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 (51) - 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.
amalsugar (41) - Tremonton, Utah, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The color of this beer is great. There is a lot of flavors in this beer, and some well hidden alcohol. This is one that goes down smooth and requires some pacing.
GeoDoc (34) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours translucent orange with a thick head, which leaves nice lacing. Aroma is full of citrus and bread. Slides over the tounge with full body and a hoppy bite. Lingering aftertaste (with this beer, its a good thing). One of my favorites!!!
aaron_bossart (33) - Idaho, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
New Belgian Brewery has outdone themselves on this ale. Poors a foggy robust copper-tan color, has a perfect frothy top and has a refreshing yet filling aftertaste. I have tried their Lips of Faith "Brett Beer" and it was decent, but this is HANDS DOWN the best ale I have had in a long time. I would highly recommend it.
ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery -- talk about fresh and properly-served!
Brewed with Pale, Aromatic, C-40 and Carapils malts, all fairly lightly-toasted. Willamette, Cascade and Magnum hops are very much kept in abeyance here, with only 18 IBU. The malts dominate the smell and the taste.
Unpasteurized (as all of this breweries ales are!), unfiltered. bottle-conditioned spring ale on its first run of the season .
Semi-cloudy, orange-colored pretty looking beer.
Notes of orange and lemon in the nose, with wheat and maybe even oats. Taste matches, but lays a bit lower than the smell.
Very drinkable and very pleasant. You who live in Colorado need to try this one at the brewery. You who don’t live in Colorado -- well, tough luck!