Err on the Side of Awesome
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
Ranked #586
Ranked #10,292
4.25 | pDev: 5.18%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
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Notes: Collaboration with The Rare Barrel

This collaboration with our long-time friends and world-class sour producers, The Rare Barrel, is full of complex and risky adventure. We took a portion of our dark sour, Oscar, blended it with kriek lambic, matured it in our original 17 wine barrels that began our sour program, then blended-in our golden sour, Felix, before corking and bottle conditioning for several months.
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Suds from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a corked bottle, this brew is a clear crimson color with a wispy off-white head. The aroma is full of tart smells sour. The taste is tart, fruity, and complex. Lots of layered fruit and funk flavor. Medium body and extraordinarily dry. Wonderful.

Oct 24, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Poured out a dark, dark amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of cherry, lemon and oak. Taste of sweet cherry and tartness with a touch of toffee and caramel.

Aug 26, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

new belgium continues to get a ton of mileage out of the oscar and felix base beers, and these flavors continue to define their sour program. im not being critical, they have done a good job of finding ways to keep these things relevant, different blends, collaborations, additives of all kinds, it works. would i like an outright new wild beer from them? yes, is it overdue? yes, but its hard to argue with this one. not sure what the rare barrels contribution was, maybe just in the blending, because this tastes like new belgium all the way. the packaging is nice and these little cork and cage bottles was a good rebranding decision. the cherry aspect of this is huge, must be a lot of kriek blended in, or possibly aged on additional fruit, its deep red in color with some haze and a tall fizzy head that settles fast, it smells tangy and piquant like pie cherries, and the flavor is honest fruit, not an extract or syrup or anything, very genuine to me, and very forward in the mix. the dark sour seems like the least evident part of the blend, just a bit of a richer malt complexion underneath and a touch of the la folie vinegar profile. other fruitiness exists too here, raspberry, red wine, and citrus. its pretty sour, especially as it warms, but it has a nice soft fuller body for what it is and a lot of oak that helps round it out, its also got excellent carbonation and seems well bottle conditioned. some neat bretty funk to this as well, very mature beer overall. i love all the cherry flavor and the oaky depth, and expect this will age extremely well. really tasty stuff, not sure what it cost as my neighbor shared this with me, but probably worth picking up a bottle for the cellar. new belgium has really gotten themselves back on the map with these recent releases in this format!

Aug 05, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Presents hazy with an orange infused cranberry color; the head is solid and leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: Lactic tones of sour cherry and oak

Taste: Lactic sour cherry flavors forward and really make a statement; through the middle, the funk and oak emerge, along with a red wine barrel element; jammy, but complex, through the finish with a lot of oak that dries the palate

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; puckery finish

Overall: Not being of the generation where everything mundane thing is awesome, my view is that this beer truly is awesome in the original sense of the word; given the breweries that were involved in this collaboration, I can't say I am surprised

Jun 16, 2019
Err on the Side of Awesome from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 16 ratings