Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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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:
2,402
Reviews:
502
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
482
Gots:
467
For Trade:
28
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Photo of Jvrdolyak
3.52/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of ccryder
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lemmy187
3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snewbs
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deweese
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doubleipa
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I like that New Belgium is putting out some very different and interesting beers. Appearance: Frothy head, fully diminished (2 seconds), Yellow color. Aroma: Grain, but not malty, late, light flowers, grass, little orange, moderate yeast, with apple and clove.Very, very dry texture. Heavy initial sweetness, and very long finish.
Didn't know what to expect. Nice sour ale taste, the dry hopping adds a slight degree of hopiness. More than anything the hops dilutes the sour ale profile.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of xraided81
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing notes from a 22oz bomber.
My first review of a sour. appearance is a golden pale with a slight haze mostl likely from the yeast. effervescent for the first couple of minutes then the head dissipates to a thin white ring. no lace at all in my pour. Smells citruisy and earthy, the dry hopping is dominated by an aggresive american hop , my guess would be amarillo, brett is present in the background, but the american hops definetly dominate the aroma in this beer. Fresh squeezed lemonade is what comes to mind at first, but the bittery bite of an ipa is present on the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and light. thiis a refreshing beer i've had this both on draft and in bottles within a couple of weeks of each other. and the draft version has less tartness, and you get more of the belgian funk, brett, horseblanket character. This bottled version kept more of the hoppy character to this beer, more like a sour IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of Philvillani
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%

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 hugostiglitz
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am skeptical of a sour that isn't in a high pressure bottle, but maybe they pasteurize it?

It is slightly hazy and a nice orange hue. small amount of white foam.

It smells strange because of the hops and sourness. Bile funk and brett with citrusy floral hops. Weird combo, but I like it.

The taste is citrus hop flavor, some grapefruit, citric acid. Lemon and tropical tang. The malt is in the background, maybe pils with some wheat and a touch of biscuit or light crystal? Not too complex, not too sour or hoppy.

The mouthfeel is okay. The beer is full bodied with med high carbonation. I feel that the beer should be more dry with more carbonation, it is sweet for a sour.

Overall the beer is unique, but I would rather have a Lost Abbey or Russian River sour in a smaller bottle for more money.

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Photo of Shawnadams330
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whoneeds8
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass a pale burnt orange with a thin white head. No retention or lacing.

There is an immediate notice of a floral scent. If flowers could go sour, then this is what they'd smell like. There's also a sour citrus scent to it.

The taste . . . whoa. TART TART TART. The only thing more sour would be a candy. Underneath all this tartness there's some citrus flavors, lemon mostly. There is also a noticable amount of belgian yeast in the back of the palatte.

Body is medium with rather lower carbonation.

If you like Sour, this beer will be your thing. But it's not mine.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in Duvel tulip.

Huge thanks to Brian23456

A: Pours a hazy golden orange. Big fluffy head dwindles slowly.

S: Strangely sour. Scent is pleasant, but unlike other sours. The sourness is somewhat herbal, almost medicinal in some way. Band-aids? Actually got a whiff of cheese here and there. Odd, but nice.

T: Zesty, bracing citrus initially. Very tart green apple skin. Various milder sweet fruit flavors appear, if only fleetingly. Some mango, maybe apricot and a bit of nectarine. Crackery malt peaks out from behind the sourness from time to time. Finishes with a unique juiciness and then almost completely dries out.

M: Well carbonated, a little prickly. Could stand to be slightly more effervescent. Finer carbonation would benefit this beer.

D: Pretty easy to drink. This is an interesting beer. It's taken me over half the bottle but it just hit me that this reminds me a little bit of Cantillon Iris. Not nearly as good as Iris, but similar.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks tsatem for this bottle.

A - slightly hazy golden/copper body, small white head.

S - nice mesh of citrus hops and tart sour aromas, slight medicinal undertones.

T - strong tartness in the back, hops otherwise. Seems to be predominantly acidic flavors, not a lot of balance from earthy or sweeter flavors. Not bad, though.

M - light-ish, moderately smooth, not too thin

O (D) - A palatable sour beer for sure. Not that well balanced or complex, but nice flavors.

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Photo of Squire123
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden appearance with quickly disappearing cap.

Scent of apricots and a citrus tartness over mild sweet malt.

Taste starts tart then gets tarter. My palate had to adjust before I could get past the tartness to find other things. Unsuccessfully I might add. Malt is still present in the scent but is just overwhelmed by the sour tartness as to remain hidden. Oddly enough the tart flavor is pleasant and rewarding in it's own right but it is dominant.

Texture is light medium with balancing carbonation.

Overall it's a well made, interesting brew that pulls no punches.

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Photo of wiescins
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harrymel
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled on: unk

A: Pours a light golden ale with near excellent clarity. A single finger of fine off-white head falls over a couple minutes to a centrally capped sheet of the same with a collar of central depth. Scattered cobweb lacing.

S: Brett dominates the initial draw. Then subtle tones of the dry hop come out: tropical fruits, citrus fruits. I cannot press how subtle this is - a mere thread. Mostly sour ale with hints of hay, earthy clays. Decent.

T: Ha! Quite tart, love that! Nice citrusy, lemony, sharp sour tones hit me in the forefront. Just what I was hoping for. Now let's see what else is in there.... Okay, a bit of a salt-water flavor underlying, a bit of grain and some sweetness, but nothing in comparison to the sourness. I really dont give a shit about the hops in this, the beer tastes great.

M: Thin body and medium to hi carbonation. Good, dry and mouth-watering finish.

O: This beer exceeded my already slightly inflated expectations. Good beer. Glad I have three more to sit on. Yum!

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Photo of MowryJC
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a New Belgium Globe.

A - Lightly hazed tarnished yellow-orange capped by a finger and a half of foam that thins out pretty quickly. Leaves light lacing down the glass.

S - Apricot and peach moves into both a lactic and acetic sour smell. Very light funk. Perhaps the funk most others mention isn't as prevalent in the draft form as the bottle.

T - Same balance between lactic and acetic sourness, with a nice peachiness. I like how sour it is while still being pretty balanced. A sweetness at the end that is a bit much. A little citrus from the hops (I assume).

M - Moderate body with nice carbonation, but the cloying sweetness at the end clings to my tongue and mouth, not driving me to want to drink as much of this.

All in all, a good Wild Ale, with the issue of not being dry enough IMHO. A little dryer and the drinkability would go up. Could also use a little more funk, but like I said, maybe I'd get more of that in the bottle.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into snifter

A - Pours a light orange with white head, decent lacing but not a lot of retention

S - Very floral and fruity, grapefruit, lemon, and some blue cheese like funk.

T - To me it tasted very grassy, and sour! Almost too sour, masking some of the more delicate fruit flavours. I did pick up some lemon, apricot, papaya. This reminded me of chokecherries for some reason.

M - Light, dry, pretty refreshing.

D - A summer sour for sure, decently drinkable. Solid but not the best out there. I would pick up another bottle for sure.

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Photo of chrissy820
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

**
11/13/2016.

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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Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,402 ratings.
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