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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 436
Hads: 2,078
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 463
Gots: 362 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005

A sour beer barrel-aged for two years and then dry-hopped with Amarillo and Cascade hops for 8 days.
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Reviews: 436 | Hads: 2,078
Photo of L0ne
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 version. Recently appeared on shelves in the local grocery store.

Pours a beautiful, opaque orange that brings to mind fresh-squeezed apple juice, with a tiny, fizzy head.

Smell is mostly a funky, acidic tartness, with a background of bright fruitiness (citrus/tropical).

Taste is a burst of tart citrus that fades into just a hint of hoppy bitterness. The finish is short and dry. Faint, sour fruit lingers.

Feels crisp and refreshing. Extremely drinkable.

Overall a well done and enjoyable wild ale. I don't really seek out sours often, but am glad I grabbed this one. The hops and fruit notes add a fresh dimension that had me constantly reaching for the glass for another drink. (693 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage served in a pint glass.

Appearance: orange blossom honey, clear with no head really

Nose: funk, acidic, fruity, bright, fresh, peaches

Taste: acidic, sour, citrusy, very dry, tart and creamy, very short and dry finish

Overall: everything I wanted it to be. The sourness was not as bracing as I expected from other reviews. (339 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A vintage 2014 Lips of Faith on tap. Light hazy yellow body. Smells a lot like a freshly cut orange. Big sour grapefruit taste. Hints of oak and orange. Another great sour beer by New Belgium. (192 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a translucent orange without much head.

Nose has plenty of funky acidic qualities with some apricot notes.

The PH must have dropped down quite low with this tart wild ale. No outstanding phenols. Well balanced with tangerine, apricot and spicy characters. Sour and lingering funk but this all very well balanced. Finishes very dry with some overripe peach.

Just a delicious wild ale from beginning to end. One bomber isn't enough. (441 characters)

Photo of Lucular
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was skeptical about a wild ale that was hop-centric, but this beer really blew me away. The reason it works for me is that the hops are on the citrus side. Really a unique beer. (179 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage poured into a snifter glass

A- pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a small sudsy white head that reduces to leave some nice lacing behind

S- mouth watering sour aroma with notes of white wine, white grape skin, mango, cantaloupe, slightly funky yeast, earth & wet hay

T- lots of fruity tartness up front with an emphasis on tangerine marmalade, grapefruit zest, honeydew melon, lemon peel, white grape, vinous white wine tartness, light toasted oak on a dry linger

M- medium body with light carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a bone dry sour finish

O- very fruit forward sour that drinks pretty easy and hides the alcohol well (660 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a clear amber with a white foamy head that falls to a thin collar. Nice thick gobs of lacing despite the subdued head. The scent is full of tropical fruits as well as peach. Very fresh scent. Upon tasting, the initial fruity sweetness gives way to a crisp, tart, and acidic finish. Not a full on sour bomb, but it is there and very enjoyable. Wonderful lingering flavor of a slightly sweet mango. Lively carbonation and light bodied. Very enjoyable beer and a sour ale that is likely to be best fresh. (513 characters)

Photo of Houser
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a nice amber orange. smells a bit strange due to the dry hopped sour. very crisp. really enjoy this taste as the sourness is mild and the hops mesh well. (162 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy dark golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are mild. Has that Belgium yeast sour aroma. Slightly fruity. The taste is excellent! Bready at first but quickly hits you with a sour, fruity blast. Leaves that sour taste on your palate. Definitely one of my favorite beers. I just wish it wasn't so damn expensive. (365 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (2014 vintage)
Consumed 3.15.15

A: 4.5 Very pretty beer. Pours a clear orange-gold with a one-inch light beige, lacy head.

S: 4.25 The aromas are just wonderful. Lots of bright, juicy, citrus balanced by slight funk and minerals. The hops are quite strong, but they offer more orange and grapefruit with a touch of pine, all of which compliment the funk and sour elements rather than dominating.

T: 4 Flavors match the aromas quite well. Big juicy citrus hits first followed by a rather high level of tartness. Very light bitterness follows with the mineral flavor that was on the nose. More orange lingers on the finish.

M: 4.25 Light and refreshing with an excellent, dry finish. A bit undercarbonated for my tastes.

O: 4.25 An excellent example of a dry-hopped sour. Neither the hops nor the sour flavors are too aggressive. All very balanced and refreshing with enough going on that keeps you interested. (936 characters)

Photo of parris
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty unique beer, sweet and sour with a pleasantly astringent and floral dry hopped flavor. Pours a hazy light copper color, and has an aroma that matches the taste. (166 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Naja’s. Pours hazy orange with no head and some lacing. Aroma is sour tropical fruits, vinegar, and a little funk. Taste is initially sour peach and mango, settling to a slightly spicy hop bitterness. Medium bodied, low to mid carbonation, dry, and a little sticky. (277 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pale golden color....the head is white and lasting. Effervescent and a bit of haze. Mine aroma is enticing...sour notes, but much more wood,mfruit, and an undercurrent of hops. The taste is spot on....lots of up front sourness, but it isn't overpowering. Huge lemon and grapefruit flavor. Wood, some balance, and a little grain. Finish is tart and clean. Great. (377 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Le Terroir pours a golden color with a small swirling head. There is a big aroma, big grapefruit notes with hints of peach and hops. The taste is very sour, nice grapefruit flavors, hints of peach. Nice body nice feel. Overall its a big sour fruity beer. (258 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 release. 650ml bottle poured into a teku

Appearance: Pours a dark golden orange color with 2 fingers of an off white head with good retention and spotty lacing. Body is lightly hazy with light visible carbonation.

Smell: Peach, lemon, mango, green apple touch of damp wood.

Taste: Peach, tea, lemon, light earthiness, grapefruit, very slight toasted malt character. Medium sourness. Not much in the way of funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and medium/high carbonation.

Overall: Really good stuff. Hops play really well against the beer's sourness and provide lots of flavor and aroma while not really adding any bitterness. Definitely worth trying. (683 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles and lightly laces.

S: Fruity, peach and apricot, a little tropical fruit and citrus.

T: Nicely tart, fruity peach and apricot, a little mango, some lemon, and maybe a very light funk.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, quite smooth.

O: I haven't had much of a chance to get into sours, but this one was quite enjoyable. (424 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apple juice colored ale. Finger of head with minimal retention.

Citrus, tropical, slightly tart aroma. Pleasantly hoppy and sour at the same time.

Begins with an assertive citrus and pine hop presence. Hint of honey an herbs mid drink. Finishes with a moderately acidic white grape and green apple flavor. Dry in the end.

Medium bodied. Well carbonation. Slightly sticky with a dry finish.

Many points for originality here. Exceptional flavor profile as well and very well balanced. It's kind of a cross between an IPA and a sour blond ale. I'm happy to say, its a good combo. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. (625 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. 2014.

A: Hazy, honey-colored body with about 1 finger of off-white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Interesting nose for a sour, thanks to the dry-hopping. Citrus-forward hops with an undercurrent of cherry/lemon tartness, citric and lactic acid. Peach. Some strawberry. Whiffs of cinnamon, spice. Vanilla. Really quite nice.

T: Assertive sour to start that is tempered by hop bitterness and an arid woodiness. Oak. A touch of malt near the end, but doesn't affect the rather dry finish. Lingering citric acid in the throat. Alcohol is mostly hidden at 7.5% ABV.

M: Moderate to high carbonation, but fairly smooth. Light to medium body.

O: Tasty sour that makes great use of the dry hopping to impart a second layer of atypical fruit flavors/scents to the usual cherry & lemon notes that tend to dominate beers of the style. Certainly trumps last year's version, if I remember correctly.

Prost! (990 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle from Chuck.
American wild ale.
A:pours a great 2 finger white head, golden straw body, some stringy lacing
S: sour musty hay, honey suckle, citrus, mango, peach
M: medium light
T: sour, sour, sour, some hints of citrus, lemon
O: not a big sour beer drinker but the are growing on me. This one has some great aroma but most of the taste is a strong sour. (367 characters)

Photo of Harvest06
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid sour and the hops add a nice complexity. Overall it's nothing amazing and not worth the $15 price tag. For a dry hop IPA I'd rather have a red swingline. (166 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was delicious. Decent sour/tart pucker as well as the bright notes from the dry-hopping. As I sat with my buddy trying this one, we agreed that this would be an awesome brew to try and clone, and that it would be a great house beer. I am new to sours, and this convinced me to take a further plunge. Lips of Faith series rocks! (332 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Single pint bomber poured into a tulip. A sparkling dark orange with two fingers of sudsy, rocky white foam. Aroma is initially innocent enough, some orange and lemon rinds, but blooms into some pretty serious sour funk with a fruity flair, full of sour mangoes, green apples, peaches, white grapes, limes, vinegar, lemon juice. A massive sour gummy candy bouquet with just a hint of barnyard. On the palate the hops seem to accent rather than dominate. Tons of sour fruit: Muscat grapes, lemon-lime, those sour tangerines that are full of seeds, and green mango, super acidic and corrosive, again with little true funk in the old style. Fiercely carbonated as well, like a sparkling wine. Getting more hops on the nose late, quite floral. A subtle sweetness like a pina colada lurks underneath. Body on the light side but not watery or thin per se. I'm still branching out into sour beer territory but this burgeoning fan deems this an "instant classic", at least if one is trying to capture the sour fruit stylings of Rodenbach or tannic white wines. Wonderful. (1,063 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear medium orange, with creamy one finger thick white head, settles slowly to a thin ring and a mess of lace down the glass. Smell: sour peach, mango, green apple candy, lime; herbal, hay and acetic notes. Taste: lime segment, green apple, peach skin, tart white grape, woody and mildly herbal notes. Creamy, medium bodied. Hopping and tartness are well integrated, quite tasty. 2014. (394 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve been wanting to try a sour ale, and kinda bought this one on a limb.

L (4) – Pours a nice clear orange/copper color. Little bit of head on top.

S (4.25) – Smells really good. Get a citrus and hoppy aroma.

T (4) – They aren’t joking when they say “sour.” It’s very sour. I didn’t get a whole lot of the hop flavor, but I enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure at first, but I kept grabbing the glass for more.

F (4) – This beer is very carbonated, almost like a champagne. Maybe not quite that much, but a lot.

O (4) – Overall, I’m glad I got this beer. 22oz is a lot, and I’d have probably preferred it to have been a 12 oz bottle! I have no other sours to compare to, but I would drink this again. (737 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Orangish pour light head. This beer smells awesome. Hoppy and fruitastic. Here is where things go south for me. The taste punches you in the mouth. I'm not a fan of sours. The thing about this one though is that there is some tasty stuff going on after the initial kick in the pants. It has a complex taste that I think would grow on me if not for the sour kick. I think this is probably right up the alley of all of the sour drinkers. Not for me, but I think it has some tasty aspects to it. (492 characters)

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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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