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 aforbes10
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Lips of Faith Series bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy orange brown with a thin (1/8 inch) white head. Looks nice though i expected it to be maybe a shade darker. Smells of all-spice, nutmeg, some clove, Belgian malt, plums. A nice, interesting nose. Flavor is nice too, though maybe over-the-top with spices. Biscuity malt body, as expected from NB. Some toffee and figs. A bit more like a spiced winter warmer than a Biere de Mars, but i guess its a style that's open to some interpretation. Fairly refreshing and not too heavy. medium bodied. Quite good, though nothing all that memorable.

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Photo of Riccymon
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an apple cider orange from the bottle with a quarter inch of off-white head that doesn't stick around for long. Smells of orange, cherry, dusty grains, and a little butter.

Sipping gives way to subtle flavors akin to an orange/cherry nut bread with allspice, nutmeg, and vanilla--similar to a winter warmer. The cherry and vanilla, the best of the flavors, come out as the beer warms, as does a slight alcohol note. Mouthfeel is pleasantly full and the finish contains an astringent grassiness.

I kept sipping to try to discern all the flavors, and didn't mind doing so. An interesting, pleasant mix that I enjoyed drinking.

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

22oz bottle $9 which is kind of expensive but whatever. Really nice looking orange color, wispy head that is really just swirls of white at the surface of the beer. The smell of this beer is straight animalistic like sweat dripping off the bristles of a feral hog's back, whew its strong. Piggy, manure aromas, heavy brett and reminds me of Avery 15. A little prickly on the tongue but the taste is pretty refined, lemony but not sour, zesty almost. This was a good beer but given the price I won't be making a second purchase.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden amber in color with a thin fizzy head. Good lacing left on the glass and the thin head lasts through the entire beer.

S - Slight sourness is the most noticeable aroma with some light fruity aromas as well. As the beer warms a light malt backing becomes more noticeable in the aroma.

T - Somewhat sweet initially with sweet breads being the most noticeable taste. A light, puckering sourness quickly moves in. Fruity tastes become more noticeable as the beer warms, somewhat opposite of what the aroma did. A herbal hoppiness as well.

M/D - On the lighter side and very crisp and well carbonated. Finishes somewhat dry. Very easy drinking, just not the greatest taste.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap in a pint glass

Pours a very light golden color with a big fluffy head. Very sticky lace down the side of the glass

Very spicy almost smells like peppercorn also has some strong barly and alcohol notes.

Flavor is much like the nose except a sweeter spice seems to come out of it. Very boozy with a dry spicy finish.

Medium body pretty stragihtforward mouthfeel a slight bit oily and a good level of carbonation

Its to boozy for me to say I would want another one or that its easy to drink. Maybe I got the bottom of the keg and need to try it again.

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Photo of naterock
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a grainy yellow with a hint of a reddish hue slight retaining head.

smelled of malts and a banana like yeast. some grass and like the smell if a hay field.

Taste is very delicate with a grainy malt texture and slight hop profile. bananas, fig, some brett eyast possibly with a little hint of funk.

Mouth is delicately carbonated and leaves a great aftertase. drinks easy especially for a hot day.

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

A - poured into a New Belgium globe with an orangish yellow color that was accompanied by a nice head

S - biscuity malts and spices

T - very sweet, cookie-like malts with some citrus tones and spice blended in. Light in taste and very refreshing.

M - very smooth and full as it went down

D - this was a very good beer. pretty different in an enjoyable way. Makes me anxious to try some of the other lips of faith beers.

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Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a New Belgium goblet at the Dog & Pony, the Biere de Mars is a hazy dark gold with a creamy off-white head that leaves delicate, foamy lace rings.

Smell is nice, soft and sweet fruity ale esters, a hint of mustiness.

Taste is not as sweet, more spicy (I'm thinking hops/yeast rather then actual spices, although perhaps some bitter orange peel), a bit of sourness, but some nice saison esters too, the tropical fruit notes coming through more as it warms. I like the nose better b/c it's cleaner and sweeter.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but with a crisp finish, medium light body

Drinkability is pretty high, a really nice Biere De Mars. I prefer more fruity esters in the style, which came out more as it warmed. I'm not a big fan of brett on it's own, but there wasn't much horse here, and enough extra ompph that it provided a nice layer of depth without overwhelming my palate. When this keg blew, I was sad.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at Hamilton's Tavern on 4-24-09. From the new Lips of Faith line.

To my surprise they tapped this beer the same day I was heading over for the Ballast Point event, sweet! I really wanted to try this one.

The beer was a deep golden color with about an inch of head that fell back into the beer in a few minutes and left some soapy lacing.

The aroma consisted of lightly toasted malts, earthy and slightly spicy notes, and light fruits. The beer was a few degrees too cold at first but as it warmed up it opened up to some yeast and fruity esters, cherry, apples, and some white pepper.

Tasted yeasty upfront with some phenols, stale or, more accurately, unsweetened tropical fruits, hints of apples, and a light toast in the finish. A touch of caramel and a light "farmhouse-type funk," and bit of bubblegum. I thought this beer was quite tasty. A touch of flowers and herbs as I near the end of the glass.

Medium carbonation and soft on the palate. Very easy to drink and would definitely have some more if I could.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is pineapple yellow but extremely cloudy. bit too much for the style... smell is the biscuit yeast style that many of there other beers have. quite a bit of yeast. the breadest beer i've had in a while. i don't know if its a good thing when you have get that protein. ok. palate was lemon peels, mangos, and a light hop with a finish of that yeast. light sweet. quite a thick body for a biere de mars. this is all compromised, i suppose, for the consistent head of thick white.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, copper and orange color with a foamy, off-white, two-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled very fruity and yeasty. It had some nice caramel notes, too.

T - It tasted fruity (sweet fruits) and spicy. It has a nice strong yeast flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is delicious. I'm glad this beer was brought back.

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

A: Hazy golden color with a white head that lingers for a few minutes. Some decent lace.

S: Complex with grass, yeast and sweet fruits from citrus to melon.

M: Was medium-bodied but almost a too thin. The carbonation was almost non-existent.

T: Definitely a bit sour but not overwhelming. There is some distinct malt flavors and an earthy/grassy feel. The sourness of the yeast battles it out with the sweetness of the fruit flavors.

Overall: It definitely has a lot of character. This is a style I'm not too familiar with so it is difficult to compare relative to the style, but I enjoyed it. I just don't think I can drink too much due to the strong sweet and sour going on. I was over it by the middle of the pint.

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Photo of Tone
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden/amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of slight banana, sweet malt, some hops, and some coriander spice in the background. Fits the style of a Biere de Garde. Mouth feel is very smooth and slight thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt up front, then some sweetness and banana flavors dominate, slight hop background comes through next, some tart malt is present, and finishes with a hint of dry spice. Overall, a very good beer that I had in combination with a Flank Steak and both were amazing. My first experience with the Lips of Faith series and I can't wait to have another.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A golden amber color, maybe even copper. Somewhat hazy, and there was not much head left by the time it arrived at the table. I was pleasantly surprised when the head stuck around and left some nice lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell: A light and refreshing aroma of herbs and bready malt, with some light hints of citrus fruit and bananas. The smell is a little bit light, however.

Taste: I thoroughly enjoyed the taste of each sip of this beer. The flavor starts with some light herb and yeasty malt. There are distinct flavors of banana and mango, although no more fruit from what I can tell. The hops chime in fairly quickly, bringing some citrus acidity and light bitterness. I am left with the thought of bananas in my head, and there is not much of an aftertaste.

Moutfeel: Although it has a lighter body than I would expect from looking at it, it still has a somewhat grainy feel. One complaint I have is that I wish it was a little fuller.

Drinkability: A nice beer to drink while wondering when the weather is finally going to turn for the better. The flavor is nice, but the light body may wear out its welcome after a few beers. I will most likely revisit this one before Spring is over.

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Photo of TyBeerMe
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The Dray in Seattle. I was pleasantly surprised by this Belgian Golden Ale. It is well balanced, supporting a great, albeit subtle taste - very refreshing. Not as complex as I had hoped, but very drinkable.

Looking forward to trying it again soon.

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Photo of dakid618
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Cicero's in St Louis. Poured into pint glass, pours a medium golden color with a half finger of fizzy white head. Smell is faint but that oh so familiar Belgian beer smell is there along with hints of citrus. Taste is kind of fruity and floral up front with a lot of banana and ester in it. Light-medium mouthfeel with a clean quenching finish. Very drinkable, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. This is my first beer from the Lips Of Faith series and I'm impressed. Definitely a beer I'd recommend to anyone.

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Photo of mrquartetman
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden color with a medium head

S: Earthy, malty & citrusy. The aroma gets more complex, with greater fruitiness and the aroma of the lemon peel, as the beer gets warmer (it was served too cold)

T: A earthy biere de garde flavor, with a distinct sourness. Lots of malt in the flavor. spicy and lemony. The flavor, like the aroma, improved and became more complex as the beer warmed.

M: Has a very good persistence across the palate, with the sourness predominating in the follow and staying on.

D: A very drinkable beer, with lots of character.

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a fan of this style. It has a strong amber color and it left nice lacing on the glass. I have a poor sense of smell but I could smell the citrus in this and that taste comes across very subtly. I had several of these and shared and everyone at the table ended up ordering 1 for themselves.

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Photo of klewis
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the New Belgium Tap Room 3/20/09

A: Slightly hazy golden with a small, bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: Lemon and melon aromas with some sort of unpleasantness (Bathroom?)

T: Chalky, zesty, light phenols, slightly minty, mineral-like.

M: Light-medium in body, moderate carbonation. Dry with a lingering chalkiness.

D: Little malt or hops flavors - only mineral/chemical taste. Overall, OK, but not one that I would strongly recommend.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark gold with a medium white head, leaving excellent lacing.

S: Notes of herbs, bready malt, sage.

T: Tastes to style with a little bit of a hop kick initially, guess it's that American brewing. It gets more traditional quickly, light herbs, quite yeasty, some tropical fruit, pineapple.

M: Smooth, easy to drink, biting carbonation.

D: A nice spring beer. I don't think I've ever had an American version of this style aside from Lost Abbey's, so I was anxious to try it. Solid brew I thought all around, though I got a little bored by the end of the glass.

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Photo of 1050Sudz
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bier De Mars - New Belgium Brewery

It's Back!!!

After three long years, this unexpectedly great beer is back. As of 3/3/09 New Belgium has this on tap and available "to go" in the 64 oz glass jugs. (whatever they call those)

This beer looks like a creamy golden/orange color with a strong white head.

It smells tangy and tastes of slight mango or some fruit. Althought they claim there is no fruit whatsoever in it. And it leaves a clean fresh hoppy flavor as it goes down.

I could sit and drink quite a few of these. I do hope it goes back into production for store purchase. I highly recommend getting ahold of some of it if you can.


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Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better brews to come out of New Belgium. It is a glowing orangish color with a silky white head. The nose was a collection of tropical and citrus fruits with some delicate hops. The taste was tangy and sweet with fresh fruit and candy malt. Quiet hops still keep things in check. Crisp, medium body leads to a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before date of November 2006.

Pours murky, orangy gold, with a thin tan head of short duration.
The tight bubbles left a small ring on the glass as a testament to the maximum height.
Aromatics lead off with an almost pungent wheat twang laced with brett. Lemony funk with earthy overtones and citrus oil-spritzed hay.
The mouthfeel is creamy and velvety. The carbonation wraps around the tongue.
The pallet is more subdued than the nose would suggest. The lactic component so apparent in the aroma is missing, and some sweet malt with spicy undertones take mainstage.
Layers of dusty, earthy funk peel away as each sip finishes, and theres a decent amount of warmth that developes on the throat.
Finishes with peppercorns, paprika, and cumin.
Big thanks to Gbontrag for this great sample.

Revisit 6/10/13:

12oz bottle with a best before date of July 2006.

This beer has lost all life. The only remnants are some sweet malt and a hint of wet paper. A hint of lemon in the nose beyond that. Not cellar worthy.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Off white head on a cloudy orange body.
S- Almost a sour tart smell. Sour apples, light yeast, dry hops, and a light malt background.
T- Light sour apple taste right off the bat. Fades quickly to a more fruity taste. Has some malts in it to help balance it. Light bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Nice balance in it. Nice complex to it.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- I wish they wouldn't of stop making this one. It has a great different taste to it. I would of bought a few 6 packs of this. Also though this is off by about a year.

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

got this a while ago in a trade but forgot who it was, but thanks who ever you are.has best before march 05 poured a cloudy light copper with a lot of floaters and a small off white head. aroma, orange and lemon zest mixed together, lots of yeast, sugar, when it warmed a bit got some wheat and sourness. flavor a nice citrus mix of orange, tangerine lemon, sugar, a hint of alcohol, a slight taste of grass. this is a very good beer would like to get my hands on a fresh bottle

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Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
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