Biere De Mars | New Belgium Brewing

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Biere De MarsBiere De Mars

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: French 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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Ratings: 758 |  Reviews: 410
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with excellent retention on a murky golden with orange hues body.

S: floral hops, corriander, pine apple and banana citrus, some mild musty yeasts.

T: breads, yeasts, herbal hops and spices, mild citrus sweetness mostly from banana with a mild wood and peppercorn zest.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. nice degree of dryness.

Overall: this one is complex but at the same time a little bland. The flavors are many but they all kind of run together. Drinkable with nothing off-putting.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

curious brew here. very different. pours a surprisingly clear, or should i say not too hazy orange golden color with a nice but quickly fading head bone white. smells more malty than it is, with some citrus notes. flavor is very orangey, not just the bitter peel, but the sweet acidic fruit itself. mild nuanced brett quality in the finish, but no overpowering sour here. its like a candy that isnt really sweet. mouthfeel is nice too, very lively with a lighter body. very drinkable and reasonably priced at 6 bucks a bomber. another nice new belgium brew

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is citrusy with some spices and a slight sour/funky aroma. Taste is pretty much the same with some grain/malt flavors too. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice fruit and funk aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a bright yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The retention was decent but the lacing was minimal. The smell of the beer gives off so light sour notes as well as some fresh lemon and grains. The taste of the beer is sweet upfront with a subtle sourness in the finish with some additional citrus flavors. The mouthfeel is light bodied, highly carbonated and dry. Overall it's not a bad beer at all, was glad I tried it. Not something I need to seek out again though.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A rare style you don't see around too often, but let's give it a try. Medium bodied, very tart taste. Kind of hard to describe, some honey and funkiness, maybe some apples in there. Bit of an odd finish too. I know it's a different style, but it just seemed to be kind of a mess and didn't work too well for me. Appreciate them trying something new, but too unbalanced for my liking.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of oline73
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this over memorial day weekend, reviewed from notes I made then. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a light golden hue. There is a finger of white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt with yeast spice and citrus notes. I'm also picking up a mild banana note.

Taste: Sweet malt and lots of spice from the yeast. Notes of fruit including citrus and banana. A bit acidic in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to high carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very different and interesting beer. I liked it enough, but I don't know that all the flavors worked together for me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its one of those beers; either you love the eathyness or you hate it. Pours a dirty copper or orange brown. Smells of organic malting. Deep, rich, sour and yeasty. On the side of salty. Tastes of sour malt, American hops that give a bitter and metalic flavor. Body reveals organic flavors on the side of fresh water clams or oysters; similar in flavor to Orval trapist, but not as melded or complex. Finishes earthy and lingering although a medium flavor persists. Remains metalic and a bit buttery (actually helps). All in all, not a goood experience for me--too earthy.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
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 zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, copper and orange color with a foamy, off-white, two-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled very fruity and yeasty. It had some nice caramel notes, too.

T - It tasted fruity (sweet fruits) and spicy. It has a nice strong yeast flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is delicious. I'm glad this beer was brought back.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a frothy head; does a fairly good job in the lacing department; retains nicely, too

Smell: Shortbread, coriander, vanilla, mango and a hint of lemon

Taste: Vanilla shortbread, up front, with a developing mango, lemon and coriander flavor; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors dominate though yeasty, herbal undertones linger

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: At first, I was on the fence with this beer as I thought it was too sweet without enough Brett and herbal complexity; the more I tasted it, however, I started to come around and I am enjoying the range of flavors even though I would still prefer it to be less sweet

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep golden color ale with a large foamy head that disappeared way too quickly without any lacing. Aroma of spices with bland malt base and light dry Brett notes. Taste is also dominated by light spice mix with notes of bland Belgian style malt with a very faint funky aftertaste. Body is a bit light for style with average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very disappointing from a brewery who usual produce better offering.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really glad New Belgium produces this beer since it is such a rare style in the U.S. Appearance is golden orange, very hazy. Head is rather short and creamy. Smell is light and delicate, mainly of floral aromas. Taste is complex and somewhat fruity. Spices are also noted. Middle is fairly malty, while finish is of the lemon verbena. Grapefruit is also noted. Just a hint of hops as a balance. Actually I'm not quite sure what to name all these tastes, this is very different from my usual selections. Mouthfeel is very smooth, a touch too watery. Drinkability is great. I really enjoyed this beer, though I'm not sure what to name all of the flavors I taste. This is worth trying just to sample a rare style of beer. I think most will find Biere De Mars very enjoyable too.

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Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at 3 Squares.

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Pours 1 finger of fizzy off white head. Color is a nice dark copper pumpkin orange. Fades to a ring around the edge. Leaves some rings as well.

Aroma: Lots of pepper and spices. Big barnyard aroma. Some sharp lemon notes. Grassy hops. A nice aroma.

Taste: I am enjoying this already. Lots of spices, pepper, and lemon zest. It has a big barnyard flavor to it. Nice and funky. I am really enjoying this.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, and refreshing. It is a little dry, but I like it. Light to medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry and spice, but relatively clean.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer. I had a second glass of it since it was so good and drinkable. I am very impressed with NB on this one. I hadn't heard anything amazing about this one, but I thought it was awesome. I think this beer would be even better in the summer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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 largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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