Biere De Mars | New Belgium Brewing

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Biere De MarsBiere De Mars
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mattmaples on 07-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
758
Reviews:
410
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
13.35%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
43
For Trade:
0
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Photo of RJLarse
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It’s a little early for a March beer, but with my luck it won’t be available if I wait until then. And the first spring calf was born this weekend in the pasture down the road, so spring is on the way, might as well open up a Biere De Mars. I poured this beer into a pint tumbler.

Pours a cloudy burnt orange color. Except for the cloudyness it looks a little like iced tea. De Mars has a sticky reasonably thick white head, and streams of bubbles can be seen rising through the beer, near the side of the glass. The head lasts a while and laces the side of the glass while drinking.

The smell is sweet and fruity. I think it smells a little like apricots, or peaches. The smell is strong and impressive.

The taste is also fruity and slightly sweet, with a mild taste of grain, and gentle bitter lemon and hop finish. The flavors are well balanced. The taste does change a bit near the end of the glass, when malt and yeast flavors are a little more evident. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and citrusy, but short-lived.

Mouth feel is light and crisp, yet full bodied and not what I would call watery. I am drinking this beer colder than the recommended serving temperature, but it is still very good, and I’m not sure I’d like it any better at the warmer temperature.

This is a drinkable beer, but the ABV is a little high, and might sneak up on you if one were to knock back too many of these veryy fast (I had two). It’s a spring beer, but I think it would be good ice cold in the summer as well. It’s a little fruitier than a lot of beers, and I can see how some folks might not care for it. I like lemon in my hefe, and a slice of lemon might do well in a De Mars as well.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.57/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dusty honeyed gold under the vanishing snow head. That faint hazy wheat tang rounded by a sublte clove note. Honey on a warm biscuit. A rich, rounded sweetness comingled ever so subtly with thick tart apple skins. The apples bite cak as you swallow and the numbing kick of brett sets the scene for the sweet, lingering finish.

Crystaline sweetness somewhere between caramel and honey with drying wheat, ever so faint citrus and a spicey prelude to the numbing sting of brett.

Goes down like a vivid dream, rich and fleshed out but fleeting and ending ever too soon.

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Photo of Bcant
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered orange/red ale with a small white head that leaves a very small amount of lacing. Good clarity for an unfiltered.

The aroma is predominantly citrus: orange and lemon (which is an ingredeant).

Orange with lots of spice, coriander, clovers and a touch of pepper in the finish.

Crisp and refreshing, a great beer for the summer.

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Photo of descartes
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Light copperish oragne with a very thin head.
Smell: Heavy alcoholic smell, hints of apple and lemon.
Taste: Thick dry mouthfeel, moderate carbination. Slight lemon sweetness on the front and mild hops on the back.
Overall: Not the most complex taste but good mouthfeel.

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Photo of benito
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So March is a long way away, but it's never to early to start wishing for Spring (not that Winter's so bad)...and New Belgium's Biere de Mars makes the next season seem ever so tempting.

An opaque copper with little head and low carbonation, this beer's most unique characteristic is its bouquet which is a rich nosefull of oak and sour apple. The flavor, too, is refreshingly sour with hints of apricot and wood; there's also a dry, earthy aftertaste that lingers in the back of the throat. The medium body is well balanced between dry, sour, and sweet which makes it a great thirst quencher with spectacular drinkability.

A wonderful beer from New Belgium. On a side note, this is a great accompaniment to cheesy, pasta dishes.

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Photo of Fugazme
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased the day after Christmas in Omaha... too early to enjoy before March? Didn't winter just start? Do I care? No...

Very orange pour with a thin white lace for a head. Cloudy like a March day.

Looks very good.

Aroma is yeasty and somewhat sour. Some rich foot/manure smells and some spice. White pepper. Citrus. Alcohol.

Taste is thinner than aroma. Somewhat watery mouthfeel... a touch of bubbles. Bready flavor. Moderately malty. Would like a bit more earthy/musty character, but this isn't too bad!

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Photo of ihscout426
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have only recently been turned on to this style of beer, so a I was excited to find the New Belgium interpretation. The first thing that I noticed was the great color in my New Beligum snifter. The head was medium, but the beautiful orange glow of the beer with its haze definitley was inviting. The nose has a lot of orange, but not sweet. The carbonation was very refreshing and the taste matched the smell well.

This beer tastes just as described by New Belgium, which to me means they achieved their goal. It also matches the style well and I will certainly enjoy this one on occasions, but not necessarily in my regular rotation.

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Photo of Iguana
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In the past, I havent cared too much for New Belgium beer's, but this ones not half bad.

Appearence - Pour's into a pint glass an opaque orange color with a nice small creamy white head that lingers for awhile.

Smell - Smell is citrusy with a slight almost herbal scent.

Taste - Taste is malty, with a hint of orange and carbonation. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel - This beer is really quite smooth and pleasent to drink.

Drinkability - I could see myself drinking a few of these in a sitting as the months start to get a bit warmer. Or maybe earlier in the day since thats when I tend to prefer lighter beers.

Afterthoughts - This is a beer i'll buy again, not something that makes me say WOW! but a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of bosco7
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Murky and orange. Head disapears quickly. Really kind of dull.

S- A very apparent orange aroma, a biscuit scent is also present. Mild hop notes also present.

T- Again very apparent orange flavours. Medium amounts of hops. Overall the taste is a nice change of pace.

M- Chewy mouthfeel with nice amounts of carbonation present.

D- I feel that one is enough per sitting. Nice change of pace but lacks certain qualities that a session beer has.

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Photo of whynot44
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light/medium bodied, cloudy with some chunkies (yeast particles), orangish colored with a short lived off white head.

Very mild aroma, slightly citrusy and spicy.

Delicate but interesting flavor, wheat, biscuity, slightly fruity/citrusy, tart but only a trace of hops bite in the finish.

Very drinkable. A pinch of salt or twist of lemon might make it even better.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As usual, a very well-crafted beer from New Belgium.

The appearance was OK. A minimal head despite the bottle-conditioning. Poured a hazy straw color.

The aroma was of lemon and citrus. Somewhat sour, it had a slight musty smell as well. Just a faint whisper of hops in the background.

The flavor had a dose of corn in it. Very weird. Soft and muted, not too much aggression. Just a soft malt flavor dominating.

Mouthfeel was great. Very silky and a nice moderate level of CO2.

A very clean finish with no hop flavor. Very drinkable.

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Photo of palliko
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewery yesterday. Appearance is a hazy orange with ivory foam and nicely retentive lacing. Aroma has notes of orange curacao, spice and floral hops. Initial taste is of watery malt, spices (pepper and cloves), citrus, biscuits, fruit and a hint of honey. Finish is dry, filled with yeast, and not good. A true Belgian style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its one of those beers; either you love the eathyness or you hate it. Pours a dirty copper or orange brown. Smells of organic malting. Deep, rich, sour and yeasty. On the side of salty. Tastes of sour malt, American hops that give a bitter and metalic flavor. Body reveals organic flavors on the side of fresh water clams or oysters; similar in flavor to Orval trapist, but not as melded or complex. Finishes earthy and lingering although a medium flavor persists. Remains metalic and a bit buttery (actually helps). All in all, not a goood experience for me--too earthy.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From babydoc in BIF18. Thank you once again. Poured into a big burgundy glass, very cloudy, hazy, yeasty dirty orange with very little head. The nose is yeast, alcohol, and some citrus fruits. Taste is heavy on the citrus rind with a hint of alcohol. Buttery notes are present. Mouthfeel is medium. Simple to consume, New Belgium could easily be a favorite brewery for me, if only someone would carry them out this way.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slighty hazy amber / copper in color with a 1" head. The aroma is a pleasant combo of citrus and grass. The flavor is mildly spicy (pepper), citrus, wheat, honey, with hints of caramel and yeast. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Mouthfeel is smooth and mildly crisp at the start. The finish is short with most of the flavors lingering on the tongue for a second or two. Medium bodied. Nice drinkability as this is refreshing brew. Drinking a few of these in one sitting is easy.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's cloudy orange body and fluffy bright white head actually do a very good job of telling you what the beer tastes like... it's kind of airy in the mouthfeel; has a bit of orange flavor to it; and it's kind of dry and powdery which is a little like the look of its yeasty body might suggest.

The nose is dryish with some coriander, wheatish malt, and a light hint of yeasty fruitiness; and it's pillowy-soft in the mouth with a very-fine bubbled, median carbonation that leaves a delicate caress on the tongue as it passes smoothly away. The flavor is dry with coriander and lightly sweet with wheat-accented malt; a touch citrusy and just slightly acidic; yeasty but not overly so; and backed by a sublime bitterness that helps to dry the finish in concert with its lingering spiciness. It works well at almost any time of year, but is particularly nice as a summer and fall beer; and it pairs well with some of the lesser-spiced Thai foods, mushroom-stuffed chicken breast in cream sauce, grilled pork chops, and baked apples.

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Photo of Solomon420
4.82/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dont know how to describe this one. I was taken back by how complex the flavour and hues are, not to mention the smell. I opened this baby up, poured it into my snifter, and let it sit on the table for about 10 minutes to open up the flavours. I have to say it drinks well, and has me wanting more. Not too strong of a beer, so its easy to take on. Would make a nice dinner beer or even a nice after dinner beer sitting on the porch watching the sunset, which almost has the same color combinations as this beautiful beer. Definately on my list of keepers.

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Photo of sweethome
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden amber...ok, a little orange hue (as the label suggests). Nose of belgian hops - orange peel. honey. Soft mouthfeel, even if a little watery. A nice backing of hops, flavors of lemon zest, corriander, orange peel/orange blossom honey, and a hint of belgian hops.

The flavors and mouthfeel build as it opens and warms a bit. Soft, gentle beer with just a bit of a belgian hop bite.

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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice moderate off-white head that leaves a nice bit of lacing. Lots of tiny bubbles rising throught this one the entire time. Bit of a chill haze.

Aroma was of grassy, earthy yeast, pretty much what you would expect from the style.

Taste was composed of citrus, pepper, hay, grass, with nice underlying malts.

Nice carbonation level and light body make this a nice refreshing ale. Could be a nice session ale even at 6.2% alcohol.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a chill hazed dark blonde. The head was white and did not last long. There was an earthy aroma but not much else. The taste lacked the maltiness but the spicy character more than made up for it. No off notes in either the nose or the tongue. The beer was medium bodied and gave the impression of high carbonation. I don't know if it was from carbonation or the spice playing with the tongue. A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of unklesyd
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this beer before and got confused, but this was before I knew about a Belgian wheat style. Oh, now I get it!
Perhaps I'm still missing something, however, because although I can easily say upon smelling this beer's (slightly muted) herbal/citrus nose and tasting its orange peel and coriander notes (though I missed the heather and verbeena promised), "farmhouse", I would have guessed this was Saison.
However, it was slightly weightier in appearance and mouthfeel than a springtime saison. My big qualm was that there appeared in my beer residual (take your guess here) tannen/yeast/chaff that didn't appear to be slurry from bottle conditioning. Bad bottle, or....
This is definately refreshing, and if you are like many for whom a wit or saison is out of range (physically or monitarily), this is a decent substitute when the need arises. As a "beer to keep", as a result of the floaties, I would think this beer is best drank as fresh as possible, so perhaps the appelation is a misnomer.

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Photo of cncbofh
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a very small head which quickly dissipates.

Strange off smell... kind of like my backyard after I haven't cleaned the dog poop for a few days. Grassy and poopy.

The taste betrayed the smell. Very nice banana and clove taste with a touch of lemongrass and a slight hop bitterness against a malty background. Nice balance and flavor.

The mouthfeel was complex and the alcohol was not overpowering at all. A session Biere De Garde.

A good beer.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle with freshness date of 20Mar05 printed.

Poured a hazed copper color with a small off-white head that barely held on.

Nose was a little lackluster in strength. Citrus, apricots, and a pungent funkiness like limberger cheese. A hint of bubble gum.

Citrus and apricot fruit notes in the taste as well, medium body with a hop bite in the finish. Sweetens as it warms, alcohol is noticed but not offensive. Perhaps a bit cloying after a while, even with the citric characters. Clove and some other spicy notes with time.

Fun for a seasonal offering, but it never seemed to come together completely in its qualities. Worth trying.

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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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Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
3.67 out of 5 based on 758 ratings.
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