Ares' Bière de Mars Recipe Kit

SKU: UB10180

Known as Ares to the Greeks and Mars to the Romans, the God of war and agriculture lends his name to this farmhouse ale that pays tribute to the Bière de Mars style—a rare subtype of the French Bière de Garde. It pours amber red and is capped by white foam. Low bitterness emphasizes the malt character—rich yet mellow with undertones of toasty toffee. French Saison yeast creates a decidedly dry finish with distinctive farmhouse funkyness that is accented by the subtle herbal and fruity notes of French Strisselspalt hops. Full-flavored yet easy-drinking, it's perfectly suited for the transition into the growing season, from the cold months of winter to the fertile days of spring.

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Bière de Mars is a rare subtype of the French Bière de Garde style. Bière de Garde (literally “beer for keeping”) comes from the farmhouse brewing traditions of the region, where beer was brewed in the cooler months in between growing seasons. Bière de Garde was strong and malty, capable of being stored for substantial periods of time, to be drank throughout the warm summer months to sustain the farmers until the return of the cool weather of the brewing season. Bière de Mars (literally “beer of March”) was the last beer brewed at the end of the brewing season (usually around March), brewed to a lower gravity than Bière de Garde, it was intended to be drank fresh rather than cellared like Bier de Garde - it was the last to be brewed, and the first to be drank.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style German/Czech/Continental
Beer Style Amber Ale
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1054
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

Delicious alternative to saisons Review by mlk
Brewed with Wyeast French Saison yeast. This is the yeast I've use for saisons in the past (instead of the Belgian variety), so, not surprisingly, this beer has lots in common with the Belgian farmhouse ales I've brewed. The malt character dominates here, but is complemented nicely by the Belgian yeast spiciness. Highly recommended. (Posted on 9/9/14)
Really nice beer Review by Tim
I just opened my first of this beer. Delicious stuff. The description sounds pretty close to what I taste. I used the Danstar Belle Saison yeast and an O2 aeration kit for the wort. I just pitched the dry yeast directly at around 66F. I fermented at 66F in the primary over 2 weeks, with a slow ramping to be around 72 in the last week or so of fermentation. SG was 1.055, and final was 1.004. Final gravity was hit after about 10 days, and I let it sit in the primary for 2 full weeks. I then racked to a secondary for 2 weeks. The beer cleared nicely and stayed at a gravity of 1.004 despite a few airlock bubbles during the first week. I bottled with 4 oz of corn sugar and bottle conditioned for two weeks in 1 liter ez caps. The beer has a nice head, good lacing, and ample bubbles. The color is very similar to the NB webpage photo sample. The aroma and taste are both fantastic. Highly recommended for those that like saison style beers. (Posted on 8/31/14)
Something Different Review by George
I'm primarily an IPA, scotch, and Irish ale guy so I thought I would give this Belgium farmhouse ale a try for a change of pace. When I was boiling the wort the aroma from the hops was amazing. I just bottled it last week and I am looking forward to trying out my 1st bottle in another week at which point I will update my review. I did of course try some right out the secondary and this ale has a lot of flavor for it's modest SG. The one thing I did notice is that the phenol production by the yeast was higher than I expected but still modest. I'm not a big fan on high phenolic producing yeast so I may brew this kit again and use the California lager yeast that NB recommended for their Biere DeGarde kit in the past. The color is almost exactly like it looks in the picture, we'll see what the head looks like when it's carbed. If you like Belgium ales this is worth giving a try. (Posted on 7/11/14)
Early Impressions Review by Robert
Okay, so this beer isn't final yet, so I'll give it 5 stars and update it when I actually drink it.

I bought this kit the day after it came out, and made it on 4-5-14. Hit the target gravity no problem. Love the color on this one. Into the fermenter it goes.

Racked it 4-30 into secondary after a long, slow ferment. Gravity was 1.010

It's been in secondary ever since. It's currently 5-15 and the airlock still pops every minute or so, so I'm holding off on bottling. The estimated 6 week turnaround on this beer was way off. It's been longer than that and it's not even in the bottle yet, much less conditioned.

That said, I'm really looking forward to this one. If it tastes as good as it looks I'll be one happy camper. The wait is just killing me! (Posted on 5/16/14)

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