Bière De Mars | Brewery Ommegang

Bière De MarsBière De Mars
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Bière De MarsBière De Mars

Brewed by:
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.

Added by akorsak on 07-17-2006

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Ratings: 404 |  Reviews: 273
Photo of BgThang
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stopbarking for bringing this beer out to a local tasting.

A - nice head on this one, color was yellow, bright ambery color

S - fruit, orange, apples. candy. maybe some peppery spices going on as well

T - I get funky Belgium ale with some fresh fruits up front
D - a descent beer and one I was most thankful to try.

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Photo of merlin48
4.69/5  rDev +21.5%
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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Photo of robbyc1
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - $10.99 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark orange-amber body with a foamy, whitish head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of sweat-stained leather, Zuckermans' farm, sour lemon, dried grasses, a pinch of caramel, sliced bread, and farm fresh fruits, though not necessarily in that order.

Taste: Lightly sweet caramel and fresh sourdough bread washed down with a sip of apricot juice and a few drop of sour lemon juice. The Brett character is a bit subdued in this one -- no blasts of butyric acid here. Sure, you get your wild, musky tastes of leather, basement cobwebs, and farm funk, but it's been dialed down a fair bit. Lightly grassy hops with just enough hop bitterness. The finish is bone dry and features final, mild hints of malt and wild yeast. A nice balance and interplay of sweet and sour components overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A pleasant, keenly refreshing Bière de Garde lightly layered with the intriguing complexities of the Brett keeps this one in on the "easy" side of the drinking spectrum. My favorite Ommegang by a wide, wide margin. Recommended.

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Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-blond color with a one-finger head into my goblet. Lots of carbonation upfront.

Aroma is full of tart apple, citrus and barnyard funk. So far, so good.

Taste is quite funky upfront. Tastes of smelly gym socks (no really), horse stall and a bit of tartness. Definitely funky stuff.

Mouthfeel is just full of lingering funk and a bit of tartness. Quite easy to drink, though the carbonation could be just a bit lower.

Nice example of a funky beer. Definitely an acquired taste and I would say that they scored a hit with this one. Not for everyone.

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

750ml Batch #2 October 2008 $12.49. Hazy orange color and an aroma that is definitely bretty, but I only caught exactly one whiff of funky barn, the rest was just kind of yeasty and a little chemical. As it warms up it turns into a really nice juicy, fruity aroma. Very interesting flavor with the slightest bit of tartness at the end. I am really struggling to define the flavor but it seems mostly yeasty with a hint of citrus but the brettanomyces is definitely noticeable. This was interesting but nowhere near worth $12.49.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brass and copper come together for a bright amber hue. Great, champagney bubbling. The head is a minute long and spritzy that leaves no fom a little faster than I would like. Horse blankets, very ripe crab apples. Pretty funky and tart aroma. Makes me think of a farm. Very tart fruity, mostly crab-apples, maybe some tart blackberries upfront. Then some more funky, yeasty farm field and dry grass. Earthy tartness, but not too funky. One of the better Biere de Gardes I've had.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2

A - Bubbly amber with an explosive cork and 4 fingers foamy white head.

S - Wheat with lemon, green apple, earthy with some tartness. The brett is noticeable but not in the typical barnyard or funk fashion.

T - Yeasty with lemon, green apple, slighty fruity, a bit of cracker and a touch of spice. Same as the aroma the brett is noticeable but more subtle than the barnyard or funk sometimes found.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation making it bubbly/lively on the tongue. Dry finish.

D - I am really starting to like brett in this style of beer. This one has a nice complexity from the brett without a lot of funk.

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Photo of nick76
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is a tiny bit funky with spice, cedar, malt, and grass. The appearance is nice with a huge head and orange gold color. The flavor is like the aroma with a nice sour dough bread finish. The palate is too thin. Overall this is good but maybe it needs more time to mature.

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Photo of Pencible
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured a hazy light copper with lots of chunky sediment and fluffy white head. It smelled like lemon hops and sour wild yeast and sea salt, with juniper and metallic copper and overripe oranges, and a bit of pine. It tasted like lemon and orange hops, with sour wild yeast and sea salt, and some metallic copper hops. It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation, and had a sour and bitter aftertaste. Overall this was good but not as unique or delicious as I was hoping. It had decent body but was overly carbonated, and the flavor wasn't great. Southampton's bière de garde was totally different and much preferred to this. Ommegang is a great brewery, but this beer lacked malt for balance and depth. Perhaps aging would help this?

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Photo of jnn4v
3.01/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy, chock-full-o sediment. Honestly, it's a bit revolting to me. But I know that the overall color (amber) and texture (lots of fine carbonation) appear to be fine, so I'll just slightly rate it below average.

S: Metallic, fruit, flowers. Maybe a hint of clove? Minor yeast scent. Juniper?

T: Bland is the first term that jumps to mind. Upon closer inspection, lemon, some bitterness, some clove. Maybe a bit of copper. Not much in the way of malt or sweetness to back this. Seems a bit unbalanced to me.

M: Fuzzy, thin and overall something that seems fitting for the genre but not particularly for my tastes.

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Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice offering from Ommegang. I wish more brewers would attempt this style. Pours a glowing orangish brown with a silky beige head. The nose has a subtle famyard funk presence over delicate malts, tart citrus, fruity hops and peppery alcohol. Very well balanced flavor profile. Spicy yeasts, sour oranges, musty oak, Brett and quiet hops. Medium body is well carbonated. Would pair well with a variety of meals.

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Photo of mfhlucky13
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Giant, pillowy head on top of a beautiful copper orange. Just a touch of lace on the way down.

S: Nice touch of Brett, sweetness, spice, pepper and fruit.

T: The first sip was tart and spicy. Followed by a light fruity taste, with they brett revealing itself just enough. A touch of funk.

M: Well carbonated, smooth and full.

D: Easy to drink, pass it around. Not a crazy brett statement, just right. How will it age?

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

Dark amber pour with a creamy white beige head. Head is easily coaxed back to the top with a gentle swirl. Very slight lacing - no stickiness. Very nice appearnace. Smell is a bit of bitter orange peel, with a nice spiciness and brett assault. First thought is that the brett makes itself more known here than it did in Omeggeddon. Taste is spot on for what I expect from a Biere de Mars. Not as good as the superb version released by Schlafly or the more sour JP, but still very nice. A bit of musty bitterness with just a touch of orange peel. Mouthfeel is great. Smooth and oh so sippable. This lends to great drinkability too. The only downfall is the price. A nice beer, but if I want the brett bug, there are cheaper options, and better ones at that price. Still, a very good beer.

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

750 mL bottled purchased from BevMo in Burbank, CA. (Thanks, Carlos!) Served in a tulip glass.

Nice deep amber color, slightly hazy, and topped with a fluffy head of off-white foam. Doesn't leave much lace sticking to the glass. Good head retention.

There are several contrasting layers here which work well together. There's plenty of fruit up front, mostly sweet orange and freshly cut apples. The fruit is supported by sweet malt and a peppery, ginger-y spiciness. There's also a little mustiness which gains strength as the beer warms. So far, this beer seems quite faithful to the bière de garde style.

Drier and spicier than I was expecting from the nose. There's a rather mild brett kick right up front, along with a clove bite which is nicely enhanced by a bit of honey-like malt sweetness. This is followed by a quick burst of lemon-orange tartness which gives way to dry malt and lots of fruit (pears, black plums, a bit of pumpkin). The finish is dry, spicy, and subtly funky, with a lightly medicinal herbal note.

Quite lively mouthfeel, with a light body and a soft but plentiful carbonation which stimulates the palate.

This beer is well balanced and very nicely put together. It never leans too far towards tart or sweet or funky or spicy. (Actually, a bit more brett funk would be welcome here.) The flavors harmonize well, and the texture is appealing and refreshing.

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Photo of Rainintheface
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark amber with a 2 finger slight off-white head of tiny densely packed bubbles. high carb and a slight haze. both lacing and retention are great.

S: fruit, raspberry mostly. cloves and pepper. musty.

T: strawberry joins the raspberry, pepper. The funk is mellow, here on Mars

M: light-moderate in body. crisp, dry and mildly tart. refreshingly good.

D: Great beer. Certainly will pick up on next visit.

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Photo of abfraser
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2, October 2008. Bigtime pop opening the cork. No overflow, though.

A: Pours a ruddy orangish gold with a massive frothy head. You'll want to pour this one slowly so the entire glass isn't foam. Carbonation is not an issue with this one.

S: Hefeweizen-style aromas of banana, coriander, and clove. Some lemon zest. Quite yeasty and estery. Disappointingly, no Brett aromas.

T/M: Same as the smells. Pretty slight hint of Brett, but the subtly of it works really well in my opinion. Mouthfeel is a little thin, though. Very dry finish leaving a bready/yeasty finish.

D: Given that its a well-balanced representation of the style, it's the definition of drinkable.

Overall, a solid, if unspectacular beer. Worth grabbing one if you've never had, but I prefer the more sour Jolly Pumpkin's

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Photo of SummitVA
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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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Photo of SFLpunk
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL brown glass cork-finished. Batch #2: Oct 2008

Appearnce: Amber/orange-tan, slightly cloudy, with tall frothy white head. Leaves very little spotting as it receeds and a thin solid layer.

Nose: Mild. Sour peach, tree bark, dry river rocks, dried grain husks.

Palate: Moderately lively, but restrained carbonation. Medium bodied and a little creamy. The flavors are mild and restrained. Amberish, I suppose in character, with that slow, drying mouthfeel of Brett. There's a little tiny sourness, a little astringency and a little funk. Sour peach and minerals on the finish with a light woody finish.

Notes: This seems to be a very restrained example of a Brett beer, and I will be curious to see what it does in the bottle over the next year or so. Good mouthfeel, and it's not overly astringent which makes it more "drinkable" (i.e. finish the one alone or maybe have another).

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

Reviewed 02/27/09
Per the neck of the bottle, this is Batch 3 November 2008

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a standard pint glass. Moderate pour yields 3 fingers of slightly off white head consisting of large bubbles. Active head falls quickly with audible "fizz". Not much in the way of lace. Color is a light amber with fine suspended particulate.

Nose- sort of a sweet orange zest, but not from hops. Lemon rind. An interesting spice to the nose, almost a potpourri quality.

Taste- Dry and spicy. Some dry lemon, and orange zest. Very mild, and slightly tart. Peppery spice, mild musty gym soaks, by no means over powering. Slightly puckers the mouth. Very dry, spicy. No presence of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Very dry, tart, active carbonation.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, keeps you interested.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hurleymanvw for this one brought back from the brewery!!

A. Deep gold with a copper/red hue. Very clear with a sticky ring os foam around the edge of the glass.

S. Candi sugar, banana, caramel, lemons, and cotton candy. Very sweet.

T. Following closely to the nose with the fresh fruits but adds a peppery spice and a touch of brown sugar.

M. Medium in the mouth with high carbonation.

D. A nice beer. Very unique. I like the spice blending with the touch of funk.

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

Bottle courtesy of and split with dkachur - thanks!! My portion poured into a 10 oz. cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, orange amber-bodied beer, capped with a little more than one-finger of almost white head. The retention on this one's admirable, and after an initial period of fizzy fade, it stops dead in its tracks and sticks around for quite some time, clinging to the sides of the glass, desperately staving off its inevitable fate. The body is replete mercurial, well-distributed effervescence, billowing upwards rapidly towards the ne'er-fading head.

Aroma: Brett is strong in this one, pleasantly crisp and well-integrated, not too funky or sour and not too subtle. The remainder of this one is precisely what it should be - a maltier saison, slightly spicy, with notes of cinnamon, white pepper, and cloves with notes of pears and apple skins. All of this on top of a honey-like malt foundation, though slight hints of roast do peek through. I also get something - particularly as this one warms - that almost smells like tea tree oil, leafy and slightly spicy, tropical, intense.

Taste: Much, much fainter than the nose, though not unpleasant. The malts are very dry and soft, the sourness more subdued, the funk in the background, and the fruity notes - strawberries, slight pear, cherries (though perhaps that's just the way I interpret sour notes) - though well-integrated, still definitely less forceful. Improves as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and well-carbonated - obvious from the appearance, if nothing else - in a relatively moderately-thick body. This one's big, bold, and fluffy, perhaps even slightly overcarbonated, though it seems to work fairly well with the flavor profile.

Drinkability: A perfectly pleasant brew, fantastic up front, and though it stumbles at the finish line, it's still very good. The brett adds quite an interesting dynamic, and though age might make this one more interesting still (particularly in the taste), I don't know how much it can do without a little more in terms of malt complexity. If it weren't so expensive, I'd definitely buy another bottle to age!

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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge fluffy white head. Great head retention.

S: It has a sweetness that sneaks through. The sour kind of hides in the background with the sweetness, but the tartness is the most prominent.

T: Very sweet malt character with a bit of funk at the very end. It kind of reminds me of the bitterness in a hoppy beer. Loads of sweet flavours, but a tartness finishes the beer. A bit of spicy notes come through.

M: Very carbonated, nice big mouthfeel. Great for the style

D: Very.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a nice, tightly beaded head and some sediment. Smells very lightly sour, grassy, and citrusy with orange and lemon. Slightly metallic smell at the end. The taste is a bit more complex and also a bit earthier. There is just the slightest bit of clean funk, some spicy earthinesss, and some prickly citrus. Tart flavors tempered by spicy/earthy hops. Quite nice. Quite prickly and carbonated in the mouth, but very refreshing.

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Photo of BeenJammin
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Biere de Mars pours a straw amber color with an enormous fluffy head. The aroma is very tart and remniscent of a sour lime or apple.

The taste has a more subdued tartness, maybe a funk? Definitely can pick up the belgian yeast, maybe that is the bret? Has some spiciness near the end. Has a citrusy, fruity malt character. I was a bit disappointed in the mouthfeel, it seemed a bit watery to me. This beer has excellent drinkablity.

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Bière De Mars from Brewery Ommegang
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