These two ladies have provided a bit of background on sour ales on their blogs, which you should check out if you’d like to know a little more about the history of these beers.
Before this link-up, I had never heard of sour ale. I began to question its existence as I searched multiple locations for it. After two failed attempts, I worried whether this particular type of beer was any good. Was it terrible? Is that why no one seemed to carry it? At store number three, my husband and I scoured every aisle in the beer section before we found exactly two bottles of New Belgium’s Le Terroir Dry Hopped Sour Ale, the only sour ale in the store.
Was I right in thinking it would be terrible? Thankfully, no. But it was different than I expected. Put simply, it tasted a lot like a light beer might taste if you poured it into a glass already half full of lemon juice. The beer smelled strongly of lemon and tasted even stronger. Despite this, it had a deep honey-brown color. I didn’t hate it, but I couldn’t finish my whole glass. I like sour flavors, but only in moderation. Eric loved it. He finished my glass for me.
While I didn’t dislike this beer, I certainly don’t think I would order it often. It is worth a try, though, because it seems like a lot of people love this particular style. If you aren’t a fan of sour flavors, this beer probably isn’t for you.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find a second sour ale to sample, so I’ll have to leave you with this one for now. Join me in two weeks when I review saisons!