Oscar Worthy Coffee | New Belgium Brewing

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85 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by emerge077 on 11-16-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
85
pDev:
11.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5
Gots:
8
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by TypsiYpsi:
Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell is mostly coffee, with a bit of acidity. Tastes more sour than the aroma, definitely coffee up front followed by oakey tartness.

Not sure how I feel about the combination of coffee and sour, but this is certainly one of the more unique beers I've ever had. I love La Folie, and the sour part of this beer is similar. But as I drink it, the coffee just seems to be taking away from the sourness as opposed to complementing it. But I applaud the creativity from New Belgium.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of John_M
3/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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!

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4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half inch of white lacing. Great smell and texture. My first ever sour coffee brew. Hats off the New Belgium for this bold combo

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of breadwinner
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on nitro... Far better than I had supposed... Good, but not amazing...

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4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ConradKenney
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Hendrick24
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavidHume
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wedge
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrBier
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jpw123
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PassMeAZima
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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Oscar Worthy Coffee from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 85 ratings