Long Table Farmhouse Ale – New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO, USA)


TL:DR – “banana fruity grainy malt character, went down easy”


Long Table Farmhouse Ale – New Belgium Brewing, 6.2% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)


on the front-rightlabel:

“An ode to the communal Saison, LONG TABLE Farmhouse Ale brings together the juicy fruit flavors of Belgian yeast and Nelson Sauvin hops with the spicy and toasty notes of Munich and Rye grains. Grab a seat!”


  • Style: Saison
  • Taste: crisp banana mango grainy wheat-pils malt slight palate rough finish
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / Burnaby
  • How much: $3.40 CAD – 12 fl.oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: engaging banana-tropical fruit

Visual: (cellared for 2 years). Pours translucent golden orange without much of a head, ring with large island retention, a bit of lacing, scatter singular micro streams.

Nose: banana, liquid pils malt. (lvl-5)-pungency.

Attack: crisp, tingly

Mid-palate: banana wheat malt, (lvl-3-sweetness), off-dry grainy malt, hints of mango

Finish: banana wheat malt exhale, subtle short bitterness, mild palate rough

Summary: Quite a tropical fruity base with a solid grainy malt to back it up. Overall it drank very easy with a bit of minor palate roughness at the finish.

Apricot Provincial – Funkwerks Inc (Fort Collins, CO, USA) 

Apricot Provincial (Belian-style sour ale brewed with apricots) – Funkwerks, Inc., 4.2% ABV, 11.2 fl.oz., (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)


on the front-right label:

“Pairs well with pretending to go to the gym.”

“Provincial is our sessionable Belgian-style sour ale brewed utilizing a unique 24-hour warm souring technique using lactobacillus in the wort. We fermented with a Belgian wheat yeast strain famous for a flavors and a dry finish, making it the perfect complement to fruit. This delightfully tart fruit beer is refreshing, with a citrusy apricot aroma that transitions into a subtly sweet and tart finish.”


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  • Style: (flavoured – Apricot) Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Sour crisp puckery bright apricot lemon roughish wheat malt dry grainy
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $5.60 CAD (after 20% off) – 11.2 fl.oz., October 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: bright complexity for below 5% ABV

Visual: Bottled on 2017.05.02. Pours cloudy pale straw yellow with a massive dissipating head, bubbly retention, super-fast soda-like streams.

Nose: sour acidic pukey funk, strong apricot and lemony wheat malt overtones. (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: big crisp tart bite, puckery-sour-tangy

Mid-palate: fizzy, (lvl-2-sweetness), lemony wheat malt,

Finish: dry grainy wheat, mild palate rough, apricot exhale

Summary: Good flavour and complexity for a sub 5% beer. The body peters out in the late mids.

 

A Blessing & A Curse Double IPA – Left Hand Brewing Co. (Longmont, CO, USA)

A Blessing & A Curse (Double IPA) – Left Hand Brewing Company, 9.5% ABV, 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Longmont, Colorado, USA)


on the front-left label:

“This double IPA delivers a synthesis of hops from opposite hemispheres with an aggressive disposition of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit characteristics for a delightfully juxtaposed consequence. Count your blessings, accept the curse.”

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  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA)
  • Taste: Bright apricot-mango pine medium hop bitter stealth hard alcohol
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $14.85 (after 5% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., October 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes
  • What made an impression: bright apricot fruity, very engaging

Visual: Pours clear golden orange with a 1mm head and retention, half stick lacing, lots of tight clustered streams.

Nose: citrus apricot fruity hops (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, mild thicker-creamy, subdued fruity bitter

Mid-palate: fruity bright apricot, (lvl-4-sweetness), pine, alcoholic medium heavy, soft tangy, tangerine toffee malt

Finish: medium bitter biting lingering resiny hops

Summary: Very bright and tropical fruity for a double IPA, which translates into being very sippable yet also hard hitting at the same time. Excellent body, depth, and mouthfeel. The alcohol is moderately invasive in the mids to finish, but manageably so. Recommended.

 

Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale – New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO, USA)

Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale – New Belgium Brewing, 6.25% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)


on the front-right label:

When two B Corps come together, delicious ideas are created. Our mutual dedication to using business as a force for good means you get to enjoy this brown ale laden with chcolaty, salted-caramel, vanilla goodness while helping Protect Our Winters combate climate chagne. Dig in!”

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  • Style: (flavoured – salted caramel brownie) Brown Ale
  • Taste: Artificial sweet nutmeg toffee barley malt
  • Where I got it: Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $3.50 (after 10% off) – 12 fl.oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no way

Visual: Pours dark brown without much of a head, ringed retention with an island, a few slow singular streams.

Nose: sweet caramel barley malt (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp, tingly, overly sweet malt impression

Mid-palate: artificial biscuity, plain barley malt, cloying (lvl-9-sweetness),

Finish: nutmeg, residual excess sweetness

Summary: Way too cloying sweet with a non-appealing artificial brownie flavour that ruins the overall experience. Not in the least like salted caramel and certainly nothing like a brownie. Not recommended. The worst I’ve had from New Belgium to date.

Raspberry Provincial – Funkwerks Inc (Fort Collins, CO, USA)

Raspberry Provincial Belgian-style Sour Ale – Funkwerks, Inc., 4.2% ABV, 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)


-2014 Gold Winner Belgian-style fruit beer category @ Great American Beer Festival

on the front-right label:

“This delicious creation was truly a product of creativity, ingenuity and luck. In the summer of 2013 we took a test batch of our Belgian-style sour summer ale, Provincial, that didn’t quite hit gravity, and decided to have some fun with it! We added a heavy dose of raspberries to this sessionable, refreshingly tart beer. The end result was so delicious, we decided to recreate it! This delightfully tart fruit beer is stimulating and refreshing, with a citrusy raspberry aroma which transitions to a subtlety sweet and tart finish.”


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  • Style: (flavoured – raspberry) Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Puckery sour tart subtle raspberry malt pukey light body
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $15.70 CAD (after 20% off) – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Hefty bottle, bottled on 2016.01.20. Pours blush pink with a massive foamy head, super clustered hyper active champagne streams. Visually stunning.

Nose: funky sour acidity, pukey red wine fruity. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: fizzy, immediate sour-big tartness crisp

Mid-palate: puckery hit, tart gums, raspberry malt, (lvl-3-sweetness), pukey overtone acidity

Finish: residual tanginess, slight lemony exhale

Summary: Its extremely appetite inducing sour-tartness means that a sip this begs to be paired with some food. Full textured, light medium-bodied, decent flavour but not terribly aromatic in the raspberry department. Huge puckery pukey sourness if you’re into it, one try is good enough for me.

Lips of Faith Tart Lychee – New Belgium Brewing Co. (Fort Collins, CO, USA)

Lips of Faith Tart Lychee – New Belgium Brewing, 7.5% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)


info from ratebeer.com:

56% ale aged in oak, 44% ale brewed with lychee and cinnamon.

To sweet and sour! In celebration of one of the greatest combinations ever, lychee fruit brings tropical sweetness to the party hosted by Felix, our golden wood-aged sour beer. Cinnamon sticks were invited to spice things up and so are you! Get in on the tasty revelry that is Tart Lychee. ”


  • Style: Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Fruity lychee solid sour-tart malt body subtle cinnamon/oak
  • Where I got it: Sherbrooke / Edmonton
  • How much: $20 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: solid

(from memory, drank on March 2, 2017)

Visual: Pours cloudy golden orange with a large foamy head

Nose: tart fruity funked lychee (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-creamy

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), fruity aromatic lychee, mild wheat malt, soft tart

Finish: lingering fruitiness, cinnamon exhale

Summary: Great stuff, solid lychee flavour with a very nice fruity malt body. The cinnamon and oak are subtle but present.

Lips of Faith Gruit – New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO, USA)

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Lips of Faith Gruit – New Belgium Brewing, 6.6% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)

printed on the front-right:

“Experimentation doesn’t mean new. With our Gruit, it’s all about revisiting the ancient craft of bittering with herb mixtures. In here horehound, bog myrtle, yarrow, wormwood and elderflowers get together with rich malts to create a bitter, dry, velvet-like sweetness worth revering.”

  • Style: (spiced ale) Traditional Ale
  • Taste: Fruity banana wheat malt off-dry red apple dry mild bitter.
  • Where I got it: Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $14 (after 5% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a try

Visual: Pours clear golden yellow with a med-large super foamy lasting head, very stick lacing, clusters of steady streams.

Nose: peach-apricot-apple fruity. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fruity, foamy feel

Mid-palate: off-dry (lvl-2)-sweetness, light tangy, (MAIN) red apple, banana wheat malt, subtle bitterness

Finish: light spicy, mild lemony dry finish.

Summary: Very fruity, low bitterness, easy-drinking. Can’t really distinguish advertised bittering agents, mostly wheat malt comes through.