Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars - New Belgium Brewing

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83
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740 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 740
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:
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(Beer added by: mattmaples on 07-20-2009)
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Photo of supercolter
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is decent, although there is nearly no head or lacing. Smell is very weak, some spiciness and tough to pick up too much else. There is a bit more going on in the taste, some sweetness comes through. Mouthfeel is weak. Drinkability is pretty good.

Photo of Stillyman11
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tlazaroff
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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 Higravity
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was really ready to get down on this beer, but I think I over hyped it in my own mind. The color was a straw tinted orange with a bit of haze and a chunky white head in my Duvel glass. Smells citrus with a little pinnaple or date over a sweet malt driven yeasty fullness. Taste is twisted and not really one I like a bit to citrus and the yeast messes weird with everything else. I will have to try this again but right now, not so much.

Photo of dhbiker0889
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Satan70
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery -- talk about fresh and properly-served!

Brewed with Pale, Aromatic, C-40 and Carapils malts, all fairly lightly-toasted. Willamette, Cascade and Magnum hops are very much kept in abeyance here, with only 18 IBU. The malts dominate the smell and the taste.

Unpasteurized (as all of this brewery's ales are!), unfiltered, bottle-conditioned spring ale on its first run of the season ("Beer of March" served fresh in late December? -- go figure!).

Semi-cloudy, orange-colored pretty looking beer.

Notes of orange and lemon in the nose, with wheat and maybe even oats. Taste matches, but lays a bit lower than the smell.

Very drinkable and very pleasant. You who live in Colorado need to try this one at the brewery. You who don't live in Colorado -- well, tough luck! Come and get it!!


UPDATE FOR THE 2006 RUN, January 24, 2006

Much more long-lasting head -- huge, rocky, solid and chunky with incredible carbonation. It's a bit creamier brew, so I would up the mouthfeel to 4.0 from last winter's run. prAna was right -- this time around, they've done better on this one! The addition of more brettanomyces yeast makes for a horsier flavor, which I enjoy, but some people loathe. Makes it a more distinctive beer, and more of a love-hate brew as well.

For you hop-heads, it seems hoppier this time as well. Go get some.

Photo of Cyclone8
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of harrylee773
2/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of shbobdb
2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy dark yellow like a homebrew; however, that is acceptable for the style. What makes the looks of this beer astounding is the head. Holy moley, the head is rock-solid. Rocky rocky whiteness. And the lacing is quite impressive.

I'm not sure what I expected from the nose on this beer . . . but it is suprisingly muted -- especially considering . . .

The taste! Wow. I really enjoyed this beer during my first 'non-review' casual drink. Perhaps, since this is a semi-wild brew there is a fair amount of bottle-to-bottle variation, but I'm not sure how I feel about this guy at all. It tastes heavily of tootie-frootie gum. Tootie-footie that was rubbed in sweaty horse. Like I said, I really liked this beer last time, and that was (presumably) from the same batch and just a few days earlier.

The mouthfeel is bubbly and dry. Bone dry. Most likely from the bugs in the brew. However, the character really works for this beer.

It's confusing. How could it be so good last time and so unsatisfying this time? Very confusing indeed. Though I would check it out. I definately now know what brett contamination tastes like.

Thanks for letting me try this ColoradoBob. It's definately unique. It's like a rollercoaster that you puke after: you don't regret taking the ride, but you're not so sure you'd do it again.

Photo of marcobrau
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold to light amber with plenty of carbonation that settles to quarter-inch or so of foam with Brussels lace. Smells a touch sour. Light caramel malt flavor with bitter finish and a touch lactic. Much more bitter than I expected and not bitter in a good way.

Photo of tonistruth
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a bubbly orange copper color accompanied by a 1/2" head and some lacing. Little retent on the head. Fizzy like soda.

S- very sweet scents in the nostrils, strong apple aroma was the easiest to distinguish.

T- flavor is the brew is quite interesting as it changes tremendously as it warms. Always sweet & grainy. Slight alcoholic flavor in the background. Apple sweet flavor. Lemonish aftertaste. Wheat and oats become much more apparent as the brew warms.

M- thinner brew with a smooth yet creamy texture. Some tickle from carbonation. As it warms, it tends to leave your mouth dry.

D- Tons of differentg flavors in there. This is a brew that needs full attention to be appericated. Not a session brew. Wonderful desert brew. This is a real treat.

Photo of Skye1024
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Murph
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orangey peach color with a lot of yeasties that I conciously tried to keep out and a nice big creamy white head that fades to a thick film with some nice lacing. Very bready malt aromas without much of the expected spicy, zesty citrus aromas that I love in the style. Quick hit of spicy pepperyness with a bit of lemon before the overiding bready malt takes over and brings the beer to its somewhat cloyingly malty finish. Very disappointing for the style and brewery. Refreshingly crisp and medium light in the start the brew seems to grow fuller and more cloying the longer it sits on my tongue. Overall a decent brew but slightly disappointing having sampled several other brews from New Belgium.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic hotel cup. Dark piss color – slightly hazy (I do not mean this to be a bad thing, but that is what it reminded me of). Strong carbonation. Sweet up front, aftertaste is like vodka. Do not serve too cold. I remember it being more complex and enjoyable the last time I drank it. I also do not remember it having a vodka aftertaste. Perhaps I should blame the cup. Regardless, it is an interesting brew.

I’ll have another.

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

This ale poured a cloudy deep orange color with lots of scary looking floaties resembling of the milky way. Head was loose and settled quickly. Aroma is complex, grainy malts, lemon citrus, funky yeast and bread dough and spices all rolled into one. Has a light and crisp mouthfeel that is lively and playful. Flavor is citrusy and slightly tart. Yeast also contributes to a complex flavor. Overall a very interesting and pleasurable ale.

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 demcorhip
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like ginger ale.

Musty, and fruity, green grape and golden apple come to mind. Yup theres some horse in there, as well as an herbal quality.

Things come together on the taste, it stacks up well to other biere de mars that ive enjoyed. The qualities present in the aroma are there in the tasting, but the malt also reveals itself. A touch of caramel segues into a clean and dry flavour of pale malt and the wheat used. The tanginess of the lemon also asserts itself at the finish.

Light bodied and well balanced. The barnyard and fruity esters are a nice compliment to the touch of caramel and pale malts.

Im enjoying this brew and find it pretty drinkable. Guess im like the old cowboy in the Jon Dore Show, i like the horse, it has nothing to do with the alcohol. If you dont know what im talking about i hope someday you do. Id recommend this to fans of biere de garde's. Id also be happy to drink this again. I just dont understand the classification of this beer...

Photo of bluehende
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of iKrystin
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
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