Biere De Mars | New Belgium Brewing

Biere De MarsBiere De Mars
758 Ratings
Biere De MarsBiere De Mars

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mattmaples on 07-20-2009

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Photo of illidurit
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lips of Faith bottling in a bomber. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber gold color with a creamy, thick, light beige head. Very nice lacing. Aroma is obviously lemony and although I've never had lemon verbena I imagine that's what it's from. Comes off less acidic and more like lemon sorbet though. Also some sweet grainy character in the smell. Honey, graham, some lemon tartness, a smidgeon of bretty funk in the form of phenols, sweet bread, light earthiness. Rather complex for a NB beer but all the notes are on the sweet side which limits the drinkability a bit. Mouthfeel is solid with a nice heft on the palate and a good but not quite Belgian fineness of carbonation. Better than I expected.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a New Belgium Goblet.
An aggressive pour.

A- Pours a very hazy, orangish yellow, with 2 fingers of white head that is leaving some moderate lacing on the glass and a thick film on top of the beer that remains the whole time.

S- Some Bretty wildness up front. Pleasant earthy smells. Fresh baked yeasty bread.

T- Follows nose well, there is a subtle funk from the Brett, but not overwhelming. Solid malt backbone. Very drinkable, and enjoyable.

M- Solid medium bodied, not overly carbonated, but it has moderately high carbonation. Crisp and slightly dry finish.

O- A good beer from the Lips of Faith Series, but New Belgium does have better ones. At 8 dollars for a bomber, it might be a tad overpriced. This is good, just not great.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin white head that persists for a short time. Lacing is good.

Aroma is pretty much Brett funky and fruitiness.very simple and nice.

Taste is also very yeast driven: mild breadiness, fruity,with lots of spice and Brett funk with a light and dry bitter finish.

Body is medium as well as carbonation. Very drinkable beer!

Overall a yeast-driven ale with high drinkability.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Polka-dotted 22oz bomber into a dimpled beer mug.

"A celestial collision of orange-hued ale, citrusy lemon verbena, and unidentified flying Brettanomyces".

The bottle description got the color right, as the attractively hazy body takes on a bright tangerine hue in the light, fading to iced-tea in the shadows. A well-retained head settles to a thin sheet of spittle-colored bubbles. Soft aroma, but a nice one, with suggestions of spicy, funky Brett and some woodenness backed by malty notes of bread crust and a hint of citrus zest.

Flavor starts with a big kick of fruit and spiced yeast esters that lean towards lemon peel, nutmeg, and allspice. No one flavor dominates, thankfully, and the finish encounters some Brett funk paired with a smooth, yet crisp malt backbone of biscuit and cracker. Complex mouthfeel, with a prickly medium body that fades to a sweet, almost creamy middle and a tart finish with Brett drying out the palate. A low ABV helps with the drinkability, as this beer borders on being too heavy with spices but pulls back just in time. Surprisingly refreshing on a hot Austin day.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange color, 1/2 inch head with decent retention. Very cloudy. The smell is fairly tart, with spicy orange, lemon, and acetaldehyde notes. The taste is mildly tart, with some sweetness. Again, lemon, orange, sour apple flavors are present, with a hint of spice and belgian yeast. The sour apple flavor tends to dominate. Not overly puckering, and it has enough sweetness to balance things out. The mouthfeel is nice, with a medium body, nice coating ability, and excellent carbonation. Drinkablity rates well as it is a nice mild weather brew. A bit wheaty, but not too light on flavor, definitely worth a try...

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Photo of daledeee
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz bomber

Pours dark gold and clear. A head that is fluffy and white with decent lacing

Nose is wild. Brett?

Taste is full bodied and malty. Some strong fruit such as apples and apricot and spice built in. A nice dose of malt.

This is a unique beer that is reasonably priced and readily available.

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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 BeerFMAndy
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
6.2% ABV, couldn't find the screened-on date.

A - Lightly hazy dirty apricot with a loosely retained off-white head and spotty lace adorning the glass.

S - The nicely malty base beer provided a good backbone while allowing the yeast nuances to flourish. Funky wild yeast tones of barnyard lay behind a layer of clay and earth. Notes of peach fruit poke through. The nose is nuanced by complex!

T - Muted, muddled flavor is a big disappointment after the nuanced but pronounced aroma. Biere de Mars has a bland malt and earthy yeast profile with hints of funky yeast and fruit esters.

M - Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the dry finish assists the flavor in being muted and falling somewhat flat. A touch of tartness to the finish.

O - A good effort from New Belgium but it could use more definition in the flavor. The nose offers much more.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was another christmas present.

Appearance- light amber color, thin head

Smell- spices, grassy hops, nice aroma

Taste- spices, little bit of lemon

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I liked it. I would like to drink it again.

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

Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear orange with moderate carbonation producing a thin white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Nice mild brett, citrus, lemon, and mild caramel malt. Subdued, but very pleasant.
T: Follows the aroma, but a tad watery.
M: Smooth and light. Taste lingers, but only for a short while.
D: Very sessionable with the 6.2% ABV. A refreshing brew...a good one for early spring. Good to pair with lighter fare. A pleasant, but not great offering from NBB. I recommend at least a try.

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a fan of this style. It has a strong amber color and it left nice lacing on the glass. I have a poor sense of smell but I could smell the citrus in this and that taste comes across very subtly. I had several of these and shared and everyone at the table ended up ordering 1 for themselves.

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Photo of peabody
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy yellow to slightly orange hue with two fingers of white suds.
Very spicy in the nose. Yeast burn toward the end.
Taste is mellow and refreshing. Kind of a bitter beginning but mellows out and turns sweet then I get some fruityness with rind, like watermelon or cantelope. Says
"A celestial collision of orange-Hued Ale/citrusy lemon verbena, and unidentified flying bretanomyces."
Mouthfeel is not complex. Wish the spices had been more prevelant.
Drinkability on a hot day would be pretty good.
All in all, a decent but not very special brew from New Belgium.
I really think this was just another take on the Biere De Mars although this wasn't very orange looking.

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Photo of thaichile
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a very nice white head. Yeast and citrus on the nose. Flavors are saison meets belgian ale like; sour, sweet, and spicy. Bread throughout along with lemon with some spice. A tad thin but refreshing and nice merger of style/flavor. Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle.

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Photo of Iguana
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In the past, I havent cared too much for New Belgium beer's, but this ones not half bad.

Appearence - Pour's into a pint glass an opaque orange color with a nice small creamy white head that lingers for awhile.

Smell - Smell is citrusy with a slight almost herbal scent.

Taste - Taste is malty, with a hint of orange and carbonation. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel - This beer is really quite smooth and pleasent to drink.

Drinkability - I could see myself drinking a few of these in a sitting as the months start to get a bit warmer. Or maybe earlier in the day since thats when I tend to prefer lighter beers.

Afterthoughts - This is a beer i'll buy again, not something that makes me say WOW! but a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's an harmonic balance of grain and fruit in this beer. The malt is viscous, but not hearty. The hops are lemony, very citric, but not bitter in the least. The yeast smells so authentic, packed with tart gueuze-influenced esters and sharpening with alcohol on the palate as this beer warms, that it reminds me of early afternoons in Calvados sipping the local spritz by the sea.

The lemon rind is fresh in this brew -- with no tannic taste of pith; I'm in disbelief that this is made only with water, hops, malt, and yeast. Hints of peach developing. Supporting caramel finish.

For an early saison -- brewed for the spring instead of the summer -- Biere de Mars does its job well, providing enough body to keep us warm and enough refreshing hop and yeast character to begin our transition to spring.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before date of November 2006.

Pours murky, orangy gold, with a thin tan head of short duration.
The tight bubbles left a small ring on the glass as a testament to the maximum height.
Aromatics lead off with an almost pungent wheat twang laced with brett. Lemony funk with earthy overtones and citrus oil-spritzed hay.
The mouthfeel is creamy and velvety. The carbonation wraps around the tongue.
The pallet is more subdued than the nose would suggest. The lactic component so apparent in the aroma is missing, and some sweet malt with spicy undertones take mainstage.
Layers of dusty, earthy funk peel away as each sip finishes, and theres a decent amount of warmth that developes on the throat.
Finishes with peppercorns, paprika, and cumin.
Big thanks to Gbontrag for this great sample.

Revisit 6/10/13:

12oz bottle with a best before date of July 2006.

This beer has lost all life. The only remnants are some sweet malt and a hint of wet paper. A hint of lemon in the nose beyond that. Not cellar worthy.

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Photo of cooch69
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 22 ouncer into a tulip glass.
It pours a slightly cloudy orange with some copper highlights. It has some slightly vigorous carbonation.
This beer smells like lemon pepper seasoning. I'm also getting farmy and barny nuances. It does smell like a fruity farmhouse ale. Not much hops in the nose, but that should'nt be of concern because as far as I know the French farmhouse ales maltier than the saison counterparts.
The flavor is very vibrant lemon and oranges. It is also a little funky but not as much as expected. This is pretty dry but not bone dry like some others. There is a nice perppery and floral hop flavour but the other fruity flavors make them seem blended in pretty well.
This beer is ultra cramy in the mouth and it's carbonation and flavour would probably make it excelent with a lot of chesses.

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Photo of MobBarley
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a decent white head and patchy lacing. The aroma is hugely malty with a citrus finish. The taste is nice and multifaceted...and very rich. Huge malt lays the foundation for a honey-sweet herbal/citrus finish that is quite dry and nice. Mouthfeel is good and slightly chewy...more wholesome than refreshing. Drinkability is decent, but this is quite rich beer that might get annoyingly sweet after a bit. Yum.

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Photo of rawfish
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours copper with an orange tint that is highlighted with haziness from the yeast. A quickly disappearing foamy head but a decent amount of lacing that follows down the glass.

S: Lightly floral with bready malts and honey. Some farmhouse from the brett but barely detectable. Some fresh earthy notes like wet leaves and dandelion pulls.

T: Toned spices highlighted with coriander,wheat, honey with a definite bready malt character. Soft and sweet fruit notes in the middle. Orange sourness but very muted, earthy herbs and yeast on the finish. Taste seems to linger on for a bit between orange peel tartness and a metallic tinge.

M: Decent carbonation with a medium to light body. Finishes dry but not clean. Soft and refreshing yet earthy.

D: Definite late summer/ early fall beer refreshing cold with a sour flash but with enough muted complexity to bring in the colder months. The yeast seems to shift what would otherwise be a citrus farmhouse style ale to something with more depth that doesn't have it's head in the clouds. I think NB accomplished what it set out to brew with this one.

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Photo of mjl21
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Toronado. Poured into a pint glass. Abv info not given.

A-Pours a cloudy golden amber with a one finger white head that sticks around.

S-All I get is sour and funky notes. No malt or hops are apparent.

T-Not nearly as sour as it smells. There is a lot of sweet malt at the beginning. Some sour and funky notes come through in the middle. The beer finishes with a sweet fruit taste.

M-Medium bodied, crisp, and smoothly carbonated.

D-The interplay between sweet and sour works just fine, but the sweetness would limit this to a pint.

Not a bad offering from NB. A 10 ounce glass of this would be the perfect serving size.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
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 tempest
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Three Squares in Maple Grove. Served in a New Belgium globe glass, it appeared mildly hazy and light amber. While I applaud NBB for taking on sour beer, I wish I could say it stood with classic lambic and geuzes.

This beer is more of an introduction to sour brett beers. There's a big aroma of wild, fruity farmhouse over subtle bready malts. There's just not a lot going on here, as far as sour beers go.

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Photo of thejewthatbrews
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a large glass, this one shines brilliantly with a nice amber color to it. Aroma is spicy and a bit funky at first. Nice, but nothing special. Taste is dominated by a slightly sweet, complex malt. If the beer were a bit drier the spiciness could show through more. Definite funk in the aftertaste, and surprisingly welcome.

All in all, best improvement would be a lower final gravity, the slightly heavy mouthfeel and residual sweetness cover up some of the more interesting flavors. You really have to search to find them.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had a nice lineup of new belgium at the sour tasting a few weeks back. all were quite impressive. split between three of us into snifters.

the pour is a wonderful golden color that has a very lively presence throwing up tons of carbonation and a huge head that seemed to reach a height of three inches or more and dropped tons of lacing all down the sides. the aroma was a mix of everything, light citrusy hops that intermingled with a fine little sour apple funk and a quick hit of light spice that popped on the tongue, really very complex and nicely put together. warming seems to just bring out more and more of the funk as apples, pears, an nice yeasty flavors mix in and give it a very tart dryness but never push it too far in any direction. i have no clue where the abv is on this one, i drank it like it was 5 percent as that how it faired, wow incredibly well hidden,

overall i was amazed by how well put together this one was. really just a great, well balanced beer that would be a good starting point for someone looking to get into sours.

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Photo of bamadog
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy Jeff picked this up for me on a trip out to Colorado last summer. Review is from notes taken on 3/22/2011 and poured from the bottle to a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a nice orange/coppery color and starts with a fair one finger creamy and loose white head that fades quickly to a full, but very uneven and thin skim; body is surprisingly mostly clear and just shows a slight haze to it (I would really expect more cloud in a wild); what looks to be soft carbonation is seen bubbling up throughout the glass; a big patch of lacing sticks to the back, but a few strands elsewhere.

Smell: Not very robust, but I can pick out some lemony citrus, a bit of a slight grassy and flowery presence (kind of like chamomile?), and some Belgian spices; just a very slight bret tartiness to it.

Taste: Very much like the smell, not especially huge or robust, but the flavors are good -- definite lemony citric aspects with just a touch of orange peel; a warming chamomile-like presence and some sweet spiciness; just a touch of bret tartness to it all.

Mouthfeel: Body is just slightly heavier than light and just a touch oily; carbonation is soft and light and provides just enough sparkle to the body; a light stickiness is left behind, but overall I would say the finish is pretty clean in terms of aftertaste.

Overall: A pretty tasty beer, but not necessarily something I would go ga-ga over or anything. Very drinkable though -- moderately light ABV and flavors that don't necessarily overwhelm the palate, it's not to be overlooked, but not to be blown out of proportion.

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