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Love (Blackberry Whiskey Barrel Aged) - New Belgium Brewing

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Love (Blackberry Whiskey Barrel Aged)
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BA SCORE
96
world-class

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Blackberry Whiskey barrel filled with dark beer from acidified barrel. Aged 2+ years in barrel.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-17-2010)
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On tap at Bier Station in KCMO

Pours a murky amber to deep brown. Light khaki head with solid lacing. 4

Aroma of blackberries and dark fruits initially. It's quite bold. The barrel character steps up to the plate next with vanilla and oak. Very enticing. 4.25

Similar to the nose, the fruit character really gets things going with the flavor. Acidity comes on next with some timely tart, lacto notes. The flavor really rides on the whisky barrel rather than being consumed by it. While I would prefer the barrel stand out more, it is still a working balance. 4.25

Feel is fuller than most sours. Intense for 6%. Moderate carbonation. 4

It's an awesome sour. Lots of Flanders character accompanied by wood/vanilla of the whisky. Better than La Folie IMO.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Blackberry Whiskey Barrel Aged Love from New Belgium Brewing out of Fort Collins, Colorado. This is a dark sour aged with blackberries in a whiskey barrel for over two years.

Score: 95

Tap pour served in a stemmed taster glass and enjoyed on 03/29/14.

Appearance: Pours a brownish red color with a thick ring around the glass of tan head. Good lacing. 4/5

Smell: Cherry wood, oak, vanilla, light balsamic vinegar and whiskey-caramel. Really nice, not medicinal. Light blackberry and a little raisin/dark fruit too. Smells like a nice and complex semi-sweet Flanders. Blackberry/dark fruit grows as it warms. 4.5/5

Taste: Nice tartness, moreso than anticipated from the nose. Lacto, balsamic, blackberries, and light vanilla oak. The Flanders character is really dialed down and less sweet than nose led on. Tastes like an aged berry-infused balsamic without a big acidic bite. Really tasty and well-balanced. 4.5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, good carbonation. A nice acidity and tartness without being extreme in either regard. Dry finish. 4.5/5

Overall: This beer is living proof of the potential greatness that is New Belgium's sour beer program. If only this one was released in bottles annually...

Cost: Unknown (pour was included in ticket price).

jegross2, May 22, 2014
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Love (Blackberry Whiskey Barrel Aged) from New Belgium Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.