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Biere De Mars | New Belgium Brewing

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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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
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 rodbeermunch
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
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 jhammerly
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet-style glass. A hazy golden-orange and a very thin head. The sweet aroma of oranges, pineapple, and some spices. This is different to say the least. There are definite characteristics of a Belgian, but there is something else that I can't place. Mouthfeel is thin to medium which can help with its drinkibility, but I couldn't have more than one in a sitting. This is not really my style.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange with a thin frothy white head that subsided quickly. The aroma is lemony with a bit of a wheat like character blended in with dry malts. The aroma lacks any of the Belgian frutiness from the esters and I think it should have some esters as it seems more like an American Hefe than a Belgian seasonal specialty. The flavor was pretty good with as nice spicy lemony flavor blended in with a dry wheat and malt flavor. Finishes with a yeasty taste that reminds me of drinking green beer. The oats are noticeable in the finish as it has more body than a wheat beer but tha lack in head retention makes it kind of noticeable that care was not taken during the brewing process. Probably a great beer to have on a hot day at the beach or while mowing the lawn.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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 wisrarebeer
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: nice, clear copper color, poured with an initial good head
S: mild, sweetish with a hint of funk,
T: I don't know what to make of this beer, not what I was expecting, it has very mild brett, grainy, sweetish, decent beer but really not a "wild" ale with its characteristics, a bit of oxidation and yeast noticeable too
M: not bad mouthfeel, a bit cloying but nothing wrong with it, nice to have a change from all the hop-bombs
D: drinkable but nothing really unusual nor memorable

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a murky brown color. Kind of like an old penny. Lots of little floatie bits in there too. Slight head that dissolved nearly completely. Surprisingly heavy carbonation. Nose reminds me of a musty flooded basement.

Flavors was overall bland. At first the hops and alcohol were non-existent behind a moldy flavoring. After a bit a slight hop bitterness came out and something that is akin to alcohol heat but (honestly) I am not quite sure. The yeat is kind of pungent. I usually like yeast flavors but in this beer it is a bit of a turn-off because it is so musty. Medium body that kind of clings around the nasal cavity which helps the flavor linger.

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Photo of Hunter
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Really just killing time with this stuff until I can get down to the liquor store to buy Anchor Steam's 2004 incarnation of their seasonal beer.

Beer pours a hazy apricot color, bright and bubbly with a better-than-average endurance for its white head.

Aroma of light hops and malt, some fruitiness as well. Some hints of Belgian candi sugar in there, too, reminiscent of a Chimay. Nice.

Taste falls a little flat. I'm not sure what I'm getting here - malt, hops, sugars, what? It all blends into an indecipherable mass. Not unpleasant, just unremarkable.

Thin mouthfeel and cloying aftertaste do little to improve matters. Not horrible, but nothing to write home about either.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a hazy light amber with a creamy white head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is yeasty with a fruity aroma that smells slightly like fermenting apples.

Taste is malty and yeasty upfront followed by the fruity fermenting apple taste.

Light body, plenty of carbonation.

Goes down easy enough, but just a fairly average brew.

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Photo of CWiggins
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

How can one be objective about a "wild ale" when one hasn't had many examples, or when they are all so different? I decided to give this one an average score of 3.0 and let the prose tell the story.

Since New Belgium products rolled into North Carolina a few months back, we've been inundated with Fat Tire, 1554, and Mothership Wit. Oh, and the Skinny Dip is selling like crazy as well. I was surprised to see this bomber on a shelf at the small wine shop in downtown Black Mountain. I though to myself: "Now here's a chance to see what New Belgium can do with something a little more risky. I must pick this up along with my cherished Pisgah items." I held onto this ale for a couple of weeks and decided to open it this evening.

It pours a golden orange, with a quick-dying fizzy head of white foam. The aroma isn't what I expected; there's a bit of sourness, but I certainly expected something a tad more potent. I feel the same regarding the flavor. There's a nice, sweet-tasting front, and you certainly sense that a decent sourness is forthcoming, but it never materializes. This was good news to my sampling partner, as she hates sour ales, but I was a little disappointed. The finish is balanced nicely with some hop bitterness and lingering nuttiness. The mouthfeel/texture is fine, and its mild flavor makes it quite drinkable.

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Photo of marcobrau
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold to light amber with plenty of carbonation that settles to quarter-inch or so of foam with Brussels lace. Smells a touch sour. Light caramel malt flavor with bitter finish and a touch lactic. Much more bitter than I expected and not bitter in a good way.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When poured, the color and hue were of an hazy, cloudy orange with no foam to speak of. The smell was of a wheaty citrus nature. Although the bottle said lemon verbena, I thought I picked up orange blossoms in the aroma. The taste was not what I expected from the smells and aroma. I got a bitter sour fell in my mouth and my palate. There is just a no nothing taste in this ale. What a dissapointment from New Belgium!

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A rare style you don't see around too often, but let's give it a try. Medium bodied, very tart taste. Kind of hard to describe, some honey and funkiness, maybe some apples in there. Bit of an odd finish too. I know it's a different style, but it just seemed to be kind of a mess and didn't work too well for me. Appreciate them trying something new, but too unbalanced for my liking.

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Photo of Skunkdrool
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into FW tulip

A: Slightly foggy, golden-orange, light head, slight lacing

S: Some spice, cinnamon, cumin, jasmine?, some funk

T: Very light spice, faint apple, really not getting much tart from the described Brett, almost creamy finish, cardamom, falls off the palate at the end

M: Light bittering, good carbonation, decent oil

O: Drinkable, but not very exciting for the overall makeup, dont think I will re-visit.

A bit disappointed compared to some of the other Lips of Faith offerings.

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Photo of beagle75
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Heaving lacing remains and fine streams of bubbles climb the sides of the glass.

S: Mildewy aromatic malt is biscuity but slightly fetid. Spice is light and earthy, contributing a toasted quality.

T: Begins off-dry, with heavy malt that is bready and more refined toward the soft middle. Bitterness is mild and herbaceous toward the finish, slightly tea-like and earthy.

M: Medium viscosity, syrupy, lifeless, and slightly astringent on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Mostly boring, it tastes like Fat Tire with an additional spice contribution. Its bland texture does nothing to elevate the experience, while the smell detracts in its resemblance to a forgotten dishrag. Compared to Jenlain Biere de Printemps, it is cleaner but far less interesting. Underwhelming and forgettable, it makes one wonder why this beer is occupying an exclusive space in the biennial Lips of Faith lineup.

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Photo of grover37
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber from a friend for $5 (he got it on sale). Poured into a Chouffe tulip. No dating info that I can find.

Appearance: Very clear, goldish orange color. One inch of head recedes to about a quarter inch, then eventually just a layer. Tight bubbles that stick to the glass in sparse patches at the top but no lacing otherwise.

Aroma: Very musty, maybe some orange peel. Lemongrass and some floral notes emerge after a bit. The best part of the beer in retrospect.

Taste: Orange at first, maybe white grapes. Definitely herbal too, but can't place what it is. Sweeter than I expected in the middle but a semi-dry finish with the juicy citrus flavor apparent in the aroma sticking around.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation as expected, and very dry on the tongue in the finish.

Drinkability: Not sure I'd want to drink more than one of these (kinda glad I split the bomber), but the ABV is not apparent.

It's hard to give this beer average scores because it's good, but just not good for the style or for the brewery. A decent wild ale to try once, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If this is an American Wild Ale, It's one where the Brett hasn't kicked in at all. A standard Bier de Mars and not even a very good one at that with absolutely no hint of sourness or funk. Pours golden with the slightest bit of haze, a thin head and no lacing. Smells quite citrusy with orange and lemon at first, but there is also a slight soapiness at the end. The taste is fairly bland, somewhat slick and soapy, and vaguely fruity with an almost lager yeast finish. Overripe papaya and mango round it out. A little too slick and smooth in the mouth. Not at all what I was expecting and a definite disappointment.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 12/04/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, sour fruits, floral hops, and some of that barnyard/musty smell. A little odd of a mix, didn't work great together.

t - Tastes of brett, sour fruits, floral notes, and earthy notes. Can't put my finger on it but something is off in the taste.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - There was just something off in the smell and taste to me; not infected or anything, I just didn't feel that the mixture or smells and tastes worked well together. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/4/2010 (Lips of Faith bottle):

Pours a clear light brown yellowish color body, with a big foamy white head, somewhat lasting. Funky sour sweet aroma, fizzy and fruity. Very light fruit, gone as the head dies down. Light sour taste, almost clean aftertaste. Some funkiness and earthiness, in the nose especially. More sour as it warms. Extremely light tasting, very light on the flavor.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky medium amber with an impressive head of wheaten froth.

Aroma is strange and subdued. Bready and biscuit malts with some mushy wet-cardboard and earthy hops. Hints of dry citrus and musty wet concrete.

Flavor is strangely malty, concentrating on undercooked bread, saltines, and decomposing paper. It has faint hints od oily fruit and just a touch of musty and peppery yeast.

Body is on the light side, well-carbonated and has a harsh, almost abrasive mouthfeel. I've had better from NB.

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Photo of loren01
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a light cloudy orangeish color, slight white head and very minimal lacing. Lots of whitish sediment floating in the glass.
S: Smells of yeast, sourdough bread, slight citrus smell.
T: Slight maltiness with peppery finish, kind of musty and bland as far as the taste goes.
M: Beer had a creamy mouthfeel went down very easily.
D: To my knowlege this is the first beer of this style that I have ever tried. This beer was a little bland for my liking, had a nice aroma to it but overall I don't think I would try again.

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Photo of maxwelldeux
2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
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 klewis
2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the New Belgium Tap Room 3/20/09

A: Slightly hazy golden with a small, bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: Lemon and melon aromas with some sort of unpleasantness (Bathroom?)

T: Chalky, zesty, light phenols, slightly minty, mineral-like.

M: Light-medium in body, moderate carbonation. Dry with a lingering chalkiness.

D: Little malt or hops flavors - only mineral/chemical taste. Overall, OK, but not one that I would strongly recommend.

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Photo of aasher
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this at a tasting with a couple other BAs. It poured a light copper, very thin in body, with a light white head. The smell was very floral, like hibiscus, but not in a hoppy way whatsoever. It also had a lot of sourness to it, and was kind of bitter. The flavors weren't impressive at all. It had sourness to it but not in the appealing fashion. It was pretty one dimensional. This beer drank far too thin and was kind of typical of New Belgium. I didn't care for this and wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of woemad
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at The Rocket Market in Spokane. "Best before" date of June 3, 2004.

Poured a cloudy orange color, with a thin white head. Head dropped fairly quickly. Not much lace.

Smell was pretty basic, and was, frankly, less than I expected. There is nothing more than a maltiness that is somewhere between mild and weak. According to the label, this beer is "a celestial collaboration of oats, wheat, barley malt and lemon verbena" -I had to look this word up - still not sure what the hell it would taste like. If it's supposed to taste relentlessly bland, then it was adequately represented. Weak malts are all I detected here.

Taste is slightly better than the smell. In addition to the weak maltiness, there was a slight citrus tang - no doubt the lemon yadda yadda yadda. Still not very impressive.

Mouthfeel was relatively thin, not too impressive.

Drinkability? It doesn't actively taste bad, but it's not much better than that . It's primarily irritating, as I feel it seems like a beer that is vainly trying to be something, but I don't know what. I feel no need to perplex my taste buds further, so I shall not seek this out again.

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Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
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