Beer: Publick House Bière de Mars
Style: Bière de Mars
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: A New Brunswick apartment
Primary Consumer: Ally and Kerensa
Sight: Nearly clear, amber brown body with absolutely nil head.
Smell: Crisp apple cider scent, both the alcoholic and nonalcoholic varieties.
Flavor: Maybe we’re just hungry and thinking about the French countryside (this is a French Farmhouse Ale style after all), but this tastes like bread and butter. It has a flat, generic malt sweetness and a just the faintness hint of caramel. The apple cider scent translates into a weak apple cider flavor. There’s also a bit of muted peppercorn. It’s complex, clearly, but not particularly enjoyable.
Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation.
Concluding Remark: Don’t let the name fool you, a Bière de Mars is just a Bière de Garde produced specifically for the month of March. It’s our second Bière de Garde of the month, but we’re not convinced. While it’s hard not to compare the inferior Bière de Garde style to the superior Saison (sorry France), in Southampton’s case, it’s even harder to characterize this beer by anything other than its significant resemblance to a hard cider and its odd buttery taste. Given the French penchant for butter, I suppose it all makes sense.
Maybe the Bière de Mars needs to be enjoyed in March. Which is fine, because March 2013 is probably the next time we’ll want to try this one again.