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New Belgium Love - Blackberry Whiskey Barrel

New Belgium Love - Blackberry Whiskey Barrel
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Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Blackberry Whiskey barrel filled with dark beer from acidified barrel. Aged 2+ years in the barrel.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smroush (69) - Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Aroma is interestingly complex - blackberry, maple, malt and whiskey aromas. Color is a dark reddish brown, fairly clear, with a slight light brown head. Taste is dominated by a pretty pronounced sourness. Moderately sweet and bitter with fairly heavy acidity. Palate - comes across as surprisingly light body; carbonation is fairly lively. Finish is long. Overall this beer leaves with the impression that the barrels were higher quality than the beer. Itís a fairly good beer, but not great. The beer per se comes across as a bit light weight.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (2711) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Tap: Murky, completely opaque. Basically brown with a mild fuchsia tint to it. Khaki tinted, thin layer of foam quickly to a collar. Aroma loaded with moderately jammy berry notes, tart cherry skin, tannic wood, hints of lactic acid, mild perfume notes. Tart blackberry & raspberry get stronger with time. Lovely sour flavor. Sour blackberry, mildly jammy, tart lemon & cherry skin acidity with backing notes of mildly vinous wood, perfume, & even a slight touch of whiskey. Woody & sour finish, lightly tannic & dry with lingering notes of blackberry jam, cherries, lemon, & sour lacto. Delicious!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikem409 (1736) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Tap at hopcat Ann arbor. Color is brown with thin head. Berry funk aroma. Taste is funky jam with wood notes

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (894) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Draft pour at the malt and vine New Belgium new beer revolution event. Pours a dark brownish red color. Aroma is mostly sour grapes and berries. Medium body and extremely sour. Huge pucker up on this one. Woody aged flavor. A little on the dusty side. Blackberries arenít too noticeable, but sour fruit in general is. Wow. Awesome beer. These guys know their sours.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14189) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Draft at Salud. Deep royal purple color, small pink head. Aroma of dusty berries and light vanilla. Taste is softly sour fruit with good body. Tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
birdmachine (218) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Growler provided by Mike (bytemsis). Thanks! Side by side with Crooked Stave Blackberry Dark Origins (also whiskey barrel aging). Aroma is wild blackberries, vinous, light dark fruit, some lemon, light oak, very faint funk however. The beer pours maroonish-purple with slight brown head that fades after a bit. Growler held up well it seems! Taste follows aroma with blackberry syrup, lemon, faint sourness. Body is light, with soft carbonation and fruity tart finish. Overall, this variant of Love is deliciously fruity and juicy that edges Dark Blackberry Origins in terms of crushability. Not sure how carbonated it was supposed to be but it was definitely hitting the spot.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (3832) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Growler with huge thanks to JohnGalt1! Pours hazy reddish chestnut, small tan head, dissipates quickly with some lacing remaining behind. Aroma is mega blackberry and forest fruit, some oaky whiskey notes as well. Flavor is medium plus tart, blackberries, oak, lemon, whiskey. Quite fruity. Medium body, low carbonation. Very tasty beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (2792) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Tap @ Bier Thirty: Sort of a muddy brown pour, capped with a small beige head. Nose is sweet and sour, lightly tart to go along with the oaky barrel notes. The blackberry fruit is evident, along with a sharp tartness before the wood mellows it out. The whiskey barrel influence is spot on. Really nice.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mep3222 (663) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Brilliant oaky vinous sour aroma with some slight fruit and slight bourbon. Taste is vinous sour. Maybe 6 of 10 with plenty of dark fruit and some vanilla from the bourbon in the finish. Really great flavors. Ton of flavor and very complex. Carbonation dies fast and that detracts from this one a bit, but a great sour overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4396) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Sampled at Midwest Belgian Beer Festival 2014 - Pours mahogany with an off-white head. The aroma has sourness, lots of blackberries and is more malty than expected. It has a medium rich body with fairly sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with citric sourness, lemon, tart berries and a smooth malty creaminess. The finish is quite sour and puckering with lots of blackberry. Solid sour.


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