The Trip XVI (Farmhouse Rye Ale) | New Belgium Brewing

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The Trip XVI (Farmhouse Rye Ale)The Trip XVI (Farmhouse Rye Ale)

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 05-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 9
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Farmhouse Rye Ale" brewed with rye, amarillo, & cascade hops. Cost was $8.75 USD at a Fort Collins, CO bottle shop. "Brewed and bottled by New Belgium Brewing Seattle, Washington." Hm. 6.2% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with red branded pry-off pressure cap and generic uninteresting label art served into a stem-tulip/snifter hybrid glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given New Belgium's involvement.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm a bit over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide white colour head of decent thickness and creaminess. Retention is pretty good - about 3-4 minutes. Okay even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Fluffy, but not airy. Smooth consistency.

Body colour is a nicely vibrant copper. Translucent. Semitransparent. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's not as hazy as I'd expect a farmhouse ale to be. It's not unique or special, but I find it generally appealing. There are no egregious flaws. Far from the best appearance I've seen in the style.

Sm: Limes, sea salt, white pepper (a necessity for a world-class beer in the style), floral hop character, starches, clean barley, Belgian pale malts, and a touch of faintly spicy rye malt.

No yeast character is detectable, which is a bit concerning given it's meant to be a farmhouse ale. Certainly no brettanomyces-induced funkiness.

No alcohol presence is noticeable.

Overall, the lack of funkiness/yeast coupled with the prominent (if not dominant) starchiness isn't making my mouth water. There's also no milky character, which is something you'd find in a great saison. That said, I'm reviewing as always for what it is, not what I want it to be, and for a beer outside of farmhouse ale style conventions, it's generally appealing.

T: Salt, prominent lime, some muddled pepper, floral hop character, Belgian pale malts, heavy starchiness, and clean barley. A bit doughy, somehow without ever evoking yeast. Decently balanced, with a cohesive but not gestalt build. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character/brettanomyces-induced funkiness comes through. I don't find any overtly noticeable alcohol.

Any rye malt is severely restrained. I don't find much in the way of Amarillo or Cascade character. I really want more spice from the flavour profile a la Fantome or Saison Dupont. I do get a bit of clove. Even the pepper - the hallmark note of a great beer in the style - is underwhelming.

Lacks complexity, subtlety, nuance, and intricacy. I do like it in a general sense.

Mf: Smooth and creamy, but it does have a starchy dryness. Okay presence on the palate. It does dry out the mouth a bit. Unrefreshing. Decent thickness and body. A bit overcarbonated.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Suits the flavour profile generally well. I wouldn't say the texture feels custom-tailored to the taste by any stretch.

Dr: A drinkable farmhouse ale which is enjoyable but largely forgettable. The starchy notes and doughiness aren't great here, especially given the lack of yeasty character. I wouldn't want another, nor would I recommend it to friends or trade partners. It's not worth the $9-ish pricetag (but obviously that doesn't affect my rating). New Belgium has been churning out many bomber beers in their Lips of Faith series which are mediocre, but generally worth a shot given their reasonable price point; this is less forgivable. I'll easily kill this bottle alone, but the bottom line is it's an unremarkable attempt at a farmhouse ale which ultimately falls far short of the mark - especially considering the vastly superior farmhouse ales available at or below this price point. (See Prairie Artisan Ales for an American example.)

Not worth aging.

Drinks fine from a tulip.

High C

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a mildly hazy golden yellow color with just a thin cap of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was neutral, leaning towards bland, with a very mild yeast spice, a barely noticeable Rye tang. The story was pretty much the same on the tongue, although the various aspects (base grain, Rye, yeast) all had a bit stronger presence.

The body was a bit thin, even for a Saison, which isn't a notably full style. Drinkability was good, the pint went down smooth and easy. Overall, a pleasant enough brew, probably worth a shot if you see it, as long as you keep your expectations minimal.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at Tieman's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, floral, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite earthy in both the aroma and flavor.

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3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a handsome orange-tinted amber with a fast-fading head. Mouthfeel is a little flat and oily. Quite sweet, especially after the Grassroots Arctic Saison. The flavors are interesting, and I think of banana cake with mango and apricot. Quite fruity and tasty, actually. Toasty and warm with malt, plus that tangy fruit note. A pleasant scratch of the dry Belgian yeasty flavor towards the end. Finally, a slight but welcome bitterness.

I haven't seen these "Trip" brews before but I'm happy to try this one after the weirder and weirder Lips series. I'm always dubious of anything connected with Elysian, but maybe New Belgium did the actual brewing on this one. From the 22 oz bottle bought for $8.29 at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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