Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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95
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Le TerroirLe Terroir
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
Ratings:
2,392
Reviews:
498
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
483
Gots:
462
For Trade:
28
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Drank from a 1 pint, 6fl.oz bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms, Cambridge, MA
2016
Served in a tulip

The hazy, peachy amber liquid was topped by a finger-tall head of fizzy white froth that quickly fell to a lasting bubbly collar. Minimal streaky lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was amazingly complex. Terrific melding of big oaky and fruity notes. The dry hopping really came through strong. I definitely picked up some bright tropical fruits. Mango and passionfruit for sure. Some peach too. Moderately tart and Bretty. A dry, white wine-like quality was also noticeable. Overall, really interesting and unique for the style.

Like the nose, the flavor profile had a ton going on. Oaky barrel notes came through big time on the front end. The woodiness would give almost any Gueuze a run for its money. Tart Bretty notes kicked in next. Good dose of lemony tartness and wheatiness too. Fruity, dry hop notes appeared in the center. Loads of tropical fruit flavor. Passionfruit was most apparent. Touch of sweetness. Like the nose, very well balanced. More dry, oaky tannins and acidity on the back end and in the finish.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, frothy effervescence.

These days, I find that many of the highly praised, domestically produced wild ales are overwhelming sour and rather one dimensional. Le Terroir was amazingly well balanced and dangerously quaffable, yet also super interesting and complex. With its intense oak character and dry hop notes akin to something one might find in a top-tier New England-style IPA, this beer's various components melded together beautifully. The folks at New Belgium Brewery have restored my faith that American wild ales can still be fun to drink.

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Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,392 ratings.
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