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 LeeryLeprechaun
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a wonderful orange color with a whitehead. The beer is very brilliant in color which makes it look very enticing to drink.

Aroma is fairly clean, I am not detecting much of anything from the yeast. There is some lightly roasted malt aromas more like an oktoberfest. I smell a little bit of citrus aroma in the back ground but it is very subtle.

The beer tastes sweet with a nice crisp finish. I can taste the brett funk right at the end. It is a nice earthy finish without any barnyard or goat. The beer finishes dry. Some malt flavors are present very similar to an oktoberfest.

The mouthfeel is medium, the dry earthy finish makes it seem like a red wine almost.

Overall a great seasonal beer. It is crisp, refreshing, and unique. I would never drink it year rounds but it is a nice way to kick of the summer.

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Photo of philbe311
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Voluminous four fingers worth of crisp whipped airy yet densely packed pure white head... Excellent retention... The color is a pale amber with an ever so faint haziness... Mostly still though some carbonation can be seen when gently rocking the glass back and forth... A bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Excellent aroma... Loaded with ripened fruit... Light Belgian yeast notes... A touch of candied sugar... Some faint grassy notes... A very subtle tartness lies beneath the surface... Sophisticated with rich complexity...

T - Lots of grass and hay notes... Orange zest... An unexpected spiciness highlighted by white pepper... The complexity from the nose is nowhere to be found on the palette....

M - Light bodied... Thin and watery... Very limited carbonation... Very blah...

D - A tale of two beers... Excellent appearance and aroma... Disappointing taste and mouthfeel... The end result is a so so beer, that I'll neither seek ouit again nor recommend... It's a shame, because this one had lots of potential...

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz 2012 bottle, poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a beautiful gold, mostly clear until the yeast hits, with a huge sticky white head that leaves great traces of laces throughout the glass.

S: Fruity and earthy Belgian yeast, spices...citrus zest, lemon & orange peel, hint of banana (there is wheat in this)...more malt presence than I thought there would be...caramel sweetness, grassy, dusty hay, and a bit of Brett funk but not much.

T: Pretty bready on the taste too, spices are evident, faint banana, coriander, clove, grassy dryness, lemon, caramel, faint traces of Brett sourness, some woody creaminess.

MF: Refreshing, crisp, lightly sweet, light to medium body, with some creamy notes.

O: Decent...not exactly what I was expecting, this definitely isn't overly funky or Brett-ed out...pretty balanced. Couldn't drink a lot of this.

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Photo of videofrog
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into Duvel Tulip. No apparent bottling or best by date.

A: Cloudy orange with 2 finger rocky white head. Sporadic lacing down the glass as the head dissipates after a few minutes.

S: A lot going on here. Lemon & orange stand out the most. Faint bitterness and lots of spiciness. Coriander, maybe?

T: Taste follows the nose. Citrus up front with some funky yeast. Spices in the middle and slightly bitter hop finish.

M: Juicy and medium-bodied. Carbonation is good for this lighter style.

O: My first Biere de garde; I really enjoyed it. Easy to drink, but has nice complexity. Like New Belgium often does, it encourages you to go seek out more of a style.

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Photo of korguy123
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 release purchased in South Bend on our recent vacation.

A- Slightly hazy vibrant orange pour with a two finger white head. Lacing is decent.

S-Orange and lemon stand out that a nice yeast spice than a mouth watering dose of Brett. there is a touch of sweetness that compliments everything properly.

T- Nice mixture of orange and Brett with a dry yeast finish. This is balanced and complex. It's not overly Brett and not lacking in it either. There is a touch of funk but not so much that a unsuspecting drinker would be offended by it.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation and a little chewy.

O- I like this style (Jolly Pumpkin and Ommegang being my favorites) but this one puts a nice spin on it with the citrus. Well put together and very enjoyable.

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Photo of schwaeh
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber sent by scotchboy, it's a 2012 bottle.

A: Pours a bright, juicy orange color with a large foamy white head. The carbonation is high like most other brett inoculated beers. This guy is real hazy.

S: This smells really good. Very bright citrus, namely orange peel, coupled with some spicy yeast and funky brett. Light bits of lemon juices, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon.

T: Very clean and refreshing. I think 'ginger/spice' and citrus go together fantastically here, actually standing right alongside brett. Funk intermixes here slightly. Maybe some nutmeg. Real dry with some slight bitterness.

M: Crisp light-medium body. The carbonation really tickles the tongue. The warmer it gets, the creamier it seems.

O: I enjoy this one just as much as I initially thought, when I first heard of them releasing it. I'm glad I got the "BA lowered expectations" before I had this, I didn't expect much after reading the reviews. Highly recommended and so far the best biere de garde I've had.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear amber-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some thick lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of funkiness and sourness with some Belgian yeast, lemon zest, spice, touch of grain.

T - Starts off with some tartness and funkiness with some Brett, Belgian yeast, and a bit of light spice. Through the middle, some lemon zest, wheat, and a touch of bready malt. The finish is a mix of tartness and sourness with some lemon zest, spice, and funky Brett.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, sour, and funky finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced with a good balance of tart and sour flavors.

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

Almost like I remember from years ago when New Belgium bottled this stuff in 12 oz six packs. That fruit and fragrant taste is almost unique. The best example of the "umame" flavor in a beer, I think. A meaty and oddly rich flavor with the hops de-emphasized.

Medium amber in the tall tulip. Modestly carbonated. Malty sweetness with pear cider is the taste. Nice nose of roasted malt and apple pie. Some acidity, some funky Belgian flavor, but all very smooth and friendly.

On tap at Slater's 50/50 in San Diego.

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Photo of draheim
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a glowing orange w/ lots of microscopic particulates in suspension. A frothy 3-finger off-white head settles slowly, leaving sticky lace.

Aroma is Belgian yeast and pale malt, maybe some bubblegum and a vaguely citrusy, musty spiciness. There's also a slight green apple tartness, probably from the Brett yeast.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Clean pale malt, orange peel, and hops. Has a pretty sharp bitterness. Tastes good for sure but nothing outstanding. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall this is a good beer but a week from now I doubt I'll remember much about it.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours, as the bottle says, with a distinct orange hue capped with a thick, tight white foam that lasts and leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is complex and inviting. Bright spices with orange, lemon, clove and a hint of mulling spice. There is a slight Brett character of tart cherry/leather and funk, though I wish this character were more up front. The malt presents itself as toasty and slihtly biscuity. Little to no noticeable hop character.

Flavor is complex as well, begins with toasty malt, some lemon, light clove. Mid-palate there is light Brett funk, orange zest, and slight malt sweetness. The finish leaves a slight tartness, light clove, mulling spices, toasted malt and lemon.

Mouthfeel is medium/light body, medium/low carbonation with a creamy sensation to it.

Overall a very good beer, understated in it's complexity with a nice use of spices and a pleasent malt presence. I just with the Brett character were a bit more upfront.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With March flying by (must be all the beautiful weather), we wanted to enjoy a beer that literally translates to "March Beer".

Biere de Mars is a Lips of Faith offering from the folks at New Belgium Brewing, and drinkers are rewarded with a subtle, yet creative brew. Biere de Mars pours an intriguing hazy orange, with only a small cap of white head that provides a good amount of lace throughout. A somewhat muted nose offers hints of caramel, citrus, earthiness, spice, and some funkiness. Sweet malt flavors are first to hit the pallet before blending into some more interesting and delicious flavors that include apricot, lemon, and spiciness all before a slightly tart finish. Medium bodied and a medium-light level of carbonation round out this complex and exciting brew. Always a favorite this time of year.


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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a light sourness and some lemon citrus. In the taste, tart lemon citrus, lemon rind and a small spice like note. A smooth and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry lemon rind in the aftertaste. A nice tartness and tastes very clean.

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Photo of DavidST
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, no date on the bottle but I just bought it. This pours a mostly clear amber color with a massive foamy slightly off white head. The smells are citrus, spices, bread, orange. Feel is mediumish. The taste is a little bit of funk, some bread malts, and a little citrus.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a frothy head; does a fairly good job in the lacing department; retains nicely, too

Smell: Shortbread, coriander, vanilla, mango and a hint of lemon

Taste: Vanilla shortbread, up front, with a developing mango, lemon and coriander flavor; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors dominate though yeasty, herbal undertones linger

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: At first, I was on the fence with this beer as I thought it was too sweet without enough Brett and herbal complexity; the more I tasted it, however, I started to come around and I am enjoying the range of flavors even though I would still prefer it to be less sweet

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden and light amber appearance, usual consistent quality control with New Belgium, impressive lacing and retention. Aroma was a lot of different things going on. Wheat, citrus, pepper, breadiness.

The citrus and breadiness are the biggest flavor and mouthfeel components. Coriander, while not massive, is certainly there, and the vast majority of the time for me, its not a spice I'm down with. Can't really identify the aftertaste, it isn't the greatest, like coriander badness and mild bitterness that isn't hop derived, more akin to a metallic descriptor. Seems like this is comparable to vrienden at times, but breadier and without any sour or brett notes.

And I'm pretty sure the bottle said something about having brett, but you really wouldn't know it if you drank this beer fresh. It was so "meh" for me, I won't be aging it to find out if it improves, because it doesn't seem to have a high ceiling potential given that the most brett the bottle seemed to have was on the outside paint label.

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Photo of hreb
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cold 22oz served in pint glass. Beer pours a very pale, though slightly hazy, orange. Medium white head. Aroma is mild, but of oranges and yeast.

Flavors are of citrus/orange peel. Wheat. Slightly acidic funky edge to it. But light on the palate and and quite drinkable. There's no sourness or otherwise overpowering Brett. character, but that's more than alright with me.

Totally enjoyable.

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Photo of vobr0002
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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 +4.1%
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 -11.4%
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 hopfacebrew
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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 -20.7%
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 -8.2%
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 -16.3%
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 +8.7%
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 +2.2%
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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