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

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Photo of melliott2811
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Lips of Faith Biere de Mars

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

22oz bottle poured into SanTan specialty glass. I've had this one before in 12oz bottles before it was added to the LoF series.

A: Clear golden beer with an inch of white head that fades fairly quickly

S: Sweet and sour aroma evoking fruits. My brain wants to think oranges because of the color of the beer & bottle, but that's not it.

T: A slight souring from the Brett, but more a background note until the very end of the swallow. The taste is more sweet than the aroma, with spices dancing in the background.

M: Light to medium body with good carbonation.

D: Refreshing any-time-of-the-day summer beer. A little sweet overall for my preferences. Go for the Lips of Faith La Folie if you're looking for something sour.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A golden amber color, maybe even copper. Somewhat hazy, and there was not much head left by the time it arrived at the table. I was pleasantly surprised when the head stuck around and left some nice lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell: A light and refreshing aroma of herbs and bready malt, with some light hints of citrus fruit and bananas. The smell is a little bit light, however.

Taste: I thoroughly enjoyed the taste of each sip of this beer. The flavor starts with some light herb and yeasty malt. There are distinct flavors of banana and mango, although no more fruit from what I can tell. The hops chime in fairly quickly, bringing some citrus acidity and light bitterness. I am left with the thought of bananas in my head, and there is not much of an aftertaste.

Moutfeel: Although it has a lighter body than I would expect from looking at it, it still has a somewhat grainy feel. One complaint I have is that I wish it was a little fuller.

Drinkability: A nice beer to drink while wondering when the weather is finally going to turn for the better. The flavor is nice, but the light body may wear out its welcome after a few beers. I will most likely revisit this one before Spring is over.

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Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy light copper with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like fresh cut hay and lemon zest, with some apricots and creamy yeast and roasted barley.
T: It tasted like earthy caramel and fresh cut hay, with grassy hops and creamy yeast. It had a mostly clean and mild bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Pretty full body.
D: This was not a terribly exciting beer, but fitting scent and taste and body for the style. Mellow character with very smooth finish, so quite easy to drink. Nice to try, but nothing special.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pretty hazy, lazy orange hue. head is thick and white. retention and lacing are good. pretty farm-y looking brew.

S: a little bit of barny bretty funk starts off the aroma. grapefruit juice. the grain is there, but has a decent amount of barn-ness tied in with it.

T: grapefruits and pears. a little bit of barny must, but just for a moment and has a slightly drying affect. there is a bready pils flavor too behind the scenes almost. finish is pretty clean and also dry.

M: moderate amount of fizz with a touch of tart. very medium body.

D: drinks a lot easier than the ABV would suggest. almost a little too light. i like a bit more meat on my BDG's. otherwise, good flavor and the touch of brett on the nose is nice.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz 2012 bottle, poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a beautiful gold, mostly clear until the yeast hits, with a huge sticky white head that leaves great traces of laces throughout the glass.

S: Fruity and earthy Belgian yeast, spices...citrus zest, lemon & orange peel, hint of banana (there is wheat in this)...more malt presence than I thought there would be...caramel sweetness, grassy, dusty hay, and a bit of Brett funk but not much.

T: Pretty bready on the taste too, spices are evident, faint banana, coriander, clove, grassy dryness, lemon, caramel, faint traces of Brett sourness, some woody creaminess.

MF: Refreshing, crisp, lightly sweet, light to medium body, with some creamy notes.

O: Decent...not exactly what I was expecting, this definitely isn't overly funky or Brett-ed out...pretty balanced. Couldn't drink a lot of this.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Off-white head atop a hazed, brownish gold beer.
Aroma of grainy malt, wheat, doughy yeast, and lemon.

Taste shows grainy malt and wheat. Hint of yeast. Good dose of lemon. Decent hop balance. A dry, sour, tartness plays big, especially at the finish. Has an almost phenol like characteristic.

Good body and mouthfeel.
Tastey, but mouth-puckering at times and not the most drinkable beer.

A little different as expected. Overall, a solid beer, but not something I'd look to sample again anytime soon. Thanks to bditty for the bottle.

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Photo of zoso493
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This my first wild ale and I bought it without knowing much about, so I'm excited to see how it goes. Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very thick-looking honey color with a one-finger that probably would not have been there if not for a very vigorous pour. Pretty hazy, as well.

Smell: This one has a pretty solid barnyard scent to it and smells more like a Belgian than anything. There are a lot of spices and grassy hops and some yeast and that's about all I can pick out.

Taste: Very earthy beer. A lot of spices in the taste as well that combine with some lights hops to give it a pleasantly bitter finish. There are also some slightly rotten fruit tastes in there and some lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: A decent amount of body and carbonation to this beer. It's also pretty crisp and leaves your mouth feeling dry after taking a sip.

Drinkability: This is not a memorably drinkable beer. It's a bit sour so it takes a while to get down. This bomber has been pretty difficult to finish.

Overall, this is a very average beer. I don't have anything to compare it to in the style, but I wasn't hugely impressed. It has some interesting nuances and is worth a try, but I probably wouldn't reach for it again.

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Photo of Fugazme
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased the day after Christmas in Omaha... too early to enjoy before March? Didn't winter just start? Do I care? No...

Very orange pour with a thin white lace for a head. Cloudy like a March day.

Looks very good.

Aroma is yeasty and somewhat sour. Some rich foot/manure smells and some spice. White pepper. Citrus. Alcohol.

Taste is thinner than aroma. Somewhat watery mouthfeel... a touch of bubbles. Bready flavor. Moderately malty. Would like a bit more earthy/musty character, but this isn't too bad!

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Photo of Bcant
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered orange/red ale with a small white head that leaves a very small amount of lacing. Good clarity for an unfiltered.

The aroma is predominantly citrus: orange and lemon (which is an ingredeant).

Orange with lots of spice, coriander, clovers and a touch of pepper in the finish.

Crisp and refreshing, a great beer for the summer.

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Photo of katan
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep golden color. Very clear but lots of bubbling. Head formation is pretty white. Well retained.

S - Strong brett yest note, lots of tobacco, white pepper, spicy. Underlying sour notes, somewhat fruity.

T - Starts off very light, a little bit malty. The wild yeast comes through. No hopping - mostly balanced. Finishes with a lightly grainy note. The sweetness overwhelms the wild ale attributes.

M - Solid beer body, light and airy carbonation as well. Finishes very clean.

D - Very drinkable - ABV is manageable. Not at all filling, in contrast to the carbonation.

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Photo of jsh420
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours copper orange with a 2 finger head that fades film and left some spotted lacing

smell - i pick put the brett right off the bat - alongside some cherry and lemon

taste - very mild - i see this as a summer wild -taste is a bit musty - lemon and oter fruits - good flavors but again a tame wild

mouthfeel is ok - with the light flavor i want a refreshing light beer but this one has a medium body

drinkability - maybe this beer is an american wild for noobs - it did grow on me after the first glass but i doubt i buy this one again

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a light sourness and some lemon citrus. In the taste, tart lemon citrus, lemon rind and a small spice like note. A smooth and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry lemon rind in the aftertaste. A nice tartness and tastes very clean.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear! Awesome looking brew. Little to no head. Small white wafer rides on the edge, with a small cracker in the middle.

S - Big brett notes. Very farmhouse-y. Lots of hay and horses.

T - there's not much more then brett flavors. Very enjoyable, but brett-y. Too much farm yard. Yeast ate this beers lunch. Much like a saison...

M - Overly carbonated. Very dry and bubbly.

O - Elegant hippie brew. Farm-y. Time did this brew well. Recommended.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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 siradmiralnelson
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into New Belgium Globe glass.

A. 1 finger pretty well carbonated head. Good retention. Decent lacing. Color is a orangeish golden yellow.

S. Smell is yeast, lemony citrus, sweet pale malt, a little bit of funk to it. Nice blast of yeastiness, gives way to a light fruit smell. A little bit of sourness lies underneath.

T. Taste is a pretty smooth combination of a lot of the aromas. Nice earthy yeast flavor. Some of the light fruit; pears and apple primarily. Maybe just a touch of sourness. Overall the flavor is a little bit mellower than the aroma.

M. Medium bodied. Finishes pretty crisp and dry. Medium carbonation.

D. Drinkable. Overall a pretty good beer. Could be a little more flavor going on that the aroma eludes to, but doesn't deliver on the tongue. Pretty good.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasing, if a bit soft, bretty Golden Ale.

Presentation: 22oz brow capped bottle. Screen printed label with floating orange dots-bubbles falling to rest at the bottom noting the name of the brew and series. Side learning notes the general intent and characteristic of the brew. Shows 6.2% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep to medium amber pour, light haze in the final serving, with a fair frothy head and retention, good surface memory and some lacing.

S - Softly bretty and funky, very softly so… light touches of lemon, hint of spice...

T - which is pretty much what one finds in the taste. The nicely generic brett is there, touches of funk, light sour apples, some citric notes, hints of fruit and spice, mellow and generic if pleasing.

M - Medium to medium-light body and carbonation with a nice crisp sense in the finish and a light dryness.

O - Nothing too profound but it ultimately comes together rather nicely and offers a nice flow.

Notes: A bit too generic or soft for a brett brew, I guess. But this might be a good entry point to some funk? Good brew in any case, even if a tad unremarkable.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sweethome
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden amber...ok, a little orange hue (as the label suggests). Nose of belgian hops - orange peel. honey. Soft mouthfeel, even if a little watery. A nice backing of hops, flavors of lemon zest, corriander, orange peel/orange blossom honey, and a hint of belgian hops.

The flavors and mouthfeel build as it opens and warms a bit. Soft, gentle beer with just a bit of a belgian hop bite.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear straw gold with a thin white head. Carbonation dies off very quickly

Smell: Belgian yeast, strawberry, marshmallow, and a bit of grass.

Flavor: Malty body mixed in with some roasty spices. Lots of lemon zest with some caramel and coriander, along with touches of biscuit and floral hops. Lacking a little vinous quality.

Body: Thin and smooth, very easy to drink, with a flavor that is intriguing enough to want one or more.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best beer New Belgium has ever produced is back! A few years ago this beer was sold as a seasonal six pack available throughout the months of March and April and then out of the blue they stop producing it. This was a beer I look forward to every year and I was hugely disappointed when I couldn't get it anymore. I jumped for joy when I heard that New Belgium was re-releasing this beer as part of their new Lips of Faith bomber series. This classic farmhouse style beer comes originally comes from Walloon region of southern Belgium. The Bière de Mars is a fresh, bready amber ale made with barley, wheat and oats but possessing a slightly tart flavor. It is inoculated with Brettanomyces, a wild yeast strain that spoils many beers but here lends a mild barnyard or grassy, wet hay flavor.

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Photo of Jason
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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 01001111
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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 beertaster13
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a great beer that accompanies light meals very well. Pours a hazy orange with yellow streaks, the white head holds up throughout the session. The smell is of earth and citrus with lightly toasted wheats. A slight banana note hints the nose. The taste is light with toasted grains and apples, lemon really add something, hints of spices with bananas in the end really cleanses the palate.

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Photo of unklesyd
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this beer before and got confused, but this was before I knew about a Belgian wheat style. Oh, now I get it!
Perhaps I'm still missing something, however, because although I can easily say upon smelling this beer's (slightly muted) herbal/citrus nose and tasting its orange peel and coriander notes (though I missed the heather and verbeena promised), "farmhouse", I would have guessed this was Saison.
However, it was slightly weightier in appearance and mouthfeel than a springtime saison. My big qualm was that there appeared in my beer residual (take your guess here) tannen/yeast/chaff that didn't appear to be slurry from bottle conditioning. Bad bottle, or....
This is definately refreshing, and if you are like many for whom a wit or saison is out of range (physically or monitarily), this is a decent substitute when the need arises. As a "beer to keep", as a result of the floaties, I would think this beer is best drank as fresh as possible, so perhaps the appelation is a misnomer.

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Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
3.67 out of 5 based on 758 ratings.
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