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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars - New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Biere De MarsLips Of Faith - Biere De Mars

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BA SCORE
83
good

694 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mattmaples on 07-20-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 694 | Reviews: 405 | Show All Ratings:
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trevorjn06

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours, as the bottle says, with a distinct orange hue capped with a thick, tight white foam that lasts and leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is complex and inviting. Bright spices with orange, lemon, clove and a hint of mulling spice. There is a slight Brett character of tart cherry/leather and funk, though I wish this character were more up front. The malt presents itself as toasty and slihtly biscuity. Little to no noticeable hop character.

Flavor is complex as well, begins with toasty malt, some lemon, light clove. Mid-palate there is light Brett funk, orange zest, and slight malt sweetness. The finish leaves a slight tartness, light clove, mulling spices, toasted malt and lemon.

Mouthfeel is medium/light body, medium/low carbonation with a creamy sensation to it.

Overall a very good beer, understated in it's complexity with a nice use of spices and a pleasent malt presence. I just with the Brett character were a bit more upfront.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 00:28:28 | More by trevorjn06
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 18:22:59 | More by OWSLEY069
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DavidST

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, no date on the bottle but I just bought it. This pours a mostly clear amber color with a massive foamy slightly off white head. The smells are citrus, spices, bread, orange. Feel is mediumish. The taste is a little bit of funk, some bread malts, and a little citrus.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 03:17:06 | More by DavidST
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a frothy head; does a fairly good job in the lacing department; retains nicely, too

Smell: Shortbread, coriander, vanilla, mango and a hint of lemon

Taste: Vanilla shortbread, up front, with a developing mango, lemon and coriander flavor; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors dominate though yeasty, herbal undertones linger

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: At first, I was on the fence with this beer as I thought it was too sweet without enough Brett and herbal complexity; the more I tasted it, however, I started to come around and I am enjoying the range of flavors even though I would still prefer it to be less sweet

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 02:14:02 | More by brentk56
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 02:18:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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hreb

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 01:40:03 | More by hreb
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vobr0002

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- slightly hazy golden yellow with a white head that last for quite a while.

S- Brett funk, some citrus fruit and spicy notes in the background.
T- Brett funk is the first thing I notice followed by citrus and leaves a bit of spice I the after taste. Its a little more mellow than I anticipated.

M- smooth mouth filling yet light.

O- its an OK beer, first of the style that I have had so maybe I'm just not a fan of it. We will see.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 04:09:42 | More by vobr0002
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TVolt1

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark orange small amount of white head

S: smell of white grape, honey, apple.

T: banana and white grape taste

M: thicker mouthfeel with feel low Carbonation

O: decent beer. Would order out if I were at as restaurant. Kinda mellow and unique tasting.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 04:08:08 | More by TVolt1
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DCon

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 1 PINT, 6 FL. OZ. bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $7.99. Poured from the Bright Orange Labeled bottle into a 12oz Schlafly Tulip Glass. Has no freshness date on this bottle but its random with the Lips of Faith beers.

Aroma- Brett is the big time ingredient in this one! Straight to the nose. Sweet, malty, and light spices are all in the background too. A strange aroma for a Biere De Garde.

Appearance- Pours a 2.5 finger, frothy head that lasts for the longest time. Has a deep orange colored body with no clarity. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- The flavor starts off malty, sweet, and the Brett/Belgian flavor comes around again. Semi-Dry Finish. Straight to the point with this one.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Highest Carbonation, Smooth, and brett finish with light hops and a pucker on the back of the tongue.

Overall Impression- An interesting Biere de Garde but didn't quite satisfy what I was wanting to find in this style. Not one of the top Lips of Faith beers either. The appearance was great but then went down hill from there. Wouldn't go back to again...

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 02:35:37 | More by DCon
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber to Duvel tulip the beer pours a amber orange color with a fair amount of sediment, the head is a nice 1 finger white cream colored head, good retention and lacing. The nose seems muted, not much at all, a slight caramel malt flavor with hints of clean yeast? The flavor is more pronounced than the nose lets on but not by much, starts with a bready malt character from which the caramel sweetness builds, hints of honey, mildly bitter. Finishes crisp with a lingering sweetness. Lighter bodied and well carbonated, perhaps too much so. Overall, it's a decent beer, but one that I won't return to likely.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 13:50:37 | More by hopfacebrew
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beagle75

Iowa

2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Heaving lacing remains and fine streams of bubbles climb the sides of the glass.

S: Mildewy aromatic malt is biscuity but slightly fetid. Spice is light and earthy, contributing a toasted quality.

T: Begins off-dry, with heavy malt that is bready and more refined toward the soft middle. Bitterness is mild and herbaceous toward the finish, slightly tea-like and earthy.

M: Medium viscosity, syrupy, lifeless, and slightly astringent on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Mostly boring, it tastes like Fat Tire with an additional spice contribution. Its bland texture does nothing to elevate the experience, while the smell detracts in its resemblance to a forgotten dishrag. Compared to Jenlain Biere de Printemps, it is cleaner but far less interesting. Underwhelming and forgettable, it makes one wonder why this beer is occupying an exclusive space in the biennial Lips of Faith lineup.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 16:32:08 | More by beagle75
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours apricot orange with plenty of suspended yeast. Head is thick and dense.

Aroma is caramel malt, hints of citrus and vague spices.

Taste is similar to the nose. Caramel and wheaty malt. Orange bitterness and vague yeasty spice.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall, an unimpressive beer. No off flavors, but nothing to get excited about either.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 02:41:30 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazy orange with off white head.

The smell has a light musty and spicy aroma, a bit of sourdough as well.

The flavor is dominated by the bready victory malt flavor, huge cracker like malt. The spices and a light musty yeast come through after a bit along with a bit of light citrus. Tastes very much like they dumped a spicier yeast into a batch of Fat tire.

The mouthfeel is light with a touch of carbonation.

To much biscuit, not enough of everything else, will avoid this one in the future, even though its not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 02:40:38 | More by bashiba
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birderbeerer

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peach and opaque. Retains a nice rim of head.

A very active aroma. Floral, oaky, herbal, but the sour is faint.

Faint sour in the taste as well. More hay and yeast. Like a saison with a sour accent. Bit of white wine and maybe some cherry deep down.

Nice complexity, but a little light.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 02:06:06 | More by birderbeerer
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SIDE NOTE: I was going through the "best of" list for this style and noticed that Jolly Pumpkin owns the Biere de Garde world by a long shot!

Served in an oversized DFH snifter.

A: First of all, the head was beautifully creamy and quite massive (without being too). The liquid below it was a burnt orange color, with tons of little yeasties floating around.

S: Virtually nothing.... maybe a tinge of fermented yeast and H2O.

T: This was fairly crisp and light from front to back, with a nice sourdough-honey quality on the finish. This had a fresh taste to it that I personally enjoyed.

M: Imagine a nice, pleasing lager with a little extra oomph. That's definitely the best was to describe this one. the lacing was substantial.

O: I believe that this one is the victim of meandering in Blah-ville. While this was neither pleasing nor offending IMO, I've already forgotten that I drank it.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 22:08:24 | More by Chaney
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01001111

California

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 01:17:52 | More by 01001111
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denver10

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange with an amber hue. Nice, creamy colored head that pours out. Eventually drops down and forms a thickish coating around the edges. Nice lacing. A mild funkiness....its there but subtle, done well. Paired with some sweet orange, very nice. Flavor caught me off guard...it popped in my mouth a lot more than I expected it to. Some mild funk introduces intself before a wave of sweetness comes in from a dose of caramel malt and fruits, some pear, some banana, something citric. Coriander is there too and the funkiness does maintain its presence throughout and then some (and in a less than positive way...the funk does evolve into being a little too much). Medium bodied, creamy, and carbonated. A bit dry in the finish.Nice beer at a nice price.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 00:23:25 | More by denver10
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazy orange with a single finger of off-white head. Light lacing left behind.

Light aroma of orange and tropical fruit along with earthy malts.

Tasted of orange baby aspirin, caramel malts and a bit of yeast.

Lighter bodied and wet with a moderate carbonation.

This one was just okay. I expected better.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 16:57:51 | More by Monkeyknife
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onewetpaw

Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A- My first impression is Brett. This distinctive smell is definitely there, but not overwhelming. Orange and vague spice and lemon is there as well.

A- Slight haze. Light amber with a scant head.

F- Mild funk, in line with the nose. Orange and light touches of lemon. Some floral flavor and a little bit of interesting spice that makes me think of the smell of a lemon scented geranium.

M- Low to Medium carbonation.Medium body that doesn't feel thick by any means, but seems to coat the tongue nonetheless.

O- A fun beer. I really like the lemon and what I presume is the lemon verbena flavors along with a restrained Brett flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 01:11:41 | More by onewetpaw
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper with an appealing white head, moderate retention and lacing

S: Malt driven. Light candy notes, a little citrus. Pretty understated in the nose overall.

T: Lively lemon and herbal notes, and tasty bready malt. Just a hint of the brett drying things out in the finish.

M: Medium body, good malt presence but keeps a very sessionable weight. Dry on the finish and slightly astringent.

O: Nice beer in an unusual style. Easy to drink and an interesting restrained use of brett.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 23:07:08 | More by kscaldef
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 01:46:12 | More by Jimmys
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tlazaroff

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Funkytown! I smell Brett in this beer, that fresh kind of horse blanket barnyard aroma that I love so much. No hops on the nose at all, just a mix of funk and sweet maltose.

The aesthetics of this beer are gorgeous! It's a solid orange in color, perfectly clear with a crisp white head that leaves medium to thick lacing. Just beautiful.

Light citrus notes with a bit of funk thrown in for good measure. I really don't get much hops other than the light citrus. The malt comes through as toasted bread, it's not sweet at all like the aroma kind of suggests. A nice surprise!

The beer is light in body and carbonation, and finishes dry.. incredibly drinkable for what it is. Overall I love this beer, excellent effort by New Belgium to do something that isn't quite mainstream.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 23:54:43 | More by tlazaroff
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a fairly clear golden orange color with a cream colored head that falls slow with good lace.

Aroma is pale malt with good dose of fruits pear,green apples mingled with light spice. Some light earthy yeast mingled in with the spice.

Taste is light malt good fruit notes lightly tart the brett notes that are suppose to be here are very light. Kind of expecting little more malty notes and more funk.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium with good average carbonation. Feel is pretty much to style and enjoyable.

Overall maybe if I hadn't checked the New Belgium web site would of thought more of this one, sadly saw Brett and was expecting sour goodness. Overall Brett just to light not funky or tart enough. So overall not great Biere de Garde or a great Brett brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:25:10 | More by mntlover
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notchucknorris

California

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 21:46:30 | More by notchucknorris
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured about a 1 finger head in my pint glass. Off white in color. Body is barely hazy and golden wheat in color. Some moderate lacing.

S - It's definitely a malty background. Some biscuit and an every faint hint of sour and funk - like grapefruit rind.

T - Not too complex. Malty and some faint sour again. Weak hops on the back the provide a nice little bitterness. Just the slightest funk.

M - Fairly light, but it matches the body and is really pretty good. Maybe the best quality of this beer. Nothing crazy on the carbonation either.

O - Pretty good. One of those beers that would go nicely with all 4 seasons. Simple but well balanced and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 06:49:25 | More by RuckusDu
Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 694 ratings.