Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Beer of the Week (Vol. CLXXVII)

Another edition of Beer of the Week sponsored as always by the playful folks at Glen Lake Wine & Spirits who can help find the wine, whiskey, and beer you need to suit your sport of choice.

Although summer doesn’t officially start for another week or so, its unofficial beginning is commonly associated with the turning of the calendar to June. While the first few weeks of June haven’t been especially summer-like in these parts, we’ll take whatever shreds of summer we can get at this point and so it’s time at last to our attention to beers suited to the season.

We start with a seasonal offering from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing called Rolle Bolle:

A delightful summer ale for easy sipping and a classic Belgian yard game for easy enjoyment, Rolle Bolle is how we roll. Brewed with monk fruit and soursop, this beer pours a brilliant blonde, with a fluffy, white head. Earthy and tropical tones carry the aroma and the taste follows accordingly. Rolle Bolle’s hint of tartness is backed with the citrus bite of Cascade and Centennial hops. Oats add some creaminess to the mouthfeel, and it finishes dry and clean. Time to get in the yard, crack a bottle and start rolling.

If like me you’re wondering exactly what rolle bolle the sport looks like here’s a glimpse:

Six-pack of 12oz bottles goes for $8.99. Standard New Belgium label design with rendering of namesake sport.

STYLE: Belgian Pale Ale


COLOR (0-2): Pale gold and clear. 1

AROMA (0-2): Bready with a nice zesty mango twist. 2

HEAD (0-2): Bright white color, decent volume, good lacing. 2

TASTE (0-5): Grainy malts at the front followed by grassy hops and citrusy flavors of lemon and tangerine. A little bit of peppery spice too. Well carbonated with a clean, crisp finish. Mouthfeel is watery and it has medium body. Extremely drinkable and refreshing. 3

AFTERTASTE (0-2): Nice combination of bitter and fruity follow through. 2

OVERALL (0-6): While it doesn’t have the yeasty funkiness or spicy kick that you would expect with a Belgian pale ale this is a solid summer offering. Rolle Bolle wets the whistle well with fruit flavors that are tasty while understated. 4

TOTAL SCORE (0-19): 14