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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

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483
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Avg:
4.27
pDev:
20.61%
 
 
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Photo of Phelps
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into shaker pint at Flanny’s.

Le Terroir means “of the earth,” a reference to environmental conditions that affect the beer. It’s been dry-hopped with Amarillo, which is unique for a sour.

Slightly hazy apricot in color, with a half-finger, fuzzy head of off-white. The bubbles eventually lower themselves to a thick, lingering blanket, leaving some sticky, reaching arms of lace.

Intriguing nose — the dry-hopping really adds interest to this beer. I get sweet apricot and a bright earthy hoppiness that delivers notes of orange and pine. In the back is a moderate tartness and some subtle funk that reminds me of Thai food — sesame, perhaps? I dig it either way.

Earthy, woody, sour. First I get pine and bright orange peel from the hops. Moderate acerbic notes swoop in next, along with sweet apricot and lime. The hops combine with other flavors to give impression of lemon-lime soda. My buddy Ricky says it reminds him of tart gummy worms. The finish pops with flavor, the amount of sourness is perfect and it’s unlike any sour I've had.

Medium low, massaging carbonation inside a smooth medium body with a moderate amount of fizz. The acidic tartness slides off tongue slowly, deliciously.

I am all about this beer. The dry-hopping adds an earthiness that plays nicely of the funk of the yeast. A very drinkable, interesting sour.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle a schooner. Tiny date on the bottle says 11/30/11 - assume that's a best before!

A - slightly cloudy amber with a moderate head that dissipates with a spiderweb of lacing around the glass

S - super fragrant! Dried apricots, overripe fruits and a bit of spiciness

T - simultaneously sour and bitter; hint of apricot in the aftertaste. Definitely can taste some citrus-based hops initially but they resolve relatively quickly. The bulk of the flavor (lemony sour bitterness) resolves quickly, but the tart aftertaste remains stuck at the back of the throat

M - lightly carbonated and medium body; coats the tongue and mouth slightly

D - nice to have a glass, can't imagine a session

As with all of the Lips of Faith series this is an interesting and challenging offering (in a good way!)

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Photo of Beerswag
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apricot flesh coloerd body, white head diminishing fast, lacing is there and looks more sticky than fluffy. Taste is purkey sour, funky, brett and yeasty character, with the malt ever so apparent slight biscuity hint. Mouthfeel is nice puckering medium dryness. not getting any barrel character, straightforward profile which showcases great yeast and malt profile.not showing any abv. A must re-visit. Pair with salads, or desserts with some fruit character and medium-low spice level.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Currently #199 on the Top 250 list. I love La Folie, so expectations are high. Reviewed as a "Dry hopped sour ale." 2013 vintage. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with ornate label art and branded red pry-off cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. 7.5% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness. Okay creaminess. No real frothiness. I can get some lacing on the sides of the glass when I tilt it, but none sticks. Head retention is average - ~2 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper-orange. Quasitransparent; you can't read text through it but a close finger is visible. Nice glowing vibrance. It's got a warm hue.

Overall, it's within style conventions, and while not unique or special, is quite appealing. There are no obvious flaws here. Looking forward to trying it

Sm: Has a nice lactic sourness; I only find lactobacillus - no lambic yeast. Hints of controlled bacteria are evident; it's a better sourness than you'd find in most American sours, but it still has the clinical clean feel that betrays an absence of true spontaneous fermentation, so it doesn't quite compete with the good Belgian sours. Maybe some brettanomyces, but any funkiness is hardly present. I also pick up some gose-like saltiness. Vinegar. Straw, clean barley, pilsner malts, grassiness, tart lychee. Sour apple - especially as it warms. Pear. It's a bit saison-esque in its build (if you'll forgive the pretension inherent in that phrasing). I do get some light citrusy touches along with some floral notes - no doubt the dry-hopping coming to play; it's a nice effect. Hints of oak. A bit cidery. Musky.

Overall, it's an inviting aroma of moderate strength. I'm really looking forward to trying it. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Has a lovely streak of lactobacillus-induced lactic sourness along with more subtle hints of a controlled bacterial sourness. A bit of brettanomyces funk, I guess - but lacto is the dominant yeast. Some lemon peel, pear, sour orchard apple, salt, and pilsner malts. Lychee. Sour/mandarin oranges. Hints of citrusy zest and floral notes are imparted by the timid hops. Some lime surfaces as it warms. The oak/barrel notes are subtle, perhaps even reticent.

Luckily, I'm not finding the tropical fruit notes that other reviewers have noted; I'm very happy there's no pineapple here. It's not puckerworthy, per se, but it's got a good sourness to it. Lightly tart; I could use a bit more tartness. Some acetic notes would do it well as well. A bit of crystal malt.

Sweetness/sourness/bitterness balance is superb.

No alcohol comes through.

The dry-hopping works well here, but I think mostly because it's so timid. The hops complement but don't distract - sourness is still the star here.

It's a well balanced sour ale with plenty of complexity and subtlety. It's quite cohesive, and even flirts with a gestalt build but never quite gets there. The blending is well executed; it doesn't feel too young nor too old. Good depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

As it warms, some peach and apricot appear.

Mf: Crisp, lightly spritzy, nicely carbonated (if overly so), and refreshing. Has a good smoothness/coarseness balance, with enough coarseness to accentuate the many flavours but enough smoothness to maintain its light presence on the palate. Wet. Very approachable and pleasant. Fairly acidic. Complements the flavour profile quite well. Excellent thickness and body; brewed to style. A bit sticky.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, hot, harsh, boozy, or syrupy.

Dr: A highly drinkable sour ale that masks its ABV impressively well. I'm really glad I got the chance to try it, but it isn't clearly superior to La Folie as some have asserted. It's very fairly priced for the quality and may be one of the best American sours, but I can't say it's in the league of superior Belgian sours.

I'll have no trouble murdering this whole bottle myself, and I'm glad I was greedy with this one. I'll definitely snatch up any bottles I see in the future, but in all honesty I may prefer La Folie, and I do think that this beer's limited availability combined with nostalgia during periods in which it's unavailable is driving up the ratings.

Absolutely worth trying, and undoubtedly great, but not mind-blowing. I'd recommend this to friends and trade partners. It certainly deserves to be in the top 250, and I think that says it all. I'd be very curious to try this aged, or to try a different batch. I sure wish I had a few more bottles for my own stash.

Drank very well from Cantillon stemware.

Would pair well with salad.

Serve chilled.

Low A-

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2014: Papaya. Crackery malts. Oak ties it together. 4-5/10 sourness intensity.

B+

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Photo of L0ne
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 version. Recently appeared on shelves in the local grocery store.

Pours a beautiful, opaque orange that brings to mind fresh-squeezed apple juice, with a tiny, fizzy head.

Smell is mostly a funky, acidic tartness, with a background of bright fruitiness (citrus/tropical).

Taste is a burst of tart citrus that fades into just a hint of hoppy bitterness. The finish is short and dry. Faint, sour fruit lingers.

Feels crisp and refreshing. Extremely drinkable.

Overall a well done and enjoyable wild ale. I don't really seek out sours often, but am glad I grabbed this one. The hops and fruit notes add a fresh dimension that had me constantly reaching for the glass for another drink.

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Photo of FUNKPhD
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice honey color, not much of a head to, but didn't pour too aggressively. Definitely looks like a tasty beverage.

S - Not terribly aromatic, but has a bit of a sour hint to it.

T - Has a nice, sour/tart bite to it. Not too aggressive, has almost a raspberry flavor to it.

M - Very reminiscent to champagne as far as mouthfeel. A bit bubbly, a bit tart, more body.

O - I enjoyed this one, wasn't as sour as I was expecting, but overall was a good pick up. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange and amber hues with a slight beige head. Tart and earthy in smell. Not surprising considering that in French it means the land. The first taste hits the back of the jaw and clinches. If you can make it to the second sip you'll find the tartness mellows out into a flavorful yet complex gathering of a beer. An enjoyable beer that should, in my opinion, be consumed slowly, and drinkability is not applicable, because I would think you'd want only one or two at a sitting. A great beer. Unfortunately, only found at the source in FC. NBB.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden orange, slightly hazy, with a thin white head. Smells acetic and lactic, with some late creaminess. No funk at all, just tart and sour and cream. The taste is mostly similar, but with the addition of some earthy hops at the end. Pretty tasty, but honestly it would probably be at least as good if not better without the dry hopping. The spicy hops distract a little from the sour flavors. Not the most aggressive sour in the world, not the most complex, but it's a fairly easy entrance for the non-sour drinker into the world of sours.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow. A decent amount of white head foams up.

Aroma: Very acidic with a light funk profile. It has some peach and apricot flavors with some lemon and acidicness going on. Can't really taste the hops. It reminds me of a gueuze.

Taste: Again, this beer really reminds me of a gueuze. Funky, sour, and acidic. Peaches, green apples, and lemon citrus. Solid stuff.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a tad dry.

Overall, this was a solid brew from NG. Very drinkable and one of their better sours. I could definitely drink a lot of this.

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

Draft pour brings forth a hazy orange body with a white head.

Smells like a damn IPA. This is crazy. Sweet citrus fruit and pine.

Tastes tart and fruity with apricots, orange, and lemon.

Light-medium prickly body that finishes dry.

Nice sour with a big hop presence.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Naja’s. Pours hazy orange with no head and some lacing. Aroma is sour tropical fruits, vinegar, and a little funk. Taste is initially sour peach and mango, settling to a slightly spicy hop bitterness. Medium bodied, low to mid carbonation, dry, and a little sticky.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a medium orange hue, light amber. Big frothy white head with some ridiculous lacing. Smell is quite on the tart side with a nice citrus burst. Lemon zest, some orange peel, lemon candy. Nice and tart upfront, mild presence of oak. Still getting plenty of that lemon zest and lemon candy. The finish is very mild on the hops, and just a little piney. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and has a resinous character to it. The sweetness and tartness stick around for a while.

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Photo of kevanb
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, 2013 vintage, poured into a New Belgium Globe.

The beer pours a hazy straw color, hues of apricot and gold with a nice, fluffy white head that rises about 2 fingers high and has good retention while leaving a soapy network of lace behind. The aroma is very earthy, piney hop, tangy citrus, bretty funk, oaky wood and some light, fleshy ripe fruit at the back end. These expressions are more pronounced on the tongue, lots of fresh fruit, apricots, peaches with some light berry flavors, bretty funk, bright citrus, a little wildflower before oak, bitter hop spice, resinous pine and a little vinegar make for an earthy finish. The body is crisp, lively with good carbonation, a touch watery vs expectation, coats the mouth decently well with a dry finish.

Verdict: A very nice sour ale from New Belgium, one of my favorite's that they make. The hops are a great twist and really bring out the earthy and bretty qualities while not overshadowing the fruit and floral qualities. Cheers to New Belgium, I hope they continue to feature this in the Lips of Faith series.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly hazy golden color with a finger of white head that settles off quickly. Not much lacing, looks nicely carbonated.

Smell is a blend of vegetable hops (I don't remember amarillo smelling like this), musty basement. Cabbage like pungent hop smell is a bit off putting. Dry hopping isn't agreeable here for me in the smell.

Taste is a whole different story. A really nicely tart lemon, baryard puckering sour, meshing well with a slight hop bitterness. Don't get any of the vegetable hops in the flavor. Crisp and slightly puckering.

Mouthfeel is Average to light for a sour, with moderate to high carbonation. Mouthfeel is dialed in real well.

Really great sour I could drink all night. Slightly lower than perfect marks for slightly off putting smell.

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Photo of babaracas
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear medium orange, with creamy one finger thick white head, settles slowly to a thin ring and a mess of lace down the glass. Smell: sour peach, mango, green apple candy, lime; herbal, hay and acetic notes. Taste: lime segment, green apple, peach skin, tart white grape, woody and mildly herbal notes. Creamy, medium bodied. Hopping and tartness are well integrated, quite tasty. 2014.

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Photo of plfahey
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium gold in color, with a slight cast of haze. Moderate fluffy white head with decent retention.

Aroma-Well, it's interesting to say the least. The first aroma is an assault of American hops-Piney, citrusy (Lemon, grapefruit), Resiny, and a little catty. Underneath the hops are some tart, acidic aromas, which heighten the lemon and grapefruit character of the hops. It smells like a sour/west coast IPA blend. Very interesting.

Flavor-Once again, very interesting. An almost candy-like sweet lemon/grapefruit flavor is dominant here. Moderately tart. Other hop flavors are present as well-notes of pine, resin, and cat piss. Underlying musty earthy flavors as well. Some other fruit flavors come into play as well-peaches and apricots most notably. The acidic character manages to dry the beer out a bit, but it still finishes a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation. Slight acidic prickle on the tongue.

Pretty good, and definitely unique, but I'm not sure these specific hops did it for me. I think there's potential in a dry-hopped sour, but the catty hop tones were a little off-putting, especially in the flavor. On the whole, I liked it, and I'm definitely glad I tried it.

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Photo of bashiba
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice slightly hazy orange/golden.

The smell is pretty nice with a light citrusy hop profile with a mixture of slightly sweet and tart belgiany sour notes. Great nose.

The flavor is massive, a slight bready malt, very big slightly sweet and tart wild yeast flavors quickly take over with some nice light fruit notes. Very sour dominated, but in a nice way.

The mouthfeel has a nice medium thickness and light oilyness.

Very solid sour.

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in appropriate glassware, the beer is a clear golden in color with a light, wispy layer of carbonation on the surface

s: a subtle, cleanly grainy base sits under a strong wild presence, lots of sour-tart cherries, nice oak, musty fruits, some lemon rind, lots of funky-fruity complexity here, the hops come through really well - appropriate level for the style with a great citrus note

m: carbonation lively, on the high moderate range, with a light-medium body

t: clean pale grain body with overriding currents of tartness and funk, hugely sour, musty tart cherry, light oak, lemon peel, drying in the finish with sour crabapple, just a dash of juicy citrus hop, very nice stuff but unfortunately not quite as complex as the aroma profile

o: a quality wild ale no doubt, plenty of interesting funk and fruit while not sacrificing drinkability, the aroma is huge and really lifts my opinion of this one

draft at Falling Rock, Denver

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Allagash flute.

A - Kind of hazy dark yellow color with a nice sized white head

S - Sour gueuze like notes with a definite lemony presence. Definetly citrus notes presents mingling with a sour smell.

T - Really picking up on the citrusy hop presence at first before giving way to some sour lemony notes. A bit of funkiness mixed in there as well.

M - medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation

D - decently drinkable. I'm not sure that I really like how citrusy this beer is. I look forward to revisiting this sometime in the future when some of the hop presence has died down. That being said I don't mind drinking it now and might buy a few more to drink now and a few more to lay down.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle sipped intermittently prior to Super Bowl kick off, which takes fucking forever.

Pretty medium orange clouded pour. Tight, white, razor thin collar around the edges yields some spotted lace.

Loads of fresh sliced and lightly sugared mango on the nose. Lightly toasted maltiness lurks in the background. Inviting.

Big sour peach pucker from the word go. Sugared mango reaches in for a little who's your father as well. Toasted grains play peek-a-boo, but are quickly told to piss off by the tart lingering fruity finish.

Medium bodied, light carbonation, drying finish with a lingering sourness.

Overall, this isn't the most diverse beer but the peachy mango combination hits a happy place for me.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. 2014 version.

A - Translucent orange with ruby highlights. Small half finger head that moves to a thin lace.

S- Aromatic hops! Peach, apricot. No hint of sourness.

T - And there's the twist. Sourness on a slightly below medium level. It does stay consistent with the nose at first, until the slight sourness and vinegar take over. You also some get some blueberry underneath.

M- For a sharp and dry and finish, it is suprisingly low on the carbonation.

O - A good tasting sour, great aroma.

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Photo of marikoangel
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium bubble glass at Amsterdam Cafe.

A: It pours a slightly hazy caramel yellow with an inch of white loose head. Looks like a medium light body, with only a little spotty lacing sticking to the glass.

S: It has a wonderful fruity nose. Light lemon and grapefruit citrus, apples, dry tropical juices, light malts, with some of those wild yeast notes coming through.

T: I let this one open a bit. It has a great tart kick in it. There is a nice mix of fruits, ranging from lemon and grapefruit to touches of fresh apples. The lemon seems to come out more as it warms though. There is a nice acidity in this one.

M: There is a lower carbonation in here, with a medium light mouthfeel that thins out towards the finish.

O: It is overall a really nice well done wild sour. It's super drinkable. It's lighter than their La Folie, making it more of an everyday beer. I'm loving this one, and will be very sad when this keg kicks.

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Photo of jamescain
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a White Birch flute glass

Appearance: Pours an orange-golden color with a fluffy white head about 2 inches thick and slowly recedes into a thin lacing that clings to the side of the class.

Aroma: Notes of peaches, citrus, tropical fruit, all intertwine with a nice barnyard funk to create a unique smelling beer.

Taste: Fruity up front with a nice tart lingering sour finish, with flavors of sour apples, peaches and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Pretty acidic, not as acidic as La Folie, with high carbonation and a dry tart finish.

Overall: This was one of the funkier sours I’ve had to date. I enjoyed it and as I was told when I first traded for some sours, they are addicting, damn it he was right!

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Photo of Verecund
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011. Opened on April 11, 2011. This is my second time having this, though I didn't take notes the first time.

Pours a tangerine orange with a one finger head. Decent lacing.

This was one of my favorite parts of the beer the first time. On first smell, I get lots of floral and citrus hops. Tangerine, pineapple, and candied sugar. But after tasting the beer, I pick up a lot more sourness and tanginess.

Taste features a nice interplay of citrus fruits, sour, and sweet. Tons of mandarin orange, tangerine, pineapple, and a little bit of complementing lemon. The lactic (and acetic, though low, low amounts for NB) white apple acidity lingers on the tip of the tongue like sour skittles, while the back of the tongue experiences the tart and sweet apricot. Faintly woody / tannic finish.

Medium, medium light in body, with medium-high carbonation. Still, this has a lot going on for it in the way of acidity and tartness, with just the slightest tannic contrast on the finish.

I know that this beer has torn apart families, but I like it well enough. It's not the most complex sour you'll find in today's market, but it's imminently drinkable and it's just different enough to interest the palate. Plus, Amarillo hops are among my favorite.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange-gold body with a medium-sized, near white head. Tiny splattering of lace.

Smell: A pleasant, inviting aroma of tart, fresh tropical fruits, top-notch vinegars, and a thin vein of lactic acid.

Taste: Tart and acidic immediately from the get-go. Incredibly mild sweetness flashes past. Lightly lactic activity. Sips of citrus vinaigrette prepared with bitter oranges, lemons, and grapefruits (and even pineapple). Hints of berries and that sweet-n-sour sauce you get at Chinese restaurants, minus the whole gloopy sweetness. Drop of vanilla flavoring. Modestly earthy. Maybe a low level of bitterness, but, mainly, it's heavy on the throat-scalding tartness and acidity, until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Lightly carbonated, but yet with a noted crispness to it.

Overall: Tasty, tropical, refreshing, and a nice compliment to a warm Sunday afternoon. An interesting sour. I dug it.

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Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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