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 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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Photo of jimfakler
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A cloudy orange color that surprised me because I don't normally like that presentation. It just looked dense, more like orange juice. peaches and acid hit my nose right from the start... not too much and not too little. The taste was like a tart peach that was good, but not overly ripe. Really no sweetness, which I liked a lot. The feel was lighter and thin. I've never had this style of beer before. Definitely worth having another go at more of these.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pretty and glowing yellow, tons of haze, pour yields a full 5/6" of white head with superior retention. Aroma hit those lemony, almost gueuze like American oak notes, but is also relatively hoppy for style. I'm already thinking the American, cleaner version of Cantillon Iris on this one.

More citrus, wood and sourness in the taste. Solid 6.5 on the 1-10 sour scale I'd say. Almost a white wine like citrus impact from the barrel notes. Price of these keeps going up, but even at $15 its still a very good deal off the shelf.

Easily the best in the lips of faith lineup.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at a tasting. Hazy orange pour with a thin white head. Smells of brett and citrus hops. The taste is sour, with notes of vinegar and brett. Dry and sour aftertaste.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is lemony and yeasty. Taste starts sour up-front, dry and lemony with some hops in the background. Light body with high effervescence, very dry. Quite nice, sour, dry but also hoppy in the background.

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Photo of BigGold
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had Le Terroir (2015) poured from 22-oz. bomber into tulip. One of the more complex beverages I've ever had. This dry-hopped sour trend is growing on me.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pleasantly tart with a surprisingly large peach flavour courtesy of the dry-hopping. Lemon is there strongly as well. Without the dry-hopping, I think this would be a pretty average sour. With the dry-hopping, it is quite tasty. Still, not as good as the ratings suggest, in my opinion. I would happily drink it again but I wouldn't hunt it out.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12/27...Lips of Faith series. Pours a matted copper with a tick white foam head and lacing. Light citrus nose, malted. Very modest. Full sour ale flavors, soft and chewy. The dry hopping is evident in the finish and the aftertaste. Worthy of recognition.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Slightly hazy Yellow with a white head.

S: Tangy in your nose right away with a slight smell of almost raspberry and mango. With a fair amount of almost a citrusness to it.

T: Tart right away, after the first sip though you begin to realize how complex this beer is. Oranges, Mango, Strawberry, Lots of exotic fruits but all of them with a slightly unripe taste to them.

F: A full body feel with a nice amount of carbonation.

O: this was the 2015 version of the bottle, will be super excited to try next years version as well!

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into Sam Adams pint glass. 2015 bottle.

Pours a lovely hazy gold with two puffy fingers of eggshell head that leaves solar surface activity lace as it recedes.

Smells tart and fruity. Citrus zest, stone fruit, dry white wine, wet soil and soft oak.

Tastes of hard lemon candy, sour apple, juicy peach, more white wine and gentle funky wood.

Feels creamy and frothy. Medium-light with fluffy carbonation. Finishes dry and clean.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. If you don't like sours, this would instantly convert you.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The one flavor that keeps coming to mind, aside from the sour tart wild ale stuff, is lychee. If you don't know what lychee tastes like, white grape juice is a close comparison. There are dry, brut champagne parallels going on. I haven't had very many wild ales, but I've liked what I've had and this strikes me as a good one. I can't easily get New Belgium beers where I live; currently visiting Florida. I look forward to soaking up some more of what I can't normally get. I would definitely get this again and give warm recommendations.

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Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,389 ratings.
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