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Bière De Mars

Name – Bière De Mars
Country – United States
Type – Bière De Garde

Appearance – Pours a very cloudy orange color with a big, bubbly head that disappears very quickly right in front of your eyes.

Smell – You pick up the brett immediately along with some sour apple notes.

Taste – Brett, yeast, sour apple, cherries and little bit of hops.

I had never heard of the style Bière De Garde before but when I saw that it uses brett in it that it must be a sour beer.  I noticed that the bottle said it was bottled in October 2008 so it is already a year old for me.  I’m thinking that may be why the sour notes were not as powerful as say Bam Bière.  I enjoyed it as I do with everything Ommegang does but I think unless the sour notes died down because of the aging that I’ll stick with Jolly Pumpkin if I want a straight up sour ale.

Overall Grade – B-

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  • Reply nate

    I actually cultured the yeast out of this beer and used in my christmas brew.

    I like omegang, but this one let me down a bit.

    November 30, 2009 at 9:03 am
  • Reply Simply Beer

    My next podcast will be all about the funk! We’re going to be including this one, along with Nøgne-Ø Tyttebaer, JP oro de Calabaza, duchessic, reinart wild, New belgium Bier de Mars, and maybe a couple others. Can’t wait! I wonder if I’ll have the same thoughts as you guys one this beer.

    Nate, you should write a post on the yeast cultivation from commercial bottles. I’d love to learn.

    December 6, 2009 at 9:30 pm
  • Reply Mike

    I’m really starting to like the sour ales lately but can’t find enough of them here. We don’t get a full line of JP here, I have to travel a couple hours to get a good selection of them. And I don’t really know who else makes them but I look forward to seeing what you think of these ones Pete.

    December 7, 2009 at 4:09 pm
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