Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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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

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Brouwers during Big Wood. Review from notes.

A: The beer is a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head on top, minimal retention and lacing.

S: Really liked the aroma on this beer, nice sour/tartness with some tropical fruits and lots of pine on the finish. There is some lemon and a little bit of funk.

T: Quite sour! Surprisingly hoppy, lots more tropical fruit, lemon, grass, and a bit of pickle juice actually.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Great level of sour/tartness.

O: Really liked this beer, very different. Basically a sour IIPA, loved how the tropical fruit and pine mixed with the sour/vinegary notes.

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Photo of cokes
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Misty, toasted golden bodied with a skim of off-white suds. Retention is modest, lacing a bit better.
The first few whiffs bring a toasted grain and mango-citric hopping. An earthiness quickly seeps in, adding woody notes. Then the sour tones arrive in full, with vinegar, pineapple juice, apple cider, Chardonnay, and tart mixed berries. Further on, it seems to shape-shift between its hoppy and sour persona each time the nose nears the glass. It's a varied and interesting nose, but it could be more explosive.
Sour grabs hold of the cheeks right away. Tart cherries, raspberries, and pineapple. Toasty malt act as a canvas, and collects the barrel notes as it goes along. The sourness dives into balsamic vinegar and iron-rich blood, then brightens towards under-ripe mangoes and papaya, as the hops enter the fray. They also bring pine and lemon peel, before being reabsorbed by the prevailing tartness.
Medium-full bodied, given spark by the tiny, persistent buzz of CO2. This, along with the kaleidoscopic array of flavors keeps it hugely drinkable and involving.
The Lips of Faith series is wildly inconsistant, but offerings like this keep me eagerly awaiting the next one.

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Photo of beertooth
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sheffield's for their pre-FoBAB party. Served in a New Belgium globe tulip glass.

This beer is a glowing, hazy honey colored liquid with a finger of fizzy white head that fades into a thin collar in no time.

The nose is tart, juicy, funky tea. Faded floral hops, green apples, grape skin, it smells like a tea shop with a little lacto acidity.

The first sip is very fruity and floral. Sour apple notes, mild twang, some tart wheat, hops, juicy tea leaves, a little lemon and musty wood as well. It's refreshing and finishes a little dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

An excellent sour beer, but one glass was all I needed last night. I can't wait to drink more of this tonight though!

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Photo of Lessurluck
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow not to carbonated light tangy. Like a pear jelly belly. Can taste the spicy hops in the nose at first sip. Pretty wild! little bit of lemon zest at first reminded me of apricot and lemon hybrid. Malty after taste, very tasty. A little bit of dry to it making you want more, well done! Similar to la follie maybe yeast but of course 2 different styles plus the hops make it completely different if that makes sense... Wonder how an IPA sour would do?

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Photo of dmsohyea
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a mini challis.

A: Light orange with 1 finger pearl white head with nice, fine bubble structure. Lacing was good, as was retention, which stayed until the bottom.

S: Smells great. Nice lemony scent and strong Amarillo hops. Very grassy, in a good way.

T: Up front it hits with tons of citrus and other light fruits. Lemon, peach, and a touch of apricot. Toward the middle of the palate some grassy hops emerge and finishes decidedly sour and tart. I love that you can barely get any yeast flavors or brett flavors. It's a great blend of a little hoppy flavor and strong sour tartness. Yum.

M: Mouthfeel is average. Nothing special, medium to low carbonation and bone dry.

O: A great sour. Polished off a whole bomber by myself, which I usually can't do with most sours. I think the lack of gut-rotting yeast was what allowed me to enjoy this brew all the way to the bottom. At 7.5% this one will sneak up on you because it's so drinkable.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of head.

S - It smelled funky with some barnyard-like smells. Peach aromas with some other sweet/sour fruits.

T - Sour fruits - apple, peach and cherry with a good spice bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice wild ale. I'm glad it finally made it into my hands/beer glass!

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Photo of bamadog
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of several bottles I picked up on a recent trip to Boone, NC, this review is from notes taken on 3/23/2011 and poured from the bottle to a goblet.

Appearance: Pour is a light orange/coppery color and it starts with a nice 1 and 1/2 finger slightly off-white head that fades quickly to a creamy, full and incomplete skim; body is quite hazy, and shows light carbonation; a couple of strands and spots of lacing stick to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A strong tart bret funkiness leads the way and it's quite potent; bit of a pulpy/woody presence behind it; a bit dank and musty and slightly reminiscent of vinegar; bit of a citrusy hop presence as well.

Taste: Wow, very interesting -- the same as with the smell, the tart bret funk leads the way and it comes across with a bit of a juicy orange/apricot flavor behind it; the dry-hopping is an interesting addition and adds a nice bitterness to it, but it really couples well with the funk and citrus; just a bit of the dank mustiness and wood that's present in the nose as well; in the aftertaste, there's a bit of grainy sweet maltiness that barely lingers.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium in weight and the carbonation is rather soft and brings just a bit of spritz; a moderately thick and sticky coating is left all over the roof of the mouth and it holds just a bit of the grainy sweetness mentioned above; belly is left a little warm from the acidity of the drink.

Overall: This sour is pretty solid -- very robust, citric and funky smells and flavors really meet what I feel is intended with this one. The ABV isn't overly high, but the acidity would likely catch up after a while -- one 22 oz. bottle is just about perfect. An excellent and refreshing beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on tap at Stone on 11/04/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is deep orange with a tiny white head.

The nose has some lactic character with tart unripe plums, and dark grape skins. Oak notes are present, as is citrus and subtle toasted malt notes. A low level of acetic character is present in the nose.

The flavor opens up with a moderate tartness and notes of plum and grape skins. The beer shows notes of oak and lactic sourness midpalate, with apricot, orange, and a low level of vinegar. There's a low moderate acidity and a tart plum finish with lingering lactic notes. This is a deliciously vinous and damn drinkable sour from New Belgium.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden orange into my snifter with about a finger of head, moderate retention and patchy lacing.

S - Quite tantalizing, lots of different fruits, lemon, lime, mango, peach, kiwi, farmhouse funk, and a bit of oak as well.

T - Really nice, sour and tart, makes my mouth water. Lemon and orange citrus, hops are there, but more in the background, oak and funk, very pleasing.

M - Body and carbonation fantastic for the style.

D - By far my favorite lips of faith, good sours are hard to come by down here in Texas, and this one is a breath of fresh air.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some thick lace.

S - Aroma is full of funky and tart green apple, candied citrus hops with some grapefruit and pinepple, and a bit of oak.

T - Starts off with some very tart green apple flavor with some citrus hops growing in the background with some bitterness. Through the middle, some more grapefruit and pineapple come through alongside some more bitterness, lemon, and a bit of toasted malt. The finish is a mix of mellowing tartness, citrus hops, mild bitterness, and a touch of sweet malt that really linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart, sweet, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The dry hopping puts a nice hop element in the nose and in the flavor that adds a nice element to the sour beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is orange in color with a slight haze. The head is about a half inch thick, and leaves a fair amount of lacing behind. The aroma is complex and inviting, with scents of oak, apples, white wine, and a subtle funky tartness. The flavor is well balanced and pleasant, with a nice grape juice / white wine character. The finish brings a nice puckering sensation, with a lasting flavor of sour apples. Overall, I really enjoyed this, and would happily have it again.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber into a snifter

a-deep orange with a nice white head that floats on top for a while...the bubbles are there but not over the top...

s-caught me off guard...u can really smell the sweet and dank amarillo hops and the citrus from both amarillo and cascade from the dry hopping...really surprised this stood out in a wild ale...the funk is here with the acidity...

t-semi sweet grain starts this off then follows with the twang...the sourness and the wood take over the middle...with a little acidity....the funk is def there seems this is very brett forward with a good amount of must to even out the sour...finishes extremely dry..

m-thin but i imagine that is from the maturation in the wood...the carbonation is perfect and the acidity doesnt wreck my palate or my stomach....very very dry ....

o-a very good sour...far superior to last years la folie....but not on par with erics ale....quite pleased with it...will go back for more..

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Photo of dgilks
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light amber colour with virtually no head. Fine given the sourness.

Nice, tart aroma with notes of lemon, moderately intense funk and a hint of herbal character. Nice.

Served in a Rogue XS chalice this is one hell of a beer. Sour, funky and full of Brett character. The tartness presents as lime and under-ripe peach. There is also a hint of sweet cherry in the background that provides a hint of balance. Nicely crafted and very, very delicious.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Spritzy but it works.

A really, solid Wild Ale. I love the balance combined with the intensity. Great.

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Photo of kirkmichel
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-brownish amber, opaque, and a tall off white head. Served in a snifter.
S-ginger, white grapes, spices..pretty complex and I suspect moresoe as it warms up or oxidizes. I am not planning on giving it time for that.
T-Sour (of course) like sour or crab apple, but not overdone and with a ton of fruity cherry and plum on the finish.
M-Fine...sourness clings a bit but doesn't make my mouth water for 5 mins like some of my faves in this style...guess that doesn't really count as mouthfeel, but whatever.
D-probably ordering another after this, but 3 would be too much, so pretty drinkable as wild beers go.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the 2014 vintage poured into Teku glass.
Look - brilliant orange-gold color with a 1" white head that lingers and lingers. Lacing is mild.
Smell - really nice earthy, mustiness. I swear there's a hint of Brett in there. Really nice dry-hop addition with the Amarillo bringing big tropical notes.
Taste - fruit and funk mix with mangoes, peaches, grass, earth and a hint of wood. This is a well done beer.
Feel - light-medium feel with the funkness there but not tart at all. Finish is tangy with mild funk.
Overall - damn nice beer! I really enjoyed this one. Best LOF New Belgium has done.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into tall pilsner glass.

Aroma: Pine cone up front, sour green olive, and a light barnyard note. All indications are that this ones going to be puckeringly sour. (Mouth is watering just smelling this one.)

Appearance: A slight haze to the deep, golden body. Nice effervesence visible through the side of the glass. Two fingers of thick, bright white head.

Flavor: Tart, unripe peach. Contrary to the aroma, the tartness is not overpowering, though. A light, hoppy pine note adds a layer of complexity. There's a subtle sweetness, which provides some balance. Hops also contribute some citrus, mango, and peach (as the bottle says). There's a slight, goaty/barnyard, bitter bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, which has a bit less bite than anticipated, but still good. Medium body is actually higher than I'd thought would be there.

Overall: A pretty approachable, drinkable sour ale. Again, the hops add nice complexity, and the sourness/funk are not taken to the extreme, which I appreciated. Highly recommended!

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from 2beerornot2beer in the Blind Beer Round 6 BIF.

A: Pours a wonderful amber gold, with more hues of yellow than red. There is about one half finger of pure white head that settles quickly. I can see is decent amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose of this beer is sour. I’m picking up notes of peach, apricot, lemon, and a tiny bit of cherry. There are some earthy grain like qualities to this beer as well.

T: This beer starts off with huge sour notes. It is incredibly puckering. After that initial blast, it shifts into some nice fruit notes (mainly peach and apricot). As the fruit notes fade, I’m picking up on some hoppy citrus and tropical fruit notes. There is also a mild underlying sweetness towards the finish that is really nice.

M: Medium bodied beer. This beer is really tart, and it finishes really dry. There aren’t many lingering flavors in this beer.

O: Color me impressed. This has a massive tart start, but it mellows out and allows all of the other flavors of this beer to shine through. I’d drink this beer again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of chaz410
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this FANTASTIC brew at Vintners in Charlotte with none other than Lauren Salazar from New Belgian.
This beer pours a beautiful light amber hued body with a slight cloudy body and a half finger length head that stays for a little while but doesn't completely disappear.
The smell is full of hops!!! This is the hoppiest smelling sour I've ever had. It's full of grapefruit, and obvious Citra Hop undertones. Citra gives that great mandarin orange peel mixed with raw green onion essence. Lots of sweet, clean, citrus hop spiceyness with only a faint sour tartness in the nose.
The taste is completely contrast to the smell which makes this beer so unique. It's tart and sour like sucking on a lemon with grassy spice and a sharp finish. It's sour like a grapefruit mid taste and leave your tongue partially dried and partially salivating wanting more. I've never had a brew finish like this and all I want is to go back for more! As the brew warms it balances the tartness and hop harshness and they blend more uniformly. I don't know which I like better, the colder or warmer version.
Finish is very sharp and clean with slight drying effect but the mouthfeel is pretty thick considering how sharp it is. The is the mouthfeel of a very well made, high quality belgian, thick but not heavy. The texture nearly gets fuzzy after a few sips but it's mostly likely due to the tart and hoppy effects on your tongue.
The beer is as any good sour should be!
I absolutely love this beer, I hope I can find it again soon, my favorite so far from New Belgian!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Almost completely clear amber body with a finger of coarse white head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad.

S: Pungently sour, with lemon and white grape floating above a solid foundation of lactic sourness. I'm not getting any hops, but I'm fine with the serious sourness.

T: Nowhere near as sour as the nose promised, but still amazing. Peach, pineapple, lemon, and zesty citric tartness. Funking awesome.

M: Smooth, light body; almost no carbonation. The sourness really shines, but I'd still like some more life.

O: Terrific sour, especially for the money. I'll be drinking it again for sure.

Cheers!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly amber golden yellow orange with a thin layer of off-white foam.

Sour apple, peach, apricot, stone fruits, acidity, subtle hop resin, and some slightly must.

So much peach and apricot comes through front and center, a subtle earthy/grassy hop resin bitterness note as well, and prickly acidic tartness.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, fruity, prickly acidity.

Overall, while I think the hop bill could shine a little more in this, it still is a truly fantastic peachy, apricoty, tart and refreshing brew.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a short pure white head that fades quickly.

Nose is an assertive and unique fruity pine. There is a light sour orange/sour tangerine character in the nose.

Mouthfeel is bright and medium sour with a wonderful acidic and sour quality. Very drinkable and inviting.

Flavors on this one really rock. Assertive lightly sour and acidic tangerine, sour apricot and oranges. Loads of citrus flavors with a very consumer friendly sour character.

This is a very well made beer; a really nice sour right now and one that should be tried fresh and enjoyed before we all jump to age it. It will likely age well but perhaps lose some of that wonderful tangerine/orange/apricot fruit character. One of my favorites of the Lips of Faith Series. I really like this one.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: sunny, hazy yellow, with a bone white finger of quickly dissipating head. No lace.

Aroma: lemons, tart green apple, fruity, citrus hops, light biscuits.

Taste: sour upfront, puckering, lightly bitter, citrus and lemon peel and a start acidity.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: wish it wasn't $15 here because it's damn delicious!

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a murky dark gold with a soft 1 finger off white head. terrific lacing.

S- Quite different from any sour I have ever smelled. crabapple, pear, peach, and even some clove comes through. Interesting that I smell juicy bubble gum. Citra hop and wood barrel also come through. Aroma is divine

T- So acidic. Really kicks you in the back of the jaw with its tartness...like a crybaby. Somewhere along the way it mellows out and finds a sweet fruity balance. Great depth with apple, pineapple, and peach.

M- mid body, slick, and lip smacking dry. Very crisp and refreshing.

O- A clear NB favorite for me, and probably my favorite sour. Complex, tart, and terrific hoppy character. I'd give it a slight nod over Boulevard's Foeder Project #1.

2013 bottle
$10.99 for 22 oz bomber

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. This American Wild Ale pours a cloudy orange golden color. The head is white, retention is below average and lacing is also below average. The aroma was almost tropical and slightly sour. The taste of the beer is very tart and is very acidic. The finish is slightly sweet. The fruit profile is very complex, i can barely register it all- I taste grapefruit, tangerine, sour cherry, raspberry and pineapple. It almost seemed with every sip, I would detect something else. I am a relative newcomer to sour beers so with out much to compare this too, I really like this. The body of the sour was medium, the carbonation was very nice and it is very drinkable. Very Very Very Berry good Beer!

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours apricot orange. A bit hazy. Might have expected a bit more head but it looks inviting.

Aroma is big on the hops. Oranges, lemon, hint of evergreen. A bit of acidic tartness shows as well.

Rarely have I encountered such a lip-smacking beer. The way the sourness and the hops interact creates a huge juiciness on the palate. Citrus and sour notes combine grapefruit, orange, lemons. Just great.

Lower carb than I expected. Medium mouthfeel.

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