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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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1,904 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,904
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 438
Gots: 311 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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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Photo of Limbytrick
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Humulus85
4.73/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of KidSalami
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BuckettOfBeer
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Phoptos
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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4.72/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of kencarman
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of benito
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
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...

Photo of MotoGuitard
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of JpaperFort
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent sour wild ale with an ideal mouth feel

Photo of nleaders
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DKMII
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LittleDon
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of Farnswurth
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Jesse13713
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
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

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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of Olinnelson
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gpatt55
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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