Valentine's Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.39%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brewandbbq on 02-15-2007

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BeerZack
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy cloudy orange with a suggestion of pink, a good white head that laces well. Gobs of sediment in the bottom of the 375ml bottle.

Citrus (lemon) rind, pomegranate, with lots of yeastiness. Slightly sweet and maybe some funkiness. Smells like a rose or dark fruit champagne/sparkling wine.

Sweet and acidic, very wine-like here. Pomegranates again with some red apples and maybe cherries. Reminds me a lot of a rose sparkling wine, very drinkable without being boring.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at bridge in stl poured into pint. It looks like cranberry juice with some head. Smells of sweet raspberry juice. Taste is sweet then bitter fruit juice. Not a fan. Its easy to drink and it tastes good but not my type of beer. While its a cool representation, its not for me.

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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night at the Austin BA meeting. A really cool guy provided the bottle - he knows who he is. Thanks man.

Poured part of a 375ml into a tulip glass.

Appearance - It was a pinkish orange color. It produced a 1 finger head that left a good amount of lacing behind. This beer is hazy. There is a ton of sediment.

Smell - Funky. Yeasty with sour fruit scents - lemony citrus. The pomegranates are camouflaged pretty well, you have to dig deep for them. There is a definite white wine scent to it. This smells unlike any other witbier I have ever had.

Taste - Awesome. Tart and slightly sweet. Very acidic. There are the citrusy characteristics of the typical witbier - orange and lemon, and then it also has a sweet tinge to reminiscent of apples. The yeast provides a lot of the unique flavors in this beer. The pomegranate is there, but very subdued.

Mouthfeel - For as sediment laden as this beer is, you would be hard pressed to be able to feel the sediment in your mouth. It is light to medium bodied. The carbonation level is excellent. It makes the beer crisp while also being very creamy.

Drinkability - Excellent. I wish I had a bottle that I could have all to myself. Very easy drinking.

This was a very special treat. This is the best witbier I have ever had. This is my second favorite New Belgium brew, a close second to the La Folie. I wish that New Belgium would sell these brews regularly in stores. I had no idea that they could make beers that tasted so good.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oooh. A big time rare beer hookup (yet again!) from brewandbbq.

Pours a ruby hued amber with a white head with barely a touch of pink. Nose is fruity. Quite a sweet tone overall. Flavor is pungent and tangy pomegranates. I don't get many witbier characteristics, but the fruit is quite well done. Feel is fairly biting on the carbonation. This is nice to drink. A bit of a bite from the pomegranate, but it's working. More of a fruit beer than a witbier at all.

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1/5  rDev -73.9%

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3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on-tap at the brewery in Fort Collins. It looks like it's been awhile since it has been reviewed and the beer seems to have been revised since the last release. If I remember correctly this one was 8+% ABV. Anywho, it poured a brilliant, clear, pink with a fizzly head of foam. Flavor is plenty spicy with some coriander, citrus, black pepper, and lavender. The fruit (pomegranate I believe) doesn't lend much to beer, except for the pink hue. The dryness is perfect and keeps this beer drinkable, despite the big ABV and array of flavors. Interesting and quite nice in 6oz increments.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml corked and caged green bottle. A witbier base with pomegranates. Primary fermentation with a witbier yeast, bottle conditioned with champagne yeast.

Pours a beautiful light ruby color, with a slight haze until the lees are swirled and decanted. The brew becomes murky with large flocs of particulates in suspension below a substantial pink-hued head. Rocky and dense, the head slowly falls to the surface, leaving some very nice lacing and a thick ring around the edge of the body.
Aromatics are slightly tart and fruity. Some mild citrus notes behind a delicate pomegranate veil. An earthy, yeasty nod continues with a lemony finish.
The mouthfeel is almost spritzy but still creamy. A light lactic twang keeps it lively on the tongue.
The pallet is juicy an fruit-laden. The pomegranate is much more evident than in the nose. Similar to cranberry, but not as tart.
The wit character lies underneath, and is very complimentary to the fruit. Orange zest with a hint of lemony tartness is subdued, and there is a trace of vanilla.
Finishes with a lingering tartness and plenty of fruit. Quite refreshing and lively.
A very special beer, and big ups to gbontrag for the bottle!

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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Valentine's Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 31 ratings