Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 741
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 35
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mattmaples on 07-20-2009)
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Photo of zoso493
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This my first wild ale and I bought it without knowing much about, so I'm excited to see how it goes. Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very thick-looking honey color with a one-finger that probably would not have been there if not for a very vigorous pour. Pretty hazy, as well.

Smell: This one has a pretty solid barnyard scent to it and smells more like a Belgian than anything. There are a lot of spices and grassy hops and some yeast and that's about all I can pick out.

Taste: Very earthy beer. A lot of spices in the taste as well that combine with some lights hops to give it a pleasantly bitter finish. There are also some slightly rotten fruit tastes in there and some lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: A decent amount of body and carbonation to this beer. It's also pretty crisp and leaves your mouth feeling dry after taking a sip.

Drinkability: This is not a memorably drinkable beer. It's a bit sour so it takes a while to get down. This bomber has been pretty difficult to finish.

Overall, this is a very average beer. I don't have anything to compare it to in the style, but I wasn't hugely impressed. It has some interesting nuances and is worth a try, but I probably wouldn't reach for it again.

Photo of Tucquan
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-05-10 in Columbia, PA

A - Fairly clear gold with a big 2-finger white head and moderate lacing.

S - Spice, some funk, hay, honey, floral. Nice complexity.

T - Tastes like it smells. Herbal spicy, lemon, mint, cracker, Brett funk, white pepper, finishes on the medicinal bitter side.

M - Thin body and light-medium carbonation.

O - Not world class but quite enjoyable.

Photo of Jimmys
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pretty hazy, lazy orange hue. head is thick and white. retention and lacing are good. pretty farm-y looking brew.

S: a little bit of barny bretty funk starts off the aroma. grapefruit juice. the grain is there, but has a decent amount of barn-ness tied in with it.

T: grapefruits and pears. a little bit of barny must, but just for a moment and has a slightly drying affect. there is a bready pils flavor too behind the scenes almost. finish is pretty clean and also dry.

M: moderate amount of fizz with a touch of tart. very medium body.

D: drinks a lot easier than the ABV would suggest. almost a little too light. i like a bit more meat on my BDG's. otherwise, good flavor and the touch of brett on the nose is nice.

Photo of katan
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep golden color. Very clear but lots of bubbling. Head formation is pretty white. Well retained.

S - Strong brett yest note, lots of tobacco, white pepper, spicy. Underlying sour notes, somewhat fruity.

T - Starts off very light, a little bit malty. The wild yeast comes through. No hopping - mostly balanced. Finishes with a lightly grainy note. The sweetness overwhelms the wild ale attributes.

M - Solid beer body, light and airy carbonation as well. Finishes very clean.

D - Very drinkable - ABV is manageable. Not at all filling, in contrast to the carbonation.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasing, if a bit soft, bretty Golden Ale.

Presentation: 22oz brow capped bottle. Screen printed label with floating orange dots-bubbles falling to rest at the bottom noting the name of the brew and series. Side learning notes the general intent and characteristic of the brew. Shows 6.2% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep to medium amber pour, light haze in the final serving, with a fair frothy head and retention, good surface memory and some lacing.

S - Softly bretty and funky, very softly so… light touches of lemon, hint of spice...

T - which is pretty much what one finds in the taste. The nicely generic brett is there, touches of funk, light sour apples, some citric notes, hints of fruit and spice, mellow and generic if pleasing.

M - Medium to medium-light body and carbonation with a nice crisp sense in the finish and a light dryness.

O - Nothing too profound but it ultimately comes together rather nicely and offers a nice flow.

Notes: A bit too generic or soft for a brett brew, I guess. But this might be a good entry point to some funk? Good brew in any case, even if a tad unremarkable.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Snifter Glass
Attained through a trade.

Just got home from work and made some lentils with a spicy Spanish sausage cooked with red wine and olive oil. I decided to crack open this bottle that I got from a friend out in California to accompany my meal and act as an after meal dessert.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with half a finger of head. The head doesn't last long at all. It's dissipating quickly as we speak. I give the beer a few swirls in my snifter. The lacing is non-existent. The beer is slightly effervescent; a few bubbles are making their way up to the top of the glass.

Smell: The nose picks up a citrus note like lemon. There's an earthy aroma here too, rather herbal. The citrus and earthy notes are likely from a combination of hops and the spices used in the beer.

Taste: The malt profile on this doesn't stick out. I don't pick up any sweet or toasted malts. I think it's there to support the spices and supposed brett yeast that they added. I can pick up citrus notes, those are there for sure. A blend of tropical and acidic fruit like mangoes and lemon. On the aftertaste there is a slight herbal flavor, and a very subtle brett character as well. The brett can easily go unnoticed.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some oils coating my tongue, teeth and gums after each sip.

Drinkability: It's an incredibly drinkable beer. It goes down easy, and after 22 ounces of this I feel like I only took a few sips. I could easily drink two of these in an evening, and I'm not someone who can handle a lot of alcohol.

I wasn't that impressed with this beer. It's definitely not a wild ale, as there is really no sourness or funkyness to this beer. That doesn't make this a bad beer, but it doesn't align with the expectations one has when purchasing it, and it doesn't follow suite with the style it's under.

Photo of jsh420
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours copper orange with a 2 finger head that fades film and left some spotted lacing

smell - i pick put the brett right off the bat - alongside some cherry and lemon

taste - very mild - i see this as a summer wild -taste is a bit musty - lemon and oter fruits - good flavors but again a tame wild

mouthfeel is ok - with the light flavor i want a refreshing light beer but this one has a medium body

drinkability - maybe this beer is an american wild for noobs - it did grow on me after the first glass but i doubt i buy this one again

Photo of sweethome
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden amber...ok, a little orange hue (as the label suggests). Nose of belgian hops - orange peel. honey. Soft mouthfeel, even if a little watery. A nice backing of hops, flavors of lemon zest, corriander, orange peel/orange blossom honey, and a hint of belgian hops.

The flavors and mouthfeel build as it opens and warms a bit. Soft, gentle beer with just a bit of a belgian hop bite.

Photo of ebrauser
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear straw gold with a thin white head. Carbonation dies off very quickly

Smell: Belgian yeast, strawberry, marshmallow, and a bit of grass.

Flavor: Malty body mixed in with some roasty spices. Lots of lemon zest with some caramel and coriander, along with touches of biscuit and floral hops. Lacking a little vinous quality.

Body: Thin and smooth, very easy to drink, with a flavor that is intriguing enough to want one or more.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a light sourness and some lemon citrus. In the taste, tart lemon citrus, lemon rind and a small spice like note. A smooth and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry lemon rind in the aftertaste. A nice tartness and tastes very clean.

Photo of chugalug06
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear! Awesome looking brew. Little to no head. Small white wafer rides on the edge, with a small cracker in the middle.

S - Big brett notes. Very farmhouse-y. Lots of hay and horses.

T - there's not much more then brett flavors. Very enjoyable, but brett-y. Too much farm yard. Yeast ate this beers lunch. Much like a saison...

M - Overly carbonated. Very dry and bubbly.

O - Elegant hippie brew. Farm-y. Time did this brew well. Recommended.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best beer New Belgium has ever produced is back! A few years ago this beer was sold as a seasonal six pack available throughout the months of March and April and then out of the blue they stop producing it. This was a beer I look forward to every year and I was hugely disappointed when I couldn't get it anymore. I jumped for joy when I heard that New Belgium was re-releasing this beer as part of their new Lips of Faith bomber series. This classic farmhouse style beer comes originally comes from Walloon region of southern Belgium. The Bière de Mars is a fresh, bready amber ale made with barley, wheat and oats but possessing a slightly tart flavor. It is inoculated with Brettanomyces, a wild yeast strain that spoils many beers but here lends a mild barnyard or grassy, wet hay flavor.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into New Belgium Globe glass.

A. 1 finger pretty well carbonated head. Good retention. Decent lacing. Color is a orangeish golden yellow.

S. Smell is yeast, lemony citrus, sweet pale malt, a little bit of funk to it. Nice blast of yeastiness, gives way to a light fruit smell. A little bit of sourness lies underneath.

T. Taste is a pretty smooth combination of a lot of the aromas. Nice earthy yeast flavor. Some of the light fruit; pears and apple primarily. Maybe just a touch of sourness. Overall the flavor is a little bit mellower than the aroma.

M. Medium bodied. Finishes pretty crisp and dry. Medium carbonation.

D. Drinkable. Overall a pretty good beer. Could be a little more flavor going on that the aroma eludes to, but doesn't deliver on the tongue. Pretty good.

Photo of unklesyd
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this beer before and got confused, but this was before I knew about a Belgian wheat style. Oh, now I get it!
Perhaps I'm still missing something, however, because although I can easily say upon smelling this beer's (slightly muted) herbal/citrus nose and tasting its orange peel and coriander notes (though I missed the heather and verbeena promised), "farmhouse", I would have guessed this was Saison.
However, it was slightly weightier in appearance and mouthfeel than a springtime saison. My big qualm was that there appeared in my beer residual (take your guess here) tannen/yeast/chaff that didn't appear to be slurry from bottle conditioning. Bad bottle, or....
This is definately refreshing, and if you are like many for whom a wit or saison is out of range (physically or monitarily), this is a decent substitute when the need arises. As a "beer to keep", as a result of the floaties, I would think this beer is best drank as fresh as possible, so perhaps the appelation is a misnomer.

Photo of 01001111
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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 hreb
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cold 22oz served in pint glass. Beer pours a very pale, though slightly hazy, orange. Medium white head. Aroma is mild, but of oranges and yeast.

Flavors are of citrus/orange peel. Wheat. Slightly acidic funky edge to it. But light on the palate and and quite drinkable. There's no sourness or otherwise overpowering Brett. character, but that's more than alright with me.

Totally enjoyable.

Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, ss 09

split and served with a bunch of grub from sala thai

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip, murky copper body, light beige crest and mild retention

smell: very light brett, sweet floral aroma, candied sugar, hay

taste: just not overly exciting - light brett yeast, candied sugar, barnyard flavors, white pepper, lemon. needs more edge, more funk

mouthfeel: muddy sweetness, lacks zest you would anticipate

drinkability: fine

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a wonderful orange color with a whitehead. The beer is very brilliant in color which makes it look very enticing to drink.

Aroma is fairly clean, I am not detecting much of anything from the yeast. There is some lightly roasted malt aromas more like an oktoberfest. I smell a little bit of citrus aroma in the back ground but it is very subtle.

The beer tastes sweet with a nice crisp finish. I can taste the brett funk right at the end. It is a nice earthy finish without any barnyard or goat. The beer finishes dry. Some malt flavors are present very similar to an oktoberfest.

The mouthfeel is medium, the dry earthy finish makes it seem like a red wine almost.

Overall a great seasonal beer. It is crisp, refreshing, and unique. I would never drink it year rounds but it is a nice way to kick of the summer.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange color with a one finger cream colored head and nice lacing down the glass.

S: The smell is pretty faint, but I pick up some musty yeast and some floral and peach hints.

T: Very smooth and east drinking. Light pale malt, coriander and a slight hint of hops before a drawn out finish full of earthy yeast, a hint of funk and some bread. The finish was a bit much for me and the yeast took the flavor over a bit too much. A nice beer but probably not one I'll revisit.

Photo of beertaster13
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a great beer that accompanies light meals very well. Pours a hazy orange with yellow streaks, the white head holds up throughout the session. The smell is of earth and citrus with lightly toasted wheats. A slight banana note hints the nose. The taste is light with toasted grains and apples, lemon really add something, hints of spices with bananas in the end really cleanses the palate.

Photo of Fugazme
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased the day after Christmas in Omaha... too early to enjoy before March? Didn't winter just start? Do I care? No...

Very orange pour with a thin white lace for a head. Cloudy like a March day.

Looks very good.

Aroma is yeasty and somewhat sour. Some rich foot/manure smells and some spice. White pepper. Citrus. Alcohol.

Taste is thinner than aroma. Somewhat watery mouthfeel... a touch of bubbles. Bready flavor. Moderately malty. Would like a bit more earthy/musty character, but this isn't too bad!

Photo of kbub6f
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought locally (Grapevine floor display), 2-3 weeks in my fridge, reviewed at 45F-60F.

This beer has a big, frothy, cream-colored head that dissipates fairly quickly with nice sticky lacing. The beer is orangey/amber and slightly cloudy.

There's very little aroma: a little fruit, some hops, some candy. The front has hints of fruit. The middle is kind of hoppy, but somewhat thin. The finish is dry and quite hoppy. Overall: little, hints, kindof, slightly, somewhat, etc. I enjoyed this quite a bit, but there's not much to say. A decent light beer.

Photo of chriscolby
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There is a substantial amount of yeast on the bottom of the bottles in my six-pack and it does not pack tightly. It is almost impossible to pour without getting a substantial amount of "floaties" in your beer. A normal pour yields a very turbid beer. With a little care in your pour, you can see a clear, orange beer in your glass. The head is light and collapses fairly quickly.

All I could smell in the nose was yeast and a bit of oxidation (although, to be fair, the "best by" date is only 5 days in the future).

The flavor, however, is very good. A mix of grains -- the label says oats, wheat and barley -- yields an interesting, almost cracker-like flavor with a crisp edge. The lemon verbana (whatever-the-hell that is, it's listed on the label), gives a slightly tart zing to the finish.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation (by US standards). Personally, I think a little more attenuation and carbonation would have been a good thing, but that's just my opinion.

I think most people's opinion of this beer will depend on their acceptance of a substantial amount of yeast floaties in their brew. I like a good, turbid wheat beer every once in awhile, but somehow the amount of yeast in this beer was just too much for me. The beer underneath the yeast was tasty, though. If I see this seasonal next year with less yeast in the bottle, I'll grab another six pack.

Photo of mzwolinski
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange in color, with huge chunks of yeast dancing about in the carbonation. Aroma starts with a mild hint of lemon, which strengthens considerably as the beer warms. After such a tart odor, I was quite surprised to find how smooth the flavor was. It starts with a slightly sugary maltiness, maintains a solid malt body through the middle and finishes with a dry, lemony pucker. Not a bad beer, but certainly not worth the $6.99 I paid for a 12 oz bottle! Too little going on flavorwise to be memorable.

Photo of phishsihq
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With March flying by (must be all the beautiful weather), we wanted to enjoy a beer that literally translates to "March Beer".

Biere de Mars is a Lips of Faith offering from the folks at New Belgium Brewing, and drinkers are rewarded with a subtle, yet creative brew. Biere de Mars pours an intriguing hazy orange, with only a small cap of white head that provides a good amount of lace throughout. A somewhat muted nose offers hints of caramel, citrus, earthiness, spice, and some funkiness. Sweet malt flavors are first to hit the pallet before blending into some more interesting and delicious flavors that include apricot, lemon, and spiciness all before a slightly tart finish. Medium bodied and a medium-light level of carbonation round out this complex and exciting brew. Always a favorite this time of year.


Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
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