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Love (Foeder #3) - New Belgium Brewing

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Love (Foeder #3)
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Single barrel, 3 year old wild beer.

(Beer added by: beerguy101 on 09-05-2003)
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Photo of francisweizen
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%

On-Tap @ During the Toronado New Belgium party. Reviewed from notes.

Dark glowing golden orange, nice tiny meringue foam headon the top of this one. Aromas are funky and all over the place. Malt vinegar, dirt, spider webs, hat, sour cherry, etc. Taste follows through with sharp citric notes and funk. Very sour and vinegar like. Very authentic. Mouthfeel is creamy vs. prickly. Near perfection. Drinkability is GREAT. This is almost like a La Folie/La Terroir blend. Great f'in blend.

francisweizen, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.58/5  rDev +9%

Had this at Toronado somewhat recently. Not the most attractive beer. Poured as a slightly hazy dark golden with a thin head that settles to a ring. The aromas are quite acetic with some spice and fruit, with notes of pear, cardamom, and malt vinegar. Somewhat unusual. The taste is much more successful- in fact, it is wonderful! Very spicy and very sour- just an explosion of flavors that are absolutely huge! Tastes of black pepper, mace, and even a touch of chilis coupled with a massive malt vinegar attack tamed by the spice and a slightly creamy smoothness. Very smooth and spicy, and almost addictive. Extremely interesting beer and a pleasure to drink.

Georgiabeer, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%

On tap at Toronado's 21st anniversary party.

Appearance: Beautifully clear golden-amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Very fruity, berry-like aromas, nicely balanced between sweet and sour, with a good dose of funk.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tart fruit flavors of peach and apple, very cidery. There's a balancing sweetness present beneath the sour that I quite liked, but the vinegar-like flavors are more prominent than I care for. I can see this working in a blend, however - with less vinegar it would be quite good on its own.

largadeer, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

On draft at Toronado SF, described as "a base beer for Le Terroir, kegged personally by Dave Keene")

Appearance is dense amber/orange hue, thin white head dissipates mostly, moderate lacing

Smell is super tart and funk, light fruits, sweet sugary candy, absolutely delicious

Taste is mouth-puckering tartness that dominates from start to finish, vinegar is present, transitions partly to light fruits (pears, apples, peaches) near the end

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth moderate texture, highly carbonated

Drinkability is fair, higher if you're a fan of sour beers, solid tart flavors dominate with a biting carbonation presence, I'm not sure if this is one one-time special release or not, but I would love to compare it to Le Terroir

Stoneman78, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of flexabull
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Made it into the Toronado last night after a baseball game. What a pleasant surprise to find out it was New Belgium night! 6 different beers on tap, 3 of them sours! Plus, they were all at happy hour prices. An awesome sour beer for $3?! Sign me up!

Anyways, onto the beer.

Pours a bright and clear amber color with a decent head. Nice looking beer, it looks innocent enough...

Aromas are super funky. Vinegar, super sour, and red wine like.

Flavor is very potent. Very sour, like a sour candy. Remember sour patch kids? Just like that, and with a touch of sweetness and a creamy malt flavor. Also a hint of vinegar like funk as well.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Quite full feeling.

Drinkability is good. But whoa! Only one of these for me. It's a power house sour, that I am very glad I got to try. This is up there with some of the best.

flexabull, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Tasted in September 2004 at the Toronado in San Francisco on tap. Noticed a small head when the barkeep poured fro the tap. Looked very refreshing. My buddy swears by this beer as he was furious that it dissapeared for about 2 months from the Toronado. A sour, but not ultra sour beer. Not in the same catagory as Cantillion, but a pretty good and tasty sour beer. Has a big oak flavor behind it. Small amounts of lace that fade pretty quickly. Has some kind of taste that I can't difine. Drinks well. Would definitely try again next time I come.

GClarkage, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of beerguy101
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Tasted at the 2003 Belgian Fest at the Pizza Port Carlsbad. An unblended, unaged La Folie. Medium orange color. Smallish head. Aroma is sour, tart, oaky and fruity. Medium bodied ale. Tart, sour and fruity with a touch of oak. Lighter tasting Flemish Sour Ale. Oak flavors are pronounced. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and oaky.

beerguy101, Sep 05, 2003
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Love (Foeder #3) from New Belgium Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.