Oscar Worthy - Coffee
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
89
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 11.85%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
86
From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  8
SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: This is a single source from one special foeder of perfectly soured Oscar, our dark base beer. We then 'dry beaned' it with 50lbs of freshly roasted coffee from The Bean Cycle of Fort Collins.
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Reviews by StonedTrippin:
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

definitely one of the best new belgium beers i have ever had. this is the kind of stuff that keeps them relevant and they kind of stuff that needs to get packaged. its a coffee infused foeder of beer they use to blend into la folie, and its absolute amazing. the coffee aroma is incredible, super earthy and rich, and acidic too, no attempt to hide it. i smell notes of chocolate with it too, and the sour of the base beer, which seems at least conceptually like a really weird match is actually tantalizing. the taste too is just that good, sweet chocolate moves into heady coffee, but its not a dark beer, barely amber to brown in color, and the lightness of the grain bill allows flavors in the coffee usually covered up by roasted barley bitterness to come out. thats where the cocoa comes from, and the combination is splendid. heavy lactic sourness in the finish, but it comes right out of the coffee middle, seamless and easy, very natural for something so uncommon. carbonation is expressive and both the coffee and the sourness linger on the palate after the swallow for quite awhile. interesting, but it works in an after dinner context. its inventive and close to flawlessly put together. knowing that new belgium is capable of beer this good almost makes some of their beer seem lazy, but this is inspiring. i have never had a coffee sour, at least not one that does both parts so well. i hope to see this for sale in the market down here at some point. an absolutely must try for the curious palate!

May 10, 2015
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John_M from France

3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

You have to give NB an E for effort, and I appreciate their willingness to experiment. Unfortunately, this particular beer struck me as a failure. On tap (of all places) at Beachcombers in Florence Oregon this past weekend.

The beer pours an attractive blackish brown color with good head retention and decent lacing. When I ordered the beer, I was not aware it was going to be sour, but one sniff gave me a tip off. On the nose, you really pick up a lot of coffee, along with a sour, vinous component. The combination is not bad at all. However, on the palate, the sour component completely overwhelms the flavor profile. The coffee is still there as well, but that's all I get. If the base beer has any separate flavor, I'm not picking it up. The finish is very dry and sour, and the mouthfeel is (unfortunately) very thin.

It was a chore drinking my 12 ounce glass, and the $7 price tag only added to my pain. Nice try guys, but IMHO, this beer sucks.

Oct 13, 2015
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wedge from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

@ Glass Jug

Mostly clear chestnut with a ring of big bubbles around the edges. Aromas of ground coffee mostly...chocolate bread and a slight tart edge. Coffee meets juicy tart flavor. The coffee tastes cheaper, but it's more subtle here meeting up with some vinegar and brown malts. Thin-ish and drying with decent acidity. Not bad, but maybe not my thing.

Aug 01, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Nov 16, 2014
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Poured a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of roasted coffee, caramel and subtle sour notes. Coffee taste is the lead with a tart finish.

Mar 26, 2015
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drewone from California

2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Nov 29, 2014
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largadeer from California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 06, 2015
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 16, 2016
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goblue3509 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 08, 2018
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 28, 2016
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jpw123 from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 29, 2015
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wethorseblanket from California

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 10, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 11, 2015
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Gotti311 from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

May 18, 2015
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nathanmiller from New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 11, 2015
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djrn2 from New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jun 30, 2016
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AlexFields from Tennessee

3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

May 14, 2016
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ystazi from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Nov 16, 2014
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duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 03, 2015
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mdaschaf from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Dec 15, 2014
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Gobzilla from California

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 07, 2015
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a77cj7 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 18, 2015
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scottwurst from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Nov 24, 2014
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sharpski from Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 21, 2015
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 11, 2016
Oscar Worthy - Coffee from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 86 ratings