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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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 dsa7783
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a golden, effervescent hue with moderate frothing. Tart, funky aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of Damian
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint, 6fl.oz bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms, Cambridge, MA
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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Photo of Maestro0708
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours rust colored with a small white head, a very pretty beer.

Smell: Fruity, some orange rind, tangerine, cherry

Taste: Fruit and citrusy hops, nice tartness

Feel: higher in carbonation

Overall: This is a nice aged sour, lots of fruity flavors, citrusy hops, and sourness.

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Photo of DBosco
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy reddish orange with no head. Smells sour with citrus rind. Tastes sour with citrus and tropical hops. Mouthfeel has a sour bite along with crisp carbonation. Overall, an interesting sour, unusual because of its combination of an aged sour with fresh hop tropical tastes.

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Photo of Oplizotte
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great Sour. Pick up a 2016 drinking in february 2017. Pick up in Mass so it has traveled a long way from Colorado.
Look: Slightly cloudy light orange. Head disappears very fast.
Smell: Citrus, resin, a little oak, soft lactic acid.
Taste: Starting out a little sharp breaking into a smooth sweetness followed by a touch of bitterness. Citrus/tropical fruit come through
Feel: Mild carbonation supports the thin body. Very smooth

Overall: Awesome sour, giving the dregs to my sour !

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Photo of hman43
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours light golden with a bit of orange. The is a white head that doesn't have very good head retention.

Smell: It has an earthly aroma with wood mixed in. There are some mango aromas that complement the earth and wood. There is a subtle sourness around the nose as well.

Taste: It is moderately sour with mango and peaches complement by the wood and earthly elements. There are also oranges in the background notes.

Feel: It has a moderate feel. The beer causes a certain tart puckering to it that is pleasant and not overdone. The tart finish is rather long lasting.

Overall, this is a fruity sour ale with peaches and mango taking center stage with a complex combination of the wood and earthly elements into a pleasant sour/tart finish.

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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 garymuchow
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Red Rabbit.
Holy Smokes what a nice aroma. A nice soft fruity burst that doesn't necessarily foretell of tartness of the flavor. Fruit in both aroma and taste leaves the image in my mind of of soft yellow fruit such as peach and apricot. A good streak of tart in the taste leaving little room for any sweetness. A good enough softness on the carbonation. Really blended well with my mix of food. Couldn't stop putting my nose in the glass to take another whiff.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a bomber into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter.

A: Burnished gold and fairly clear - just some chill haze. Streams of carbonation bubbles running up the sides and a one-finger white head lingers for awhile.

S: Bright citrus and mango hops, musty farmhouse funk and lactic tart. A touch of lemony citric acid, Brettanomyces funk and cracker malts.

T: Big citrus - lemon and grapefruit - up front and lactic acid that's lightly tart. Brett musk and citrus flavors, citrus hop bitterness, and a malt bill that's just barely there. Some juicy pink grapefruit comes on at the end and lingers with hop bitterness and lactic tartness at the end - both of which are fairly mild but seems to fit well.

M: Medium to light body but not watery. Carbonation sensation on the low side but far from flat. Low alcohol presence.

O: A very nice beer. I could easily drink this all night - which, as much as I like sours, is something I couldn't say about most of the style. Quite good – a session sour.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/26/2016 at Pizza J’s in Providence, RI, served in a flute glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild yeast, esters, light caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a big burst of sourness from flavors of wild yeast and citrus. Then a good hops presence for the style comes in. The malt character is a little thin but provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good variation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5


Bottle to mug, sample complements of JPK.

Hazy. Dark yellow. Medium white head.
Woody, sour, very dry.

Interesting brew. A lot of flavor.


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Photo of jfitzbrew
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy peach color with minimal white head. Great aroma of sweet fruit with a bit of vinegar coming through. Some nice hoppy citrus notes as well. Quite sour and balanced with everything else that is going on. Really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy golden color, touches or orange present as well,

S: immediate hoppy bite in the nose with a certain apple cider vinegar sharpness that is quite pleasant, very aromatic

T: bracingly, refreshingly sour, suggestion of pineapple, and a piney note as well, very tart and funky, funky in a cheesy way that a lot of american sours lack (not overly cheesy, just with that kind of funk) that i find pleasant

M: dry but also a bit sticky

O: much better than I remembered, really quite a delicious beer, as easy as this is to get you really have no excuse not to give it a try, this is a very tasty and immensely enjoyable beer, and is on par with some of the belgian sours which is really saying something

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Photo of rickrem
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft. Peachy orange color and opaque. Very little head, fairly white and almost no lacing.

Get bitterness of orange rind and not quite ripe peach. Getting more tartness and a bit of sour under the back of the tongue and back sides of the cheeks.
Picking up just slight hints of a wood.
Light carbonation.

Overall fairly light, easy drinker.
Short finish but solid.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden amber with almost no head. Smells great with orange, peach, and sour underneath. The taste follows the smell with great fruit flavors and some oak. The sour comes through stronger than on the nose, but very well balanced. This is an easy to drink beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2016.

Peach apricot and a bit of dull orange color, with an opaque body appearance. Head creation is a faint tan, slightly banana yellow at two fingers tall but settles to a crowned bowled top.

Very nice unique nose. Sweet hints of malt and cedar like and wood shavings. Fruited apricot and peach esters roll off real large and nicely. Balanced with excellent sweetness and fruit character, with aromas that come off like a summer cocktail. Real nice.

Peach and lightly tart tasting palate on first impression. Soda like body a bit but with some decent malt depth and flavors. Spritzy mix of fruited peach and apricot fuzz, with an almost bubbly champagne fizz and mouthplay. Big juiced character with hints of cedar like sweet wood as well.

Very nice tasting wild, and very unique and memorable.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours a hazy orange with a full finger of foam with decent lacing
S - Mashed fruit and oak
T - Explosively delicious. Reminds me of Tool's excellent Sur Amarillo. Sour awesomeness.
F - Typical of the style
O - Glad I tried this and will pick it up again. This is an outstanding representation of the newly hip sour ales.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the prototypical sour beer. The pour is a hazy orange hue with a slight head. A smell of fruit is followed by a smoked undertone. The taste is heavily sour, with strong citra presence, as well as hops and hints of the wood-barrel the beer was stored in. Overall a delicious sour.

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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 Mateo2699
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
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 GreesyFizeek
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a light amber color, clear, not hazy at all, with a small head, a smidgen of lacing.

Smells like bright tart lemon, orange zest, piney hops, and sour candy.

This is one of the original hoppy sours. It's a style that's kind of gotten bigger lately from certain breweries, so it's nice to try one of the OG's. It's only mildly sour, with some tart lemon candy and mild lactic tastes going on, with a nice piney and slightly resinous bitterness on the finish. It's not quite as bold tasting as I would have expected, but it's still very tasty, and super drinkable.

This has a very crisp mouthfeel, and the sourness does not linger on the palate for very long. There's a normal level of carbonation for the style.

This is a pretty tasty, but not amazing beer. I would definitely get it again, though.

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Photo of Jason
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz brown bomber, sample sent from the brewery.

Bright amber hue, nearly perfectly clear. Lacing sticks around. Hop resin on sour beer and grapefruit rind in the nose. Lots of tartness, lemony with a layer of hop resin on the palate. It works, but this is pretty much it ... a tart beer with some hop resin. Easy drinking but not a whole lot of depth. Cleans up nice in the finish.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle. Hazy orange pour with quickly reducing head. Beautiful nose of peach, lemon, honey, vanilla, flower, herbs and vinegar. The taste is surprisingly sweet. Fruit flavors from yeast and hops are forward but nicely balanced by the sour (with some acetic acid). Notes of peach, granny-smith apple, orange, lemon, oak and herbs with a floral/pine hop overtone. The oak tannins dry out the finish nicely. Mouthfeel is excellent - the full, soft carbonation, medium-light mouthfeel, sweet-sour combination and dry finish makes this an easy drinking beer (notched slightly for presence of acetic acid). Overall, an excellent beer and highly recommended. Interesting flavors, well balanced and easy drinking.

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