Bière De Mars | Brewery Ommegang

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Average: 3.89 | pDev: 11.31%

Reviews: 273 | Ratings: 405

French Bière de Garde | 6.50% ABV

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
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Notes: Rotating availibility. Ommegang Biere de Mars is a Belgian-style dry hopped amber ale with a bit of magical space dust woven in Brettanomyces bruxellensis, a wild-yeast used in the secondary fermentation. The Brett imparts added tartness, a bit of zing and some farmhouse funkiness.

Biere de Mars reveals a copper-amber body and a frothy white head that builds, clings and stays. Aromas are of malt and grain, clove, fruit and a bit of funk. Flavors are full-bodied with delicate malty sweetness, followed by spicy, peppery yeastiness and Brett-induced funk. Hopping is subtly bitter and aromatic, bumped up a bit by dry hopping. The finish is dry and gently lingering. At 6.5% ABV; it also pairs nicely with spicy foods such as barbecue.
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Reviews by Boud504:
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3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #2 October 2008

A: About three fingers of white fluffy head that subsides slowly. It pours an rich amber color. I see a lot of carbonation.

S: I initially smell something that reminds me of eggnog. But on additional smelling it smells like a fleshy fruit such as a pear.

T: The taste is like a cross between a tangerine and a apricot with a bitter after taste. Its certainly a different flavor.

M: The carbonation might be a bit much.

O: I like the taste. I enjoy aged beers like this. The fruits in the beer really start to come out.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
Batch #2 - October 2008

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. After a very loud "pop" of the cork, I'm surprised the cork didn't immediately pop off after the cage was pried off. There's a lot of pressure in this bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a nice off-white head. There are some yeast "floaties" floating around in the glass after the pour.

S- The aroma is some malt and caramel along with some leather and yeast. There is also some faint hints of the Brett in the aroma as well, not much but just enough to let you know it's in there. The aroma definitely gets better as it warms.

T- The Brett character is much more prevalent in the taste compared to the aroma. The taste starts off with some subtle malt flavors that quickly opens up to hints of spices along with some tartness and a very dry finish. As with the aroma, the taste definitely gets better as it warms up.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty good beer, I definitely enjoyed it. The beer really started to open up as it warmed up in the glass. Recommended.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ommegang Biere De Mars 6.5% American Wild Ale

A: Nice orange hues, with some amber tones at the edges, thick huge head that poured 3 fingers with little agitation, as all the Ommegang labels so irritatingly instruct

S: You get the wet dog, bandaid plastic sort of notes, with an underlying chardonnay dryness, some crisp granny smith apple

T: At first you get a decent sweetness, with some brett funk that has that vaporous quality of funk and plastic, it subsides into a very mild tartness. the tart hardly registers and it zips off into obscurity very quickly. If you approach this with dreams of temptation and consecration in your head, curb your desires at the door, the alternative brett additions were either done as an afterthought, or in excess.

M: The mouthfeel is thin and not exceptionally overbearing, this is this beer's best quality. Which is like having a really solid rhythm guitarist, you dont want support categories taking center stage. I fear this beer suffers from Petit Obscuritis where the anticipation from the bottle makes you expect more than can ever be delivered. It isn't bad, per se, but it is barely a sour. It is more an amber than anything else, to a non-beer drinker you would have to specifically note what makes it different. Some of the brett sweetness comes off as some kind of an adjunct, which is disheartening for the style

Narrative: "His resume was just so impressive, quadlingual, volunteer in Burma, summa cum laude from Vassar..." "Yeah summa cum garbage, he has the worst people skills I have ever seen, how is he going to sell anything? He's just so...abrasive." It wasn't Dan Mikelson's demeanor that was offputting, in fact he was attractive to the untrained person. He would even seem exotic and interesting, until he opened his mouth and began talking about Jimmy Johnson's points in the Nextel cup. Most customers would sigh and move lithely from the digital camera section until he followed them intentionally into the digital printers section, and continue to harangue them with tales of last years bocce ball tournament. "Look at that, that canadian couple just requested an item outright and he convinced them that they werent going to use it to its full potential, I dont care how attractive he is, you gotta fire this guy." "But sir...think about if someone get's hurt his resume says he is a registered RN and" "I dont care, his resume is a lie, he is a jerk and I want him OUT OF MY OFFICE DEPOT?! YOU HEAR ME?!"

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Photo of kmwilson76
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of GregoryVII
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a deep straw, light amber shade and the head is soft, billowy and lacing. The aroma immediately announces the presence of brettanomyces. There is a farmyard here, with wet hay, soft funk and a bit of spice from the dry hopping. The body is medium and smooth with animated carbonation. The flavor is ever so slightly malty, with sugary hints and green apple, a bit of olive and dandelion accompanied by a tart acidity to round things out. I have never known a biere de garde to court funk quite as much as this beer does, but I like the cut of its jib.

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2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from batch #2, Oct '08, served at recommended fiddy degrees.

Good color - reddish, golden, amber all in one. Tons of effervescence in the body, with a 3f head, and lacing that's just mmm-k.

First smell that hits me is pineapple juice, followed by pepper and yeast.

Taste was slightly mellower, but plenty complex - little bit of funk, without being full barnyard. Slight sourness of green apples, and some pepper and spice to finish things off.

Moutfeel was crisp with carbonation, and dry, dry, dry.

I found this to be quite drinkable, with a friendly 6.5% ABV, and well worth the $12.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch #3, Nov. 2008 poured into a Duvel tulip. This is my first time reviewing the style.

A - Pours a remarkably clear brownish amber color with a fluffy one finger off-white head. The head tapers off fairly quickly to a thin covering. Minimal lacing is produced when swirled.

S - Smells like rising bread dough and apple cider backed by brett funk. It is an interesting melange of freshness and stank.

T - Spicy, funky and earthy are the predominant traits. Pepper with a hint of clove up front, fades to strong brett funk with apple and raspberry notes coming in later on with a grassy hop finish that is slightly bitter.

M - The feel is light (almost thin) with medium carbonation. The finish is dry and chalky with no alcohol presence.

O/D - The beer is a bit unbalanced favoring spice and funk. I would appreciate a bit less funk a little more subtle fruit sweetness.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange-amber color with a bubbly, foamy, three-finger head that left some lace. It had quite a bit of yeast sediment floating in the bottle of the bottle.

S - It smelled very fruity and somewhat funky. It really had a sweet nose.

T - It tasted fruity, like apples, pears and some cherry. It had a caramel malt backbone.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to full-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good belgian-style ale. However, it did not leave me wanting to go buy another.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of SummitVA
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber. Carbonation steady, leaving a thick head and then lacing.

Some sweet malt in the nose, with just the faintest hint of brett. Taste a bit sweet with a crisp finish. I get a bit of citrus and brett--the latter only after I swallow.

Body is much thinner than I anticipated, and while I knew the beer was simply "finished" with Brett B-, I was hoping for more wild character. Reading some other reviews, looks like this beer is hit or miss. I may try it again, but I'm not going to go out of my way to find another bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of djs467
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage Batch 2

A: Golden to amber with a slight cloudiness.
S: Funk and lemon. I've had this beer many times over the past 3 years and the smell of spice has fallen off slighty, but is still very nice.
T: Funk Bomb. Every time I try this beer, it get more funky, which I love!
M: Highly carbonated
O: A fantastic beer, but I should mention that Ommegang produced 3 batches (all in 2008) of this beer and not all are created equal. Batch 3 has fallen off more rapidly than Batch 2.

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Photo of mrskunk
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of off-white head on top of a hazy, copper-orange body. The foam settles down quickly and leaves light lace.

S - A light note of sweet malt with some toffee and toasted bread notes. Some wheat tartness and mild lactic acidity with just a hint of fruity brett funk.

T - Toasted malt flavors up front with a little bit of tartness and some musty, herbal notes of both hops and wild yeast. Dry caramel in the middle becomes an even dryer bread note in the finish with moderate hop bitterness balancing. Lingering toasted malt and light musty funk that echoes the herbal hops in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, very high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - I wasn't quite sure what to expect here; would it be a rich, malty French ale or would it be dominated by sour funk? The answer, as it turns out, is neither. There is a significant malt character, but the beer is so dry that it sucks the life out of the grain and just leaves a burnt toast character that I don't care for. There is also a surprising level of hop bitterness and flavor, and while it is good hop character, it is not what I would have expected in this beer. The European hops enhance the dry toast flavors of the malt, and all of this is further set off by the similar character of musty funk that the brett has contributed. The funk is not particularly complex or powerful, just a dull musty character that blends into the malt and hops. I don't want to suggest that this is a bad beer, it is well crafted and all of the flavors work together well, but it doesn't do much for me. Overall it is kind of one dimensional and lucks both the richness that I would want in a Biere de Garde and the liveliness that I expect from a wild beer.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Avagadro
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed Nov 2008

A: BDM is hazy copper in color, with little in the way of head formation or retention. Lacing is also minimal.

S: Bouquet is well presented, but not overly complex, with bing cherries and a slice of granny smith.

T: This is easily this beer's best aspect. Almost dry, with notes of cherries, tart apples, honey, and toasted bread. Light, delicate, and well balanced.

M: Medium body with a slight slickness. the brew feels as though it is flat.

D: A great brew, but the Brett doesn't really shine. Despite this, it is a well made brew, and is worth a shot.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of fightingirishcmk
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with an immense head, relatively long lasting. Tons of sediment left in the bottle
S: A bit musty, fruity, with apples and plum most predominanat
T: Very funky, with a somewhat harsh sour apple taste, and no perceived hops bitterness
M: Medium bodied, a bit sticky, and fairly dry
D: Not bad, if you can get over the sour apple funkiness that is so dominant. Easy enough to drink, but not something I will buy again at $10 a bottle

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Photo of sailorastro
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of robbyc1
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful golden clear look with an off-white head that's 2 inches strong, great lace, really nice.

Strong bret horse blanket nose, nice malt and hops for this style.

The taste underweights the nose, not as strong but still good. Good horse blanket sweetness from the malt and yeast, good deep malt with a nice balance finish from the hops.

A bit light on the mouthfeel, fizzy and good.

Easy drinker, very refreshing, would rather have this than a hoppier one, good drinker. Yes, a nice one for this style. Prefer Jolly Pumpkin version to this though.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 2 October 2008

A ~ Pours btight golden amber/honey with a quickly rising & falling head. Fizzled quite a bit. Big Chunks of yeast on the second pour.

S ~ Apple slices in Vinegar. Oddly getting barrel juice. Weak tea notes. Preserved lemons.

T ~ More preserved lemons with Kumquat peel, dry tree-bark, tonic water, & Fall-time Fruit. Bourbon mash, dried apple, meaty pears, & wet grass. Cellar air carries through the whole beer.

M ~ Thin, crisp, & dry with some phenolic qualities. Organic & unique on the palette. Malt forward like a good BDG.

D ~ Unlike any other Bière de Garde I have ever had. This one shows balance & benefits from the addition of Brett. Very elegant & mature. Compared to other "mass produced" BDGs like Gavroche, this one has aged exceedingly better.

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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 405 ratings