Sunday, October 4, 2015

New Belgium Le Terroir 2015 Dry Hopped Sour Ale

This 7.5% ABV dry hopped sour ale is from New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado. It is part of their "Lips of Faith" series of limited releases. Each year the series has Le Terroir, a French term for "of the earth," allowing the local environment to influence the beer.

The beer pours a hazy orange-golden in color. There is a half-inch of white to off-white foam. The aroma is floral, some tartness, woody, and a bit earthy. The taste is tartness up front, followed by light floral and woody notes. As it warms, the fruity notes of the hops come out more in both the aroma and the taste, and the peach notes that the bottle mentions can be found. The beer has enough body for its flavor, but drinks “light” due to its tart acidity. There is a light tingle of carbonation as well. This is worth trying if you like sour beers.  

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