Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

Le TerroirLe Terroir
BA SCORE
94.3%
Liked This Beer
4.29 w/ 2,407 ratings
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
Ranking:
#577
Reviews:
502
Ratings:
2,407
Liked:
2,269
Avg:
4.29/5
pDev:
9.32%
Alströms:
3.71
 
 
Wants:
481
Gots:
467
Trade:
27
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Photo of billydrinksbeer
4.98/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of sjrider
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beer_guy_nc
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csmrx7
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of riderwbd
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERdedCharmer
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

22oz bottle into a chalice. 2016 Vintage

somewhat hazy apricot colored body, which clears as the drink progresses. 3/4" thick creamy/foamy head leaving decent enough lacing initially, before dissipating about 1/3 of the way through.

aromas a subtle, faint fruit, very faint spice, somewhat saisony.

Sour is the main taste, but not mouthpuckeringly so. faintly vinegary and tart. Was dry-hopped, but this aspect seems to have faded away. not getting any woodiness from the 2 year aging. However, this beer stands on it's own merits as a good tasting sour ale.

Closer to full than medium on the mouth, sour on the finish.

Overall, an enjoyable beer on a warm humid evening.

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Photo of Blazer22
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Squire123
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden appearance with quickly disappearing cap.

Scent of apricots and a citrus tartness over mild sweet malt.

Taste starts tart then gets tarter. My palate had to adjust before I could get past the tartness to find other things. Unsuccessfully I might add. Malt is still present in the scent but is just overwhelmed by the sour tartness as to remain hidden. Oddly enough the tart flavor is pleasant and rewarding in it's own right but it is dominant.

Texture is light medium with balancing carbonation.

Overall it's a well made, interesting brew that pulls no punches.

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Photo of Gene-Colorado
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Never had one before. Tasted better than it smelled. Pretty impressive for a big boy like NB to drop a beer like this. Hits the marks. Pretty good. Woody, tangy, well represented.

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Photo of Aglassplease
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious bold flavor just the right level of sour for my taste

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of caahare
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Masonz223
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: this is big stone fruit pear apricot peaches sweet apples blackberry sweet malt a hint of tartness

Taste: tons of stone upfront peach pear apricot middle of the mouth more fruit apple blackberries some malt sweetness the beer finishes with a little bit of vinager and lemon tartness

Feel: medium body really nice carbonation. Moderately dry finish.

Overall: really fruity with a hint of tartness a really good beer espically for how readily available it is.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 bomber " of the earth"

A clear golden hued amber color. Very lively appearance for a beer aged two years. Thanks wild yeast! A nice white tower of foam coverage remains high. It takes a bit of time to spread out and practically dissapear, but leaving some pretty sticky lace behind. The second pour makes the liquid nearly opaque and very hazy. Big floatie, yeastie bits swirl around, And I mean, big bits....large floaties.

The aroma is very unique and delightful. Sour , tart and tangy smelling yeast, abundent fruity and earthy hop tones and an extra earthy-funk that is peppery, herbal and kinda spicy. Very strong nose!!

This is the most SOUR dominant flavor I've had since my first Supplication (Russian River). The wild yeast is super sour and tart!! A woody tasting malt from the foeders. Big earth and wild fruity notes from the Amarillo hops, peach and mango, starfruit and lemmons come to mind....obviously this is a very complex creation.

The feel is crisp and sharp to start, light to medium bodied that rolls off the palate in a very dry way. The tangy bite is pretty sharp with an intense dryness that is rather excellent.

The three major aspects to the extreme flavor profile are the big, sour wild yeast, Amarillo fruity and earthy punch of the dry hopping and the wooden cask aging flavor's that are subtle but provide just another level of complexity. Together, these aspects make for a very balanced and harmonious concoction. Bonus points fir making such a radical beer so damn easy to drink!!

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Photo of cmcquirk
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ben1313
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Earthy, spicy, hoppy, tart. First thing comes to mind after enjoying this bottle - this is the most hopped up sour I've ever had. The piney, spicy, grassy and lemony-citrus notes absolutely explode out of this bottle. Pours a fizzy, amber hue with a moderate light head that disappears into the fizz. You already know I thought the aroma was all hops up front; lemon, green apple and cedar on the back-end. Taste is piney, grassy, spicy, fresh cut/slightly acidic citrus, green apple, sour lemon and cedar. I specifically say cedar because of the spiciness in my mouth, although that could be from the hops. Either way - there's some spiciness to the body. Very tart, very crisp and very dry. Heavy-handed on both the hops and sourness makes this beer stand out and will ultimately determine how you feel about it.

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Photo of Kurzman
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 94.3% out of 100 with 2,407 ratings
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