Spring 2012 Bière De Mars | Almanac Beer Co.

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Spring 2012 Bière De MarsSpring 2012 Bière De Mars

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by brotherloco on 05-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

23 IBU. Spring seasonal. Biere De Mars. Ale Brewed with Fennel. Limited seasonal release March 2012. 06891. Dark Belgian candi sugar is added. Reviewed live. Acquired at a local SoCal beer store within the last month; I guess bottles of this have sat out. Expectations are average. 7% ABV confirmed.

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with pull-slip foil covering a generic pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Label advises to use a tulip instead of a pint glass; sorry, Almanac - all I have is a pint glass. I would care more if the 5 or so other beers I'd had from them were really impressive, but that wasn't the case.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of decent smooth cream, decent thickness, and pretty good (~4 minute) retention for the highish ABV. Body colour is a rather pale copper. Translucent and transparent. Not particularly vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's typical yet underwhelming for the style.

Sm: Generic bland floral hops. Pale malts. Pleasant biscuity yeasty notes. Honey. Clove. Light candi sugar. Crystal malt. A touch of spice. I don't get any of the plum fruit, figs, or anise allaged by the label. A very light aroma that doesn't bring much to the table. It's pleasant, but timid. Sort of sells itself short. No alcohol is detectable. Maybe a bit of apple? It's a dry aroma.

T: Pleasant juicy apple and pale malts are the first thing I get. Timid bland floral hopping. Crystal malt. A light hint of candi sugar. No plum, no fig, no anise. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. It's rather simple, to its detriment. Decently balanced. There's not a whole lot of flavour here, although it does strengthen right on the finish, where a bit of malty sweetness arises and bolsters it a bit. Too bitter throughout, and especially on the climax. Lacks complexity or subtlety.

Mf: Slightly acidic. Way too dry for the style, preventing it from being refreshing. Uneven. A bit too coarse. Nicely wet. Palate presence is awful; hardly any flavour impacts. Lacks the full body it requires. Carbonation is a bit overdone. Not soft enough.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. A pedestrian biere de mars from Almanac. This brewery is largely unimpressive so far. I definitely wouldn't bother with this again. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, either. It's not that it's really that bad - it isn't. It's just so boring and bland. So much more can be done with this style. I'd pass on this one. Such mediocre beers oughtn't be supported. Why brew this?


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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a great golden (not yellow) color resembling apple juice. White bubbles linger on the surface. I liked the appearance.

Smelled like mango, tropical fruit, boozy, sweet cotton candy. Tasted sweet, slightly metallic (iron?), bitter like leafy greens or perhaps the bitterness that comes from the white skin of citrus fruit. I did not pick up on the fennel. Great carbonation.

This is their Spring 2012 release, and I bought two bottles in May. I had one bottle when purchased and I remember enjoying it much more. Now, two and a half months after purchase, I think it has faded. I should have had this shortly after purchase. I did not care for the bitterness or metallic taste, but it was still a good beer.

I’ll have another if it’s fresh.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is very mild and is of malt, grain, citrus zest, and spice. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with some very mild aromas and flavors. Not a fan.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of popery
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a glowy dark orange, copper-ish. Small to medium head, white. Small bubbles, decent lacing.

The spicing is mild but noticeable, which is almost nice, but it ends up a bit muddled. There's a vegetal aroma on top of a nice bready-caramel malt flavor. Mild toastiness.

The taste is mostly sweet malt with some more muddled spice in the mix. It just ends up more muted than subtle and doesn't really add complexity in a good way. Some earthy yeast. The finish is mildly acrid with a little booziness.

Full mouthfeel. Nice but verges on sticky.

It's a fine beer but nothing exciting, and I imagine it sounded more interesting in the planning stages than it turned out. It's just kinda sweet with a muddy mix of spice and yeast notes. And it's overpriced.

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Photo of Tommo
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is an old bottle i guess, however it is not great. Sweet, with fennel flavor and a medium body. Overall this is not what i expect from almanac, and more over the fennel brings very little to the table

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Photo of impending
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed copper gold, orangish green tinged head is ok as is the lacing.

Pleasantly sweet aroma that is all high notes, unnamed fruits and a scattering of mixed herbs, slightly rustic.

Taste has none of the sweetness the aroma suggested. Long lasting dry grassy bitterness hangs on for considerable length. The bitter sits in for dirt floor, touch of bark. Not much in the way of anise which disappoints as it was explicitly promised but certainly herbal. Light to medium bodied smooth mouthfeel. Nice evolution of flavor within a narrow range.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a clear golden color with a tall white head. The fennel is quite pronounced. Sweet maltiness, some bread, yeast, and citrus peel. Maybe a little bit of banana and pepper. The flavor is far too bitter for my liking. Biscuit malt, a light pepper note, some citrus peel, and yeast. Very dry on the finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Photo of OldMar
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium golden rusty orange color. Neutral beery smell -- maybe a little sweet. First sip is bitter. If I didn't know better I might call it an IPA. Long finish. Green herbs and grass, but if there is fennel in there, it is very subtle. Bright effervescence. Second pour had yeast from the bottom of the bottle, clumped (oops), which added body and heft -- I actually liked the last pour the best. It seemed better balanced.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this so much more from a bottle, fresh, than on tap. So much so that I was surprised I had previously reviewed it because it was such a contrast. Could it have been a different beer? Or had the scant few months changed the character so much as to … not offend but disappoint my (not so) delicate palate?

This poured the color of a reddish grapefruit, with a ruby red hue capped by some foam.

The aroma is pleasing-ish, with a nice floral note. I get something here—maybe cucumber blossoms? Smells intriguing and pleasant, inviting even.

Flavor, not so much. It starts off with some harsh notes but as it warms and opens up the harshness drowns out everything else. Fennel? Definitely fennel seeds, roasted, and some coriander. There’s a defining bitterness and a dry finish with some resin. I hate to say it but this just doesn’t come together for me at the end. Smelled great but the flavor didn’t deliver on this one.

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Spring 2012 Bière De Mars from Almanac Beer Co.
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