Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
95
world-class
2,396 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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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:
2,396
Reviews:
500
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
484
Gots:
464
For Trade:
28
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of BigGingDrinker
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopkrid
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heytomcat
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of addiwilliams
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Single pint bomber poured into a tulip. A sparkling dark orange with two fingers of sudsy, rocky white foam. Aroma is initially innocent enough, some orange and lemon rinds, but blooms into some pretty serious sour funk with a fruity flair, full of sour mangoes, green apples, peaches, white grapes, limes, vinegar, lemon juice. A massive sour gummy candy bouquet with just a hint of barnyard. On the palate the hops seem to accent rather than dominate. Tons of sour fruit: Muscat grapes, lemon-lime, those sour tangerines that are full of seeds, and green mango, super acidic and corrosive, again with little true funk in the old style. Fiercely carbonated as well, like a sparkling wine. Getting more hops on the nose late, quite floral. A subtle sweetness like a pina colada lurks underneath. Body on the light side but not watery or thin per se. I'm still branching out into sour beer territory but this burgeoning fan deems this an "instant classic", at least if one is trying to capture the sour fruit stylings of Rodenbach or tannic white wines. Wonderful.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of TylerTremelling
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of haems
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cory-WC
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JpaperFort
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent sour wild ale with an ideal mouth feel

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Photo of babaracas
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
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 EastVanBeerNerd
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve been wanting to try a sour ale, and kinda bought this one on a limb.

L (4) – Pours a nice clear orange/copper color. Little bit of head on top.

S (4.25) – Smells really good. Get a citrus and hoppy aroma.

T (4) – They aren’t joking when they say “sour.” It’s very sour. I didn’t get a whole lot of the hop flavor, but I enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure at first, but I kept grabbing the glass for more.

F (4) – This beer is very carbonated, almost like a champagne. Maybe not quite that much, but a lot.

O (4) – Overall, I’m glad I got this beer. 22oz is a lot, and I’d have probably preferred it to have been a 12 oz bottle! I have no other sours to compare to, but I would drink this again.

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Photo of beernazi
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Michelle_VillageMarketSF
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sm00thHoperator
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Agentveba
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Teaguemonie
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of csustar001
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of FortBacon
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Surprisingly sweet but no aftertaste- very enjoyable

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Photo of johnscooper
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,396 ratings.
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