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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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:
475
Ratings:
2,294
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
20.84%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 PSU_Mike
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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 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 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 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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Photo of vandemonian
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium Le Terroir is a very interesting take on a wild ale. Citrus hops and sourness combine for a grapefruit-like effect. A clean and refreshing beer. This would be a great summer beer!

A: Orange colour and a head that fades to nothing really fast. 3.25

S: The smell is lovely. Some nice hop aroma as well as a little sour funk. 4

T: This beer is so unusual with it's mix of citrus hops and sour funk. The mixture makes for a clean, grapefruit-like flavour. Clean, dry, bitter finish. 4.25

M: I'd prefer more carbonation. 3.5

O: 3.75

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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 Jonada
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 release. 650ml bottle poured into a teku

Appearance: Pours a dark golden orange color with 2 fingers of an off white head with good retention and spotty lacing. Body is lightly hazy with light visible carbonation.

Smell: Peach, lemon, mango, green apple touch of damp wood.

Taste: Peach, tea, lemon, light earthiness, grapefruit, very slight toasted malt character. Medium sourness. Not much in the way of funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and medium/high carbonation.

Overall: Really good stuff. Hops play really well against the beer's sourness and provide lots of flavor and aroma while not really adding any bitterness. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A celebratory beer from my cellar. And it doesn't disappoint. Had this before, but just now getting to reviewing. 2011 bottling.

A - Wonderful light copper and orange colored body. Head was about a finger, slightly orange and tan in color. Some minimal lacing.

S - Sweeter than the flavor. Lemon, honey, and slight floral. Very fresh and spring like even though it has been sitting for months in a deep dark place. Also some grapefruit coming through.

T - Just great. It's got a great sour. Lemon, lime, and orange. A little funk on the backend, just the right amount, the terroir. A small amount of sweet malt comes through with the funk to even things at the right moment. It's so well balanced (fairly sour, but the way I like it) and hits it on the nose as to what a wild ale should be.

M - Wonderful here. Strong carbonation and medium body. Drying in the mouth with some pucker in the back of your throat.

O - Just what I am looking for in a sour/wild. The right amount of sour balanced with very slight malts and funk on the backend. I can't get enough, and luckily I have a bunch more to last me until this comes out again.

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

Aroma has some definitely tart cherry and apple notes on it...with citric grapefruit-type hop notes also being quite evident from the dry hopping. Actually reminds me somewhat of a red wine in a way.

Pours quite golden, which surprised me a little. Little head to be found.

Taste is very puckeringly tart, with something resembling apple cider vinegar combined with sucking on a lemon. While this beer says that it is dry hopped for 8 days, I wouldn't necessarily say that this is a hoppy beer at all. During the drink, the grapefruit taste of the hops peeks through the tartness a bit but never really imparts a bitterness on the tongue. It just serves to add complexity. Really, it's just tart from the start through to the finish. It isn't much less tart than sucking on a lemon. It's so tart that I found my mouth watering for quite a while after each drink automatically.

I'm somewhat new to wild ales, but I tend to like sour things so I enjoyed this one quite a bit. As I explore more, I'll hopefully find out if this is exceedingly tart for style or not.

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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 kkleu357
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A vintage 2014 Lips of Faith on tap. Light hazy yellow body. Smells a lot like a freshly cut orange. Big sour grapefruit taste. Hints of oak and orange. Another great sour beer by New Belgium.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Malt and Vine.

A - Glows a gorgeous deep apricot. Snow white foam piled on top. Feeling optimistic.

S - Fruitiness of stone fruits: apricot and peach. Sourness of passion fruit. Grapefruit notes from citra hops. Crisp, and the aromas mix wonderfully.

T - Pleasantly tart up front backed by juicy passion fruit and wooded funk. The hops come on the finish bringing the grapefruit from the nose. I was sceptical about the dry-hopping but it really adds an added level of interest and complexity. This is very crisp and refreshing. Delicious.

M - Medium-bodied. Juicy, woody and dry. Compliments the flavour.

O - This beer really surprised me. I didn't think I was going to like the dry-hopping but I did find it elevated the experience. I would have liked a little more wood and funk but, taken as it is, it's a very clean and refreshing beer.

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Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was delicious. Decent sour/tart pucker as well as the bright notes from the dry-hopping. As I sat with my buddy trying this one, we agreed that this would be an awesome brew to try and clone, and that it would be a great house beer. I am new to sours, and this convinced me to take a further plunge. Lips of Faith series rocks!

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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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