RATINGS: 797   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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.

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pivo (2689) - GERMANY - APR 16, 2017
Dainty sour nose, slighty musty. Cloudy gold color. Sharp sour sting hots you right away, like biting a lemon. Yeast in the middle, but I’m not getting much hops (though they add to the overall profile). Bold beer.

rustbucket0873 (460) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2017
pours cloudy dark orange with white fluffy head. The aroma is sour, malty fruity, cherries, earthy, and floral. the flavor is oak, some floral, but very sour for me. all i get is a warhead type sour overall not for me.

ClarkVV (6963) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2017
On draught at GABF and Falling Rock, GABF 05 weekend. Orange-amber-copper hued beer is lightly hazy, and has a decent amount of white head atop it, that recedes to a thin cover, with some lacing left behind. Aroma of juicy fruits, tart cherries, raspberries and strawberries. Some earthy, moderately dry brown malts in the background and a strong but enjoyable yeastiness. The amarillos really juice this thing up, tons of fruitiness to go with the moderate brett character, though I don’t find that nearly as expressive as in say, Ommegeddon or Orval or a lambic. Flavor is just plain wild, fruits, tartness, light caramel and black cherries are coming at me from all angles. Strong and boisterous, it’s a real eye opener. As it goes down, it’s got a sharp sourness that attacks the throat, somewhat. Is that hops acid, or yeast/barrel character? Anyways, it’s got a lot of its character derived from the fruity amarillos and the citric cascades. The flemish sour aspect is relatively tame, but still well-done. Mouthfeel is finely bubbled, but with a good deal of carbonation and a nice and substantial texture, bit slippery on the tongue at times. Medium body, no thinning or anything like that. While I thought I was going to hate American hops mixed with a flemish sour, I’ve gotta say it was just the opposite. Maybe I was just in the mood for a whole slew of aggressive flavors, but anyways, well done. 8/4/8/4/15

Draught at Brendan Behan’s, 2/24/17.
Hazy, translucent brass with a small, white head atop.
Lime, lemon, grapefruit and tons of peppery phenols are quickly met by very strong lactic acids. From there you get light biscuit, vanilla and dough with more citrus and lactic acid lingering...
Very, very heavy and overdone on the lactic acidity in the mouth, with way too much citrus clashing with it. Weird astringency on the finish, and almost detergent-like, with no malt sweetness or softness whatsoever. Even the hops are just starkly dry and full of citrus rind. Indistinguishable from a bad, ubiquitous American kettle sour and could only finish 10 ounces with great effort. Man, NB has fallen so far in 10 years...you used to at least be able to count on their Belgian/sour ales to be at least decent-to-good. I’m scared to try new versions of La Folie.....Score is for this recent sample.

thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2017
This bottled brew from a bottle shop was served at a cool temperature and poured a head of foamy fine to medium sized white colored bubbles that were very long lasting and left behind a strongly carbonated body hazy yellow orange colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The nice aroma was malty and sour. The semi-dry mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering sour aftertaste. The ok flavor contained notes of sour. A decent one but not one that I would consider drinking again.

KansaiBeerLvrs (5511) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 30, 2017
An opaque honey gold with a tart sour citrus aroma and some oak stave notes in the aroma. Medium bodied, sour tart cork and citrus. Tasty stuff, 1400¥ for 470ml at Takanoya in Kyoto.

thornecb (6157) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 26, 2017
2016 bottle. Pours hazy golden amber into a tulip. Bright white head with excellent retention recedes leaving scant sheets to coat surface. Lactic summer pit fruit aromas. Dy with sweet and sour peach skin and lactic oak upfront turning to a lasting berry seed finish.

AndySnow (8311) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2017
How: Bottle, 2015 vintage.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Hazy orange colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Tart, berries, hops, sour, tropical fruit, mango, citrus.
Body: Light body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Sour, tropical fruit, mango, citrus, tart.

NordicV (2556) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2017
Disig orange öl med vitt skum. Doft av trä, bärig syrlighet och lättare funkiga toner. I smaken är syrligheten mer framträdande i form av citrus och bärighet. Men trätonerna och jästen finns också kvar.

tightslice (1530) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 12, 2017
Bottle from Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is unripe fruit, peaches, lychee, mild fruit vinegar. Taste is mostly sour with some unripe fruit notes and lots of dry wood. This was a bit underwhelming. I was expecting more than just the 2 notes here, sour and wood. Could have used more fruit.

stifler84 (54) - Klippan, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2017
Beertasting at Fillepolo 170310. Bottle from Systembolaget. citrus, grass hops and a Nice sour taste!

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