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Bière De Mars - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
87
very good

386 Ratings
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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 25
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 07-17-2006)
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Reviews by roblowther:
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roblowther

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Coppery orange in color with a dense, active white head. The color is like an ipa but the head is stickier. Smell is funky, like wet hay. Also has a cinnamon and orange thing going on. Taste is much milder than the smell. Tastes of lemons, followed by a sourness that mellows into a sharp, wood-like flavor. Pepper in there, and the aftertaste is like caramel that isn't sweet. Whatever that means. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and sticky as gum on a hot day. In Houston. (I would know). Drinkability is good, although it dissapears a bit quickly and leaves me not....quite....satisfied. A good one. Reminds me of a milder geueze. I like it!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 19:47:45 | More by roblowther
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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.

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4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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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.

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2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Bière De Mars from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.