Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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95
world-class
2,392 Ratings
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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:
2,392
Reviews:
498
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
483
Gots:
462
For Trade:
28
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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

Photo of BeccaH
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Joshokedrums
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StevenNebulous
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of headbangingteacher
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise as I almost passed this up. The apparent golden base color is muddied by a great haze. The funk hits the nose as it gets in the vicinity of the glass and as it gets closer, the scents of the yeast, citrus, and if you inhale deeply, a little burn from alcohol hit the deep passages of your nostrils. The taste is just as intense. If you like tart, sour beer, this has all that with a distinct grapefruit bent that lingers pleasantly for a good while.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the 2014 vintage poured into Teku glass.
Look - brilliant orange-gold color with a 1" white head that lingers and lingers. Lacing is mild.
Smell - really nice earthy, mustiness. I swear there's a hint of Brett in there. Really nice dry-hop addition with the Amarillo bringing big tropical notes.
Taste - fruit and funk mix with mangoes, peaches, grass, earth and a hint of wood. This is a well done beer.
Feel - light-medium feel with the funkness there but not tart at all. Finish is tangy with mild funk.
Overall - damn nice beer! I really enjoyed this one. Best LOF New Belgium has done.

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

Photo of TonyFrac
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of JamesBoehm
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of breadwinner
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hot damn, this is a fine beer. Gotta say, I'm not sure if I've had a dry hopped sour before, but if this is the outcome, let's get this ball rollin, brewers! Huge tropical notes on the nose + a health dose of apricot. Seriously, whoever crafted this brew is an artisan, because the Amarillo/Cascade combo marries so harmoniously with the base sour and its aroma...this is great stuff. Palate is similarly delightful, ample sourness but never veering into vinegary acid fest territory. That tropical fruit and tart apricot kinda overshadows any barrel presence, but I sort of sense it being there in a really minor, supporting way. Overall, an absoluet home run from NB, who continues to show that their sours are not to be trifled with -- in fact, I dare say they're one of the better sour producers in America.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy burnt orange. Aroma is faint fruity hops, a bit of funk and acid. Faint hint of oak. Smells a bit like a dry hopped Brett saison, but with a bit more acidity. Flavor is a well integrated citrus hop blast with lemony acidity. Barrel and funk mesh with some sweetness to help bring everything together. A much more cohesive effort than some other beers in a similar vein.

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Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,392 ratings.
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