Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing
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4.3/5 rDev 0%
On-tap at Stone yesterday.
Mildly hazy amber with orange highlights and a thin white head that recedes to a ring rather quickly. The nose is rich and conplex, sour with berries, strawberries, plums and a mildly peachy character. The characteristic New Belgium acetic character is present, and the combination of the sourness and the sweetness is excellent. I also get a bit of a citrus character
The palate opens plenty sour and acetic with a lot of red wine vinegar with the fruity raspberry/strawberry character quite strong. Deliciously rich, the combination of sweetness and acidity is quite excellent. Fairly complex. If this beer was dry hopped, it really doesn't show much on the palate. Medium in body with moderate carbonation and a drying, acetic finish, this beer is enjoyable. While the acetic character can be a bit high, the one glass I got was thoroughly enjoyed.
Edit 05 Oct 2013.
Finally getting to revisit this. Bottle from new seasons.
Fruitier and sweeter with a blend of citrus , peach and nectarines with a relatively clean lactic sourness , this is decent. Acetic character is low. Lemon rind sourness is also present, along with some bitterness. The palate is juicy, fruity and moderately sweet, with honey, nectarines , citrus and lemon juice. Decent. 3.5 3.5/3.5
11-08-2009 01:23:38 | More by DefenCorps
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
Hazy light amber colour with virtually no head. Fine given the sourness.
Nice, tart aroma with notes of lemon, moderately intense funk and a hint of herbal character. Nice.
Served in a Rogue XS chalice this is one hell of a beer. Sour, funky and full of Brett character. The tartness presents as lime and under-ripe peach. There is also a hint of sweet cherry in the background that provides a hint of balance. Nicely crafted and very, very delicious.
Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Spritzy but it works.
A really, solid Wild Ale. I love the balance combined with the intensity. Great.
07-01-2011 21:40:40 | More by dgilks
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
04-09-2011 20:18:13 | More by gford217
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
A: Pours a clear golden/orange color color. A two finger white head quickly forms. The foam gently recedes and leaves some light lace.
S: I love the aroma. Tart fruits all the way. Like a tart tropical fruit punch. Pineapple, peach, apples. Some wood/barrel character comes in toward the end, along with a bit of sweetness.
T: Tart and acidic pineapple. Wood and some sweetness. For the most part just full on pineapple juice. I like it a lot.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp, clean, very dry, and refreshing. So easy to drink. All day with this one. Especially during a hot day.
This is excellent. One of the most fruit dominate beers I have had. Add the tartness and the complexity of the wood makes for a great beer. Well done New Belgium, and highly recommended.
04-21-2011 23:39:11 | More by champ103
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
A: poured a yellowish brown in color with orange highlights which had a nice half finger of head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.
S: Mango madness struck on the first whiff which also had bretty funky notes, a bit of passion fruit character and a hint of vinegar.
T: the mango fruitiness was also dominate on the palate alongside, passion fruits, oaky character, funky bretty flavors, and some good tart qualities.
M: the brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a fruity, oaky, bretty, sticky, and tart finish.
D: very interesting beer thast was drinking quite well and is probably one of my favorites from the lips of faith line.
11-20-2011 22:23:48 | More by Gobzilla
4/5 rDev -7%
On tap at Burger. in Santa Cruz. POurs an opaque tangerine bronze color with a sticky white head. Aroma is lemons and unripe berries, blackberries in particular come to mind, seedy and tart. Flavor is acidic unripe fruits, citrus and berries, something subtly herbal, lemonhead candy, slight honey malts in the finish, very dry and tart. Palate is very nice but I'm somewhat underwhelmed by the depth of flavor. Reminds me a lot of unsweetened lemonade. Still a good beer.
07-06-2011 01:08:30 | More by illidurit
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
Enjoyed at the 1st Annual Brass Hat Brewing Brewfest in Watertown, CT, this little beauty from the bomber shows a somewhat cloudy straw-yellow brown color with a decent frothy white head and very healthy lacing. The aroma impresses you immediately with lemon-bread, skunky yeast and a little sweet bubblegum. I like it and the sour invitation is compelling. The flavor again echoes the lemon sharpness detected by the nose but there's also some peachy vinegar and some vanilla biscuit. Bitter but perfectly drinkable for the style. It's medium-light bodied with lively carbonation and a light, crisp feel. Once again, this Lips of Faith series is really translating the Belgian ideas into accessible American lingo that I thoroughly enjoy. While it's a little different from the couple of European leaders I have sampled, it stands well with them in my mind. Enjoy this if you find it!
09-19-2011 19:11:45 | More by Durge
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
Orange gold, with quite a big frothy head for these New Belgium sour beers. Aromas of citus, citirc acid, oak, vanilla, fruit, and berry. Taste is funky and cidery, butmore fruity than the Foedre or the love. get lots of cherry, and maybe some grape. A bit of sunflower seedin the back their too, with a nice hint of leather pulling it together. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth medium. Drinkability remains high. Excellent.
09-24-2008 17:40:40 | More by francisweizen
4.3/5 rDev 0%
22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to beerwolf77 for tracking this one down for me! I still cannot believe this did not come to my area.
(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color that produced a nice frothy yellow to white colored head with great retention. Some lace.
(S)- A nice dry, almost earthy citrus (peach & orange) profile. Some tart/sour characters in the background. Some floral aspects and a subtle band-aid like brett on the finish.
(T)- A really nice combination of acidic sour citric fruits (peach, lemon, orange) with a dry lightly earthy funk. Finishes with a fairly assertive sour acidity.
(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Nicely sour with a good fruit profile. The acidity is assertive but oh so welcomed in my opinion.
(D)- A solid to great wild ale. A great acidity, while not being over-the-top in your face sour. A good fruit profile too. An easy drinker as well; great for how nice it is becoming outside!
04-13-2011 00:21:44 | More by sweemzander
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
This beer was room temp and poured a cloudy, dirty tangerine orange in color with a slight off white head. The aromas punch you right in the nose. It was a mix of oranges, grapefruit, lemon, freshly cut apples, grass, and sour APRICOTS. Oh man this beer smells delicious! It didn't have the stomach acid aromas that some wilds get. I'm already really impressed, especially considering all of New Belgium's other wilds have let me down. The flavor is heavy on the sour apricot which I absolutely love. If I tried this "blind" I could mistake it for an Apricot lambic or even a geueze. In fact, it is very, very close to Hanssens geueze. It drinks smoothly and leaves a nice level of fruity tartness on the palate. As wilds go, this is very, very drinkable. Trying it at room temp was a good idea. I came in pessimistic but was really impressed by this beer. I kind of wish I would've snagged another while in Chicago. Hopefully it'll make it to Indiana soon.
03-13-2011 17:35:32 | More by aasher
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
Misty, toasted golden bodied with a skim of off-white suds. Retention is modest, lacing a bit better.
The first few whiffs bring a toasted grain and mango-citric hopping. An earthiness quickly seeps in, adding woody notes. Then the sour tones arrive in full, with vinegar, pineapple juice, apple cider, Chardonnay, and tart mixed berries. Further on, it seems to shape-shift between its hoppy and sour persona each time the nose nears the glass. It's a varied and interesting nose, but it could be more explosive.
Sour grabs hold of the cheeks right away. Tart cherries, raspberries, and pineapple. Toasty malt act as a canvas, and collects the barrel notes as it goes along. The sourness dives into balsamic vinegar and iron-rich blood, then brightens towards under-ripe mangoes and papaya, as the hops enter the fray. They also bring pine and lemon peel, before being reabsorbed by the prevailing tartness.
Medium-full bodied, given spark by the tiny, persistent buzz of CO2. This, along with the kaleidoscopic array of flavors keeps it hugely drinkable and involving.
The Lips of Faith series is wildly inconsistant, but offerings like this keep me eagerly awaiting the next one.
04-27-2011 08:20:37 | More by cokes
4.19/5 rDev -2.6%
on draft at sams in Durham. new Belgium snifter.
pours a hazy orange with a slight head. smell is a bit muted, but definitely sour and even a bit hoppy. taste is very tart at first but dies quickly. slight bitterness even on the back end and you do feel the remaining sourness on the back of your tongue. very balanced. medium bodied, medium carbonation.
overall an excellent sour!
10-20-2013 16:14:36 | More by Axnjxn
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip.
A: Almost completely clear amber body with a finger of coarse white head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad.
S: Pungently sour, with lemon and white grape floating above a solid foundation of lactic sourness. I'm not getting any hops, but I'm fine with the serious sourness.
T: Nowhere near as sour as the nose promised, but still amazing. Peach, pineapple, lemon, and zesty citric tartness. Funking awesome.
M: Smooth, light body; almost no carbonation. The sourness really shines, but I'd still like some more life.
O: Terrific sour, especially for the money. I'll be drinking it again for sure.
06-10-2011 18:38:46 | More by woosterbill
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
a: served in appropriate glassware, the beer is a clear golden in color with a light, wispy layer of carbonation on the surface
s: a subtle, cleanly grainy base sits under a strong wild presence, lots of sour-tart cherries, nice oak, musty fruits, some lemon rind, lots of funky-fruity complexity here, the hops come through really well - appropriate level for the style with a great citrus note
m: carbonation lively, on the high moderate range, with a light-medium body
t: clean pale grain body with overriding currents of tartness and funk, hugely sour, musty tart cherry, light oak, lemon peel, drying in the finish with sour crabapple, just a dash of juicy citrus hop, very nice stuff but unfortunately not quite as complex as the aroma profile
o: a quality wild ale no doubt, plenty of interesting funk and fruit while not sacrificing drinkability, the aroma is huge and really lifts my opinion of this one
draft at Falling Rock, Denver
03-26-2011 04:22:28 | More by blackie
4.43/5 rDev +3%
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.
02-19-2011 05:50:31 | More by ArrogantB
Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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