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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

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.14%
Wants: 3
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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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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jegross2

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev 0%
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).

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2014 03:32:17 | More by jegross2
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had 3x nice pours of this tonight at Bier Thirty in Bown... Thanks a ton Chris, I am blown away that you got a keg, and amazed at the fantastic price point!! $5 for a 12oz pour!!

Pours deep amber with a definite purple hue to it... the tannish head doesn't stick around for too long.

Wow.. the nose is awesome... Bright sourness... plenty of plump ripe berries... oak shows with warmth... whisky notes are there, but are drowned out by the abundance of everything else.

Flavor is much like older La Folies spiked with a great blackberry flavor... the oak adds a pleasant vanilla note that adds a bunch of complexity... acetic element is pretty heavy... this is one damn sour beer!! Finishes dry with a lingering berry/vinegar character.. With warmth, I am even able to pick out something that I associate as chocolate mid palate... YUMMY!!

Body is on the lighter side of medium, with a good carbonation.

My only knock is obviously the heavy acetic tone of the beer, but damn is it tasty. I would drink this always if I had access.

Thanks a ton Chris.... And loved having a good chat with Eric from New Belgium!!

4/5/4.5/4/4.5

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 03:32:02 | More by JohnGalt1
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suncrust

Washington

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on tap at the Noble Fir. Very happy I got to try this one.

A: Poured into a tulip. Dark, midnight purple shades blend with some mahogany brown hues. A two finger, rocky tan cap rests on top and evaporates fairly quick. No lacing clung to the glass.

S: Strong, oaky barrel aromas meld with soft whisky & dark blackberry tannins. Wine like acidity rises from the glass, sour notes and booze round out the dark but subtle smells.

T: Bold, acidic blackberry hits first, followed by tart, unripened dark fruit, vinegar, and a big wild blackberry sourness. Dark, earthy oak swarms the tongue. Whisky and more wood from the barrel come on mid-palette. The tart and sour tannins are nice, and there is virtually no sweetness to this beer. Finish is highly acidic and sharp, but very nice, almost eating my throat as it goes down (in a good way!). Lingering dark blackberry sourness and a soft floral bite add an element that make me want another sip.

MF: Dry, vinous & acidic finish. Fairly light body, very sour but palatable.

O: An awesome sour, with no flavor really being overly dominant. The blackberry/oak/whisky combo really matched nicely with the tart sourness. The flavors didn't destroy the palate or leave a drying feeling on the tongue. Overall, a big bite while still being easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

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Love (Blackberry Whiskey Barrel Aged) from New Belgium Brewing
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