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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,747
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 438
Gots: 277 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A sour beer barrel-aged for two years and then dry-hopped with Amarillo and Cascade hops for 8 days.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005)
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Reviews by saintwarrick:
Photo of saintwarrick
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orangish brew with a fizzy white head. Hops come out immediately, champagne-covered oranges and grapefruit oils in the nose, this is smack-dab in IPA territory. Some sour notes, but more winey than most sours. Taste is outstanding, this is basically a sour IPA. Lots of bitter hops going head-to-head with mouth-puckering vinegar and sour notes. One of the most intriguing and innovative brews I have ever had. Hats off to New Belgium.

saintwarrick, Mar 07, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of fmccormi
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware). The only packagining information on the bottle appears to be “2014” printed above the name, “LE TERROIR – DRY HOPPED SOUR ALE.” From what I can tell, this dropped within the last month, so it should be fresh.

Appearance (4.25): The head comes up to about two fingers of bone-white foam, capping a rich, orange-golden body that’s clear, minus a light chill haze. It sticks around longer than most sour beers, leaving a light film on the surface and some broken chunks of a thin, loopy collar. As the beer recedes, it leaves very little—just a few patches of light, lacy foam.

Smell (4.0): Man, this smells lovely. Tart fruit juices (red grapefruit, green apple) mixed with sweet tropical notes (some ripe pineapple, papaya, honeydew, and a little cashew fruit), some dank, funky hops, and just a light undercurrent of sugar cookie bready sweetness. The sour beer at its heart could be a little more complex, but that funky, fruity character that smells like cashew fruit and underripe honeydew together adds a really nice layer of hoppy weirdness.

Taste (4.75): Holy nuts, this is fucking tasty! Tart grapefruit flesh and underripe kiwi, married to a underplayed but still rich, sweet base of cantaloupe and overripe mango burst onto the palate, followed by a clean, crisp sourness that’s extremely balanced—lightly acetic, with a clean (not funky, not yogurty) lactic tang, and brightly citrusy. Just a tiny bit of water crackers and floury, peasant white bread offer some semblance of a malt body, but really this beer has been fermented out so cleanly it’s almost non-existant. Some pithy, slightly resinous and definitely kinda dank, herbal hops add a fruity, lightly vegetal, funky dimension to everything else going on in this beer, and vinous, somewhat tannic and minerally white wine tones boost the dryness of the malt body, also aided by those zesty hops. No booze. Just pure awesome.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Smooth, lightly tingly carbonation ushers in a perfectly medium-weight body, which feels just a little oily before drying out to a pithy, slightly parching finish. The carbonation foams up softly with a fine tingle before it washes out at the end—this is just absurdly drinkable.

Overall (4.5): This is, without a doubt, at least as good if not better than the sum of its parts. And yes, I know it’s pasteurized and the heyday of all New Belgium sours is supposed to be prior to the era of pasteurization, but goddamn this is delicious. Absurdly good, like, why-isn’t-this-always-available delicious. The base sour is extremely solid, which I feel confident in saying after having had an old bottle (post-pasteurization) a couple of years ago after the hops had died off, and that was plenty tasty on its own. But this is in a zone of its own right now, while the hops are still kickin’. Definitely pick this beer up.

fmccormi, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brew is a light yellowish-orange, slightly peach-colored, topped with a light cream head, small size with reasonable retention for the style.

Wow, I know this beer is dry-hopped, but I was not expecting this aroma! Grapefruit, mango, and starfruit, accompanied by a sweet, sugary caramel. There's a hint of yeast lurking in the background, but the dry hop overwhelms everything else.

Flavor does not follow the aroma; this is a wild ale, tart and sour, through and through. The dry hop comes through as a very fruity presence of grapefruit and mango, slightly dank (from the Amarillo). White grapes and white wine-flavored tartness bounce off the hoppy fruitiness, while oak and a rustic, musty yeast presence develop on the mid-palate and back-end.

Very tart and puckering, but nicely balanced with a fruity sweetness. Definitely a sipper, slightly oily. Relatively short finish except for a lasting astringency.

This is one of the most interesting beers I have ever had. It has a fruity profile from the hops that is quite different from a traditional sour or lambic, and which blends with the tart, puckering sourness in a unique fashion. I'm very glad I got to try it.

Roguer, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of neurobot01
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

I couldn't decide for a long time if I loved or hated this beer. It's just so different than anything I've had before... actually, no, it's really similar to two very dissimilar things I've had before (IPAs and sours). Some swigs feature an explosion of hops, while others are straight-up sour, and most are some crazy commingling of the two. Once I wrapped my brain around the dichotomy, I decided I loved it. The fruity notes in the hops provide a great layer on top of the fruity sour of the base beer. Will be seeking out more of this.

neurobot01, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been lucky enough to sample this on a couple of occasions, the best being at FOBAB where I passed on drinking copious amounts of lesser beers like BA Darkness to consume about 3 pints of the wonderful Terroir. I usually don't review beers I drink on such occasions but this beer is so stellar as to mandate a review.

Appearance is a gorgeous hazed peach body under a thin white froth that reduces to lacing rapidly. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is a complicated citrus/cider vinegar with edges of green apple and grape skin. Hops dance lightly on the nose in the aroma's finish.

Taste: Like a trip to the fruit aisle of Vom Fass, this beer brings on a menagerie citric and apple vinegar flavors along with mild mustiness, wood, and grape skin.

Mouthfeel: Flawlessly sour with intense feel on the palate that does not translate into acid reflux in the esophagus or stomach. At times tart as well with impressive dryness and carbonation that does well to cut the acidity.

Drinkability: Exceptional. I have a high tolerance for acidic beverages and that certainly helps but I feel that Le Terroir is not particularly harsh despite its boldness. For me it makes for a refreshing and exciting imbibing experience.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

tectactoe, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -7%

t2grogan, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jono0101, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
5/5  rDev +16.3%

brownbeer, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of BeauIXI
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BeauIXI, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of Tiernan
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Tiernan, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

tbryan5, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden peach pour with a half inch of bubbly white head on top of the brew. Nice clarity...first sniff is tart and oaky with a mix of fruit notes jumping out. Peach/mango/citrus with some Amarillo hops still kicking in there, but they seem to have faded compared to when I have had this on draft in the past.

First sip is a mouth puckering fruit salad. Tons of citrus, peach and tropical flavors mingle with oak and some semi-sweet malts. Amarillo hops are still kicking but not as bright as I recall. Flows down with an acidic sour bite that lingers on. Well played.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. This one packs quite the sour punch but it is still quite drinkable. I think I would've liked it a bit more fresh...don't hang onto this one, drink it now if you have any left as the hops always have made this for me. A great brew overall.

orbitalr0x, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

gregmoscetti, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased 8/2011, bottling date unknown.

A - Pours a clear burnt orange with one finger of white head. Head doesn't last long, but maintains a collar. Nice stream of carbonation rising from the center of the tulip.

S - Nice funky sourness in the aroma. Lemon and tart peach, and some lactic sourness. Despite holding this for awhile, I do get some hops aroma. Very nice aroma.

T - While the sourness is front and center, there is a very nice fruitiness here as well. Not a sweet fruitiness, but juicy tart peach, some faint bitterness.

M - Medium, crisp mouthfeel with a nice carbonation level. Some faint lingering funkiness.

O - Really enjoyable sour from New Belgium. The dry hopping adds a nice twist to this, and the peach notes are very tasty. Would love have this again.

warnerry, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of marvin213
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown yet translucent, it looks good and refreshing. A relative fizz (unforgiving pour) settles to a yummy, succulent looking head that laces my glass like legs on a wine. It looks becoming...like a winner.

Smells sour. The smell is pretty pungent to me--so reminiscent of a Flanders I consider backing up off of it and sitting my cup down. The smell is more of a warning than an invitation.

The taste is more subtle than smell. I can't say I identify dry-hopping, but it's mouth-puckering appealing. It's refreshing in the same way as other appealing sours--it cleanses the palate beautifully. It certainly makes you take notice! It feels just sour enough, without a menacing kind of face you might expect from a relative sour rook. Compared to the sour way it tastes and smells, the feel is negligible.

The drink is incredibly interesting. I'm glad I bought it, and glad to have another one. As I suspect is normal for the style, I wouldn't wanna drink a whole bomber alone, much less take two! Great beer to share, certainly, and a good experience!

marvin213, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow gold with a medium frothy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is nice, lots of acidic brett with some sour apple and some musty hops.

The flavor is sweet tart fruity mouth-puckering sourness with some earthy acidic brett and a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, one of my favorite sours. A huge amount of sourness with some yummy brett.

Beaver13, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of DuckDodgers
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

DuckDodgers, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev -7%

Callmecoon, May 23, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

bishopdc0, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

TimoP, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of mverity
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle shared at Proof. Pours a pale gold with some white head. Medium white collar, and no lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops and a bit of pine, lots of fruity funkiness. Taste is mouth wateringly sour, in a good way. Some of that fruit ester funk in the taste too. Light body, sour bite on the tongue, and low carbonation.

mverity, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Dbrulet
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Dbrulet, Nov 10, 2013
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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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