Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

Le TerroirLe Terroir
BA SCORE
94.3%
Liked This Beer
4.29 w/ 2,407 ratings
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
Ranking:
#577
Reviews:
502
Ratings:
2,407
Liked:
2,269
Avg:
4.29/5
pDev:
9.32%
Alströms:
3.71
 
 
Wants:
481
Gots:
467
Trade:
27
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,407 |  Reviews: 502
Photo of cp45
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Nunya
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, Lips of Faith series.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a big bubbly beige head that recedes quickly but leaves a clump in the middle being fed by a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom.

Aroma is initially hoppy but that's swept away by the big funky brett character and some vinegar as well. There are lots of tropical fruits underneath after the initial funk subsides with pineapples and oranges and some spicy oak.

The taste completely puckers my mouth with the first sip. Massive fruity tartness in combination with the acidity and earthy funk. After the initial sour onslaught, the toasted malts and lemony hops start to shine through, maybe some grapefruit and apricots. Finish is dry and oaky with plenty of lingering funk.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and exceptionally crisp and clean.

Overall, this is a great sour, but be prepared for the big sour blast on the palate, because if you are, you're rewarded with a complex and very drinkable beer. Big fan of this one.

 1,031 characters

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Burger. in Santa Cruz. POurs an opaque tangerine bronze color with a sticky white head. Aroma is lemons and unripe berries, blackberries in particular come to mind, seedy and tart. Flavor is acidic unripe fruits, citrus and berries, something subtly herbal, lemonhead candy, slight honey malts in the finish, very dry and tart. Palate is very nice but I'm somewhat underwhelmed by the depth of flavor. Reminds me a lot of unsweetened lemonade. Still a good beer.

 472 characters

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of DrMindbender
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

On-Tap.

Orange gold, with quite a big frothy head for these New Belgium sour beers. Aromas of citus, citirc acid, oak, vanilla, fruit, and berry. Taste is funky and cidery, butmore fruity than the Foedre or the love. get lots of cherry, and maybe some grape. A bit of sunflower seedin the back their too, with a nice hint of leather pulling it together. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth medium. Drinkability remains high. Excellent.

 427 characters

Photo of Domvan
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of birchstick
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a semi-hazy orangish yellow with a small head that dissipates quickly

S - smells very sweet and sour, with tropical mangos coming in the strongest...smells delicious

T - wowza. Starts off very sweet, with peach and some tart, concentrated lemon and tangerine. These tastes stay around, as this stays sour all the way through. An extremely subtle oak comes out, but it is deeply buried beneath the sour, tropical fruits. The finish is the most sour part of this beer. Awesome stuff!

M - some carbonation and the sourness coats the palate and leaves a very dry finish

D - Solid sour here. As I am just getting into this style this will set the bar pretty high. Given the price point, this seems to be a very affordable wild ale. I'll have to go out and grab another.

 778 characters

Photo of Casey3236
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of RochefortChris
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Justdoit1234
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of AMCimpi
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vermilcj
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of BeerBeast
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JamesStreet
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the 2014 vintage poured into Teku glass.
Look - brilliant orange-gold color with a 1" white head that lingers and lingers. Lacing is mild.
Smell - really nice earthy, mustiness. I swear there's a hint of Brett in there. Really nice dry-hop addition with the Amarillo bringing big tropical notes.
Taste - fruit and funk mix with mangoes, peaches, grass, earth and a hint of wood. This is a well done beer.
Feel - light-medium feel with the funkness there but not tart at all. Finish is tangy with mild funk.
Overall - damn nice beer! I really enjoyed this one. Best LOF New Belgium has done.

 608 characters

Photo of Kmat10
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 94.3% out of 100 with 2,407 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.