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Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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4.29/5
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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
Ranking:
#584
Reviews:
503
Ratings:
2,411
pDev:
9.32%
Bros Score:
3.71
 
 
Wants:
481
Gots:
467
Trade:
26
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,411 |  Reviews: 503
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In the world of wild ales, this is more a somewhat tame one. Leather and barnyard tones. Mostly leather with a minimal hint of the barn. This is okay. I don't know if this was meant to be aged in order to bring out more character, but I feel like it could be bringing a lot more, but just isn't. Glad to try it, but not really doing anything for me. I prefer La Folie over this one.

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Photo of ragnar3
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of flannelman808
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A somewhat hazed yellow/orange hue topped with a bone white head which would seem to have pretty nice retention minimal to ok lacing.

S: Lemongrass and lemon peel going on and the nose does pack a punch. Funky fruity notes ... tropical and citrus, think the sour not pleasant to eat kind though, crabapple perhaps. This is smelling very lactic to say the least but not in an overall unpleasant way.

T: I think I just about nailed it with crabapple. This is like biting into a ripe crabapple. I actually have always liked them as a kid I ate them all the time off the tree, but the tartness turns many away. Hidden behind stronger sour overtones are some herbaceous notes of grassy like flavors as well. I would kind of like to see how this stuff ages actually. There are some mild spice notes that hint at wanting to come out but might be able to develop with some time if other more powerful flavors subside.

M: sourpuss

D: medium plus

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Poured a light gold with a couple of fingers of white head. Lots of carbonation. Citrus and hops in the aroma along with a slightly vegetal scent like green pepper. Nice tart bite, plenty of tropical fruit. Dry and light bodied. Hops come through in aroma, but not bitterness. Easy drinking. Nice beer, though the aroma dinged my rating a bit.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BLZR
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Danielr26
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
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 pitasoup
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from 22oz bomber.

A: pours slightly murky golden yellow. nice two fingers of head that leave a bit of lacing.

S: earthy hops, a bit of pine and citrus (tangerine?), followed by an untraditional funk - almost cheesy, a bit of sulfur. Later, the lingering smells off the tongue are overwhelmingly lime jello (aka the nuclear green mix flavor), then bits of pineapple, citrus, and the smallest of strawberry vanilla. the after-sip smells may be the best thing about this. On second pour, the cheesyness may be a bit medicinal.

T: sour and bitter, a strange mix of citrus and hops, perhaps amarillo. complexity of fruity sour and bitter mix well but not exceptionally. orange sherbet plus lime dominates the aftertaste. Wow I wonder how this would taste paired with meringue pie or carrot cake.

M: light-medium body. a nice tingle of carbonation but finishes very acidic. a puckering mouthfeel afterwards is similar to a sweetart's aftertaste in that the tongue feels extra mucousy.

O: I'm pretty sure I've eaten this flavor in ice cream form, when it came in some orange and green color. There's a huge candy-like component. I feel the dry-hopping added some aromatic complexity to what would have been an otherwise one-dimensionally citrus sour, albeit a tasty one. This isn't the best sour, but it's certainly one I'd order again and one I'd love to attempt to brew.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
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 Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a big billowy white head. The head fades slowly over time to leave tons of spider web lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a sour green apple smell which has a decent showing of some lemon and a bit of a grainy funk. Along with these aromas comes some fruit aromas of peach, apricot, and pear smells with a hint of a hay like aroma thrown in as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather funky sour green apple and light fruit (peach, apricot, pear) taste that is overall drier in nature. As the taste moves forward, the sourness increases as some lemon and a tart grapefruit flavor joins the taste. Grass, herbal, and citrus hop flavors come more toward the end, and with the funk stepping it up a bit, it leaves one is with a dryer-light (in color) funky and sour fruit taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin for a 7.5 % abv. brew with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the style and the sour and tart flavors the feel is spot on, keeping the brew overall very easy sipping and still very tart and sour without allowing these flavors to overwhelm the taste buds.

Overall- A decently sour and tart-light fruit flavored brew with just a little bit of hop to help subdue the bitter and sour. A rather decent and crisp sour overall.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jtk21351
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FosterJM
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

429th review on BA
Bottle to tulip
650 ml

App- Hazy, fuzzy orange with a very nice two finger head. Some dots and a line of lace is all that lingers and a little bit of bubbles on top of the beer as it goes down each sip.

Smell- A very tart aciditic with both the dryness and oak coming through. It took a long time for scents to develop and reveal themselves.

Taste- This is damn near the best into sour I have seen. It's very pleasant with the cutting dryness against the wetter tart citric acids. Well balanced with the dry hops flavors. The taste was so sour to drive people away en mass but was so mind blowing to bring them in en mass either.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium/high carbonation. A dry peach aciditic taste lingers.

Drink- Great craft intro sour. This was balanced, tart, crisp, aciditic and dry all at the same time but it all worked. I would like to have this one again.

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Photo of target88
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bwarren82
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Azurescens
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with no freshness date poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/9/11

A: Pours a pretty clear golden orange with fluffy white head and good retention.

S: Strong, sweet grapefruit aroma is abundant from the dry hopping with some tang and funk in the background. The citrus is really pleasant and the tartness hints of some sourness in the taste.

T: This is a lot more tart and sour than the aroma lead me to believe. A big sour, tart bite with some acidity, lots of grapefruit, lemon and other citrus flavors.

M: Sweet and sour up front and finishes dry. Nice carbonation adds to the tingle on my tongue. Not mouth puckering sour but sour enough that I find myself licking my lips after each sip.

O: Great tasting sour that really showcases the hops in the both the smell and taste. I'll be buying more of this for sure, solid all around and costs significantly less per ounce than most sours around.

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Photo of Cheesebeer
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of lnashsig
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip- no bottle date. pours a transparent gold color, nice fluffy white head that recedes slowly. Smell- tart apricot, mango, peaches, some brett flavors. Taste- extremely sour citrus! I'm shocked at some of the reviews on this one that complained about lack of sourness. Its crazy sour. mango, lemon, bretty funk, carbonation is light, only thing I'm really missing is the dry hops here. some very mild acetone flavors, some sour apple and sour peaches here maybe? The sour is so overpowering that it makes it tough to pick out the individual flavors.

Mouthfeel- I have a feeling this bottle is a little old, could use more carbonation.

Drinkability- wow this is a sour bomb but overall I would seek it out again.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heck of a beer. I'm immediately hit with a tangerine and clementine - big fruit citrus with even the peel and seeds in there. Seriously, it's like fresh fruit. There's there's a peppery-lime tang with a balanced (not too big, not too small) sour hit. This is a juicy beer, but not too thick and on the drinkable side of sours.

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Photo of bstall76
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryanhooks81
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 2,411 ratings
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