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Bière De Mars - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
87
very good

387 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 387
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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UCLABrewN84

California

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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mactrail

Washington

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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spw109

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-15-2013 06:33:28 | More by spw109
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-08-2013 05:22:20 | More by WOLFGANG
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-08-2013 01:47:03 | More by pathman
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-03-2013 16:00:35 | More by drummermattie02
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-23-2013 23:07:29 | More by jaxon53
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csfcmitchell

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-21-2013 14:03:48 | More by csfcmitchell
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freebirdbm14

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-11-2013 18:37:26 | More by freebirdbm14
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-27-2013 13:49:55 | More by Slatetank
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hopkrid

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-21-2013 00:12:22 | More by hopkrid
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kingmaker

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-10-2013 03:49:48 | More by kingmaker
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-13-2013 23:04:48 | More by Jspriest
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soxandbeer

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -48.2%

04-11-2013 23:56:24 | More by soxandbeer
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MadScientist

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-20-2013 00:52:10 | More by MadScientist
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Herky21

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-11-2013 23:10:29 | More by Herky21
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-04-2013 00:53:55 | More by generallee
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phishbone23

New York

1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

01-23-2013 15:49:02 | More by phishbone23
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Brew33

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-22-2013 21:26:42 | More by Brew33
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

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

Batch #3 2008.

Pours hazy amber with a finger of head.

Interesting aroma. Plenty of toasted malt aromas, biscuits, grassy, earthy, light dry spice notes, phenols, ripe apple fruitiness and tartness.

Taste has a little more funk. Plenty of toasted biscuit flavors, apple-like tartness, slightly bitter on the finish.

Tight, crisp carbonation

Interesting beer. Would get it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 04:33:10 | More by TheMultiYeast
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Huffs

New York

4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:48:56 | More by Huffs
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musicsherlock

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-20-2012 17:35:57 | More by musicsherlock
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lillitnn92

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-13-2012 00:51:08 | More by lillitnn92
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TheBigLebrewski

Michigan

4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 08:38:44 | More by TheBigLebrewski
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rolive

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-02-2012 20:10:26 | More by rolive
Bière De Mars from Brewery Ommegang
87 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.