1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bière De Mars - Brewery Ommegang

Not Rated.
Bière De MarsBière De Mars

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

389 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 389
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 27
Gots: 19 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 07-17-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 389 | Reviews: 272 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of matthewheadden
4/5  rDev +3.6%

matthewheadden, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

SlainteAlbanyNY, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of PaBeerLover
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

PaBeerLover, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of jivex5k
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jivex5k, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of jurbanik
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jurbanik, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.6%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of DioS
4/5  rDev +3.6%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of djs467
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

djs467, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of dorkinajeep
4/5  rDev +3.6%

dorkinajeep, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

DavoleBomb, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Brubaker
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Brubaker, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Darkmagus82, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Jason_Quad
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jason_Quad, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
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

bigfnjoe, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of bkrbdan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bkrbdan, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of mtlasley
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

mtlasley, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

polishkaz, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of wesley14
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

wesley14, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

tobelerone, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of bentonquest
4/5  rDev +3.6%

bentonquest, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of WynnO
3/5  rDev -22.3%

WynnO, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of OriolesFan1008
4/5  rDev +3.6%

OriolesFan1008, May 30, 2012
Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -22.3%

TimH, May 19, 2012
Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

IrishGermanAmerican, May 19, 2012
Photo of sailorastro
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

sailorastro, May 06, 2012
Bière De Mars from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.