Fall Wild Ale
New Belgium Brewing Company

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3.64 | pDev: 12.91%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Haybeerman from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Feb 07, 2013
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hardy008 from Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown color with an off white head. Aroma of dark fruit and some sweet malt. The taste is also dark fruit with some sweet malt. Smooth, decent carbonation, medium bodied, and the alcohol is well hidden. I like the taste of this beer, but do not detect the sour that I would expect to find. It is sweeter, and has more malt, than I would have expected. A nice beer to drink, but not quite to style.

Nov 26, 2009
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KeefD from Minnesota

2.66/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at The Happy Gnome in St Paul. Pours a clear brown color, small white head and good lacing. Aroma is very earthy, definitely smells like fall. Smells woody, light tobacco and leather, earth, and slight funk. Taste is mildly sour, in fact so little that I probably wouldn't have guessed Brett was used. Lightly sweet, bready malts, very light funk. Medium bodied. Not bad, but really wasn't overly impressed. Everything seemed a little muted in this beer and flavor was a little muddy.

Nov 29, 2009
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everetends from Alabama

3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brick Store Pub on draft. Served up in a tulip.

A: This .4l pour hits the table and has a really nice look to it. Its a nice dark brown with some ruby highlights coming through, which almost create a deep purple looking body in some areas of the glass. A half finger of light tan head rests on top and but falls pretty quickly. Leaves a moderate amount of lace on the glass in some areas. Body is a little murky but you can get through to the other side.

S: Got some fruit kickin around in here. Plum hits me off the bat and I wasn't expecting that at all. Getting some apple and banana as well. There is absolutely a berry presence as well. The nose isn't screaming too wild for me. Its has a touch of sour and funk to the nose but nothing incredible. It just has ripe fruit aroma with just that touch of sour creeping out from time to time. It is still very pleasant and enjoyable.

T: Hmmmm . . . not as sour as I was expecting or what I am used to from something listed as Wild/Sour on the tap list. This absolutely has the fruity presence of a Belgian dubbel. The plum is coming out yet again with banana taking an easy second on flavor power. There is a tart cranberry peeking through at times which is very nice indeed. This is the extent of the sour or funk though in the brew. There may be just a touch of wet hay type funk in here but that is minute as well. The light sourness was kind of a pleasure because I was wary about getting some crazy sour before my meal. This worked well but doesn't live up to the billing in some areas. Still a tasty ass beer.

M: Medium bodied brew (on the heavier side) with a medium carbonation to it. The carbonation is pretty damn near perfect for me with what is going on in this beer. Keeps it easy drinking but doesn't get prickly or obnoxious. ABV is light but present, with a touch a warmth. Touch of sour but mostly playing with the light sweetness on the palate. Aftertaste is that nice cranberry tartness.

D: I really enjoyed this but I can't give it great marks for Wild/Sour. It has a little bit of that going on in there but that isn't THE beer. Its just part of it and a nice touch at that. Lightly sweet with some complexity. I can appreciate subtle any day of the week and this is pretty subtle. A nice easy drinker, just don't expect crazy sour or really sour at all.

Mar 01, 2010
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beertooth from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hopleaf.
$5 for a tulip glass.

This beer is a hazy, burnt amber with a finger of tight off-white head that leaves thick lacing.

The smell is sweet with lot's of sugary malts. There is also a strong hit of belgian yeast, very spicy! I'm picking up on some banana, clove, and musty cherries. Lot's of fruity esters. It reminds me of a more malt foward saison. There is a tiny bit of brett funk too with some grassy hay. Some alcohol is present as well.

The first gulp is a huge blast of trappist yeast, fruity esters, and sweet caramel malt. Berries, bananas, cherries and wee bit 'o funk. The sourness hits and vanishes in the finish. I can also taste the alcohol more and more at it warms up along with a little more sour and funk. I'm not sure of the ABV% though.

Mouthfeel is full and medium carbonated.

This is an interesting beer from New Belgium. I find their Lips of Faith series to be hit or miss, but this is a hit. I'd like to lay some bottles down for a while to see what happens to the brett and booze. This is just what I needed on this crisp September evening.

Sep 29, 2009
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brokensail from California

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is amber in color with a slight cloudiness and an off-white head.

S: Certainly some tartness, leaning firmly in the acetic/vinegar direction. A mild sweetness with some vanilla and coconut? notes. Quite a bit of earth, which I suppose fits with the "fall" theme of the name.

T: A fair amount of complexity to the flavor, which is nice. Somewhat sweet, with contributions from the malt and maybe some dark fruits (cherries). The sourness is (again) primarily acetic in nature and works in an interesting fashion with the earthy and musty nature of the beer.

M: The body is medium with a fairly low level of carbonation. I tend to prefer my American wild ales with a bit more effervescence.

D: One of my least favorite New Belgium sours. A bit much on the vinegar and sort of muddled and quite earhty.

Jun 30, 2010
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BedetheVenerable from Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured on tap into a snifter

Appearance: Hazy walnut brown beer with orange and garnet tints...thick, superbly creamy light tan head with good retention and some decent lace

Smell: Light brett funk, with bright floral notes and very mild caramel hints in the background...very light and pleasant brett beer.

Taste: Fruity bubblegum, light tart brett flavors, some mild sweet cherry as well. This is simple, nice, and lightly funky, a great "intro" to wild beers IMO

Mouthfeel: Medium-light

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: This is a light, approachable, very tasty, and reasonably complex brett beer. This is a wild ale I might actually be able to convince my wife to drink...simple and light, but refreshing and it hides its abv% scarily well.

Nov 29, 2009
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SShelly from Oregon

3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy medium brown with low white head that fades to light lacing.

Light light tartness in the aroma, barely noticeable.

Light upfront sweetness with subtle tart tingle on the sides of the tongue, leaves a light sweetness on the sides of the tongue.

Pretty drinkable and light, nit sure if I would even consider this a wild ale, not bad by any means but kinda uninteresting.

Jun 11, 2010
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Reaper16 from Alabama

4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap into a tulip glass at Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO

This beer sat in the glass a completely unexpected shade of dark purple. My reaction upon seeing it was to utter the word "Whoa!" because I did not expect a wild ale to be this dark. The head was off-white and didn't really lace all that well to be honest. But the perplexing, deep velvet color was intriguing enough to score highly.

Lots of complexity in the nose, which I love. The first thing to hit me is the dunkleweiss characteristics of bananas that are past their prime and clove/typical brewing spices. It isn't quite banana bread, more like the caramel banana amuse bouche you get at a Brazilian churascarria restaurant. Once those aromas get acclimated in your nose then the funkiness of the Brettonamyces strain comes into play. I wasn't impressed by New Belgium's house strain of Brett in their Biere de Mars but here it is more pronounced, giving off a sweet hay aroma mixed with the smells of damp topsoil. Cutting through all that earthiness is the unmistakable scent of wildberries. The smell is indiscernible as to specific type but appreciated in its wild, fruity quality.

Lots of berry flavors on the tongue. It is sweet and sort of savory-yet-still-fruity. As it warms there comes some spiciness out of the berry tastes. Matt, the beer master at KC's Flying Saucer, tells me that New Belgium used the Schisandra berry in this beer. Schisandra is notable in Chinese cuisine for being the "five flavor fruit;" it is supposed to make its mark on all aspects of the palate (sans umami), from sweet to sour, salty to spicy and of course bitter. Fall Wild Ale is not as sour as some popular wild ales but I think that it is funky enough to be enjoyable by aficionados of the style. The very varied berry tastes play well with the funky yeast flavors. This is really enjoyable.

I like the mouthfeel in that the carbonation level is just right to the point where I don't have to think about it. The body is medium sized and the beer never feels heavy or taxing in the mouth. The drinkability then has to be scored highly. It is very drinkable; I could enjoy multiple pints per evening despite the very deceptive 8.5% ABV. The beer goes down smoothly without forsaking complexity.

All in all I was impressed with this beer. It isn't the end-all/be-all of wild ales but it is a delicious option at the craft beer bar. If New Belgium were to bottle this Lips of Faith entry then I would surely buy a few.

Jan 19, 2010
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jdavin from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stumbling Monk. $4.50, served in 0.4L New Belgium tulip glass.

A - dark ruby brown, lacy pillowy head.
S - brown sugar, cherries, bready yeast.
T - raisins, brown sugar, cherries, hint of sourness.
M - lighter in malt body than I expected. This is good because I didn't want a super sweet/heavy beer.
D - good drinkability. I wouldn't order this often, since it's not my type of beer - but it was very drinkable considering I usually don't like lambics or bret beers.

The flavor and funkiness becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. I recommend drinking only slightly chilled.

Oct 27, 2009
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark mahogany/chestnut brown that is completely opaque with the slightest of mahogany edges. One finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring that leaves streks of spotty lacing behind.

Slightly earthy and musty funk aroma with a strong malt presence and a prominent dark fruit character in the nose. Hints of sour cherry, raisin, grape and plum.

Softly carbonated up front with subtle earthy funk. Only slightly tart which is disappointing with a slightly toasted malt presence and some strong dark
fruit notes. This beer is pretty complex but the strong malt and dark fruit presence takes away from the tart/wild notes that I really like.

Jan 08, 2010
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kkrez from Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Nov 15, 2011
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nanobrew from California

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at a New Belgium tasting

A: A nice mahogany color with no head

S: tart apple, fairly strong vinegar, with a subtle smell of spices

T: reminds me of a dubbel, you get the strong esters from the yeast. Very floral, with bananas and spices

M: fairly sweet with a slight alcohol feel. Not as pleasant as other beers of similar style

Jul 26, 2011
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GRG1313 from California

3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A treat from Father's Office in Santa Monica. Poured a deep clear copper head with a thick and very firm tan head that did not dissipate for most of the glass. Great looking.

Nose was somewhat closed, probably because it was served a bit colder than I normally drink. (Never warmed up since I drank it so fast!) Light nose of "almost sour" red cherries, white bread yeast and light banana malt. I suspect that as it warmed the nose would have gotten more assertive.

Mouth feel is rich, creamy and bold with just the right carbonation.

Flavor that initially hits your palate is an "almost sweet" bright red cherries with a good acidic character and an "almost sour" character. Flavors go to some spice, rich banana malt and cooked fruit.

Finish follows flavor in that the finish is malty and full of rich bananas.

Good example of a tap beer being better than the bottle. Flavors and character are fresh and bright; a brightness and character that one doesn't find in the bottle.

Dec 22, 2009
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LibraryTom from California

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An amber colored brew that shows a bit of caramel in the nose which flirts with the slightly tart, dark fruits. There is a bit of fig, and chocolate running in the undercurrent of a bold malty sweetness, which is brought to an abrupt and tart, yet quite pleasant finish.

Nov 24, 2009
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gregmoscetti from California

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Nov 13, 2012
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz tap pour into a stemmed tulip glass. Poured at the New Belgium Hub in the Denver Airport.

A - The tap pour was poor. You'd think they knew better here. Filled right to the top it left no room for head so only a small tan right was the only thing there. The beer was a clear deep brown. A little bit of lace was left upon drinking.

S - This Wild Ale has a low nose right off the bat since it was poured right to the top. The nose was still tight even when half the beer was gone and I swirled it. What I do get coming out though is a touch of toasted bread and caramel malt with a blend of their sour brown ale astringency and some Brett yeast with a small funk finish.

T - It seems like this Wild Ale is more of a blend of lightly sour brown ale with a small, tart mouth-pucker mixed with a low level of Brett yeast. Toasted bread and caramel malts provide a solid base. No hops appear in this brew. A hint of Brett horse-blanket comes through in the finish.

M - This Wild Ale is medium-bodied and mostly malt-driven with a blend of tart and sour on the finish with lingering Brett aspects. Moderate carbonation livens it up a bit.

D - It dabbles in sour brown and wild ale enough to not be too heavy on either side. It's a good blend and nicely drinkable but I would have liked to see more Wild, especially since thats what it's called.

May 31, 2010
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ebin6 from California

3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, aged 9 months by Gabe.

A - Pours reddish/brown with a lot more head than I expected

S - Funky, dirty nose; a lot of herbaceous notes upon deep inhalations

T - Incredibly complex taste; sweet-to-bitter-to-funky-to-sour taste, though not a very intense sour taste. Gabe had mentioned the brewers used some exotic berry which is supposed to contain all five types of taste (sweet, savory, salty, bitter, and sour). I had a hard time pulling out the saltiness though.

M - Resonates pleasantly upon swallowing, though each sip seems to be hit-or-miss. The first sip blew me away, but it was hard to duplicate that same mouthfeel or taste

D - Not a taste I'd care to drink for extended periods of time

Jun 13, 2010
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jrallen34 from Illinois

2.21/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I drank this on tap into a chalice.

The beer is dark amber with a light white head, lacing and retention ok.

The aroma is very light sour, not much there.

The taste is even worse than the aroma. There is a light sourness but its bitter and terrible. I had this after having bockor, temptation and consecration, and this beer just needs to go away.

Mouthfeel is bad, and this not drinkable at all. Even my girlfriend who knows nothing was like this sucks.

Oct 18, 2009
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LoRezDave from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Handlebar on 10/8. Snifter for 6 bucks. Called a "malt-forward dubbel ale - dry and slightly sour".

Aroma - nice sourness present but definitely not overwhelming, slight maltiness

Appearance - brown. :/

Taste: definitely some sweet bready malts, but tastes more like the basis of a brown ale than a dubbel - it's the lack of dryness that throws me. Slight sourness...like rhubarb.

Drinkability: sorta. I enjoyed one, but that's fine thanks.

Nov 15, 2009
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ste5venla from California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Oct 31, 2012
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AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 14, 2015
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target88 from Kentucky

3/5  rDev -17.6%

Oct 04, 2014
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katan from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at new Belgium at dia airport

a- pours a deep and dark amber color. Light dirty white head. Down to a film. Appears filtered.

S- sour with lots of wild Brett yeast notes. Tobacco and clove.

T - starts with a combination of 2 row and that wild yeast. Some caramel malts. Mid stream gets more sour - making it a bit funky. Finishes with a complex sour, tobacco and some currant notes.

M- watery and light. Finishes clean. Little carbonation bite.

D- sneaky abv, but well integrated with the flavors. This kind of funk isn't for sessioning. Not at all filling.

Mar 06, 2010
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JoEBoBpr from Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at Mangia in St. Louis, MO.

A - A nice dark cherry red hue that is almost brown in the darkness of the dinning room. I didn't see the pour but there was a thin film of off white head.

S - Smell of spices, nice malt sweetness and some nice flowery hints. Bread and yeast.

T & M - Candy and caramel come to mind. Some citrus and sour notes. Light bodied and refreshingly crisp and has a very nice after taste that lingers.

D - Refreshing and clean, not to sweet.

Nov 06, 2009
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