Rolle Bolle | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
710
Reviews:
118
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
13.22%
 
 
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4
Gots:
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before 8/25/13.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some slightly sour citrus and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with tart fruit and earthy grain flavors that give way to a strawberry-banana aftertaste on the finish. There is a mild amount of earthy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly refreshing but the smell is somewhat subdued.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I wanted this to be something other than a generic mass appeal new Belgium seasonal, but man was that ever wishful thinking. this is as standard as it gets. well made yes, but entirely boring. the pour is clear light golden with a smallish white head that doesn't last long. it does leave some fine lacing on the sides. the nose is more hoppy than anticipated, and bready from a nice light pale malt. everything tastes fine, but its a real safe beer. just slightly more hoppy than a standard pilsner, which this reminds me a lot more of than a Belgian pale. its much more like a german pils, hardly any detectable yeast characteristics of Belgian origin, and just some slight fruitiness in the finish. the finish is clean and pretty crisp, good for summer I guess, and I like it better than their usual summer brew, but this is not how I would have played it. ive learned now to not get too stoked up for new Belgium releases, they've been trending in a direction that is further and further away from their experimental origins, even in the lips of faith series, its not what it used to be. im being critical, but some air needs to be let out of this balloon. this beer should serve that purpose well.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of kojevergas
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Summer seasonal. "Brewed with soursop and monkfruit." 5.5% ABV confirmed. Best before August 18, 2013. 13 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label and standard branded red pressure cap acquired as part of a sixer at my local Von's grocery store and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip. Expectations are average; I casually sipped one last night and didn't think much of it.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head, quite thin, with no cream at all, and of decent (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a pale clear yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent. Bright for an alleged Belgian Pale. Lacing is uneven but decent. There are no overt flaws, but it's far from unique or special. Meh.

Sm: Nice perfumey floral hops, very light lemon zest, and pleasant pale malts. A fruity note vaguely similar to white grapeskin; I assume that's the monkfruit. Lychee-esque. Some straw-redolent grainy character. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A generally pleasant aroma, but it doesn't bring a whole lot to the table. I'm excited to try the beer.

T/Mf: Lychee/white grapeskin like fruit. Pale malts. Generic floral hop character. Not as grainy as I'd like. The pale malting is nicely full-bodied for the style. Crisp, smooth, wet, and lightly refreshing. It's a bit too thick for a truly light refreshing summer beer, though. Overcarbonated - actually a significant flaw here. Lightly grassy. A twinge of lemon zest, but nowhere near enough to really bring the citrusy refreshment that would make this a much better beer. A balanced but painfully simple brew that mostly achieves its meagre goals. I have no problems with it, but it falls fall short of greatness. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Dr: Something of a throwaway summer seasonal. I'm glad I tried it, but it's so pedestrian I'll have forgotten its name within a fortnight. A pleasant and drinkable beer, but overall a merely average one. The overcarbonation impedes drinkability. Won't be getting this one again, but I like the value. I'll happily go through my sixer, but New Belgium can do better.

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Photo of emerge077
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a billowing souffle head of foam, depositing lace all around the glass. High clarity, slow rising carbonation visible. Lasting suds on the surface.

Bland yeasty aroma. Smells like house yeast and no trace of the adjunct fruit.

Vaguely tart fruity flavor, segueing quickly into grainy specialty malt. Not sure what the obscure fruits are supposed to taste like, but there's not much defined fruit flavor. Light bodied and somewhat crisp, but ultimately feels bland. Dry aftertaste with some grassiness. Overall it's a little dull for having such exotic fruit in it. Wouldn't buy again.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 5/14/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, peach, pear, orange, lemon, floral, grass, bread, cracker, clove, herbal, lightly tart funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and fruit notes; with solid strength. Taste of pear, peach, lemon, orange, cracker, bread, floral, clove, pepper, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy tartness and spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, floral, cracker, bread, clove, pepper, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Good balance and complexity of malt, hop, yeast, and fruit flavors; with a fair amount of robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good Belgian pale ale. Very unique with good flavor balance; and extremely smooth to sip on. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $1.69 - dated Best Before: 15Sept.2013. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: This ale looks like a typical lager, with a pale yellow body and a smallish white head.

Smell: This ale does NOT smell like a typical lager. Instead, there are notes of soursop and monkfruit - honestly, I don't know what either of these ingredients smell like, but the aroma is certainly unusual and these are likely suspects. Hints of lemon pith and light biscuits. More odd and interesting than appealing.

Taste: Lightly tart, bitter and fruity, with the odd flavors I again suspect stem from the use of soursop and monkfruit.

Mouthfeel: Near medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry, crisp, clean finish.

Overall: A distinct, intriquely and lightly fruity ale. Not sweet but instead mildly tart with a bit of bitterness.

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3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some hints of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a pillowy thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts, lemon citrus, and banana. There are some more subtle hints of citrus/grapefruit rind and herbal hops as well.

T: Light to moderate flavors of pale malts upfront with some hints of lemon citrus and light fruit (which I'm assuming is from the monk fruit). There are light flavors of peppery yeast and some herbal hops as well. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades rather quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy and smooth.

O: The mouthfeel on this beer is really enjoyable and refreshing for the hot summer, this beer is enjoyable as a thirst quencher after an evening walk here in the South (with the heat and humidity).

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3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Pours a clear straw color with several fingers of frothy bright white head. Leaves behind soapy lacing that sticks. The aroma is floral and spicy with a tart citric kick. Lemon is sticking out to me. Softer grains sit along back of the nose. The taste has a fresh grassy bitterness, along with more tart lemon character and a dry bready backbone. Earthy bitterness lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue with a touch of underlying slick creaminess. Nice overall feel. This was decent. It had a nice fruitiness to it and good bitter crispness that helped add to its refreshing quality. Solid summer beer.

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3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pale, clear golden color in the narrow Crooked Line tulip with an attractive foaminess. Crisp and very light bodied. A light, fruity nose. Crisp and well carbonated. Refreshing and tangy.

The oddball fruit flavors are not very strong, so this is just a pleasant summer beer that hints at the Witbier style but more clean and less wheat. You could call it a Belgian Single, but it's even lighter than that style. Some hints of the dry Belgian yeast effect that give this a clean finish. Straw, a touch of tangerine peel, a hint of melon, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Depot Liquor in Brownwood, Texas.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BBD of Aug 18 2013, part of mixed sixer

Pours an effervescent gold & a pinky of pearl colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Pears, jammy notes, grassy & golden delicious apples

T: Follows the nose, plus grassyness, plus a touch of wet cornflakes & faint hints of lime up front. Over-ripe pears, a touch of coriander & white grape juice as this warms, plus a bit of green banana & pineapple. Finishes sweet, dry, grassy & faint grainyness, along with pears & slight kiss of ginger

MF: Light bodied, fairly vigirous carbonation, skews fruitty

Drinks easy, but too sweet & fruitty for my tastes

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Rolle Bolle from New Belgium Brewing
3.48 out of 5 based on 710 ratings.
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