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Love (Foeder #3) | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Single barrel, 3 year old wild beer.

Added by beerguy101 on 09-05-2003

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a light orange with a small white head. Aroma of slight tartness with lots of citrus, orange zest, and a ton of funk. This is a very light tasting beer, almost Berliner Weisse-lke with the slight tartness to it. Pretty good but of course La Folie is better!
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Foedre 3, Sampled at the Falling Rock, GABF week 2008
The beer arrives with a hazy, orange tinged, amber hue and is topped by a light tan colored head. The aroma is very fruity and has a big, appetizing, backdrop of fruit vinegar; this last a sort of melange of apricot, rich grape, cherry and balsamic vinegars all tempered by a bracing oak character that adds lots of spiciness and a tannic wood character. The aroma is exactly what my nose was hoping for at this point.

The flavor is quite tart, with a substantial sourness to it that definitely leans towards vinegar, though the lactic character is still dominant. There is a fruity backdrop to the acidity that adds notes of apricots and sour cherries. I really am enjoying the acidity in this beer, it is a fantastic integration of softer lactic notes with a light, but sharp and expressive acetic acid character. I also really like the soft oak component that sneaks in towards the finish as well as the massive fruit character; really seems quite fruity for a beer that doesn't have any fruit in it. The acetic character in this beer is about as much as I have ever had in a beer; tthe fact that I have been sipping sour beers for a couple hours prior to this, really almost required something of this level of acetic character, it really helps to cut through to my palate and is very enjoyable.

This was simply a fantastic experience, I definitely am at a loss to describe this beer, but it was incredibly enjoyable and I was sad to see the last drop drain from my glass. I would love to get more of this to sample in a more singular setting, but have a feeling that if I get the chance it will be a completely different beer anyway.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap @ During the Toronado New Belgium party. Reviewed from notes.

Dark glowing golden orange, nice tiny meringue foam headon the top of this one. Aromas are funky and all over the place. Malt vinegar, dirt, spider webs, hat, sour cherry, etc. Taste follows through with sharp citric notes and funk. Very sour and vinegar like. Very authentic. Mouthfeel is creamy vs. prickly. Near perfection. Drinkability is GREAT. This is almost like a La Folie/La Terroir blend. Great f'in blend.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Toronado somewhat recently. Not the most attractive beer. Poured as a slightly hazy dark golden with a thin head that settles to a ring. The aromas are quite acetic with some spice and fruit, with notes of pear, cardamom, and malt vinegar. Somewhat unusual. The taste is much more successful- in fact, it is wonderful! Very spicy and very sour- just an explosion of flavors that are absolutely huge! Tastes of black pepper, mace, and even a touch of chilis coupled with a massive malt vinegar attack tamed by the spice and a slightly creamy smoothness. Very smooth and spicy, and almost addictive. Extremely interesting beer and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Toronado's 21st anniversary party.

Appearance: Beautifully clear golden-amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Very fruity, berry-like aromas, nicely balanced between sweet and sour, with a good dose of funk.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tart fruit flavors of peach and apple, very cidery. There's a balancing sweetness present beneath the sour that I quite liked, but the vinegar-like flavors are more prominent than I care for. I can see this working in a blend, however - with less vinegar it would be quite good on its own.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Toronado SF, described as "a base beer for Le Terroir, kegged personally by Dave Keene")

Appearance is dense amber/orange hue, thin white head dissipates mostly, moderate lacing

Smell is super tart and funk, light fruits, sweet sugary candy, absolutely delicious

Taste is mouth-puckering tartness that dominates from start to finish, vinegar is present, transitions partly to light fruits (pears, apples, peaches) near the end

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth moderate texture, highly carbonated

Drinkability is fair, higher if you're a fan of sour beers, solid tart flavors dominate with a biting carbonation presence, I'm not sure if this is one one-time special release or not, but I would love to compare it to Le Terroir

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Photo of flexabull
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Made it into the Toronado last night after a baseball game. What a pleasant surprise to find out it was New Belgium night! 6 different beers on tap, 3 of them sours! Plus, they were all at happy hour prices. An awesome sour beer for $3?! Sign me up!

Anyways, onto the beer.

Pours a bright and clear amber color with a decent head. Nice looking beer, it looks innocent enough...

Aromas are super funky. Vinegar, super sour, and red wine like.

Flavor is very potent. Very sour, like a sour candy. Remember sour patch kids? Just like that, and with a touch of sweetness and a creamy malt flavor. Also a hint of vinegar like funk as well.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Quite full feeling.

Drinkability is good. But whoa! Only one of these for me. It's a power house sour, that I am very glad I got to try. This is up there with some of the best.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in September 2004 at the Toronado in San Francisco on tap. Noticed a small head when the barkeep poured fro the tap. Looked very refreshing. My buddy swears by this beer as he was furious that it dissapeared for about 2 months from the Toronado. A sour, but not ultra sour beer. Not in the same catagory as Cantillion, but a pretty good and tasty sour beer. Has a big oak flavor behind it. Small amounts of lace that fade pretty quickly. Has some kind of taste that I can't difine. Drinks well. Would definitely try again next time I come.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted at the 2003 Belgian Fest at the Pizza Port Carlsbad. An unblended, unaged La Folie. Medium orange color. Smallish head. Aroma is sour, tart, oaky and fruity. Medium bodied ale. Tart, sour and fruity with a touch of oak. Lighter tasting Flemish Sour Ale. Oak flavors are pronounced. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and oaky.

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Love (Foeder #3) from New Belgium Brewing
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