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Le Terroir

January, 2017
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
4 / 6
37 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

A menagerie of well-developed aromas that includes cedar and pine with hints of cherry, raspberry and nectarine issues forth from the glass. This beer has a cloudy and somewhat murky, copper color to it with a light, off-white head that wisps the surface and clings thinly to the edge of the glass. A huge acidity comes forward in the flavor providing an amazing tartness that is followed by sour cherry, lemon and hints of grapefruit. All of this layers on top of a pleasant malt sweetness that effectively balances the dominate sour flavors. Hop bitterness is detectable, but mostly masked by the sourness of the beer. Woody flavors are also present, including a hint of oak (though not vanilla). The mouthfeel is almost piercing from the sharp acidity, and the body is fuller than one might expect given those acids that hit the back of your throat with a slight burning sensation in the finish. Overall, this is an example of a sour beer that has allowed wild yeasts to fully exploit their flavor and aroma potential. Although it is, perhaps, intensely sour, the complexity of this beer keeps your palate very well entertained. If you like sour beers, you will definitely like this one!