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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.

Added by akorsak on 07-17-2006

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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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