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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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1,586 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,586
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 440
Gots: 249 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005)
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

CTJman, Mar 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

mpayne5, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Mantooth, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bomber into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger foamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear slightly cloudy bronze. Lacing is stringy and web-like with great stick. Outstanding for the style.

Nose is slightly tart citrus and pine with a light booziness, resin, and pineapple. Papaya puree too. Fresh, crisp and clean.

Opens citrus, lemon zest and hop bitterness. A light sweet and tart mandarin in the middle with a sap and resin hop presence. Ends bitter and tart with a zesty finish and aftertaste. Decent but the dry hop presence is a bit awkward.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down bubbly and crisp. Finishes filmy and messy with a lingering aftertaste. Solid.

A very nice beer up and down but the flavor profile combination just doesn't work for me here. Worth trying but I'm personally not that big a fan.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

ajzy, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Rollzroyce21, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

CraigTravor, May 15, 2014
Photo of Phatz
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I owe the greatest debt of gratitude to phnphilly for the opportunity to try this AMAZING beer. Thank you for sharing this with me. You are a true friend. Thanks prAna for trading with him. Keep sending sour beer ;-) I hope he keeps sharing with me!!! We had the opportunity to do a side by side with Le Terroir and it's cousin La Folie Wood Aged Beer. These Flanders Reds are spectacular. This beer, Le Terroir, is the possible the most unique beer I have had to date. A true sour beer but then hopped. generously hopped. WOW!

Appearance: Pours a peachy golden hue. Jeff was concerned the carbonation may be low but it was perfect so your bottle fill did well friend.

Smell: What a terrific complex aroma. Like La Folie it is a dominantly sour beer but it also has another dimension entirely with the dry hopping involved. It has a sweet grapefruit, hop candy aroma with the sour backbone and a peach and apricot fruit juice and sour apple attribute.

Taste: Very smooth gorgeous sour flavor that has a fruity juicy center and yet deep sour roots, with a hoppy top coat and layers of over ripe sour fruits (cherries, peaches apples) and musky wood. Delicious! Complex! Indescribable!

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with sour pokes and prods on the cheeks. The sour and the hops working together is so remarkably unique that the mix of effects on the palate keeps it very lively and active. It has a tart pucker and a dry finish but overall it is a bit puzzling. I like that. Keeps you on your toes.

Drinkability: Side by side, as a fan of truly intensely sour beer I would have to say that La Folie was more intensely sour and therefore my first choice. I believe this one may be a bit more approachable for many people, though it is still an out of this world beer. WOW! I feel honored to have had the privileged.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Feb 21, 2007
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

jplopez21, Oct 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

CoolEthan, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of papat444
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

***2013 Release***

Thanks to Kump for this.

Poured from a bomber.

Pours a nice gold body with a chill haze and spotted lacing. Aroma is fresh hops, very floral and citrusy, almost certainly Citra. I take a gulp and my senses are thrown for a loop! Vinous, white-wine like, sour and ends with citrusy hops. My taste buds were going crazy and i loved it. Meshed hoppy and sour perfectly, a win for me.

papat444, Jul 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photekut, May 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

DerekMorgan, Nov 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

tbryan5, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Fairly clear golden amber with a light white head that doesn't stick around.

S - Earthy and tart with tangerine, peach, sour apple and lemon. Some chalky sweet tart candy scents.

T - Fruity, tangerine with a bit of sweetness that quickly turns tart. Some light bready malt hidden underneath the tartness, lemon peels, earthy, chardonnay, oak and more fruit that lingers through a very dry finish.

M - Light and almost juicy with a linger tart dryness.

D - Interested if the heavy fruit comes from the dry hopping or Brett C strain. Very good.

brewcrew76, May 06, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

josephwa, Oct 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Keith_R, Oct 13, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy gold with a two finger off white head, with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has tart tangerine, apples, vinegar, and peaches.

The taste is much like the aroma. There is more vinegar taste than I thought there would be, and this beer is both sweet and tart.

Light bodied with soft carbonation, and a vinegar forward aftertaste. Not a bad effort, but not as good as the best sours. I am glad I had a chance to try this though.

hardy008, Apr 10, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

ystazi, Nov 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

BAsbill, Dec 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

CelticAleMan, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

DRBiser, Dec 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

bennetj17, Jan 22, 2013
Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,586 ratings.