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Bière De Mars - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 273
Hads: 399
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 31
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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

Ommegang Biere de Mars is a Belgian-style dry hopped amber ale with a bit of magical space dust woven in Brettanomyces bruxellensis, a wild-yeast used in the secondary fermentation. The Brett imparts added tartness, a bit of zing and some farmhouse funkiness.

Biere de Mars reveals a copper-amber body and a frothy white head that builds, clings and stays. Aromas are of malt and grain, clove, fruit and a bit of funk. Flavors are full-bodied with delicate malty sweetness, followed by spicy, peppery yeastiness and Brett-induced funk. Hopping is subtly bitter and aromatic, bumped up a bit by dry hopping. The finish is dry and gently lingering. At 6.5% ABV; it also pairs nicely with spicy foods such as barbecue.
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Photo of TheBigLebrewski
4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright amber orange hue with a lively carbonated off white head, again amazing looking brew from Ommegang. It definitely looks like something brewed in Belgium, and this one happens to be one of my favorites a Belgian Pale with Brett added to the mix. Lacing is perfect fine even just adds to the visual appeal of this beer. As you add the final dregs of yeast into your glass it looks like a slurry of yeast particles suspended, with time they all settle back to the bottom of the chalice in this case a nice conical shaped flute from Allagash. Almost a brett milkshake sitting at the bottom of the glass, I believe the label encourages that we don't drink this but I can't resist. Gotta have my B vitamins.

Aromatics offer up some definite barnyard wild funk infused malts and hops, with malts that are mildly sweet offering up fresh baked biscuit layers and a touch of drizzled honey toast. Some weird tones come through with a touch of green apple hidden in band aids, not offensive rubber but definitely wild phenols from this yeast strain. Bottled back in October of 2008 as batch #2, I believe if fresher the hops would add more pungency, although I know they are there it's hard to pick them up in detail. Brettanomyces also takes some time to get funky and I believe this beer has achieved it's mission. If I had to throw a label on the hop character in the nose it would be a delicate herbal mint flow. Adding the last bits of yeast into the mix creates quite the artisan bread combination.

Flavors collide with slight caramel and biscuit malt combinations with peppery fruit spiced finish, clove, and funky barnyard tones, again green apple blends onto the palate from backyard. But anytime I get to compare a beer to the likes of Orval I feel blessed and this is one that has everything right from carbonation levels to pure complexity. Yet the beer is so easy to drain and doesn't kill too many brain sells with booze. As you reach near the end of the bottle you will notice a perfume like exotic accent on the whole flavor profile with more fresh baked bread yeast qualities, my last Ommegang brett experience was unbelievable as well and that would be Ommegedon. That was one of those O face beergasm brews when I first tried it while workin at Bocktown and going to the first Steel City Big Pour.

Mouthfeel has been effervescent fulfilling yet lighter bodied and substantially filling, really enjoyable to try an American Belgian style ale that isn't completely cloying for the most part alot of the dubbels and trippels that show up tend to be over attenuated with heavy residual sugars and sweetness. However this one finishes dry and spicy with a peppery kick to it.

Drinkability overall is excellent one of those challenging brews that add so much complexity and enjoyment to your everyday beer drinking experience, a got to anytime I see this anywhere. Excellent quality Belgian style pale ale, moderate alcohol makes for great session beer to be shared with friends or solo you be the judge.

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Photo of merlin48
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and caged bottle with an easy twist-out cork. Hazed amber body is topped by a large almond head. Generous patch lacing.

Pastoral aroma with some barnyard funk. Initially, I got some perfumey florals, almost like a lilac sachet, which quickly subsided into herbal hops, white pepper, and a hint of caramel. A bit of yeastiness adds some interest. Very inviting!

Mouthfeel reveals a light medium body with a spritzy carbonation. Slight chalkiness fits right in. Very pleasant pastoral ambience.

Taste is somewhat funky, but the brett character has yet to peak. Herbal/Floral hops add a welcome dryness. Vague fruitiness offers up hints of kiwi and white grape. White pepper adds a nice edge. Malt is hardly noticed but I'm sure there is an ample presence as this seems superbly balanced all the way through.

Wow! More complex than Hennepin and much more enjoyable. As drinkable as a better Fantome. Exceptional rendition of one of my favorite styles. Curious to know how this one will be with six months in the cellar. What a pleasant surprise, even at this young age.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 750mL bottle into Ommegang tulip glass

A - Pours with that golden Ommegang shine. Deep, rich amber with really nice champagne like carbonation and a generous head with clingy lacing.

S - Wonderful fruit medley. Apple, grape, spices...

T - Comes to life upon first sip. Quenching with a touch of sweet, touch of sour, touch of alcohol, and a touch of some sort of really tasty musty funk flavor...that must be the brett or a medly of peppery spices? Leaves a candy-ish tingly aftertaste.

M - Vibrant with lots of carbonation. Fantastic aftertaste that leaves your mouth tingling. Peppery and tingling...nice.

D - Really dig this one. Little heavy on the carbonation for my tastes (almost soda like), but the fantastic glow in my mouth from the aftertaste makes it really enjoyable. I wish this was not a seasonal, makes me want to save it for a special occasion. I'm going to snatch up a few of these while I still can to hang onto.

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Photo of Huffs
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Bottle is batch #2 October 2008.
A: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow-orange with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch thick rocky white head that slowly dissipates leaving nice sea foam lacing.
S: Sweet citrus hop, that wonderful brett sweet-sharp-tart funk, belgian yeast and spice, and in the background sweet malt. Very inviting.
T: Sweet citrus hops perfectly melding with brett's tart funk. In some brews, the brett is overpowering, but not here. It plays perfectly well with others. Like the aroma, the background produces belgian yeast and spice and sweet malt notes.
M: Light-medium body. Smooth with slight tartness. Tingly effervescence. Perhaps just a slight watery feel is my only knock here.
D: A very easy drinker. Complex enough to keep things interesting, but not too distracting...perfect for the ABV. Excellent for a warm spring day...picnic perhaps. Definite sessionability. Wonderful for style. Ommegang impresses again! I will seek this out again...highly recommended.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at a local bar. Beer served in a becher glass. Beer is orange and pretty hazy. Head is nearly not there and there is very low carbonation and no lacing.

Aroma is quite Bretty, lots of lactic sour notes in the nose, very interesting. Wow, what a great aroma. I could smell this beer all day.

Beer is dry with a light body and quite the musky finish. Its not overwhelming, I don't want to give the wrong impression, its just kind of funky but well balanced against the malt build. This is possibly my new favorite beer from this brewery. The sourness overall is mild and well balance with the malt sweetness. Very drinkable, very desirable for a beer.

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Photo of medic25
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few bottles at the Ommegang brewery over July 4th weekend. Color is an unfiltered orange-brown with a white head that laces well. Earthy aroma, very natural. Taste is fantastic. Quite complex, with elements of hops and more so malt, a little sour and earthy. The label states that it is fermented with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, which I suppose accounts for the funkiness. A little bit of a citrus aftertaste, this is an incredibly easy drinking beer. I"m only sorry that I didn't pick up more bottles; hopefully they will expand their distribution plans.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3 november 2008. Pours a dark redish with a smaller head. Smells very sweet and similar to a wine. The taste is sweet and then tart, but not overpowering, very mellow and smooth, very intersting taste. Smooth nice to sip, not much for carbonation, but this one doesnt need it. Overall really good really different. Would get this one again.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big-time pop by the cork. Cover your eyes and hide the valuables. Oct 08 bottle.

Split between two Unibroue tulip glasses. Full pour, no yeast per bottle recommendation.

Golden peach color with big foamy head the settles to 1/2 finger head.

Very unique and wonderful spicy aroma. Can't say I've picked up this much spice on any beer other than obvious holiday spiced beers.

Nice taste. Dry and spicy with a hint of fruit.

Aroma becomes more funky halfway through.

Very nice beer if your a fan of a touch of funk.

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Photo of mbrasi
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy golden with some yeast chunks and a large white head. Aroma is fruity and spicy. Hints of apples and some funk. Aroma is pleasant and inviting. Flavor is a standard ommegang belgian style dominated by yeast. Some funk in there but not overwhelming, the acidity level from the brett was a nice compliment. It didn't overpower the beer yet it was present in the undertones. This is a well done brett brew, somehow managed to control all the competing flavors and put out a quality product. By far the best I've had from Ommegang. I love the saison type of brew and this is exceptional. I will seek this out again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.49/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

The 750ml bottle says Batch #1 April 2008.

It pours a slightly hazy orange gold with a +2 finger head of billowy foam. Lots of lacing and the head retention is excellent. Magnificent looking brew!

The smell has loads of funk from the Brett but I can also smell a lot of fruitiness, some yeast, and some spices. Inviting nose.

The taste starts off with some tart fruit that borders on sour but isn't quite there. I get some spices like corriander and some light pepper notes and an earthy than funky taste that is knocking my socks off. Umm....no connection between the Bretty goodness and my socks intended. Right near the finish, I get some notes of lemon citrus, twang if you will, and it's a perfect sendoff for this very tasty and very drinkable BdG.

The body is on the thin side while the carbonation is medium; that works for me for the style that it is. Yum. I haven't had a BdG in ages and Ommegang did a great job here!

Bottom line: I *love* this brew and I want to say thanks again to Alan. This bottle put a *huge* smile on my face.

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Photo of rdickey
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an orange-hued gold into a Duvel tulip, with a nice one- to two-finger head that lingers and leaves nice lacing. Odd patch of bubbles at the bottom of the glass; note to self: must clean glasses better.

Smell: Almost all funky barnyard brett in the nose in the nose at first. As it warms, black pepper and floral notes come through.

Taste: There's a lot going on here, and it works well together. The brett doesn't overpower a nice balance of citrus and sweet fruit notes, pepper and spice and a noticeable but not dominant tartness.

Mouthfeel: Quite zippy, which works really well for the taste. It finishes almost totally clean, forcing you to dive into the next sip.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Today is yet another rainy day, but this would be particularly good on a summer afternoon, outside with some bread and cheese. I suppose I will make do.

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light amber orange color with about a finger-width cream colored head. The effervesce makes the wild yeast dance.

S: Orange citrus is dominant when cool. As it warms the piney hops comes out. All the while there is a spiciness that I have come to expect from Ommegang beers.

T: The taste follows the aroma. Orange sweetness, spiciness, with the piney hops to finish.

M: Medium bodied, light to balanced carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. I've been drinking a 750ml bottle and not finding any reason to stop drinking it or not drink it again. Very enjoyable. And at 6.5% I can enjoy it all night long. A very pleasant find.

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Photo of Nickls
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the brewery during BCTC 2008. Bottle is labelled "Batch #1 2008"

A - Hazy amber, with relatively thin, very white head

S - Funky, yeasty, tart fruit aroma

T - Taste mirrors the smell, thanks to that Brett yeast strain. A touch of hop bitterness up front, not really any malt, but definitely a funky finish at the end. Wow! Really great and interesting finish. As it warmed, the funkiness was not as prominent

M - Fairly bubbly, lightish in weight

D - Tons of fun to drink as it hits a lot of interesting point with each of the senses. The wild funkiness of the yeast is great, but not an overpowering force...which = big drinkability points!

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Photo of kkosmoski
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL served in a Duvel glass after a chill in the fridge. This bottle has about 6 months on it if my memory doesn't fail me. Pours a luxurious light copper in the glass with a heaping of thick, tightly packed cream colored head. Some active carbonation rising up through the clear beer. Aroma of horse blanket, lemon, ginger, clove, and light malt - none of these aromas are overpowering. Flavors include lightly toasted malt, herbal hop, lemon, crystallized ginger, light anise, and slightly medicinal yeast. Feel is creamy medium with a soft fluffy carbonation - great. At a low abv in comparison for Ommegang and a wide array of interesting flavors mingled together expertly, this is a highly drinkable ale.

This was a great beer put out by Ommegang earlier this year. It came across as a nice Belgian pale or amber that is slightly funked. It definately has some brett character, but it is not overpowering at all, which is perfect for my liking. Wish I had a constant supply in the cellar and hope they brew this one again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A long-standing bottle carefully poured to keep the lees intact delivers a remarkably clear deep-amber body beneath a massive head of frothy, just slightly off-white. The retention is quite good, and it leaves some very nice lace about the glass.

In the nose it's sweetish with berries, cherry, apple, and a bit of lime. A breeze of dusty spice swirls around it, and then some damp leaves and twigs appear as it crosses-over into some compelling funkiness. It's clean... more metallic and mud than barnyard and mustiness. Some leather appears, but so does some gentle caramel which is nice.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body with a gentle bristle from its very fine-bubbled natural carbonation.

The flavor is fuller than the aroma, which might be expected, but it's not any more complex. Sure, it's wider, but there's not a whole lot more going on. The citrus and berries and fruit are still there, swaddled in a soft caramel malt that's infused with just a bit of spice, and followed by some wood and grass and then the funky, earthy, mineral and mud of the Brettanomyces.

Interesting and nicely done, I really enjoyed the way that the Brett character interacted with the malt and fruit and spice rather than being obtuse or going overboard. It's reminiscent in a way of some of the wines of the southern Rhone. Charming! Worth seeking out!

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Photo of atsprings
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle into an Ommegang tulip pours a slightly hazy amber with a nice frothy eggshell head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma was a nice plethora of sweet fruits, sour brett notes, citrus hops and spices, fragrant and intriguing! The taste is a wonderful complex blend of sweet malts, puckering brett funkiness, spices and an interesting touch of citrus hops. The beer is light and crisp and the sourness is more tolerable than most beers of the style. This one may be a bit pricey, but it's quite enjoyable and one any Belgian lover should try.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Maudite tulip. The beer is a light amber color with a good inch of off-white foam. The foam is retentive and the moderate carbonation maintains it for a while until it settles to a 1/2 inch, and more dense, layer. I like the smell of this one a lot. It makes me think it will be similar to a saison because I can smell dry, metallic overtones and a little malt at the bottom. I am assuming the brett will make it funky, I am hoping it will be a bit more sour than the Ommegeddon. The first tastes brings a light, cold, dryness to my tongue. Lively with carbonation and an earthy, woody taste. No sourness, but a nice dirty, mineral taste. A like this one a lot. Simple, mild, and interesting. Very Belgian.

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Photo of riored4v
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 4/7/09. (Batch #2 - Oct 2008)

Poured into a tulip. 3 finger, fluffy, off-white head. Clear, copper colored body.

Smell had a good amount of funkiness to it. Bitterness and tartness were present as well backed with a very faint sweetness.

Taste had a strong Brett presence throughout the taste. Funky, earthy and sweaty characteristics. Slight caramelness that is balanced out by a tart cherry-like bitterness. Fairly clean finish w/ a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel wss light and very crisp. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkability was good. Nice lightness to the beer with no alcohol presence.

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Photo of Rainintheface
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark amber with a 2 finger slight off-white head of tiny densely packed bubbles. high carb and a slight haze. both lacing and retention are great.

S: fruit, raspberry mostly. cloves and pepper. musty.

T: strawberry joins the raspberry, pepper. The funk is mellow, here on Mars

M: light-moderate in body. crisp, dry and mildly tart. refreshingly good.

D: Great beer. Certainly will pick up on next visit.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge fluffy white head. Great head retention.

S: It has a sweetness that sneaks through. The sour kind of hides in the background with the sweetness, but the tartness is the most prominent.

T: Very sweet malt character with a bit of funk at the very end. It kind of reminds me of the bitterness in a hoppy beer. Loads of sweet flavours, but a tartness finishes the beer. A bit of spicy notes come through.

M: Very carbonated, nice big mouthfeel. Great for the style

D: Very.

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Photo of Onslow
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the red planet .. . Pleasing aromas, from wet hay, honey, brett, light funk, and all that jazz .. . clean and crisp, fun yet reformed, pure and enjoyable .. clean as a1 whistle in the mouth, leaves just a touch of Brett, wonderful stuff! .. . lets fire up those stompers and make some dirty.. . . great spritz, a nice touch of bitterness, a bit of sweetness... well balanced!! .. . Way to easy to drink, light musk in the back of the throat every now and again .. . 'she does not have a phone, or a cellphone or a ..telegram ....' .. . A beginner brew for those who are getting into Brett, but still refined enough for the connoisseur !! And for you food pair monkeys, this is a Great beer to go with some backyard bbq!! trust me!! e-mail me and thank me when you do!! A great brew!!

..I wish I could play little league now, I'd kick some fuckin' ass.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brass and copper come together for a bright amber hue. Great, champagney bubbling. The head is a minute long and spritzy that leaves no fom a little faster than I would like. Horse blankets, very ripe crab apples. Pretty funky and tart aroma. Makes me think of a farm. Very tart fruity, mostly crab-apples, maybe some tart blackberries upfront. Then some more funky, yeasty farm field and dry grass. Earthy tartness, but not too funky. One of the better Biere de Gardes I've had.

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Bière De Mars from Brewery Ommegang
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