Biere De Mars
New Belgium Brewing Company

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French Bière de Garde
3.68 | pDev: 13.32%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 410 | Ratings: 760
Photo of Jason
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle, sample sent from brewery.

Massive rocky head, clear copper hue. Green peppercorn, quince, wild flowers, & white tea in the nose. Very crisp and dry. Dry cracker-like malt, yeast and spice are predominant. Faintly medicinal, wild herbs, taffy, lavender, & more nutty yeast on the palate. A pretty good sip, seems it would be better with food than on its own.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light auburn and dark yellow color, solid Brussels lace on the side, good retention before that. Aroma was complex with yeast contributions of pepper, wheat, citrus rind.

Bready mouthfeel. Some spice rack. Coriander and clove, not huge. Too much bitterness for style.

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Photo of pat61
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It has malty, bready aromas and fruit and spice flavors. Lemon flavors and aromas. It pours an orangey gold. The Brett yeast gives it a touch of sourness and light funk. Highly carbonated, medium light body.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%

Huge carbonation hiss as the bottle opens. Pours 90% foam even at a 45 degree angle. Settles as a pale orange hue with very good transparency. Huge foamy off-white head on top. Aroma is of lemons, hints of Bretty funk, some tree fruits, nice toasted caramel malt presence in there as well. Interesting flavors of lemon, coriander, earthy hay, hints of tart fruit, toasted malts. Maybe a touch over carbonated, but the feel is still nice. I like this beer more than I thought I would. Pretty good beer overall, glad I found this in the $3.99 bargin bin.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a Prairie Teku
Thanks to Yoshi Optimator for this one! Cheers!

A - Hazy amber/apricot color with 2 fingers of soapy tan bubbles. Zero lacing with a thin cap.

S - Earthy citrus, acidic, white wine, granny smith apples, sharp sourdough bread, dusty grains, over ripe tropical fruit, pineapple and mango, sweet but funky. Fruity alcohol coming through.

T - Follows the nose with earthy citrus, grainy bread, peppery, old grass, apple juice, muted lemons, dry yeast. There's a hint of acidity, but not as much as the nose describes. The finish brings more pepper along with some bitter melon rind.

M - Annoyingly high carbonation, you can't hold a drink in your mouth for more than 2 seconds or it just completely turns to foam. The body is thin for a split second. So you have extreme opposites.

I'm not exactly sure but pretty sure this is a few years old. An interesting beer for sure. The mouthfeel threw it off a little for me. I'm not a fan of swallowing straight foam. Great aroma. The funk is delicate without being light, very earthy with notes of sourdough bread and tropical fruit.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a brown 22 oz bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass. No discernible bottling or freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance - Body is a translucent golden-orange, with a lot of complexity from the light wafting through, revealing yellow highlights. Head is a fluffy two fingers of microbubbles featuring good retention and solid lacing.

Smell - Musty, but with some hints of malty sweetness and spice as well as the trademark brett characteristic. However, the brett is considerably subdued, so it took a few smells to even pick it up at all.

Taste - Complex mix of flavors with no single dominant profile. Notes of grain and sourdough with bright lemony overtones as well as some yeasty funk, but again that component is faded and in the background.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable and with carbonation on the high side of moderate. Body is on the light side of medium.

Overall, a beer that's decent, but nothing spectacular. As much as I love saisons, I've had trouble finding a biere de garde that speaks to me in the same way. This one is unique in having the brett and some tartness, but those elements are too subdued to really kick this one up a notch.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Cellared between 53 and 66 degrees F for 2 years.

A - Transparent golden color with a nice lacey white head that faded consistently from a half inch in my mini-snifter.

S - It has a farmhouse aroma to is that is kind of a musty-sweet.

T - Rather mild flavor for an american wild. Certainly not sour but it seems as though it was heading in that direction.

M - Mildly coarse and slightly dry with much of the texture on the tip of my tongue. It is a nice feeling brew, without a doubt.

~ This isn't something I would necessarily seek out. However, this one aged in my cellar for two years. I would like another bottle to see how it would end up after 4 years in the cellar.

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Photo of maxwelldeux
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Draught at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh. Pours an extremely cloudy amber color with a smallish pillowy white head. They said it was near the end of the keg, so it may look a bit weird. Nose is subtle, but slightly malty. Taste is light and slightly sweet, but without a lot of substance to it. Meh.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from last summer, courtesy of my brother-in-law, poured into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Thanks, Walker!

A: Clear deep amber body beneath two inches of fine tan froth. Good retention and lacing. Very nice example of the style.

S: Spicy, fruity, dry. Citrus, earthy brett, and pepper. Excellent.

T: Bubblegum and toast up front, with peppercorn, lemongrass, and dry minerality toward the back end. Sahara-dry finish. Terrific.

M: Hugely effervescent, light-bodied. Works great with the dryness.

O: I've never been a huge Biére de Garde fan, but this one really hit the nail on the head: enough malt to be substantial, enough spice to be interesting, and (more than) enough dryness to be refreshing. One of the driest beers I've had in a long time, but not in an astringent way at all. Really tasty stuff - surprised to see it isn't rated a bit higher. Maybe the Brett has done some positive developing over the last few months? I thought all the new Lips of Faith beers were pasteurized, though. Hmm.


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Photo of Tucquan
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-05-10 in Columbia, PA

A - Fairly clear gold with a big 2-finger white head and moderate lacing.

S - Spice, some funk, hay, honey, floral. Nice complexity.

T - Tastes like it smells. Herbal spicy, lemon, mint, cracker, Brett funk, white pepper, finishes on the medicinal bitter side.

M - Thin body and light-medium carbonation.

O - Not world class but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"A celestial collision of orange-hued ale, citrusy lemon verbena, and unidentified flying brettanomyces, launch to". Brewed in the style of a Biere De Garde. No bottle date- old style cap (New Belgium Goblet cap), suggests that this is an older bottle.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Globe Glass. Served north of 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an off-white creamy head with a medium thick lacing but below average retention. Body color is a caramel orange amber hue, carbonation is spritely and plentiful. Not a bad appearance. 3.5

(Smell) Light biscuity malts, sour funk and fruit notes, boozy alcohol character, heavy spice and yeast profile with clove, banana and white pepper. The aroma goes long for collective intensity, there's certainly no holding back here, it's one of the most in-your-face Biere De Gardes I've smelled. 3.75

(Taste) Crackery pale malt character with fruity esters and a milder banana and clove character, but still striking. There's a musty, dry finish lacking in sweetness. It's a bit harsh and shallow on drinkability overall. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Light cracker malt dryness and a mild creamy spritz of carbonation on the tongue. Medium alcohol presence. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium overall. 3.5

(Overall) This was a pretty heavy-bodied Biere-De-Garde with a bold spice profile. Perhaps it doesn't cater to everybody's liking. 3.5

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.49/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Biere De Mars pours a hazy golden color, with a nice large frothy head. There is a very strong yeasty aroma, with hints of spices, and oranges. The taste has some notes of orange, then it becomes sour, very yeasty and thick. The flavor is full, but I don't want this flavor hanging around. Overall I didnt care for this, it does have a full flavor, but too thick in taste.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: murky orange hue with plenty of haze and a good, if somewhat obfuscated, effervescence. Head pours two fingers of frothy ivory foam with a smooth lace left on the glass as it dissipates. Attractive.

Smell: a wet-earth aroma is prevalent with perfumey overtones. The spicing is interesting and hard to nail down; the bottle says this is lemon verbena. More soapy than citrusy, but generally not too bad.

Taste: toasty malt with a definite floral, perfumey character. The flavor plays well off of the aroma. There is this fascinating after-tone which appears almost as much in my nose as on my tongue, of candy necklaces and Canadian floral gums. Normally I don't go in for these kinds of shenanigans in a beer, but this is, surprisingly, working for me. Fascinating.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a surprisingly big carbonation and a mammoth, sustained creaminess. Ba dow! Fantastic.

Overall: what a weird beer. On paper, I should not like its flavor, but in practice it just rings my bell. The mouthfeel alone is almost reason enough to have this beer again.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass; no bottle dating, but it was from the 2012 release. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy of white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange zest, pineapple, coriander, pepper, floral, grass, straw, earth, and herbal. Fantastic aromas with nice complexity and balance; there is a lot of brett presence. Taste of lemon, orange zest, pineapple, coriander, bread, toast, floral, grass, straw, earth, pepper, and herbal. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, coriander, bread, toast, floral, straw, grass, earth, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; nice brett flavor complexity; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is highly excellent Biere De Garde! Great balance and complexity of flavors, with nice brett complexity; very smooth and easy to drink. I enjoyed this one a lot; one of the better Biere De Gardes I have had.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wants to be an excellent, delicious beer - the flavors are there but they are muted.

There's just a little bit of that saison funk happening - I actually don't mind that being dialed back a bit, but something has to replace it. There's a spice layer, but it's faint. And there's a fruit layer, which is a tasty mix something like apricot and peach, but it's also faint. It's like these flavors have been baked out.

There's also a not as pleasant fruit peel taste. If they could amplify or saturate all of the tastes but that one, this would be such a rich and delicious beer. It's definitely refreshing, but just leaves me wanting and unsatisfied, like there's a hole in it where things are supposed to be.

This is my first biere de garde so I couldn't say how this one rates within the style. The style itself sounds like what I want, so I hope to find other good ones.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date unknown, but I believe this is the 2011 vintage. Curious to see how it’s held up.

Appearance (3.5): Whoa. You can tell this is one funky bastard right from the get-go. The pour quickly yields three fingers of pale tan-colored head that crackles loudly before dying down with big, fat bubbles. The body is a beautiful burnt orange color—I think it’d be “burnt sienna” from the Crayola palette, or the orange of Tennessee. Regardless, pretty. The body has a chill hazy, but no more (from the first pour, anyway). Minimal retention or lace.

Smell (4.5): Lots of nice, dank and musty tones along with a sharp stone fruit scent, like dried apricots and syrupy peach juice. YUMMO. Opens up a bit to reveal some grains of paradise and coriander in the nose. Awesome smell, really.

Taste (3.5): Some of the fruitiness in the nose transfers to the palate, but not as much for the spice. The funk is surprisingly tame, just kind of a dank, musty backdrop for the mildly caramel-dominated malt body and stone fruit (again, peach and apricot) character. Mid-palate, there is an interesting but not unpleasant mix of brett phenols and something like buckwheat honey. Hmm. The spice character is there, in the same vein as the nose (coriander, grains of paradise) but not as sharply as in the nose. The yeast character is surprisingly tame—this is definitely not as funky as the appearance and smell would have led me to believe. Still, there’s enough funky esters and phenols from the yeast to play off of that sweet fruity flavor.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Medium-bodied with light and fluffy carbonation, and the body finishes dry enough but isn’t really dry or viscous much in either direction. Middle of the road. And it does not have nearly as challenging a feel as I would have expected for something with brett. All in all though, it’s pleasant.

Overall (3.5): In the end, this is a pretty tame and easy-going beer: not super bretty, not super spicy, not super sweet, not super anything. It’s a shame that this was pasteurized before packaging, because I think brett conditioning would have done very nice things with the malt body and everything else in this beer. Next time it comes out, I’d really like to try it fresh.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a bright yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The retention was decent but the lacing was minimal. The smell of the beer gives off so light sour notes as well as some fresh lemon and grains. The taste of the beer is sweet upfront with a subtle sourness in the finish with some additional citrus flavors. The mouthfeel is light bodied, highly carbonated and dry. Overall it's not a bad beer at all, was glad I tried it. Not something I need to seek out again though.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep gold with an orange hue and excellent clarity. The thick, off-white head has a touch of that orange and easily produces three fingers of mousse like foam that so no sign of settling; very long lasting.

S: Spicy yeast phenols of pepper, cinnamon and clove dominate along with a brett funk. There is an earthy aroma along with mild cellar aroma. Not much in the way of hops nor malt aroma.

T: Spicy and brett flavors, the spicy is a moderately-strong pepper that is pumped up by the moderate tartness. There is and orange flavor from the yeast as well and lemon that I think is coming from the hops. There is moderate malt sweetness. The hops bitterness is moderately low. The balance is tart and bitter but the malt kind of rounds that out. The finish is very dry with an aftertaste of spices and citrus bitterness.

M: medium-light bodied with moderately-high carbonation. There is a light astringency that drys the front of the tongue.

O: A very enjoyable tart brettanomyces and spice focused beer. If you took away some of the malt you'd have a spiced saison.

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Photo of nickfl
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of dense, white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A smooth, malty note of pear, pineapple, and tart funk.

T - Smooth, tart wheat malt up front. Some light, stone fruit flavors in the middle and a finish of lemons, vanilla, black pepper and lingering tart cherries.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - The aroma is more powerful than the flavor but both are quite interesting. A nice balance of spice, fruit, and rich malt.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with excellent retention on a murky golden with orange hues body.

S: floral hops, corriander, pine apple and banana citrus, some mild musty yeasts.

T: breads, yeasts, herbal hops and spices, mild citrus sweetness mostly from banana with a mild wood and peppercorn zest.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. nice degree of dryness.

Overall: this one is complex but at the same time a little bland. The flavors are many but they all kind of run together. Drinkable with nothing off-putting.

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Photo of minterro
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Horrocks in Lansing, first biere de garde style ive ever rated

A&S: cloudy orange-yellow colored beer. head is white and foamy. Really quite a weak aroma banana and other fruit esters.

T&M: frutiy esters are the man taste in this beer and are about as intense as I've tasted before. not much alcohol present. A bit of floral hops midway through. Very drinkable. moderate levels of bitterness in the finish. crisp and light.

O: again I don't have a huge base of knowledge about this style, just kinda going off what BA says about it, but from what I can tell, this beer is pretty good for the style.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A surprisingly tasty, well-executed offering from a typically so-so big-time brewery. This one pours a light orange color, pretty nice head. Notes of citrus and coriander dominate among a breadiness and saison-like undertones. Light-bodied for exceptional drinkability but still a complex beer that's probably the best of their LOF series (as far as the 3 I've tried).

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Photo of mscudder
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a token globe.

A - Subtle smoke upon opening this one. A golden copper with a multi-finger off-white head. Retention is poor and lacing good.

S - Lots of funk here. It really is not nice on the nose. Spices, yeast and other elements seem to not be in balance.

T - I am new to the style and this is something unusual. The mix of nutty oats, bready malts, a lemon presence and some hop character is a large amount of complexity. It almost tastes as if there is some fruity juice behind it all. Given lack of experience, this is pretty good.

M - Light-plus body with excessive carbonation.

O - Lots of interesting things going on here. I personally would not grab this off the shelf again. While the style may dictate as such, the complexity is a bit overwhelming, thus removing any ability to savor this beer.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a slightly cloudy shade of orange with a one finger offwhite head that fades quickly. It's whatever, not much of a standout in either direction

S- light grass, mild funk. Simple

T- some citrus, a little funk...a tad bit of bitterness. Some floral nonsense going on too

M- thicker bodied, not a huge fan...tastes almost "fluffy" if that makes any sense

O- reminds me a bit of the Vrienden LIps of Faith that NB did with Allagash, and I wasn't a fan of that. LoF are very hit or miss with me, and this was a miss

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Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy burnt amber color with a fantastic long-lasting head of three inches or more. Hard to fit more from the bottle. Requires slow pouring. Great looking beer.

Smells Bretty and musky. Lots of wet straw and lemon peel in here. A tad bit of sweetness, like caramelized sugar. Slightly sour, or should I say tart. Not zinging, but 'turned'.

Nice ringing tartness in the back of the throat that is reminiscent of white vinegar or lemon zest. Overall amber ale flavor with lightly toasted malts and barely-there hops, but with a distinct Bretty character. Light funk and herbal rot. Mushroom and light white cherry note. Nice flavor, if not a bit too watered-down.

Very refreshing feel. The carbonation is kept down where it should be, and the tartness plays across the back of the palate nicely. Not as funky or as tart as I'd like from this release, but a damn fine beer to savor and finish.

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