Biere De Mars | New Belgium Brewing

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Biere De MarsBiere De Mars

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of stirgy
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pulpy orangey gold. Looks like a grapefruit cocktail. Thin head faded quickly out of existence. The aroma has an orange candy fruitiness, but also some sour/old socks – which I believe is coming from the yeast. It’s an interesting bouquet. The taste is light, tangy and slightly fruity with citrus zest. very satisfying. A soft bitterness coats the tongue and then the throat. Has some Gose characteristics. The sour bitters increase as you get to the bottom of the glass and consume more of the yeasties. I enjoyed this. Thanks to whomever sent this one to me.

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Photo of kindestcut
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally, my favorite New Belgium ale is back in stores.

The Biere de Mars pours a bright orange, clouded a bit by a powerful effervescence. However, the head, which is stark white, is not as powerful as the bubbles might promise.

The aroma is not overpowering, nor is it all that noticable. The alcohol is evident as is a floral smell. This is not one of the more powerful Belgian styles and the aroma is as subtle as the style. The Bière de Garde style is one of my favorites, mainly because it is not a large beer, not that I don't like a Tripel from time to time. To create a good Bière de Garde, I believe it takes a skill that cannot be faked through pumping up the ABV.

The flavor is as refreshing and as tasty as it should be..not fruity but slightly tart and truly easy to drink. This is the beer that farmers downed after working the fields.

Is it bland, as other reviewers have insisted? Well, yes, if you are going to compare it to a Stout or an IPA. I'd rather you compare it to nothing and just drink the beer if you refuse to review it to style.

This may not be the best Bière de Garde/Saison in the world but it is a very good one.

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Photo of rowew
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Old Chicago Broomfield. Poured bright orange and cloudy with a thick white head that stayed until the bottom of the beer. Aroma is citrusy and spicy - this is one of the only beers I have been able to pick out black pepper in. The taste is a combination of citrus and yeast, with some spice mixed in. Somehow despite everything going on with this beer it remains incredibly drinkable. One of my favorite offerings from New Belgium.

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Photo of brewQ
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with a persistent thought not especially thick head.
Just a hint of peppery spice in the aroma along with breadlike sweetness.

The taste had some New Belgium character that I have grown fond of- a slight nuttiness. Can't say I picked out all of the multi-grain goodness promised on the label: Oats, wheat, barley and lemon. Still, an interesting mix of flavors.

The finish disappeared on me a bit but made it a very drinkable brew. I like their Dubbel and Trippel more but this is a good seasonal change.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-2005 release

After a few good experiences as of late with this brewery, I thought I'd take a chance on this year's latest seasonal, the Beer of March...

Appearance: Oh-ho-ho, this looks good! Cloudy egg yolk apricot gold, dead-on ringer for a saison. A strong pour produces a dense, pure white head with good retention. A bit of sticky lace. The "D" in my Duvel glass is producing a furious stream of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Yeast spice/clove, green apple, orange peel, honey wheat bread, with maybe a hint of weisse banana thrown in for good measure. Quite nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: What the hell happened? It's spicy... sweetened... yeast water with a twist of lemon, I guess? I've tried 50, 55, 60 degrees, and I'm getting nothing that merits mention. It's slightly honeyed, slightly juicy, and there's a definite citrus zing from the lemon throughout, particularly at the finish, but you have to look for it. Damn. The mouthfeel is OK, thin, crisp, if perhaps a bit overcarbonated.

Drinkability: It looks so good it's hard to resist, and it's not bad, per se, but there's just not much here.

This beer attempts to be a saison, a biere de garde and a noble experiment--and fails on all three counts. As is often the case with these guys, it just needed to be MORE. Nice paint job, but weak motor.

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

12oz. bottle: This one pours with some head to it, but dies off quickly. Hazy and somewhat orange in color. I get some citrus and breadiness in the nose. It has the main taste of a wheat beer body, with breadiness and spiciness also. It is good enjoyable brew.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

appearance: murky orange with retentive head. hard to gauge carbonation because of the cloudiness. foamy upon cracking the bottle.

aroma: mild hops with a sour malt body. somewhat body odor-ish. very super yeasty in the nose as well. similar to freshly leavened sweet dough.

tastes like raw beer. fermenty, complex, confused mess. drinkable but not entirely likeable. would not seek this beer out again unless it had some age or offered a variety of some sort from this vintage.

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Photo of KoG
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was disappointed when I was unable to try this on tap at a recent festival. To my suprise I found this at a gas station next to the ever increasing in popularity Fat Tire.

Good amber-orange color with a frothy head that doesn't last long at all. Yeast stays in the bottom but still clouds the brew a bit.

Smell is a bit flowery with a slight citric note. Smells a bit wheaty with some odd aromas as well that make it less inviting. Somewhat soured and appley.

This would be better on a hot day, light tastes of citric hop with a slight malt character gives way to a light cherry and lime flavor. Interesting nonetheless. Finishes clean with a hop trail.

Not too bad, but didn't live up to the hype that I had created in my own mind. Too bad this isn't avilable in the summer months as it would be a good barbeque or beach beer.

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

Poured a decent white head- but where did it go so quickly? The smell is very familiar- the same bready scent with other new belgium products. Also minimal ? citrus (but BARELY). The taste- hmmm... there's that bread/ biscuit again, but it seems a little too familiar. Yeah, some citrus too, but it feels almost like it's just thrown in there. Average mouthfeel. I have to say, I could drink a few in a row, but there's no compelling reason to. Might as well have a few fat tires instead. Nothing that makes this one stand out from their flagship offering.

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

Very hazy orange color, much like a pale ale mixed with a hefe. Head is very proud on the pour, then fades to a creamy layer rather quickly. Smell is very yeasty, slightly tart with lemon tones. Taste is also very yeasty, with citrus tones that make this beer very light and crisp. Lightly malty and well carbonated, very much like a hefe, all-around. Most likely excellent on a hot summer's day, it is still good on a mid-winter's. This is an edit "Thank You" to babydoc for a beer of which I had never had the style.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit disappointed with this beer. Perhaps it had a little something to do this the "unidentified" yeast strains the bottle boasts producing some funky estery tastes.

The beer pours to a slightly hazy golden amber color with a thin, almost completely absent head that recedes to a film-like cover. The smell was enough to make up for the somewhat lousy appearance, though. It has an overtone of berries, also containing hints of citrus and malty sweetness.

The taste didn't quite live up to the aroma, but it was decent enough. I think perhaps the aforementioned yeast stains might have had something to do with why I wasn't too into this brew. I also found out firsthand what people mean when they describe a taste a "biscuity." The foretaste was beautiful and fruity, but the aftertaste is not very pleasant in my opinion. I probably won't purchase this particular New Belgium product again.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of babydoc
Pours a hazy tangerine orange with a bone white head. Retention is okay, lacing as well, collar is nice.
Smell is light bready malts, citrus, peaches, slight hops, and a bit of yeast.
Taste is very similar to the smell although the hops are slightly more intense. The yeastiness of this beer is also much more pronounced in the taste.
A very nice beer. Certainly something that I don't normally experience, although I wish I had access to this kind of thing more often.

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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 Bdc
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange-gold with an ample white head. Aroma is incredibly rich with spices, yeast and a bready malt. Flavor is nicely balanced with robust spices, citrus (lemon) and yeast (perhaps some banana and clove as found in a trippel?). There is a tartness, like that found in a wheat, but this beer has no real grainy wheat flavor. The flavor is incredibly complex and interesting without being so overpowering to keep you from immediately grabbing another. Full-bodied, well-carbonated and refreshing. Before March has passed, I'll pick up a case of this to drink during the off-season. Very well-done.

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Photo of Rio
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barley's in Overland Park. Poured an orange color, slightly hazy, but not too much so. Thin layer of off-white foam receeded shortly, leaving a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass for a short amount of time. Strong floral scent, supported by some earthen and citrusy scents, and maybe a touch of a honey sweetness in there.

The floral and earthen flavors show up in the taste, too, with a stronger kick of citrus character, like that of a lime. The slight presence of honey seems to be in the taste, too, but there is a strong spiciness to the taste, like a pepper, that sweeps through. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, a little sharpness of a bite to it, but not much.

All in all, a decent beer. I'll be interested to try it in a bottle, since it is a bottle conditioned beer, and see what difference that makes.

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Photo of Trentonator
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a hazy orange with a fluffy white head that sticks around for the party. I like this beer in the late winter or early spring, it has a great hint of the season with some fresh orangey fruity aroma and is light on the palate. It's got a nice soft mouthfeel, that goes down easily and invites another. Drinkability is it's strong suit.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-amber color, very cloudy, with a quarter-inch of foam.

Aroma: Strong wheat aroma, with a bready, spicy undercurrent.

Flavor: Complex mix of flavors: wheaty, citrus notes (not hoppy citrus), toasted bread, even a spicy, peppery flavor at the end. Bitterness is fairly moderate, but there's some earthy hop flavor. Fairly yeasty too, with a powdery finish.

Body: As mentioned above, a powdery texture, and a slightly higher-than-medium body.

A quirky, complex, and original beer, three characteristics that make this firmly Belgian in character. New Belgium really knows how to do it right.

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

The color of a cut open butternut squash, and cloudy. The head rises then drops and floats like a hand-knitted tam. Clingy.
Smells of straw bales, and a walk through a veggie garden in July; warm vegetable leaves and tilled soil.
Taste of spicy baby greens. There's citrus, and a reminder of coriander. Apricot. Delicious muskmelon! Floats on a carbonated swell with chewy grain raft.

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Photo of swamiswamu
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange with minimal head and some lacing. The aroma is similar to walking through a backyard garden, with a mixture of floral and herbal scents. There is lots of honey in the taste, with a slight citrus balance. This is far from a barley plus hops= beer taste. This would be a good one to convert a wine drinker with. Overall pretty tasty.

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Photo of henrysunset
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orangish hue, though lighter than I expected as i didn't realize this style is closer to a lager than an "ale". huge head with the power to stick around. fine bubbles and lace; wquite good looking.

Smell reminds me of the soft, almost nutty scent that I associate with their fat tire. Maybe it's their yeasts. Light scent beneath that reminds me of belgian dubbel or trippels

Tastes good. After a few seconds I taste a distinctly nutty (hazelnut?) flavor beneath a very smooth malty flavor. Exceedingly pleasent. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky but not too thick; very excellent. This beer tastes suprisingly un-beer'y. (whatever that is supposed to mean)

Drinkability is very high. I really like it. Lightness coupled with a flavor that is a little more interesting than most light beers offers. Too bad I bought only one.

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

Pours burnt orange colored with a short bubbly head that quickly dissipates. A little bit of lacing, as well. Fruits and slight wheats dominate the smell. Taste is underlined by light unfiltered wheats and a nice fruitiness is noticeable. A slight bitter hops rounds out the brew. Good finish. A nice, refreshing beer that I'd have again, so far my favorite from this brewery.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange with a thin frothy white head that subsided quickly. The aroma is lemony with a bit of a wheat like character blended in with dry malts. The aroma lacks any of the Belgian frutiness from the esters and I think it should have some esters as it seems more like an American Hefe than a Belgian seasonal specialty. The flavor was pretty good with as nice spicy lemony flavor blended in with a dry wheat and malt flavor. Finishes with a yeasty taste that reminds me of drinking green beer. The oats are noticeable in the finish as it has more body than a wheat beer but tha lack in head retention makes it kind of noticeable that care was not taken during the brewing process. Probably a great beer to have on a hot day at the beach or while mowing the lawn.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glowing orange with a thick, white head and furiously bubbling carbonation. Not unexpectedly, the aroma contains elements of oats, wheat, yeast, and lemon, as noted on the label (oats, wheat, barley malt, and lemon verbena).

Taste is clean, crisp, and dry, with a tartness that almost makes you pucker. Easy to drink and bubbly on the tongue, this would make an excellent summer refresher or aperitif with appetizers.

Very good.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a great beer that accompanies light meals very well. Pours a hazy orange with yellow streaks, the white head holds up throughout the session. The smell is of earth and citrus with lightly toasted wheats. A slight banana note hints the nose. The taste is light with toasted grains and apples, lemon really add something, hints of spices with bananas in the end really cleanses the palate.

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

I'm really glad New Belgium produces this beer since it is such a rare style in the U.S. Appearance is golden orange, very hazy. Head is rather short and creamy. Smell is light and delicate, mainly of floral aromas. Taste is complex and somewhat fruity. Spices are also noted. Middle is fairly malty, while finish is of the lemon verbena. Grapefruit is also noted. Just a hint of hops as a balance. Actually I'm not quite sure what to name all these tastes, this is very different from my usual selections. Mouthfeel is very smooth, a touch too watery. Drinkability is great. I really enjoyed this beer, though I'm not sure what to name all of the flavors I taste. This is worth trying just to sample a rare style of beer. I think most will find Biere De Mars very enjoyable too.

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