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Porch Swing Single Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Porch Swing Single AlePorch Swing Single Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-08-2002)
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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Zraly:
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Zraly

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful seasonal/experiment from New Belgium. A slightly hazy, golden-honey colored ale with a slightly off-white, pocky head. Slow passing bubbles create an excellent carbonation sensation to look at...as well as taste. Nice smells of grass and hay fields...makes me think I am outside.

The taste is complex and rather strong. A toasty malt note that is cracker-like and floral hoppiness makes for a well-balanced flavor. Subtle notes of apples, honey, and alcohol. It has a good and fair yeasty dimension as well. The finish is of black pepper, reminds me of how a decent Zinfandel wine finishes. Smooth sippin'.

I haven't thought of a food pairing. I'm enjoying it all by itself. I rate this as a great ale from New Belgium. I enjoy trying their offerings and hope that they continue to experiment with this type of confidence. Because this ale has a lot of confidence behind it.

Full-flavored and sensual. I think this is a Botticelli in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 22:39:42 | More by Zraly
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-24-2014 03:44:01 | More by harpus
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Plastikdust

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.6%

10-22-2013 21:35:14 | More by Plastikdust
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famous_mortimur

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

09-29-2013 23:41:36 | More by famous_mortimur
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mtrain237

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-08-2012 11:28:24 | More by mtrain237
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Johnfitts


3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-21-2012 17:30:20 | More by Johnfitts
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color, missing some of the haze desired from this style. Detected a neat mild fruity strain in the aroma.

Taste was muted, but approachable, as it lacked hops and bitterness, but the yeast strain keeps this beer afloat with its sweet and sour interchange on the palate. A good effort in a style that has never been what I'm all about.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 16:22:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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rye726

Colorado

3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear golden with a light tan head. Aroma is light of fruit and peppery hops. The taste is also very light. Thi sshould go under xtra pale ale. Light body and medium carbonation. A drinkable beer, but as a pilsner. Where is the Belgian spice and tart fruits?

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 06:47:28 | More by rye726
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vurt

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Opening this bottle, I find that it was already past it's "Best By" date, even before I smuggled it back to California from New Mexico over the Xmas holidays. Darn.

And yet, it pours with a gorgeous golden hue, and sends up a tenacious, creamy head that leaves healthy lace clinging to the De Koninck goblet I'm sampling this from. Very attractive.

Aroma is fruity, grassy, and hoppy (some earthy variety), with some spice and warm sweet malt underneath (a doughy, bakery character).

Flavor is initially sweet with an orange-y character which turns into bread and herbal hop bitterness towards the swallow. Medium body. Very creamy. The bitterness lingers in a most agreeable way, though I am left with the impression that this is a two-faced beer-- starts out as one, finishes as another.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 06:52:38 | More by vurt
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ark57

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is a big head atop the golden colored body. It has a slight spicy, hoppy aroma. The body is light, crisp and refreshing, with a slight bitter, dry finish. There is some bready/yeasty notes to this as well along with a slight sweet maltiness. Not too bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 20:00:58 | More by ark57
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Morris729

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-hazy golden straw color with a pillowy white head that collapses into a good amount of lace. Nose is soft yeasts and sweet malts blended with some lightly fruity aromas. Moderate in body and carbonation with a crisp finish. Taste is sweet bready malts with a bit of light caramel up front followed by some yeasty notes and lightly bitter hops that lead to a rather dry aftertaste. Pretty nice brew here and one that I’ll likely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 02:56:00 | More by Morris729
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a short-lived off white head. Biscuity malt aromas with the addition of a underlying fruitiness. The taste is almost the same. Bready and biscuity malt profile with a latent fruitiness in the yeast, almost melon-like. A bit perfumy in the aftertaste from the malt + yeast complexity. Comparing it to another domestic knockoff of another Belgian-style blond or singel, it's... O.K, better than par... I'd probably have it more often if it was available in my area. Props to a buddy for sharing his beer from a road trip well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2004 11:33:41 | More by crookedhalo
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Soulard Ale House in St. Louis, MO.

This ale poured a slightly hazy, golden amber color with thin white foam that left some lace on the glass. The smell was minimal but notes of grain, malt, and hops could be detected. The taste was bready with grain and mild floral hops. The taste was faintly sweet up front, but finished slightly bitter. The mouthfeel was smooth with a slight, lingering bitterness. The body was medium light with medium carbonation. This was a pleasant, easy to drink ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2004 20:53:54 | More by UncleJimbo
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inebrius

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beauty!
Autumn golden under fractals of lace.
Bouquet of boiling wort amidst spruce and maple.
Exceptionally balanced across fleeting buttery malt and bedrock.

This is a freakin' awesome beer! A drink for Fall nights and campfires and kitchen parties. A balanced complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2003 03:49:46 | More by inebrius
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, perfectly yellow color, with a fine, fizzy, fluffy, lace-leaving head. Big aromatics, sticking out, standing tall, mildly euphoric, a dazzling spray of flowers, honey, herbs, and minor fruit notes.
Taste: that unique blend of yeastiness and sourness so characteristic of great Belgian beers, Trappist or secular, is prominent here, in aroma and all over the flavor. Mmmmm...nice...I lose my critical grip, and just wallow in the sensation for a while. Good and hoppy, but ever-so lightly so. Exquisitely smooth, but hardly simple. Perfect balance. A great every-day beer, for those with elevated souls.
Big thanks to bruiser81 for sending it out. It's be a staple in my fridge if the Gods of Distribution were friendlier to Minnesotans.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 02:43:10 | More by feloniousmonk
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 10-23-2003. Served chilled in a Corsendonk glass.

Appearance: Clear, golden honey color topped with a modest white head. Very bubbly, but the head diminishes to a ring of bubbles pretty quickly. Nice fine lacing on the glass.

Smell: Yeasty, bready smell with faint notes of orange. Nice herby hop presence.

Taste: Delicate pale malt flavor with a grassy hop finish. Slightly peppery. Modest amounts of bitterness come through as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. The carbonation makes for a lively sensation.

Drinkability: My first beer from New Belgium, sampled now to ensure freshness. A rather enjoyable beer. Think a nice subtle English Pale Ale with a Belgian twist. This would make for a halfway decent session beer depending on the cost of a 6 pack. Can't wait to try some of the others from this brewery.

Thanks to prAna for making this possible.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 02:46:48 | More by ManekiNeko
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden color and very effervescent with a creamy white head.
Aroma: Bread, fruit and a fresh hoppy presence.
Taste: Dry at the start with a somewhat sweet middle and a biting finish.
MF: Smooth and creamy with a presence of effervescence. The dry finish lingers.

IMHO: A pretty beer with a good aroma, but lacking a good balance of sweetness to offset the multileveled bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 22:46:40 | More by SeanChouffe
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kbub6f

New York

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small, white, densish head. Runny spots and lines of lacing. Clear, ambery/gold beer. Peanuts and dust in the sourish nose. Peanuts and some spice in the front loead to a tangy, peppery, strange middle. More nuts on the finish. Who do they think they are... Abita? This is ok, but probably New Belgium's most disappointing for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 02:21:54 | More by kbub6f
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beerguy101

California

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, medium head. A full-bodied Belgian single ale, malty and hoppy. The malts are slightly sweet, while the hops are slightly spicy. Full complex flavors. Full bodied, yet light and refreshing. Question: Belgian estery yeast or some added cane sugars? Can't tell, but it taste really nice. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth, Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 02:18:20 | More by beerguy101
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Nytemare

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a perfect yellowish orange with a white fluffy head. Persistant that head is too. Still clinging to the side of the glass. Beautiful.

Smell: Smells of hops, pine, citrus, and a light malt. Nice. Some spice too, but not sure what kind. (edit, possibly pepper, saw that in another review and it seems to fit)

Taste: Just as good as it smells. Hops up front, but coming in from behind is a nice malt backbone with some pine, citrus, and some more of that spice (pepper). Nice smooth aftertaste with just a bit of a bitter, acidic punch at the end.

Mouthfeel: It leaves a light, oily coating on the tongue on mouth, but still goes down easy.

Drinkability: Excellent. Very refreshing. On a hot day this would be perfect to sit on porch with a few buddies and or wife and relax. Or even after a nice round of golf, such as today.

This has quickly become my favorite New Belgium brew. I liked Fat Tire, and 1554 was pretty good, but this is excellent. I could, and will, drink quite a few of these. Looking forward to my Grand Cru (will finally pop it open on New Years) and any other brews from New Belgium I can get my hands on.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 01:54:29 | More by Nytemare
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jcalabre

California

3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on draught while visiting New Belgium's brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Appearance: This is a hazy golden colored brew with a fluffy white head.
Aroma: There's a touch of alcohol and hoppiness in the aroma.
Flavor. This is a thirst quenching session beer. It's easy drinking, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2003 20:08:43 | More by jcalabre
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freed

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this drink owes its higher rating to my like of hops, and this being summertime.

The label and description are nice, as is the golden pour. Rich yellows mixing with carbonation and a slight head. Nice clean hoppy aroma with a slight fruit smell from the yeast. Drinks with a nice and simple body, sweet malts, fruity yeast flavors and bitter highlights from the hop. Nice as it passes the tongue, and leaves me with a sincere desire to drink much more of it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 15:27:53 | More by freed
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This is what a light-colored beer should look like. It was a beautiful amber-orange color in the glass. It had a very heavy bead that helped to sustain the two-finger, coarse head that arose on the pour. It settled down rather quickly, but a nice layer of foam was present the entire time. There were even a few nice floaties thrown in to boot. Tons of lace was left on the glass, including everything from thin tendrils to solid sheets. Overall, this was a great looking beer.

Smell: Right after the pour, the smell was very estery, with a hint of sulfer. After the head settled down, the aroma tranformed and became bready with just a light touch of flowers and herbs.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied, and very crisp and sharp in the mouth.

Taste: Upfront, there was a light sweetness that was quickly overcome by an herbal flavor. This continued to grow up through the finish, when it became, without a doubt, the overriding component of the flavor. It was an odd mixture of herbs, flowers, and spice that I have never really experienced in a beer before. This continued on into the aftertaste, where a grassy sweetness came back into the picture to join it.

This beer was a toss up for me. Part of me was very intrigued by the spicy herbal flavor and enjoyed the way it crescendoed throughout the drink. However, another part of me was put off by that same flavor and was just ready for the beer to be finished. An odd little dichotomy going on in my head, which made this one tought ot rate.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 03:49:49 | More by Quaffer
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Reidrover

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ok what a treat another New belgium product..i love their stuff usually.
Comes in the typical NB brown 12 oz..same water colour typoe label.
Ok pours pretty well into my Chimay glass..crystal golden colour with good looking carbonation strings and a nice frothy pure white head.
Aroma..well really I am dissapointed..there is none..some faint spiciness ..but this smells bland.
Taste also is pretty nondescript,,there is a herbal bitterness in the middle but thats about it.
Its actually a nice enough feeling beer on the palate..not too thin and it's smooth.
I dunno I have to say for me this is not too drinkable..I never thought I would give a New belgium product a below average ( for me) review..but this is a boring beer..maybe i got a bad bottle but its dated best before Oct03..oh well sometimes our heros have at least one clay foot!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2003 23:36:02 | More by Reidrover
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HardTarget

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Standard New Belgium brown bottle with glass, temperature and best before suggestions.
Aroma: Not inviting. Has a sour smell, generally in the abbey range, but mine smells like it could have gone bad (I’m well within the best by date). Some hops and pepper noted.
Appearance: Clear light golden. Faint head remained after pour and carbonation remained strong. Left a respectable lace.
Flavor: Maybe this style isn’t my cup of tea/beer. Overall the taste is like the smell, but light and clean. Starts with a very light malt sweet that is rapidly taken over by what I’m guessing is the taste of the yeast, the sour/horse experience, and finishes with a clean, dry light hop. I guess it grew on me; the dry finish actually invites another sip, a definite plus for drinkability.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost creamy. It’s light but not watery. Leaves my lips sticky. I think mouthfeel is actually the highlight of this beer.
Overall Impression: We had a bad first meeting, but this beer stood it’s ground and earned some respect. I’m not crazy about this one, but I can see other abbey aficionados enjoying this American Monk.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 05:05:20 | More by HardTarget
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Porch Swing Single Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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