Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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4.29/5
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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
Ranking:
#616
Reviews:
504
Ratings:
2,420
pDev:
9.32%
Bros Score:
3.71
 
 
Wants:
488
Gots:
474
Trade:
26
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,420 |  Reviews: 504
Photo of rob_o_rob
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beer experiences I've ever had was in Fort Collins at a little cheese bar during GABF week. This happened to be on tap and I got a pint of it with a few select cheeses. Was a holy experience. I believe I admitted to my waiter at the time that I was euphoric.

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Photo of blowpez
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robc3366
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ri0
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured 22oz bottle into teku. Hazy golden orange with a 2 finger white fluffy head. Fades quickly into a ring with spotty lacing on the glass. Sour citrus fruit of grapefruit, orange and some wet oak. Dry and tart with heavy citrus flavor. A really nice juicy flavor. Tart with prickly carbonation and a light dry feel. This is a terrific dry hopped AWA that is readily available on the shelf.

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Photo of bstall76
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of silverblaze540
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Burnt orange, very hazy with 1-inch head. Head holds for a fair amount of time. Average visual carbonation.

S - Fruity and sour

T - Tropical fruit, grapefruit, passion fruit. Some bready notes. Moderate hop bitterness without much alcohol taste.

M - Some carbonation burn, medium length finish.

O - A bit strange but enjoyable.

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Photo of sherpahigh
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brbrocc
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mayo2323
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bshaw79
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Volsdawg10
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zac16125
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Teku
2015 Vintage


A: Very hazy, nearly opaque, dark golden orange with 2.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head that dissipates fairly slowly 4

S: Funky, fruity, slightly tart. Subtle oak, floral, citrus. 4.25

T: Good combination of sweet and tart. Sour citrus, oak, a bit white wine-ish characters. Tart characters and oak builds as it warms. Very nice. 4.5

M/D: medium body; carbonation on the higher end; dry on the finish; very good drinkability 4.5

O: Excellent beer. 4.5

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Photo of mklisz
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of braker649er
4.46/5  rDev +4%
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 -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjd722
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of AMCimpi
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of IckyT2012
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 2,420 ratings