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Biere De Mars | New Belgium Brewing

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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
Reviews:
410
Ratings:
759
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
17.98%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
44
For Trade:
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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 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 guard...it 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 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 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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Photo of kscaldef
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper with an appealing white head, moderate retention and lacing

S: Malt driven. Light candy notes, a little citrus. Pretty understated in the nose overall.

T: Lively lemon and herbal notes, and tasty bready malt. Just a hint of the brett drying things out in the finish.

M: Medium body, good malt presence but keeps a very sessionable weight. Dry on the finish and slightly astringent.

O: Nice beer in an unusual style. Easy to drink and an interesting restrained use of brett.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pretty hazy, lazy orange hue. head is thick and white. retention and lacing are good. pretty farm-y looking brew.

S: a little bit of barny bretty funk starts off the aroma. grapefruit juice. the grain is there, but has a decent amount of barn-ness tied in with it.

T: grapefruits and pears. a little bit of barny must, but just for a moment and has a slightly drying affect. there is a bready pils flavor too behind the scenes almost. finish is pretty clean and also dry.

M: moderate amount of fizz with a touch of tart. very medium body.

D: drinks a lot easier than the ABV would suggest. almost a little too light. i like a bit more meat on my BDG's. otherwise, good flavor and the touch of brett on the nose is nice.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Funkytown! I smell Brett in this beer, that fresh kind of horse blanket barnyard aroma that I love so much. No hops on the nose at all, just a mix of funk and sweet maltose.

The aesthetics of this beer are gorgeous! It's a solid orange in color, perfectly clear with a crisp white head that leaves medium to thick lacing. Just beautiful.

Light citrus notes with a bit of funk thrown in for good measure. I really don't get much hops other than the light citrus. The malt comes through as toasted bread, it's not sweet at all like the aroma kind of suggests. A nice surprise!

The beer is light in body and carbonation, and finishes dry.. incredibly drinkable for what it is. Overall I love this beer, excellent effort by New Belgium to do something that isn't quite mainstream.

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Photo of mntlover
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a fairly clear golden orange color with a cream colored head that falls slow with good lace.

Aroma is pale malt with good dose of fruits pear,green apples mingled with light spice. Some light earthy yeast mingled in with the spice.

Taste is light malt good fruit notes lightly tart the brett notes that are suppose to be here are very light. Kind of expecting little more malty notes and more funk.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium with good average carbonation. Feel is pretty much to style and enjoyable.

Overall maybe if I hadn't checked the New Belgium web site would of thought more of this one, sadly saw Brett and was expecting sour goodness. Overall Brett just to light not funky or tart enough. So overall not great Biere de Garde or a great Brett brew.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange color with a one finger cream colored head and nice lacing down the glass.

S: The smell is pretty faint, but I pick up some musty yeast and some floral and peach hints.

T: Very smooth and east drinking. Light pale malt, coriander and a slight hint of hops before a drawn out finish full of earthy yeast, a hint of funk and some bread. The finish was a bit much for me and the yeast took the flavor over a bit too much. A nice beer but probably not one I'll revisit.

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Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills 2/16/12.

Pours a dark brownish orange with a soft white head that has good retention. The nose offers little but some faint toasty malt. The flavor is toasty up front followed by some peppery spice and has a yeasty, faint baked apple-like finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied though a little dry.

This is a little underwhelming overall. The flavor is enjoyable but not overly impressive. I probably won't have this again.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured about a 1 finger head in my pint glass. Off white in color. Body is barely hazy and golden wheat in color. Some moderate lacing.

S - It's definitely a malty background. Some biscuit and an every faint hint of sour and funk - like grapefruit rind.

T - Not too complex. Malty and some faint sour again. Weak hops on the back the provide a nice little bitterness. Just the slightest funk.

M - Fairly light, but it matches the body and is really pretty good. Maybe the best quality of this beer. Nothing crazy on the carbonation either.

O - Pretty good. One of those beers that would go nicely with all 4 seasons. Simple but well balanced and easy to drink.

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

Poured into a plastic hotel cup. Dark piss color – slightly hazy (I do not mean this to be a bad thing, but that is what it reminded me of). Strong carbonation. Sweet up front, aftertaste is like vodka. Do not serve too cold. I remember it being more complex and enjoyable the last time I drank it. I also do not remember it having a vodka aftertaste. Perhaps I should blame the cup. Regardless, it is an interesting brew.

I’ll have another.

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Photo of Skunkdrool
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into FW tulip

A: Slightly foggy, golden-orange, light head, slight lacing

S: Some spice, cinnamon, cumin, jasmine?, some funk

T: Very light spice, faint apple, really not getting much tart from the described Brett, almost creamy finish, cardamom, falls off the palate at the end

M: Light bittering, good carbonation, decent oil

O: Drinkable, but not very exciting for the overall makeup, dont think I will re-visit.

A bit disappointed compared to some of the other Lips of Faith offerings.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bottle picked up at the local co-op. Poured into a tulip glass...

Pours a hazy, vibrant orange color with about a centimeter of foamy, pure-white head. Head deteriorates quickly, but leaves some white strands as lacing on the glass and numerous legs through the surface of the liquid.

Aroma is of orange citrus, tart lemon, faint funk, cardamom, a touch of caramel, clove, and a bit of cinnamon.

It tastes strongly of orange and lemon citrus, with a tart tinge from the brett. The spices are relatively indistinguishable, but do coalesce into an almost chocolate-like finish. It's like biting into a tart orange that has been drizzled in chocolate (by what I hope was a fancy chocolate-drizzling fountain) and rolled in some spices.

Mouthfeel is decent; it's amply carbonated, but finishes rather dry and a touch sticky. Nothing special there.

Overall, a good offering that's refreshing and enjoyable. A nice change of pace from some of the more prevalent styles.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is citrusy with some spices and a slight sour/funky aroma. Taste is pretty much the same with some grain/malt flavors too. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice fruit and funk aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Risser09
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$7.19 in Maryland.
22oz bottle poured into a white wine glass · fridge temp · 2012

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with a 2" tall light yellow head. Great retention and lots of lacing. Nice and pretty.

Smell: Lemon, brettanomyces, spring flowers, and hops. A very fresh aroma.

Taste: Rustic and bright; I taste spice, vegetation, flowers, with the underlying malt flavors too. For only 22 IBUs there is a lot of hop flavor that shines in this beer. A great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light and airy, with enough flavor to make the beer drinkable. Slick and easy to drink without any noticeable alcohol.

Overall: This is a great way to present a quenching beer for the warmer months. Every other summer style has been overplayed without noticing this underplayed style. Good job New Belgium.

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

A- pours a hazy orange with a finger of off white head. Ok retention with some lacing.

S- some bitter orange peel and herbal qualities on the front end. Finishes with an earthy funky Brett character with subtle notes of must and wet hay.

T- light sweet malt flavor on the beginning. Herbal qualities and slight bitter orange in the middle. Subtle earthy Brett funk on the finish with a big musty wet hay and barnyard.

MF- slick mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- ok drinkability.

Overall a decent brew. The Brett seems a bit disjointed from the rest of the beer and makes it a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brew pours a bright orange with a dense 2-finger off white head and leads with a nose dominant with bright and florally citrus- orange and lemon verbena- with other tones of spice and bready malt. The palate's frothy delivery of dry, toasted biscuit malt and mild bitterness gets uplifted a little by the citrussy freshness and bit of Brett, but it succumbs on the finish to just a faint touch of that acid reflux-like twang that completely ruined the Clutch for me. At least a yeasty black pepper tone saves the finish a touch.

Overall, I can't really hate a lot on this brew, but it is rather unmemorable. I feel like farmhouse brews can be some of the most interesting and complexly flavored beers out there, and this one is supremely ho-hum.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

curious brew here. very different. pours a surprisingly clear, or should i say not too hazy orange golden color with a nice but quickly fading head bone white. smells more malty than it is, with some citrus notes. flavor is very orangey, not just the bitter peel, but the sweet acidic fruit itself. mild nuanced brett quality in the finish, but no overpowering sour here. its like a candy that isnt really sweet. mouthfeel is nice too, very lively with a lighter body. very drinkable and reasonably priced at 6 bucks a bomber. another nice new belgium brew

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Photo of Kirch
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass: New Belgium Globe
Aging Notes: One year at ~60F in the dark
Bang for the Buck (oz*%/$): 22*6.2/10 = 13.64

A: Orange, white lacey head, slightly cloudy from yeast

S: Horse-y farmhouse Brett with hints of orange

T: Brett dominates (horse-stable hay, a little dung almost), notes of orange

M: Silky, coating, lingering, pleasant

O: Worth drinking, a little one-dimensional with the brett.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear! Awesome looking brew. Little to no head. Small white wafer rides on the edge, with a small cracker in the middle.

S - Big brett notes. Very farmhouse-y. Lots of hay and horses.

T - there's not much more then brett flavors. Very enjoyable, but brett-y. Too much farm yard. Yeast ate this beers lunch. Much like a saison...

M - Overly carbonated. Very dry and bubbly.

O - Elegant hippie brew. Farm-y. Time did this brew well. Recommended.

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Photo of Lane1
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't remember enjoying this beer the first time I tried it, and the only reason I got it again was because I love the Lips of Faith bottles and I'm collecting my favorite sets.

Overall I was very surprised...wasn't expecting much, but I was very happy with the end result. Mild funk on the nose. The taste and mouthfeel were very dry. That Brett really developed this beer into something. My friends and I enjoyed it.

Cheers

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saw this beer for half off if you pay w/ cash so I gave this one and La Fleur Messiuer a whirl. I have never had a Biere de Garde and honestly don't much about it. I wasn't going to review it but I figured I would because I'm sure others would like to see an imput on someone who is new to the style, considering this isn't exactly popular

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance-A cloudy body that's like a sunny orange. Head is less then a finger with some big bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Dissipated fairly quickly and left some minimal lacing.

Smell-Almost reminded me of a pale wheat ale. Almost aromaless with some lemon and wheat, but it opened up a little bit. Started to a Saison yeast type aroma along with some subtle spices.

Taste-Very bready and yeasty, especially upfront. I get some citrus and funky tartness in the middle and the finish is pretty sweet, almost feel like I'm getting some caramel.

Mouthfeel-High drinkability. Body is light to medium bodied and carbonation is pretty high.

Overall-This beer is pretty good. It was refreshing cold and a little more complex as it warms. Still tough to review a beer that I've never had before, but I'd say purchase this beer if you can.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
6.2% ABV, couldn't find the screened-on date.

A - Lightly hazy dirty apricot with a loosely retained off-white head and spotty lace adorning the glass.

S - The nicely malty base beer provided a good backbone while allowing the yeast nuances to flourish. Funky wild yeast tones of barnyard lay behind a layer of clay and earth. Notes of peach fruit poke through. The nose is nuanced by complex!

T - Muted, muddled flavor is a big disappointment after the nuanced but pronounced aroma. Biere de Mars has a bland malt and earthy yeast profile with hints of funky yeast and fruit esters.

M - Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the dry finish assists the flavor in being muted and falling somewhat flat. A touch of tartness to the finish.

O - A good effort from New Belgium but it could use more definition in the flavor. The nose offers much more.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks deep orange with mild cloudiness, 2 finger puffy white head, dies back in five minutes without leaving any lacing. Carbonation is sort of on the low end and body is rather thin...but than again the flavor profile seems meant for a light-bodied brew.
Neither the taste nor the nose were anywhere near as sour as I had been expecting based on other BA's reviews. Smells like bananas, lemon citrus, heavy Belgian yeast funk mostly obscuring the scent of mildly sweet caramels and a small hint of sour green apples.
Taste is a lot earthier than the nose would have you believe, the Brett Flavor is a bit out of control in proportion to the sweet and bitter elements. I'm really straining to detect it, but those mild sour green apples are indeed there, just once again mostly obscured by other flavors like the Brett Yeast earth tones and some grassy hop spectrum. I would have preferred less Brett and more sour Wild Ale flora elements....
So in the end this comes across as a lemon citric and Brett Yeast centric brew that wants to call itself a Biere de Garde but is secretly a really nice Belgian Golden Ale. I wish it were classified as such so that I could give it the good score it deserves, but as a Biere de Garde??? Not quite.

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Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
3.67 out of 5 based on 759 ratings.
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