Sunday, October 4, 2015

Boulevard Black Pale Ale

The 12 pack samplers from Boulevard Brewing Company of Kansas City, Missouri now routinely includes two varieties of their "Tasting Room" beers; beers that have been available in their tasting room in the past, but not bottled. This is a 5.7% ABV black pale ale (as the name well indicated).

The beer pours an extremely dark brown in color, appearing nearly black. There is a tall, thickly foamy head, khaki in color. The aroma is dark roasted malt, light char, tangy. The taste follows the aromas, dark roasted malt, amping up the char to high levels, with a bit of a grapefruit tang on the finish. The beer drinks nicely smooth, the finish is moderately bitter, with a grapefruit quench. This is mostly just an easy drinking stout, with the “pale ale” only coming out in the very finish, as that grapefruit note.

New Belgium Le Terroir 2015 Dry Hopped Sour Ale

This 7.5% ABV dry hopped sour ale is from New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado. It is part of their "Lips of Faith" series of limited releases. Each year the series has Le Terroir, a French term for "of the earth," allowing the local environment to influence the beer.

The beer pours a hazy orange-golden in color. There is a half-inch of white to off-white foam. The aroma is floral, some tartness, woody, and a bit earthy. The taste is tartness up front, followed by light floral and woody notes. As it warms, the fruity notes of the hops come out more in both the aroma and the taste, and the peach notes that the bottle mentions can be found. The beer has enough body for its flavor, but drinks “light” due to its tart acidity. There is a light tingle of carbonation as well. This is worth trying if you like sour beers.