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 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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Photo of uberez8
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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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 swamiswamu
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange with minimal head and some lacing. The aroma is similar to walking through a backyard garden, with a mixture of floral and herbal scents. There is lots of honey in the taste, with a slight citrus balance. This is far from a barley plus hops= beer taste. This would be a good one to convert a wine drinker with. Overall pretty tasty.

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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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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 carln26
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was on tap at the Chocolate Bar. Hazy gold straw colored with a thin white head. Delicate aroma of citrus orange, a little clove, and a hint of fresh bread. The taste is light and citrusy. Nice orange bitterness balanced by a hint of clove and white pepper. Just a touch of heat. Light and satisfying mouth feel. This would be a great summer beer, heck it's a great anytime beer. New Beligium's seasonal's rock. The 2 degrees below is good. This beer is great.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a bubbly orange copper color accompanied by a 1/2" head and some lacing. Little retent on the head. Fizzy like soda.

S- very sweet scents in the nostrils, strong apple aroma was the easiest to distinguish.

T- flavor is the brew is quite interesting as it changes tremendously as it warms. Always sweet & grainy. Slight alcoholic flavor in the background. Apple sweet flavor. Lemonish aftertaste. Wheat and oats become much more apparent as the brew warms.

M- thinner brew with a smooth yet creamy texture. Some tickle from carbonation. As it warms, it tends to leave your mouth dry.

D- Tons of differentg flavors in there. This is a brew that needs full attention to be appericated. Not a session brew. Wonderful desert brew. This is a real treat.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass; no bottle dating, but it was from the 2012 release. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy of white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange zest, pineapple, coriander, pepper, floral, grass, straw, earth, and herbal. Fantastic aromas with nice complexity and balance; there is a lot of brett presence. Taste of lemon, orange zest, pineapple, coriander, bread, toast, floral, grass, straw, earth, pepper, and herbal. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, coriander, bread, toast, floral, straw, grass, earth, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; nice brett flavor complexity; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is highly excellent Biere De Garde! Great balance and complexity of flavors, with nice brett complexity; very smooth and easy to drink. I enjoyed this one a lot; one of the better Biere De Gardes I have had.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from last summer, courtesy of my brother-in-law, poured into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Thanks, Walker!

A: Clear deep amber body beneath two inches of fine tan froth. Good retention and lacing. Very nice example of the style.

S: Spicy, fruity, dry. Citrus, earthy brett, and pepper. Excellent.

T: Bubblegum and toast up front, with peppercorn, lemongrass, and dry minerality toward the back end. Sahara-dry finish. Terrific.

M: Hugely effervescent, light-bodied. Works great with the dryness.

O: I've never been a huge Biére de Garde fan, but this one really hit the nail on the head: enough malt to be substantial, enough spice to be interesting, and (more than) enough dryness to be refreshing. One of the driest beers I've had in a long time, but not in an astringent way at all. Really tasty stuff - surprised to see it isn't rated a bit higher. Maybe the Brett has done some positive developing over the last few months? I thought all the new Lips of Faith beers were pasteurized, though. Hmm.


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Photo of tlazaroff
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Funkytown! I smell Brett in this beer, that fresh kind of horse blanket barnyard aroma that I love so much. No hops on the nose at all, just a mix of funk and sweet maltose.

The aesthetics of this beer are gorgeous! It's a solid orange in color, perfectly clear with a crisp white head that leaves medium to thick lacing. Just beautiful.

Light citrus notes with a bit of funk thrown in for good measure. I really don't get much hops other than the light citrus. The malt comes through as toasted bread, it's not sweet at all like the aroma kind of suggests. A nice surprise!

The beer is light in body and carbonation, and finishes dry.. incredibly drinkable for what it is. Overall I love this beer, excellent effort by New Belgium to do something that isn't quite mainstream.

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Photo of mrquartetman
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden color with a medium head

S: Earthy, malty & citrusy. The aroma gets more complex, with greater fruitiness and the aroma of the lemon peel, as the beer gets warmer (it was served too cold)

T: A earthy biere de garde flavor, with a distinct sourness. Lots of malt in the flavor. spicy and lemony. The flavor, like the aroma, improved and became more complex as the beer warmed.

M: Has a very good persistence across the palate, with the sourness predominating in the follow and staying on.

D: A very drinkable beer, with lots of character.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$6.99 for a bomber. Brand new to Michigan.
Brewed with Pale, C-80, Oats, Wheat, Carapils, Lemon Peel and Lemon Verbena. Hopped with Target, Willamette, and Cascade
OG=14.9, FG=2.9, 22 IBU's, 6.2% ABV, 195 kcal/12oz.

Pours out to a clear medium orange, forming a tall white head with amazing retention and beautiful lacing, thanks in part to the oats and the sprightly carbonation, about ~3.0 carbs. The aroma opens with mangoes and traditional brett character, faint suggestion of hops when swirled. Mouthfeel is clean with a medium-light body and mild tartness...not so acidic as to give me heartburn. Taste opens with strong mango and pineapple, followed by a medium sweetness balancing the funky brett acidity. Mild bitterness and a little bit earthy with pleasant graininess and honey in the finish.

A really nice beer. 22oz is plenty for one sitting, but I would buy it again. Recommended.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at Hamilton's Tavern on 4-24-09. From the new Lips of Faith line.

To my surprise they tapped this beer the same day I was heading over for the Ballast Point event, sweet! I really wanted to try this one.

The beer was a deep golden color with about an inch of head that fell back into the beer in a few minutes and left some soapy lacing.

The aroma consisted of lightly toasted malts, earthy and slightly spicy notes, and light fruits. The beer was a few degrees too cold at first but as it warmed up it opened up to some yeast and fruity esters, cherry, apples, and some white pepper.

Tasted yeasty upfront with some phenols, stale or, more accurately, unsweetened tropical fruits, hints of apples, and a light toast in the finish. A touch of caramel and a light "farmhouse-type funk," and bit of bubblegum. I thought this beer was quite tasty. A touch of flowers and herbs as I near the end of the glass.

Medium carbonation and soft on the palate. Very easy to drink and would definitely have some more if I could.

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Photo of henrysunset
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orangish hue, though lighter than I expected as i didn't realize this style is closer to a lager than an "ale". huge head with the power to stick around. fine bubbles and lace; wquite good looking.

Smell reminds me of the soft, almost nutty scent that I associate with their fat tire. Maybe it's their yeasts. Light scent beneath that reminds me of belgian dubbel or trippels

Tastes good. After a few seconds I taste a distinctly nutty (hazelnut?) flavor beneath a very smooth malty flavor. Exceedingly pleasent. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky but not too thick; very excellent. This beer tastes suprisingly un-beer'y. (whatever that is supposed to mean)

Drinkability is very high. I really like it. Lightness coupled with a flavor that is a little more interesting than most light beers offers. Too bad I bought only one.

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Photo of Tone
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden/amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of slight banana, sweet malt, some hops, and some coriander spice in the background. Fits the style of a Biere de Garde. Mouth feel is very smooth and slight thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt up front, then some sweetness and banana flavors dominate, slight hop background comes through next, some tart malt is present, and finishes with a hint of dry spice. Overall, a very good beer that I had in combination with a Flank Steak and both were amazing. My first experience with the Lips of Faith series and I can't wait to have another.

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Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber orange color. A two finger white head forms and gently recedes. Some nice sticky lace is left behind.
S: Brett and funky barnyard aromas come through at first. Hay, grass, and sweet fruits. Slightly sour pears and apples.
T: Follows the nose. Brett and funky barnyard flavors are there, but not overwhelming. Sweet fruit. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body with a good crisp snap of carbonation. Fairly dry in the mouth as well. Easy and smooth to drink. I will have no problems finishing the bomber.

I love this beer. Maybe some on here wish for a stronger Brett character. That would explain the lower ratings. However I think is very flavorful and well balanced. Something I would highly recommend, and I need to get more.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So happy to have this back. 3 years is a long time but absence makes the heart grow fonder. The aroma of this one is in my top 5, easy. Strong and sweet/spice. Taste is sweet, but then the spice and alc kick in. I can't get past this one. The drinkability and taste puts it way above all. I love the sourness and it lingering taste of spice. Great brew all around.

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Photo of BKotch
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the more interesting new beers of 2001, and one of the best from a brewery that puts out some great products (and I'm not talking about Fat Tire). Very much like a Saison, or a biere de garde, with a hint of lemon verbena in the nose and palate. Nice orangey-gold color with a full white head. Fruity, full body. Very, very drinkable.

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Photo of kindestcut
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally, my favorite New Belgium ale is back in stores.

The Biere de Mars pours a bright orange, clouded a bit by a powerful effervescence. However, the head, which is stark white, is not as powerful as the bubbles might promise.

The aroma is not overpowering, nor is it all that noticable. The alcohol is evident as is a floral smell. This is not one of the more powerful Belgian styles and the aroma is as subtle as the style. The Bière de Garde style is one of my favorites, mainly because it is not a large beer, not that I don't like a Tripel from time to time. To create a good Bière de Garde, I believe it takes a skill that cannot be faked through pumping up the ABV.

The flavor is as refreshing and as tasty as it should be..not fruity but slightly tart and truly easy to drink. This is the beer that farmers downed after working the fields.

Is it bland, as other reviewers have insisted? Well, yes, if you are going to compare it to a Stout or an IPA. I'd rather you compare it to nothing and just drink the beer if you refuse to review it to style.

This may not be the best Bière de Garde/Saison in the world but it is a very good one.

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Photo of benito
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So March is a long way away, but it's never to early to start wishing for Spring (not that Winter's so bad)...and New Belgium's Biere de Mars makes the next season seem ever so tempting.

An opaque copper with little head and low carbonation, this beer's most unique characteristic is its bouquet which is a rich nosefull of oak and sour apple. The flavor, too, is refreshingly sour with hints of apricot and wood; there's also a dry, earthy aftertaste that lingers in the back of the throat. The medium body is well balanced between dry, sour, and sweet which makes it a great thirst quencher with spectacular drinkability.

A wonderful beer from New Belgium. On a side note, this is a great accompaniment to cheesy, pasta dishes.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium's Biere de Mars pours a cloudy, peach color, and is topped by a thick, off-white head that fades to a film, leaving good lace. The aroma is dominated by Brettanomyces. There's the characteristic "hopsack" aroma along with banana, citrus, and toasty malts. Swirling brings out spicy alcoholic aromas.

The first sip suggests that this is a well attenuated beer. There are toasty and bready malts, but they're only mildly sweet. However, towards the center the sweetness comes out a bit with notes of banana and orange peel. The malts are balanced in the finish by a moderate bitterness, and an earthy Brett contribution. This beer is light-to-medium-bodied, and has a moderate amount of carbonation.

I really liked this beer a lot. It's balanced, and has a nice Brett flavor.

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Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
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