Brew Review: New Belgium Tour de Fall

by Kelli H. on September 23, 2014

Beer: New Belgium Tour De Fall
Date: 9-12-14
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Availability: Seasonal
Type: Pale Ale
Alcohol: 6%
IBU: 38
Price: $7.99 on sale

Appearance: Clear, small bubbles slowly rising to the top, dark copper, bronze

Aroma: Pine hops and a slight hint of malt

Body & Texture: Feels medium bodied, heavier than expected, low carbonation, smooth

Aftertaste: Mostly malts and fades to into a light bitterness

Overall Impression: 
My mom brought this beer up for our weekend in Truckee a couple weeks back. I was looking forward to trying a new brew since it’s been quite a while since I had a beer. I’ve been on a wine kick lately, but I’ll always love a tasty cold brew on a warm day.

What I loved about this beer was the color. It was absolutely beautiful! Exactly what I hope for in a fall seasonal for color. I also enjoyed the aroma and while I thought the taste was good, I didn’t think it was really anything to write home about. My main complaint was the carbonation. It was so lightly carbonated that I didn’t find it that refreshing. I’ve definitely been impressed with New Belgium’s fall seasonal in the past, but this one didn’t do it for me. I would not buy this beer myself. I did give it another try over the weekend and once again it was too flat for my taste. With so many fall seasonal brews out there, I would say to give a different one a shot. Let me know if theres any out there right now you think I should try.

Just a cute picture of Ryder while I did my brew review. Always looking unimpressed with me during photo shoots.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Made in Sonoma September 23, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Not a big fan, eh? It sure sounds marvelous. I wasn’t too crazy about the two new beers I bought last week. I mean, they were good but just not good enough.

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Made in Sonoma September 23, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Bummer about this one not being the best. I typically really like New Belgium beers! I have taken a sip of Marty’s (here and there) throughout pregnancy. He created his own six pack of New Belgium beers a couple of weeks ago and I liked the ones I tried 🙂 I would still try this one but it’s probably just because I like the label and name.

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Made in Sonoma September 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

My main complaint was the minimal carbonation. I really enjoy lots of bubbles.

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Made in Sonoma September 23, 2014 at 8:20 pm

I hate when that happens.

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Made in Sonoma September 26, 2014 at 1:35 am

We bought some of this on a recent trip across the border to Michigan and I’m drinking one right now! I’m enjoying it but I’m also completely stuffed up with a cold so my taste buds could be off 🙂

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