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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 456
Hads: 2,185
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 20.84%
Wants: 467
Gots: 402 | FT: 30
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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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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of drowninginhops
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Standard pint glass.

A: Hazy orange-copper color complete with a one-finger off-white head.

S: Citrus aromas and tropical fruit hops.

T: Tastes very similar to how it smells. But the tropical smell is now the refreshing taste of mango. Slightly tart

M: Very good.

D: Want more, please.

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Photo of Guas11
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Extremely enjoyable sour/wild ale that I've had the pleasure of having on draft 3 occasions in 3 different locations. Aroma is a bit deceiving in that I picked up a nice dose of hop and fruit but the flavor that followed was more dank and earthy. Very dry finish with a bit of tannic bitterness lingering. Very good beer and would happily enjoy anytime....salute.

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Photo of drizzam
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The body is a hazy orange in color, topped by a very nice three finger off white head. Head retention is beautiful and leaves a gorgeous sticky lacing down the inside of my Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

S - This is a funky sour smelling number! Vinegar with a sort of lactic, yet earthy smell. I'm intrigued by this brew so far!

T & M - Big vinegar up front with a bunch of fruitiness complementing flavors. Grapefruit, orange rind, lemon zest...nice complexity between the sour vinegar and the sweet fruit that seems to appear halfway through and continues until after the swallow. A bit of funky acidic aftertaste let's you know just how wild this ale is. Medium bodied and smooth.

D - I'm on a sour beer kick and I'm not at all disappointed in this one. This probably isn't a brew for everybody, but if you enjoy something a little differentr every now and again you'll probably appreciate this one. I know I did.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Cloudy but electric bright yellow with a thin white cap. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

A sweet and juicy aroma dominated by the smell of fresh apricots. There's an underlying yet strong aroma of biting sour tartness along with a touch of wood, earth, and more bright citrus: orange, lemon, ?and lime?

More sweet apricot flavor along with a bit of tart and stinging lemon and some earth and grass. The sourness is not overwhelming or dominant but certainly present.

Light to medium bodied.

A delicious and highly drinkable apricot sour. I would love to have a keg of this at home.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml 2013 bomber poured into tulip 15/6/14 big cheers towards Rutager for sending the bottle

A slight haze in a light orange body, fine sediment being moved around by bubbles of all sizes, three fingers of loose noisy foam falls quickly leaving no lace

S more hops then I expected one can only imagine what a fresh bottles like, canned peaches, lychee, mango, over ripe pineapple, tangerine and lemon, some funk, soft caramel and wet wood round things out, interesting nose smells massive

T not quite the levels of fruit found on the nose but that still leaves a fair bit, some orange peel, sweet and sour work well together, just a little funk, I'm loving the taste but the nose had a little more intensity

M medium bodied with soft carbonation, slightly tart, lots of lemon on the finish

O not sure what I was expecting but this works for me, surprised by the amount of hops in this brew still clear as day

I'd love to try some older bottles to see what happens to it, the funks pretty mellow at this point but plenty of hops works well for this guy

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Photo of joe1510
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
Liquor World - Kankakee, IL

2013 Bottling

A soft pour produces a dusty white head with impressive silkiness. The head easily rises to a finger and head and even after settling never recedes below a thick cap. Carbonation seems to rush to the foam from every conceivable surface of glass through the russet orange body. Impressive sheet lacing sticks around after each drink.

The dry hopping consists of an abundance of candied citrus and soft tropical fruitiness. The candied citrus when combined with the sharp tartness reminds me vaguely of Sweet Tarts. Minerality in the form of wet stones and a vinous white grape like tartness. Soft but spicy oak and a semi-sharp white vinegar make up the remainder. The dry hopping qualities when combined with the overall base tartness and depth make for a mouthwatering aroma.

The flavor profile steps stride for stride with the nose. Snappy tartness, again vinous, washes over the tongue upfront. The minerality is still present but more subdued while the semi-sharp white vinegar takes over mid palate with soft but spicy oak. The finish is a sweet citrusy and tart sour just like Sweet Tarts again. The balance on the finish is nice. While there's a good amount of vinegar sharpness there's enough sweetness to somewhat balance.

A surprisingly light body body and aggressive carbonation make for a quick moving drink. The tartness hits at the sides of the tongue and takes hold on the dry finish making the salivary glands kick into high gear. This beer is tart, quenching, and incredibly easy drinking.

Le Terroir has been a favorite of mine for many moons now. The bottle doesn't stand up to draft but it's in no way shabby. A bracing vinegar tartness, fruity dry hopping, minerality, and an insatiable drinkability make for a highly enjoyable libation.

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Photo of cpmichael
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden-yellow color, with .5 finger white foam that stuck around awhile.

S: The nose is very citrusy, specifically lemon, with a hint of pine from the hops and a touch of funk.

T: Very acidic, sour apples, lemon peel, piney hop character. Not puckering, but def. sour.

M/D: well carbonated, light body. Thought it could have been a bit thicker.

Overall: A very refreshing wild. I thought the beer could have used a little more body and maybe a little more on the nose.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Faintly hazy orange peel liquid with a lasting smattering of ivory. Delicate lacing.

Citrus and herb laden hops in the nose, along with a vinuous floral quality from the barrel aging. Further murky complexity is aroused once the beverage warms.

Bracingly sour palate entry suggesting lemon, kiwi, pomegranate, and more. Faint rosé wine notes give way to a mild bitterness and an increasing wave of hop flavor. I'm reminded of the immense quantities of hops utilized in lambic brewing, though here, they are allowed to retain and contribute substantial flavor, making this unmistakably a domestic rendition of a traditional sour. Finishes tart, dry, and lightly mineral in nature.

Light bodied, well carbonated, spritzy, but with a touch of creaminess as well.

Another success from New Belgium's Lips of Faith series - wonderful for a hot day, so grab it while you can.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at itap, served in a tulip

pour was a deep golden yellow with a light fizzy head.

the tap was more subtle on the hops bringing out more of the sour base. more peach than anything else. a light hint of oak. bits of sweetness.

very peach forward with light citrus fruits beneath. a very moderate sourness that was pretty consistent from start to finish. light malt backbone. hints of oak still remained.

nice tartness hits the gums. moderate carbonation and dry finish.

seeing as the dry hopping was far more subtle, this was almost different. tasted more like a fresh Eric's Ale. very good in its own way.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to pick this one up from Hop City in Atlanta. Can't find a bottled on date but I'm sure it was pretty recently. Enjoyed on 03/24/11.

A - Pours a nice looking dark gold/amber color with a one finger white head. Leaves no lacing at all. Only slightly hazy. Pretty good looking beer.

S - This is my favorite part of this beer. An excellent balance of IPA-like hoppiness and a sour, vinegary aroma. Some sweet malts are present also, great aroma.

T - Quite sour upfront with a good lactic character. Sweet malts are present as well. Finish is pretty tart and stays on the tongue for a while which then fades to a mild sweetness that I love.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Medium with a pretty good amount of carbonation.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this. Only just recently started getting into sours, and I loved this one. Make sure you pick up a bottle. Or two!

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Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap.

A- Pours a semi-hazed orange color with some golden highlights to it. One finger white head shows medium retention. Couple of streaks of lace on the glass but not much else.

S- Citrus hops in the front of the aroma. There is a light citrus undertone to the rest of the nose which creeps between the lactic sourness and some barnyard funk. Light green apple notes in the ending with a soured alcohol ending in the nose. Overall a nice aroma for the style.

T- The citrus hops in the front of the aroma does come in the flavor at first as well. Some soured green apple flavors come through next with hints of barnyard funk. This comes through in the middle with more of a lemony and citrus orange light sour tone. The backend of the flavor profile shows some wood notes along with a final light sour note. Piney hops show up for a split second which ends on a light alcohol tone.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Soured fruit and more soured fruit left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, soured fruit, and hints of wood. Flavor were well balanced for the style with this being not too overly sour. No off flavors were detected while it would be hard to find if there was. Heavy alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

O- This was a nice drinker overall. The sourness to this beer was never over the top and the ABV was never really a problem while drinking. I think this was left in the barrel for the perfect amount of time. Nice job New Belgium on making yet another great tasting sour.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to jl28r1 for this bottle!

Damn French and its crazy pronunciations... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly murky golden amber topped by a finger or so of kinda fluffy white sea foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, orange rind, lime, pineapple, ruby red grapefruit, sour watermelon, currants, and a touch of peach. It's a tart, fruity wonderland in my nose. I believe there's also a hint of mild mint and pine in there too. The taste is pretty similar, but with the sourness pumped up significantly. It's not necessarily mouth-puckering but it's more than palpable, lemme tell ya. Still dominated by fruit, though a bit of hoppy goodness does make it through the produce stand and onto my 'buds. Unfortunately, it's not as easy to pick out the individual fruits now. Still pretty tasty, though. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, good times all-around here. Thankfully this is one relatively readily-available sour that does not disappoint.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, cloudy golden color. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom. One finger head settles to a coating over the top of the beer.

Smells, sweet and musty at the same time. You can smell the hops and funk dancing together...makes for an extremely wonderful aroma.

Taste is similar, but the sourness prevails here. You can get a sneak preview of the hops at first touch of the lips, but then the sour funk dominates. This follows through the swallow, which leaves a sharp acidic bite at the back of my throat...I love it!

Feels creamier than most Wilds. Creamy isn't a word I would normally use for any wild, but this has a touch of it. It flows nicely through the mouth on its way down the hatch, and instantly leaves you wanting another swallow...

Overall, I love this beer! It's kind of an advanced sour for beginners? Does that make sense??? I guess what I mean is it is more sour than some of the docile ones out there that people call 'beginner sours', but it isn't over the top, tear the enamel off your teeth sour. The hoppiness makes it approachable to some that may have only tried a sour or two before. I would definately drink this again and again....and again...

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Fairly clear golden amber with a light white head that doesn't stick around.

S - Earthy and tart with tangerine, peach, sour apple and lemon. Some chalky sweet tart candy scents.

T - Fruity, tangerine with a bit of sweetness that quickly turns tart. Some light bready malt hidden underneath the tartness, lemon peels, earthy, chardonnay, oak and more fruit that lingers through a very dry finish.

M - Light and almost juicy with a linger tart dryness.

D - Interested if the heavy fruit comes from the dry hopping or Brett C strain. Very good.

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Photo of Harvest06
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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Photo of peabody
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a straw yellow with two fingers of white suds.
Smell is hoppy and sour at the same time. Some malt and some sugar but the aroma on this one is fairly faint.
Taste is sour and hop at the same time. I like this. Two great tastes together!.
Mouthfeel is very clean for a 7.5%er. You want another drink quickly after the previous one clears the throat.
Overall this is a pretty good beer from NB.

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Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Pours a burnt orange with a nice off-white head.

S: Aroma is super-citrusy. Lots of orange and grapefruit and apricot notes, along with some lemony acidity lurking.

T: Taste brings earthy sourness, bit of bitter grapefruit pith, light vanilla wood tannin, lemon, mango, super drying and fruity.

M: Light-bodied with light carb.

O: Always a pleasure. One of the few New Belgium beers along with La Folie still working buying.

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Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 22oz bomber

A-poured a beautiful mostly clear amber/orange color with a fresh head and lacing it looks like a nice gueuze..

S-great smell of citrus hops ,pineapple,and sour funk

T- is superb i get lots of tropical fruits ,citrus hops a nice tart sour burst of apples and lemon,funky barnyard tastes

M-is tart and sour but balanced very well tropical hops

O- a very drinkable sour which is dry hopped very drinkable very tasty

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Photo of dcloeren
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying this is my first sour. Don't crucify me if I'm way off or sound like it's amateur hour

Poured a hazy but crisp orange with only a finger of bright white head that quickly receded to a thin ring around the edges

At first it smelled like liquid sour cream... but once it started to warm up I'm getting some rotting pineapple, sour yeast and some floral notes

Taste is legit and I was shocked I must say. Getting a nice sweet pineapple that's covered in sour patch kids sugar with some granny smith apple. My lips are puckered

Mouth feel is light and crisp with an ample amount of carbonation that really gives it a great touch. Very tart and it has a very sour after taste on the back corners of my tongue. ("obviously... Hence the term sour ale dipshit" is what I just said to myself out loud)

Overall I was pleased with my first sour. I was told that this was a great starter sour and a very good beer and I couldn't agree more

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Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the 1st Annual Brass Hat Brewing Brewfest in Watertown, CT, this little beauty from the bomber shows a somewhat cloudy straw-yellow brown color with a decent frothy white head and very healthy lacing. The aroma impresses you immediately with lemon-bread, skunky yeast and a little sweet bubblegum. I like it and the sour invitation is compelling. The flavor again echoes the lemon sharpness detected by the nose but there's also some peachy vinegar and some vanilla biscuit. Bitter but perfectly drinkable for the style. It's medium-light bodied with lively carbonation and a light, crisp feel. Once again, this Lips of Faith series is really translating the Belgian ideas into accessible American lingo that I thoroughly enjoy. While it's a little different from the couple of European leaders I have sampled, it stands well with them in my mind. Enjoy this if you find it!

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange in door with a decent whte head. Not too sticky, but the look is pretty good. Aroma includes notes of green apple, bubble gum, and pale malt sweetness.

Le Terroir is a really good wild ale. The sourness is assertive with notes of apple, lemon, and cherry. It is sweet, but balanced by a slightly peppery or herbal hop bitterness. Sour is definitely the leader, but it is balanced all around.

Light, assertive carbonation,but not enough to squash the lovely flavor emanating from those Brett bugs. Fantastic.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by the late chswimmer (RIP). Thanks, Ted.

I confess I enjoyed it a lot more than I told the guys at the tasting. They seemed less enthused about it, so I kept quiet and kept taking pours of it "for research." I didn't let on that I enjoyed it, but I really did. It's surprisingly delicious. I stress, "surprisingly."

A: Pours a clear orange-gold with 1 finger of off-white head.

S: It's very floral, blending seamlessly into vibrant pineapple, peach, apricots, and lemon, with a light funk. There's a lactic sourness in the nose. It's mildly tannic, as well.

T: I go absolutely nuts for pineapple, peach, and apricot flavors in beer. This one is no exception. I'm guessing all of those flavors are from the dry-hopping that Ted mentioned. This must be a super-fresh bottle then. It's vibrant and delicious. I'm impressed that it's simultaneously peach-sweet and pineapple-sour. It's mostly lactic on the palate, though there is a mild acetic burn in the finish, accentuated by tannins.

M: Light-medium bodied. It has spritzy carbonation; maybe a little too much, as it winds up being kind of foamy on the palate.

O: Again: SURPRISINGLY tasty.

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Photo of TVolt1
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like a highly carbonated lager. Same type of color, good clarity.

S: Smell of sour apple and sour grapes along with a nice floral hoppy aroma.

T: Great mellow taste. I can taste sour apple along with grapes and a hint of kiwi. Not a huge hit of sour that some beers have that make you pucker but just enough to make you want more. I like the fruity flavor and how they incorporated more fruits besides the usual cherry.

M: Good carbonated medium mouthfeel.

O: Overall, I think this is a great beer. Good sipping beer that is mellow enough to enjoy casually but with enough flavor to want another. Definately a beer I would get again.

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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.