Le Terroir
New Belgium Brewing Company

Le TerroirLe Terroir
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From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #139
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,388
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 9.32%
Ratings:
2,480
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 08, 2022
Added:
Oct 23, 2005
Wants:
  496
Gots:
  474
SCORE
95
World-Class
Le TerroirLe Terroir
Notes: A sour beer barrel-aged for two years and then dry-hopped with Amarillo and Cascade hops for 8 days.
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4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - clear copper with non stop bubbles with a nice last white head with a really thick rimming and great lacing
Smell - earthy tart lemon orange
Taste - tart but not overly tart with a citrus lemon orange and still a slight grainy earthy slight floral
Feel - creamy medium full body with a very light carb
Overall - really tasty beer
Overall - really tasty even after being aged

May 08, 2022
 
4.25 by scottyshades from Florida on Apr 29, 2022
 
4.25 by drstalker from Illinois on Feb 10, 2022
 
4.59 by TWStandley from Massachusetts on Dec 21, 2021
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4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Julianjarvis13

This is a superb beer. Probably the best beer I've ever drank. The balance is perfect with superb complexity and depth. The initial sour notes fade to a rich full sweet centre finishing clean and sour

Sep 25, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by StJamesGate from New York

Deep amber with white film; lemon zest and jasmine nose; lemon sorbet, chalk, cheese rind, tangerine comeback; dry + clean.

4 4.25 4.25 4 4.5

Best match of citrusy sourness + citrussy hops ever. Bright + clean. So sessionable. MOAR!

Aug 12, 2021
 
4.41 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Jun 06, 2021
 
4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 05, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Beginner2 from Illinois

While I've had 73 ales in this style, I understate the situation and say that I am no fan for Wilds. Of the first 200 Wilds listed by their number of ratings, I've had 22 and only 1 did I rate above the average.

Le Terroir is the second.

Since I am such a sour-puss, I should like sour ales. Only rarely is that pairing made.

But this review is supposed to be about Le Terroir. It Looks better than the competition who often look confused and few are foamy. Terroir Smells like tart fruit. And it Tastes that way; yet its sweet and sour combo has this rare drying sensation that continues. Best yet, it does not interfere with my meal of soup and spinach. Too many Wilds overpower. Terroir stays within itself and treats food as a friend.

I suppose that comes from hiring Rodenbach's brewmaster and the mark he left.
I've made my micro-review of New Belgium elsewhere and admire the founders who cut their workers into the deal who, in turn, sold the company to a big brand manager. I hope they made the right decision and the creativity of Le Terroir continues.

This is my second addition to purposefully climbing Beer of Fame, now @ 163. A Votre Sante' !

Mar 21, 2021
 
4.25 by kdown from California on Mar 20, 2021
 
4.55 by CAcker from California on Mar 20, 2021
 
3.5 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 06, 2021
 
3.95 by ATS9K from Illinois on Feb 12, 2021
 
4.5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 10, 2021
 
4.25 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
 
3.16 by EasternIsh from California on Jan 12, 2021
 
4.31 by Gkruszewski from New York on Nov 24, 2020
 
4.06 by Archfiend from Illinois on Sep 28, 2020
 
4.18 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Sep 19, 2020
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4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

2016 vintage

Pours hazy amber orange with a creamy off-white foam head. Smells like dusty floral citrusy hops, wood, some caramelized malt, orange citrus, mango, peach, apricot, pineapple, lychee, grapefruit, lime, lemon, with earthy grassy pine. The taste bursts with acidic tropical citrusy stone fruit flavors, fresh tart peach, apricot, mango, pineapple, lychee, guava, passionfruit, orange citrus, grapefruit, lime pith, lemon, some caramelized malt, clean wood, spice, with dusty floral earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice wood aged dry hopped sour ale.

Jun 12, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: crystal clear; copper in color; less than a 1 finger ivory head that receded quickly to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: funky lemon and orange;

T: follows the nose up front; a touch more orange in the middle; lemon with a little funk and orange on the finish and through the aftertaste;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; dry finish;

O: makes you come back for another sip;

Apr 20, 2020
 
4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 13, 2020
 
4.35 by gardner254 from Ohio on Jan 26, 2020
 
4.25 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 04, 2019
 
4.67 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Nov 04, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

Big fan of this for the style.
Pours yellows gold with nice white head.
Smell is lemony and a little funk. Maybe some Brett
Flavor is crisp, slightly tart, and the citrus lemony rind. Really delicious and drinkable.
I really enjoyed this beer and would buy again and again.

Oct 28, 2019
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4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Bruno74200 from France

Dry-hopped with Amarillo and strata for this one.
Amanzingly fruity with pineapple notes all over the place.
The sourness is there but clean and to the point. The fruitiness gains complexity in the flavour profile.
Nice.

Sep 30, 2019
 
4.19 by craigbelly from Iowa on Sep 19, 2019
 
4.14 by Bum4ever from California on Sep 16, 2019
 
4.33 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin on Aug 31, 2019
 
4.19 by Lofreqwave from California on Aug 06, 2019
 
4.23 by cd34 from Illinois on Jul 25, 2019
 
4.25 by Lelampp from Ohio on Jul 18, 2019
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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by patre_tim from Thailand

Copper and moderately cloudy with lots of fine but will carbonation, and two fingers of yellowish head.

It smells acidic and of dry nectarines, lemons, and pear skin.

Extremely acidic with lemon juice, unsweetened vitamin c and nectarine skins.

Medium acidic, bone dry body with moderate fine bubbled carbonation.

I got this in San Diego California today, May 31, 2019 and I’m drinking it here. I was so good glad to find this one.

Jun 01, 2019
 
4.33 by davidsonte2 from Washington on May 21, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by animal69 from Louisiana

Unknown year, poured on tap during ACBW, assume it's the latest
Pours murky med. yellow gold w a thin white cap that leaves some decent lacing
Smell is soured, bready and sweet, like pineapple upside cake w notes of currants and cherry skin
Taste is similar with a pearskin tartness to start followed by a lightly toasted cracker and citrus midway, finish is a dry grapefruit
Light crisp body with a slightly slick feel, moderate to decent carbonation
Overall a well put together beer, NB excells w this series

May 21, 2019
 
4.35 by bluehende from Delaware on May 13, 2019
 
4.1 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 26, 2019
 
3.52 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on Apr 18, 2019
 
4.59 by PB3364 from New York on Mar 13, 2019
Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 2480 ratings