Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 435
Hads: 2,058
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 458
Gots: 357 | FT: 29
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005

A sour beer barrel-aged for two years and then dry-hopped with Amarillo and Cascade hops for 8 days.
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Photo of csiewert
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice clear copper color with a finger of fizzy head that dissipated quickly.

S - dry hopped notes come out strong, along with some peaches and cherries. Definitely leads you to think this is more of a farmhouse ale.

T - wow sour... Kind of overwhelming... But at least there are no off favors like some other wild ales.

M - definitely puckering, evaporates on the tongue... No lasting negatives

O - good wild ale although it's somewhat two-dimensional... Dry hop aroma and sour... Nothing more (501 characters)

Photo of chumba526
2.67/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It appears hazy orange.

It smells really weird. There is an odd peppery spicy flavor. There is also a weird sulfuric smell. It almost smells like vomit.

It actually tastes pretty good. it is slightly sour. I get a bit of a fruity and peppery flavor. The beer is sour but it is not overly sour. It is a pretty smooth beer.

It has a crisp mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Overall it smells nasty but it tastes pretty good though it is nowhere close to being one of the best sour ales I have had. (500 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquors, unknown brewing/bottling date (2014 vintage), poured into my NEBCO Gandhi-Bot large bottom snifter and drank over 60 minutes (184 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange with a towering creamy, bubbly, and sparkling white head. Nice look.

S - Tart Cherries, peaches, malts, some citrus hops, apples.

T - Sour apple jolly ranchers - pucker up. This has a very unique sweet n' sour build and gets better after the initial smack to the jowls. Sticky mouth feel - and a sour bitter finish lingers on the tongue.

O - Very interesting brew. Glad I tried it, but not a beer I will come back to. (451 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Bought a 22oz bomber on 05/02 for $8.50 at Coaltrain in Colorado Springs.

Pours a hazy tangerine orange capped with a finger of white head that quickly disappears. Looks inviting.

Smells of two wonderful worlds, both slightly funky, sour and heady intermingled with juicy American hops. On man, I an looking forward to this flavor. Two years in the barrel and then dry hopped...

Whoa, hits the tongue with more sour than I expected from the nose, but this isn't a bad thing in the least. On the contrary, I thought while smelling this that maybe it would be rather docile. Have no fear, fur this beer holds up against other sours with a good dose of pucker in the form of lacto and brett goodness. Certainly not the most puckering funky brew ever, but that probably was never the intention. The hops show up on the palate as well, supplying some interesting bitterness and a touch of their flavor. Man, as I continue this gets better and better. What a complex array of flavors. Apples, cider, flowers in spring, vinegar, toasty oak. Good Lord this is tasty.

The mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied. Sour and slightly hoppy.

Conclusion: This is a great American wild. Not traditional, but a version of this wide style that works very well if you love both hops and sours. I applaud its excellent aroma and balance of flavors. The best beer I have tried from New Belgium to date. (1,406 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured (partially, obviously) into a Lindemans flute, since it's one of my more neglected pieces of glassware. Sparkling and clear golden body with a finger and a half of frothy white head. Very bubbly, looks almost like a champagne.

Aroma is filled with sour apple, along with any sort of tropical or citrus fruit you can name (peach, mango, apricot, cherry, pineapple, lemon, etc.). A bit acidic and just a hint of grassy hops.

Flavor is sour, but mellow. Definitely sour apple followed by an entire fruit buffet. Not sure if the citrus taste is coming from the hops or not, but it's definitely there as well. (Edit: Just read the bottle, and it says it's brewed with amarillo, so that's probably the case).

Very crisp and well-carbonated with a medium/light body.

Overall, this isn't really what I'd expect when drinking a sour; sort of reminds me of a combination of a not-too-sour cider and champagne. Not the best sour I've had, but easily the most easily drinkable...a bad combination when it's sitting at 7.5%. (1,038 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Allagash flute.

A - Kind of hazy dark yellow color with a nice sized white head

S - Sour gueuze like notes with a definite lemony presence. Definetly citrus notes presents mingling with a sour smell.

T - Really picking up on the citrusy hop presence at first before giving way to some sour lemony notes. A bit of funkiness mixed in there as well.

M - medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation

D - decently drinkable. I'm not sure that I really like how citrusy this beer is. I look forward to revisiting this sometime in the future when some of the hop presence has died down. That being said I don't mind drinking it now and might buy a few more to drink now and a few more to lay down. (720 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden honey with a dense white merengue head.

Colder the temperature aroma is muted. Warming up pronounces, though mild, resinous hop and sourness of green apples.

Sour hop bitterness. Like fresh sliced peaches in soda water with fresh squeezed lemon deliciosity. Same could be said about the rich mango flavor which is probably coming from the oak barrel aging. Got that IPA thang going on with a citrusy hop profile. Wonderful complexity. Me mouth is happy!

Light to medium body with supple carbonation. The sour aspect really makes my mouth water wanting more.

The world of sours just got a bit more interesting for me. Finely crafted and well-balanced. I just love this freaking stuff! (709 characters)

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a light orange color with a very thin white head with no retention. Lightly carbonated with very thin bubbles running up the sides of the glass. First smell is berries soaked in vinegar. The acidity is noticeable. There is also a decent hop presence in the background. First sip is incredibly sour. Strong acidic notes and a vinegary flavor. The hops finally come through after about 3 sips. They are fruity and citric in the aftertaste. The finish is pretty clean with a low hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Fairly still and medium bodied.

A hoppy sour? It actually works. (619 characters)

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into snifter

A - Pours a light orange with white head, decent lacing but not a lot of retention

S - Very floral and fruity, grapefruit, lemon, and some blue cheese like funk.

T - To me it tasted very grassy, and sour! Almost too sour, masking some of the more delicate fruit flavours. I did pick up some lemon, apricot, papaya. This reminded me of chokecherries for some reason.

M - Light, dry, pretty refreshing.

D - A summer sour for sure, decently drinkable. Solid but not the best out there. I would pick up another bottle for sure. (555 characters)

Photo of plfahey
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium gold in color, with a slight cast of haze. Moderate fluffy white head with decent retention.

Aroma-Well, it's interesting to say the least. The first aroma is an assault of American hops-Piney, citrusy (Lemon, grapefruit), Resiny, and a little catty. Underneath the hops are some tart, acidic aromas, which heighten the lemon and grapefruit character of the hops. It smells like a sour/west coast IPA blend. Very interesting.

Flavor-Once again, very interesting. An almost candy-like sweet lemon/grapefruit flavor is dominant here. Moderately tart. Other hop flavors are present as well-notes of pine, resin, and cat piss. Underlying musty earthy flavors as well. Some other fruit flavors come into play as well-peaches and apricots most notably. The acidic character manages to dry the beer out a bit, but it still finishes a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation. Slight acidic prickle on the tongue.

Pretty good, and definitely unique, but I'm not sure these specific hops did it for me. I think there's potential in a dry-hopped sour, but the catty hop tones were a little off-putting, especially in the flavor. On the whole, I liked it, and I'm definitely glad I tried it. (1,260 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles and lightly laces.

S: Fruity, peach and apricot, a little tropical fruit and citrus.

T: Nicely tart, fruity peach and apricot, a little mango, some lemon, and maybe a very light funk.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, quite smooth.

O: I haven't had much of a chance to get into sours, but this one was quite enjoyable. (424 characters)

Photo of drizzam
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The body is a hazy orange in color, topped by a very nice three finger off white head. Head retention is beautiful and leaves a gorgeous sticky lacing down the inside of my Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

S - This is a funky sour smelling number! Vinegar with a sort of lactic, yet earthy smell. I'm intrigued by this brew so far!

T & M - Big vinegar up front with a bunch of fruitiness complementing flavors. Grapefruit, orange rind, lemon zest...nice complexity between the sour vinegar and the sweet fruit that seems to appear halfway through and continues until after the swallow. A bit of funky acidic aftertaste let's you know just how wild this ale is. Medium bodied and smooth.

D - I'm on a sour beer kick and I'm not at all disappointed in this one. This probably isn't a brew for everybody, but if you enjoy something a little differentr every now and again you'll probably appreciate this one. I know I did. (918 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

I couldn't decide for a long time if I loved or hated this beer. It's just so different than anything I've had before... actually, no, it's really similar to two very dissimilar things I've had before (IPAs and sours). Some swigs feature an explosion of hops, while others are straight-up sour, and most are some crazy commingling of the two. Once I wrapped my brain around the dichotomy, I decided I loved it. The fruity notes in the hops provide a great layer on top of the fruity sour of the base beer. Will be seeking out more of this. (539 characters)

Photo of ACarp
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013

A: pale with quick lived head
S: tart stone fruit, mandarin orange, tangerine, citrus, some funk and hint of medicinal phenols
T: puckeringly tart, definite mandarin orange and tangerine, fairly light body
O: best integration of hops into a sour beer I have tried to date, far more delicately integrated than hop savant and brighter and more refreshing than Femme Fatale Blanc (382 characters)

Photo of benito
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After reading the previous reviews, I was lucky enough to track this down at Falling Rock. I'm crossing my fingers that their supply doesn't run dry before I can make it back down to the Front Range for another visit and another delicious pint...

Served in a snifter, this had a mandarin orange tint with perfect head that maintained itself ever-so-well throughout the entire tasting. I caught aromas of oak and cherry, as well as other less distinguishable citrus hints. These all carry through to the flavor profile, which is puckeringly sour on the tongue. Yet, with each swig I found the sourness to reveal new flavors of fruit, earth, and wood. The feel is rather medium-bodied and well-balanced with a long, lingering roll of flavor throughout the mouth.

But here's the best part: either in spite of or thanks to its challenging flavor profile, this brew is enchantingly addictive and has an awesome drinkability. Had I not had to leave the bar, I could have easily continued satiating my thirst all day on snifter after snifter of this brew. Hopefully I'll get a chance to sample it again... (1,104 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. 2014 version.

A - Translucent orange with ruby highlights. Small half finger head that moves to a thin lace.

S- Aromatic hops! Peach, apricot. No hint of sourness.

T - And there's the twist. Sourness on a slightly below medium level. It does stay consistent with the nose at first, until the slight sourness and vinegar take over. You also some get some blueberry underneath.

M- For a sharp and dry and finish, it is suprisingly low on the carbonation.

O - A good tasting sour, great aroma. (539 characters)

Photo of jamescain
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a White Birch flute glass

Appearance: Pours an orange-golden color with a fluffy white head about 2 inches thick and slowly recedes into a thin lacing that clings to the side of the class.

Aroma: Notes of peaches, citrus, tropical fruit, all intertwine with a nice barnyard funk to create a unique smelling beer.

Taste: Fruity up front with a nice tart lingering sour finish, with flavors of sour apples, peaches and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Pretty acidic, not as acidic as La Folie, with high carbonation and a dry tart finish.

Overall: This was one of the funkier sours I’ve had to date. I enjoyed it and as I was told when I first traded for some sours, they are addicting, damn it he was right! (711 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A somewhat hazed yellow/orange hue topped with a bone white head which would seem to have pretty nice retention minimal to ok lacing.

S: Lemongrass and lemon peel going on and the nose does pack a punch. Funky fruity notes ... tropical and citrus, think the sour not pleasant to eat kind though, crabapple perhaps. This is smelling very lactic to say the least but not in an overall unpleasant way.

T: I think I just about nailed it with crabapple. This is like biting into a ripe crabapple. I actually have always liked them as a kid I ate them all the time off the tree, but the tartness turns many away. Hidden behind stronger sour overtones are some herbaceous notes of grassy like flavors as well. I would kind of like to see how this stuff ages actually. There are some mild spice notes that hint at wanting to come out but might be able to develop with some time if other more powerful flavors subside.

M: sourpuss

D: medium plus (945 characters)

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden orange into my snifter with about a finger of head, moderate retention and patchy lacing.

S - Quite tantalizing, lots of different fruits, lemon, lime, mango, peach, kiwi, farmhouse funk, and a bit of oak as well.

T - Really nice, sour and tart, makes my mouth water. Lemon and orange citrus, hops are there, but more in the background, oak and funk, very pleasing.

M - Body and carbonation fantastic for the style.

D - By far my favorite lips of faith, good sours are hard to come by down here in Texas, and this one is a breath of fresh air. (571 characters)

Photo of TheCuriograph
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First Lips of Faith brew. Pretty stoked.

A – This is a hazily vibrant orange-gold topped with a robust rocky head that quickly gives way. Nice juicy consistency.

S – You get the sour apple and farmland funk of a wild ale, but it’s buttressed by grass, mango, and citrus notes from the hopping.

T – There’s a green apple pucker and straw-grassy resin, and at first a bit of ashiness left on the tongue. The main composition is a tart lemony funkiness, but I also get some a wonderful passion fruit undertone. The fruit gains with each sip, with mango and pineapple notes overtaking the sourness. Not much hoppy bitterness to speak of and only a measured amount of sour astringency.

M - Effervescent but not by any means light. It tickles the tonge and coats the cheeks. Fantastic.

O – Fun sour. The most impressive part is how balanced it is, with neither the bitterness of a pale ale nor the vinegar notes of a sour. (934 characters)

Photo of readbaron
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. This beer is a great value.

A - pours a light orange with a bit of tan head.

S - definitely acidic, also has some lemon/grapefruit, apple, apricot, hops and cheesy funk. Delightfully complex.

T - really nice taste. Quite sour, but does not destroy the palate. Lots of apple underneath, some apricot, a bit of hops and the occasional malty and barnyard flavors.

As I make my way through the beer, I notice a pickle juice like flavor which is hampering my ability to enjoy this one.

M - light, crisp, dry, highly carbonated. A bit prickly on the front of the tongue.

I hope I can find more of this. (612 characters)

Photo of abrand
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

23 ounce bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep orange to almost copper color. Not much head from the pour. Smells is full of fruits with some funk. Nice malt backbone as well. Taste is nice. Loads of fruit and sourness up front. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is thin and great carbonation. Overall a decent american sour. I bet this will hold up nicely with time. (366 characters)

Photo of pmccallum86
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color with a thin bubbly head.

The smell is tart and vinegar up front with a grassy hop note and a little oak.

Taste is tart up front, but not overly puckering. Hops comes through as well, interesting. Some oaky notes with dry leatherness.

Mouthfeel is dry with medium carbonation.

Overall a great beer, possibly the best American Wild Ale when considering price ($8.89 for 22 oz) (406 characters)

Photo of mdvatab
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into tall pilsner glass.

Aroma: Pine cone up front, sour green olive, and a light barnyard note. All indications are that this ones going to be puckeringly sour. (Mouth is watering just smelling this one.)

Appearance: A slight haze to the deep, golden body. Nice effervesence visible through the side of the glass. Two fingers of thick, bright white head.

Flavor: Tart, unripe peach. Contrary to the aroma, the tartness is not overpowering, though. A light, hoppy pine note adds a layer of complexity. There's a subtle sweetness, which provides some balance. Hops also contribute some citrus, mango, and peach (as the bottle says). There's a slight, goaty/barnyard, bitter bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, which has a bit less bite than anticipated, but still good. Medium body is actually higher than I'd thought would be there.

Overall: A pretty approachable, drinkable sour ale. Again, the hops add nice complexity, and the sourness/funk are not taken to the extreme, which I appreciated. Highly recommended! (1,055 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.