Rolle Bolle - New Belgium Brewing

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Rolle BolleRolle Bolle

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Ratings: 708
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: znichols on 04-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 708 | Reviews: 117
Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best before 25th of August 2013.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear yellowish golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of clinging lacing.

Smell: A fruity and fairly spicy aroma with a good grassy and malty presence. Earthy and floral hops upfront with good hints of grass. Bright and crisp hints of citrus orange, lemon, and melon. I'm not sure what soursop or monkfruit smell like, but there are quite a bit of fruity esters going on here. Pale malts with hints of biscuit, grains, hay, crackers, and oats. Also some hints of pepper spicing. A pretty nice crisp aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp and earthy taste with lots of fruit esters and pale malt. Good taste of earthy hops upfront with floral notes and a good dose of grass. Citrus hop notes of lemon, orange, and melon. Some wine grape like fruit notes that I assume come from the monkfruit and soursop. Quite complex with the fruit taste. Bready pale malts with notes of biscuit, grains, hay, crackers, oats, and yeast. A solid crisp taste with nice subtle fruit undertones.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty solid lighter summer beer. Good grassy hop notes and a nice complex mix of fruit esters.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy pale golden beer with a white head made of tiny bubbles that leave a fine lacing on the glass.

S: A medium-strong citrus hops blending with a fruity aroma that starts off almost smelling like spicy German hops but then becomes more clearly an herbal fruitiness with a spicy quality.

T: There is a medium hops bitterness with a fruity, herbal sort of a bitterness backing that up. There is a lime zest sort of character to the fruit along with a bitter herbal tea. There is some citrus hops blending in there as well. The malt is mild bringing very little sweetness giving a balance that is moderately bitter. The finish is very dry with a lingering citrus peel and herbal bitterness.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.

O: A bitter Belgian Pale that has a fair amount of citrus hops flavor along with a bitter herbal and unusual citrusy, fruit component. A refreshing beer for the Summer that has a lot going on.

Photo of Beaver13
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear yellow with a medium frothy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is floral grains with some fruits.

The flavor is sweet bready malts, earthy yeast with some fruits, lemon zest and spices (corriander). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent light spicy fruity Belgian.

Photo of Jason
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Great lacing, clear pale golden hue. Earthy nose with suggestions of lemon pith, licorice root, herbal phenols, faint bread crust, and exotic fruit. Mild crispness, lighter bodied, crackers, peppery, slightly bitter, phenolic, mineral, deep herbal tone, dying finish with a long lingering after taste.

Not half bad, a lot going on for a lighter brew and seems to take away from the drinkability a smidgen. Never had a beer with Monk Fruit & Soursop before.

Photo of bsp77
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow with foamy, clingy, stark white head.

Smell: Wheat, apples, lemon, pepper, some zest.

Taste: Crackery and peppery with overtones of hay and lemon. Very spicy and bitter, distractingy so as it steals from the flavor profile. Tart aftertaste, which I appreciate.

Feel: Light body wih crisp carbonation. Finish is very dry.

Overall: No idea what the soursop and monkfruit and contributing, and I am not sure about how Belgian this is. Seems more like a very light bodied but very bitter Pilsner, with a splash of fruit and tartness.

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $1.69 - dated Best Before: 15Sept.2013. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: This ale looks like a typical lager, with a pale yellow body and a smallish white head.

Smell: This ale does NOT smell like a typical lager. Instead, there are notes of soursop and monkfruit - honestly, I don't know what either of these ingredients smell like, but the aroma is certainly unusual and these are likely suspects. Hints of lemon pith and light biscuits. More odd and interesting than appealing.

Taste: Lightly tart, bitter and fruity, with the odd flavors I again suspect stem from the use of soursop and monkfruit.

Mouthfeel: Near medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry, crisp, clean finish.

Overall: A distinct, intriquely and lightly fruity ale. Not sweet but instead mildly tart with a bit of bitterness.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer pours a clear pale lemon yellow body with a soft peak egg cream head being supported by a gentle carbonation.

S- The green woody hops have a soft no sweet fruit note to follow ans some pale malt notes in the background.

T- The dry breadfruit blends with some green woody hops flavors and a slightly spicy green note in the dry finish. There is a gentle green bitterness that lingers and a tart fruit hint that comes through as it warms.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and a dry mouthfeel in the finish.

O- The unique fruit flavors blend with hops in a very nice light crisp summer beer that turns just a little pithy as it warms, making nice to drink but not as sessionable as other beers.

Photo of watermelonman
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured to a pale straw color with tons of foam. It disappeared strangely fast, but still managed to leave a ton of nice lace behind.

Citrus and phenols come strong in the smell, with a hint of licorice. The taste and mouthfeel come out flimsy, though, with a stack of citrus and not much body or base flavor to hold it up. Mouthfeel is thin, not terrible but I like more body for support. An American take on a Belgian interpretation of an American style, I think they tried too hard to push hops and yeast in a beer that was simply too light to take it.

Photo of tastybeer
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear straw gold color and nice foamy head. Head fades in typical time to a thin white layer with some scattered and spotty lace above on the glass.

S: This beer is hard to smell. I can't tell what it smells like exactly. Pretty earthy, a little rooty, sometimes fruity, like figs? Interesting but not negative.

T: Flavors are peppery, sour lemony, grainy, bitter, and farmy. Very refreshing with a surprising amount of things going on.

M: Implosive sour bitterness (but not overwhelming) is at the forefront. This beer feels more carbonated than I think it is because of that. Otherwise body is smooth and mediumish in size.

O: Not bad. Unusual and very refreshing.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a Semi-hazy, pale straw yellow with a white, 3 finger head. Good retention, leading to a fair layer on the surface. Solid lacing with good stick.

Smell - Mildly fruity, slightly citric and sour aroma. Distant spice notes; black pepper. Cracker maltiness.

Taste - Very light. Follows the nose. Mild fruity character with touches of cracker and black pepper. Mild lemon sourness. Not much, but what is there works harmoniously.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate carbonation. Goes down with a smooth, refreshing quality.

Overall - A fairly good summer option; you could do a lot worse. I do like their Somersault a hell of a lot better. Is that still available?

Photo of tdm168
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright yellow with a thin, white lacing of head

S - belgian yeast funk, faint spice, straw

T - peppery, herbal, belgian yeast funk, bitter

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is an interesting beer. It definitely fits the Belgian Pale Ale style. It has a very enjoyable herbal quality and a rather pungent hop character. I'm not sure about the soursop or monkfruit, but overall this is a decent beer.

Photo of TownDunkel
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.this beer pours out a very clear yellow and has a very prominent white head the taste reminds me a bit of an IPA but is more subtle compared to the most of them initial poor gives a Coors Light like parents and the head is sparkling light the smell is a very mild IPA cent of hops the taste is another mild IPA was an interesting note that I can't attackthe mouth feels a little bit lacking as it dissipates quickly overall I would rate this beer a good drinker but not for me

Photo of secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden, with a nice fine white head of carbonation. Beautiful, ornate, and attractive Brussels lace.

Aroma is citrus and fruit. I get apricot and pear notes, and some hops character, too. I don't know much about soursop (an evergreen relative) or monkfruit, but I'd expect these aromas to figure in here, too, despite my aloofness.

Taste is sweet but with plenty of hoppy characteristics, as well. This one's light but packed with flavor, ideal for hop-heads or lighter-beer fans. I think this is a very enjoyable summertime ale.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very light straw yellow. Ok lacing and not a whole lot of foam. There's almost a pale yellow tint as well.

Smell: Bitter herbs. Extremely medicinal, but very light as well. Some green apple.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very bitter, herbal, and medicinal. I actually really enjoy the flavors. Perfect thirst-quenching flavor. Mouthfeel, however, is way to watery.

Overall: I would have really liked this with a heavier body and beefed up smells.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rolle Bolle is a decent summertime beer....reminds me of some of the European Radlers. The beer poured a pale yellow with thin white head that is leaving some lacing. The scent carried faint citrus and Belgium zing. The taste was floral and citrus with the typical New Belgium finish. The mouthfeel was light in body with good carbonation. Overall it was good but not so great I'd go out of my way to have it again.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured two fingers of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The smell is interesting, but hard to place. It probably smells like soursop and monkfruit but I wouldn't know. There is a hint of lemon though.
The taste is quite interesting. It is sharply sweet and sour at first and then quickly changes to a mild bitterness. A bit abrupt.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Worth trying, but I'm not getting anymore.

Photo of russpowell
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BBD of Aug 18 2013, part of mixed sixer

Pours an effervescent gold & a pinky of pearl colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Pears, jammy notes, grassy & golden delicious apples

T: Follows the nose, plus grassyness, plus a touch of wet cornflakes & faint hints of lime up front. Over-ripe pears, a touch of coriander & white grape juice as this warms, plus a bit of green banana & pineapple. Finishes sweet, dry, grassy & faint grainyness, along with pears & slight kiss of ginger

MF: Light bodied, fairly vigirous carbonation, skews fruitty

Drinks easy, but too sweet & fruitty for my tastes

Photo of Kegatron
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Pours a clear straw color with several fingers of frothy bright white head. Leaves behind soapy lacing that sticks. The aroma is floral and spicy with a tart citric kick. Lemon is sticking out to me. Softer grains sit along back of the nose. The taste has a fresh grassy bitterness, along with more tart lemon character and a dry bready backbone. Earthy bitterness lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue with a touch of underlying slick creaminess. Nice overall feel. This was decent. It had a nice fruitiness to it and good bitter crispness that helped add to its refreshing quality. Solid summer beer.

Photo of lawlerj
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a pale yellow w/ a white head.

S - A little bready, a little fruity, a little sweet.

T - Definitely bready, wiht some fruity notes in the mix. Not a ton of flavor going on here. A bit disapointing.

M - light and crisp.

O - Overall, I was hoping for a lot more flavor. It was ok, just not quite what I expected.

Photo of thagr81us
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a hazy pale golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, wheat, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, earth, earth hop, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. In all honesty there really wasn’t that much going on in this one. The flavors were kind of muted and I almost had to bury my nose in my beer to get much off the aroma. It was semi-refreshing though as it was quite light on the palate. Decent brew to have while hanging out around the pool, but if you have the option for something else, I would go for it. But that is just me.

Photo of hoffhin2
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light straw yellow with a small head that dissipates very quickly.

Smell: Very crisp and fruity smell. A small sour and bitter smell that follows the initial citrus smell of fruit.

Taste: There is a clear citrus fruit flavor to me that is very enjoyable. A somewhat bitter/sour aftertaste.

Overall: This beer is another enjoyable summer beer. Light, crisp, and citrus flavors are all my favorite when outside grilling in the summer. There are other beers of this type I enjoy more but this beer does the job.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out to a nice thick white head and moderate lacing. Color is light yellow-gold and very clear. Aroma is spicy hops, fruit and faint grains. Flavor is more in the fruity and spicy hop side with balancing bitterness and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is light and CO2 is very complementary. On the balance this beer has some good things going for it including a good hop character that emphasizes flavor and aroma and not alpha acids. I don't know anything about the soursop or monkfruit, but whatever it is, it did not detract from a very good light ale experience.

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a whiteish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is floral, some lemons. Taste is lemony, some tartness, a bit of fruit, thirst quenching and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while not something I would want a steady diet of, it's a decent beer.

Photo of emerge077
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a billowing souffle head of foam, depositing lace all around the glass. High clarity, slow rising carbonation visible. Lasting suds on the surface.

Bland yeasty aroma. Smells like house yeast and no trace of the adjunct fruit.

Vaguely tart fruity flavor, segueing quickly into grainy specialty malt. Not sure what the obscure fruits are supposed to taste like, but there's not much defined fruit flavor. Light bodied and somewhat crisp, but ultimately feels bland. Dry aftertaste with some grassiness. Overall it's a little dull for having such exotic fruit in it. Wouldn't buy again.

Photo of n2185
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with a finger of white head that fades into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Crystal malt notes with some light citrusy hop aromas dominate with some sweet biscuit-like notes towards the finish.

T: Crystal malt and biscuity flavors here as with with some grapefruit and pine-like hop flavors and a light bitterness. There are some slightly tart fruit notes in there as well. The finish is slightly metallic.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly drinkable, but could be a bit more crisp.

O: A solid beer overall, though more like a hoppy pilsner or altbier than a BPA. Still, it's light and drinkable and would be good on a hot summer day.

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Rolle Bolle from New Belgium Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 708 ratings.