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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:
#583
Reviews:
503
Ratings:
2,410
pDev:
9.32%
Bros Score:
3.71
 
 
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Reviews by kscaldef:
Photo of kscaldef
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a tulip with a thick, dense head, moderate retention and lacing. Color is a beautiful golden orange, just slightly cloudy.

Aroma starts tart and grassy. Underneath is a little mango, some funk, sour cherries

Really sharp taste off the bat with interesting complexities. Lemon in the front of the mouth with an apricot mid-palate and finish. Carbonation seems just right, enough to make it lively without being prickly. As it warms, the grassiness from the hops starts to appear as well a little more funk. Good lingering finish.

A lovely sour, one of my favorites. Like a summer field in a glass.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware). The only packagining information on the bottle appears to be “2014” printed above the name, “LE TERROIR – DRY HOPPED SOUR ALE.” From what I can tell, this dropped within the last month, so it should be fresh.

Appearance (4.25): The head comes up to about two fingers of bone-white foam, capping a rich, orange-golden body that’s clear, minus a light chill haze. It sticks around longer than most sour beers, leaving a light film on the surface and some broken chunks of a thin, loopy collar. As the beer recedes, it leaves very little—just a few patches of light, lacy foam.

Smell (4.0): Man, this smells lovely. Tart fruit juices (red grapefruit, green apple) mixed with sweet tropical notes (some ripe pineapple, papaya, honeydew, and a little cashew fruit), some dank, funky hops, and just a light undercurrent of sugar cookie bready sweetness. The sour beer at its heart could be a little more complex, but that funky, fruity character that smells like cashew fruit and underripe honeydew together adds a really nice layer of hoppy weirdness.

Taste (4.75): Holy nuts, this is fucking tasty! Tart grapefruit flesh and underripe kiwi, married to a underplayed but still rich, sweet base of cantaloupe and overripe mango burst onto the palate, followed by a clean, crisp sourness that’s extremely balanced—lightly acetic, with a clean (not funky, not yogurty) lactic tang, and brightly citrusy. Just a tiny bit of water crackers and floury, peasant white bread offer some semblance of a malt body, but really this beer has been fermented out so cleanly it’s almost non-existant. Some pithy, slightly resinous and definitely kinda dank, herbal hops add a fruity, lightly vegetal, funky dimension to everything else going on in this beer, and vinous, somewhat tannic and minerally white wine tones boost the dryness of the malt body, also aided by those zesty hops. No booze. Just pure awesome.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Smooth, lightly tingly carbonation ushers in a perfectly medium-weight body, which feels just a little oily before drying out to a pithy, slightly parching finish. The carbonation foams up softly with a fine tingle before it washes out at the end—this is just absurdly drinkable.

Overall (4.5): This is, without a doubt, at least as good if not better than the sum of its parts. And yes, I know it’s pasteurized and the heyday of all New Belgium sours is supposed to be prior to the era of pasteurization, but goddamn this is delicious. Absurdly good, like, why-isn’t-this-always-available delicious. The base sour is extremely solid, which I feel confident in saying after having had an old bottle (post-pasteurization) a couple of years ago after the hops had died off, and that was plenty tasty on its own. But this is in a zone of its own right now, while the hops are still kickin’. Definitely pick this beer up.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

I couldn't decide for a long time if I loved or hated this beer. It's just so different than anything I've had before... actually, no, it's really similar to two very dissimilar things I've had before (IPAs and sours). Some swigs feature an explosion of hops, while others are straight-up sour, and most are some crazy commingling of the two. Once I wrapped my brain around the dichotomy, I decided I loved it. The fruity notes in the hops provide a great layer on top of the fruity sour of the base beer. Will be seeking out more of this.

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

1L howler from Sherbrooke Liquor. 2014 version of Le Terroir, and since that sample from their growler bar tasted so good earlier today, time to get 'er done!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some awkward coral reef lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of somewhat acrid and testy Belgian yeast, an earthy funkiness, sort of juicy apricot and peach, overripe red apple, a bit of muddled tropical fruit, grainy, semi-sweet pale malt, an ethereal twinge of tangy caramel, and a sniff of warming alcohol. The taste is certainly fruity - more dried apricots and yet fresh peaches, pineapple core, kiwi, white grapefruit (stopping to catch breath - hell, it'd be easier to state which produce aisle staples aren't seemingly here) - subtly funky old-school yeast, a bready, sort of doughy pale graininess, a tame earthy sourness (well, maybe some strangely agreeable red wine vinegar notes), and an unquestionably distinct citrusy, grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is pretty plain and merely supportive, like it knows the correct side of the buttered bread, the body a solid medium weight for the style, and way more smooth than one unnamed reviewer might have been expecting - wow. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, the tart and acidic character still kickin' about, for sure, but with all the fruitiness and the underappreciated - I'm sure - malt counting this one in the win column.

One tasty, and ultimately approachable wild ale, the yeast and beasties having learned a whole lot of manners and decorum, apparently, or maybe it's just the huge fruit notes (origins duly muddled) that gloss and smooth everything over. Whatever, this is a pleasure to drink, especially given the thoroughly integrated 15-proof booze. Hello mueder, hello foeder!

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Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brew is a light yellowish-orange, slightly peach-colored, topped with a light cream head, small size with reasonable retention for the style.

Wow, I know this beer is dry-hopped, but I was not expecting this aroma! Grapefruit, mango, and starfruit, accompanied by a sweet, sugary caramel. There's a hint of yeast lurking in the background, but the dry hop overwhelms everything else.

Flavor does not follow the aroma; this is a wild ale, tart and sour, through and through. The dry hop comes through as a very fruity presence of grapefruit and mango, slightly dank (from the Amarillo). White grapes and white wine-flavored tartness bounce off the hoppy fruitiness, while oak and a rustic, musty yeast presence develop on the mid-palate and back-end.

Very tart and puckering, but nicely balanced with a fruity sweetness. Definitely a sipper, slightly oily. Relatively short finish except for a lasting astringency.

This is one of the most interesting beers I have ever had. It has a fruity profile from the hops that is quite different from a traditional sour or lambic, and which blends with the tart, puckering sourness in a unique fashion. I'm very glad I got to try it.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hot damn, this is a fine beer. Gotta say, I'm not sure if I've had a dry hopped sour before, but if this is the outcome, let's get this ball rollin, brewers! Huge tropical notes on the nose + a health dose of apricot. Seriously, whoever crafted this brew is an artisan, because the Amarillo/Cascade combo marries so harmoniously with the base sour and its aroma...this is great stuff. Palate is similarly delightful, ample sourness but never veering into vinegary acid fest territory. That tropical fruit and tart apricot kinda overshadows any barrel presence, but I sort of sense it being there in a really minor, supporting way. Overall, an absoluet home run from NB, who continues to show that their sours are not to be trifled with -- in fact, I dare say they're one of the better sour producers in America.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a short pure white head that fades quickly.

Nose is an assertive and unique fruity pine. There is a light sour orange/sour tangerine character in the nose.

Mouthfeel is bright and medium sour with a wonderful acidic and sour quality. Very drinkable and inviting.

Flavors on this one really rock. Assertive lightly sour and acidic tangerine, sour apricot and oranges. Loads of citrus flavors with a very consumer friendly sour character.

This is a very well made beer; a really nice sour right now and one that should be tried fresh and enjoyed before we all jump to age it. It will likely age well but perhaps lose some of that wonderful tangerine/orange/apricot fruit character. One of my favorites of the Lips of Faith Series. I really like this one.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Le Terroir a few weeks ago for $14.99 at The Lager Mill. I've very interested in trying this beer and I've heard more than a few good things about it, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to it that goes well with the name and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a slightly clear golden amber color that took on more of a amber color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of bubbly slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy and spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a fruit aroma being the first to show up with come citrus and tropical fruit aromas, but to me it's the apricot that shows up the most and it goes straight to a sour cherry aroma with the sour aroma starting to take over and it develops more of a sweet tart candy aroma to it. Up next i get some of the hops which I think were where some of the fruity aromas came from and there's also a light floral and light spicy hop aroma showing up in the background. This beer had a very good aroma, the hops seemed to add just enough complexity to it.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with some floral and spicy hops showing up a little and it leads right into the sourness which is on the high side and it has a slight vinegar aspect to it, but it still retains all the sweet tart candy aspects that it had in the aroma. Up next comes the fruits with the apricot showing up just for a second and it goes right into the sour cherrys which are really nice and more sour than cherry. On the finish the sourness lingers into the aftertaste along with some fruity and lightly hoppy flavors. This was a great tasting beer, the hops added just enough complexity to it.

M- Fairly smooth, a little acidic, a little crisp, not too dry, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer and I thought it was a very nice example of the style, I have had hardly any dry hopped sours, but to me this is what they should be all about, it's a sour beer first and once the sourness starts to fade just enough hops show up to remind that there is indeed some hops and this beer and I think it adds complexity to a style that can sometimes be to dominated by just sour and not much else. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little acidic, a little crisp, not too dry, not filling at all and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I think one glass is the perfect amount for me, I might be able to drink the whole bottle, but there's a good chance that the acidic aspect would start to wear on me. What I liked the most about this beer was how well the hoppy aspects worked with this beer, it's got some nice hop flavors and some really nice hop aromas with out adding bitterness which I think would really clash with the sour. What I liked the least about this beer was how acidic it was, I know that comes with the territory when it comes to sours, but if it was toned down just a little I think it would help the drinkability. I would for sure buy this beer again and I wouldn't mind seeing how it ages, but I'm not sure it would get any better since it's dry hopped. I would recommend this to any sour fans, it's for sure worth a try. All in all I was happy with this beer and I was little impressed with how well the hops worked with the sour, they used the hops in such a way were it accents the fruity sour flavors and it's far from dominating. So far this in now one of my favorite beers from New Belgium and in the lips of faith series, it's one of the better sours I've had and it's now the best dry hopped sour I've had. Great job guys this is one tasty beer and I really enjoyed drinking it, keep up all that hard work.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a bomber into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter.

A: Burnished gold and fairly clear - just some chill haze. Streams of carbonation bubbles running up the sides and a one-finger white head lingers for awhile.

S: Bright citrus and mango hops, musty farmhouse funk and lactic tart. A touch of lemony citric acid, Brettanomyces funk and cracker malts.

T: Big citrus - lemon and grapefruit - up front and lactic acid that's lightly tart. Brett musk and citrus flavors, citrus hop bitterness, and a malt bill that's just barely there. Some juicy pink grapefruit comes on at the end and lingers with hop bitterness and lactic tartness at the end - both of which are fairly mild but seems to fit well.

M: Medium to light body but not watery. Carbonation sensation on the low side but far from flat. Low alcohol presence.

O: A very nice beer. I could easily drink this all night - which, as much as I like sours, is something I couldn't say about most of the style. Quite good – a session sour.

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Photo of brentk56
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color; the head is not too much to write home about but it stll leaves a fair bit of lacing

Smell: Tart tangerine, with a floral range of tropical fruit (pineapple, grapefruit and mango); underneath, there is a distinct sourness as well as a hint of oak

Taste: Tart citrus from the outset, with the tangerine and tropical fruit flavors adding a sweet balance underneath; by mid-palate, the sour elements take over and dominate after the swallow; still, there is a lingering sweetness underneath as well as some vanilla from the oak, both of which add intriguing balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; puckering feel from the sour elements

Drinkability: Rather unique among sours, it makes you wonder why other brewers don't experiment with a west coast hop addition to their sour brews

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Little patches of lace around the glass on the drink down. Smells of spicy hops, apricot/peach, mango, and slight funk/must. Taste is of fermented peach/mango, vinegar, funk/must, with the spicy hop flavors coming through on the finish. There is a sour and spicy feel on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. A bit sticky in the mouth. Overall, this is a really awesome wild ale and one of the best Lips Of Faith beers. I only bought one because I wasn't too sure how a dry-hopped wild would pan out but I am going to stock up on these for sure.

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Photo of Tele
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (2014 vintage)
Consumed 3.15.15

A: 4.5 Very pretty beer. Pours a clear orange-gold with a one-inch light beige, lacy head.

S: 4.25 The aromas are just wonderful. Lots of bright, juicy, citrus balanced by slight funk and minerals. The hops are quite strong, but they offer more orange and grapefruit with a touch of pine, all of which compliment the funk and sour elements rather than dominating.

T: 4 Flavors match the aromas quite well. Big juicy citrus hits first followed by a rather high level of tartness. Very light bitterness follows with the mineral flavor that was on the nose. More orange lingers on the finish.

M: 4.25 Light and refreshing with an excellent, dry finish. A bit undercarbonated for my tastes.

O: 4.25 An excellent example of a dry-hopped sour. Neither the hops nor the sour flavors are too aggressive. All very balanced and refreshing with enough going on that keeps you interested.

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Photo of Jonada
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 release. 650ml bottle poured into a teku

Appearance: Pours a dark golden orange color with 2 fingers of an off white head with good retention and spotty lacing. Body is lightly hazy with light visible carbonation.

Smell: Peach, lemon, mango, green apple touch of damp wood.

Taste: Peach, tea, lemon, light earthiness, grapefruit, very slight toasted malt character. Medium sourness. Not much in the way of funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and medium/high carbonation.

Overall: Really good stuff. Hops play really well against the beer's sourness and provide lots of flavor and aroma while not really adding any bitterness. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of hman43
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours light golden with a bit of orange. The is a white head that doesn't have very good head retention.

Smell: It has an earthly aroma with wood mixed in. There are some mango aromas that complement the earth and wood. There is a subtle sourness around the nose as well.

Taste: It is moderately sour with mango and peaches complement by the wood and earthly elements. There are also oranges in the background notes.

Feel: It has a moderate feel. The beer causes a certain tart puckering to it that is pleasant and not overdone. The tart finish is rather long lasting.

Overall, this is a fruity sour ale with peaches and mango taking center stage with a complex combination of the wood and earthly elements into a pleasant sour/tart finish.

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Photo of Shawnadams330
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been lucky enough to sample this on a couple of occasions, the best being at FOBAB where I passed on drinking copious amounts of lesser beers like BA Darkness to consume about 3 pints of the wonderful Terroir. I usually don't review beers I drink on such occasions but this beer is so stellar as to mandate a review.

Appearance is a gorgeous hazed peach body under a thin white froth that reduces to lacing rapidly. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is a complicated citrus/cider vinegar with edges of green apple and grape skin. Hops dance lightly on the nose in the aroma's finish.

Taste: Like a trip to the fruit aisle of Vom Fass, this beer brings on a menagerie citric and apple vinegar flavors along with mild mustiness, wood, and grape skin.

Mouthfeel: Flawlessly sour with intense feel on the palate that does not translate into acid reflux in the esophagus or stomach. At times tart as well with impressive dryness and carbonation that does well to cut the acidity.

Drinkability: Exceptional. I have a high tolerance for acidic beverages and that certainly helps but I feel that Le Terroir is not particularly harsh despite its boldness. For me it makes for a refreshing and exciting imbibing experience.

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3.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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