For the Seventh Beer of Christmas, we got a sweet treat.
This brown ale creates a beautiful brown glass with just a hit of
red. Sort of like the tinge of red that a cherry coke has. The head
foams up to a relatively thin cap, but once it thins out, it remains as a
thin cap atop the beer. The mild, pleasant bouquet includes
raspberries, a bit of a floral essence, and a touch of vanilla. There’s a
sweetness to smell that comes to life rather strongly in the first
The sweet taste slams you pretty hard at first. Given that beers lean
towards the bitter, more than just a malty sweetness tends to stick out
and this one is well beyond just malty sweet. There’s a chocolaty
taste, too. It’s a little bit like a raspberry filled Valentine’s Day
The medium body holds the carbonation but also allows the sweetness
to hang around and each drink finishes like an over syruped Coca-Cola.
Good? Yes. A favorite beer? No. This was nice to try, but I’ll
probably only buy this again if I’m planning to share it with friends at
a beer tasting (which usually happens during homebrew days).
Brewer: New Belgium Brewing
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Interesting Note: Last year I mentioned a number of interesting tidbits about New Belgium when I reviewed their Abbey beer. To add to that, New Belgium is an environmentally friendly brewer. Their website runs on wind power. And every summer they host a Bike-In Cinema and donate the proceeds to a local non-profit.