Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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4.29/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#642
Reviews:
506
Ratings:
2,428
pDev:
9.32%
Bros Score:
3.71
 
 
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Ratings: 2,428 |  Reviews: 506
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mynie
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Fort Collins brewery. I had wanted to try this for nearly a decade, but never come across a bottle.

The pour is pretty. The aroma is aggressively tart but well-balanced and beery with firm nodes of lactic acid and Belgian yeast. The flavor is dense but quite impressively smooth, extreme brett up front moving into a rich, yeasty middle and a finish that's a perfect balance between dry, sour, and spicy.

This is a goddamn masterpiece, easily one--if not THE--best American-brewed Belgian I've ever had. That it debuted in 2005 is an incredible feat--even today, where it's quite easy to be fatigued by the number of US sours, Le Terroir stands in a class of its own.

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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Bottling.

A - A dark golden copper body, with light orange highlights, a moderate off white head, and lots of small bubble lacing.

S - Strong hit of acidity, a hint of wildness, and fruit notes of lemon zest and mango.

T - Follows the nose, but with a stronger fruit overtone over a tart sour core. The woodiness is present, and makes clear the wild aging element. That said, there is only a little barnyard, and the grass notes are also well receded. The candied mango and peach elements are the strongest residual of the hopping. Pretty tasty.

M - Decent carbonation, strong tartness and a mild pucker on the close.

O - Delicious with a couple years on it. A well integrated sour that I need to try again soon.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ParkbrauFan
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MeIquiades
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bsager1
3.59/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Irrationalist
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Prost76
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crow
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DaverCS
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a Hazy golden orange color. Quick review in SD toronado bar.

Ample hop character on the nose. Very citrusy paired with floral hop notes and lactic qualities.

Tess reminds me of a hopped fruit popsicle. Dynamic range of stone fruit character or mixed with tropical fruit. The hop character does come into play near the finish, with a low to moderate Hop bitterness.

Overall, this is A okay beer. For those who love IPAs and sours, This is right up your alley. However, if you don’t like hop character in your beer, you may not like this beer. It gets a 86/100.

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4.86/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of I3eer
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Simon212
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap

S: A good mix of funk, citrus, tropical fruit, and oak start things off. Very fruity with plenty of funk. Some nice complexity going on

T: Starts off with a lot of funk and acetic acid notes and slowly goes into the fruitiness, both citrusy and tropical. Oak provides a nice backbone and really comes out towards the end. Again, really nice complexities going on throughout. Finishes with lingering acidity, fruity notes, and oak

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the drier and more acidic side

O: An incredible dry-hopped sour that gains even more complexity from the foeders. A great sipper because of the different layers and complexities going on. Definitely worth checking out for any sour lover

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4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of billydrinksbeer
4.98/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 2,428 ratings