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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 466
Hads: 2,243
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 20.84%
Wants: 474
Gots: 426 | FT: 30
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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 sidetracked
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange. Good initial egg-shell white head that lingers for a bit before dissipating to just a ring. No lacing.

Strong sour aroma. White vinegar, sour apples, earthy hops, and a hint of sweet citrus. Some hop bitterness on the initial pour and after it warms more. Interesting mix of sour and bitter.

Mouth puckering sourness upfront, but settles down towards the middle. Finish is a mix of sour yeast and bitter earthy and floral hops. Not a huge hop presence but seems to balance the sourness. Nice tart finish with a lingering hoppiness.

Medium body with higher carbonation. Clean finish.

Very interesting and unique flavor that keeps me wanting more. Good level of sour flavor. Really enjoyable.

3/3/2011

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Photo of caskstrength
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap, now out of the bottle for a review. Fairly fresh, just showed up on the shelves.

Nice looking hazy neon orange with ample carbonation.

Acetic sourness with some green apple hits first. Peaches and citrus give it a tangy, hoppy vibe, even some pine shows up. I started thinking "IPA sour." Lots of brain pathways crossing on this one, a lot going on and combining tastes and smells that are usually mutually exclusive, at least in my experience.

Not overly sour, but some puckering and the lactic beats out the acetic in the mouth. (I think I would have liked this more if it were less sour, more fruity and IPA-like, like a New Glarus "sour" with a unique hoppy vibe.)

Overall, I like what they did here. Good execution on an interesting idea.

edit: had another. on second thought, I wouldn't change much. The hops had started to fade, but the beer overall is quite tasty. Upped the score some.

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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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Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, Lips of Faith series.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a big bubbly beige head that recedes quickly but leaves a clump in the middle being fed by a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom.

Aroma is initially hoppy but that's swept away by the big funky brett character and some vinegar as well. There are lots of tropical fruits underneath after the initial funk subsides with pineapples and oranges and some spicy oak.

The taste completely puckers my mouth with the first sip. Massive fruity tartness in combination with the acidity and earthy funk. After the initial sour onslaught, the toasted malts and lemony hops start to shine through, maybe some grapefruit and apricots. Finish is dry and oaky with plenty of lingering funk.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and exceptionally crisp and clean.

Overall, this is a great sour, but be prepared for the big sour blast on the palate, because if you are, you're rewarded with a complex and very drinkable beer. Big fan of this one.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into tulip.

A: Straw colored, fairly clear with slight clouding body. White head that dissipates quickly leaving wisps of lace in the middle and clinging to the edge of the glass.

N: Sour funk, almost like spoiled milk and citrus.

T/M: Citrus and funk; very dry and very citric, like lemon juice, in the forefront. Definitely a sour beer. I do not pick up on the "IPA flavors" I have had so many tell me I would find, but i do note that there part of the citric profile comes from the hops. I mostly find this beer to be very dry and very sour, which is what I like.

This was definitely an interesting and complex beer; very refreshing for a warm evening drinking on the porch or in the back yard.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Jas45678
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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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 Swillbur
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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).

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Photo of DCon
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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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 Fcolle2
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.4/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.4/5  rDev +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?

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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 ArrogantB
4.4/5  rDev +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.

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

Along with Crooked Stave, Cascade, Russian River, and Perennial's Side Project, New Belgium makes some of the finest wild ales in the country. La Folie and Le Terroir are both first rate, with the later achieving a remarkable balance of complex flavors while remaining very drinkable.

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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 Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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