New Belgium Brewing Company – Friday Beer Tasting

New Belgium Brewing Company

It’s Friday night, It’s the first week of November, and we’ve decided to gradually waltz into the Fall/Winter beer tastings! This week’s beers comes from New Belgium Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado!

It’s a collection of some of their best ales — along with the their Winter beer, “Accumulation”!

So, go get your favorite beverage whether it be alcoholic or non-alcoholic or pause this right now, run out and get the beers you see on screen, and taste with us!

Our first beer is…


New Belgium Brewing Company

BEER: 1554
ABV: 6%
MATT: 3.75/5

LOOK: Dark — but you can see through it.

SCENT: Soda, chocolate, malt on the nose

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Slightly thick mouthfeel. Malty like a Guinness. Some sour on the back with a little bit of bitterness. Some coffee notes.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: Tasty and refreshing. Not so much a stout or porter. This is a “Zwert” which is apparently lost style of beer. There’s some great malt on the tongue with some dark chocolate and coffee which provides a decent amount of bitterness — but not to the point where it’s overpowering. Some sour is here, too, but it’s barely noticeable. Overall, a really nice beer.




New Belgium Brewing Company

BEER: Accumulation Winter Hazy IPA
ABV: 6.5%
MATT: 3.5/5
DANIELLE: 3.25/5

LOOK: Light gold and hazy

SCENT: Pine and citrus notes

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Slightly thick mouthfeel. A lot of pine and bitterness. Some citrus rind.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: A refreshing beer — but nowhere near as complex as other hazy beers of its kind. Far too much bitter and too little flavor. The hops win the balance battle here. Wish this could have been better.




New Belgium Brewing Company

BEER: Voodoo Ranger IPA
ABV: 7%
MATT: 2/5

LOOK: Gold and mostly clear

SCENT: Pine with barely registered tropical notes

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Crisp — but a lot of bitterness and the fruit is not really there to balance it.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: Very bitter from start to finish and dry to boot. The issue with Voodoo Ranger is that it’s one of those beers which came before the other breweries which ended up perfecting the “juicy” style of IPA’s. There’s hardly any flavor to this beer and it’s just not very good. Hops and alcohol take center stage and just isn’t very good.




BEER: Trippel Belgian Style Ale
ABV: 8.5%
MATT: 3.75/5
DANIELLE: 3.75/5

LOOK: Gold and mostly clear

SCENT: Carmel and candy corn on the nose. Bubble gum as well

MOUTHFEEL/TASTE: Slightly thick. Hefe style beer with carmel and banana. Nice finish.

FINAL REFLECTIONS: A nice way to finish off this pack. This is very much a Hefe in spirit. Sweetness of carmel, banana, and bubble gum is in this beer. There’s no real bitterness to be had (though Danielle disagrees) and it has a nice, crisp, pleasant finish. Alcohol is barely noticeable.


FINAL THOUGHTS: New Belgium’s latest pack is fairly solid, but nothing to write home about. “1554” and “Trippel” are great, but they’re offset by the passable “Accumulation” and the mediocre “Voodoo Ranger”.

You can hear our final thoughts here:


Join us next week for another tasting!

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