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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Added by mattmaples on 07-20-2009

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Photo of uberez8
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sad to see this beer only have a B because I am loving it. Granted this is not as intense as most other sours, the balance and flavor is perfect for me. It poured a great golden hue with a one finger, lingering head and the aromas are outstandingly citrusy. The flavor itself is just a tad sour with a good malty complexity. This combined with it's citrus overtones reminds me a lot of Goose Island's Sofie with the same easy drink-ability, a long time favorite of mine. I am in love with this beer and hope to convert many more to it's mild sour approach.

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Photo of mrpicklerelish
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance - Poured a nice cloudy orange color. I did notice multiple floaties of yeast swirling around in my glass. Poured with a rather small head that quickly vanished but leaving behind pretty nice lacing.

Smell - A nice hint of citrus hit my right of the bat along with what I thought was kind of like oats.

Taste - I could tast the spicey citrus flavor upon my first sip that quickly turned into malty sweet overtones. A small hint of the alcohol could be felt as well towards the end.

Mouthfeel - Felt very crisp and refreshing, very smooth and easy to drink.

Drikability - Very easy to drink, nothing to harsh about this beer at all, pretty well balanced.

Comments - Good quality seasonal brew from the New Belgium brewery. It's not quite what I would expect coming from them, but it is a good one and I for one am glad that they took a chance and made this one. One I would be happy to share with family and friends.

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Photo of melliott2811
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Lips of Faith Biere de Mars

"A celestial collision of orange-hued ale, citrusy lemon verbena, and unidentified flying brettanomyces."

22oz bottle poured into SanTan specialty glass. I've had this one before in 12oz bottles before it was added to the LoF series.

A: Clear golden beer with an inch of white head that fades fairly quickly

S: Sweet and sour aroma evoking fruits. My brain wants to think oranges because of the color of the beer & bottle, but that's not it.

T: A slight souring from the Brett, but more a background note until the very end of the swallow. The taste is more sweet than the aroma, with spices dancing in the background.

M: Light to medium body with good carbonation.

D: Refreshing any-time-of-the-day summer beer. A little sweet overall for my preferences. Go for the Lips of Faith La Folie if you're looking for something sour.

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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 RussK
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - light orange golden, white one finger head with minimal retention but stays around long enough to get a good nose

S - higher point of experiencing the beer, slight spice, grass, lemon peel, and farmhouse funk

T - Unique in taste, but not comforting in any type of malt or hop base. The yeast tastes different, as it should. Yields a lightness, brightness and slight sourness on the palate.

M - the flavor complexity does not need much to carry it, tight bubbles accentuate the sourness of the wild yeast.

D - only for novelty sake, and I mean that in the good sense of the term. You can taste the craft, but do not taste things normally associated with craft beer.

I paired this beer with 2 courses of fondue, cheese and meat.
It played off of the cheddar and swiss nicely, along with the vegetables and apples, and was still relevant for jerk chicken and teriyaki pork...we did add some of the beer to the cheese and it did quite well. This was a 'now I have tried it' beer... despite some's just lacking in enough of the deep, rich or dry flavors most of us are probably seeking. Worth trying atleast once for someone wanting something kinda 'out there' yet light to the taste.

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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 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 TyBeerMe
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The Dray in Seattle. I was pleasantly surprised by this Belgian Golden Ale. It is well balanced, supporting a great, albeit subtle taste - very refreshing. Not as complex as I had hoped, but very drinkable.

Looking forward to trying it again soon.

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Photo of CLAUD
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle

A - Pours sort of amberish with a hint of penny. Minimally hazy. Fizze head that disappears quickly and leaves no lace and only a wire ring of foam around the edge.

S - Lacking in aroma. A little fruitiness and the weakest tickles of malt or hop. The yeast is sort of present if you search for it.

T - A little lackluster. The bottle promises Brett and, while it's technically there, is subdued. Like Brett in a straight jacket. Otherwise standard flavors. Low malt and hop, most flavor coming off the yeast. Pretty balanced esters and phenols. Sort of a chalky sweet tart flavor in there too.

M - Lighter body and good carbonation. No complaints.

O - Decent. Unsure if it's something I'd return to but it's definitely an easy drink.

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

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange with minimal head
S: Slightly funky, spicy: hints of pepper & citrus
T: Balanced and smooth, nothing jumps out at you; fairly sweet & funky aftertaste
M: Crisp, sparkling with a light to medium body

Overall, a pretty drinkable brew but nothing too exciting. Typical brett funk which is downplayed by the addition of the lemon/citrus notes and the high level of carbonation. A good example of the style but not one I would seek out again.

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