Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 2,023
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 453
Gots: 358 | FT: 28
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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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Photo of jvillefan
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It has a bright golden orange and slightly hazy body with an ivory white one finger head that disappears quickly leaving traces around the top of the glass.

S: There is a sweet toffee and caramel aroma in the beginning. There is a follow up of some citrus followed by a very subtle sour/tart aroma.

T: There is both a sweet and a sour flavor in the front. It has caramel and sour apple flavors. It then transitions to a sour pine flavor and leaves a very dry finish. The flavor does not linger at all.

M: Nice thick silky body with very sharp carbonation.

O: Great sour. Not too hard to find and well worth getting if you get a chance.

Photo of kscaldef
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a tulip with a thick, dense head, moderate retention and lacing. Color is a beautiful golden orange, just slightly cloudy.

Aroma starts tart and grassy. Underneath is a little mango, some funk, sour cherries

Really sharp taste off the bat with interesting complexities. Lemon in the front of the mouth with an apricot mid-palate and finish. Carbonation seems just right, enough to make it lively without being prickly. As it warms, the grassiness from the hops starts to appear as well a little more funk. Good lingering finish.

A lovely sour, one of my favorites. Like a summer field in a glass.

Photo of Jas45678
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into snifter

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a small white head that last very long. Smell is citrus, green apples, some hop notes and wild yeast funk. Taste is not super tart. I get some peach, lemon and green apples. Nice funkiness. Hops balance it out nicely. Medium to light body with lighter amount of carbonation. Overall a great beer worth picking up.

Photo of biboergosum
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Photo of Swillbur
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into chimay chalice

A- Pours gold in color with two fingers of head. Has an unfiltered look with no lacing.

S- Peaches up front on the nose. Im also getting a sour funk along with apples, lemons, mangos and fruity hops. I think the mango is comming from the hops.

T- Wow, super tart but good. Lots of citrus fruits, mangos, grapefruit. Nice bitterness in finish.

D> Light body and carbonation is spot on! This beer almost numbs the lips. The sourness goes great with the bitterness in the end. It almost locked my jam the first time i had it but im glad to say i have had alot more and its a great summer sour beer!

Photo of titosupertramp
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thanks goes to fsvan for recommending this as I probably wouldn't have purchased otherwise.

A: Light orange in color, slightly hazy. Had a nice soapy head to begin with, but quickly faded. Pretty much no cap or lacing left behind.

S: Smells sour, but balanced by the sweet dry hopped smells. Peach, funk, citrus. I've not had many sours/wilds so it's hard for me to really put this into words, but I like it.

T: Pretty sour, at least for me. It doesn't quite make me pucker, but my eyes squint a little. There's a spicey sweet quality to this that I want to say is cinnamon, but that doesn't seem quite right..like sour red hots maybe.

I like the taste a lot, but it's hard for me to articulate what I'm tasting. A previous reviewer mentioned a salt water like taste that I would have to second. There's certainly a pineapple quality to this as well...juicy.

M: Sour, sticky and dry.

O: Hard to say this is very drinkable because of the tartness, but it's damn tasty. I wish I had purchased a couple more of these before they sold out everywhere. This is a really nice beer and welcome in what is otherwise a sour/wild poor market(Nashville).

Photo of DCon
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PINT, 6 FL.OZ. bottle of this from Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $13. Poured from the Brown/White labeled bottle w/ a sun, grass, and dirt hardly recognizable into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date on the bottle (on the box the manager said).

Aroma- Very strong sour aroma from the beginning. Almost like a gueuze, has barnyard and goaty acidity and then has a huge rhubarb finish. Perfect for the style and complexity of this aged brew.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has a glowing orange body with good clarity. Tons of suds are left behind.

Flavor- A fantastic sour taste starts and finishes this one. A bit of oak also hits the palate in between tastes but isn't too big. The sourness dominates the mouth. Good balance between malt and barnyard taste too!

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, little bit of puckering, and then a huge sour finish.

Overall Impression- While enjoying this on-tap and bottle now, I suggest pick up a 22oz bottle and sitting on it. It became an entirely different/more complexed brew as it was aged for over a year.

Photo of ccrida
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Belmont Station's Pucker Fest. Served in a Delirium Tremens snifter, Le Terroir is a hazy pale orange with an off-white collar that left no lace.

Smell is super fruity and rich, watermelon with some brett funk.

Taste is great, like jolly ranchers! A nice tartness, sour citrus, tropical fruit, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is dry, puckering and slick, with a medium-light body.

Drinkability is very good, with a nice tart/sweet fruit combo. It could use more funk but has great acidity. Excellent.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy light orange in color with a 1 finger white head that has good retention.

Smell is good. Fresh lemon and lemon rind are forward over a substantial amount of vinegar. There are some very light hint of citrus hops before a good oak presence finishes the aroma.

Taste is great. There is a fresh lemon like tartness forward in the brew that keeps it incredibly refreshing and crisp. There is a mild straw like malt flavor before a fruity tart and sweet flavor comes in at the end brew.

Mouthfeel is great, crisp refreshing and tart. Everything have come to expect in a good sour and more.

Photo of tastybeer
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

Glowing amber orange under an off white small but bubbly head. Aroma is lovely. Bright, floral and juicy pitted fruits/fresh peaches and apricots, and a tropical kind of refreshing tartness that permeates the nostrils. Nice doughy malts underneath. Taste is also very refreshing, sour but rounded out with lightly sweet fruit. Very dry and snappy throughout. Clean, fruity, tart, balanced, and extremely drinkable. The hops work great with their sour base beer here.

Photo of shaunyq
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Delightfully tart. Subtle pickup of the Amarillo hops. Yeah, I'd drink this one again. And again.

Photo of jminsc76
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've indulged this on tap a couple of times, once at Steingarten LA, the other at Library Alehouse. Delicious. This review will pertain to bottle.

Into a tulip, pours a white frothy head atop a dark golden body, exhibiting tinges of amber. Thicks legs as I tilt, lots of foamy lacing down the side.

Aromas of peach, citrus, and mild Brett funk, the latter just enough to create an edginess to the bouquet. Intense, and wonderfully complex.

Incredibly tart flavors including peaches (and cream), apricot, mild funk, with a nice crispness on the finish. Complex and smooth, though as it warms a tad bit of vinegar does begin manifesting, reminding me greatly of Rodenbach.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a rich fullness I speculate is based from the hops.

Overall, among the best sours I've consumed. Highly drinkable, very smooth, fruity, tart, well-balanced, with the citrus dovetailing perfectly with the dried-hops. For all that, however, I could probably only consume two per sitting, as the combination of hops and funk appears to knock the taste buds out cold. Who would've thunk it?

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle $8.99 I've had this before on tap and it was much better but this was still good. The bottle notes that it changes every time they brew it so maybe it has a lot of batch to batch variation. Very light orange color and a sour smell that morphs into hops. The taste is very fruity like an odd peach or tropical fruit but still sour. This has A lot less glue qualities (unfortunately) than I remember on tap but it's worth the price tag. Very unique flavors and the hops seem to be the reason.

Photo of kkleu357
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light orange color with a white head. The aroma is funky lemons and oranges, pineapple, papaya and some tartness. I get a ton of tropical fruit flavors in addition to the expected tartness/sourness. The flavor is heavy on the sour oranges, but I also get a lot of the other tropical fruit that I got in the aroma. The beer is juicy tasting, but very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice sour beer.

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon’s Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy orange-copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with large amounts of tart citrus aromas. Also present are slight amounts of tropical fruit hops and slighter amounts of funk.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Medium to light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately tart fruits – berries and pears if I had to choose, although it’s not terribly close to either one. Joining in midway through the sip are bright citrus hops that fade out into a moderately tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I had to have this beer again after being a big fan of it from the bottle, and it didn’t disappoint. The slight age does temper the the hops a bit, I'd be interested to see how this tastes in a year or two, although I can't imagine it getting better. Well worth a shot however you find it.

Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle served cold into a NB goblet.

Le Terroir is one of New Belgium's Lips of Faith beers that has been on-tap only for a while and I've always wanted to try it so it's exciting to finally see it in bottles.

Appearance is hazy golden orange color with thick creamy head. It settles slowly with a little lace left behind.

Aroma is immediately impressive. It first I get a great big hit of amarillo hops which has some nice citrus. Then, the sour starts to show itself but more subtle than the hops.

Flavor is really pretty special and unique as well. The sour/tart flavors of grapefruit and other tropical fruits come forward the most but there's a lot of depth and complexity. Despite all of the flavors, the balance is very nice for a sour ale.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with appropriate carbonation.

Overall really excellent. Similar in chacter to La Folie but much milder and easier to enjoy a full serving. Much enjoyed.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from Wally's. Freaking half the price of the La Folie so I thought why the hell not. Glad I picked it up.

Appearance - Pours into my Bruery Tulip with a nice dark golden, hazy color. About a half finger of slight white head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing (very slight) around the edges of the glass.

Smell - What an odd combination! A mixture of [obviously] Amarillo and Cascade hops reach me first, and then you smell some great barnyard funk, tart, and sour notes. The citrus and hops combination is quite unique and I can't wait to taste this.

Taste - Again, how crazy! This mixture is just making me happy. A hoppy initial blast from the previously mentioned hop varieties, which fades into an utter tart, lip smacking sour flavor. Tropical fruits, green apples, and lemons. Damn complex. NB is constantly impressing me as of late.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied, prickly carbonation, finishes a hint dry and bitter?

Drinkability - VERY easy to drink. The combination of the hops and sour makes the beer just a joy to drink. And as mentioned earlier, I have no idea why this is so much cheaper than the other sours from NB seeing as this is aged for 2 years (I'm not sure about the process for the others so that may be why the price is increased - will look into this). I am buying more of these ASAP. Freaking great.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mavajo for this bottle.
Poured into a Cantillon glass.

A: Amazing golden color with excellent clarity. It reveals an orange hue when held up to the light. There is a thick one finger head that hangs on for dear life. Great retention and solid lacing.

S: The nose begins with an excellent bouquet of citrus filled hops. There are also some of the typical sour fruit notes found in american wild ales; apples, grapes, and lemon peel. The funky side of things is tame, but present. Wafts of barnyard, leather, and mustiness creep in at the edges. It smells very well balanced.

T: The taste does not let down as the hops jump to the foreground; grapefruit and orange goodness brace the palate. That quickly eases into a very tart lactic acid bite that leaves me chewing on air. The barnyard is quite muted, with only a hint of freshly baled hay and leather boots. It finishes dry and very clean.

M: Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Light; in that it doesn't coat the palate, but rather scrubs it dry.

O: I found this to be a very interesting take on the American wild ale. Sour enough to earn the label and the American hop varieties bring a new element into play. It would be interesting to see how this beer ages as the hops fade and the funk grows. Cheers to New Belgium. This beer alone makes me wish they distributed to NYC!

Photo of biga7346
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011, poured into oversized tulip (taken from drunken notes)

A: Golden, straw like color, looks cloudy

N: Fresh citrus and oily hop aroma blast, bubblegum, rock candy; fresh pineapple, orange zest, tangy tropical fruit aromas like kiwi, all pinned against a brett funkiness.

T/M: Smooth carbonated sourness, velvet-like and rollicking along the palate; heavy on the tangy fruits and citrus-like hop character, fresh pineapple, tangerine, more of the orange zest; a great Champagne-like spritziness. Not hop-forward by any stretch but they are definitely present and it's an interesting interplay between the puckering tartness and the hop character

D: Love this beer and would love to see dry-hopped sour beers become the new barrel aged imperial stout.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Peach/amber, a little hazy. Nice fat white head.
smell: Wow, what a nose. Mango, citrus, maybe some strawberry with a little spice. A hint of sweet something, maybe molasses, plus just a touch of funk. Damn.
taste: Not quite the heights reached by the nose but damn tasty. Peachy/mango with a little funk.
overall: No idea this was gonna be this badass. Delish.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crisp peach color with a decent sized, light, foamy, soapy, fluffy, white head. Nice retention leaving a decent lacing.

S - Wonderful fruity and funky aroma. Peach, mango, citrus, touches of apple/pear, and tangerine. Slight funky/barnyard aroma and a sour touch to the sweet fruit.

T - Strong tart fruit flavors. Peach, apricot, mango, etc. along with some orchard fruit. Quite tart (more than the nose suggested) and slightly sour. Only a subtle funk. Hops compliment the fruitiness with a nice citrus flavor. A slight sweetness and berry flavor. Only a vague woody aspect. Not overly vinegary but does has a slight vinegar aspect.

M - Lighter body with average carbonation. Quiet smooth.

D - Very nice and drinkable sour. Mixes tart and sweet flavors nicely with subtle hints of other aspects. Hop flavors compliment the tart and sweet fruitiness quite well.

Notes: Really nice sour and at a pretty good price point for a sour. Nice balance and the hops really add a nice subtle something. Barrel aging adds another subtle aspect. Great fruity flavors and tartness. Well done sour.

Photo of JLeege
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/30/11, Poured into a chalice

Appearance- Pours a clear orange color with about a finger of dense off white head. Decent retention and a little lace.

Smell- A discernable funk upon opening the bottle. Lots of citrus notes from the dry hopping. Grapes, a little cider, some grassiness. Tart and vibrant. Great aroma.

Taste- Acidic throughout, but not over the top sour. Good balance. Fuzzy peach up front leading into strong lemony and pineapple notes. Nice funk, with an earthiness popping up towards the finish. Slight vinegar, apple, and vanilla. A little bitterness from the hops is noticed at the end, leading into a dry, clean finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium/light body, medium carbonation. Fairly sticky, yet pretty refreshing. Sour, but it drinks almost too quickly.

Overall- Another nice sour from New Belgium, they seem to have this down pat! The Amarillo addition adds a nice extra dimension of citrus, creating a great balance of sweet and sour, juicy and dry. One of the more affordable sours out there too!

Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 2,023 ratings.