RATINGS: 705   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Pours a hazy orange-gold color and is topped by an off white head. Aromas of lemons and herbs waft from my glass. There are also some thin malty notes in the nose. The taste is lightly sweet up front, and is quite crisp and clean. Some subtle notes of herbal lemon character are present. Nice, crisp, and refreshing, with perhaps a hint of acidity in the finish. Basically a good hot weather beer.

My biggest complaint is that this beer is being released in the wrong season. It should be a late spring/ summer beer. For this to really work, for me, the alcohol should be boosted up to about 8%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Damn, I hate liking New Belgian beers. How the heck does this brewery make a living from Flat Tire when they produce such good beers otherwise? The pour reminds me of Tang, only not quite as bright. Lots of suspended yeast. Not a whole lot or a head or lacing, though, but that's typical for the style. Scent is light malt with a bit of citrus. Taste is also light. Some citrus hints with some spices hide behind a delicate and crisp malt. I find this cleaner than most Saisons. Mouthfeel is a bit watery but not too much so, though it could use a bit more carbonation. Overall this is pretty good and a find complement to the rest of NB's offerings, if only they'd get rid of Flat Tire and a few others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3669) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 28, 2004
bottle-pours a cloudy orange appearance with lots of yeast floaties. nice sweet/spice/berry aroma. medium body-tart and spicy flavors with sweet finish. nice brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Like the way this one poured, it was a 1/4 inch head with a cloudy orangish color. Smell was citrusy. Drank it down with no real outstanding features or dislikes. Would recommend this one for a nice spring day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6630) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: APR 22, 2012 Update, bottle, LOF version, April 2012. Makes me wonder if my original rating below was really for the same beer. This is richly orange, highly carbonated, with a firm but thin head. The beer emits quite the aroma -- robust and weighted with fruit, yeast and herbs. The beer drinks with a warming edge, flavored with a bit of orange rind, and garden freshness. Numbers updated/upped based on this latest impression. <<Original rating, Feb 2004, from a non-LOF bottle: Hazy orange-yellow with a decent head (if poured down the middle of the glass). There’s honey on the nose. Decent yeast-weighted flavor with a wheaty character, smooth but not overbearing. Not as full-charactered as a good Belgian wheat, but not a bad interpretation for the US market.>>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 18, 2004
Overall a little dissapointing. Pours a hazy orange/amber in color, with no head. Flavors of honey, and light citrus notes. The good note is that it goes down easy so I can try something else.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
snowtiger (107) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2004
I am disappointed in Biere de Mars this year. The aroma is not as pungent as last year, there is no head, the color is not as deep, the beer is cloudy, and its missing the Belgian "funkiness" (tart, house blanket, musty, etc) that made this beer so unique last year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2004
Hoppy nose, light golden/orange color, fluffy head, mildly hoppy flavor with hints of citrus and maybe even a little love.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 14, 2004
While I don't get any orange flavor or aroma from this one, I do get all the wonderful citrus lambic complexes. Amber red, possibly orange in color. A fine specialty ale from this brewer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2004
No head or lacing in this one. Orange aroma with some hoppy smells along for the weak ride. Lemon, hops, and carbonation about sum up this one. Not bad, but could be better.

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