Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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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
Reviews:
493
Ratings:
2,380
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
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Photo of Zaximus
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoy La Folie but was eagerly anticipating this offering. Especially at half the price.

From bottle into FFF Teku.

Patient pour yields virtully no head but lacing sticks to the side of the glass quite nicely.

Copper/orange colors.

Big funky nose. Sour apples. Actually smells like apple sauce in my opinion. Love this nose.

Tart but not extremely sour. Dry finish. I get a little more citrus than apple flavor. Really dry. Light mouthfeel, decent carbonation.

It's good and easily drinkable but I think I was hoping for a bit more. Still, for the price point and definite lack of attainable sours in the Midwest, I'd pick this up again.

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Photo of beagle75
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a becker glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light orange-amber color with over one finger of eggshell-tinted foam head. Light spotty lacing remains on the glass.

S: Surprisingly mild, with crisp herbaceous and medicinal hops, a fine thread of acetic tartness, and a persistent whiff of old, dusty oak. Some fresh nectarine fruit develops as the beer warms.

T: Begins dry, with juicy grapefruit flesh that is enhanced--practically made three-dimensional--by balanced sourness and delicate hop aromatics. There is also just enough pine involved to merit mention. Bright stone fruit, more temperate than tropical, is revealed as the beer warms. Aggressive wood, well-cured but aromatic, emerges into the middle where it briefly dominates the palate. Some sweetness also develops, with toasted malt accents. The finish is mild compared to earlier parts, kind of hard to pin down, with lingering phantom acidity and some sweet malt, but little bitterness.

M: Medium viscosity; its favorable wetness, stickiness, and succulence is largely nullified by a deep and lasting acidic burn at the back of the throat; with moderate carbonation.

D/O: History tells us that New Belgium is much more adept at harnessing sourness than hops, yet this beer's flavor makes something amazing out of both--and it happens simultaneously. The attraction is found early in the flavor of the cellar-temperature beer; it may taste more like real grapefruit juice than any other beer tasted so far. Unfortunately this beer's pleasant but unremarkable smell is not its lowest point--the burn of acidity builds on the palate over time, becoming uncomfortable. Still, the flavors win out; they are impossible to resist, the resultant burn being a cost worth paying.

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Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Pours a burnt orange with a nice off-white head.

S: Aroma is super-citrusy. Lots of orange and grapefruit and apricot notes, along with some lemony acidity lurking.

T: Taste brings earthy sourness, bit of bitter grapefruit pith, light vanilla wood tannin, lemon, mango, super drying and fruity.

M: Light-bodied with light carb.

O: Always a pleasure. One of the few New Belgium beers along with La Folie still working buying.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Single pint bomber poured into a tulip. A sparkling dark orange with two fingers of sudsy, rocky white foam. Aroma is initially innocent enough, some orange and lemon rinds, but blooms into some pretty serious sour funk with a fruity flair, full of sour mangoes, green apples, peaches, white grapes, limes, vinegar, lemon juice. A massive sour gummy candy bouquet with just a hint of barnyard. On the palate the hops seem to accent rather than dominate. Tons of sour fruit: Muscat grapes, lemon-lime, those sour tangerines that are full of seeds, and green mango, super acidic and corrosive, again with little true funk in the old style. Fiercely carbonated as well, like a sparkling wine. Getting more hops on the nose late, quite floral. A subtle sweetness like a pina colada lurks underneath. Body on the light side but not watery or thin per se. I'm still branching out into sour beer territory but this burgeoning fan deems this an "instant classic", at least if one is trying to capture the sour fruit stylings of Rodenbach or tannic white wines. Wonderful.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rutager for sharing this bad boy.

A: 1/8" cream coloured head over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Oak, funk, yeast and pears.

T: Pears, cider, funk, oak, yeast and some floral and citrus hops.

M: Thin viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: Other than the mouthfeel, this muted hop taste led me to believe that this wasn't as fresh as it could be. However, it is still quite a drinkable wild ale.

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

A-dark golden with a very thin cream colored head

S-smells like white grapes. fresh baked italian bread, and olive oil. very unique.

T-wow this is sour! a great sour. it comes in with a beautfiully tart tastes of white grapes and olive oil. its a very strong and great taste that lasts and continues to the after-taste. the flavors are real strong and of good quality.

M-medium carbonation with fairly dry finish

O-well this is one of the most sour sours i've had. it comes in with great appreciation. the flavors are unique and tasty. i'll be craving this one for awhile. please seek this out!

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Le Terroir

A: Hazy golden orange, fluffy off white head with good lacing and carbonation.

S: I could smell this beer the moment the cap hit my counter. Hoppy, juicy, earthy overtones, backed with a strong pineapple scent and tart cherries, followed by whiffs of candied sugar, oak, and sweet caramel malt. Very nice.

T: My first sour, but I thought that this beer would be less tart. My god it tastes like barely diluted cherry juice, lemon juice and citric acid. I can't taste much malt but probably because I'm not used to the style and my palette's wrecked.

MF: To me this has a thin mouthfeel, crisp and wet and bitter and finishing with dryness.

O: Probably a great sour for people that are into this style. I ranked it based on the quality of the beer, which I believe is good. My palette just wasn't ready for it.

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Photo of brewskis
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark orange color with a two finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick ring of lacing. Decent carbonation. Smells of bretty funk, mustiness, sour cherries, tiny bit of mango, peaches, good amount of lemon, white grape, a tiny bit of sweet breadiness. Taste starts with the dry hop qualities. Get peaches and mango, as well as a tiny bit of grapefruit. Then gets much more tart in the middle, along with notes of lemon, funk and some oak. The finish brings just a tad bit of sweetness, but is just overtaken by the funkiness from the brett, as well as more peach, mango, grapefruit, almost a white grape flavor, cherry, tropical fruit. You can tell the beer has been sitting in oak barrels for a few years, as the oak is very apparent in the finish. Very tart, puckering, acidic finish that lingers on the palate and makes you want to take another sip. Crisp, slightly creamy, and sticky mouthfeel with a medium body. The dry hopping adds a whole new dimension to the beer. Extremely complex sour for a reasonable price. This is hands down the best beer I’ve had by New Belgium so far.

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

Along with Crooked Stave, Cascade, Russian River, and Perennial's Side Project, New Belgium makes some of the finest wild ales in the country. La Folie and Le Terroir are both first rate, with the later achieving a remarkable balance of complex flavors while remaining very drinkable.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 version

A - Pours a golden orange with a two-finger foamy white head. The head dissapates leaving some soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is an interesting mix of grapefruit, orange peel, vinegar, and a light barnyard funkiness.

T - The flavor starts off tart with a vinegary flavor that is balanced out by some citrus. There is some yeasty barnyard funk throughout with a biscuity maltiness. The finish has a nice earthiness.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice sour. The dry hopping adds some nice citrus notes. A very fun beer that would be a good introduction for non sour fans.

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

First had Le Terroir (2015) poured from 22-oz. bomber into tulip. One of the more complex beverages I've ever had. This dry-hopped sour trend is growing on me.

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Photo of deebo
2.94/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2013 bottle

A-Poured into a pint glass I get a thin finger of white head that recedes to a thin skimming. Slightly hazy with a dark golden color with some burnt orange hues.

S-The hops hit me first with aromas of ripe citrus (passion fruit and orange) and grass. There is a subdued aroma of funk and sourness (white wine) with some oak.

T-Taste is more sour than the aroma. Hits you upfront and lingers into the finish. The aftertaste is first sour than bitter. The nice hop aroma is overpowered with the sour and the funk. Some fruitiness here but it is quickly overtaken with the sour and some bitterness.

M-Tingly carbonation with a light body. No detection of alcohol. Very dry finish.

O-This is a damn sour brew. Not a lot of funkiness and the nice aroma doesn't follow thru into the taste. An interesting brew but too much sourness and I don't care for the bitter finish.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was reviewed blind as part of the blind beer bif #5

Out of order #12 from johnbjaeger 

A - pours a light golden yellow with a nice fluffy white cap that seems to be hanging out for a while to see how I like it. There seems to be a good amount of carbonation rising to the surface.

S - The aroma seems very familiar. Its slightly sour, some fresh citrus and light barnyard funk. It just smells so inviting, I can't wait to dive in. Maybe a berliner weisse?

T - The taste is slightly underwhelming but still really nice. This is a beer I could sit on my front porch and yell at those damn kids all summer long. Its light and citrusy with just a hint of some funkiness, slightly sour, slightly barnyard.

M - Very light and refreshing mouthfeel, it dries out slightly in the finish but there is enough juicy citrus to remind you of sucking on an orange after a hard quarter of elementary soccer.

D - Really, I could drink alot of this. Its just damn tasty and enjoyable

So lets see what this bad boy is...
New Belgium Le Terroir!

Nice, one of my wants and wow, I'm really enjoying this one. Thanks John for the chance to try this one. I'm really looking forward to the day that the Lips of Faith series comes to PA.

4/4/4/4.5/4.5

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

A: poured from the bottle into a tulip to a nice golden orange with a dense finger and a half white head that slowly fades
S: smells intensely of the dry hops with bits of pine, citrus and some earthyness
T: starts off with a hint of tartness followed by some piney, resinous and earthy hops. Slight oakyness from the beer as well sweetness tries to come out but the hops and tartness keep it at bay. Swallow is a huge smack of acetic sourness, with some funk, citrus and oak. The sourness comes out a bit more in the following drinks but that dry hopping is still very forward.
M: Lighter side of medium in the mouth with soft but apparent carbonation. It has a semi slick feel in the mouth and a drying finish
O: I don't know who thought to dry hop a sour but it works and it works very well. This is a phenomenal beer.

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

Enjoyed out of a silkscreened brown 22 oz bomber. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series tulip glass.

Appearance - A complex, glowing golden orange body with some haze. Bright gold highlight where the light shines through. Atop the body sits a firm stark white one-finger head of smaller bubbles with a few larger bubbles that expand and leave nice pocking. Retention is pretty solid, and leaves little to no lacing as it dissipates.

Smell - A wonderfully herbal hop profile, with notes of fresh cut grass, garden greens, basil, and lemongrass. There is also a more faint, but definitely detectable bit of acidity, almost like watered-down apple cider vinegar. Smells exactly as you might expect a dry-hopped sour ale to smell. Delicious and refreshing.

Taste - Whereas the smell tended to lean a bit more towards the hoppy characteristics, the taste is more of a standard sour blonde. Citrus zest, fresh grass, pine needles, lemon vinaigrette, citric acidity and some faint hints of wood and even leather. Just an outstandingly balanced beer, with the hops and acidity playing very well together.

Mouthfeel - Light body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish with a lingering tartness on the aftertaste.

Overall, another sour LoF beer that I'm just blown away by. I'm glad that NB decided to re-release this beer, as I missed out on it the first time it hit the market. This one is wonderfully balanced and I might suggest it to someone who was looking to get into sour beers, as the hoppiness provides some flavor profiles that might be more familiar to someone who was new to the characteristics of sour beer. I will definitely continue buying this beer as long as they keep releasing it.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had during my recent trip to Denver to see my best friend. Great way to start the trip. Went straight from the airport to Falling Rock Taphouse for a few beers before dinner and when we walked in there was a poster announcing a special tapping of Le Terroir. Had to wait about 30 mins for the tapping which was agonizing as I've wanted to try this for years. The bar was kinda dark and the lightning not ideal so kinda hard to nail the color. It appeared to be an apple ciderish color with an orange tint. It was served in a wine glass and had a small head that settled into a thin film with some lacing. The smell was exceptional. It had an amazing sour smell that makes your mouth water. I've tried several Flanders Red Ales in the past year including it's cousin La Folie and this had the best aroma of them all. The mouthfeel was strong with a great sour aftertaste - not too strong, well balanced. The taste was also amazing. I found La Folie to be a bit on the too sour side (not bad but too sour to be a 5). This with the hopping stayed on the not too sour side. It had a great aftertaste and goes down smoooth. Ended up having a couple before we had to head out. Wish they would bottle this. If they did, I'd have one in my fridge constantly. (4.5, HR, T, Y)

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Photo of q33jeff
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

**
11/13/2016.

Bottle to mug, sample complements of JPK.

Hazy. Dark yellow. Medium white head.
Woody, sour, very dry.

Interesting brew. A lot of flavor.

**

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head that has a little bit of retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a slightly hazy and medium amber that appears paler when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very interesting and quite subtle for a wild ale. The hops are definitely still fresh- light notes of orange and lemon with pine and resin in the background. Some grapefruit. Mellow aromas of peach and other stone fruits. Mild notes of straw and grass and minor funk come out of the bottle but not the glass.

Taste- This starts off with mild tartness, mostly lemons and cherries, and this builds with notes of stone fruits, grass, straw, and slight funk. Slight notes of the Amarillo and Cascade- grapefruit being their strongest contribution. Conspicuous lactic acid but really manageable. Does really have a linger because of the clean and dry finish. Loads of peaches. However, this beer doesn't have a large presence but this is no way detrimental to it. This beer is delicate and sublime. The balance is perfect and while this may not be the best sour I've ever had, it's one of the most enjoyable. I will certainly be buying another bottle to age. A step below Cantillon- I simply haven't found any American beers (Russian River excepted) which replicate the mouthfeel of those great Belgian beers. Apples, cherries, and strawberry. All very subtle except for the cherry, lemon, and peach. Some apricot. Some notes of honey and melon as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with some syrup which is quite delicate. Good amount of carbonation. Has a little bit of zing where a bit of airiness would definitely make this a world class beer.

Drinkability- Pretty much the most easygoing sour that I've ever had while maintaining my interest. Pretty much a steal at 8 bucks a bomber when you consider both Cascade's and Russian River's prices.

Overall- Great beer, delicate take on the style. The addition of the hops really mellows it out and reinforces the sublime nature of the beer. Definitely worth a try. I will be grabbing one or two bottles to age- this is too great of a deal to pass up.

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Photo of parris
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty unique beer, sweet and sour with a pleasantly astringent and floral dry hopped flavor. Pours a hazy light copper color, and has an aroma that matches the taste.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Generously shared by PWoods. Pretty nice move by PimpP!

Light gold in color with ruby highlights in the glass. Little if no head at all.
Smell is very sour/tart, with a good amount of light fruit.
Taste is more tartness. But there are some insane, huge, juicy fruit flavors. Mango, peach, very nice and refreshing.
Bittering in the mouth. A bit more vinegar in the flavor than I care for.
Enjoyable, nice sipper.

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Photo of Treebs
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a DFH signature glass. Shared in line at the FFF XV Anniversary Party.

A:Pours a clear, deep straw with some orange undertones. A one finger frothy white head forms on the pour and leaves some splotchy, spotty lace on the way down.

S: Some light citrus hops are present and slightly tart orange and apple peals. Nothing outstanding.

T: Taste is much better. Great tartness and some sour fruit skins are balanced with a nice sweet citrus hop undertone. There is a little woody oak with a slighty vinegar-like pucker on the backend.

M: Light bodied with a slightly drying mouth and tiny pucker on the finish.

O: The dry hopping really added a nice citrus hop undertone to this and I'm glad I was able to still get a little pucker out of it.

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Photo of Domingo
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much like Eric's Ale before it, La Terroir has been a local NB favorite for years that just never made it into bottles. I don't believe it (still) is, but at one time NB employees described it as being a dry hopped La Folie. At that time both were pretty rare, so I never had much of a reference to compare the two.
Pours a golden yellow color with a voluminous head on a normal draft pour. Lacing is pretty abundant as you work your way in. It's definitely not the same color as La Folie, FYI.
The profile on this beer is interesting because it shifts. Up front I get a sweetness that suddenly becomes very sour and citric when it hits the middle of the tongue. Right when you think you know what you're getting, the earthy, almost "salty" hops kick in to form a great counter balance to the sourness. Swallowing revives the sour notes a bit, although the hops keep it from being a one-note finish, too.
The 3-stage flavor profile makes you come back for more and more, and it never gets any less interesting and the palate never dulls. I think this one could satisfy fans of lots of different styles, without compromising one bit.
NB's best beer? It might be. If not, it's at least on par with Eric's and La Folie.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a light orange color with a very thin white head with no retention. Lightly carbonated with very thin bubbles running up the sides of the glass. First smell is berries soaked in vinegar. The acidity is noticeable. There is also a decent hop presence in the background. First sip is incredibly sour. Strong acidic notes and a vinegary flavor. The hops finally come through after about 3 sips. They are fruity and citric in the aftertaste. The finish is pretty clean with a low hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Fairly still and medium bodied.

A hoppy sour? It actually works.

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Photo of daledeee
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I admit it, I bought this beer based on the reviews.

Pours a bright dark gold with medium head that can easily be revived.

Smell is vinegar, slightly funky and spicy.

Taste is not as "sour" as others. In my opinion, this is better. There is tart fruit such as green apple, hints of citrus and a malt background. Lemon is really present on the back of my tongue. This is quite a tart beer yet sweet.

Mouth feel is nice as it should be: lots of carbonated bite. This is really an easy beer to drink. Usually I am not as crazy about these, but I like this one.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange colored brew with eggnog colored soapy/foamy head. No lacing.

Orange, lemon, tartness, farmy, acidic, lactic, pineapple, and citrus.

Dry, smooth, not sweet, not bitter, high carbonation, acidic, grapefruit, expired (dry-slightly bitter) mango, tart, lemony, smooth, crisp, drinkable. Funky. Lots of intriguing flavors meld together to create an amazing masterpiece.

Highly recommended. Awesome unique flavors blend wonderfully together to create a great brew that draws you back for sip after sip. I really wish NB would continuously produce masterpieces and not make them one-offs. Initial flavors is bizarre, but leads to wonderful collection of flavor and feel.

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Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,380 ratings.
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