Le Terroir 2013 (Dry Hopped Sour Ale) – New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith Series

From Fort Collins Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing comes their “Le Terroir 2013 (Dry Hopped Sour Ale)”.  The beer pours a copper/orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, malts apples, and a mild tartness.  The flavour is of a tart sourness, sweetness, apples and a hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5%.  This is an amazing sour ale and I am happy that for the first time a lips of faith series beer is available in BC!

Commercial Description:  Le Terroir: French, meaning ‘from the terrain, soil, land, ground, earth.’  You may have heard it as a wine term speaking of the environmental conditions of the vineyard, the pH of the soil, even the slope of the land. But beer has it too, especially a New Belgium sour beer, which oozes terroir from the pores of the wooden foeders we age it in. They produce a base beer that’s golden-colored with a soft overripe peach aroma and just the right amount of tart. And after 3 years in the foeders, you can bet it has some nice earthy tones. Round out that fruity base with even more unique fruity hops like Amarillo and citra, and this beer may just have more terroir than your classiest wine. And with the hop burp, compliments of the dry-hopping, Le Terroir is definitely classy!


Pluot (Alew Brewed With Pluot Juice) – New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith Series

From Fort Collins Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing comes their “Pluot (Alew Brewed With Pluot Juice)” a sour Tripel ale brewed as part of the breweries Lips Of Faith Series.  The Tripel pours a straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of fruit and lots of it including plum, apricot, tart apples, pinapple and some other fruits hiding in behind.  The flavour is of tart apples and white wine, plums, apricot, pinapple and again some other fruits burried in behind.  The alcohol content of this beer comes in at 10% with and IBU of 5.  This fruity concoction is an amazingly smooth and drinkable brew that is not overly sweet at all as it leans to the tart side.  It is also amazing how easy it goes down as it has an alcohol content that is so high!

Commercial Description:  Hook up a plum with an apricot and they’ll make you a pluot. This sweet hybrid fruit is as refreshing as it is strange, and it’s the perfect starting point for our new Lips of Faith beer. Pluot Ale pours a bright, light golden. The aroma is full of fruit tones and distinct esters from blending the funky brettanomyces and our house Belgian ale yeast. The flavor carries the same weight, adding a spicy, vinous subtlety to stand up against the malt backbone. To build a beer around this worldly fruit is purely Belgian in imagination. Pour some Pluot and enjoy!

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Spicy Tarragon Yogurt Chicken, Thick cut pork chops with a spicy Pluot glaze and goat cheese crumbles

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Heavenly Feijoa Tripel – New Belgium Brewing (Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!)

Lips Of Faith Series Collaboration

From Fort Collins Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing and Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! out of Montreal Quebec comes their “Heavenly Feijoa Tripel” a collaboration ale brewed with Feijoa and Hibiscus.  A Feijoa is also known as a pineapple guava.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma is of sweet fruits such as Feijoa and Hibiscus as well as some yeast and some caramel malts.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, Feijoa, Hibiscus, apple, champagne and a very mild hops presence.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.4%.  This is an amazing Tripel and tastes nothing like any other beer you will ever try!  These two breweries from across the 49th Parallel brewed up something very special here!

Commercial Description:  Heavenly Feijoa Tripel combines Dieu du Ciel!’s love of hibiscus flowers with New Belgium’s passion for strange and worldly fruit. Feijoa, also known as pineapple guava, has a sweet, aromatic flavor, which makes the aroma of Heavenly Feijoa Tripel luscious and tropical. The beer has Belgian yeast and Nelson Sauvin hops, combining to make a sweet fruit taste, mild spicy tones and a sharp bite. Hibiscus adds a cranberry tartness and an ambrosial quality to the color.

Food Pairing as per the brewery:  Moussaka with Bechamel Sauce, Beer Braised Crispy Pulled-Pork Flatbread

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Ranger IPA – New Belgium Brewing

From Fort Collins Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing comes their “Ranger IPA”.  The beer pours a copper colour with a good sized white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops and citrus and bready malts.  The flavour is of hops bitterness, citrus and malts.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 70.  This may not be the most exciting India Pale Ale you will try but it is a very solid entry anyways.  I am really looking forward to picking up some of this IPA when it hits shelves very soon in BC!

Commercial Description:  Bring out the hops! This clear amber beauty bursts at the starting gate with an abundance of hops: Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity) lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor. Brewed with pale and dark caramel malts that harmonize the hop flavor from start to finish, Ranger is a sessionable splendor for all you hopinistas. Thank your Beer Ranger!


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NEW BELGIUM INDUSTRY PARTY (BC Launch Party) – Vancouver BC – August 27, 2013

The distributor Beerthirst has been hard at work recently bringing all kinds of great beer into British Columbia and Canada in general.  Their newest brand to come into the fold is really exciting!  It was announced on July 16th that New Belgium Brewing was coming to BC debuting at the Great Canadian Beer Festival in Victoria on September 6th, 2013 and then hitting the stores soon after.


To help spread the word of the impending launch of this brand Beerthirst held an industry party for people in the beer industry and local bloggers.  The launch party happened on August 27th, 2013.  The following excerpt came from the invite email and sums it up perfectly.

“It’s finally here! New Belgium Brewing has begun peddling their way into Beautiful British Columbia! But before they roll into the market, we want to familiarize all you wonderful people in the industry with the New Belgium offerings, by putting on a fun and interactive night.” (Beerthirst)

The event was held at the Uber Lounge at Steamworks Brewpub from 5pm until 10pm.  The whole crew from Beerthirst was there as well as a few reps from New Belgium Brewing including Mat Robertson (The Oregon Beer Ranger).  Right inside the doors there was pints of Fat Tire Amber Ale and Ranger IPA being poured.  Both amazing beer with lots of flavour.  Quickly great little appies were served including veggie springrolls, flatbread, meatballs, quinoa burgers and other great snacks.  Wandering into the Uber Lounge proper we were greeted by two amazing Lips of Faith series brews.  First was the Heavenly Feijoa Tripel (collaboration with Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel) and the Pluot.  If you have not had the pleasure of trying any of the Lips of Faith series beers yet you should expect a sour or wild ale.

There were all kinds of familiar faces including people from local breweries, liquor stores, bloggers, Camra executives and other local craft beer enthusiasts.  We all talked about the beer being served discussing what we tasted and what ones were our favourites.  One thing everyone agreed on was that they were very excited that these amazing brews were finally on their way to BC and we didn’t have to drive to Bellingham to get them anymore.  Here are some photos of all the great people!

Having already done a review of Fat Tire I will write review of the other three beers at the event and link them back to this post as soon as I can.  I will say that between this  event and beers I have picked up in the US over the years that every beer geek out there should be very excited about this launch and should stock all your local liquor stores facebook, twitter and websites and while your at it do the same with Beerthirst!  Just to prove that New Belgium is just as excited to finally bring their beer outside of the United States they have done a commemorative label for the first batch of Fat Tire coming to Canada!


I would like to thank Beerthirst for inviting me to this event as well as all the other great people that were there that night who made it a fun, informative and super social event!  I would also like to thank New Belgium Brewing for not only sending their beers to BC but for sending up a few friendly, knowledgeable staff members to spead the gospel of Bew Belgium.  I look forward to finding all your great brews in Local Metro Vancouver stores!


New Belgium Brewing
500 Linden Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 221-0524