Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,151
Reviews:
509
Ratings:
2,442
pDev:
9.32%
 
 
Wants:
487
Gots:
475
Trade:
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3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PB3364
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of morrowd3
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tinfang
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz 2016 bottle poured into a chalice boasts a nearly clear gold-flecked yellowish-orange body with active bubbles forming a whispy borealis of tiny bubbles and leaves the glass clean.

Aromas include oak, peach, funk, rope, and wet wool blanket. Flavors match with sour tartness that isn't overly puckery.

Mouthfeel is light and dry.

Overall a nice crisp sour.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jduprey007
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of qcghost
3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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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

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. 2015 bottling.
Slightly cloudy, deep gold, with a dash of orange, colored body. Pours with a fizzy white head which reduces down to scattered islands and ring. Each pour brings back the bubbly head. Minimal lacing.
Tart aroma of peach and lemon. Just a bit of grassy funk. Also has a whiff of oak barrel.
Taste is tart with lemon and sour with peach and mango. Backed with a little oak barrel.
Dry mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Good balance of fruity and tart components. Some sourness but not totally puckering. Body gets more cloudy as pours get to the end of the bottle. The hops with the fruity flavors help to balance the overall experience of this tart and sour beer. Well done.

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Photo of kkarimi
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 2,442 ratings