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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars - New Belgium Brewing

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720 Ratings

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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 34
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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)
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Photo of hopsaplenty
4/5  rDev +9.3%

12 oz. Bottle. Best before 15Sep06.

Cloudy glazed orange, topped with an eggshell colored head of small bubbles. The head dissipates, leaving a brief collar and minimal lacing. There a few fine carbonation streams. The smell is fruity and filled with orange blossom and lemon coupled with some wheat notes. The taste is wheaty initially with some citrus fruit sweet and tart notes. Finishes tart and of lemon rind, dry and with just a touch of astringency. Fruit rind flavors persist, and leave each swallow wanting for the next. Medium bodied and with a light almost fizzy mouthfeel. This gets a bit tarter as it warms. Complex mix of malts and their yeast make this a tasty treat.

hopsaplenty, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a cloudy golden amber-orange with a medium head. Aroma is a blend of orange citrus and musty elements.

Taste is mildly toasted malt with a good musty, yeasty presence. Some hops, some faint citrus bitterness, maybe even a barnyard or two. Very dry overall, a little off-putting, whereas the draft has a pleasant orangey sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium and full with a wheaty texture. The draft version puts the bottle to shame -- it's almost a different beer altogether. I would rate the draft a full point higher than the bottle…if I wasn't so busy drinking all of it.

assurbanipaul, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of beertastegood
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%

Pours a slightly hazy orangey/gold color with a nice dense two-finger head. Aromas of a tangerine-like blend of tart and sweet, similar to saison aromas. Definitely has the familiar aroma of wheat in there, no hops to speak of.

Taste: Orange peel and cloves, tart with a "grainy" flavor that announces the wheat and oats (this is not a bad thing). Earthy, slightly musty taste reminiscient of gueuze, but not quite as pronounced. Nice dry, slightly sweet finish that leaves a refreshing tangy flavor on my tongue. Very thirst quenching.

Medium carbonation, mouthfeel is medium-heavy, courtesy of the alternate grains.

A solid beer from NB. I hope they plan to release this one again.

beertastegood, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of murrayswine
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

The bottle poured a dark pumpkin orange, with pure white head, and a little lacing. The smell is slightly tart, but yet oddly, sort of minerally like a wet dog.
The taste is layered, but subtly sweet off the bat. Orange zest is in the base, loads of spice, clove, coriander, and sweet yeast.
Well built beer. The most under valued of the line by far.
A damn good representation.

murrayswine, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of Realale
4.8/5  rDev +31.1%

Partially opaque hazy orangeish tan. Extremely fine off-white head settles quickly to a thin, incomplete cap.

Citrus and brett lead on the nose, with great earthy, slightly sour horseblanket notes. There's some grainy wheaty goodness lurking below. A touch of clove comes with some time. Beautiful, appetizing nose.

Incredibly complex in the mouth. It's on the full side of medium, with a wonderful malty richness that is cut by a laserlike spine of acidity. So much going on in the background! It's spicy, it's funky, it's earthy, it's sour, it's sweet! The finish is incredibly long (Cantillon long!) with the sweet malt and sour notes echoing seemingly forever. Amazing beer.

Carbonation is relatively low which gives the flavors an opportunity to really run amuck, and makes it an excellent thirst quencher and a fine companion at the table. Along with Fantôme's La Gourmande, this might be about the most versatile food beers I know. Kudos to New Belgium for putting out such a distinctive beer. This year's edition is a big step up from prior releases of this seasonal. Truly great beer - I'm on my third case, and may well get through a couple more before it's gone!

Realale, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of UncleFlip
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%

Got it in a beer trade...thanks to whomever sent it....gotta start marking them...

On the table it's honey colour....seems more pale orange up to the light, and a good bit hazy. Head is just off white, and les than one finger. It falls to nothing rather quickly.

Smell is rather fruity and floral, with some yeasty quality underneat, and just a hint of hop. The alcohol is very present on the nose.

Flavour starts of flow, then builds and becomes rather fruity. There's a peachy-orangey tone with some cinnamon quality.

Liquid is hearty, but not thick. Carbonation stays low and tight.

I find this one very rather enjoyable, and very drinkable. Not bad at all!

Be well

UncleFlip, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of karst
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

From tap of Bailey's Chocolate Bar.

Killing time with a BigLove and St. Louis BA's before the Nickelback Concert.

Order of brews very chaotic as I had Samiclaus and 3F Behemoth Blonde about the reverse of ideal. Never the less (after a glass of BdM) the thought of forfeiting the $40 / ticket concert and staying till the tap was dry, did come to mind.

Fine pour into the oversize New Belgium Brewing Co. 0.4 L rastal tulip glass that I ofter use at home to catch the aroma of a just opened brew.

The whole bar was lined up with five light orange slightly turbid tulips with ample heads in front of their happy BA's as they shared the last drink before breaking up the 2 1/2 hr. gathering that started next door at Jake's 33 Wine Shop. Aroma sweet orange crates full of over ripe fruit a back draft of lemon verbena and a touch of wet horse - like Brett along with wheat that forcasts an inviting taste.

Flavors of pale malts, Crystal 40°L and Carapils moderately balanced with Willamette, Cascade and Magnum. The malts are given their head and the wild -UFO- yeasts providing a peppered mildly spiced Biere de Garde flavor that goes a little beyond horse blank into the relm of horse in heat! Body and mouth feel are satisfying and quickly pass out of mind. Yeasts provides a subtle bubblegum ester that is more in the flavor than the aroma.
Carbonation is almost Duvel in its abundance. In spite of a low 18 IBUs BdM finishes with a slight bittersweetness on the back of the tongue.

drinkable? to die for!

karst, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of tobyandgina
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%

One of the most interesting beers I've had in quiet a while.

The smell is very different. A kind of lemony, spicy smell. Almost like a white wine smell with some oak. Not a whole lot of head, plenty of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. There are even little swirls of sediment that float around in the glass. Good color to it, a nice cloudy amber. Taste is very similar to the smell. A spicy, lemony, orangey taste, white wine-ish, almost vitaminny. Great tongue feel with a tiny, tiny bite. Not much aftertaste.

For me, this one deffinitely gets a pretty good rating based on the fact of how different it is from any other beer I've had.

Not one to chug, but a good one to have with a hot dinner, maybe something spicy.

tobyandgina, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of medic25
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Appearance is a cloudy orange color, with very little white head. Aroma is pleasant; a little citrusy. Taste is quite complex; coriander, yeast, citrus fruit, and quite a bit of pepper. No real overpowering alcohol component. Definitely a nice change of pace from the everyday. Not something I'd consider a favorite, but a nicely done beer.

medic25, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of Mitchel
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%

Biere De Mars is a clouded orange with a fluffy white head that holds for an extremely long time. Great lacing too. It smells like spices and orange, more specifically, coriander. There is definitely a floral aroma.

This beer is lightly hoppy and hits with a little bit of a white pepper taste. I am thinking of orange peel and clove here. A little sour, a little grainy adn husky. Relatively light in the mouth and doesn’t linger.

Taken as a whole, this beer is not bad. It has lots of good qualities, but nothing that jumps out at me as being a great beer that I would drink all of the time (not that it is available all of the time). I would like this on a hot day….otherwise known as a San Antonio Winter day. God it’s hot here! All the more reason to drink cold beer; Cheers!

Mitchel, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +9.3%

I had this one on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX.

Served in a weiss glass, the beer was a hazy brown gold highlights. Off white head.

It has an interesting smell. It is a bit sour (citrus), grainy and hoppy.

The taste is slightly hoppy with some subtle spicing (pepper & clove). There was a nice underlying citrus thing going on. It was slightly sour and earthy.

The mouth is chewy but smooth. Easy enough to session. I would like to be able to get this one at home.

Redrover, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of carln26
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

This was on tap at the Chocolate Bar. Hazy gold straw colored with a thin white head. Delicate aroma of citrus orange, a little clove, and a hint of fresh bread. The taste is light and citrusy. Nice orange bitterness balanced by a hint of clove and white pepper. Just a touch of heat. Light and satisfying mouth feel. This would be a great summer beer, heck it's a great anytime beer. New Beligium's seasonal's rock. The 2 degrees below is good. This beer is great.

carln26, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
4/5  rDev +9.3%

It’s a little early for a March beer, but with my luck it won’t be available if I wait until then. And the first spring calf was born this weekend in the pasture down the road, so spring is on the way, might as well open up a Biere De Mars. I poured this beer into a pint tumbler.

Pours a cloudy burnt orange color. Except for the cloudyness it looks a little like iced tea. De Mars has a sticky reasonably thick white head, and streams of bubbles can be seen rising through the beer, near the side of the glass. The head lasts a while and laces the side of the glass while drinking.

The smell is sweet and fruity. I think it smells a little like apricots, or peaches. The smell is strong and impressive.

The taste is also fruity and slightly sweet, with a mild taste of grain, and gentle bitter lemon and hop finish. The flavors are well balanced. The taste does change a bit near the end of the glass, when malt and yeast flavors are a little more evident. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and citrusy, but short-lived.

Mouth feel is light and crisp, yet full bodied and not what I would call watery. I am drinking this beer colder than the recommended serving temperature, but it is still very good, and I’m not sure I’d like it any better at the warmer temperature.

This is a drinkable beer, but the ABV is a little high, and might sneak up on you if one were to knock back too many of these veryy fast (I had two). It’s a spring beer, but I think it would be good ice cold in the summer as well. It’s a little fruitier than a lot of beers, and I can see how some folks might not care for it. I like lemon in my hefe, and a slice of lemon might do well in a De Mars as well.

RJLarse, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of nogoodreason
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%

Dusty honeyed gold under the vanishing snow head. That faint hazy wheat tang rounded by a sublte clove note. Honey on a warm biscuit. A rich, rounded sweetness comingled ever so subtly with thick tart apple skins. The apples bite cak as you swallow and the numbing kick of brett sets the scene for the sweet, lingering finish.

Crystaline sweetness somewhere between caramel and honey with drying wheat, ever so faint citrus and a spicey prelude to the numbing sting of brett.

Goes down like a vivid dream, rich and fleshed out but fleeting and ending ever too soon.

nogoodreason, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of Bcant
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

Bcant, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of descartes
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Light copperish oragne with a very thin head.
Smell: Heavy alcoholic smell, hints of apple and lemon.
Taste: Thick dry mouthfeel, moderate carbination. Slight lemon sweetness on the front and mild hops on the back.
Overall: Not the most complex taste but good mouthfeel.

descartes, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of benito
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%

So March is a long way away, but it's never to early to start wishing for Spring (not that Winter's so bad)...and New Belgium's Biere de Mars makes the next season seem ever so tempting.

An opaque copper with little head and low carbonation, this beer's most unique characteristic is its bouquet which is a rich nosefull of oak and sour apple. The flavor, too, is refreshingly sour with hints of apricot and wood; there's also a dry, earthy aftertaste that lingers in the back of the throat. The medium body is well balanced between dry, sour, and sweet which makes it a great thirst quencher with spectacular drinkability.

A wonderful beer from New Belgium. On a side note, this is a great accompaniment to cheesy, pasta dishes.

benito, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of Fugazme
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

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!

Fugazme, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of ihscout426
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

I have only recently been turned on to this style of beer, so a I was excited to find the New Belgium interpretation. The first thing that I noticed was the great color in my New Beligum snifter. The head was medium, but the beautiful orange glow of the beer with its haze definitley was inviting. The nose has a lot of orange, but not sweet. The carbonation was very refreshing and the taste matched the smell well.

This beer tastes just as described by New Belgium, which to me means they achieved their goal. It also matches the style well and I will certainly enjoy this one on occasions, but not necessarily in my regular rotation.

ihscout426, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of Iguana
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

In the past, I havent cared too much for New Belgium beer's, but this ones not half bad.

Appearence - Pour's into a pint glass an opaque orange color with a nice small creamy white head that lingers for awhile.

Smell - Smell is citrusy with a slight almost herbal scent.

Taste - Taste is malty, with a hint of orange and carbonation. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel - This beer is really quite smooth and pleasent to drink.

Drinkability - I could see myself drinking a few of these in a sitting as the months start to get a bit warmer. Or maybe earlier in the day since thats when I tend to prefer lighter beers.

Afterthoughts - This is a beer i'll buy again, not something that makes me say WOW! but a very drinkable beer.

Iguana, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of bosco7
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

A- Murky and orange. Head disapears quickly. Really kind of dull.

S- A very apparent orange aroma, a biscuit scent is also present. Mild hop notes also present.

T- Again very apparent orange flavours. Medium amounts of hops. Overall the taste is a nice change of pace.

M- Chewy mouthfeel with nice amounts of carbonation present.

D- I feel that one is enough per sitting. Nice change of pace but lacks certain qualities that a session beer has.

bosco7, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

Light/medium bodied, cloudy with some chunkies (yeast particles), orangish colored with a short lived off white head.

Very mild aroma, slightly citrusy and spicy.

Delicate but interesting flavor, wheat, biscuity, slightly fruity/citrusy, tart but only a trace of hops bite in the finish.

Very drinkable. A pinch of salt or twist of lemon might make it even better.

whynot44, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of Sixpoint
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

As usual, a very well-crafted beer from New Belgium.

The appearance was OK. A minimal head despite the bottle-conditioning. Poured a hazy straw color.

The aroma was of lemon and citrus. Somewhat sour, it had a slight musty smell as well. Just a faint whisper of hops in the background.

The flavor had a dose of corn in it. Very weird. Soft and muted, not too much aggression. Just a soft malt flavor dominating.

Mouthfeel was great. Very silky and a nice moderate level of CO2.

A very clean finish with no hop flavor. Very drinkable.

Sixpoint, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of palliko
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%

Had this on tap at the brewery yesterday. Appearance is a hazy orange with ivory foam and nicely retentive lacing. Aroma has notes of orange curacao, spice and floral hops. Initial taste is of watery malt, spices (pepper and cloves), citrus, biscuits, fruit and a hint of honey. Finish is dry, filled with yeast, and not good. A true Belgian style.

palliko, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

Its one of those beers; either you love the eathyness or you hate it. Pours a dirty copper or orange brown. Smells of organic malting. Deep, rich, sour and yeasty. On the side of salty. Tastes of sour malt, American hops that give a bitter and metalic flavor. Body reveals organic flavors on the side of fresh water clams or oysters; similar in flavor to Orval trapist, but not as melded or complex. Finishes earthy and lingering although a medium flavor persists. Remains metalic and a bit buttery (actually helps). All in all, not a goood experience for me--too earthy.

BEERchitect, Jul 16, 2005
Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
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