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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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1,947 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,947
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 441
Gots: 338 | 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 tkruseic
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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 BuckettOfBeer
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.72/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of NickSD
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This smells like an IPA and tastes like an IPA that's a little sour. Overall a really good beer.

Photo of Neil_Pfeifer
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 brewskis
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jesse13713
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.7/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Photo of kencarman
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of JpaperFort
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
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 DKMII
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kuges
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of KidSalami
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Phoptos
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
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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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of benito
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
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...

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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 1,947 ratings.