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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 435
Hads: 2,075
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 463
Gots: 363 | FT: 29
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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: 435 | Hads: 2,075
Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Prying off the cap unleashes fruit, lemon, spice, herb, light short bread aromas.
It pours a hazy peach color under a very meager head but is surprisingly lacy.
The beer has a big lemony tart palate that comes in layers with light fruit and herbal notes.
It has a medium light body with very fine soft carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish.. (349 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured a gorgeous cloudy reddish orange body with two fingers of fluffy, long lasting off-white head. The beer looks wonderful and very appealing. Scents of orange flesh, tropical fruit, especially mango, but also with some pineapple, some spicy yeast phenols and a hint of wild yeast and a very faint light pine. Overall impression of aroma is light and fruity, very bright, with a nice undertone of spicy yeast keeping it balanced. Very nice. Flavor begins moderately sour, with a nice wild funk, light pine resin, notes of tropical fruit and lemon zest. This moves into a middle that is still moderately sour, with more pronounced notes pine resin, wild, sour funk, some lemongrass and lemon zest. Finish is dry with high sourness notes of lemongrass, tropical fruit, indeterminate citrus fruit and zest, wild, sour funk and light pine. Aftertaste is wild, sour funk, lemon, hints of peach and tropical fruit and slight lemongrass. Overall impression of flavor is of a sour, funky, complex ale that combines nice wild funk, combined with nice levels of fruitiness and a pine and herbal character from the lemongrass. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a puckering, drying, refreshing feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nicely sour and puckering wild ale that is quite refreshing. Overall this is a wonderful American Wild Ale that is refreshingly tart, fruity, wild, funky and piney in aroma and flavor. Aided by a wonderful mouthfeel it is a nicely refreshing ale. Very well done and quite good. (1,553 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruits coupled with some sourness.

Tastes of fruity hops layered with sweet malts and some tartness. Hops lead off with orange, mango, and pineapple. This gives way to a fruity sourness with cherries and cranberries. The sourness plays well with the fruity hops. Some sweet malts add in the middle. A bit of oak woodiness and funk round everything out before finishing with some lingering tart cranberries.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is very tasty, and I wish I had tried it sooner. (661 characters)

Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this many times already in 2011 but just realized I hadn't reviewed. This one was poured into my Maudite snifter with a 1/2 in lacing that settles nicely into a constant lacing. The color a bright, crisp orange with maybe just a bit of red. The aroma is outstanding of pears, peaches and grapefruit.

The taste is crisp, clean and dances on your tongue with just the perferct carbonation. The citrus taste is that of tangelos which really is the perfect sweet and sour. The dry hopping compliments the sour so perfect there isn't much else to say. The hops leave a nice dry, bitterness after every sip but at the same time it is quite refreshing. For a sour this is beyond drinkable.

Every sip is like the most perfect concerto of flavors rewarding your senses and leaves you wanting more. Every time I get one of these on draught I share with whoever is around and almost every time they are floored. If you can't tell by this review yet, I am a big fan. (962 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was excited to see this on the shelf, been wanting to try it for a while. 2013 batch into my tasting snifter.

Pours a hazy golden with a nice two finger white head. Solid retention for the style, leaves a bit of lacing.

Weird but appealing blend of the classic juicy Amarillo hops and sour funk. Mangos and papaya blend with sour cherry and apple, grassy funk, lactic soreness. Not a lot of malt.

Wow that is good. Juicy Amarillo and lactic tartness battle it out at the front of the tounge and continue through the middle. Sour cherries and green apple, mango and peach, some grass. More lactic than acetic which i like. Maybe some wood. The sourness edges the hops near the back and you get a nice hit of classic gueze lactic funkiness. Not super sour, but just enough to,keep you coming back for more. Finishes nice and dry, with some lingering hop oils in the aftertaste. No alcohol.

Light to medium in body, feel of an oude bruin. Dry, moderate carbonation. Exceedingly drinkable like a good sour should be. Stronger than some, but no alcohol felt.

My expectations were actually exceeded with one, hasn't happened for a while. I thought it might be a muddled mess with the Amarillo and lactic sourness, but it was far from it. The two flavor profile intermingled and complimented each other. We
need to see more of these dry hopped sours. This was one of the best beers I've had this year. Highly recommended to every sour fan, and an IPA lover looking to try a sour without getting to extreme. (1,505 characters)

Photo of MotoGuitard
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got lucky to find a bottle shop where nobody is noticing these on the shelf. Lucky to be able to grab a few of these over the last month.

Pours a really rich citrus like orange color. The citrusy look is echoed in the smell as well. The smell on this one is really making me excited to imbibe.

The taste is immediately tart. It's exactly what I was hoping for in the sour department. The end is refreshing and fades away really well for me. Really struggling to not sip this one every other second.

This beer was exactly what I was expecting. Glad I have a couple more to sip on. (584 characters)

Photo of brewskis
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark orange color with a two finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick ring of lacing. Decent carbonation. Smells of bretty funk, mustiness, sour cherries, tiny bit of mango, peaches, good amount of lemon, white grape, a tiny bit of sweet breadiness. Taste starts with the dry hop qualities. Get peaches and mango, as well as a tiny bit of grapefruit. Then gets much more tart in the middle, along with notes of lemon, funk and some oak. The finish brings just a tad bit of sweetness, but is just overtaken by the funkiness from the brett, as well as more peach, mango, grapefruit, almost a white grape flavor, cherry, tropical fruit. You can tell the beer has been sitting in oak barrels for a few years, as the oak is very apparent in the finish. Very tart, puckering, acidic finish that lingers on the palate and makes you want to take another sip. Crisp, slightly creamy, and sticky mouthfeel with a medium body. The dry hopping adds a whole new dimension to the beer. Extremely complex sour for a reasonable price. This is hands down the best beer I’ve had by New Belgium so far. (1,111 characters)

Photo of kencarman
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Wild ale?" Really? Doesn't anyone at BA think this might get confused with beers with wild, or fresh, hops?

Enough editorial. On to a fabulous beer. The light pilsner like malt sense is simple a barren stage, a light frame, for the main act: the sour and cascade/grapefruit hops sense. A bit of lime too. The balance is perfect.

Clarity a bit hazy: may be my fridge... or not. Bud color. head good. Nose and mouthfeel exactly like taste. Pilsner malt way in the background: taste or nose.

Bear in mind. I'm a New Belgian skeptic. Most of their beers I've had are inadequate and pale versions of what they should be. This Lips of faith edition is incredible. The grapefruity Amarillo/Cascade hop mix works perfectly with the sour. These are the stars of this show and they dance across the palate quite well in a Flemish-like/America pale hop dance.

Kudos. (865 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 SkeeterHawk
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here is another one of the Lips of Faith beers that I haven't reviewed yet, so let's give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy yellowish orange color with about a 1/2" head of off white bubbles that was rather fizzy and settled in at about 1/8" to stand for quite some time. There is very little lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma in this beer is really interesting. I am getting sour apple and lemon grass in particular, but there is some sweet caramel malt in there to that is playing a supporting role. There are some spicy qualities coming out as the beer sits for a bit that I think are hop derived if they aren't actual spices. The aroma is incredible overall and reminds me of a candy or something, but it is definitely playing on my senses. Very nice!

Taste: The flavor is significantly different than you would think it will be from the aroma. The body is lighter than I anticipated, and the carbonation a bigger player than it looks like it will be. Overall the beer has a very well blended hodge-podge of flavor with tons of mouthfeel going on here. It is still fruity, but the hops are reserved in the finish letting the balance sway slightly toward the funk and malt with the carbonation playing on the back of the throat for what seems like forever after the sip. The alcohol is masked well in the flavor, but the ABV is apparent in the warming you get after drinking half the bottle.

Opinion: Well, about all I can say is WOW! This beer is a trip!...literally! It is undoubtedly one of the most unusual beers I have tried in some time. It practically defines a style as nothing exactly like this exists that I know of. I would say that if you are a fan of sour/wild ales like I am, you absolutely HAVE to give this a shot. It is so different I think that you will be pleased. If you are expecting an IPA with a bit of funk, this beer isn't for you. It is complex and well blended with the hops participating in the whole ensemble rather than dominating it. (2,006 characters)

Photo of Phoptos
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Won in a "beer bracket" contest for March Madness.

A: Poured into my Pretty Things goblet. Pours a ruby orange with a decent soft white head. As it fades there's a pencil thing lace around the outside that's barely noticeable. Love the bottle too. Good design.

S: Funky fruits. Citrus forward and pulpy with a hit of earth swirling around. Like a Chinese chicken special...sweet and sour.

T: Wow. The tart grapefruit hits the tongue with a nice pop that carries over to the back of the throat. The earthiness in between gives it more of a blood orange pulp flavor with some bitter rinds while, and this is what I love, the dry hops hold it together and punctuate it. A sour that has the salavating hops to keep you coming back? Yes please.

M: The dry hops keep you coming back to the glass early and often. While there's little lace in appearance there's a nice coat on the tongue with each sip. The dry hops really shine while the fruit flavor fades slowly. With the initial tart hit on the tongue, you'd expect it to saturate and maybe even irritate the pallet. Not at all. A nice thin wire walk with the balance.

O: I love it. This has everything I've been looking for in a wild. With the perfect balance of funky sour and a balancing earthiness of dry hops, this is high on my trade list already. (1,306 characters)

Photo of benito
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After reading the previous reviews, I was lucky enough to track this down at Falling Rock. I'm crossing my fingers that their supply doesn't run dry before I can make it back down to the Front Range for another visit and another delicious pint...

Served in a snifter, this had a mandarin orange tint with perfect head that maintained itself ever-so-well throughout the entire tasting. I caught aromas of oak and cherry, as well as other less distinguishable citrus hints. These all carry through to the flavor profile, which is puckeringly sour on the tongue. Yet, with each swig I found the sourness to reveal new flavors of fruit, earth, and wood. The feel is rather medium-bodied and well-balanced with a long, lingering roll of flavor throughout the mouth.

But here's the best part: either in spite of or thanks to its challenging flavor profile, this brew is enchantingly addictive and has an awesome drinkability. Had I not had to leave the bar, I could have easily continued satiating my thirst all day on snifter after snifter of this brew. Hopefully I'll get a chance to sample it again... (1,104 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, split and served with fresh pasta and roasted vegetables

appearance: rich golden amber body, light beige film with adequate retention

smell: great tartness - spree candies, tangerine, tropical fruits, grapefruit, candied sugar, oak barrel

taste: The lips of faith line is an interesting beast - 1 out of 3 is pretty awesome and the other 2 are duds. Le Terroir is a pretty fantastic wild ale - cascade hops and sour grapefruit trash the palate, loads of sugar, tangerine zest and oak. Really interesting.

mouthfeel: tart, fresh, overload on the palate

overall/drinkability: nice (596 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh good Gawd what do we have here. Much thanks to the kind soul from AZ who sent this one my way. I had been waiting forever to try this one and now I have another I can cross off my list. 22 oz bomber, this one was served chilled and poured into a snifter.

Very cloudy orange tinted amber color coming forward. A light head of white graces the top for all but a few moments before it settles down to nothing more then some token side glass lacing. The aroma though is where this all began for me. Rich, deep funk. The sourest vinegar like notes I have come across in some time. I just had to go in for a taste. Lip puckering is a whole new thing for me. I thought I had tasted sour before, and I was wrong. This is tart fruit at its best. Light touch of apples perhaps, but mostly that draw dropping, lip puckering, sour flavor that you only get on the best of days. Rich feel, medium bodied with a light touch of carbonation that gave it a good all around approach. Not sure the abv but around 6 would be my guess, leaving this one to be super drinkable as well.

Overall as solid as could be. This was insanely well put together and easily that most sour beer i have come across in months, if not years. Not to be messed with, you need to seek this one out. (1,261 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden with a slight haze, fluffy white head that can only be reanimated as a film, and lots of carbonation. Sour apples and cherries aroma with a hint of oak. A balance of mostly sour, but some sweet from front to middle. Mild bitter finish. A good amount of carbonation and light body. Flavor is similar to the aroma, lots of sour fruit, but with enough sugar to create an interesting balance. Every now and then the fruit esters give a paint thinner like sensation. Think La Folie dialed back a notch or two. (511 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a New Belgium glass

A- A hazy straw color with a small white head.

S- Sour with some nice hops, getting sour lemons, tropical fruits and a nice herbal tea smell.

T- Sour lemons, tropical fruits, nice barnyard funk, some piney/herbal hops in the finish, great mix of flavors very well balanced.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry, light body.

O- Wow, a very well done sour, love what the dry hopping brings to it. (424 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A- pours a pale shade of orange with a two finger white head that quickly fades to nothingness. Looks a lot like an IPA

S- very strong tropical hop aroma...not at all what I expected. But it's a very pleasant aroma, that's for sure

T- quite an interesting taste profile in this one....the tropical hops are very prevalent in this one, and the sourness is definitely there. Sour mangoes....it's an amazing profile.

M- pretty thick body actually, a little syrupy...strange from a wild, but based on the dry hopping, I can see where it's coming from

O- this is a fantastic, unique sour. I love it (637 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, orangy gold. A white, somewhat porous head rose to about a quarter inch and fell fairly quick. No lacework.
The pungent, sour, funky aromatics practically lept from the bottle as I caught a whiff immediately upon pouring.
Tannin-laden fruit pulp, cider vinegar, and mustard greens clear the nostrils.
A melange of soured granny smith apples, fermented peach skins, pepper-dusted lemon pith, and cedar chips.
Plenty wild in character, with the tannins becoming more oaky in nature as the brew warms.
The lingering tart, complex nature lingers after the glass is withdrawn from the nose, leaving behind a trace of cinnamon.
The mouthfeel is thinnish and sharp. Light carbonation complements the beer without interfering with the layers of body.
The pallet is as promised by the nose- sharp and tart.
Boldly acidic but not in an offensive manner.
The complexites of the pallet come forward not at first sip, but as it lingers on the tongue and warms the back of the throat. First the sour/tart onslaught, followed by the intense citrus character.
Fermented fruit with a lactic veil.
Apple skins, peach pits, and grape stems, along with a lingering "beer on a dusty blanket" finish.
To say the finish is long would be an understatement, as the beer makes an indelible impression on the imbiber.

A remarkable beer and big thanks to Gbontrag for the opportunity. (1,386 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle split two ways into wine glasses. Thanks to BA csano for sending this beer in a recent trade!

Appearance: Pours a semi-translucent yellow orange and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Huge, strongly lychee-reminiscent aroma. So fruity. Can really smell the Amarillo dry hop as well. I'm in love with how this beer smells.

Taste: Decent sourness, with layers of fruit flavor, some nice west coast USA hop notes as well. Citrusy and tropical fruit. Still a bit lychee-like, but not as much as the aroma. Strong grapefruit and grapefruit pith flavors, the latter especially in the finish and aftertaste.

Unique, and extremely flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, pretty sour, low carbonation. Finishes tart with some grapefruit pith bitterness.

Overall: My kind of wild ale: adventurously flavorful and complex, unique, not too acidic, solid sourness (doesn't just suggest sour flavors but rather is undeniably sour), beautiful fruit (and hop!) flavors.

Also, goes great with food--a rarity for me, beerwise. Paired excellently with some pad see ew and Chinese broccoli. (1,080 characters)

Photo of gpatt55
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light toffee color, nose is full of sweet green apple fruit and bretty straw/hay. On the palate this makes itself known with good acidity, but it's balanced with a lovely ciderlike sweetness. This tastes fantastic, an almost perfectly balanced sour that leaves your palate with the impression of sweet apple fruit but stays fresh and acidic enough to keep you coming back for more. There's only a hint of acetic/vinegar character. This is a knockout sour from New Belgium. Not as impressively powerful as La Folie but perhaps their best balanced offering to date. (576 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at The Festival of Barrel Aged Beer in Chicago. Listed as a Flanders Red, it was described as, " Belgian amber ale aged in wine barrels w/ resident bacteria, then dry-hopped with Amarillo hops." If it sounds good, you can imagine how it tasted. The color is a rust - peach color with a haze. Good head retention that settled to a film over the alcohol and barrel aging. Aromas are of sour cherries, cider, a tart merlot, molassas, musky and complex. The flavors reaffirm the aromas. Throw in a touch of cocoa, raspberries, cranberries, nutty, and woody. Aged for richness and boldness keeps the beer from becoming overly sour or tart. Never astringent or off-putting. The texture is shy of creamy. Thinning from alcohol, low carbonation, and tartness. Lighty vineous in the bitter finish. The amerillo hops really help balance the sweet. (845 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Little patches of lace around the glass on the drink down. Smells of spicy hops, apricot/peach, mango, and slight funk/must. Taste is of fermented peach/mango, vinegar, funk/must, with the spicy hop flavors coming through on the finish. There is a sour and spicy feel on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. A bit sticky in the mouth. Overall, this is a really awesome wild ale and one of the best Lips Of Faith beers. I only bought one because I wasn't too sure how a dry-hopped wild would pan out but I am going to stock up on these for sure. (672 characters)

Photo of botham
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on tap at Sheffield's for the pre-FoBAB party. pours apricot orange with two fingers of white head. good retention and no lacings. light laze.

aroma is of wet hay funk up front with a lightly fruity character and a light sweet/sour note in the background. quite alive in the nose.

taste is of tart and sour acidity with a bit of farmhouse funk alongside the same subtle fruit from the aroma. finishes curiously tart and with a light funk that lasts after the fact. very well done with a solid tart/funk character. the acidity is vinegar-esque and mildly biting.

mouthfeel is tart and acidic on the palate with a lasting tartness that gives way to a dry mouthfeel after the fact.

drinkability is excellent. vinous, acidic, and funky; just what a good sour should be. the funk is assertive in the nose, but receeds to the background on the palate. very drinkable and solid brew from New Belgium. cheers! (905 characters)

Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I LOVED the Le Terrior (is a "the" in-front of "le" redundant?).

I didn't think it was too sour, but rather, well-balanced with an unripe fruit-like sweetness. Those Amarillo hops on the aroma gave it a beautiful, fresh smell. The only thought that kept coming back to me was that this tasted a whole lot like a mango lassi; tart, fruity with a lactic-sourness that, for the second night in a row, had me thinking about curry.

Fantastic! If you like big juicy hop aromas and beautifully balanced sour ales do yourself a favor and seek this out. (548 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.