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Spring 2012 Bière De Mars - Almanac Beer Co.

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Spring 2012 Bière De MarsSpring 2012 Bière De Mars

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BA SCORE
83
good

46 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brotherloco on 05-01-2012)
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kojevergas

Texas

2.54/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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?

Low C-

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 05:23:44 | More by kojevergas
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Diomede

California

3/5  rDev -18%

06-18-2012 06:23:41 | More by Diomede
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XicanoBeerRun

Texas

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 17:42:35 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2012 04:04:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
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timc100

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

04-15-2013 14:26:25 | More by timc100
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pperez38

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

05-02-2013 10:39:56 | More by pperez38
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

05-18-2014 17:31:55 | More by yourefragile
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Tom-Peters

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

09-02-2013 17:56:37 | More by Tom-Peters
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emaciated

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

05-28-2013 01:45:37 | More by emaciated
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popery

California

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a glowy dark orange, copper-ish. Small to medium head, white. Small bubbles, decent lacing.

The spicing is mild but noticeable, which is almost nice, but it ends up a bit muddled. There's a vegetal aroma on top of a nice bready-caramel malt flavor. Mild toastiness.

The taste is mostly sweet malt with some more muddled spice in the mix. It just ends up more muted than subtle and doesn't really add complexity in a good way. Some earthy yeast. The finish is mildly acrid with a little booziness.

Full mouthfeel. Nice but verges on sticky.

It's a fine beer but nothing exciting, and I imagine it sounded more interesting in the planning stages than it turned out. It's just kinda sweet with a muddy mix of spice and yeast notes. And it's overpriced.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2012 05:14:48 | More by popery
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impending

California

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

B

750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed copper gold, orangish green tinged head is ok as is the lacing.

Pleasantly sweet aroma that is all high notes, unnamed fruits and a scattering of mixed herbs, slightly rustic.

Taste has none of the sweetness the aroma suggested. Long lasting dry grassy bitterness hangs on for considerable length. The bitter sits in for dirt floor, touch of bark. Not much in the way of anise which disappoints as it was explicitly promised but certainly herbal. Light to medium bodied smooth mouthfeel. Nice evolution of flavor within a narrow range.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 05:43:31 | More by impending
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womencantsail

California

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 16:47:15 | More by womencantsail
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elNopalero

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this so much more from a bottle, fresh, than on tap. So much so that I was surprised I had previously reviewed it because it was such a contrast. Could it have been a different beer? Or had the scant few months changed the character so much as to … not offend but disappoint my (not so) delicate palate?

This poured the color of a reddish grapefruit, with a ruby red hue capped by some foam.

The aroma is pleasing-ish, with a nice floral note. I get something here—maybe cucumber blossoms? Smells intriguing and pleasant, inviting even.

Flavor, not so much. It starts off with some harsh notes but as it warms and opens up the harshness drowns out everything else. Fennel? Definitely fennel seeds, roasted, and some coriander. There’s a defining bitterness and a dry finish with some resin. I hate to say it but this just doesn’t come together for me at the end. Smelled great but the flavor didn’t deliver on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 19:43:54 | More by elNopalero
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rob133

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-27-2013 20:17:07 | More by rob133
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nebuchadnezzer

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-09-2014 20:39:51 | More by nebuchadnezzer
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illidurit

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-25-2013 02:14:49 | More by illidurit
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Hopped_up_Chuck

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-17-2014 03:31:18 | More by Hopped_up_Chuck
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-01-2014 09:04:43 | More by zestar
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sbanacho

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-03-2012 23:53:43 | More by sbanacho
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-18-2012 12:57:40 | More by t0rin0
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BAsbill

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-09-2013 06:03:43 | More by BAsbill
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cfh64

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-22-2012 19:47:28 | More by cfh64
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OldMar


3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium golden rusty orange color. Neutral beery smell -- maybe a little sweet. First sip is bitter. If I didn't know better I might call it an IPA. Long finish. Green herbs and grass, but if there is fennel in there, it is very subtle. Bright effervescence. Second pour had yeast from the bottom of the bottle, clumped (oops), which added body and heft -- I actually liked the last pour the best. It seemed better balanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 18:30:19 | More by OldMar
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Beerenauslese

California

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:31:39 | More by Beerenauslese
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mactrail

Washington

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 04:31:38 | More by mactrail
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Spring 2012 Bière De Mars from Almanac Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.