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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)

Brewed by:
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: 34 |  Reviews: 10
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3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with active carbonation and a fine two finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, clove, Belgian yeast and spicing. Flavor is subdued bready malt, light sourness from the rye, subdued light stone fruit and saison yeast. Finishes semi-dry with peppery spiciness and hop bitterness. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Moderately flavored, but plenty going on here; the rye and stone fruit lean towards a Belgian pale, but the yeast causes a dryness associated with saisons. An interesting take on a farmhouse ale and rye adds a nice dimension. I liked this quite a bit.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The wife picked this up for me last night... She says about $5... Poured into my slim tulip, a decent 1/2" white head rises and dies back pretty quickly.. only spotty lacing atop a "very slightly" hazed light golden brew.

Nose begins with clean phenols and some background pale maltiness... a bit of something that I associate with Bazooka Joe (pink bubblegum)... lesser peppercorn and lite clove essence.. Not sure what "rye" smells like, but so far, this is a winner.

The flavor is pretty pleasing IMO... again a pretty big yeast profile with a maltiness that helps deliver the phenols and now the hops... the hoppiness is a bit citric with "maybe" some melon/tropical elements, but the yeasty notes are the big players and I appreciate that.

The rye comes out the most on the palate... sorta thicker while still a bit slippery.. could use a tiny bit more carbonation I think.

Definitely not a standard Saison, but still well done.

Despite my concerns about the body and carbonation... I will DEFINITELY buy this again.


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Photo of beertunes
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
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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4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Very resilient sudsy lacing.

S- Smells a bit soapy and spicy as a saison should (or at least can) smell. A bit of clove and cinnamon comes through but it's overall not incredibly fragrant.

T- Pretty standard saison flavor but there's an extra huskiness to it from the rye malt. The rye works well with the saison yeast but doesn't pack a huge punch nor does it seem to break new ground from a flavor profile standpoint.

M- The very creamy mouthfeel was a big surprise. You hardly ever see that in a saison but I like it. There's also the slightest bit of capsaicin burn in the afterfeel that is actually quite enjoyable. Medium carbonation with a fullish body. Definitely the most complex part of the beer.

O- Quite unique although, in the end, it's really nothing more than a very easy drinking rye saison. Gotta give it up to SatlyMalty for giving me the chance to be only the third person to review this one.

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Photo of n2185
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of white head that fades a nice cap with good lacing.

S: Sweet Belgian candy sugar and spices up front with a little bit of barnyard funk and sweet citrus and bread.

T: Belgian spices and candy sugar here as well followed by sweet breads and a little barnyard funk. The finish is dry, slightly bitter, and musty.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light and drinkable, though could be a bit more crisp.

O: A pretty enjoyable beer overall. I'd like a bit more hop presence, but it's still tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of maximum12
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Extra large thanks to rawfish for bludgeoning me into submission during out inaugural trade, & this bottle was one of the load of extras. Love the idea: Road Trip Series. Never even heard of them before. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is clear orange until the bottom third of the bottle, at which point the beer becomes roughly 27% occluded. Aroma is mild; bit of spiciness that's an interesting mash-up of rye & farmhouse - the style, not my grandpa's old prairie wood-frame. Touch of sweetness. Distinct but not very strong.

Trip XVI - Farmhouse Rye Ale brings a sharp steel shank with it. The rye spiciness rakes the palate aggressively, giving me a brief rye high that has me shedding layers in the middle of Minnesota winter. Big yeastiness follows the slash of rye, & it plays off the rye like a Bach concerto. Underneath this ballet are other tastes that are muted: cloves, graininess, sugary sweetness. Drinking this like it's water from the fountain of youth...trickling from the breasts of Asia Carrera.

Complex, unique, lovely, this is a wonderful surprise. I've only a had a few farmhouse/rye hybrids, but the combo seems to work together superbly. This is an excellent beer.

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