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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:
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Added by znichols on 04-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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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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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 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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Photo of Kegatron
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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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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Photo of mactrail
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best Before: 25AUG13.

Appearance: Pours a light, pale yellow body, great clarity, and a tall (albeit brief), white head. Looks nice, if nothing else. Good lacing on the drop.

Smell: Particularly pale malts, giving a hint of white bread sans crusts, light lemony citrus, little kiss of dried herb, and some subtle, soft fruit notes.

Taste: Gentle, agile malts, faintly bready, with a medium degree of powder sugar sweetness. Herbal, lemon peel tastes intertwined along with a little peppery bite. Medium bitterness. Though unfamiliar with soursop and little experience with monk fruit, the fruity hints, when coupled with a the sweetness remind me of a few diluted drops of Midori. Drying, crispish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A pleasantly crisp, lightly fruity ale with a bit of complimenting bitterness. Though I doubt I'd revisit this, it made for a pleasant bottle of suds.

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Photo of dbrauneis
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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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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Photo of Jason
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Great lacing, clear pale golden hue. Earthy nose with suggestions of lemon pith, licorice root, herbal phenols, faint bread crust, and exotic fruit. Mild crispness, lighter bodied, crackers, peppery, slightly bitter, phenolic, mineral, deep herbal tone, dying finish with a long lingering after taste.

Not half bad, a lot going on for a lighter brew and seems to take away from the drinkability a smidgen. Never had a beer with Monk Fruit & Soursop before.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I apparently learn all of my obscure sports and pastimes from beer. And the Cosby Show. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden-straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises a blast of lemon-flavored Trix, light grapefruit rind, and a touch of banana. A minor hint of biscuit wafts in the breeze, but the fruit in the orchard precludes any real sensory recognition thereof beyond mere suspicion. The taste funkifies the grapefruit and adds in some lemongrass, but otherwise reflects the smell. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda creamy feel. Overall, a nice little brew, certainly one that appeals to seasonal drinkers with their Spring/Summer desires for lightness, crispness, and fruitiness, but one that falls a touch short for my tastes. It's not bad, just not something I'd readily enjoy.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have made a conscious decision to eradicate as much of the backlog of bottles from my inventory over the course of this summer as I possibly can. There are far too many of them and they are getting in the way of The CANQuest (TM), which is what really matters. I believe that this one was part of a box from my local, in-person trader, tone77.

From the bottle: "New Belgium's Employee Owners would love to have you stop by the brewery!"; "Rolle Bolle is a woderfully fun Belgian yard game and a delightfully easy summer ale. Brewed with monk fruit and soursop it stays true to the Belgian tradition of playing with beer and all that goes into it. Roll on."

The pour was great, churning a pseudo-cascade into three fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head that resembled meringue and was evincing great retention. My gosh, but the color! It was a pale-yellow (SRM = 2, maybe) with NE-quality clarity. My urine is, more often than not, darker than this. Nose had a musty, salty, citrusy quality, like a melange of Berlinerweisse, Gose and northwest hops. Wow. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with some nice effervescence. Taste was slightly tart, kind of lemony, but with a yeasty mustiness, also. Finish was tart and dry, but very pleasant on a Summer evening. I know that they have begun to transition to CANs and this would make a fine CANdidate for Summer outings.

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

Rolle Bolle is a decent summertime beer....reminds me of some of the European Radlers. The beer poured a pale yellow with thin white head that is leaving some lacing. The scent carried faint citrus and Belgium zing. The taste was floral and citrus with the typical New Belgium finish. The mouthfeel was light in body with good carbonation. Overall it was good but not so great I'd go out of my way to have it again.

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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 tone77
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a whiteish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is floral, some lemons. Taste is lemony, some tartness, a bit of fruit, thirst quenching and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while not something I would want a steady diet of, it's a decent beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked up at the COOP tonight.... Pours a very light straw colored brew with a nice 2 finger white head with good retention and lacing.

The nose is grainy pale malts with hints of something that I associate with citrus and maybe even strawberry... but the fruitiness is very restrained... no real hoppiness except some light grassy notes that I may be imagining.

Flavor mirrors the aroma with a lingering grainy/light husky maltiness... the fruitiness is still there, but really light... some peppery notes with warmth.

Body is light and effervescent.

Not sure that I EVER would have guessed this as a Belgian Pale.

Drinkable... but somehow boring.


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Photo of Halcyondays
2.55/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear brilliant gold with a medium white head, fair retention, some spotty lace.

S: Nice nose of tropical fruits, some banana, hint of grapefruit.

T: Not a fan. The malt is OK, but gives way to a grungy earthy hop flavour which I've found in NB beers before. I don't know what they're doing over there sometimes.

M: Crisp, relatively clean, very light-bodied.

O: Not worth a pickup. The smell is nice, but that is all it has going for it. This was a chore to get down in the end.

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Photo of Zorro
2.74/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very clear and pale yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is bitter with a little spice. Distinct aroma of grapefruit rind. Slightly yeasty with a very mile malt aroma.

Starts out dry with a bit of bicarbonate taste. Mild bitterness. Dry grapefruit flavor. Slight Alka-Seltzer flavor. Not much to it.

Mouthfeel is decent.

Overall not a favorite. I sacrificed my taste buds so you don't have too; buy Affligem Blond instead.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had a seethrough pale gold body with great head on top of a spicy, earthy hop aroma that was light and mixed with some citric and clove/pepper and sweetness. There are notes of a lot of stuff there but muddled. Light beer, not watery but nondescript, sort of like a lawnmower beer and having this on a warm summer day was enjoyable, I must admit that. Goes down easy, touch of sweetness balanced with some citric and other light fruit flavors and there is a very low bready chewiness. Not a bad beer and worth trying but nothing to write home about.

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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 Bitterbill
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best before Sept 8, 2013.

A-It pours a crystal clear lemon yellow with a 1 finger head of foam, usual nice lacing from NB.

S- Lots of lemon grass and biscuit in the smell, slightly funky.

T- Brewed with soursop and monkfruit, eh? I get some lemongrass, biscuit, some weird bitterness, fairly flavourful up front, falls on the back end.

M- Light bodied, lively carbonation, good mouthfeel.

O- Weird tasting brew. Weird enough for me not to want to rush out and get more but I see fans of it so NB did okay.

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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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Rolle Bolle from New Belgium Brewing
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