Biere De Mars | New Belgium Brewing

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Biere De MarsBiere De Mars

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of Solomon420
4.82/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dont know how to describe this one. I was taken back by how complex the flavour and hues are, not to mention the smell. I opened this baby up, poured it into my snifter, and let it sit on the table for about 10 minutes to open up the flavours. I have to say it drinks well, and has me wanting more. Not too strong of a beer, so its easy to take on. Would make a nice dinner beer or even a nice after dinner beer sitting on the porch watching the sunset, which almost has the same color combinations as this beautiful beer. Definately on my list of keepers.

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Photo of Realale
4.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Partially opaque hazy orangeish tan. Extremely fine off-white head settles quickly to a thin, incomplete cap.

Citrus and brett lead on the nose, with great earthy, slightly sour horseblanket notes. There's some grainy wheaty goodness lurking below. A touch of clove comes with some time. Beautiful, appetizing nose.

Incredibly complex in the mouth. It's on the full side of medium, with a wonderful malty richness that is cut by a laserlike spine of acidity. So much going on in the background! It's spicy, it's funky, it's earthy, it's sour, it's sweet! The finish is incredibly long (Cantillon long!) with the sweet malt and sour notes echoing seemingly forever. Amazing beer.

Carbonation is relatively low which gives the flavors an opportunity to really run amuck, and makes it an excellent thirst quencher and a fine companion at the table. Along with Fantôme's La Gourmande, this might be about the most versatile food beers I know. Kudos to New Belgium for putting out such a distinctive beer. This year's edition is a big step up from prior releases of this seasonal. Truly great beer - I'm on my third case, and may well get through a couple more before it's gone!

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Photo of mytireisfat
4.66/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

P: 22 oz brown bottle poured into pint glass. No best by date. very cool bottle.

A: when poured in, there was very little head, which dissipated quickly too. There was no lacing. and the color was a clear amber color.

S: I couldnt quite put my finger on this one. i got a sweet caramel malt smell. then some spice too i think.

T: Caramel malt is a big one in it. and then a orange and lemon taste. maybe a little earthy, and some Rye also.

M: Light body, and low carbonation.

D: Easy to drink. i really enjoy this beer. such a different taste. something i would buy more of.

Notes: i wish they still came in 6 packs. the bomber i bought was nine dollars. a little to much for my blood. But a good beer!

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Photo of orfeu
4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottling. Clever and interesting seasonal offering for the "half-winter-half-spring month of March." But I enjoyed this one while sunning myself in my mother-in-law's back yard on a gorgeous 80-degree Tucson afternoon... Anyway. Poured into a cervoise/wine goblet, New Belgium's Biere de Mars is an extremely cloudy golden amber topped with a creamy white fluff. Funky yeast aroma; scents of mown grass and soured apple juice abide. Thicker mouthfeel than I ever could have expected; most of New Belgium's beers that I've tried are at least on some level characteristically crisp and refreshing. The lack of crispness here is not a problem. It's velvety smooth, luxurious, even. The first sip reveals tart barnyard funk flavors which cede to a biscuity malt structure. It then finishes lemony smooth, like a pudding almost. there is also a difficult-to-identify flavor that rides all around the middle of each sip. I imagine it must be some kind of phenol -- tastes kind of like plastic, or soft rubber. This flavor emerges in the burps, as well. Complexity of flavor alone merits a high score here. I can safely say I've never had any beer like this before. It's definitely Belgian, and definitely "country." It is not at all reminiscent of other bieres de garde I've sampled. This one is entirely in a class of its own and outstanding at that.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.57/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dusty honeyed gold under the vanishing snow head. That faint hazy wheat tang rounded by a sublte clove note. Honey on a warm biscuit. A rich, rounded sweetness comingled ever so subtly with thick tart apple skins. The apples bite cak as you swallow and the numbing kick of brett sets the scene for the sweet, lingering finish.

Crystaline sweetness somewhere between caramel and honey with drying wheat, ever so faint citrus and a spicey prelude to the numbing sting of brett.

Goes down like a vivid dream, rich and fleshed out but fleeting and ending ever too soon.

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Photo of pbnagel
4.54/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this beer up on a whim. The label doesn't give you a clue how good this beer is. The first taste was an eye-opener. It has the smoothness and drinkability of a good Belgian wheat ale. The smell hints at the wheat base and lemon spicing. The finish has a slight kick unlike a typical wit beer. This beer could just about the best beer I've tasted, right up there with Celis White.

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Photo of 1050Sudz
4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bier De Mars - New Belgium Brewery

It's Back!!!

After three long years, this unexpectedly great beer is back. As of 3/3/09 New Belgium has this on tap and available "to go" in the 64 oz glass jugs. (whatever they call those)

This beer looks like a creamy golden/orange color with a strong white head.

It smells tangy and tastes of slight mango or some fruit. Althought they claim there is no fruit whatsoever in it. And it leaves a clean fresh hoppy flavor as it goes down.

I could sit and drink quite a few of these. I do hope it goes back into production for store purchase. I highly recommend getting ahold of some of it if you can.


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Photo of UncleFlip
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got it in a beer trade...thanks to whomever sent it....gotta start marking them...

On the table it's honey colour....seems more pale orange up to the light, and a good bit hazy. Head is just off white, and les than one finger. It falls to nothing rather quickly.

Smell is rather fruity and floral, with some yeasty quality underneat, and just a hint of hop. The alcohol is very present on the nose.

Flavour starts of flow, then builds and becomes rather fruity. There's a peachy-orangey tone with some cinnamon quality.

Liquid is hearty, but not thick. Carbonation stays low and tight.

I find this one very rather enjoyable, and very drinkable. Not bad at all!

Be well

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Photo of videofrog
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into Duvel Tulip. No apparent bottling or best by date.

A: Cloudy orange with 2 finger rocky white head. Sporadic lacing down the glass as the head dissipates after a few minutes.

S: A lot going on here. Lemon & orange stand out the most. Faint bitterness and lots of spiciness. Coriander, maybe?

T: Taste follows the nose. Citrus up front with some funky yeast. Spices in the middle and slightly bitter hop finish.

M: Juicy and medium-bodied. Carbonation is good for this lighter style.

O: My first Biere de garde; I really enjoyed it. Easy to drink, but has nice complexity. Like New Belgium often does, it encourages you to go seek out more of a style.

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Photo of Bdc
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange-gold with an ample white head. Aroma is incredibly rich with spices, yeast and a bready malt. Flavor is nicely balanced with robust spices, citrus (lemon) and yeast (perhaps some banana and clove as found in a trippel?). There is a tartness, like that found in a wheat, but this beer has no real grainy wheat flavor. The flavor is incredibly complex and interesting without being so overpowering to keep you from immediately grabbing another. Full-bodied, well-carbonated and refreshing. Before March has passed, I'll pick up a case of this to drink during the off-season. Very well-done.

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Photo of benito
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So March is a long way away, but it's never to early to start wishing for Spring (not that Winter's so bad)...and New Belgium's Biere de Mars makes the next season seem ever so tempting.

An opaque copper with little head and low carbonation, this beer's most unique characteristic is its bouquet which is a rich nosefull of oak and sour apple. The flavor, too, is refreshingly sour with hints of apricot and wood; there's also a dry, earthy aftertaste that lingers in the back of the throat. The medium body is well balanced between dry, sour, and sweet which makes it a great thirst quencher with spectacular drinkability.

A wonderful beer from New Belgium. On a side note, this is a great accompaniment to cheesy, pasta dishes.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium's Biere de Mars pours a cloudy, peach color, and is topped by a thick, off-white head that fades to a film, leaving good lace. The aroma is dominated by Brettanomyces. There's the characteristic "hopsack" aroma along with banana, citrus, and toasty malts. Swirling brings out spicy alcoholic aromas.

The first sip suggests that this is a well attenuated beer. There are toasty and bready malts, but they're only mildly sweet. However, towards the center the sweetness comes out a bit with notes of banana and orange peel. The malts are balanced in the finish by a moderate bitterness, and an earthy Brett contribution. This beer is light-to-medium-bodied, and has a moderate amount of carbonation.

I really liked this beer a lot. It's balanced, and has a nice Brett flavor.

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Photo of BKotch
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the more interesting new beers of 2001, and one of the best from a brewery that puts out some great products (and I'm not talking about Fat Tire). Very much like a Saison, or a biere de garde, with a hint of lemon verbena in the nose and palate. Nice orangey-gold color with a full white head. Fruity, full body. Very, very drinkable.

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Photo of kindestcut
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally, my favorite New Belgium ale is back in stores.

The Biere de Mars pours a bright orange, clouded a bit by a powerful effervescence. However, the head, which is stark white, is not as powerful as the bubbles might promise.

The aroma is not overpowering, nor is it all that noticable. The alcohol is evident as is a floral smell. This is not one of the more powerful Belgian styles and the aroma is as subtle as the style. The Bière de Garde style is one of my favorites, mainly because it is not a large beer, not that I don't like a Tripel from time to time. To create a good Bière de Garde, I believe it takes a skill that cannot be faked through pumping up the ABV.

The flavor is as refreshing and as tasty as it should be..not fruity but slightly tart and truly easy to drink. This is the beer that farmers downed after working the fields.

Is it bland, as other reviewers have insisted? Well, yes, if you are going to compare it to a Stout or an IPA. I'd rather you compare it to nothing and just drink the beer if you refuse to review it to style.

This may not be the best Bière de Garde/Saison in the world but it is a very good one.

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Photo of Tone
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden/amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of slight banana, sweet malt, some hops, and some coriander spice in the background. Fits the style of a Biere de Garde. Mouth feel is very smooth and slight thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt up front, then some sweetness and banana flavors dominate, slight hop background comes through next, some tart malt is present, and finishes with a hint of dry spice. Overall, a very good beer that I had in combination with a Flank Steak and both were amazing. My first experience with the Lips of Faith series and I can't wait to have another.

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Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber orange color. A two finger white head forms and gently recedes. Some nice sticky lace is left behind.
S: Brett and funky barnyard aromas come through at first. Hay, grass, and sweet fruits. Slightly sour pears and apples.
T: Follows the nose. Brett and funky barnyard flavors are there, but not overwhelming. Sweet fruit. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body with a good crisp snap of carbonation. Fairly dry in the mouth as well. Easy and smooth to drink. I will have no problems finishing the bomber.

I love this beer. Maybe some on here wish for a stronger Brett character. That would explain the lower ratings. However I think is very flavorful and well balanced. Something I would highly recommend, and I need to get more.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So happy to have this back. 3 years is a long time but absence makes the heart grow fonder. The aroma of this one is in my top 5, easy. Strong and sweet/spice. Taste is sweet, but then the spice and alc kick in. I can't get past this one. The drinkability and taste puts it way above all. I love the sourness and it lingering taste of spice. Great brew all around.

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Photo of mrquartetman
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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 Mitchster
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$6.99 for a bomber. Brand new to Michigan.
Brewed with Pale, C-80, Oats, Wheat, Carapils, Lemon Peel and Lemon Verbena. Hopped with Target, Willamette, and Cascade
OG=14.9, FG=2.9, 22 IBU's, 6.2% ABV, 195 kcal/12oz.

Pours out to a clear medium orange, forming a tall white head with amazing retention and beautiful lacing, thanks in part to the oats and the sprightly carbonation, about ~3.0 carbs. The aroma opens with mangoes and traditional brett character, faint suggestion of hops when swirled. Mouthfeel is clean with a medium-light body and mild tartness...not so acidic as to give me heartburn. Taste opens with strong mango and pineapple, followed by a medium sweetness balancing the funky brett acidity. Mild bitterness and a little bit earthy with pleasant graininess and honey in the finish.

A really nice beer. 22oz is plenty for one sitting, but I would buy it again. Recommended.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at Hamilton's Tavern on 4-24-09. From the new Lips of Faith line.

To my surprise they tapped this beer the same day I was heading over for the Ballast Point event, sweet! I really wanted to try this one.

The beer was a deep golden color with about an inch of head that fell back into the beer in a few minutes and left some soapy lacing.

The aroma consisted of lightly toasted malts, earthy and slightly spicy notes, and light fruits. The beer was a few degrees too cold at first but as it warmed up it opened up to some yeast and fruity esters, cherry, apples, and some white pepper.

Tasted yeasty upfront with some phenols, stale or, more accurately, unsweetened tropical fruits, hints of apples, and a light toast in the finish. A touch of caramel and a light "farmhouse-type funk," and bit of bubblegum. I thought this beer was quite tasty. A touch of flowers and herbs as I near the end of the glass.

Medium carbonation and soft on the palate. Very easy to drink and would definitely have some more if I could.

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Photo of henrysunset
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orangish hue, though lighter than I expected as i didn't realize this style is closer to a lager than an "ale". huge head with the power to stick around. fine bubbles and lace; wquite good looking.

Smell reminds me of the soft, almost nutty scent that I associate with their fat tire. Maybe it's their yeasts. Light scent beneath that reminds me of belgian dubbel or trippels

Tastes good. After a few seconds I taste a distinctly nutty (hazelnut?) flavor beneath a very smooth malty flavor. Exceedingly pleasent. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky but not too thick; very excellent. This beer tastes suprisingly un-beer'y. (whatever that is supposed to mean)

Drinkability is very high. I really like it. Lightness coupled with a flavor that is a little more interesting than most light beers offers. Too bad I bought only one.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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 woosterbill
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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 tlazaroff
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Funkytown! I smell Brett in this beer, that fresh kind of horse blanket barnyard aroma that I love so much. No hops on the nose at all, just a mix of funk and sweet maltose.

The aesthetics of this beer are gorgeous! It's a solid orange in color, perfectly clear with a crisp white head that leaves medium to thick lacing. Just beautiful.

Light citrus notes with a bit of funk thrown in for good measure. I really don't get much hops other than the light citrus. The malt comes through as toasted bread, it's not sweet at all like the aroma kind of suggests. A nice surprise!

The beer is light in body and carbonation, and finishes dry.. incredibly drinkable for what it is. Overall I love this beer, excellent effort by New Belgium to do something that isn't quite mainstream.

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Photo of carln26
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was on tap at the Chocolate Bar. Hazy gold straw colored with a thin white head. Delicate aroma of citrus orange, a little clove, and a hint of fresh bread. The taste is light and citrusy. Nice orange bitterness balanced by a hint of clove and white pepper. Just a touch of heat. Light and satisfying mouth feel. This would be a great summer beer, heck it's a great anytime beer. New Beligium's seasonal's rock. The 2 degrees below is good. This beer is great.

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