Love (Peach Whiskey Barrel Aged) | New Belgium Brewing

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56 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
12
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes together with age on it, wish it was a little bit more peach, but it is delicious

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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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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

11/11/11

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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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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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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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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Love (Peach Whiskey Barrel Aged) from New Belgium Brewing
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