Biere De Mars
New Belgium Brewing Company

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French Bière de Garde
3.68 | pDev: 13.32%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Biere De MarsBiere De Mars
Reviews: 410 | Ratings: 760
Photo of jazzbikerbrewer
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
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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Photo of SHODriver
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a duvel tulip to a slightly hazy golden orange with a two finger fluffy and rocky slightly offwhite head
S: smells a little tart, slightly musty and funky, a little spicy, and some slight sweetness
T: funky and some spices, slight malty sweetness, a little bit of herbal hop flavor. swallow brings a little tartness and funk along with some spice
M: nice carb that's just under prickly and a little under medium in the mouthfeel. slightly drying on the finish
O: a good solid beer with good flavor and some nice complexity. should go well with some football and nachos

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Photo of Mitchster
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$6.99 for a bomber. Brand new to Michigan.
Brewed with Pale, C-80, Oats, Wheat, Carapils, Lemon Peel and Lemon Verbena. Hopped with Target, Willamette, and Cascade
OG=14.9, FG=2.9, 22 IBU's, 6.2% ABV, 195 kcal/12oz.

Pours out to a clear medium orange, forming a tall white head with amazing retention and beautiful lacing, thanks in part to the oats and the sprightly carbonation, about ~3.0 carbs. The aroma opens with mangoes and traditional brett character, faint suggestion of hops when swirled. Mouthfeel is clean with a medium-light body and mild tartness...not so acidic as to give me heartburn. Taste opens with strong mango and pineapple, followed by a medium sweetness balancing the funky brett acidity. Mild bitterness and a little bit earthy with pleasant graininess and honey in the finish.

A really nice beer. 22oz is plenty for one sitting, but I would buy it again. Recommended.

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Photo of southeastmat
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gorgeous hazy orange. Great foamy head on the pour - about an inch or more. Amazing lacing.

S: Warm clove notes. That horsey Brett aroma is there but it's faint to start and gets stronger as you drink. Nice bready finish.

T: Honestly, with the smell I expected a huge bready/yeasty bomb. But, not so much. This is a subtle Brett it's not going to hit you over the head with that flavor. Drinkable.

M: It's heavy to me. Which is surprising because it's so drinkable. This brew dries quickly on your palate - surprisingly quick.

O: A tough one for me. Great example of the style. But, I think if I aged it more that familiar horse blanket/barn yard aroma would come out even more. And, that Brett yeast would do even more. I'm going to buy another and cellar it, then maybe revisit this review.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Rose-tinged gold with a big, fluffy head that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving behind a thick, sticky lace.

S- Very yeasty but with a tart, slightly funky edge. Some nice sour fruit aromas as well, with lemon and unripe strawberries coming through.

T- Dry, bready yeast flavors abound, with some light clove and wheat. Finishes with more chalky yeast and a touch of bitterness. Stays dry throughout.

M- Medium-bodied with a good dose of carbonation.

Well, I thought this was a pretty darn good farmhouse ale. I don't know enough to really distinguish this from a Saison, but it was spot on for that style. Solid across the board, but it didn't have enough unique character to distinguish it from some outstanding examples of the style. Still very solid.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Bierguy5
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 6.2% abv. Hazy orange color, with a nice frothy white head. Nice retention and lace.

Herbal notes, lemon and orange zest. A hint of mint. Earthy with just a touch of funk as well.

Clean malt with a cracker feel. Just a touch of sweetness. Subtle spices, with an earthy background. A hint of citrus zest. Any funk here is very slight. Dries a bit more at the finish.

Lighter body, with lively carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. Not as complex as I hoped for, or thought from the aroma.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
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 MusicaleMike
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from the Wine Source in Baltimore, MD
No bottle date.

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

Poured into a snifter. Hazy orange gold body, topped with some solid, off-white foam that's dense and lasting. Leaves lacing behind.

Herbaceous aroma, with strong lemon and mint notes hopping out. Some light berry-like sweetness in the background.

Clear lemon verbana flavor up front. Rich flavor. Leans too heavily on sweetness. Should have a drier body or should try to balance that sweetness with more hops. If there is Brett, I don't detect it. Pleasant flavor, quite strong. Has a bready-like malt finish that is well-balanced by bright citrus finesse.

Medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. Not much else to say here...with stronger herbal beer, I would ideally look for some lightness in the body with either more effervescence or with less sweetness.

Biere De Mars is a well-made beer. Very solid appearance, aroma and big bold flavor. Not sure if this is modeled after another style or what. Biere de Garde seems like a stretch...
Even though it's well-made, I don't think I would ever buy it again.

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Photo of harrymel
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap @ Flying Goat

Amber hued orange ale with solid cream foam. Pretty. Smells of sweet grains and some hints of hay, a hint of cream. Flavor is lighter malts, some herbal hops which are subdued and a slight sharpness like there is a hint of lacto or something - tasty. The flavor is pretty light and easy overall for drinking on a hot day. Medium on full bodied (almost like an amber to me) with moderately hi carb. Decent beer, maybe a little too subtle for my taster to appreciate.

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Photo of Gatch
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, golden-yellow with a white, fluffy head. Little lace and retention.

S: A bit of funk, fruit, and must. Pleasant.

T: A very smooth, slightly, funky, bready, fruity, and easy drinking beer. First I've had of the style.

M: Smooth and delicious.

O: Seems to be a good example of the style. A good introductory beer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz into tulip. Pours a great copper color, nice thick foamy head and sticky lacing. Very malty and fresh yeast aroma with hints of spice. Taste is very crisp malts, a bit of warming spice like cinnamon or allspice with a touch of fresh yeast. A bit dry mouthfeel but still crisp. This if my first of the style and its quite intersting and good. Cant compare to another, but I do like it. It has alot of intersting characteristics and I wouldnt hesitate to have again.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A rare style you don't see around too often, but let's give it a try. Medium bodied, very tart taste. Kind of hard to describe, some honey and funkiness, maybe some apples in there. Bit of an odd finish too. I know it's a different style, but it just seemed to be kind of a mess and didn't work too well for me. Appreciate them trying something new, but too unbalanced for my liking.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clean honey yellow pour with 2 fingers foamy white head and nice lacing. smells of fruits (orange, grapes), cinnamon, nutmeg, jasmine. very floral odors. the taste is very floral up front (again, jasmine) with a mild citrus rind bitterness up front, and a sweet citrus/floral tea-like backbone. it is light bodied with a medium carbonation.

this is a pretty solid beer and very unique. never had a beer this floral. i think they could try adding a heavier malt backbone to balance it out a bit, but this doing the job on a rainy spring day AS IS!

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Photo of CLAUD
3.46/5  rDev -6%
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 rfbenavi80
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a New Belgium Goblet.
An aggressive pour.

A- Pours a very hazy, orangish yellow, with 2 fingers of white head that is leaving some moderate lacing on the glass and a thick film on top of the beer that remains the whole time.

S- Some Bretty wildness up front. Pleasant earthy smells. Fresh baked yeasty bread.

T- Follows nose well, there is a subtle funk from the Brett, but not overwhelming. Solid malt backbone. Very drinkable, and enjoyable.

M- Solid medium bodied, not overly carbonated, but it has moderately high carbonation. Crisp and slightly dry finish.

O- A good beer from the Lips of Faith Series, but New Belgium does have better ones. At 8 dollars for a bomber, it might be a tad overpriced. This is good, just not great.

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Photo of daledeee
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz bomber

Pours dark gold and clear. A head that is fluffy and white with decent lacing

Nose is wild. Brett?

Taste is full bodied and malty. Some strong fruit such as apples and apricot and spice built in. A nice dose of malt.

This is a unique beer that is reasonably priced and readily available.

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Photo of Arborescence
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, yellowish/golden. Pours a light head.

Aroma: Fresh, mild spices, citrus. There's a hint of caramel as well.

Taste: Floral and orangy flavours, mixed with mild hops, yeast, and malt. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Nothing particularly interesting; the added spices are mild.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, some light carbonation present.

Overall: I'm not overly impressed. It's a nice light ale with some promise, but it lacks depth. Easy enough to sip, and would fit a warm spring day, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery. Hazed, rusty orange with an elegant dollop of white foam sitting on top. Great balance. Toasty and grainy with an impression of sourdough bread. Bitterness is mild and flavors of flowers, lavender, dirt, and black pepper liven things up. Clean on the swallow with perfect dryness for the style.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe. The beer is just barely hazy, with an off-pumpkin orange hue. I'll call it golden orange. A nice creamy head sits on top and dissipates to a thick film. Moderate lacing coats the glass. The beer smells bubblegum sweet up front, then a plethora of spices follow. Very aromatic. The taste follows the smell, as a sort of pumpkinesque clove, ginger, allspice sort of thing hits the palate, but this is definitely not a pumpkin or Autumn beer. Maybe a more floral, grassy undertone keeps it that way. There is a sweet, sweet bubblegum finish. For 6.2% the mouthfeel is medium bodied and very drinkable.

Overall, this was a nice beer to drink, but definitely not worth the price. Great dessert beer, as it is dominated with spices and sweetness.

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Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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 Murrhey
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into an oversized wine glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger white head with large, frothy bubbles. Retains head surprisingly well. Sticky white lacing. Beautiful translucent copper color.

S- Earthy yeast tones, caramel malt with a distinct funkiness to it. Some pungent hops add to make this a strong smelling beer.

T- Solid malt backbone with earthy tones. Very drinkable with some sweetness and sweet hops. Nothing extraordinary.

M- Smooth and medium bodied, finishes sticky and wet.

O- Good beer. Not great, I just found the taste bland and too earthy.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer served up had a hazy light golden/copper color with a little bit of sticky white head. Belgian fruity esters, some lemon and a fair amount of clean malt is detected in the aroma. The taste is like the aroma. I wouldn't have guessed there was any Brett added. The mouthfeel is very soft with very light carbonation, pretty light mouthfeel with a quick crisp finish. Alcohol is very well hidden and this beer is high on my drinkability scale.
Overall, a really easy to drink beer with subdued spicing, a soft mouthfeel and quick finish. I enjoyed this quite a bit for $3 for 13 oz pour that I got at HH, but don't think it would be a great value for $5-$7 for a 22oz bottle off the shelf.

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Photo of rand
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 650 mL bomber to D'Achouffe tulip glass

A: Attractive orange-apricot in color, forms a sharp, tightly bubbled head that leaves little lacing as it cascades down the glass. Lots of suspended yeast, almost clouds the beer.

S: A subtle bouquet yields hints of honey, coriander, crackery bread. Subdued nose, takes some effort to actually smell anything.

T: The flavor profile is largely honey-orange notes that bend phenolic mid-sip. Earthy spice is noted, maybe some sage and coriander, but just barely. Palate is slightly more layered than the nose, but not by much. Finishes sweet with lingering medicinal residue.

M: Nicely carbonated, breaks through the oily complexion. Medium-bodied.

Kinda torn here. The brew is smooth and easy to drink, but I've already forgotten about it, and that's not what I'm looking for from the style, let alone the Lips a Faith series. I had Jolly Pumpkin's Oro De Calabaza recently so my expectations are a bit skewed.

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Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 760 ratings