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Love (Apple Whiskey Barrel Aged) | New Belgium Brewing

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Brewed by:
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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4.8/5  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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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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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4.41/5  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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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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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4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
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
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 41 ratings
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