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Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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4.29/5
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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
Ranking:
#584
Reviews:
503
Ratings:
2,413
pDev:
9.32%
Bros Score:
3.71
 
 
Wants:
480
Gots:
466
Trade:
26
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Ratings: 2,413 |  Reviews: 503
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to jl28r1 for this bottle!

Damn French and its crazy pronunciations... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly murky golden amber topped by a finger or so of kinda fluffy white sea foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, orange rind, lime, pineapple, ruby red grapefruit, sour watermelon, currants, and a touch of peach. It's a tart, fruity wonderland in my nose. I believe there's also a hint of mild mint and pine in there too. The taste is pretty similar, but with the sourness pumped up significantly. It's not necessarily mouth-puckering but it's more than palpable, lemme tell ya. Still dominated by fruit, though a bit of hoppy goodness does make it through the produce stand and onto my 'buds. Unfortunately, it's not as easy to pick out the individual fruits now. Still pretty tasty, though. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, good times all-around here. Thankfully this is one relatively readily-available sour that does not disappoint.

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Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of tdm168
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imbibehour
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a light amber color, clear, not hazy at all, with a small head, a smidgen of lacing.

Smells like bright tart lemon, orange zest, piney hops, and sour candy.

This is one of the original hoppy sours. It's a style that's kind of gotten bigger lately from certain breweries, so it's nice to try one of the OG's. It's only mildly sour, with some tart lemon candy and mild lactic tastes going on, with a nice piney and slightly resinous bitterness on the finish. It's not quite as bold tasting as I would have expected, but it's still very tasty, and super drinkable.

This has a very crisp mouthfeel, and the sourness does not linger on the palate for very long. There's a normal level of carbonation for the style.

This is a pretty tasty, but not amazing beer. I would definitely get it again, though.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of AlexFields
1.55/5  rDev -63.9%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of malfunxion
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
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 mklisz
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Lare453
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of aasher
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was room temp and poured a cloudy, dirty tangerine orange in color with a slight off white head. The aromas punch you right in the nose. It was a mix of oranges, grapefruit, lemon, freshly cut apples, grass, and sour APRICOTS. Oh man this beer smells delicious! It didn't have the stomach acid aromas that some wilds get. I'm already really impressed, especially considering all of New Belgium's other wilds have let me down. The flavor is heavy on the sour apricot which I absolutely love. If I tried this "blind" I could mistake it for an Apricot lambic or even a geueze. In fact, it is very, very close to Hanssens geueze. It drinks smoothly and leaves a nice level of fruity tartness on the palate. As wilds go, this is very, very drinkable. Trying it at room temp was a good idea. I came in pessimistic but was really impressed by this beer. I kind of wish I would've snagged another while in Chicago. Hopefully it'll make it to Indiana soon.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev -4%
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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Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 2,413 ratings
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