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RATINGS: 701   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Biere De Mars is New Belgium’s exploration of the classic French and Belgian brews celebrating the half-winter, half-spring month of March. Our bottle-conditioned version, however, goes where no BIERE DE MARS has gone before. After gazing at its cloudy, yet glowing orange hue, prepare yourself for a celestial collaboration of oats, wheat, barley malt and lemon verbena, all of which is set into orbit by unidentified flying yeast strains.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2003 Pours to a glowing orange color with tiny yeasties floating around. Aroma is a soft spiciness and citric hops. Flavors are bready and spicy. Leans toward a dry finish. The yeast added more depth to this quaffable brew. I landed this beauty on my trip to the Grand Canyon State.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2002
I like the citrus taste. The aroma isn’t too strong, but this is made up for in what’s really important, the taste. Fat tire might be a little better, but not by much.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2547) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2005 Hazy bright amber with light quickly fading head. Aroma is citrusy and spicy. Lemon verbena makes for an interesting herbal addition: adds spiciness, fruitiness and some lemony tones (note, there is no lemon in this beer, just the herb). Flavor is mostly dry and what little malt flavor there is is rather clean, nothing Belgiany/Frenchy happening. Light spiciness. Dryness is puckering like a dry red wine. Med bitter finish is a bit much for style. Tingly mouthfeel with light-med body. Moderately complex and subtle but could use more malt up front. Nice but flawed. Some almost over-whelming alcohol presence- not balanced by sufficient malt. An addendum for the 2005 version, the aroma is full of brett, a big leathery horseblanket pile of cow manure brett! Good stuff. The flavor and palate are still a bit of a letdown though, lacking complexity and body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2002
A very good saison. You really pick up the maltiness and citrus in the aroma as well as the flavor. A damn nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2002
This is good. I love the appearance, burnt orange in color, nice head and lace, good carbonation and cloudiness. It tastes and feels like a French biere de garde, a style that I really like (Saison is the Belgian equivalent of biere de garde). It has that nice malty, yeasty taste. I didn’t notice much of the lemon, which is good in my book. The lemon initally made me apprehensive about trying this, because I don’t like any fruit in my beer, but don’t let it scare you.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2002
Very pretty color and head. Citrus comes out in the end. Nice hops-malt combo.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6354) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2010 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, malt syrup), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of nutmeg, pumpkin, and detergent. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation. Odd aroma reminiscent of Thanksgiving time beers, squashy and nutmeggy. Some flaws too, though...crude malt character that’s more or less New Belgium’s trademark, and some soap. Sweetness lingers uncomfortably long into the finish; difficult to drink much of.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2270) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2001
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2003 One of the most unusual beers that I have ever tried. Sorta orangey flavored with some sourness and bananas involved. Spice is in the finish as well.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
inthebuff99 (11) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2001

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2663) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 2, 2001
Very different. Somehow tastes like exactly what it is, an American/Belgian hybrid. Sort of a heavier, less fruity version of a witbier, and according to the bottle is spontaneously fermented. Not bad at all.


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