Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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95
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2,392 Ratings
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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:
2,392
Reviews:
498
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
483
Gots:
462
For Trade:
28
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,392 |  Reviews: 498
Photo of FinchSCF
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sporklift87
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of EXScotT
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a 1/4" of white head. The head actually adds to the overall appearance because of the beautiful contrast of the golden beer with the white foam. The smell is a very mild and I sense lemon, grass, belgian yeast... all blanketed in a mild sour smell. This is just a straightforward sour ale that flat out delivers. It begins more sweet than it does sour... almost like a warhead after you have sucked off the outer super sour level. The sourness is complimented by tastes of orange, lemon and mild yeast. After the sourness fades a terrific tartness begins to dominate your palate. It's almost like drinking juice the mouthfeel is so smooth, and this being one of the thicker bodies sour ales I've had, the thickness was a definite plus. Overall, this beer doesn't try to be anything it's not, and the result is a simple, traditional American wild ale that is very tasty.

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

Photo of kristinc
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of timothybarney
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Dka67
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tracker83
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of South2NW
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fargrow
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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