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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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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 9
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4/5  rDev -8%

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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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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

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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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3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

4/5  rDev -8%

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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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4.32/5  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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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Love (Apple Whiskey Barrel Aged) from New Belgium Brewing
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