Biere De Mars | New Belgium Brewing

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83
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758 Ratings
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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 jeffjeff1
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was another christmas present.

Appearance- light amber color, thin head

Smell- spices, grassy hops, nice aroma

Taste- spices, little bit of lemon

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I liked it. I would like to drink it again.

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

Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear orange with moderate carbonation producing a thin white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Nice mild brett, citrus, lemon, and mild caramel malt. Subdued, but very pleasant.
T: Follows the aroma, but a tad watery.
M: Smooth and light. Taste lingers, but only for a short while.
D: Very sessionable with the 6.2% ABV. A refreshing brew...a good one for early spring. Good to pair with lighter fare. A pleasant, but not great offering from NBB. I recommend at least a try.

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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 Bierguy5
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 6.2% abv. Hazy orange color, with a nice frothy white head. Nice retention and lace.

Herbal notes, lemon and orange zest. A hint of mint. Earthy with just a touch of funk as well.

Clean malt with a cracker feel. Just a touch of sweetness. Subtle spices, with an earthy background. A hint of citrus zest. Any funk here is very slight. Dries a bit more at the finish.

Lighter body, with lively carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. Not as complex as I hoped for, or thought from the aroma.

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

Very hazy orange color, much like a pale ale mixed with a hefe. Head is very proud on the pour, then fades to a creamy layer rather quickly. Smell is very yeasty, slightly tart with lemon tones. Taste is also very yeasty, with citrus tones that make this beer very light and crisp. Lightly malty and well carbonated, very much like a hefe, all-around. Most likely excellent on a hot summer's day, it is still good on a mid-winter's. This is an edit "Thank You" to babydoc for a beer of which I had never had the style.

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

Lips of Faith bottling in a bomber. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber gold color with a creamy, thick, light beige head. Very nice lacing. Aroma is obviously lemony and although I've never had lemon verbena I imagine that's what it's from. Comes off less acidic and more like lemon sorbet though. Also some sweet grainy character in the smell. Honey, graham, some lemon tartness, a smidgeon of bretty funk in the form of phenols, sweet bread, light earthiness. Rather complex for a NB beer but all the notes are on the sweet side which limits the drinkability a bit. Mouthfeel is solid with a nice heft on the palate and a good but not quite Belgian fineness of carbonation. Better than I expected.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a New Belgium Goblet.
An aggressive pour.

A- Pours a very hazy, orangish yellow, with 2 fingers of white head that is leaving some moderate lacing on the glass and a thick film on top of the beer that remains the whole time.

S- Some Bretty wildness up front. Pleasant earthy smells. Fresh baked yeasty bread.

T- Follows nose well, there is a subtle funk from the Brett, but not overwhelming. Solid malt backbone. Very drinkable, and enjoyable.

M- Solid medium bodied, not overly carbonated, but it has moderately high carbonation. Crisp and slightly dry finish.

O- A good beer from the Lips of Faith Series, but New Belgium does have better ones. At 8 dollars for a bomber, it might be a tad overpriced. This is good, just not great.

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

Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin white head that persists for a short time. Lacing is good.

Aroma is pretty much Brett funky and fruitiness.very simple and nice.

Taste is also very yeast driven: mild breadiness, fruity,with lots of spice and Brett funk with a light and dry bitter finish.

Body is medium as well as carbonation. Very drinkable beer!

Overall a yeast-driven ale with high drinkability.

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

Polka-dotted 22oz bomber into a dimpled beer mug.

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

The bottle description got the color right, as the attractively hazy body takes on a bright tangerine hue in the light, fading to iced-tea in the shadows. A well-retained head settles to a thin sheet of spittle-colored bubbles. Soft aroma, but a nice one, with suggestions of spicy, funky Brett and some woodenness backed by malty notes of bread crust and a hint of citrus zest.

Flavor starts with a big kick of fruit and spiced yeast esters that lean towards lemon peel, nutmeg, and allspice. No one flavor dominates, thankfully, and the finish encounters some Brett funk paired with a smooth, yet crisp malt backbone of biscuit and cracker. Complex mouthfeel, with a prickly medium body that fades to a sweet, almost creamy middle and a tart finish with Brett drying out the palate. A low ABV helps with the drinkability, as this beer borders on being too heavy with spices but pulls back just in time. Surprisingly refreshing on a hot Austin day.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange color, 1/2 inch head with decent retention. Very cloudy. The smell is fairly tart, with spicy orange, lemon, and acetaldehyde notes. The taste is mildly tart, with some sweetness. Again, lemon, orange, sour apple flavors are present, with a hint of spice and belgian yeast. The sour apple flavor tends to dominate. Not overly puckering, and it has enough sweetness to balance things out. The mouthfeel is nice, with a medium body, nice coating ability, and excellent carbonation. Drinkablity rates well as it is a nice mild weather brew. A bit wheaty, but not too light on flavor, definitely worth a try...

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

A 22 oz bomber

Pours dark gold and clear. A head that is fluffy and white with decent lacing

Nose is wild. Brett?

Taste is full bodied and malty. Some strong fruit such as apples and apricot and spice built in. A nice dose of malt.

This is a unique beer that is reasonably priced and readily available.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date unknown, but I believe this is the 2011 vintage. Curious to see how it’s held up.

Appearance (3.5): Whoa. You can tell this is one funky bastard right from the get-go. The pour quickly yields three fingers of pale tan-colored head that crackles loudly before dying down with big, fat bubbles. The body is a beautiful burnt orange color—I think it’d be “burnt sienna” from the Crayola palette, or the orange of Tennessee. Regardless, pretty. The body has a chill hazy, but no more (from the first pour, anyway). Minimal retention or lace.

Smell (4.5): Lots of nice, dank and musty tones along with a sharp stone fruit scent, like dried apricots and syrupy peach juice. YUMMO. Opens up a bit to reveal some grains of paradise and coriander in the nose. Awesome smell, really.

Taste (3.5): Some of the fruitiness in the nose transfers to the palate, but not as much for the spice. The funk is surprisingly tame, just kind of a dank, musty backdrop for the mildly caramel-dominated malt body and stone fruit (again, peach and apricot) character. Mid-palate, there is an interesting but not unpleasant mix of brett phenols and something like buckwheat honey. Hmm. The spice character is there, in the same vein as the nose (coriander, grains of paradise) but not as sharply as in the nose. The yeast character is surprisingly tame—this is definitely not as funky as the appearance and smell would have led me to believe. Still, there’s enough funky esters and phenols from the yeast to play off of that sweet fruity flavor.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Medium-bodied with light and fluffy carbonation, and the body finishes dry enough but isn’t really dry or viscous much in either direction. Middle of the road. And it does not have nearly as challenging a feel as I would have expected for something with brett. All in all though, it’s pleasant.

Overall (3.5): In the end, this is a pretty tame and easy-going beer: not super bretty, not super spicy, not super sweet, not super anything. It’s a shame that this was pasteurized before packaging, because I think brett conditioning would have done very nice things with the malt body and everything else in this beer. Next time it comes out, I’d really like to try it fresh.

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Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer served up had a hazy light golden/copper color with a little bit of sticky white head. Belgian fruity esters, some lemon and a fair amount of clean malt is detected in the aroma. The taste is like the aroma. I wouldn't have guessed there was any Brett added. The mouthfeel is very soft with very light carbonation, pretty light mouthfeel with a quick crisp finish. Alcohol is very well hidden and this beer is high on my drinkability scale.
Overall, a really easy to drink beer with subdued spicing, a soft mouthfeel and quick finish. I enjoyed this quite a bit for $3 for 13 oz pour that I got at HH, but don't think it would be a great value for $5-$7 for a 22oz bottle off the shelf.

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Photo of beerbrains
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Oops
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrIPA
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Jettanbass9
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After fighting, several times, with fedex to get some packages of beer sent home from PHX, AZ., I was able to land a bottle of this.

A - clover honey orange, crystal clear with a light, frothy lacing of head. beautiful looking brew.

S - Unmistakeable earthy/medicinal note of Brett Brux, mixed with light notes of toast and caramel along with a light floral note.

T - Honey like sweetness is followed by a complex earthy/medicinal note. toast and caramel linger in and out and a slight bitter floral flavor lingers. A bit one dimensional and would be far more satisfying during the summer months.

M - dull carbonation, almost to the point of being creamy. slight astringent bitter floral note at the end is a bit unexpected but pleasing.

D - The brett is tame in this one as is the carbonation.... would i like a little more of both? yea but it sure is a damn easy going brew. Complex enough to make you think, basic enough to not make you think too hard. I find a very happy medium with this brew... don't expect Orval, do expect a very mild version.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of hannaho
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of andthevolcano
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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