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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,402
Reviews:
502
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
482
Gots:
467
For Trade:
28
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Ratings: 2,402 |  Reviews: 502
Photo of DaveAnderson
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wadsey
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in New Belgium tulip.

A: Pours a lightly hazy yet luminescent deep gold. Head rises and falls, leaving splotchy lacing.

S: Sharp, overly ripe fruits tweak nose: peach, tangerine and oranges. Sour candies. Something musty lurks at threshold of smell.

T: The elements in the beer's smell blend seamlessly with taste, which is mainly sour and acidic. A blend of unsweetened peach, orange, grapefruit and pineapple juices. Citric acid sizzles across palate. Dry, fruity finish. Oak/wood/barrel are noticeably absent.

M: The body is a little lighter than medium, and the carbonation is tight and prickly, accentuating the citrus and sour/acidic notes very nicely. Clean and crisp.

D: Le Terroir is an engaging and uniquely American take on the sour ale style. The citrus of the hops work wonderfully with the sour and acidic taste. A fun and interesting beer to drink on a pleasant spring evening.

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Photo of julielynndubee
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12/27...Lips of Faith series. Pours a matted copper with a tick white foam head and lacing. Light citrus nose, malted. Very modest. Full sour ale flavors, soft and chewy. The dry hopping is evident in the finish and the aftertaste. Worthy of recognition.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle). Pours hazy apricot color with chunky off-white head. Aroma has lots of citrus, ripe summer fruits, and funk along with some florals. Wow, this is quite acidic/vinegar-like and I didn't expect that. Medium bodied with a dry finish. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but the sour fruitiness is very refreshing. I like this quite a bit.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 3.11.11

A - pours a bright hazy orange with a bright cream colored head.

S - Smells of old citrus fruit.

T - Sour oranges, cherries, and grapefruit.

D - Starts sour, but smoothes out nicely.

O - This one left me longing for more.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium Le Terroir is a very interesting take on a wild ale. Citrus hops and sourness combine for a grapefruit-like effect. A clean and refreshing beer. This would be a great summer beer!

A: Orange colour and a head that fades to nothing really fast. 3.25

S: The smell is lovely. Some nice hop aroma as well as a little sour funk. 4

T: This beer is so unusual with it's mix of citrus hops and sour funk. The mixture makes for a clean, grapefruit-like flavour. Clean, dry, bitter finish. 4.25

M: I'd prefer more carbonation. 3.5

O: 3.75

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

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

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

Hazy reddish orange with no head. Smells sour with citrus rind. Tastes sour with citrus and tropical hops. Mouthfeel has a sour bite along with crisp carbonation. Overall, an interesting sour, unusual because of its combination of an aged sour with fresh hop tropical tastes.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
3.96/5  rDev -7%

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

this didn't quite live up to the hype for me. a cool sour, highly prized, and finally scored. it pours a clearish orangey resin color with a good inch or so of just off white foam. the nose on it s quite sweet, and this beer is in fact a sweet and sour package. starts sweet in both taste and nose. mango and peach are obvious, possibly from the hops, possibly from something else. the sour part is the second half, lactic and puckery, but not as intense as it might be. its a good late summer palate, and a much more mild type of sour than I was expecting, and certainly when compared to la folie. bright fruit and sour go well together, but I found this a touch too sweet. it hurt my teeth and left my mouth feeling strange, like eating too many sour patch kids. dry as dry champagne too. the carbonation is nice though, and the body is right on medium. I am glad I had some friends to share this with, a whole bomber would have been too much.

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

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

Photo of KensWorld
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GuruDel
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a tulip, split 3 ways

A: Hazy golden yellow with a rocky 3 finger head.

S: Huge floral and citrus hop notes, with solid funk underneath also some apricots and peach notes.

T: a hoppy acidic sour with a piney notes from the hops, horse funk and lemon.

M: Perfect carbonation for this beer, enough to get flavors going but not too much.

O: not what I was expecting but surely it was enjoyable. Will look forward to having again.

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Photo of NODAK
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma has some definitely tart cherry and apple notes on it...with citric grapefruit-type hop notes also being quite evident from the dry hopping. Actually reminds me somewhat of a red wine in a way.

Pours quite golden, which surprised me a little. Little head to be found.

Taste is very puckeringly tart, with something resembling apple cider vinegar combined with sucking on a lemon. While this beer says that it is dry hopped for 8 days, I wouldn't necessarily say that this is a hoppy beer at all. During the drink, the grapefruit taste of the hops peeks through the tartness a bit but never really imparts a bitterness on the tongue. It just serves to add complexity. Really, it's just tart from the start through to the finish. It isn't much less tart than sucking on a lemon. It's so tart that I found my mouth watering for quite a while after each drink automatically.

I'm somewhat new to wild ales, but I tend to like sour things so I enjoyed this one quite a bit. As I explore more, I'll hopefully find out if this is exceedingly tart for style or not.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy light amber with a surprisingly foamy off-white head 2 fingers or so. Decent retention and scattered patches of soapy lacing.

Nose is a nice balance of tartness- underripe grapes, green apples- and dusty/funky notes. Plenty of citrus zest thanks to the dry hopping. Not a ton of funk flavor, but enough to keep things interesting for sure. Loads of tart orange, lemon and green apple. Some sweetness lingers in the background. More tart than sour, which aids in drinkability, along with the crispish finish. A bite of bitterness toward the swallow, then bread and some tartness linger.

Overall impression: Nice little wild ale here. Recommended.

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good sour beer for those that have trouble with heavy-duty, vinegary sour beers. Purchased last summer at Chip's Beer and Wine on the Outer Banks.

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip. Bright orange color, hazy with a medium sized delicate, bubbly white head. The head fades fst and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is real nice, mostly sour fruit...more acidic citrus sourness rather than vinegary. Tastes good, even better as it warms up. Sour fruit.. a jolly ranchers type of fruit sourness that is more inviting than a blast of vinegar. There is some funk but I have had more with other Wild Ales. A little bitterness at the end and it is overall a very approachable Wild Ale.

Mouthfeel is light, nicely carbonated. The sourness is well within reason and the touch of hops at the end helps too.

Overall a nice beer for sipping. I had no trouble finishing the bottle myself. Nice!

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle
7.5% abv

Lips Of Faith Le Terroir was golden orange in color and hazy. It had an off-white head with decent retention and a little lacing. The smell was quite interesting with sourness and citric hops. The taste was tart with grapefruit flavors (sort of like a tropical fruit sweet-tart). It finished dry with some sourness on the tongue. It was medium light in body with mild carbonation. Overall this is a very interesting and refreshing beer. This beer is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of gobuccos
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Maestro0708
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours rust colored with a small white head, a very pretty beer.

Smell: Fruity, some orange rind, tangerine, cherry

Taste: Fruit and citrusy hops, nice tartness

Feel: higher in carbonation

Overall: This is a nice aged sour, lots of fruity flavors, citrusy hops, and sourness.

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Photo of theschmooz
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beagle75
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a becker glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light orange-amber color with over one finger of eggshell-tinted foam head. Light spotty lacing remains on the glass.

S: Surprisingly mild, with crisp herbaceous and medicinal hops, a fine thread of acetic tartness, and a persistent whiff of old, dusty oak. Some fresh nectarine fruit develops as the beer warms.

T: Begins dry, with juicy grapefruit flesh that is enhanced--practically made three-dimensional--by balanced sourness and delicate hop aromatics. There is also just enough pine involved to merit mention. Bright stone fruit, more temperate than tropical, is revealed as the beer warms. Aggressive wood, well-cured but aromatic, emerges into the middle where it briefly dominates the palate. Some sweetness also develops, with toasted malt accents. The finish is mild compared to earlier parts, kind of hard to pin down, with lingering phantom acidity and some sweet malt, but little bitterness.

M: Medium viscosity; its favorable wetness, stickiness, and succulence is largely nullified by a deep and lasting acidic burn at the back of the throat; with moderate carbonation.

D/O: History tells us that New Belgium is much more adept at harnessing sourness than hops, yet this beer's flavor makes something amazing out of both--and it happens simultaneously. The attraction is found early in the flavor of the cellar-temperature beer; it may taste more like real grapefruit juice than any other beer tasted so far. Unfortunately this beer's pleasant but unremarkable smell is not its lowest point--the burn of acidity builds on the palate over time, becoming uncomfortable. Still, the flavors win out; they are impossible to resist, the resultant burn being a cost worth paying.

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