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RATINGS: 551   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2158) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2011 note: had on tap at Brick Store Pub on 5/7/11. The sourness comes through much stronger from the keg, while the bitterness is more subdued and comes through on the back end.

bomber on 3/22/11. pours a bright orange with a 1 finger white head. incredible aroma - lots of peach / citrus hop notes with a nice oaky sourness in the background. truly unique. big sour body filled with more citrus and peach / mango flavors followed by oak and tart lemons. round creamy lacto finish with more dry hopping elements. leaves your mouth puckering with a refreshing bitterness.

sample from the pitcher at GABF on 9/26/09... pours a light golden... big sour funky nose with big citrus hop notes... smooth body with some citrus notes from the dry-hopping... tart finish. kick ass sour...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkost (1711) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Pours a hazy dull yellow. Nose is sweet and tart, funky barnyard, lactic sour, flowery sweet, sweet malt, citrus and fruity. Flavor is very tart sour, puckering, funky, earthy, flowery, lemon, honey, apple peel, fruity and tart. This is a damn fine beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - SEP 30, 2009
9/28/09 notes: poured at GABF, sampled twice. Pours gold in color, a murky mysterious beer with no head. Rich barnyardy nose with dried lemon peel and earthiness. Flavor has a fascinating blend of citrus and vinegar acidity, rounded with brett and distinct musty earthiness. This whole series by New Belgium (Love, Terroir, Tart Lychee) is absolutely delicious. I think this is the “funkiest” of those three.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2009
UPDATED: APR 2, 2011 Bottle. Hazy golden pour with small head. Aroma is tart, oaky, pine, herbal, and faint peach. Flavor is peachy, tangerine, lemon, wood, attic, tart, acidic. Dry mouthfeel. A really nice balance. Was too hammered when I tried it last time. This is a solid brew! Previous rating: On tap at Stone Sourfest 09. Brown hazy pour. Aroma is slightly meaty, tart, and hints of flowers. Flavor is a nice strong tartness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3296) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2009
On tap at Beachwood. Color was a dark gold. Aroma was sour, fruity, with some yeast and flowers. Flavor was very sour, more so than many of the others. Blond malt and yeast as well. Some fruit and hoppy notes in the finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Served in a small half-pint miniature (Samuel Smith lager) wine-type glass and was hazy orange. The smell was delicious vinegar, enticing glue (you know you’ve sniffed it!), and sourness. The taste was explosively sour but in such a good way like sourpatch kids candy. Sour peaches, apricots, and it really puckered my mouth towards the back. This is without a doubt the best New Belgium beer I have ever tasted and so interesting the way the flavors change in your mouth. Excellent, excellent beer. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-27-2007 18:46:08

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 26, 2009
I had this beer on tap at Beachwood BBQ’s sour beer fest. Tart but not sour, this flavorful beer was very good drinking.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 21, 2009
On tap at 2009 Stone Sour Fest. A lot like Love, but a little milder. No smoke. Medium sourness. Very easy to drink. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2009
Draft at Brouwer’s cafe. Pours a bright, hazy orange, mildly hazy with no head. Gently carbonated, this beer is bright, fruity, quite tart, but not aggressively sour. Surprising depth on the nose. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
One of my favorites of the Stone Sour Fest. Pours effervescent golden orange with no head. Citrus and lightly funked, sweet tartness and lasting oak finish. Excellent.


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