1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.
Lips Of Faith - Le TerroirLips Of Faith - Le Terroir

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,414 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,414
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 445
Gots: 203 | FT: 17
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,414 | Reviews: 378 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev -7%

mychalg9, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of jacewg
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jacewg, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of KVNBGRY
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

KVNBGRY, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of jvillefan
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

jvillefan, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev -7%

CraigTravor, May 15, 2014
Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -7%

jgunther71, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of ystazi
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ystazi, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

BAsbill, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of DRBiser
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

DRBiser, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

tbryan5, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of josephwa
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

josephwa, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of TimoP
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

TimoP, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

thebigredone, May 29, 2012
Photo of joe1510
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%

22oz Bomber
$9.99
Liquor World - Kankakee, IL

2013 Bottling

A soft pour produces a dusty white head with impressive silkiness. The head easily rises to a finger and head and even after settling never recedes below a thick cap. Carbonation seems to rush to the foam from every conceivable surface of glass through the russet orange body. Impressive sheet lacing sticks around after each drink.

The dry hopping consists of an abundance of candied citrus and soft tropical fruitiness. The candied citrus when combined with the sharp tartness reminds me vaguely of Sweet Tarts. Minerality in the form of wet stones and a vinous white grape like tartness. Soft but spicy oak and a semi-sharp white vinegar make up the remainder. The dry hopping qualities when combined with the overall base tartness and depth make for a mouthwatering aroma.

The flavor profile steps stride for stride with the nose. Snappy tartness, again vinous, washes over the tongue upfront. The minerality is still present but more subdued while the semi-sharp white vinegar takes over mid palate with soft but spicy oak. The finish is a sweet citrusy and tart sour just like Sweet Tarts again. The balance on the finish is nice. While there's a good amount of vinegar sharpness there's enough sweetness to somewhat balance.

A surprisingly light body body and aggressive carbonation make for a quick moving drink. The tartness hits at the sides of the tongue and takes hold on the dry finish making the salivary glands kick into high gear. This beer is tart, quenching, and incredibly easy drinking.

Le Terroir has been a favorite of mine for many moons now. The bottle doesn't stand up to draft but it's in no way shabby. A bracing vinegar tartness, fruity dry hopping, minerality, and an insatiable drinkability make for a highly enjoyable libation.

joe1510, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of CTJman
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

CTJman, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of bubseymour
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

bubseymour, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Faintly hazy orange peel liquid with a lasting smattering of ivory. Delicate lacing.

Citrus and herb laden hops in the nose, along with a vinuous floral quality from the barrel aging. Further murky complexity is aroused once the beverage warms.

Bracingly sour palate entry suggesting lemon, kiwi, pomegranate, and more. Faint rosé wine notes give way to a mild bitterness and an increasing wave of hop flavor. I'm reminded of the immense quantities of hops utilized in lambic brewing, though here, they are allowed to retain and contribute substantial flavor, making this unmistakably a domestic rendition of a traditional sour. Finishes tart, dry, and lightly mineral in nature.

Light bodied, well carbonated, spritzy, but with a touch of creaminess as well.

Another success from New Belgium's Lips of Faith series - wonderful for a hot day, so grab it while you can.

augustgarage, May 20, 2011
Photo of cadaugherty
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

cadaugherty, May 07, 2013
Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

uturn, May 12, 2014
Photo of hooliganlife
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

on tap at itap, served in a tulip

pour was a deep golden yellow with a light fizzy head.

the tap was more subtle on the hops bringing out more of the sour base. more peach than anything else. a light hint of oak. bits of sweetness.

very peach forward with light citrus fruits beneath. a very moderate sourness that was pretty consistent from start to finish. light malt backbone. hints of oak still remained.

nice tartness hits the gums. moderate carbonation and dry finish.

seeing as the dry hopping was far more subtle, this was almost different. tasted more like a fresh Eric's Ale. very good in its own way.

hooliganlife, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of anteater
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

anteater, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of brystmar
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%

Night of the Sours '11 is nearly upon us!

Golden/copper pour, plenty of white head. Strong hop aroma greets my nose right away. Peaches and other citrus follow, with tart yeast bringing up the rear.

Tart peach and citrus, interesting hop profile behind. I think the beer works pretty well, but I'm not a big fan of peaches so it only goes so far for me. And it can't touch La Folie.

brystmar, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of bbadger
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

bbadger, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of UnionMade
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours hazy gold, with a thin, receding wisp of white head. A thin collar sticks around through the whole glass, surprisingly, leaving spotty brussels lace.
Smells very fruity and perfumed. Wonderful floral hop character, with a spicy wildness and lots of apricot and peach fruitiness.
The flavor opens with a flicker of sweetness, quickly moving into dry, sour apricot. Soft peach, strawberry and green apple, as well. Lots of fruit presence in this brew, with bone-dry, moderate sourness in the finish. My eyes aren't watering like they do with some Cantillons, which is a good thing to me. Medium bodied, with buoyant, champagne-like effervescence keeping this one lively. Very finely bubbled, I'd say 320 grit. Just a trace of alcohol in the finish. I think this is terrific, and will happily buy another bottle on my next trip to the store.
New Belgium does most of their beers well, but they really seem to excel at sour ales. I'm wowed every time I try a new one, and each has it's own distinct character. This one is almost..."clean" for a wild ale.

UnionMade, May 25, 2011
Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 1,414 ratings.