NBB Love Felix - Apple Whiskey Barrel Aged | New Belgium Brewing

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4.04/5
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40 Ratings
NBB Love Felix - Apple Whiskey Barrel AgedNBB Love Felix - Apple Whiskey Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 06-22-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,152
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
40
pDev:
5.69%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml cork and caged bottle. Tumbler glass. Darker copper body, slightly cloudy and unfiltered, golden brown hue. One finger frothy white head, short retention, not much lacing. Smell is green apple tartness, moderate acetic acidity/vinegar, light oak, trace leathery funk, a slightly heavy sweet grain. It has a slightly acetone-ish smell to it also, which bothers me a little bit. However, the flavour is an outstanding mixture of moderate acetic acidity, light lemon, moderate green apple, touch of oak, a bit of sweeter caramel and toffee, sort of like a Flanders red. However, it has a warming presence to it, which is not immediately apparent until I'm a few sips in. Nice. Good complexity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly heavier than expected, not in a bad way. Good carbonation. Nice sipper that can easily turn into a gulper.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

New Belgium Felix Aged In Apple Whiskey Barrels, 8.8% ABV. Pours orange with a nice two finger foamy head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing. Nose is apple and sourness, taste follows, not much whiskey. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent. IPU (International Pucker Unit) rating is 60 out of 100.

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Photo of Botulizard
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml caged and corked bottle.

Pours a clear copper, small head of foam, good lacing.

Smell has notes of a apple cider vinegar aroma, light whiskey, lots of sour insinuations.

Apple cider vinegar taste, woody, some vanilla, right amount of whiskey presence, imho.

Lower end of medium bodied, same for the carbonation.

Tasty and alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Very nice.

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Photo of Gdobber
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz poured into the Firestone Teku. Foeder 33 aged 14 months date 5/9/17
Look: a clear burnt orange with low carbonation. Slight white head that dissipated to to a thin ring.
Smell: musty, vanilla, pear, apple, some lemon, fresh and clean
Taste: Tart, apple juice, some spices on the back end.
Feel: clean and fresh, acidic tickle
Overall: pretty good sour. Was expecting a bit more for the price tag. Enjoyable, not sure I would spend the money again on this run.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Brickwood on 03/07/18.

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Photo of Blazer22
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ArrogantB
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle. It smelled like apples when I first popped the bottle but once it was in the glass it was more sour vinegar notes. I did not really pick up any whiskey but the flavor was really tasty. Sour, kind of like a fine vinegar, reminded me of le terroir as well as how delicious New Belgium can make a sour.

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Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spoony
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle (Foeder 33, a lengthy code is printed on the side of the bottle) to a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a brassy copper colored beer that is crystal clear. A short, white head fades immediately to a thin collar. The beer is completely still in the glass. Interesting coloring, but not not super attractive.

S-Wow...I'm digging the apple here, which is not a flavor I normally enjoy in beers. I am smelling a lot of tart green apple, as well as some sour candy notes like Sweet Tarts (or Pop Rocks?), an undercurrent of vanilla, soft oak, and mild lacto funk. The beer is definitely tart, but it is not threatening my tooth enamel.

T-The taste tracks closely to the smell. There is some acidity here, but a malty, wheaty, almost-earthy sweetness balances things out. I may also be picking up some caramel and toffee from the barrel? Green apple is still the dominant flavor, as well as vanilla, funky lacto oak, hints of medicinal alcohol, and white grape. The finish is long and drying.

M-The heft is medium to slightly heavy and the carbonation is smooth and almost creamy for the style. A lightly oily feel is mostly swept away by the acidity on the finish. Really nice.

O-This beer surprised me. I don't normally take to apple flavors, but this brew slipped them in and I found myself enjoying it. The softness of the whole package (flavors, acidity, mouthfeel) shows restraint instead of an attempt to make an in-your-face acid monster with over-the-top flavors. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erk0607
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A strong apple undercurrent and a peppery kiss of whisky only works to heighten the sense of barrel sourness that the Love Felix wants to exhibit anyhow. Clean, sharp and crisp- this New Belgium variety is simply sour as shit!

Even appearing like apple cider, the lightly headed beer gleams with a soft translucence and a light golden hue. Sparkling with carbonation, the beer's perfume is all green apple. Dry cider with that tingle of alcohol spice signals a light nutty oaken drift with a brief pass of citrus. Light biscuit and wheaten qualities lay down a brief buffer on the tongue and simply await the sourness.

As the beer washes the middle palate, its strips the thirst, sweetness and creamy wheat and begins to pang away relentlessly at the tastebuds with acute and pin-point acidity. Lead by crabapple but with a brisk undercurrent of lemon, lime and sour white grape a pep of cider-vinegar provides a light acetic tone to go along with a tight lactic sourness. Mild oak and dry hay decorate a slimly bittered finish for a semblance of earthen complexity.

Dry, light, crisp and utterly refreshing, the sour ale's carbonation and acidity is a two-headed monster that shreds any malt complement and keeps the taste peppery, dry and modestly warm. Bright and bubbly, a peppery whisky echo and a fluttering notion wheat and burlap chase a quick after-palate and keeps subtle whiffs of complexity coming.

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Photo of thatche2
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aisha
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i love this base sour, unblended and unadulterated, they do a really nice job with it, and i wish it was something we would see in the market a bit more frequently. its a blonde wild beer, lacto driven, but not young or quick, its very mature and layered, the better side of this agent for sure. this version has a strong apple thing going on, like the red apple brandy my family drinks around the holidays. its strong in this regard, more apple than whiskey for my senses, fresh and real though, and not as boozy as it can sometimes be with this spirit. instead its a rounded fuller bodied pale sour beer, puckery and tart but not hotly acidic, and with some hops too. the apple and the hops are nice, and the natural tartness in the fruit works with the base sour. its simple beer, but its oaky and old, and sometimes simple is better than complicated when its done well, and this is definitely the higher end of what new belgium is capable of in terms of quality. i like the apple better than any of the other versions to have come around so far, and truthfully this base beer is better than most of what they blend it into. great mouthfeel too, rich for a sour because the acid isnt too high, and nicely charged on the carbonation. great beer overall. neat barrel selection too.

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NBB Love Felix - Apple Whiskey Barrel Aged from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 40 ratings