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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 435
Hads: 2,074
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 462
Gots: 362 | 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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Reviews: 435 | Hads: 2,074
Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
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 (445 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%

Golden beer with little head, smells of fresh hops and flowers. Taste is a medium bitterness with citrus notes, grapefruit, crisp apple, oaky sweet hops and refreshing. (168 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.6/5  rDev +8%

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. (336 characters)

Photo of parris
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty unique beer, sweet and sour with a pleasantly astringent and floral dry hopped flavor. Pours a hazy light copper color, and has an aroma that matches the taste. (166 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
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! (705 characters)

Photo of tsatem
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,215 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-dark golden with a very thin cream colored head

S-smells like white grapes. fresh baked italian bread, and olive oil. very unique.

T-wow this is sour! a great sour. it comes in with a beautfiully tart tastes of white grapes and olive oil. its a very strong and great taste that lasts and continues to the after-taste. the flavors are real strong and of good quality.

M-medium carbonation with fairly dry finish

O-well this is one of the most sour sours i've had. it comes in with great appreciation. the flavors are unique and tasty. i'll be craving this one for awhile. please seek this out! (598 characters)

Photo of backfat
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a glowing hazed amber with a fizzy, white, minimal head. Reminds me of Fou' Foune.

It smells unbelievable to me. Like gumballhead with a strong acidity. Tart Peaches, apricots, lemons, juicy amarillo hops, mangos...you name it. If it's tropical, it's in this beer. Quite literally the best beer I've smelled all year.

Very tight fruit characteristic. puckeringly sour. some stinging carbonation with a tinge of lemon juice.

I can't get enough of this stuff. If you get the opportunity to try this, prepare to get yo jaw dropped. (538 characters)

Photo of hingaling220
4.56/5  rDev +7%
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! (702 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.56/5  rDev +7%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant yet darker yellow haze with great lace retention. Great tart aroma coupled with hops, truly the best of both worlds, I love the smell of this stuff, chicks should douche with it or something, great interplay of the amarillo n cascade hops.

Taste, sour, slightly woody, citric fruity and hoppy. Saliva inducing. Small aspect of chardonnay feel to it. Good slight peach, grapefruit and lemon fruit feel in it. Heck even a bit of green apple.

Only $8 for a bomber of an undeniable soured beer, much less the barrel and dry hopping. Probably suffers a little rating wise bc its from NB, but I'm telling you, this can hang with Russian River's Temptation or Sanctification any day. I might even like it more. I've had 2 of these now, about 10 more to go. We'll see. (771 characters)

Photo of MEsquandoles
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in 10 oz glasses from my favorite local bar that got a keg as a special treat.

Upon tasting I immediately thought of La Folie. Very similar, except a little lighter in color and depth; and maybe even more sour as I recall. Gorgeous orange-peach-pink hazy color and intoxicating aroma. Tasted like a strong sour gueze with fruit prescence: green apples, cherries, cranberries, rasberries, pear, citrus sourness, a little grape and peach, all very sour, maybe as if they were not ripe yet or dipped in vinegar. There was also some wood and slight hop, as it was aged in oak and dry hopped. Also reminded me of sparkling wine, kombucha (esp. this one GT's Kombucha that is Raspberry-Lemon-Ginger), and a (strong) Berliner weiss. I liked it better as it warmed and as my senses adjusted to the sourness, its complexity showing more and more by the end of the glass. Unique in many ways, including the way it felt on my tongue, especially afterwards. Delightful hop and wood presence in the burp!
Very sour and definitely an acquired taste (I reviewed after the 6th try with some to go). I recall liking the La Folie better, as I remember it having a greater fruit and wood presence, but I love the hop in this one, which is most evident in the nose and after effects. Goes great with a cherry or raspberry lambic, or the NB Frambrozen.
Not liked by everyone due to its strong sourness, but def. worth trying a few times. (1,428 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold, with a thin, receding wisp of white head. A thin collar sticks around through the whole glass, surprisingly, leaving spotty brussels lace.
Smells very fruity and perfumed. Wonderful floral hop character, with a spicy wildness and lots of apricot and peach fruitiness.
The flavor opens with a flicker of sweetness, quickly moving into dry, sour apricot. Soft peach, strawberry and green apple, as well. Lots of fruit presence in this brew, with bone-dry, moderate sourness in the finish. My eyes aren't watering like they do with some Cantillons, which is a good thing to me. Medium bodied, with buoyant, champagne-like effervescence keeping this one lively. Very finely bubbled, I'd say 320 grit. Just a trace of alcohol in the finish. I think this is terrific, and will happily buy another bottle on my next trip to the store.
New Belgium does most of their beers well, but they really seem to excel at sour ales. I'm wowed every time I try a new one, and each has it's own distinct character. This one is almost..."clean" for a wild ale. (1,056 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright but hazy golden orange color with a finger of light tan head. Retention is ok, lacing is pretty solid.

S - Lots of peach, puckering lemon citrus, lactic acid, grapefruit, hops. There's definitely a candied quality, almost iced tea like aroma. Smells fantastic!

T - Oh that's good! Initially puckering lemon zest, tons of peach, some light grassy/straw flavors, lactic acidity, apples, cherries, and funk. Some cascade type hop flavors come through and give the beer some nice balance. Aftertaste is sweet with a lingering mildly dry hop quality. The aftertaste of the sourness is indescribable but it's fantastic.

M - Medium bodied or less, good carbonation, very refreshing, very easy to drink.

O - Love the flavors, their quite unique and a bit difficult to explain. (791 characters)

Photo of eurekashane
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best American Sour I have had to date. This beer gave the lie to the unpalatable anticipation you should associate with the flavor profiles involved: goaty, barnyardy, funky....this brewery has not ever been one i held in high esteem until eric salazar put this beast of complexity out. highly recommended. (306 characters)

Photo of dabaloons
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great offering from new belgium, might have some competition with la folie. A fantastic sour blonde. The combination of hops with beer adds a great taste and feel to the beer. I would wish this was offered year round rather than just being a seasonal beer. (256 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color; the head is not too much to write home about but it stll leaves a fair bit of lacing

Smell: Tart tangerine, with a floral range of tropical fruit (pineapple, grapefruit and mango); underneath, there is a distinct sourness as well as a hint of oak

Taste: Tart citrus from the outset, with the tangerine and tropical fruit flavors adding a sweet balance underneath; by mid-palate, the sour elements take over and dominate after the swallow; still, there is a lingering sweetness underneath as well as some vanilla from the oak, both of which add intriguing balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; puckering feel from the sour elements

Drinkability: Rather unique among sours, it makes you wonder why other brewers don't experiment with a west coast hop addition to their sour brews (849 characters)

Photo of GradyS1
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a long time this has been one of my favorite sours, this batch is the first time that I have had it out of bottles. Dark Golden appearance with a small lacing that forms on top. My favorite smelling beer, strong smell of hops, a floral earthy hops. Woody smell on the back end but a small amount. With each sip, a sweet floral start is overtaken by a tart earthy lemon. Very tart on the end with a earthy hoppy aftertaste. This one is sharp and dry on the tongue. Light bodied. This is a great beer that is light enough to be very drinkable. Perfect for spring. (565 characters)

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Abbaye de Cureghem Cantillon glass from a growler.

A - The appearance is a hazy, golden hue with a 1/2" head leaving behind a slippery lacing that finds it's way back into the glass quite quickly.

S - Getting an initial aroma of vinegar, a pleasant funk, and apples. Hints of lemons, mixtures of citrus, and fresh white fruit.

T - Peaches are very present on the entry followed by grapefruit, green apples, and mangos. Displays a pleasing tartness from the lactic acid and a light hop flavor on the back end.

M - The mouthfeel is dry with a delicate carbonation. I'm enjoying the sourness of this beer. Very well balanced!

O - This is first year that I have had the chance to try this beer. I am slowly becoming a fan of New Belgium's sours. They are far more talented in this department than in others. Will seek out again next year. Highly recommended! (878 characters)

Photo of MagicJeff
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky, lighter old gold color. Nice white head and lacing.

Smell: Peaches and mangos. Great tropical fruit notes.

Taste: Initial tropical fruits, particularly mango. Fruity taste is similar to the nose. Tart, sour pineapple on back end but not too acidic, which makes this very, very drinkable. Kind of a grassy slightly lemony aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; doesn't leave too sour of an aftertaste which is a plus in my book--it's pleasantly sour if that makes sense.

Overall: I love the mango and peach smell/taste and how it works so well with the sourness. Definitely seek this one out, I love it. (615 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been lucky enough to sample this on a couple of occasions, the best being at FOBAB where I passed on drinking copious amounts of lesser beers like BA Darkness to consume about 3 pints of the wonderful Terroir. I usually don't review beers I drink on such occasions but this beer is so stellar as to mandate a review.

Appearance is a gorgeous hazed peach body under a thin white froth that reduces to lacing rapidly. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is a complicated citrus/cider vinegar with edges of green apple and grape skin. Hops dance lightly on the nose in the aroma's finish.

Taste: Like a trip to the fruit aisle of Vom Fass, this beer brings on a menagerie citric and apple vinegar flavors along with mild mustiness, wood, and grape skin.

Mouthfeel: Flawlessly sour with intense feel on the palate that does not translate into acid reflux in the esophagus or stomach. At times tart as well with impressive dryness and carbonation that does well to cut the acidity.

Drinkability: Exceptional. I have a high tolerance for acidic beverages and that certainly helps but I feel that Le Terroir is not particularly harsh despite its boldness. For me it makes for a refreshing and exciting imbibing experience. (1,223 characters)

Photo of MrTopher
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip glass, served from a 22oz bomber.

A: This is a golden wheat color, a light orange almost with a slight amount of haze to it. The head is white and a decent thickness, but diminishes rather quickly and leaves a decent film on the sides of the glass.

S: Has the smell of an IPA, this beer just has the citrus hop sent that is common in most single and double IPAs. There is a little bit of funk blended into the smell but the hops over power the funk. There is a little tropical smell to it, but its more in the background and overpowered by the citrus hops.

T: Its hard not to call this an IPA, but its also hard not to call this a Wild, this beer has the best of both. There is a dominate battle between the hop and yeast. This beer just screams to the pallet and makes it wish it wasn't so delicate. There is sharp tartness on the tip of the tongue along with on the very back of the tongue, in between its all citrus notes. There is a little bit of farmhouse funk and oak present also. No malt presence at all, which makes this really enjoyable.

M: Light and clean, almost just dissolves once it hits your tongue, the carbonation also perfect. They really accomplished a lot in a 22oz bottle.

O: I'm on the hunt for some more of this, I like Wild Ales and I love IPAs, and this is the best of both worlds. It safe to say this is presently my favorite Wild Ale I've ever had. (1,404 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Adapted from notes on 7/16/2011

Appearance: hazy amber. Head is bright-white. Some lacing. Slight chill haze. Thin cap of foam covers the top of the beer.

Smell: Lemons, earth, bread/biscuit. Touches of caramel. Big floral hit. Touches of citrus from hops and malts. Sour is present, but it's definitely not a Brett sour. It's more clean and less funky. It's delightful. This is definitely a bug-induced sour. Hints of oak, and slightly toasted malts. Loads of malts buried behind a strong citric sour note. Peaches, mangoes, and grapes. Seriously complex, fruity, and floral. This is a sour delight.

Taste: Malts are sweet, like grapes in the back. Oak brings a solid earthiness. Big fruity flavor up front and in the back. It's everywhere. Delightfully tart. Borders on a straight citric bite. Aftertaste is bright, clean, and fruity. So very tropical with big notes of mango, pineapple, and peaches. A fleshy fruit flavor mixes with a nice snappy tartness.

Mouthfeel: This is everything I want in a sour with the added dryness of dry-hopping. It's dry, but not over-the-top. A lively carbonation brings everything to life. Feels smooth going down but hits dry on the back of the tongue. Amazing.

Overall: This is right up there with Temptation and Supplication for me. The added aromatics and dryness from the dry-hopping set this apart from the rest of the sours out there, and definitely the rest of the Lips of Faith beers. Truly excellent. (1,452 characters)

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