Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 2,022
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rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Little patches of lace around the glass on the drink down. Smells of spicy hops, apricot/peach, mango, and slight funk/must. Taste is of fermented peach/mango, vinegar, funk/must, with the spicy hop flavors coming through on the finish. There is a sour and spicy feel on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. A bit sticky in the mouth. Overall, this is a really awesome wild ale and one of the best Lips Of Faith beers. I only bought one because I wasn't too sure how a dry-hopped wild would pan out but I am going to stock up on these for sure.

Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a short pure white head that fades quickly.

Nose is an assertive and unique fruity pine. There is a light sour orange/sour tangerine character in the nose.

Mouthfeel is bright and medium sour with a wonderful acidic and sour quality. Very drinkable and inviting.

Flavors on this one really rock. Assertive lightly sour and acidic tangerine, sour apricot and oranges. Loads of citrus flavors with a very consumer friendly sour character.

This is a very well made beer; a really nice sour right now and one that should be tried fresh and enjoyed before we all jump to age it. It will likely age well but perhaps lose some of that wonderful tangerine/orange/apricot fruit character. One of my favorites of the Lips of Faith Series. I really like this one.

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish orange in color and does not have any visible carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface that quickly faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is quite sour and has some hints of citrus from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink for the style because it’s not too sour.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to coryking for getting this bottle out to me. Thanks as well to rmalinowski4 for getting me a bottle to cellar. Served in a snifter.

Pours a cloudy peach color with a thin white head and a bit of lacing. The nose contains strawberry seeds, hints of cherry, and a sour lactic presence. Mild earthiness there as well. The flavor has a bit of strawberry and cherry, which are followed up by a mild sourness and a slight amount of funk. Don't really smell or taste any of the dry hopping here. Light fruit throughout and in the finish, going along with some mild sourness. Pretty good; interested to see how this one ages out.

Photo of brentk56
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color; the head is not too much to write home about but it stll leaves a fair bit of lacing

Smell: Tart tangerine, with a floral range of tropical fruit (pineapple, grapefruit and mango); underneath, there is a distinct sourness as well as a hint of oak

Taste: Tart citrus from the outset, with the tangerine and tropical fruit flavors adding a sweet balance underneath; by mid-palate, the sour elements take over and dominate after the swallow; still, there is a lingering sweetness underneath as well as some vanilla from the oak, both of which add intriguing balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; puckering feel from the sour elements

Drinkability: Rather unique among sours, it makes you wonder why other brewers don't experiment with a west coast hop addition to their sour brews

Photo of BEERchitect
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at The Festival of Barrel Aged Beer in Chicago. Listed as a Flanders Red, it was described as, " Belgian amber ale aged in wine barrels w/ resident bacteria, then dry-hopped with Amarillo hops." If it sounds good, you can imagine how it tasted. The color is a rust - peach color with a haze. Good head retention that settled to a film over the alcohol and barrel aging. Aromas are of sour cherries, cider, a tart merlot, molassas, musky and complex. The flavors reaffirm the aromas. Throw in a touch of cocoa, raspberries, cranberries, nutty, and woody. Aged for richness and boldness keeps the beer from becoming overly sour or tart. Never astringent or off-putting. The texture is shy of creamy. Thinning from alcohol, low carbonation, and tartness. Lighty vineous in the bitter finish. The amerillo hops really help balance the sweet.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this didn't quite live up to the hype for me. a cool sour, highly prized, and finally scored. it pours a clearish orangey resin color with a good inch or so of just off white foam. the nose on it s quite sweet, and this beer is in fact a sweet and sour package. starts sweet in both taste and nose. mango and peach are obvious, possibly from the hops, possibly from something else. the sour part is the second half, lactic and puckery, but not as intense as it might be. its a good late summer palate, and a much more mild type of sour than I was expecting, and certainly when compared to la folie. bright fruit and sour go well together, but I found this a touch too sweet. it hurt my teeth and left my mouth feeling strange, like eating too many sour patch kids. dry as dry champagne too. the carbonation is nice though, and the body is right on medium. I am glad I had some friends to share this with, a whole bomber would have been too much.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a clear light amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of fruity notes of peaches and mango with light tart undertones is quite unique. Taste is quite unique with subtle fruity notes of mango and peaches with very nice fruity ester with some well balanced tart notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. It is a wonder the aroma that was created using hops; this is definitely a beer I will seek again.

Photo of Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a slightly hazy copper orange color with a soapy white head. Very scattered lacing and thin retention. The smell of the beer is earthy, slightly tart, some cherry notes and oak. The taste of the beer is very tart, far more sour than all the other "sour" ales that New Belgium makes. There is more cherry in the flavor with some vinegar. The mouthfeel is pretty good, drinkable and light bodied nice carbonation. Overall this beer is good, the hops have faded but the sour notes are what seem to me as their peak. Really nice beer.

Photo of largadeer
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Stone, drank this as a palate-cleanser alongside several vintages of Stone IRS. Poured into a tumbler, the beer appears a murky, hazy orange. The head is small and disappears quickly. The nose is funky and fruity, musty brett alongside aromas of plums and ripe strawberries. There's a ton of acetic acid, some lactic sourness and a touch of sweetness. The ripe fruit character pairs beautifully with the acetic sourness. The taste opens with a ton of lactic sourness and fruity sweetness. Strawberries, vinegar and a faintly herbal hop flavor come out in the mid-palate, with a bit of grain flavor beneath the sourness. The finish is sharp and very vinegary, more than I generally like, but this is really enjoyable in small quantities.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh good Gawd what do we have here. Much thanks to the kind soul from AZ who sent this one my way. I had been waiting forever to try this one and now I have another I can cross off my list. 22 oz bomber, this one was served chilled and poured into a snifter.

Very cloudy orange tinted amber color coming forward. A light head of white graces the top for all but a few moments before it settles down to nothing more then some token side glass lacing. The aroma though is where this all began for me. Rich, deep funk. The sourest vinegar like notes I have come across in some time. I just had to go in for a taste. Lip puckering is a whole new thing for me. I thought I had tasted sour before, and I was wrong. This is tart fruit at its best. Light touch of apples perhaps, but mostly that draw dropping, lip puckering, sour flavor that you only get on the best of days. Rich feel, medium bodied with a light touch of carbonation that gave it a good all around approach. Not sure the abv but around 6 would be my guess, leaving this one to be super drinkable as well.

Overall as solid as could be. This was insanely well put together and easily that most sour beer i have come across in months, if not years. Not to be messed with, you need to seek this one out.

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 emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely happy to finally see this bottled, it's been about 3 years since first trying it at a fest then waiting for this day.

Hazy saturated orange body, effervescent carbonation rises from below. The offwhite eggshelll foam has a creamy texture, and laces in delicate patterns against the glass.

Aroma is very fruit dominated, and not by any single one. Peach, lemon, starfruit, lime, mango... it's an intoxicating tropical melange. Some contrasting oak and fresh yogurt notes are there too, lending some harmonizing 'wild' elements without getting too funky.

Flavor is moderately puckering, tart and verging on lemony sour. Some very light orange wafer cookie malt sweetness is there around the edges to contrast, with dry tannic bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is light, yet scrubs the palate clean. Hop elements are present though indistinct in the mix, lending some possible leafy orange tea notes, and residual bitterness. Dry hopping lends to the aroma only though, not the taste.

Le Terroir is a unique Wild Ale, fruit-forward and quenching, only moderately tart. Should appeal to a wide audience without losing any street cred.

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

A: A cloudy yellow-orange color with a bit of white foam.

S: Very fruity, too many fruits to identify, tartness, and a bit of earthy funk.

T: Very nice tartness up front, a mild sweetness, both of which are fruity. The finish is quite earthy and woody. Very complex and interesting flavors.

M: Somewhat light in body, low-moderate carbonation, dry.

D: The combination of sweet, sour, and earthiness makes this beer very fun to drink.

Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of head.

S - It smelled funky with some barnyard-like smells. Peach aromas with some other sweet/sour fruits.

T - Sour fruits - apple, peach and cherry with a good spice bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice wild ale. I'm glad it finally made it into my hands/beer glass!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange-gold body with a medium-sized, near white head. Tiny splattering of lace.

Smell: A pleasant, inviting aroma of tart, fresh tropical fruits, top-notch vinegars, and a thin vein of lactic acid.

Taste: Tart and acidic immediately from the get-go. Incredibly mild sweetness flashes past. Lightly lactic activity. Sips of citrus vinaigrette prepared with bitter oranges, lemons, and grapefruits (and even pineapple). Hints of berries and that sweet-n-sour sauce you get at Chinese restaurants, minus the whole gloopy sweetness. Drop of vanilla flavoring. Modestly earthy. Maybe a low level of bitterness, but, mainly, it's heavy on the throat-scalding tartness and acidity, until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Lightly carbonated, but yet with a noted crispness to it.

Overall: Tasty, tropical, refreshing, and a nice compliment to a warm Sunday afternoon. An interesting sour. I dug it.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to jl28r1 for this bottle!

Damn French and its crazy pronunciations... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly murky golden amber topped by a finger or so of kinda fluffy white sea foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, orange rind, lime, pineapple, ruby red grapefruit, sour watermelon, currants, and a touch of peach. It's a tart, fruity wonderland in my nose. I believe there's also a hint of mild mint and pine in there too. The taste is pretty similar, but with the sourness pumped up significantly. It's not necessarily mouth-puckering but it's more than palpable, lemme tell ya. Still dominated by fruit, though a bit of hoppy goodness does make it through the produce stand and onto my 'buds. Unfortunately, it's not as easy to pick out the individual fruits now. Still pretty tasty, though. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, good times all-around here. Thankfully this is one relatively readily-available sour that does not disappoint.

Photo of Kegatron
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. From notes. Enjoyed in the fall of 2011.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a thin, roughly ¾ of a finger’s worth, of bright-white froth. This retrains at about the same level, throwing up a rich cascade of spotty lacing which slowly drips down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of ripe tropical fruit, pine, grapefruit, woody edges, and a funky and slightly acidic sour kick in the back of the nostrils. A touch of warmth is present here in the nose as well.

The taste has a sour bite throughout that leaves this dry and acidic feeling in the finish. The profile is rounded out by some still green bitterness and even a semblance of softer tropical fruit notes (mainly pineapple) that hang on the edges and mingle with some gentle sugars from the malt. The finish is fairly aggressive here, with a mix of earthy tartness, woody tannins, and some leftover pine from the hops all lingering with some strength. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively creamy sharpness that jumps the flavors around in the mouth. The underbelly of the feel here has more of a slick and slippery feel to it from that combo of hops and wood, which aids in all of that tannic sourness going smoothly across the palate.

This was pretty was pretty nice and I really liked what those American hops brought to this despite the age on the bottle. I can only imagine how much this beer popped when fresh. I’ll definitely be seeking this one out again next times it’s released, as it’s a great example of how well hops can still compliment a sour beer.

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

Had at SMBDC growler/bottle tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Very light fizzy head, semi hazy golden carrot orange yellow color.

N: Nice sour malts, touch of sour fruit, some semi bitter fruity aromatic hops as well, light malty backbone.

T: Wow, Hawaiian Punch! Fruit juice to start, sour malts, sour tart fruit, citrus fruit, tropical fruits, tons of fruit, light tingly sour and touch of lactic acid, bit spicy hops, mouth watering tart. Finishes with light dry feel, lingering tart fruit and sour malts, tropical hops.

M: Med bodied, decent carbonation.

O: Great beer, fruity deliciousness, tart sour fruit, tropical hops, blended well, drinkable and delicious.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In the world of wild ales, this is more a somewhat tame one. Leather and barnyard tones. Mostly leather with a minimal hint of the barn. This is okay. I don't know if this was meant to be aged in order to bring out more character, but I feel like it could be bringing a lot more, but just isn't. Glad to try it, but not really doing anything for me. I prefer La Folie over this one.

Photo of mactrail
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Complex sour with tropical aromas.

Nice lacy appearance in the chalice with good carbonation in the mouth. What is that suddenly familiar aroma? I flashed on cutting a passion fruit in half and smelling it. More nose of pineapple guava. Tart profile is obvious from first dip of the tongue, but has a real underpinning of interesting tastes. Not exactly rich, but complexity includes some malt as well as the well balanced hops. Not overly bitter, but more like a green sour apricot taste. Hops and sour funk in the back of the mouth, like candied grapefruit peel.

One of the best and most interesting beers I've tried this year. I'm a big fan of New Belgium, and I'm glad to find an accessible and intriguing sour. Pizza Port in San Diego (Ocean Beach) had this.

Photo of russpowell
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up during my trip to Colorado...

Pours honey colored with 1 finger+ of ivory colored head. No lacing or head retention

S: Orchard fruit, grassyness & a touch pineapple & barnyard, Tropical fruit dominates as this warms

T: Sourness, a touch of stale/soured pineapple juice, faint grassyness up front. Pineapple & mango mix with tartness & acidity as this warms, sourness picks up a bit too. Finishes with a mixture of grapefruit, dryness & soured pineapple juice

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly lively carbonation, nicely balanced

Super refreshing/tart wild that really ramps up the sourness/tartness the warmer it gets

Photo of kojevergas
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Currently #199 on the Top 250 list. I love La Folie, so expectations are high. Reviewed as a "Dry hopped sour ale." 2013 vintage. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with ornate label art and branded red pry-off cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. 7.5% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness. Okay creaminess. No real frothiness. I can get some lacing on the sides of the glass when I tilt it, but none sticks. Head retention is average - ~2 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper-orange. Quasitransparent; you can't read text through it but a close finger is visible. Nice glowing vibrance. It's got a warm hue.

Overall, it's within style conventions, and while not unique or special, is quite appealing. There are no obvious flaws here. Looking forward to trying it

Sm: Has a nice lactic sourness; I only find lactobacillus - no lambic yeast. Hints of controlled bacteria are evident; it's a better sourness than you'd find in most American sours, but it still has the clinical clean feel that betrays an absence of true spontaneous fermentation, so it doesn't quite compete with the good Belgian sours. Maybe some brettanomyces, but any funkiness is hardly present. I also pick up some gose-like saltiness. Vinegar. Straw, clean barley, pilsner malts, grassiness, tart lychee. Sour apple - especially as it warms. Pear. It's a bit saison-esque in its build (if you'll forgive the pretension inherent in that phrasing). I do get some light citrusy touches along with some floral notes - no doubt the dry-hopping coming to play; it's a nice effect. Hints of oak. A bit cidery. Musky.

Overall, it's an inviting aroma of moderate strength. I'm really looking forward to trying it. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Has a lovely streak of lactobacillus-induced lactic sourness along with more subtle hints of a controlled bacterial sourness. A bit of brettanomyces funk, I guess - but lacto is the dominant yeast. Some lemon peel, pear, sour orchard apple, salt, and pilsner malts. Lychee. Sour/mandarin oranges. Hints of citrusy zest and floral notes are imparted by the timid hops. Some lime surfaces as it warms. The oak/barrel notes are subtle, perhaps even reticent.

Luckily, I'm not finding the tropical fruit notes that other reviewers have noted; I'm very happy there's no pineapple here. It's not puckerworthy, per se, but it's got a good sourness to it. Lightly tart; I could use a bit more tartness. Some acetic notes would do it well as well. A bit of crystal malt.

Sweetness/sourness/bitterness balance is superb.

No alcohol comes through.

The dry-hopping works well here, but I think mostly because it's so timid. The hops complement but don't distract - sourness is still the star here.

It's a well balanced sour ale with plenty of complexity and subtlety. It's quite cohesive, and even flirts with a gestalt build but never quite gets there. The blending is well executed; it doesn't feel too young nor too old. Good depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

As it warms, some peach and apricot appear.

Mf: Crisp, lightly spritzy, nicely carbonated (if overly so), and refreshing. Has a good smoothness/coarseness balance, with enough coarseness to accentuate the many flavours but enough smoothness to maintain its light presence on the palate. Wet. Very approachable and pleasant. Fairly acidic. Complements the flavour profile quite well. Excellent thickness and body; brewed to style. A bit sticky.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, hot, harsh, boozy, or syrupy.

Dr: A highly drinkable sour ale that masks its ABV impressively well. I'm really glad I got the chance to try it, but it isn't clearly superior to La Folie as some have asserted. It's very fairly priced for the quality and may be one of the best American sours, but I can't say it's in the league of superior Belgian sours.

I'll have no trouble murdering this whole bottle myself, and I'm glad I was greedy with this one. I'll definitely snatch up any bottles I see in the future, but in all honesty I may prefer La Folie, and I do think that this beer's limited availability combined with nostalgia during periods in which it's unavailable is driving up the ratings.

Absolutely worth trying, and undoubtedly great, but not mind-blowing. I'd recommend this to friends and trade partners. It certainly deserves to be in the top 250, and I think that says it all. I'd be very curious to try this aged, or to try a different batch. I sure wish I had a few more bottles for my own stash.

Drank very well from Cantillon stemware.

Would pair well with salad.

Serve chilled.

Low A-

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2014: Papaya. Crackery malts. Oak ties it together. 4-5/10 sourness intensity.

B+

Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Sheffield's pre-FoBAB party. Served in New Belgium tulip glass.

A - A murky dark orange color. One finger of off-white foam that dissipates to a mostly solid cap and thick ring. There's a little bit of lacing too.

S - Big sour acetic vinegar character, some sweet bretty funkiness, a touch of pediococcus lactic flavor, and some light floral and citrus hop notes. It really comes alive as the brew warms, with more barnyard coming out and an odd spicy aroma as well that I didn't dig all that much.

T - A rare beer where I find the taste is eminently better than the smell. More tart, with a lot of lemony character. Still a good amount of sour vinegar and funkiness. There's a brief hint of peachiness and then it dissolves into a light oak and Granny Smith apple finish.

M - Texture was good - my only knock was the carbonation had a little too much grit and not enough champagne style spritz. Otherwise a nice medium body with a great dry finish that has a touch of residual stickiness.

D - The 41cl(!) glass was a good serving size. I could have gone for another, but I need to save my liver for FoBAB tomorrow. Still it was hard to stop reaching for the glass. Nothing really inhibits drinkability other than having to reach for some Tums later in the evening.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Terroir, Dry Hopped Sour Ale, alc. 7.5% by Vol. La Terroir is a French term meaning "of the earth". Used to reference the environmental conditions that affect the brew, we like to think about the terroir of our folders. These wooden barrels age our sour ale in varying temperatures, humidity and vibrations. The terroir of New Belgium, so to speak. Add in another variable by dry-hopping with peachy, mango-like Amarillo hops, and we created an ale that changes every time we brew it."

Hazy, dusky peach appearance, solid, off-white head. starts big, slims down.

Aromatics cry out from the start, pungent and tart. Wild, funky flavors are matched with under-tones and tropical and citrus fruit. Sour, with traces of cat urine. But, you like that sort of thing, don't you? I love sniffing litterboxes, personally.

Tasting it: Booom-shaka-lacka! A serious thwack on the palate. Twisted, sour, and weird, but also light and refreshing! How about that? Bracingly tart on the tongue, meshed with a further fruit flavor, a more varied hoppy roundness, that caresses and calms the ravaging sourness. A crazy roller coaster ride. Merest malt, just the kiss of the hops, a flavor sensation led by the wicked yeast and the oak of the barrel. The Amarillo dry-hopping is the key, though, with that tropic fruit flavor meshing so well against the sourness of the ale. Lemon, apricot, grapefruit, mango, pineapple.

This is tasty stuff. Light bodied, but with persistent, sour, yeasty flavor, ends on a light note. Starts strong, ends soft, stays pleasantly weird and wonderful.

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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 2,022 ratings.