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
Reviews:
493
Ratings:
2,382
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
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482
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459
For Trade:
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Photo of jrallen34
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle drank from my Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip... Pours a darkish hazy gold. A nice bright tan head, good cap and lacing... A very interesting aroma that is very sour and musky with some grapes, very vinous but has some very unique accents of hops on the finish. The hops aren't bitter, floral and dusty with a touch of sweetness... The taste is really vinous as well, reminds me of dry hopped pinot grigio. Not a huge fan of the finish, too much hops, I don't like the hop/sour combo. Sour hop juice. The more I drink the hops start to fade and it becomes even more juice like, not as sour as I would like.

This is interesting and tastes good enough to totally crush. I'd have again.

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Photo of TheName
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a nice tulipy glass at Collins Pub.

A very pretty burnt orange color with a hazy depth and thin head that disappeared almost before the glass touched the table. Quick whiff brought cidery, vinegary notes with maybe a bit of sour cherry—very sour smelling but a whole bunch of fruitiness that I can't put a finger on. Very enticing. Initial taste was big, puckering apple and grape sourness that faded nicely into a dry, citrus sourness before disappearing almost entirely. After the big, tasty sour hit at the beginning of every sip, happily fruity flavors layered in more and more and, by the bottom of the glass, I'd lost track of all the sour fruits I'd found.

The beer has got a lighter than air, medium body to it; smooth carbonation let the sourness do the bite before it all went away leaving only a little prickeriness on the inside of the cheeks. The lighter body and lack of any syrupy residue in your mouth makes this an amazingly drinkable beer. I had two and a newer beer drinker easily downed three or four.

Overall a wonderful beer that I'll go out of my way to track down again.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color with a thin bubbly head.

The smell is tart and vinegar up front with a grassy hop note and a little oak.

Taste is tart up front, but not overly puckering. Hops comes through as well, interesting. Some oaky notes with dry leatherness.

Mouthfeel is dry with medium carbonation.

Overall a great beer, possibly the best American Wild Ale when considering price ($8.89 for 22 oz)

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Photo of bsp77
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, now this is a Sour. Aroma is of extreme overripe fruit at first from the mix of souring and dry hopping, but then it settles to a more expected aroma of tart lemon and oak. Extremely tart flavor, with a focus on lemon, oak and light tropical flourishes. Effervescent body with a very dry and tart finish. Okay, I think I have said sour and tart enough.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to beerwolf77 for tracking this one down for me! I still cannot believe this did not come to my area.

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color that produced a nice frothy yellow to white colored head with great retention. Some lace.

(S)- A nice dry, almost earthy citrus (peach & orange) profile. Some tart/sour characters in the background. Some floral aspects and a subtle band-aid like brett on the finish.

(T)- A really nice combination of acidic sour citric fruits (peach, lemon, orange) with a dry lightly earthy funk. Finishes with a fairly assertive sour acidity.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Nicely sour with a good fruit profile. The acidity is assertive but oh so welcomed in my opinion.

(D)- A solid to great wild ale. A great acidity, while not being over-the-top in your face sour. A good fruit profile too. An easy drinker as well; great for how nice it is becoming outside!

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Photo of justinp444
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip it has a orange mango hazy body with a 3/4 in thick foamy white head (good lacing bad retention). Smell of earth, green apple, grass, citrus, apricots, nectarine, orange, maybe a bit of pineapple, tiny bit of funk, tiny bit of hay, and some lighter biscuit malt. Taste is sour, tart, funk, grass, pineapple, peach, green apple sour, apricot, nectarine, tiny bit of earth malt flavor. It has a light to moderate mouth feel and body with just a light amount of carbonation. A big sweet and sour beer with a good amount of fruity hop flavor to keep you occupied.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a slightly hazy copper orange color with a soapy white head. Very scattered lacing and thin retention. The smell of the beer is earthy, slightly tart, some cherry notes and oak. The taste of the beer is very tart, far more sour than all the other "sour" ales that New Belgium makes. There is more cherry in the flavor with some vinegar. The mouthfeel is pretty good, drinkable and light bodied nice carbonation. Overall this beer is good, the hops have faded but the sour notes are what seem to me as their peak. Really nice beer.

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Photo of Jonada
4.26/5  rDev 0%
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 stevoj
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love this. Not normally a sour guy, but this one hits all the right marks. Beautiful pour, hazy orange with a thin film of a head that coats the glass. Fruity aroma (apricots and peaches), taste is full on tart. Dry and tingle finish

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown to dull copper penny in color with moderate clarity. A minuscule layer of thin white head partially covers the top of the beer. Aroma is a complicated mixture of tart Brett and earthy citrus like hops. The taste is initially very tart and yet quickly the citrus like hops follow and help keep the tartness in check. The fade is an interesting tango of the ultra sour Brett notes and more fresh citrus hops. The mouth is dry and earthy. This a very refreshing roller coaster ride for your palate. Not for the meek tongued!

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Photo of dbossman
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden hue with a bit of an orange tint; wonderful foamy, thick head; lacing is decent

S: Such an interesting, funky aroma: granny smith apples, cider, vinegar, as well as citrus like lemon and orange; also something funky like from an herb garden that I can't quite put my finger on

T: Great fruity sourness up front: lemons and apples for sure with a subtle citrus, herbal hoppiness on the back end--really nice balance of sour and hops actually

F: Beer is light/medium body with enough texture to stick to the roof of the mouth

O: Such a nice, complex sour with a bit of a hoppy kick; one of my 3 favorites from New Belgium--nice stuff!

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Distillery Bar in Savannah, GA. The appearance is a yellow to orange color with a small white head. The aroma is a great blend of hops and fruit. The taste is hops with some fruit and is very sour.

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Photo of Ahab2014
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Great beer, thought last years was not as hoppy though but had a bigger sour kick than this years, I dont know if it is just me or not. One of my favorites from New Belgium.

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Not a big fan of sours, but this beer has so much going on, it's hard not to be impressed. Along with the expected sour component, there's some nice vanilla, grapes, and wine (cabernet is what I thought I picked up). Can't imagine drinking a full pint or tulip of this, but in a small, 4 ounce taster glass, this was very nice. Impressive.

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Photo of Bennettrox
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first introduction to sours at time, so take that into consideration.

A - Pours a honeycomb yellow haze with a one finger white head.

S - Sour fruits, a little bit of apple, and orange. Smells a bit like apple cider.

T - Pungent and tart fruits. Good bit of apples and orange. Makes your lips pucker.

M - Despite the sourness, this went down really well. Carbonation was right on and I finished this 22oz quicker than anticipated.

O - Great introduction to the sours. Looking forward to trying more and getting more attuned with this great beer style.

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Photo of Phocion
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured (partially, obviously) into a Lindemans flute, since it's one of my more neglected pieces of glassware. Sparkling and clear golden body with a finger and a half of frothy white head. Very bubbly, looks almost like a champagne.

Aroma is filled with sour apple, along with any sort of tropical or citrus fruit you can name (peach, mango, apricot, cherry, pineapple, lemon, etc.). A bit acidic and just a hint of grassy hops.

Flavor is sour, but mellow. Definitely sour apple followed by an entire fruit buffet. Not sure if the citrus taste is coming from the hops or not, but it's definitely there as well. (Edit: Just read the bottle, and it says it's brewed with amarillo, so that's probably the case).

Very crisp and well-carbonated with a medium/light body.

Overall, this isn't really what I'd expect when drinking a sour; sort of reminds me of a combination of a not-too-sour cider and champagne. Not the best sour I've had, but easily the most easily drinkable...a bad combination when it's sitting at 7.5%.

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Photo of Dope
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 batch.

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a good sized and frothy light tan head. Head fizzes out somewhat quickly but with an almost completely solid wall of lacing. Decent retention.

S: Interesting. Sour citrus, orange peel and grapefruit? Hoppy, fruity and tart at the same. Very nice and crisp and refreshing.

T: Huh, hoppy grapefruit up front. Tart citrus follows, mostly a combination of grapefruit and oranges. Quite sour and a kick from the bitterness at the same time in the finish. Lingering bitter oranges and grapefruits.

M: Medium bodied, sharp and crisp.

O: Interesting sour, never had a hopped sour before. The hoppiness enhances the fruitiness and gives it an edge that's really nice. Overall a very crisp and drinkable sour.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Lips of Faith Le Terroir
Poured into a tulip glass from a bomber.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange color with some slight copper notes and a .25 inch dense had that recedes rather quickly. The head is white in leaves a thin film and ring around the glass. (4.0)

S - Hops, citrus notes and some slight funk are present in the nose. Mild fruit sweetness. There is some tartness in the nose as well mixed in with some nice grassy and citrus hop notes. Some peach and some nice tropical notes form the hops are present. (4.0)

T & M - Starts off with sharp tartness and some nice funk that is balanced off by some grassy character from the hops. Light and refreshing tartness is present with some slight vinegar hints and some nice malty grain notes. The malt is nice and bready. Fruit sweetness can also be perceived with some nice tropical notes. Peaches, some apple juice and white grape are perceived as well. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with an extremely nice dry and clean finish. (4.5)(4.5)

O - Great pick up. This is a nice wild ale example and well done with the hops. A true American wild ale at that. (4.0)

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Le Terroir pours a golden color with a small swirling head. There is a big aroma, big grapefruit notes with hints of peach and hops. The taste is very sour, nice grapefruit flavors, hints of peach. Nice body nice feel. Overall its a big sour fruity beer.

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Photo of drowninginhops
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Standard pint glass.

A: Hazy orange-copper color complete with a one-finger off-white head.

S: Citrus aromas and tropical fruit hops.

T: Tastes very similar to how it smells. But the tropical smell is now the refreshing taste of mango. Slightly tart

M: Very good.

D: Want more, please.

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Photo of Guas11
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Extremely enjoyable sour/wild ale that I've had the pleasure of having on draft 3 occasions in 3 different locations. Aroma is a bit deceiving in that I picked up a nice dose of hop and fruit but the flavor that followed was more dank and earthy. Very dry finish with a bit of tannic bitterness lingering. Very good beer and would happily enjoy anytime....salute.

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Photo of drizzam
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The body is a hazy orange in color, topped by a very nice three finger off white head. Head retention is beautiful and leaves a gorgeous sticky lacing down the inside of my Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

S - This is a funky sour smelling number! Vinegar with a sort of lactic, yet earthy smell. I'm intrigued by this brew so far!

T & M - Big vinegar up front with a bunch of fruitiness complementing flavors. Grapefruit, orange rind, lemon zest...nice complexity between the sour vinegar and the sweet fruit that seems to appear halfway through and continues until after the swallow. A bit of funky acidic aftertaste let's you know just how wild this ale is. Medium bodied and smooth.

D - I'm on a sour beer kick and I'm not at all disappointed in this one. This probably isn't a brew for everybody, but if you enjoy something a little differentr every now and again you'll probably appreciate this one. I know I did.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Cloudy but electric bright yellow with a thin white cap. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

A sweet and juicy aroma dominated by the smell of fresh apricots. There's an underlying yet strong aroma of biting sour tartness along with a touch of wood, earth, and more bright citrus: orange, lemon, ?and lime?

More sweet apricot flavor along with a bit of tart and stinging lemon and some earth and grass. The sourness is not overwhelming or dominant but certainly present.

Light to medium bodied.

A delicious and highly drinkable apricot sour. I would love to have a keg of this at home.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml 2013 bomber poured into tulip 15/6/14 big cheers towards Rutager for sending the bottle

A slight haze in a light orange body, fine sediment being moved around by bubbles of all sizes, three fingers of loose noisy foam falls quickly leaving no lace

S more hops then I expected one can only imagine what a fresh bottles like, canned peaches, lychee, mango, over ripe pineapple, tangerine and lemon, some funk, soft caramel and wet wood round things out, interesting nose smells massive

T not quite the levels of fruit found on the nose but that still leaves a fair bit, some orange peel, sweet and sour work well together, just a little funk, I'm loving the taste but the nose had a little more intensity

M medium bodied with soft carbonation, slightly tart, lots of lemon on the finish

O not sure what I was expecting but this works for me, surprised by the amount of hops in this brew still clear as day

I'd love to try some older bottles to see what happens to it, the funks pretty mellow at this point but plenty of hops works well for this guy

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Photo of joe1510
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$9.99
Liquor World - Kankakee, IL

2013 Bottling

A soft pour produces a dusty white head with impressive silkiness. The head easily rises to a finger and head and even after settling never recedes below a thick cap. Carbonation seems to rush to the foam from every conceivable surface of glass through the russet orange body. Impressive sheet lacing sticks around after each drink.

The dry hopping consists of an abundance of candied citrus and soft tropical fruitiness. The candied citrus when combined with the sharp tartness reminds me vaguely of Sweet Tarts. Minerality in the form of wet stones and a vinous white grape like tartness. Soft but spicy oak and a semi-sharp white vinegar make up the remainder. The dry hopping qualities when combined with the overall base tartness and depth make for a mouthwatering aroma.

The flavor profile steps stride for stride with the nose. Snappy tartness, again vinous, washes over the tongue upfront. The minerality is still present but more subdued while the semi-sharp white vinegar takes over mid palate with soft but spicy oak. The finish is a sweet citrusy and tart sour just like Sweet Tarts again. The balance on the finish is nice. While there's a good amount of vinegar sharpness there's enough sweetness to somewhat balance.

A surprisingly light body body and aggressive carbonation make for a quick moving drink. The tartness hits at the sides of the tongue and takes hold on the dry finish making the salivary glands kick into high gear. This beer is tart, quenching, and incredibly easy drinking.

Le Terroir has been a favorite of mine for many moons now. The bottle doesn't stand up to draft but it's in no way shabby. A bracing vinegar tartness, fruity dry hopping, minerality, and an insatiable drinkability make for a highly enjoyable libation.

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Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,382 ratings.
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