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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"65% Ale aged in a wood barrel, 14% ale with cherries added and ale, 21% ale brewed with Coriander and 100% Aged in apple flavored whiskey barrels." The beer was hand-bottled August 26, 2010.

Added by Sean9689 on 12-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Bottle # 0609.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some malty and cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic quality on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is smells and tastes awesome and is super easy to drink.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dabecassis opened this. Thanks!

Hazy reddish-amber. Pours with a tall slightly off white head that dissipates quickly.

The nose is about what I'd expect from a New Belgium sour:  strawberry jam, green apples, balsamic vinegar; heavy on the acetic acid. Aging in apple whiskey barrels sets it apart slightly, lending a note of caramel apple. Pretty light on the funk.

The palate is very fruity, both from barrel and bacteria. Mouthwatering acetic sourness, green apple, raspberry, faint caramel apple, presumably from the barrel. There's a small remnant of malty sweetness, too. A little stomach churning acetic acid in the finish, but not as bad as many of New Belgium's sours.

I'm not often impressed with this brewery's sour beers, but this one is a winner.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*BANG* Explosive cork discharge. After about 3 seconds, the bottle gushed and I ran over to the nearest glass. It poured a murky, ruddy chestnut color, with about a finger of foam that only stayed momentarily. A thin ring receded to the edge, leaving the center glassy and still.

Softly acetic nose, cherry pits, apple skins, slightly reminiscent of Le Terroir's fruitiness, and possibly a more subdued relation of La Folie. The acetic quality comes out more sharply in the flavor, giving way to a slightly boozy fusel element from the whiskey barrel. Moderately sour, tart wine grape and cherry pit, minor apple fruitiness. Warming after going down, with a mildly dry oaky aftertaste. Tangy, dry finish with a rapidly fading intensity.

Overall enjoyable, but somewhat muddled from the blending. It seemed to lack complexity, the boozy/sour elements competed more than they coalesced. The bright fruit flavors were nice. Le Terroir is being bottled soon, so i'll save some money for that instead.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by one of the many Mikes (AgentZero in this case) at our post-Christmas tasting in Chicago. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pour brings forth a reddish-bronze liquid with a decent head and some moderate lacing going down. The nose is really nice and complex. I love what the barrel has done to this. All throughout there are nice vinous notes and plenty of bold, ripe fruit. The taste isn't quite as complex but offers a nice sourness that melds well with the mouthfeel. Really wish I could have picked up some bottles the following morning, but at least I got to give it a shot. Thanks again, Mike.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

Pours a beige head. Color is an amber gold.

Aroma: A lot of sweetness and spices. Very oaky. Peach and cherry. Hard time picking out the brandy flavors. A bit of vanilla. Pie crust and bready malts.

Taste: A lot of sour and acidity with vinegar. Cherry tartness. Vanilla and wood. Again, no brandy notes, but I do get a sweetness that may be coming from the -bals. Grape skins.

Mouthfeel: Tart and sour. Light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation even though the bottle popped nicely. Ends really dry.

Overall, a really solid beer, but a little over hyped. It was tasty and I definitely enjoyed my glass. Solid flavors all around.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

cannot thank mike enough this one with me. one i never thought i would get ahold of finally finds its way into my hands. split and poured into a tasting glass. Glad to have shared this with myself at my nightly tastings in my living room with my wife and my cat.

golden yellow color. A little white head on top, maybe a quarter of an inch but it stayed on top for damn near the entire session, really looked quite nice I have to admit. Light rings of lace on the side of the glass and a really nice and very bright color to it.

Beautiful. Like a funky masterpiece. Loads of tart apple notes, hints of sour grapes, lots of fruit all over the place. Bright, with a touch of light citrus notes bouncing around as well. Very well put together I have to admit. Really am like where this one is going. As I let it warm it opens up even more. So bright and complex, yet simple. Huge tart and sour notes just pucker your lips and leave you in amazement of the flavor you are experiencing. It was like that times ten. I was floored. Clean, crisp, super funky and tart, I was beyond impressed here. One of the best tasting beers, let alone sour beers that I have ever come across. It was really that damn good. Say what you will, but wow. Nice long drawn out close to it really lets that flavors absorb on the palate and that taste, which wonderful sour taste just will not fade and hangs in your mouth forever. Not much else I can say, but wow.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt for sending me this beer.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a huge khaki head.

S: The nose opens up with tart fruits, particularly lemons and a bit of cherries. There is quite a bit of apple, which I presume is from the apple whiskey barrels. A surprisingly mild vinegar aroma. Also, a bit of wood and vanilla.

T: Both tart and sweet apples really make up a lot of the flavor. There is a moderate vinegar note but still a fair bit of lactic acid and lemon. A light funk in the form of grass and quite a bit of oak and whiskey. There is a bit of vanilla, too.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is toward the high side.

O: A very different kind of wild ale. Sour, nowhere near as much as La Folie (or some of the variants). Certainly good, though.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Big thanks to Huhzubendah
for sharing this one; thanks Matt!

a - Pours a somewhat clear amber red color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation. Looks great.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, sour cherries, oak, bourbon, and some roasted notes. Really nice mix of sweet and sour fruits, I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of bourbon, sweet dark fruits, sour cherries, fruity malts, oak, roasted notes, toasted notes. A lot more bourbon than the nose, which takes away from some of the fruit. A step down from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice beer. I loved the nose and the sweet/sour mix, though I wish the bourbon hadn't dominated the taste as much. Still a great beer and glad I got to try it; worth seeking out.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at the sour and wild ales tasting on April 14, 2012.

The beer is russet brown with hints of crimson and a white head. The aroma is fantastic, offering cherries, booze, oak, funk, sweet berries, tart fruits. The flavor is equally as complex. Bourbon emerges more in the flavor than in the aroma, gaining strength as the beer warms. A fine balance of tart and sweet, favoring tartness, as it should be. A myriad of tastes linger on the palate, concluding with a light acetic bite. Overall, I thought this was an awesome beer. I would relish the opportunity to try it again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown body. Nice white head.

Smell - Malty aroma. Musty red wine aroma. A little bit of cherry. Oak.

Taste - Lots of dark fruit. Oak is strong. Cherry. Red wine sourness. Musty finish. A little bit of that whiskey flavor back there.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Not all that sour. Medium body, but carbonation makes it seem lighter.

Overall - I wasn't enthused at first, but it improved as I drank it.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to CurtisMcArthur for sharing this, been wanting to try it for years.

Pours a ruby red color, very pretty, small head that fades pretty quickly.

Smells pretty tart, some ketchup and apple, maybe other fruit, brown sugar mixed with acidity.

Taste is more tart, really pretty sharp, apples again but also raspberry/cherry and other fruit come out more than in the nose. Some ketchupy character again, pretty acidic...not so far off stylistically from a Flanders red.

Great mouthfeel, good carb and also smooth and creamy, pretty sharp bite from acidity but that doesn't bother me, reminiscent of c&c la folie.

Great beer but no better than c&c la Folie and probably not quite as good, not worth the extra effort to trade for probably.


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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with friends at Twisted Spoke. Apparently this was from the last case available for on-premise consumption? Served in a tulip. Bottle #612.

A - Slow gusher. Warn your server. Pours with a finger of off-white foam that settles to a thick collar and leaves some patches of film on top, but no lace on the sides of the glass. Hazy red-brown cider color.

S - There is the distinct New Belgium funk and acetobacter for sure, unsurprising as all of New Belgium's wild ales come from the same base. Plenty of red wine vinegar, rotten fruit funk, and in this case some apple character from what I'm guessing are Apple Jack barrels. There's surprisingly small amounts of booze, whiskey, or overt oak. If you like Le Terroir or Love, you'll like this.

T - Taste is very tart and acetic, with much less apple flavor and more in the way of grapeskin and sour cherries. There's an odd burnt popcorn note in the finish that is reminiscent of the Santa Fe Wild Ales, and maybe a kiss of whiskey. It's more malt-heavy than most beers of this style, but in a fairly neutral way (if that makes any sense at all).

M - Nice soft but active carbonation, and a medium, smooth body that is plenty big for 7%. Very dry in the finish and no obvious alcohol heat. This is a bit heavier than I was expecting, but it never becomes a chore to drink.

D - Very easy to drink, and one of the few wild ales I've tried that uses apple flavors successfully. There's some typical New Belgium induced stomach-churning, but this is actually less acetobacter heavy than some of their other wilds (perhaps due to the blending). It isn't revelatory, but it's a very good and fairly unique dark American Wild that's well worth seeking out.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to the other Matt for this rarity shared recently, poured into a New Belgium glass. I know how to drink a beer.

Beer is brown and hazy with nice head, tan bubbles, some lacing. Moderate retention.

Aroma is lactic, acetic, mild liquor, oaky, interesting.

Beer is light in body, very good overall a strong beer with great body and a nice finish, oaky, alcohol, roast, lactic tartness with a nice creamy body. I'd have it again if that were possible.

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Photo of aasher
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was courtesy of my boy backfat, thanks Dave! It pours a cloudy dark brown in color with ruby highlights. It smelled of sour.cherries, soured cabernet, oak and soured pinot. Despite the lack of adjectives this one is great. It is very well rounded and isn't too intense in a single facet. It was preceded by an '09 Cascade Vlad and the Vlad was put to shame. It features the ultimate bouquet of sour. It was soft, yet sour and not overly so. I love this one and it was quite the treat.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bmann1113vr for sharing this bottle. Labeled as bottle No. 16.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the tart green apples, brown sugar, toffee and brettanomyces. The flavor is more of the same. The beer is very sour and has a lot of great apple, lemon and cherry notes. I also get some nice caramel and wood notes, as well as some brett and vinegar notes. There is also some light pepper notes in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice sour beer, one of the better ones I have tried. Thanks again to Andrew for sharing it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

KickInTheChalice made this tasting possible.... Blake is a badass... You can always consider me an "anytime trader". Shared with some folks at a Whale tasting in SLC. Pours a clear orange/red with a fantastic white head... crusty lacing for the entire glass.

The nose is a bit fruity with some cherries and a distinct vanilla component... apple?... mild funk and only hints of the coming acidity.

Flavor again only shows a bit of funk... but it is pretty damn sour... still it seem sweet at times.. oaky cherry vanilla... the finish lingers with apple and whiskey... the cherries just hang on forever... a bit acetic, but no where near La Folie territory... warmer temperatures help blend the massive complexities...

Medium bodied with lively carbonation

Very nice brew for sure.... I wish NB would do something like this as a Lips of Faith ;-)

Thanks again Blake for an incredible trade.


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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


An extremely generous extra received from Masterski, thanks a lot Alex. Poured into a snifter.

A: Cork opens with an energetic pop. The body is transparent reddish orange and the head is a three inch mass of cavernous sea foam. Great retention and scattered lacing.

S: Moderately acetic, with light cherries and a big apple aroma. Whiskey integrates with notes of oak and a touch of vanilla. Light wet leather notes and a slight musty character with light tannins. Killer nose.

T: Moderate acetic acidity with evident oak and tannins. Apple is prominent and it accompanies cherry and earth. Moderate lactic sourness with a light tartness. Nice flavor. Finish is dry and acetic with notes of oak, lingering cherry, and apple with a touch of whiskey.

A: Medium body with spritzy carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, sticky, tannic, and moderately acidic.

Overall: I really enjoyed this. A unique and well made sour. Recommended.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this rarity, Dan!

Beautiful copper/garnet with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. My first olfactory sensation is that of my nose hairs singeing. Next, I'm hit by the coriander. With time, the acetic acid and apple whisky grow, and it's a lot more apple-like than whiskey-like. Mild berry character is present, more fruity with some stone fruit - nectarine and peach, maybe?

The palate opens sour and acetic (duh, it's NB) and again, with some berry and coriander . I can't say I taste the apple whiskey, though with time, I can pick out some apple. Moderately spicy along with coriander, there's a general spiciness present. Drying on the finish, this aspect is particularly disappointing as the flavors just don't linger. Mildly spicy, the flavors fizzle out leaving nothing. The high carbonation doesn't help either. Decent stuff, this.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into my Narke glass...Light brown with a nice off white head...Unique aroma dominated by spiced apples, hint of alcohol, vinegar, tart cherries...The taste captures sweet apple whiskey perfectly, almost candy apple that are a little sour. Light caramel note to it. Reminds me of fall.

This is awesome and you should get it.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a post-Christmas tasting, courtesy of AgentZero (thanks Mike!). A quick disclaimer: This followed Victor Francenstein and Veritas 002, as well as a few really nice bourbon barrel stouts. On its own Twisted Spoke may present even more strongly (but it was still really good even in this field).

It poured a reddish copper color, light tan foam which rapidly shrank despite adequate carbonation. It smells tart and apple-y, in fact after someone mentioned apple brandy I couldn't get it out of my head, a bullseye description.

On tasting I get wild funk and light fruit, berries and apples. Very nice, a little bitterness in the aftertaste but nothing objectionable.

Dry in the mouth, not really puckering but just pleasantly tart. I liked it enough to make a run past Lush for one to take home, but it was sold out at each location. Boo.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Snifter, reviewed from notes. Thanks for sharing, Russ.

Pours a clean amber color with a small near white head that quickly faded into a thin collar. The nose is more sugary than I was expecting and reminds me of Pez candy – in a good way. I get notes of sugary sweet red fruits and peaches on the nose. The taste is sugary as well with notes of red fruits, fruit punch, apple juice, cranberry juice, and a hint of caramel and spice. Overall the flavors are very acid and tart, with a good dose of lemony citrus as well. Booze is low and lends a touch of woody barrel quality. Mouthfeel is dry, carbonation is frothy and bubbles up on my palate, and the body is just on the full side of medium. Overall enjoyable albeit unique. A real treat, thanks again Russ.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank at our post-Christmas Chicago tasting. Bottle provided by yours truly, although Sean is somehow stealing all the credit!

A - Little bit of a gusher, a brownish red color with an off white head that left moderate lacing. Good retention that went to a cap, then ring.

S - Smells of tartness and apples, pretty sweet, with a hint of brandy. It is a bit unique in how strongly the apples come through on the nose, but it is not a bad thing. More fruit, light berry smell in particular, comes through with a little bit of funk.

T - Tart and funk, with the apples giving it a distinct taste and adding to a very rich flavor. A little sugar, oak, vanilla and berry taste comes in. Quite large and full tasting for an american wild, although much sweeter, the depth of flavors and breadth of this one reminds me a little of T20.

M - Pretty big for an american wild, with sufficent carbonation and an acetic finish.

D - This is a 7% beer, that drinks a bit bigger. I'm not a huge fan of overly sweet stuff, so I find the drinkability slightly lower than some of my fellow BAs. It is a great beer though, with good taste that keeps it at a good level in this category.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, opened at Twisted Spoke, split with the g/f. They are all hand-numbered (to 840, I think) but I forgot to take it down. Anyway...

A - Pours a ruby red, some brown hue in there, a couple fingers of off-white/tan head, good lacing and a nice cap on top after the head settles down. After a while, the head vanishes and all that's left is a ruby red body.

S - Sour cherries, strong dark oak tartness, nice alcohol profile. The apple whiskey barrels add another dimension to this beer. It doesn't overpower the sour/tart notes like I was expecting, instead, it adds to the complexity of the nose.

T - Very similar to the nose. Cherries, sour/tart, dark oak funk, apple whiskey. The combo of all these are blended wonderfully. The apple whiskey isn't a "hot" note, but rather, adds complexity to the sour cherries and tart oak. A nice oak/cherry finish.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

D - My g/f and I were fighting over pours because it was going down so easily. Comparable to Bottleworks X young with wonderful aging potential. This one has some room to become even more complex then it is now. Outstanding! If you get a chance to trade/buy/drink one of the 840 bottles made, consider yourself lucky.

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4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle shared at a recent tasting by ehsteve. Thanks!

Pours with a hazy, caramel-amber hue beneath a creamy khaki head. Surprisingly good head retention for the style. Sour crab apple dominates the aroma, very tart and acetic with a delicate background of toffee and floral citrus.

The theme of tartness continues with the flavor, as sour cherry and lemongrass hit the tongue with a puckering burst. Very effervescent beer; fills the palate with a full body and foamy carbonation. Overall, a very tasty Wild Ale from New Belgium. I might prefer La Folie by a scoch, but this is still a great beer.

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4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Adam and Anna!

A: Pours a clear maroon body with quickly-vanishing off-white foam. The bottle gushes slowly.

S: Cherry, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, apple cider -- this is evidently closer to the Flanders Red end of the sour spectrum.

T: Tastes much like the nose suggests. It has a sweet-and-sour interplay of cherry and assorted skins, vanilla, brown sugar, apples, and oak with a lactic finish that gradually segues into a mild acetic burn, which is thankfully undercut by the sweetness. This reminds me of Wanderer without as much bourbon.

M: Good body; medium heft, appropriate carbonation.

O: I'd trade it for a Partridge.

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