Rolle Bolle - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by elNopalero:
2.99/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
This pours a pale golden color with thin foam. It’s appearance is remarkably similar to any number of pale, fizzy lagers and that, in conjunction with the aroma and flavor, is causing some review bias. Guilty by association? Even if I was tasting this blind I don’t think I’d find the aroma or flavor all that impressive. There’s a light scent of something akin to corn grits and what I can best describe as being vaguely “tropical”—it’s not hoppy, but it does have some of those tropical characters to it that I’ve found in tropical-hopped beers. If that makes any sense.
And hopefully it does because I find the flavor to have the same vague tropical fruit character. It doesn’t have anything to speak of in terms of a hop profile, much like those fizzy lagers, with a thin, sweet finish. Passable, a decent summer beer, but not one that stands out or invites revisiting.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2013 06:44:09 | More by elNopalero
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3.64/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
I have made a conscious decision to eradicate as much of the backlog of bottles from my inventory over the course of this summer as I possibly can. There are far too many of them and they are getting in the way of The CANQuest (TM), which is what really matters. I believe that this one was part of a box from my local, in-person trader, tone77.
From the bottle: "New Belgium's Employee Owners would love to have you stop by the brewery!"; "Rolle Bolle is a woderfully fun Belgian yard game and a delightfully easy summer ale. Brewed with monk fruit and soursop it stays true to the Belgian tradition of playing with beer and all that goes into it. Roll on."
The pour was great, churning a pseudo-cascade into three fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head that resembled meringue and was evincing great retention. My gosh, but the color! It was a pale-yellow (SRM = 2, maybe) with NE-quality clarity. My urine is, more often than not, darker than this. Nose had a musty, salty, citrusy quality, like a melange of Berlinerweisse, Gose and northwest hops. Wow. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with some nice effervescence. Taste was slightly tart, kind of lemony, but with a yeasty mustiness, also. Finish was tart and dry, but very pleasant on a Summer evening. I know that they have begun to transition to CANs and this would make a fine CANdidate for Summer outings.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 22:27:19 | More by woodychandler
Rolle Bolle from New Belgium Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.