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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,055
Reviews:
507
Ratings:
2,435
pDev:
9.32%
 
 
Wants:
487
Gots:
473
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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

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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

Photo of Luckydog91
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of white_pony21
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaten454
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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Photo of ianpstephens
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

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

Photo of Sevinup07
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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Photo of ryanisinallofus
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

Photo of Eman17
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 2,435 ratings