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RATINGS: 630   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Le Terroir is a French term meaning ĎOf the Earth.í 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrob21 (2676) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2011
This one is one of the stellar outstanding ridiculous beers that really surprised me. I love it when that happens. Stinky cheddar rich aroma. The dry hopping action here raises the bar on this beer and complements really well. It was going to be hard to get that flavor and aroma profile to complement each other but it works really well here. A littel fruity citrus aroma. Nice tang from the sour. Clear yellow golden color. Looks like an IPA but smells like sour. Nice effervescent texture. Ridiculous from start to finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle drank from my Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip... Pours a darkish hazy gold. A nice bright tan head, good cap and lacing... A very interesting aroma that is very sour and musky with some grapes, very vinous but has some very unique accents of hops on the finish. The hops arenít bitter, floral and dusty with a touch of sweetness... The taste is really vinous as well, reminds me of dry hopped pinot grigio. Not a huge fan of the finish, too much hops, I donít like the hop/sour combo. Sour hop juice. The more I drink the hops start to fade and it becomes even more juice like, not as sour as I would like. This is interesting and tastes good enough to totally crush. Iíd have again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle from Samís in Durham. Pours hazy peach-golden with a fizzy but tenacious white head. Nose is dusty but strongly fruity as well: particular peach, apricot, and canned pineapple in syrup. Surprising amount of malt sweetness here. Also some peach pit action and dry, dusty wood. Sort of smells like a Hopslam thatís been in the basement for years. Taste has added lemony aspect to it, and much more acetic notes, making it more lively and interesting. Palate is lively as well. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1782) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle, thx for sharing tarheels. Pours bright gold/yellow with a nice white head. Aroma is slightly funky with lots of pineapple/citrus hops. Taste is sour with a nice hop bite, finish is clean and refreshing. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Been waiting to try this one for a while, so thanks to phaleslu for sending a bomber my way! Gleaming pale orange pour with a crisp head that settles fairly quickly, leaving soapy lacing in the tulip. Dry dankness in the nose, with tons and tons of fruity hops cascading thereafter. Like GT, I got a lot of pineapple in the nose but thereís clearly some more aggressive, grassy varietals as well. Very smooth mouthfeel, could even use some more bite to it, but only just. Tons of tart lemon and funk in the taste, initially super puckering but backing off to reveal a really superbly balanced brew where the tropical flavors, hops, and woody dankness come together unexpectedly well. Deeeeelicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 29, 2011
651mL big thanks to tytoanderso. What a nice surprise! The pour is clear, bright yellow with a healthy, white head. Aroma is your seriously dank hops: pineapple, jackfruit, melons, cotton candy. Whoa. Taste is spicy sour, sour jackfruit, pineapple, citrus, lactic/yogurt, spicy hops. Clean palate. Really nice. Seems like this is a beer someone should have created a long time ago- what an accomplishment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
emarkd (98) - Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2011
My first sour so I donít have anything to compare it to. Pours hazy orange with an average white head. Aroma is very spicy with citrus, lemons with a biscuity touch underneath. Doesnít really "smell" sour, whatever that means. But the taste -- all sour! It makes your mouth draw up like some super-tart candy. Itís really so sour that I canít get a good taste. I drank the whole bottle and donít really know what it tastes like, but it does have a nice earthy finish with a lingering bitterness after the sour dies off. Enjoyable enough but I feel like I donít really have the palate to accurately describe it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheEpeeist (3400) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2011
22 oz bottle. Looks like iím in the minority on this one. Misty olive orange with a bit of white foam. Nose is lemon pith, toffee, seaweed and rubber cement. Crisp medium body with a soft sparkle. Taste is not quite as strange as the aroma but still leaves me scratching my head. Mostly limeade and sour peach but i also get scallion and instant lemon tea powder. Bitter and sour; too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Pours a light golden color with a medium soapy head. Aroma is intensely grassy hops. Taste is nothing like the aroma - not very hoppy at all but almost like a lambic. Very sour and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Big pineapple citrus hop nose, light cotton candy. Taste is light to moderatley sweet, lightly bitter, lots of citrus hops, tart lemon, some cotton candy. Very nice brew.

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