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RATINGS: 712   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Tasted on 5/6/11 on draft at Twisted Spoke. Pours hazy light orange with an average white head that slowly recedes to a thin collar of lace. The nose is super intense with peach, apricot, bitter hops, literally jumping out of the glass, along with sour lemon and just a hint of light vanilla underlying. The flavor is similar to the nose, starting off with the intensely acidic and sour lemon, moving to the more hoppy flavors of peach, apricot, and mango along with some bitterness, and then finishing with tart notes along with nice tannin and vanilla from the oak. The body is medium and somewhat oily with lively carbonation and a long sour, tannic, and lightly bitter hops finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bomber. Pours a hazy yellow orange with a nice white head which dissipates quickly. Aroma lets you know it is definitely a sour...funk, grass/hay, green apples,and hops also which is a nice twist to a sour. Flavor is nicely tart and sour with again lots of sour apple, oak, and the hops there in the background, a touch of malt sweetness initially. Was pleasantly surprised with this one, will look for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (6111) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2011
On tap @ The Rackhouse Pub. Hazy yellow honey color. Interesting aroma; Doesn’t smell like a sour. Smells like Belgian ripe fruit, key lime, light vanialla-oak. Taste was a blast! Some sour green apple meets the palate first, then some lime juice without the puckering sourness. Not a very strong hop presence, but bitterness is apparent. Some peachiness as well. Pleasantly sour without being too sour. Aggressive, but approachable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (3416) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Draft at Brouwer’s Seattle, (with trevor211 I assume). Poeach, smooth sour. Light and tart. No funk. Hazy orange body, lightly and roundly fruity. Sour is completing and very inviting and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Mmm... sour... thanks Brad! Orange color with a medium head. Sour apple aroma and flavor. Lots of wheat and hay. Tart and fruity finish. Full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7112) - Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2011
5/13/11. Bomber thanks to Tim! Slightly hazed golden pour with a small off-white head. Big oak on the nose with chalky sourness. Enormously tart flavor upfront with some chalkiness (reminds of a sweet tart) that fades to sweet, tropical fruits, peach, and more. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (627) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Pours hazy amber, with a medium fluffy beige head, good clinging lacing. Aromas of cherry, banana, mango, flowers, caramel, citrus, spice and hay. Medium body, tart, zesty. A little sweet, intense sour mid-palate, some lingering sour, and finally the barest hint of bitterness. New Belgium knows sour, and this is a treat like sour candy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3145) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2014 On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., with 6 ozs. served to sample in a rock glass, displaying a hazed, golden hue, decent, white, grainy/small bubbled head foam, and light drifts and spots of lacing. The aroma was a little candy sweetness, floral hints, citrus, mid-fruit, and lurking alcohol presence. The flavor presented pleasant, crisp, controlled, citrus & fruit tartness, and appropriate carbonation so as not to detract, in a light body. Flavorfully balanced! A shared 2013 bomber was my next experience with this Sour Ale. Poured to snifters with a cloudy, orangey amber hue, a quickly reducing layer of white foam to a bubbly ring, and light lacing. The aroma presented a bit of fleeting mustiness, some unusual, fruity esters, citrus, and tartness. The body again was light, with a little spritziness to the carbonation, some noticeable, earthy & citrusy bitterness in the taste that was somewhat subdued by the tartness, as the alcohol also seemed hidden. The finale offered some oaky dryness. Lack of sweetness, undefinable estery notes, hidden alcohol, and the musty nose were notable differences from the first tap tasting. -.2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2011
22oz bottle from Mora2000, thanks Bill! Pours a lightly hazed, golden-orange colored body with a finger-width, frothy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is very bright and big on the dry hops with lots of sweeter citrus and tropical fruits. Plenty of mango, peach, tangerines, pineapple, and lemons with a light pine and earth. Sweeter tartness comes out nicely after the initial hop nose with a light funk. Flavor is more tart up front, but maintains a very juicy sweetness, which is quite nice. Light funk and earth along with plenty of tropical fruits and citrus. Lemony and fairly acidic with tangerines and mangos standing out as well as pineapple, apricot, and peaches. The hops really come out nicely towards the end and blend very well with the tartness. Finishes crisp and dry with a nice acidity, but very juicy and bright with a moderate wood. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and moderately fizzy carbonation. Overall, a very impressive, easy drinking, and tasty sour. The sweet tartness isn’t puckering, which I like a lot. The hops are very distinct and juicy, but blend very well with the sour funk and acidity. This was highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smith4498 (3322) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Bottle from a trade with drfabulous. Pours cloudy burnt orange color with off white head. Sour aroma with some citrus notes and wood. Smells great. Tart fruit flavor with some citrus and woodiness. Nice and sour. Medium body with moderate carbonation. A really nice brew! Thanks Jeff.

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