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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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a brown 22 oz bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass. No discernible bottling or freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance - Body is a translucent golden-orange, with a lot of complexity from the light wafting through, revealing yellow highlights. Head is a fluffy two fingers of microbubbles featuring good retention and solid lacing.

Smell - Musty, but with some hints of malty sweetness and spice as well as the trademark brett characteristic. However, the brett is considerably subdued, so it took a few smells to even pick it up at all.

Taste - Complex mix of flavors with no single dominant profile. Notes of grain and sourdough with bright lemony overtones as well as some yeasty funk, but again that component is faded and in the background.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable and with carbonation on the high side of moderate. Body is on the light side of medium.

Overall, a beer that's decent, but nothing spectacular. As much as I love saisons, I've had trouble finding a biere de garde that speaks to me in the same way. This one is unique in having the brett and some tartness, but those elements are too subdued to really kick this one up a notch.

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Cellared between 53 and 66 degrees F for 2 years.

A - Transparent golden color with a nice lacey white head that faded consistently from a half inch in my mini-snifter.

S - It has a farmhouse aroma to is that is kind of a musty-sweet.

T - Rather mild flavor for an american wild. Certainly not sour but it seems as though it was heading in that direction.

M - Mildly coarse and slightly dry with much of the texture on the tip of my tongue. It is a nice feeling brew, without a doubt.

~ This isn't something I would necessarily seek out. However, this one aged in my cellar for two years. I would like another bottle to see how it would end up after 4 years in the cellar.

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