Love (Blackberry Whiskey Barrel Aged) | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blackberry Whiskey barrel filled with dark beer from acidified barrel. Aged 2+ years in barrel.

Added by MasterSki on 11-17-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by adamdd:
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nkersten
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good lord, do we really need 4 entries for this beer? Anyway, I am sticking with masterski and reviewing under the name that was on the menu at Fountainhead. Served into a snifter, pours a dark, dark brown with a thick reddish tan head, very good retention. Smell is blackberries, chocolate, a touch of bourbon, buttery oak, some subtle sour fruits. Taste is very fruity up front, lots of big tart berry flavors, vanilla, blueberries. The sour aspects of the beer are well balanced by the bourbon and oak in the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy and coating with a light carbonation. Could have used a bit cleaner finish. Very drinkable, one of the most drinkable wild ales ive ever had. Overall an amazing beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.82/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour was dark and deep with lots of berry color. little creamy head.

blackberry forward. dark fruit. light sourness

tons of sour blackberry up front with a dark roasted thing going on. hints of red wine and very dry towards the finish. you could really taste the booze on this, that knocked it down a bit.

very dry with a nice moderate body on it. very dry in the end.

not bad but of the different variations of this, i felt this was the weakest.

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of breadwinner
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darn near the top of my favorite NB sours, many of which are just criminally underrated around here. You get a nice blackberry undercurrent throughout this one, buttressed by lots of oak and pin point sour notes. Nothing out of place here, just masterfully executed stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Living proof that New Beligum knows their sours. The blackberry is prominent but not overpowering. Great flavor profile and acidity.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on tap at the Noble Fir. Very happy I got to try this one.

A: Poured into a tulip. Dark, midnight purple shades blend with some mahogany brown hues. A two finger, rocky tan cap rests on top and evaporates fairly quick. No lacing clung to the glass.

S: Strong, oaky barrel aromas meld with soft whisky & dark blackberry tannins. Wine like acidity rises from the glass, sour notes and booze round out the dark but subtle smells.

T: Bold, acidic blackberry hits first, followed by tart, unripened dark fruit, vinegar, and a big wild blackberry sourness. Dark, earthy oak swarms the tongue. Whisky and more wood from the barrel come on mid-palette. The tart and sour tannins are nice, and there is virtually no sweetness to this beer. Finish is highly acidic and sharp, but very nice, almost eating my throat as it goes down (in a good way!). Lingering dark blackberry sourness and a soft floral bite add an element that make me want another sip.

MF: Dry, vinous & acidic finish. Fairly light body, very sour but palatable.

O: An awesome sour, with no flavor really being overly dominant. The blackberry/oak/whisky combo really matched nicely with the tart sourness. The flavors didn't destroy the palate or leave a drying feeling on the tongue. Overall, a big bite while still being easy to drink.

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4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had 3x nice pours of this tonight at Bier Thirty in Bown... Thanks a ton Chris, I am blown away that you got a keg, and amazed at the fantastic price point!! $5 for a 12oz pour!!

Pours deep amber with a definite purple hue to it... the tannish head doesn't stick around for too long.

Wow.. the nose is awesome... Bright sourness... plenty of plump ripe berries... oak shows with warmth... whisky notes are there, but are drowned out by the abundance of everything else.

Flavor is much like older La Folies spiked with a great blackberry flavor... the oak adds a pleasant vanilla note that adds a bunch of complexity... acetic element is pretty heavy... this is one damn sour beer!! Finishes dry with a lingering berry/vinegar character.. With warmth, I am even able to pick out something that I associate as chocolate mid palate... YUMMY!!

Body is on the lighter side of medium, with a good carbonation.

My only knock is obviously the heavy acetic tone of the beer, but damn is it tasty. I would drink this always if I had access.

Thanks a ton Chris.... And loved having a good chat with Eric from New Belgium!!


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4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Blackberry Whiskey Barrel Aged Love from New Belgium Brewing out of Fort Collins, Colorado. This is a dark sour aged with blackberries in a whiskey barrel for over two years.

Score: 95

Tap pour served in a stemmed taster glass and enjoyed on 03/29/14.

Appearance: Pours a brownish red color with a thick ring around the glass of tan head. Good lacing. 4/5

Smell: Cherry wood, oak, vanilla, light balsamic vinegar and whiskey-caramel. Really nice, not medicinal. Light blackberry and a little raisin/dark fruit too. Smells like a nice and complex semi-sweet Flanders. Blackberry/dark fruit grows as it warms. 4.5/5

Taste: Nice tartness, moreso than anticipated from the nose. Lacto, balsamic, blackberries, and light vanilla oak. The Flanders character is really dialed down and less sweet than nose led on. Tastes like an aged berry-infused balsamic without a big acidic bite. Really tasty and well-balanced. 4.5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, good carbonation. A nice acidity and tartness without being extreme in either regard. Dry finish. 4.5/5

Overall: This beer is living proof of the potential greatness that is New Belgium's sour beer program. If only this one was released in bottles annually...

Cost: Unknown (pour was included in ticket price).

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4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.52/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of loganburgh
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of psiweaver
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at Brouwer's Big Wood.

Pours a dark brown with a hint of red when held up to the light. a somewhat brown head disappears fairly rapidly.

absolutely great smell full of fresh blackberry and whiskey with almost a chocolate finish to it.

great taste full of sour blackberry, whiskey and some chocolate notes. I wouldn't be surprised if the base beer for this had some chocolate notes to it, because they were still very much coming through. This was great though as it lent a very complex deep flavor to the glass

very good mouth feel but I don't know if I could drink more than two of these in anyone night, fairly acidic and very rich and viscous.

all in all a very very good beer that I will certainly try and have again. Really well executed and I hope that they consider brewing in the future.

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4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap a couple of times. Review from notes at FoBAB.

A - Dark brown/mahogany beer with some ruby on the edges. Tannish head that didn't stay for long but left some decent stick on the sides.

S - Blackberries, and I really like blackberries. Vinous notes, bit of oak, and some cocoa. I find it to be very pleasant and wish more beers were made with blackberries.

T - Taste is really spot on. Manages to combine whiskey, chocolate, a lot of blackberries, some acetic wine notes, just a whole bunch of good stuff into a really nice tasting beer. Nicely tart and sour.

M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, with a pretty dry finish.

O - Good beer, liked the blackberries a lot. You could taste whiskey without it being hot. Pretty easy to drink, even with how sour it was.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.23/5  rDev -4.3%

On tap at Bier Station in KCMO

Pours a murky amber to deep brown. Light khaki head with solid lacing. 4

Aroma of blackberries and dark fruits initially. It's quite bold. The barrel character steps up to the plate next with vanilla and oak. Very enticing. 4.25

Similar to the nose, the fruit character really gets things going with the flavor. Acidity comes on next with some timely tart, lacto notes. The flavor really rides on the whisky barrel rather than being consumed by it. While I would prefer the barrel stand out more, it is still a working balance. 4.25

Feel is fuller than most sours. Intense for 6%. Moderate carbonation. 4

It's an awesome sour. Lots of Flanders character accompanied by wood/vanilla of the whisky. Better than La Folie IMO.

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Love (Blackberry Whiskey Barrel Aged) from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 58 ratings