Brewery: New Belgium Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colorado
Beer: Rolle Bolle
Serving: 12 oz bottle
Glassware: New Belgium globe
Information: 5.5% ABV, Best Before: 18AUG13
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Availability: Summer Seasonal
Cellaring: Not recommended for extended aging.
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I’ll be forthcoming; I’ve never had a either monk fruit or soursop so lets see what it’s like! Bright clear golden colored, Rolle Bolle (pronounced “roll-e bowl-e”) is crowned by a moderate stark white head that leaves thin lines of lace traipsing around the glass.
Suggestions of unique tropical fruit suggest the contributions of monk fruit and soursop and add a great, almost pear-like crisp citrus accent to the beer’s light yeasty spice and gently hopped nose.
As if the nose wasn’t quite light enough, the flavor thins out even further focusing more on the addition of the two unique fruits. A pale malt base has grainy undertones with light hints of sweetness and a complimentary, light hop profile, which adds a light trickle of floral notes on the finish. Mildly influential yeast doesn’t quite direct me towards this being a “Belgian” beer though.
Crisp, light, and quite refreshing, the balance of sweetness from the added fruits are wonderful against the mild hopping and dry, floral finish giving Rolle Bolle a terrific summer beer feel that will certainly quench thirst and refresh the palate!
Rolle Bolle is a great summer addition to New Belgium’s line up. The experimentation with two unique fruits pays off wonderfully giving the beer nice nuances of tropical fruit while maintaining a crisp and easy drinking profile, perfect for the warmer months!
Score: 85 / 100 - Wonderful