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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,740
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 439
Gots: 275 | FT: 24
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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005)
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Photo of FreshHawk
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crisp peach color with a decent sized, light, foamy, soapy, fluffy, white head. Nice retention leaving a decent lacing.

S - Wonderful fruity and funky aroma. Peach, mango, citrus, touches of apple/pear, and tangerine. Slight funky/barnyard aroma and a sour touch to the sweet fruit.

T - Strong tart fruit flavors. Peach, apricot, mango, etc. along with some orchard fruit. Quite tart (more than the nose suggested) and slightly sour. Only a subtle funk. Hops compliment the fruitiness with a nice citrus flavor. A slight sweetness and berry flavor. Only a vague woody aspect. Not overly vinegary but does has a slight vinegar aspect.

M - Lighter body with average carbonation. Quiet smooth.

D - Very nice and drinkable sour. Mixes tart and sweet flavors nicely with subtle hints of other aspects. Hop flavors compliment the tart and sweet fruitiness quite well.

Notes: Really nice sour and at a pretty good price point for a sour. Nice balance and the hops really add a nice subtle something. Barrel aging adds another subtle aspect. Great fruity flavors and tartness. Well done sour.

FreshHawk, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -7%

WeisGuy, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of brewandbbq
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, orangy gold. A white, somewhat porous head rose to about a quarter inch and fell fairly quick. No lacework.
The pungent, sour, funky aromatics practically lept from the bottle as I caught a whiff immediately upon pouring.
Tannin-laden fruit pulp, cider vinegar, and mustard greens clear the nostrils.
A melange of soured granny smith apples, fermented peach skins, pepper-dusted lemon pith, and cedar chips.
Plenty wild in character, with the tannins becoming more oaky in nature as the brew warms.
The lingering tart, complex nature lingers after the glass is withdrawn from the nose, leaving behind a trace of cinnamon.
The mouthfeel is thinnish and sharp. Light carbonation complements the beer without interfering with the layers of body.
The pallet is as promised by the nose- sharp and tart.
Boldly acidic but not in an offensive manner.
The complexites of the pallet come forward not at first sip, but as it lingers on the tongue and warms the back of the throat. First the sour/tart onslaught, followed by the intense citrus character.
Fermented fruit with a lactic veil.
Apple skins, peach pits, and grape stems, along with a lingering "beer on a dusty blanket" finish.
To say the finish is long would be an understatement, as the beer makes an indelible impression on the imbiber.

A remarkable beer and big thanks to Gbontrag for the opportunity.

brewandbbq, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Lips of Faith Le Terroir
Poured into a tulip glass from a bomber.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange color with some slight copper notes and a .25 inch dense had that recedes rather quickly. The head is white in leaves a thin film and ring around the glass. (4.0)

S - Hops, citrus notes and some slight funk are present in the nose. Mild fruit sweetness. There is some tartness in the nose as well mixed in with some nice grassy and citrus hop notes. Some peach and some nice tropical notes form the hops are present. (4.0)

T & M - Starts off with sharp tartness and some nice funk that is balanced off by some grassy character from the hops. Light and refreshing tartness is present with some slight vinegar hints and some nice malty grain notes. The malt is nice and bready. Fruit sweetness can also be perceived with some nice tropical notes. Peaches, some apple juice and white grape are perceived as well. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with an extremely nice dry and clean finish. (4.5)(4.5)

O - Great pick up. This is a nice wild ale example and well done with the hops. A true American wild ale at that. (4.0)

JoEBoBpr, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from Wally's. Freaking half the price of the La Folie so I thought why the hell not. Glad I picked it up.

Appearance - Pours into my Bruery Tulip with a nice dark golden, hazy color. About a half finger of slight white head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing (very slight) around the edges of the glass.

Smell - What an odd combination! A mixture of [obviously] Amarillo and Cascade hops reach me first, and then you smell some great barnyard funk, tart, and sour notes. The citrus and hops combination is quite unique and I can't wait to taste this.

Taste - Again, how crazy! This mixture is just making me happy. A hoppy initial blast from the previously mentioned hop varieties, which fades into an utter tart, lip smacking sour flavor. Tropical fruits, green apples, and lemons. Damn complex. NB is constantly impressing me as of late.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied, prickly carbonation, finishes a hint dry and bitter?

Drinkability - VERY easy to drink. The combination of the hops and sour makes the beer just a joy to drink. And as mentioned earlier, I have no idea why this is so much cheaper than the other sours from NB seeing as this is aged for 2 years (I'm not sure about the process for the others so that may be why the price is increased - will look into this). I am buying more of these ASAP. Freaking great.

SpdKilz, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden peach pour with a half inch of bubbly white head on top of the brew. Nice clarity...first sniff is tart and oaky with a mix of fruit notes jumping out. Peach/mango/citrus with some Amarillo hops still kicking in there, but they seem to have faded compared to when I have had this on draft in the past.

First sip is a mouth puckering fruit salad. Tons of citrus, peach and tropical flavors mingle with oak and some semi-sweet malts. Amarillo hops are still kicking but not as bright as I recall. Flows down with an acidic sour bite that lingers on. Well played.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. This one packs quite the sour punch but it is still quite drinkable. I think I would've liked it a bit more fresh...don't hang onto this one, drink it now if you have any left as the hops always have made this for me. A great brew overall.

orbitalr0x, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -7%

jaasen64, May 28, 2014
Photo of DerekMorgan
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

DerekMorgan, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of alleykatking
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap.

A- Pours a semi-hazed orange color with some golden highlights to it. One finger white head shows medium retention. Couple of streaks of lace on the glass but not much else.

S- Citrus hops in the front of the aroma. There is a light citrus undertone to the rest of the nose which creeps between the lactic sourness and some barnyard funk. Light green apple notes in the ending with a soured alcohol ending in the nose. Overall a nice aroma for the style.

T- The citrus hops in the front of the aroma does come in the flavor at first as well. Some soured green apple flavors come through next with hints of barnyard funk. This comes through in the middle with more of a lemony and citrus orange light sour tone. The backend of the flavor profile shows some wood notes along with a final light sour note. Piney hops show up for a split second which ends on a light alcohol tone.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Soured fruit and more soured fruit left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, soured fruit, and hints of wood. Flavor were well balanced for the style with this being not too overly sour. No off flavors were detected while it would be hard to find if there was. Heavy alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

O- This was a nice drinker overall. The sourness to this beer was never over the top and the ABV was never really a problem while drinking. I think this was left in the barrel for the perfect amount of time. Nice job New Belgium on making yet another great tasting sour.

alleykatking, May 16, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bomber, warmed up for 30 minutes or so and poured into a New Belgium Globe glass for good measure. Pour is golden and with a light white cap. Retention is a bit light and the pour is notably void of any carbonation. Manages to hold a light ring nonetheless.

Nose of citrus and earthy hops and a bit of grain. Offers an odd funky tartness given the hop profile. While interesting, it remains a bit at odds to my expectations and preference, and a bit subdued in the end.

Taste is quite tart at first and loaded with citrus oil and hop bitterness. In the end the hops and sourness clash to no end. Feel is full and thick, yet slightly to a fault as the hops detract from the 'wild' experience by forcing themselves upon you. Unlike others I think that hopping up a sour ale is sketchy business and a distinct failure in this case.

Perhaps some Noble hops might work for me, but for this I feel that I'm a victim of an experiment gone awry.

HalfFull, May 01, 2011
Photo of JohnnieNepal
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

JohnnieNepal, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle served cold into a NB goblet.

Le Terroir is one of New Belgium's Lips of Faith beers that has been on-tap only for a while and I've always wanted to try it so it's exciting to finally see it in bottles.

Appearance is hazy golden orange color with thick creamy head. It settles slowly with a little lace left behind.

Aroma is immediately impressive. It first I get a great big hit of amarillo hops which has some nice citrus. Then, the sour starts to show itself but more subtle than the hops.

Flavor is really pretty special and unique as well. The sour/tart flavors of grapefruit and other tropical fruits come forward the most but there's a lot of depth and complexity. Despite all of the flavors, the balance is very nice for a sour ale.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with appropriate carbonation.

Overall really excellent. Similar in chacter to La Folie but much milder and easier to enjoy a full serving. Much enjoyed.

GilGarp, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of Soto
4/5  rDev -7%

Soto, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -7%

Mantooth, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev -7%

Rollzroyce21, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev -7%

CraigTravor, May 15, 2014
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

JimmyFlatRock, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

MikeCactusGordon, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of ystazi
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ystazi, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Kmat10, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
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
Photo of josephwa
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

josephwa, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of papat444
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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
Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 1,740 ratings.