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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1197
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A sour beer barrel-aged for two years and then dry-hopped with Amarillo and Cascade hops for 8 days.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005)
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larryi86

Delaware

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a New Belgium glass

A- A hazy straw color with a small white head.

S- Sour with some nice hops, getting sour lemons, tropical fruits and a nice herbal tea smell.

T- Sour lemons, tropical fruits, nice barnyard funk, some piney/herbal hops in the finish, great mix of flavors very well balanced.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry, light body.

O- Wow, a very well done sour, love what the dry hopping brings to it.

Serving type: growler

11-26-2013 01:31:11 | More by larryi86
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Abbaye de Cureghem Cantillon glass from a growler.

A - The appearance is a hazy, golden hue with a 1/2" head leaving behind a slippery lacing that finds it's way back into the glass quite quickly.

S - Getting an initial aroma of vinegar, a pleasant funk, and apples. Hints of lemons, mixtures of citrus, and fresh white fruit.

T - Peaches are very present on the entry followed by grapefruit, green apples, and mangos. Displays a pleasing tartness from the lactic acid and a light hop flavor on the back end.

M - The mouthfeel is dry with a delicate carbonation. I'm enjoying the sourness of this beer. Very well balanced!

O - This is first year that I have had the chance to try this beer. I am slowly becoming a fan of New Belgium's sours. They are far more talented in this department than in others. Will seek out again next year. Highly recommended!

Serving type: growler

10-05-2013 21:38:09 | More by Cubatobaco
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jpro

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler last week at the special New Belgium event at CBX...

A: Pours a golden apricot with a one-finger, cream head of tight packed fizziness.

S: Pineapple; light tannins; a touch of vinegar; its a very enticing aroma that invites a sip; a little bit of mustiness / stank on this one, too (more noticeable as the beer warms).

T: Nice, crispy sour; dry citrus rind and a cidery tartness.

M: Medium bodied with a zingy carbonation; good puckering factor, here.

D/O: Wow, a very drinkable sour... tart, but refreshing; the amarillo dry hop is great as I think it gives this beer a touch of sweetness; definitely one of the more drinkable sours I've had and a likely candidate for any sourhead's fix.

Serving type: growler

04-01-2011 02:55:05 | More by jpro
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pwoods

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GrizzlyAdams for this trade. Review from notes from awhile back.

A: Golden blonde pour with some plum flesh tinting. A small frothy head forms and dies very fast and only leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Very tart and sour. Lots of acidic fruits and even more tartness.

T/M: The tartness is amped up even more in the taste. Lots of juicy fruits, mango, pineapple, green apples, lemon. The sourness starts to come out more as it warms, definitely some cider vinegar going on. Body is light but the carbonation is a bit weak. Pretty dry throughout.

D: Very tart and sour... this is borderline too much for me(edit: back then it was... would still be potent but it would be more drinkable and more enjoyable for me now).

Serving type: growler

01-03-2009 03:58:08 | More by pwoods
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Generously shared by PWoods. Pretty nice move by PimpP!

Light gold in color with ruby highlights in the glass. Little if no head at all.
Smell is very sour/tart, with a good amount of light fruit.
Taste is more tartness. But there are some insane, huge, juicy fruit flavors. Mango, peach, very nice and refreshing.
Bittering in the mouth. A bit more vinegar in the flavor than I care for.
Enjoyable, nice sipper.

Serving type: growler

11-15-2008 03:31:12 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I owe the greatest debt of gratitude to phnphilly for the opportunity to try this AMAZING beer. Thank you for sharing this with me. You are a true friend. Thanks prAna for trading with him. Keep sending sour beer ;-) I hope he keeps sharing with me!!! We had the opportunity to do a side by side with Le Terroir and it's cousin La Folie Wood Aged Beer. These Flanders Reds are spectacular. This beer, Le Terroir, is the possible the most unique beer I have had to date. A true sour beer but then hopped. generously hopped. WOW!

Appearance: Pours a peachy golden hue. Jeff was concerned the carbonation may be low but it was perfect so your bottle fill did well friend.

Smell: What a terrific complex aroma. Like La Folie it is a dominantly sour beer but it also has another dimension entirely with the dry hopping involved. It has a sweet grapefruit, hop candy aroma with the sour backbone and a peach and apricot fruit juice and sour apple attribute.

Taste: Very smooth gorgeous sour flavor that has a fruity juicy center and yet deep sour roots, with a hoppy top coat and layers of over ripe sour fruits (cherries, peaches apples) and musky wood. Delicious! Complex! Indescribable!

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with sour pokes and prods on the cheeks. The sour and the hops working together is so remarkably unique that the mix of effects on the palate keeps it very lively and active. It has a tart pucker and a dry finish but overall it is a bit puzzling. I like that. Keeps you on your toes.

Drinkability: Side by side, as a fan of truly intensely sour beer I would have to say that La Folie was more intensely sour and therefore my first choice. I believe this one may be a bit more approachable for many people, though it is still an out of this world beer. WOW! I feel honored to have had the privileged.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: growler

02-21-2007 08:51:20 | More by Phatz
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Malt and Vine.

A - Glows a gorgeous deep apricot. Snow white foam piled on top. Feeling optimistic.

S - Fruitiness of stone fruits: apricot and peach. Sourness of passion fruit. Grapefruit notes from citra hops. Crisp, and the aromas mix wonderfully.

T - Pleasantly tart up front backed by juicy passion fruit and wooded funk. The hops come on the finish bringing the grapefruit from the nose. I was sceptical about the dry-hopping but it really adds an added level of interest and complexity. This is very crisp and refreshing. Delicious.

M - Medium-bodied. Juicy, woody and dry. Compliments the flavour.

O - This beer really surprised me. I didn't think I was going to like the dry-hopping but I did find it elevated the experience. I would have liked a little more wood and funk but, taken as it is, it's a very clean and refreshing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2014 07:18:05 | More by abeeronthebeach
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown to dull copper penny in color with moderate clarity. A minuscule layer of thin white head partially covers the top of the beer. Aroma is a complicated mixture of tart Brett and earthy citrus like hops. The taste is initially very tart and yet quickly the citrus like hops follow and help keep the tartness in check. The fade is an interesting tango of the ultra sour Brett notes and more fresh citrus hops. The mouth is dry and earthy. This a very refreshing roller coaster ride for your palate. Not for the meek tongued!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 03:27:04 | More by Franziskaner
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 batch.

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a good sized and frothy light tan head. Head fizzes out somewhat quickly but with an almost completely solid wall of lacing. Decent retention.

S: Interesting. Sour citrus, orange peel and grapefruit? Hoppy, fruity and tart at the same. Very nice and crisp and refreshing.

T: Huh, hoppy grapefruit up front. Tart citrus follows, mostly a combination of grapefruit and oranges. Quite sour and a kick from the bitterness at the same time in the finish. Lingering bitter oranges and grapefruits.

M: Medium bodied, sharp and crisp.

O: Interesting sour, never had a hopped sour before. The hoppiness enhances the fruitiness and gives it an edge that's really nice. Overall a very crisp and drinkable sour.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 04:16:02 | More by Dope
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scottfrie

California

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy apricot color with a couple of fingers of fuzzy light tan head that faded rather quickly into thin soft looking film.
S: Sweet and fruity notes of bright peaches, apricots and tangerine nectar. Floral and lightly bitter smelling as well. There are some underlying notes of dry yeast, slight funk, and a hint of tartness that reminds me this isn’t just a flowery ipa.
T: Musty, tart, and dry up front, with bright notes of stone fruits and citrus. Peach, apricot, and kumquats follow, with earthy and dirty flavors of barn floor flavored yeast, musty attic and spicy hops. The finish is has a kiss of tart acid and mango, and the aftertaste is juicy, dry and sweet with a lingering fruitiness.
M: Bright and frothy carbonation that bubbly up on my mouth, but it isn’t suffocating or harsh. Soft and drying mouthfeel, medium body with touch of grease to it. More funky than tart, and very easy to drink all-around. Very low acidity/vinegar.
O: I knew this beer was supposed to be really good, but I haven’t really ever been blow away by a NB LoF beer since La Folie. This beer was fantastic. The tart musty base worked very well with the tropical fruit hop addition. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:25:25 | More by scottfrie
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SHODriver

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from the bottle into a tulip to a nice golden orange with a dense finger and a half white head that slowly fades
S: smells intensely of the dry hops with bits of pine, citrus and some earthyness
T: starts off with a hint of tartness followed by some piney, resinous and earthy hops. Slight oakyness from the beer as well sweetness tries to come out but the hops and tartness keep it at bay. Swallow is a huge smack of acetic sourness, with some funk, citrus and oak. The sourness comes out a bit more in the following drinks but that dry hopping is still very forward.
M: Lighter side of medium in the mouth with soft but apparent carbonation. It has a semi slick feel in the mouth and a drying finish
O: I don't know who thought to dry hop a sour but it works and it works very well. This is a phenomenal beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 22:51:07 | More by SHODriver
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Celtics17

California

4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a perfect sour, very complex, and right to the point. You get so many different flavor profiles from this. You get lemon, Granny Smith Apple, just a bitter/sour fruit bomb. The dry hopping of this beer works perfectly, and the low malt profile balances this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 08:05:01 | More by Celtics17
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sweetwaterman

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy amber. Like apple cider.

Smell: Tangy noise. Dry hopping is evident. Citrusy whole leaf hops. A funky sort of undertone.

Taste: Sour granny smith apples. Lemons. Tart grapes. All on top of subtle earthy-dank bass line. Hops come in on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A high quality American-ish Sour Ale. A good introduction to sours IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 22:18:02 | More by sweetwaterman
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Tilley4

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome f*%king beer right here...

Im so blown away by the ability to bring me a beer that is very close to La Folie and give it this hop kick at the end that complements rather than overpowers...

This is a sour, first and foremost, and it doesn't hide it... not bracingly sour but rather tart with a nice kick of green apple without the vinegar notes usually present... the finish is masterful with this wave of juicy fruity hops that peek out just for a second and then the beer dries out on the palate... sip after sip, this one is on point...

Had lots of beers thus far, more than many, less than some.... this offering rocked my world and makes me glad I have several more bottles...

My scores don't lie... for some, this one ain't perfect and that's ok... for me? Its exactly what I want in a sour... nice bracing tartness without all the vinegary overkill with a drinkability that wont f'ing quit...

This is a bad mama jama right here...

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 00:43:03 | More by Tilley4
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In the world of wild ales, this is more a somewhat tame one. Leather and barnyard tones. Mostly leather with a minimal hint of the barn. This is okay. I don't know if this was meant to be aged in order to bring out more character, but I feel like it could be bringing a lot more, but just isn't. Glad to try it, but not really doing anything for me. I prefer La Folie over this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:07:37 | More by RblWthACoz
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, light amber color. Head is 2-fingers of off-white head that fades fairly quickly, but lacing is decent. (BTW, was I supposed to swirl the bottle before serving to suspend bottom sediment? Or was mine bottled from the top of the barrel, and others' from the bottom? Because other reviewers say it's cloudy, but I can look through my glass and see objects clearly on the opposite side without a hint of haze...)

S: Hops is the foremost aroma, both citrus and floral. Some mild, sour apple as well.

T: No sweet malt, it jumps straight to powerful tart flavor. I detect a little pear before the bitterness of grapefruit rind in the hops appears. The finish is more sour than bitter. This is really tasty stuff!

M: Moist, with good carbonation. Finish a touch dry.

O: First and foremost it's a sour ale. The barrel aging appears to have smoothed it out a bit, and it's very well balanced by the hops. And I have to mention that it's refreshing, but in that slightly dry way that leaves you wanting just one more sip. Honestly, I can't wait to have another.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 04:18:08 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a murky dark gold with a soft 1 finger off white head. terrific lacing.

S- Quite different from any sour I have ever smelled. crabapple, pear, peach, and even some clove comes through. Interesting that I smell juicy bubble gum. Citra hop and wood barrel also come through. Aroma is divine

T- So acidic. Really kicks you in the back of the jaw with its tartness...like a crybaby. Somewhere along the way it mellows out and finds a sweet fruity balance. Great depth with apple, pineapple, and peach.

M- mid body, slick, and lip smacking dry. Very crisp and refreshing.

O- A clear NB favorite for me, and probably my favorite sour. Complex, tart, and terrific hoppy character. I'd give it a slight nod over Boulevard's Foeder Project #1.

2013 bottle
$10.99 for 22 oz bomber

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 04:14:15 | More by Bosoxfan20
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TheCuriograph

New York

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First Lips of Faith brew. Pretty stoked.

A – This is a hazily vibrant orange-gold topped with a robust rocky head that quickly gives way. Nice juicy consistency.

S – You get the sour apple and farmland funk of a wild ale, but it’s buttressed by grass, mango, and citrus notes from the hopping.

T – There’s a green apple pucker and straw-grassy resin, and at first a bit of ashiness left on the tongue. The main composition is a tart lemony funkiness, but I also get some a wonderful passion fruit undertone. The fruit gains with each sip, with mango and pineapple notes overtaking the sourness. Not much hoppy bitterness to speak of and only a measured amount of sour astringency.

M - Effervescent but not by any means light. It tickles the tonge and coats the cheeks. Fantastic.

O – Fun sour. The most impressive part is how balanced it is, with neither the bitterness of a pale ale nor the vinegar notes of a sour.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:51:28 | More by TheCuriograph
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

Appearance: A fairly clear orange/amber sort of color with only a few bubbles of foam on top of the beer. Minimal lacing. Not much to it.

Smell: It's always been hard for me to describe sours... uh. Funky? It has that odd wet trunk sort of vibe. A fruitiness I can't quite describe. Leather or something like that. Just that really odd "I probably shouldn't be drinking this." smell that for some odd reason actually doesn't smell shitty.

Taste/feel: Funky, but a bit different from the smell. The first thing I notice is the surprisingly high carbonation with a really sour/tart note, followed by the flavors I can hardly describe... I just always go back to that wet trunk comparison, likely from the yeast+barrel combination. Fruitiness from a fruit that I can't pinpoint.

Sours are clearly still not my forte, but they're something I could easily see myself liking more in the future as I drink them. A year ago, I'd've rated this beer considerably lower.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 15:27:33 | More by Alextricity
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bomber into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger foamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear slightly cloudy bronze. Lacing is stringy and web-like with great stick. Outstanding for the style.

Nose is slightly tart citrus and pine with a light booziness, resin, and pineapple. Papaya puree too. Fresh, crisp and clean.

Opens citrus, lemon zest and hop bitterness. A light sweet and tart mandarin in the middle with a sap and resin hop presence. Ends bitter and tart with a zesty finish and aftertaste. Decent but the dry hop presence is a bit awkward.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down bubbly and crisp. Finishes filmy and messy with a lingering aftertaste. Solid.

A very nice beer up and down but the flavor profile combination just doesn't work for me here. Worth trying but I'm personally not that big a fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:05:53 | More by SpeedwayJim
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superspak

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/23/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour green apple, cherry, grape, cranberry, grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, floral, grass, clove, pepper, oak, leather, hay, straw, vinegar, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of hop, yeast, and oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart green apple, cherry, grape, cranberry, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, hay, straw, floral, grass, oak, clove, pepper, leather, vinegar, musty funk, white wine, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart green apple, cherry, grape, cranberry, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, floral, grass, hay, oak, clove, leather, light vinegar, musty funk, white wine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance and complexity of yeast, hop, and oak barrel flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky/acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible dry hopped sour! All around fantastic balance and complexity of the hop and wild ale flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. An extremely delicious offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 00:08:24 | More by superspak
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle of the recent 2013 release, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/27/2013. Thanks for the bottle, Dustin.

Pours a dark orange-amber colour with a nice one finger white head. Looks an awful lot like grapefruit juice. Head retains decently well, leaving a bubbly collar and some lacing. Looks good.

Smells... weird. A bit metallic. Underlying hints of grapefruit and passion fruit, with some citrus acidity- but aside from that, there is not much in the way of acidity, lactate, funk, anything that would indicate this is a sour. Its not particularly great smelling, but its not bad either.

The flavour on this is fantastic. It tastes like straight up grapefruit juice, with some mouthpuckering acidity that makes me pause.. its quite sour, actually, probably a 4/10 on the sour scale. Very enjoyable, with a nice juiciness on the front end with a grapefruity bitterness on the backend. It's like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.

Medium bodied, a bit undercarbonated for a sour but good enough for my enjoyment. Its got a nice grapefruity flavour and bitterness on the backend. I still might be fooled into thinking I'm drinking spiked grapefruit juice.

As far as sours go, this is quite unique and enjoyable. The hops seem to be adding a lot of grapefruit and other citrus notes to this beer- combined with the acidity of the sour ale, makes for a grapefruit juice-like experience. Wish there was more to the nose, but honestly, with the way the hops complement the sour ale base, I really cannot complain about the overall beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 03:38:41 | More by Stevedore
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joe1510

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$9.99
Liquor World - Kankakee, IL

2013 Bottling

A soft pour produces a dusty white head with impressive silkiness. The head easily rises to a finger and head and even after settling never recedes below a thick cap. Carbonation seems to rush to the foam from every conceivable surface of glass through the russet orange body. Impressive sheet lacing sticks around after each drink.

The dry hopping consists of an abundance of candied citrus and soft tropical fruitiness. The candied citrus when combined with the sharp tartness reminds me vaguely of Sweet Tarts. Minerality in the form of wet stones and a vinous white grape like tartness. Soft but spicy oak and a semi-sharp white vinegar make up the remainder. The dry hopping qualities when combined with the overall base tartness and depth make for a mouthwatering aroma.

The flavor profile steps stride for stride with the nose. Snappy tartness, again vinous, washes over the tongue upfront. The minerality is still present but more subdued while the semi-sharp white vinegar takes over mid palate with soft but spicy oak. The finish is a sweet citrusy and tart sour just like Sweet Tarts again. The balance on the finish is nice. While there's a good amount of vinegar sharpness there's enough sweetness to somewhat balance.

A surprisingly light body body and aggressive carbonation make for a quick moving drink. The tartness hits at the sides of the tongue and takes hold on the dry finish making the salivary glands kick into high gear. This beer is tart, quenching, and incredibly easy drinking.

Le Terroir has been a favorite of mine for many moons now. The bottle doesn't stand up to draft but it's in no way shabby. A bracing vinegar tartness, fruity dry hopping, minerality, and an insatiable drinkability make for a highly enjoyable libation.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 02:28:33 | More by joe1510
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mverity

Florida

3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle shared at Proof. Pours a pale gold with some white head. Medium white collar, and no lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops and a bit of pine, lots of fruity funkiness. Taste is mouth wateringly sour, in a good way. Some of that fruit ester funk in the taste too. Light body, sour bite on the tongue, and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 01:27:02 | More by mverity
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macher0

Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Le Terrior 2013 Bottle to chardonnay glass

A. Color is dark golden. Poured a 2 finger white, semi-frothy head. The head very slowly retreated an absolutely flat appearance after about 30 minutes. No lacing.

S. Slight tartness with big tart fruit. Fruity notes of sour green grapes, figs, persimmon, elderberries, and blueberries. A mild neutral oak is apparent but I do not pick up on the hops.

T. Mildly to moderately tart. No bitterness. Follows the nose with notes of grapes, neutral oak, and berries. Not much hops.

M. Light to moderate carbonation. Smooth as silk. Light bodied.

O. A very nice sour. I took my time with this beer, which certainly may have influenced the appearance. This ale leaves a very gentle aftertaste that is awesome. I didn’t see the hops but I’m not holding it against the beer because it’s flat out great. I highly recommend this to sour fans.

Serving type: bottle

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