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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars - New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Biere De MarsLips Of Faith - Biere De Mars

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BA SCORE
83
good

694 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%


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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Hunter

Arizona

3/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 20:49:23 | More by Hunter
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a hazy light amber with a creamy white head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is yeasty with a fruity aroma that smells slightly like fermenting apples.

Taste is malty and yeasty upfront followed by the fruity fermenting apple taste.

Light body, plenty of carbonation.

Goes down easy enough, but just a fairly average brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 00:45:47 | More by MaltyGoodness
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CWiggins

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

How can one be objective about a "wild ale" when one hasn't had many examples, or when they are all so different? I decided to give this one an average score of 3.0 and let the prose tell the story.

Since New Belgium products rolled into North Carolina a few months back, we've been inundated with Fat Tire, 1554, and Mothership Wit. Oh, and the Skinny Dip is selling like crazy as well. I was surprised to see this bomber on a shelf at the small wine shop in downtown Black Mountain. I though to myself: "Now here's a chance to see what New Belgium can do with something a little more risky. I must pick this up along with my cherished Pisgah items." I held onto this ale for a couple of weeks and decided to open it this evening.

It pours a golden orange, with a quick-dying fizzy head of white foam. The aroma isn't what I expected; there's a bit of sourness, but I certainly expected something a tad more potent. I feel the same regarding the flavor. There's a nice, sweet-tasting front, and you certainly sense that a decent sourness is forthcoming, but it never materializes. This was good news to my sampling partner, as she hates sour ales, but I was a little disappointed. The finish is balanced nicely with some hop bitterness and lingering nuttiness. The mouthfeel/texture is fine, and its mild flavor makes it quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 02:01:49 | More by CWiggins
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Cellared between 53 and 66 degrees F for 2 years.

A - Transparent golden color with a nice lacey white head that faded consistently from a half inch in my mini-snifter.

S - It has a farmhouse aroma to is that is kind of a musty-sweet.

T - Rather mild flavor for an american wild. Certainly not sour but it seems as though it was heading in that direction.

M - Mildly coarse and slightly dry with much of the texture on the tip of my tongue. It is a nice feeling brew, without a doubt.

~ This isn't something I would necessarily seek out. However, this one aged in my cellar for two years. I would like another bottle to see how it would end up after 4 years in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 01:23:58 | More by cdkrenz
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

appearance: murky orange with retentive head. hard to gauge carbonation because of the cloudiness. foamy upon cracking the bottle.

aroma: mild hops with a sour malt body. somewhat body odor-ish. very super yeasty in the nose as well. similar to freshly leavened sweet dough.

tastes like raw beer. fermenty, complex, confused mess. drinkable but not entirely likeable. would not seek this beer out again unless it had some age or offered a variety of some sort from this vintage.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 16:49:24 | More by goodbyeohio
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a murky brown color. Kind of like an old penny. Lots of little floatie bits in there too. Slight head that dissolved nearly completely. Surprisingly heavy carbonation. Nose reminds me of a musty flooded basement.

Flavors was overall bland. At first the hops and alcohol were non-existent behind a moldy flavoring. After a bit a slight hop bitterness came out and something that is akin to alcohol heat but (honestly) I am not quite sure. The yeat is kind of pungent. I usually like yeast flavors but in this beer it is a bit of a turn-off because it is so musty. Medium body that kind of clings around the nasal cavity which helps the flavor linger.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 19:40:44 | More by MuddyFeet
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: nice, clear copper color, poured with an initial good head
S: mild, sweetish with a hint of funk,
T: I don't know what to make of this beer, not what I was expecting, it has very mild brett, grainy, sweetish, decent beer but really not a "wild" ale with its characteristics, a bit of oxidation and yeast noticeable too
M: not bad mouthfeel, a bit cloying but nothing wrong with it, nice to have a change from all the hop-bombs
D: drinkable but nothing really unusual nor memorable

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 00:33:50 | More by wisrarebeer
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jhammerly

Nebraska

3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet-style glass. A hazy golden-orange and a very thin head. The sweet aroma of oranges, pineapple, and some spices. This is different to say the least. There are definite characteristics of a Belgian, but there is something else that I can't place. Mouthfeel is thin to medium which can help with its drinkibility, but I couldn't have more than one in a sitting. This is not really my style.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 02:51:05 | More by jhammerly
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- A really nice color. Its a clear, bright orange. It literally glows. A small white head leaves little spots of lacing.

S- Quite the odd smelling beer, I don't know what to make of it. Lemon, and oranges, honey and juniper, funk and brett. In many respects it smells like what I remember DFH Sah' tea smelled like.

T- not sour. This came as a surprise to me, it was quite strange at first. Actually it is strange. Its like a spiced APA with brett. Orange, lots of malt, spices, cobweb and brett on the end. A but of bitter Pine like hops, very much like juniper.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 23:34:15 | More by MbpBugeye
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden and light amber appearance, usual consistent quality control with New Belgium, impressive lacing and retention. Aroma was a lot of different things going on. Wheat, citrus, pepper, breadiness.

The citrus and breadiness are the biggest flavor and mouthfeel components. Coriander, while not massive, is certainly there, and the vast majority of the time for me, its not a spice I'm down with. Can't really identify the aftertaste, it isn't the greatest, like coriander badness and mild bitterness that isn't hop derived, more akin to a metallic descriptor. Seems like this is comparable to vrienden at times, but breadier and without any sour or brett notes.

And I'm pretty sure the bottle said something about having brett, but you really wouldn't know it if you drank this beer fresh. It was so "meh" for me, I won't be aging it to find out if it improves, because it doesn't seem to have a high ceiling potential given that the most brett the bottle seemed to have was on the outside paint label.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 02:18:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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bashiba

Iowa

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazy orange with off white head.

The smell has a light musty and spicy aroma, a bit of sourdough as well.

The flavor is dominated by the bready victory malt flavor, huge cracker like malt. The spices and a light musty yeast come through after a bit along with a bit of light citrus. Tastes very much like they dumped a spicier yeast into a batch of Fat tire.

The mouthfeel is light with a touch of carbonation.

To much biscuit, not enough of everything else, will avoid this one in the future, even though its not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 02:40:38 | More by bashiba
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 17:26:11 | More by RenoZymurgist
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rand

California

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 07:41:16 | More by rand
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palliko

California

3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2005 17:54:05 | More by palliko
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Mitchel

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 05:21:29 | More by Mitchel
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br3wmeister

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aggressive pour yields a small white bubbly head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing. The beer itself is a golden color with almost no haze. It smells of damp wood, light hops and mild malt sweetness. The flavor is very dry some what bitter with a light tartness. Hints of apricot, mix with a nice toasty flavor. Some pine hop character as well. The body is some what light with a nice dryness and some crispness from the carbonation and hops. I would have to say this is not my favorite style but it is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 00:36:14 | More by br3wmeister
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 08:25:34 | More by cokes
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samie85

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy orange hue with two fingers of off-white head.

S-Smells of mild, tart cherries with some hint of spice that I can't seem to put my finger on with some leathery, Brett notes.

T-Slightly acidic and lemony/leathery brett on the finish.

M-Mildly carbonated with sticky mouthfeel and a medium body.

D-A very drinkable beer, however this is a mildly flavored American Wild. A good gateway beer for those who haven't had sours, but for those that love and adore sours, this one is a little bland.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 21:02:49 | More by samie85
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from the Wine Source in Baltimore, MD
No bottle date.

"A celestial collision of orange-hued ale, citrusy lemon verbana, and unidentified flying brettanomyces."

Poured into a snifter. Hazy orange gold body, topped with some solid, off-white foam that's dense and lasting. Leaves lacing behind.

Herbaceous aroma, with strong lemon and mint notes hopping out. Some light berry-like sweetness in the background.

Clear lemon verbana flavor up front. Rich flavor. Leans too heavily on sweetness. Should have a drier body or should try to balance that sweetness with more hops. If there is Brett, I don't detect it. Pleasant flavor, quite strong. Has a bready-like malt finish that is well-balanced by bright citrus finesse.

Medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. Not much else to say here...with stronger herbal beer, I would ideally look for some lightness in the body with either more effervescence or with less sweetness.

Biere De Mars is a well-made beer. Very solid appearance, aroma and big bold flavor. Not sure if this is modeled after another style or what. Biere de Garde seems like a stretch...
Even though it's well-made, I don't think I would ever buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 17:01:57 | More by MusicaleMike
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a wild ale? Must be categorized incorrectly. My bottle says "Ale brewed with spices"

Appearance: Big head, leaves some nice frothy lacing.

Smell: Spicy, sweet breadiness. Light citrus, apricot and hops. I don't get any funk.

Taste: Again, spicy, sweet breadiness, barley, wheat, cinnamon, orange peel. No brett. No funk. Perhaps a bit of cider.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, heavy carbonation.

NOT a wild ale in my book, tastes more like a Biere de Garde, and the title seems to suggest it. Would be a decent christmas spiced beer. Big disappointment, at least when rated to style.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 23:06:00 | More by craytonic
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Kirch

California

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass: New Belgium Globe
Aging Notes: One year at ~60F in the dark
Bang for the Buck (oz*%/$): 22*6.2/10 = 13.64

A: Orange, white lacey head, slightly cloudy from yeast

S: Horse-y farmhouse Brett with hints of orange

T: Brett dominates (horse-stable hay, a little dung almost), notes of orange

M: Silky, coating, lingering, pleasant

O: Worth drinking, a little one-dimensional with the brett.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 01:45:25 | More by Kirch
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brew pours a bright orange with a dense 2-finger off white head and leads with a nose dominant with bright and florally citrus- orange and lemon verbena- with other tones of spice and bready malt. The palate's frothy delivery of dry, toasted biscuit malt and mild bitterness gets uplifted a little by the citrussy freshness and bit of Brett, but it succumbs on the finish to just a faint touch of that acid reflux-like twang that completely ruined the Clutch for me. At least a yeasty black pepper tone saves the finish a touch.

Overall, I can't really hate a lot on this brew, but it is rather unmemorable. I feel like farmhouse brews can be some of the most interesting and complexly flavored beers out there, and this one is supremely ho-hum.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 21:13:15 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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Higravity

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 14:01:33 | More by Higravity
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AlesRTasty

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - orange, nice white creamy head atop. not hazy as advertised.
S - you can smell the oats and the hops. quite nice and inviting.
T - fairly tasty. again the oats are definable. I taste no lemon verbena though, which is disappointing.
M - mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and smooth. -
D - ah, there is nothing special about this brew. It's not like it taste like crap, I just don't look forward to drinking another one.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 00:14:07 | More by AlesRTasty
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SpecialK088

Missouri

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap in a pint glass

Pours a very light golden color with a big fluffy head. Very sticky lace down the side of the glass

Very spicy almost smells like peppercorn also has some strong barly and alcohol notes.

Flavor is much like the nose except a sweeter spice seems to come out of it. Very boozy with a dry spicy finish.

Medium body pretty stragihtforward mouthfeel a slight bit oily and a good level of carbonation

Its to boozy for me to say I would want another one or that its easy to drink. Maybe I got the bottom of the keg and need to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2009 14:20:09 | More by SpecialK088
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