Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Fat Tire Belgian Style AleFat Tire Belgian Style Ale
BA SCORE
3.6/5
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8,941 Ratings
Fat Tire Belgian Style AleFat Tire Belgian Style Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
After a trip to Europe, New Belgium’s co-founder returned to Colorado from Belgium with a handful of ingredients and an idea. Two years later, Fat Tire – named in honor of his inspired bike ride across the Belgian countryside – pedaled its way into the hearts of beer drinkers. Now considered an iconic centerpiece of the craft beer movement, Fat Tire represents the American spirit of craft brewing ingenuity and an irresistible imagination that reminds us all to rediscover our playful side.

Fat Tire’s unique flavor profile originates from the late 1930s, when local Belgian breweries aimed to satisfy the tastes of visiting British soldiers. English floral hops, subtle malt sweetness and spicy, fruity notes from Belgian yeast made for a balanced yet magical combination. These same characteristics are at the heart of Fat Tire. Classified as an Ameri-Belgo style ale by the revered Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions, Fat Tire blends a fine malt presence, fresh herbal hop balance and a touch of fruity yeast to offer drinkers everywhere a timeless craft beer experience with a rare blend of balance and complexity.

Added by kbub6f on 10-07-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,998
Reviews:
2,086
Ratings:
8,941
pDev:
14.72%
Bros Score:
3.6
 
 
Wants:
252
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2,747
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Ratings: 8,941 |  Reviews: 2,086
Photo of jripley97
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of poppopintheattic11
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Yakker_74
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeBill10
4.61/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyable.

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Photo of Butters__
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dchansen54
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zenboy99
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ibanez2k
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Metal_Mermaid
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Alpha-Leader
2.54/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chitoryu12
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Typical clear amber with a small head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Sweet, fruity malt.

Taste: A deep, grassy malt flavor with extremely little bitterness. A little yeast.

Mouthfeel: Thickish, with a sparkle on the tip of your tongue.

Overall: An ordinary, perfectly good beer to drink on the patio.

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Photo of Darandos
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spectru
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color, head dissipates quickly; faint malt aroma; Medium to light body, slightly sparkly. A pleasant mild malty flavor. Drinkable, but nothing special. I'd call this beer alright.

The label on my bottle looks exactly like the one pictured here on BA, except that it says "Belgian Style Ale" instead of "Amber Ale." I couldn't find Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale. Is this new? or did they change the name?

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Photo of Dpotter1991
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of sdm9465
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MetalheadBeerLover
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Refreshing, with a distinct grainy hit and a bit of sweetness. Ever so subtle touch of hops that chills at the corners if the mouth for a short time. Web-like lacing coming after a half-finger, white head. Would probably go very well with a good steak and shrimp. Doesn't jump out at me, but a good, solid brewksi.

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Photo of aubaldman85
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spongebob2
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLC
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy the character of this beer. I realize that it is mass produced for a microbrewery but, more kudos to New Belgium! It is consistently good, flavorful and it is available in a lot of places we travel to.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served cold into a pint glass. One of the last reminders of a shopping trip a little while ago. Enjoy by May 20, 2018.

Appearance - pours a very clear, amber coloured beer with a modest amount of bubbles and a big creamy cap over a finger in height. Pretty good retention and the lacing left behind is an interwoven spiderweb.

Smell - clean and grainy, with some grassy aromas, a hint of leafy hops and a subtle nuttiness. Mineral notes on the nose too.

Taste - mild, very mild with some grainy bits and the slightest suggestion of Belgian style yeast and candi sugar. Could use a little more punch.

Mouthfeel - easy drinking, middling carbonation and moderate finish.

Overall - a solid example of the style with a slightly Belgian twist. Worth a try.

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Photo of shrimply_pibbles
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jkblr
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bb 6/17/18 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 5.2% ABV. The beer pours bright light amber in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is a bit of bread and yeast. The taste is cracker like, slightly toasted malt with a bit of nuttiness and an almost imperceptible tart on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, very good. Not my particular style of red ale, but it's really well made.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of benros222
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 8,941 ratings