Review: Rolle Bolle, New Belgium

Rolle Bolle
New Belgium Brewing Co. — Fort Collins, CO

  • Style: Fruit Beer
  • Bitterness: 30 IBU
  • ABV: 5.2%
  • Malts: Pale and Oats
  • Hops: Target, Cascade, Amarillo, Centennial
  • Special Ingredient: Monk fruit and Soursop
  • Calories: 155
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description: 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. — New Belgium Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   Rolle Bolle is New Belgium's new summer seasonal. I have never tasted or even heard of monk fruit or soursop. I'm drinking Rolle Bolle as part of my series on summer seasonals.

The tasting: Bottle stamped with a best before date of August 18, 2013. Light golden straw in color, slightly hazy, with a white head that dissipates fairly slowly. Aroma of biscuit malt and a light tartness. Taste starts with bready malt. In the middle, spicy hops emerge. I'm not familiar with the flavor of soursop or monk fruit, but I don't taste any fruit flavor. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or taste and hop bitterness is low. Rolle Bolle is light bodied and has a crisp mouth feel.

Rating:  3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  Rolle Bolle is a nice, but unmemorable beer, in my opinion. If I had tasted this beer without knowing anything about it, I would never have guessed it was brewed with fruit. However, it is light and refreshing, and a good thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

Have you tasted Rolle Bolle? Did you taste the fruit?

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