Rolle Bolle - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
80
good

117 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 117
Hads: 708
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 4.86%
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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Photo of Theheroguy
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Easily the best summer beer I've had. This beer unlike other summer beers is very flavorful and well hopped. I get lots of citrus from this, both sweet and tart flavor come in perfect alignment. This beer is still very light and drinkable. This is perfect for a hot day. I would like it if the tartness were dialed back a little bit. A tiny little bit. (352 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- golden ale, creamy white head leaves thick lacing as it slowly fades
S- floral, slightly sour, biscuit, herbal
T- somewhat sour, biscuit, herbal hop, floral, fruity, citrus, grape, slightly spicy finish.
M- super creamy and smooth, higher carbonation, medium body, finishes fairly dry
O- I actually really liked this one. Good for summer, refreshing, and unique. (368 characters)

Photo of icehawk
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle Appearance: Extremely light yellow with robust bubbly white head Aroma: Grapefruit, lemon Taste: Light fruit, banana Palate: Very light body, extremely thing mouthfeel, slight bitterness that sticks through finish Overall: Fits the bill for a summer beer. Very drinkable, lightly fruity, but not sweet. (364 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of October 20, 2013 printed on the label. A beer from New Belgium that I haven't tried yet. Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours about two fingers of bubbly soapy bone white foam for a head, that dissolves away quickly. Body color is a murky pale golden yellow, with lots of bubbles rushing topside.

S - Smell is light and subdued: faint graininess, grass, wheat, lemons, oranges, and a bit of other citrus which I'm hoping is the monkfruit. No idea what soursop would smell like.

T - Taste is lightly grainy and citrusy, following the nose. Wheat, dry malts, maybe a hint of herbal spice, some bitter hops, & juicy citrus fruits (lemon, orange, monkfruit). Light-bodied, and easy drinking. Doesn't really have any actual "Belgian style" taste to it, if that's what you're looking for.

M - Feel ends dry with a twang of bitter citrus. Smooth, light, and crisp.

Overall, a crisp refreshing beer for the summertime. Sessionable for sure, but a bit higher abv than you would expect based on the easy drinking light body this beer carries. I don't exactly know what soursop or monkfruit are supposed to taste like, but I wish they had been more apparent than they were. Still, a nice summer beer.

New Belgium Rolle Bolle ---3.5/5 (1,281 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.29/5  rDev -6%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of jaz58
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold colour with a thin white head.

Thin lace on the glass.

Buttery carmel nose. Slightly sweet.

Smooth mouthfeel.

Balanced flavours of malt and hops ending with a peppery finish.

A refreshing summer ale while playing bocci. Good burger beer. (252 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Very pale yellow clear body with a fluffy white head that dissipates to a foam cap. Leaves a nice lacing.

A- Sweet interestingly fruity aroma with a pleasant bitterness.

T- Sweet bitterness up front. There is a pleasant fruity sweetness that I can't identify. Bitterness throughout and stays with a nice fruity aftertaste.

M- Light body and moderate to high carbonation.

D- Very thirst quenching beer. Great for a hot day after a long bike ride. (452 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very pale yellow color with a thick, fluffy, off white head.

Smells of light lemon and grass with some yeast in the background followed by a slight funkiness.

The taste is crisp and refreshing with lemon and unripened fruit followed by pale malt and a slight breadiness.

It feels light, with the perfect amount of carbonation and a tasty finish, perfect for a hot day.

This is a nice beer and I wouldn't have any problem throwing back a few, it's light but the abv isn't too light so that's good too. (515 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. The beer pours clear light golden with a thin, white head and lots of visible tiny bubbles rising in the glass. The aroma is of bready malt with some fruit. I get some grassiness as well. The taste follows the nose. There's some nice breadiness from the malt profile and some mild citrus and tart fruit flavors. I also get some of that grassiness. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp and slightly dry. The drinkability is solid. This is a decent beer. (514 characters)

Photo of circus_cat
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale golden with a marshmallow fluff, bright white head. Reviewing it with the style and the occasion they call for in mind, it couldn't look any better. Total summer poolside beer look.

S: Sour bready yeast, lemon zest, hay, fresh cut grass.

T: A lot like the nose, except lemon is the dominating flavor. Some background noise of what I would describe as "dad beer"--what we all probably drank in college but more like the pleasant thing that you fondly remember your dad giving you a sip of as a kid (if this at all makes sense to you).

M: Refreshing is the word for this one. Clean, lively. Just what you want on a summer day.

O: Really, really good summer beer. Obviously, this isn't a complex IPA with 10 kinds of hops and caramel malts working the balance or a huge imperial stout aged in maple bourbon barrels for a year--but it IS just what it advertises: a refreshing summer beer. Surprised it gets kind of low marks, with that purpose in mind. (964 characters)

Photo of JReites
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very clear pale yellow. Carbonation visible for a while after pouring. Nice white, foamy head that leaves a good amount of lacing after each sip.

S: Smell of pale malts with floral and herbal notes.

T: Decent pal malt flavor followed by citrus and fruit notes. Very slight bitterness that comes and goes quickly at the end of a sip. Aftertaste is fruity/citrusy.
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M: Light bodied with decent carbonation. Finishes very smooth.

O: Overall a great beer for hot weather. So glad I grabbed some of this in ATL before coming back to Tampa. It will be great during the next few hot weekends working out in the yard and garage. (677 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip
Best Before: Sep. 8, 2013

Pours a fairly clear, pale yellow with a foamy white head that dissipates to leave a thin film across the surface and some light lacing.

Fruity, slightly vinous almost?

Fairly well balanced between bready malts and lightly sweety, fruity notes. Again the faintly tart, or vinous notes come through in the finish. I'm guessing this is either the monk fruit or soursop?

Medium+ body with light foamy carbonation.

A pleasant beer, though it doesn't necessarily fit the Belgian pale ale style in my opinion. (547 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some hints of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a pillowy thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts, lemon citrus, and banana. There are some more subtle hints of citrus/grapefruit rind and herbal hops as well.

T: Light to moderate flavors of pale malts upfront with some hints of lemon citrus and light fruit (which I'm assuming is from the monk fruit). There are light flavors of peppery yeast and some herbal hops as well. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades rather quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy and smooth.

O: The mouthfeel on this beer is really enjoyable and refreshing for the hot summer, this beer is enjoyable as a thirst quencher after an evening walk here in the South (with the heat and humidity). (1,129 characters)

Photo of Vixie
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a light yellow with a creamy white head. The head stays around a bit, leaving some nice lacing as it dissipates.

Smell is a bit fruity, very citrus like. There's a bit of malt and yeast, it reminds me a bit of the smell of outdoors on a nice summer day.

Kind of an unusual taste. There is fruit there, and a bit of malt. Has a hop bite at the finish, leaving a lingering bitterness.

Pretty good feel for this, fairly smooth.

Not sure if I would consider this a true Belgian style, I think there may be a bit too much hops flavor in it for that. That being said, it's a pretty decent beer, not quite what I was expecting, but has a nice flavor. If you're looking for a good beer that is a little different, worth a try. (731 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle (best by September 15, 2013) into a globe glass.

A-A normal pour produces a clear, light,-hued yellowish-golden beer with a thin finger of white head. The head drops pretty quickly into a thin cap and then a collar. There is a bit of lacing left behind.

S-The smell is a dry mixture of herbal, grassy notes, crusty bread, and tropical fruits like guava and passion fruit. Not much body here, but the tropical fruits add an interesting touch.

T-The taste is also quite dry with a bit of tropical fruit on the front-end and a drying finish of crackers and bread crust. There is a herbal/floral undertone to the whole package that leaves a long, lightly-bitter finish.

M-The beer is pretty crisp and light in body, although the tropical flavors add an almost-syrupy presence. Carbonation is assertive and moderately chunky.

O-This is an interesting summer drinker. The tropical fruit actually gives the beer more weight and mouthfeel than you would expect. However, for a beer with tropical fruit flavors, this drinks very dry and lager-like. The end result is a slightly odd, but quaffable, beer. (1,121 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 2013-09-08
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Rolle Bolle is an excellent Belgian pale ale, and it saddens me to read that people find this bland or unappealing, when it seems that they're just not trying or somehow unable to detect the aromas and flavors. For my palate, this fruity, hoppy, white wine-like beer is quite pleasant, light and complex enough to be easily sessionable.

Pours a 2cm tall head of clean, white foam, dense in appearance due to it being made up largely by small bubbles. Retention is about average, the foam lasting a bit over a minute, fading to excellent lacing clinging to the sides of the glass in all sorts of thick patterns and sheets. The body itself is a slighty hazy (20-30% opacity) goldenrod yellow color, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation is visible, moderately plentiful and active.

Aroma of pale and pilsner malt-influences (though I know no pils malt was used here), somewhat crackery base malt sweetness joined to some mild Belgian yeast funk, and light white wine with dried pineapple and lemon, other unnameable bright fruit-like esters, and a touch of soapiness. Interesting, light, and refreshing. Quite different, softer and fruitier than a normal Belgian singel, but pretty enjoyable.

Front of palate finds pleasing sweetness from pale malts and monkfruit, with dried pineapple, banana esters, and white wine fruitiness contributed by yeast and soursop. Mid-palate finds an interesting blend of pale malt, white pepper, dried pineapple, banana ester, and white wine fruitiness, sugary sweetness that almost drowns out a faint tartness, and mildly bitter and lemon citrus-like from the American hops. Back of palate finds mild hop bitterness easily tempered by pale malt sweetness, a light cracker flavor, dried pineapple and banana, white wine fruitiness, and a hint of Belgian yeast funk. Aftertaste is of mild hop bitterness, hay-like pale malts, and substantial fruity esters from the yeast and monkfruit

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, the oats adding some substantial creaminess and thickness to what would be an otherwise thin beer, I think. Carbonation is at medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is pleasantly foamy as it rolls across the palate, but never fizzy. (2,307 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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? (687 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 5/14/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, peach, pear, orange, lemon, floral, grass, bread, cracker, clove, herbal, lightly tart funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and fruit notes; with solid strength. Taste of pear, peach, lemon, orange, cracker, bread, floral, clove, pepper, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy tartness and spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, floral, cracker, bread, clove, pepper, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Good balance and complexity of malt, hop, yeast, and fruit flavors; with a fair amount of robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good Belgian pale ale. Very unique with good flavor balance; and extremely smooth to sip on. A pleasantly enjoyable offering. (1,317 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours mostly clear with a little cloudiness.

The smell is yeasty, a little sour and fruity.

The taste is very light, slight fruitiness and very little bitterness.

The mouthfeel is very light and refreshing.

Overall a decent light flavoured and bodied beer. Not complex at all, a good lawn mower beer but not good enough that I'd buy again. (343 characters)

Photo of BigBrewStu
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of hackmann
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: crystal yellow with bubbles slowly rising to the top of a white one finger head.

Aroma: a nice aromatic note on the pour; light fresh fruit and a soft citrus feel

Flavors: light citrus meat, fresh apple and pear, light floral feel on the back of the palate; delicate and simple overall and it was made for drinking during the summer

Mouthfeel: light citrus rind twist on the palate, lightly bitter/tart on the aftertaste, light-medium in body, good carbonation to keep it crisp

To the Point: New Belgium Company says on the bottle that it is made for playing summer games – you don’t want it much more complex than this simple style for summer fun; get the bocce balls and jart game out and let’s play. It’s simple, refreshing, and should be just tasty enough to be enjoyed in the summer heat. (817 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, very pale golden color with a short white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: citrus hops, light fresh fruit smell, pale malt

T: light flavors, bitter fruity taste, slight apple flavor from soursop addition, the flavor of this fruit is there but very mild, not at all sweet

M: thin, higher carbonation, refreshing

O: has I taste that is indeed different, flavor is very light though (450 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is completely transparent with a hint of very light golden yellow to it. The head is thick and white, but fades very quickly. Leaves some lacing.

S: Funky smell. There's a earthy dank hop aroma, and a bit of skunk but not much.

T: Light citrus hop taste like a hint of lemon zest. I don't taste any soursop. I don't know what monkfruit tastes like but this tastes pretty ordinary. Maybe monkfruit tastes like water or hops? The hop flavors are very good though. There's an underlying earthiness to the hop flavor that balances out the citrus very well...like having just enough lemon in a tea.

M: The mouthfeel is bright but not heavily carbonated. It is undercarbonated for a Belgian Pale Ale, but it works with this beer.

O: Overall I wouldn't say that a person should go out of their way to find this beer. They certainly shouldn't be fooled by the mention of soursop and monkfruit on the label. It's a good Begian Pale, but it's bound to cause a three-way split. Those who like Belgian beers, especially Pale Ales, will probably enjoy the beer even though it's not quite as effervescent as expected. Fans of crazy ingredients in beers are likely to be highly disappointed. Fans of hops are likely to be very pleased because the beer has very lovely hop flavor. (1,280 characters)

Photo of lawlerj
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (376 characters)

Rolle Bolle from New Belgium Brewing
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