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 stoutfiend27
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into 10oz glass to taste..

a-dull orange head...small white collar around the rim..little lacing and very few bubbles..appearance is lackluster

s-fruity and sweet...spices and a little funk from the brett

t-really surprised me...spicy...nutmeg and cinnamon...coriander??...a little horse blanket in the middle..nice grain malt..finishes spicy and dry

m-medium bodied and fluffy...slightly sticky....decent level of carbonation would have liked a little more...acceptable

d-decently drinkable..a bomber would be no problem..dont think i would want more than one due to the fact that i think the spices would be cloying after more than one...

the nose put me off on this one but the taste drew me back in...would love to put a couple back to see what happens to them over time...

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Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a New Belgium goblet at the Dog & Pony, the Biere de Mars is a hazy dark gold with a creamy off-white head that leaves delicate, foamy lace rings.

Smell is nice, soft and sweet fruity ale esters, a hint of mustiness.

Taste is not as sweet, more spicy (I'm thinking hops/yeast rather then actual spices, although perhaps some bitter orange peel), a bit of sourness, but some nice saison esters too, the tropical fruit notes coming through more as it warms. I like the nose better b/c it's cleaner and sweeter.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but with a crisp finish, medium light body

Drinkability is pretty high, a really nice Biere De Mars. I prefer more fruity esters in the style, which came out more as it warmed. I'm not a big fan of brett on it's own, but there wasn't much horse here, and enough extra ompph that it provided a nice layer of depth without overwhelming my palate. When this keg blew, I was sad.

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Photo of Riccymon
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an apple cider orange from the bottle with a quarter inch of off-white head that doesn't stick around for long. Smells of orange, cherry, dusty grains, and a little butter.

Sipping gives way to subtle flavors akin to an orange/cherry nut bread with allspice, nutmeg, and vanilla--similar to a winter warmer. The cherry and vanilla, the best of the flavors, come out as the beer warms, as does a slight alcohol note. Mouthfeel is pleasantly full and the finish contains an astringent grassiness.

I kept sipping to try to discern all the flavors, and didn't mind doing so. An interesting, pleasant mix that I enjoyed drinking.

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Photo of Risser09
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$7.19 in Maryland.
22oz bottle poured into a white wine glass · fridge temp · 2012

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with a 2" tall light yellow head. Great retention and lots of lacing. Nice and pretty.

Smell: Lemon, brettanomyces, spring flowers, and hops. A very fresh aroma.

Taste: Rustic and bright; I taste spice, vegetation, flowers, with the underlying malt flavors too. For only 22 IBUs there is a lot of hop flavor that shines in this beer. A great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light and airy, with enough flavor to make the beer drinkable. Slick and easy to drink without any noticeable alcohol.

Overall: This is a great way to present a quenching beer for the warmer months. Every other summer style has been overplayed without noticing this underplayed style. Good job New Belgium.

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Photo of Morris729
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange golden color with a tall creamy and pillowy white head that stays until the end and coats the sides of the glass as you drink. Lots of active carbonation is apparent as tiny bubbles continuously race to the top. Nose is fresh malts, yeast, and lemon. Light to medium in body with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Taste is a touch of sweet malts at first followed by some notes of fresh wheat and yeast. Some citrus hop flavors are present in the end leaving a dry finish. An interesting brew that is both quite refreshing and very tasty.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a medium orange color with a light orange head that doesn't last that long.

This smells very orangy, but not overpowering in any way. Has light notes of spice and lemon.

This beer tastes very nice, its smooth to drink but almost too drinkable, like a session beer but I don't think that's the intention. This taste is orangy but that goes quickly to some light hopes and a nice bitter end. Overall very good.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for this bottle.

A: Pours a clear orange with a foamy one finger head. Quick dissipation, not much lacing.

S: Slightly musty and a little funky. There is also some citrus/fruit aromas; some pineapple, banana, and a little bit of strawberry. Has a little bit of spice as well.

T: Some nice spices and a little bit of citrus and pineapple, but I get a lot of strawberry/banana flavor. Slightly sour, but pleasant.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, the flavor is really nice, the strawberry/banana flavor caught me completely off guard, but I really liked it.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cool from a bomber to a NB globe.

Biere De Mars has a hazy golden-orange color with thick white head and good retention.

Aroma is sweet and sour but not like Asian food. That would be gross. Sweetness is more floral and the sour is that of the wild yeast.

Flavor is familiar to those who have had other New Belgium beers. Something about that Fat Tire seems to get into a lot of their other beers. I used to think it was the yeast, then I though it was the biscuit malt, now I'm considering it could just be the water! Either way, Bier De Mars has that bready malt backbone but then there's that magical brett. There's sour cherries, vanilla (although I don't think it's oak aged), and orange rind. The latter seems to be the bitterness in the beer. Not so much hops as a rind or pith from a citrus fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with ample carbonation. I wouldn't mind if they toned that down a bit but it fits with the style. Alcohol, despite being pretty low, is fairly obvious. Not hot but it makes itself known.

Overall it's a really tasty beer but it's not what I remember from several years ago when they used to do a spring seasonal by the same name. I recall that it was something special.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light amber with minimal head and ok tracing. Aromas are quite yeasty, bready and wet hay. There is a citrus and spicy background as well. Carbonation is medium and well fitting. Mouthfeel is light, and flavors mirror those aromas well. This is an excellent winter seasonal, and I've enjoyed the 6er, as this is the last bottle. Alcohol hits you a little in the end, as well as the mild hops. Wish they would carry this year round, but the Trippel and Abbey will suffice.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's cloudy orange body and fluffy bright white head actually do a very good job of telling you what the beer tastes like... it's kind of airy in the mouthfeel; has a bit of orange flavor to it; and it's kind of dry and powdery which is a little like the look of its yeasty body might suggest.

The nose is dryish with some coriander, wheatish malt, and a light hint of yeasty fruitiness; and it's pillowy-soft in the mouth with a very-fine bubbled, median carbonation that leaves a delicate caress on the tongue as it passes smoothly away. The flavor is dry with coriander and lightly sweet with wheat-accented malt; a touch citrusy and just slightly acidic; yeasty but not overly so; and backed by a sublime bitterness that helps to dry the finish in concert with its lingering spiciness. It works well at almost any time of year, but is particularly nice as a summer and fall beer; and it pairs well with some of the lesser-spiced Thai foods, mushroom-stuffed chicken breast in cream sauce, grilled pork chops, and baked apples.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slighty hazy amber / copper in color with a 1" head. The aroma is a pleasant combo of citrus and grass. The flavor is mildly spicy (pepper), citrus, wheat, honey, with hints of caramel and yeast. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Mouthfeel is smooth and mildly crisp at the start. The finish is short with most of the flavors lingering on the tongue for a second or two. Medium bodied. Nice drinkability as this is refreshing brew. Drinking a few of these in one sitting is easy.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a 22oz single from northridge in laramie, wy, around $9.

A: Pale gold, slightly cloudy, almost on the orange side of things, stark white head about half an inch thick, excellent lacing, and pretty fair head retention. Really a nice looking beer.

S: Pale malts, wheat malt, a bit of a sour zest, and hints at verbena, sourness, and a few other unplaceable things. Lots going on, but it is a nice smelling beer. Good stuff all around.

T: A lot sweeter than I had originally thought, vanilla, caramel, a little bit on the grainy side as well. Lots of different spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, a whole lot of spices. Really a flavorful beer, there are a ton of things going on in here, and I really am enjoying this.

M: I was hoping from more bret in the taste, but there is definitely a lactic mouth feel here to make up for the lack of sourness in the beer. Ridiculously smooth, just a hint of carbonation. Medium thickness.

D: Easy drinking beer, this is downright tasty and easy to drink, lots of different things going on, not really that accessible to a beginner, but to a seasoned drinker looking for a bit of a workout, this hits the notes. In all reality, entirely too expensive though.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange color, medium head. Very malty, complex blend of oats, wheat, barley malts and lemon verbena. Nicely hoppy, good balance. Mouthfeel is full. Very complex taste, good full flavor. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is a little sweet and malty. Very different, good taste. Interesting beer. Like the 1554 Brussels this is a very differnt and tasty beer.

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Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery. Hazed, rusty orange with an elegant dollop of white foam sitting on top. Great balance. Toasty and grainy with an impression of sourdough bread. Bitterness is mild and flavors of flowers, lavender, dirt, and black pepper liven things up. Clean on the swallow with perfect dryness for the style.

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Photo of sevineyes
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle with a drawing of Mars ofer a snowy landscape.

A: Poured hazy, which keeps with the style. Almost apricot in color. Poured with a decent white head and leaves some lacing.

S: Very plum like. Something like overripe white grapes. Has an earthy presence like wet roots.

T: Sweet lemons, but not sugary sweet. Like what lemons would taste like if they had no sour. Definite spice presence. Cinnamon. Maybe a touch of clove. Ends with some nutmeg and sweet gourds. There's a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Something of a powdery feel similar to what powdered sugar leaves your mouth with. Filling.

Overall: Really enjoyed this one. Flavors really drew me in and I liked the process of drinking the beer even though I couldn't imagine having many of these in a row. Very unique.

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Photo of murrayswine
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle poured a dark pumpkin orange, with pure white head, and a little lacing. The smell is slightly tart, but yet oddly, sort of minerally like a wet dog.
The taste is layered, but subtly sweet off the bat. Orange zest is in the base, loads of spice, clove, coriander, and sweet yeast.
Well built beer. The most under valued of the line by far.
A damn good representation.

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Photo of nickfl
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of dense, white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A smooth, malty note of pear, pineapple, and tart funk.

T - Smooth, tart wheat malt up front. Some light, stone fruit flavors in the middle and a finish of lemons, vanilla, black pepper and lingering tart cherries.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - The aroma is more powerful than the flavor but both are quite interesting. A nice balance of spice, fruit, and rich malt.

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Photo of Brandt
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured an orangeish copper color with a rocky white head that fell fast.

the aroma what that of malt first off and intertwined with a citrus like character and perhaps some spices along the lines of ginger and corriander.

the taste that this beer gave was first off a spicey yeasty event that is to be expected in belgian style ales and also had some more hefe like characteristics with a ripe banana followed by clove and even a more earthy white pepper spice.

the finish for this beer was mostly a warming spicy med body which trailed off into a more dry aftertaste. this is a highly quafable ale and was very quenching while still showing off its belgian complexity.

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Photo of Trentonator
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a hazy orange with a fluffy white head that sticks around for the party. I like this beer in the late winter or early spring, it has a great hint of the season with some fresh orangey fruity aroma and is light on the palate. It's got a nice soft mouthfeel, that goes down easily and invites another. Drinkability is it's strong suit.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery -- talk about fresh and properly-served!

Brewed with Pale, Aromatic, C-40 and Carapils malts, all fairly lightly-toasted. Willamette, Cascade and Magnum hops are very much kept in abeyance here, with only 18 IBU. The malts dominate the smell and the taste.

Unpasteurized (as all of this brewery's ales are!), unfiltered, bottle-conditioned spring ale on its first run of the season ("Beer of March" served fresh in late December? -- go figure!).

Semi-cloudy, orange-colored pretty looking beer.

Notes of orange and lemon in the nose, with wheat and maybe even oats. Taste matches, but lays a bit lower than the smell.

Very drinkable and very pleasant. You who live in Colorado need to try this one at the brewery. You who don't live in Colorado -- well, tough luck! Come and get it!!

UPDATE FOR THE 2006 RUN, January 24, 2006

Much more long-lasting head -- huge, rocky, solid and chunky with incredible carbonation. It's a bit creamier brew, so I would up the mouthfeel to 4.0 from last winter's run. prAna was right -- this time around, they've done better on this one! The addition of more brettanomyces yeast makes for a horsier flavor, which I enjoy, but some people loathe. Makes it a more distinctive beer, and more of a love-hate brew as well.

For you hop-heads, it seems hoppier this time as well. Go get some.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-amber color, very cloudy, with a quarter-inch of foam.

Aroma: Strong wheat aroma, with a bready, spicy undercurrent.

Flavor: Complex mix of flavors: wheaty, citrus notes (not hoppy citrus), toasted bread, even a spicy, peppery flavor at the end. Bitterness is fairly moderate, but there's some earthy hop flavor. Fairly yeasty too, with a powdery finish.

Body: As mentioned above, a powdery texture, and a slightly higher-than-medium body.

A quirky, complex, and original beer, three characteristics that make this firmly Belgian in character. New Belgium really knows how to do it right.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a belled water glass.

Bone head, not much. It dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing.

The orange color is beautiful.

Brown spices, orange peel, brett funk, anise

Sweet, malty, tangy aftertaste, tart cherry complex and yummy.

Medium full body, a bit chewy. Light carbonation and slightly dry finish with sweet aftertaste.

Much better than average New Belgian offerings.

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Photo of Xul
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. A slightly hazy goldenrod/orangeish color with a one finger white head that leaves behind a solid level of lacing.

S: A lovely blend of aromas that changes slightly each time I give it a sniff. Green apples and pears, a bit of lemon, some funk, some bready malts, and a bit of a peppery spice with a sweet hint to it.

T: Initial taste of fruits and funk, with the funk coming through a bit more in the taste, but not as much as you'd expect from a true wild ale. The peppery/spicy aspect comes through on the back end and into the aftertaste along with a significant biscuity malt profile. Certainly not what I'd call exemplary if its style, but pleasant nonetheless.

M: Moderately carbonated with a crisp finish.

D: Quite drinkable - the flavors are well blended, the ABV is fairly low but well-hidden anyways, and it's refreshing enough that it wouldn't be difficult to drink a few pints on a warm day.

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Photo of nataku00
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice. Minimal head that quickly dissipates, with very sparse lacing on the glass. Ale is a dark orange in color with a large amount of carbonation, which the bottle design clearly shows with its orange bubble pattern.

Perhaps it is due to the head dissipating so quickly, but the scent of orange and citrus is very light on the nose. A small amount of sour funk is also detected.

Not very sour, despite the addition of brettanomyces. A lightly spiced orange flavor, with a malt note at the end. A very clean finish, that makes this a good candidate for a session beer.

The tight carbonation makes this a very refreshing beer, not overly sweet like a more heavily malted beer. Lips of Faith would be great with summer bbq flavors or spicey food.

Overall, a decent beer, but New Belgium may have missed the mark with their experimentation with brettanomyces as it didn't seem to work well as a wild ale.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a surging and massive rocky head with thick clouds of carbonation and abundant sticky lace. Even several minutes after pouring, the head is scarcely diminished. Color is a hazy dark orange with flakes of sediment that rise and fall in the carbonation stream.

Aroma: Spicy with lemon notes and rich malts.

Taste: Begins with very smooth, toasty malt notes, a wave of orange and lemon, and soft carbonation. These fade to usher in medicinal hop notes, which carry to the end of the taste. Finishes very, very dry.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy.

Drinkability/notes: Like all of the New Belgium beers that I have sampled, excellent and distinct in character.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve ounce brown glass longneck; served in a standard pint tap glass.

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