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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Le Terroir is a French term meaning ‘Of the Earth.’ Used to reference the environmental conditional that affect the brew, we like to think about the terroir of our foeders. These wooden barrels age our sour beer 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 a beer that changes every time we brew it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (617) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 24, 2014
22 oz bottle from 2011. Aroma is moderately acidic with some citrus notes and a moderate, musty and grassy hop character. Moderate ripe stone fruit notes. Pours a fairly clear, copper-orange with a moderately thick , white head that exhibits pretty good retention. Medium lacing and faint legs. Flavor has a moderate acidity with a light citrus character and moderate musty stone fruit - apricot and peach. Light grassy hop notes. Low bitterness with a light sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall a pretty nice beer. While the beer is pasteurized, it has developed in an interesting way; not necessarily better, but more musty fruit. Quite an interesting sour that is easily available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (986) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2014
August 29th, 2011 - When you plod along the tour of New Belgium you get a generous peek behind the copper curtain of brewing - glimpses of the bottling line through wide windows, furtive looks into vats and tuns, and envied glances at the employees sampling beer as they shuttle around the brewery. Most impressive to me was the stop in a dark corner of the building where the oak age barrels sit silent as sentinels, guarding the souring juice inside their bellies. This, I hope, is where New Belgium’s La Terroir travels through. The pinching aroma of tangerines and the strange smell of Elmer’s glue and pineapple juice surely borrow some of the character of the aging barrels, and the sweet and sour qualities in the flavor strengthen my suspicious. While the Le Terroir flirts with acidity and sourness, my mouth never feels threatened enough to pucker. Indeed, the aftertaste is sweet and indulgent with pineapple juice and more notes of ripe, even sweetened, tangerine juice. From sour to sweet, featuring a string of different flavors, this is a refreshing beer that is mildly sour, and very friendly to the beer drinker looking to explore the often treacherous style of sour beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
penstemon (117) - - MAR 31, 2014
Pours orange-ish gold with a white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, white grape, mandarin, maybe a bit of peach, and tartness. Taste is a very crisp, fresh tartness, more of the same fruits plus some grapefruit. Like a tropical warhead candy right before you get past the sour coating to the sweet part. Refreshing juicy palate with a nice relatively light body. Delicious sour that has a great balance between the tartness and fruity hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
khays (47) - - MAR 31, 2014
2013. Pour cloudy with little head, golden colour. Smells sour and sweet, like a mid summer pitted fruit, with hints of fuzzy peach candy. Puckering sour mouth feel backed up with a enough bitter flavour to be refreshing and sweetness to be enjoyable. Very refreshing, a good summer beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (3740) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2014
22oz bottle in a tulip. Porus hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of sour/funkiness, floral and citrusy hops, and some caramel and pale malts. Flavor the same with a really cool blend of everything. Average texture. A good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dslam (28) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
Poured from a keg. Beautiful orangish yellow color with minimal white head. Full bodied. Fruits and flowers galore. This might as well be a sweet perfume. Sour. Not sweet and sour, just sour. Reminds me of candy with peach mango orange and hops. Very light film left over, I feel like the sourness puts my saliva glands on overdrive which clean up the palette pretty fast. Overall a little too sour for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pictoman (427) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
Poured from the tap. Hazy orangey yellow with minimal white head. Aroma of peach and hops. Light, citrusy. Same flavour with some mango as well. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YigSvartka (58) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
Translucent orange, medium head. Hoppy grapefruit citrus aroma. Slightly grassy. Wow. Delicious. Immediate tartness that goes down surprisingly smoothly with a light texture. The sour is the most prominent aspect, but notes of grapefruit and lemon are present as well. Lingering bitterness and a bit of hops to finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (500) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Cloudy amber with a lasting head of small bubbles. Smells of a wet fall, gourds, hops and sour apple. Smooth great medium body with a sour fizz that climbs up your nose. The sour lasts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1520) - Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Location/Date:Beer split with Dave and Scott on February 28th, 2014.

Appearance: Pours an orange cloud.
Aroma: Aroma of light brett.
Taste: Light bitterness and fruit, lightly sour.
Palate:Medium light body.

Summary: The dry hopping of a sour ale was interesting to me.

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