LIPS OF FAITH WEEK: DAY #5
Two of my favorite things in craft beer are sour ales and hoppy brews, so when I saw this “dry-hopped sour ale” I was on cloud nine! I always get excited about new Lips of Faith beers, but this one really had me pumped. Enough rambling, onto the review.
LE TERROIR is an American Wild Ale with a 7.5% ABV.
Le Terroir is a french term meaning “of the earth”. Used to reference the environmental conditions that affect the brew, we like to think about the terroir of our foeders. These wooden barrels age our sour beer in varying temperatures, humidity, and vibrations. The terroir of New Belgium, so to speak. Add in another variable by dry-hopping with peachy, mango-like Amarillo hops, and we created a beer that changes every time we brew it.
The beer pours a deliciously murky peach color. Two inches of foamy manilla crown the beer, but eventually fades to a film. A touch of lacing is present. Bubbles are present throughout the entire drinking process.
When I opened my bottle of Le Terroir I was balancing it on the back of an easy chair. Even with the bottle two feet from my nose I still got a big whiff of this nose the instant I cracked it open. The nose is fruity and musty. Strawberry Fruit Rollup is the dominant flavor, but it admittedly took me a minute to pinpoint it. Wood, barnyard funk, mango and potpourri hops are all present and get there moment to shine. As it warms a champagne like zestiness develops. The nose on this beer is a veritable smorgasbord of smells.
TART, TART, TART. Wow, this beer is tart. It starts with a concentrated green apple/vinegar sourness. The barnyard comes through shortly after with a taste that I can’t quite describe, but you would know it as soon as you tasted it. Peaches and pears follow that, with a weedy/floral hoppiness flitting around your taste buds for a second at the end. It really mellows out after it’s warmed up (or else my taste buds where just shocked into submission).
Mouthfeel is light and very juice like in its consistency. However, it disappears rather quickly, leaving a tartness that can be felt on your gums. The tartness actually makes your mouth water a bit.
New Belgium makes great sour beers and Le Terroir is no exception. The tartness, the funk, the HOPS!! This isn’t your daddy’s sour ale. One of these days I’m going to learn to buy more than one bottle at a time of these Lips of Faith sour ales. One day…
Overall: 8.5 out of 10
As an AMERICAN WILD ALE: 8.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Ithaca BRUTE, Allagash INTERLUDE, Odell HIVERANNO