Biere De Mars
Uinta Brewing Company

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Bière de Garde
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 7.59%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
47
From:
Uinta Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  7
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a hazy amber color with a slight transparency about it. Some carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Just a cap of a little white foamy head that slid off pretty quick. The aroma had a sweet floral to herbal to earthy maltiness shielding some citrus sweet content from totally involving the overall balance. The flavor brought the floral/herbal/earthy sweet malts in together and a slight touch of sweet oats/grains. Aftertaste was somewhat woody with the prior tastes to boot. Finish was quick and leaning towards the earthiness. The palate was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt pretty good. Overall, pretty good Biere de Garde I could have again. I missed the "chardonnay" barrel, but that would be a good thing for me.

Jun 11, 2017
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid. Very good example of this style. Smith, drinkable, tasty, mild, mellow, yummy, cold.....Was glad I tried..as i recall most from this brewer have ranged from above average to exceptional..this is on the higher end.

Nov 03, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/24/2016 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy golden brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, caramelized malts, some spice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of bananas, citrus, honey and some spice. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Jun 25, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD 7-14-2016

Pours a lightly hazed & effervescent chestnut with a pinky of beige head. Stays effervescent, nice lacing & head retention

S: Pretty neutral, weird...

T: Cakey, oaky dryness, a little pear skin up front. Chardonnay dryness, green melon, a little booze burn as this warms, more pear skin, caramel as well. Finishes with pear, dryness, caramel & sweetness, & a little oaky booze, some vanilla

MF: Medium body, light carbonation

Tasty, but off style, yeast presence is slight at best

Jun 11, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left minimal lacing. It smelled of white white, plum, toasted malt and floral notes. Buttery sweet with toffee, caramel and subtle spices. Medium bodied ale.

May 23, 2016
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flagmantho from Washington

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a moderate haze and two fingers of frothy ivory foam. A nice chunky lace is left on the glass as it dissipates.

Smell: malty with a moderate sweetness and just a hint of toast and funk. It's almost got a dusty character to it.

Taste: sweet and ever so slightly funky with kind of a musty, dank wet-hop character to it. There's just a hint of the wine barrel in there, too; it's not bad, per se, but it doesn't strongly appeal to me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: an interesting beer; it doesn't really fit my idea of a bière de garde, though.

May 21, 2016
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FBGordon from Florida

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on draft.

A: Pours an orange-copper with a fine off-white head that maintains well and laces throughout.

S: Notes of caramel hops, some white pepper and a little orange zest.

T: Some soft hops up front, caramel notes and a touch of vanilla. Hops settle lightly on the back end. Everything is pleasantly softened by the barrel aging.

M: Smooth and medium bodied with crisp carbonation up front.

O: Pleasant and refreshing. This is my first of the style, albeit an Americanized version (and there's nothing wrong with that). I like the chardonnay barrel aging a lot. All in all, it's something different and easily enjoyable.

May 01, 2016
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mactrail from Washington

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear orangey amber with a big creamy foam in the Blanche de Chambly glass. Tangy and frothy in the mouth. Light yeasty taste turns the initial sweetness into a barely dry finish.

Rich and malty. There is a slight but distinct note of the savory "meaty" taste that I associate with this style, ever since the late, lamented Bière De Mars from New Belgium. Blackberry and pear and something like custard.

Another excellent Uinta brew that gives a new and highly drinkable interpretation to the Farmhouse style. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, Wash.

Mar 31, 2016
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Todd from California

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malty, Bready, Oaky, Fruity

A variation of a Bière de Garde, Uinta's take on the Biere de Mars style was aged in Chardonnay barrels. Pours dark amber with clingy and creamy head. The nose is malty with hints of grape. Smooth and slightly viscous on the palate. Malty sweet and bready with notes of toffee and a hint of vanilla from the oak, plus suggestions of exotic fruits and a green apple edge. The nuances imparted by the wine barrels complement and add depth. Dry, and slightly yeasty in the finish. A solid offering.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #110 (March 2016).

Mar 24, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Celebrating spring with a traditional rustic flare, Uinta calls on the French farmhouse for inspiration for this "March" beer with its special treatment of the biere de garde now obscure style. Akin to the saison, this French taste is subtle and characterful with a spring "Mars" nuance.

Its lightly burnt orange hue sparkles with ample champagne carbonation and a tawny gold gaze. Its arid white fluff casts aspirations of fresh-kilned grain, pecan, bread crust and zinfindale fruit and spice. Its taste is grainy-sweet with the light raw vegetation of husk and stalk with light caramel sweetness, a hint of honey and biscuit.

As the middle palate blooms, the sweetness relaxes and the taste of grain is greeted with Belgianesque fruit esters and mild yeast spices. Apple, green grape, light citrus and plum are juxtaposed to peppercorn and vinous white wine acidity. With a moderately bittered finish, the fleeting flavors are grassy, spicy and light of pine and citrus peel.

Medium-bodied and racy, the prickle of carbonation and the mild winey taste breaks up the malt and offers the palate a drying finish with the same grain flavor and feel that registers like a dry amber ale and an aftertaste of toast and pepper.

Mar 14, 2016
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky and sediment filled orange beer with little aroma but a tinge of spice and apple. Very mild flavor as well...maybe a hint of toffee. Medium bodied, and alcoholic for only 7.2%. The white wine aging is almost unnoticeable. Decent, but hardly a classic for its style. Cheers!

Mar 11, 2016
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babaracas from Florida

3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear dark orange with red tint, two fingers of fluffy cream colored head fade to a thin cap leaving a spray of lace down the glass. Smell: faint caramel and toast with vaguely strawberry-ish jam and herbal hopping - seems to be dominated by the barrel character which itself isn't terribly interesting... dull woodsy and grape skin. Taste: milk caramel, herbal and generically citric hopping - of which there is arguably way too much of, toast note, red plum, berry skin, orange extract note, vinous closer with lingering grape skin finish. Body is on the light side of medium, languid upfront with somewhat aggressive carbonation kicking in mid sip. This does a lot right but is overall disappointing (over hopped? over barreled?)

Feb 29, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 7/14/16.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, fruit, earth, yeast, spice, and slight white wine aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, fruit, earth, spice, yeast, and slight white wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a white wine barrel aging that is somewhat subtle to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Feb 27, 2016
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish orange color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice bubbly cap that leaves some sticky lacing

S: Some nice fruity and spicy esters from the yeast, along with a pungent vinous character from the chardonnay barrels. Toasty maltiness present throughout the background

T: Follows the nose. A good mix of light fruity and spicy esters go along with the vinous notes from the wine barrel nicely. Very light oak compliments the toasty maltiness. Alcohol hits a little, but is very clean and not biting at all. Finishes with toasted malt and light esters

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Stays surprisingly light and clean throughout

O: A very solid example of the style that gets a good compliment from the chardonnay barrels. Remains light and drinkable at 7.2%. Definitely worth checking out if you get your hands on some

Feb 23, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the big bottle in a snifter. This fine Biere de Garde pours a lightly cloudy amber with a frothy head of white foam that subsides to a thick bubbled ring, thin layer, and nice lacing. Nose of pear, oak, grapes, and subtle herbal hops. Flavors exceed the nose with candied pears and notes of lemon zest that come in on the middle with oak and chardonnay tapping in on the sides and back, and finishing with a dry oak and herbal hops note that is lively and delicious. Nice mouth feel, great carbonation is prickly and refreshing, finishing with a subtle tart dryness.

Feb 20, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/14/16.Drinking a spring seasonal at the end of January....but it feels like spring here in NC.Pours into my Hennepin stemmed glass a nice lighter amber shade with a full one finger clingy white head that leaves a full ring of chunks behind as it settles into a frothy mass.Leafy hops stand out most in the nose along with a bit of pear.Vanilla and apple flavors up front,slightly doughy not overly sweet,a little yeasty but not in a bad way.Man I think a good biere de garde is hard to find but for me this hits the spot,well done.

Jan 31, 2016
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 47 ratings