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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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. The beer was a hazy orange color with a thick white head. It had that slightly barnyard aroma, and also had a sweet, spicy aroma. Taste was mostly fruity, with some cinnamon and allspice. I thought it was a bit on the fizzy side, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle from Batch 1 that I acquired from a NY-based co-worker who was kind enough to have a few bottles shipped to him. From my understanding, this is Rare Vos dosed with Brett B.

A: A gorgeous hazy amber with a thick beige head that recedes slowly, leaving no lace.

S: Despite having plenty of time (17 months by my count) in the cellar, the Brett really hasn't caught on. Not necessarily a bad thing, since I love the Rare Vos, and it's got a lot of that - subtle citrus and tangerine fruitiness, mango, and papaya with a touch of black pepper. This really is a subtle beer, and as it warms up, the Brett comes out, with a delicate funk reminiscent of wet hay and barnyard. Delicate and gorgeous, though the opening fruitiness is strong. Spices are also present with nutmeg and clove

T: Opens up with a combination of a fruit salad (with citrus, tangerine, papaya and pineapple) and a definite Bretty character, with damp earth and wet hay. Spicy with nutmeg, mace and a little clove. In the end, the fruit character wins, and the beer finishes dry with a plethora of fruity and spicy character.

M: Light and airy with plenty of carbonation. The finish is great too, spicy and fruity in character.

D: This 750 is not a problem, thoroughly enjoyable

Notes: As big a fan of Brett as I am, I'm not seeing it do much in this beer. The base beer pretty much over-rides the Brett, and the extra $$ just doesn't seem worth it.

**Edit 28 Sept 2014**
My last bottle of this beer. Batch 1. Decidedly crackery nose with toffee, a little dust and some mellow Brett fruitiness. Earth, pineapple, candied clove, allspice and a little nutmeg are present. Pretty good! The palate opens with a surprising fullness, a dextrinous malt/wheat body with layers of toffee, earth, honey, floral flavors ( rose, jasmine) and all the Brett characteristics - spice, pineapple, some dust and earth. Drying on the finish with a long lasting blend of burnt sugar, spices and earth, this is pretty impressive stuff. Thanks again, Danny! 4/4/4

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Photo of Finn
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2 October 08

Poured into a Duvel tulip, this beer gives off an amber, coppery glow with lively carbonation swimming to the top. one finger of head sits on top of this brilliantly clear beer, but dissipates quickly.
It smells tart and crisp, and a little like piss, but in that good sort of brett way. There's a mild malty aroma behind the funk as well.
The flavor starts off much like ommegang's rare vos, with a clean malty backbone, but not cloying, as the carbonation helps cut through the medium body of this beer. The flavor hints at a sour brett beer in the finish, but then stops short. A very nice beer indeed, but if you're expecting a sour funk fest, I'd go somewhere else. Drinkability is good, but I could see the body getting cumbersome after a couple glasses. Overall, another excellent beer from Ommegang, though this one was pricey.
Well worth a try.

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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 MaxBrews
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd Batch from October 2008. Appearance: 750 poured in my duvel

Appearance: Large white head, quick dissipation but with a thick soapy lacing. Burnt orange in color. Usually I don't care if I get the yeast in my glass. But don't with this. Its thick and chunky and actually grosses me out. Be Careful pouring!

Smell: The first thing you get is a bit of that barnyard funk that is the Brett yeast used. Some may call it horseblanket others urine soaked something. Its a funky smell, barnyard describes it for me. Once you get beyond that you get a caramel malt and a fruity flowerly hopping.

Taste: Your first impressions are that odd barnyard taste but a bit less. Once you get over that you get malt tastes consisting of buttered biscuit & caramel. Hop tastes come through towards the end and present them selves floral and fruity. Mixed with the funk from the Brett it creates a sour green apple taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin and highly carbonated with a little bit of sourness from the Brett.

Drinkability: To me this beer is just Ommegang's Rare Vos but made with brett. It has all the fantastic characteristics of Rare Vos but with a bit funk of sourness. A nice beer if you're unfamiliar to Bret. At double the price of most Ommegang's 750s its not really worth it. Go with a flanders red or Orval. It is a bit filling though I struggled to finnish a 750.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Caged 750ml picked up on a recent trip to Cooperstown.

Nice bronze color with a big frothy white head. Drops to a nice cap. Lacing a little lacking.

Smell a little fruity with some muskyness. Kind of subdued. First taste was a burst of fruityness and gave me a champaigne kind of feel. After a few sips it becomes somewhat bland. A little fruityness and some sourness but the taste is subdued. Mouth is initially very bubbly but the carbonation drops off quickly. Overall this one is somewhat of a disapointment. Nothing bad or off about it but it just has no wow effect.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After some late-morning yardwork, found this bottle lurking at the back of the fridge; watching the Mariners/Indians game. A caged/corked 750ml bottle (Batch #3, November 2008), poured to a 250ml 'La Chouffe' tulip.

A: Poured just shy of the line, earning a huge tuft (3 fingers at least) of dense creamy off-whiteness. Holds up pretty well, drops in a couple of minutes to a frothy meringue cap. Vigorous carbonation - tiny bubbles everywhere - cuts through a glowing 'toasted almond' orange. Almost clear, a few flecks of fallout at the bottom of the glass.

S: Mildly musty; grassy hay, dry autumn leaves, trace of sweet chewing gum, apple skins. A little mineral aroma, chalky/dry.

T: Mild green apples, dried grasses, hint of tart fruit (apricot maybe?). Honey comes later, a little flower/clove; black pepper, too, even black tea. Never very sweet, ends on a very 'Brett'-y note, a bit medicinal, exceedingly dry.

M: Super-crisp, carbonation/yeast combo brings cutting sharpness that's not 'acidic' whatsoever. Medium body, faint clinging coat.

D: Quite easy to drink, especially after a couple hours of raking/weeding/gutter cleaning/etc. 'Rustic' charm, smacks of the best of the Belgian/French 'farmhouse' styles...will definitely be revisiting this one again. 6.5% is fair, modest. Thank you (to the best of my recollection) Alan/BanditBrewingCo for sending this several months back.

On a side note, I recall the Portland BAs sharing a bottle of this a tasting held back in February. THAT bottle was stunning, perhaps the bast of anything we tried the entire afternoon...were I reviewing then, scores would have been even higher.

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Photo of STEG
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass, according to Ommegang this is Batch#2 from october of 2008. Pours a dark orange color with a nice slightly off white head. That lingers for a little bit then disappears. The nose is full of apple orange and cloves, with notes of honey. Taste is certainly funky, I can taste ginger, some tea black tea flavors, that horse blanket flavor, and others that i cant quite figure out with little to no alcohol presence. This stuff could be from the Martian surface itself but in a very good way. Mouthfeel is nice and tingly with a semi dry finish. An easy drinker but it doesn't go down too fast, I found myself sitting and trying to figure out what I was tasting. I would recommend at least trying this one. Ommegang hasn't disappointed me yet and this one is no different I will be getting this one at least once more, and would like to pair it with some of the recommended food.

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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 mudbug
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this is my first American sour, I love it.
There is quite a bit of sediment in the bottle which is labeled batch #2 Oct. 2008.
Poured carefully into a large wine glass, even then a 2" head appears and hangs on till done (well thats not much of a measurement ,as after my first taste the end came pretty quick.)
Slightly hazy amber.
Smell is well, I have to use what I've read here, Funk? Earthy?
Not overpowering at all, in fact nice! Like a damp haystack?
I was expecting a lot worse, I am surprised.
Taste is an epiphany, Sour cherries come to mind, then some malt like a good lager, then hops kind of like a good pale ale.
Well I guess that's what everyone means by complex.
Wow, I can't wait to explore more of this, BRAVO!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Batch #2 October 2008 6.5% ABV Serve at 50 Degrees F

A - The whole bottle is sadly populated with unsettled yeast sediment but still allows the bier to pour an almost clear brilliant honey golden amber shade. The two-and-a-half finger head is an off-white and loose behemoth refusing to leave. As the big bubbles pop they leave delicate and small lacing bits down the side of the glass.

S - A light funk of horse blanket comes over the low aroma. It's immediately followed by a very well balanced hop and malt combination. Part pale malt, part crystal or caramel giving it an underlying sweetness, it's well accented by the pungent hops. A crisp aroma of floral and herbal hops with a touch of pineapple. As the head went down the aroma became more present and funkier.

T - Pale malts and a touch of sweetness and toastiness are delicate on the tongune witha very light funk that is more pronounced on the nose. A slight lemony astringency is towards the finish that could be from the dry hopping possibly or from the age. The overall flavor is light and slightly one-dimensional. It lacks the broader depth that the aroma has but is still good.

M - Light bubbles dance on the tongue like fine champagne with out a crisp bite in the throat. It's a rather light-bodied bier that feels lagered and goes down smooth.

D - I may end up finishing this 750 by myself [I did] and I'm ok with that. It's good all around but doesn't present any outstanding features. Just a good bier. It probably should have been consumed in May or June. I think the age may have mellowed out some of what could have been the finer point to this bier.

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light amber orange color with about a finger-width cream colored head. The effervesce makes the wild yeast dance.

S: Orange citrus is dominant when cool. As it warms the piney hops comes out. All the while there is a spiciness that I have come to expect from Ommegang beers.

T: The taste follows the aroma. Orange sweetness, spiciness, with the piney hops to finish.

M: Medium bodied, light to balanced carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. I've been drinking a 750ml bottle and not finding any reason to stop drinking it or not drink it again. Very enjoyable. And at 6.5% I can enjoy it all night long. A very pleasant find.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2, October 2008. Consumed on 07/29/09.

A- Poured into my Duvel tulip, this beer pours a clear orangish-gold color with a dense yet effervescent head of foam that settles to a thick cap over the beer, staying there for its duration. Each sip leaves behind a few spots of lacing.

S- Musty, funky layers of brett with the typical notes of peppery spice. There's a nice undercurrent of fleshy fruit and orange peel that gives the smell an enticing sweetness. A slightly "hot" note of ammonia shows up as the beer warms.

T- The funky notes are nicely understated amidst bright flavors of fruity malts and the expected peppery spiciness. The finish leaves a lingering taste of metallic yeast and sweet fruit.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with watery edges on the finish. Some light yet active carbonation moves graciously over the palate.

D- Highly drinkable. The flavor is light enough on the barnyard funk and has a delicious backing of fruity sweetness that adds some great complexity. The 6.5% makes this even more manageable.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2. 750ml corked bottle served in a Chimay chalice. Poured a reddish gold with a finger of white head. A bit of brett in the aroma along with some citrus and sugar. Light bodied, very refreshing. Dry with a spritzy mouthfeel. Lightly tart, could be a little more for my taste. Nothing substantial, but very drinkable. A training wheels Brett beer. Considering the price, I don't think I would buy it again.

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Photo of dqderrick
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 3.5
Hard pour produced 1.5" head. Ooops. Thick head had some lasting power. Some small sediment floating. I thought I was pretty careful. Orange red in color. 5 minutes later, head settle to thin layer.

S - 4.0
Sweet and sour. Just a touch of wood. Smells carbonated.

T - 4.0
Dry, very dry. A little sweet aftertaste. Very subtle flavor. Spices, but can't place anything specific.Mmmmm, wood/oak aftertaste. Delicious!

MF - 3.5
Not too carbonated and not extremely smooth. Plays well with the palate.

D - 4.5
Very drinkable. I drank a 750ml by myself. I enjoyed every sip. It wasn't extravagant and it wasn't a standout.

It was a great experience.

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Photo of JRed
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange-amber with yeast particles floating around. Aroma of citrus, lemon zest, and a bit of funk. Taste is zesty, citrus, slight funky undertones, peach tart in the center. Light bodied and crisp with medium carb. A crisp, fruity brew that goes perfectly on a summer day.

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Photo of AltBock
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle that corked and caged. On this bottle is a large black with white trim label that has the red planet orbiting in space with a gold "Biere De Mars" revolving around it. Below Mars is where they tell you it's refermented with Brett yeast and that it has an ABV of 6.5%. Off to the left is a picture of their year round brews in 750 ml bottles, the Government warning, and a description of the brewery itself. Off to the right side is where you can find a description of the beer, a saying written in gold letters, and a picture of the brewery. On the tiny neck label is where you'll find the batch number and a brewed month and year. My bottle was from Batch #2 and brewed in October 2008.

Appearance: For some odd reason I didn't want to pour this beer into any exotic glassware, so I just poured this beer into my small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter. "Biere De Mars" wasn't as red as the red planet, but more of a hazy golden orange with a tiny tint of amber mixed in. It's hazy because of the massive amount of Brett yeast particles floating around in this beer. I fully doubt that the particles are actually hops. Don't ask how I can tell. When this sweet liquid touched the glass, up rises a huge creamy head of white foam. This huge head of foam had good retention that left behind a small string of white rings and if you're lucky enough to catch it, a single spot of white lace. It had a great color to it, but the head of foam receded a little too fast.

Smell: This beer has a nice lightly sour "down on the farm" aroma to it. That means you get that heavy hay scent to it. If you've ever had a Brett beer before then you know what I'm talking about. Behind the farmyard aroma was a gentle touch of sour cherry, cedar, and a whiff of bubblegum. Basically, if Bazooka Joe was ever sent to live down on the farm that was surrounded by a small cedar forest, then this is the beer that shows you what that adventure would smell like.

Taste: The very first thing I noticed about the taste was the level of dryness that this beer had. I thought the dry of this beer was set pretty high. It wasn't dry like the salt flats. I guess you could say that it was dry as a dry martini. The first taste that I received was that of some moderately sour Brett yeast and it's farmyard brother. Following that taste of funky yeast was a hint of cedar and a touch of bubblegum. The Brett yeast was flexing its muscle and it showed in the taste.

Mouthfeel: This Ommegang beer was a light to medium bodied of beer with a good level of carbonation and lightly sour/dry aftertaste of more of that farmyard funkyness and a speck of bubblegum. I hope you don't get too attached to the aftertaste because it will not last long.

Drinkability: Ommegang makes some great beers and this beer is somewhere in the middle of their line up. If you're a fan of Ommegang beers or if you would like to start out in the Brett yeast beer world, then you might want to buy a bottle of this beer. As for me, I don't think I would turn down a bottle if this was offered to me.

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Photo of scootny
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A year old cellaring of the original bottling.

A burnt orange with an off white head. A bit of lacing

Smell is fruity with a light sweet malt breadiness. A Belgian funkiness from the yeasts gives a twist to the nose.

Taste is Belgian amber, rich in malt with a heavy fruitiness. The brett gives a strong souring and a heavy metallic aftertaste that I feel detracts from what think would be an outstanding beer.

Feel is light and finely carbonated. A real joy to the mouth. Refreshing.

Drinkability is excellent in spite of the aftertaste. I will review a fresh on in case this one does not age well.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange-amber color with a bubbly, foamy, three-finger head that left some lace. It had quite a bit of yeast sediment floating in the bottle of the bottle.

S - It smelled very fruity and somewhat funky. It really had a sweet nose.

T - It tasted fruity, like apples, pears and some cherry. It had a caramel malt backbone.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to full-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good belgian-style ale. However, it did not leave me wanting to go buy another.

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Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml

Batch #1
April 2008

This has been sitting in the cellar for awhile now thanks to the ever generous Dyan, way to hook it up buddy! A two finger, creamy beige head sits atop the sunset orange body. The head took barely any persuasion to stand tall and slowly fell to a thick cap with a collar that leaves behind plenty of peaked and valleyed lacing. When backlit the body shows off more polished copper hues but when sitting on the table shows the shifting orange of a sunset.

It seems to me the brett Ommegang dosed these bottles with is starting to take make its presence known. Deep whiffs bring along gobs of mustiness and a mild horsey funk. Wildflowers and sweet peach in small quantities also come to mind rather quickly. A mild but bright caramel malty base lays down the foundation while a spicy; white pepper character comes along through the mustiness. This one sports dried fruits and soft spices I can't put my finger on but thoroughly enjoy.

The flavor follows the nose stride for stride. A good deal of soft spices leads the way over the tongue with white pepper being most noticeable and dried apricots follow. A soft caramel base gives way to the musty brett notes and a handful of dusty wildflowers. This is a superbly balanced brew between the maltiness, spiciness, and mustiness. It's all around subtle and enjoyable.

The body leans toward the lighter side of moderate with a noticeable but soft carbonation that pushes things through at a steady pace. A refreshing prickliness gets left behind after each swallow. The spices linger on the finish along with a mild sweetness.

The abv and lighter body make this an easy beer to put away. The spicing makes it a sipper but one I could sip away at for a majority of the day.

I had my eye on this beer since I first heard about it. I've always had a soft spot for Rare Vos and the brett version seemed right up my alley. It turned out to be an excellent beer. Thanks for the bottle, Dyan!

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color when poured in to a tulip glass was hazy deep amber with a orange hue, with all kinds of little floating chunks of whatever floating in my glass. It must be peach or apricots. The flavor has a sort of sour taste, as in a fruity flavor, but, not really that good. Fizzy and sour, fruity flavor is what first stood out upon my first sip. Just not a lot of flavor, what little there is!

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Photo of pwoods
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged brown bottle, purchased at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC, poured into a tulip/flute.

A: Pours a golden copper with some hazy depth. Two fingers of off white head forms and holds for a bit before falling to a thick skim. A bit of lacing.

S: A bit of farmy brett funk with a light and pleasant Belgian candi sweetness. A touch of sour/tart fruit in the back. Pleasant, soft maltiness.

T/M: The brett is pretty light, just a little mustiness with very light tart fruit in the back. Nice sweetness between the soft bready malts and Belgian sugar. The body is medium to medium light with good carbonation that makes it feel very light on the tongue. Some additional dryness which I'd guess is coming from the brett.

D: Definitely would have liked to see more funk and sour but a decent beer without having much. Drinks very easy and is hitting the spot after today's hot and humid day.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into my Duvel tulip. Batch#2 October 2008. It was a clear orange amber color with carb fount in center. Good lacing. It had a very large foamy white head that slowly settled to a constant 1/8" foam.

The aroma was heavy on brett as well as spicy and dry. Good aroma but would have loved a little more funk to it. The taste was good but not as good as the aroma. Grainy, lemony with a spicy finish. Was too dry for me and had a weird after-taste that I couldn't pin down that took away from it. It's a middle of the pack style for me but this one was in the 2nd tier of those that I've had. Needed some sweet to offset the extremely dry finish. Half the bottle was plenty as the dryness started adding up.

Overall, a good beer that missed the mark for me. I really like most of their other beers so I'll stick to those. One and done.

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Photo of rdickey
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an orange-hued gold into a Duvel tulip, with a nice one- to two-finger head that lingers and leaves nice lacing. Odd patch of bubbles at the bottom of the glass; note to self: must clean glasses better.

Smell: Almost all funky barnyard brett in the nose in the nose at first. As it warms, black pepper and floral notes come through.

Taste: There's a lot going on here, and it works well together. The brett doesn't overpower a nice balance of citrus and sweet fruit notes, pepper and spice and a noticeable but not dominant tartness.

Mouthfeel: Quite zippy, which works really well for the taste. It finishes almost totally clean, forcing you to dive into the next sip.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Today is yet another rainy day, but this would be particularly good on a summer afternoon, outside with some bread and cheese. I suppose I will make do.

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3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass

A: Batch #2 October 2008. Brett. added, bring it on! Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of fizzy off-white head with okay retention. Hazy dark peach color with some chunks.
S: Tart, raspberry, dust/must, apricot.
T: Whoa, very wild. Too wild maybe? Not much other flavor until it warms, then pleasant malt is unveiled. At first, an overwhelming dryness started the sip, not as tart as I would have expected.
M: Chalky/pithy, very fizzy, sweetness at the very end balances it out.
D: This beer gets significantly better with warming to achieve the best taste at room-ish temperature. It went from a 1.0 to a 3.5 and gets pretty tasty actually. I would not buy again or order another glass, but I'm glad to have tried it - no regrets there.

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