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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 466
Hads: 2,244
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 20.84%
Wants: 476
Gots: 427 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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 jrenihan
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pleasantly tart with a surprisingly large peach flavour courtesy of the dry-hopping. Lemon is there strongly as well. Without the dry-hopping, I think this would be a pretty average sour. With the dry-hopping, it is quite tasty. Still, not as good as the ratings suggest, in my opinion. I would happily drink it again but I wouldn't hunt it out.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12/27...Lips of Faith series. Pours a matted copper with a tick white foam head and lacing. Light citrus nose, malted. Very modest. Full sour ale flavors, soft and chewy. The dry hopping is evident in the finish and the aftertaste. Worthy of recognition.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Slightly hazy Yellow with a white head.

S: Tangy in your nose right away with a slight smell of almost raspberry and mango. With a fair amount of almost a citrusness to it.

T: Tart right away, after the first sip though you begin to realize how complex this beer is. Oranges, Mango, Strawberry, Lots of exotic fruits but all of them with a slightly unripe taste to them.

F: A full body feel with a nice amount of carbonation.

O: this was the 2015 version of the bottle, will be super excited to try next years version as well!

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

650ml bomber poured into Sam Adams pint glass. 2015 bottle.

Pours a lovely hazy gold with two puffy fingers of eggshell head that leaves solar surface activity lace as it recedes.

Smells tart and fruity. Citrus zest, stone fruit, dry white wine, wet soil and soft oak.

Tastes of hard lemon candy, sour apple, juicy peach, more white wine and gentle funky wood.

Feels creamy and frothy. Medium-light with fluffy carbonation. Finishes dry and clean.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. If you don't like sours, this would instantly convert you.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The one flavor that keeps coming to mind, aside from the sour tart wild ale stuff, is lychee. If you don't know what lychee tastes like, white grape juice is a close comparison. There are dry, brut champagne parallels going on. I haven't had very many wild ales, but I've liked what I've had and this strikes me as a good one. I can't easily get New Belgium beers where I live; currently visiting Florida. I look forward to soaking up some more of what I can't normally get. I would definitely get this again and give warm recommendations.

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Photo of Moose90
3.49/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a slightly hazy but bright golden copper color into the glass, there is a frothy white head on top that shows some persistence and hands around.

S — Smell is somewhat mild, but there are notes of floral amarillo and citrusy bitter cascade hops. A nice enough melange of aromas.

T — Lightly tart and bubbly initially, notes of lemon juice and bitter melon play with a bit of a floral and slightly piney hop profile.

M — Medium bodied, amply carbonated, refreshing.

O — Very good overall, a very high asking price for this one though.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow orange, small but creamy head.

The dry hopping helps develop a green apple aroma and flavor.

Fussing over trying to find the words for this beer detracts from the enjoyment to be honest. This is a really well balanced, perfectly sour ale. Total home run.

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

One of the best beer experiences I've ever had was in Fort Collins at a little cheese bar during GABF week. This happened to be on tap and I got a pint of it with a few select cheeses. Was a holy experience. I believe I admitted to my waiter at the time that I was euphoric.

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Photo of Ri0
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured 22oz bottle into teku. Hazy golden orange with a 2 finger white fluffy head. Fades quickly into a ring with spotty lacing on the glass. Sour citrus fruit of grapefruit, orange and some wet oak. Dry and tart with heavy citrus flavor. A really nice juicy flavor. Tart with prickly carbonation and a light dry feel. This is a terrific dry hopped AWA that is readily available on the shelf.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Burnt orange, very hazy with 1-inch head. Head holds for a fair amount of time. Average visual carbonation.

S - Fruity and sour

T - Tropical fruit, grapefruit, passion fruit. Some bready notes. Moderate hop bitterness without much alcohol taste.

M - Some carbonation burn, medium length finish.

O - A bit strange but enjoyable.

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Photo of zac16125
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Teku
2015 Vintage


A: Very hazy, nearly opaque, dark golden orange with 2.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head that dissipates fairly slowly 4

S: Funky, fruity, slightly tart. Subtle oak, floral, citrus. 4.25

T: Good combination of sweet and tart. Sour citrus, oak, a bit white wine-ish characters. Tart characters and oak builds as it warms. Very nice. 4.5

M/D: medium body; carbonation on the higher end; dry on the finish; very good drinkability 4.5

O: Excellent beer. 4.5

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Photo of braker649er
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a 2014 bottle I'd had in the cellar on 11/21/15. I'd heard this is pasteurized, so not a great sour for aging, but whatever happened, it tasted exceptional to me!

L - pure gold, crystal clear, no real head to speak of, but that's the style
S - wonderfully complex, with a punch of fruitiness and tang with earthiness in the background - grapefruit and peach and apricot and some spice I can't quite place ... and in a good-though-odd way, there's some very-ripe banana in there, too, I swear!
T - sweet and sour at once - as though fruit is amped up but the sour is, too, so they balance; I appreciated that the dry-hop contribution was obvious on the aftertaste but not overpowering and bitter--the tartness won over any bitterness, as this is a sour first and foremost (unlike some lesser dry-hopped sours I've had)
F - fine and tangy, though not the highlight of this beer
O - I think I've made my point. I had lowered my expectations and had them exceeded.

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Photo of rjd722
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pour House, this is the first dry hopped sour I've had and it's excellent! Pours a deep orange-golden color, very hazy (almost like a dark peach coloring) and has a thin white foam head. The balance of hops and sour notes is perfect in the aroma. The resin from the two hops lingers in the background, up front is primarily tropical fruits, Granny Smith Apple, and apricot. The taste mirrors the aroma, tropical fruits and the hop profile is present without the bitterness. Mouthfeel is tart and acidic, extremely drinkable...would drink this on many an occasion, phenomenal job by NB!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly amber golden yellow orange with a thin layer of off-white foam.

Sour apple, peach, apricot, stone fruits, acidity, subtle hop resin, and some slightly must.

So much peach and apricot comes through front and center, a subtle earthy/grassy hop resin bitterness note as well, and prickly acidic tartness.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, fruity, prickly acidity.

Overall, while I think the hop bill could shine a little more in this, it still is a truly fantastic peachy, apricoty, tart and refreshing brew.

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Photo of myelo
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 model

Pours a cloudy apricot color with thin white head and sticky lacing.

Prominent aroma of green apples, peach, with some citrus. Moderate earthy, woody funkiness. Mild grainy malt.

Taste is initially a prominent sour tartness. balanced with mild malt sweeties and mild citrus rind bitterness. Dry finish with lingering acidity.

Medium somewhat creamy body with medium low carbonation. Slight acidic dryness and mild ethanol warmth.

Overall a complex and well balanced synergy between sour, earthiness, bitterness and malt. Very drinkable and interesting enough to enjoy by itself but would also pair well with something like barbecue ribs, steak, duck, or sweet and sour chicken.

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Photo of headbangingteacher
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise as I almost passed this up. The apparent golden base color is muddied by a great haze. The funk hits the nose as it gets in the vicinity of the glass and as it gets closer, the scents of the yeast, citrus, and if you inhale deeply, a little burn from alcohol hit the deep passages of your nostrils. The taste is just as intense. If you like tart, sour beer, this has all that with a distinct grapefruit bent that lingers pleasantly for a good while.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the 2014 vintage poured into Teku glass.
Look - brilliant orange-gold color with a 1" white head that lingers and lingers. Lacing is mild.
Smell - really nice earthy, mustiness. I swear there's a hint of Brett in there. Really nice dry-hop addition with the Amarillo bringing big tropical notes.
Taste - fruit and funk mix with mangoes, peaches, grass, earth and a hint of wood. This is a well done beer.
Feel - light-medium feel with the funkness there but not tart at all. Finish is tangy with mild funk.
Overall - damn nice beer! I really enjoyed this one. Best LOF New Belgium has done.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hot damn, this is a fine beer. Gotta say, I'm not sure if I've had a dry hopped sour before, but if this is the outcome, let's get this ball rollin, brewers! Huge tropical notes on the nose + a health dose of apricot. Seriously, whoever crafted this brew is an artisan, because the Amarillo/Cascade combo marries so harmoniously with the base sour and its aroma...this is great stuff. Palate is similarly delightful, ample sourness but never veering into vinegary acid fest territory. That tropical fruit and tart apricot kinda overshadows any barrel presence, but I sort of sense it being there in a really minor, supporting way. Overall, an absoluet home run from NB, who continues to show that their sours are not to be trifled with -- in fact, I dare say they're one of the better sour producers in America.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy burnt orange. Aroma is faint fruity hops, a bit of funk and acid. Faint hint of oak. Smells a bit like a dry hopped Brett saison, but with a bit more acidity. Flavor is a well integrated citrus hop blast with lemony acidity. Barrel and funk mesh with some sweetness to help bring everything together. A much more cohesive effort than some other beers in a similar vein.

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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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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.