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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 447
Hads: 2,128
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 21.08%
Wants: 464
Gots: 380 | FT: 28
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 Beerswag
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apricot flesh coloerd body, white head diminishing fast, lacing is there and looks more sticky than fluffy. Taste is purkey sour, funky, brett and yeasty character, with the malt ever so apparent slight biscuity hint. Mouthfeel is nice puckering medium dryness. not getting any barrel character, straightforward profile which showcases great yeast and malt profile.not showing any abv. A must re-visit. Pair with salads, or desserts with some fruit character and medium-low spice level.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a big billowy white head. The head fades slowly over time to leave tons of spider web lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a sour green apple smell which has a decent showing of some lemon and a bit of a grainy funk. Along with these aromas comes some fruit aromas of peach, apricot, and pear smells with a hint of a hay like aroma thrown in as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather funky sour green apple and light fruit (peach, apricot, pear) taste that is overall drier in nature. As the taste moves forward, the sourness increases as some lemon and a tart grapefruit flavor joins the taste. Grass, herbal, and citrus hop flavors come more toward the end, and with the funk stepping it up a bit, it leaves one is with a dryer-light (in color) funky and sour fruit taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin for a 7.5 % abv. brew with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the style and the sour and tart flavors the feel is spot on, keeping the brew overall very easy sipping and still very tart and sour without allowing these flavors to overwhelm the taste buds.

Overall- A decently sour and tart-light fruit flavored brew with just a little bit of hop to help subdue the bitter and sour. A rather decent and crisp sour overall.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a 1/4" of white head. The head actually adds to the overall appearance because of the beautiful contrast of the golden beer with the white foam. The smell is a very mild and I sense lemon, grass, belgian yeast... all blanketed in a mild sour smell. This is just a straightforward sour ale that flat out delivers. It begins more sweet than it does sour... almost like a warhead after you have sucked off the outer super sour level. The sourness is complimented by tastes of orange, lemon and mild yeast. After the sourness fades a terrific tartness begins to dominate your palate. It's almost like drinking juice the mouthfeel is so smooth, and this being one of the thicker bodies sour ales I've had, the thickness was a definite plus. Overall, this beer doesn't try to be anything it's not, and the result is a simple, traditional American wild ale that is very tasty.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Much like the other beer I've tried in the Lips of Faith series, Eric's Ale, this one is a good introductory sour. It's more just heavily tart, and slightly funky, with less fruit emphasis and more fruity hops.

I'm no hop expert, but apparently, the amarillo hops that were dry-hopped help bring out a fruity element, and I definitely got that both in the nose and taste - slight nectarine, some apricot and mango, a hint of pineapple. There's a nice mix here between sweet and tart, and it's not too puckerish and it doesn't rub your tongue raw like Eric's Ale or stronger sours. There's also a nice, yeasty, fermented funk to this beer, but again, we're not talking about a brett-bomb.

The fact that this isn't a fruit beer and the hops still have this juicy effect on it is impressive. If it weren't so damn expensive, I'd go for this one again. The presentation alone - mild fizz, nice initial haze that dissipates after a bit, and a gorgeous dark orange glow - make it one to try.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice drinkable sour that didnt have an overpowering funkiness that La Folie has. Appearance has a nice orange glow with a wine like fizziness and dry on the palete.

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Photo of OhioRay
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange appearance with a thin white head that dissipates to a small ring quickly.

S - Sour. Earthy funkiness - hay, dirt. Lightly citrusy hops in the background.

T - Awesome. Sharp sourness takes over, but then gives way to a complex brett character. Hay, sweat, vinegar, dirt. A lingering hop flavor from the amarillo dry hop. Just fabulous.

M - Medium light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

O - First beer I've had from the lips of faith series. Just an awesome brew. Really well made.

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Photo of fenixtx423
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 version out of a pint glass on tap at Tap & Bottle in Tucson. The best dry-hopped sour I have ever tried. The amarillo/cascade combination is the perfect companion to the flavor profile in this one!

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Photo of justinp444
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip it has a orange mango hazy body with a 3/4 in thick foamy white head (good lacing bad retention). Smell of earth, green apple, grass, citrus, apricots, nectarine, orange, maybe a bit of pineapple, tiny bit of funk, tiny bit of hay, and some lighter biscuit malt. Taste is sour, tart, funk, grass, pineapple, peach, green apple sour, apricot, nectarine, tiny bit of earth malt flavor. It has a light to moderate mouth feel and body with just a light amount of carbonation. A big sweet and sour beer with a good amount of fruity hop flavor to keep you occupied.

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Photo of GameFreac
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best sour ever. This beer is perfect every year and very consistent. I look forward to drinking this fresh to taste the dry-hopping goodness. The dry hopping allows it to smell like a tropical fruity IPA but with a sour, citrusy taste. It's so unique and amazing.

I can't say enough good things about this beer. Worth every penny.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Pours a light amber with little head that dissapates quickly. Smells of apricots and little citrus. Fairly sour but not overly so, tastes of mangos, oranges, peaches, and tropical fruits. Very faint pine, the sourness and hops play very well together, with the hops contributing the tropical fruit and just a bit of bitterness in the finish. Overall I'm impressed with this beer, the dry hopping adds an extra dimension and the only real downside is the price.

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Photo of L0ne
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 version. Recently appeared on shelves in the local grocery store.

Pours a beautiful, opaque orange that brings to mind fresh-squeezed apple juice, with a tiny, fizzy head.

Smell is mostly a funky, acidic tartness, with a background of bright fruitiness (citrus/tropical).

Taste is a burst of tart citrus that fades into just a hint of hoppy bitterness. The finish is short and dry. Faint, sour fruit lingers.

Feels crisp and refreshing. Extremely drinkable.

Overall a well done and enjoyable wild ale. I don't really seek out sours often, but am glad I grabbed this one. The hops and fruit notes add a fresh dimension that had me constantly reaching for the glass for another drink.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage served in a pint glass.

Appearance: orange blossom honey, clear with no head really

Nose: funk, acidic, fruity, bright, fresh, peaches

Taste: acidic, sour, citrusy, very dry, tart and creamy, very short and dry finish

Overall: everything I wanted it to be. The sourness was not as bracing as I expected from other reviews.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A vintage 2014 Lips of Faith on tap. Light hazy yellow body. Smells a lot like a freshly cut orange. Big sour grapefruit taste. Hints of oak and orange. Another great sour beer by New Belgium.

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Photo of stewart124
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a translucent orange without much head.

Nose has plenty of funky acidic qualities with some apricot notes.

The PH must have dropped down quite low with this tart wild ale. No outstanding phenols. Well balanced with tangerine, apricot and spicy characters. Sour and lingering funk but this all very well balanced. Finishes very dry with some overripe peach.

Just a delicious wild ale from beginning to end. One bomber isn't enough.

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Photo of Lucular
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was skeptical about a wild ale that was hop-centric, but this beer really blew me away. The reason it works for me is that the hops are on the citrus side. Really a unique beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage poured into a snifter glass

A- pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a small sudsy white head that reduces to leave some nice lacing behind

S- mouth watering sour aroma with notes of white wine, white grape skin, mango, cantaloupe, slightly funky yeast, earth & wet hay

T- lots of fruity tartness up front with an emphasis on tangerine marmalade, grapefruit zest, honeydew melon, lemon peel, white grape, vinous white wine tartness, light toasted oak on a dry linger

M- medium body with light carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a bone dry sour finish

O- very fruit forward sour that drinks pretty easy and hides the alcohol well

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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Houser
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a nice amber orange. smells a bit strange due to the dry hopped sour. very crisp. really enjoy this taste as the sourness is mild and the hops mesh well.

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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy dark golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are mild. Has that Belgium yeast sour aroma. Slightly fruity. The taste is excellent! Bready at first but quickly hits you with a sour, fruity blast. Leaves that sour taste on your palate. Definitely one of my favorite beers. I just wish it wasn't so damn expensive.

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Photo of Tele
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (2014 vintage)
Consumed 3.15.15

A: 4.5 Very pretty beer. Pours a clear orange-gold with a one-inch light beige, lacy head.

S: 4.25 The aromas are just wonderful. Lots of bright, juicy, citrus balanced by slight funk and minerals. The hops are quite strong, but they offer more orange and grapefruit with a touch of pine, all of which compliment the funk and sour elements rather than dominating.

T: 4 Flavors match the aromas quite well. Big juicy citrus hits first followed by a rather high level of tartness. Very light bitterness follows with the mineral flavor that was on the nose. More orange lingers on the finish.

M: 4.25 Light and refreshing with an excellent, dry finish. A bit undercarbonated for my tastes.

O: 4.25 An excellent example of a dry-hopped sour. Neither the hops nor the sour flavors are too aggressive. All very balanced and refreshing with enough going on that keeps you interested.

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Photo of parris
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Naja’s. Pours hazy orange with no head and some lacing. Aroma is sour tropical fruits, vinegar, and a little funk. Taste is initially sour peach and mango, settling to a slightly spicy hop bitterness. Medium bodied, low to mid carbonation, dry, and a little sticky.

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Photo of Suds
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pale golden color....the head is white and lasting. Effervescent and a bit of haze. Mine aroma is enticing...sour notes, but much more wood,mfruit, and an undercurrent of hops. The taste is spot on....lots of up front sourness, but it isn't overpowering. Huge lemon and grapefruit flavor. Wood, some balance, and a little grain. Finish is tart and clean. Great.

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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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4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 release. 650ml bottle poured into a teku

Appearance: Pours a dark golden orange color with 2 fingers of an off white head with good retention and spotty lacing. Body is lightly hazy with light visible carbonation.

Smell: Peach, lemon, mango, green apple touch of damp wood.

Taste: Peach, tea, lemon, light earthiness, grapefruit, very slight toasted malt character. Medium sourness. Not much in the way of funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and medium/high carbonation.

Overall: Really good stuff. Hops play really well against the beer's sourness and provide lots of flavor and aroma while not really adding any bitterness. Definitely worth trying.

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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.