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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 447
Hads: 2,133
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 464
Gots: 380 | FT: 28
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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 handcrafty
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from 22oz bottle. The only numbering on the bottle is "140819091", Possibly 08/19/14, so possibly a bit over two months old.
Color is a nice orange-golden body with a thin residual head staying throughout the glass. Nice legging, fairly sticky.
Smells of sour fruit, berries, apples and grass and the taste follows. A little more subtle than I prefer my sours, but I enjoyed the interplay between the Amarillo and Cascade hops and the fruity notes. Very nice. Lots of beautiful citrus notes, plum, raspberries, currants and everything else you would want in a nice sour.
Medium body with a slightly lactic finish. Overall, very enjoyable - easily my favorite from New Belgium. I would love to see them expand their lineup with these styles.

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Photo of ColdBassHonkey
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Crisp, lightly acetic, and has a great fruity taste that hits you instantly. The hoppy flavor hits afterwards, which isn't overwhelming to the rest of the balance of this terroir. Not too sour, not too fruity, enough hops, perfect terroir.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1L howler from Sherbrooke Liquor. 2014 version of Le Terroir, and since that sample from their growler bar tasted so good earlier today, time to get 'er done!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some awkward coral reef lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of somewhat acrid and testy Belgian yeast, an earthy funkiness, sort of juicy apricot and peach, overripe red apple, a bit of muddled tropical fruit, grainy, semi-sweet pale malt, an ethereal twinge of tangy caramel, and a sniff of warming alcohol. The taste is certainly fruity - more dried apricots and yet fresh peaches, pineapple core, kiwi, white grapefruit (stopping to catch breath - hell, it'd be easier to state which produce aisle staples aren't seemingly here) - subtly funky old-school yeast, a bready, sort of doughy pale graininess, a tame earthy sourness (well, maybe some strangely agreeable red wine vinegar notes), and an unquestionably distinct citrusy, grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is pretty plain and merely supportive, like it knows the correct side of the buttered bread, the body a solid medium weight for the style, and way more smooth than one unnamed reviewer might have been expecting - wow. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, the tart and acidic character still kickin' about, for sure, but with all the fruitiness and the underappreciated - I'm sure - malt counting this one in the win column.

One tasty, and ultimately approachable wild ale, the yeast and beasties having learned a whole lot of manners and decorum, apparently, or maybe it's just the huge fruit notes (origins duly muddled) that gloss and smooth everything over. Whatever, this is a pleasure to drink, especially given the thoroughly integrated 15-proof booze. Hello mueder, hello foeder!

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

2013 Vintage

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of loads of citrus, mango, peaches, some lemon zest, barnyard funk, some earthiness and a touch of sweet caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a big sour /tart character upfront, citrus, lemon zest, some peaches (very tropical hops), definite barnyard funk and light caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Wow, IPA meets Sour executed perfectly. I would love to have access to this year round.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of neurobot01
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

I couldn't decide for a long time if I loved or hated this beer. It's just so different than anything I've had before... actually, no, it's really similar to two very dissimilar things I've had before (IPAs and sours). Some swigs feature an explosion of hops, while others are straight-up sour, and most are some crazy commingling of the two. Once I wrapped my brain around the dichotomy, I decided I loved it. The fruity notes in the hops provide a great layer on top of the fruity sour of the base beer. Will be seeking out more of this.

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Photo of Ahab2014
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Great beer, thought last years was not as hoppy though but had a bigger sour kick than this years, I dont know if it is just me or not. One of my favorites from New Belgium.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -25.1%

Pour is mostly transparent golden amber with lots of off white head. Nose is heavily resinous hop with citrus notes and a bit of candied sugar and light nights of bread crust and grain. Taste has a bit more grain up front, gets resinous, lots of hops, moderate sourness, a bit bitter in back, light acidity, candied sugar mid palate, citrus and some leathery brett notes. Medium body, a bit syrupy, decent carb.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Prying off the cap unleashes fruit, lemon, spice, herb, light short bread aromas.
It pours a hazy peach color under a very meager head but is surprisingly lacy.
The beer has a big lemony tart palate that comes in layers with light fruit and herbal notes.
It has a medium light body with very fine soft carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish..

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Photo of Auraan
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured a gorgeous cloudy reddish orange body with two fingers of fluffy, long lasting off-white head. The beer looks wonderful and very appealing. Scents of orange flesh, tropical fruit, especially mango, but also with some pineapple, some spicy yeast phenols and a hint of wild yeast and a very faint light pine. Overall impression of aroma is light and fruity, very bright, with a nice undertone of spicy yeast keeping it balanced. Very nice. Flavor begins moderately sour, with a nice wild funk, light pine resin, notes of tropical fruit and lemon zest. This moves into a middle that is still moderately sour, with more pronounced notes pine resin, wild, sour funk, some lemongrass and lemon zest. Finish is dry with high sourness notes of lemongrass, tropical fruit, indeterminate citrus fruit and zest, wild, sour funk and light pine. Aftertaste is wild, sour funk, lemon, hints of peach and tropical fruit and slight lemongrass. Overall impression of flavor is of a sour, funky, complex ale that combines nice wild funk, combined with nice levels of fruitiness and a pine and herbal character from the lemongrass. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a puckering, drying, refreshing feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nicely sour and puckering wild ale that is quite refreshing. Overall this is a wonderful American Wild Ale that is refreshingly tart, fruity, wild, funky and piney in aroma and flavor. Aided by a wonderful mouthfeel it is a nicely refreshing ale. Very well done and quite good.

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Photo of GJ40
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%

2014 Bottle shared with friends at home on Oct. 3, 2014. Pours golden, with a bit of slight orange hue, small white head that dissipates quickly. Beautiful aroma of grassy hops, hay, a little funk, some nice citrus and tangerines, and some sweet bready maltiness. Flavor follows the smell, but with much more citrus fruit and sourness. A nice sharp lactic tart here with big juicy apricots and tangerines, and a light grassy hay-like hop bite that doesn’t get in the way of thtis juicy sour brew. Dry finish after the juicy fruits, light to medium bodied, with plus carbonation. This beer exceeded my expectations. What an awesome, awesome sour from New Belgium.

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Photo of ILMbrew
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Really awesome tartness in this. Not getting a ton of the hop bitterness in the finish due to the crazy awesome tartness but I do get a nice aromatic sweet hop smell in the nose. Really great beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottle dated 08/19/14:
Pours a straight golden with a good amount if fluffy white head that dissipates slowly to a gossamer film, with the edges providing good lacing. The beer is quite fact in this pour. The nose, to me, is mostly mango but I get strawberry as well in the fruit side, which is quite pleasant. Underneath I get a farmhouse hay earthiness, which actual ends up seeming kind of funky stale to me.

The taste hits the mouth with a decent dose of sour, but it gives way to the mango-like flavors from the nose. When the beer still has a little chill, the sour fruit flavors are subdued kind of surprisingly quickly by the earthy farmhouse flavors I associate with saison style beers. As the beer warms a bit, the sour lasts a little linger, and the carbonation brings the feel more into the experience adding a nip on the tongue. In the end I get just a hint of forest that is actually interesting.

I am not sure if I like the addition of depth to a sour. There seems to be a regular beer not-too-well hidden behind a dose of fruity tartness. I liked the tropical fruit tastes with the sour. However, adding the more earthy tones that I assume come from larger amounts of more flavorful hops than might otherwise be used in a sour I think detracts from the part I initially enjoyed. I still rated it decently because it is a fine beer, but I think there was potential to be even better.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruits coupled with some sourness.

Tastes of fruity hops layered with sweet malts and some tartness. Hops lead off with orange, mango, and pineapple. This gives way to a fruity sourness with cherries and cranberries. The sourness plays well with the fruity hops. Some sweet malts add in the middle. A bit of oak woodiness and funk round everything out before finishing with some lingering tart cranberries.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is very tasty, and I wish I had tried it sooner.

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Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Not a big fan of sours, but this beer has so much going on, it's hard not to be impressed. Along with the expected sour component, there's some nice vanilla, grapes, and wine (cabernet is what I thought I picked up). Can't imagine drinking a full pint or tulip of this, but in a small, 4 ounce taster glass, this was very nice. Impressive.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Clear orange sun colored pour with an airy one-finger white head. Aroma is big and fruity with grapefruit and apricot standing out. Excellent tart flavor of tropical fruit and citrus. Grapefruit, apricot and orange peel flavors really stand out. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%

Cold 22 oz bomber into tulip

Appearance - Totally hazed over tawny golden, 1 finger head doesn't stick around for long, but leaves nice lacing

Smell - Faint but nice: sweet and sour tropical fruits and citrus, some honey malts deep in the background

Feel/Taste - Explosion of crisp and sour/tart fruity and citrusy up front, like biting into a granny smith apple mixes with sour cherries and lime all at once! After initial tart burst, flavors quickly mellow out and show deep complexities of tropical and stone fruit (pineapple, peach, mango) hops, earthy wood, and toasty, semi-sweet cracker malts melding together beautifully. Ample, spritzy carbonation on a medium body carries the flavor and scrubs the palate nicely, finishes dry and a bit hoppy. 7.5% ABV is nowhere to be heard of. A very slight aftertaste of oakiness mixed with lingers on and on...

Overall - My first foray into sours, and I must say, I'm veryimpressed with this beer. It's a sensory delight with a big blast of tartness up front that quickly mellows into a brew with many elements and complexities. I may not know a lot about sour beers right now, but I can tell this is a beautifully crafted beer in general.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.61/5  rDev +8%

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.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware). The only packagining information on the bottle appears to be “2014” printed above the name, “LE TERROIR – DRY HOPPED SOUR ALE.” From what I can tell, this dropped within the last month, so it should be fresh.

Appearance (4.25): The head comes up to about two fingers of bone-white foam, capping a rich, orange-golden body that’s clear, minus a light chill haze. It sticks around longer than most sour beers, leaving a light film on the surface and some broken chunks of a thin, loopy collar. As the beer recedes, it leaves very little—just a few patches of light, lacy foam.

Smell (4.0): Man, this smells lovely. Tart fruit juices (red grapefruit, green apple) mixed with sweet tropical notes (some ripe pineapple, papaya, honeydew, and a little cashew fruit), some dank, funky hops, and just a light undercurrent of sugar cookie bready sweetness. The sour beer at its heart could be a little more complex, but that funky, fruity character that smells like cashew fruit and underripe honeydew together adds a really nice layer of hoppy weirdness.

Taste (4.75): Holy nuts, this is fucking tasty! Tart grapefruit flesh and underripe kiwi, married to a underplayed but still rich, sweet base of cantaloupe and overripe mango burst onto the palate, followed by a clean, crisp sourness that’s extremely balanced—lightly acetic, with a clean (not funky, not yogurty) lactic tang, and brightly citrusy. Just a tiny bit of water crackers and floury, peasant white bread offer some semblance of a malt body, but really this beer has been fermented out so cleanly it’s almost non-existant. Some pithy, slightly resinous and definitely kinda dank, herbal hops add a fruity, lightly vegetal, funky dimension to everything else going on in this beer, and vinous, somewhat tannic and minerally white wine tones boost the dryness of the malt body, also aided by those zesty hops. No booze. Just pure awesome.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Smooth, lightly tingly carbonation ushers in a perfectly medium-weight body, which feels just a little oily before drying out to a pithy, slightly parching finish. The carbonation foams up softly with a fine tingle before it washes out at the end—this is just absurdly drinkable.

Overall (4.5): This is, without a doubt, at least as good if not better than the sum of its parts. And yes, I know it’s pasteurized and the heyday of all New Belgium sours is supposed to be prior to the era of pasteurization, but goddamn this is delicious. Absurdly good, like, why-isn’t-this-always-available delicious. The base sour is extremely solid, which I feel confident in saying after having had an old bottle (post-pasteurization) a couple of years ago after the hops had died off, and that was plenty tasty on its own. But this is in a zone of its own right now, while the hops are still kickin’. Definitely pick this beer up.

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Photo of papat444
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

***2013 Release***

Thanks to Kump for this.

Poured from a bomber.

Pours a nice gold body with a chill haze and spotted lacing. Aroma is fresh hops, very floral and citrusy, almost certainly Citra. I take a gulp and my senses are thrown for a loop! Vinous, white-wine like, sour and ends with citrusy hops. My taste buds were going crazy and i loved it. Meshed hoppy and sour perfectly, a win for me.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 2013 bottle into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours a mildy hazy orange color with minimal head.

S-Farmy, light citrus, tart, citrus hop, more barnyard character in the aroma.

T-Very nice fruity, tart, citrusy, sweet, light kiwi and peach notes decent malt backbone.

M-Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. Light slick. Medium to bigger body.

O-Overall very pleased with this beer. A great blend of the sour and hops. I thought is was perfect for me since I'm new to sour beers and I enjoy hops.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml 2013 bomber poured into tulip 15/6/14 big cheers towards Rutager for sending the bottle

A slight haze in a light orange body, fine sediment being moved around by bubbles of all sizes, three fingers of loose noisy foam falls quickly leaving no lace

S more hops then I expected one can only imagine what a fresh bottles like, canned peaches, lychee, mango, over ripe pineapple, tangerine and lemon, some funk, soft caramel and wet wood round things out, interesting nose smells massive

T not quite the levels of fruit found on the nose but that still leaves a fair bit, some orange peel, sweet and sour work well together, just a little funk, I'm loving the taste but the nose had a little more intensity

M medium bodied with soft carbonation, slightly tart, lots of lemon on the finish

O not sure what I was expecting but this works for me, surprised by the amount of hops in this brew still clear as day

I'd love to try some older bottles to see what happens to it, the funks pretty mellow at this point but plenty of hops works well for this guy

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3.5 is what I gave the bottle I had in Vegas.

Full review for the bottle I bought at Liquor Shed for under $10.

A clear gold with an inch of foam, very good lacing.

The dry hopping is up front in the nose followed by the tartness that was lacking in the other bottle I had.

My, that dry hoppy goodness DOES go well with the sour notes. The dry hop to me consists of tropical fruit; a good compliment to the sourness, I reckon.

Medium body and carbonation, it's a smooth brew to my palate.

Nice. Not something I'd want very often, but nice.

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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a vigorous pour I only achieve a inch of off white head. Body is a hazy murky honey tone.

Nose is very dry and funky at the same time. With hints of lemon zest and pixy sticks. Nicely previewing the sour feel to come.

Sour dry funk on the buds is where this beer shines. So crisp like a green apple but with nice dryness and almost a tannin like feel. Really makes the taste buds pucker in a good way. Fruit is not really a player here except for the citrus zest.

Mouthfeel continues to pucker up, and work for the nice sour feel. A really nice sour brew without the overly fruity feel.

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