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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (6477) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Taster at Upland Sour Fest. Mostly clear golden orange color. Thin off-white head. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. Light slick. Medium to bigger body. Great peach, pineapple, tropical fruit aromas. Bigger sour taste, light sweet. A great balance. Good pear, great pale / tropical fruit flavors. Awesome sour. Some creme. Awesome pineapple cake finish. Some kiwi. Love it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
olr1984 (1081) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2014
on tap at upland sour fest. pours a murky orange with a white head. musty peach taste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrewFace (784) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. Pours a mildy hazy orange color with minimal head. Farmy, light citrus, tart, citrus hop, more barnyard character in the aroma. Fruity, tart, citrusy, sweet, light vinegar notes decent malt backbone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (1892) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle from trade. Nose is a totally awesome hop grassiness with barnyard funk. Pours a slightly murky orange with small white head. Taste is initially very puckering and tart with some citrus and lemon mid palate. Sourness tends to calm out with each sip. Definitely a citrus zest character with some gill quenching tartness in the finish. Very nice and quenching and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pras (465) - Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle at Savor poured by Kim Jordan. This is a good example of why this brewery is great. They do barrel aging better than almost everyone. This is an accessible sour which is in perfect balance. Crisp and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3161) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2014
Une bouteille partagée avec slovak. Vintage 2013. Une bière jaune dorée avec un col mince. Un nez de fruits tropicaux et une touche aigre de levure. Une bouche agréable, facile et un peu acide. Un corps mince qui se laisse boire. Un bel équilibre.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (3203) - Out Of This World, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
Une bouteille de dresden. Merci! Vintage 2013. Une bière qui porte la robe d’une IPA. Un col mousseux bien chétif. Quelques traces collées ici et là sur la paroi de mon verre. Un nez fabuleusement fruité, tropical et exotique avec quelques fruits du verger mangés par les levures sauvages. En complément, un léger parfum acétique habilement marié à son profil acidulé. Au goût, des fruits tropicaux comme des petits bonbons sûrs et bien citriques. Amusant! En bouche, un liquide qui présente un corps de moyenne densité avec un pétillement plutôt bas et une texture huileuse. En finale, des notes surettes de citron et de fruits oranges qui occasionnent une belle sécheresse. Extrêmement facile à boire. Simple mais drôlement efficace. Le genre de truc qui se boit à grande lampée.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14770) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
Draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver
Cloudy copper-amber color with small head. Fruity and sour aroma, with some grapefruit and feet. Smooth, generously carbonated mouthfeel; the flavor is fruity, sour, with a lean malt backbone, dry; lactic acidity, cloudberry; moderate astringency in the final.
Accessible and fruity sour. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (751) - 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 (1040) - 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.

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