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

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489
Ratings:
2,370
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
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Photo of nataku00
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip. Beer poured a clear orange with a finger and a half of creamy white head. Decently uniform head, with a few bubbles here and there, that leaves a very nice amount of sticky lacing on the edge of the glass as the head dissipated to a small collar of bubbles. Some tiny bubbles float up here and there, but not overly active.

Nose is earthy, woodsy, wet hay funk, sweet orange, nectarine and peach, sour fruit vinegar, acetic acid, with a decent caramel and biscuit malt backbone.

A bit of the hops comes through on the taste, the sweet and lightly bitter citrus, tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, sweet stone fruit peaches and nectarines, wet hay funk, light vinegar mid tongue with mild acidity, and finish is a soft earthiness, light oak, and sweet fruit. Lightly dry finish, with some residual fruitiness lingering.

Light bodied with a really gentle and soft carbonation that is nearly perfect from a wild ale. A relatively high abv is well hidden, maybe contributing slightly to an over ripe fruit taste at the back of the throat. Would have liked just a little more acidity, but there are so many excellent flavors going on here that this is still worth trying at least once.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy dark golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are mild. Has that Belgium yeast sour aroma. Slightly fruity. The taste is excellent! Bready at first but quickly hits you with a sour, fruity blast. Leaves that sour taste on your palate. Definitely one of my favorite beers. I just wish it wasn't so damn expensive.

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Photo of bamadog
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of several bottles I picked up on a recent trip to Boone, NC, this review is from notes taken on 3/23/2011 and poured from the bottle to a goblet.

Appearance: Pour is a light orange/coppery color and it starts with a nice 1 and 1/2 finger slightly off-white head that fades quickly to a creamy, full and incomplete skim; body is quite hazy, and shows light carbonation; a couple of strands and spots of lacing stick to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A strong tart bret funkiness leads the way and it's quite potent; bit of a pulpy/woody presence behind it; a bit dank and musty and slightly reminiscent of vinegar; bit of a citrusy hop presence as well.

Taste: Wow, very interesting -- the same as with the smell, the tart bret funk leads the way and it comes across with a bit of a juicy orange/apricot flavor behind it; the dry-hopping is an interesting addition and adds a nice bitterness to it, but it really couples well with the funk and citrus; just a bit of the dank mustiness and wood that's present in the nose as well; in the aftertaste, there's a bit of grainy sweet maltiness that barely lingers.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium in weight and the carbonation is rather soft and brings just a bit of spritz; a moderately thick and sticky coating is left all over the roof of the mouth and it holds just a bit of the grainy sweetness mentioned above; belly is left a little warm from the acidity of the drink.

Overall: This sour is pretty solid -- very robust, citric and funky smells and flavors really meet what I feel is intended with this one. The ABV isn't overly high, but the acidity would likely catch up after a while -- one 22 oz. bottle is just about perfect. An excellent and refreshing beer.

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

Appearance: brown-ruby-amber pour, nice head and lacing

Smell: Very fruity, and also sour. I get berries, apricot, spicy oak. Pleasant floral hopiness that is quite unique.

Taste: Again, very fruity, but very sour and tart with a slight candy sweetness (beer actually reminds me of a sour berry candy). Very pleasant floral hoppiness to it without a touch of bitter. I get berries, apricot, plums, dates. Also some spicy oak and vanilla. The lack of funk keeps this one below 4.5 overall. Hops are not particularly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: A very soft beer surprisingly. Excellent creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable, the first glass disappeared. Lactic sourness slowed the second glass down a bit. Put some funk in it, put it in a bottle, and cork and cage it please!

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Photo of pwoods
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GrizzlyAdams for this trade. Review from notes from awhile back.

A: Golden blonde pour with some plum flesh tinting. A small frothy head forms and dies very fast and only leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Very tart and sour. Lots of acidic fruits and even more tartness.

T/M: The tartness is amped up even more in the taste. Lots of juicy fruits, mango, pineapple, green apples, lemon. The sourness starts to come out more as it warms, definitely some cider vinegar going on. Body is light but the carbonation is a bit weak. Pretty dry throughout.

D: Very tart and sour... this is borderline too much for me(edit: back then it was... would still be potent but it would be more drinkable and more enjoyable for me now).

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Photo of PDXHops
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy light amber with a surprisingly foamy off-white head 2 fingers or so. Decent retention and scattered patches of soapy lacing.

Nose is a nice balance of tartness- underripe grapes, green apples- and dusty/funky notes. Plenty of citrus zest thanks to the dry hopping. Not a ton of funk flavor, but enough to keep things interesting for sure. Loads of tart orange, lemon and green apple. Some sweetness lingers in the background. More tart than sour, which aids in drinkability, along with the crispish finish. A bite of bitterness toward the swallow, then bread and some tartness linger.

Overall impression: Nice little wild ale here. Recommended.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
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 pokesbeerdude
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alas, review number 600. Much thanks to backfat (Dave) for an incredible post to help me decide which beer to drink for this review. Your box will go out on Monday.

On to the beer.

22oz bottle purchased from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO for around $9. Into a NB Globe.

A: Slightly hazy amber in color with a stark white head that bubbled up to an inch or so and has slowly collapsed into a light froth of a head with some excellent gobs of lacing. Small amount of carbonation that moves up from the nucleation point.

S: As promised, a dry hopped sour, very citrusy combo of amarillo and cascade make a nice grapefruit profile. Behind the hops is a decent amount of funk that was apparent right away when I opened the bottle. You can definitely tell that this is a cousin to La Folie, strong acetic notes, and a decent amount of wood finds its way into the nose. Quite nice.

T: I've always wondered about the possibility of dry hops in a sour, and I'd have to say that it works quite well as the aroma really leads over to the taste. I'd be willing to bet that there was a decent dose of late hop additions, as there is a pretty substantial grapefruit and peach note in the taste. A decent amount of funk, and a strong acetic acid presence as well. Nicely tart and acidic, lemon like sourness. Nice malt profile that mixes well with the tart flavors. Really a nice sour beer with a hoppy twist.

M: Light and refreshing, light carbonation, and a nice puckering sourness. Fair amount of lactic acid that really makes my saliva thick. Finishes on the drier side of the spectrum. Really nice here as well.

O: This is another fantastic sour from New Belgium. Very different from the other sours that I've had before, I really enjoy the hop presence in this beer. Hops and sour do not logically go hand in hand, especially given the preservative qualities and natural antiseptic qualities, I fully understand why hops are not included in sour beers, but this works incredibly well. Really a nice beer. Quite the fitting beer for 600. Here's to many more!

Cheers!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The one flavor that keeps coming to mind, aside from the sour tart wild ale stuff, is lychee. If you don't know what lychee tastes like, white grape juice is a close comparison. There are dry, brut champagne parallels going on. I haven't had very many wild ales, but I've liked what I've had and this strikes me as a good one. I can't easily get New Belgium beers where I live; currently visiting Florida. I look forward to soaking up some more of what I can't normally get. I would definitely get this again and give warm recommendations.

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Photo of Pahn
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle split two ways into wine glasses. Thanks to BA csano for sending this beer in a recent trade!

Appearance: Pours a semi-translucent yellow orange and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Huge, strongly lychee-reminiscent aroma. So fruity. Can really smell the Amarillo dry hop as well. I'm in love with how this beer smells.

Taste: Decent sourness, with layers of fruit flavor, some nice west coast USA hop notes as well. Citrusy and tropical fruit. Still a bit lychee-like, but not as much as the aroma. Strong grapefruit and grapefruit pith flavors, the latter especially in the finish and aftertaste.

Unique, and extremely flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, pretty sour, low carbonation. Finishes tart with some grapefruit pith bitterness.

Overall: My kind of wild ale: adventurously flavorful and complex, unique, not too acidic, solid sourness (doesn't just suggest sour flavors but rather is undeniably sour), beautiful fruit (and hop!) flavors.

Also, goes great with food--a rarity for me, beerwise. Paired excellently with some pad see ew and Chinese broccoli.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apricot flesh coloerd body, white head diminishing fast, lacing is there and looks more sticky than fluffy. Taste is purkey sour, funky, brett and yeasty character, with the malt ever so apparent slight biscuity hint. Mouthfeel is nice puckering medium dryness. not getting any barrel character, straightforward profile which showcases great yeast and malt profile.not showing any abv. A must re-visit. Pair with salads, or desserts with some fruit character and medium-low spice level.

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Photo of KeefD
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid orange color with a huge white head after a sturdy pour into a Captain Lawrence tulip glass. Maybe it was too hard of a pour as it seems like there's no carbonation bubbles coming up, but no big deal. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is very interesting. Light funk, lots of herbal/grassy hops, some bandaid/medicinal action with a touch of light citrus and fruit. Can definitely tell this one has been dry-hopped. This is isn't super sour or tart, but there's plenty there, loads of citrus, lemon, orange, and just a bit of funky/leathery musty goodness on the finish. Firm hoppiness to it, earthy herbal bitterness, flowery, perfumey. Very interesting. Finding it hard to describe the flavors, but overall has some floral, sweet, and citric characters, and all blends together well. Carbonation is good despite the look, medium bodied. This is a very interesting beer and very delicious as well. I love what the dry-hopping has done for the balance to the sour and sweet components. Good stuff.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Created by a former employee of Rodenbach.
On tap at the NB brewery.

When asked how this was different from La Folie, I was told it had been dry-hopped and unlike La Folie, which is described as a sour brown, La Terroir has a lighter malt base.

a: Hazy gold/orange body with an off-white head. Excellent retention.

s: Sour aroma with notes of apple cider vinegar.

t: Sweet tart flavor, oak, sour green apples, with a big bite of hops and sourness in the finish.

m: Tart and acidic with medium carbonation.

d: Very drinkable, excellent tartness. Like La Folie, but lighter malt and with a more pronounced hop profile. An excellent beer, wish they bottled it. I could drink this all night long.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I will preface this review by saying this is my first ever sour beer, so I don't have a lot to compare it to in the style, and may revisit sometime down the road after I've tried more beers in this style. As a hophead I figured this would make a good introduction to Sours.

22oz bottle, January 2011 bottling date. Served cool in a tulip.

Pours lightly hazy orange with a fair white head that recedes to a small cap. Leaves only a little short-lived lacing.

Aroma is citrus hops with apricot and peach notes, quite fruity, some bread, yeast, and perhaps a hint of funk. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is kind of like a sour peach, quite tart and puckering, a lot of fruity and citrus notes, lemon in particular, a touch of funk underneath.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and quite sticky, medium to high carbonation.

Interesting to say the least for this sour noob. I really like the aroma in particular and the flavor is quite good, just need to get used to puckering tartness in a beer. At the very least this has me intrigued to try other Sours and Wilds.

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Photo of Auraan
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured a gorgeous cloudy reddish orange body with two fingers of fluffy, long lasting off-white head. The beer looks wonderful and very appealing. Scents of orange flesh, tropical fruit, especially mango, but also with some pineapple, some spicy yeast phenols and a hint of wild yeast and a very faint light pine. Overall impression of aroma is light and fruity, very bright, with a nice undertone of spicy yeast keeping it balanced. Very nice. Flavor begins moderately sour, with a nice wild funk, light pine resin, notes of tropical fruit and lemon zest. This moves into a middle that is still moderately sour, with more pronounced notes pine resin, wild, sour funk, some lemongrass and lemon zest. Finish is dry with high sourness notes of lemongrass, tropical fruit, indeterminate citrus fruit and zest, wild, sour funk and light pine. Aftertaste is wild, sour funk, lemon, hints of peach and tropical fruit and slight lemongrass. Overall impression of flavor is of a sour, funky, complex ale that combines nice wild funk, combined with nice levels of fruitiness and a pine and herbal character from the lemongrass. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a puckering, drying, refreshing feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nicely sour and puckering wild ale that is quite refreshing. Overall this is a wonderful American Wild Ale that is refreshingly tart, fruity, wild, funky and piney in aroma and flavor. Aided by a wonderful mouthfeel it is a nicely refreshing ale. Very well done and quite good.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles and lightly laces.

S: Fruity, peach and apricot, a little tropical fruit and citrus.

T: Nicely tart, fruity peach and apricot, a little mango, some lemon, and maybe a very light funk.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, quite smooth.

O: I haven't had much of a chance to get into sours, but this one was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of dbossman
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden hue with a bit of an orange tint; wonderful foamy, thick head; lacing is decent

S: Such an interesting, funky aroma: granny smith apples, cider, vinegar, as well as citrus like lemon and orange; also something funky like from an herb garden that I can't quite put my finger on

T: Great fruity sourness up front: lemons and apples for sure with a subtle citrus, herbal hoppiness on the back end--really nice balance of sour and hops actually

F: Beer is light/medium body with enough texture to stick to the roof of the mouth

O: Such a nice, complex sour with a bit of a hoppy kick; one of my 3 favorites from New Belgium--nice stuff!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy light orange in color with a 1 finger white head that has good retention.

Smell is good. Fresh lemon and lemon rind are forward over a substantial amount of vinegar. There are some very light hint of citrus hops before a good oak presence finishes the aroma.

Taste is great. There is a fresh lemon like tartness forward in the brew that keeps it incredibly refreshing and crisp. There is a mild straw like malt flavor before a fruity tart and sweet flavor comes in at the end brew.

Mouthfeel is great, crisp refreshing and tart. Everything have come to expect in a good sour and more.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

shared this with some friends. my first dry-hopped sour and i loved it. big citrus aromas and flavors of grapefruit and oranges to go along with a lot of tartness but not too much that it overwhelmed the hops. mouthfeel was lively. a really great beer.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours apricot orange. A bit hazy. Might have expected a bit more head but it looks inviting.

Aroma is big on the hops. Oranges, lemon, hint of evergreen. A bit of acidic tartness shows as well.

Rarely have I encountered such a lip-smacking beer. The way the sourness and the hops interact creates a huge juiciness on the palate. Citrus and sour notes combine grapefruit, orange, lemons. Just great.

Lower carb than I expected. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of botham
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on tap at Sheffield's for the pre-FoBAB party. pours apricot orange with two fingers of white head. good retention and no lacings. light laze.

aroma is of wet hay funk up front with a lightly fruity character and a light sweet/sour note in the background. quite alive in the nose.

taste is of tart and sour acidity with a bit of farmhouse funk alongside the same subtle fruit from the aroma. finishes curiously tart and with a light funk that lasts after the fact. very well done with a solid tart/funk character. the acidity is vinegar-esque and mildly biting.

mouthfeel is tart and acidic on the palate with a lasting tartness that gives way to a dry mouthfeel after the fact.

drinkability is excellent. vinous, acidic, and funky; just what a good sour should be. the funk is assertive in the nose, but receeds to the background on the palate. very drinkable and solid brew from New Belgium. cheers!

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Photo of dcloeren
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying this is my first sour. Don't crucify me if I'm way off or sound like it's amateur hour

Poured a hazy but crisp orange with only a finger of bright white head that quickly receded to a thin ring around the edges

At first it smelled like liquid sour cream... but once it started to warm up I'm getting some rotting pineapple, sour yeast and some floral notes

Taste is legit and I was shocked I must say. Getting a nice sweet pineapple that's covered in sour patch kids sugar with some granny smith apple. My lips are puckered

Mouth feel is light and crisp with an ample amount of carbonation that really gives it a great touch. Very tart and it has a very sour after taste on the back corners of my tongue. ("obviously... Hence the term sour ale dipshit" is what I just said to myself out loud)

Overall I was pleased with my first sour. I was told that this was a great starter sour and a very good beer and I couldn't agree more

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Photo of samie85
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a pretty pale orange color with an eight finger of white head.

S-Very fruity in the form of apricot and guava with some lemon and leather.

T-Very tart lemon upfront with some bitter fruity notes and leather on the finish.

M-Acidic with prickly carbonation and it's light to medium bodied with a lingering acidity in the throatfeel.

D-Very high drinkability and a very interesting beer. I was worried the dry-hopping would overpower the sour aspects, but its very nicely balanced.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware). The only packagining information on the bottle appears to be “2014” printed above the name, “LE TERROIR – DRY HOPPED SOUR ALE.” From what I can tell, this dropped within the last month, so it should be fresh.

Appearance (4.25): The head comes up to about two fingers of bone-white foam, capping a rich, orange-golden body that’s clear, minus a light chill haze. It sticks around longer than most sour beers, leaving a light film on the surface and some broken chunks of a thin, loopy collar. As the beer recedes, it leaves very little—just a few patches of light, lacy foam.

Smell (4.0): Man, this smells lovely. Tart fruit juices (red grapefruit, green apple) mixed with sweet tropical notes (some ripe pineapple, papaya, honeydew, and a little cashew fruit), some dank, funky hops, and just a light undercurrent of sugar cookie bready sweetness. The sour beer at its heart could be a little more complex, but that funky, fruity character that smells like cashew fruit and underripe honeydew together adds a really nice layer of hoppy weirdness.

Taste (4.75): Holy nuts, this is fucking tasty! Tart grapefruit flesh and underripe kiwi, married to a underplayed but still rich, sweet base of cantaloupe and overripe mango burst onto the palate, followed by a clean, crisp sourness that’s extremely balanced—lightly acetic, with a clean (not funky, not yogurty) lactic tang, and brightly citrusy. Just a tiny bit of water crackers and floury, peasant white bread offer some semblance of a malt body, but really this beer has been fermented out so cleanly it’s almost non-existant. Some pithy, slightly resinous and definitely kinda dank, herbal hops add a fruity, lightly vegetal, funky dimension to everything else going on in this beer, and vinous, somewhat tannic and minerally white wine tones boost the dryness of the malt body, also aided by those zesty hops. No booze. Just pure awesome.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Smooth, lightly tingly carbonation ushers in a perfectly medium-weight body, which feels just a little oily before drying out to a pithy, slightly parching finish. The carbonation foams up softly with a fine tingle before it washes out at the end—this is just absurdly drinkable.

Overall (4.5): This is, without a doubt, at least as good if not better than the sum of its parts. And yes, I know it’s pasteurized and the heyday of all New Belgium sours is supposed to be prior to the era of pasteurization, but goddamn this is delicious. Absurdly good, like, why-isn’t-this-always-available delicious. The base sour is extremely solid, which I feel confident in saying after having had an old bottle (post-pasteurization) a couple of years ago after the hops had died off, and that was plenty tasty on its own. But this is in a zone of its own right now, while the hops are still kickin’. Definitely pick this beer up.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served into a white wine glass

Pours a witbier-like light orange color with a bit of haziness. I've seen Gueuze beer that is similarly colored. Very bright and sunshiny. I'd say only about 1/4 of a finger of eggshell white head forms, leaving lacing in little stops and starts. I'd like to see more activity from the foam, but this is a fine looking wild ale.

Wow. There's like 13 different things going on at once on the nose. I first pick up on the obvious acetic sourness from the bacteria, but my mind quickly became concentrated on the hop character. Hop resin and dried peaches and nectarine lupulin aromas waft up from the glass as if this were a west coast IPA. But the hop aromas are just great accents to the tart lemon juice and cider vinegar that make up the majority of the nose. This would be a fine, if basic, aroma for a wild ale: plenty of sharpness, much more focused on the lactobacillus and pediococcus than than brettanomyces. But the hops, notably the aroma of dried peaches, plays so incredibly well with the base nose. There's also a slightly syrupy malt scent here too; it comes across like sweet tea. The peach hop aroma plays very well with the sweet tea character.

The taste follows the nose to a large respect, but the interplay between the hops and bacteria is slightly less successful than it was for the aroma. The hop flavors are even more of an accent on the palate. In fact, I find that the sour and tart flavors overwhelm the hops, at least on the initial attack through the midpalate. Some peach juice flavor that has had a bunch of lemons squeezed into it is the dominant flavor. Maybe even some kiwi. Le Terroir is very juicy and vibrant. Plenty of tartness but its never overwhelming. There's a sweet bubblegum like character that arrives in the midpalate. The hops manage to make themselves known during the finish: there's a bit of a leafy character and an almost-bitterness. The sourness swallows up all of the bitterness, but it almost pokes through on the finish. I'd characterize the finish as ultimately soft and sweet, as the tartness fades pretty quickly. I wish the overall flavor were more complex -- this is a pretty straightforward beer -- but it is tasty and refreshing.

The body feels a bit thicker than I'd prefer. The problem is that it is underattenuated; the light carbonation makes this beer take on some unnecessary weight. Overall, this is one of the best beers from New Belgium that I've had. It's pretty unique and really tasty. If you like peaches then you should love this beer. Definitely pick one up if you see it.

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Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
4.27 out of 5 based on 2,370 ratings.
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