Biere de Mars - New Belgium, Fort Collins
I picked up this bottle of New Belgium's Biere de Mars back when the Lips of Faith series first hit shelves earlier this year. I've been wanting to drink this for quite some time but never really got around to it. Well, the time has finally come, I've set aside a couple hours and I'm determined to show this bomber who's boss. Pouring this beer into my New Belgium goblet was a little underwhelming, there isn't much head and this beer isn't terribly pungent. The Biere de Mars smells a bit like a soapy Belgian pale, a little zesty with a bit of spice. Overall though, this beer wreaks of mediocrity... but I mean that in a good way.
New Belgium's Biere de Mars tastes a lot like it smells, which is to say, mild... That may sound like it'd be a bummer but it works in a really curious way. All of those flavors from the aroma carry through but the proportions are a little different. This beer tastes more sweet than sour and the spice is really mellow. This Biere de Mars is really well balanced and easy to drink. I was expecting the flavors to be a bit more harsh considering the bottle prominantly declares this is an "ale brewed with spices" but like I said, it works in a really curious way.
This beer does come off as a bit watery, especially when it starts to warm up. The texture is creamy and really smooth, meaning you don't get much carbonation. This also means the beer feels awfully flat as it warms and some of the more delicate flavors fade away.
I really wanted to like this beer, it's a super mellow and well balanced Bière de Mars. It's so well balanced that is seems pedestrian. There isn't anything all that notable here...