Every once in a while, a beer comes along that pushes boundaries and make you think about everything you thought you knew about beer. Alesong Brewing and Blending’s Terroir Pinot Noir is one of those beers. A silver medal winner in the Experimental Beer category at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, this mixed culture beer bridges the gap between beer and wine with a delightfully delicious, tart, and effervescent wild ale.
Appearance and Aroma
Like a precious ruby, Terroir Pinot Noir pours a deep crimson red, a color picked up from the Pinot Noir grape must use during secondary fermentation. Once poured, a soft, off-white head quickly dissipates, yet the beer stays visibly bubbly. Swirling the beer in my glass, aromas of cherry, berry, oak, and herbs come through.
Alesong blends two libations together to create a completely new fermented beverage—one that is neither wholly beer or wine, but a new style altogether.”
The first sip is filled with berries and dried fruit. A distinct, yet subtle earthiness and tingling acidity is followed by a dry finish. These flavors join harmoniously with a sweet, fruity tang that lingers on the tongue.
This is one of the more unique beers I’ve had the opportunity to drink over the years. Combining both beer and wine ingredients as well as a blend of yeasts and bacteria, Alesong blends two libations together to create a completely new fermented beverage—one that is neither wholly beer or wine, but a new style altogether.