Tour De Fall
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV:
6%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 11.41%
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
695
From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
83
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance was a clear yet muddy brown color with a light orange complexion close to the sides of the glass. There was about a one finger white bubbly/and somewhat foamy rocky/lumpy head that dissipated within about a minute. The lacing was light and sporadic (slightly all over the place). The smell was lightly spiced with a light floral content interweaving inside of some earthy cereal-ness with a light caramel toast. Interesting to say the least. The taste was mainly earthy and sweet, the light floral content does come back to coat my taste buds. There’s a peanut butter aftertaste (I normally get from most New Belgium beers) and there’s a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the style and it has a decent sharpness trying to pound my tongue. Overall, decent APA, but nothing too special.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a maltier pale ale. You can tell right in the beginning when this is basically amber in color. Could just as easily be classified as such. 1/2" white head. Toasty caramel and fall like notes.

Taste, again, maltier. This is basically fat tire without as much toasted, caramel like malt. Same demographic they're going after with this one. Mild hopping. Mild bitterness. If you like fat tire or boston lager from Sam Adams, I think this one will be right in your wheelhouse.

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Photo of chicksdiggit
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First and foremost, I don't recall when I bought this and it made its way to the back of the fridge without me knowing about it. The beer is 11 months beyond the best by date, and I likely thought it was for this fall when I bought it.

L: Poured center into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle. Gorgeous dark roasted copper color with pale mocha colored head. Moderate to fine sized bubbles on a thick head two fingers wide. Plenty of carbonation rising mostly from the center of the glass. Thick retention and thick sticky lacing.

S: Big green hop nose up front and leafy. Salted caramel after with white toast.

T: Nutty up front with hazelnut but tasting a little almost sour. Leafy greens still coming through but toasted white bread crust from the malt are still there. Very weak mint note in the finish.

F: Zippy on the tongue with a citrus like bite. The high carbonation can be felt in the stomach but low perceived ABV presents no issues with drinkability.

O: I'm not a big fan of the flavor but a very well produced technical beer. Looks absolutely fantastic. I love how complex the smell is. I won't crucify this due to its age, but damn I got to imagine this held up pretty friggen awesome over time. Still a good beer.

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chicksdiggit from Minnesota, Nov 16, 2015
Photo of Libeertarian
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Clear fizzy tarnished copper with cream-like, fine, yellowed-white head. Great is the retention, just as the lacing. Very good resin, caramel, and orange peel nose. Strong caramel and pasta backbone, with nice resin, pine, dank vegetation, leafiness, slight fruit and peel of citrus, and spice from the hops. Definite black pepper breath-notes after it's saturated the palate. Medium in body, considerably thicker than water despite surprisingly lackluster (given appearances at least) level of gentle, almost tingly carbonation.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. L: Brilliant copper amber under a clingy moussey 1” white foam collar. S: Bready spicy malts with some hop aromas in the background. T: The flavors follow the aromas with big bready malt moderately bittered by the hops. F: This beer is so smooth and creamy and the bubbles are so small it looks and feels like a nitro beer. O: Flavorful and easy to drink.

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pat61 from Minnesota, Jul 04, 2015
Photo of elNopalero
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Give me a touch of pine and some dry leaves, with a bit more toasty malt on the end, and I’ll call it time for the seasons to change.


This sure ain’t poetry.
Beer reviews can be like that sometimes.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A- pours a clear amber color with a small creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- bready malt sweetness with some caramel aroma up front, grassy and floral hops with a bit of pepper

T- caramel malt with some grainy notes up front, quickly followed by some piney and grassy hop, peppery spice on the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- easy drinking balanced pale ale

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Feb 13, 2015
Photo of mothmanscott
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber producing 2+ fingers of frothy, eggshell, moderately lasting head that leaves motes & streaks of lacing. Aroma is roast, honey & thin graham cracker, floral hops with hints of melon, citrus & minor pine. Taste is toast, biscuit & a hint of caramel malt, earthy floral & citrus hop notes with a light pepper backed by a slight hoppy bitterness in the finish that become dominant in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation with a thin pepper bite, dry & lightly astringent in the aftertaste.

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Photo of leaddog
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark amber brown with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - bready caramel malts, leafy, earthy, and slight piney hops, orange, hint of pine resin, slight hint of dark fruits.

Taste - Starts off with the bready caramel malts then goes into the leafy,earthy, and hint of piney hops (not as potent for the style), then the hint of pine resin, orange peel and slight hint of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a pleasant malt sweetness.

Overall - An APA that has a good malt profile. The hops need to be more dialed in to make it more true to the style and a stand out.

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leaddog from Alberta (Canada), Jan 31, 2015
Photo of PostRockandCats
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty copper colour with a soapy, white head. Lots of big bubbles! Nice, tight intricate lacing.

Smells hoppy and malty with a little bit of grapefruit. Mild and balanced, but not overly nuanced.

Has straight up wood notes right up front with an organic, grainy husk throughout.. Lots of bready malts and yeast. Ends with some bitter hops and some piney resininess.

Medium to light with not too much carbonation.

Overall, very pleasant but a little middle of the road. This isn't always a bad thing. I'd get this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, deep, dark, mahogany color with a half of a finger of white-head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not very aromatic, but there is some. I get notes of toasted malt, imparting aromas of freshly baked soft pretzels, I also get some aromas of caramel, black pepper, heather, rye and some floral, grassy, slightly piney hops.

Taste: Delicious! Strong flavors of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, black pepper, and a touch of piney, grassy, hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Now, this is an American-style pale ale that I love! Strong, delicious flavors of toasted malt, caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness and beautifully balanced, floral, piney, hops! Delicious! This could easily become one of my favorite beers from New Belgium, easily up there with Fat Tire, Abbey and 1554! Highly, highly recommended!

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Jeffreysan from Maryland, Jan 26, 2015
Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle
A - Dark golden color, off white surface head
S - Light hop citrus aroma
T - Light hop, Slight bitter
F - Good carbonation, decent body
O - Not too bad, nothing to write home about; about average; easy drinking

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Photo of btheluvdoctor
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's color is that of light iced tea. There's a malt taste with citrus hops undertones. As pale ales go, you know there's some bitterness to the taste.

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btheluvdoctor from New Jersey, Jan 16, 2015
Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of light hops, some grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit, mild bitterness, some malts as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but nothing special.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Dec 09, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Truncated notes below.

Four finger wide head. Average in texture and consistency. Retains for maybe 6 minutes.

Body is a clear rich copper which is surprisingly vibrant. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

AROMA: Caramalts, pale malt, floral hop notes, and faint toastiness.

A pleasant but surprisingly malt-dominant aroma of average strength. Nothing stands out.

TASTE: Fine.

Caramalts, pale malts, some floral hop character, and faint toastiness. Decent balance, average depth, duration and intensity of flavour, basic pale malt build. Has leanings towards the malty end. I could do with more of a hop presence. Balanced enough.

TEXTURE: Fine.

Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, overcarbonated, and fairly refreshing. Suits the taste generally well. Doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to it.

OVERALL: A middle-of-the-road pale ale which will scratch your pale ale itch but won't impress. Very average and pedestrian, but enjoyable. It's strange for a fall seasonal, though; what evokes autumn here?

High C

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04.26.15: Second impressions.

A: Nice head for a pale. Lasting ~5-6 minute retention. Fluffy and sticky.

Body is a clear copper.

Textbook pale ale appearance.

Sm: A bit too heavy on the caramalt. Has a sticky resinous hop profile with some subsidiary citrus. Amarillo is poorly showcased. Pale malt backbone.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T: Pale malts combine with vague citrusy and faint floral hops for a middle-of-the-road flavour profile with few interesting characteristics. Middling balance, mundane execution. A very generic pale ale.

Mf: Slight overcarbonation holds it back. Smooth and wet, with a generic medium body. There's no harmony of texture to taste.

O: A drinkable but mediocre pale ale with no attributes that will interest the discerning drinker. Very average, very forgettable.

C

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kojevergas from Colorado, Nov 29, 2014
Photo of TeamMathis
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Appearance: Tea colored. Great frothy white head. Leaves a decent lace.
Smell: Pine, fruity floral.
Taste: Slight bitter rind. Very watery.

The initial smell and taste is pretty good. The pine and bitterness seem quite inviting. But then, the drink simply flattens out and is very watered-down. Maybe I waited too long to drink it. The experience is really odd. It goes in like a decent Pale, but then within seconds it goes flat. I'm not sure if I'd get it again. Very odd for New Belgium.

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TeamMathis from West Virginia, Nov 23, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

This is an interesting beer. Lots of malt give it a slight smokie flare. There is hop in the scent and finish. The color copper in color with white head that is lacing. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its decent.

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Photo of rangerred
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper with a half finger off white head. Average lacing and head retention.

Aroma is very biscuity with heavy touches of pine. Caramel and toffee as well. There is a very good balance between malt and hops.

Flavor is very similar to the aroma. Lots of earth and pine backed up by biscuit malt. More toast and caramel with some lingering pine. Bitterness is just moderate with lingering sweetness.

Overall, a nice if slightly unimpressive beer. Malty and toasty but I've had better from New Belgium.

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rangerred from Tennessee, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle poured into a tulip glass. A very bronze, near brown color with rather quick breaking sudsy beige foam that leaves ample lacing on the glass. Aroma is nutty toasted and caramel malts along with light citrus, grapefruit and orange rinds. Malt-forward APA, with some orange creme notes but more weighted towards dry leaves, light pine, earthy tea, white pepper, and burnt caramel/marshmallow ... Even a hint of cacao powder. There are some earthy hop notes throughout but much of this character reveals itself in the dry finish. Low carbonation and perhaps comes across as thicker than is legitimately the case, a sturdy medium body. Certainly yields an "autumn" impression: Rustic, dry, moderately spicy, subtly fruity. The malts only gather steam as one imbibes. Not a dislike by any stretch but an odd Amarillo hop execution.

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CalgaryFMC from Alberta (Canada), Nov 18, 2014
Photo of ordybill
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has that pale ale hop aroma
Appearance- A dark yellow to almost gold color, small off white head
Taste- A hoppy flavor with slight bitterness, nothing spectacular
Palate- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall- This is an ok beer, I would not search for this nor would it be my go to beer at a bar or restaurant.

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ordybill from Georgia, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of michiganmatt
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
Pour an extremely clear dark-brown-orange. Moderate head retention. A large amount of small carbonation bubble can be seen rising to the top.

Smell - 3.75/5
Smells of pine and lemon (citrusy) hops

Taste - 4.25/5
Pine, lemon, another really interesting flavor which I can't put a finger on, but which really dominates the last 2/3rds of the sip (the first 1/3 is sweet citrus/pine hops). Perhaps kind of a fruity-woody-resinousness?? Don't take my word on that description. It's definitely distinct from the pine and citrus flavors. It's not a sweet flavor, more of strong mellowy under/overtones. I don't know what the flavor is, but I know that I like it a lot, and I think if more pale ales were like this, I would like them more

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium in body. The beer is fairly smooth, bordering on creamy. There is a moderate amount of light carbonation.

Overall - 4/5
Overall this was a really good pale ale. Perhaps my favorate pale ale which I remember having recently. Good work New Belgium.

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michiganmatt from California, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a copper-mahogany color with a small white fizzy head. The head has a lighter level of retention, fading relatively quickly to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite nice with a very nice blend of sweeter dark fruits and sugary smells mixed with some more malty and hoppy aromas. The darker fruit aromas are mainly of a cherry and plum with the sugary being of a caramel and toffee smell. The malty aromas consist of a slightly bready and cracker like aroma all while the hoppy smells are mostly of an piney nature, but with them also containing some smells of an earthy and citrus as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather drier flavor with a mainly lightly roasted and cracker like taste. There is a bit of a hop of a pine nature right upfront which gains intensity as the flavor advances further on. Along with these flavor is a hint of a caramel sweetness which quickly fades from the taste after the initial sip of the brew. All while the caramel fades, more hop of an herbal nature as well as some pine comes to the tongue, leaving a rather dry and decently hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average to just above average. For the drier flavors of the brew the feel is rather appropriate and makes for a more crisp and refreshing drier drinking brew overall.

Overall – A decent, more crisp, and drier brew that accentuates some more earthy and piney hops. While not what I would call super balanced, as it lacked some residual sweetness to balance the malt and hop, it was a rather decent brew overall.

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Photo of jellikit
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Bottle.
Appearance: rusty orange. Thick, foamy, off-white head.
Smell: Orange peel, mango, tropical fruit, candy.
Taste: bread and cracker malt profile. Citrus hops. Earthy hops.
Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: great NW pale ale. Balanced well. Not too malty. Not too hoppy. Will buy again.

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jellikit from Washington, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of barnzy78
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, enjoy by 25JAN
A - copper-brown in color with a frothy ivory head that holds excellent retention; tons of lacing is left on the glass
S - piny nose with grapefruit rind, bready malt, toasty grain
T - nice malt blend of nutty toasted grain, caramel, and bread crust with a hefty hop presence of grapefruit and pine
M - thinner body - it tries to push medium with its higher carbonation, but it's just not there; prickly and peppery on the pungent finish
O - I really like this one. It's by far my favorite New Belgium beer - it's got all the flavors I love in a hoppy American pale ale, along with two of my favorite hop varieties: Cascade and Amarillo. I'd buy this again!

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barnzy78 from Illinois, Nov 03, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium has a good one with their Tour De Fall. I was impressed the moment I poured it into my trusty pint glass - great golden color tinged with caramel, nice off-white head that sticks with lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma was surprising as well, not your normally bitter scent. The brew felt okay though, it was well carbonated, but it did not overpower. I was a bit disappointed with the strong after taste that endured, even after waiting a while between swigs. The taste was superb, definitely an IPA but with hints of apples(?), I'm not sure, but that's what I tasted. Anyway, a great offering from New Belgium, these guys sure do know how to put out beer.

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