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 RootedFool
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a sixer at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Electric orange on the pour, ah! Barely a head, same with lacing.

Smell is of citrus peels (orange and grapefruit), sugary malts and a wheat density. The smell is very quiet, I should note. Had to dig around to pick it up fully.

The taste is so smooth is almost escapes me in a flourish of gentle malts and wheat. And now I'm picking up the barley-wine-esque edge, really tasty. Some minimal hop bitterness around the edges.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy. Works well.

I'm really enjoying this -- my first time with this particular style.

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Photo of GambrinousIan
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I lived in Fort Collins I really looked forward to this one every year with it being a seasonal release. It glows orangish red like the planet Mars. It has a very citrus like flavor. No sediment at all when bought fresh. I've done a lot of experimenting with this beer and with the advice of a New Belgium employee, I tried a pinch of salt in the bottom of my glass. This really brought out flavors you could not taste beforehand. A wedge of orange or lemon is a nice touch also. Best served a little warmer than most beers. Goes really well with food. A beer you could drink all night especially during a good bar-b-que.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Bright florescent orange in the body with lots of sediment. The head was flat and quickly dissipated.

Smell – Once it warmed I was able to pick up some good spicing to this citrus-laden brew. There’s a malt base in there somewhere, but the citrus hops carry the day.

Taste – Very, very sweet orange flavors to this one. This is less like fresh oranges and more like orange concentrate. It is also spiced, like a peppered vodka screwdriver with a shot of Grand Marnier. I was also able to find the promised yeast from the labeling but in very small quantity.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – Definitely a beer only to have every once in a while when the mood hits. It wasn’t bad, but I don’t think that I could drink two of these in a row if my life depended on it.

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Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale poured a cloudy deep orange color with lots of scary looking floaties resembling of the milky way. Head was loose and settled quickly. Aroma is complex, grainy malts, lemon citrus, funky yeast and bread dough and spices all rolled into one. Has a light and crisp mouthfeel that is lively and playful. Flavor is citrusy and slightly tart. Yeast also contributes to a complex flavor. Overall a very interesting and pleasurable ale.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a cloud of peachy orange, kinda murky with lots of yeasty chunks floating around adding to the murk. Small dirty whitish head that fades to a thin ring and lace is fast dripping strings. Smell barely has anything to it, just light notions of citrus and muskyness like a damp basement. Taste is mild in tone, super dulled citrus of mango and old bananas and peaches. Malt laden chewyness and smoothness with touches of mild spice and a dryish finish lending sweet bread and honey. Feel is smooth and lighter then medium in body with a nice finish thats quite subtle and complex in effects of its drying. A nice drinker, smooth and mellow with a relaxing quality throughout.

My thanks to jeffboo for reaching into his basement stash and gracefully giving me this gift.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange in color, with huge chunks of yeast dancing about in the carbonation. Aroma starts with a mild hint of lemon, which strengthens considerably as the beer warms. After such a tart odor, I was quite surprised to find how smooth the flavor was. It starts with a slightly sugary maltiness, maintains a solid malt body through the middle and finishes with a dry, lemony pucker. Not a bad beer, but certainly not worth the $6.99 I paid for a 12 oz bottle! Too little going on flavorwise to be memorable.

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Photo of BigHead
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not usually one to deduct points for some yeast in my beer, but the big chunks of yeast floating around in the carbonation, it just kinda turned me off a little.

The beer smells pretty good, an interesting light malt and wheatish type of aroma. This brew is kind of an odd-ball, I am not real sure what it wants to be. The wheat and barley are obvious, as well as a lemon presence. The light malt flavor mixes in with a slight hop presence. Some spices kick in towards the end. It leaves a bready type of aftertaste.

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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 jcalabre
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I originally sampled this beer on 10 May 2003. I am writing this review from my notes
This pours a hazy yellow/orange w/ a meringue-like head. It has a peppery, lemony flavor w/ a clean finish. It certainly is Different & enjoyable. I would recommend this one

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Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a sample of this at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival in April and thought enough of this brew that made it worth buying a six pack.
This brew is orange in appearance. Original pour resulted in a nice head which dissapated pretty quickly. I do detect a faint smell of oats. I am tasting a hint of spice and oats-very uncommon but a very good change of pace. I am also tasting a very slight taste of alcohol. It has a very smooth feel within my mouth. Overall drinkability of this beer is good-something I would pour for family and friends. It is nice to see that New Belgium is willing to do something different in a good way!

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Photo of Murph
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orangey peach color with a lot of yeasties that I conciously tried to keep out and a nice big creamy white head that fades to a thick film with some nice lacing. Very bready malt aromas without much of the expected spicy, zesty citrus aromas that I love in the style. Quick hit of spicy pepperyness with a bit of lemon before the overiding bready malt takes over and brings the beer to its somewhat cloyingly malty finish. Very disappointing for the style and brewery. Refreshingly crisp and medium light in the start the brew seems to grow fuller and more cloying the longer it sits on my tongue. Overall a decent brew but slightly disappointing having sampled several other brews from New Belgium.

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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 freed
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium has really nice lables, and great bottles. They're simple and classy.

The beer itself is quite attractive as well. Gold around the edges, and orange in the middle. It has a nice multi-textured head, very much like you'd expect from a trappist. The aroma is somewhat odd, almost like a empty grain silo.

The taste very pleasing. There are several layers of maltiness with a subtle yeast fruitiness at the end of the sip. There's little hop noticable, but enough to start the saliva glands. Its a very complete beer, with a wide variety of flavors. Very nice

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Photo of MJR
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with copper edges. A foamy off-white head holds well at a finger thick.

Smell: The aroma is very earthy and malty with a dose of oats. There's a slight musty note from the yeast. There's a restrained citrus note that's a bit vague...maybe lemon. Towards the bottom of the glass I smell what reminds me of flour before it's baked and made into bread. The smell is a bit on the weak side.

Taste: Has a refreshing overall flavor from the wheat and oats, with a touch of hoppiness. The lemon flavor is quite faint, and it gives way to a touch of spiciness. I detect a bit of a chalky note as well. There's a strange, acidic undercurrent present from start to finish. I'm unsure of what this is supposed to be...

Mouthfeel: Over-cabonated with a spritzy, light mouthfeel. I imagine this could be a refreshing summer brew.

Drinkability:'s certainly a refreshing brew, but I was disappointed by what I expected to be a unique and interesting beer. It's a bit on the bland side...

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Photo of HardTarget
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 FL.OZ. Brown bottle with best before 07Aug03 and serving temperature suggestion (50 F)

Aroma: Yeasty with a spicy orange note.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a very active sticky head that laced the glass. Took some patience for the head to die down to get the rest of the beer in the glass.

Flavor: Mild taste with a firm hop/lemon aftertaste that seems to evaporate on the tongue. Some cider notes in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A light viscosity that is rounded by slight oat stickiness. Heavy carbonation that I feel is a touch overdone.

Overall: An unusual beer. The bottle describes it as a beer for March, between Winter and Spring. They seem to have wanted to blend a winter celebration beer with a lighter, fruitier Spring beer. The orange color is enough to justify a taste. A clove orange punch meets beer. Would recommend trying it out, but don’t get more than a six-pack, one beer didn’t invite a second.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in the 12 oz new belgium brown bottle ( of course)..nice art work on the label.
Nice appearance in my opinion, nice off- orange hue topped by a small delicate head..that dissapates to a nice lace ..this beer is pleasantlly hazy.
mm the aroma is strange yet intrigueing..i smell the malts and lemon but also some spiciness..nice though.
This beer has an odd taste also but i like tastes a wee bit at the start like a triple..but soon loses that and becomes a robust lager..its quite crisp very odd but it draws me in

i think i can even detect some oats in this
Fells great in the mouth a taste adventure.
Nice drinkable spring ale..odd but I will have another for sure.

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Photo of Zraly
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Biere de Mars pours a cloudy-chunky orange and is both rusty in not only color, but flavor as well. There is a metallic tang that follows the initial notes of the brew.

More importantly, the beer has a good citrus flavor. It's smooth and warm, with minor notes of a bitterness from the hops. However, there is a slightly unpleasant and lingering aftertaste.

This beer is complex and has potential to be warm as well as refreshing...seemingly a paradox. I might have to have another one to have a better perspective of this beer.

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Photo of TXHops
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Malts: Oats, Wheat, Malted Barley,
-Other Lemon Verbena, Wild Yeast

Somewhere between a Bier de Garde and a small beer, New Belgium’s Biere de Mars is an interesting concoction even if only in theory: oats, wheat and barley in the grist, with Lemon Verbena and wild yeasts? Hmmm…

Well, the beer looks wonderful. The cloudy, bottle conditioned body is mostly orange, but with a nod toward yellow. An amazing head of nitro-like foam refuses to give an inch, actually growing and becoming more uneven during my review. The nose is more faint than I anticipated, smelling vaguely lemony and slightly spicy-sweet, like ginger but not. The flavor is unusual, but in a very subtle way. First, I taste beer and a touch of spice: nothing crazy or unexpected. The spice flavor might be the lemon verbena, or possibly the yeast strain, which is distinctly Belgian, reminding me a little of a Tripel. In either case, or if there’s a third cause of that flavor, it’s not bad. Actually, this beer kinda tastes like Tripel meets average, spiced homebrew. The lemon flavor is more distinct at the front of the beer, fading somewhat in the tail. At that point, a solid, but not very noticeable bitterness offsets lots of the more interesting, subtle flavors.

This is a fine beer, but it’s not as intriguing as its ingredient list and fermentation process suggest. I guess it failed to live up to my expectation of a highly unique New Belgium offering. In fact, it tasted very much like a less perfumed version of their eau de toilet flavored Saison. The lemon flavor and the relatively high carbonation suggest that this is probably a very refreshing summer beer. Too bad it’s only going to be brewed for the early Spring…

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Photo of optikon44
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flows cloudy orange into the mug, producing a thick foamy head. Hops and slight lemon scent create a pleasant mood. Drinks medium bodied with a complicated taste topped with lemon. One sip quickly leads to another with this beer, despite the complexity of its finish - malt, lemon, something anise-like, and of course, clean hop. While some may say it tastes like Sprite - I disagree and recommend this unique beer.

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Photo of beernut7
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a thick foamy head of pure white. Aroma of yeast and sour zest with an underlying hint of fresh fruit. Initial honey sweet with a lemon zest and brush of sweet melon. The fruitiness of the finish flows through a delicate sourness supported by a thin bubbly body. Light and flavorful if you take the time to really taste all the complexities. I get the distinct feeling of Spring sipping this brew.

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Photo of Quaffer
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: This was a hazey, amber-orange beer with lots of chunks of yeast floating throughout. The cream colored head rose up big (up and out that is; I should pay better attention). It was fluffy and dense, settling down very slowly and leaving a lot of lace. The beer looked good, but it was all downhill from there.

Smell: The aroma was very light. Just some mild malt and a clean, crisp hoppiness. Possibly a whiff of yeast. I took a sniff directly from the bottle, and it smelled like a sour dish rag. Ecchhh! Let me just put that bottle way over there . . .

Mouthfeel: Very thin and very rough.

Taste: Besides the roughness of the mouth feel, the biggest thing I noticed about this brew was its dryness. There was a combination of sour tartness and hops upfront that quickly dissipated into nothing, leaving a very dry feeling in the mouth. Then, a funky after taste, partially because of the yeast, emerged on the sides of the tongue that just wouldn't go way. And trust me, I wanted it to.

As the beer warmed up, a little bit of malt flavor started to develop. While it did stop me from giving this beer an even lower "taste" rating, it did not save it.

This was my first and last time with this beer.

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Photo of hyuga
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange-amber brew with a slight haze. Nice and thick white head on top, which stays pretty well and leaves a touch of lace. Citrus and spice in the nose, a bit lemony and peppery with sweet and sour malt. Maybe even some cinnamon or ginger. I really like the spice character in there. Very interesting and enjoyable flavor. On one side, you have a big wheaty, grainy malt character, and on the other side, you have citrus and yeast spiciness. Smooth mouthfeel, but with a little carbonation. Quite nice. Light to medium body, but still very flavorful. A great late winter/early spring beer, as it's meant to be. I'm glad I got a 6 pack and not just a single!

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Photo of texascarl
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance = Hazy opaque copper/orange. This glass reminds me of my favorite local unfiltered wheat beer, not a bad thing at all. Roars up to a thick creamy head that left fairly quickly, mild lacing. Medium carbonation.

Smell = light aroma of hops, fruit

Taste = initially sweet barley malts, followed by mild hoppy bitterness, some fruitiness. Dry finish.

Very decent late-winter French/Belgian style ale.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought locally (Grapevine floor display), 2-3 weeks in my fridge, reviewed at 45F-60F.

This beer has a big, frothy, cream-colored head that dissipates fairly quickly with nice sticky lacing. The beer is orangey/amber and slightly cloudy.

There's very little aroma: a little fruit, some hops, some candy. The front has hints of fruit. The middle is kind of hoppy, but somewhat thin. The finish is dry and quite hoppy. Overall: little, hints, kindof, slightly, somewhat, etc. I enjoyed this quite a bit, but there's not much to say. A decent light beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Mars pours an orangey/golden color, with a slight haziness imparted by a bit of yeastiness. Head was thin, yet fine and slightly off-white, ringing the glass. Lace was minimal at best. Nose was fairly strong, emitting some sourish, fruity notes, and a pinch of bubblegum. Somewhat saison-like. Body and smoothness were generally in the medium (good) range. Lots of fruitiness in the taste, yet not puckery by any means. I do detect the yeast flavors, as well as some slight peppery notes. Also has a bit of a barn-yard aspect to it. The finish is quite dry, making your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth a tad. Though not overly high on the alcohol (6.2%, I believe), I do detect a slight warming down the gullet. This bier is a nice change-up from my normal D-Bock, Barleywine, Imperial Stout routine of late. Kudos to Gusler for the sample! Prosit!!

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
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