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
Reviews:
494
Ratings:
2,382
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
482
Gots:
458
For Trade:
29
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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 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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Photo of jrenihan
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pleasantly tart with a surprisingly large peach flavour courtesy of the dry-hopping. Lemon is there strongly as well. Without the dry-hopping, I think this would be a pretty average sour. With the dry-hopping, it is quite tasty. Still, not as good as the ratings suggest, in my opinion. I would happily drink it again but I wouldn't hunt it out.

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Photo of largadeer
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Stone, drank this as a palate-cleanser alongside several vintages of Stone IRS. Poured into a tumbler, the beer appears a murky, hazy orange. The head is small and disappears quickly. The nose is funky and fruity, musty brett alongside aromas of plums and ripe strawberries. There's a ton of acetic acid, some lactic sourness and a touch of sweetness. The ripe fruit character pairs beautifully with the acetic sourness. The taste opens with a ton of lactic sourness and fruity sweetness. Strawberries, vinegar and a faintly herbal hop flavor come out in the mid-palate, with a bit of grain flavor beneath the sourness. The finish is sharp and very vinegary, more than I generally like, but this is really enjoyable in small quantities.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Generously shared by PWoods. Pretty nice move by PimpP!

Light gold in color with ruby highlights in the glass. Little if no head at all.
Smell is very sour/tart, with a good amount of light fruit.
Taste is more tartness. But there are some insane, huge, juicy fruit flavors. Mango, peach, very nice and refreshing.
Bittering in the mouth. A bit more vinegar in the flavor than I care for.
Enjoyable, nice sipper.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3.5 is what I gave the bottle I had in Vegas.

Full review for the bottle I bought at Liquor Shed for under $10.

A clear gold with an inch of foam, very good lacing.

The dry hopping is up front in the nose followed by the tartness that was lacking in the other bottle I had.

My, that dry hoppy goodness DOES go well with the sour notes. The dry hop to me consists of tropical fruit; a good compliment to the sourness, I reckon.

Medium body and carbonation, it's a smooth brew to my palate.

Nice. Not something I'd want very often, but nice.

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Photo of TheHumanFund
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 22 ounce bottle purchased from Small Batch Liquor in Denver

A: Light amber color, creamy white carbonation, with slight hazy.

S: Citrus, dry-hopped nose with a mild acidic finish. The two smells blend very nicely.

T: Resembles a dry-hopped, malty pale ale, with an intense, but not overwhelming, acidic and sour finish.

M: A dry, acidic bite with a tiny, creamy effervescence.

O: An exceptional beer that places a unique dry-hopped twist, on a sour ale. We'll worth a try or two.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is lemony and yeasty. Taste starts sour up-front, dry and lemony with some hops in the background. Light body with high effervescence, very dry. Quite nice, sour, dry but also hoppy in the background.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear golden yellow with a thin wet head. Light lacing left behind.

Aroma of sour apple, white wine, yeast and barnyard funk. A tropical fruit note appears as it warms.

Agressive sour apple taste with white wine and cider vinegar notes. Finishes with a bitter tinge.

Thinner bodied with a sharp carbonation.

This one is a definite acquired taste which I'm still acquiring.

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Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was delicious. Decent sour/tart pucker as well as the bright notes from the dry-hopping. As I sat with my buddy trying this one, we agreed that this would be an awesome brew to try and clone, and that it would be a great house beer. I am new to sours, and this convinced me to take a further plunge. Lips of Faith series rocks!

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Photo of handcrafty
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured from 22oz bottle. The only numbering on the bottle is "140819091", Possibly 08/19/14, so possibly a bit over two months old.
Color is a nice orange-golden body with a thin residual head staying throughout the glass. Nice legging, fairly sticky.
Smells of sour fruit, berries, apples and grass and the taste follows. A little more subtle than I prefer my sours, but I enjoyed the interplay between the Amarillo and Cascade hops and the fruity notes. Very nice. Lots of beautiful citrus notes, plum, raspberries, currants and everything else you would want in a nice sour.
Medium body with a slightly lactic finish. Overall, very enjoyable - easily my favorite from New Belgium. I would love to see them expand their lineup with these styles.

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Photo of bballmj2k
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last bottle of this beer - had it when it was first released in the Spring - lets see how it has aged.

A - Looks a bit like a DIPA - muddy orange and honey-color with a finger or so of head that dissipates quickly. Fair degree of lacing.

S - Not nearly as vibrant as when fresh - unfortunate. Still has remnants of the fruitiness from Amarillo hops, along with apple tartness and overripe fruits.

T - The fruitiness of the nose is up front, followed by pretty puckering sourness. Finishes with more of the apple cider vinegar notes. Solid sour - doesn't compare to what I remember from March or Russian River's offerings.

M - Medium bodied, crisp carbonation almost soda-like in effervescence. Nice and refreshing.

Found this beer to be much better and fuller in flavors and aroma when it was fresh. It has definitely mellowed and balanced out a bit but I miss that fruit-forward character it had a few months ago. Still worth seeking out.

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Photo of Brackh
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Orangish pour light head. This beer smells awesome. Hoppy and fruitastic. Here is where things go south for me. The taste punches you in the mouth. I'm not a fan of sours. The thing about this one though is that there is some tasty stuff going on after the initial kick in the pants. It has a complex taste that I think would grow on me if not for the sour kick. I think this is probably right up the alley of all of the sour drinkers. Not for me, but I think it has some tasty aspects to it.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Barley and Hops

The beer is a hazy amber color with a thin coaster of white foam atop it. The aroma is lemon zest and light funk. Taste features big citrus notes, bitter hops and acetic tartness. Starts out sweet and fruity followed by a very nice hoppy bitterness and a sour, tart finish. Feel tends toward the lighter side with a nice level of carbonation. Overall I found this to be a very enjoyable offering from New Belgium. Light, refreshing and very easy drinking.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gbontrag for this one.

Was sent a bomber from the tap and capped 2 days ago.

Pours a slightly cloudy orangy/pinkish color, some carbonation, no head, and no lacing. The nose is of sour apples, citrus/mandarins, slight yeast, and some hops. The taste is pretty sour/bitter/tangy, but very tasty, it draws you into the brew. The finish is dry. Medium body, well rounded, complex brew. Very drinkable, quite a different brew from NB (never had a La Folie yet). I hear it will not be around much longer, so if you can get over to NB, do it.

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Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Burger. in Santa Cruz. POurs an opaque tangerine bronze color with a sticky white head. Aroma is lemons and unripe berries, blackberries in particular come to mind, seedy and tart. Flavor is acidic unripe fruits, citrus and berries, something subtly herbal, lemonhead candy, slight honey malts in the finish, very dry and tart. Palate is very nice but I'm somewhat underwhelmed by the depth of flavor. Reminds me a lot of unsweetened lemonade. Still a good beer.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to Jsanford for sending this one my way.

appearance: golden orange with minimal head

smell: sour, apples,

taste: sour apples, semi sweet, bready, nice balance,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very good sour beer. had a nice balance between the sweet, sour, and bitterness. would definitely drink again.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of cjgiant
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Bottle dated 08/19/14:
Pours a straight golden with a good amount if fluffy white head that dissipates slowly to a gossamer film, with the edges providing good lacing. The beer is quite fact in this pour. The nose, to me, is mostly mango but I get strawberry as well in the fruit side, which is quite pleasant. Underneath I get a farmhouse hay earthiness, which actual ends up seeming kind of funky stale to me.

The taste hits the mouth with a decent dose of sour, but it gives way to the mango-like flavors from the nose. When the beer still has a little chill, the sour fruit flavors are subdued kind of surprisingly quickly by the earthy farmhouse flavors I associate with saison style beers. As the beer warms a bit, the sour lasts a little linger, and the carbonation brings the feel more into the experience adding a nip on the tongue. In the end I get just a hint of forest that is actually interesting.

I am not sure if I like the addition of depth to a sour. There seems to be a regular beer not-too-well hidden behind a dose of fruity tartness. I liked the tropical fruit tastes with the sour. However, adding the more earthy tones that I assume come from larger amounts of more flavorful hops than might otherwise be used in a sour I think detracts from the part I initially enjoyed. I still rated it decently because it is a fine beer, but I think there was potential to be even better.

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Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden deep amber, small off-white head long lasting and slowly shrinking to thin ring, wisps, a little nice lace.

Aroma is sour fruits, lemon rind, light funky yeastiness and hint of vinegar.

Taste is citric, tart-sour fruits, some sweetness, light earthy yeastiness, hint of grass, with vinegary lemon and crackers really dominating the finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of GoldenJet
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the second Lips of Faith series that's really impressed me, the first being New Belgium's other sour, La Folie.

For people used to barrel-aged sours from Russian River, or any Cantillon entries, this may not be for you - think of it as more of an "Entry-Level Sour", one that you may use to get people to drink more sours!

However, Le Terroir isn't without nuances. Lots of orange and tart green apple flavors, and a really cool hop-profile on the finish, which is cool when I burp, cause I get hops and not an acidic taste in my mouth. The acidity and sweetness hang around forever on the tongue, and it is far from unpleasant; I'm thinking this would be a great summer beer, especially when paired with any type of fruit salad, or an apertif when hanging in the backyard, waiting for something on the grill - really livens up the tastebuds.

For the value, this can't be beat - pick up a couple of bottles when you see it, as you'll wish you had more.

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Photo of Takahiro
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: light tan, clear, thin white head

S: smells interesting, but i can't characterize. behind this whiff of "i don't know what", there's some sweet caramel smell.

T: clean sharp and edgy tartness, like a squeezed lemon, and very very minor vinegar presence. there's citrus-peel bitterness that lingers on sides of my tongue. faint caramel sweetness.

M: light and dry.

O: nice summery drink.
First, I thought it was little too sour for my taste. after a few sips, it's actually nice!

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Photo of gregshead
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 5/7/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours a light orange with half finger of head that dissipates really quickly.

S: Strong tart/barnyard smells along with some tropical tones. Nothing overlwhelms the nose

T: Sour strawberries with some other tart and tropical flavors that remind me of a pale ale or IPA.

M: Oily mouthfeel and some good tartness that lingers in the cheeks

O: Can't wait to have it again and again. Includes a great sour taste along with some hop taste in there also.

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Photo of hman43
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours light golden with a bit of orange. The is a white head that doesn't have very good head retention.

Smell: It has an earthly aroma with wood mixed in. There are some mango aromas that complement the earth and wood. There is a subtle sourness around the nose as well.

Taste: It is moderately sour with mango and peaches complement by the wood and earthly elements. There are also oranges in the background notes.

Feel: It has a moderate feel. The beer causes a certain tart puckering to it that is pleasant and not overdone. The tart finish is rather long lasting.

Overall, this is a fruity sour ale with peaches and mango taking center stage with a complex combination of the wood and earthly elements into a pleasant sour/tart finish.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Vine and Barley Palm City. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Lightly hazy yellow. Nice white head. Great retention.

Smell - Quite hoppy. Kinda lemony and citrusy. Damp and funky woodiness.

Taste - Sour right up front. Lemon and grapefruit. Kinda herbal. Hoppy too. Fresh sharp oak and a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation and very dry. Medium body.

Overall - Finished before getting to this part of the review, so I got nothing.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hopsbreath for sharing this one.

Appearance- hazy, golden,straw colored. Very white soap-like bubbles for a head.

Smell- Nice floral and citrus hop aroma. Some peachy sourness comes up as well.

Taste- Sour and champange-like. It has some peach to it as well. Some nice grapefruit hop character to it.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated. Light mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Good drinkability, but best for a summer day and only one bottle at that.

A dry-hopped sour. Who woulda thought? Different for sure. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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