Passport: New Belgium’s Biere De Mars

This was only my second encounter with beer involving Brettanomyces and this time, I was much more pleasantly surprised.

“Biere de mars is an obscure subcategory of biere de garde, which itself is an obscure category of rustic, medium-bodied malty farmhouse ales originally brewed to nourish farmworkers in what used to be the Kingdom of Flanders (now parts of France and Belgium).” – Zak Stambor, Chicago Tribune.

New Belgium describes their version as follows:

“With earthy tones of ripe mango and lemon verbena, this bottle-conditioned ale reflects the hearty character of the southern Belgian and northern French countrysides. Brewed with barley, oats and wheat malt, Biere de Mars’ celestial orange hue inspired the planetary play on words.

Brettanomyces, a wild yeast strain, added for bottle-conditioning creates a refreshingly sour flash across the palate. Lemon peel coupled with the lemon verbena imparts fruitlike character and a citrusy finish.” 

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