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RATINGS: 647   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
Slightly hazy orange yellow pour. Thin white head. Lots of piny hops on the nose. Some citrus and a touch of sourness. Sour and dry on the tongue. Light tartness with lemon. Very hoppy. Very interesting and unique.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kassner (1389) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2011
I am not a fan of New Belgium with all the earthy tastes that dominate most of their beers, but this is a great balanced example of a sour, with plenty of subtile fruit taste, nice look with cloudy dark honey color and nice head

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
On draught. A better sour from New Belgium. Finally a beer that’s not overwhelmed by their house yeast profile. There is plenty of damp rag mustiness to go around, however. Once you get past that initial slap some pleasant stone fruit notes settle in, followed by strong sourness and the soft bite of spice in the finish. Pours a slightly hazy light orange-gold with a thin, fine white head. An interesting diversion.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
topherh (1914) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2011
Bottle pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. Aroma is fruity hop with a bit of sour funk. Flavor is tart cherries and wood. Very enjoyable

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rubbishystuff (1909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2011
Guest tap at Haymarket. Quite nice beer looking forward to trying again. sour but it is mellowed a bit. Cider/Wine like characteristics. Serving: Tap

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2011
Brilliant beer. The hops on this brew add an entirely new depth of character onto an already-complex style. I find it quite nice that, in the milliseconds between the beer first hitting your tongue and the sourness kicking in, a huge, instantaneous swipe of hops dashes across your palate. Fleeting, yes, but oh so delicious. Then the beer comes across with a pronounced tart cherry and lemon soul, but is never in danger of overpowering you with face-puckering sourness. The finish mingles tartness with oak, and leaves you ready for more. Granted, I can’t pronounce the name of this beer without sounding like an idiot, but that won’t stop me from ordering more.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (6338) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 11, 2011
Pours a medium tan caramel, light head and lacing .. . delicious light summer aromas of hay, wood, barn, and light spring day in a meadow in france .. . a light refreshing brew with a beautiful touch of sourness- this is amazing stuff .. . quite complex in the mouth some light funk, orange skin, light fruit, wood, and happy thoughts .. . been wanting this for over half a decade and it was better than i could have imagined - pure quality! .. . wishlist cross off, originally put on: 5/12/2006 .. . buy this if you see it .. . So then did the American yum yum clown monkey also represent the FCC?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2011
Had this one bottled thanks to Wyl! Slightly hazy, dark yellow pour, no head, slight citrusy hoppy nose, excellent for the style.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mitchgt (65) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2011
22oz bomber from Green’s. Cloudy orange pour, nice 1/2 inch enduring head. Delightful nose, all flowers, hops, spice and peaches. Nice lacing as she goes. Pretty damn good. Like a jv de dolle special reserva. We’ll let’s not go crazy. But I’d buy it again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1538) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2011
On tap from several samples at WBF 2011 in Raleigh. Pours burnt orange with minimal head. Aroma of sour fruit mostly with hints of vinegar and tart apple. Excellent sour flavor with some lactic notes and lots of apple cider vinegar. Really nice.


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