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Love (Peach Whiskey Barrel Aged) - New Belgium Brewing

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Love (Peach Whiskey Barrel Aged)
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BA SCORE
91
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-03-2011)
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Photo of denver10
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a firey ortange golden with a nice white head. Aroma is tart, whiskey barrel, some peaches hanging out there but not as strong as I had hoped for, and a nice finish of some peach skin and slight vanilla. Flavor pretty much followed suit. A medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, a great beer from New Belgium here. A nice reminder that these guys can put out some great stuff.

denver10, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

popery, Mar 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Callmecoon
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Callmecoon, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of beerdweeb
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

beerdweeb, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of hawkmage
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of gregmoscetti
5/5  rDev +20.5%

gregmoscetti, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coppery amberish peach and orange colored beer, decent white head to it, looks pretty nice and stayed that way for the most part. Aroma was heavier of whiskey than one would think from the appearance, not too many orange colored beers that can absorb this much barrel aroma.

Peach flavor wasn't huge, there's some mind trickery I think when the whiskey flavor comes across so pronounced, it kinda blocks out more of the peach. Not overly sweet or boozy, but a substantial beer. The sour notes are decent, could use a little more to help balance out the booze, but any fan of peaches and a beer like Vlad the impaler would prolly be all about this. A little vanilla becomes noticeable on the tongue that was too obscured to tell in the aroma.

I wholeheartedly recommend this beer and would be super psyched if they ever decided to bottle this beer, I'd keep quite a few of 'em stocked in the cellar.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of DJButters
5/5  rDev +20.5%

DJButters, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/11/11

Poured directly from an Okanagan French oak barrel into an oblong New Belgium glass at URGE. Per discussion with Jaime from New Belgium, Felix spent 2 years in an oak foeder and then a portion was aged one more year in peach whiskey barrels to give us this fine beverage, 100% barrel aged Peach Whiskey Love. Jaime was quite drunk, but he seemed to know what he was talking about. I was happy to catch this here after I missed it at Churchill's.

A: Very dark orange and opaque. The be appears to be flat.

S: Peach and whiskey notes waft from the glass. The whiskey is quite strong. I get a lot oak and a little vanilla. There's a light vinegar presence and very little acetone.

T: Mouth puckeringly tart with a pronounced peach flavor. There's a big lactic presence and an upper moderate sourness. Oak is light and whiskey notes are restrained. The finish displays a light acetic acidity. No alcohol is evident.

M: Medium in body with a smooth and sticky mouthfeel. There's a very low acidity.

Overall: Unique and really enjoyable. Worth seeking out if it comes to your area.

HopHead84, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours peach, go figure, with a limited white head, though it shows up in the smaller glass. Some good lace there.

S: Peach cobbler with whipped cream. The vanilla is prevalent giving a dessert type nose.

T: Peach with some sweetish acetic acid. The fruit is quite noticable though the acid keeps it in check. Secondary flavours of vanilla, maple, and whiskey/booze.

M: Medium high acidity (acetic), quite a tart beer, medium-bodied overall.

O: Very well received by those around me, this was a fun sour to try since you don't see peach beers that often and peach being one of my favourite fruits. Good job by New Belgium.

Halcyondays, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of Onibubba
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at the Durham Sour Fest. Bright amber, and looks thick as honey. Short beige head that just gives up and goes away. Fragrant with hops and old musty peaches. Smelling some nice vanilla from the oak, and a nice wash of bourbon.

Tastes exquisite. Just tart enough, musty enough, and sweet enough. The whiskey carresses all of this nicely. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with little to no carbonation.

Overlall, this was my favorite beer at the fest. I could not stop drinking it.

Onibubba, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon’s Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a slightly off-white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of moderately tart medium fruits – pears and peaches. Also present are good amounts of funk and lighter amounts of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry light malts up front are joined quickly by solidly tart pear and peach flavors. Midway through the flavor profile sweetens a bit as the peaches turn sweeter and hints of oak and spicy whiskey come into play. Solid funk makes an appearance near the end, fading out into a crisp and moderately tart ending. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a nice treatment to an already solid beer. Well worth a shot.

glid02, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of jmhart
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Leon's Full Service in Decatur. Lauren Salazar was in town doing a bit of an ATL tour, and she brought along some delicious treats with her.

Served in a New Belgium Globe Glass.

Appearance was a thick hazy amber. It may have been a shade darker than your typical "amber" color, but that could have been because it was hazy making it look darker. Point is, it was kind of a orange/brown/amber color. Had THICK white head. Great body on the head, thick and fluffy, and lasted for a good while.

Smell was distinctly peach. I was impressed at how much peach aroma was imparted into the beer.

Tartest beer I've ever tasted. So deliciously tart. The taste was all from the New Belgium bugs. This beer was much more tart than Le Terroir (and obviously had no dry hopping), but it was a very similar flavor...just with peaches. It had that characteristic New Belgium wild ale flavor. Possibly hard to describe, but if you have more than one of their sours, you'll know what I'm talking about.

This beer an excellent treat. Great peach aroma, extremely tart, and very drinkable. If you're looking for a sour bomb, seek this out.

jmhart, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Adam at Sean's 30th Birthday Extravaganza!

A - Amber colored beer with a small white head that left some spots on the sides.

S - There is a little bit of peach, with some fairly distinctive sour and lacto sour notes. Slight bit of barrel presence.

T - Sour, has the distinctive Love taste with some slight peach taste on the end. It's the same, but a little different, not bad.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad, I might like it a little better than most as I like peaches and I do get enough on the end here to consider it a little peachy. Not something I would seek out, but wouldn't turn it out again.

AgentZero, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler courtesy of Adam. Served in a plastic cup. Another fine offering from Sean's 30th birthday party.

A - This one had a bit more spritz than the apple version. A quarter-finger of white foam eventually settles to a some wisps, collar, and some spotty lace. Perhaps a bit lighter than the Apple version as well - more of a copper color.

S - Aroma is again the signature New Belgium funk and acetobacter. I'm not getting a ton of peach in the aroma on this one, although there's an odd buttery note this time around

T - Taste is quite sour, with plenty of both lactic and acetic acid at work here. Again, peach flavor is largely restrained and shows up in the finish more than anything. Otherwise it's mostly cider vinegar and malt sweetness at work.

M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, and well-hidden ABV (not sure why Apple and Peach were listed so much higher than Blackberry). Body is quite similar to the Apple version I had at the same time.

D - Definitely my least favorite version of Love. The advertised peach flavor was largely MIA, and seems to have only contributed sweetness and buttery notes.

MasterSki, Jul 03, 2011
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Love (Peach Whiskey Barrel Aged) from New Belgium Brewing
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