Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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Le TerroirLe Terroir

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

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.

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Photo of jefferz5000
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to find this while visiting my folks near San Antonio.

Pours an ever so slightly hazy, near clear, apricot golden hue. Off white head that fizzles away to a ring around the edges of the glass.

Smells sour and funky with the hops adding a nice stone fruity aroma.

Taste mirrors the nose and adds a slight bitterness from the dry hopping. Funky and some sort of unripe stone fruit. Puckering and juicy. Flavors are nicely integrated.

Good fizzy carbonation tickles the tongue and has some nice body on it. It feels full and juicy in the mouth. Not overly drying either.

I could drink this for a while and the 7.5% is not noticeable in the slightest. Very happy I found some of this. A very well executed American Wild.

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Photo of hip2hops
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Bottle Date: 08-19-2014
Poured into a Heady Topper stemless goblet.
This amazing mystery liquid from New Belgium's Sour Forest
So many different aromas and flavors...it's an adventure.
It's so tart up front, not sure it's actually beer.
THEN, the payoff...a luxurious, lingering finish of malty sweetness.
A roller coaster ride of deliciousness.
This brew touches all the bases.
Batter up!

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Photo of ILMbrew
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Really awesome tartness in this. Not getting a ton of the hop bitterness in the finish due to the crazy awesome tartness but I do get a nice aromatic sweet hop smell in the nose. Really great beer.

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Photo of ColdBassHonkey
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Crisp, lightly acetic, and has a great fruity taste that hits you instantly. The hoppy flavor hits afterwards, which isn't overwhelming to the rest of the balance of this terroir. Not too sour, not too fruity, enough hops, perfect terroir.

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Photo of Catfish
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really didn't know what to expect from this one but WOW. Fucking delicious stuff right here.

Golden orange body with no shortage of lacing.

Aroma and taste mirror one another pretty closely. Pleasantly sour and loads of pear and peach flavors. I honestly can't believe that this wasn't pitched with fruit. Extremely aromatic and flavorful.


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Photo of Overlord
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I horribly underrated the cask version of this.

POurs a bright orange-y brown-ish gold. Smells like abundant fresh apricots, sour tang-y wood/oak, a bit of fresh citrus and grass, and a biting, lemon-y tartness.

Taste is excellent. The apricot and citrus and hops OH MY just spill all over themselves. It really gives you a palate work-out, as it manages the rare trick of being both woodsy/lemon-y sour AND citrus-y sour with some fruit sweetness at the same time.

Nice bubbly mouthfeel. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Orange gold, with quite a big frothy head for these New Belgium sour beers. Aromas of citus, citirc acid, oak, vanilla, fruit, and berry. Taste is funky and cidery, butmore fruity than the Foedre or the love. get lots of cherry, and maybe some grape. A bit of sunflower seedin the back their too, with a nice hint of leather pulling it together. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth medium. Drinkability remains high. Excellent.

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Photo of craytonic
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brown-ruby-amber pour, nice head and lacing

Smell: Very fruity, and also sour. I get berries, apricot, spicy oak. Pleasant floral hopiness that is quite unique.

Taste: Again, very fruity, but very sour and tart with a slight candy sweetness (beer actually reminds me of a sour berry candy). Very pleasant floral hoppiness to it without a touch of bitter. I get berries, apricot, plums, dates. Also some spicy oak and vanilla. The lack of funk keeps this one below 4.5 overall. Hops are not particularly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: A very soft beer surprisingly. Excellent creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable, the first glass disappeared. Lactic sourness slowed the second glass down a bit. Put some funk in it, put it in a bottle, and cork and cage it please!

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Photo of SebD
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of loads of citrus, mango, peaches, some lemon zest, barnyard funk, some earthiness and a touch of sweet caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a big sour /tart character upfront, citrus, lemon zest, some peaches (very tropical hops), definite barnyard funk and light caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Wow, IPA meets Sour executed perfectly. I would love to have access to this year round.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of scottfrie
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy apricot color with a couple of fingers of fuzzy light tan head that faded rather quickly into thin soft looking film.
S: Sweet and fruity notes of bright peaches, apricots and tangerine nectar. Floral and lightly bitter smelling as well. There are some underlying notes of dry yeast, slight funk, and a hint of tartness that reminds me this isn’t just a flowery ipa.
T: Musty, tart, and dry up front, with bright notes of stone fruits and citrus. Peach, apricot, and kumquats follow, with earthy and dirty flavors of barn floor flavored yeast, musty attic and spicy hops. The finish is has a kiss of tart acid and mango, and the aftertaste is juicy, dry and sweet with a lingering fruitiness.
M: Bright and frothy carbonation that bubbly up on my mouth, but it isn’t suffocating or harsh. Soft and drying mouthfeel, medium body with touch of grease to it. More funky than tart, and very easy to drink all-around. Very low acidity/vinegar.
O: I knew this beer was supposed to be really good, but I haven’t really ever been blow away by a NB LoF beer since La Folie. This beer was fantastic. The tart musty base worked very well with the tropical fruit hop addition. Amazing.

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Photo of OhioRay
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange appearance with a thin white head that dissipates to a small ring quickly.

S - Sour. Earthy funkiness - hay, dirt. Lightly citrusy hops in the background.

T - Awesome. Sharp sourness takes over, but then gives way to a complex brett character. Hay, sweat, vinegar, dirt. A lingering hop flavor from the amarillo dry hop. Just fabulous.

M - Medium light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

O - First beer I've had from the lips of faith series. Just an awesome brew. Really well made.

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Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased 8/2011, bottling date unknown.

A - Pours a clear burnt orange with one finger of white head. Head doesn't last long, but maintains a collar. Nice stream of carbonation rising from the center of the tulip.

S - Nice funky sourness in the aroma. Lemon and tart peach, and some lactic sourness. Despite holding this for awhile, I do get some hops aroma. Very nice aroma.

T - While the sourness is front and center, there is a very nice fruitiness here as well. Not a sweet fruitiness, but juicy tart peach, some faint bitterness.

M - Medium, crisp mouthfeel with a nice carbonation level. Some faint lingering funkiness.

O - Really enjoyable sour from New Belgium. The dry hopping adds a nice twist to this, and the peach notes are very tasty. Would love have this again.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. into a Duvel Tulip.

Pours a hazy bright yellow with a one finger dense head.

Nose is very fruity. Makes me think funky peaches. Love it.

Super tart taste. This thing is nearly Cantillon sour. Bright citrus fruits through and through.

Super dry, light medium bodied.

A fantastic American Wild at a decent price. New Belgium hit a home run with this one.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Bell's tulip. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a three finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. The hop character on this one really makes its presence known. Really adds a very nice additional character to the sour and tart backbone going on in this one. A definite must try without a doubt!

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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a vigorous pour I only achieve a inch of off white head. Body is a hazy murky honey tone.

Nose is very dry and funky at the same time. With hints of lemon zest and pixy sticks. Nicely previewing the sour feel to come.

Sour dry funk on the buds is where this beer shines. So crisp like a green apple but with nice dryness and almost a tannin like feel. Really makes the taste buds pucker in a good way. Fruit is not really a player here except for the citrus zest.

Mouthfeel continues to pucker up, and work for the nice sour feel. A really nice sour brew without the overly fruity feel.

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Photo of biking4beer
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Falling Rock

This beer is a hazy reddish orange. It almost looks like some sort of punch. Minimal bubbly head.

The first thing you smell is the sourness. Sour in a good way. Orange citrus, apple/apple cider. Floral hops.

Here is where the joy begins. You take a sip and BAM, your tongue is assaulted with goodness. Of course it's sour. Taste is similary to apple cider, but it's got a lot more going on here than just that like some subtle peaches. This one also had a slight woody taste to it. I've experienced that with a few beers at the Falling Rock, but I don't think it's their lines. It's not a bad feature in this beer.

This one is pretty thick in the mouth. The carbonation feels natural and complements the beer well. I was tempted to give this one a 5 on the drinkability. The flavor in this beer is amazing considering the low ABV, but I think the sour would wear on your stomach after a couple of pints. This is a must try if you ever see it. It's the dry hopped version of La Folie, and isn't drastically different.

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Photo of Phatz
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I owe the greatest debt of gratitude to phnphilly for the opportunity to try this AMAZING beer. Thank you for sharing this with me. You are a true friend. Thanks prAna for trading with him. Keep sending sour beer ;-) I hope he keeps sharing with me!!! We had the opportunity to do a side by side with Le Terroir and it's cousin La Folie Wood Aged Beer. These Flanders Reds are spectacular. This beer, Le Terroir, is the possible the most unique beer I have had to date. A true sour beer but then hopped. generously hopped. WOW!

Appearance: Pours a peachy golden hue. Jeff was concerned the carbonation may be low but it was perfect so your bottle fill did well friend.

Smell: What a terrific complex aroma. Like La Folie it is a dominantly sour beer but it also has another dimension entirely with the dry hopping involved. It has a sweet grapefruit, hop candy aroma with the sour backbone and a peach and apricot fruit juice and sour apple attribute.

Taste: Very smooth gorgeous sour flavor that has a fruity juicy center and yet deep sour roots, with a hoppy top coat and layers of over ripe sour fruits (cherries, peaches apples) and musky wood. Delicious! Complex! Indescribable!

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with sour pokes and prods on the cheeks. The sour and the hops working together is so remarkably unique that the mix of effects on the palate keeps it very lively and active. It has a tart pucker and a dry finish but overall it is a bit puzzling. I like that. Keeps you on your toes.

Drinkability: Side by side, as a fan of truly intensely sour beer I would have to say that La Folie was more intensely sour and therefore my first choice. I believe this one may be a bit more approachable for many people, though it is still an out of this world beer. WOW! I feel honored to have had the privileged.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Danimals_Beard
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color. Creamy head with slight lacing on the side of glass. Smells sour, similar to a lambic. Taste has an immediate tartness, reminds me of a cider a little bit. As the tartness faded there is a hop aftertaste that comes out and lingers. It's not over the top hoppy like some IPA's but just a light pleasant hop presence. Overall different from what I'm used to, but very refreshing in it's own way.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with 2 other people. Bottle says its 7.5% ABV. Poured into Tulip:

A - Pours a nice, rich golden color with a finger width head of white foam. Foam dies somewhat quickly into light foam ring around the edges with murky, cloudy foam in the middle. Lacing is decent, but kind of light.

S - Nice fuck, fruity aroma. Great lemon, lime and tart grapefruit zest. Other smells of orange peel and a bit of pineapple, green apple and some sort of cranberries. Pretty sour smelling.

T - Wow! A nice sour pucker! Its really tart at first but then the hops come in a bit in the end to slightly mellow out the brew. Up front flavors of funk, green apple, sour cherries, lemon, lime, and pineapple. The tartness lingers for a while. Tastes pretty refreshing.

M - Pretty well carbonated. The zest and funkiness really provide a tart and jaw clenching profile thats pretty nice. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

D - Really easy to drink. A nice sour, refreshing drink. I bought a few of these hoping to cellar them, but I curious how the dry hopping will be affected if I let it age...but damn fine brew and a treat to drink anytime.

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brouwers.

Pours a hazy orange gold, some straw yellow corners, medium sized white head forms, drops to a thin ring, some lace spots stick to the glass. Smell is real nice, tons of sour fruit, apricots, lemons, oranges, grapefruit, nice woody character, lightly buttery with a touch of vanilla, quite funky and acidic, real nice. Taste is similar, very fruity, lots of sourness, apricots, lemons, orange and tangerine, some wood, burnt toast, very acidic and funky, nice tart finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with low carbonation, some warmth going down, very dry finish. A great sour, definitely well done.

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Photo of bnes09
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apple juice colored ale. Finger of head with minimal retention.

Citrus, tropical, slightly tart aroma. Pleasantly hoppy and sour at the same time.

Begins with an assertive citrus and pine hop presence. Hint of honey an herbs mid drink. Finishes with a moderately acidic white grape and green apple flavor. Dry in the end.

Medium bodied. Well carbonation. Slightly sticky with a dry finish.

Many points for originality here. Exceptional flavor profile as well and very well balanced. It's kind of a cross between an IPA and a sour blond ale. I'm happy to say, its a good combo. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks gbontrag for a chance to try this.
A- Thin off white head that fades fast. Cloudy orange body.
S- Some tart fruits hit the nose first. Hint of alcohol, big sour notes to it. Sour apples really come through. Very complex smell and I know I am probably missing a lot.
T- Huge sour flavors slam on the tongue right off the bat. Pretty big tart fruit flavors also. Hint of alcohol makes it way through too. Can taste the hops slightly pushing their way through the big puckering sourness. The sour apples really come out in this too. Oak comes through too. As you get used to the sourness more flavors really start to show. There is a bitterness that is lingering on the tongue in the aftertaste. Very complex in the taste.
M- medium to full body with low carbonation.
D- It is strangely good. The first two sips I was kind of worried and wasn't sure I would like this at all. The more I drink of it the more welcoming it becomes. I think I just had to let me taste buds adjust to it. It is one of my first Flanders red (besides Monk's Cafe) and I think I could start to get more into this style. It is very strange how such an offensive beer at first can slowly bring you into it where you just don't want to set it down. Can't wait to try my La Folie.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a golden yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Plenty of sourness, fresh floral and citrus hops, leaves some vanilla and peach

T: I noticed a nice fresh hop presence, nice fruits, peaches and apricots, crisp, dry some tropical fruits at time, plenty of fresh hops

M: Nice body, tart, dry medium body.

D: Very good. Would def recommend and go for another one

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Photo of jjanega08
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A small stamp on the bottom of the painted "label" says 1/30/2011 which I assume is the bottled on date.

A= pours a tasty looking golden amber color with a small white head on it that falls fast to a soupy looking head on it. The lacing is spotty but present. Actually looks nice.

S= A complex mix of my two favorite things. Hops are present in a grassy sort of way. Actually compliments the sour notes quite well adding a sort of barnyard funky smell. Lemon covered grass is what comes to mind. There is a bit of a fruityness that comes along with the hops as well but not a major player.

T= The taste is very lactic sour. The hops again play a little supporting grassy role in it that sort of lifts the funk up. There is a bit of a fruityness coming from the hops as well. Lemony for sure and the finish is actually hoppy. Great brew!

M= Awesome carbonation and nice prickly mouthfeel. I would say it resembles an IPA in weight and cover with the zesty carbonation of a sour.

D= Awesome! This and the Eric's ale have been some of the best sours I've ever had. This is an excellent brew for sure. Worth seeking out and trying. I plan to buy a few more.

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Photo of daledeee
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I admit it, I bought this beer based on the reviews.

Pours a bright dark gold with medium head that can easily be revived.

Smell is vinegar, slightly funky and spicy.

Taste is not as "sour" as others. In my opinion, this is better. There is tart fruit such as green apple, hints of citrus and a malt background. Lemon is really present on the back of my tongue. This is quite a tart beer yet sweet.

Mouth feel is nice as it should be: lots of carbonated bite. This is really an easy beer to drink. Usually I am not as crazy about these, but I like this one.

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Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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