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 jkendrick
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy golden color with a white head that lingers for a few minutes. Some decent lace.

S: Complex with grass, yeast and sweet fruits from citrus to melon.

M: Was medium-bodied but almost a too thin. The carbonation was almost non-existent.

T: Definitely a bit sour but not overwhelming. There is some distinct malt flavors and an earthy/grassy feel. The sourness of the yeast battles it out with the sweetness of the fruit flavors.

Overall: It definitely has a lot of character. This is a style I'm not too familiar with so it is difficult to compare relative to the style, but I enjoyed it. I just don't think I can drink too much due to the strong sweet and sour going on. I was over it by the middle of the pint.

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Photo of babydoc
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle labeled best before 15Sep06. Poured initially clear apricot, then became hazy up as the yeast joined the fray. Off-white head was generous initially, then faded some, leaving nice lace.

Nose? a touch of cloves, some verbena, some yeast and musty malt. Tasted a bit sweet and fruity up front, with a tartness that jumped in quickly and persisted through the rather dry finish. Drinkable, but not a session beer for me.

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Photo of Brandt
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured an orangeish copper color with a rocky white head that fell fast.

the aroma what that of malt first off and intertwined with a citrus like character and perhaps some spices along the lines of ginger and corriander.

the taste that this beer gave was first off a spicey yeasty event that is to be expected in belgian style ales and also had some more hefe like characteristics with a ripe banana followed by clove and even a more earthy white pepper spice.

the finish for this beer was mostly a warming spicy med body which trailed off into a more dry aftertaste. this is a highly quafable ale and was very quenching while still showing off its belgian complexity.

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

One of the most interesting beers I've had in quiet a while.

The smell is very different. A kind of lemony, spicy smell. Almost like a white wine smell with some oak. Not a whole lot of head, plenty of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. There are even little swirls of sediment that float around in the glass. Good color to it, a nice cloudy amber. Taste is very similar to the smell. A spicy, lemony, orangey taste, white wine-ish, almost vitaminny. Great tongue feel with a tiny, tiny bite. Not much aftertaste.

For me, this one deffinitely gets a pretty good rating based on the fact of how different it is from any other beer I've had.

Not one to chug, but a good one to have with a hot dinner, maybe something spicy.

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Photo of ugaterrapin
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Has a light golden color. The head was minimal and dissipated rather quickly. There is little to no lacing. Smell has a sweet malt a fruit aroma. The flavor is interesting as I have not had many Wild Ales. The aroma is matched in the taste to a certain extent. It has a sweet malt flavor but not as strong as I would have guess from the aroma. I can't really pinpoint a specific fruit flavor. It finishes with a heavier mouthfeel. Overall this a decent beer. It is fairly easy to drink. It is nothing that excites me too much. I want to try a few more of the same style to get a better feel for the flavors as I was not able to give to much description on the taste.

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Photo of Trentonator
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a hazy orange with a fluffy white head that sticks around for the party. I like this beer in the late winter or early spring, it has a great hint of the season with some fresh orangey fruity aroma and is light on the palate. It's got a nice soft mouthfeel, that goes down easily and invites another. Drinkability is it's strong suit.

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Photo of ghurux86
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a orange color with a small white head that mostly disappears rather quickly. a tiny bit stays around for a while. little to no lacing at all.
smells pretty good with hints wheat, citris, and hops.
taste is the same with an after taste showing lemon, hops, and alcohol. the alcohol is pretty well masked by this beer's complex flavor.
mouthfeel is pretty good, seems to have average carbonation with a medium body.
drinkability is also pretty good due to the fact that it's 6.2 % and you really can't tell all that well, one i would drink again, but not every night.

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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 descartes
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Light copperish oragne with a very thin head.
Smell: Heavy alcoholic smell, hints of apple and lemon.
Taste: Thick dry mouthfeel, moderate carbination. Slight lemon sweetness on the front and mild hops on the back.
Overall: Not the most complex taste but good mouthfeel.

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Photo of Wegbier
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

HAHA, I have been holding on to this bottle for a little because I needed someone to share it with,

a- a very attractive orange-hue just like the bottle tells you. but with a fleeting to useless eggshell white head that only lightly laces. few bubbles.

s- light sweet, spicey and fruity, pleasing on a hot day

t- follows taste very well, smoothly goes through light citrus orange and lemon, and i would swear that is grains of paradise like some other wits but it doenst say it on the bottle.

m- light and generous on the palate with very little carbonation.

d- very, goes back easy, not a lot of alc and finishes clean and refreshing.

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Photo of AlesRTasty
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - orange, nice white creamy head atop. not hazy as advertised.
S - you can smell the oats and the hops. quite nice and inviting.
T - fairly tasty. again the oats are definable. I taste no lemon verbena though, which is disappointing.
M - mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and smooth. -
D - ah, there is nothing special about this brew. It's not like it taste like crap, I just don't look forward to drinking another one.

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Photo of onewetpaw
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A- My first impression is Brett. This distinctive smell is definitely there, but not overwhelming. Orange and vague spice and lemon is there as well.

A- Slight haze. Light amber with a scant head.

F- Mild funk, in line with the nose. Orange and light touches of lemon. Some floral flavor and a little bit of interesting spice that makes me think of the smell of a lemon scented geranium.

M- Low to Medium carbonation.Medium body that doesn't feel thick by any means, but seems to coat the tongue nonetheless.

O- A fun beer. I really like the lemon and what I presume is the lemon verbena flavors along with a restrained Brett flavor.

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

Excelent beer, not as spicy and complex as most of the belgian ales of this type, but pretty good, expecialy for the price, compared to a lot of American takes. Real interesting floral and citrusy spic character when young that kinda blends in as it ages. I would love to see a bolder yeast character for the style, but for what it is, it is just excellent. Just a good, refreshing, and complex beer.

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

Poured an opaque, murky copper color with a thin white head.

Sweet, malty smell with fruity aromas coming through pretty strong, too. Citrus and piney hops were noticeable.

Sweet flavor with a little warm bite from the alcohol. Very light hop profile is just barely noticeable. Lots of fruity flavors. Pretty well balanced mix of flavors, though not as much yeasty flavors as I was expecting.

I saw some reviews refer to very heavy carbonation, but I didn't expereince that. Sure, the carbonation was noticeable, but I didn't feel like it was too much.

A tasty brew. I might not kick back a sixer of these all in one go, but by the time I finsihed one I found myself thirsting for another, which is always a good sign.

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Photo of evansrdbrew
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.5% abv
Drank on 7/4/10
22 oz. Poured into NB tulip.

A- amber orange colored ale with a thin 1/8" head which disappeared to leave a hurricane shaped froath and halo. Continually effervescent.

S- decernable herbal nose is enticing, definite hints of lemon and a somewhat fruity aroma. Mild smooth whifs of caramel malts.

T- good malt backbone comes through smoothly. But its the lemon verbana herbal character which lingers on your tongue. Fuit and spice comes through in the finish.

MF- tongue coating slight dryness lingers with the herbal finish. Light body with good tingle on the tongue that's slightly numbing.

D- Nice belgian-esque american craft effort. The lips of faith series continues to produce inventive one-offs which I love to sample. But I think ill continue to buy them one at a time.

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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 chriscolby
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There is a substantial amount of yeast on the bottom of the bottles in my six-pack and it does not pack tightly. It is almost impossible to pour without getting a substantial amount of "floaties" in your beer. A normal pour yields a very turbid beer. With a little care in your pour, you can see a clear, orange beer in your glass. The head is light and collapses fairly quickly.

All I could smell in the nose was yeast and a bit of oxidation (although, to be fair, the "best by" date is only 5 days in the future).

The flavor, however, is very good. A mix of grains -- the label says oats, wheat and barley -- yields an interesting, almost cracker-like flavor with a crisp edge. The lemon verbana (whatever-the-hell that is, it's listed on the label), gives a slightly tart zing to the finish.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation (by US standards). Personally, I think a little more attenuation and carbonation would have been a good thing, but that's just my opinion.

I think most people's opinion of this beer will depend on their acceptance of a substantial amount of yeast floaties in their brew. I like a good, turbid wheat beer every once in awhile, but somehow the amount of yeast in this beer was just too much for me. The beer underneath the yeast was tasty, though. If I see this seasonal next year with less yeast in the bottle, I'll grab another six pack.

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Photo of mobyviacheslov
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very orange. It looks a lot like a Belgian wit, with a thing, lager-ish head.
S - Mild, citrus...tropical though. Not just lemon, but more grapefruit, mango, exotic type citrus. Then, obviously, the brett funk.
T - Mild lemon/citrus flavor starts out, and it is quickly dominated by the brett bitterness, and slight lactic sourness. This is delightfully dry and refreshing, but fairly one note.
M - Chewy, but on the lighter side of chewy. It is probably a thicker mouth than it should have to truly sell itself as a refresher.
D - The creaminess of the mouth, coupled with any strong brett funk, makes this a one bottler. I would put this up against any mild dry white wine for food pairings, but only if I had a guest that had never tasted a brett-strong beer. Otherwise, this is just too one dimensional for me.

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Photo of Rchap1
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in growler form from Libation Station in Johnson City, TN.

A: Cloudy, kind of soft gold color. Poured without much head, but it settled nicely into a little less than a fingers' worth. Minimal lacing as it was going down.

S: Nothing too special, pretty faint actually. You can just get a hint of funk coming out of this beer, but not nearly anything overwhelming.

T: I was surprised at how much flavor this had considering how light the smell was. Nice full bit of earthiness and dirt to it, and maybe even a bit of sage sneaking in. I'm not getting the hops that other folks are mentioning though.

M: Light overall. Since it doesn't seem to be overly carbonated it doesn't really 'pop' in your mouth, and it develops a kind of weird finish a few seconds after you take a sip.

D: Not too shabby. I'm halfway through the growler...

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Photo of ihscout426
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have only recently been turned on to this style of beer, so a I was excited to find the New Belgium interpretation. The first thing that I noticed was the great color in my New Beligum snifter. The head was medium, but the beautiful orange glow of the beer with its haze definitley was inviting. The nose has a lot of orange, but not sweet. The carbonation was very refreshing and the taste matched the smell well.

This beer tastes just as described by New Belgium, which to me means they achieved their goal. It also matches the style well and I will certainly enjoy this one on occasions, but not necessarily in my regular rotation.

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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 thejewthatbrews
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a large glass, this one shines brilliantly with a nice amber color to it. Aroma is spicy and a bit funky at first. Nice, but nothing special. Taste is dominated by a slightly sweet, complex malt. If the beer were a bit drier the spiciness could show through more. Definite funk in the aftertaste, and surprisingly welcome.

All in all, best improvement would be a lower final gravity, the slightly heavy mouthfeel and residual sweetness cover up some of the more interesting flavors. You really have to search to find them.

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Photo of southeastmat
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gorgeous hazy orange. Great foamy head on the pour - about an inch or more. Amazing lacing.

S: Warm clove notes. That horsey Brett aroma is there but it's faint to start and gets stronger as you drink. Nice bready finish.

T: Honestly, with the smell I expected a huge bready/yeasty bomb. But, not so much. This is a subtle Brett it's not going to hit you over the head with that flavor. Drinkable.

M: It's heavy to me. Which is surprising because it's so drinkable. This brew dries quickly on your palate - surprisingly quick.

O: A tough one for me. Great example of the style. But, I think if I aged it more that familiar horse blanket/barn yard aroma would come out even more. And, that Brett yeast would do even more. I'm going to buy another and cellar it, then maybe revisit this review.

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Photo of Lane1
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't remember enjoying this beer the first time I tried it, and the only reason I got it again was because I love the Lips of Faith bottles and I'm collecting my favorite sets.

Overall I was very surprised...wasn't expecting much, but I was very happy with the end result. Mild funk on the nose. The taste and mouthfeel were very dry. That Brett really developed this beer into something. My friends and I enjoyed it.


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