Bière De Mars | Brewery Ommegang

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by akorsak on 07-17-2006

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273
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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Photo of TheBigLebrewski
4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #2, 08! Oldest beer that's graced my lips.

Only negative aspect of the appearance, per the age, is a substantial amount of sediment that did not adhere well to the bottom of the bottle. Simply a detriment to the trifling aspect of beauty.

In terms of scent, which is generally very delicate, notes of citrus and gentle herbs come through, if ever so slightly. Hints, possibly even more so, of tart, unripened apple.

Taste fucking rocks. An incredibly non-aggressive flavor profile, though none of the three who've tried it feel the flavor is any way lacking. Flowery, distant apple, and a sourness that somehow soothes instead of puckering the mouth. It's really, genuinely supple. As a last note on flavor, there are certainly elements of the past, but lots of people are just a beautiful old as they are young.

Lest we pause before the mouthfeel... It fills the mouth and expands, but gently so, and more slowly than usual, all the while leaving no curve of the tongue untouched and the roof of the mouth waving towards the brain in a blissful, popping clamor.

I'll leave it at that.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright amber orange hue with a lively carbonated off white head, again amazing looking brew from Ommegang. It definitely looks like something brewed in Belgium, and this one happens to be one of my favorites a Belgian Pale with Brett added to the mix. Lacing is perfect fine even just adds to the visual appeal of this beer. As you add the final dregs of yeast into your glass it looks like a slurry of yeast particles suspended, with time they all settle back to the bottom of the chalice in this case a nice conical shaped flute from Allagash. Almost a brett milkshake sitting at the bottom of the glass, I believe the label encourages that we don't drink this but I can't resist. Gotta have my B vitamins.

Aromatics offer up some definite barnyard wild funk infused malts and hops, with malts that are mildly sweet offering up fresh baked biscuit layers and a touch of drizzled honey toast. Some weird tones come through with a touch of green apple hidden in band aids, not offensive rubber but definitely wild phenols from this yeast strain. Bottled back in October of 2008 as batch #2, I believe if fresher the hops would add more pungency, although I know they are there it's hard to pick them up in detail. Brettanomyces also takes some time to get funky and I believe this beer has achieved it's mission. If I had to throw a label on the hop character in the nose it would be a delicate herbal mint flow. Adding the last bits of yeast into the mix creates quite the artisan bread combination.

Flavors collide with slight caramel and biscuit malt combinations with peppery fruit spiced finish, clove, and funky barnyard tones, again green apple blends onto the palate from backyard. But anytime I get to compare a beer to the likes of Orval I feel blessed and this is one that has everything right from carbonation levels to pure complexity. Yet the beer is so easy to drain and doesn't kill too many brain sells with booze. As you reach near the end of the bottle you will notice a perfume like exotic accent on the whole flavor profile with more fresh baked bread yeast qualities, my last Ommegang brett experience was unbelievable as well and that would be Ommegedon. That was one of those O face beergasm brews when I first tried it while workin at Bocktown and going to the first Steel City Big Pour.

Mouthfeel has been effervescent fulfilling yet lighter bodied and substantially filling, really enjoyable to try an American Belgian style ale that isn't completely cloying for the most part alot of the dubbels and trippels that show up tend to be over attenuated with heavy residual sugars and sweetness. However this one finishes dry and spicy with a peppery kick to it.

Drinkability overall is excellent one of those challenging brews that add so much complexity and enjoyment to your everyday beer drinking experience, a got to anytime I see this anywhere. Excellent quality Belgian style pale ale, moderate alcohol makes for great session beer to be shared with friends or solo you be the judge.

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Photo of merlin48
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and caged bottle with an easy twist-out cork. Hazed amber body is topped by a large almond head. Generous patch lacing.

Pastoral aroma with some barnyard funk. Initially, I got some perfumey florals, almost like a lilac sachet, which quickly subsided into herbal hops, white pepper, and a hint of caramel. A bit of yeastiness adds some interest. Very inviting!

Mouthfeel reveals a light medium body with a spritzy carbonation. Slight chalkiness fits right in. Very pleasant pastoral ambience.

Taste is somewhat funky, but the brett character has yet to peak. Herbal/Floral hops add a welcome dryness. Vague fruitiness offers up hints of kiwi and white grape. White pepper adds a nice edge. Malt is hardly noticed but I'm sure there is an ample presence as this seems superbly balanced all the way through.

Wow! More complex than Hennepin and much more enjoyable. As drinkable as a better Fantome. Exceptional rendition of one of my favorite styles. Curious to know how this one will be with six months in the cellar. What a pleasant surprise, even at this young age.

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4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 750mL bottle into Ommegang tulip glass

A - Pours with that golden Ommegang shine. Deep, rich amber with really nice champagne like carbonation and a generous head with clingy lacing.

S - Wonderful fruit medley. Apple, grape, spices...

T - Comes to life upon first sip. Quenching with a touch of sweet, touch of sour, touch of alcohol, and a touch of some sort of really tasty musty funk flavor...that must be the brett or a medly of peppery spices? Leaves a candy-ish tingly aftertaste.

M - Vibrant with lots of carbonation. Fantastic aftertaste that leaves your mouth tingling. Peppery and tingling...nice.

D - Really dig this one. Little heavy on the carbonation for my tastes (almost soda like), but the fantastic glow in my mouth from the aftertaste makes it really enjoyable. I wish this was not a seasonal, makes me want to save it for a special occasion. I'm going to snatch up a few of these while I still can to hang onto.

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4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the big corked bottle into a Duval style glass and a nice tan, bubbly head developed. Head dissipated quickly. Appearance was copper in color and a bit cloudy. Aroma was strong and complex with spicy notes dominating (clove, ginger hints) with sweet and sour undertones. Mouthfeel bas bubbly and carbonation was a dominating characteristic. Taste was hoppy with sweet, spicy overtones. Only slight earthy and malty hints, with those predominating in the aftertaste. Another good one from Ommegang.

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4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Bottle is batch #2 October 2008.
A: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow-orange with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch thick rocky white head that slowly dissipates leaving nice sea foam lacing.
S: Sweet citrus hop, that wonderful brett sweet-sharp-tart funk, belgian yeast and spice, and in the background sweet malt. Very inviting.
T: Sweet citrus hops perfectly melding with brett's tart funk. In some brews, the brett is overpowering, but not here. It plays perfectly well with others. Like the aroma, the background produces belgian yeast and spice and sweet malt notes.
M: Light-medium body. Smooth with slight tartness. Tingly effervescence. Perhaps just a slight watery feel is my only knock here.
D: A very easy drinker. Complex enough to keep things interesting, but not too distracting...perfect for the ABV. Excellent for a warm spring day...picnic perhaps. Definite sessionability. Wonderful for style. Ommegang impresses again! I will seek this out again...highly recommended.

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4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at a local bar. Beer served in a becher glass. Beer is orange and pretty hazy. Head is nearly not there and there is very low carbonation and no lacing.

Aroma is quite Bretty, lots of lactic sour notes in the nose, very interesting. Wow, what a great aroma. I could smell this beer all day.

Beer is dry with a light body and quite the musky finish. Its not overwhelming, I don't want to give the wrong impression, its just kind of funky but well balanced against the malt build. This is possibly my new favorite beer from this brewery. The sourness overall is mild and well balance with the malt sweetness. Very drinkable, very desirable for a beer.

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Photo of medic25
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few bottles at the Ommegang brewery over July 4th weekend. Color is an unfiltered orange-brown with a white head that laces well. Earthy aroma, very natural. Taste is fantastic. Quite complex, with elements of hops and more so malt, a little sour and earthy. The label states that it is fermented with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, which I suppose accounts for the funkiness. A little bit of a citrus aftertaste, this is an incredibly easy drinking beer. I"m only sorry that I didn't pick up more bottles; hopefully they will expand their distribution plans.

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4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3 november 2008. Pours a dark redish with a smaller head. Smells very sweet and similar to a wine. The taste is sweet and then tart, but not overpowering, very mellow and smooth, very intersting taste. Smooth nice to sip, not much for carbonation, but this one doesnt need it. Overall really good really different. Would get this one again.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big-time pop by the cork. Cover your eyes and hide the valuables. Oct 08 bottle.

Split between two Unibroue tulip glasses. Full pour, no yeast per bottle recommendation.

Golden peach color with big foamy head the settles to 1/2 finger head.

Very unique and wonderful spicy aroma. Can't say I've picked up this much spice on any beer other than obvious holiday spiced beers.

Nice taste. Dry and spicy with a hint of fruit.

Aroma becomes more funky halfway through.

Very nice beer if your a fan of a touch of funk.

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Photo of mbrasi
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy golden with some yeast chunks and a large white head. Aroma is fruity and spicy. Hints of apples and some funk. Aroma is pleasant and inviting. Flavor is a standard ommegang belgian style dominated by yeast. Some funk in there but not overwhelming, the acidity level from the brett was a nice compliment. It didn't overpower the beer yet it was present in the undertones. This is a well done brett brew, somehow managed to control all the competing flavors and put out a quality product. By far the best I've had from Ommegang. I love the saison type of brew and this is exceptional. I will seek this out again.

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4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Batch #3 from November 2008.

3.0 A: Opaque amber plum color. Two and a half fingers of foamy off-white head. Retention is poor and no lacing is left. It's old, so I'll cut it a break.

4.0 S: This still smells great though. Grassy earthiness galore. Slightly herbal as well. Despite its advanced age, there isn't a whole lot of brett character in the nose. Sure, there's some, but it's no different that a lot of fresh brett'd beers. Just a light sweat sock funk there. The complexity in this beer comes from layers of depth in the grassiness and earthiness components

5.0 T: The taste brings on a bit more brett, but this is still all about the herbalness, grassiness, and earthiness. Hints of dandelions, heather, and chamomile. Soft wet earth and grasses are abundant. Everything is so complementary and well balanced. The time has really smoothened this beer up. It's a great drinking experience.

4.5 M: Medium body. Mellow, but sufficient carbonation. Silky, slippery mouthfeel that just plain works and works well.

4.5 D: The more I drink this, the more I enjoy it. I had to change a few scores as I progressed through the glass. This is so smooth and balanced that it should be a crime to be such a way. It's not the most complex, nor does it have huge flavors, but what's presented is nearly perfect.

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Bière De Mars from Brewery Ommegang
3.87 out of 5 based on 404 ratings.
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