Biere De Mars | New Belgium Brewing

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83
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759 Ratings
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Biere De MarsBiere De Mars
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mattmaples on 07-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
759
Reviews:
410
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
13.35%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
43
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 759 |  Reviews: 410
Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC, New Belgium night.
Poured cloudy, yeasty orange with a soft head and leaving nice lace. Delicate flavors of citrus, earth, spice, honey. The gathered beer geeks told me this was real rarity on tap in the east. so I ordered another glass! Fine stuff, delicate, nicely balanced, worth seeking out especially for those, like me, who are into this style.

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Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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 wondering...am 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 Cynic-ale
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IPAchris
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden/amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of slight banana, sweet malt, some hops, and some coriander spice in the background. Fits the style of a Biere de Garde. Mouth feel is very smooth and slight thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt up front, then some sweetness and banana flavors dominate, slight hop background comes through next, some tart malt is present, and finishes with a hint of dry spice. Overall, a very good beer that I had in combination with a Flank Steak and both were amazing. My first experience with the Lips of Faith series and I can't wait to have another.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

02/15/05- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with a consume by March 2005 date. Poured into my Westmalle chalice.

Appearance- Slightly cloudy pour with very thin head that quickly evaporated and zero lacing. How is a Bier de garde supposed to look?

Smell- Slightly alcoholic and bland. Not much of a scent at all. Didn't sense hops or malt. Very boring.

Taste- Pretty citrusy. Lots of orange peel flavor. Definitely some cloves as well.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Different, not bad, but nothing that makes me want another. Might be a good one for summer for certain people.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of aasher
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this at a tasting with a couple other BAs. It poured a light copper, very thin in body, with a light white head. The smell was very floral, like hibiscus, but not in a hoppy way whatsoever. It also had a lot of sourness to it, and was kind of bitter. The flavors weren't impressive at all. It had sourness to it but not in the appealing fashion. It was pretty one dimensional. This beer drank far too thin and was kind of typical of New Belgium. I didn't care for this and wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin white broken head that leave a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is spicy, smells a little like ginger and tea.

Beer is medium bodied, has a little alcohol on the front, the rest is oddly dry and spice. Drinkability is fine, mouthfeel is OK, its a good beer. Spicy tea, in beer form.

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

A - Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color, some carbonation, tiny head, basically no lacing.

S - Scents of malts, yeast, floral, and slight citrus.

T - The taste is tangy/malty and bready.

M - Light body. There's a carbonated feel in the mouth.

D - Drinkable. This is my first Biere De Garde, very tasty brew from NB. A nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle
Served into a tulip

A: Hazy orange ruby colored body with a fluffy, creamy white head. Carbonation bubbles stick on the walls, and the head recedes into a nice thin cap with a good bit of lace.

S: Evidence of the brett is first with lots of hay-like aromas. Citrus peels (orange, lemon, grapefruit), some sweetness but very inviting and fresh.

T: Strawberry first on the palate with big amounts of orange and lemon peel. The brett comes in on the back end giving it a nice funky flavor trailing off with pale malts.

M: Well carbonated, very bubbly and constantly active. Crisp and clean feeling. Really nice for the style and ABV.

I have been enjoying my way through a bunch of the Lips of Faith series, and this was quite a surprise. I had passed this one many times in favor of Tart Lychee and Cocoa Mole, but I'm glad I finally picked this one up.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slighty hazy amber / copper in color with a 1" head. The aroma is a pleasant combo of citrus and grass. The flavor is mildly spicy (pepper), citrus, wheat, honey, with hints of caramel and yeast. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Mouthfeel is smooth and mildly crisp at the start. The finish is short with most of the flavors lingering on the tongue for a second or two. Medium bodied. Nice drinkability as this is refreshing brew. Drinking a few of these in one sitting is easy.

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

Poured into pint glass.
An unfiltered look, but darker than a typical wheat beer. Amber/caramel color, hazy, light head that endured.
Mostly citrus smell, some lemon grass overpowered by malt.
Taste was a bit of the opposite. More lemon than malt, yet the malt makes it 'thicker' than it looks. Drinks well

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

On-tap at Three Squares in Maple Grove. Served in a New Belgium globe glass, it appeared mildly hazy and light amber. While I applaud NBB for taking on sour beer, I wish I could say it stood with classic lambic and geuzes.

This beer is more of an introduction to sour brett beers. There's a big aroma of wild, fruity farmhouse over subtle bready malts. There's just not a lot going on here, as far as sour beers go.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a white head. The aroma is light brett funk with some chocolate and caramel malts. The flavor is caramel malt with yeast and brett funk. You also get some citrus fruit and toffee. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

A very good beer, but not as wild as I think wild ales should be. I think this is more accurately a biere de garde.

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Photo of tommy5
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If this is an American Wild Ale, It's one where the Brett hasn't kicked in at all. A standard Bier de Mars and not even a very good one at that with absolutely no hint of sourness or funk. Pours golden with the slightest bit of haze, a thin head and no lacing. Smells quite citrusy with orange and lemon at first, but there is also a slight soapiness at the end. The taste is fairly bland, somewhat slick and soapy, and vaguely fruity with an almost lager yeast finish. Overripe papaya and mango round it out. A little too slick and smooth in the mouth. Not at all what I was expecting and a definite disappointment.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: murky orange hue with plenty of haze and a good, if somewhat obfuscated, effervescence. Head pours two fingers of frothy ivory foam with a smooth lace left on the glass as it dissipates. Attractive.

Smell: a wet-earth aroma is prevalent with perfumey overtones. The spicing is interesting and hard to nail down; the bottle says this is lemon verbena. More soapy than citrusy, but generally not too bad.

Taste: toasty malt with a definite floral, perfumey character. The flavor plays well off of the aroma. There is this fascinating after-tone which appears almost as much in my nose as on my tongue, of candy necklaces and Canadian floral gums. Normally I don't go in for these kinds of shenanigans in a beer, but this is, surprisingly, working for me. Fascinating.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a surprisingly big carbonation and a mammoth, sustained creaminess. Ba dow! Fantastic.

Overall: what a weird beer. On paper, I should not like its flavor, but in practice it just rings my bell. The mouthfeel alone is almost reason enough to have this beer again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-gold color and is topped by an off white head. Aromas of lemons and herbs waft from my glass. There are also some thin malty notes in the nose. The taste is lightly sweet up front, and is quite crisp and clean. Some subtle notes of herbal lemon character are present. Nice, crisp, and refreshing, with perhaps a hint of acidity in the finish. Basically a good hot weather beer.

My biggest complaint is that this beer is being released in the wrong season. It should be a late spring/ summer beer. For this to really work, for me, the alcohol should be boosted up to about 8%.

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Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
3.67 out of 5 based on 759 ratings.
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