gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color of a cut open butternut squash, and cloudy. The head rises then drops and floats like a hand-knitted tam. Clingy.
Smells of straw bales, and a walk through a veggie garden in July; warm vegetable leaves and tilled soil.
Taste of spicy baby greens. There’s citrus, and a reminder of coriander. Apricot. Delicious muskmelon! Floats on a carbonated swell with chewy grain raft.
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
eh nothing great from the genereally awsome guys at new belgium the organe doesnt come off well and i was disapointed by the shitty finish..sorry i just dont dig it
videofrog (57) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From Notes, 4/16/12:
Poured a 22oz bottle into Duvel Tulip. No apparent bottling or best by date.
A: Cloudy orange with 2 finger rocky white head. Sporadic lacing down the glass as the head dissipates after a few minutes.
S: A lot going on here. Lemon & orange stand out the most. Faint bitterness and lots of spiciness. Coriander, maybe?
T: Taste follows the nose. Citrus up front with some funky yeast. Spices in the middle and slightly bitter hop finish.
M: Juicy and medium-bodied. Carbonation is good for this lighter style.
O: My first Biere de garde; I really enjoyed it. Easy to drink, but has nice complexity. Like New Belgium often does, it encourages you to go seek out more of a style.
BigNasty (55) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at brewery and purchased on several occasions. VERY interesting cloudy orange color. I like the malty, citrusy flavor and the smooth, creamy mouthfeel. One of NBB’s more consistent beers.
bgoguen (53) - Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Biere de Mars is a truly amazing beer. It almost glows in the bottle. This is a transcendent saison-style with awesome golden-orange color and great tangy, citrus aromas. Earthy, fruity, citrus-orange and floral notes bubble to the surface with a subtle yeasty background and smooth, crisp, well-balanced character. No overpowering spiciness like some saisons. I’ve picked up this seasonal brew for years now and it never gets old. I look forward to it every year and toward the end of the season I stockpile a six pack or two in my fridge so I can have it even after it’s sold out. This is a must try for any NB fan or any fan of great Belgian-style beers.
danfosha (50) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orangish beige, kind of fizzy white head, fair lacing, mostly diminishing head, loaded with visible yeast, large particles, the liquid itself is about average density. Barnyard horsy yeast aroma (more so as I finished my glass), with a touch of citrus, a bread level malt, some nutmeg, clove, etc. Light acidity and moderate sweetness, with some bitterness, the finish is less bitter and less acidic, sweetness lingers. Medium length finish. Medium body. Fresh juice-like texture. Fizzy carbonation. The finish is lightly astringent. An unusual combination of flavors, very interesting, but not something I would regularly drink. My guess is that this beer is meant to go with food.
BrotherJason (47) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge bubbly head over a hazy pale pour. Lively carbonation is visible as head goes rocky until collapse. Aroma is of strong citrus, barnyard and earth. Taste is fairly sweet, but with more bitterness than expected. Mild sweet finish with a hint of bitterness. Minor soapy off flavor in the finish, as well.
RogerBurks (45) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beautiful beer to look at. The aroma is inviting and seductive, a hint of the many pleasures to come. The beer itself is complex: waves of fruit, malt, grass, spice and yeast. Those flavors deepen as the palate lingers. One of my new favorites.
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I look forward to theis beer every year since it came out. Its got a nice sweet fruit fully spiced nose. Pours a golden orange color witha quickly disapating head. Mellow, yet spicy, extremely pleasant.
thoreaubred (42) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was certainly better than the 1554 stuff I had tried which tasted like rotting garbage. This is a quality, complex spring ale. Not really my style, so not spectacular, but decent for what it is.