Fall Wild Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by beertooth on 09-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
13.06%
 
 
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Tone
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with amber coloring along the bottom of the glass. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus, yeast, hops, slight tart malt, herbs, and slight spice. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, spice, (cinnamon), slight hop, herb, and sligh grass. Overall, a complex body, good aroma, and great appearance.

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Photo of LoRezDave
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at Hopleaf. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a cloudy, dark brown with light brown highlights. One finger of creamy off-white colored head left a bit of lace.

S: Vaguely fruity (dark and tart berry) with some sweet malt.

T: See above. Add to this some bitter hops and/or dry roasty malt.

M: Sweet with a peppery/bitter/hoppy finish.

D: I felt a little mislead by the name of this. Where's the sour?

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Photo of weatherdog
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Brixies in Brookfield IL

Served in a goblet - poured a bark brown with a one finger head that dissipated father quickly.

Aroma was rather neutral with a small amount of brett character but left a lot to be desired for a 'wild ale'

I was all geared up for a nice funky offering from New Belgian Lips of Faith Series. it was called fall wild ale after all. After tasting it I was disappointed. It tasted like a regular Belgian dubel with a little brett funk on the backside. It was not bad by any means but just not as funky as I would have hoped for. If that beer was brewed with all Brett vs. primary Belgian yeast and secondary Brett finish I think I would have loved it. As it stands it is just a decent beer but not worthy to seek out.

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Photo of largadeer
2.36/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Draft at Stone. Tawny-colored, fairly clear. Arrives with no head, which may have been the fault of the bartender rather than the beer. The aroma is solventy, acetic and fruity. There's some pomegranate-like tartness, brown sugar, and a hint of funk. The taste is similarly uninspired, a mix of light sweetness and light tartness, vinegar, fruit and astringent graininess. A bit medicinal, phenolic. Very mediocre, I had no desire to finish this one.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a medium brown with a firm white head, nice lacing and head retention.

S: Some cinnamon type notes, real light brett, brown malt.

T: A lot of brown malt, interesting spice characteristics. I don't know what schisandra is supposed to taste like, but there was cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg type flavours. Brett is really light I wouldn't know it was there except the fact it was listed as a wild ale. As a dubbel it's quite good.

M: Very smooth, medium-bodied, no trace of alcohol.

D: This is a very good beer from New Belgium, dangerously drinkable for its strength, check it out.

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Photo of radshoesbro
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at New Belgium Night Toronado.

Pours a deep ruby with frothy head recedes to good spotty lace.

Smells like a quad gone awry. Take an old gym locker and the spiciness of a quad and this is what you get. For the style not pleasant.

Tastes spicy with some lacto and this creamy almost stout/porter thing going on. Again, reminds me of a quad.

This is the kind of sour that I don't like. You make a beer and it's not great so you purposely infect it. Yeah, I know that's not actually the case...

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Bittercreek Friday night..

I entered this review in a coupla nights ago... but the site crash got rid of it...

$4 for probably a 8oz pour... no real head.. lace if I swirl the glass.. the brew is lightly hazed deep chestnut..

Aroma is much more like a traditional dubbel.. with a fair dusting of brett...

Flavor is nice.. but not too much of anything that demands a "wild ale".. no real sour... maybe some weird cranberry... some random phenols and a sorta dry caramel and raison malty element with some cobwebs and hay.

nice body and carbonation.. I would think a whole lot of peeps are going to be disappointed with the lack of the overall wildness.

Instead, this brew is a nice practice in brett... lite funk and plenty of yeasty elements.. but still only okay.

One glass was about perfect... I would not have appreciated it anymore.

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Photo of jdavin
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.21/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark copper with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet fruit and Brett funk with a hint of spice. The taste is an enjoyably funky blend of slightly sour fruit and mild caramel malts, intriguing to say the least. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation and a hint sticky alcohol. This is a very enjoyable brew for a blustery fall day.

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Photo of botham
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago. pours a deep brown color, amber undertones and one and a half fingers of off white head that is lightly fluffy in consistency. good retention and solid lacings.

aroma is of dark fruits upon a base of deep bready grain. a subtle funk gives the brew some life with a light musty note in the background. raspberries and a light note of smashed cherries round out the profile.

taste follows the nose with a more pronounced funk from the bret that takes on hay and musty characteristics. nice on the palate, but it could use some more funk and/or sour (for a wild ale).

mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly smooth with a slick finish of residual sticky malts and a touch of funk.

drinkability is good. for a wild ale, this is a bit subtle when it comes to funk and sour, but it is still well put together and reasonable easy to drink.

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Photo of beertooth
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Fall Wild Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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