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Bière De Mars - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
87
very good

397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 28
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 07-17-2006

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Ratings: 397 | Reviews: 273
Photo of deebo
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, batch 3, nov 2008 at Happy Gnome. By the time you pour the yeast in the bottle the large white head has subsided and you are left with a hazy light ruddy brown brew. Aromas of tart lemons with a floral character and a zingy spiciness on top of the light toasted sweet malt. Taste is like the aroma but noticeably without much funk or sour. Mouthfeel is very dry with plenty of carbonation zing in the finish.
Overall-no idea how this has changed in 6 years but this beer doesn't have much Brett funkiness or much sourness but is dry with a clean crisp finish and is pretty tasty.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Batch 2, 10/2008 bottling. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, herbal, floral, hay, straw, grass, pepper, musty funk, light leather, bread, light caramel, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy/funky yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, hay, straw, grass, herbal, floral, light leather, bread, light caramel, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, hay, straw, grass, herbal, floral, light funk, bread, light caramel, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hop, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice biere de garde style. All around good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hop, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of TCMike
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour this one slowly...It produced a 3 finger off-white head, and that was with a slow pour. Long lasting head. Beer color is a hazy copper/orange.

The aroma is of tart citrus, and some straw like, farmhouse funk.

Taste is similar, but with some banana coming through, and some minimal hop bitterness. Not enough Bret to sour it....just enough to flavor the beer. It has an upper, light body. The carbonation is champagne-like.

Very nice beer!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with cardboard and honey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earthy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that smells and especially tastes very oxidized and old.

Photo of mactrail
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orangey amber in the Ommegang chalice. Some slight swirls of foam in the glass. Softly fizzy in the mouth. Appley with a little of the "meaty" flavor. somewhat oxidized and on the tart side. A little aroma of fermenting fruit and rising bread. A bitter twang and some sharp malty flavors along with that indefinable Brett funkiness. Very slight bitter aftertaste.

This makes me wish that New Belgium would dust off their Bière De Mars recipe and brew it again. It was so much meatier and crisper than the Ommegang version, though apparently much fresher. This does go down easy, though a little acidic on the stomach.

This just seems unlikely to me that a beer of moderate ABV would still be drinkable five years later. This is supposedly Batch #2 from October 2008 according to the label on the neck. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #3 2008.

Pours hazy amber with a finger of head.

Interesting aroma. Plenty of toasted malt aromas, biscuits, grassy, earthy, light dry spice notes, phenols, ripe apple fruitiness and tartness.

Taste has a little more funk. Plenty of toasted biscuit flavors, apple-like tartness, slightly bitter on the finish.

Tight, crisp carbonation

Interesting beer. Would get it again.

Photo of Huffs
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the big corked bottle into a Duval style glass and a nice tan, bubbly head developed. Head dissipated quickly. Appearance was copper in color and a bit cloudy. Aroma was strong and complex with spicy notes dominating (clove, ginger hints) with sweet and sour undertones. Mouthfeel bas bubbly and carbonation was a dominating characteristic. Taste was hoppy with sweet, spicy overtones. Only slight earthy and malty hints, with those predominating in the aftertaste. Another good one from Ommegang.

Photo of TheBigLebrewski
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #2, 08! Oldest beer that's graced my lips.

Only negative aspect of the appearance, per the age, is a substantial amount of sediment that did not adhere well to the bottom of the bottle. Simply a detriment to the trifling aspect of beauty.

In terms of scent, which is generally very delicate, notes of citrus and gentle herbs come through, if ever so slightly. Hints, possibly even more so, of tart, unripened apple.

Taste fucking rocks. An incredibly non-aggressive flavor profile, though none of the three who've tried it feel the flavor is any way lacking. Flowery, distant apple, and a sourness that somehow soothes instead of puckering the mouth. It's really, genuinely supple. As a last note on flavor, there are certainly elements of the past, but lots of people are just a beautiful old as they are young.

Lest we pause before the mouthfeel... It fills the mouth and expands, but gently so, and more slowly than usual, all the while leaving no curve of the tongue untouched and the roof of the mouth waving towards the brain in a blissful, popping clamor.

I'll leave it at that.

Photo of djs467
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage Batch 2

A: Golden to amber with a slight cloudiness.
S: Funk and lemon. I've had this beer many times over the past 3 years and the smell of spice has fallen off slighty, but is still very nice.
T: Funk Bomb. Every time I try this beer, it get more funky, which I love!
M: Highly carbonated
O: A fantastic beer, but I should mention that Ommegang produced 3 batches (all in 2008) of this beer and not all are created equal. Batch 3 has fallen off more rapidly than Batch 2.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Batch #3 from November 2008.

3.0 A: Opaque amber plum color. Two and a half fingers of foamy off-white head. Retention is poor and no lacing is left. It's old, so I'll cut it a break.

4.0 S: This still smells great though. Grassy earthiness galore. Slightly herbal as well. Despite its advanced age, there isn't a whole lot of brett character in the nose. Sure, there's some, but it's no different that a lot of fresh brett'd beers. Just a light sweat sock funk there. The complexity in this beer comes from layers of depth in the grassiness and earthiness components

5.0 T: The taste brings on a bit more brett, but this is still all about the herbalness, grassiness, and earthiness. Hints of dandelions, heather, and chamomile. Soft wet earth and grasses are abundant. Everything is so complementary and well balanced. The time has really smoothened this beer up. It's a great drinking experience.

4.5 M: Medium body. Mellow, but sufficient carbonation. Silky, slippery mouthfeel that just plain works and works well.

4.5 D: The more I drink this, the more I enjoy it. I had to change a few scores as I progressed through the glass. This is so smooth and balanced that it should be a crime to be such a way. It's not the most complex, nor does it have huge flavors, but what's presented is nearly perfect.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into tulip glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange color with a two finger white head. The head has great retention and hangs around for quite some time before giving way to a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a citrus nature with notes of sour and tart green apple like aromas. There is a little grassiness as well as a yeasty smell that mix with the more citrus to produce overall a nicely “funked” aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with notes of a sour citrus taste. Sour orange and some grapefruit mixed with a green apple like flavor. As the taste advances some of the sweetness that was initially up front fades and flavors of a yeasty nature seem to bring on a funkier and grassier flavor. In the end a mellow, yet very much noticeable sour flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is a bit on the heavier side. Not bad for the style, but really nothing exceptional either.

Overall – A good tasting mild sour.

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Hennepin tulip. Batch 2, October 2008.

A- first off, the bottle exploded after I removed the cage. Good start. The pour is a cloudy shade of dark orange, with a puffy two finger white head that fades into almost a mousse on top of the beer

S- nice citrus, a little funk. Not overwhelming. Eh

T- I mean...it really tastes like nothing. There is some citrus, but it's very, very mild. Slight funk as well. Sigh

M- paper thin

O- disappointing from the word go. This makes me very sad

Photo of mtlasley
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Batch #3, November 2008

Bottle gives a slightly underwhelming pop but pours a deep amber coloring most similar to a DIPA. Very visible carbonation when held to the light and red and yellow colors burst forth. A finger head is soapy white and disappears quite quickly.

The first scent on the nose is a roasted caramel with a strong wine like prescence. The Belgian yeast starts to show soon and gives off spicy aromas. A dubbel like scent of figs sits in the middle of this and weighs down a slight tartness. The "barnyard" really starts to come out as it warms.

Really clean earth caramel like tastes hilghlights the front of the tongue. It's rather sweet but not cloying. There's also an apple flavor here. I start to get a slighty tart earthy flavor on the center of the mouth, it helps the fig-like dubbel flavors come off lightly. The tartness starts to peek out on the back of the tongue but it's not as strong as I usually enjoy. Still, very delicious. There's a slight "red wine" tang to all of it too.

Very refreshing and crisp on the palate. It doesn't sit at all.

A wonderful beer but far from my favorite Ommegang offering. I'd rather drop my dollars on some Hennepin.

Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2, 2008 Vintage. Cork absolutely explodes from the bottle and shoots across the room with terrific force. Wasn’t expecting that! The pour is hazy and dark orange with a huge white head that settles slowly. Extensive lacing. Citrusy aroma with hints of apricot, spices, and black pepper. Faint musty brett note but nothing overly assertive.

Flavor is lightly tart and somewhat funky from the brett, with citrus, grass and hay notes, but the predominant taste is of tingly black pepper on the back end. Combined with the high carbonation this beer just dances on the tongue. Lesser notes of apricot and other fruits.

Brisk, super lively carbonation and a medium-light body. Dry finish, very crisp and clean drinking, excellent overall mouthfeel for this style, a terrifically refreshing beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang
Biere De Mars

Opens with a nice pop. Pours a clouded brown with an amber hue. Soapy froth forms and eventually disappears. Smells strongly of brett (aged bottle) with some funk, barnyard and hay like scents, as well as a small sourness.

In the taste, lots of brett and Belgian yeast, fruity, touch of lemon, mildly tart, somewhat malty, toffee, hay, funk. Flavors that alone work well, but altogether, a bit strange. I can dig it though, becuase I love funk.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, highly carbonated and semi-dry.
Overall, a solid brew, ages pretty well, didn't take note of how old the bottle was, but it sure wasn't new.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer was poured from the bottle into a fluted glass. Visually, the beer was a straw yellow color with a bubbley white head. The mild apple aroma was pleasant, though it did not overwhelm the senses. Upon the first taste, a bubbley sour apple flavor was noted. The flavor was mild and faded quickly. It reminded be of a flavored mineral water because of the vanishing fruit flavor. Overwhelmingly potent carbonation helped to sweep away much of the flavor. Because the flavor was mild to begin with, there is virtually no aftertaste. After drinking a few sips, the carbonation begins to build in the chest, giving the unfortunate urge to belch like a middle school student. With a more modest level of carbonation, this beer could have been more enjoyable.

Photo of chocosushi
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 2 October 2008

A ~ Pours btight golden amber/honey with a quickly rising & falling head. Fizzled quite a bit. Big Chunks of yeast on the second pour.

S ~ Apple slices in Vinegar. Oddly getting barrel juice. Weak tea notes. Preserved lemons.

T ~ More preserved lemons with Kumquat peel, dry tree-bark, tonic water, & Fall-time Fruit. Bourbon mash, dried apple, meaty pears, & wet grass. Cellar air carries through the whole beer.

M ~ Thin, crisp, & dry with some phenolic qualities. Organic & unique on the palette. Malt forward like a good BDG.

D ~ Unlike any other Bière de Garde I have ever had. This one shows balance & benefits from the addition of Brett. Very elegant & mature. Compared to other "mass produced" BDGs like Gavroche, this one has aged exceedingly better.

Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (bottled October 2008) into a Hennepin glass. Pours a clear honey amber w/ a thick creamy off-white head - effervescent carbonation bubbles vigorously to the surface.

Aroma is sweet bready malt and yeast. Some pepper & spice and a mild funk.

Taste is sweet and dry, slightly vinous. Pears, green apples with a citrusy balance from the hops. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry.

Overall this is a really refreshing, drinkable beer. I've only had one other Bière de Garde but I really enjoy this style.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pop the cage and cork on a bottle of “Batch 2” from their 2008 vintage. The brew pours an orange-amber color, holding a two finger head of active tan bubbles. This recedes at a medium pace, leaving little lacing as it goes.. There is thick and chunky haze, and deep sediment with the last half of the bottle. Carbonation appears highly active. The aroma is toasty and sweet, with malts and heavy Brett. There is musk, funk, steel, and grass all wrapped up in one. On the far back there is a thin layer of hop oils. Through this there are notes of pear and tart raspberry. With warmth comes minerals and booze. As we sip, sour grain and yeast with an onslaught of Brett hit the palate. The latter is tart and puckering. There is also some orange rind sweetness, with a flash of candy sugars. The malts are salty, and contribute to the souring. The middle unfolds with warm cinnamon and more Brett, which seems more spicy than tart here. The grain evens out, with faint banana esters to cool things off. The end is with, you guessed it, more of that glorious Bretty action. The musk begins here, with blue cheese and gorgonzola, and woody dryness. There is some grassiness and more salty grain to round things out. The aftertaste breathes of peppery booze, more yeast, more grain, metallics, and citric hollowness. The body is medium and the carbonation is intense. There is vast metallic astringency, but this is pleasant and appropriate. Froth, cream, and slurp are all decent, and the beer drinks easily. Abv is appropriate, and well hidden.

Overall, what we found to be the most enjoyable thing about this brew was the calming Brett throughout. While we love an over the top sour, or unconventionally yeasty beer, Ommegang presents an even, well balanced brew, allowing the Brett to integrate rather than steal the show. Perhaps the age helped to calm things down and blend it, but this is a fantastic beer for someone who is looking to get into things with a little funk.

Photo of dbossman
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden hue with a slight orange-red tint; thin steady head and good lacing

S: Tart and fruity: apples, apricot marmalade, pears, pear juice, syrupy, pepper; grainy-funky and grassy

T: Slightly tart but also really dry and still fruity: apricot and pear; so dry but so good; slightly grassy and grainy

F: A touch thin because of the dryness off the back; nicely carbonated

O: A really nice, dry biere de garde; three years have been good to this guy

Photo of Theitos
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #2 October 2008

A: About three fingers of white fluffy head that subsides slowly. It pours an rich amber color. I see a lot of carbonation.

S: I initially smell something that reminds me of eggnog. But on additional smelling it smells like a fleshy fruit such as a pear.

T: The taste is like a cross between a tangerine and a apricot with a bitter after taste. Its certainly a different flavor.

M: The carbonation might be a bit much.

O: I like the taste. I enjoy aged beers like this. The fruits in the beer really start to come out.

Photo of diamondc
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2, October 2008

A: Bright, orange/amber hue, huge head on the initial pour.

S: Brett funk right away, almost rotten fruit aromas wafting up. Intriguing.

T: Toasty, caramel malts with some mandarin/stone fruit. Brett contributes with some wet hay, aspirin-like flavors that add a bit of complexity. Enjoyable.

M: A bit dry and mildly tart on the aftertaste. Despite being laced with brett, this beer is real easy drinking and approachable.

Photo of unclejazz
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a cork and cage 25oz. of this, 2008 vintage.

Without going into details this beer may have suffered due to age. There were some interesting notes, a bit of the sour and dank from the brett, but it was weak. I had this with some traditional holiday fruit cake and it went well, but I wish the flavors were less muted. This is my bad, i cannot blame Ommegang for taking a chance on such an old batch.

Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #2, October 2008

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a billowy head that leaves clumps and strands of foam behind

Smell: Light fruits (tangerine and pear), balsa wood and some Bretty funk

Taste: Tangerine and pear flavors interplay with white pepper and funky Brett tones through mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor dries out, introducing the balsa wood element into the finish; tartness lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; slightly overcarbonated

Overall: As others have noted, this is not the funkiest of Brett beers; still, it has a nice flavor profile and, with three years of age, has matured to become a readily drinkable beer

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber color that had a slight bit of haziness to it. Intresting tone here for sure as it was bordering on being a bit brighter. There was a nice head of white that came up over the top and settled down gradually into a little pillow.

The aroma was light, hints of grian, light hops and a touch of light peach and pear fruit notes. Subtle would be the ideal word here. There was a very nice flavor here, nothing really huge, just very light and drinkable. Nice touches of light grains and small doses of light fruit, mixing well and with subtle yet adequate carbonation

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Bière De Mars from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.