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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Wasatch on 01-13-2007

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow fizzy brew...eekk gasp. Not really. Very carbonated and lots of little bubbles dancing to the to of the glass. Nose is defiently predominated by fruit, maybe even some grassy citrus. Taste is a two parter, starts of sweet and then post swallow leaves this interesting aftertaste unlike anything I can remember having before in a beer.

Easy to drink, but the aftertaste is a bit unsettling, I don't know what it is, but I'm guessing it's one of those unique ingredients. Cheers to NB for going out and doing something different, and I'll probably have this one again, but I'm not 100% sure why.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new release from New Belgium, and I grabbed a six-pack at a grocery store. I poured this beer into a tulip.

Pours a dirty yellow color and is cloudy. A small (by Belgian standards) foamy white head forms and dissipates quickly.

The smell is fruity, apples and pears some berry aromas, with some other spice scents along side.

The taste is sweet and tart, with fruity flavors and a mild bitterness. Maybe just a hint of biscuit flavor.

Mouthfeel is clean and dry, with a bit of heat.

This is a drinkable beer. I don't know much about the style, but this beer is OK. Not the best of the New Belgium line I'm afraid. ABV is a little high is to be sessionable.

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2.82/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice yellow edges and a center that was just slightly hazy in the glass. Head was big and bubbly but not too thick. The smell was light and refreshing with hints of apple, dried fruits, and almost a nutmeg. Mouthfeel was light and real wet but it begged to be swallowed quickly. It was hard to not drink the whole beer in one drink. Tastes are real mellow and hard to miss with the drinkabilty. Fruit is the first thing I can think of. It almost has a metalic taste to the back and it all blends well I supose. Another seasonal from New Belgium. I don't think I buy this beer but for the style I supose it is ok. Be careful - slow down - don't swallow the whole thing.

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Photo of 1whiskey
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours out a hazy straw color with a big snow white head, with very active carbonation.

Smells of typical yeast overtones for the style (the so-called "Belgian funk").
Otherwiswe it is quite mild and sweet, with grass notes and even the oats that the label speaks of.

Interesting flavors on the palate. There isn't anything that jumps out right away, but rather weave in and out to form a delicate, understated presence. There is a subtle sweetness that you notice first, then a bitterness iun the background that is different than any hop bitterness (presumably the wormwood). Some citrus is present (more lime than anything else), as well as the yeast esters you would expect in a BPA. It then comes full circle with that subtle sweetness finishing. This seems to be something of a cross between NBB's Saison and an American style wheat. All in all it's pretty tasty, although I'm not sure it's the kind of beer I want in January. I really think it would be better off as a summer beer.

Very light body, with a waterly mouthfeel and active carbonation. Overall it's quite drinkable, but the sweet aftertaste and 6.4% ABV make it a borderline candidate for a session beer.

Definately worth trying, but get a single instead of a sixer.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came into the store this week and I've been really anxious to try it since it sounds so strange. Body is a lightly hazy golden color topped by a half inch of creamy, stark white head that retains fairly well. Light, herby aroma is somewhere between that of a Belgian blonde and an American adjunct lager - delicate, spicy aromas blend with those of cheap adjunct malt. Strange.
Palate is light and herby. Up front a little bit of sweetness, imparted perhaps by the goji berries. Light herbs - wormwood (I guess), a little thyme - come through before the swallow, with a light citrusy finish. Body is rather spritzy and very refreshing. Wasn't sure how I'd like something like this, but I think it may be a great springtime thirst quencher. If only the weather would warm up a little while it's still on the shelves.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- About a 1/4" white head on a cloudy light golden body.
S- Very interesting aroma. Has a hint of wood in it along with some different spices and fruits. Smells like nothing I have really smelt before. Hints of some type of yeast too. I really wish I knew what each of these smells were (on the bottle says brewed with wormwood, goji berries, and schisandra (which I don't know what any of these smell like)).
T- Very interesting taste too. Has a nice complex flavor to it. You can taste what I would guess is the Goji Berries. Also the yeast comes through a bit too. Spices come out in it and last through the aftertaste. A light hop bitterness lingers on the tongue. Can kind of taste a hint of wood in there too. Maybe a bit smoky (like a smoky wood). Very different but really good at same time.
M- Medium to thin body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It is very tasty and will probably buy a 6-pack of this when it comes out. I really wish I could taste all the things in it individually so I have a better idea of the flavors going on. All in all its a very interesting beer that is really easy to drink.

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Photo of mentor
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Test batch obtained at the brewery in the fall of 2006. Three Chinese spices used in this beer.

Presented a thin ring of white head around the glass. Cloudy murky light sand colored liquid. Smells wheat lemon and almond. A light touch grassy.

Really tasty. Sweet malt then a host of aromatics sweep over, settling to pull the malt up for an extended sweet aftertaste. Earth, corriander (but lacking in the herbal aspect...the darker earth). Citrusy sting is cut short and almost comes across like spruce. Lemony and pine. A touch of grassy dryness. Bready yeasty is mild.

Md body and mildly carbonated.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gbontrag for this one.

According to Garth this is replacing the Bierre De Mars as the spring release this year. Glad to be the first to review/try it out.

Pours a clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/foamy head which lasts alittle while, nice islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of malt, hops, yeast, and spices. According to the bottle "Ale brewed with Wormwood, Goji berries and Schisandra". The taste is crisp, slightly bitter, yeasty, spicy, and hoppy. Slightly dry finish. Light-Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice Belgian Pale Ale, would recommend.

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