Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 435
Hads: 2,063
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 456
Gots: 357 | 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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Photo of peabody
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

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. (431 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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 (435 characters)

Photo of dcloeren
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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 (960 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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! (885 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,190 characters)

Photo of TVolt1
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a clear amber with a white foamy head that falls to a thin collar. Nice thick gobs of lacing despite the subdued head. The scent is full of tropical fruits as well as peach. Very fresh scent. Upon tasting, the initial fruity sweetness gives way to a crisp, tart, and acidic finish. Not a full on sour bomb, but it is there and very enjoyable. Wonderful lingering flavor of a slightly sweet mango. Lively carbonation and light bodied. Very enjoyable beer and a sour ale that is likely to be best fresh. (513 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draught today @ Choice City Butcher & Deli. A lovely sour ale. It opens up with an intense sourness then leans towards light hints of caramel and sour apples. Honestly, I didn’t perceive much hop character at all, but that is okay. A tremendous brew. (251 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a flute glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with two fingers of dense white head. Great retention. Very nice.

S: Light lactic acid with a tropical hop profile. Lots of mango, pineapple, and oranges - it's almost hard to tell what is coming from the hops and what is coming from the bugs it is so well integrated. Juicy smelling, but still a bit dry.

T: Like biting into a juicy orange. Light lactic acid mixes with light brett funk and a great tropical hoppiness. Very clean, yet full tasting.

M: Moderate thickness with good carbonation.

O: I really like the mixture of hop flavor and sourness of this beer. It's quite flavorful yet still clean. (676 characters)

Photo of camp0474
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange with an off-white head. Leaves good lacing as it dies off.

S: Hops up front are somewhat fruity and citrusy. Notes of a funky earthy tartness too. Sour apple. Great smells of sour and hops.

T: Some tart citrus like lemon and grapefruit and sour apple. Starts sour and then becomes mouth-puckering and very tart. Ends with nice hoppy bitterness. Some nice subtle sweetness in there too. Quite drinkable regarding how sour and tart this beer is. Lingering bitterness lasts for a while, but you still want more.Reminds me of a Shock Tart... haven't thought about this candy for many many years.

M: Lighter medium body. Medium carbonation, fizzy in the mouth prickles the tongue. Suits this beer quite well.

D: Pretty refreshing and drinkable. Balanced and tasty.

Haven't had too many sours but this beer was solid. Good showing of tartness with some balance and good flavors. Definitely having this again. (939 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Jake's in Omaha, NE and stored in refrigerator
No bottled on date, "364 D-1 1612" stamped on bottom
Poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

New Belgium's Le Terroir was an amazing beer when fresh, full of fruit and moderated sourness. Having aged over a year, the beer is still a quality wild ale, full of lactobacillus and brettanomyces character and associated acids. The hopping has been noticeably reduced, but the fruitiness of it fresh is still lingering around in places and replaced by sourness. Interestingly, the malt and oak character is starting to peek through, which I didn't notice when fresh. In all, an excellent wild ale that I wish would be released again and on a more predictable basis.

Pours a 2cm tall head, composed of small bubbles, that has moderate retention, dissipating to a thick circle and scattered islands atop the beer's body. Leaves some modest lacing along the sides of the glass, mostly large splotches. Body is a semi-hazy copper-orange color, turning yellow-orange with yellow highlights when held to a light. Carbonation is substantial and easily visible within the body.

Aroma offers some bright, sweet malt contributions along with a mixed variety of fruits, including apricot, a bit of mango. Slight white wine aroma. There is a fairly strong undercurrent of sweet-and-sour sauce, which I don't recall there being when this was fresh on-tap or in bottles. Not sure how well this is aging as a result.

Taste opens with quite pleasant, sweet malt meets tangy apricots with a bit of acidic bite on the tip of the tongue. Mid-palate is able to detect an increased fruitiness from the beer, including apricots, peaches, and mango in a light bath of malt sweetness and modest acid sourness. As the taste progresses down the palate, I pick up something champagne-like in taste, mildly vinous. Also, a very mild bitterness appears along the sides of the tongue, no doubt imparted by the hops. Back of palate picks up increasing, though still moderate, levels of sourness, definitely acetic or lactic in edge, with a mild bit of acetone. Oak character is noticeable, though not as abundant as in gueuzes. Finish is a long-lingering mild malt with oak and subtle sourness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with adequate carbonation to assist this in foaming slightly on the palate, rendering a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Finishes semi-dry, with a bit of stickiness around the lips from residual sugars. Mildly acidic throughout, but particularly noticeable in the close, the throat both enjoys and does not appreciate the mild burning the beer is able to cause. (2,601 characters)

Photo of deschutes_fan
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Edition

- Pours a deep golden orange.

- Strong hop scent followed by tangerine and grapefruit. At first the nose made me think the beer would be quite hoppy/bitter, but after initial taste the aroma changed more to the fruit-citrus notes.

- Taste is a very interesting mix of a nice citrus fruit sour and an IPA. Citrus Tart flavor up front followed by bitterness from the hops and a creamy mouthfeel. The fruit acidity kicks in to clean the hops away and leaves a dry palate and no lingering of the hops. No huge flavors from the oak barrel and not overly complex.

- Overall an astonishingly good IPA sour with the two styles complementing each other quite well. The citrus sour profile definitely dominates between the two, making this a true sour with IPA undertones to balance it out nicely. Biggest issue with this beer is the lack of complexity, but this also makes it VERY drinkable and palate quenching.

Update: After having this many times over the last 8 months, I need to adjust my scores down a bit. The awesome mango fruit flavor is completely gone along with the hops. Still good, but not quite what it was when fresh. Will still age some and see how it does. (1,183 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler last week at the special New Belgium event at CBX...

A: Pours a golden apricot with a one-finger, cream head of tight packed fizziness.

S: Pineapple; light tannins; a touch of vinegar; its a very enticing aroma that invites a sip; a little bit of mustiness / stank on this one, too (more noticeable as the beer warms).

T: Nice, crispy sour; dry citrus rind and a cidery tartness.

M: Medium bodied with a zingy carbonation; good puckering factor, here.

D/O: Wow, a very drinkable sour... tart, but refreshing; the amarillo dry hop is great as I think it gives this beer a touch of sweetness; definitely one of the more drinkable sours I've had and a likely candidate for any sourhead's fix. (714 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft at sams in Durham. new Belgium snifter.

pours a hazy orange with a slight head. smell is a bit muted, but definitely sour and even a bit hoppy. taste is very tart at first but dies quickly. slight bitterness even on the back end and you do feel the remaining sourness on the back of your tongue. very balanced. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall an excellent sour! (383 characters)

Photo of sweetwaterman
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy amber. Like apple cider.

Smell: Tangy noise. Dry hopping is evident. Citrusy whole leaf hops. A funky sort of undertone.

Taste: Sour granny smith apples. Lemons. Tart grapes. All on top of subtle earthy-dank bass line. Hops come in on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A high quality American-ish Sour Ale. A good introduction to sours IMO. (385 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a hazy golden amber with a thin off-white head that fades while lacing. The nose is a potent mix of piney/earthy cascade hops carried on by a bit of tart funk. The taste brings a lot more malty sweetness and flavor forward accented by earthy hops and a light, tart fruity (watermelon, kiwi, grapes?) funkiness. Medium bodied, well carbonated, slightly tart and acidic, but drinkable, earthy hops, lingering fruit, masked alcohol...like whoa. This beer is a great seasonal sour from NB, more drinkable and approachable than la folie (which I also thoroughly enjoy) and has a better chance pairing with a meal for that reason. I'd definitely drink this one again and recommend to others. (700 characters)

Photo of hacienda
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at Jaks Tap.

A: Translucent golden orange, with a white head that quickly fades, leaving a bit of splotchy lacing.

S: The smell is not overly pronounced. Tropical and citrus fruit with some mild sourness.Lemongrass.

T: There's a lot going on here. Moderate sourness, apple juice. More citus, lemon. Somewhat sweet before revealing a little funkiness and bitter hops in the finish. Very tasty.

M: Light-bodied and lightly carbonated.

D: Very drinkable. This I not an extremely sour wild ale, but it is complex and a pleasure to drink. (556 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brewvival 2011.

Pours a crisp, glowing golden-orange with a thin off-white head. Smells tart and lemony, with an ample amount of hops thrown in. Nice wild and funky smells, much more "funk" then "sour". Taste is similar, nice tart flavors of peaches, lemons, and oak with a good amount of hoppyness. Honestly, this tastes like sour hop juice, and that's meant as a compliment! Crisp, sharp carbonation with a creamy medium mouthfeel. I'll have to be on the lookout for a bottle of this, I'd like to try it again! (523 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gary for bringing this back to me on his travels. I've had this bottle in my possession for at least a year now.

Pours a golden-ish color with a tint of orange, thin bubbly head which fades rapidly, leaves no lacing in the chalice.

Smell starts with a smack of sour on the nose but quickly mellows out as a slight hop and woody presence comes across, picking up a nice citrus element as well.

Taste has a nice sour tartness up front that's a bit vinegar-like, it's not overpowering though because of the barrel aging, the barrel imparts some subtle nuances of wood and a hint of funk, any hoppy character has mostly fades by now but certainly played at part at some point. (685 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Bought a 22oz bomber on 05/02 for $8.50 at Coaltrain in Colorado Springs.

Pours a hazy tangerine orange capped with a finger of white head that quickly disappears. Looks inviting.

Smells of two wonderful worlds, both slightly funky, sour and heady intermingled with juicy American hops. On man, I an looking forward to this flavor. Two years in the barrel and then dry hopped...

Whoa, hits the tongue with more sour than I expected from the nose, but this isn't a bad thing in the least. On the contrary, I thought while smelling this that maybe it would be rather docile. Have no fear, fur this beer holds up against other sours with a good dose of pucker in the form of lacto and brett goodness. Certainly not the most puckering funky brew ever, but that probably was never the intention. The hops show up on the palate as well, supplying some interesting bitterness and a touch of their flavor. Man, as I continue this gets better and better. What a complex array of flavors. Apples, cider, flowers in spring, vinegar, toasty oak. Good Lord this is tasty.

The mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied. Sour and slightly hoppy.

Conclusion: This is a great American wild. Not traditional, but a version of this wide style that works very well if you love both hops and sours. I applaud its excellent aroma and balance of flavors. The best beer I have tried from New Belgium to date. (1,406 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy burnt orange with a two finger white head that didn't stick long before it became a collar, leaving just a hint of lace on the way. On the nose there is a strange but pleasant mixture of deep pine hops with an overriding acidic funk. In the mouth that mixture becomes more pronounced, exceedingly tart citrus fruit hitting right up at the very tip of the tongue. The finish is like biting into a lemon, leaving me puckering a bit in a nice way. There is some evidence of being aged on oak once the sourness subsides enough for anything else to come into the picture.

Overall, this beer was a nice mix between a highly hopped beer and one that is supremely sour. I've not had a lot of sours, but to me the hops really made this one stick out. (760 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, light amber color. Head is 2-fingers of off-white head that fades fairly quickly, but lacing is decent. (BTW, was I supposed to swirl the bottle before serving to suspend bottom sediment? Or was mine bottled from the top of the barrel, and others' from the bottom? Because other reviewers say it's cloudy, but I can look through my glass and see objects clearly on the opposite side without a hint of haze...)

S: Hops is the foremost aroma, both citrus and floral. Some mild, sour apple as well.

T: No sweet malt, it jumps straight to powerful tart flavor. I detect a little pear before the bitterness of grapefruit rind in the hops appears. The finish is more sour than bitter. This is really tasty stuff!

M: Moist, with good carbonation. Finish a touch dry.

O: First and foremost it's a sour ale. The barrel aging appears to have smoothed it out a bit, and it's very well balanced by the hops. And I have to mention that it's refreshing, but in that slightly dry way that leaves you wanting just one more sip. Honestly, I can't wait to have another. (1,065 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a Duvel tulip split with oglmcdgl, thx.

Le Terroir pours out a juice colored bright orange with some faint peach within. A nice billow of an inch of white foam firm on top, some suds on the sides. After a bit stillness.

Smells quite earthy with citrus hops and an earthy scent. I get a tang juice scent it's quite large. The Amarillo shows more than the cascade with grapefruit, apricot, etc. A small sweet malt with bread. Quite bold scented and bright.

A nice mix of hops and sour, the dry hop comes out with amarillo type citrus taste. I had this a few months ago and it has lost a bite. The sour is on the lactic side, while brett may be there. Peaches, grapefruit, earth, sour, nice.

Feel is quite tart in the mouth. A pucker if you will. The acidity mixed with hop bitterness is a bit of a pain. The body is on the low side while this is quite lively.

This is a great sour, besides some work on the mouth feel, no qualms. I would not want to kill a whole bottle of this as I would be scortched mid way palate wise. I would drink these up and stock one or two for some cellaring. (1,105 characters)

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