New Belgium Loft Beer

New Belgium Brewing Company

USA

Now THIS beer is why you want to pay attention to New Belgium's seasonals. Their flagship beers, Fat Tire and Blue Paddle, have been dummied down to appeal to the masses. I still find them fair but not overwhelming. Then I found this in College Station, Texas, away on business. A humid 96-degree day, no wind (for a change), I pop the top off this little gem and I'm suddenly twiddlin' my toes in the Cache Le Poudre River just west of Fort Collins. The website says this is made from wheat and barley malt and some exotic leaf whose name escapes me just now. They go on to destroy their own review by saying how much fun you'd have by playing bocci ball while drinking this. I have no idea what bocci ball is, but I envision old guys with cheesy mustaches, who let their shorts ride up over their navels on purpose, wearing dark socks and flip-flops. So do yourself a favor: first pick up several six-packs of this delicious beer (only available four months out of the year); then, ignore my disgusting visual; then, pop open a frosty one, sit in the back yard, and envision twiddlin' yer toes in the Cache Le Poudre...

Reviewed: December 31, 2004

Rating: 8/10

Loft. Airy. Light. Definitely the image they're going for. As a New Belgium special release, they don't definite it in an existing style, but rather are going for a whole new style. Yeah, great, whatever. Tastes like a Belgian white ale. Light, wheaty with a citrus background, it fits into that style the most, if you are looking for beers based on styles. It also has a Kaffir leaf, the leaf of a lime tree, which is primarily used in Thai and Indian food. Huh? Yeah, that's what I said. Hey, if it wasn't on their website, I wouldn't know either. Bottom line, decent summer ale, but once the temperature hits below 80, it probably makes a better doorstop.

Reviewed: April 01, 2006

Rating: 5/10

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