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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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a hazy light amber with a creamy white head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is yeasty with a fruity aroma that smells slightly like fermenting apples.

Taste is malty and yeasty upfront followed by the fruity fermenting apple taste.

Light body, plenty of carbonation.

Goes down easy enough, but just a fairly average brew.

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Photo of CWiggins
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

How can one be objective about a "wild ale" when one hasn't had many examples, or when they are all so different? I decided to give this one an average score of 3.0 and let the prose tell the story.

Since New Belgium products rolled into North Carolina a few months back, we've been inundated with Fat Tire, 1554, and Mothership Wit. Oh, and the Skinny Dip is selling like crazy as well. I was surprised to see this bomber on a shelf at the small wine shop in downtown Black Mountain. I though to myself: "Now here's a chance to see what New Belgium can do with something a little more risky. I must pick this up along with my cherished Pisgah items." I held onto this ale for a couple of weeks and decided to open it this evening.

It pours a golden orange, with a quick-dying fizzy head of white foam. The aroma isn't what I expected; there's a bit of sourness, but I certainly expected something a tad more potent. I feel the same regarding the flavor. There's a nice, sweet-tasting front, and you certainly sense that a decent sourness is forthcoming, but it never materializes. This was good news to my sampling partner, as she hates sour ales, but I was a little disappointed. The finish is balanced nicely with some hop bitterness and lingering nuttiness. The mouthfeel/texture is fine, and its mild flavor makes it quite drinkable.

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Photo of Hunter
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Really just killing time with this stuff until I can get down to the liquor store to buy Anchor Steam's 2004 incarnation of their seasonal beer.

Beer pours a hazy apricot color, bright and bubbly with a better-than-average endurance for its white head.

Aroma of light hops and malt, some fruitiness as well. Some hints of Belgian candi sugar in there, too, reminiscent of a Chimay. Nice.

Taste falls a little flat. I'm not sure what I'm getting here - malt, hops, sugars, what? It all blends into an indecipherable mass. Not unpleasant, just unremarkable.

Thin mouthfeel and cloying aftertaste do little to improve matters. Not horrible, but nothing to write home about either.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Cellared between 53 and 66 degrees F for 2 years.

A - Transparent golden color with a nice lacey white head that faded consistently from a half inch in my mini-snifter.

S - It has a farmhouse aroma to is that is kind of a musty-sweet.

T - Rather mild flavor for an american wild. Certainly not sour but it seems as though it was heading in that direction.

M - Mildly coarse and slightly dry with much of the texture on the tip of my tongue. It is a nice feeling brew, without a doubt.

~ This isn't something I would necessarily seek out. However, this one aged in my cellar for two years. I would like another bottle to see how it would end up after 4 years in the cellar.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: nice, clear copper color, poured with an initial good head
S: mild, sweetish with a hint of funk,
T: I don't know what to make of this beer, not what I was expecting, it has very mild brett, grainy, sweetish, decent beer but really not a "wild" ale with its characteristics, a bit of oxidation and yeast noticeable too
M: not bad mouthfeel, a bit cloying but nothing wrong with it, nice to have a change from all the hop-bombs
D: drinkable but nothing really unusual nor memorable

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a murky brown color. Kind of like an old penny. Lots of little floatie bits in there too. Slight head that dissolved nearly completely. Surprisingly heavy carbonation. Nose reminds me of a musty flooded basement.

Flavors was overall bland. At first the hops and alcohol were non-existent behind a moldy flavoring. After a bit a slight hop bitterness came out and something that is akin to alcohol heat but (honestly) I am not quite sure. The yeat is kind of pungent. I usually like yeast flavors but in this beer it is a bit of a turn-off because it is so musty. Medium body that kind of clings around the nasal cavity which helps the flavor linger.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light auburn and dark yellow color, solid Brussels lace on the side, good retention before that. Aroma was complex with yeast contributions of pepper, wheat, citrus rind.

Bready mouthfeel. Some spice rack. Coriander and clove, not huge. Too much bitterness for style.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet-style glass. A hazy golden-orange and a very thin head. The sweet aroma of oranges, pineapple, and some spices. This is different to say the least. There are definite characteristics of a Belgian, but there is something else that I can't place. Mouthfeel is thin to medium which can help with its drinkibility, but I couldn't have more than one in a sitting. This is not really my style.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange with a thin frothy white head that subsided quickly. The aroma is lemony with a bit of a wheat like character blended in with dry malts. The aroma lacks any of the Belgian frutiness from the esters and I think it should have some esters as it seems more like an American Hefe than a Belgian seasonal specialty. The flavor was pretty good with as nice spicy lemony flavor blended in with a dry wheat and malt flavor. Finishes with a yeasty taste that reminds me of drinking green beer. The oats are noticeable in the finish as it has more body than a wheat beer but tha lack in head retention makes it kind of noticeable that care was not taken during the brewing process. Probably a great beer to have on a hot day at the beach or while mowing the lawn.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
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 goodbyeohio
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

appearance: murky orange with retentive head. hard to gauge carbonation because of the cloudiness. foamy upon cracking the bottle.

aroma: mild hops with a sour malt body. somewhat body odor-ish. very super yeasty in the nose as well. similar to freshly leavened sweet dough.

tastes like raw beer. fermenty, complex, confused mess. drinkable but not entirely likeable. would not seek this beer out again unless it had some age or offered a variety of some sort from this vintage.

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Photo of bashiba
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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 MbpBugeye
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- A really nice color. Its a clear, bright orange. It literally glows. A small white head leaves little spots of lacing.

S- Quite the odd smelling beer, I don't know what to make of it. Lemon, and oranges, honey and juniper, funk and brett. In many respects it smells like what I remember DFH Sah' tea smelled like.

T- not sour. This came as a surprise to me, it was quite strange at first. Actually it is strange. Its like a spiced APA with brett. Orange, lots of malt, spices, cobweb and brett on the end. A but of bitter Pine like hops, very much like juniper.

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Photo of rand
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 650 mL bomber to D'Achouffe tulip glass

A: Attractive orange-apricot in color, forms a sharp, tightly bubbled head that leaves little lacing as it cascades down the glass. Lots of suspended yeast, almost clouds the beer.

S: A subtle bouquet yields hints of honey, coriander, crackery bread. Subdued nose, takes some effort to actually smell anything.

T: The flavor profile is largely honey-orange notes that bend phenolic mid-sip. Earthy spice is noted, maybe some sage and coriander, but just barely. Palate is slightly more layered than the nose, but not by much. Finishes sweet with lingering medicinal residue.

M: Nicely carbonated, breaks through the oily complexion. Medium-bodied.

Kinda torn here. The brew is smooth and easy to drink, but I've already forgotten about it, and that's not what I'm looking for from the style, let alone the Lips a Faith series. I had Jolly Pumpkin's Oro De Calabaza recently so my expectations are a bit skewed.

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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 br3wmeister
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aggressive pour yields a small white bubbly head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing. The beer itself is a golden color with almost no haze. It smells of damp wood, light hops and mild malt sweetness. The flavor is very dry some what bitter with a light tartness. Hints of apricot, mix with a nice toasty flavor. Some pine hop character as well. The body is some what light with a nice dryness and some crispness from the carbonation and hops. I would have to say this is not my favorite style but it is worth trying.

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Photo of cokes
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazed-up brassy straw gold with a low, fleeting white head. It eventually lingers as a collar and leaves some lace.
Lemon verbena is evident on the nose. And I only know this having recently smelled a bottle of verbana hand cream (not mine and didn't use, so don't worry or question anything) to which this bears a great similarity. The hand cream didn't contain brettanomyces, so it didn't have aromatic notes of manure-slathered suede like this does.
Though while the spice and the yeast come through a bit, the nose is muted as a whole.
It's quite toasty as it hits the tongue. It lingers here a bit, then begins to adhere to the mouth with a chalky yeast-drenched sourdough starter with papery oxidation notes. Brett starts mildly with sour apples and peppercorns, and never gains any traction. The herbs used as washed out as well, as the bitter crushed pill notes, lemon peel, and dried florals of the hops overshadow them, but fail to gain any notoriety of their own.
The body is gaseous and light seeming. This is plain boring. If tasted blind (and had the Brett not made itself evident on the nose), I'd have guessed this was an infected, amateurish pale ale from some start-up brewery struggling with bottling issues.

But, really, what's the difference?

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Photo of Mitchel
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Biere De Mars is a clouded orange with a fluffy white head that holds for an extremely long time. Great lacing too. It smells like spices and orange, more specifically, coriander. There is definitely a floral aroma.

This beer is lightly hoppy and hits with a little bit of a white pepper taste. I am thinking of orange peel and clove here. A little sour, a little grainy adn husky. Relatively light in the mouth and doesn’t linger.

Taken as a whole, this beer is not bad. It has lots of good qualities, but nothing that jumps out at me as being a great beer that I would drink all of the time (not that it is available all of the time). I would like this on a hot day….otherwise known as a San Antonio Winter day. God it’s hot here! All the more reason to drink cold beer; Cheers!

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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 samie85
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy orange hue with two fingers of off-white head.

S-Smells of mild, tart cherries with some hint of spice that I can't seem to put my finger on with some leathery, Brett notes.

T-Slightly acidic and lemony/leathery brett on the finish.

M-Mildly carbonated with sticky mouthfeel and a medium body.

D-A very drinkable beer, however this is a mildly flavored American Wild. A good gateway beer for those who haven't had sours, but for those that love and adore sours, this one is a little bland.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear bight creamsicle orange amber color. There is very little head and really no lacing to speak of.

The smell is that of a french saison. There is a moderate amount of spicy funk right off the bat. Following up I get a light sweet biscuity odor that lingers after the funk dies.

The taste is brett forward, not strong but very identifiable. The corriander and biscuity malts creep up to follow. There is also a residual sweetness and a sort of cabbage taste that knocks down the funk. This comes off more as a traditional saison than a wild ale in taste, mostly because of the lack of dryness in the funk. Biere de garde would fit that middle ground I guess.

Lighter in body and very ample carbonation. Quite a bit more creamy than most brews of the style, even though I am not rating this as a Wild Ale.

This is a very good beer, albeit very expensive for what it is. I rated this as a Biere De Garde, this is not a Wild in my eyes at all. It sucks to say, but if it was made in France, bottled in a crusty capped 750ml bottle and labeled as a saison it would have gotten much better reviews. But it is very average for what it is.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from the Wine Source in Baltimore, MD
No bottle date.

"A celestial collision of orange-hued ale, citrusy lemon verbana, and unidentified flying brettanomyces."

Poured into a snifter. Hazy orange gold body, topped with some solid, off-white foam that's dense and lasting. Leaves lacing behind.

Herbaceous aroma, with strong lemon and mint notes hopping out. Some light berry-like sweetness in the background.

Clear lemon verbana flavor up front. Rich flavor. Leans too heavily on sweetness. Should have a drier body or should try to balance that sweetness with more hops. If there is Brett, I don't detect it. Pleasant flavor, quite strong. Has a bready-like malt finish that is well-balanced by bright citrus finesse.

Medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. Not much else to say here...with stronger herbal beer, I would ideally look for some lightness in the body with either more effervescence or with less sweetness.

Biere De Mars is a well-made beer. Very solid appearance, aroma and big bold flavor. Not sure if this is modeled after another style or what. Biere de Garde seems like a stretch...
Even though it's well-made, I don't think I would ever buy it again.

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Photo of craytonic
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a wild ale? Must be categorized incorrectly. My bottle says "Ale brewed with spices"

Appearance: Big head, leaves some nice frothy lacing.

Smell: Spicy, sweet breadiness. Light citrus, apricot and hops. I don't get any funk.

Taste: Again, spicy, sweet breadiness, barley, wheat, cinnamon, orange peel. No brett. No funk. Perhaps a bit of cider.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, heavy carbonation.

NOT a wild ale in my book, tastes more like a Biere de Garde, and the title seems to suggest it. Would be a decent christmas spiced beer. Big disappointment, at least when rated to style.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a hazy honey golden with a thin tan head that quickly reduced into a wispy scum leaving small spots of soapy lace.
S: Slight notes of citrus fruit, acidic brett funk and spices. Hard to pick out much of anything. Sweet and cheesy smelling.
T: Not very flavorful either. Hints of dry malt, wheat, hay, coriander, nutmeg, sour funk, bready yeast, orange and apple juice and stinky cheese. Slight hop notes. Light and slightly acidic flavors all around. Aftertaste is somewhat bretty and similar to the aftertaste of eating stinky cheese. Actually, as the beer warms, the brett comes out more and more. Even so it is not very potent.
M: Medium-thin body with low carbonation and a watery acidic mouthfeel. The carb started off lively after the pour, and the first couple sips were better, but this beer became damn near flat in a matter of minutes.
D: I was expecting more from this beer, but I'm no expert on Biere de Gardes, if that is what this is trying to be. Not a bad flavor, but the watery mouthfeel didn't help the light flavors. Brett was subtle but somewhat made it had to pick out much of anything else. Overall the beer just didn't feel right. Probably won't drink again.

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Photo of KoG
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was disappointed when I was unable to try this on tap at a recent festival. To my suprise I found this at a gas station next to the ever increasing in popularity Fat Tire.

Good amber-orange color with a frothy head that doesn't last long at all. Yeast stays in the bottom but still clouds the brew a bit.

Smell is a bit flowery with a slight citric note. Smells a bit wheaty with some odd aromas as well that make it less inviting. Somewhat soured and appley.

This would be better on a hot day, light tastes of citric hop with a slight malt character gives way to a light cherry and lime flavor. Interesting nonetheless. Finishes clean with a hop trail.

Not too bad, but didn't live up to the hype that I had created in my own mind. Too bad this isn't avilable in the summer months as it would be a good barbeque or beach beer.

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