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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,743
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 439
Gots: 275 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
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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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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.

gpatt55, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of belzo35
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

belzo35, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 14, 2011
Photo of brewandbbq
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

brewandbbq, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of larryi86
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

larryi86, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of vdefiesta35
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%

vdefiesta35, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of tclipse
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%

tclipse, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of IronTom
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%

IronTom, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Jordan444
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%

Jordan444, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: copper in color. very light and thin in body, clean white head

smell: very light scent of sourness. light notes of peaches and very light notes of hops

taste: nice sour tartness up front that transitions into hints of mango, flavor grenades, and other tropical fruit (star fruit), towards the back the dry hoping comes apparent. the citrus flavors of the amarillo hops and a bit of spice

overall another slam dunk from New Belgium

MikeMilanoDesign, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of webmanspidey
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%

webmanspidey, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of botham
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

botham, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Pahn
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Pahn, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of n2185
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with hints of red and a finger of off-white head. The head quickly recedes into a ring with little lacing.

S: Very interesting smells in here. There are definitely a lot of funk and sour aromas, but there is also an aroma of candy to it. Lemony citrus candy. It smells amazing.

T: Lots of sourness up front with some light vinegar-like flavors as well. There's a definite lemon-like quality to the sourness as well. Some strong funk--for lack of a better word--follows the sourness and it finishes with puckering sour and tart notes. Delicious!

M: Mid-light body with medium carbonation, though with a slightly oily characteristic.

D: With so much sourness and funk to this beer, it's not extremely drinkable, but makes a great sipper. Overall, one of the best and most unique wild ales I've had.

n2185, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.6/5  rDev +7%
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of YOSHl
4.6/5  rDev +7%

YOSHl, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of GJ40
4.6/5  rDev +7%

Looks great! Golden with good clarity and a big white head. Very interesting and unique aroma. Fruity, earthy and funky. Good depth. Tartness leads in the flavor but doesn't overwhelm. Fruity and hoppy aspects play along with it making something, again, very unique. This is nothing like any beer I've had before. Well worth a try.

GJ40, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of DantheMan75
4.6/5  rDev +7%

DantheMan75, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.6/5  rDev +7%
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.

burnheartsMKE, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Black Star Co-op. Been looking for this for some time and it was worth it. Fantastic.

Poured a hazy tangerine. That color might be influenced by what I smelled in the beer... Had a decent white head with good retention and lacing.

the nose was a wide variety of fruits. Mangos, oranges and grapefruit. The grapefruit was hoppy and a bit grainy, but the others were smooth and sour. Brilliant, wonderful blending. Gotta give a lot of respect to whoever came up with this.

The taste is right along the same lines. Citric and lactic sourness. No vinegar at all. All sorts of fruit. Highly refreshing and drinkable.

Make more so that I can get this in bottles on a consistent basis!

UTCengOwl, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of hingaling220
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got a free pint of this at Belmont Station because it killed the keg, thanks Paul!

Poured a crisp gold with about a 3" head b/c of the finished keg. Waited 5-10 minutes for it to die down, brought out so much more of the dry hop in the nose. Notes of bright fruit and very slight sourness in the aroma really are a nice counterpoint to the taste. Mostly lemongrass and grapefruit give the flavor a very strong but not overbearing sour character. Mouth feel was dry, with almost no lingering sour filmy-ness. Amazing beer.

This beer was my baptism in sours, and I couldn't be happier with it. Ended up leaving the store with a bottle of Cuvee des Jacobin Rouge and Petrus Pale to round out the night!

hingaling220, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of tsatem
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle into a snifter, bottled 1/30/2011.

A: Hazy orange with a one finger egg white head. Little bubbles are making their way up along the side of the glass in steady minuscule streams.

S: Grapefruit and mandarin orange abound, slightly lactic with some funk. Lots of citrusy and floral hop notes. Earth and wood as it warms, along with some spice and more funk.

T: More sour and lactic here than in the nose, very tart. Woody notes are in the background but come to the forefront for just a moment in the middle. They get more prominent as the beer warms and add to the dryness and some sweetness. Lots of citrus, which is a kind of strange but oh-so-wonderful pairing. Peach, sour apple, very cider-like in the finish. The floral hop aromas aren't here so much.

M: I barely had time to notice this because I loved the way this tasted so much, so I took that to mean that it was pretty good. Once I paid attention I found a very light but lively carbonation, extremely crisp. Dry and tart, but not in the sharp dry out your palate kind of way.

O: This is delicious, drinkable, and refreshing. The sweet and sour paired with the citrus and earth is a great combination. I keep coming back to this beer.

tsatem, May 18, 2011
Photo of denver10
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark khaki with a nice white head. Aroma is woody, mangos, peach, grassy, with some tartness. Flavor is quite similar, with the grassy finish offering a nice mild touch of hoppy bitterness. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, finally got to try this one and even with all the hype it has generated over the years it definitely surpassed my expectations. Phenomenal beer and the best sour I have tried from these guys, and one of the best sours I have tried overall too. Loved it.

denver10, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of rye726
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another outstanding sour ale from New Belgium. Pours a golden brown with a silky tan head. The nose has tart citrus, sweet apricots and peaches along with subtle hops and farmyard funk. The taste is also quite complex. A superble balanced blend of tart and sweet fruits along with rotting wood, damp soil and again subtle hops. Crisp clean body has a dry finish. Delicious stuff. Pairs well with fine cheese.

rye726, Mar 19, 2009
Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 1,743 ratings.