Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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95
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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
Ratings:
2,396
Reviews:
500
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
483
Gots:
464
For Trade:
28
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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1.55/5  rDev -63.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In the world of wild ales, this is more a somewhat tame one. Leather and barnyard tones. Mostly leather with a minimal hint of the barn. This is okay. I don't know if this was meant to be aged in order to bring out more character, but I feel like it could be bringing a lot more, but just isn't. Glad to try it, but not really doing anything for me. I prefer La Folie over this one.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2016.

Peach apricot and a bit of dull orange color, with an opaque body appearance. Head creation is a faint tan, slightly banana yellow at two fingers tall but settles to a crowned bowled top.

Very nice unique nose. Sweet hints of malt and cedar like and wood shavings. Fruited apricot and peach esters roll off real large and nicely. Balanced with excellent sweetness and fruit character, with aromas that come off like a summer cocktail. Real nice.

Peach and lightly tart tasting palate on first impression. Soda like body a bit but with some decent malt depth and flavors. Spritzy mix of fruited peach and apricot fuzz, with an almost bubbly champagne fizz and mouthplay. Big juiced character with hints of cedar like sweet wood as well.

Very nice tasting wild, and very unique and memorable.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Terroir, Dry Hopped Sour Ale, alc. 7.5% by Vol. La Terroir is a French term meaning "of the earth". Used to reference the environmental conditions that affect the brew, we like to think about the terroir of our folders. These wooden barrels age our sour ale in varying temperatures, humidity and vibrations. The terroir of New Belgium, so to speak. Add in another variable by dry-hopping with peachy, mango-like Amarillo hops, and we created an ale that changes every time we brew it."

Hazy, dusky peach appearance, solid, off-white head. starts big, slims down.

Aromatics cry out from the start, pungent and tart. Wild, funky flavors are matched with under-tones and tropical and citrus fruit. Sour, with traces of cat urine. But, you like that sort of thing, don't you? I love sniffing litterboxes, personally.

Tasting it: Booom-shaka-lacka! A serious thwack on the palate. Twisted, sour, and weird, but also light and refreshing! How about that? Bracingly tart on the tongue, meshed with a further fruit flavor, a more varied hoppy roundness, that caresses and calms the ravaging sourness. A crazy roller coaster ride. Merest malt, just the kiss of the hops, a flavor sensation led by the wicked yeast and the oak of the barrel. The Amarillo dry-hopping is the key, though, with that tropic fruit flavor meshing so well against the sourness of the ale. Lemon, apricot, grapefruit, mango, pineapple.

This is tasty stuff. Light bodied, but with persistent, sour, yeasty flavor, ends on a light note. Starts strong, ends soft, stays pleasantly weird and wonderful.

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3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Sheffield's pre-FoBAB party. Served in New Belgium tulip glass.

A - A murky dark orange color. One finger of off-white foam that dissipates to a mostly solid cap and thick ring. There's a little bit of lacing too.

S - Big sour acetic vinegar character, some sweet bretty funkiness, a touch of pediococcus lactic flavor, and some light floral and citrus hop notes. It really comes alive as the brew warms, with more barnyard coming out and an odd spicy aroma as well that I didn't dig all that much.

T - A rare beer where I find the taste is eminently better than the smell. More tart, with a lot of lemony character. Still a good amount of sour vinegar and funkiness. There's a brief hint of peachiness and then it dissolves into a light oak and Granny Smith apple finish.

M - Texture was good - my only knock was the carbonation had a little too much grit and not enough champagne style spritz. Otherwise a nice medium body with a great dry finish that has a touch of residual stickiness.

D - The 41cl(!) glass was a good serving size. I could have gone for another, but I need to save my liver for FoBAB tomorrow. Still it was hard to stop reaching for the glass. Nothing really inhibits drinkability other than having to reach for some Tums later in the evening.

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4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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