Love (Peach Whiskey Barrel Aged) | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 07-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 56
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber colored appearance, a little darker than a peach, solid 1/2" white head on it, looks good, retention surprisingly went swimmingly. Aroma dropped heavy on the whiskey.

The peach is complimentary at best, its all barrel dominated, but not to the exclusion of all other flavors. A little bit sour, but the fruit and tart notes are second fiddle to that whiskey barrel. Its a neat beer along the lines of Vlad the Impaler or, shit, that one beer Bruery makes whose name escapes me right now.

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Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured a gorgeous cloudy amber orange body with three fingers of nice fluffy white head that slowly receded and left nice lacing. A very good looking wild ale. Scents of peach, oak wood, light hints of orange flesh and peach, medium-light sugar-cookie like sweetness, moderate sour, funky wild yeast, light banana and medium-light levels of general fruity esters. Overall impression of aroma is of a nicely funky, fruity, fairly sweet and woody aroma. Complex, appealing and quite well executed. Flavor begins moderate-high in sourness, with notes of sour, funky yeast, oak, vanilla and lemon. This moves into a middle that is still sour and funky with further flavors of oak, light whiskey, light peach and sour lemon. Finish is dry and sour with notes of oak light whiskey and peach and sour, funky yeast. Aftertaste is oak, whiskey, light peach, light grainy, buttery malt and sour yeast. Overall impression of flavor is of a very sour, oak-heavy ale that has pleasant whiskey and peach notes mingling with the sourness. The malty and buttery flavors in the aftertaste are pleasant and add to the complexity. Very well done. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate-high, effervescent carbonation and a drying, puckering feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nicely Quite nice and very refreshing. Overall this is another good sour ale from New Belgium. It is appealing and complex in aroma and flavor, nicely refreshing and sour, with good notes of oak, whiskey and peach complementing the sour ale. Mouthfeel aids the overall experience and makes the beer refreshing. This is an excellent barrel sour and well worth trying.

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Photo of Zach136
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store Pub, served in a baby globe glass.

A - deep semi translucent peach/brown. Off white dissipating head assorted with the glass etching. OK lacing.

S - Best I can describe is pickled fruit.

T - moderate acidity, assorted citrus fruit and great oak presence.

M - light, well carbed and refreshing.

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Photo of denver10
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a firey ortange golden with a nice white head. Aroma is tart, whiskey barrel, some peaches hanging out there but not as strong as I had hoped for, and a nice finish of some peach skin and slight vanilla. Flavor pretty much followed suit. A medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, a great beer from New Belgium here. A nice reminder that these guys can put out some great stuff.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coppery amberish peach and orange colored beer, decent white head to it, looks pretty nice and stayed that way for the most part. Aroma was heavier of whiskey than one would think from the appearance, not too many orange colored beers that can absorb this much barrel aroma.

Peach flavor wasn't huge, there's some mind trickery I think when the whiskey flavor comes across so pronounced, it kinda blocks out more of the peach. Not overly sweet or boozy, but a substantial beer. The sour notes are decent, could use a little more to help balance out the booze, but any fan of peaches and a beer like Vlad the impaler would prolly be all about this. A little vanilla becomes noticeable on the tongue that was too obscured to tell in the aroma.

I wholeheartedly recommend this beer and would be super psyched if they ever decided to bottle this beer, I'd keep quite a few of 'em stocked in the cellar.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Poured directly from an Okanagan French oak barrel into an oblong New Belgium glass at URGE. Per discussion with Jaime from New Belgium, Felix spent 2 years in an oak foeder and then a portion was aged one more year in peach whiskey barrels to give us this fine beverage, 100% barrel aged Peach Whiskey Love. Jaime was quite drunk, but he seemed to know what he was talking about. I was happy to catch this here after I missed it at Churchill's.

A: Very dark orange and opaque. The be appears to be flat.

S: Peach and whiskey notes waft from the glass. The whiskey is quite strong. I get a lot oak and a little vanilla. There's a light vinegar presence and very little acetone.

T: Mouth puckeringly tart with a pronounced peach flavor. There's a big lactic presence and an upper moderate sourness. Oak is light and whiskey notes are restrained. The finish displays a light acetic acidity. No alcohol is evident.

M: Medium in body with a smooth and sticky mouthfeel. There's a very low acidity.

Overall: Unique and really enjoyable. Worth seeking out if it comes to your area.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours peach, go figure, with a limited white head, though it shows up in the smaller glass. Some good lace there.

S: Peach cobbler with whipped cream. The vanilla is prevalent giving a dessert type nose.

T: Peach with some sweetish acetic acid. The fruit is quite noticable though the acid keeps it in check. Secondary flavours of vanilla, maple, and whiskey/booze.

M: Medium high acidity (acetic), quite a tart beer, medium-bodied overall.

O: Very well received by those around me, this was a fun sour to try since you don't see peach beers that often and peach being one of my favourite fruits. Good job by New Belgium.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at the Durham Sour Fest. Bright amber, and looks thick as honey. Short beige head that just gives up and goes away. Fragrant with hops and old musty peaches. Smelling some nice vanilla from the oak, and a nice wash of bourbon.

Tastes exquisite. Just tart enough, musty enough, and sweet enough. The whiskey carresses all of this nicely. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with little to no carbonation.

Overlall, this was my favorite beer at the fest. I could not stop drinking it.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon’s Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a slightly off-white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of moderately tart medium fruits – pears and peaches. Also present are good amounts of funk and lighter amounts of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry light malts up front are joined quickly by solidly tart pear and peach flavors. Midway through the flavor profile sweetens a bit as the peaches turn sweeter and hints of oak and spicy whiskey come into play. Solid funk makes an appearance near the end, fading out into a crisp and moderately tart ending. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a nice treatment to an already solid beer. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of jmhart
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Leon's Full Service in Decatur. Lauren Salazar was in town doing a bit of an ATL tour, and she brought along some delicious treats with her.

Served in a New Belgium Globe Glass.

Appearance was a thick hazy amber. It may have been a shade darker than your typical "amber" color, but that could have been because it was hazy making it look darker. Point is, it was kind of a orange/brown/amber color. Had THICK white head. Great body on the head, thick and fluffy, and lasted for a good while.

Smell was distinctly peach. I was impressed at how much peach aroma was imparted into the beer.

Tartest beer I've ever tasted. So deliciously tart. The taste was all from the New Belgium bugs. This beer was much more tart than Le Terroir (and obviously had no dry hopping), but it was a very similar flavor...just with peaches. It had that characteristic New Belgium wild ale flavor. Possibly hard to describe, but if you have more than one of their sours, you'll know what I'm talking about.

This beer an excellent treat. Great peach aroma, extremely tart, and very drinkable. If you're looking for a sour bomb, seek this out.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Adam at Sean's 30th Birthday Extravaganza!

A - Amber colored beer with a small white head that left some spots on the sides.

S - There is a little bit of peach, with some fairly distinctive sour and lacto sour notes. Slight bit of barrel presence.

T - Sour, has the distinctive Love taste with some slight peach taste on the end. It's the same, but a little different, not bad.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad, I might like it a little better than most as I like peaches and I do get enough on the end here to consider it a little peachy. Not something I would seek out, but wouldn't turn it out again.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler courtesy of Adam. Served in a plastic cup. Another fine offering from Sean's 30th birthday party.

A - This one had a bit more spritz than the apple version. A quarter-finger of white foam eventually settles to a some wisps, collar, and some spotty lace. Perhaps a bit lighter than the Apple version as well - more of a copper color.

S - Aroma is again the signature New Belgium funk and acetobacter. I'm not getting a ton of peach in the aroma on this one, although there's an odd buttery note this time around

T - Taste is quite sour, with plenty of both lactic and acetic acid at work here. Again, peach flavor is largely restrained and shows up in the finish more than anything. Otherwise it's mostly cider vinegar and malt sweetness at work.

M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, and well-hidden ABV (not sure why Apple and Peach were listed so much higher than Blackberry). Body is quite similar to the Apple version I had at the same time.

D - Definitely my least favorite version of Love. The advertised peach flavor was largely MIA, and seems to have only contributed sweetness and buttery notes.

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Love (Peach Whiskey Barrel Aged) from New Belgium Brewing
4.2 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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