Bruery Terreux Humulus Terreux with Mosaic Hops – Sour / Wild Ale at 6.3% ABV

Bruery Terreux Humulus Terreux with Mosaic Hops Sour / Wild Ale at 6.3% ABV (C$13.79 at NLC Howley Estates, 750 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 20-Jan-2018, reviewed 22-Jan-2018)

Appearance: cloudy pale gold with a fat rocky white head (hi, Brett) that retains well, patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: complex, funky Brett, lemon zest, coriander, tropical fruit, white pepper, earth. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, moderate funky tart. (8/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate-high carbonation, dry mildly funky finish. (4/5)

I’ll repeat the comment I made regarding the Motueka version: they call this a Wild Ale, but it’s pretty Saison-ish, if you ask me. Like that one, this is dominated by Brett in the head, aroma, taste and finish. I’m not completely convinced the citrus and tropical fruit are significantly different than in the Motueka version, and the hops again certainly take a back seat to the yeast. Despite the secondary character of the hops (common to both versions) this is a very enjoyable brew. (Interestingly, I paid $10.99 US for the Motueka version in Houston, which at the time came out to just under $15.00 CDN. So this is cheaper at home, on a sparsely-populated island in the Atlantic, after travelling seven thousand kilometres by road, crossing an international border, and taking at least one ferry, than a couple of states over in the US. Wow.) (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze