Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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95
world-class
2,405 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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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:
2,405
Reviews:
502
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
482
Gots:
465
For Trade:
27
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,405 |  Reviews: 502
Photo of mklisz
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of braker649er
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a 2014 bottle I'd had in the cellar on 11/21/15. I'd heard this is pasteurized, so not a great sour for aging, but whatever happened, it tasted exceptional to me!

L - pure gold, crystal clear, no real head to speak of, but that's the style
S - wonderfully complex, with a punch of fruitiness and tang with earthiness in the background - grapefruit and peach and apricot and some spice I can't quite place ... and in a good-though-odd way, there's some very-ripe banana in there, too, I swear!
T - sweet and sour at once - as though fruit is amped up but the sour is, too, so they balance; I appreciated that the dry-hop contribution was obvious on the aftertaste but not overpowering and bitter--the tartness won over any bitterness, as this is a sour first and foremost (unlike some lesser dry-hopped sours I've had)
F - fine and tangy, though not the highlight of this beer
O - I think I've made my point. I had lowered my expectations and had them exceeded.

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjd722
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pour House, this is the first dry hopped sour I've had and it's excellent! Pours a deep orange-golden color, very hazy (almost like a dark peach coloring) and has a thin white foam head. The balance of hops and sour notes is perfect in the aroma. The resin from the two hops lingers in the background, up front is primarily tropical fruits, Granny Smith Apple, and apricot. The taste mirrors the aroma, tropical fruits and the hop profile is present without the bitterness. Mouthfeel is tart and acidic, extremely drinkable...would drink this on many an occasion, phenomenal job by NB!

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Photo of wilfonzo
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JothHu
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMCimpi
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of IckyT2012
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bennykroeks
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Croft
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tummy345
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 NickThePyro
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of briancathy
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of myelo
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 model

Pours a cloudy apricot color with thin white head and sticky lacing.

Prominent aroma of green apples, peach, with some citrus. Moderate earthy, woody funkiness. Mild grainy malt.

Taste is initially a prominent sour tartness. balanced with mild malt sweeties and mild citrus rind bitterness. Dry finish with lingering acidity.

Medium somewhat creamy body with medium low carbonation. Slight acidic dryness and mild ethanol warmth.

Overall a complex and well balanced synergy between sour, earthiness, bitterness and malt. Very drinkable and interesting enough to enjoy by itself but would also pair well with something like barbecue ribs, steak, duck, or sweet and sour chicken.

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Photo of Beer21
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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 turbotype
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nuebs
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,405 ratings.
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