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 lawlerj
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a pale yellow w/ a white head.

S - A little bready, a little fruity, a little sweet.

T - Definitely bready, wiht some fruity notes in the mix. Not a ton of flavor going on here. A bit disapointing.

M - light and crisp.

O - Overall, I was hoping for a lot more flavor. It was ok, just not quite what I expected.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Unappealingly pale, almost straw yellow beer. Maybe a finger's width of fluffy white head with moderate retention and some lacing.

S: Mostly cereal grains and hops in the aroma. Some yeast and a little bit of something fruity in the middle of the smell.

T: Grainy, once again that fruit (which almost tastes a little peachy). The finish brings piney hops. The hops bring a nice kick of bitterness, which this beer sorely needs because without that it would be totally flat. And the more I drink the stronger that peach flavor becomes...

M: Light body, crisp with a large amount of carbonation.

O: Not the best showing from New Belgium. The beer is a little bit one-note, the fruit taste is not good to my palate. Drinkable, and fairly tasty for a light summer beer, but not exciting.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle.

A: Clear straw body under a finger of dense white head that leaves great lace. Nice.

S: Heavily toasted malt is dominant, with a bit of spice and some floral hops. Pretty boring.

T: Fruitier here, with apricot and citrus alongside the toast and light hoppiness. Heavier sweetness toward the finish, alongside some herbal bitterness. Not terribly Belgian, not terribly good.

M: Creamy light-to-medium body with plenty of carbonation. Excellent.

O: Definitely not what I have in mind when craving a BPA, but not a bad beer.


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Photo of TheMarkE
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale gold, pours a big head of foam with generous lacing.

Smell: Biscuits and strange fruits.

Taste: Wheat, spice, and strange fruits.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, and creamy, it has a nice spicy aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Billed as an "Ale brewed with soursop and monkfruit," this summer beer has a nice light refreshing feel to it that will go down quite well after a hike or kayaking adventure.

*In case you're wondering, Rolle Bolle is supposed to be a Belgian lawn game.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready and pale malts, fruity, tart, yeasty characteristics, and earth qualities.

Taste: Same as above with some lingering bitterness. Some tart and fruity sweetness too from the fruit.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, and s little chewy.

Overall: More like a pale ale with fruit than a BPA. Happy to have found this in Virginia, but the fruit makes this beer interesting.

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Photo of BonerKoozie
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- what everyone else says. Straw-ish yellow. Although, having poured it into the NB chalice, I got a 2 finger head from a best before Aug. 18th 2
013 bottle.
S- interesting. I did smell biscuits as well, along with foreign smelling fruit notes. No one here seems to know what monk fruit or sourops smell like including myself.
T- great! Unusual, but exactly what I was looking for from a grocery store. Unique, tart, bitter, but fruity.
F- light and easy. Extremely drinkable. Almost too light for my taste, but it fits the summer ale style.
O- I agree there is more to be unlocked, but take it from someone who does not prefer fat tire, this is worth a try on any summer day. It's no where near greatness, but a Sixes is worth a shot. 5 left and they will be gone tonight.

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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 rangerred
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a half finger white head. Not very good head retention or lacing for that matter.

Aroma has some BPA yeasty qualities with a fairly hefty dose of citrus. Also some earthyness that is so typical of New Belgium

Flavor is on the light side with some musty earthyness along with tropical citrus. Some lemon and yeast but then it all drops off very quickly leaving a seltzer-like mouthfeel. Very watery and just a light bitterness.

Overall, a pretty unimpressive and weak beer. Everything just comes up short from aroma, to flavor, to mouthfeel. Not a great effort from New Belgium.

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Photo of jbjohnso
2.54/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Straw yellow like my favorite American Adjucnt Lager: Coors Banquet.
S: Faint grapefruit, something reminiscent of citrus.
T: Chinook light but longing for something more. Almost IPA, but not quite.
M: Lager-ish when it comes to the clean, crisp mouth feel.
O: A gift to others, but not a buy for myself.

For me, as a homebrewer, it reminds me of a weak IPA made with Chinook hops that was aged for a couple months; the hop's bitter wore off a little. There's so much potential here, but it's not realized. Would it go well with bratwurst and stone-ground mustard? Yes. Would I buy another six-pack of this. Unfortunately, no. This is one of New Belgium's less-perfected efforts. Their 1554, Ranger, Fat Tire, Rampant IPA, I absolutely adore, but this is an introductory beer to non-beer drinkers or adjunct american beer drinkers. I won't say the beer sucks, I'd rather say it's not for me.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz pours a pretty clear yellow color with a nice, dense and creamy white head. Retention and lace are both super.

Nose is lemon zest, biscuts, grassy hops and a light nutty yeast. It definitely has that distinctive malt/yeast aroma that is unique to New Belgium.

Have no idea what monkfruit tastes like, nor soursop...but it does have a tart citric flavor that is evident that is more fruity than hoppy. The biscuity malt is lighter than the aroma and there is not much sweetness here at all. Body is nice for the style and it is pretty crisp and refreshing. It's got more in common with an American Blonde ale or APA that a Belgian Pale. Not sure I'd buy another sixer, but it goes down easy and my sixer wont last long.

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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 hardy008
1.96/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a place clear yellow with a one finger white head with decent retention and lacing. The aroma has lemon, grains, and biscuit malt. Not very appealing.

Tastes somewhat bitter and herbal. There is yeast, lemon, grassy hops, and biscuit malt. Very bland and unappealing. I am glad I only have one of these.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. In my opinion this is a poor effort at making a beer. I would not buy this again, and I wouldn't accept a free one either. This is listed as a Belgian Pale Ale, but doesn't taste like one at all.

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

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Rolle Bolle a couple days ago for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I'm always down to try a new beer from New Belgium, so I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. Best before October 6th 2013. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a depiction of the game, which I'm pretty sure I saw on Tv once or twice, I think it's looks nice. It poured a fairly clear yellow color that took on a nice golden hue when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, the color was pretty light and it was fairly clear, but the head and lacing were really good.

S- The aroma starts off with a nice amount of medium sweetness followed by some nice fruit aromas, at first I get a slight bit of lemon then some apricot preserve and a good amount of pear like aromas. Up next comes some straw like aromas with some grainy and slightly biscuit like malts and there's a lighter amount of Belgian yeast aromas coming through. This beer had a nice aroma, the fruit aromas worked very well with the Belgian Pale Ale base, I liked it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a grassy straw flavor with some grainy and biscuit malts coming through. Up next comes the fruits which are mainly pears with an odd fruit in the background that I can't put my finger on, On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness that had an odd medicinal like taste to it and was followed by a slight bit of tartness with some tart pear and stale grain like flavors in the aftertaste. The taste was just ok, it was going in a good direction, but the medicinal like bitterness threw me off a little.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, fairly clean, lighter bodied, with a slight higher amount of medium carbonation that was a little fizzy. The mouthfeel was ok but I felt like it was a little too much on the light side.

Overall I thought this was just ok and it's a fairly average example of the style, I thought the fruit flavors worked well with this beer but the medicinal bitterness felt out of place and it really held this beer back from being as good as it could have been. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth and not filling, but the flavors didn't keep me coming back for more with that weird bitterness so one is enough for me, this isn't a beer that I would session. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and the aroma, they were both good and were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, the weird medicinal bitterness felt out of place and didn't work well wit the other flavors of this beer. I wouldn't buy this beer again, I'm glad I only got a single instead of buying a 12 pack, I wouldn't really recommend this beer. All in all i was a bit let down with this beer, I thought it was going to be pretty good when I smelled it, but i wasn't prepared for the weird bitterness and I think that was the downfall of this beer, better luck next time guys.

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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 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 homebrew311
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance is very pale and straw colored with cascading bubbles, a slight haze, and minimal head. Nose is uninspiring with a mild corn notes among a touch of wheat and cereal malt character. Taste is fruity with a vague reminiscence of fruity pebbles cereal. This definitely leans towards being sweet considering how light it is, the flavors are not working for me, even for what it is... An easy drinking summer beer. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, not a great addition to the nb lineup, really don't see this one as sticking around as nbs summer seasonal.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very light straw yellow. Ok lacing and not a whole lot of foam. There's almost a pale yellow tint as well.

Smell: Bitter herbs. Extremely medicinal, but very light as well. Some green apple.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very bitter, herbal, and medicinal. I actually really enjoy the flavors. Perfect thirst-quenching flavor. Mouthfeel, however, is way to watery.

Overall: I would have really liked this with a heavier body and beefed up smells.

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Photo of ocelot2500
2.3/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw yellow color with a rocky white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of faint lemon notes along with some grain.

Tastes of some faint lemon notes with a little malt sweetness. Citrus hop notes come through first. This leads to a little grainy sweetness. Not much going on here, comes off as a more aggressive PBR. Finishes watery.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, I am not sure what they were going for here. It comes off as an adjunct lager to me, and not anywhere near a Belgian pale.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, not much carbonation, one finger head.

S-Lemon, grass, tad bit of yeast, very malty, straw.

T-Mild flavors, lemon and wheat. Spices. Balance isn't there.

M-Light, dry finish with not much carbonation.

O-For a summer beer it semi achieves the goal; light and easy drinking, but the lack of balance and flavors hurt it.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had a New Belgium brew in a while, but the fact that this was brewed with soursop and monkfruit intrigued me enough. I've actually had monkfruit before (or some variation thereof), so I'm expecting something tarty, sweetened, and dry out of this. Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. Freshness date is listed as "15SEP13."

Pours a golden, clear color, with no sign of cloudiness, sediment, or yeastiness of any kind, which is disappointing. Carbonation is relatively light (save for what gathers at the glass's nucleation point), but there's a half finger of white, foamy head that really puts up a fight here, which is pretty impressive given past experiences with this brewery. Lacing is very present, with white droplets that gather all around the edges of the glass. Pretty close to various BPAs... Although definitely not as showy as I like them.

The aroma consists mainly of golden, crisp graininess, combined with a bit of sweetness and tropical and citrus fruitiness overall. Guava, pineapple, peaches, maybe some white grape vinous qualities - but all in the tarty, rather than sweetened sense. It's all really subtle, but still pleasant. Some slight grassiness and bitterness comes from the hops, and at the finish there's a soapy backdrop that kind of gets in the way of everything, but given the soapy qualities of monkfruit, it's not that surprising. Not something I'd want to whiff on so much, but not bad by any means.

The first sip is greeted by a sweetened malt/grassy hop texture, followed by a finish that actually goes through with the desired fruitiness labeled on the bottle. The beginning reminds me of an everyday, average golden Belgian-style ale, but the finish is definitely far more interesting, incorporating a consistency resemblant of Pinot Gris grapes, which is semi-crisp, slightly tarty, and slightly dry. Other fruits go through, like nectarines, dried mangoes, apple cider, lemons, and all remain tarty and dry as well. For its fruity, juicy nature, this is indeed quaffable, although I'd imagine it wouldn't be as good at room temperature. Cold, however, it is undeniably refreshing, and the generous carbonation and syrupy finish adds a lot to what could have been a session mediocrity. Good stuff, really.

Not my favorite in the style, but the fruitiness adds some charm to this, and undeniable tartness that keeps things interesting in the long run. After a long, hard day at work, this really did the trick this evening. It's low enough on alcohol to drown down, refreshing while cold, and fruity and tarty to a pleasant degree. Could have used some extra muscles on the grains and yeast, but on this other hand, the lack of such aspects makes this quaffable like a good pilsner or a decent dessert wine. Recommended for the warmer weather.

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Photo of Sludgeman
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle labeled with a best before 9/1/13. Poured into a pint glass.

The aroma might keep some people from drinking this beer. But try don't let that keep you from tasting, because the beer is certainly a slightly above average tasting beer for me. A poor american interpretation of a belgian pale ale.

A - Pours a clear very pale straw color with a 3-finger dense/rocky white-white frothy head. Decent lacing.

S - Slight spicy/peppery aroma, some mild biscuty/pale malt, an odd aroma that I cannot pinpoint (maybe the soursop or the monk fruit that is used in the brew).

T - Slight sourness, very mild fruit with a dry finish.

MF - Light body with a medium carbonation.

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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 bmwats
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Pale yellow. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles fairly slowly leaving some persistent residue as it does. Thick beer ring lacing.

S: Sourdough bread, plenty of hay and yeast.

T: Tastes like it smells. Hay and yeast with a nice hoppy bite.

M: Light and crisp. Slightly sweet and hoppy in the front, lightly bitter finish.

D: Can be pounded session style, but worthy of savoring.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice foamy head, and plenty of persistent lacing. Light grainy nose, really yeasty accentuated with some aroma hops. Light body, yeasty finishing with a crisp hop bite. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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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 watermelonman
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured to a pale straw color with tons of foam. It disappeared strangely fast, but still managed to leave a ton of nice lace behind.

Citrus and phenols come strong in the smell, with a hint of licorice. The taste and mouthfeel come out flimsy, though, with a stack of citrus and not much body or base flavor to hold it up. Mouthfeel is thin, not terrible but I like more body for support. An American take on a Belgian interpretation of an American style, I think they tried too hard to push hops and yeast in a beer that was simply too light to take it.

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Rolle Bolle from New Belgium Brewing
3.48 out of 5 based on 711 ratings.
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