Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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95
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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:
2,396
Reviews:
500
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
483
Gots:
464
For Trade:
28
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Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the 1st Annual Brass Hat Brewing Brewfest in Watertown, CT, this little beauty from the bomber shows a somewhat cloudy straw-yellow brown color with a decent frothy white head and very healthy lacing. The aroma impresses you immediately with lemon-bread, skunky yeast and a little sweet bubblegum. I like it and the sour invitation is compelling. The flavor again echoes the lemon sharpness detected by the nose but there's also some peachy vinegar and some vanilla biscuit. Bitter but perfectly drinkable for the style. It's medium-light bodied with lively carbonation and a light, crisp feel. Once again, this Lips of Faith series is really translating the Belgian ideas into accessible American lingo that I thoroughly enjoy. While it's a little different from the couple of European leaders I have sampled, it stands well with them in my mind. Enjoy this if you find it!

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

Bottle purchased 8/2011, bottling date unknown.

A - Pours a clear burnt orange with one finger of white head. Head doesn't last long, but maintains a collar. Nice stream of carbonation rising from the center of the tulip.

S - Nice funky sourness in the aroma. Lemon and tart peach, and some lactic sourness. Despite holding this for awhile, I do get some hops aroma. Very nice aroma.

T - While the sourness is front and center, there is a very nice fruitiness here as well. Not a sweet fruitiness, but juicy tart peach, some faint bitterness.

M - Medium, crisp mouthfeel with a nice carbonation level. Some faint lingering funkiness.

O - Really enjoyable sour from New Belgium. The dry hopping adds a nice twist to this, and the peach notes are very tasty. Would love have this again.

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Photo of gtermi
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

22oz bottle into snifter. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy apricot color with a couple of fingers of fuzzy light tan head that faded rather quickly into thin soft looking film.
S: Sweet and fruity notes of bright peaches, apricots and tangerine nectar. Floral and lightly bitter smelling as well. There are some underlying notes of dry yeast, slight funk, and a hint of tartness that reminds me this isn’t just a flowery ipa.
T: Musty, tart, and dry up front, with bright notes of stone fruits and citrus. Peach, apricot, and kumquats follow, with earthy and dirty flavors of barn floor flavored yeast, musty attic and spicy hops. The finish is has a kiss of tart acid and mango, and the aftertaste is juicy, dry and sweet with a lingering fruitiness.
M: Bright and frothy carbonation that bubbly up on my mouth, but it isn’t suffocating or harsh. Soft and drying mouthfeel, medium body with touch of grease to it. More funky than tart, and very easy to drink all-around. Very low acidity/vinegar.
O: I knew this beer was supposed to be really good, but I haven’t really ever been blow away by a NB LoF beer since La Folie. This beer was fantastic. The tart musty base worked very well with the tropical fruit hop addition. Amazing.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Bottle dated 08/19/14:
Pours a straight golden with a good amount if fluffy white head that dissipates slowly to a gossamer film, with the edges providing good lacing. The beer is quite fact in this pour. The nose, to me, is mostly mango but I get strawberry as well in the fruit side, which is quite pleasant. Underneath I get a farmhouse hay earthiness, which actual ends up seeming kind of funky stale to me.

The taste hits the mouth with a decent dose of sour, but it gives way to the mango-like flavors from the nose. When the beer still has a little chill, the sour fruit flavors are subdued kind of surprisingly quickly by the earthy farmhouse flavors I associate with saison style beers. As the beer warms a bit, the sour lasts a little linger, and the carbonation brings the feel more into the experience adding a nip on the tongue. In the end I get just a hint of forest that is actually interesting.

I am not sure if I like the addition of depth to a sour. There seems to be a regular beer not-too-well hidden behind a dose of fruity tartness. I liked the tropical fruit tastes with the sour. However, adding the more earthy tones that I assume come from larger amounts of more flavorful hops than might otherwise be used in a sour I think detracts from the part I initially enjoyed. I still rated it decently because it is a fine beer, but I think there was potential to be even better.

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Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of KevinGordon
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of DanGeo
3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at a tasting. Hazy orange pour with a thin white head. Smells of brett and citrus hops. The taste is sour, with notes of vinegar and brett. Dry and sour aftertaste.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of CTJman
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

acidic, vinegar aroma.... nice pour, little carbonation. some hop bitterness at the finish. very nice.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pleasantly tart with a surprisingly large peach flavour courtesy of the dry-hopping. Lemon is there strongly as well. Without the dry-hopping, I think this would be a pretty average sour. With the dry-hopping, it is quite tasty. Still, not as good as the ratings suggest, in my opinion. I would happily drink it again but I wouldn't hunt it out.

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Photo of mportnoy
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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

Photo of GreenMind
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

2013 batch.

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a good sized and frothy light tan head. Head fizzes out somewhat quickly but with an almost completely solid wall of lacing. Decent retention.

S: Interesting. Sour citrus, orange peel and grapefruit? Hoppy, fruity and tart at the same. Very nice and crisp and refreshing.

T: Huh, hoppy grapefruit up front. Tart citrus follows, mostly a combination of grapefruit and oranges. Quite sour and a kick from the bitterness at the same time in the finish. Lingering bitter oranges and grapefruits.

M: Medium bodied, sharp and crisp.

O: Interesting sour, never had a hopped sour before. The hoppiness enhances the fruitiness and gives it an edge that's really nice. Overall a very crisp and drinkable sour.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a 2013 in August 2015. Very nice funky smelling a moderately sour wild ale.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,396 ratings.
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