A Bretter Day Biere De Mars Ale
Two Brothers Brewing Company

A Bretter Day Biere De Mars AleA Bretter Day Biere De Mars Ale
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French Bière de Garde
Ranked #89
Ranked #27,400
3.79 | pDev: 6.86%
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
A Bretter Day Biere De Mars AleA Bretter Day Biere De Mars Ale
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Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of bacterial funk, hint of pineapple, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of citrus hops. Fits the style of a Biere de Garde. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is also a dryness. Tastes of bacterial funk, hint of pineapple, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of citrus hops. Overall, good aroma and feel, but lacking in body, but the bacterial funk shines through.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Best by 10/24/16"; drank 6/26/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a small white head which quickly dissipated; minimal lace.

Lemon, pineapple & honeyed grain notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Lemon & dry pineapple flavors up front; mild yeast funk & very faint tartness on the finish.

Fruity, dry & simple; drinkable but not going to stay on your mind very long.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12/2/17 Had again and I stand behind the earlier review below (with some editing.) I had Bretter today with a garlicky soup and it went well. This beer will broaden the market for brett beyond those few who have a high tolerance for the sour that most the brett producers today cater to. Two Brothers may have the secret: offer the brett in more modest quantities.

Original review:
Maybe... this biere is the best way to serve brett to brett-phobes like me.
Confession: I'm gradually beginning to appreciate the sours in the German tradition, but liking Belgian sours resists me... perhaps because I appreciate the rest of the Belgian tradition so much more.

So... along comes Two Brothers, the saver of obscure styles. They probably saved the Biere de Garde with their cash cow, Domaine DuPage. Making the American market, they decided to expand the product line. Some brews stay, most retreat to the archives. To this line, the Two Bros inject the unpredictable brett. Decent with some summer foods, like salad because it cuts through vinegar and lemon like a champ. But if I were to have Bretter Day with garlicky and sauteed foods, it is less likely to be a contender... like Domaine DuPage is.

I am a pretty aggressive enjoyer of Two Brothers and, frankly, their success. I will have Bretter Day again, if they offer it again. But only because I'm trying to open my buds to brett.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slighty hazed yellow golden color with white colored head. Funk, citrus, light grass, and some barnyard on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with funk and tartness, lightly tart not too much.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Copper body, clear, white head, wispy, and moderate lacing.

S - Sour notes, a touch of rubber, wood and grape flesh.

T - Opens with a sour spike, which fades into a fruit flesh element, then a mild earthy minerality, and a nip of bitterness in the close.

M - Open is slightly puckering, close is prickly.

O - Decent but not exceptional Bière de Garde.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm surprised by the low-ish community rating: amongst Brett beers—I style I largely enjoy—I find this nonetheless a breath of fresh air (and I here resist the urge to force another "brett" pun).

Beautiful bronze-kissed golden color; bright, furious effervescence; slight haze, and moderate, slow-retreating head all portend well. The aromatics likewise promise excellence, with a mild, fresh bretty quality, which packs as much fruit-skin and grape-must and creosote notes as it does conventional saddle-&-barn. The flavor-profile is quite good, though not quite up to the pitch promised by appearance and aroma. There's some nice jammy-grapey notes (think a young grenache), some lime-zest tones, hints of melon and under-ripe plum, some very mild leathery bite, and it finishes with flashes of dry hay and slightly-bitter fresh grass; my only complaint is it's just a bit sticky-sweet, though certainly not out of range for the base bière-de-garde style.

One of the more exciting beers I've tasted in the past few weeks, for the confluence of novelty (not a lot of brett-premised beers in affordable six-pack form) and tasty execution.

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Photo of tempest
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This Brett Biere de Garde packs an earthy, tangy punch but doesn't go overboard. It's a rich funk character, though the underlying beer gets a little lost below it. Still, I'd have another.

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Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 9/29/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy dark golden with a small white head that fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have lots of banana and bubblegum with some hints of funk. Clove notes are there. Yeast is present as well. The flavors seem to follow the nose. It's sweet with a subtle tartness, but nothing cloying or overwhelming at all. More hints of banana and bubblegum. Slight funk present. Yeast and malts do their thing. Slightly earthy. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a very nice brew. It's very enjoyable and refreshing stuff. Well crafted. I really like it.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent amber color with a modest cap of soapy, off-white froth. Aroma is sour and slightly funky with an indistinct fruitiness.

The taste is not nearly so sour as the nose suggests, however the Brett’s barnyard funk is in full effect, bolstering a bready malt backbone. Mild, grassy hops add an additional layer of complexity, while the light, lactic sourness rounds out the flavor profile. Medium-light body and gentle carbonation make for a light, airy mouthfeel.

The net effect is something like an amped up saison, but still with its own identity. It's a fairly unique, summery beer that I’d probably have to have again to fully appreciate.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Beer market in Schaumburg. Arrives in a pint glass with a full finger of foam that recedes slowly. Hazy orange brown color. Aroma is quite fruity and you can certainly detect the Brett.

First sip has a fruity flavor up front but substantial body. Not much sour twang. Surprised as how full bodied and sweet this is, was expecting it to be drier. The bock style really shines through.

Not sure if I've reviewed a bier de Mars before. This is a nice beer but I think I'd enjoy it more if it were drier.

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Photo of laketang
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours very clear orange with hazy top, no head
spice of cinnamon and estery, orange peel and peach
slight sour and secondary sweetness, balanced
lemon tangy not overpowering
medium body some creaminess
slight bitter finish

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Noble Grains NYC on the UES.
Clear amber with nice carbonation and limited head and lacing, the smell is sweet and malty with a hint of overripe strawberries, taste is biscuity malts with a crisp slightly funking tartness at the end that lingers, the beer is light bodied with bright carbonation. A yummy, very easy to drink beer with just the right amount of funk.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 09/28/16.

A - Pours cloudy golden orange with some sediment visible, with little over a finger of frothy white head that leaves good scattered fluffy lacing. Appears actively carbonated. Looks very nice.

S - A light tart bretty acidic funk strikes me initially, but gives way to notes of pureed stone fruits: mangoes, apricots, peaches, maybe a little pear, with lots of tart citrusy lemon in the background.. Gives off a very juicy & tropical aroma. The brett & yeasts lend notes of funk, cold leather, apple / pear cider. A pretty mouthwatering aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose: the brett & the house yeast lend derived fruit flavors: sweetened notes of mango, peach, apricot, green apple, pear, lemon. Lightly tart acidic funk from the brettanomyces. Very juicy & tropical stuff. Just a hint of bready malt, with a semi-dry, juicy finish.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, juicy, clean. Light-bodied & easy drinking.

Overall, an interesting offering from Two Brothers, would love to see more like this.

Two Brothers A Bretter Day Bière De Mars Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of mynie
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at their Round House in Aurora.

Pours dark, translucent gold with a fluffy white head.

Smells earthen and sharp--basically par for the style. Brett is present but not to a degree that one might assume from the name, and also more neophyte beer people might think it's weak because it doesn't smell like sweet tarts. But, historically, for the style, it's nice.

Tastes good. Lightly sharp brett up front, moving into a middle of hay and peaches, finishing on a strong nodes of grass and peat.

Not really an exceptional version of the style, but pretty darn good.

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Photo of babaracas
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one has promise. Two Brothers makes a perfectly decent, if not a little too sweet, Biere de Garde, maybe here's a brett'd variant? Not so much. Pours a a clear amber, one finger thick soapy white head that settles quickly to a thin ring, dots of lace down the glass. Smell: barnyard, wet grass, earth, peach, a cheesy note. Brett city! Taste: tiny bit of toast, grassy, grainy, peach candy, note of lemon wedge, earthy finish. Nice but there's barely anything backing up the brett and grassy + earthy hopping. Light bodied, crisp. Refreshing, sure. If this was called a Brett Session instead of Biere de Mars I would be reviewing in a different frame of mind. Still, it's a tasty little brett showcase!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a solid offering by Two Brothers trying it at the tap house. It poured clear yellow with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is belgianie almost a white wine. The taste is evenly balance between the Belgian brett twang and sweet malt. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's worth a shot.

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Photo of BTodd
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L-Nice fluffly head, very clear, golden leaning a touch orange with champagne bubbles

S-Fruity, stinky brett character that isn't bad but I'd like it to be more malt mixed in there as well.

T-had one yesterday too cold and all I got was brett. Today at 50 degrees some of the malt character comes in and it's nicer. A hint of toasty malt character starting to show with a bit of huskiness as it warms up.

M-I really like this part of the beer. Substantial mouth feel but enough carbonation to keep things moving along.

O-I wouldn't buy another six of this but it drinks well enough. I was hoping for just a kiss of brett on something a little closer to their Domaine DuPage Biere de Garde. I understand the style but it's just a bit too bretty for this beer.

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A Bretter Day Biere De Mars Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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