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:
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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%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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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 tbone1384
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Caskaway
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of ChrisKayler
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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 twelveinches
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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 stampfler07
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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