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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars - New Belgium Brewing

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724 Ratings
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Ratings: 724
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 34
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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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 LuckySevens82
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of babydoc
Pours a hazy tangerine orange with a bone white head. Retention is okay, lacing as well, collar is nice.
Smell is light bready malts, citrus, peaches, slight hops, and a bit of yeast.
Taste is very similar to the smell although the hops are slightly more intense. The yeastiness of this beer is also much more pronounced in the taste.
A very nice beer. Certainly something that I don't normally experience, although I wish I had access to this kind of thing more often.

LuckySevens82, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

02/15/05- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with a consume by March 2005 date. Poured into my Westmalle chalice.

Appearance- Slightly cloudy pour with very thin head that quickly evaporated and zero lacing. How is a Bier de garde supposed to look?

Smell- Slightly alcoholic and bland. Not much of a scent at all. Didn't sense hops or malt. Very boring.

Taste- Pretty citrusy. Lots of orange peel flavor. Definitely some cloves as well.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Different, not bad, but nothing that makes me want another. Might be a good one for summer for certain people.

GClarkage, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of Bdc
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange-gold with an ample white head. Aroma is incredibly rich with spices, yeast and a bready malt. Flavor is nicely balanced with robust spices, citrus (lemon) and yeast (perhaps some banana and clove as found in a trippel?). There is a tartness, like that found in a wheat, but this beer has no real grainy wheat flavor. The flavor is incredibly complex and interesting without being so overpowering to keep you from immediately grabbing another. Full-bodied, well-carbonated and refreshing. Before March has passed, I'll pick up a case of this to drink during the off-season. Very well-done.

Bdc, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of Rio
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barley's in Overland Park. Poured an orange color, slightly hazy, but not too much so. Thin layer of off-white foam receeded shortly, leaving a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass for a short amount of time. Strong floral scent, supported by some earthen and citrusy scents, and maybe a touch of a honey sweetness in there.

The floral and earthen flavors show up in the taste, too, with a stronger kick of citrus character, like that of a lime. The slight presence of honey seems to be in the taste, too, but there is a strong spiciness to the taste, like a pepper, that sweeps through. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, a little sharpness of a bite to it, but not much.

All in all, a decent beer. I'll be interested to try it in a bottle, since it is a bottle conditioned beer, and see what difference that makes.

Rio, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of Trentonator
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a hazy orange with a fluffy white head that sticks around for the party. I like this beer in the late winter or early spring, it has a great hint of the season with some fresh orangey fruity aroma and is light on the palate. It's got a nice soft mouthfeel, that goes down easily and invites another. Drinkability is it's strong suit.

Trentonator, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-amber color, very cloudy, with a quarter-inch of foam.

Aroma: Strong wheat aroma, with a bready, spicy undercurrent.

Flavor: Complex mix of flavors: wheaty, citrus notes (not hoppy citrus), toasted bread, even a spicy, peppery flavor at the end. Bitterness is fairly moderate, but there's some earthy hop flavor. Fairly yeasty too, with a powdery finish.

Body: As mentioned above, a powdery texture, and a slightly higher-than-medium body.

A quirky, complex, and original beer, three characteristics that make this firmly Belgian in character. New Belgium really knows how to do it right.

allengarvin, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of gbontrag
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of a cut open butternut squash, and cloudy. The head rises then drops and floats like a hand-knitted tam. Clingy.
Smells of straw bales, and a walk through a veggie garden in July; warm vegetable leaves and tilled soil.
Taste of spicy baby greens. There's citrus, and a reminder of coriander. Apricot. Delicious muskmelon! Floats on a carbonated swell with chewy grain raft.

gbontrag, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of swamiswamu
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange with minimal head and some lacing. The aroma is similar to walking through a backyard garden, with a mixture of floral and herbal scents. There is lots of honey in the taste, with a slight citrus balance. This is far from a barley plus hops= beer taste. This would be a good one to convert a wine drinker with. Overall pretty tasty.

swamiswamu, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of henrysunset
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orangish hue, though lighter than I expected as i didn't realize this style is closer to a lager than an "ale". huge head with the power to stick around. fine bubbles and lace; wquite good looking.

Smell reminds me of the soft, almost nutty scent that I associate with their fat tire. Maybe it's their yeasts. Light scent beneath that reminds me of belgian dubbel or trippels

Tastes good. After a few seconds I taste a distinctly nutty (hazelnut?) flavor beneath a very smooth malty flavor. Exceedingly pleasent. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky but not too thick; very excellent. This beer tastes suprisingly un-beer'y. (whatever that is supposed to mean)

Drinkability is very high. I really like it. Lightness coupled with a flavor that is a little more interesting than most light beers offers. Too bad I bought only one.

henrysunset, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burnt orange colored with a short bubbly head that quickly dissipates. A little bit of lacing, as well. Fruits and slight wheats dominate the smell. Taste is underlined by light unfiltered wheats and a nice fruitiness is noticeable. A slight bitter hops rounds out the brew. Good finish. A nice, refreshing beer that I'd have again, so far my favorite from this brewery.

aquatonex, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange with a thin frothy white head that subsided quickly. The aroma is lemony with a bit of a wheat like character blended in with dry malts. The aroma lacks any of the Belgian frutiness from the esters and I think it should have some esters as it seems more like an American Hefe than a Belgian seasonal specialty. The flavor was pretty good with as nice spicy lemony flavor blended in with a dry wheat and malt flavor. Finishes with a yeasty taste that reminds me of drinking green beer. The oats are noticeable in the finish as it has more body than a wheat beer but tha lack in head retention makes it kind of noticeable that care was not taken during the brewing process. Probably a great beer to have on a hot day at the beach or while mowing the lawn.

RenoZymurgist, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glowing orange with a thick, white head and furiously bubbling carbonation. Not unexpectedly, the aroma contains elements of oats, wheat, yeast, and lemon, as noted on the label (oats, wheat, barley malt, and lemon verbena).

Taste is clean, crisp, and dry, with a tartness that almost makes you pucker. Easy to drink and bubbly on the tongue, this would make an excellent summer refresher or aperitif with appetizers.

Very good.

RockyTopHeel, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a great beer that accompanies light meals very well. Pours a hazy orange with yellow streaks, the white head holds up throughout the session. The smell is of earth and citrus with lightly toasted wheats. A slight banana note hints the nose. The taste is light with toasted grains and apples, lemon really add something, hints of spices with bananas in the end really cleanses the palate.

beertaster13, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Gagnonsux, Dec 31, 2004
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.

ColoradoBobs, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of ghurux86
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a orange color with a small white head that mostly disappears rather quickly. a tiny bit stays around for a while. little to no lacing at all.
smells pretty good with hints wheat, citris, and hops.
taste is the same with an after taste showing lemon, hops, and alcohol. the alcohol is pretty well masked by this beer's complex flavor.
mouthfeel is pretty good, seems to have average carbonation with a medium body.
drinkability is also pretty good due to the fact that it's 6.2 % and you really can't tell all that well, one i would drink again, but not every night.

ghurux86, Dec 23, 2004
Photo of Hunter
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Really just killing time with this stuff until I can get down to the liquor store to buy Anchor Steam's 2004 incarnation of their seasonal beer.

Beer pours a hazy apricot color, bright and bubbly with a better-than-average endurance for its white head.

Aroma of light hops and malt, some fruitiness as well. Some hints of Belgian candi sugar in there, too, reminiscent of a Chimay. Nice.

Taste falls a little flat. I'm not sure what I'm getting here - malt, hops, sugars, what? It all blends into an indecipherable mass. Not unpleasant, just unremarkable.

Thin mouthfeel and cloying aftertaste do little to improve matters. Not horrible, but nothing to write home about either.

Hunter, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of Loki
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Toffee, orangish color with a thin, bubbly cover. Tons of suspended particles. Very cloudy.

Smell: Banana bread, cloves, fruity esters, spices.

Taste: Malty, very yeasty, complex flavors.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and creamy

Drinkability: Great, very nice beer.

Loki, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's an harmonic balance of grain and fruit in this beer. The malt is viscous, but not hearty. The hops are lemony, very citric, but not bitter in the least. The yeast smells so authentic, packed with tart gueuze-influenced esters and sharpening with alcohol on the palate as this beer warms, that it reminds me of early afternoons in Calvados sipping the local spritz by the sea.

The lemon rind is fresh in this brew -- with no tannic taste of pith; I'm in disbelief that this is made only with water, hops, malt, and yeast. Hints of peach developing. Supporting caramel finish.

For an early saison -- brewed for the spring instead of the summer -- Biere de Mars does its job well, providing enough body to keep us warm and enough refreshing hop and yeast character to begin our transition to spring.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, May 22, 2004
Photo of HochFliegen
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange hue with a good head at first that turns to a small film on top. Lacing was minimal.
The smell was of strong citrus and floral notes and possibly a hint of honey toward the end.
The taste was sweet not overpowering but very subtle. Hints of orange or citrus at the end. Was a good beer.

HochFliegen, May 12, 2004
Photo of mrpicklerelish
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance - Poured a nice cloudy orange color. I did notice multiple floaties of yeast swirling around in my glass. Poured with a rather small head that quickly vanished but leaving behind pretty nice lacing.

Smell - A nice hint of citrus hit my right of the bat along with what I thought was kind of like oats.

Taste - I could tast the spicey citrus flavor upon my first sip that quickly turned into malty sweet overtones. A small hint of the alcohol could be felt as well towards the end.

Mouthfeel - Felt very crisp and refreshing, very smooth and easy to drink.

Drikability - Very easy to drink, nothing to harsh about this beer at all, pretty well balanced.

Comments - Good quality seasonal brew from the New Belgium brewery. It's not quite what I would expect coming from them, but it is a good one and I for one am glad that they took a chance and made this one. One I would be happy to share with family and friends.

mrpicklerelish, Apr 30, 2004
Photo of Todd
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange hued beer with a touch of cloudiness (this is a bottle conditioned ale), with a slightly off white foam head that keeps a thin lace throughout its stay in the glass.

Delicate floral aroma (orange blossom), soft herbal spices and the faintest honey note in the back. Thin mouthfeel, actually a bit watery, and quick to leave the palate. Coriander, clove, lemon peel, wheat husks, crackers, slight peppery note. Splash of lime bitterness. Touch of peach, both in fruitiness and tartness. Thin honey sweetness. Dry, with a lot of yeast character in the finish. A bit too much as it lingers to the point of almost becoming unpleasant, the some lingering sweet floral notes help to mask this a bit.

This could be something to quaff back during the summer as it's both light and refreshing on the palate, but it does have a slightly sneaky alcohol. A nice farmhouse ale. I'd love to see more US brewers take a stab at this concept.

Todd, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of woemad
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at The Rocket Market in Spokane. "Best before" date of June 3, 2004.

Poured a cloudy orange color, with a thin white head. Head dropped fairly quickly. Not much lace.

Smell was pretty basic, and was, frankly, less than I expected. There is nothing more than a maltiness that is somewhere between mild and weak. According to the label, this beer is "a celestial collaboration of oats, wheat, barley malt and lemon verbena" -I had to look this word up - still not sure what the hell it would taste like. If it's supposed to taste relentlessly bland, then it was adequately represented. Weak malts are all I detected here.

Taste is slightly better than the smell. In addition to the weak maltiness, there was a slight citrus tang - no doubt the lemon yadda yadda yadda. Still not very impressive.

Mouthfeel was relatively thin, not too impressive.

Drinkability? It doesn't actively taste bad, but it's not much better than that . It's primarily irritating, as I feel it seems like a beer that is vainly trying to be something, but I don't know what. I feel no need to perplex my taste buds further, so I shall not seek this out again.

woemad, Apr 21, 2004
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.

Thrasher, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of chriscolby
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There is a substantial amount of yeast on the bottom of the bottles in my six-pack and it does not pack tightly. It is almost impossible to pour without getting a substantial amount of "floaties" in your beer. A normal pour yields a very turbid beer. With a little care in your pour, you can see a clear, orange beer in your glass. The head is light and collapses fairly quickly.

All I could smell in the nose was yeast and a bit of oxidation (although, to be fair, the "best by" date is only 5 days in the future).

The flavor, however, is very good. A mix of grains -- the label says oats, wheat and barley -- yields an interesting, almost cracker-like flavor with a crisp edge. The lemon verbana (whatever-the-hell that is, it's listed on the label), gives a slightly tart zing to the finish.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation (by US standards). Personally, I think a little more attenuation and carbonation would have been a good thing, but that's just my opinion.

I think most people's opinion of this beer will depend on their acceptance of a substantial amount of yeast floaties in their brew. I like a good, turbid wheat beer every once in awhile, but somehow the amount of yeast in this beer was just too much for me. The beer underneath the yeast was tasty, though. If I see this seasonal next year with less yeast in the bottle, I'll grab another six pack.

chriscolby, Apr 11, 2004
Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.