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Love (Felix) - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 11
Hads: 71
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 23.34%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: womencantsail on 07-19-2010

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Reviews: 11 | Hads: 71
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i think they use this sour in the blend for le terroir, but i could be mistaken. its a pretty complex sour beer for a blender, sort of oud bruin-like in a way, definitely in its malt complexion, short of a sour brown or red, more orangey and amber in color, but richer and darker than a sour blonde, and with a really pretty sharp lacto profile, acidic as can be, and loaded with oak flavor, definitely fermented and/or aged in wood. i like the complexity of the grain flavors, everything from deeply toasted barley to sweeter red and caramel malts, but this doesnt have much body for all of that flavor, maybe the acidity breaks it down some, because thats the dominant feel in this. i get some fruitiness to, apple, blackberry, orange flower honey, its pretty cool really, and whatever the blend they use for le terroir, i dont think it has quite the same uniqueness. this is also much less hoppy. i dug this one a whole lot, and would like to try the various fruited and barrel aged editions they do, it looks like this one is an experimenting ground for them, and some of the other felix listings look absolutely awesome. really dug this one.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is on the sour side, but not that sour. However, if I consider the typical "spur" offering from craft brewers, it is on the tart side. I do like my spurs a bit more puckering, which is not to say they should all be that way. As such, this reminds me in tartness of mild Oude Bruin.

A: golden yellow, with limited head
S: has a great sour smell to me. Sour and lightly funky.
T: kinda mentioned above, but mild grain taste then a subdued lemon tartness

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Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

@ Busy Bee

Served an unclear orange color with a few sparse patches of foam on the surface. Smooth, straightforward sour nose featuring a nice fruitiness, slight dusty funk, and a hint of wood. Big sour, puckering flavors like juicy lemon and apple with some lactic touches here and there and a sort of dry, musty, funky sharpness. Pretty light in the mouth, super dry, and stick-to-your-gums sour. Refreshing and satisfying.

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Photo of emerge077
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Felix is the base beer for several New Belgium wild ales, Le Terroir (100% Felix), Tart Lychee, Eric's, and Kick. "It’s basically Biere de Mars without the spices. ...Some oats, wheat, pale malt… and it’s a lager. " (Lauren Salazar interview, 2012).

It's more suited to blending, but served on draft occasionally.

Pale hazy orange body with scant foam on the surface, some spotty flecks left in the glass when swirled, but not much head present.

Sharp sour aroma, lots of acid, slightly acetic possibly. Familiar in character based on their other beers mentioned above. Taste is also sharply sour, bracing and puckering with a slightly limp feel due to low carbonation (due to being unblended from the barrel). Oak and assorted sour fruits, lemon, grapefruit, etc. Drying finish, salivary glands get kicked into overdrive. Overall it was worth trying, and stands on it's own, but again it works better as a base for NB's sour blends.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is orange and pretty hazy with a soft white head. The aroma offers an assortment of fruits, to include peaches, apples, white grapes, lemons. Beautiful blend of citrus flavors. Nectarines and tangerines are very forward in the flavor. Very subtle tartness. A hint of oak. The beer is fairly sweet, but nowhere near cloying. More like a natural, fruity sweetness. Medium bodied with lingering citrus on the palate. A really tasty beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fogged, darkish orange-gold body with a few stray bubbles comprised a loose head.

Smell: Bready, pale malts, moderate oakiness, mild funkiness, and a tartish whiff of cranberry citrus chutney.

Taste: Modestly bready, meager pale malts with essentially no appreciable sweetness. Some citrus. Has a tartness and crackling acidity like munching on a cranberry, forcing a Joker-like grin. Light funk. Pinch of table salt. Balanced oak qualities. Long, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Near nil carbonation.

Overall: Sufficient!

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Photo of johnhcarr
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow - had it on draft at the Falling Rock in Denver. I would like it if they could make sours like this year round, but I'm spoiled I get a lot small batches.

If your a fan of La Folie and can find this get ya some.

Sour - yes but not so much that its anywhere near a vinegar, nicely balanced great mouthfeel. Super darkish, cloudly looking - yes yes yes.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

815th Review on BA
Draft to Goblet
10 oz

@Churchills Sourfest 2011

App- A mild pale orange color with no head and no cling at all. A very flat pour anyway you look at it. A bit let down.

Smell- A 50/50 mix between apple and grape juice. Very bright with a little bit of tart on the nose.

Taste- A nice mix of the above mentioned juices with a little punchy tartness. A little bit of balanced oak on the back end as well. A lightness to it but nicely balanced and a good bit of sour.

Mouth- A light-medium body with a fairly medium carbonation level to it without the bubbles.

Drink- This was pretty damn tasty. A little lacking in the looks and smell but was still good. I like the brightness of the fruit and the oak notes.

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Photo of DCon
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar in St. Louis, MO for $5. Poured from the Red/White Lips of Faith Tap Handle that has "Peach Felix" written in Black into a 12oz Snifter. New Belgium doesn't have this on their normal/advertised Lips of Faith line-up, so I'm much more interested!

Appearance- Pours a Hazy, Peach/Light Red body with 1 finger of white head. The retention is moderate and stays for quite a while.

Aroma- Tremendous peach aroma with a hint of sour apple. Extremely acidic and has one of the most intense sour smells, I can barely handle it!

Flavor- Has a very pungent sour taste and then a light peach attribute. There is a oaky type of taste that lingers here. Great! Also to note, there is no hop flavor or aromas here.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Sour aftertaste that puckers the lips, and a nice lambic overall!

Overall- Fantastic lambic that puckers at times but has a huge tart/sour taste. Can be considered a Gueuze at times, but the Peach in this brew makes it a American Wild Ale (I suppose). I'm still trying to figure out this style, because everyone one of the beers I've had are fantastic!

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep lightly murky orange and dirty brown. a light white fluffy head that retained well.

lots of bright sour apple and peach. hops really bring out the fruit vibe here.

nice moderate sour base. light peach through out. subtle lemon and apple. the oak really comes out towards the end.

nice moderate carbonation. light dryness.

fairly decent. i wish the ABV was a bit lower. drinks easy.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

A: The pour is a hazed orange/amber color with a minimal off-white/khaki colored head.

S: I know this beer was dry-hopped, but the amount of hop aroma is quite surprising. Lots of nice citrus from the hops along with some other fruits and acidity from the beer itself.

T: The hops (or at least the citrus character) seemed to translate well to the palate as well. A very juicy fruit character along with a solid bite of sourness and some dry oaky tannins.

M: The body is medium with a fair level of carbonation.

D: One of the best beers at the festival. Really easy to drink, refreshing, and interesting with the dry-hopping treatment.

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Love (Felix) from New Belgium Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.