Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Biere De MarsLips Of Faith - Biere De Mars
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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
Reviews:
410
Ratings:
758
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
17.98%
 
 
Wants:
44
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44
For Trade:
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Photo of ppoitras
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from mentor as part of BIF 33. <Team Spring Rules!> Thanks for the opportunity. Label says best before 7Jul06. Enjoyed at cellarish temp, since my fridge crapped out last night.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head above the cloudy amber brew. Head lasts well, fading slowly, with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is malty sweet and abundantly spiced. Taste is lightly sweet, with a citric tang, and spices on top. A bit busy for me. Mouthfeel and drinkability are not bad, was just hoping for a little bit more. An acceptable Biere de Garde that I would revisit if the occasion presented itself.

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Photo of pat61
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It has malty, bready aromas and fruit and spice flavors. Lemon flavors and aromas. It pours an orangey gold. The Brett yeast gives it a touch of sourness and light funk. Highly carbonated, medium light body.

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

Pours a muggy yet still bright copper with sunshine hay highlights. Not much in the way of head or bubbling. Foggy morning green apples with some herbal notes of verbena and others I can't place. Also a tart blackberry aroma as well. The taste has odd tart fruits up front with some undertoned musk from the Brett. Lots of musk in the front of that palate thate recedes to watered down fuji apple juice. The plate is a little funky, tart of course, but vaguely fruity to an extent. This beer is just ok in my book. Glad I tried it, but for $9.99 I will not buy it again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden and light amber appearance, usual consistent quality control with New Belgium, impressive lacing and retention. Aroma was a lot of different things going on. Wheat, citrus, pepper, breadiness.

The citrus and breadiness are the biggest flavor and mouthfeel components. Coriander, while not massive, is certainly there, and the vast majority of the time for me, its not a spice I'm down with. Can't really identify the aftertaste, it isn't the greatest, like coriander badness and mild bitterness that isn't hop derived, more akin to a metallic descriptor. Seems like this is comparable to vrienden at times, but breadier and without any sour or brett notes.

And I'm pretty sure the bottle said something about having brett, but you really wouldn't know it if you drank this beer fresh. It was so "meh" for me, I won't be aging it to find out if it improves, because it doesn't seem to have a high ceiling potential given that the most brett the bottle seemed to have was on the outside paint label.

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

Thanks to friend Paul B for this sample. Follows more or less the the objective description listed here. Poured with a nice white head and good lace. Color is almost clear medium yellow. Aroma is spicy, malty, honey, herbal; nice. Flavor is about the same. Decent brew. Good finish. Slightly boozy. Drinkable.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a medium orange color with a light orange head that doesn't last that long.

This smells very orangy, but not overpowering in any way. Has light notes of spice and lemon.

This beer tastes very nice, its smooth to drink but almost too drinkable, like a session beer but I don't think that's the intention. This taste is orangy but that goes quickly to some light hopes and a nice bitter end. Overall very good.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy brown-copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light fruits - mild pears with hints of lemon - nondescript sweet malt, and good amounts of funk from the brett.

Tastes good. Mild malt flavors up front are soon overtaken by fruits - pears and lemons as intimated by the smell - with mild hints of brett joining in midway through the sip. The funk and fruit flavors carry through to a relatively crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could go for another.

Overall this is a very mild funky experience and I could see this being a good beer to introduce people to brett. Nothing exceptional but worth a shot.

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Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As its been over two years since I’ve sampled one of these, I thought I’d give it a shot. In the glass the beer appears a somewhat hazy orange with a modest semi-creamy light tan head, which after its decomposition leaves a fine coating of lace upon the glass. Nose has a pleasant malt sweetness, hints of ripe fruit, with a bit of bread dough; start is sweet with a pleasant grain profile and the top moderate in feel. Finish has a cutting acidity, the hops light but pleasant to the palate, a decent drinking beer, but I rank it second to last on new Belgium’s beer list, the last being Loft, just can’t say they appeal to me, nonetheless they are drinkable and will appeal to many.

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Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber orange color. A two finger white head forms and gently recedes. Some nice sticky lace is left behind.
S: Brett and funky barnyard aromas come through at first. Hay, grass, and sweet fruits. Slightly sour pears and apples.
T: Follows the nose. Brett and funky barnyard flavors are there, but not overwhelming. Sweet fruit. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body with a good crisp snap of carbonation. Fairly dry in the mouth as well. Easy and smooth to drink. I will have no problems finishing the bomber.

I love this beer. Maybe some on here wish for a stronger Brett character. That would explain the lower ratings. However I think is very flavorful and well balanced. Something I would highly recommend, and I need to get more.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:
Took this bottle over to MDAschaf for a small tasting.

appearance: orangish murky brown with no head just lacing

smell: sour, sweet, malty, spices,

taste: sweet, clove, coriander, strawberry banana, strange

mouthfeel: little to no carbonation, medium body

drinkability: The flavor profile was so strange, I almost want to get another bottle to see if the bottle was mishandled or if this beer truely this funky.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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

22oz bomber, ss 09

split and served with a bunch of grub from sala thai

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip, murky copper body, light beige crest and mild retention

smell: very light brett, sweet floral aroma, candied sugar, hay

taste: just not overly exciting - light brett yeast, candied sugar, barnyard flavors, white pepper, lemon. needs more edge, more funk

mouthfeel: muddy sweetness, lacks zest you would anticipate

drinkability: fine

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
6.2% ABV, couldn't find the screened-on date.

A - Lightly hazy dirty apricot with a loosely retained off-white head and spotty lace adorning the glass.

S - The nicely malty base beer provided a good backbone while allowing the yeast nuances to flourish. Funky wild yeast tones of barnyard lay behind a layer of clay and earth. Notes of peach fruit poke through. The nose is nuanced by complex!

T - Muted, muddled flavor is a big disappointment after the nuanced but pronounced aroma. Biere de Mars has a bland malt and earthy yeast profile with hints of funky yeast and fruit esters.

M - Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the dry finish assists the flavor in being muted and falling somewhat flat. A touch of tartness to the finish.

O - A good effort from New Belgium but it could use more definition in the flavor. The nose offers much more.

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Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a New Belgium goblet at the Dog & Pony, the Biere de Mars is a hazy dark gold with a creamy off-white head that leaves delicate, foamy lace rings.

Smell is nice, soft and sweet fruity ale esters, a hint of mustiness.

Taste is not as sweet, more spicy (I'm thinking hops/yeast rather then actual spices, although perhaps some bitter orange peel), a bit of sourness, but some nice saison esters too, the tropical fruit notes coming through more as it warms. I like the nose better b/c it's cleaner and sweeter.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but with a crisp finish, medium light body

Drinkability is pretty high, a really nice Biere De Mars. I prefer more fruity esters in the style, which came out more as it warmed. I'm not a big fan of brett on it's own, but there wasn't much horse here, and enough extra ompph that it provided a nice layer of depth without overwhelming my palate. When this keg blew, I was sad.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light auburn and dark yellow color, solid Brussels lace on the side, good retention before that. Aroma was complex with yeast contributions of pepper, wheat, citrus rind.

Bready mouthfeel. Some spice rack. Coriander and clove, not huge. Too much bitterness for style.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $9 which is kind of expensive but whatever. Really nice looking orange color, wispy head that is really just swirls of white at the surface of the beer. The smell of this beer is straight animalistic like sweat dripping off the bristles of a feral hog's back, whew its strong. Piggy, manure aromas, heavy brett and reminds me of Avery 15. A little prickly on the tongue but the taste is pretty refined, lemony but not sour, zesty almost. This was a good beer but given the price I won't be making a second purchase.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.36/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

22 oz bomber pours a clear, dark gold color with an ample 3 fingers worth of off-white foam. Nice retention and some pretty incredible sheets of lace are left behind.

Nose has some brett to it, but it is quite restrained. Cinnamon, coriander and nutmeg aromas are more prevalent and give this somewhat of a pumpkin ale characteristic. Other than that there are just some mild caramel and toasty malt notes. Not what I think of in a wild ale, nor a biere de mars.

Odd, I split a bottle with a buddy a few weeks ago and there was a much stronger brettomyces presence. This bottle hardly displays any brett and the spices seem to be much heavier. I much prefer the bottle I had previously, but my ratings reflect this sample. Honestly, I will have trouble finishing the whole bomber...the spices are way too much. There is very little else on the flavor. Not much malt and certainly very little hops. This is easily the tamest wild ale I have ever had. Wondering what spices were used, coriander for sure and I am guessing some cinnamon and allspice, maybe even some cloves. Bottle says lemon verbena...some sort of lemon-esque herb? Me no likey. I will not be purchasing this one again, that is for sure.

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Photo of jera1350
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a tulip a burnt orange color with an off-white head that appears soft and mildly sudsy. Some nice rings of lace remain around the glass.

A rather subdued smell of sour cherry and horse blanket funk.

Sweet and fruity, but where is the wild? There is only a light tartness with a touch of funk. Some spicy hops as well. It's tasty, but I liken this to more of a pale ale than a wild ale. I think it tastes fine, but I'm not getting much more than a hint of wild.

Creamy and refreshing. Medium bodied with a very dry finish.

This drinks really well, however it doesn't live up the style. It's not a bad beer, but it is not as advertised.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

About 4 oz. out of 22 poured into a sample glass.

A: Pours a dark golden color with decent looking carbonation and lots of tiny yeast floaties. The head is a one finger barely offwhite color with decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: Clean, crisp citrus - grapefruit, lemon, and the like - backed by a subtle sour funk. I really like how this smells, even if its a little simple smelling.

T: Not nearly as good as the smell, sadly. Hints of lemon, phenols, and funk backed by slight maltiness, before the finish trails off disappointingly. Somewhat lacking in flavor. To be fair, it's hard to judge the complexity of a small sample size, but I can't say I'm a huge fan of this.

M: Like I said, the finish is completely lacking in staying power, but it's far from undrinkable. Lighter texture and surprisingly lowish carbonation.

O: Not terrible, but I would rather spend a lot more on a bottle of La Folie - and I'm a cheap bastard, which should tell you something.

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

A: This poured a hazy light copper with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like fresh cut hay and lemon zest, with some apricots and creamy yeast and roasted barley.
T: It tasted like earthy caramel and fresh cut hay, with grassy hops and creamy yeast. It had a mostly clean and mild bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Pretty full body.
D: This was not a terribly exciting beer, but fitting scent and taste and body for the style. Mellow character with very smooth finish, so quite easy to drink. Nice to try, but nothing special.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into Duvel tulip. Pours a copper color with a one finger off-white head that subsides to minimal upon sitting. There was no apparent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of fruit, malt, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of fruit, bread, and very subtle alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this is an excellent brew. It is very drinkable and not overpowering. Definitely suggest this for anyone who has yet to try it or want to try this style.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a light sourness and some lemon citrus. In the taste, tart lemon citrus, lemon rind and a small spice like note. A smooth and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry lemon rind in the aftertaste. A nice tartness and tastes very clean.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a hazy honey golden with a thin tan head that quickly reduced into a wispy scum leaving small spots of soapy lace.
S: Slight notes of citrus fruit, acidic brett funk and spices. Hard to pick out much of anything. Sweet and cheesy smelling.
T: Not very flavorful either. Hints of dry malt, wheat, hay, coriander, nutmeg, sour funk, bready yeast, orange and apple juice and stinky cheese. Slight hop notes. Light and slightly acidic flavors all around. Aftertaste is somewhat bretty and similar to the aftertaste of eating stinky cheese. Actually, as the beer warms, the brett comes out more and more. Even so it is not very potent.
M: Medium-thin body with low carbonation and a watery acidic mouthfeel. The carb started off lively after the pour, and the first couple sips were better, but this beer became damn near flat in a matter of minutes.
D: I was expecting more from this beer, but I'm no expert on Biere de Gardes, if that is what this is trying to be. Not a bad flavor, but the watery mouthfeel didn't help the light flavors. Brett was subtle but somewhat made it had to pick out much of anything else. Overall the beer just didn't feel right. Probably won't drink again.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a cloud of peachy orange, kinda murky with lots of yeasty chunks floating around adding to the murk. Small dirty whitish head that fades to a thin ring and lace is fast dripping strings. Smell barely has anything to it, just light notions of citrus and muskyness like a damp basement. Taste is mild in tone, super dulled citrus of mango and old bananas and peaches. Malt laden chewyness and smoothness with touches of mild spice and a dryish finish lending sweet bread and honey. Feel is smooth and lighter then medium in body with a nice finish thats quite subtle and complex in effects of its drying. A nice drinker, smooth and mellow with a relaxing quality throughout.

My thanks to jeffboo for reaching into his basement stash and gracefully giving me this gift.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Bright florescent orange in the body with lots of sediment. The head was flat and quickly dissipated.

Smell – Once it warmed I was able to pick up some good spicing to this citrus-laden brew. There’s a malt base in there somewhere, but the citrus hops carry the day.

Taste – Very, very sweet orange flavors to this one. This is less like fresh oranges and more like orange concentrate. It is also spiced, like a peppered vodka screwdriver with a shot of Grand Marnier. I was also able to find the promised yeast from the labeling but in very small quantity.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – Definitely a beer only to have every once in a while when the mood hits. It wasn’t bad, but I don’t think that I could drink two of these in a row if my life depended on it.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasing, if a bit soft, bretty Golden Ale.

Presentation: 22oz brow capped bottle. Screen printed label with floating orange dots-bubbles falling to rest at the bottom noting the name of the brew and series. Side learning notes the general intent and characteristic of the brew. Shows 6.2% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep to medium amber pour, light haze in the final serving, with a fair frothy head and retention, good surface memory and some lacing.

S - Softly bretty and funky, very softly so… light touches of lemon, hint of spice...

T - which is pretty much what one finds in the taste. The nicely generic brett is there, touches of funk, light sour apples, some citric notes, hints of fruit and spice, mellow and generic if pleasing.

M - Medium to medium-light body and carbonation with a nice crisp sense in the finish and a light dryness.

O - Nothing too profound but it ultimately comes together rather nicely and offers a nice flow.

Notes: A bit too generic or soft for a brett brew, I guess. But this might be a good entry point to some funk? Good brew in any case, even if a tad unremarkable.

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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
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