeel is very soft with very light carbonation, pretty light mouthfeel with a quick crisp finish. Alcohol is very well hidden and this beer is high on my drinkability scale.
Overall, a really easy to drink beer with subdued spicing, a soft mouthfeel and quick finish. I enjoyed this quite a bit for $3 for 13 oz pour that I got at HH, but don't think it would be a great value for $5-$7 for a 22oz bottle off the shelf.

Photo of pat61
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It has malty, bready aromas and fruit and spice flavors. Lemon flavors and aromas. It pours an orangey gold. The Brett yeast gives it a touch of sourness and light funk. Highly carbonated, medium light body.

Photo of Thrasher
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange with smallish head that disappears but leaves a little bit of lace. A healthy, fruity aroma draws in the drinker. Elements of peach, orange, shortbread and a light peppery spiciness. Mouthfeel a little thin, but supple and pleasant. While this isn't as unique or complex as the best saisons or biere de gardes, it's an appealing, tasty beer that is enjoyable and highly drinkable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden and light amber appearance, usual consistent quality control with New Belgium, impressive lacing and retention. Aroma was a lot of different things going on. Wheat, citrus, pepper, breadiness.

The citrus and breadiness are the biggest flavor and mouthfeel components. Coriander, while not massive, is certainly there, and the vast majority of the time for me, its not a spice I'm down with. Can't really identify the aftertaste, it isn't the greatest, like coriander badness and mild bitterness that isn't hop derived, more akin to a metallic descriptor. Seems like this is comparable to vrienden at times, but breadier and without any sour or brett notes.

And I'm pretty sure the bottle said something about having brett, but you really wouldn't know it if you drank this beer fresh. It was so "meh" for me, I won't be aging it to find out if it improves, because it doesn't seem to have a high ceiling potential given that the most brett the bottle seemed to have was on the outside paint label.

Photo of 01001111
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Quite orange and crystal clear.

S: Tropical fruits, flowers, and a slight sour edge.

T: Very floral with hints of spices and a lingering caramel flavor.

M: Thin but with a slight syrupy character.

O: Pleasant flavors but a bit sweet for my tastes.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy brown-copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light fruits - mild pears with hints of lemon - nondescript sweet malt, and good amounts of funk from the brett.

Tastes good. Mild malt flavors up front are soon overtaken by fruits - pears and lemons as intimated by the smell - with mild hints of brett joining in midway through the sip. The funk and fruit flavors carry through to a relatively crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could go for another.

Overall this is a very mild funky experience and I could see this being a good beer to introduce people to brett. Nothing exceptional but worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a clear glowing orange body with a thick antique white head that is cobweb. The head sticks to glass long after the rest of the beer is gone. There is a sea of tiny bubbles gliding through the surface.
S- This beer has a slight biscuit malt flavor under a soft orange peel and green vegitiation with slightly sweet musty finish.
T- This beer has a soft citrusy flower taste with a nice viburnum herbal note. There is a finish smooth creamy funk with a double cream brie rind finish. The soft biscuit notes grow as the beer warms up.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a crisp finish note with no alcohol heat.
D- This beer gets better and better as it warms there is a soft funk that is nice with a unique brightness that keeps it light and very drinkable.

Photo of brewQ
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with a persistent thought not especially thick head.
Just a hint of peppery spice in the aroma along with breadlike sweetness.

The taste had some New Belgium character that I have grown fond of- a slight nuttiness. Can't say I picked out all of the multi-grain goodness promised on the label: Oats, wheat, barley and lemon. Still, an interesting mix of flavors.

The finish disappeared on me a bit but made it a very drinkable brew. I like their Dubbel and Trippel more but this is a good seasonal change.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for this bottle.

A: Pours a clear orange with a foamy one finger head. Quick dissipation, not much lacing.

S: Slightly musty and a little funky. There is also some citrus/fruit aromas; some pineapple, banana, and a little bit of strawberry. Has a little bit of spice as well.

T: Some nice spices and a little bit of citrus and pineapple, but I get a lot of strawberry/banana flavor. Slightly sour, but pleasant.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, the flavor is really nice, the strawberry/banana flavor caught me completely off guard, but I really liked it.

Photo of GilGarp
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cool from a bomber to a NB globe.

Biere De Mars has a hazy golden-orange color with thick white head and good retention.

Aroma is sweet and sour but not like Asian food. That would be gross. Sweetness is more floral and the sour is that of the wild yeast.

Flavor is familiar to those who have had other New Belgium beers. Something about that Fat Tire seems to get into a lot of their other beers. I used to think it was the yeast, then I though it was the biscuit malt, now I'm considering it could just be the water! Either way, Bier De Mars has that bready malt backbone but then there's that magical brett. There's sour cherries, vanilla (although I don't think it's oak aged), and orange rind. The latter seems to be the bitterness in the beer. Not so much hops as a rind or pith from a citrus fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with ample carbonation. I wouldn't mind if they toned that down a bit but it fits with the style. Alcohol, despite being pretty low, is fairly obvious. Not hot but it makes itself known.

Overall it's a really tasty beer but it's not what I remember from several years ago when they used to do a spring seasonal by the same name. I recall that it was something special.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, burnt orange color, with an off-white head that crackles its way to a crown quickly.

Nice aroma, some obvious Brett-y funk, honey, lemon and green apple.

Really interesting flavor here, even within a style that's expected to have plenty of intrigue. White grape, lemon, honey and gooseberry meet an almost yellow cake-batter malt character. And then the yeast does its thing, being very earthy and having just the right amount of pungency. Herbal and flowery elements cling nicely to that semi-sweet yellow cake-batter malt. Finishes with a bitter, grassy astringency while the sweaty/fruity funk keeps riding through.

Light in body, and dry. Quite a bit of carbonation sizzle, which I think just slightly masks some of the flavor subtleties.

A fine Americanized stab at something very Belgian-influenced. Possibly the best contender yet for the ultimate Brett gateway beer, as its personality is easily detectable, but hardly on the extreme end of the spectrum. I'd definitely buy another bottle or two in the near future.

Photo of cokes
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazed-up brassy straw gold with a low, fleeting white head. It eventually lingers as a collar and leaves some lace.
Lemon verbena is evident on the nose. And I only know this having recently smelled a bottle of verbana hand cream (not mine and didn't use, so don't worry or question anything) to which this bears a great similarity. The hand cream didn't contain brettanomyces, so it didn't have aromatic notes of manure-slathered suede like this does.
Though while the spice and the yeast come through a bit, the nose is muted as a whole.
It's quite toasty as it hits the tongue. It lingers here a bit, then begins to adhere to the mouth with a chalky yeast-drenched sourdough starter with papery oxidation notes. Brett starts mildly with sour apples and peppercorns, and never gains any traction. The herbs used as washed out as well, as the bitter crushed pill notes, lemon peel, and dried florals of the hops overshadow them, but fail to gain any notoriety of their own.
The body is gaseous and light seeming. This is plain boring. If tasted blind (and had the Brett not made itself evident on the nose), I'd have guessed this was an infected, amateurish pale ale from some start-up brewery struggling with bottling issues.

But, really, what's the difference?

Photo of Bcant
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered orange/red ale with a small white head that leaves a very small amount of lacing. Good clarity for an unfiltered.

The aroma is predominantly citrus: orange and lemon (which is an ingredeant).

Orange with lots of spice, coriander, clovers and a touch of pepper in the finish.

Crisp and refreshing, a great beer for the summer.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glowing orange with a thick, white head and furiously bubbling carbonation. Not unexpectedly, the aroma contains elements of oats, wheat, yeast, and lemon, as noted on the label (oats, wheat, barley malt, and lemon verbena).

Taste is clean, crisp, and dry, with a tartness that almost makes you pucker. Easy to drink and bubbly on the tongue, this would make an excellent summer refresher or aperitif with appetizers.

Very good.

Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills 2/16/12.

Pours a dark brownish orange with a soft white head that has good retention. The nose offers little but some faint toasty malt. The flavor is toasty up front followed by some peppery spice and has a yeasty, faint baked apple-like finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied though a little dry.

This is a little underwhelming overall. The flavor is enjoyable but not overly impressive. I probably won't have this again.

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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
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