Monday, May 18, 2009

Biere de Mars

Well, it's finally happened. Hell has frozen over. The mighty Ommegang has made a beer I don't like.

Biere de Mars is not a bad beer, really, and it is very popular, so what do I know? It just doesn't suit my highly specific aesthetic, which has its basis in a certain breed of buttery golden Belgian ales like Duvel, Diabolique, and Hennepin.

It's brewed with the uber-funky Brettanomyces yeast, which worked well for me when they did it with Ommeggedon, but not this time. This beer's got a wheaty kind of bitterness, not the hoppy kind I prefer.

(On the other hand, maybe I got a bad bottle. Others report a big frothy head on it, where I got hardly any head at all.)

- - JSH

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