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Bière De Mars - Brewery Ommegang

Bière De MarsBière De Mars

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very good

379 Ratings
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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%

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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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mildly and oddly (that's the style) spicey Belgian with a barnyard nose. Very pleasant body with soapy white head. The taste is more than decent and the beer is drinkable over a meal, but I would not seek it out again. OK for the style. Above average mouthfeel, though lightly acidic.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 02:53:52 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 15:17:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1, April 2008. Glazed kumquat with bright tangerine borders. A loud 'pop' on cork extraction was followed by the creation of a Belgianesque head that is some combination of cream, ecru and pale orange. The foam looks good while melting and graces the glass with a fair amount of lace while doing so.

Ommegang considers this beer to be a Belgian-style amber ale. The use of Brettanomyces makes American wild ale a reasonable choice as well. Biere de garde? Sure, why not? The nose is a combination of the first two styles. It's moderately toasted malty, with a bit of spice and a laid back amount of musky funk... that's becoming a little more aromatic with warming.

First impression: Biere De Mars would be a wonderful beer to serve someone who has an interest in wild ales. It gives some idea of the flavors that Brettanomyces Bruxellensis can provide, while not knocking its drinker over the taste buds with a barnyard's worth of funk. It's nicely balanced and is surprisingly polite. Perhaps too much so.

If you're looking for fireworks, look elsewhere. This biere de garde (which is definitely the most appropriate style) doesn't light up the sky and probably isn't going to 'wow' anyone. That said, it doesn't make any major missteps and is impressively drinkable. Solo is really the only way to go since most foods would probably blur what complexity is present.

The flavor is akin to moderately toasted wheat bread covered with a thin layer of sweet-tart orange marmalade and a light sprinkling of ground clove. Compared to Ommegeddon, Biere De Mars is less Brett-like, less hoppy-bitter and much less dry. On an unrelated note, it's hard to imagine aging being very beneficial at all.

This mouthfeel is actually a little more enjoyable than the bigger beer's mouthfeel. That has something to do with my expectations for an 8.0% beer versus a 6.5% one, but it's also because this offering develops a soft creaminess as it warms.

Biere De Mars deals in pastels when most beer geeks prefer bright, bold colors. Guilty as charged. That said, this is an enjoyable drinker that is well-crafted from stem to stern. Given the choice, I'd still go with Ommegeddon.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 21:39:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 06:20:11 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 19:04:46 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Cletus Batch #1 tasted in April 2009: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a quite big bubbly head with minimal retention and some light lacing. Aroma of zesty Brett notes with some great Belgian style malt. Taste is quite a complex mix with some dry Bretty notes, some zesty refreshing notes with a lightly sweet bold Belgian malt backbone. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Very well done and something I wish I could have more often.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 03:11:24 | More by Phyl21ca
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was only a regional release in the Upstate NY area. I'm glad to see it on the KY shelves.

Removal of the cork sounds a pressurized pop, but no gushing. The initial pour brings a rust color with moderate haze, loosely knit head formation and very lively carbonation. The head settles into a 1/2" froath and holds firm, leaving good lacing on the glass. True to Belgian Ales, the appearance sure fits the bill.

Tart and pungent aromas fill the nose with all sorts of scents: amber malts, tart berries, apples, mustiness, grandma's attic, and horse blankets. All of the aromas seem to have a lot of control, not to allow the beer to fall into disrepair, but retraint and togetherness.

Taking over where the aromas end, the flavors pick up on that balance and complex yeasty tastes. Estery with apples, appricots, mangos, limes and under-rippened berries. Phenolic with pepper, cumin, orange zest, and a touch of soapiness. Other wild yeasts and bugs bring that clean lactic sourness tht shows a remarkable amount of restraint not to chew right through the delicate malt character. Lightly caramelized malts give a light, clean sweetness that rounds out the funky yeast notes and give them a sound base to give structure to the beer. Grassy hops also find their way into the beer in a pungent Orval kind of dry-hopped way.

Surprisingly clean, sharp, dry, and evaporative to the palate. Not heavy or sweet in the least to worry about mouthfeel-wise. The beer magically lifts from the tongue and is carried away by the abundant carbonation. Maybe a light tannin-wood character accentuates the dryness. A light bite and tingle to the mouth, the beer is nearly effortless to drink.

In true Ommegang fashion, the beer is a crystal clear example of the Bier de Mars style. I would like to see a little more play between the clean character exhibited here, and the challenging rogue yeast and bacteria character that I have found in authentic Belgian versions. A bit more age will bring the beer closer to center and mellow out those fresh hops. The beer seems to be influenced by Orval and does very well by the mentorship.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 02:20:14 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a finger high off white head that faded away and left lacy rings of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: The nose is slightly sour and has aromas of apples and pears.
T: The initial taste has a slight amount of sweetness and is rather fruity with apple flavors standing out in particular; the beer finishes with a slight amount of sourness from the Brettanomyces. No hop bitterness is perceptible, although there are some hints of spicy yeast in the finish.
M: It feels on the lighter side of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Compared to other beers in this style, this one is extremely easy to drink.

Note: Batch #3, November 2008

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:42:35 | More by metter98
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - $10.99 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark orange-amber body with a foamy, whitish head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of sweat-stained leather, Zuckermans' farm, sour lemon, dried grasses, a pinch of caramel, sliced bread, and farm fresh fruits, though not necessarily in that order.

Taste: Lightly sweet caramel and fresh sourdough bread washed down with a sip of apricot juice and a few drop of sour lemon juice. The Brett character is a bit subdued in this one -- no blasts of butyric acid here. Sure, you get your wild, musky tastes of leather, basement cobwebs, and farm funk, but it's been dialed down a fair bit. Lightly grassy hops with just enough hop bitterness. The finish is bone dry and features final, mild hints of malt and wild yeast. A nice balance and interplay of sweet and sour components overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A pleasant, keenly refreshing Bière de Garde lightly layered with the intriguing complexities of the Brett keeps this one in on the "easy" side of the drinking spectrum. My favorite Ommegang by a wide, wide margin. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 05:33:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ommegang balloon glass (at least, that's what I'm calling this damn thing).

Batch #3, November 2008: S'funny, I always thought, despite the name, that that was a picture of a peach on the label. You ever wonder about yourself sometimes? I know I do. Ayway, this beer pours a clear rosy amber topped by a fairly sturdy head o' white foam. The nose is kinda funky, but not so much as to make me go, "Hey, this is some funky shit!" Only certain parliamentary fellows elicit such a reaction from me. The rest of the nose comprises some light sour peach (go figure, right?), wet hay, and a touch of cobweb. The taste tones the funk down to almost nil, though the cobwebs have certainly proliferated. The peachy fruitiness is also weaker, but still fairly prevalent. Some lightly tart berries, some wet biscuits, and a vague hoppy bitterness round out the rest of the flavors. The body is a very light medium, with a light carbonation and a feel that really wants to be sticky, but, like all of those hapless nerds of yesteryear, only succeed in part. Overall, not a bad Belgian, but it somehow seems to fall short of its ostensible goals.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 03:37:51 | More by TMoney2591
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4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 23:50:51 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gory4d for this vintage bottle - Batch #2 from October 2008. Served in a Kuhhenn tulip glass.

A - Pours with three fingers of eggshell foam that dissolve to a thin cap and ring and leaves behind a few splotches of lacing. Slightly hazed deep golden-red body with lots of bubbles streaming up the middle of the glass. This could use better retention and a bit more lace, but otherwise it's quite excellent-looking.

S - Lots of wet leather, must, and hay, over top of a backbone of sweet and slightly tropical fruits. There's a little bit of peppery spice and lemon sourness but both are understated. You can definitely identify the brett funk here, although I think the dry-hopping mentioned on the label is long gone.

T - Taste is a little muted, and loses much of the complexity of the nose. There's some sweet funkiness, a caramel malt backbone, and a little bit of spicy Belgian yeast. Not bad, but it doesn't really pop with intense or rich flavors. Aftertaste is lightly sour and earthy.

M - Zingy carbonation that is active but never harsh. Medium body that is a little sticky and chewy. Slightly grainy and dry finish. No obvious alcohol heat. Style appropriate.

D - This is pretty easy to drink, and is quite evocative of seasonal Franco-Belgian table beer. I doubt I'd have identified it as American if it didn't have a label. Unfortunately it evokes a pretty average Bière de Garde instead of anything unique or special. Still, I had no problem sharing a 750ml bottle with my wife, and I'd certainly have it again although I probably wouldn't seek it out. As far as inhibitors go, the sour aftertaste gets a little off-putting and the carbonation gets a touch bloaty, but otherwise it's quite session capable.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 02:46:20 | More by MasterSki
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New York

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

The beer pours a light amber in color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is quite exceptional. It has a dry pale and light caramel malt scent along with mild farmhouse funk to it. It's spicey with a touch of horsehair. I was expecting a larger Brett aroma, but I think over time it would become more pronounced. The taste is much the same. It has a crisp Rare Vos taste with the Brett character in the finish. Again, the Brett is basically complimetary and not too aggressive. I wish it were more sour, but I think they were shooting a subtle quality. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. I've been waiting for some time to try this. Thanks goes out to Arpit for the chance to sample it.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 19:38:34 | More by WesWes
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4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 19:28:36 | More by drabmuh
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4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange color with a huge, white head. There was a lot of yeast sediment in the bottle that poured into the glasses.

Aroma is a malty sweetness with a lot of fruitiness mixed in. There is even a little funkyness in the aroma. Very inviting.

Taste is a mix of fruit and funk. There is brett in the beer and it is definitely in the flavor, though not overpowering. I didn't get much hoppiness in the flavor.

There was a lot of carbonation in this beer which goes very well with this style. Overall, a very drinkable beer. My favorite so far from Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 00:27:16 | More by Mora2000
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange-amber color with a bubbly, foamy, three-finger head that left some lace. It had quite a bit of yeast sediment floating in the bottle of the bottle.

S - It smelled very fruity and somewhat funky. It really had a sweet nose.

T - It tasted fruity, like apples, pears and some cherry. It had a caramel malt backbone.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to full-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good belgian-style ale. However, it did not leave me wanting to go buy another.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 01:16:16 | More by zeff80
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1, April 2008; Sampled October 2008
A solid pour produces four fingers of a lightly tanned, frothy head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. The beer is a murky, reddish amber hue, but shows a somewhat hazy, lighter, orange-tinged, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma as I am pouring this beer smells of apples and pear with a touch of a grain background note. A more focused look at the aroma confirms the fruit focus and adds some notes of ripe, sweet plum. A touch of drying Brettanomyces funk starts to become noticeable after a short time, but remains in a supporting role; the Brett adds some light phenolic notes that lean towards rubber, moldy wood. This mixes with the grain notes in the finish to produce a touch more wood-like character as well as some cracker-like grain notes and some lightly toasted malt. The fruit notes are definitely the most prevalent in the nose. This does smell nice, but I was definitely hoping for a bit more signature Brettanomyces character.

Light and a bit fizzy up front, the beer finishes a bit watery, slightly tart, some light plasticized phenolics and with lots of fruit character. This beer is not very sweet, in fact pretty dry, but there is enough fruitiness here to accentuate the touch of malt sweetness that is here to a level of perceived sweetness beyond the actuality. With the light body of this beer it is down-right quaffable, it does have a palate presence of flavor that just lingers for quite some time and keeps this being from being boring. Spicy, herbal notes remind me of a kiss of hop character and sort of interweaves itself with both the light funk and ample fruit notes. There is an ample level of carbonation that adds a nice peppery note to the beer and also accentuates the light tartness and a touch of fruity ginger notes.

While note nearly as Brettanomyces influenced as I might have preferred (give it time though and it might get there), this is fantastically drinkable and quite well balanced and flavorful right now. A very enjoyable beer even if I do find myself wishing for a touch more complexity. One of those beers that I could have paid much more attention to picking out the nuances, but was distracted by how down-right quaffable it is so I drank the damn thing instead.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 03:13:28 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice looking orange color. The head was there for a little while but faded to the edges of the glass and didn't leave much lacing. The smell of the beer had a little bit of a farhouse aroma to it but also had a light sweetness too. The taste of the beer gives off a slight tart kick in the beginning but fades into a really subtle earthy flavor in the end. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and had plenty of carbonation. Overall I thought this beer was really nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 05:40:53 | More by Knapp85
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4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle:

Pours golden amber with a foamy white head that loudly fizzles down to a thin cover.

The smell is funky with white grain and carmelized grain. Some bread, some spiciness.

The taste is funky with a lemony tartness and caramelish malt. The Bretts (more obvious than I remember the Ommegeddon being) are prominent, yet the caramelish maltiness shows its sweet touch. Finishes dry.

Nicely effervescent - though with a bit fizzy sharpness, it begins a bit thin, but the body builds a bit as it progresses.

A funky version of the style with a nice malt base and a touch of spiciness. A well-done, unique, interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 13:00:38 | More by jwc215
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4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brownish amber with a creme head. Nose is like a Flanders to me. Mildly woody and cherries. I wish it were more boisterous I like it so much. Flavor is mild woods and an almost Flanders funk. Man. It just barely skirts the tip of my tongue. So light, but just enough to make it pleasurable. There's some apple in there with that wood too. Feel is smooth on liquid and has a nice carbonation. Very easy to drink. Ommegang was freaking me out with that whole Irish Dry Stout thing earlier this year. But with this and the Rouge, I'm interested to see what's next.

A big thank you to BeerWorld for this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 23:58:22 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 17:19:36 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

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

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a two finger head that slowly falls to a long lasting thick foam. Some lace covers the glass during the session.

Smell: fruit sweetness and a mild sour tone is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, sour green grapes, red apple sweetness, yeast, and a moderate bitterness provides a tasty profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with some light dryness arriving at the finish. There is a long mildly sour aftertaste with this beer.

Drinkability: very easy to consume this beer. Once the bomber was gone, I could have had another.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 14:27:42 | More by Gavage
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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, into an Orval glass, Batch #2,

A: Pours a cloudy dark burnt orange with a fizzy finger and a half of head. Great head retenion, some yeasties.

S: Cherry and bubblegum esters hit first. Also musty barnyard oranges, yeast, earthy hops and soil.

T: Amber ale malt and candied oranges form the main flavour. Secondary notes of copper and grassy rustic hops. Brett isn't prevalent, but lends a musty undertone throughout the experience of drinking the beer.

M: Mouth-filling carbonation, had to coax some out to get at the full flavour. Creamy, medium-bodied.

D: Very drinkable, rustic provisional beer. Too bad it's $15 a bottle, but when I can get Hennepin or Rare Vos at half the price I don't think I'll ever have it again unless it's on-tap. Fun beer to try though.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 16:34:00 | More by Halcyondays
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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.

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 05:23:08 | More by mactrail
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 10/16/10 notes. Shared a bottle with my brother and father. Batch 2 from October 2008.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tart apples, brett, spices, and citrus. Little bit of funk but mostly tart apples.

t - Tastes of lemon, spices, tart apples, brett, and some funk. More funk in the taste than the smell and more citrus than apple.

m - Light to medium body and high carbonation that hurts the mouthfeel a little bit.

d - A pretty enjoyable biere de garde. Lots of tart apples and funk, which I liked a lot. I wish it hadn't been quite as carbonated, but I enjoyed it none the less. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

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