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
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)
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Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of DavidST
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of BlindPig
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Off white head on a cloudy orange body.
S- Almost a sour tart smell. Sour apples, light yeast, dry hops, and a light malt background.
T- Light sour apple taste right off the bat. Fades quickly to a more fruity taste. Has some malts in it to help balance it. Light bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Nice balance in it. Nice complex to it.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- I wish they wouldn't of stop making this one. It has a great different taste to it. I would of bought a few 6 packs of this. Also though this is off by about a year.

Photo of Westuh
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was another christmas present.

Appearance- light amber color, thin head

Smell- spices, grassy hops, nice aroma

Taste- spices, little bit of lemon

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I liked it. I would like to drink it again.

Photo of MordorMongo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of hoppymeal
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy gold to peach in color with a decent sized cream colored effervescent head. Lemon and a light honey sweetness in the aroma along with straw, lightly spiced sweet applesauce, and a little 'funkiness.' Some mildly tart lemon flavor in the taste, a little of the honey sweetness, a clovey smokiness, and grassiness. Mouthfeel is a ride from a little tartness to a fuzzy and smooth middle and a dry finish. Quite complex in aroma, taste, and mouthfeel, I very much enjoyed this.

Photo of EPICAC
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium's Biere de Mars pours a cloudy, peach color, and is topped by a thick, off-white head that fades to a film, leaving good lace. The aroma is dominated by Brettanomyces. There's the characteristic "hopsack" aroma along with banana, citrus, and toasty malts. Swirling brings out spicy alcoholic aromas.

The first sip suggests that this is a well attenuated beer. There are toasty and bready malts, but they're only mildly sweet. However, towards the center the sweetness comes out a bit with notes of banana and orange peel. The malts are balanced in the finish by a moderate bitterness, and an earthy Brett contribution. This beer is light-to-medium-bodied, and has a moderate amount of carbonation.

I really liked this beer a lot. It's balanced, and has a nice Brett flavor.

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of grover37
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber from a friend for $5 (he got it on sale). Poured into a Chouffe tulip. No dating info that I can find.

Appearance: Very clear, goldish orange color. One inch of head recedes to about a quarter inch, then eventually just a layer. Tight bubbles that stick to the glass in sparse patches at the top but no lacing otherwise.

Aroma: Very musty, maybe some orange peel. Lemongrass and some floral notes emerge after a bit. The best part of the beer in retrospect.

Taste: Orange at first, maybe white grapes. Definitely herbal too, but can't place what it is. Sweeter than I expected in the middle but a semi-dry finish with the juicy citrus flavor apparent in the aroma sticking around.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation as expected, and very dry on the tongue in the finish.

Drinkability: Not sure I'd want to drink more than one of these (kinda glad I split the bomber), but the ABV is not apparent.

It's hard to give this beer average scores because it's good, but just not good for the style or for the brewery. A decent wild ale to try once, but not worth seeking out.

Photo of cfrobrew
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Thrasher
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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 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 Zraly
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Biere de Mars pours a cloudy-chunky orange and is both rusty in not only color, but flavor as well. There is a metallic tang that follows the initial notes of the brew.

More importantly, the beer has a good citrus flavor. It's smooth and warm, with minor notes of a bitterness from the hops. However, there is a slightly unpleasant and lingering aftertaste.

This beer is complex and has potential to be warm as well as refreshing...seemingly a paradox. I might have to have another one to have a better perspective of this beer.

Photo of rand
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 650 mL bomber to D'Achouffe tulip glass

A: Attractive orange-apricot in color, forms a sharp, tightly bubbled head that leaves little lacing as it cascades down the glass. Lots of suspended yeast, almost clouds the beer.

S: A subtle bouquet yields hints of honey, coriander, crackery bread. Subdued nose, takes some effort to actually smell anything.

T: The flavor profile is largely honey-orange notes that bend phenolic mid-sip. Earthy spice is noted, maybe some sage and coriander, but just barely. Palate is slightly more layered than the nose, but not by much. Finishes sweet with lingering medicinal residue.

M: Nicely carbonated, breaks through the oily complexion. Medium-bodied.

Kinda torn here. The brew is smooth and easy to drink, but I've already forgotten about it, and that's not what I'm looking for from the style, let alone the Lips a Faith series. I had Jolly Pumpkin's Oro De Calabaza recently so my expectations are a bit skewed.

Photo of Davit
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jcalabre
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I originally sampled this beer on 10 May 2003. I am writing this review from my notes
This pours a hazy yellow/orange w/ a meringue-like head. It has a peppery, lemony flavor w/ a clean finish. It certainly is Different & enjoyable. I would recommend this one

Photo of firstlighthiker
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of mikey711
2.23/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Nice orange color, slightly cloudy with a touch of white head on top and just enough retention for the style.

S: Slightly grainy smelling, with maybe a hint of funk. Also, heavily spiced with coriander and some floral notes

T: It tastes a bit like cardboard mixed with hints of honey and spices. No sourness, just mustiness that is underwhelming. Also some weird yeast notes. It is listed as a wild, which i guess i can see but there are really no brett notes present at all in this one.

M: A little rough around the edges and light

D: This was a drainpour for me, i drank my glass but could not finish the bottle

Photo of freed
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium has really nice lables, and great bottles. They're simple and classy.

The beer itself is quite attractive as well. Gold around the edges, and orange in the middle. It has a nice multi-textured head, very much like you'd expect from a trappist. The aroma is somewhat odd, almost like a empty grain silo.

The taste very pleasing. There are several layers of maltiness with a subtle yeast fruitiness at the end of the sip. There's little hop noticable, but enough to start the saliva glands. Its a very complete beer, with a wide variety of flavors. Very nice

Photo of mjl21
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Toronado. Poured into a pint glass. Abv info not given.

A-Pours a cloudy golden amber with a one finger white head that sticks around.

S-All I get is sour and funky notes. No malt or hops are apparent.

T-Not nearly as sour as it smells. There is a lot of sweet malt at the beginning. Some sour and funky notes come through in the middle. The beer finishes with a sweet fruit taste.

M-Medium bodied, crisp, and smoothly carbonated.

D-The interplay between sweet and sour works just fine, but the sweetness would limit this to a pint.

Not a bad offering from NB. A 10 ounce glass of this would be the perfect serving size.

Photo of Imperial_Sapient_Groat
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
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