Had an early Thanksgiving dinner with family tonight, so it was as good a time as any to open up my bottle of New Belgium’s Kick, one of their seasonal additions to the Lips of Faith series. It’s currently running a B+ on Beer Advocate.
My infatuation with sour beers has been long. I had my first – a Rodenbach Grand Cru – two years ago and it changed the way I thought of my palate. That’s why I was excited to pop open Kick for my non Thanksgiving Thanksgiving meal. Based on cranberries and pumpkin, I thought it would be perfect for the meal. It paired really well with vegetables and tofurkey. While we didn’t have any cranberry sauce, I imagine it would’ve worked with that too.
The smell is great. It has the average sour smell you’d get from many sour beers, but the hint of pumpkin is a welcome change. Whereas with the Rodenbach you’d get a smell of sour and cherries, this beer is sour and just a little of pumpkin. I’d say I could smell cranberries, but it’s either a case where I was looking specifically for pumpkin or the two just blended together well.
The same can be said for the taste, which had the usual New Belgium sour taste but just a hint of pumpkin. I would never categorize this as a pumpkin ale, but it’s a great sour ale. Then again, I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad experience with the Lips of Faith series.
On a side note, drinking this, followed by some chianti, worked very well.