Saturday, June 25, 2016

New Belgium Fat Tire and Friends Fat Funk Ale

The New Belgium Brewing Company is from Fort Collins, Colorado. Fat Tire is their flagship ale, and to celebrate their 25th anniversary they collaborated with several breweries to make different versions of the beer, and released them in a Fat Tire and Friends 12 pack. This 5.6% ABV ale is made with Belgian De Dolle House yeast and brettanomyces. It is a collaboration with Allagash Brewing.

The beer pours copper and amber in color. There is an inch of off-white, foamy head. The aroma is yeasty, esters, banana, clove, tangy and funky, with a leathery spiciness. The taste follows the aromas, lots of yeast notes over a solid malt base, banana, clove, leather and spice, funky all around. The beer drinks smooth, but with the fine and intense carbonation of bottle conditioning. The finish is dry and lightly bitter. If you love yeasty Belgian style beers you should really like this, it is well done.

 

New Belgium Fat Tire and Friends Fat Sour Apple Ale

The New Belgium Brewing Company is from Fort Collins, Colorado. Fat Tire is their flagship ale, and to celebrate their 25th anniversary they collaborated with several breweries to make different versions of the beer, and released them in a Fat Tire and Friends 12 pack. This 5.9% ABV beer is made in collaboration with  Hopworks Urban Brewery. It uses apple juice and lactobacillus to impart a tart, apple flavor.

The beer pours copper colored with a short head of off-white foam. The aroma is apple juice, apple cider, a bit of soft tart, over toasted caramel malt. The taste follows the aromas, the flavor is very mild, and in my estimation could use a bit more aggressive apple flavor. The finish is dry and tart. The beer drinks with a medium body and a fine, but intense carbonation.