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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Added by mattmaples on 07-20-2009

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Photo of videofrog
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into Duvel Tulip. No apparent bottling or best by date.

A: Cloudy orange with 2 finger rocky white head. Sporadic lacing down the glass as the head dissipates after a few minutes.

S: A lot going on here. Lemon & orange stand out the most. Faint bitterness and lots of spiciness. Coriander, maybe?

T: Taste follows the nose. Citrus up front with some funky yeast. Spices in the middle and slightly bitter hop finish.

M: Juicy and medium-bodied. Carbonation is good for this lighter style.

O: My first Biere de garde; I really enjoyed it. Easy to drink, but has nice complexity. Like New Belgium often does, it encourages you to go seek out more of a style.

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Photo of Bdc
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange-gold with an ample white head. Aroma is incredibly rich with spices, yeast and a bready malt. Flavor is nicely balanced with robust spices, citrus (lemon) and yeast (perhaps some banana and clove as found in a trippel?). There is a tartness, like that found in a wheat, but this beer has no real grainy wheat flavor. The flavor is incredibly complex and interesting without being so overpowering to keep you from immediately grabbing another. Full-bodied, well-carbonated and refreshing. Before March has passed, I'll pick up a case of this to drink during the off-season. Very well-done.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got it in a beer trade...thanks to whomever sent it....gotta start marking them...

On the table it's honey colour....seems more pale orange up to the light, and a good bit hazy. Head is just off white, and les than one finger. It falls to nothing rather quickly.

Smell is rather fruity and floral, with some yeasty quality underneat, and just a hint of hop. The alcohol is very present on the nose.

Flavour starts of flow, then builds and becomes rather fruity. There's a peachy-orangey tone with some cinnamon quality.

Liquid is hearty, but not thick. Carbonation stays low and tight.

I find this one very rather enjoyable, and very drinkable. Not bad at all!

Be well

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Photo of 1050Sudz
4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bier De Mars - New Belgium Brewery

It's Back!!!

After three long years, this unexpectedly great beer is back. As of 3/3/09 New Belgium has this on tap and available "to go" in the 64 oz glass jugs. (whatever they call those)

This beer looks like a creamy golden/orange color with a strong white head.

It smells tangy and tastes of slight mango or some fruit. Althought they claim there is no fruit whatsoever in it. And it leaves a clean fresh hoppy flavor as it goes down.

I could sit and drink quite a few of these. I do hope it goes back into production for store purchase. I highly recommend getting ahold of some of it if you can.


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Photo of pbnagel
4.54/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this beer up on a whim. The label doesn't give you a clue how good this beer is. The first taste was an eye-opener. It has the smoothness and drinkability of a good Belgian wheat ale. The smell hints at the wheat base and lemon spicing. The finish has a slight kick unlike a typical wit beer. This beer could just about the best beer I've tasted, right up there with Celis White.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.57/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dusty honeyed gold under the vanishing snow head. That faint hazy wheat tang rounded by a sublte clove note. Honey on a warm biscuit. A rich, rounded sweetness comingled ever so subtly with thick tart apple skins. The apples bite cak as you swallow and the numbing kick of brett sets the scene for the sweet, lingering finish.

Crystaline sweetness somewhere between caramel and honey with drying wheat, ever so faint citrus and a spicey prelude to the numbing sting of brett.

Goes down like a vivid dream, rich and fleshed out but fleeting and ending ever too soon.

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Photo of orfeu
4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottling. Clever and interesting seasonal offering for the "half-winter-half-spring month of March." But I enjoyed this one while sunning myself in my mother-in-law's back yard on a gorgeous 80-degree Tucson afternoon... Anyway. Poured into a cervoise/wine goblet, New Belgium's Biere de Mars is an extremely cloudy golden amber topped with a creamy white fluff. Funky yeast aroma; scents of mown grass and soured apple juice abide. Thicker mouthfeel than I ever could have expected; most of New Belgium's beers that I've tried are at least on some level characteristically crisp and refreshing. The lack of crispness here is not a problem. It's velvety smooth, luxurious, even. The first sip reveals tart barnyard funk flavors which cede to a biscuity malt structure. It then finishes lemony smooth, like a pudding almost. there is also a difficult-to-identify flavor that rides all around the middle of each sip. I imagine it must be some kind of phenol -- tastes kind of like plastic, or soft rubber. This flavor emerges in the burps, as well. Complexity of flavor alone merits a high score here. I can safely say I've never had any beer like this before. It's definitely Belgian, and definitely "country." It is not at all reminiscent of other bieres de garde I've sampled. This one is entirely in a class of its own and outstanding at that.

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Photo of mytireisfat
4.66/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

P: 22 oz brown bottle poured into pint glass. No best by date. very cool bottle.

A: when poured in, there was very little head, which dissipated quickly too. There was no lacing. and the color was a clear amber color.

S: I couldnt quite put my finger on this one. i got a sweet caramel malt smell. then some spice too i think.

T: Caramel malt is a big one in it. and then a orange and lemon taste. maybe a little earthy, and some Rye also.

M: Light body, and low carbonation.

D: Easy to drink. i really enjoy this beer. such a different taste. something i would buy more of.

Notes: i wish they still came in 6 packs. the bomber i bought was nine dollars. a little to much for my blood. But a good beer!

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Photo of Realale
4.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Partially opaque hazy orangeish tan. Extremely fine off-white head settles quickly to a thin, incomplete cap.

Citrus and brett lead on the nose, with great earthy, slightly sour horseblanket notes. There's some grainy wheaty goodness lurking below. A touch of clove comes with some time. Beautiful, appetizing nose.

Incredibly complex in the mouth. It's on the full side of medium, with a wonderful malty richness that is cut by a laserlike spine of acidity. So much going on in the background! It's spicy, it's funky, it's earthy, it's sour, it's sweet! The finish is incredibly long (Cantillon long!) with the sweet malt and sour notes echoing seemingly forever. Amazing beer.

Carbonation is relatively low which gives the flavors an opportunity to really run amuck, and makes it an excellent thirst quencher and a fine companion at the table. Along with Fantôme's La Gourmande, this might be about the most versatile food beers I know. Kudos to New Belgium for putting out such a distinctive beer. This year's edition is a big step up from prior releases of this seasonal. Truly great beer - I'm on my third case, and may well get through a couple more before it's gone!

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Photo of Solomon420
4.82/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dont know how to describe this one. I was taken back by how complex the flavour and hues are, not to mention the smell. I opened this baby up, poured it into my snifter, and let it sit on the table for about 10 minutes to open up the flavours. I have to say it drinks well, and has me wanting more. Not too strong of a beer, so its easy to take on. Would make a nice dinner beer or even a nice after dinner beer sitting on the porch watching the sunset, which almost has the same color combinations as this beautiful beer. Definately on my list of keepers.

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