Single Foeder Oscar | New Belgium Brewing

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4.33/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark sour ale aged in a first use Missouri white oak foeder. (Aged 12 months in Foeder #65)

Added by Britt on 07-24-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
17
pDev:
3.7%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of weareallfalafel
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pretty amazing beer, better than anything in the la folie line i have had i think, this new woodiness here is positively next level. cool idea to release this as its own thing, and some of the formerly draft only or brewery only ones as well, i think new belgium has needed a line like this to keep them relevant for awhile, and these beers do exactly that. here we have a very sour brown base, super mature from the bacterial side, but balanced in a cool way because of the new oak, which is very different in a first use than it is in other situations, after wine or booze, or after other beers. its so bright, like just milled, smells and tastes like the lumber yard at home depot, some vanilla and nuttiness there too, and super compatible with the lemony lacto, light funk, and chocolate and cherry notes from the grain. the flavor is rich, malty and big, cocoa and raisin, fig and dark bread, with the acidity coming on later. its very sour, even a little sharp on the teeth and the throat going down, but its absolutely delicious. i think the small bottles are the right call for this, sharing one of those two ways seems like about the right amount of this one, but it truly is one of the best, if not the single best, things i have had from new belgium in awhile. nutty and dry and dark fruity and piquant and all this wood is delicious. liquid lumber with a lot of nuance, really well done here!

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Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemochas
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 375ml bottle into glass. Stamped on label is '125014:23 170504K11T'.
Dark brown colored body, with ruby red highlights. Minimal head settles out. No lacing.
Aroma of sour, and oak. Oak includes vanilla whiffs.
Taste is sour, with tannic (oak barrel) backbone. Dark color is due to cherry taste.
Mouth feel is thin to medium, and finish is very dry. Low carbonation.
A beer that is wine-like, but lower ABV. Dry and sour.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vidblain
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful, dark pour - minimal head, very low carbonation. The beer has a rich mouth feel, similar to a wine - the oak seems to have done wonderful things for the beer, imparting a subtle dryness as well. While the beer is sour, it's not overwhelming - there is very minimal tartness, just nice clean sourness.

Delicious beer.

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Photo of Sk8sean86
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brolo75
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours a dark brown with little to no carbonation, no head developed, no lacing, deep mahogany edges when held up to the light.

A: Lots of aroma, deep aromas of tannins, leather, dark fruits like cherries, black grapes, plums, oak, tart cherries, slight sourness, and some Balsamic vinegar notes as well.

T: Taste follows the nose with leather, dark cherries, dark fruits, Balsamic vinegar, oak, nice balance of sourness and tartness, finish is super dry with a mouth puckering tartness akin to cherries, finish has lingering notes of tart cherries, oak, and a slight sour note, very nice.

M: Medium bodied with very little carbonation, super dry finish like a dark red wine and Balsamic vinegar, leaves a puckered, tart feeling in the mouth like cherries.

O: I love a dark sour ale and this one hits all the right notes with leather, dark cherries and fruits along with oak, tartness and sourness. It's a balanced sour ale with lots of rich, deep, and complex notes. Definitely going to pick up another bottle to cellar.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle because I felt like it was basically a "Love" variation. Nice label too. Dark brown color, ruby in the light. Aroma is great, mild vinegar, sour fruits, La Folie-esque, Mildly sour, delicious, woody, a lip smacker. Really coats the tongue as well. I can't say my palate is sophisticated enough to describe the new American oak nuances but this brings back good memories of those old corked and cage bottles of La Folie and Bottleworks 10.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, May date, I think:
A burgundy-tinged brown with a head that didn’t try too hard to stick around.

Nose has a light date with a cranberry juice lightly tart fruit. Some fruited tobacco comes through with an interesting depth, though maybe not complexity.

Taste is tart to start, but has the malt back bone to back it up and counter nicely. This allows the wood to come out and give this beer a wine-like quality. A somewhat tanic-reminiscent feel comes with a light wood note.

A very enjoyable beer, tart but with nice balance of the malt, wood having an effect. This series, if that’s what it is, is now on my radar.

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Photo of Sara24
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark sour: tastes like the crust of brown wheat bread; smells light and has the light-weight mouth feel of a wild surette. Bravo for the fruit back taste.

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Photo of FBarber
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kccraftenthusiast
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of siege06nd
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Single Foeder Oscar from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 17 ratings