Bière De Mars | Brewery Ommegang

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Bière De MarsBière De Mars

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

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.

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Reviews: 274 | Ratings: 405
Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this one up at consumers beverage on a recent trip to buffalo.

750ml bottle, corked and caged. batch #3, november 2008. sampled jan 31/09.

pours deep red with a big fluffy off-white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves plenty of lace behind.

aroma is nice. white bread and cracker. bit of alcohol. faint belgian yeasty spice. very light fruity character.

taste is good. low bitterness level. there's definitely some brett in there, mainly in the mouthfeel but a little in the taste. leather and horse blanket. bit of cracker and white bread. just a hint of fruit, but almost no trace of sweetness. maybe a hint of caramel too.

mouthfeel is good. clingy drying feel from the brett. fairly light body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. the brett gives it a neat extra dimension and i think the dryness makes it a little more drinkable than some BdG's, which can sometimes end up overly sweet to me. i'd be curious to try this one with a little more time for the brett to work, so i'll have my eye out for another.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, thanks to grub for sharing. This is batch #3, from November 2008.

Pours a hazy dark amber/orange, neat colour, thick off white head forms, big bubbles, and drops some spiral lacing on the glass while settling to a thick ring and layer, looks pretty good. Smell is nice, yeasty and spicy, honey sweetness, biscuits, a bit of dry grapes and fruity funk, mango, lots of tropical fruit, icing sugar, musty, earth, barnyard, pretty cool, brett hasn't quite taken hold yet but its present. Taste is lightly tart at first, some lemon acidity and orange peel, light coriander, honey, toasted bread, very earthy, grapes and wood, light lemony funk with some horseblanket, very dry and wheaty in the finish, alcohol comes through a bit. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, nice light funkiness, very drinkable and refreshing, if not the most flavourful. Nice beer, thanks Russ!

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Photo of gory4d
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml. corked & caged bottle; neck label reads "Batch #2, October 2008;" no freshness date.

It pours a hazelnut-orange color, quite clear, with steady streams of fine bubbles feeding the lofty off-white head, which fades pretty quickly and leaves only a little lacing down the glass. The smell is like wet wool, alum, and marigold. The taste calls to mind Joyce's phrase "foul flowerwater:" bitter marigold, wood-sorrel sourness, the tannic qualities of strong black tea, with a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. The carbonation is full but fine, the body clean and medium thick, the finish nicely dry. It's a tad intense for more than a couple of glasses, but the moderate alcohol makes it easy to put away. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, October 2008. Typical Omme presentation, Belgian bomber, caged and corked $11.99 @ De Cicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours dark peach amber, cloudy, light tan head, better then decent retention and leaves plenty of splattered gobs of lace. Bit o' funk, and sweet fruity spice in the nose. Spiced up up front, lightly horsey in the midsection and quite dry and puckering in the finish. Imminently crisp, tasty and refreshing. Yum...great accompaniment to light and spicy foods of all sorts. Fine addition to the Ommegang family.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled as part of Batch #1 April, 2008

Served in a wide mouth wine glass.. Pours with a finger of fizzy off white head with little retention.. The beer is a nice deep amber color with pretty nice clarity... Tiny champagne like bubbles quickly make their way to the surface... Champagne like carbonation.. No lacing at all.. Honey like look to the beer.

Aroma is earthy and slightly sour. The Brett yeast is apparent here..

Taste is fairly light and delicate.. Initial malt flavors are subtle and quickly transition to the brett yeast flavor... Finishes rather clean and crisp...Not overly complex other than some of the yeast tones...

The carbonation keeps this light and fresh and the body is very light.. It is like drinking champagne... Not as deep as some other Ommegang offerings..

Glad I had a chance to try this.. I'll leave the rest of the bottles for other thirsty BA'ers

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a wine glass. Copper with a white head that quickly receded. The beer was cloudy with debris floating in it.

S - Smelled very fruity and spicy, with with a hint of brett funkyness.

T - Malty and fruity up front, followed up by spicy/peppery notes and some hop bitterness. Faintly detectable brett funkyness in the background.

M - Very light body to this beer. Not much to chew on.

D - There's a bit too much going on here for the beer to be really enjoyable.

Overall: I much prefer their Ommegeddon ale which brings the brettanomyces character to the front. There are interesting characteristics in this beer, but they don't quite meld, and the brett character, which is advertised on the bottle, is very faint.

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2, October 2008
Thanks to Beerloco for this bottle.

Pours a bright hazy orange with a rocky white head. Smells of Funk, Tomato Juice, Grass, Hay, and some Spiciness. Taste is pretty much the same with a slight lemon tartness. Crisp and light.

It was good, but I was hoping the Brett would play a much bigger role than it does.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a light brown/orange with a small white head. Aroma is sweet with some tomato and chowder notes. Flavor of lots of honey and very sweet malt. I didn't get any sourness or funkiness from the brett. This was not as good as I would expect from the #1 rated biere de garde. Meh.
6/4/6/4/14 (3.4/5)

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Photo of Lordsloth
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained from shaebs99.(Thanks!!) April 2008 bottling.

Chilled from the fridge, poured a medium coppery color. A bit of fizzy head which left some lacing. Smells light, a bit spicy and a bit of Brett funk. Taste is good, belgian pale tasting- light malt background with just a little hop. Not crazy funk like most Brett'ed beers I've had. Very well done with the yeast. Drinkability is way better than the other wild yeast beers I've had. Smooth and crisp.

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Photo of kkosmoski
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL served in a Duvel glass after a chill in the fridge. This bottle has about 6 months on it if my memory doesn't fail me. Pours a luxurious light copper in the glass with a heaping of thick, tightly packed cream colored head. Some active carbonation rising up through the clear beer. Aroma of horse blanket, lemon, ginger, clove, and light malt - none of these aromas are overpowering. Flavors include lightly toasted malt, herbal hop, lemon, crystallized ginger, light anise, and slightly medicinal yeast. Feel is creamy medium with a soft fluffy carbonation - great. At a low abv in comparison for Ommegang and a wide array of interesting flavors mingled together expertly, this is a highly drinkable ale.

This was a great beer put out by Ommegang earlier this year. It came across as a nice Belgian pale or amber that is slightly funked. It definately has some brett character, but it is not overpowering at all, which is perfect for my liking. Wish I had a constant supply in the cellar and hope they brew this one again.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light amber in color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is quite exceptional. It has a dry pale and light caramel malt scent along with mild farmhouse funk to it. It's spicey with a touch of horsehair. I was expecting a larger Brett aroma, but I think over time it would become more pronounced. The taste is much the same. It has a crisp Rare Vos taste with the Brett character in the finish. Again, the Brett is basically complimetary and not too aggressive. I wish it were more sour, but I think they were shooting a subtle quality. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. I've been waiting for some time to try this. Thanks goes out to Arpit for the chance to sample it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1, April 2008; Sampled October 2008
A solid pour produces four fingers of a lightly tanned, frothy head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. The beer is a murky, reddish amber hue, but shows a somewhat hazy, lighter, orange-tinged, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma as I am pouring this beer smells of apples and pear with a touch of a grain background note. A more focused look at the aroma confirms the fruit focus and adds some notes of ripe, sweet plum. A touch of drying Brettanomyces funk starts to become noticeable after a short time, but remains in a supporting role; the Brett adds some light phenolic notes that lean towards rubber, moldy wood. This mixes with the grain notes in the finish to produce a touch more wood-like character as well as some cracker-like grain notes and some lightly toasted malt. The fruit notes are definitely the most prevalent in the nose. This does smell nice, but I was definitely hoping for a bit more signature Brettanomyces character.

Light and a bit fizzy up front, the beer finishes a bit watery, slightly tart, some light plasticized phenolics and with lots of fruit character. This beer is not very sweet, in fact pretty dry, but there is enough fruitiness here to accentuate the touch of malt sweetness that is here to a level of perceived sweetness beyond the actuality. With the light body of this beer it is down-right quaffable, it does have a palate presence of flavor that just lingers for quite some time and keeps this being from being boring. Spicy, herbal notes remind me of a kiss of hop character and sort of interweaves itself with both the light funk and ample fruit notes. There is an ample level of carbonation that adds a nice peppery note to the beer and also accentuates the light tartness and a touch of fruity ginger notes.

While note nearly as Brettanomyces influenced as I might have preferred (give it time though and it might get there), this is fantastically drinkable and quite well balanced and flavorful right now. A very enjoyable beer even if I do find myself wishing for a touch more complexity. One of those beers that I could have paid much more attention to picking out the nuances, but was distracted by how down-right quaffable it is so I drank the damn thing instead.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle. Thanks to RomanW70 for sharing this one!
Reddish gold in color. Smaller head that lingers.
Smells of sweet malt
Funk off the start, sweet tarts. A little dry on the finish.
Light bodied and smooth with lively carbonation.
Nicely drinkable beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brownish amber with a creme head. Nose is like a Flanders to me. Mildly woody and cherries. I wish it were more boisterous I like it so much. Flavor is mild woods and an almost Flanders funk. Man. It just barely skirts the tip of my tongue. So light, but just enough to make it pleasurable. There's some apple in there with that wood too. Feel is smooth on liquid and has a nice carbonation. Very easy to drink. Ommegang was freaking me out with that whole Irish Dry Stout thing earlier this year. But with this and the Rouge, I'm interested to see what's next.

A big thank you to BeerWorld for this one.

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Photo of eljefe21
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy orange and copper color. Sizzling 1 finger head that quickly dissipated.

S: Yeasty with ever so slight pepper smell.

T: Herbal almost peppery with a slight hint of yeast.

M: Crisp and bubbly feel up front that vanishes into dryness as it's swallowed down.

D: Not something I'd sit down and drink on its own, but rather pair it with a nice herbal meal.

Bottle Date: Batch #1, April 2008

Serving type: 1 Pt 9.4 ounce bottle.

Served: in a Ommegang Hennepin flute.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange to amber color with an alive and quick to develop, light head, which is equally quick to dissipate leaving the faintest lacing.

Excellent deep fruit aroma, with vibrant bretts & peppery spice. Perhaps some fruit such as nectarine or citrus. Like the bottle says, it's funky!

Nice balance between sweet flavor and spice. Perhaps a grassy hint as well as some citrus which all adds a nice touch to the dry yeast.

Lively carbonation, dry mouth feel, and the slightest bite on the back of the palate highlight this beauty.

I wish I had more, I hope to enjoy it again, so easy to drink, and so much character.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RomanW70 for the opportunity to try this one. Poured a light, translucent copper. White head was composed of tiny bubbles that quickly dissipated. Mild nose with a slightly chemical character. Taste follows nose; hard to distinguish the flavors, but the chemical flavor is also present in the mouth. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with some carbonation burn. In terms of drinkability; liked it, but didn't love it.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to brewandbbq for bringing this back from the brewery for me! I must say it's a great time we're in with all of these breweries working with brett!

A - slightly hazy orange gold with a nice billowy white head.

S - floral hops, belgian yeasts, ripe fruit, musty earth.

T - similar to the nose but with a slight sour twang. Not enough to say full on tart, mild and not the least bit acidic. some citric notes swirl in the end but not enough to attribute to hops per say.

M - medium in body, nicely carbonated, tart on the edges with a crisp finish.

D - nice tip toe into a brett influenced beer. pleasant overall and one I'd say would be nice on a warm day over some pub fare in a beer garden.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

The 750ml bottle says Batch #1 April 2008.

It pours a slightly hazy orange gold with a +2 finger head of billowy foam. Lots of lacing and the head retention is excellent. Magnificent looking brew!

The smell has loads of funk from the Brett but I can also smell a lot of fruitiness, some yeast, and some spices. Inviting nose.

The taste starts off with some tart fruit that borders on sour but isn't quite there. I get some spices like corriander and some light pepper notes and an earthy than funky taste that is knocking my socks off. connection between the Bretty goodness and my socks intended. Right near the finish, I get some notes of lemon citrus, twang if you will, and it's a perfect sendoff for this very tasty and very drinkable BdG.

The body is on the thin side while the carbonation is medium; that works for me for the style that it is. Yum. I haven't had a BdG in ages and Ommegang did a great job here!

Bottom line: I *love* this brew and I want to say thanks again to Alan. This bottle put a *huge* smile on my face.

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Photo of RixBeer
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not retired. It is also from Batch #1 April, 2008

Pours a hazy orange with a 2.5" head The angelic white head is slow to fade and sticks quiet a bit.

very heavy sour malt aroma with various spices frequently found in belgian tripels. Coriander bashing heads with a decent amount of hops and some serious brett.

Nice sour beer with a great brett flavor. much less hoppy than the aroma suggests. It's very smooth.

This beer is thin in body but full of flavor. It's a good beer. Good not great. But it's worth the price of admission.

Drink up and enjoy!

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Photo of Nickls
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the brewery during BCTC 2008. Bottle is labelled "Batch #1 2008"

A - Hazy amber, with relatively thin, very white head

S - Funky, yeasty, tart fruit aroma

T - Taste mirrors the smell, thanks to that Brett yeast strain. A touch of hop bitterness up front, not really any malt, but definitely a funky finish at the end. Wow! Really great and interesting finish. As it warmed, the funkiness was not as prominent

M - Fairly bubbly, lightish in weight

D - Tons of fun to drink as it hits a lot of interesting point with each of the senses. The wild funkiness of the yeast is great, but not an overpowering force...which = big drinkability points!

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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle of Batch 1 picked up at the brewery during BCTC 2008.

A: The ale is a hazy brown amber color, a nice iced tea shade the more I look at it. The head neared a finger on pour is was fast to recede.

S: The nose is spicily funky, herbal with a bit of a menthol note. Grassiness, a touch of faint tobacco, also stands out.

T: The taste is a continuation of the funkiness of the nose. Herbal flavors prick the tongue with tartness, tobacco and mint notes reinforce that. A citric flavor, not hoppiness, of lemon and lime is prominent as well, keeping the tastebuds working overtime. The brettanomyces leaves the ale with a parched dry fell. As wild ales go, this is very accessible.

M: The mouthfeel is lively and complex. The tartness is prominent now (unlike the Ommegeddon controversy of a year ago) and hopefully will improve with age.

D: Ommegang has never disappointed me (save for the raspberry saison). The ale's tartness is spot-in, a very easy sipper.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This can only be purchased directly from the brewery in Cooperstown, NY. So unless you can pay someone to go there and get some for you, it's a little hike haha.

They brewed this batch in very limited quantities for sale for 10.99 per 750 mL bottle. For some strange reason, after tasting this one I forgot to buy a few bottles of it. Damn!


It was nicely poured into a 2 oz tasting cup. I got the tail end of the bottle (I asked for the last bit to get some of the yeast in it). Appeared cloudy orange amber color with some decent head that retained nicely even in that little cup. Awesome!

It smelled like a stronger version of their Witte, but with an added aroma. It's hard to describe. Basically, I got wheat, a little orange peel, coriander, and yeast with a strange lemon/vanilla whiff. Interesting.

The fun part. It tasted quite good actually. Oranges, sweet caramel malts, wheaty tang. Felt great on the palate as well. Not too bold but substantial. Nicely carbonated. So pleasantly yeasted and wheated!

The ABV for this beer is 6.5%. It is quite drinkable! The only reason I didn't ask for a second tasting of it was because I was driving and I needed to save myself for the last of the tasting, which was the Three Philosophers.

Overall, quite a good and interesting ale. I feel so foolish for not buying any of this. I guess it's an excuse for another road trip! Do try it if you get a chance to go.

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Photo of medic25
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
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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