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Love (Oscar - Oude) - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 4
Hads: 19
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: russwbeck on 03-27-2012

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Reviews: 4 | Hads: 19
Photo of justinp444
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown red with a white quickly dissapating head. Smell of sour cherry, vanilla, cinnamon, sweet malt and citrus. Taste is lemony citrus with a slight malty backend. Bit of acidity. Has a slightly crisp very sour full mouth feel with a moderate to full body.

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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was from a tap simply marked "Oscar" with no mention of Love or an age statement. The NB rep was also present and referred to it simply as Oscar.

"It’s basically 1554 with a little less black malt." (Lauren Salazar interview, 2012).

Draft served in a footed tulip glass. Tawny reddish brown with a stray ruby highlight in the light. Thin surface layer of foam that quickly parts after a few minutes, leaving an ample ring of foam around the edges that leaves behind spotty flecks of minor lacing.

Aroma is straight up La Folie, not surprising as this is the base for blending it. Sour grapes, concord jelly, wet wood and acidic funk aromas and flavors. Puckeringly sour, it pulls the cheeks against your teeth and you can feel the acid wreaking havoc on your tooth enamel. Medium bodied with low carbonation, but it has enough spritz to give it some effervescence. Tastes very similar to La Folie might be like straight out of a barrel before blending (which is what it is). Again, not sure of the age but it was very nice to try.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the oldest of the three Oscars available, this one served in a snifter as well, beer is brown with no head, no lacing, no carbonation, no retention.

Aroma is sweet with a mild lactic flavor to it, an interesting aroma but not as vinegary as the mid, less wood too.

Beer is medium to light in body, dryer on the finish but less tart, less bright and sour, more sweetness and dark fruits presence, perhaps after three years a portion has become oxidized but there hasn't been any acetic acid production. An interesting experiment but none were as good as La Folie and the middle one was the best out of the three.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Churchkey for their La Folie Deconstruction. This is the three year old version of the base beer used to blend La Folie. The Young and Mid are eventually blended with this to create the sour we all know and love.

A: The color has turned to a really deep dark red, clear but it's so dark you have trouble seeing through it. Again, head is lacking. 4

S: The aroma is realty different. Sour and boozy almost. A bit of must and toned down spices and malts. 3.5

T: The taste has gone basically completely to sour. It's not offensive, but it isn't entirely pleasant. I don't know what else to st, it starts sour, moves to sour, and has a sour finish. 3.5

MF: Light to medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. It's just not balanced enough. Leaves that sour aftertaste I can't quite describe. Very dry, makes your mouth water. 3

O: Same price. I would definitely say its worth it once, but not again as a stand alone beer. I did like it. It's been very interesting to see the beer develop from too sweet to too sour. I very much enjoyed trying the parts, even of they all pales in comparison. 3.5

I saved parts of all the oscars and blended them myself to much worse a result. My version was very disjointed and sweet. Oh well, it was for science!

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Love (Oscar - Oude) from New Belgium Brewing
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