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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Photo of vobr0002
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- slightly hazy golden yellow with a white head that last for quite a while.

S- Brett funk, some citrus fruit and spicy notes in the background.
T- Brett funk is the first thing I notice followed by citrus and leaves a bit of spice I the after taste. Its a little more mellow than I anticipated.

M- smooth mouth filling yet light.

O- its an OK beer, first of the style that I have had so maybe I'm just not a fan of it. We will see.

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Photo of TVolt1
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark orange small amount of white head

S: smell of white grape, honey, apple.

T: banana and white grape taste

M: thicker mouthfeel with feel low Carbonation

O: decent beer. Would order out if I were at as restaurant. Kinda mellow and unique tasting.

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Photo of DCon
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 1 PINT, 6 FL. OZ. bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $7.99. Poured from the Bright Orange Labeled bottle into a 12oz Schlafly Tulip Glass. Has no freshness date on this bottle but its random with the Lips of Faith beers.

Aroma- Brett is the big time ingredient in this one! Straight to the nose. Sweet, malty, and light spices are all in the background too. A strange aroma for a Biere De Garde.

Appearance- Pours a 2.5 finger, frothy head that lasts for the longest time. Has a deep orange colored body with no clarity. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- The flavor starts off malty, sweet, and the Brett/Belgian flavor comes around again. Semi-Dry Finish. Straight to the point with this one.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Highest Carbonation, Smooth, and brett finish with light hops and a pucker on the back of the tongue.

Overall Impression- An interesting Biere de Garde but didn't quite satisfy what I was wanting to find in this style. Not one of the top Lips of Faith beers either. The appearance was great but then went down hill from there. Wouldn't go back to again...

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Photo of AudreyLOglesby
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Hack72
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bona2vada
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of dmorley21
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber to Duvel tulip the beer pours a amber orange color with a fair amount of sediment, the head is a nice 1 finger white cream colored head, good retention and lacing. The nose seems muted, not much at all, a slight caramel malt flavor with hints of clean yeast? The flavor is more pronounced than the nose lets on but not by much, starts with a bready malt character from which the caramel sweetness builds, hints of honey, mildly bitter. Finishes crisp with a lingering sweetness. Lighter bodied and well carbonated, perhaps too much so. Overall, it's a decent beer, but one that I won't return to likely.

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Photo of beagle75
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Heaving lacing remains and fine streams of bubbles climb the sides of the glass.

S: Mildewy aromatic malt is biscuity but slightly fetid. Spice is light and earthy, contributing a toasted quality.

T: Begins off-dry, with heavy malt that is bready and more refined toward the soft middle. Bitterness is mild and herbaceous toward the finish, slightly tea-like and earthy.

M: Medium viscosity, syrupy, lifeless, and slightly astringent on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Mostly boring, it tastes like Fat Tire with an additional spice contribution. Its bland texture does nothing to elevate the experience, while the smell detracts in its resemblance to a forgotten dishrag. Compared to Jenlain Biere de Printemps, it is cleaner but far less interesting. Underwhelming and forgettable, it makes one wonder why this beer is occupying an exclusive space in the biennial Lips of Faith lineup.

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

Pours apricot orange with plenty of suspended yeast. Head is thick and dense.

Aroma is caramel malt, hints of citrus and vague spices.

Taste is similar to the nose. Caramel and wheaty malt. Orange bitterness and vague yeasty spice.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall, an unimpressive beer. No off flavors, but nothing to get excited about either.

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

Poured a slightly hazy orange with off white head.

The smell has a light musty and spicy aroma, a bit of sourdough as well.

The flavor is dominated by the bready victory malt flavor, huge cracker like malt. The spices and a light musty yeast come through after a bit along with a bit of light citrus. Tastes very much like they dumped a spicier yeast into a batch of Fat tire.

The mouthfeel is light with a touch of carbonation.

To much biscuit, not enough of everything else, will avoid this one in the future, even though its not bad.

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

Peach and opaque. Retains a nice rim of head.

A very active aroma. Floral, oaky, herbal, but the sour is faint.

Faint sour in the taste as well. More hay and yeast. Like a saison with a sour accent. Bit of white wine and maybe some cherry deep down.

Nice complexity, but a little light.

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

SIDE NOTE: I was going through the "best of" list for this style and noticed that Jolly Pumpkin owns the Biere de Garde world by a long shot!

Served in an oversized DFH snifter.

A: First of all, the head was beautifully creamy and quite massive (without being too). The liquid below it was a burnt orange color, with tons of little yeasties floating around.

S: Virtually nothing.... maybe a tinge of fermented yeast and H2O.

T: This was fairly crisp and light from front to back, with a nice sourdough-honey quality on the finish. This had a fresh taste to it that I personally enjoyed.

M: Imagine a nice, pleasing lager with a little extra oomph. That's definitely the best was to describe this one. the lacing was substantial.

O: I believe that this one is the victim of meandering in Blah-ville. While this was neither pleasing nor offending IMO, I've already forgotten that I drank it.

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Photo of 01001111
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Quite orange and crystal clear.

S: Tropical fruits, flowers, and a slight sour edge.

T: Very floral with hints of spices and a lingering caramel flavor.

M: Thin but with a slight syrupy character.

O: Pleasant flavors but a bit sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of Davit
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bthomas
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of denver10
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange with an amber hue. Nice, creamy colored head that pours out. Eventually drops down and forms a thickish coating around the edges. Nice lacing. A mild funkiness....its there but subtle, done well. Paired with some sweet orange, very nice. Flavor caught me off popped in my mouth a lot more than I expected it to. Some mild funk introduces intself before a wave of sweetness comes in from a dose of caramel malt and fruits, some pear, some banana, something citric. Coriander is there too and the funkiness does maintain its presence throughout and then some (and in a less than positive way...the funk does evolve into being a little too much). Medium bodied, creamy, and carbonated. A bit dry in the finish.Nice beer at a nice price.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazy orange with a single finger of off-white head. Light lacing left behind.

Light aroma of orange and tropical fruit along with earthy malts.

Tasted of orange baby aspirin, caramel malts and a bit of yeast.

Lighter bodied and wet with a moderate carbonation.

This one was just okay. I expected better.

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Photo of ejw127
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of onewetpaw
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A- My first impression is Brett. This distinctive smell is definitely there, but not overwhelming. Orange and vague spice and lemon is there as well.

A- Slight haze. Light amber with a scant head.

F- Mild funk, in line with the nose. Orange and light touches of lemon. Some floral flavor and a little bit of interesting spice that makes me think of the smell of a lemon scented geranium.

M- Low to Medium carbonation.Medium body that doesn't feel thick by any means, but seems to coat the tongue nonetheless.

O- A fun beer. I really like the lemon and what I presume is the lemon verbena flavors along with a restrained Brett flavor.

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Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
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