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 oline73
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this over memorial day weekend, reviewed from notes I made then. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a light golden hue. There is a finger of white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt with yeast spice and citrus notes. I'm also picking up a mild banana note.

Taste: Sweet malt and lots of spice from the yeast. Notes of fruit including citrus and banana. A bit acidic in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to high carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very different and interesting beer. I liked it enough, but I don't know that all the flavors worked together for me.

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

had a nice lineup of new belgium at the sour tasting a few weeks back. all were quite impressive. split between three of us into snifters.

the pour is a wonderful golden color that has a very lively presence throwing up tons of carbonation and a huge head that seemed to reach a height of three inches or more and dropped tons of lacing all down the sides. the aroma was a mix of everything, light citrusy hops that intermingled with a fine little sour apple funk and a quick hit of light spice that popped on the tongue, really very complex and nicely put together. warming seems to just bring out more and more of the funk as apples, pears, an nice yeasty flavors mix in and give it a very tart dryness but never push it too far in any direction. i have no clue where the abv is on this one, i drank it like it was 5 percent as that how it faired, wow incredibly well hidden,

overall i was amazed by how well put together this one was. really just a great, well balanced beer that would be a good starting point for someone looking to get into sours.

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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 samie85
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy orange hue with two fingers of off-white head.

S-Smells of mild, tart cherries with some hint of spice that I can't seem to put my finger on with some leathery, Brett notes.

T-Slightly acidic and lemony/leathery brett on the finish.

M-Mildly carbonated with sticky mouthfeel and a medium body.

D-A very drinkable beer, however this is a mildly flavored American Wild. A good gateway beer for those who haven't had sours, but for those that love and adore sours, this one is a little bland.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear straw gold with a thin white head. Carbonation dies off very quickly

Smell: Belgian yeast, strawberry, marshmallow, and a bit of grass.

Flavor: Malty body mixed in with some roasty spices. Lots of lemon zest with some caramel and coriander, along with touches of biscuit and floral hops. Lacking a little vinous quality.

Body: Thin and smooth, very easy to drink, with a flavor that is intriguing enough to want one or more.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
1.36/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

From a bottle to my Darkness Snifter.

Pours a pale amber color. Pretty light. One finger of white head. Lacing is present.

I take a whiff and my first thought is ruh-row. This can't be good. Read the bottle. Ale with spices. Crap. I roll up the sleeves and give it a second attempt. I get clove. For sure, shitty clove in my beer. Spicy ethnic food is what comes to mind. Needless to say I'm nervous for what there is to come.

Well....My intuition is right. This tastes awful. The best way I can describe it is like this. When you've been sick and have thrown up. That acidic bile smell/taste that gets stuck in your nasal cavity. This is what this putrid crap brings to mind. I'm not kidding. It's awful.

The best thing going for this is you could use the bottle for a weapon after your done pouring it down the drain. New Belgium owes me some money.

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

I was surprised when I looked to find that I had not reviewed this beer before. It is a good thing for smart phones and BA, otherwise I would have missed this one for a while longer. Here we go:

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy burnt orange color with a 1/4" head of creamy bone white foam after a pretty aggressive pour. There are quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head, so it is still a solid 1/8" a couple minutes after the pour. There is some solid lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer, so it is pretty well presented overall.

Aroma: I initially got a good bit of funky yeast mixed with orange citrus and peaches, which was quite nice out of the box. As the beer is sitting some there is a mildly peppery complexity coming out that I guess is the spices. The beer is changing dramatically as it warms up. I served it at 38F, which is cold for this style, but this is really changing. The Brett is coming out a lot more now and there is hops coming out too, that are all mixing together to make the aroma really earthy and pushing the peaches totally out of the picture. It is still good, but I think that I liked it a bit better cold.

Taste: The beer is quite creamy in the mouth with the wild yeast and citrusy orangy thing that the aroma had is here too. There is plenty of carbonation for the body that this beer, which is actually quite high for a wild ale of any sort. As the beer is sitting and warming up some, the Brettanomyces is definitely coming out in force with tons of leathery notes in the flavor and finish. There is no alcohol noticeable except as a subtle warming on the back of the throat that you notice quite a while after the sip, but it is apparent in the warming your body gets after drinking most of the bottle. The hops are well done in this beer and just compliment the whole ensemble, and I can say the same for the spices.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I think that it is a bit much just using Brettanomyces on this beer, if that was what they did. That character is a bit much as the beer starts to warm up. I would prefer that there be some other wild character in there to back it up...or less Brett...something. As it is, this beer becomes somewhat one-dimensional in the Brett as it warms, so it takes away from the rest of the blend. All this said, this is a very good beer, and the fact that I am scrutinizing to this degree means that it is a quality product. I just doubt that I will be drinking it much as it is a bit out of balance because of the yeast.

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

My buddy Jeff picked this up for me on a trip out to Colorado last summer. Review is from notes taken on 3/22/2011 and poured from the bottle to a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a nice orange/coppery color and starts with a fair one finger creamy and loose white head that fades quickly to a full, but very uneven and thin skim; body is surprisingly mostly clear and just shows a slight haze to it (I would really expect more cloud in a wild); what looks to be soft carbonation is seen bubbling up throughout the glass; a big patch of lacing sticks to the back, but a few strands elsewhere.

Smell: Not very robust, but I can pick out some lemony citrus, a bit of a slight grassy and flowery presence (kind of like chamomile?), and some Belgian spices; just a very slight bret tartiness to it.

Taste: Very much like the smell, not especially huge or robust, but the flavors are good -- definite lemony citric aspects with just a touch of orange peel; a warming chamomile-like presence and some sweet spiciness; just a touch of bret tartness to it all.

Mouthfeel: Body is just slightly heavier than light and just a touch oily; carbonation is soft and light and provides just enough sparkle to the body; a light stickiness is left behind, but overall I would say the finish is pretty clean in terms of aftertaste.

Overall: A pretty tasty beer, but not necessarily something I would go ga-ga over or anything. Very drinkable though -- moderately light ABV and flavors that don't necessarily overwhelm the palate, it's not to be overlooked, but not to be blown out of proportion.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Review adapted from notes taken 7/10/10

Appearance: Light amber/orange with a fluffy head that turns into minimal lacing

Smell: Very interesting with some sourness and barnyard - some lemon, some bready malts

Taste: A slight disappointment considering the smell - very mild, not much sourness, some funkiness - lemon, orange - not bad but it tastes like it could be a lot better - some weird flavors in the mix, but they do work together

Mouthfeel: Light body with good carbonation, on the dry side

Overall: Definitely drinkable year-round, but I'm not sure if I would be interested in more than a bomber

This is certainly not a bad beer, but it is not as good as some of the other Lips of Faith beers. It has some interesting funk, but it kind of falls flat because the taste is too weak. It's not watery though, and I guess it would be good in the summer.

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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.


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Photo of rawfish
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours copper with an orange tint that is highlighted with haziness from the yeast. A quickly disappearing foamy head but a decent amount of lacing that follows down the glass.

S: Lightly floral with bready malts and honey. Some farmhouse from the brett but barely detectable. Some fresh earthy notes like wet leaves and dandelion pulls.

T: Toned spices highlighted with coriander,wheat, honey with a definite bready malt character. Soft and sweet fruit notes in the middle. Orange sourness but very muted, earthy herbs and yeast on the finish. Taste seems to linger on for a bit between orange peel tartness and a metallic tinge.

M: Decent carbonation with a medium to light body. Finishes dry but not clean. Soft and refreshing yet earthy.

D: Definite late summer/ early fall beer refreshing cold with a sour flash but with enough muted complexity to bring in the colder months. The yeast seems to shift what would otherwise be a citrus farmhouse style ale to something with more depth that doesn't have it's head in the clouds. I think NB accomplished what it set out to brew with this one.

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Photo of katan
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep golden color. Very clear but lots of bubbling. Head formation is pretty white. Well retained.

S - Strong brett yest note, lots of tobacco, white pepper, spicy. Underlying sour notes, somewhat fruity.

T - Starts off very light, a little bit malty. The wild yeast comes through. No hopping - mostly balanced. Finishes with a lightly grainy note. The sweetness overwhelms the wild ale attributes.

M - Solid beer body, light and airy carbonation as well. Finishes very clean.

D - Very drinkable - ABV is manageable. Not at all filling, in contrast to the carbonation.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

This may color the following, but I honestly don't know what makes this a wild ale. Just sayin'. It pours a slightly hazy straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, grass, lemon zest, and a light farmy funk. The taste brings in more of the same, with proportionately more wheat and greens than before. A pinch of cardamom may or may not be in there as well (we'll never know for sure). The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice saison-esque brew, not much wildness going on, but pretty good beyond that.

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Photo of TCMike
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first wild ale. It poured a nice hazy copper color, and produced a 1 finger white head.
The aroma was of citrus, honey?, spices, and a slight, farm house ale, type funk.
The taste was excellent. Much like it smelled, but without the funk, and an added bready taste. Very little noticeable hop taste. It was lightly sweet. Medium bodied, and had low-med carbonation.
Very drinkable.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for this bottle.

A: Pours a clear orange with a foamy one finger head. Quick dissipation, not much lacing.

S: Slightly musty and a little funky. There is also some citrus/fruit aromas; some pineapple, banana, and a little bit of strawberry. Has a little bit of spice as well.

T: Some nice spices and a little bit of citrus and pineapple, but I get a lot of strawberry/banana flavor. Slightly sour, but pleasant.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, the flavor is really nice, the strawberry/banana flavor caught me completely off guard, but I really liked it.

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

Thanks to Kim and Lance for bringing this to share!

Slightly cloudy golden amber with a short lived white head. Bready and citrusy, with coriander and lemon notes shining through. Very interesting and the sourness is present, although not prominent. Yeasty breadiness is apparent throughout. I detect a deep, earthy, and somewhat musty background that carries the "fresher" nuances very well. Light body and crisp carbonation. Drinks very nicely and would do well with Gorgonzola or Roquefort cheese.

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Photo of grover37
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber from a friend for $5 (he got it on sale). Poured into a Chouffe tulip. No dating info that I can find.

Appearance: Very clear, goldish orange color. One inch of head recedes to about a quarter inch, then eventually just a layer. Tight bubbles that stick to the glass in sparse patches at the top but no lacing otherwise.

Aroma: Very musty, maybe some orange peel. Lemongrass and some floral notes emerge after a bit. The best part of the beer in retrospect.

Taste: Orange at first, maybe white grapes. Definitely herbal too, but can't place what it is. Sweeter than I expected in the middle but a semi-dry finish with the juicy citrus flavor apparent in the aroma sticking around.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation as expected, and very dry on the tongue in the finish.

Drinkability: Not sure I'd want to drink more than one of these (kinda glad I split the bomber), but the ABV is not apparent.

It's hard to give this beer average scores because it's good, but just not good for the style or for the brewery. A decent wild ale to try once, but not worth seeking out.

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

Poured into a snifter.

Produces a finger of white soft head with an average strength pour. Body is a strawberry-tinted orange that lightens significantly when held up to light. Good lacing.

Smells slightly of funk and brett, with a little malt underneath paired with some citrus-scented hops. Smells like a sweeter American Wild. Brown sugar.

This beer is sweet in one form or another from start to finish. Caramel and sugar notes come from the malts, which at times are fairly prominent. Slight funk is present, but it is in the back seat through the taste experience. Hop bitterness is present, but not prominent. Very bready in a pleasant way.

Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Very smooth and sweet. Drinkability is quite good, the alcohol is well hidden.

Conclusion: I like this beer quite a bit, but I can see how it probably draws criticism for not being funky and sour enough. This is certainly a wild ale, but not one that will cause you to pucker your lips. I believe this style is a rather broad one, and because of that there is plenty of room for a beer like this. Well done New Belgium.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 12/04/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, sour fruits, floral hops, and some of that barnyard/musty smell. A little odd of a mix, didn't work great together.

t - Tastes of brett, sour fruits, floral notes, and earthy notes. Can't put my finger on it but something is off in the taste.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - There was just something off in the smell and taste to me; not infected or anything, I just didn't feel that the mixture or smells and tastes worked well together. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin white head that persists for a short time. Lacing is good.

Aroma is pretty much Brett funky and fruitiness.very simple and nice.

Taste is also very yeast driven: mild breadiness, fruity,with lots of spice and Brett funk with a light and dry bitter finish.

Body is medium as well as carbonation. Very drinkable beer!

Overall a yeast-driven ale with high drinkability.

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Photo of jampics2
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. 

This is a good looking BDM, with orange and yellow color and some small film of a head. Cloudy and murky looking, which is the biggest problem.  But still very nice looking.   

The beer's smell is maybe the best aspect  it has some brett and a touch of spices (ginger and gin), with some hops buried below.  The barnyard brett has a bit of wild presence, but it doesn't dominate.  A great bouquet, with lemon verbena and some nice balance and depth.   

The beer tastes a bit dirty with brett leading the way. Malt has some slight toasted presence and some spices are there,  most notably a touch of juniper berries.  Smooth and cohesive.  But it doesn't pay off for me - it is just not unique or flavorful enough.

The mouthfeel is creamy with medium body.  The beer feels a bit heavier than it really is because it doesn't have a ton of carb.  The beer is decent but not too flavorful, it's really nothing special.  I like the Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Mars much better.   Still worth a try, especially if you're doing a horizontal LOF tasting.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- A really nice color. Its a clear, bright orange. It literally glows. A small white head leaves little spots of lacing.

S- Quite the odd smelling beer, I don't know what to make of it. Lemon, and oranges, honey and juniper, funk and brett. In many respects it smells like what I remember DFH Sah' tea smelled like.

T- not sour. This came as a surprise to me, it was quite strange at first. Actually it is strange. Its like a spiced APA with brett. Orange, lots of malt, spices, cobweb and brett on the end. A but of bitter Pine like hops, very much like juniper.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into New Belgium Globe glass.

A. 1 finger pretty well carbonated head. Good retention. Decent lacing. Color is a orangeish golden yellow.

S. Smell is yeast, lemony citrus, sweet pale malt, a little bit of funk to it. Nice blast of yeastiness, gives way to a light fruit smell. A little bit of sourness lies underneath.

T. Taste is a pretty smooth combination of a lot of the aromas. Nice earthy yeast flavor. Some of the light fruit; pears and apple primarily. Maybe just a touch of sourness. Overall the flavor is a little bit mellower than the aroma.

M. Medium bodied. Finishes pretty crisp and dry. Medium carbonation.

D. Drinkable. Overall a pretty good beer. Could be a little more flavor going on that the aroma eludes to, but doesn't deliver on the tongue. Pretty good.

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Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
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