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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Le TerroirLips Of Faith - Le Terroir

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A sour beer barrel-aged for two years and then dry-hopped with Amarillo and Cascade hops for 8 days.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005

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Photo of TexIndy
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had during my recent trip to Denver to see my best friend. Great way to start the trip. Went straight from the airport to Falling Rock Taphouse for a few beers before dinner and when we walked in there was a poster announcing a special tapping of Le Terroir. Had to wait about 30 mins for the tapping which was agonizing as I've wanted to try this for years. The bar was kinda dark and the lightning not ideal so kinda hard to nail the color. It appeared to be an apple ciderish color with an orange tint. It was served in a wine glass and had a small head that settled into a thin film with some lacing. The smell was exceptional. It had an amazing sour smell that makes your mouth water. I've tried several Flanders Red Ales in the past year including it's cousin La Folie and this had the best aroma of them all. The mouthfeel was strong with a great sour aftertaste - not too strong, well balanced. The taste was also amazing. I found La Folie to be a bit on the too sour side (not bad but too sour to be a 5). This with the hopping stayed on the not too sour side. It had a great aftertaste and goes down smoooth. Ended up having a couple before we had to head out. Wish they would bottle this. If they did, I'd have one in my fridge constantly. (4.5, HR, T, Y)

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head that has a little bit of retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a slightly hazy and medium amber that appears paler when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very interesting and quite subtle for a wild ale. The hops are definitely still fresh- light notes of orange and lemon with pine and resin in the background. Some grapefruit. Mellow aromas of peach and other stone fruits. Mild notes of straw and grass and minor funk come out of the bottle but not the glass.

Taste- This starts off with mild tartness, mostly lemons and cherries, and this builds with notes of stone fruits, grass, straw, and slight funk. Slight notes of the Amarillo and Cascade- grapefruit being their strongest contribution. Conspicuous lactic acid but really manageable. Does really have a linger because of the clean and dry finish. Loads of peaches. However, this beer doesn't have a large presence but this is no way detrimental to it. This beer is delicate and sublime. The balance is perfect and while this may not be the best sour I've ever had, it's one of the most enjoyable. I will certainly be buying another bottle to age. A step below Cantillon- I simply haven't found any American beers (Russian River excepted) which replicate the mouthfeel of those great Belgian beers. Apples, cherries, and strawberry. All very subtle except for the cherry, lemon, and peach. Some apricot. Some notes of honey and melon as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with some syrup which is quite delicate. Good amount of carbonation. Has a little bit of zing where a bit of airiness would definitely make this a world class beer.

Drinkability- Pretty much the most easygoing sour that I've ever had while maintaining my interest. Pretty much a steal at 8 bucks a bomber when you consider both Cascade's and Russian River's prices.

Overall- Great beer, delicate take on the style. The addition of the hops really mellows it out and reinforces the sublime nature of the beer. Definitely worth a try. I will be grabbing one or two bottles to age- this is too great of a deal to pass up.

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Photo of parris
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty unique beer, sweet and sour with a pleasantly astringent and floral dry hopped flavor. Pours a hazy light copper color, and has an aroma that matches the taste.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Pours a light amber with little head that dissapates quickly. Smells of apricots and little citrus. Fairly sour but not overly so, tastes of mangos, oranges, peaches, and tropical fruits. Very faint pine, the sourness and hops play very well together, with the hops contributing the tropical fruit and just a bit of bitterness in the finish. Overall I'm impressed with this beer, the dry hopping adds an extra dimension and the only real downside is the price.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Generously shared by PWoods. Pretty nice move by PimpP!

Light gold in color with ruby highlights in the glass. Little if no head at all.
Smell is very sour/tart, with a good amount of light fruit.
Taste is more tartness. But there are some insane, huge, juicy fruit flavors. Mango, peach, very nice and refreshing.
Bittering in the mouth. A bit more vinegar in the flavor than I care for.
Enjoyable, nice sipper.

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Photo of Treebs
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a DFH signature glass. Shared in line at the FFF XV Anniversary Party.

A:Pours a clear, deep straw with some orange undertones. A one finger frothy white head forms on the pour and leaves some splotchy, spotty lace on the way down.

S: Some light citrus hops are present and slightly tart orange and apple peals. Nothing outstanding.

T: Taste is much better. Great tartness and some sour fruit skins are balanced with a nice sweet citrus hop undertone. There is a little woody oak with a slighty vinegar-like pucker on the backend.

M: Light bodied with a slightly drying mouth and tiny pucker on the finish.

O: The dry hopping really added a nice citrus hop undertone to this and I'm glad I was able to still get a little pucker out of it.

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Photo of Domingo
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much like Eric's Ale before it, La Terroir has been a local NB favorite for years that just never made it into bottles. I don't believe it (still) is, but at one time NB employees described it as being a dry hopped La Folie. At that time both were pretty rare, so I never had much of a reference to compare the two.
Pours a golden yellow color with a voluminous head on a normal draft pour. Lacing is pretty abundant as you work your way in. It's definitely not the same color as La Folie, FYI.
The profile on this beer is interesting because it shifts. Up front I get a sweetness that suddenly becomes very sour and citric when it hits the middle of the tongue. Right when you think you know what you're getting, the earthy, almost "salty" hops kick in to form a great counter balance to the sourness. Swallowing revives the sour notes a bit, although the hops keep it from being a one-note finish, too.
The 3-stage flavor profile makes you come back for more and more, and it never gets any less interesting and the palate never dulls. I think this one could satisfy fans of lots of different styles, without compromising one bit.
NB's best beer? It might be. If not, it's at least on par with Eric's and La Folie.

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Photo of brewskis
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark orange color with a two finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick ring of lacing. Decent carbonation. Smells of bretty funk, mustiness, sour cherries, tiny bit of mango, peaches, good amount of lemon, white grape, a tiny bit of sweet breadiness. Taste starts with the dry hop qualities. Get peaches and mango, as well as a tiny bit of grapefruit. Then gets much more tart in the middle, along with notes of lemon, funk and some oak. The finish brings just a tad bit of sweetness, but is just overtaken by the funkiness from the brett, as well as more peach, mango, grapefruit, almost a white grape flavor, cherry, tropical fruit. You can tell the beer has been sitting in oak barrels for a few years, as the oak is very apparent in the finish. Very tart, puckering, acidic finish that lingers on the palate and makes you want to take another sip. Crisp, slightly creamy, and sticky mouthfeel with a medium body. The dry hopping adds a whole new dimension to the beer. Extremely complex sour for a reasonable price. This is hands down the best beer I’ve had by New Belgium so far.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle. Hazy orange pour with quickly reducing head. Beautiful nose of peach, lemon, honey, vanilla, flower, herbs and vinegar. The taste is surprisingly sweet. Fruit flavors from yeast and hops are forward but nicely balanced by the sour (with some acetic acid). Notes of peach, granny-smith apple, orange, lemon, oak and herbs with a floral/pine hop overtone. The oak tannins dry out the finish nicely. Mouthfeel is excellent - the full, soft carbonation, medium-light mouthfeel, sweet-sour combination and dry finish makes this an easy drinking beer (notched slightly for presence of acetic acid). Overall, an excellent beer and highly recommended. Interesting flavors, well balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage served in a pint glass.

Appearance: orange blossom honey, clear with no head really

Nose: funk, acidic, fruity, bright, fresh, peaches

Taste: acidic, sour, citrusy, very dry, tart and creamy, very short and dry finish

Overall: everything I wanted it to be. The sourness was not as bracing as I expected from other reviews.

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Photo of deebo
2.94/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2013 bottle

A-Poured into a pint glass I get a thin finger of white head that recedes to a thin skimming. Slightly hazy with a dark golden color with some burnt orange hues.

S-The hops hit me first with aromas of ripe citrus (passion fruit and orange) and grass. There is a subdued aroma of funk and sourness (white wine) with some oak.

T-Taste is more sour than the aroma. Hits you upfront and lingers into the finish. The aftertaste is first sour than bitter. The nice hop aroma is overpowered with the sour and the funk. Some fruitiness here but it is quickly overtaken with the sour and some bitterness.

M-Tingly carbonation with a light body. No detection of alcohol. Very dry finish.

O-This is a damn sour brew. Not a lot of funkiness and the nice aroma doesn't follow thru into the taste. An interesting brew but too much sourness and I don't care for the bitter finish.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange colored brew with eggnog colored soapy/foamy head. No lacing.

Orange, lemon, tartness, farmy, acidic, lactic, pineapple, and citrus.

Dry, smooth, not sweet, not bitter, high carbonation, acidic, grapefruit, expired (dry-slightly bitter) mango, tart, lemony, smooth, crisp, drinkable. Funky. Lots of intriguing flavors meld together to create an amazing masterpiece.

Highly recommended. Awesome unique flavors blend wonderfully together to create a great brew that draws you back for sip after sip. I really wish NB would continuously produce masterpieces and not make them one-offs. Initial flavors is bizarre, but leads to wonderful collection of flavor and feel.

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Photo of daledeee
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I admit it, I bought this beer based on the reviews.

Pours a bright dark gold with medium head that can easily be revived.

Smell is vinegar, slightly funky and spicy.

Taste is not as "sour" as others. In my opinion, this is better. There is tart fruit such as green apple, hints of citrus and a malt background. Lemon is really present on the back of my tongue. This is quite a tart beer yet sweet.

Mouth feel is nice as it should be: lots of carbonated bite. This is really an easy beer to drink. Usually I am not as crazy about these, but I like this one.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

Glowing amber orange under an off white small but bubbly head. Aroma is lovely. Bright, floral and juicy pitted fruits/fresh peaches and apricots, and a tropical kind of refreshing tartness that permeates the nostrils. Nice doughy malts underneath. Taste is also very refreshing, sour but rounded out with lightly sweet fruit. Very dry and snappy throughout. Clean, fruity, tart, balanced, and extremely drinkable. The hops work great with their sour base beer here.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from the bottle into a tulip to a nice golden orange with a dense finger and a half white head that slowly fades
S: smells intensely of the dry hops with bits of pine, citrus and some earthyness
T: starts off with a hint of tartness followed by some piney, resinous and earthy hops. Slight oakyness from the beer as well sweetness tries to come out but the hops and tartness keep it at bay. Swallow is a huge smack of acetic sourness, with some funk, citrus and oak. The sourness comes out a bit more in the following drinks but that dry hopping is still very forward.
M: Lighter side of medium in the mouth with soft but apparent carbonation. It has a semi slick feel in the mouth and a drying finish
O: I don't know who thought to dry hop a sour but it works and it works very well. This is a phenomenal beer.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Le Terroir

A: Hazy golden orange, fluffy off white head with good lacing and carbonation.

S: I could smell this beer the moment the cap hit my counter. Hoppy, juicy, earthy overtones, backed with a strong pineapple scent and tart cherries, followed by whiffs of candied sugar, oak, and sweet caramel malt. Very nice.

T: My first sour, but I thought that this beer would be less tart. My god it tastes like barely diluted cherry juice, lemon juice and citric acid. I can't taste much malt but probably because I'm not used to the style and my palette's wrecked.

MF: To me this has a thin mouthfeel, crisp and wet and bitter and finishing with dryness.

O: Probably a great sour for people that are into this style. I ranked it based on the quality of the beer, which I believe is good. My palette just wasn't ready for it.

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Photo of BigGold
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had Le Terroir (2015) poured from 22-oz. bomber into tulip. One of the more complex beverages I've ever had. This dry-hopped sour trend is growing on me.

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Photo of bamadog
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of several bottles I picked up on a recent trip to Boone, NC, this review is from notes taken on 3/23/2011 and poured from the bottle to a goblet.

Appearance: Pour is a light orange/coppery color and it starts with a nice 1 and 1/2 finger slightly off-white head that fades quickly to a creamy, full and incomplete skim; body is quite hazy, and shows light carbonation; a couple of strands and spots of lacing stick to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A strong tart bret funkiness leads the way and it's quite potent; bit of a pulpy/woody presence behind it; a bit dank and musty and slightly reminiscent of vinegar; bit of a citrusy hop presence as well.

Taste: Wow, very interesting -- the same as with the smell, the tart bret funk leads the way and it comes across with a bit of a juicy orange/apricot flavor behind it; the dry-hopping is an interesting addition and adds a nice bitterness to it, but it really couples well with the funk and citrus; just a bit of the dank mustiness and wood that's present in the nose as well; in the aftertaste, there's a bit of grainy sweet maltiness that barely lingers.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium in weight and the carbonation is rather soft and brings just a bit of spritz; a moderately thick and sticky coating is left all over the roof of the mouth and it holds just a bit of the grainy sweetness mentioned above; belly is left a little warm from the acidity of the drink.

Overall: This sour is pretty solid -- very robust, citric and funky smells and flavors really meet what I feel is intended with this one. The ABV isn't overly high, but the acidity would likely catch up after a while -- one 22 oz. bottle is just about perfect. An excellent and refreshing beer.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 version

A - Pours a golden orange with a two-finger foamy white head. The head dissapates leaving some soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is an interesting mix of grapefruit, orange peel, vinegar, and a light barnyard funkiness.

T - The flavor starts off tart with a vinegary flavor that is balanced out by some citrus. There is some yeasty barnyard funk throughout with a biscuity maltiness. The finish has a nice earthiness.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice sour. The dry hopping adds some nice citrus notes. A very fun beer that would be a good introduction for non sour fans.

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Photo of craytonic
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brown-ruby-amber pour, nice head and lacing

Smell: Very fruity, and also sour. I get berries, apricot, spicy oak. Pleasant floral hopiness that is quite unique.

Taste: Again, very fruity, but very sour and tart with a slight candy sweetness (beer actually reminds me of a sour berry candy). Very pleasant floral hoppiness to it without a touch of bitter. I get berries, apricot, plums, dates. Also some spicy oak and vanilla. The lack of funk keeps this one below 4.5 overall. Hops are not particularly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: A very soft beer surprisingly. Excellent creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable, the first glass disappeared. Lactic sourness slowed the second glass down a bit. Put some funk in it, put it in a bottle, and cork and cage it please!

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Photo of pwoods
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GrizzlyAdams for this trade. Review from notes from awhile back.

A: Golden blonde pour with some plum flesh tinting. A small frothy head forms and dies very fast and only leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Very tart and sour. Lots of acidic fruits and even more tartness.

T/M: The tartness is amped up even more in the taste. Lots of juicy fruits, mango, pineapple, green apples, lemon. The sourness starts to come out more as it warms, definitely some cider vinegar going on. Body is light but the carbonation is a bit weak. Pretty dry throughout.

D: Very tart and sour... this is borderline too much for me(edit: back then it was... would still be potent but it would be more drinkable and more enjoyable for me now).

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Photo of PDXHops
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy light amber with a surprisingly foamy off-white head 2 fingers or so. Decent retention and scattered patches of soapy lacing.

Nose is a nice balance of tartness- underripe grapes, green apples- and dusty/funky notes. Plenty of citrus zest thanks to the dry hopping. Not a ton of funk flavor, but enough to keep things interesting for sure. Loads of tart orange, lemon and green apple. Some sweetness lingers in the background. More tart than sour, which aids in drinkability, along with the crispish finish. A bite of bitterness toward the swallow, then bread and some tartness linger.

Overall impression: Nice little wild ale here. Recommended.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alas, review number 600. Much thanks to backfat (Dave) for an incredible post to help me decide which beer to drink for this review. Your box will go out on Monday.

On to the beer.

22oz bottle purchased from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO for around $9. Into a NB Globe.

A: Slightly hazy amber in color with a stark white head that bubbled up to an inch or so and has slowly collapsed into a light froth of a head with some excellent gobs of lacing. Small amount of carbonation that moves up from the nucleation point.

S: As promised, a dry hopped sour, very citrusy combo of amarillo and cascade make a nice grapefruit profile. Behind the hops is a decent amount of funk that was apparent right away when I opened the bottle. You can definitely tell that this is a cousin to La Folie, strong acetic notes, and a decent amount of wood finds its way into the nose. Quite nice.

T: I've always wondered about the possibility of dry hops in a sour, and I'd have to say that it works quite well as the aroma really leads over to the taste. I'd be willing to bet that there was a decent dose of late hop additions, as there is a pretty substantial grapefruit and peach note in the taste. A decent amount of funk, and a strong acetic acid presence as well. Nicely tart and acidic, lemon like sourness. Nice malt profile that mixes well with the tart flavors. Really a nice sour beer with a hoppy twist.

M: Light and refreshing, light carbonation, and a nice puckering sourness. Fair amount of lactic acid that really makes my saliva thick. Finishes on the drier side of the spectrum. Really nice here as well.

O: This is another fantastic sour from New Belgium. Very different from the other sours that I've had before, I really enjoy the hop presence in this beer. Hops and sour do not logically go hand in hand, especially given the preservative qualities and natural antiseptic qualities, I fully understand why hops are not included in sour beers, but this works incredibly well. Really a nice beer. Quite the fitting beer for 600. Here's to many more!


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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The one flavor that keeps coming to mind, aside from the sour tart wild ale stuff, is lychee. If you don't know what lychee tastes like, white grape juice is a close comparison. There are dry, brut champagne parallels going on. I haven't had very many wild ales, but I've liked what I've had and this strikes me as a good one. I can't easily get New Belgium beers where I live; currently visiting Florida. I look forward to soaking up some more of what I can't normally get. I would definitely get this again and give warm recommendations.

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Photo of nataku00
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip. Beer poured a clear orange with a finger and a half of creamy white head. Decently uniform head, with a few bubbles here and there, that leaves a very nice amount of sticky lacing on the edge of the glass as the head dissipated to a small collar of bubbles. Some tiny bubbles float up here and there, but not overly active.

Nose is earthy, woodsy, wet hay funk, sweet orange, nectarine and peach, sour fruit vinegar, acetic acid, with a decent caramel and biscuit malt backbone.

A bit of the hops comes through on the taste, the sweet and lightly bitter citrus, tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, sweet stone fruit peaches and nectarines, wet hay funk, light vinegar mid tongue with mild acidity, and finish is a soft earthiness, light oak, and sweet fruit. Lightly dry finish, with some residual fruitiness lingering.

Light bodied with a really gentle and soft carbonation that is nearly perfect from a wild ale. A relatively high abv is well hidden, maybe contributing slightly to an over ripe fruit taste at the back of the throat. Would have liked just a little more acidity, but there are so many excellent flavors going on here that this is still worth trying at least once.

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