Spring 2012 Bière De Mars | Almanac Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
almanacbeer.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brotherloco on 05-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
10.38%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
For Trade:
1
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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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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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?

Low C- / BELOW AVERAGE

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Spring 2012 Bière De Mars from Almanac Beer Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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