Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing
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4.19/5 rDev -2.6%
22oz bottle of the recent 2013 release, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/27/2013. Thanks for the bottle, Dustin.
Pours a dark orange-amber colour with a nice one finger white head. Looks an awful lot like grapefruit juice. Head retains decently well, leaving a bubbly collar and some lacing. Looks good.
Smells... weird. A bit metallic. Underlying hints of grapefruit and passion fruit, with some citrus acidity- but aside from that, there is not much in the way of acidity, lactate, funk, anything that would indicate this is a sour. Its not particularly great smelling, but its not bad either.
The flavour on this is fantastic. It tastes like straight up grapefruit juice, with some mouthpuckering acidity that makes me pause.. its quite sour, actually, probably a 4/10 on the sour scale. Very enjoyable, with a nice juiciness on the front end with a grapefruity bitterness on the backend. It's like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.
Medium bodied, a bit undercarbonated for a sour but good enough for my enjoyment. Its got a nice grapefruity flavour and bitterness on the backend. I still might be fooled into thinking I'm drinking spiked grapefruit juice.
As far as sours go, this is quite unique and enjoyable. The hops seem to be adding a lot of grapefruit and other citrus notes to this beer- combined with the acidity of the sour ale, makes for a grapefruit juice-like experience. Wish there was more to the nose, but honestly, with the way the hops complement the sour ale base, I really cannot complain about the overall beer.
12-28-2013 03:38:41 | More by Stevedore
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.
05-20-2011 03:31:21 | More by augustgarage
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.
12-22-2011 23:20:26 | More by brystmar
4.24/5 rDev -1.4%
Liquor World - Kankakee, IL
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.
12-24-2013 02:28:33 | More by joe1510
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.
05-25-2011 11:34:35 | More by UnionMade
3.75/5 rDev -12.8%
Bottle. Poured into a New Belgium tulip glass, how appropriate! Pours an ever so slightly hazed copper straw color with a a finger off white head. Hops in the nose right off the bat of a more fruitful note, with grapefruit and some tropical aromas. Behind all that is a medium level of sourness with lemon like notes. Medium/light mouthfeel. Decent sourness and sweetness in the upfront, some mustiness as well, with an ending lingering bitterness from the hops. As it warms, an earthy/oaky flavor makes itself known. For the price, this is a solid brew. The lingering bitterness is interesting. The 7.5 abv is not noticeable at all. No real lace.
03-03-2011 01:14:02 | More by kbutler1
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.
04-03-2011 18:24:16 | More by hooliganlife
3.78/5 rDev -12.1%
Pours a mostly clear golden-yellow with a frothy whitish head. Looks tasty.
Smell is predominantly citrus hops, with some nice mildly funky sour coming in behind it. As it warms up, the sour asserts itself more. Nice and fruity; tangerine is the fruit I get the most of, followed by lemon.
Straight up lemony sour, though a very pleasant, tart, soft-edged sour. I don't get much sharpness, which is nice. But unfortunately, I don't get much beyond the sour. Where are those lovely fruits I picked up in the nose? I get almost none of the hops anywhere in the flavor. Finish is a bit sweet and a bit acidic.
Mouthfeel is medium-light and well-carbonated, which I think goes quite well with the sour flavor.
I like this beer. I like the sour flavors, and I like the citrus hops in the nose. But I want more from the flavor than the initial punch of sour. Just not as complex as I was hoping.
03-30-2011 02:52:53 | More by zeledonia
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.
03-12-2013 03:40:52 | More by jvillefan
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
Thanks to Gary for bringing this back to me on his travels. I've had this bottle in my possession for at least a year now.
Pours a golden-ish color with a tint of orange, thin bubbly head which fades rapidly, leaves no lacing in the chalice.
Smell starts with a smack of sour on the nose but quickly mellows out as a slight hop and woody presence comes across, picking up a nice citrus element as well.
Taste has a nice sour tartness up front that's a bit vinegar-like, it's not overpowering though because of the barrel aging, the barrel imparts some subtle nuances of wood and a hint of funk, any hoppy character has mostly fades by now but certainly played at part at some point.
09-08-2012 01:00:50 | More by deltatauhobbit
Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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