Love (Oscar - Oude) | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by russwbeck on 03-27-2012

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deconstructed from the sour components that have been well celebrated in New Belgium's sour program, they now allow us to back away from the sum and take a sneak peak at the parts.

Love Oskar (foeder #26) pours a voluptuous rusty reddish brown with a deep haze. The creamy lather that builds above provides an aromatic pillow to evoke mouth-watering and jaw-locking reactions. Crabapple and sour cherry frame the nose while the initial taste is toasty, caramelized, fruity, nutty and with a density that's almost chocolaty.

But the ale simply blossoms across the middle palate- as its steely caramel sweetness slowly fades, the fruits emerge with a strong vinous edge. Red wine and sour cherry lead the flavors but not without heavy influence from dried lime, lemon and orange peel, sour green apple, plum, blackberry and red currant. Its spicy balance is of fresh-cracked peppercorn, cinnamon and woodsy oak tannin. While its trending flavors are fruity-sour, the rich malty backbone keeps the acidity anchored and well supported.

Finishing toasty, dry and acutely acidic, the ale's medium body remains creamy and of robust merlot. Its acetic sourness provides a crisp, clean and refreshing texture even while the wafts of weathered wood, saddle leather, damp burlap and cork all play a deeply earthen tone in the retro-olfactory senses.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of breadwinner
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As another reviewer noted, the keg I drank from was labaled Love Oscar. As I understand, this is basically 1554, soured and rested in oak foeders, different years of which are blended to create La Folie. I prefer the latter beer, but this one isn't shabby at all -- it just makes you appreciate the benefit/artistry of blending. Anyway, this pours a nice ruddy brown, surprising emergence of foam that sticks to the glass a bit as you go. Nose is sour, not especially vinegary, maybe a touch of balsamic, some dark fruits -- cherries, berries, I dunno -- not particularly musty. It's nice, if sort of straight ahead. Palate is pretty similar, a bit of stickiness to it all, light malt base peeking through, pleasingly tart, though again a little one-note, some light tannic woodiness slipping in as well. Good stuff that, again, really makes me appreciate NB's sour program and, in particular, the job they do with blends, a la La Folie and Le Terroir.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was from a tap simply marked "Oscar" with no mention of Love or an age statement. The NB rep was also present and referred to it simply as Oscar.

"It’s basically 1554 with a little less black malt." (Lauren Salazar interview, 2012).

Draft served in a footed tulip glass. Tawny reddish brown with a stray ruby highlight in the light. Thin surface layer of foam that quickly parts after a few minutes, leaving an ample ring of foam around the edges that leaves behind spotty flecks of minor lacing.

Aroma is straight up La Folie, not surprising as this is the base for blending it. Sour grapes, concord jelly, wet wood and acidic funk aromas and flavors. Puckeringly sour, it pulls the cheeks against your teeth and you can feel the acid wreaking havoc on your tooth enamel. Medium bodied with low carbonation, but it has enough spritz to give it some effervescence. Tastes very similar to La Folie might be like straight out of a barrel before blending (which is what it is). Again, not sure of the age but it was very nice to try.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft from b:30.... Clear walnut brown .. nice enough head... Acetic notes and dark fruit are immediately identifiable as NB sours and the closest relatives of La Folie... As it stands, this is a great sour, but there are plenty of other brews out there that have much more compexities.... this is a one or two trick pony.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frasergrove
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of memphischas
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sd123
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of justinp444
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown red with a white quickly dissapating head. Smell of sour cherry, vanilla, cinnamon, sweet malt and citrus. Taste is lemony citrus with a slight malty backend. Bit of acidity. Has a slightly crisp very sour full mouth feel with a moderate to full body.

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Photo of kw_pip
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zbeetleman
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of _morandi_
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of jacewg
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of lambiclove
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of russwbeck
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Churchkey for their La Folie Deconstruction. This is the three year old version of the base beer used to blend La Folie. The Young and Mid are eventually blended with this to create the sour we all know and love.

A: The color has turned to a really deep dark red, clear but it's so dark you have trouble seeing through it. Again, head is lacking. 4

S: The aroma is realty different. Sour and boozy almost. A bit of must and toned down spices and malts. 3.5

T: The taste has gone basically completely to sour. It's not offensive, but it isn't entirely pleasant. I don't know what else to st, it starts sour, moves to sour, and has a sour finish. 3.5

MF: Light to medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. It's just not balanced enough. Leaves that sour aftertaste I can't quite describe. Very dry, makes your mouth water. 3

O: Same price. I would definitely say its worth it once, but not again as a stand alone beer. I did like it. It's been very interesting to see the beer develop from too sweet to too sour. I very much enjoyed trying the parts, even of they all pales in comparison. 3.5

I saved parts of all the oscars and blended them myself to much worse a result. My version was very disjointed and sweet. Oh well, it was for science!

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Photo of duceswild
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of drabmuh
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the oldest of the three Oscars available, this one served in a snifter as well, beer is brown with no head, no lacing, no carbonation, no retention.

Aroma is sweet with a mild lactic flavor to it, an interesting aroma but not as vinegary as the mid, less wood too.

Beer is medium to light in body, dryer on the finish but less tart, less bright and sour, more sweetness and dark fruits presence, perhaps after three years a portion has become oxidized but there hasn't been any acetic acid production. An interesting experiment but none were as good as La Folie and the middle one was the best out of the three.

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