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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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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into tulip glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange color with a two finger white head. The head has great retention and hangs around for quite some time before giving way to a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a citrus nature with notes of sour and tart green apple like aromas. There is a little grassiness as well as a yeasty smell that mix with the more citrus to produce overall a nicely “funked” aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with notes of a sour citrus taste. Sour orange and some grapefruit mixed with a green apple like flavor. As the taste advances some of the sweetness that was initially up front fades and flavors of a yeasty nature seem to bring on a funkier and grassier flavor. In the end a mellow, yet very much noticeable sour flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is a bit on the heavier side. Not bad for the style, but really nothing exceptional either.

Overall – A good tasting mild sour.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Hennepin tulip. Batch 2, October 2008.

A- first off, the bottle exploded after I removed the cage. Good start. The pour is a cloudy shade of dark orange, with a puffy two finger white head that fades into almost a mousse on top of the beer

S- nice citrus, a little funk. Not overwhelming. Eh

T- I mean...it really tastes like nothing. There is some citrus, but it's very, very mild. Slight funk as well. Sigh

M- paper thin

O- disappointing from the word go. This makes me very sad

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Photo of mtlasley
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Batch #3, November 2008

Bottle gives a slightly underwhelming pop but pours a deep amber coloring most similar to a DIPA. Very visible carbonation when held to the light and red and yellow colors burst forth. A finger head is soapy white and disappears quite quickly.

The first scent on the nose is a roasted caramel with a strong wine like prescence. The Belgian yeast starts to show soon and gives off spicy aromas. A dubbel like scent of figs sits in the middle of this and weighs down a slight tartness. The "barnyard" really starts to come out as it warms.

Really clean earth caramel like tastes hilghlights the front of the tongue. It's rather sweet but not cloying. There's also an apple flavor here. I start to get a slighty tart earthy flavor on the center of the mouth, it helps the fig-like dubbel flavors come off lightly. The tartness starts to peek out on the back of the tongue but it's not as strong as I usually enjoy. Still, very delicious. There's a slight "red wine" tang to all of it too.

Very refreshing and crisp on the palate. It doesn't sit at all.

A wonderful beer but far from my favorite Ommegang offering. I'd rather drop my dollars on some Hennepin.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2, 2008 Vintage. Cork absolutely explodes from the bottle and shoots across the room with terrific force. Wasn’t expecting that! The pour is hazy and dark orange with a huge white head that settles slowly. Extensive lacing. Citrusy aroma with hints of apricot, spices, and black pepper. Faint musty brett note but nothing overly assertive.

Flavor is lightly tart and somewhat funky from the brett, with citrus, grass and hay notes, but the predominant taste is of tingly black pepper on the back end. Combined with the high carbonation this beer just dances on the tongue. Lesser notes of apricot and other fruits.

Brisk, super lively carbonation and a medium-light body. Dry finish, very crisp and clean drinking, excellent overall mouthfeel for this style, a terrifically refreshing beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Biere De Mars

Opens with a nice pop. Pours a clouded brown with an amber hue. Soapy froth forms and eventually disappears. Smells strongly of brett (aged bottle) with some funk, barnyard and hay like scents, as well as a small sourness.

In the taste, lots of brett and Belgian yeast, fruity, touch of lemon, mildly tart, somewhat malty, toffee, hay, funk. Flavors that alone work well, but altogether, a bit strange. I can dig it though, becuase I love funk.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, highly carbonated and semi-dry.
Overall, a solid brew, ages pretty well, didn't take note of how old the bottle was, but it sure wasn't new.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer was poured from the bottle into a fluted glass. Visually, the beer was a straw yellow color with a bubbley white head. The mild apple aroma was pleasant, though it did not overwhelm the senses. Upon the first taste, a bubbley sour apple flavor was noted. The flavor was mild and faded quickly. It reminded be of a flavored mineral water because of the vanishing fruit flavor. Overwhelmingly potent carbonation helped to sweep away much of the flavor. Because the flavor was mild to begin with, there is virtually no aftertaste. After drinking a few sips, the carbonation begins to build in the chest, giving the unfortunate urge to belch like a middle school student. With a more modest level of carbonation, this beer could have been more enjoyable.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (bottled October 2008) into a Hennepin glass. Pours a clear honey amber w/ a thick creamy off-white head - effervescent carbonation bubbles vigorously to the surface.

Aroma is sweet bready malt and yeast. Some pepper & spice and a mild funk.

Taste is sweet and dry, slightly vinous. Pears, green apples with a citrusy balance from the hops. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry.

Overall this is a really refreshing, drinkable beer. I've only had one other Bière de Garde but I really enjoy this style.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pop the cage and cork on a bottle of “Batch 2” from their 2008 vintage. The brew pours an orange-amber color, holding a two finger head of active tan bubbles. This recedes at a medium pace, leaving little lacing as it goes.. There is thick and chunky haze, and deep sediment with the last half of the bottle. Carbonation appears highly active. The aroma is toasty and sweet, with malts and heavy Brett. There is musk, funk, steel, and grass all wrapped up in one. On the far back there is a thin layer of hop oils. Through this there are notes of pear and tart raspberry. With warmth comes minerals and booze. As we sip, sour grain and yeast with an onslaught of Brett hit the palate. The latter is tart and puckering. There is also some orange rind sweetness, with a flash of candy sugars. The malts are salty, and contribute to the souring. The middle unfolds with warm cinnamon and more Brett, which seems more spicy than tart here. The grain evens out, with faint banana esters to cool things off. The end is with, you guessed it, more of that glorious Bretty action. The musk begins here, with blue cheese and gorgonzola, and woody dryness. There is some grassiness and more salty grain to round things out. The aftertaste breathes of peppery booze, more yeast, more grain, metallics, and citric hollowness. The body is medium and the carbonation is intense. There is vast metallic astringency, but this is pleasant and appropriate. Froth, cream, and slurp are all decent, and the beer drinks easily. Abv is appropriate, and well hidden.

Overall, what we found to be the most enjoyable thing about this brew was the calming Brett throughout. While we love an over the top sour, or unconventionally yeasty beer, Ommegang presents an even, well balanced brew, allowing the Brett to integrate rather than steal the show. Perhaps the age helped to calm things down and blend it, but this is a fantastic beer for someone who is looking to get into things with a little funk.

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

A: Golden hue with a slight orange-red tint; thin steady head and good lacing

S: Tart and fruity: apples, apricot marmalade, pears, pear juice, syrupy, pepper; grainy-funky and grassy

T: Slightly tart but also really dry and still fruity: apricot and pear; so dry but so good; slightly grassy and grainy

F: A touch thin because of the dryness off the back; nicely carbonated

O: A really nice, dry biere de garde; three years have been good to this guy

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Photo of Theitos
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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 diamondc
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2, October 2008

A: Bright, orange/amber hue, huge head on the initial pour.

S: Brett funk right away, almost rotten fruit aromas wafting up. Intriguing.

T: Toasty, caramel malts with some mandarin/stone fruit. Brett contributes with some wet hay, aspirin-like flavors that add a bit of complexity. Enjoyable.

M: A bit dry and mildly tart on the aftertaste. Despite being laced with brett, this beer is real easy drinking and approachable.

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

Has a cork and cage 25oz. of this, 2008 vintage.

Without going into details this beer may have suffered due to age. There were some interesting notes, a bit of the sour and dank from the brett, but it was weak. I had this with some traditional holiday fruit cake and it went well, but I wish the flavors were less muted. This is my bad, i cannot blame Ommegang for taking a chance on such an old batch.

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #2, October 2008

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a billowy head that leaves clumps and strands of foam behind

Smell: Light fruits (tangerine and pear), balsa wood and some Bretty funk

Taste: Tangerine and pear flavors interplay with white pepper and funky Brett tones through mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor dries out, introducing the balsa wood element into the finish; tartness lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; slightly overcarbonated

Overall: As others have noted, this is not the funkiest of Brett beers; still, it has a nice flavor profile and, with three years of age, has matured to become a readily drinkable beer

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

amber color that had a slight bit of haziness to it. Intresting tone here for sure as it was bordering on being a bit brighter. There was a nice head of white that came up over the top and settled down gradually into a little pillow.

The aroma was light, hints of grian, light hops and a touch of light peach and pear fruit notes. Subtle would be the ideal word here. There was a very nice flavor here, nothing really huge, just very light and drinkable. Nice touches of light grains and small doses of light fruit, mixing well and with subtle yet adequate carbonation

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #3 2008 bottle

Super high carbonation. Clear as can be, amberish-red. I really like the color. Crazy bubbles. Thin white head with tiny bubbles that holds decently. The dry hop mentioned on the label has completely diminished. It has an intense, highly acidic, piney-brett aroma.
Slight malt start, into pucking ph and sour brett finish. Minimal hop presence. Simple range of flavors. Also what is there is quite intense. Body in thin and drinkable. I was surprised to read the 6.5% ABV. Alcohol mixes in nicely.
I desire more complexity, but I do enjoy this one. I'm interested in trying a fresher bottle to see the difference.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with cork and wire-cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. This is Batch #3 from November 2008. Props to Schlimenhaumer outta New York for sending me the bottle. Reviewed live. This is my first Ommegang brew; I'm really excited!.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy dark copper. It's appealing.

Sm: Heavy caramel, amber hops (I can't discern the specific type), candied sugar, and some spice (sort of Winter Warmer-esque spice). Aroma is fairly strong, but very pleasant. It's certainly got subtlety. Let's dive in!

T: Wonderful candied sugar gives it a lovely character, complementing the yeasty foundation. It's very much a biscuity sort of beer, but it has spices I've had before in Winter Warmers. I don't know that I get the tartness the label refers to - maybe a touch on the climax. The hops are extremely well executed, buried subtly beneath the candied sugar without being too prominent (or bitter). Caramel is certainly present, particularly just before the climax, but it avoids being overburdening. Subtlety is key in this beer, and it's really nicely executed and built. It's very well balanced as well. In the style, I think it's among the best I've had.

Mf: Smooth and wet, without being sharp or too thick. It's also a bit... milky? It's not cream, but there's a sort of rolling smoothness I can't quite describe that's a really nice touch, particularly on the open. It helps encourage the next sip. The mouthfeel really nicely complements the taste.

Dr: Extremely drinkable, but it does make me pause to enjoy it. It's a beer with character, brewed with care and really well done. I could drink it all night and be very happy. The ABV is relatively above average, but doesn't come through in the taste, though it does pleasantly warm me stomach. All around, this a great beer that really masters the style and will be enjoyed by any true beer lover. I'm unsure of the price as I didn't purchase it, but I imagine it's rather high. I also imagine it's well worth it.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #2 (October 2008)

750 mL corked and caged bottle carefully poured into a snifter.

I picked this up on clearance at a Binny's for $7.99. I'm always particularly weary of clearance Brett beers. I love sours and funky beers, but bad Brett can be abysmal.

A: Easy pour produces a hazy orange brew with a nice, thick white head. There's also quite a bit of sediment flouting about, too.

S: Nice apple with a bit of earthy, tart brett. Smells like a fruity candy...sort of like Smarties.

T: Not too funky. A shot of sweet smarty-like taste at the beginning that quickly fades to a dusty/cellar taste. The sweetness takes back over again and leaves the brett-like earth taste at the end. The tastes are not as pronounced or assertive as I'd like. They're there, but a bit drowned out.

M: Mouthfeel is odd. It's prickly from the carbonation but also has a thin, almost watery feel. It's like seltzer water...not good.

O: Very bland for a brett beer, although this could be due to the age of the beer. Also not quite like other BdG's that I've had. There isn't really any bready malts or caramel taste to be had. It's also not funky enough for me to consider it a wild ale. It's not bad, per se. It's just pretty underwhelming.

Sorry, Ommegang. I usually love you guys, but this one is a miss. Mouthfeel is off and the taste is nowhere near as assertive as it should be.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice looking orange color. The head was there for a little while but faded to the edges of the glass and didn't leave much lacing. The smell of the beer had a little bit of a farhouse aroma to it but also had a light sweetness too. The taste of the beer gives off a slight tart kick in the beginning but fades into a really subtle earthy flavor in the end. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and had plenty of carbonation. Overall I thought this beer was really nicely done.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch # Number 3, November 2008. Sampled August 2011.

Pours a dark copper color which is crowned with 2 inches of fluffy light off-white colored head. Aroma begins with a pleasantly sweet fruity character and a bit of Brett character with some woody and earthy notes. Brett notes step aside pretty quickly to make room for grain and malt notes to round out the nose.

First taste was a bit underwhelming with many of the flavors hiding under a watery blanket. As the beer warmed it allowed more flavor to come out starting with some sweet malt notes and a bit of fruit as well. Yeast character then steps in to provide delicate hints of spice and a nice earthy character but still it was all a bit too subtle for my liking. A good intro to Brett for some people I'm guessing but I'm left wanting a bit more.

Mouthfeel was thin and light with a semi-dry finish. Overall, this is not a "wow" beer but there are just enough delicate and subtle flavors to keep you interested. Even at this relatively low ABV I did expect a few stronger and more assertive flavors but it is wonderfully drinkable so I have no problem finishing the glass. Next time I'll try a fresher batch to compare.

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Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.6 oz. corked and caged bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: Beautifully hazy slightly darker-than-usual peach amber color, with an off-white, mildly mocha-colored head, and a few raindrops as far as lacing goes toward the top.

Smell: A nice combination of amber sweetness and Brett sourness, coupled with some bright citrus aromas too, along with some peach and possibly strawberry.

Taste: I really like the Brett combining with the darker and more candied fruit flavors here. Initial puckering sourness goes away in a flash, then lingers in the end, while in the middle the darker fruit flavors come in, along with some maple syrup and toffee, with dark cherries being prominent here among the fruits, along with some lighter candied orange or marmalade. By the end, it steers into a more dry range, but with lingering candied fruit in the distance.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with not necessarily creamy carbonation, but with enough to not make it too spritzy, but hold up to everything. Stays pretty effervescent the whole time, even after many pours from the bottle.

Drinkability: Another solid effort from Ommegang, and a brew, especially for the QPR at around $6-$7 a bottle, you really can't go wrong here. Quality all around. Will be buying a few of these next time I see it.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Light maple apricot. Low white head holds up with poor retention and lace.

S – Pickled ginger with edgy sour notes. Orange. Touch of earthy barn yard.

T – Soft malt and a mellow sourness merge with a fruity center to bring out tart, under ripe apricot. A lemon acidity keeps the profile clean as the beer finishes with spicy pepper and sage.

M – Big, bright carbonation on a medium body.

O – Subtle, mellow and well integrated: I really enjoyed this. On the softer side of sour, this is a nice beer to introduce people to brett styled brews.

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Photo of DavidST
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. Date: batch #2, October 2008.

This pours a nice reddish/copper color with a large white head which quickly dissipates. The smell is vinegary, earthy, a little funk. Feel is medium, nice carbonation. Taste is different, I guess its the brett, not a taste I'm familiar with, I was expecting a sour Dutchess type of beer from the smell and I get a hard to describe dirty / earthy taste, I'm not sure what to take from it, it does have a nice long dry finish. I also get a nice sweet flavor which counteracts the earthy taste. Overall this beer isn't bad but different, quite a bit different from anything I can remember having.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle (batch #3, November 2008 on the label) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a rather deep amber color with a touch of haze and floating sediment. A thick 3 finger cap of very fizzy tan foam lingers briefly and falls to a thick and frothy skim coat that somehow manages to stick around after the initial sizzle dies down. Light lacing webs left on the glass.

S - Quite fruity...especially apples - first thought is that this is pretty cidery. Lots of light caramelly sweet sugar, cinnamon spicy, almost apple pie like on second thought with some grassy aspects and wet hay. The Brett character is very faint in the nose...only a faint hint of funk.

T - Fruity, appley, bitter Bretty earthiness and a bit of funk. Less fruity than the nose, but still the most up front character and still a bit cidery and maybe a bit oxydized as well. Pretty noticeable yeasty breadlike body at the base. Lightly tart...gives a bit of a lemony citrus aspect and plays off the appley base flavors.

M - Light to medium in body...certainly not at all watery. Solid malty flavors at the base that exceed the body they yield. Layers of apple and citrus on top, paired with a crisp tartness. Earthy funk adds some bitter layers. Carbonation is at a pretty high level and quite fizzy and a bit foamy on the tongue and in the mouth. Overall, satisfying.

O - Surprisingly, this is my first experience with this beer. Was roaming around a local store and I see a Brett fermented beer from 2008...how could a funk lover resist. Given the age of this, I really have to say I expected a lot more funky character in here. There certainly is some brett flavoring in here, but I was hoping for a bit more. In that respect, I found this a bit disappointing. Other than having dashed hopes a bit, I'd call this a solid, if not outstanding example of the style. A little too cidery would be my biggest critique. Overall - I'd have this again, but probably wouldn't buy it myself...unless a couple years from now I see another bottle of the same batch...might give it a shot to see if the Brett added anything more to it.

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