NBB Love's Leopold | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Blackberry Flavored Whiskey Barrels.

Added by MacQ32 on 03-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 54
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is excellent beer, maybe not quite as good as the lower alcohol one, but so sour and intense, lacto heavy, highly acidic, and just fruity enough from the whiskey barrels. the vanilla character in the whiskey and the oak really comes through too, sweetening it up just enough to make it not decay all my teeth out of my head. its super sour, nose and taste, really intense in that regard. i wish it was a little more carbonated or a little bigger in body. as it stands, it feels thin and a little lifeless, only the sourness carries it along. barely a prickly of carbonation. the fruit from the whiskey is more and more forward as it moves along, and so is the sourness. by the end its almost a blackberry sour, which is pretty cool. this seems way mature to me, like it took a long time to put it together, or it aged awhile. one of the better new belgium beers, i wish they could package this stuff and get it out there for the people. it would restore their teetering reputation among hardcore beer geeks in a flash, so darn good!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%

32 oz growler into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark ruby color, one that's fairly hazy as well. The head is around two fingers high, with an off-white shade. Retention is quite good for a sour, and the creamy texture leaves an attractive collar around the glass (no lacing, though). (3)

Smell: A whole lot of stuff is happening here. It starts off with a solid nose-twitching sourness, but afterwards it unfolds in many (cohesive) directions. First I pick up some of the whiskey barrel, then it develops some vanilla touches, and soon after some chocolaty, faintly roasty malts come through. There are even kisses of leather here and there. Did I mention how much is going on with this brew? Yeah, it deserves a second mention. (4)

Taste: Immediately, tartness envelops the palate. The approach is more lactic than acetic. Afterwards, the malt base appears with subtle chocolate notes, and the barrel finishes it off. The barrel and whisky influence is bang-on - there, but not ridiculous. In fact, as I drink more of it, the sourness calms down some more, even to the point where it *aaaaalmost* resembles a barrel-aged porter. Disappointments? Well, I'd like a bit more blackberry, but its influence is limited to the flavoring of the whiskey barrels, so I'll let that slide. Yeah, it's tough for me to find nits to pick on this - it's only down to that unspeakable X factor that keeps it from getting an even higher score. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is quite low: perhaps it's the style, or perhaps it's the growler condition. Still, it fits the mouthfeel due to its combination of tannic dryness and a body which isn't overly full. Not even a wisp of alcohol comes through. Rich AND easy to drink? Yeah, this one's a total danger. (4.25)

Overall: Let it be said that while a lot of New Belgium's mainline of beers (and even most of the LoF series) are quite average, they tend to brew kick-ass sour ales as well. This being no exception. It's bigger and sweeter than the norm, but that just allows more complexity to come through. Simply put, I'm loving this. (4.25)

4.14/5: TWC Loves Leopold, too

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NBB Love's Leopold from New Belgium Brewing
4.26 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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