Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 41
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: mattmaples on 07-20-2009

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold/amber color. Poured a 2 finger fizzy white head that dissipated to an even skim that held. Laced in wispy sheets.

S: Sweet/sour fruity aromas with malt foundation thats more noticable as the beers warm.

T: Sweet bready malts up front followed quickly by a light, puckering sourness. Light colored fruits. Some flavoring hops finishing with an even bitter.

M: Light side of medium body. Medium carbonation. Crisp and dry.

D: Very drinkable. Interesting and flavorful.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy brown-copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light fruits - mild pears with hints of lemon - nondescript sweet malt, and good amounts of funk from the brett.

Tastes good. Mild malt flavors up front are soon overtaken by fruits - pears and lemons as intimated by the smell - with mild hints of brett joining in midway through the sip. The funk and fruit flavors carry through to a relatively crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could go for another.

Overall this is a very mild funky experience and I could see this being a good beer to introduce people to brett. Nothing exceptional but worth a shot.

Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As its been over two years since I’ve sampled one of these, I thought I’d give it a shot. In the glass the beer appears a somewhat hazy orange with a modest semi-creamy light tan head, which after its decomposition leaves a fine coating of lace upon the glass. Nose has a pleasant malt sweetness, hints of ripe fruit, with a bit of bread dough; start is sweet with a pleasant grain profile and the top moderate in feel. Finish has a cutting acidity, the hops light but pleasant to the palate, a decent drinking beer, but I rank it second to last on new Belgium’s beer list, the last being Loft, just can’t say they appeal to me, nonetheless they are drinkable and will appeal to many.

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

I'm really glad New Belgium produces this beer since it is such a rare style in the U.S. Appearance is golden orange, very hazy. Head is rather short and creamy. Smell is light and delicate, mainly of floral aromas. Taste is complex and somewhat fruity. Spices are also noted. Middle is fairly malty, while finish is of the lemon verbena. Grapefruit is also noted. Just a hint of hops as a balance. Actually I'm not quite sure what to name all these tastes, this is very different from my usual selections. Mouthfeel is very smooth, a touch too watery. Drinkability is great. I really enjoyed this beer, though I'm not sure what to name all of the flavors I taste. This is worth trying just to sample a rare style of beer. I think most will find Biere De Mars very enjoyable too.

Photo of jrallen34
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a medium orange color with a light orange head that doesn't last that long.

This smells very orangy, but not overpowering in any way. Has light notes of spice and lemon.

This beer tastes very nice, its smooth to drink but almost too drinkable, like a session beer but I don't think that's the intention. This taste is orangy but that goes quickly to some light hopes and a nice bitter end. Overall very good.

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

Reviewed from notes:
Took this bottle over to MDAschaf for a small tasting.

appearance: orangish murky brown with no head just lacing

smell: sour, sweet, malty, spices,

taste: sweet, clove, coriander, strawberry banana, strange

mouthfeel: little to no carbonation, medium body

drinkability: The flavor profile was so strange, I almost want to get another bottle to see if the bottle was mishandled or if this beer truely this funky.


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 ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a New Belgium goblet at the Dog & Pony, the Biere de Mars is a hazy dark gold with a creamy off-white head that leaves delicate, foamy lace rings.

Smell is nice, soft and sweet fruity ale esters, a hint of mustiness.

Taste is not as sweet, more spicy (I'm thinking hops/yeast rather then actual spices, although perhaps some bitter orange peel), a bit of sourness, but some nice saison esters too, the tropical fruit notes coming through more as it warms. I like the nose better b/c it's cleaner and sweeter.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but with a crisp finish, medium light body

Drinkability is pretty high, a really nice Biere De Mars. I prefer more fruity esters in the style, which came out more as it warmed. I'm not a big fan of brett on it's own, but there wasn't much horse here, and enough extra ompph that it provided a nice layer of depth without overwhelming my palate. When this keg blew, I was sad.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
6.2% ABV, couldn't find the screened-on date.

A - Lightly hazy dirty apricot with a loosely retained off-white head and spotty lace adorning the glass.

S - The nicely malty base beer provided a good backbone while allowing the yeast nuances to flourish. Funky wild yeast tones of barnyard lay behind a layer of clay and earth. Notes of peach fruit poke through. The nose is nuanced by complex!

T - Muted, muddled flavor is a big disappointment after the nuanced but pronounced aroma. Biere de Mars has a bland malt and earthy yeast profile with hints of funky yeast and fruit esters.

M - Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the dry finish assists the flavor in being muted and falling somewhat flat. A touch of tartness to the finish.

O - A good effort from New Belgium but it could use more definition in the flavor. The nose offers much more.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

22 oz bomber pours a clear, dark gold color with an ample 3 fingers worth of off-white foam. Nice retention and some pretty incredible sheets of lace are left behind.

Nose has some brett to it, but it is quite restrained. Cinnamon, coriander and nutmeg aromas are more prevalent and give this somewhat of a pumpkin ale characteristic. Other than that there are just some mild caramel and toasty malt notes. Not what I think of in a wild ale, nor a biere de mars.

Odd, I split a bottle with a buddy a few weeks ago and there was a much stronger brettomyces presence. This bottle hardly displays any brett and the spices seem to be much heavier. I much prefer the bottle I had previously, but my ratings reflect this sample. Honestly, I will have trouble finishing the whole bomber...the spices are way too much. There is very little else on the flavor. Not much malt and certainly very little hops. This is easily the tamest wild ale I have ever had. Wondering what spices were used, coriander for sure and I am guessing some cinnamon and allspice, maybe even some cloves. Bottle says lemon verbena...some sort of lemon-esque herb? Me no likey. I will not be purchasing this one again, that is for sure.

Photo of thagr81us
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into Duvel tulip. Pours a copper color with a one finger off-white head that subsides to minimal upon sitting. There was no apparent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of fruit, malt, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of fruit, bread, and very subtle alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this is an excellent brew. It is very drinkable and not overpowering. Definitely suggest this for anyone who has yet to try it or want to try this style.

Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber orange color. A two finger white head forms and gently recedes. Some nice sticky lace is left behind.
S: Brett and funky barnyard aromas come through at first. Hay, grass, and sweet fruits. Slightly sour pears and apples.
T: Follows the nose. Brett and funky barnyard flavors are there, but not overwhelming. Sweet fruit. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body with a good crisp snap of carbonation. Fairly dry in the mouth as well. Easy and smooth to drink. I will have no problems finishing the bomber.

I love this beer. Maybe some on here wish for a stronger Brett character. That would explain the lower ratings. However I think is very flavorful and well balanced. Something I would highly recommend, and I need to get more.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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 tavernjef
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a cloud of peachy orange, kinda murky with lots of yeasty chunks floating around adding to the murk. Small dirty whitish head that fades to a thin ring and lace is fast dripping strings. Smell barely has anything to it, just light notions of citrus and muskyness like a damp basement. Taste is mild in tone, super dulled citrus of mango and old bananas and peaches. Malt laden chewyness and smoothness with touches of mild spice and a dryish finish lending sweet bread and honey. Feel is smooth and lighter then medium in body with a nice finish thats quite subtle and complex in effects of its drying. A nice drinker, smooth and mellow with a relaxing quality throughout.

My thanks to jeffboo for reaching into his basement stash and gracefully giving me this gift.

Photo of drpimento
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to friend Paul B for this sample. Follows more or less the the objective description listed here. Poured with a nice white head and good lace. Color is almost clear medium yellow. Aroma is spicy, malty, honey, herbal; nice. Flavor is about the same. Decent brew. Good finish. Slightly boozy. Drinkable.

Photo of RoyalT
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Bright florescent orange in the body with lots of sediment. The head was flat and quickly dissipated.

Smell – Once it warmed I was able to pick up some good spicing to this citrus-laden brew. There’s a malt base in there somewhere, but the citrus hops carry the day.

Taste – Very, very sweet orange flavors to this one. This is less like fresh oranges and more like orange concentrate. It is also spiced, like a peppered vodka screwdriver with a shot of Grand Marnier. I was also able to find the promised yeast from the labeling but in very small quantity.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – Definitely a beer only to have every once in a while when the mood hits. It wasn’t bad, but I don’t think that I could drink two of these in a row if my life depended on it.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $9 which is kind of expensive but whatever. Really nice looking orange color, wispy head that is really just swirls of white at the surface of the beer. The smell of this beer is straight animalistic like sweat dripping off the bristles of a feral hog's back, whew its strong. Piggy, manure aromas, heavy brett and reminds me of Avery 15. A little prickly on the tongue but the taste is pretty refined, lemony but not sour, zesty almost. This was a good beer but given the price I won't be making a second purchase.

Photo of illidurit
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lips of Faith bottling in a bomber. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber gold color with a creamy, thick, light beige head. Very nice lacing. Aroma is obviously lemony and although I've never had lemon verbena I imagine that's what it's from. Comes off less acidic and more like lemon sorbet though. Also some sweet grainy character in the smell. Honey, graham, some lemon tartness, a smidgeon of bretty funk in the form of phenols, sweet bread, light earthiness. Rather complex for a NB beer but all the notes are on the sweet side which limits the drinkability a bit. Mouthfeel is solid with a nice heft on the palate and a good but not quite Belgian fineness of carbonation. Better than I expected.

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

A: This poured a hazy light copper with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like fresh cut hay and lemon zest, with some apricots and creamy yeast and roasted barley.
T: It tasted like earthy caramel and fresh cut hay, with grassy hops and creamy yeast. It had a mostly clean and mild bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Pretty full body.
D: This was not a terribly exciting beer, but fitting scent and taste and body for the style. Mellow character with very smooth finish, so quite easy to drink. Nice to try, but nothing special.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kim and Lance for bringing this to share!

Slightly cloudy golden amber with a short lived white head. Bready and citrusy, with coriander and lemon notes shining through. Very interesting and the sourness is present, although not prominent. Yeasty breadiness is apparent throughout. I detect a deep, earthy, and somewhat musty background that carries the "fresher" nuances very well. Light body and crisp carbonation. Drinks very nicely and would do well with Gorgonzola or Roquefort cheese.

Photo of woosterbill
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from last summer, courtesy of my brother-in-law, poured into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Thanks, Walker!

A: Clear deep amber body beneath two inches of fine tan froth. Good retention and lacing. Very nice example of the style.

S: Spicy, fruity, dry. Citrus, earthy brett, and pepper. Excellent.

T: Bubblegum and toast up front, with peppercorn, lemongrass, and dry minerality toward the back end. Sahara-dry finish. Terrific.

M: Hugely effervescent, light-bodied. Works great with the dryness.

O: I've never been a huge Biére de Garde fan, but this one really hit the nail on the head: enough malt to be substantial, enough spice to be interesting, and (more than) enough dryness to be refreshing. One of the driest beers I've had in a long time, but not in an astringent way at all. Really tasty stuff - surprised to see it isn't rated a bit higher. Maybe the Brett has done some positive developing over the last few months? I thought all the new Lips of Faith beers were pasteurized, though. Hmm.


Photo of cokes
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazed-up brassy straw gold with a low, fleeting white head. It eventually lingers as a collar and leaves some lace.
Lemon verbena is evident on the nose. And I only know this having recently smelled a bottle of verbana hand cream (not mine and didn't use, so don't worry or question anything) to which this bears a great similarity. The hand cream didn't contain brettanomyces, so it didn't have aromatic notes of manure-slathered suede like this does.
Though while the spice and the yeast come through a bit, the nose is muted as a whole.
It's quite toasty as it hits the tongue. It lingers here a bit, then begins to adhere to the mouth with a chalky yeast-drenched sourdough starter with papery oxidation notes. Brett starts mildly with sour apples and peppercorns, and never gains any traction. The herbs used as washed out as well, as the bitter crushed pill notes, lemon peel, and dried florals of the hops overshadow them, but fail to gain any notoriety of their own.
The body is gaseous and light seeming. This is plain boring. If tasted blind (and had the Brett not made itself evident on the nose), I'd have guessed this was an infected, amateurish pale ale from some start-up brewery struggling with bottling issues.

But, really, what's the difference?

Photo of scottfrie
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a hazy honey golden with a thin tan head that quickly reduced into a wispy scum leaving small spots of soapy lace.
S: Slight notes of citrus fruit, acidic brett funk and spices. Hard to pick out much of anything. Sweet and cheesy smelling.
T: Not very flavorful either. Hints of dry malt, wheat, hay, coriander, nutmeg, sour funk, bready yeast, orange and apple juice and stinky cheese. Slight hop notes. Light and slightly acidic flavors all around. Aftertaste is somewhat bretty and similar to the aftertaste of eating stinky cheese. Actually, as the beer warms, the brett comes out more and more. Even so it is not very potent.
M: Medium-thin body with low carbonation and a watery acidic mouthfeel. The carb started off lively after the pour, and the first couple sips were better, but this beer became damn near flat in a matter of minutes.
D: I was expecting more from this beer, but I'm no expert on Biere de Gardes, if that is what this is trying to be. Not a bad flavor, but the watery mouthfeel didn't help the light flavors. Brett was subtle but somewhat made it had to pick out much of anything else. Overall the beer just didn't feel right. Probably won't drink again.

Photo of jera1350
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a tulip a burnt orange color with an off-white head that appears soft and mildly sudsy. Some nice rings of lace remain around the glass.

A rather subdued smell of sour cherry and horse blanket funk.

Sweet and fruity, but where is the wild? There is only a light tartness with a touch of funk. Some spicy hops as well. It's tasty, but I liken this to more of a pale ale than a wild ale. I think it tastes fine, but I'm not getting much more than a hint of wild.

Creamy and refreshing. Medium bodied with a very dry finish.

This drinks really well, however it doesn't live up the style. It's not a bad beer, but it is not as advertised.

Photo of alexgash
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange copper with a thin wispy white head that doesn't stay long. Smells of tangy, fruity malt, with alcohol present and some spicy hop notes. Taste starts with the fruity malt that has kind of an orange zest/peel side to it. I swear I'm getting some cardamon flavors as well. Finish is yeasty, wheat bitter, and plenty dry. Could use a bit more hop spice in the taste. Not as good as I was hoping for, but still a pretty good beer. Feel is plenty bubbly and not too thin.

Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
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