Oakspire | New Belgium Brewing

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3.71/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A limited-edition collaboration between New Belgium and Knob Creek, Oakspire is a unique bourbon barrel ale aged with bourbon-steeped oak spirals and char from inside the barrel. Smooth notes of toffee, vanilla and caramel wrap up with a pleasantly warm finish. Oakspire: Where innovation meets tradition.

Added by superspak on 07-02-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
22
pDev:
7.82%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
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0
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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of MJ64
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

ENJOY BY: 03FEB19.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber-gold body with an inch of off-white foam.

Smell: Palpably bourbon accented aroma - breadcrusts, dry caramel, flecks of barrel char, bourbon dunked wood spewing warming, vanilla-tinged fumes.

Taste: Staunchly toasted maltiness with a slight bit of roastiness about it and a hint of vanilla. Slight caramel glaze. Some raisiny fruit flavors and a piquant touch of rye emerge just as the bourbon whiskey kicks in. Nicely warming alcohol presence without getting too boozy. Fairly smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Decent enough.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Oakspire, 9% ABV. Pours deep burgundy, with a one middle finger of off-white head that left slight lacing. Nose is...pretty much nothing, and taste follows. A bit malty, but that's about it. Decent mouthfeel, overall meh. Not picking up any noteworthy flavor and can't detect any barrel. Overall good, in that it's inoffensive.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a darkish brown with good amount of tan head. Nose reminds me more of a lager. Light without the robust BA ale notes. A bit of caramel and wheat. Taste is light and thin. A bit of caramel sweetness and a bit of oak and bourbon. Not even close to the typical BA ales, but it's OK. I will not get another. Mouthfeel is thin.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bplabernie
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ian_graf
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesStreet
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish gold with two fingers of dense off white head. Dense rings of lace.
Smell is oak vanilla slight bourbon.
Taste is malts oak bourbon and vanilla.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is dry and balanced.
Overall a good beer for the style. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoodviewBrew
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with one finger of ivory colored head. Average head retention & better than average lacing

S: Sourmash scents that kind of fade as this warms

T: Toffee, a little Sourwood honey & some dryness up front. More dryness, honey Bourbon notes once warm. Fininshes dry with sweet/sour Bourbon notes

M: Medium body, restrained carbonation

Not bad, but was looking for more flavor & more barrel than this

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Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed copper colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smells very sweet even from a distance. I smell lots of malt and the glass is 3 feet from me. Intense smell of malt and caramel. This is close to sniffing malt syrup. Vanilla and oak are in here but this is really all about malt.

Starts out malty as expected with a strong rye bread flavor. Extremely malty and bready. Mild bitterness, hop isn't much of a factor here. Alcohol not detected. Tastes very much like Russian black bread with malt syrup.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is just OK. It is drinkable but I won't be needing more of it.

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Photo of ferrisskull
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured a medium brown. the feel was of an ale beer. the smell notes of carmel, vanilla and toffee. the taste was mellow with the slight after taste of the bourbon/alcohol. overall i was surprised how good this beer is.

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Photo of jakea
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheHopsman
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of msscott1973
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bitterbill
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by February 3rd 2019. Collaboration with Knob Creek.

Deep clear copper colour, healthy head of foam, impressive lacing.

Nose is heavy with vanilla, whiskey, and caramel malt. The barrel aging reeks of alcohol. Well beyond the 9% abv.

The taste inserts a nice bit of toffee to go with what I got in the smell. Nice. The alcohol is here as well and demands that nothing more than small sips be taken. Minimal notes of any bitterness. As expected.

Rather light bodied for a big beer. Carbonation is fine.

Good brew. I wonder why the enjoy by date is so soon in coming, though.

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Oakspire from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 22 ratings