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Rolle Bolle - New Belgium Brewing

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669 Ratings
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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: znichols on 04-03-2013)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before 8/25/13.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some slightly sour citrus and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with tart fruit and earthy grain flavors that give way to a strawberry-banana aftertaste on the finish. There is a mild amount of earthy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly refreshing but the smell is somewhat subdued.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 02:22:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

07-27-2013 21:44:07 | More by djrn2
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best Before: 25AUG13.

Appearance: Pours a light, pale yellow body, great clarity, and a tall (albeit brief), white head. Looks nice, if nothing else. Good lacing on the drop.

Smell: Particularly pale malts, giving a hint of white bread sans crusts, light lemony citrus, little kiss of dried herb, and some subtle, soft fruit notes.

Taste: Gentle, agile malts, faintly bready, with a medium degree of powder sugar sweetness. Herbal, lemon peel tastes intertwined along with a little peppery bite. Medium bitterness. Though unfamiliar with soursop and little experience with monk fruit, the fruity hints, when coupled with a the sweetness remind me of a few diluted drops of Midori. Drying, crispish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A pleasantly crisp, lightly fruity ale with a bit of complimenting bitterness. Though I doubt I'd revisit this, it made for a pleasant bottle of suds.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 01:45:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

07-04-2013 21:17:01 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

3/5  rDev -11.5%

12-21-2013 20:43:48 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

07-26-2013 23:00:42 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-21-2013 02:07:16 | More by kylehay2004
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I apparently learn all of my obscure sports and pastimes from beer. And the Cosby Show. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden-straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises a blast of lemon-flavored Trix, light grapefruit rind, and a touch of banana. A minor hint of biscuit wafts in the breeze, but the fruit in the orchard precludes any real sensory recognition thereof beyond mere suspicion. The taste funkifies the grapefruit and adds in some lemongrass, but otherwise reflects the smell. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda creamy feel. Overall, a nice little brew, certainly one that appeals to seasonal drinkers with their Spring/Summer desires for lightness, crispness, and fruitiness, but one that falls a touch short for my tastes. It's not bad, just not something I'd readily enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 20:29:58 | More by TMoney2591
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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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zeff80

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

09-18-2013 00:50:05 | More by zeff80
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

05-08-2013 02:22:41 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:47:10 | More by Jason
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-11-2013 14:59:33 | More by drabmuh
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 04:49:04 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 20:08:25 | More by Kegatron
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-23-2013 06:15:40 | More by SocalKicks
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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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mactrail

Washington

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pale, clear golden color in the narrow Crooked Line tulip with an attractive foaminess. Crisp and very light bodied. A light, fruity nose. Crisp and well carbonated. Refreshing and tangy.

The oddball fruit flavors are not very strong, so this is just a pleasant summer beer that hints at the Witbier style but more clean and less wheat. You could call it a Belgian Single, but it's even lighter than that style. Some hints of the dry Belgian yeast effect that give this a clean finish. Straw, a touch of tangerine peel, a hint of melon, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Depot Liquor in Brownwood, Texas.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 06:14:39 | More by mactrail
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Halcyondays

California

2.43/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear brilliant gold with a medium white head, fair retention, some spotty lace.

S: Nice nose of tropical fruits, some banana, hint of grapefruit.

T: Not a fan. The malt is OK, but gives way to a grungy earthy hop flavour which I've found in NB beers before. I don't know what they're doing over there sometimes.

M: Crisp, relatively clean, very light-bodied.

O: Not worth a pickup. The smell is nice, but that is all it has going for it. This was a chore to get down in the end.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 21:58:11 | More by Halcyondays
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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-08-2014 15:24:24 | More by GClarkage
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kojevergas

Texas

2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Summer seasonal. "Brewed with soursop and monkfruit." 5.5% ABV confirmed. Best before August 18, 2013. 13 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label and standard branded red pressure cap acquired as part of a sixer at my local Von's grocery store and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip. Expectations are average; I casually sipped one last night and didn't think much of it.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head, quite thin, with no cream at all, and of decent (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a pale clear yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent. Bright for an alleged Belgian Pale. Lacing is uneven but decent. There are no overt flaws, but it's far from unique or special. Meh.

Sm: Nice perfumey floral hops, very light lemon zest, and pleasant pale malts. A fruity note vaguely similar to white grapeskin; I assume that's the monkfruit. Lychee-esque. Some straw-redolent grainy character. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A generally pleasant aroma, but it doesn't bring a whole lot to the table. I'm excited to try the beer.

T/Mf: Lychee/white grapeskin like fruit. Pale malts. Generic floral hop character. Not as grainy as I'd like. The pale malting is nicely full-bodied for the style. Crisp, smooth, wet, and lightly refreshing. It's a bit too thick for a truly light refreshing summer beer, though. Overcarbonated - actually a significant flaw here. Lightly grassy. A twinge of lemon zest, but nowhere near enough to really bring the citrusy refreshment that would make this a much better beer. A balanced but painfully simple brew that mostly achieves its meagre goals. I have no problems with it, but it falls fall short of greatness. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Dr: Something of a throwaway summer seasonal. I'm glad I tried it, but it's so pedestrian I'll have forgotten its name within a fortnight. A pleasant and drinkable beer, but overall a merely average one. The overcarbonation impedes drinkability. Won't be getting this one again, but I like the value. I'll happily go through my sixer, but New Belgium can do better.

C

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 04:18:35 | More by kojevergas
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imperialking

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

07-03-2013 18:51:09 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +18%

04-27-2013 23:58:42 | More by MarkyMOD
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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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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

05-05-2013 03:45:51 | More by oriolesfan4
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Rolle Bolle from New Belgium Brewing
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