Love (Blackberry Whiskey Barrel Aged) - New Belgium Brewing
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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
4.23/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
08-24-2014 18:57:57 | More by Bosoxfan20
4.48/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
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).
05-22-2014 03:32:17 | More by jegross2
Love (Blackberry Whiskey Barrel Aged) from New Belgium Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.