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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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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Photo of beertastegood
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orangey/gold color with a nice dense two-finger head. Aromas of a tangerine-like blend of tart and sweet, similar to saison aromas. Definitely has the familiar aroma of wheat in there, no hops to speak of.

Taste: Orange peel and cloves, tart with a "grainy" flavor that announces the wheat and oats (this is not a bad thing). Earthy, slightly musty taste reminiscient of gueuze, but not quite as pronounced. Nice dry, slightly sweet finish that leaves a refreshing tangy flavor on my tongue. Very thirst quenching.

Medium carbonation, mouthfeel is medium-heavy, courtesy of the alternate grains.

A solid beer from NB. I hope they plan to release this one again.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, bright orange color, as in a ripe apricot. Head is initially thick, fluffy, pure white. Aroma is fresh and fruity, citrus large and in charge. Soon, a supreme hoppiness sets in and makes itself quite welcome in the nose and on the palate.
Thrilling and tasty bitterness on the mouth, with a deliciously citric (orange, mostly) finish. Very yeasty, and quite well-balanced. Body is medium, hops are out front, but the brew is altoghether a rounded one. This is a very special ale, and when all the parts come together, I'm left I drinking some kind of liquefied orange bread?
Quite a nice accomplishment from a brewery of well-deserved fame. Both jeffboo and marc77 provided me with samples, and I thank them in stereo!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (bought Dec. 2005, sampled Jan. 2006), capped, Best By date.

This biere de mars poured a cloudy, golden brown color with creamy, off-white foam that settled but clung to the glass a little bit. The smell was lemony citrus with some wheat aroma and a mild, subtle yeasty aroma. The taste was lightly tangy with citrus notes and some wheat maltiness. There was a floral flavor with a hint of spices and tangerine as well as some peppery notes. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium body and mild carbonation and with a nice, witbier-like finish. This was a very enjoyable, easy drinking beer, and I hear it is expected to cellar well (I will see, as I have tucked away a sixpack).

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a clear glowing orange body with a thick antique white head that is cobweb. The head sticks to glass long after the rest of the beer is gone. There is a sea of tiny bubbles gliding through the surface.
S- This beer has a slight biscuit malt flavor under a soft orange peel and green vegitiation with slightly sweet musty finish.
T- This beer has a soft citrusy flower taste with a nice viburnum herbal note. There is a finish smooth creamy funk with a double cream brie rind finish. The soft biscuit notes grow as the beer warms up.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a crisp finish note with no alcohol heat.
D- This beer gets better and better as it warms there is a soft funk that is nice with a unique brightness that keeps it light and very drinkable.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, burnt orange color, with an off-white head that crackles its way to a crown quickly.

Nice aroma, some obvious Brett-y funk, honey, lemon and green apple.

Really interesting flavor here, even within a style that's expected to have plenty of intrigue. White grape, lemon, honey and gooseberry meet an almost yellow cake-batter malt character. And then the yeast does its thing, being very earthy and having just the right amount of pungency. Herbal and flowery elements cling nicely to that semi-sweet yellow cake-batter malt. Finishes with a bitter, grassy astringency while the sweaty/fruity funk keeps riding through.

Light in body, and dry. Quite a bit of carbonation sizzle, which I think just slightly masks some of the flavor subtleties.

A fine Americanized stab at something very Belgian-influenced. Possibly the best contender yet for the ultimate Brett gateway beer, as its personality is easily detectable, but hardly on the extreme end of the spectrum. I'd definitely buy another bottle or two in the near future.

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4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sad to see this beer only have a B because I am loving it. Granted this is not as intense as most other sours, the balance and flavor is perfect for me. It poured a great golden hue with a one finger, lingering head and the aromas are outstandingly citrusy. The flavor itself is just a tad sour with a good malty complexity. This combined with it's citrus overtones reminds me a lot of Goose Island's Sofie with the same easy drink-ability, a long time favorite of mine. I am in love with this beer and hope to convert many more to it's mild sour approach.

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Photo of TyBeerMe
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The Dray in Seattle. I was pleasantly surprised by this Belgian Golden Ale. It is well balanced, supporting a great, albeit subtle taste - very refreshing. Not as complex as I had hoped, but very drinkable.

Looking forward to trying it again soon.

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Photo of riored4v
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 3/17/10

Poured into a tulip. 1 finger, white head. Clear, copper colored body.

Smell was orange, estery and slight hints of spice and coriander. Some mild sweetness. Mild belgian-type presence.

Taste had a nice presence of the spice in the flavor accompanied by a good amount of esters and orange. Nice and crisp, clean finish. Flavors are a little on the subtle side. Mild maltiness as well.

Mouthfeel was light in body, crisp and dry finish. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability was very good. Crisp along with mellow flavors. No hints of abv.

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Photo of rowew
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Old Chicago Broomfield. Poured bright orange and cloudy with a thick white head that stayed until the bottom of the beer. Aroma is citrusy and spicy - this is one of the only beers I have been able to pick out black pepper in. The taste is a combination of citrus and yeast, with some spice mixed in. Somehow despite everything going on with this beer it remains incredibly drinkable. One of my favorite offerings from New Belgium.

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4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall a very very pleasant surprise.

My first bottle from the lips of faith series (does la folie count?)

A-pours a golden copper with great lacing the head lasts forever. Slightly hazy and I left the yeast in bottle. Looks like a beer you want to drink on a hot summer day, like today!

S-smells of light yet complex malt and some orange peel citrus.

T-very well balanced between the tartness of the funky yeast (I cant spell Barc...) Spicy and a beer that really opens up after a few minutes in the glass, drink cool but not cold for sure.

M- has a lighter body which makes it perfect for well drinking. No alcohol and no cloying.

D- perfect beer to sip on a hot day, to bad it is so expensive or I would by it in cases.

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4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC, New Belgium night.
Poured cloudy, yeasty orange with a soft head and leaving nice lace. Delicate flavors of citrus, earth, spice, honey. The gathered beer geeks told me this was real rarity on tap in the east. so I ordered another glass! Fine stuff, delicate, nicely balanced, worth seeking out especially for those, like me, who are into this style.

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