• These bottles of Rolle Bolle are almost as sweaty as I am.

New Belgium Brewing’s new summer seasonal, Rolle Bolle, has been around since April (and will continue shipping through September), but this past weekend was the first time it got hot enough for me to think, “You know, I could really use an unassertive, sessionable beer that doesn’t taste like somebody wrung it out of a stale hamburger bun.” I gave Rolle Bolle a shot, because it’s 5.2 percent alcohol and costs ten bucks a six-pack.

Rolle Bolle is named after a yard game of Belgian origin—a form of lawn bowling—that peaked in popularity in Chicago during the two decades after World War II. Delightfully, it rhymes not with “roll bowl” but with “roly-poly.”

“Brewed with monk fruit and soursop,” says the brewery, “this beer pours a brilliant blonde, with a fluffy, white head. Earthy and tropical tones carry the aroma and the taste follows accordingly. Rolle Bolle’s hint of tartness is backed with the citrus bite of Cascade and Centennial hops. Oats add some creaminess to the mouthfeel, and it finishes dry and clean.”

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid, and he’s also split two national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and one in in 2020 for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.