Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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95
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2,402 Ratings
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84
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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 sahd-1
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmasher85
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Much like the other beer I've tried in the Lips of Faith series, Eric's Ale, this one is a good introductory sour. It's more just heavily tart, and slightly funky, with less fruit emphasis and more fruity hops.

I'm no hop expert, but apparently, the amarillo hops that were dry-hopped help bring out a fruity element, and I definitely got that both in the nose and taste - slight nectarine, some apricot and mango, a hint of pineapple. There's a nice mix here between sweet and tart, and it's not too puckerish and it doesn't rub your tongue raw like Eric's Ale or stronger sours. There's also a nice, yeasty, fermented funk to this beer, but again, we're not talking about a brett-bomb.

The fact that this isn't a fruit beer and the hops still have this juicy effect on it is impressive. If it weren't so damn expensive, I'd go for this one again. The presentation alone - mild fizz, nice initial haze that dissipates after a bit, and a gorgeous dark orange glow - make it one to try.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice drinkable sour that didnt have an overpowering funkiness that La Folie has. Appearance has a nice orange glow with a wine like fizziness and dry on the palete.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tkrane
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeff1973
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BradShook
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ElTgray
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LADaveBN
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OhioRay
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange appearance with a thin white head that dissipates to a small ring quickly.

S - Sour. Earthy funkiness - hay, dirt. Lightly citrusy hops in the background.

T - Awesome. Sharp sourness takes over, but then gives way to a complex brett character. Hay, sweat, vinegar, dirt. A lingering hop flavor from the amarillo dry hop. Just fabulous.

M - Medium light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

O - First beer I've had from the lips of faith series. Just an awesome brew. Really well made.

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Photo of terpdog
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Teen-o
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Egrace85
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of gilgar
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of fenixtx423
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 version out of a pint glass on tap at Tap & Bottle in Tucson. The best dry-hopped sour I have ever tried. The amarillo/cascade combination is the perfect companion to the flavor profile in this one!

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Photo of justinp444
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip it has a orange mango hazy body with a 3/4 in thick foamy white head (good lacing bad retention). Smell of earth, green apple, grass, citrus, apricots, nectarine, orange, maybe a bit of pineapple, tiny bit of funk, tiny bit of hay, and some lighter biscuit malt. Taste is sour, tart, funk, grass, pineapple, peach, green apple sour, apricot, nectarine, tiny bit of earth malt flavor. It has a light to moderate mouth feel and body with just a light amount of carbonation. A big sweet and sour beer with a good amount of fruity hop flavor to keep you occupied.

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Photo of GameFreac
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best sour ever. This beer is perfect every year and very consistent. I look forward to drinking this fresh to taste the dry-hopping goodness. The dry hopping allows it to smell like a tropical fruity IPA but with a sour, citrusy taste. It's so unique and amazing.

I can't say enough good things about this beer. Worth every penny.

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

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

2015 vintage. Pours a light amber with little head that dissapates quickly. Smells of apricots and little citrus. Fairly sour but not overly so, tastes of mangos, oranges, peaches, and tropical fruits. Very faint pine, the sourness and hops play very well together, with the hops contributing the tropical fruit and just a bit of bitterness in the finish. Overall I'm impressed with this beer, the dry hopping adds an extra dimension and the only real downside is the price.

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Photo of lewk556
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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