Biere De Mars | New Belgium Brewing

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Biere De MarsBiere De Mars

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 410 | Ratings: 760
Photo of Morris729
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange golden color with a tall creamy and pillowy white head that stays until the end and coats the sides of the glass as you drink. Lots of active carbonation is apparent as tiny bubbles continuously race to the top. Nose is fresh malts, yeast, and lemon. Light to medium in body with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Taste is a touch of sweet malts at first followed by some notes of fresh wheat and yeast. Some citrus hop flavors are present in the end leaving a dry finish. An interesting brew that is both quite refreshing and very tasty.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a surging and massive rocky head with thick clouds of carbonation and abundant sticky lace. Even several minutes after pouring, the head is scarcely diminished. Color is a hazy dark orange with flakes of sediment that rise and fall in the carbonation stream.

Aroma: Spicy with lemon notes and rich malts.

Taste: Begins with very smooth, toasty malt notes, a wave of orange and lemon, and soft carbonation. These fade to usher in medicinal hop notes, which carry to the end of the taste. Finishes very, very dry.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy.

Drinkability/notes: Like all of the New Belgium beers that I have sampled, excellent and distinct in character.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve ounce brown glass longneck; served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of pbnagel
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this beer up on a whim. The label doesn't give you a clue how good this beer is. The first taste was an eye-opener. It has the smoothness and drinkability of a good Belgian wheat ale. The smell hints at the wheat base and lemon spicing. The finish has a slight kick unlike a typical wit beer. This beer could just about the best beer I've tasted, right up there with Celis White.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The clerk at the liquor store told me this brew was similiar to Fat Tire, I'm going to have to disagree. This brew poured a murky orange color with a deep gold around the edges. The head was small but it kept through the whole brew. The nose is of honey, wheat, and citrus. This beer does taste surprisingly like a wheat beer only sweeter, with a strong citrus flavor. The finish is fairly dry but not bad dry. I will purchase this brew again especially this summer as it is very refreshing.

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Photo of maxpower
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep amber orange color with a small creamy lasting head, light citrus flowery aroma. Wheat flavors kind of reminds me of lemon cough drops. Medium body with a dry finish, not bad very interesting I have not tasted anything quite like it.

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Photo of bditty187
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny-tan-honey hue, hazy with loads of sediment fluttering downward. The head was slightly off-white, moderate size it reached a half finger in height before it faded rather quickly. The subsequent lacing was fair at best. The nose seems a speck too hushed; slight “horse blanket” aroma topples the yeastiness, sweet like honey, lemon zest, some bubblegum, and vague tartness. The bouquet is inviting. Sweetish first sip but not overbearing, bubblegum follows, the wheat is noticeable, as is the yeast, slightly citrus conclusion. The palate is distinctly “Belgian” but it is on the simplistic-side, a Belgian with training wheels if you will. Dry finish. Medium body; slightly light mouthfeel without being thin. Very drinkable, it is quite tasty. Worth trying even thought this is not one of NB’s best beers.

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Photo of nathi
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excelent beer, not as spicy and complex as most of the belgian ales of this type, but pretty good, expecialy for the price, compared to a lot of American takes. Real interesting floral and citrusy spic character when young that kinda blends in as it ages. I would love to see a bolder yeast character for the style, but for what it is, it is just excellent. Just a good, refreshing, and complex beer.

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Photo of marc77
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy light orange in color with a thin head. Yeasty, estery aroma with a honey - like sweetness in the nose as well. Just a touch of wet horse - like Brettanomyces is discernible. It was definitely more horse - like and funky last year. Sugary, slightly cidery, sweetness dominates initially, and is followed by subtle bubblegum esters. Hop bitterness and flavor are kept to a minimum. Carbonation is quite high. Finishes with a slight bittersweetness on the back of the tongue. This years release seems dulled as compared to last years. Much less complex in aroma and flavor. Still-- this is a unique microbrew that definitely needs to be tried. I do feel the "dumbening" of this beer has actually improved its drinkability, however.

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Photo of mattmaples
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is good beer but it didn't really knock my socks off. To style I think it needed to be a little stronger and a little more malty. It had a yeast smell and taste that I didn’t really find agreeable. I don't know how to describe it but the only other time I encountered it was in a homebrew I did with a yeast named Nottingham (I forget the brand name) anyway I didn’t knock points off just because I’m sure it was suppose to be there, it’s just one that I didn’t like.

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Photo of BKotch
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the more interesting new beers of 2001, and one of the best from a brewery that puts out some great products (and I'm not talking about Fat Tire). Very much like a Saison, or a biere de garde, with a hint of lemon verbena in the nose and palate. Nice orangey-gold color with a full white head. Fruity, full body. Very, very drinkable.

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Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 760 ratings