Love (Apple Whiskey Barrel Aged) | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by seeswo on 05-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 40
Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice pour at this year's FunkFest at Bittercreek. Pours a slightly hazed dark amber brew.. Light khaki head with no real retention or lacing. Nose is sharp acid with oak and the whiskey only barely delivers the apple promise. Definitely shows the bones of La Folie... burning acidity, but not unpleasant.. With warmth a lot more fruity complexity arises (underripe plum, tart cherries) but so does the acidity... Well done, but 10oz was plenty until the next time I see this rarity.


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Photo of oline73
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber. Almost flat. The smell is quite tart with a sweet fruit note underneath. I am getting some apple. The taste is quite tart. Very smooth. There is an apple essence to it. Oaky with a slight vinegar note. This is an extremely good beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Served from growler into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured a deep ruby red brown with a half finger very light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, fruit, wood, apple, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, apple, sweet alcohol, fruit, wood, sour, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I went into this one with quite a bit of excitement if I am honest. What I found was very nice as well. The flavor was really nicely complex and very well balanced. The aroma was nice as well but just didn’t bring all the goods on the intensity as I would have liked to have seen. The barrel was definitely evident in both though which was very nice to find. I am glad I got the chance to try this one and I would do so again in a heartbeat given the opportunity.

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Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of thagr81us at the Charlotte Tasting 2012. Thanks Calton!

Apple Whiskey Barrel Aged Love pours a light bodied dark amber with cherry red highlights and a slight off white lacing around the glass. The nose is sour with both Granny Smith Apple and sour cherry with light whiskey. It has a really nice level of sourness and plenty of barrel. The flavors are big and sour with a nice level of whiskey. There is a lot of sour cherry and sour apple with a good amount of oak. It has a lingering caramel apple aspect that resonates through the aftertaste. This isIt has a lot going on. Try it if you see it. a really unique sour.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Adam at Sean's 30th birthday. Another plastic cup review.

A - Minimal carbonation sizzles to a thin ring. The body is a hazy dark brown-orange color.

S - Apples, cider, acetic acid, some musky funk. It's got the signature New Belgium wild aroma, but there's apple added to it - I get far less of the whiskey and barrel components. Pretty sour, although that's unsurprising considering that Love is also pretty sour.

T - Heavy on the apple cider vinegar. More tart apple skin and less acetic sourness than the aroma implied. In any case, tastes like New Belgium Love with apple cider added to it. Alcohol isn't perceptible.

M - Low carbonation, surprisingly hefty and full-bodied, with a chewy, sticky and viscous texture. Finishes dry and tannic - that's the only wood I'm getting from this beer.

D - Not as good as the delightful blackberry version, but enjoyable nonetheless. More bubbles would probably have livened this up, so hopefully I'll get to try it on-tap somewhere down the road.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Someone shared this at Seans 30th Birthday Extravaganza! Review from notes.

A - Brownish beer that yellowed on the edges. Off-white head that left some spots on the sides.

S - Smells of apples, cider, and some vinous notes to go along with a tart profile. There is some barrel evident, but I think brandy more than bourbon on this one.

T - Taste is nice tart apples, with a lingering and then dry finish. Nice cider and vinous notes, with a little sourness and some base malts that have a decent whiskey bite to them. This is quite nice.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, dry finish.

O - This is a very well done beer. I was quite a fan, and would love to have it again.

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Photo of DCon
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Since this is my 200th Review, I am going to be adding one of my favorite beers of the year (which I can't believe isn't on here!). Both Mike, the New Belgium Rep of Missouri and John, the bar manager @ the Bridge Tap House said that this was a Rare brew from New Belgium while combining Felix and Oscar (both Sour Ales), so I needed to enjoy while available.

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Bridge Tap House in St. Louis, MO for $8. Tapped into a 20oz Snifter from the White/Red tap handle Saying "Lips of Faith" in the middle and had two back to back.

Aroma- Starts with a AWESOME peach and sour aroma. There is a hint of apple in the background, but this blends with the sour aroma. Very strong and perfect for the description of the beer!

Appearance- Has 1 finger of off white, thick head that stays around for a while. The body of the beer is a dark peach/light brown color with a semi-hazy look. Great amount of lacing on the sides and is a definite "eye candy" beer!

Flavor- Very strong peach and apple tastes all the way through. What is really cool about this beer is that you can taste both these fruits in here! Extremely sour and puckers the lips. Very sweet, no real hop flavor, and has a hint of vanilla on the back end.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, Huge carbonation, and leaves a peach taste on the palate (wish there was more apple here). High tartness and puckers the lips afterwards also.

Overall Impression- Tremendous Wild Ale! Almost like a Fruit Lambic, except has more complexity than anything you'll ever have! Hoping to make my way down to the Bridge after a Cardinal game or sometime when I'm downtown before they run out of this brew! Would recommend for anyone to try.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour was a light dirty brown with a light fluffy white head. bits of lacing and decent retention up front.

lots of apple and peach dominating with a hint of lemon and vinegar. very faint oak.

a nice combo of peach and apple. light grapes and lemon. very faint whiskey and a tame oak. quite sour through out. well blended.

puckering up front and dry in the finish. very moderate carbonation.

this was quite delicious. i really found the whiskey hard to find but the apple really made this shine. alcohol was hidden well.

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Photo of seeswo
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint at Cooper's Tavern for Madison Craft Beer Week. Brewer Eric Salzaar was on hand and said that this beer spent two years in oak barrels and then was transferred to other apple whiskey barrels. He noted that there were 3 types of "Love" brewed, one with peaches, this apple one and one with blackberry and that the was the first keg tapped ever of the apple one. It wasn't clear to me from discussion whether it was the same base beer or not.

Approximately 18 oz. poured into a New Belgium globe glass. Half a finger of tannish head sits atop a slightly hazy and heavy light apple cider colored sour. There is a bit of red in there as well. Looks really nice. Several smells and some discussion lead me to apple and vinegar. Somehow, I didn't really get wood or whiskey on the nose. The apple isn't overpowering in the nose, but definitely present and the vinegar is the same. The taste is a wow. Big sour/tart apple, apple skins, a touch of wood, no booziness. I don't really get any whiskey, or if it is there, it is masked or melded into other flavors and I'm just not picking it out. This beer is pretty sour, but not crazy mouth-puckeringly so. Unlike some sour beers, this beer has a decent amount of sweetness to balance some of the sour/tartness, making it much more reasonable that they filled a New Belgium globe glass to the rim. Comes with a pretty big body and medium carbonation. Overall, this was a really, really enjoyable AWA. The apple flavor melds well with the sour/tartness and the additional sweetness of the beer to make this quite drinkable for the style while still being relatively sour.

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Love (Apple Whiskey Barrel Aged) from New Belgium Brewing
4.3 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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