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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mattmaples on 07-20-2009

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Ratings: 758 |  Reviews: 410
Photo of Blanco
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Attractive painted 22oz bomber, pop-top, no freshness date that I saw

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark golden beer with orange tints and a thick, creamy ivory cap with good retention...fades to a 1/2 finger cap which sticks around forever.

Smell: Nice mild Brett funk with some nice lemon creme citrus notes and a big kick of sweet vanilla cream as well. The vanilla is big and vibrant, surprising, but pleasant.

Taste: Some nice funky Brett right up front, some tart lemon, and a surprising, slightly spicy hop bitterness on the finish. In my opinion, it's a bit too bitter for the style and I'd like a bit more fruity intensity and depth of Brett flavors. It's fairly mild in the funk department, this might be a good introduction to wild beers. Just a touch of touch of toasted malt as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Light to light medium bodied

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Great looking and really nice mix of aromas between Brett, citrus, and big vanilla overtones. The flavors are a bit of a let-down though; the Fall Wild Ale and La Folie are still the best in this series IMO.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
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 stealth
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of minterro
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Horrocks in Lansing, first biere de garde style ive ever rated

A&S: cloudy orange-yellow colored beer. head is white and foamy. Really quite a weak aroma banana and other fruit esters.

T&M: frutiy esters are the man taste in this beer and are about as intense as I've tasted before. not much alcohol present. A bit of floral hops midway through. Very drinkable. moderate levels of bitterness in the finish. crisp and light.

O: again I don't have a huge base of knowledge about this style, just kinda going off what BA says about it, but from what I can tell, this beer is pretty good for the style.

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Photo of PappyVans
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of ssjkyle
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Zraly
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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 RuckusDu
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured about a 1 finger head in my pint glass. Off white in color. Body is barely hazy and golden wheat in color. Some moderate lacing.

S - It's definitely a malty background. Some biscuit and an every faint hint of sour and funk - like grapefruit rind.

T - Not too complex. Malty and some faint sour again. Weak hops on the back the provide a nice little bitterness. Just the slightest funk.

M - Fairly light, but it matches the body and is really pretty good. Maybe the best quality of this beer. Nothing crazy on the carbonation either.

O - Pretty good. One of those beers that would go nicely with all 4 seasons. Simple but well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of klewis
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the New Belgium Tap Room 3/20/09

A: Slightly hazy golden with a small, bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: Lemon and melon aromas with some sort of unpleasantness (Bathroom?)

T: Chalky, zesty, light phenols, slightly minty, mineral-like.

M: Light-medium in body, moderate carbonation. Dry with a lingering chalkiness.

D: Little malt or hops flavors - only mineral/chemical taste. Overall, OK, but not one that I would strongly recommend.

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Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MadScientist
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep gold with an orange hue and excellent clarity. The thick, off-white head has a touch of that orange and easily produces three fingers of mousse like foam that so no sign of settling; very long lasting.

S: Spicy yeast phenols of pepper, cinnamon and clove dominate along with a brett funk. There is an earthy aroma along with mild cellar aroma. Not much in the way of hops nor malt aroma.

T: Spicy and brett flavors, the spicy is a moderately-strong pepper that is pumped up by the moderate tartness. There is and orange flavor from the yeast as well and lemon that I think is coming from the hops. There is moderate malt sweetness. The hops bitterness is moderately low. The balance is tart and bitter but the malt kind of rounds that out. The finish is very dry with an aftertaste of spices and citrus bitterness.

M: medium-light bodied with moderately-high carbonation. There is a light astringency that drys the front of the tongue.

O: A very enjoyable tart brettanomyces and spice focused beer. If you took away some of the malt you'd have a spiced saison.

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Photo of DerrickW
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of whynot44
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light/medium bodied, cloudy with some chunkies (yeast particles), orangish colored with a short lived off white head.

Very mild aroma, slightly citrusy and spicy.

Delicate but interesting flavor, wheat, biscuity, slightly fruity/citrusy, tart but only a trace of hops bite in the finish.

Very drinkable. A pinch of salt or twist of lemon might make it even better.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was another christmas present.

Appearance- light amber color, thin head

Smell- spices, grassy hops, nice aroma

Taste- spices, little bit of lemon

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I liked it. I would like to drink it again.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber to Duvel tulip the beer pours a amber orange color with a fair amount of sediment, the head is a nice 1 finger white cream colored head, good retention and lacing. The nose seems muted, not much at all, a slight caramel malt flavor with hints of clean yeast? The flavor is more pronounced than the nose lets on but not by much, starts with a bready malt character from which the caramel sweetness builds, hints of honey, mildly bitter. Finishes crisp with a lingering sweetness. Lighter bodied and well carbonated, perhaps too much so. Overall, it's a decent beer, but one that I won't return to likely.

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Photo of heytomcat
2.77/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very carbonated. Not much flavor with a touch of Brett funk. Dry aftertaste

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Photo of ToddGingerich
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of JustinMatthew
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of seaoflament
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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 walleye
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this a while ago in a trade but forgot who it was, but thanks who ever you are.has best before march 05 poured a cloudy light copper with a lot of floaters and a small off white head. aroma, orange and lemon zest mixed together, lots of yeast, sugar, when it warmed a bit got some wheat and sourness. flavor a nice citrus mix of orange, tangerine lemon, sugar, a hint of alcohol, a slight taste of grass. this is a very good beer would like to get my hands on a fresh bottle

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Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of appetiteforparis
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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

From tap of Bailey's Chocolate Bar.

Killing time with a BigLove and St. Louis BA's before the Nickelback Concert.

Order of brews very chaotic as I had Samiclaus and 3F Behemoth Blonde about the reverse of ideal. Never the less (after a glass of BdM) the thought of forfeiting the $40 / ticket concert and staying till the tap was dry, did come to mind.

Fine pour into the oversize New Belgium Brewing Co. 0.4 L rastal tulip glass that I ofter use at home to catch the aroma of a just opened brew.

The whole bar was lined up with five light orange slightly turbid tulips with ample heads in front of their happy BA's as they shared the last drink before breaking up the 2 1/2 hr. gathering that started next door at Jake's 33 Wine Shop. Aroma sweet orange crates full of over ripe fruit a back draft of lemon verbena and a touch of wet horse - like Brett along with wheat that forcasts an inviting taste.

Flavors of pale malts, Crystal 40°L and Carapils moderately balanced with Willamette, Cascade and Magnum. The malts are given their head and the wild -UFO- yeasts providing a peppered mildly spiced Biere de Garde flavor that goes a little beyond horse blank into the relm of horse in heat! Body and mouth feel are satisfying and quickly pass out of mind. Yeasts provides a subtle bubblegum ester that is more in the flavor than the aroma.
Carbonation is almost Duvel in its abundance. In spite of a low 18 IBUs BdM finishes with a slight bittersweetness on the back of the tongue.

drinkable? to die for!

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Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 48.9% out of 100 with 758 ratings
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