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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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
Reviews:
474
Ratings:
2,289
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
Wants:
481
Gots:
435
For Trade:
31
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Little patches of lace around the glass on the drink down. Smells of spicy hops, apricot/peach, mango, and slight funk/must. Taste is of fermented peach/mango, vinegar, funk/must, with the spicy hop flavors coming through on the finish. There is a sour and spicy feel on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. A bit sticky in the mouth. Overall, this is a really awesome wild ale and one of the best Lips Of Faith beers. I only bought one because I wasn't too sure how a dry-hopped wild would pan out but I am going to stock up on these for sure.

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Photo of botham
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on tap at Sheffield's for the pre-FoBAB party. pours apricot orange with two fingers of white head. good retention and no lacings. light laze.

aroma is of wet hay funk up front with a lightly fruity character and a light sweet/sour note in the background. quite alive in the nose.

taste is of tart and sour acidity with a bit of farmhouse funk alongside the same subtle fruit from the aroma. finishes curiously tart and with a light funk that lasts after the fact. very well done with a solid tart/funk character. the acidity is vinegar-esque and mildly biting.

mouthfeel is tart and acidic on the palate with a lasting tartness that gives way to a dry mouthfeel after the fact.

drinkability is excellent. vinous, acidic, and funky; just what a good sour should be. the funk is assertive in the nose, but receeds to the background on the palate. very drinkable and solid brew from New Belgium. cheers!

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I LOVED the Le Terrior (is a "the" in-front of "le" redundant?).

I didn't think it was too sour, but rather, well-balanced with an unripe fruit-like sweetness. Those Amarillo hops on the aroma gave it a beautiful, fresh smell. The only thought that kept coming back to me was that this tasted a whole lot like a mango lassi; tart, fruity with a lactic-sourness that, for the second night in a row, had me thinking about curry.

Fantastic! If you like big juicy hop aromas and beautifully balanced sour ales do yourself a favor and seek this out.

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Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: copper in color. very light and thin in body, clean white head

smell: very light scent of sourness. light notes of peaches and very light notes of hops

taste: nice sour tartness up front that transitions into hints of mango, flavor grenades, and other tropical fruit (star fruit), towards the back the dry hoping comes apparent. the citrus flavors of the amarillo hops and a bit of spice

overall another slam dunk from New Belgium

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.61/5  rDev +8%

Golden beer with little head, smells of fresh hops and flowers. Taste is a medium bitterness with citrus notes, grapefruit, crisp apple, oaky sweet hops and refreshing.

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Photo of GJ40
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Looks great! Golden with good clarity and a big white head. Very interesting and unique aroma. Fruity, earthy and funky. Good depth. Tartness leads in the flavor but doesn't overwhelm. Fruity and hoppy aspects play along with it making something, again, very unique. This is nothing like any beer I've had before. Well worth a try.

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Photo of parris
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty unique beer, sweet and sour with a pleasantly astringent and floral dry hopped flavor. Pours a hazy light copper color, and has an aroma that matches the taste.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice drinkable sour that didnt have an overpowering funkiness that La Folie has. Appearance has a nice orange glow with a wine like fizziness and dry on the palete.

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Photo of rye726
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another outstanding sour ale from New Belgium. Pours a golden brown with a silky tan head. The nose has tart citrus, sweet apricots and peaches along with subtle hops and farmyard funk. The taste is also quite complex. A superble balanced blend of tart and sweet fruits along with rotting wood, damp soil and again subtle hops. Crisp clean body has a dry finish. Delicious stuff. Pairs well with fine cheese.

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Photo of n2185
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with hints of red and a finger of off-white head. The head quickly recedes into a ring with little lacing.

S: Very interesting smells in here. There are definitely a lot of funk and sour aromas, but there is also an aroma of candy to it. Lemony citrus candy. It smells amazing.

T: Lots of sourness up front with some light vinegar-like flavors as well. There's a definite lemon-like quality to the sourness as well. Some strong funk--for lack of a better word--follows the sourness and it finishes with puckering sour and tart notes. Delicious!

M: Mid-light body with medium carbonation, though with a slightly oily characteristic.

D: With so much sourness and funk to this beer, it's not extremely drinkable, but makes a great sipper. Overall, one of the best and most unique wild ales I've had.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Black Star Co-op. Been looking for this for some time and it was worth it. Fantastic.

Poured a hazy tangerine. That color might be influenced by what I smelled in the beer... Had a decent white head with good retention and lacing.

the nose was a wide variety of fruits. Mangos, oranges and grapefruit. The grapefruit was hoppy and a bit grainy, but the others were smooth and sour. Brilliant, wonderful blending. Gotta give a lot of respect to whoever came up with this.

The taste is right along the same lines. Citric and lactic sourness. No vinegar at all. All sorts of fruit. Highly refreshing and drinkable.

Make more so that I can get this in bottles on a consistent basis!

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Photo of fenixtx423
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 version out of a pint glass on tap at Tap & Bottle in Tucson. The best dry-hopped sour I have ever tried. The amarillo/cascade combination is the perfect companion to the flavor profile in this one!

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Photo of tsatem
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle into a snifter, bottled 1/30/2011.

A: Hazy orange with a one finger egg white head. Little bubbles are making their way up along the side of the glass in steady minuscule streams.

S: Grapefruit and mandarin orange abound, slightly lactic with some funk. Lots of citrusy and floral hop notes. Earth and wood as it warms, along with some spice and more funk.

T: More sour and lactic here than in the nose, very tart. Woody notes are in the background but come to the forefront for just a moment in the middle. They get more prominent as the beer warms and add to the dryness and some sweetness. Lots of citrus, which is a kind of strange but oh-so-wonderful pairing. Peach, sour apple, very cider-like in the finish. The floral hop aromas aren't here so much.

M: I barely had time to notice this because I loved the way this tasted so much, so I took that to mean that it was pretty good. Once I paid attention I found a very light but lively carbonation, extremely crisp. Dry and tart, but not in the sharp dry out your palate kind of way.

O: This is delicious, drinkable, and refreshing. The sweet and sour paired with the citrus and earth is a great combination. I keep coming back to this beer.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-dark golden with a very thin cream colored head

S-smells like white grapes. fresh baked italian bread, and olive oil. very unique.

T-wow this is sour! a great sour. it comes in with a beautfiully tart tastes of white grapes and olive oil. its a very strong and great taste that lasts and continues to the after-taste. the flavors are real strong and of good quality.

M-medium carbonation with fairly dry finish

O-well this is one of the most sour sours i've had. it comes in with great appreciation. the flavors are unique and tasty. i'll be craving this one for awhile. please seek this out!

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Photo of backfat
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a glowing hazed amber with a fizzy, white, minimal head. Reminds me of Fou' Foune.

It smells unbelievable to me. Like gumballhead with a strong acidity. Tart Peaches, apricots, lemons, juicy amarillo hops, mangos...you name it. If it's tropical, it's in this beer. Quite literally the best beer I've smelled all year.

Very tight fruit characteristic. puckeringly sour. some stinging carbonation with a tinge of lemon juice.

I can't get enough of this stuff. If you get the opportunity to try this, prepare to get yo jaw dropped.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hot damn, this is a fine beer. Gotta say, I'm not sure if I've had a dry hopped sour before, but if this is the outcome, let's get this ball rollin, brewers! Huge tropical notes on the nose + a health dose of apricot. Seriously, whoever crafted this brew is an artisan, because the Amarillo/Cascade combo marries so harmoniously with the base sour and its aroma...this is great stuff. Palate is similarly delightful, ample sourness but never veering into vinegary acid fest territory. That tropical fruit and tart apricot kinda overshadows any barrel presence, but I sort of sense it being there in a really minor, supporting way. Overall, an absoluet home run from NB, who continues to show that their sours are not to be trifled with -- in fact, I dare say they're one of the better sour producers in America.

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Photo of hingaling220
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got a free pint of this at Belmont Station because it killed the keg, thanks Paul!

Poured a crisp gold with about a 3" head b/c of the finished keg. Waited 5-10 minutes for it to die down, brought out so much more of the dry hop in the nose. Notes of bright fruit and very slight sourness in the aroma really are a nice counterpoint to the taste. Mostly lemongrass and grapefruit give the flavor a very strong but not overbearing sour character. Mouth feel was dry, with almost no lingering sour filmy-ness. Amazing beer.

This beer was my baptism in sours, and I couldn't be happier with it. Ended up leaving the store with a bottle of Cuvee des Jacobin Rouge and Petrus Pale to round out the night!

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Photo of Ri0
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured 22oz bottle into teku. Hazy golden orange with a 2 finger white fluffy head. Fades quickly into a ring with spotty lacing on the glass. Sour citrus fruit of grapefruit, orange and some wet oak. Dry and tart with heavy citrus flavor. A really nice juicy flavor. Tart with prickly carbonation and a light dry feel. This is a terrific dry hopped AWA that is readily available on the shelf.

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Photo of denver10
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark khaki with a nice white head. Aroma is woody, mangos, peach, grassy, with some tartness. Flavor is quite similar, with the grassy finish offering a nice mild touch of hoppy bitterness. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, finally got to try this one and even with all the hype it has generated over the years it definitely surpassed my expectations. Phenomenal beer and the best sour I have tried from these guys, and one of the best sours I have tried overall too. Loved it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant yet darker yellow haze with great lace retention. Great tart aroma coupled with hops, truly the best of both worlds, I love the smell of this stuff, chicks should douche with it or something, great interplay of the amarillo n cascade hops.

Taste, sour, slightly woody, citric fruity and hoppy. Saliva inducing. Small aspect of chardonnay feel to it. Good slight peach, grapefruit and lemon fruit feel in it. Heck even a bit of green apple.

Only $8 for a bomber of an undeniable soured beer, much less the barrel and dry hopping. Probably suffers a little rating wise bc its from NB, but I'm telling you, this can hang with Russian River's Temptation or Sanctification any day. I might even like it more. I've had 2 of these now, about 10 more to go. We'll see.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in 10 oz glasses from my favorite local bar that got a keg as a special treat.

Upon tasting I immediately thought of La Folie. Very similar, except a little lighter in color and depth; and maybe even more sour as I recall. Gorgeous orange-peach-pink hazy color and intoxicating aroma. Tasted like a strong sour gueze with fruit prescence: green apples, cherries, cranberries, rasberries, pear, citrus sourness, a little grape and peach, all very sour, maybe as if they were not ripe yet or dipped in vinegar. There was also some wood and slight hop, as it was aged in oak and dry hopped. Also reminded me of sparkling wine, kombucha (esp. this one GT's Kombucha that is Raspberry-Lemon-Ginger), and a (strong) Berliner weiss. I liked it better as it warmed and as my senses adjusted to the sourness, its complexity showing more and more by the end of the glass. Unique in many ways, including the way it felt on my tongue, especially afterwards. Delightful hop and wood presence in the burp!
Very sour and definitely an acquired taste (I reviewed after the 6th try with some to go). I recall liking the La Folie better, as I remember it having a greater fruit and wood presence, but I love the hop in this one, which is most evident in the nose and after effects. Goes great with a cherry or raspberry lambic, or the NB Frambrozen.
Not liked by everyone due to its strong sourness, but def. worth trying a few times.

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Photo of rjd722
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pour House, this is the first dry hopped sour I've had and it's excellent! Pours a deep orange-golden color, very hazy (almost like a dark peach coloring) and has a thin white foam head. The balance of hops and sour notes is perfect in the aroma. The resin from the two hops lingers in the background, up front is primarily tropical fruits, Granny Smith Apple, and apricot. The taste mirrors the aroma, tropical fruits and the hop profile is present without the bitterness. Mouthfeel is tart and acidic, extremely drinkable...would drink this on many an occasion, phenomenal job by NB!

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Photo of UnionMade
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold, with a thin, receding wisp of white head. A thin collar sticks around through the whole glass, surprisingly, leaving spotty brussels lace.
Smells very fruity and perfumed. Wonderful floral hop character, with a spicy wildness and lots of apricot and peach fruitiness.
The flavor opens with a flicker of sweetness, quickly moving into dry, sour apricot. Soft peach, strawberry and green apple, as well. Lots of fruit presence in this brew, with bone-dry, moderate sourness in the finish. My eyes aren't watering like they do with some Cantillons, which is a good thing to me. Medium bodied, with buoyant, champagne-like effervescence keeping this one lively. Very finely bubbled, I'd say 320 grit. Just a trace of alcohol in the finish. I think this is terrific, and will happily buy another bottle on my next trip to the store.
New Belgium does most of their beers well, but they really seem to excel at sour ales. I'm wowed every time I try a new one, and each has it's own distinct character. This one is almost..."clean" for a wild ale.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright but hazy golden orange color with a finger of light tan head. Retention is ok, lacing is pretty solid.

S - Lots of peach, puckering lemon citrus, lactic acid, grapefruit, hops. There's definitely a candied quality, almost iced tea like aroma. Smells fantastic!

T - Oh that's good! Initially puckering lemon zest, tons of peach, some light grassy/straw flavors, lactic acidity, apples, cherries, and funk. Some cascade type hop flavors come through and give the beer some nice balance. Aftertaste is sweet with a lingering mildly dry hop quality. The aftertaste of the sourness is indescribable but it's fantastic.

M - Medium bodied or less, good carbonation, very refreshing, very easy to drink.

O - Love the flavors, their quite unique and a bit difficult to explain.

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Photo of eurekashane
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best American Sour I have had to date. This beer gave the lie to the unpalatable anticipation you should associate with the flavor profiles involved: goaty, barnyardy, funky....this brewery has not ever been one i held in high esteem until eric salazar put this beast of complexity out. highly recommended.

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