Bière De Mars - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 27
Gots: 19 | 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:
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(Beer added by: akorsak on 07-17-2006)
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Photo of Pencible
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured a hazy light copper with lots of chunky sediment and fluffy white head. It smelled like lemon hops and sour wild yeast and sea salt, with juniper and metallic copper and overripe oranges, and a bit of pine. It tasted like lemon and orange hops, with sour wild yeast and sea salt, and some metallic copper hops. It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation, and had a sour and bitter aftertaste. Overall this was good but not as unique or delicious as I was hoping. It had decent body but was overly carbonated, and the flavor wasn't great. Southampton's bière de garde was totally different and much preferred to this. Ommegang is a great brewery, but this beer lacked malt for balance and depth. Perhaps aging would help this?

Photo of jnn4v
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy, chock-full-o sediment. Honestly, it's a bit revolting to me. But I know that the overall color (amber) and texture (lots of fine carbonation) appear to be fine, so I'll just slightly rate it below average.

S: Metallic, fruit, flowers. Maybe a hint of clove? Minor yeast scent. Juniper?

T: Bland is the first term that jumps to mind. Upon closer inspection, lemon, some bitterness, some clove. Maybe a bit of copper. Not much in the way of malt or sweetness to back this. Seems a bit unbalanced to me.

M: Fuzzy, thin and overall something that seems fitting for the genre but not particularly for my tastes.

Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice offering from Ommegang. I wish more brewers would attempt this style. Pours a glowing orangish brown with a silky beige head. The nose has a subtle famyard funk presence over delicate malts, tart citrus, fruity hops and peppery alcohol. Very well balanced flavor profile. Spicy yeasts, sour oranges, musty oak, Brett and quiet hops. Medium body is well carbonated. Would pair well with a variety of meals.

Photo of mfhlucky13
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Giant, pillowy head on top of a beautiful copper orange. Just a touch of lace on the way down.

S: Nice touch of Brett, sweetness, spice, pepper and fruit.

T: The first sip was tart and spicy. Followed by a light fruity taste, with they brett revealing itself just enough. A touch of funk.

M: Well carbonated, smooth and full.

D: Easy to drink, pass it around. Not a crazy brett statement, just right. How will it age?

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

Dark amber pour with a creamy white beige head. Head is easily coaxed back to the top with a gentle swirl. Very slight lacing - no stickiness. Very nice appearnace. Smell is a bit of bitter orange peel, with a nice spiciness and brett assault. First thought is that the brett makes itself more known here than it did in Omeggeddon. Taste is spot on for what I expect from a Biere de Mars. Not as good as the superb version released by Schlafly or the more sour JP, but still very nice. A bit of musty bitterness with just a touch of orange peel. Mouthfeel is great. Smooth and oh so sippable. This lends to great drinkability too. The only downfall is the price. A nice beer, but if I want the brett bug, there are cheaper options, and better ones at that price. Still, a very good beer.

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

750 mL bottled purchased from BevMo in Burbank, CA. (Thanks, Carlos!) Served in a tulip glass.

Nice deep amber color, slightly hazy, and topped with a fluffy head of off-white foam. Doesn't leave much lace sticking to the glass. Good head retention.

There are several contrasting layers here which work well together. There's plenty of fruit up front, mostly sweet orange and freshly cut apples. The fruit is supported by sweet malt and a peppery, ginger-y spiciness. There's also a little mustiness which gains strength as the beer warms. So far, this beer seems quite faithful to the bière de garde style.

Drier and spicier than I was expecting from the nose. There's a rather mild brett kick right up front, along with a clove bite which is nicely enhanced by a bit of honey-like malt sweetness. This is followed by a quick burst of lemon-orange tartness which gives way to dry malt and lots of fruit (pears, black plums, a bit of pumpkin). The finish is dry, spicy, and subtly funky, with a lightly medicinal herbal note.

Quite lively mouthfeel, with a light body and a soft but plentiful carbonation which stimulates the palate.

This beer is well balanced and very nicely put together. It never leans too far towards tart or sweet or funky or spicy. (Actually, a bit more brett funk would be welcome here.) The flavors harmonize well, and the texture is appealing and refreshing.

Photo of Rainintheface
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of abfraser
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2, October 2008. Bigtime pop opening the cork. No overflow, though.

A: Pours a ruddy orangish gold with a massive frothy head. You'll want to pour this one slowly so the entire glass isn't foam. Carbonation is not an issue with this one.

S: Hefeweizen-style aromas of banana, coriander, and clove. Some lemon zest. Quite yeasty and estery. Disappointingly, no Brett aromas.

T/M: Same as the smells. Pretty slight hint of Brett, but the subtly of it works really well in my opinion. Mouthfeel is a little thin, though. Very dry finish leaving a bready/yeasty finish.

D: Given that its a well-balanced representation of the style, it's the definition of drinkable.

Overall, a solid, if unspectacular beer. Worth grabbing one if you've never had, but I prefer the more sour Jolly Pumpkin's

Photo of SummitVA
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber. Carbonation steady, leaving a thick head and then lacing.

Some sweet malt in the nose, with just the faintest hint of brett. Taste a bit sweet with a crisp finish. I get a bit of citrus and brett--the latter only after I swallow.

Body is much thinner than I anticipated, and while I knew the beer was simply "finished" with Brett B-, I was hoping for more wild character. Reading some other reviews, looks like this beer is hit or miss. I may try it again, but I'm not going to go out of my way to find another bottle.

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

750mL brown glass cork-finished. Batch #2: Oct 2008

Appearnce: Amber/orange-tan, slightly cloudy, with tall frothy white head. Leaves very little spotting as it receeds and a thin solid layer.

Nose: Mild. Sour peach, tree bark, dry river rocks, dried grain husks.

Palate: Moderately lively, but restrained carbonation. Medium bodied and a little creamy. The flavors are mild and restrained. Amberish, I suppose in character, with that slow, drying mouthfeel of Brett. There's a little tiny sourness, a little astringency and a little funk. Sour peach and minerals on the finish with a light woody finish.

Notes: This seems to be a very restrained example of a Brett beer, and I will be curious to see what it does in the bottle over the next year or so. Good mouthfeel, and it's not overly astringent which makes it more "drinkable" (i.e. finish the one alone or maybe have another).

Photo of Kraken
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 02/27/09
Per the neck of the bottle, this is Batch 3 November 2008

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a standard pint glass. Moderate pour yields 3 fingers of slightly off white head consisting of large bubbles. Active head falls quickly with audible "fizz". Not much in the way of lace. Color is a light amber with fine suspended particulate.

Nose- sort of a sweet orange zest, but not from hops. Lemon rind. An interesting spice to the nose, almost a potpourri quality.

Taste- Dry and spicy. Some dry lemon, and orange zest. Very mild, and slightly tart. Peppery spice, mild musty gym soaks, by no means over powering. Slightly puckers the mouth. Very dry, spicy. No presence of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Very dry, tart, active carbonation.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, keeps you interested.

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

Thanks to hurleymanvw for this one brought back from the brewery!!

A. Deep gold with a copper/red hue. Very clear with a sticky ring os foam around the edge of the glass.

S. Candi sugar, banana, caramel, lemons, and cotton candy. Very sweet.

T. Following closely to the nose with the fresh fruits but adds a peppery spice and a touch of brown sugar.

M. Medium in the mouth with high carbonation.

D. A nice beer. Very unique. I like the spice blending with the touch of funk.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of and split with dkachur - thanks!! My portion poured into a 10 oz. cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, orange amber-bodied beer, capped with a little more than one-finger of almost white head. The retention on this one's admirable, and after an initial period of fizzy fade, it stops dead in its tracks and sticks around for quite some time, clinging to the sides of the glass, desperately staving off its inevitable fate. The body is replete mercurial, well-distributed effervescence, billowing upwards rapidly towards the ne'er-fading head.

Aroma: Brett is strong in this one, pleasantly crisp and well-integrated, not too funky or sour and not too subtle. The remainder of this one is precisely what it should be - a maltier saison, slightly spicy, with notes of cinnamon, white pepper, and cloves with notes of pears and apple skins. All of this on top of a honey-like malt foundation, though slight hints of roast do peek through. I also get something - particularly as this one warms - that almost smells like tea tree oil, leafy and slightly spicy, tropical, intense.

Taste: Much, much fainter than the nose, though not unpleasant. The malts are very dry and soft, the sourness more subdued, the funk in the background, and the fruity notes - strawberries, slight pear, cherries (though perhaps that's just the way I interpret sour notes) - though well-integrated, still definitely less forceful. Improves as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and well-carbonated - obvious from the appearance, if nothing else - in a relatively moderately-thick body. This one's big, bold, and fluffy, perhaps even slightly overcarbonated, though it seems to work fairly well with the flavor profile.

Drinkability: A perfectly pleasant brew, fantastic up front, and though it stumbles at the finish line, it's still very good. The brett adds quite an interesting dynamic, and though age might make this one more interesting still (particularly in the taste), I don't know how much it can do without a little more in terms of malt complexity. If it weren't so expensive, I'd definitely buy another bottle to age!

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a nice, tightly beaded head and some sediment. Smells very lightly sour, grassy, and citrusy with orange and lemon. Slightly metallic smell at the end. The taste is a bit more complex and also a bit earthier. There is just the slightest bit of clean funk, some spicy earthinesss, and some prickly citrus. Tart flavors tempered by spicy/earthy hops. Quite nice. Quite prickly and carbonated in the mouth, but very refreshing.

Photo of BeenJammin
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Biere de Mars pours a straw amber color with an enormous fluffy head. The aroma is very tart and remniscent of a sour lime or apple.

The taste has a more subdued tartness, maybe a funk? Definitely can pick up the belgian yeast, maybe that is the bret? Has some spiciness near the end. Has a citrusy, fruity malt character. I was a bit disappointed in the mouthfeel, it seemed a bit watery to me. This beer has excellent drinkablity.

Photo of Slynger
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a cap of fine bubbled off-white froth.

Soft aromas of sweet red apples along with some yeasty funk.

Same in the flavor. Touch of sweet fruit and malt with a more pronounced tart yeasty funk. It's pretty dry with a modest spice to it as well. Goes down smooth with a lot of fuzzing tingly carbonation.

Not the best I've had of this style, but a solid effort from Ommegang.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this unexpectedly today in Davis Square, guess I can scratch it off my wants list now. Anyway, I poured Ommegang Biere de Mars in a Duvel tulip. Color was orange, with a slighr red twinge to it. About two fingers of white heading shows up, along with a large amount of yeasty sediment floating in the glass. Musty nose, with lots of fruity funk, hay, dark grains, more fruit to go around. Funk is not as present in the taste, which starts off with some nice juicy fruit, then takes a turn for the grainy and dry. Body is right there in the middle, with a nice balance between the hops, malt and wild yeast. Alcohol warmth can be felt after going through about half a glass, but that did not deter me from finishing the bottle. Although there haven't been many, this is one of the best of the style I have had. If this were available all the time, I would buy it often. Cheers

Photo of NEhophead
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4 fl oz brown bottle; caged & corked.
Batch #3, November 2008.
Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy, rustic copper in color beneath a finger's length, dense white foam that hugs the snifter's rim imparting ringed lacing as the foam slowly recedes. Thin, delicate lacing is left once the head finally fades.

Light, yet not faint, mustiness that allows a bright citrus to shine through: lime, green apple, and lemon zest. A light, subdued tartness: cherry, raspberry. Semi-sweet toasted bread with a brief peppered spice and smokey character.

Moderate dry oak flavor with a delicate layer of smoke. The smokey dry flavors are somewhat are ultimately overtaken by a light tartness: raspberry, cherry, and lemon. This sour quality is clean in the sense that it is not artificial in the least; however, the predominant farmhouse must dulls the tartness to a degree. The cutting wave of carbonation works well with the tartness as well as feeding into the dry, spicy finish. Notes of oak and refreshing citrus in the aftertaste.

Medium in body; dry and musty, but not nearly filmy on the palate. Well balanced in texture and in flavor.

A very pleasantly flavored and well balanced Biere de Garde. All too often this style is overdone in terms of sourness and/or mustiness, but Ommegang has done a successful job where this style counts most: balance. Certainly worth a try and a return trip.

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

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a deep golden orange color with plenty of yeast floaters, very active carbonation that feeds a beautiful puffy head that left some real nice lacing. A nice farmhouse funk aroma, sweet and peppery, noticable candi sugar presence. The farmhouse funk is also in the taste, some lemon tartness, a metallic twang and a slightly bready malt. Enough of a malt presence to distinguish this from a saison. The feel is fairly light, very airy from the carbonation. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated. Finishes slightly tart. A nice and tasty brew. Closer to a saison than most Biere de Gardes, not a strong malt presence.

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

Bottle into red wine glass.

Pours cloudy orange-gold, effervescent, with a two finger, creamy off-white head that stays around.

Nose is citrusy, oranges and lemons, crisp, and with some nice barnyard funk in there also. Some vanilla and a bit of caramel sweetness that links up with the citrus are in there also. Really, really nice nose.

Flavor is a bit dry up front, yeasty, though with a nice, juicy lemony citrus presence in the middle, with the barnyard funk emerging lightly towards the finish. More yeast. The finish itself is long, dry, slightly funky, with a lingering, light yeasty note coming in as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp but light, round, medium bodied. Slightly fluffy.

Refreshing, complex, and subtle - and very satisfying. A great effort from a great brewery, one of my favorites from them.

Photo of grub
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this one up at consumers beverage on a recent trip to buffalo.

750ml bottle, corked and caged. batch #3, november 2008. sampled jan 31/09.

pours deep red with a big fluffy off-white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves plenty of lace behind.

aroma is nice. white bread and cracker. bit of alcohol. faint belgian yeasty spice. very light fruity character.

taste is good. low bitterness level. there's definitely some brett in there, mainly in the mouthfeel but a little in the taste. leather and horse blanket. bit of cracker and white bread. just a hint of fruit, but almost no trace of sweetness. maybe a hint of caramel too.

mouthfeel is good. clingy drying feel from the brett. fairly light body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. the brett gives it a neat extra dimension and i think the dryness makes it a little more drinkable than some BdG's, which can sometimes end up overly sweet to me. i'd be curious to try this one with a little more time for the brett to work, so i'll have my eye out for another.

Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, thanks to grub for sharing. This is batch #3, from November 2008.

Pours a hazy dark amber/orange, neat colour, thick off white head forms, big bubbles, and drops some spiral lacing on the glass while settling to a thick ring and layer, looks pretty good. Smell is nice, yeasty and spicy, honey sweetness, biscuits, a bit of dry grapes and fruity funk, mango, lots of tropical fruit, icing sugar, musty, earth, barnyard, pretty cool, brett hasn't quite taken hold yet but its present. Taste is lightly tart at first, some lemon acidity and orange peel, light coriander, honey, toasted bread, very earthy, grapes and wood, light lemony funk with some horseblanket, very dry and wheaty in the finish, alcohol comes through a bit. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, nice light funkiness, very drinkable and refreshing, if not the most flavourful. Nice beer, thanks Russ!

Photo of gory4d
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml. corked & caged bottle; neck label reads "Batch #2, October 2008;" no freshness date.

It pours a hazelnut-orange color, quite clear, with steady streams of fine bubbles feeding the lofty off-white head, which fades pretty quickly and leaves only a little lacing down the glass. The smell is like wet wool, alum, and marigold. The taste calls to mind Joyce's phrase "foul flowerwater:" bitter marigold, wood-sorrel sourness, the tannic qualities of strong black tea, with a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. The carbonation is full but fine, the body clean and medium thick, the finish nicely dry. It's a tad intense for more than a couple of glasses, but the moderate alcohol makes it easy to put away. A very nice beer.

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

Batch 2, October 2008. Typical Omme presentation, Belgian bomber, caged and corked $11.99 @ De Cicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours dark peach amber, cloudy, light tan head, better then decent retention and leaves plenty of splattered gobs of lace. Bit o' funk, and sweet fruity spice in the nose. Spiced up up front, lightly horsey in the midsection and quite dry and puckering in the finish. Imminently crisp, tasty and refreshing. Yum...great accompaniment to light and spicy foods of all sorts. Fine addition to the Ommegang family.

Bière De Mars from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.