Biere De Mars | New Belgium Brewing

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Biere De MarsBiere De Mars

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Ratings: 758 |  Reviews: 410
Reviews by mattmaples:
Photo of mattmaples
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is good beer but it didn't really knock my socks off. To style I think it needed to be a little stronger and a little more malty. It had a yeast smell and taste that I didn’t really find agreeable. I don't know how to describe it but the only other time I encountered it was in a homebrew I did with a yeast named Nottingham (I forget the brand name) anyway I didn’t knock points off just because I’m sure it was suppose to be there, it’s just one that I didn’t like.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a style I would normally go out of my way to get,I havent had any in this category for awhile though so I grabbed it.Poured into a large tulip glass a lightly hazed burnt orange color with a nice fluffy head atop,minimal lace was left behind as it settled slowly.Light funk and leather is what I picked up most in the nose,after it warmed that lemon verbena came through slightly.Flavors are alot like the nose but more complex,light leather and lighter funk mixed with citric/lemon and candied pears,a hint of vanilla came through as well.Its not bad and not heavy on the funk (wich is good for me),but lacks a real punch to it in my mind.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Bright florescent orange in the body with lots of sediment. The head was flat and quickly dissipated.

Smell – Once it warmed I was able to pick up some good spicing to this citrus-laden brew. There’s a malt base in there somewhere, but the citrus hops carry the day.

Taste – Very, very sweet orange flavors to this one. This is less like fresh oranges and more like orange concentrate. It is also spiced, like a peppered vodka screwdriver with a shot of Grand Marnier. I was also able to find the promised yeast from the labeling but in very small quantity.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – Definitely a beer only to have every once in a while when the mood hits. It wasn’t bad, but I don’t think that I could drink two of these in a row if my life depended on it.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
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 chOAKbarrell
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking bottle with the brewery's name embossed on a ring around the neck. The beer itself is a cloudy orange creamsicle with a fluffy very white head.

Kind of a subdued citrusy wheaty nose, yet not really like a wheat beer, hefeweizen, or whitbier. A bit of a funky stink going on. Interesting.

Taste is kind of the same as the smell. Seems familiar, yet it is still different. On the hearty side, I would say. I'm having a tough time describing this one.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side.

Dont really know what to say about this one. Its not like any other beer I've had, but that's not necessarily a good thing. I'm not particularly impressed or disappointed. I dont like or dislike it.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Todd
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange hued beer with a touch of cloudiness (this is a bottle conditioned ale), with a slightly off white foam head that keeps a thin lace throughout its stay in the glass.

Delicate floral aroma (orange blossom), soft herbal spices and the faintest honey note in the back. Thin mouthfeel, actually a bit watery, and quick to leave the palate. Coriander, clove, lemon peel, wheat husks, crackers, slight peppery note. Splash of lime bitterness. Touch of peach, both in fruitiness and tartness. Thin honey sweetness. Dry, with a lot of yeast character in the finish. A bit too much as it lingers to the point of almost becoming unpleasant, the some lingering sweet floral notes help to mask this a bit.

This could be something to quaff back during the summer as it's both light and refreshing on the palate, but it does have a slightly sneaky alcohol. A nice farmhouse ale. I'd love to see more US brewers take a stab at this concept.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Biere de Mars poured a cloudy yellow-orange with lots of tiny floating sediment. It had a fizzy, white head that quickly went to a thin layer. It has an earthy, fruity aroma of lemon and maybe coriander with some very slight hops. Its taste was sweet malt up front, with quite a bit of lemony citrus, some floral hints, and then a crisp finish. Overall, a nice refreshing, lighter beer.

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Photo of jonphilipp
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Jason
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC, New Belgium night.
Poured cloudy, yeasty orange with a soft head and leaving nice lace. Delicate flavors of citrus, earth, spice, honey. The gathered beer geeks told me this was real rarity on tap in the east. so I ordered another glass! Fine stuff, delicate, nicely balanced, worth seeking out especially for those, like me, who are into this style.

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Photo of mrquartetman
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden color with a medium head

S: Earthy, malty & citrusy. The aroma gets more complex, with greater fruitiness and the aroma of the lemon peel, as the beer gets warmer (it was served too cold)

T: A earthy biere de garde flavor, with a distinct sourness. Lots of malt in the flavor. spicy and lemony. The flavor, like the aroma, improved and became more complex as the beer warmed.

M: Has a very good persistence across the palate, with the sourness predominating in the follow and staying on.

D: A very drinkable beer, with lots of character.

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Photo of Torey
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a white head. The aroma is light brett funk with some chocolate and caramel malts. The flavor is caramel malt with yeast and brett funk. You also get some citrus fruit and toffee. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

A very good beer, but not as wild as I think wild ales should be. I think this is more accurately a biere de garde.

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Photo of Skye1024
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of magictrokini
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy yellow-gold with a frothy white head, okay retention, moderate lacing. Mellow, funky floral aroma with white pepper and spice. Smooth taste, melon mostly, with some lemon peel and citrus flavors. The yeast is not funky as the nose, but more on the sweet side, kind of taking the edge (if any) off of the grain and spice. Everything was a little too subdued, but that led to a very easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer served up had a hazy light golden/copper color with a little bit of sticky white head. Belgian fruity esters, some lemon and a fair amount of clean malt is detected in the aroma. The taste is like the aroma. I wouldn't have guessed there was any Brett added. The mouthfeel is very soft with very light carbonation, pretty light mouthfeel with a quick crisp finish. Alcohol is very well hidden and this beer is high on my drinkability scale.
Overall, a really easy to drink beer with subdued spicing, a soft mouthfeel and quick finish. I enjoyed this quite a bit for $3 for 13 oz pour that I got at HH, but don't think it would be a great value for $5-$7 for a 22oz bottle off the shelf.

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Photo of pat61
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Cynic-ale
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thrasher
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange with smallish head that disappears but leaves a little bit of lace. A healthy, fruity aroma draws in the drinker. Elements of peach, orange, shortbread and a light peppery spiciness. Mouthfeel a little thin, but supple and pleasant. While this isn't as unique or complex as the best saisons or biere de gardes, it's an appealing, tasty beer that is enjoyable and highly drinkable.

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Photo of LvanB
1/5  rDev -72.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden and light amber appearance, usual consistent quality control with New Belgium, impressive lacing and retention. Aroma was a lot of different things going on. Wheat, citrus, pepper, breadiness.

The citrus and breadiness are the biggest flavor and mouthfeel components. Coriander, while not massive, is certainly there, and the vast majority of the time for me, its not a spice I'm down with. Can't really identify the aftertaste, it isn't the greatest, like coriander badness and mild bitterness that isn't hop derived, more akin to a metallic descriptor. Seems like this is comparable to vrienden at times, but breadier and without any sour or brett notes.

And I'm pretty sure the bottle said something about having brett, but you really wouldn't know it if you drank this beer fresh. It was so "meh" for me, I won't be aging it to find out if it improves, because it doesn't seem to have a high ceiling potential given that the most brett the bottle seemed to have was on the outside paint label.

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Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of 01001111
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Quite orange and crystal clear.

S: Tropical fruits, flowers, and a slight sour edge.

T: Very floral with hints of spices and a lingering caramel flavor.

M: Thin but with a slight syrupy character.

O: Pleasant flavors but a bit sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of mocktm
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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