Tour De Fall - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 10
Gots: 136 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: yankeej13 on 07-30-2014

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber color with finger width foamy head. Mild head retention and lacing on side of the glass. Has a grapefruit and slightly piney aroma. Pale malty taste up front, followed by a slightly hoppy taste. There is a hint of grapefruit at the end. This beer does seem a little watered down, but is overall decent.

Photo of secondtooth
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, orange-amber, with a thick, luxurious head of fine off-white foam. Lace is loopy but nice.

Nose is primarily caramel malts and floral hops, in a nicely-rendered balance.

Taste is a definite classic pale ale (rather than the usual modern American pale ale, which is often indistinguishable from some IPAs), with hops present, but the caramel malts playing an equal (almost leading) role, providing balance and weight to this easy-drinking ale. Nicely done. Not a world changer, but a solid brew for a late Summer/early Fall day.

Photo of avalon07
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very slight aroma of hops, fruit, and malt. OK, but it doesn't necessarily grab you.

T: Tasted of an average amount of hops, light fruit (grapefruit), malt, and a hint of pine. The flavor here is somewhat unbalanced: The hops appear in the finish instead of up front. It's also a little thin. Very uneven.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: This isn't an offensively bad beer by any stretch, but it is uneven. Not bad, but there are better APAs out there.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%

Bottle from Tipples. Enjoy by Dec 2014, poured 8/17/14. Pours dark amber brown but clear with plenty of light showing through, and a one finger fluffy white head. Light hop aroma, floral, with some light malt breadiness. Flavor is bready malt, low sweetness, some floral hop notes, but very much malt forward almost like a fresh mash. A bit watery and low on flavor but altogether inoffensive and easy drinking. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty bland but not bad in any way.

Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint a clear rich copper with a half finger sticky white head.Nutty malt and piney hops in the nose,not overly sweet.Biscuit sweetness upfront on the palate with some drying nutty malts,the hops come in late giving off some green leafiness and mild pine,some noticeable sharpness from the rye is detected.A well flavored somewhat quaffing APA with a nice shot of rye,well done.

Photo of Earthling28
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Too bitter. May be best had with flavorful food.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a surprisingly dark, nearly brown, amber with a two-finger foamy and airy head that quickly compacts to one finger. It left lacing all down the glass.

The aroma is full of floral notes as well as orange and lemon and a hint of toffee.

This beer tastes wonderful. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit up front with a little caramel and toffee right behind with a lingering, dry bitter note and, perhaps, even a touch of toasted bread.

The mouthfeel is slick and yet smooth with just-right carbonation.

Overall, this is a really good pale ale that kept me coming back for more. Nice balance, wonderful flavor. Fall only? Bummer.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown in color with excellent clarity. A fingernail of eggshell white foam sits on top. Brussels lacing. Delicate aroma of faintly spicy pale malt. The flavor is full of gently spiced notes (almost peppery with a hint of rye). Gentle pine hop flavor in the back of the palate. The mouth is crisp and refreshing.

Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best before Dec 14, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid finger of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: An earthy and floral hop forward aroma with hints of grass and citrus fruit. Upfront earthy and floral hops with hints of grass and pine. Citrus fruit hints of orange, lemon zest, grapefruit, and tangerine. Solid malt presence with bready hints of biscuit, grains, caramel, cracker, and yeast along with some sweet honey like hints. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and floral hop forward taste with notes of grass, citrus, and caramel malt. Upfront mix of earthy, floral, and herbal hops with some notes of grass and pine resin. Citrus fruit notes of orange peel, lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit. Good balance of bready malt with notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, toast, and yeast along with slight roast. Also some honey like sweetness. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, somewhat chewy, and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on an American Pale Ale. Good mix of hop esters with a solid caramel malt balance.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a deep amber copper hue with a beige khaki colored head formed thick with great carbonation, fine speckled lacing evenly with each sip…this beer is looking great.

Aroma is full of pine, crushed aspirin, a hint of cat piss from those Amarillo hops but in moderation. Even some pine and citrus notes arise in the hop nose very pleasant, with a touch of perceived sweetness and bready malts.

Flavor is dank, earthy tea, herbal hops with some bready slightly caramelized malts overall a dry earthy finish with each sip. Complex hops, citrus notes, even floral rose hips.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied dry finish biting hops very nice character semi dry enough malt sweetness to balance it out, lingering hop flavors lay on the palate…which I’m quite pleased with.

Overall, completely ideal sessionable >or= to 6% abv, a hoppy fall seasonal to add to my rotation of Southern Tier Harvest, Troeg’s Hop Knife, Ottercreek Overgrown, Sierra Nevada Harvest Ales.

Photo of timontheroad
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the kegerator into a half liter mug. Nice two finger fluffy tan head, lasted to the end of the glass and produced nice lacing throughout. Nice dark amber color. Aroma was heavy malt sweetness, with just a touch of pine and some light flowery notes. Taste was typical New Belgium malty, with just a hint of some piney hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was a little light, but it has a nice finish of bitterness from the hops. Overall, pretty tasty, I'll be enjoying this keg for a little while. It will make a nice session beer between the big tasters.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, deep, dark, mahogany color with a half of a finger of white-head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not very aromatic, but there is some. I get notes of toasted malt, imparting aromas of freshly baked soft pretzels, I also get some aromas of caramel, black pepper, heather, rye and some floral, grassy, slightly piney hops.

Taste: Delicious! Strong flavors of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, black pepper, and a touch of piney, grassy, hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Now, this is an American-style pale ale that I love! Strong, delicious flavors of toasted malt, caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness and beautifully balanced, floral, piney, hops! Delicious! This could easily become one of my favorite beers from New Belgium, easily up there with Fat Tire, Abbey and 1554! Highly, highly recommended!

Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, brought back from a trip to GABF a few weeks ago, unbeknownst to me that this particular offering is now available at home in Alberta. Fuck.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some random, if proliferate, spattered lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of biscuity pale and caramel malts, a bit of apple and pear skin, further muddled orchard pit fruit, a hint of out-of-place wet ash, pine needles and all the stuff around them on the forest floor, and a touch of perfumed booze esters. The taste is more wet crackery pale malt, biscuity caramel, musty, just rained-on pine and spruce tip bitters, dry generic citrus rind, a subtle earthy nuttiness, and further leafy, floral hops.

The bubbles are fairly tight and closely-kept, the body a decent medium weight, and tacitly smooth, the hops and alcohol seeming to have nothing better to do. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the same hop bitterness and booze astringency starting to cause a ruckus.

A decent pale ale, though I'm not getting much of the citrus that one might expect from the proclaimed hops - though who cares, as the green, earthy, and piney notes more than make up for that. Easy to drink, and duly enjoyable, especially if hops and regional micros blow that mountain wind up your skirt.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoy by date of December 21 '14.

Appearance - Pours crystal clear with a golden amber hue and an off-white finger width head. Fair retention leads to a broken layer of surface suds and a fair ring around the edges. Fair lacing around the glass with good stick.

Smell - New Belgium malt profile all over the nose; nutty and toasted biscuit character. Hops are subdues, but in there. Lightly floral with a hint of citrus.

Taste - Malts dominate upfront with that Classic NB profile before balancing out with a nice hop bite that's moderately floral with hints of citrus and black pepper spice, peaking near the finish before fading in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Goes down with beautiful silky smoothness; nigh chuggable.

Overall - If I had to describe this in 10 words or less, I'd say Fat Tire with a flavorful hop kick. Good flavor with superb drinkability makes this one of New Belgium's better offerings. I could definitely stand to drink a few more.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

This is an interesting beer. Lots of malt give it a slight smokie flare. There is hop in the scent and finish. The color copper in color with white head that is lacing. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its decent.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev +6%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw colored body. The aroma is bold lemon with some pine and mango. The taste is malty, yet still has a moderate dose of grapefruit bitterness. Good balance. The texture is crisp. Nice.

Photo of ordybill
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured rom a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has that pale ale hop aroma
Appearance- A dark yellow to almost gold color, small off white head
Taste- A hoppy flavor with slight bitterness, nothing spectacular
Palate- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall- This is an ok beer, I would not search for this nor would it be my go to beer at a bar or restaurant.

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Enjoy by Dec 21 14

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers of eggshell colored head. Stellar head retention & lacing,
stays effervescent throughout

S: Breadyness, lemons & a little grassiness up front along with some grapefruit. Started strong,
but faded once warm (3.75)

T: Biscuitty malt, a little grapefruit & slight herbal bitterness up front. Pineapple, herbal hops,
dryness & grassy notes once warm. Finishes crisp, with woody & grapefruitty hops & dryness

MF: Medium bodied, slightly over carbonated, pretty good balance (3.5)

Drinks easy, a solid APA, but not one I would get excited about, if I ever saw it a again (3.5)

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid brew drinks real easy solid job

Photo of hophugger
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Beautiful amber-orange color with good head and nice lacing. Aroma is full of hops and pine, wow!!. Taste is good. Hop presence is nt as much as I would have expected after smelling the beer, but it has a great flavor. The citrus and the hops blend together well. Nice beer!!!

Photo of MilesBecker90
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Very good. slightly different than almost all other beers.
full flavored and complex, not too heavy. not as hoppy as a typical IPA, had a great taste that I prefer to almost any IPA.

Photo of Treyliff
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A- pours a clear amber color with a small creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- bready malt sweetness with some caramel aroma up front, grassy and floral hops with a bit of pepper

T- caramel malt with some grainy notes up front, quickly followed by some piney and grassy hop, peppery spice on the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- easy drinking balanced pale ale

Photo of KYGunner
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

The aroma is simply amazing as it has intense fruit and complexity. I smell lemon, lime, watermelon, tart cherry, tropical fruit, white grapes, rose petals and some herbal notes.

The flavor is far from the aroma as the malt backbone comes across linguine spines. It tastes like hop water as I get some hop character in a thin watery presentation. The hops taste like watermelon, lime, rose petals, white Zinfindel and perfumes but there's no malt to provide structure. It's certainly above average but not by much.

Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of light hops, some grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit, mild bitterness, some malts as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but nothing special.

Photo of goochpunch
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours out a dark amber reminiscent of oxidized sherry. Head is frothy and white. Aroma is big New Belgium house toasty character, fruity esters, caramel malts, and citrus hops. Flavor is big on caramel and citrus fruit hops. Toasty malts and house taste work well with this profile. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but not too thick. Solid beer.

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Tour De Fall from New Belgium Brewing
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