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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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -8%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
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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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AgentZero
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DCon
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -8%

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