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Hoppy taste explosion. New Belgium Whizbang joins spring seasonals

New Belgium Whizbang

New Belgium Whizbang joins the Colorado/North Carolina powerhouse brewery’s lineup this month.

In case you missed the trend, New Belgium loves seasonals. So much so that new seasonals on average only stick around for 2 to 3 years. It’s not spring yet, but spring seasonals don’t pay attention to temperatures.

Billed as a “sessionable spring alternative”, New Belgium Whizbang is a hoppy blonde ale brewed with a heavy dose of Mosaic hops.

“Whizbang offers a blast of hops, thus the name, yet it’s still crisp and quaffable, It’s hoppy complexity and balanced drinkability makes it a great go-to beer for the late winter and early spring season.” – Bryan Simpson, media relations director for New Belgium.

New Belgium Whizbang, aka a “full flavored taste explosion”, is a 12 ounce bottle and draft offering from January to March, 2017.

Style: Blonde Ale
Hops: Nugget, Simcoe, UK Admiral, Mosaic, Centennial
Malts: Pale, Caramel 80, and Munich

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Jan-March
Debut: January, 2017

 5.7% ABV

Posted in Headlines, New Belgium

From the foeder: New Belgium French Oak Saison

New Belgium French Oak Saison

New Belgium French Oak Saison is slated for bottles in the near future.

The Fort Collins, Colorado location is home to one of the largest wood cellars in America. You can thank New Belgium’s brewmaster Peter Bouckaert for that vision, and his past work with Belgium’s renown sour producer, Rodenbach. The brewery’s foeders are responsible for American sour favorites like La Folie and Tart Lychee.

Soon, New Belgium French Oak Saison will emerge from the wood as well. The base farmhouse ale is a sour blend that been foeder matured for 14 to 19 months.

French Oak Saison is our unique take on the original 18th Century saisons brewed along the Belgian and French countryside. The dry and refreshing tartness created by oak barrel maturation. Amusez-vous bien!

New Belgium French Oak Saison will be a 22 ounce bottle and draft release.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (Oak Aged)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: TBA

7.5% ABV

Overhead view of New Belgium’s wood cellar. Image: New Belgium

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New Belgium Citradelic Exotic Lime Ale joins “Citra” series

New Belgium Citradelic Exotic Lime Ale

New Belgium Citradelic Exotic Lime Ale debuts this month. If you follow the brewery’s lineup, then this name might be familiar to you.

Citra hops are the hop of choice for many of New Belgium’s newest brews. The kettle soured draft only Fruit Fly, features Citra, the most obvious is Citradelic Tangerine IPA. The IPA also includes a subtle addition of tangerines.

RELATED: New Belgium Tartastic

Starting now, and continuing into 2017,  “Citradelic” is evolving into a series.  The second Citradelic offering is  New Belgium Citradelic Exotic Lime Ale, a golden ale brewed with Citra hops, Persian limes, coriander, and cracked black pepper.

A crisp, refreshing golden ale bursting with juicy Persian lime, freshly ground coriander and a hint of cracked black pepper.

New Belgium Citradelic Exotic Lime Ale is a 12 ounce bottle release only.

Style: Golden Ale (w/ Limes, Black Pepper, Coriander)
Availability: 12oz Bottles
Debut: December, 2016

5.2% ABV

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New Belgium 8 Hop Pale Ale, a brand new year-rounder

New Belgium 8 Hop Pale Ale

New Belgium 8 Hop Pale Ale debuts this month. An all-new beer and a part of the brewery’s Voodoo Ranger Series.

As the name suggests, New Belgium 8 Hop Pale Ale features a blend of eight hops. Which eight you might ask? The lineup is Nugget, Cascade, Centennial, Nelson Sauvin, Amarillo, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Citra.

A brilliantly balanced pale ale packed with citrus and tropical fruit flavors from eight different hops.

New Belgium 8 Hop Pale Ale will join a newly re-branded series you come to know as Voodoo Ranger. The series includes Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, and 8 Hop Pale Ale.

This year-round offering will be available in 12 ounce bottles, cans, and draft.

Style: Pale Ale
Hops: Nugget, Cascade, Centennial, Nelson Sauvin, Amarillo, Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Cans, Draft. Year-Round.
Debut: December, 2016

5.5% ABV, 35 IBUs.

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New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, an all new beer

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA is headed to shelves the month.

If you are unfamiliar with New Belgium, the have a special name for their beer reps out in the field – Beer Rangers. You might recognize the monicker from New Belgium’s Ranger IPA.

Headed your way this month is New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, a new double IPA. The beer boasts Mosaic, Calypso, Bravo, and Delta hops, creating what the brewery calls an “explosion of fresh cut pine and citrus.”

Let’s clear up any confusion going on out there. This beer is indeed new. New Belgium’s Bryan Simpson tells Beer Street Journal that this beer is indeed new. When the brewery released Rampant IPA a few years ago, the imperial IPA was brewed and designed for what the market wanted. Years later, IPA still dominates, but the consumers taste has changed.

Enter the new Voodoo Ranger Series.

New Belgium is evolving, just like the beer industry. Rampant and Ranger were and still are great, but drinkers tastes change. (Constantly.) The 100% employee-owned company doesn’t need a boardroom to discuss making a change. They just do it. This beer is the next evolution.

Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Mosaic, Delta, Bravo, Calypso

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: December, 2016

9% ABV

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New Belgium Tartastic Sour debuts

New Belgium Tartastic 6 Pack

New Belgium Tartastic, a new fruited sour is now hitting shelves.

Recently, a new draft-only, kettle soured beer – Fruit Fly, started hitting taps nationally. Additionally, other notables like La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek hit shelves again. You don’t need us to to tell you, New Belgium’s sour and wild ale game is strong.

Related: New Belgium Cherry Almond Ale

New Belgium Tartastic is a sour ale brewed with lemon and ginger (Which sounds both tart, and clean and fresh tasting.)

A refreshing Sour Ale with the lip-tingling sweet and sour flavors of juicy lemon and ginger. 

New Belgium Tartastic is a 12 ounce bottle, draft offering.

Style: Berliner Weisse (w/ Lemons, Ginger)
Hops: Nugget
Malts: Pale, White Wheat

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Late November, 2016

4.5% ABV 

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New Belgium Ann-Francoise, a collab with Orval

New Belgium Ann Francoise

New Belgium Ann-Francoise will officially round out the brewery’s Belgian collaboration series.

This final edition of a year-long Belgian-American collaborative series with Trappist brewery Orval. Specifically, Orval’s first female brewmaster Anne-Francoise Pypaert. The result – a Belgian strong dark ale, brewed with a few spices and specialty malt.

Spruce tips and Grains of Paradise highlight the base beer, that has been dry-hopped with French Sprisselspalt hops. The finishing flourish is a two week engagement with American toasted oak spirals.

New Belgium Ann-Francoise Spiced Dark Strong Ale is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft for a limited time.

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale (w/ Grains of Paradise, Spruce Tips. Oak Aged.)
Availabilty: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: November, 2016

9.5% ABV