Cellar Blender
New Belgium Brewing Company

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New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Wild Ale
3.93 | pDev: 11.96%
Jul 17, 2021
Nov 18, 2017
Very Good
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3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 17, 2021
4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Mar 10, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

Appearance: ruby-brown, but ruby-orange when held to light. Wonderfully bright. The head is composed of light-tan microfine bubbles which fades quickly to a collar.

Aroma: stone fruit, sweet; jelly like, blackberry. This smells just like Duchesse. Very nice.

Flavor: dark cherry and stone fruit. Sour but not overly so. Well balanced. Clean finish. Roeselare yeast strain characteristics through and through.

Mouthfeel: the lightest side of medium. Nothing spectacular, but exactly as it needs to be.

Overall: excellent. This is NBB’s best beer by far, and very accurate to the style: think Duchesse or Rhodenbach. I hope NBB realizes that when they return to their roots, they brew winners. I would buy this beer repeatedly if it were sold individually and not just in a sample pack mixed in with NBB’s experimental losers.

Nov 06, 2018
3.85 by RickS95 from Indiana on Jul 28, 2018
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5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by 1Jose from California

Extremely tasty on its own, wish i could find a six pack of these things.

Jun 01, 2018
4.02 by MrUse from Minnesota on May 16, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Squire from Mississippi

Attractive red brown color with pinkish white cap and lace.

Aroma of wood, heavy dark fruit and sour cherries.

Flavor is very tart and very sour, yet pleasingly rich and complex. What is get is mostly the dark fig, sour cherry thing intermingled with wood in a layered complexity which comes across as a rounded whole.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

If you like sour ale I believe you'll like this. I certainly like it but pretty much any Red Flanders goes down well with me.

Apr 22, 2018
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4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Jeffwildcat from Arizona

Dont know if it was just me but very similar to Lags Dark Swan. Nice dark colors, little bubbly and sourish with the dark cherry woodsy taste. A very good beer.

Apr 21, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz. bottle. Poured out a dark brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of sour black cherry, lemon and some oak. Sour and tart with a strong cherry presence and a hint of sweetness for balance.

Apr 19, 2018
4 by elglueckert from Montana on Apr 09, 2018
3.75 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Mar 21, 2018
3.84 by BalancingBrooms from Illinois on Mar 19, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Bluecrow from New York

-clear red-brown bottle pour with a thin tan layer of fine foam. There is a light aroma of wood and vinegar. The flavors include fig and dried plums, currants and grapes with a distinct oak back. This finish is a bit thin, but pleasantly acetic. I like this quite a bit.

Mar 16, 2018
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3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Jmohring from Indiana

Sour ales are definitely not my thing

Mar 16, 2018
3.89 by peachy-tay from California on Mar 11, 2018
4.18 by 1mrbeer from Ohio on Mar 06, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by brenn79 from Idaho

12 oz bottle out of the blender variety pack- Pours clear ruby red with a small white head that reduces to a collar immediately. The aroma is dark fruits, vinegar, tart almost to the point of burning the nostrils. The taste is mouth puckering sour, dark fruits, vinegary, wood, this is high end sour, surprising it is in a variety pack, although it does taste a bit like an unrefined sour, that needs to be blended, which i think is the point with this beer. Now to see how it blends with some of their other beers.

Mar 01, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Raime from Korea (North)

Part of a Kroger mix a six. Never had an actual CRAFT attempt from New Belgium so we'll see what we get. Not expecting much.

Look - Like cranberry juice but a touch darker. Two finger purplish head that dies down to a thick ring. High carbonation with a nice smack of stick upon a finished glass.

Smell - Cranberry with that typical basement aspect. Poptart crust leaning towards a strawberry almost effect. Smells the profile.

Taste - Cranberry and cherries really dominate the palate as you're drinking. The funk is of course there and moderate as the way it typically goes with the style

Feel - Low carbonation in the mouth with a thin to moderate body. Swallows funky and easy.

Overall - Pretty standard wild ale. If you like the style then you'll like this beer. Wilds have become one of my new favorite things and I don't think I've ever had one that I would consider bad since a lot of them are quite similar if they don't include specific fruiting aspects. Solid. Try it.

Feb 24, 2018
3.5 by BeerDrinkingRhino from Pennsylvania on Feb 17, 2018
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Hackattack from Indiana

You need to be a fan of sours to really enjoy this. .... have this as your first beer of the day....or on a hot summer day....and you will like it if you are one of the aforementioned fans.

Feb 14, 2018
4.06 by psmith161 from Indiana on Feb 14, 2018
4 by nunitn from Arizona on Feb 14, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by HalfFull from California

12 oz. bottle poured into a wined glass. Pours a dark brown with a finger of mocha head. Offers good clarity and ruby highlights.

Moderate sourness on the nose along with some mixed fruit notes including dark cherry with a faint raspberry tone. Bit of dark malt/wood sneaks through at times. Taste is tart and mildly acidic with more fruit and some balancing sweet notes. Firm carbonation helps mask any sweetness and abv characters through the palate. Return of dark cherry on the finish. Enjoyable beer.

Feb 12, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Lingenbrau from Oregon

Labeled as a dark sour ale, it pours as one would hope. It looks nearly pitch black, but when held to light you'll notice it is the deepest tone of crimson to masquerade that appearance. A thin but lively khaki head dances above and leaves a smooth presence around the perimeter, with minimal lacing.

A wonderful blend of sweet and dark fruits, predominantly plum, are met by sharp and tart notes of sour cherries, oak, and spices. Cinnamon seems to leap out from underneath.

This is simply lovely. Dark cherries, plum, apricot, and raisins all blend and converge with clove, cinnamon, and oak in one tart blow. The flavor stays, and the spices linger.

It feels smooth at first, but is immediately met by a champagne bubbly feel. It is tart, and slightly on the sweet side. It coats the mouth with a residue feeling, and the alcohol warmth is barely noticeable.

This was an unexpected, but very welcomed surprise. I got Cellar Blender in a mix 12 pack and have to say this may be the best in it. It's not a face puckering nor earth shattering sour ale, but it's wonderfully drinkable and enjoyable for the lover of sours at any level. Cheers.

Feb 10, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - impressed with how dark it is, super dark auburn color.
Smell - dark tart fruit like cherries and cranberries
taste - pretty tart cherry cranberry raspberry
feel - medium body, light carbonation
Overall - pretty good, funky tart sour

Feb 07, 2018
3.75 by MrJuengling from Pennsylvania on Feb 06, 2018
4.31 by Ontarget from California on Feb 01, 2018
3.39 by jbundang9 from California on Jan 28, 2018
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1.39/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by ClearWater from North Carolina

If you are a fan of this style and variety, then read no further. Disregard my rating. Move on. Because I just found out the hard way that I may not be.
This is awful. “Hated it”... “Two thumbs down”. Trash. Garbage. Disgusting. I couldn’t finish it. I took three sips. Waited 5 minutes just to be sure I wasn’t crazy. One more sip and poured the rest down the drain. Without exaggeration, absolutely the worst beer I’ve ever had in my 50 year life. Glad that it came in a sampler case from New Belgium. If I’d bought it alone I’d return it.

Jan 27, 2018
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4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Davedrinkinbeer from Indiana

Bought 12-pack sampler, and tried one by pouring it into a snifter. Beer pours a deep ruby/dark brown color with a 1" off white head. Smell is actually typical Belgian yeast and malt smell, which is surprising to me that I didn't detect any sour funk initially. Taste is of course Belgian yeast, and in addition, cherries! The taste of cherry is very well done, not too sour yet not too sweet-- just the right taste. Feel is medium, a little sticky, moderate carbonation, and finishes with a pleasant cherry aftertaste.

I really enjoyed this beer, reminded me of a Flanders Red Ale overall. Very drinkable too. I recommend this beer.

Jan 15, 2018
3.9 by weareallfalafel from Virginia on Jan 11, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tone from Missouri

Pours a clear dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, slight ester, hint of alcohol, and wood. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, slight ester, hint of alcohol, slight bacterial funk, and wood. Overall, average appearance and aroma, but better aroma and blend.

Jan 08, 2018
3.5 by jschott75 from Illinois on Jan 07, 2018
4.13 by MizzouBrew from Missouri on Jan 06, 2018
4.08 by gangstabobangsta from Colorado on Jan 06, 2018
4.1 by BeerWithMike from Nebraska on Jan 06, 2018
3.75 by Birdlegs from Washington on Jan 05, 2018
3.77 by sparx1100 from Minnesota on Jan 01, 2018
4 by bluehende from Delaware on Dec 30, 2017
Cellar Blender from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 49 ratings