My friend and I had plans to do some Christmas shopping yesterday afternoon in downtown Victoria, but when I discovered that there were midweek Premier League fixtures about to kick off at 11:45, I rushed downtown ahead of him to enjoy a pint and some association football. Knowing that the Irish Times would be showing the Liverpool match, and doubtful that I could find any place featuring Newcastle at Burnley, I headed there. To my delight there were two proper 20oz pints on special, Guinness, and a certain New Belgium sour beer. I opted to begin with the New Belgium Terroir, and settled down in a comfortable library style side room to watch the game. As a neutral I thoroughly enjoyed the match, and as an England fan I savoured the chance to see Steven Gerrard score a goal. The Liverpool fans up at the front filled the pub with their cheers throughout the game, and with my pint in hand and the library fire exuding heat, the atmosphere was perfect.
Ian arrived during the second half and elected to try the Terroir as well. We each had a Guinness Dawg (grilled Guinness bratwurst with grainy mustard, Guinness fried onions and Irish cheddar on a pretzel bun) which was delicious, and I followed up my Terroir with a pint of Guinness. After Liverpool won 3-1, we wandered off to do some Christmas shopping. I shan’t say where we went though in case someone on the receiving end should read this!
New Belgium Terroir
Appearance: cloudy and blonde.
Nose: sour, granny smith apples, faint hint of sauerkraut, and wheat.
Palate: sweet and sour sauce, sour fruits such as unripe kiwi, beer malt, malt vinegar, and hops.
Finish: intensified sourness, then pineapple.
Overall: For someone with a narrow definition of beer, this may seem like a very strange wine or cider. Tasting notes are difficult to write without making it sound bad, but in reality this is a brilliant beer verging on FE. Seek it out!
Rating: 4/5 Excellent