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Rolle Bolle - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.27%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: znichols on 04-03-2013)
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2013 18:19:06 | More by thagr81us
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BigBrewStu

California

3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Served from a keg into a clear glass. A lightly cloudy light golden color with a small head

S: Citrusy hops and light fresh fruit smells

T: It had a nice light flavor overall. Subtle fruit flavors, leaning more towards a citrusy flavor overall. Somewhat bitter, and definitely not sweet.

M: Light, crisp and refreshing. An excellent hot day beverage.

O: This is a really interesting beer that I would only consider drinking on a hot summer day. I think it is worth trying, but I won't be going out of my way to drink it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 18:54:28 | More by BigBrewStu
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homebrew311

Illinois

2.89/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance is very pale and straw colored with cascading bubbles, a slight haze, and minimal head. Nose is uninspiring with a mild corn notes among a touch of wheat and cereal malt character. Taste is fruity with a vague reminiscence of fruity pebbles cereal. This definitely leans towards being sweet considering how light it is, the flavors are not working for me, even for what it is... An easy drinking summer beer. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, not a great addition to the nb lineup, really don't see this one as sticking around as nbs summer seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2013 00:40:10 | More by homebrew311
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had this beer on-tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured into a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Excellent lacing.

S: A very sweet, enticing smell of light fruit, malt, and a little spice.

T: Tasted like it smelled: Light fruit (a little orange, lemon, tropical fruit), a little indeterminate spice, and some malt in the finish. I drank this beer not knowing it was a BPA. It certainly does not fall into that stylistic category - it's almost more like an American Pale Ale. Sweet, fruity, and oddly likeable.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly syrupy finish. Light-bodied.

O: Kind of an odd beer, but strangely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2013 21:22:25 | More by avalon07
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estlinska

Arkansas

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap into a standard shaker on 4/17/13 at The Saucer. Poured a pale straw color like a slightly underrippened lemon. There was very thin head to the beer, but left pretty good lacing to the glass. Light was completely penetrant; looked quite juicy. Didn't really smell that way though. The nose was pretty grainy and there was definitely a strong white bread smell to it. There was some spicy and fruity hops to the nose as well, but it was quite delicate. Very clean smell overall though. The taste was again just a Wonderbread flavor with just the very slightest of some spiciness and maybe some earthy feel to it. It was pretty sweet too. The mouthfeel was heavy on carbonation, very sweet, but also finished pretty dry. I'm kinda scratching my head at this one. The Somersault was a really awesome summer seasonal, and this is the replacement. Maybe my disappointment in not getting Somersault as my summer seasonal is coloring my review, but I was just not overly impressed with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2013 23:03:54 | More by estlinska
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I wanted this to be something other than a generic mass appeal new Belgium seasonal, but man was that ever wishful thinking. this is as standard as it gets. well made yes, but entirely boring. the pour is clear light golden with a smallish white head that doesn't last long. it does leave some fine lacing on the sides. the nose is more hoppy than anticipated, and bready from a nice light pale malt. everything tastes fine, but its a real safe beer. just slightly more hoppy than a standard pilsner, which this reminds me a lot more of than a Belgian pale. its much more like a german pils, hardly any detectable yeast characteristics of Belgian origin, and just some slight fruitiness in the finish. the finish is clean and pretty crisp, good for summer I guess, and I like it better than their usual summer brew, but this is not how I would have played it. ive learned now to not get too stoked up for new Belgium releases, they've been trending in a direction that is further and further away from their experimental origins, even in the lips of faith series, its not what it used to be. im being critical, but some air needs to be let out of this balloon. this beer should serve that purpose well.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2013 16:35:48 | More by StonedTrippin
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale yellow. Partly cloudy. Quickly dissipating head.
Smell: Lemon and honey. Maybe a touch of grapefruit in the background with biscuit.
Taste: Slightly spritzy lemon. Biscuit aftertaste.

I enjoyed this in the summer, and for whatever reason, I'm enjoying my last bottle in the cold. It's surprisingly very good in both climates. The taste is basically a weaker, though very enjoyable, mirroring of the smell. I believe the biggest perk is the drinkability. It can be enjoyed any time and with anything. I would probably get this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 05:17:10 | More by TeamMathis
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Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was the first microbrew that I utterly fell in love with. Such an amazing beer, reminds me now of my summer in Montana, drinking and grilling and playing BlaseBall. Beer is wonderfully drinkable, not at all fruity and overwhelming, but different and superb. Drink up!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 18:13:47 | More by Johnny_Muir
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 21:57:23 | More by rhoadsrage
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"Rolle Bolle is a wonderfully 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." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Blonde Ale with fruit added. Rolle Bolle is New Belgium's most recent Summer seasonal selection, making its debut in summer 2013.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a New Belgium globe glass. Served north of º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy foam head of an ivory white complexion over a mildly cloudy yellow-gold body. Carbonation is moderate and relaxed. Retention is good and lacing is light and streaked. 4.25

(Smell) Aromas of citric fruits up front with a medium acidity reminiscent of grapefruit and lemon peel. Light cracker malt provides a very shallow yet clean body. A modest hop profile is shrouded behind the fruit profile in this beer but some lemony bitterness is discernible. Potency is medium-high. 3.75

(Taste) Cracker malts provide a very light body and a faint sweetness, subtle fruit sugar provides some continued acidity and sweetness. Hop profile is herbal, grassy with faint citrus notes, bitterness is medium. Finishes dry with a mild tartness, herbal notes and a lasting citrus peel drag. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Light, clean, mildly dry texture. Carbonation adds a spritely crispness. The body is light for the style, light+ overall. The mouthfeel could have been a bit smoother and less harsh on the carbonation. Balance is slightly tart and bitter over sweet. 3.25

(Overall) This is one of New Belgium's more enjoyable light seasonal ales of the ones that I have had lately. While I have not had either of the fruit additions outside of this beer, they collectively lend an interesting musty and citrusy character to an otherwise thin malt profile. If you're into seldom used fruits in beer, this is worth giving a try. 3.5

New Belgium Brewing's
Rolle Bolle
3.56/5.00

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 20:00:00 | More by Jadjunk
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 03:31:03 | More by tone77
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KajII

North Carolina

3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a lightly cloudy straw yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white frothy head that eventually reduced to a fluffy puddled film with a large collar, which produced excellent full sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of grain and cereal malts, herbal hops and a soapy Belgian yeast with a bold note of citrus (lemon), a mild vinous scent, a definite fruitiness (must be the monk fruit) and a light peppery spice.

The taste was lightly bitter with a nice fruity sweetness and a creamy malty feel from the start, becoming decently hoppy with a strong citrus presence and just a touch of spice towards the finish. The flavor lasted a tad longer than average following the swallow, with the slightly spicy citrus taste fading slowly off the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a creamy, dry texture and a ticklish carbonation.

Overall this is a good summer BBQ brew that I see it pairing very well with some grilled Surf and Turf...

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Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 14:57:14 | More by KajII
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DoubleJ

California

3.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed multiple times from the 12 ounce bottle, finally getting around to putting in my thoughts. On to the beer:

Rolle Bolle is golden straw colored and topped with a fluffy bone white head, which leaves a lot of good lacing around the glass. The aroma is on the lighter side, but with notes of floral, honey, and a vague fruitiness. First sip, surprise. For a beer with a light flavor, there's a lot going on, and the different flavors together make this beer attractive. Pleasant crisp and biting hops start the engine. Starfruit enters the picture. Dry cracker malt base makes itself as the "neutralizer" for the fruit and hops to shine. I didn't notice much yeast character, but at the end, it's not necessary. Rolle Bolle is a light, crisp, refreshing beer which surprised me. Now if New Belgium could stop their haphazard tendencies of changing their seasonals every two years, because this is something I would purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 16:39:32 | More by DoubleJ
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Kendo

New York

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is slightly hazed bright light yellow with a 1.5-finger fluffy white head that retains well and leaves good rings of lace.

S: Lemony and yeasty with some cereal grains.

T: Cereal grain malt foundation, then some fruitiness - ripe apples - and finishes with mild lemon (think lemon peels). Not a lot going on, really, but appropriately light for a summer seasonal. Lingering lemony bitterness is faint, fights with the cereal grains a bit.

M: Light in heft, nice carbonation.

O: OK; not great. A decent change-up for a summer seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 22:48:23 | More by Kendo
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TownDunkel

Texas

3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 17:28:05 | More by TownDunkel
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stewart124

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with just a touch of white head. Pretty lacing as this drinks.

Grain and straw in the nose. Some floral notes with a lemon zest.

Slight tart character. Light to medium in body with a bit of pils to Belgian pale ale quality. More citrus character and it some spicy notes. Note sure if any of this is yeast derived or the additions had something to do with this.

Easy drinking but nothing to write home about. Worth a shot on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 00:18:03 | More by stewart124
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Beejay

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pale green yellow.. like hay that hasn't finished drying. A large white head on top.

S: Light fruitiness with some citrus. There is almost a little bit of a tartness in there. Almost like a little bit of a saison thing going on there..

T: Some good hop notes.. citrus, and a touch of tropical fruit, a soft touch of graininess comes out in the form of a soft bread flavor. The finish is a touch herbal with pepper notes.

M: Light in body, a dry finish, and active carbonation.

O: Overall an easy drinking summer beer. Although I can't pick out the monkfruit, or soursop.. I'm sure they are making some form of valuable contribution.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 23:13:11 | More by Beejay
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Yuliya

British Columbia (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Lemony yellow color, very clear, with lots of tiny bubbles rising up to the surface. Beautiful white head. Looks very lively and inviting.

Smell - Not much smell here. Somewhat yeasty or metallic

Taste - Hops are definitely the predominant flavor, but not overpowering. Medium bitter. Also some herbal and earthy (savoury) notes. Dry clean finish, earthy aftertaste. Could not taste the exotic fruits and did not detect any fruity aroma.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and velvety-smooth. Well balanced carbonation.

Overall - Looks very beautiful, interesting taste. Wish the exotic fruit taste would come through more.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 07:05:30 | More by Yuliya
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emerge077

Illinois

3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 01:31:19 | More by emerge077
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours out a lemony straw colour with an off white head and belgian lace. lemon zest nose on top of a biscuity malt base. grassy, herbal with a tart note. smells inviting. the flavour profile is built upon a sourdough and biscuit malt foundation. yeasty notes throw off some herbalness with tart overtones. citric zestiness provides a slight quenching aspect. there is some peppery spice, too, and maybe a slight alcohol zing. definitley tastes like a NB ale. medium bodied. lighter mouthfeel for ease of drinking. nice drinkability due to the seasonal aspect of it.

overall a pleasant belgian type ale that is appropriate for the warm weather season. glad i got to try it and would probably revisit this again during the summer season.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 22:21:29 | More by budgood1
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bradb717

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Overall the beer is ok.
I mean it is summery, looks and smells good, but I was looking for more flavor.
They do go down ok, and the aftertaste is better than the upfront weirdness.
I mean meh.
The problem is that new belgium has better showings than this.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 00:21:39 | More by bradb717
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 9/22/13.

Appearance: Translucent neon yellow with some visible carbonation and a quickly fading two finger white head.

Aroma: Bready malt, slightly earthy/spicy hops. A touch of sweet nectarine.

Taste: Nice grassy/spicy hop character going on that imparts a very moderate bitterness. The hops really give Rolle Bolle most of its taste because the malt aspect is fairly light with only a bit of biscuit flavor. As the palate adjusts the flavor develops some nice fruit and bubblegum notes. Good amount of flavor for 5.5% ABV. Finish is smooth with an aftertaste of fruit.

Mouthfeel: The first thing I noticed was how the carbonation attacked the palate. A tad much but actually brings a nice vibrance to the experience. Thin to medium in body with pretty good drinkability. This would be a cool one to try on nitro.

Final Thoughts: This one impressed me a bit. The mix of grassy hops with fruity flavors works well and makes for an enjoyable beer. Would I drink it again? Sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 04:30:08 | More by JamesMN
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden with a light beer appearance. Thousands of bubbles racing creates two fingers of bright white head. Nice lacing after first few gulps.

S - hops, resinous, faint sweet smell of dough, some citrus notes.

T - Dank Hops, bread dough, crackers, a bit earthy, sweet on the tongue with a drying finish. Really crisp and refreshing.

O - Very solid - i could drink about a dozen of these on the golf course or sitting on the beach.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 01:58:35 | More by andrewjraab
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 21:38:00 | More by WoodBrew
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kristenspaintings

California

3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer is something that grew on me as I drank it. I wasn't quite ready for the sour taste but after a few sips I started to enjoy the flavor more. It's fair that it "soursop" and "monkfruit" on the label. I should have read that before I sipped. Really though, it's a good seasonal beer. I's be thoughtful about what I'd pair it with and I'd probably drink it again although there are many other beers I'd choose first.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 23:47:46 | More by kristenspaintings
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Rolle Bolle from New Belgium Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.