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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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1,415 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,415
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 445
Gots: 203 | FT: 17
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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -7%

SocalKicks, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

RblWthACoz, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev 0%

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.

Kegatron, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

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

russpowell, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

MasterSki, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

feloniousmonk, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
2.85/5  rDev -33.7%

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.

drabmuh, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

jlindros, May 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

oline73, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of mactrail
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

mactrail, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

Mora2000, May 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

mendvicdog, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.43/5  rDev +3%

Sampled at the Falling Rock, GABF week 2008
This beer smells quite fruity and is not nearly as tart / sour as the Love that I just drank. This seems to accentuated a fruity grape like aroma here and there is also a toasted, cracker like grain note towards the finish. The fruit character is light but there are touches of apricot, tart melon and some other tropical fruit like notes. A hint of woody / spicy oak character seems to mix in with the toasted grain aromas.

The taste is pretty tart, though much softer than the Love, which allows a touch more fruit character to come through than was in the aroma. The sourness is much more lactic in focus, but still provides an ample sourness; the acidity accentuates flavors of apricot, strawberry, an incredible sour plum note, tart no make that sour melon and an interesting citrus-vinegar component. This beer is somewhat light bodied, but it does have a certain light-viscous heft to it, though it is still very quaffable; the heft is just enough to be well balanced by the sourness (if that makes sense, the sourness cuts through, yet is tempered at the same time by the body of this brew). Some faint oak flavors towards the finish provide a nice, pepper-like spice / bite. There is some acetic character here, it is light (especially compared to the Love), but really helps to add another dimension to the sourness as well as a bit more balance. This is another phenomenal beer, if not for the Love this would have had a much bigger impact upon me.

Gueuzedude, Oct 31, 2008
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4/5  rDev -7%

MarkyMOD, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow-orange, with a soft smattering of bubbles.

S: Apples, noticable hop aroma, some pine.

T: Delicious. Sour Granny Smith apple cider, apricot preserves, oranges, mixed with a light funk. A complete flavour, this beer knows what it's doing.

M: High acidity which I liked, crisp, clean finish, complex.

D: I love La Folie, but this IMO is New Belgium's best effort. A fantastic wild ale that could give Beatification a run for its money.

Halcyondays, Aug 27, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

beernads, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

Currently #199 on the Top 250 list. I love La Folie, so expectations are high. "Dry hopped sour ale." Reviewed as such. 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 make an appearance.

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 biteen 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 entire 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-

kojevergas, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%

Pours a hazy, very dark golden orange color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light and a 1.5 finger pllowy white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a thick lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with a balance of oak barrel character and floral citrus hops. The dry hopping is very prominent n the nose with lots of floral, resinous hops and a lot of sweet tropical an citrus fruit notes. Hints of grapefruit, mango and orange peel countered by a sly pine needle character. Lots of wood and vanilla character from the barrel but I'm not picking up much funk or barnyard notes. It's there underneath the other notes but pretty faint. Very unique aroma.

Medium bodied with and odd balance of tart sourness and earthy bitterness. Slightly puckering but not acidic with a sweet lingering vinegar presence in the finish. The tartness up front is accented with hints of light berries and subtle creaminess. As in the aroma, the barrel character is prominent with lots of dry earthy wood and faint vanilla notes. Also, the dry hopping adds a very strange bittersweet character which I have never encountered in the style. It adds some sticky, piny dryness to the barrel notes but also counters with lots of sweet tropical/citrus flavor. Hints of mango, orange peel and a ton of grapefruit.

This beer is really different because it starts off tart and puckering before being countered by the dry, sweet hop presence which again gives way to a lingering mouth puckering vinegary finish. I've been let down by the Lips of Faith series but this beer is a very interesting take on the style and something that I would like to drink again.

corby112, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -7%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

orangesol, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%

Heck of a beer. I'm immediately hit with a tangerine and clementine - big fruit citrus with even the peel and seeds in there. Seriously, it's like fresh fruit. There's there's a peppery-lime tang with a balanced (not too big, not too small) sour hit. This is a juicy beer, but not too thick and on the drinkable side of sours.

tempest, Jul 02, 2011
Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 1,415 ratings.