New Belgium Le Terroir Dry Hopped Sour Ale (2015)
You know what pisses me the fuck off? A lot of things.. but a roommate stealing your hard earned beer is one of the very top of the things on the list. I had a bottle of Half Pints' Old Red Barn Sour Ale waiting for me, just to find out that the $14.95 CDN bottle of beer was stolen from me. No idea who stole it, but I have my hunches. It's hard to save up to buy such specialty beers when I only work 10hrs a week (yeah, I'm job searching) and my life seems to be going nowhere sometimes..
I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's La Terroir (2015) at Sobey's Liquor in Regina a few months back and surprisingly.. it wasn't stolen somehow, so instead of the jackass piece of shit drinking it and not actually enjoying it.. I'm reviewing it!
I love New Belgium, while they seem to be one of the larger micros out there, they still make solid beers time and time again, and anything in their Lips of Faith series is guaranteed to be beyond solid.
Appearance: La Terroir pours a lightly cloudy orange/golden in colour. Light to moderate amount of carbonation. A light but nice amount of off-white foam sprinkled on top and clinging to the side of the glass.
Aroma: Damn aromatic sour. I'm getting the notes of soury goodness. Notes of sour cherries, a hint of earthiness (peat?), a light amount of soap (ivory), a hint of wood, vinegar and a hint of bug spray (not that that's a bad thing).
Taste: Getting goosebumps from the first sip I take. A sour lemon vibe with notes of oak, vinegar, a light amount of bitterness from the hops, a good deal of fruitiness that gives off a medley of apricot, grapefruit and well.. as said before.. lemon. There's also a hint of caramel that pops up in the beer once in a while.
Overall Thoughts: Damn, that's a solid sour. While it's sour/tart and even gives me some goosebumps, it also has nice sweet fruit and caramel notes popping up once in a while. One of my old piece of shit roommates stole my 2014 bottle of Le Terroir, I'm glad I was able to save this before another piece of shit would've drank this. 7.5% ABV