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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1197
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%


Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A sour beer barrel-aged for two years and then dry-hopped with Amarillo and Cascade hops for 8 days.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005)
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bbb099

California

1.95/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Split with mjyoung, poured into a snifter.

A - Clear orange amber color with white colored head that eventually disappears with little to no lacing.

S - Incredibly strong tart aroma with detectable grassy hops. Grapefruit, lemon and mango come through as well.

T - Not too sour, but tasted quite awful to me. I did not find any hops in it, mostly the vinegar and lemon sourness coming through. Medicine and vomit-like going down.

M - Low carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

D - Quite difficult to finish my glass. I have had great sours before and to me this is borderline undrinkable. The initial taste is fine, the second it goes down your throat, the terrible flavors come out.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 04:27:19 | More by bbb099
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

2.73/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very excited to get a shot at this one. With all the glowing reviews I have high hopes. Split into globe glasses.

A: Golden orange amber. Two fingers of dirty white head. Modest lace.

S: WTF! Sweet and sour chicken? We joked about smelling Chinese food in this but it's a sad reality. Full on hop blast. Moderate lactic sour but the hops just drown it out.

T: The flavor isn't much better. Weak all the way around. Mild sour bite along with loads of citrus hops. Sour hops is pretty much all I get. Very strange.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

O: I have no idea where all those high scores came from. This stuff is nowhere near a solid wild ale. I had high hopes. Sadly my hopes were dashed.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 02:36:43 | More by beerwolf77
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chumba526

Oregon

2.78/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It appears hazy orange.

It smells really weird. There is an odd peppery spicy flavor. There is also a weird sulfuric smell. It almost smells like vomit.

It actually tastes pretty good. it is slightly sour. I get a bit of a fruity and peppery flavor. The beer is sour but it is not overly sour. It is a pretty smooth beer.

It has a crisp mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Overall it smells nasty but it tastes pretty good though it is nowhere close to being one of the best sour ales I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2011 17:47:20 | More by chumba526
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anell213

Wisconsin

2.83/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden, orange, not much carbonation. Small amount of head and lacing.

S: Vinegar, apples, hops, and vinegar.

T: Wow - very sour and very vinegary. Borderline too sour. Some lemon, hops and other citrus in the background, but I can't get passed the vinegar.

M: Medium body, acidic.

O: Was excited to try this and was disappointed. Too sour and too much vinegar for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 00:47:39 | More by anell213
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.85/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer tastes like pineapples and hops with a dry finish. Not my favorite beer....just OK.

Beer is yellow and hazy with almost no head, served in a snifter, carbonation low.

Aroma is strong, mildly sour, smells a lot like hops, mostly fruity / pineapple hops.

The beer presents rather sweet with a strong strong fruit character so much so that it is like drinking pineapple juice with a really dry finish. The bitterness at the back is decent. Eh, not a repeat for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 20:42:30 | More by drabmuh
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deebo

Minnesota

2.89/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2013 bottle

A-Poured into a pint glass I get a thin finger of white head that recedes to a thin skimming. Slightly hazy with a dark golden color with some burnt orange hues.

S-The hops hit me first with aromas of ripe citrus (passion fruit and orange) and grass. There is a subdued aroma of funk and sourness (white wine) with some oak.

T-Taste is more sour than the aroma. Hits you upfront and lingers into the finish. The aftertaste is first sour than bitter. The nice hop aroma is overpowered with the sour and the funk. Some fruitiness here but it is quickly overtaken with the sour and some bitterness.

M-Tingly carbonation with a light body. No detection of alcohol. Very dry finish.

O-This is a damn sour brew. Not a lot of funkiness and the nice aroma doesn't follow thru into the taste. An interesting brew but too much sourness and I don't care for the bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 01:49:04 | More by deebo
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crusian

Oregon

3.05/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, limited to 1, as all of Dallas got 10 cases. Tried and could only get this one bottle.
Pours a nice yellow color, not quite golden... 1 finger of head.
Smell is bad. The sour and the hops clash on the nose like nobodys business. Don't get me wrong, you can distinctly smell the hops and the sour, but they do not mix well. Smells like stomach acid or vomit...I am really worried about the way this will taste.
Taste, is actually really good. The hops lend a nice citrus note to it that is lost in the nose. Has a really nice lemonade tart flavor. To be honest, tastes a bit like sprite mixed with really tart lemonade the more I drink it. Mostly on the finish I get the sprite, and the tart lemonade up front. Wish I could get some more.

Edit: after all the other A reviews, thought I would give it another shot... actually lowering my rating... still a very harsh hop-sour clash. Maybe in a few years... but for now, the taste seems very artificial also... very unnatural. Sprite/lemonade is not natural. Tastes like an alcapop...

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:39:46 | More by crusian
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RTJakarta

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a small head and some visible carbonation.

Smell is not what I would expect at all. Doesn't have the sour smell like a lot of Flanders Reds....kinda smells like an IPA gone awry to me. Sort of makes me cringe before I even try this. (I picked up a bottle because it was relatively inexpensive, and I <3 sour ales.)

Taste was better than I thought after smelling. Definitely a little bit of sourness, but the beer is WAY too busy. Sure, you taste a sourness, but you also get a weird blend of hops and fruits. I just think there's too much going on at once.

Mouthfeel is smooth, minimal feel of the carbonation. Nice.

Overall, not bad, but not very good either. The schizophrenic taste is a big detractor, but if you want something kinda sour, this is a relatively cheap choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 16:31:18 | More by RTJakarta
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HalfFull

California

3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bomber, warmed up for 30 minutes or so and poured into a New Belgium Globe glass for good measure. Pour is golden and with a light white cap. Retention is a bit light and the pour is notably void of any carbonation. Manages to hold a light ring nonetheless.

Nose of citrus and earthy hops and a bit of grain. Offers an odd funky tartness given the hop profile. While interesting, it remains a bit at odds to my expectations and preference, and a bit subdued in the end.

Taste is quite tart at first and loaded with citrus oil and hop bitterness. In the end the hops and sourness clash to no end. Feel is full and thick, yet slightly to a fault as the hops detract from the 'wild' experience by forcing themselves upon you. Unlike others I think that hopping up a sour ale is sketchy business and a distinct failure in this case.

Perhaps some Noble hops might work for me, but for this I feel that I'm a victim of an experiment gone awry.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 05:54:12 | More by HalfFull
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Floydster

California

3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint from Liar's Club in San Diego

Super sour, almost too sour in my opinion

When held up to the nose, has aromas of vinegar

Could not see many people liking this one, definitely taskes an acquired taste

Had to have some water after this it had so much going on

Bartender told me it was like Russian River's Supplication, but it was not near as good, and tasted nothing like cherries

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2007 21:08:40 | More by Floydster
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy gold with a two finger off white head, with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has tart tangerine, apples, vinegar, and peaches.

The taste is much like the aroma. There is more vinegar taste than I thought there would be, and this beer is both sweet and tart.

Light bodied with soft carbonation, and a vinegar forward aftertaste. Not a bad effort, but not as good as the best sours. I am glad I had a chance to try this though.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 01:32:57 | More by hardy008
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the Rackhouse in Denver tonight. Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a nice rocky white head. Nice tart aromas, with lemon, vinegar and wood. Light bodied, refreshing and tart, with flavors of lemon rind, vinegar and grapefruit.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2011 04:36:22 | More by emmasdad
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a New Belgium Globe glass.
7.5% ABV, 01/30/2011.

How kind of Beerwolf77 to not only share this beer with me, but allow me to stroke my tick at his kitchen table!

A - Faintly hazy, the color is a bronzy golden hue topped with an off-white, well-retained head. Nice lace is left caked to the glass.

S - Dry-hopped to high-heaven, this is loaded with delicious juicy grapefruit hops that unfortunately takes a turn for the worse when the good aroma is swapped with that of Chinese food. This smells like lemon chicken doused with sweet and sour sauce with cooked celery on the side.

T - The malt profile consists of an overwhelmed caramel sweetness and toast. The hops burst out with potency that has an underlying citrusy fruit flavor. The Chinese food comes through in the flavor but no where near as much as the off-putting aroma (and I even love Chinese food! Just not in my beer). This finishes with a lactic bite.

M - Very nice sour finish with a lactic kick and medium body. A little thin mid palette though.

O - The sour finish is very good but the food aroma is pretty terrifying. The flavor pulls the overall up a lot more but it's just an ok beer. At first experience I really wouldn't get it again, but seeing so many positive reviews coming off this one, I'd love to nab another bottle and see what the deal with this one was.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 15:04:57 | More by BeerFMAndy
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden yellow in color with no head and obviously no retention

Smell: Citrus hops with hints of lemon and coriander

Taste: It taste like a lemon head that was soaked in vinegar with hints of citrus hops on the back end

Mouthfeel: Dry right off the bat. Light body and high carbonation and leaves a nice sour burn in the mouth

Overall: Not all that intense of a wild ale so there is a bit of drinkability just not for me

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 23:28:43 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Falling Rock. Poured into a chalice.
Light orange/copper color with reddish tint. Big white head, a bit soapy.
Smell of sour cherries, vinegar and old socks. Some other fruits as well. Richness in yeast.
Taste is like La Folie, but not as complex, rich or good. A bit thin, sourness overpowers the sweetness and flavors of the fruits. Does not have the lip-smacking goodness of La Folie. However, this beer is pretty good. Overall, I think this beer is just too sour without having any other comparable qualities.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2007 23:48:17 | More by Mebuzzard
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xraided81

California

3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing notes from a 22oz bomber.
My first review of a sour. appearance is a golden pale with a slight haze mostl likely from the yeast. effervescent for the first couple of minutes then the head dissipates to a thin white ring. no lace at all in my pour. Smells citruisy and earthy, the dry hopping is dominated by an aggresive american hop , my guess would be amarillo, brett is present in the background, but the american hops definetly dominate the aroma in this beer. Fresh squeezed lemonade is what comes to mind at first, but the bittery bite of an ipa is present on the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and light. thiis a refreshing beer i've had this both on draft and in bottles within a couple of weeks of each other. and the draft version has less tartness, and you get more of the belgian funk, brett, horseblanket character. This bottled version kept more of the hoppy character to this beer, more like a sour IPA in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 05:55:10 | More by xraided81
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doubleipa

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I like that New Belgium is putting out some very different and interesting beers. Appearance: Frothy head, fully diminished (2 seconds), Yellow color. Aroma: Grain, but not malty, late, light flowers, grass, little orange, moderate yeast, with apple and clove.Very, very dry texture. Heavy initial sweetness, and very long finish.
Didn't know what to expect. Nice sour ale taste, the dry hopping adds a slight degree of hopiness. More than anything the hops dilutes the sour ale profile.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 23:42:18 | More by doubleipa
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass a pale burnt orange with a thin white head. No retention or lacing.

There is an immediate notice of a floral scent. If flowers could go sour, then this is what they'd smell like. There's also a sour citrus scent to it.

The taste . . . whoa. TART TART TART. The only thing more sour would be a candy. Underneath all this tartness there's some citrus flavors, lemon mostly. There is also a noticable amount of belgian yeast in the back of the palatte.

Body is medium with rather lower carbonation.

If you like Sour, this beer will be your thing. But it's not mine.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 22:17:02 | More by whoneeds8
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hugostiglitz

California

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am skeptical of a sour that isn't in a high pressure bottle, but maybe they pasteurize it?

It is slightly hazy and a nice orange hue. small amount of white foam.

It smells strange because of the hops and sourness. Bile funk and brett with citrusy floral hops. Weird combo, but I like it.

The taste is citrus hop flavor, some grapefruit, citric acid. Lemon and tropical tang. The malt is in the background, maybe pils with some wheat and a touch of biscuit or light crystal? Not too complex, not too sour or hoppy.

The mouthfeel is okay. The beer is full bodied with med high carbonation. I feel that the beer should be more dry with more carbonation, it is sweet for a sour.

Overall the beer is unique, but I would rather have a Lost Abbey or Russian River sour in a smaller bottle for more money.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 06:12:05 | More by hugostiglitz
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks tsatem for this bottle.

A - slightly hazy golden/copper body, small white head.

S - nice mesh of citrus hops and tart sour aromas, slight medicinal undertones.

T - strong tartness in the back, hops otherwise. Seems to be predominantly acidic flavors, not a lot of balance from earthy or sweeter flavors. Not bad, though.

M - light-ish, moderately smooth, not too thin

O (D) - A palatable sour beer for sure. Not that well balanced or complex, but nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 01:49:13 | More by ColdPoncho
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange with a towering creamy, bubbly, and sparkling white head. Nice look.

S - Tart Cherries, peaches, malts, some citrus hops, apples.

T - Sour apple jolly ranchers - pucker up. This has a very unique sweet n' sour build and gets better after the initial smack to the jowls. Sticky mouth feel - and a sour bitter finish lingers on the tongue.

O - Very interesting brew. Glad I tried it, but not a beer I will come back to.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 02:57:38 | More by andrewjraab
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in Duvel tulip.

Huge thanks to Brian23456

A: Pours a hazy golden orange. Big fluffy head dwindles slowly.

S: Strangely sour. Scent is pleasant, but unlike other sours. The sourness is somewhat herbal, almost medicinal in some way. Band-aids? Actually got a whiff of cheese here and there. Odd, but nice.

T: Zesty, bracing citrus initially. Very tart green apple skin. Various milder sweet fruit flavors appear, if only fleetingly. Some mango, maybe apricot and a bit of nectarine. Crackery malt peaks out from behind the sourness from time to time. Finishes with a unique juiciness and then almost completely dries out.

M: Well carbonated, a little prickly. Could stand to be slightly more effervescent. Finer carbonation would benefit this beer.

D: Pretty easy to drink. This is an interesting beer. It's taken me over half the bottle but it just hit me that this reminds me a little bit of Cantillon Iris. Not nearly as good as Iris, but similar.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 08:25:02 | More by AdamGarcia
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into snifter

A - Pours a light orange with white head, decent lacing but not a lot of retention

S - Very floral and fruity, grapefruit, lemon, and some blue cheese like funk.

T - To me it tasted very grassy, and sour! Almost too sour, masking some of the more delicate fruit flavours. I did pick up some lemon, apricot, papaya. This reminded me of chokecherries for some reason.

M - Light, dry, pretty refreshing.

D - A summer sour for sure, decently drinkable. Solid but not the best out there. I would pick up another bottle for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 14:29:51 | More by OakedCanuck
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MowryJC

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a New Belgium Globe.

A - Lightly hazed tarnished yellow-orange capped by a finger and a half of foam that thins out pretty quickly. Leaves light lacing down the glass.

S - Apricot and peach moves into both a lactic and acetic sour smell. Very light funk. Perhaps the funk most others mention isn't as prevalent in the draft form as the bottle.

T - Same balance between lactic and acetic sourness, with a nice peachiness. I like how sour it is while still being pretty balanced. A sweetness at the end that is a bit much. A little citrus from the hops (I assume).

M - Moderate body with nice carbonation, but the cloying sweetness at the end clings to my tongue and mouth, not driving me to want to drink as much of this.

All in all, a good Wild Ale, with the issue of not being dry enough IMHO. A little dryer and the drinkability would go up. Could also use a little more funk, but like I said, maybe I'd get more of that in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 12:45:00 | More by MowryJC
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mverity

Florida

3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle shared at Proof. Pours a pale gold with some white head. Medium white collar, and no lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops and a bit of pine, lots of fruity funkiness. Taste is mouth wateringly sour, in a good way. Some of that fruit ester funk in the taste too. Light body, sour bite on the tongue, and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 01:27:02 | More by mverity
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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,197 ratings.