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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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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.41%
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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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?

Low C-

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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.

macrosmatic, Oct 14, 2012
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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.

Beerenauslese, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of pkalix
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

so interesting.... made with fennel(?).
pours a golden color with a golden(?) tinted creamy head. used to a white or tan head, but dont recall a golden tinted head. tiny carbonation bubbles rise from the 'recommended' tulip glass ( i always wanted to try pouring it into two different type glasses to see how much of a difference it actually makes) and a slight haziness from the sediment at the bottom. loose, wet lacing down the sides with each draw....
i'm getting a saisson kind of smell from the glass with some pepper but the taste is more malty and their website says it's a candi sugar taste i should be expecting? like belgian ales? it's a little bitter around the sides of the tongue, and the sweetness in the middle reminds me how much i like the doppelbocks.adding the sediment at the end on the 2nd pour of the large bomber-sized bottle adds some different, yeasty bitterness.
overall, it's a good product and i would like to try more from this brewery. it's still the standard microbrewery-calling-itself-craftbeer and it's not all that refined, but it's a decent product. it is a beautiful looking beer and pours well but the taste is just kind of standard fare.

pkalix, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of popery
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

popery, Sep 02, 2012
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Spring 2012 Bière De Mars from Almanac Beer Co.
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