Spring 2012 Bière De Mars - Almanac Beer Co.
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4.2/5 rDev +15.1%
Thanks to Mike Sardina for sending me this bottle!
750 ml bottle poured into an oversized stemmed tulip. Bottle #09428 March 2012.
A: Poured smooth with a hazy copper body and a nice creamy one-finger head. Tons of lacing. I don’t usually give appearance points for packaging, but this is one of the most tasteful and appealing labels I’ve ever seen. Love it.
S: Really nice and complex. Some funky hay and grain, caramel and dark fruit, clove and a hint of anise. If you really take it in, you start to get a little soapy perfume but nothing that’s a turn-off. Very inviting. As it warmed up, more of the caramel aroma came through.
T: Many layers to the flavor. The start has some floral perfume that is reminiscent of a pilsner (saaz hops?), then it transitions to a dose of caramel and grain, and finishes with a complex bitter spiciness. Each taste does a wonderful job of showcasing the ingredients from start to finish. There isn’t much that’s hidden.
M: Body is medium, texture starts creamy and then ends on the dry side. Carbonation is soft. Drinkability is moderate...the alcohol is very well hidden but its full-flavors prevent you from plowing through it... and that's just fine.
O: A wonderfully unique beer and I’m grateful that I got to try it. I know it’s a spring beer, but I can easily see myself pairing it with numerous fall ingredients including sausage, apples and smoked cheeses. I’m glad I have a second bottle.
08-15-2012 02:06:07 | More by mjtiernan
3.08/5 rDev -15.6%
Pours a great golden (not yellow) color resembling apple juice. White bubbles linger on the surface. I liked the appearance.
Smelled like mango, tropical fruit, boozy, sweet cotton candy. Tasted sweet, slightly metallic (iron?), bitter like leafy greens or perhaps the bitterness that comes from the white skin of citrus fruit. I did not pick up on the fennel. Great carbonation.
This is their Spring 2012 release, and I bought two bottles in May. I had one bottle when purchased and I remember enjoying it much more. Now, two and a half months after purchase, I think it has faded. I should have had this shortly after purchase. I did not care for the bitterness or metallic taste, but it was still a good beer.
I’ll have another if it’s fresh.
07-27-2012 17:42:35 | More by XicanoBeerRun
3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
The pour is a clear golden color with a tall white head. The fennel is quite pronounced. Sweet maltiness, some bread, yeast, and citrus peel. Maybe a little bit of banana and pepper. The flavor is far too bitter for my liking. Biscuit malt, a light pepper note, some citrus peel, and yeast. Very dry on the finish.
08-07-2012 16:47:15 | More by womencantsail
2.54/5 rDev -30.4%
23 IBU. Spring seasonal. Biere De Mars. Ale Brewed with Fennel. Limited seasonal release March 2012. 06891. Dark Belgian candi sugar is added. Reviewed live. Acquired at a local SoCal beer store within the last month; I guess bottles of this have sat out. Expectations are average. 7% ABV confirmed.
1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with pull-slip foil covering a generic pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Label advises to use a tulip instead of a pint glass; sorry, Almanac - all I have is a pint glass. I would care more if the 5 or so other beers I'd had from them were really impressive, but that wasn't the case.
Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of decent smooth cream, decent thickness, and pretty good (~4 minute) retention for the highish ABV. Body colour is a rather pale copper. Translucent and transparent. Not particularly vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's typical yet underwhelming for the style.
Sm: Generic bland floral hops. Pale malts. Pleasant biscuity yeasty notes. Honey. Clove. Light candi sugar. Crystal malt. A touch of spice. I don't get any of the plum fruit, figs, or anise allaged by the label. A very light aroma that doesn't bring much to the table. It's pleasant, but timid. Sort of sells itself short. No alcohol is detectable. Maybe a bit of apple? It's a dry aroma.
T: Pleasant juicy apple and pale malts are the first thing I get. Timid bland floral hopping. Crystal malt. A light hint of candi sugar. No plum, no fig, no anise. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. It's rather simple, to its detriment. Decently balanced. There's not a whole lot of flavour here, although it does strengthen right on the finish, where a bit of malty sweetness arises and bolsters it a bit. Too bitter throughout, and especially on the climax. Lacks complexity or subtlety.
Mf: Slightly acidic. Way too dry for the style, preventing it from being refreshing. Uneven. A bit too coarse. Nicely wet. Palate presence is awful; hardly any flavour impacts. Lacks the full body it requires. Carbonation is a bit overdone. Not soft enough.
Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. A pedestrian biere de mars from Almanac. This "brewery" is largely unimpressive. I definitely wouldn't bother with this again. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, either. It's not that it's really that bad - it isn't. It's just so boring and bland. So much more can be done with this style. I'd pass on this one. Such mediocre beers oughtn't be supported. Why brew this?
03-07-2013 05:23:44 | More by kojevergas
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
Nice progression of flavors from malty sweet to bitter yeast to fruit to edgy darkness. I would never guess this has fennel, which is a good thing to me, but lots of herbal flavors. A touch of the "meaty" flavor I always hope for in a Bière de Mars. The alcohol and flavor reminds me of a strong golden ale.
Lovely sudsy pour in the Duvel tulip, with a warm amber color and lots of lacing along the glass. Not so much on aroma. A lighter body. Pleasantly bitter, tangy, and refreshing. Some resiny flavors. With only 23 IBU listed, the bitterness must be due to the Belgian yeast. Quite bitter aftertaste.
Tasty and interesting beer, but a ridiculous price. Only place I saw this was BevMo in San Diego, which I normally try never to patronize.
06-28-2012 04:31:38 | More by mactrail
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
Very clear light amber body with a white sudsy head that dissipates to a ring of pancake bubbles and leaves copious, thick sticky lacing.
Smells of caramel/toast malt and sweet brown sugar. A fennel note is there (light anise), but it is dominated by the malt.
Tastes of caramel/toasted malt with a metallic coppery/cola note, and fairly sweet. I can taste a bit of fennel/celery, but it is subtle--I get a little anise in the finish. Tastes moderately hoppy: it has a slightly bitter and grassy/noble hop finish that is long and a little tongue numbing after 2/3 of a glass. The fennel and the hops are interacting in the finish.
The body is medium and the malt sugar makes it seem heavier. Carbonation is moderate, just enough to give it a slightly creamy mouthfeel.
The Almanac seasonals always seem to pack a little more punch than the ABV level says, and this is the case here. Overall, this is a pretty malt forward, sweet bière de garde that is somewhat balanced by fennel and hops. As it warms up and I approach the bottom of the glass, the fennel flavor becomes more evident, but it is still too sweet malt dominated. I confess I am not much a fan of sweet malt beers, yet this has enough complexity to make it an interesting go. Still, it seems almost bordering on a barleywine to me, and maybe that is alright for some bières de garde (can't say I have had many). But I would like this better if it weren't quite as sweet as it is, and then maybe the fennel flavor would be a little more accessible.
10-02-2012 01:31:39 | More by Beerenauslese
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
750ml capped bottle. Bottle #06484. Served in a tulip.
Pours a hazy deep amber with a bit over two fingers of beige colored foam. Sticks around for a short while. Moderate bits of lacing left behind.
Aroma of moderately funky Belgian yeast, Belgian candi sugar, sweet caramel malt, mild dark fruit, lots of earthy grassy herbs including licorice from the fennel and a touch of onion. No alcohol detected.
Flavor is really earthy. Malt sweetness starts things out, but grassy herb-like flavors quickly join in. Fairly pronounced bitterness blossoms through the finish and aftertaste. Anise notes from the fennel definitely emerge through the finish, which dries up considerably. Alcohol very nicely buried. Flavor is a nice upgrade from the aroma, especially as it warms up.
Solidly medium in body and a touch below medium in natural, soft carbonation. Dry finish is nice but overall feel is just a tiny bit thick.
Another enjoyable and unique beer from Almanac.
05-01-2012 03:03:40 | More by brotherloco
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
Thanks to eyebereej for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB pint glass.
A: Mostly clear, copper to brown with a 1 1/2 finger white head and medium visible carbonation.
S: Pilsner malt, caramel sweetness, and just a bit of anise in the background.
T: Caramel malts, pilsner malts, and a bit of spicy attenuation, maybe from the fennel? Black licorice flavor is noticeable as well, but doesn't overtake the rest of the beer. Then a dry finish that almost puckers the mouth.
M: Lighter body, a good amount of carbonation sensation, and no alcohol presence.
O: This is pretty tasty, and a nice surprise for a beer I didn't know existed before. It doesn't blow me away or anything, but I would drink another if I found it on tap somewhere.
10-14-2012 16:23:58 | More by macrosmatic
3.15/5 rDev -13.7%
On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.
Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is very mild and is of malt, grain, citrus zest, and spice. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with some very mild aromas and flavors. Not a fan.
07-08-2012 04:04:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
This is probably my least favorite Almanac beer so far. Not so much because it isn't well made, but possibly because this interpretation of the style just doesn't do it for me. It has the toasted tones, yes. Malts, sure. But it just isn't my thing. Will all the Belgian styles Almanac has done in the past with all the locally sourced fruits added in, I guess I just want to see more of that. Either way, this is a tough style to pull off well, and I think they did a pretty good job on this one.
05-09-2012 06:21:31 | More by RblWthACoz
Spring 2012 Bière De Mars from Almanac Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.