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Rolle Bolle | New Belgium Brewing

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Rolle BolleRolle Bolle

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by znichols on 04-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.63/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was the first microbrew that I utterly fell in love with. Such an amazing beer, reminds me now of my summer in Montana, drinking and grilling and playing BlaseBall. Beer is wonderfully drinkable, not at all fruity and overwhelming, but different and superb. Drink up!

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Easily the best summer beer I've had. This beer unlike other summer beers is very flavorful and well hopped. I get lots of citrus from this, both sweet and tart flavor come in perfect alignment. This beer is still very light and drinkable. This is perfect for a hot day. I would like it if the tartness were dialed back a little bit. A tiny little bit.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.27/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought a single of this for $1.79 at BevCo but liked it so much I went pack and got a sixer.
Brewed with Pale malt, Oats, Monk Fruit, and Soursop. Hopped with Target, Cascade, Amarillo, and Centennial.
5.2% ABV, 155 kcal/12oz, 30 IBU's.

Pours out to a brilliantly clear very pale straw golden, forming a billowing rocky bone white head with superior retention and solid sheets of rocky lacing. Carbonation is moderate strong, ~3.0 carbs or so. The aroma is very peculiar....I love it. Strong notes of Gewurtzaminger, roses, lychee fruit, mango, and floral/lightly skunky/kinda funky hops. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean and very refreshing. The taste is excellent as well. Pilsner-esque delicate malt body with some grainy husky notes, a very pleasing medium bitterness, plenty of hop flavor but also nicely balanced with a light tartness and a little earth in the aftertaste. Clean finish., no DMS. No perceptible off flavors or aromas.

This is really interesting. the combination of the fruit and hops give it a white wine nose and flavor which I haven't had in a beer before. I really dig it though, and this would be a great beer for white wine loving friends.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
5.5% ABV, Best Before: 18AUG13

A - I'll be forthcoming; I've never had a either monk fruit or soursop so lets see what it's like! Bright clear golden colored, Rolle Bolle (pronounced "roll-e bowl-e") is crowned by a moderate stark white head that leaves thin lines of lace traipsing around the glass.

S - Suggestions of unique tropical fruit suggest the contributions of monk fruit and soursop and add a great, almost pear-like crisp citrus accent to the beer's light yeasty spice and gently hopped nose.

T - As if the nose wasn't quite light enough, the flavor thins out even further focusing more on the addition of the two unique fruits. A pale malt base has grainy undertones with light hints of sweetness and a complimentary, light hop profile, which adds a light trickle of floral notes on the finish. Mildly influential yeast doesn't quite direct me towards this being a "Belgian" beer though.

M - Crisp, light, and quite refreshing, the balance of sweetness from the added fruits are wonderful against the mild hopping and dry, floral finish giving Rolle Bolle a terrific summer beer feel that will certainly quench thirst and refresh the palate!

O - Rolle Bolle is a great summer addition to New Belgium's line up. The experimentation with two unique fruits pays off wonderfully giving the beer nice nuances of tropical fruit while maintaining a crisp and easy drinking profile, perfect for the warmer months!

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Photo of bnes09
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Light straw color with exceptional clarity. One finger head leaves a crown of foam throughout the drink.

Clean and crisp aroma of pale malt, citrus fruit and fresh cut grass.

Light malt character. Zesty lemon grass. Sweet star fruit and kiwi. Assertive hop in contrast with the delicate malt. Well balanced.

Light bodied, crisp, snappy carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Great beer for a warm summer night. Light, flavorful, refreshing and sessionable.

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Photo of donmonkey1
4.16/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw yellow with a small white head that recedes too quickly. Starts off with great carbonation but it's gone in 60 seconds.

Smell: Fruity. Peaches and pairs, with a very faint sourness that really doesn't seem to be a factor at all.

Taste: Medley of fruit. There's a melon flavor I can't put my tongue on. Tangerine maybe. Possibly passion fruit. In the background is still this very faint sourness that doesn't bother me at all.

This is a flavorful yet refreshing beer. The fruit flavor is spectacular and unique. This type of fruity beer should be tried be everyone, even the non-geeks.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best before 25th of August 2013.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear yellowish golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of clinging lacing.

Smell: A fruity and fairly spicy aroma with a good grassy and malty presence. Earthy and floral hops upfront with good hints of grass. Bright and crisp hints of citrus orange, lemon, and melon. I'm not sure what soursop or monkfruit smell like, but there are quite a bit of fruity esters going on here. Pale malts with hints of biscuit, grains, hay, crackers, and oats. Also some hints of pepper spicing. A pretty nice crisp aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp and earthy taste with lots of fruit esters and pale malt. Good taste of earthy hops upfront with floral notes and a good dose of grass. Citrus hop notes of lemon, orange, and melon. Some wine grape like fruit notes that I assume come from the monkfruit and soursop. Quite complex with the fruit taste. Bready pale malts with notes of biscuit, grains, hay, crackers, oats, and yeast. A solid crisp taste with nice subtle fruit undertones.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty solid lighter summer beer. Good grassy hop notes and a nice complex mix of fruit esters.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out to a nice thick white head and moderate lacing. Color is light yellow-gold and very clear. Aroma is spicy hops, fruit and faint grains. Flavor is more in the fruity and spicy hop side with balancing bitterness and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is light and CO2 is very complementary. On the balance this beer has some good things going for it including a good hop character that emphasizes flavor and aroma and not alpha acids. I don't know anything about the soursop or monkfruit, but whatever it is, it did not detract from a very good light ale experience.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 2013-09-08
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Rolle Bolle is an excellent Belgian pale ale, and it saddens me to read that people find this bland or unappealing, when it seems that they're just not trying or somehow unable to detect the aromas and flavors. For my palate, this fruity, hoppy, white wine-like beer is quite pleasant, light and complex enough to be easily sessionable.

Pours a 2cm tall head of clean, white foam, dense in appearance due to it being made up largely by small bubbles. Retention is about average, the foam lasting a bit over a minute, fading to excellent lacing clinging to the sides of the glass in all sorts of thick patterns and sheets. The body itself is a slighty hazy (20-30% opacity) goldenrod yellow color, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation is visible, moderately plentiful and active.

Aroma of pale and pilsner malt-influences (though I know no pils malt was used here), somewhat crackery base malt sweetness joined to some mild Belgian yeast funk, and light white wine with dried pineapple and lemon, other unnameable bright fruit-like esters, and a touch of soapiness. Interesting, light, and refreshing. Quite different, softer and fruitier than a normal Belgian singel, but pretty enjoyable.

Front of palate finds pleasing sweetness from pale malts and monkfruit, with dried pineapple, banana esters, and white wine fruitiness contributed by yeast and soursop. Mid-palate finds an interesting blend of pale malt, white pepper, dried pineapple, banana ester, and white wine fruitiness, sugary sweetness that almost drowns out a faint tartness, and mildly bitter and lemon citrus-like from the American hops. Back of palate finds mild hop bitterness easily tempered by pale malt sweetness, a light cracker flavor, dried pineapple and banana, white wine fruitiness, and a hint of Belgian yeast funk. Aftertaste is of mild hop bitterness, hay-like pale malts, and substantial fruity esters from the yeast and monkfruit

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, the oats adding some substantial creaminess and thickness to what would be an otherwise thin beer, I think. Carbonation is at medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is pleasantly foamy as it rolls across the palate, but never fizzy.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden, with a nice fine white head of carbonation. Beautiful, ornate, and attractive Brussels lace.

Aroma is citrus and fruit. I get apricot and pear notes, and some hops character, too. I don't know much about soursop (an evergreen relative) or monkfruit, but I'd expect these aromas to figure in here, too, despite my aloofness.

Taste is sweet but with plenty of hoppy characteristics, as well. This one's light but packed with flavor, ideal for hop-heads or lighter-beer fans. I think this is a very enjoyable summertime ale.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer pours a clear pale lemon yellow body with a soft peak egg cream head being supported by a gentle carbonation.

S- The green woody hops have a soft no sweet fruit note to follow ans some pale malt notes in the background.

T- The dry breadfruit blends with some green woody hops flavors and a slightly spicy green note in the dry finish. There is a gentle green bitterness that lingers and a tart fruit hint that comes through as it warms.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and a dry mouthfeel in the finish.

O- The unique fruit flavors blend with hops in a very nice light crisp summer beer that turns just a little pithy as it warms, making nice to drink but not as sessionable as other beers.

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Photo of avalon07
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had this beer on-tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured into a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Excellent lacing.

S: A very sweet, enticing smell of light fruit, malt, and a little spice.

T: Tasted like it smelled: Light fruit (a little orange, lemon, tropical fruit), a little indeterminate spice, and some malt in the finish. I drank this beer not knowing it was a BPA. It certainly does not fall into that stylistic category - it's almost more like an American Pale Ale. Sweet, fruity, and oddly likeable.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly syrupy finish. Light-bodied.

O: Kind of an odd beer, but strangely drinkable.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed multiple times from the 12 ounce bottle, finally getting around to putting in my thoughts. On to the beer:

Rolle Bolle is golden straw colored and topped with a fluffy bone white head, which leaves a lot of good lacing around the glass. The aroma is on the lighter side, but with notes of floral, honey, and a vague fruitiness. First sip, surprise. For a beer with a light flavor, there's a lot going on, and the different flavors together make this beer attractive. Pleasant crisp and biting hops start the engine. Starfruit enters the picture. Dry cracker malt base makes itself as the "neutralizer" for the fruit and hops to shine. I didn't notice much yeast character, but at the end, it's not necessary. Rolle Bolle is a light, crisp, refreshing beer which surprised me. Now if New Belgium could stop their haphazard tendencies of changing their seasonals every two years, because this is something I would purchase again.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: A clear golden straw color with a foamy white head with good retention. Sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Light, grassy, with subdued fruits.

Taste: Starta out with some citrus hops, that blend with some grassy malts. Lemon peel in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, clean.

Overall: A clean, refreshing affair for a Saturday afternoon near the grill. Glad I bought a 6 pack.

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Photo of JimKal
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very clear light cold with a minimal head into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. there is nice lacing left on the glass as you consume the beer. Nice carbonation despite the minimal head.

S: Not a lot of aroma for me but I do notice a slight sour fruit note.

T: I'm not much of a fan for beers brewed with fruit (21st amendment's Hell or High Watermelon really didn't work for me) but I like most of what NB does so I wanted to try this one. I really liked it. A nice summer seasonal that has a slight sour note that works well for me.

M: It has a nice mouthfeel for a 5.5% ABV beer.

O:I will probably buy more of this one this summer. It deliver a lot of taste for such a light colored beer. Now if NB would put it in a can!

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Photo of circus_cat
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale golden with a marshmallow fluff, bright white head. Reviewing it with the style and the occasion they call for in mind, it couldn't look any better. Total summer poolside beer look.

S: Sour bready yeast, lemon zest, hay, fresh cut grass.

T: A lot like the nose, except lemon is the dominating flavor. Some background noise of what I would describe as "dad beer"--what we all probably drank in college but more like the pleasant thing that you fondly remember your dad giving you a sip of as a kid (if this at all makes sense to you).

M: Refreshing is the word for this one. Clean, lively. Just what you want on a summer day.

O: Really, really good summer beer. Obviously, this isn't a complex IPA with 10 kinds of hops and caramel malts working the balance or a huge imperial stout aged in maple bourbon barrels for a year--but it IS just what it advertises: a refreshing summer beer. Surprised it gets kind of low marks, with that purpose in mind.

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Photo of tdm168
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright yellow with a thin, white lacing of head

S - belgian yeast funk, faint spice, straw

T - peppery, herbal, belgian yeast funk, bitter

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is an interesting beer. It definitely fits the Belgian Pale Ale style. It has a very enjoyable herbal quality and a rather pungent hop character. I'm not sure about the soursop or monkfruit, but overall this is a decent beer.

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Photo of jaz58
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold colour with a thin white head.

Thin lace on the glass.

Buttery carmel nose. Slightly sweet.

Smooth mouthfeel.

Balanced flavours of malt and hops ending with a peppery finish.

A refreshing summer ale while playing bocci. Good burger beer.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy pale golden beer with a white head made of tiny bubbles that leave a fine lacing on the glass.

S: A medium-strong citrus hops blending with a fruity aroma that starts off almost smelling like spicy German hops but then becomes more clearly an herbal fruitiness with a spicy quality.

T: There is a medium hops bitterness with a fruity, herbal sort of a bitterness backing that up. There is a lime zest sort of character to the fruit along with a bitter herbal tea. There is some citrus hops blending in there as well. The malt is mild bringing very little sweetness giving a balance that is moderately bitter. The finish is very dry with a lingering citrus peel and herbal bitterness.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.

O: A bitter Belgian Pale that has a fair amount of citrus hops flavor along with a bitter herbal and unusual citrusy, fruit component. A refreshing beer for the Summer that has a lot going on.

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Photo of gpogo
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Very pale yellow clear body with a fluffy white head that dissipates to a foam cap. Leaves a nice lacing.

A- Sweet interestingly fruity aroma with a pleasant bitterness.

T- Sweet bitterness up front. There is a pleasant fruity sweetness that I can't identify. Bitterness throughout and stays with a nice fruity aftertaste.

M- Light body and moderate to high carbonation.

D- Very thirst quenching beer. Great for a hot day after a long bike ride.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear straw gold color and nice foamy head. Head fades in typical time to a thin white layer with some scattered and spotty lace above on the glass.

S: This beer is hard to smell. I can't tell what it smells like exactly. Pretty earthy, a little rooty, sometimes fruity, like figs? Interesting but not negative.

T: Flavors are peppery, sour lemony, grainy, bitter, and farmy. Very refreshing with a surprising amount of things going on.

M: Implosive sour bitterness (but not overwhelming) is at the forefront. This beer feels more carbonated than I think it is because of that. Otherwise body is smooth and mediumish in size.

O: Not bad. Unusual and very refreshing.

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Photo of JReites
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very clear pale yellow. Carbonation visible for a while after pouring. Nice white, foamy head that leaves a good amount of lacing after each sip.

S: Smell of pale malts with floral and herbal notes.

T: Decent pal malt flavor followed by citrus and fruit notes. Very slight bitterness that comes and goes quickly at the end of a sip. Aftertaste is fruity/citrusy.
M: Light bodied with decent carbonation. Finishes very smooth.

O: Overall a great beer for hot weather. So glad I grabbed some of this in ATL before coming back to Tampa. It will be great during the next few hot weekends working out in the yard and garage.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a Semi-hazy, pale straw yellow with a white, 3 finger head. Good retention, leading to a fair layer on the surface. Solid lacing with good stick.

Smell - Mildly fruity, slightly citric and sour aroma. Distant spice notes; black pepper. Cracker maltiness.

Taste - Very light. Follows the nose. Mild fruity character with touches of cracker and black pepper. Mild lemon sourness. Not much, but what is there works harmoniously.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate carbonation. Goes down with a smooth, refreshing quality.

Overall - A fairly good summer option; you could do a lot worse. I do like their Somersault a hell of a lot better. Is that still available?

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- pours a sparkling yellow with a full finger of course white foam that lingers a bit .

Smell- yeast- pool chlorine, some clove cinamon. maybe even a touch of sawdust. definately belgian-y

Taste- a lot of clove and cinamon on the front end a faint taste of fruit or citrus not sure if that comes from the hops the monkfruit or the soursop ? dry light and fizzy doesnt linger on teh palate .

Mouthfeel- light bodied not much of a lingering aftertaste. Dry , but a good lawn mower beer

Overall- I like this its like a belgian blonde , without all the commitment alcohol, warmth and viscosity. The chlorine-y smell made me immediately associate this one with sitting poolside. And I think it would compliment that setting. maybe a fine selection of grilling meats and light charcuterie.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale yellow. Partly cloudy. Quickly dissipating head.
Smell: Lemon and honey. Maybe a touch of grapefruit in the background with biscuit.
Taste: Slightly spritzy lemon. Biscuit aftertaste.

I enjoyed this in the summer, and for whatever reason, I'm enjoying my last bottle in the cold. It's surprisingly very good in both climates. The taste is basically a weaker, though very enjoyable, mirroring of the smell. I believe the biggest perk is the drinkability. It can be enjoyed any time and with anything. I would probably get this again.

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Rolle Bolle from New Belgium Brewing
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