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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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1,351 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,351
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 430
Gots: 189 | FT: 16
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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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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 01:14:02 | More by kbutler1
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joe1510

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 02:28:33 | More by joe1510
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 11:34:35 | More by UnionMade
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 02:52:53 | More by zeledonia
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bbadger

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

01-07-2012 19:53:50 | More by bbadger
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codynevels

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

11-16-2011 23:02:44 | More by codynevels
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-26-2013 19:38:52 | More by josephwa
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DRBiser

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-17-2013 10:30:36 | More by DRBiser
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 01:00:50 | More by deltatauhobbit
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mychalg9

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

09-20-2013 12:21:28 | More by mychalg9
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

10-08-2013 11:13:52 | More by tbryan5
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uturn

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-12-2014 22:07:29 | More by uturn
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 03:38:41 | More by Stevedore
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

2.73/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very excited to get a shot at this one. With all the glowing reviews I have high hopes. Split into globe glasses.

A: Golden orange amber. Two fingers of dirty white head. Modest lace.

S: WTF! Sweet and sour chicken? We joked about smelling Chinese food in this but it's a sad reality. Full on hop blast. Moderate lactic sour but the hops just drown it out.

T: The flavor isn't much better. Weak all the way around. Mild sour bite along with loads of citrus hops. Sour hops is pretty much all I get. Very strange.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

O: I have no idea where all those high scores came from. This stuff is nowhere near a solid wild ale. I had high hopes. Sadly my hopes were dashed.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 02:36:43 | More by beerwolf77
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-23-2013 04:13:49 | More by DerekMorgan
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BAsbill

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-04-2013 05:22:47 | More by BAsbill
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-24-2012 01:27:45 | More by ms11781
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, cloudy golden color. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom. One finger head settles to a coating over the top of the beer.

Smells, sweet and musty at the same time. You can smell the hops and funk dancing together...makes for an extremely wonderful aroma.

Taste is similar, but the sourness prevails here. You can get a sneak preview of the hops at first touch of the lips, but then the sour funk dominates. This follows through the swallow, which leaves a sharp acidic bite at the back of my throat...I love it!

Feels creamier than most Wilds. Creamy isn't a word I would normally use for any wild, but this has a touch of it. It flows nicely through the mouth on its way down the hatch, and instantly leaves you wanting another swallow...

Overall, I love this beer! It's kind of an advanced sour for beginners? Does that make sense??? I guess what I mean is it is more sour than some of the docile ones out there that people call 'beginner sours', but it isn't over the top, tear the enamel off your teeth sour. The hoppiness makes it approachable to some that may have only tried a sour or two before. I would definately drink this again and again....and again...

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 00:59:49 | More by DaveHack
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-29-2012 20:54:03 | More by thebigredone
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Jake's in Omaha, NE and stored in refrigerator
No bottled on date, "364 D-1 1612" stamped on bottom
Poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

New Belgium's Le Terroir was an amazing beer when fresh, full of fruit and moderated sourness. Having aged over a year, the beer is still a quality wild ale, full of lactobacillus and brettanomyces character and associated acids. The hopping has been noticeably reduced, but the fruitiness of it fresh is still lingering around in places and replaced by sourness. Interestingly, the malt and oak character is starting to peek through, which I didn't notice when fresh. In all, an excellent wild ale that I wish would be released again and on a more predictable basis.

Pours a 2cm tall head, composed of small bubbles, that has moderate retention, dissipating to a thick circle and scattered islands atop the beer's body. Leaves some modest lacing along the sides of the glass, mostly large splotches. Body is a semi-hazy copper-orange color, turning yellow-orange with yellow highlights when held to a light. Carbonation is substantial and easily visible within the body.

Aroma offers some bright, sweet malt contributions along with a mixed variety of fruits, including apricot, a bit of mango. Slight white wine aroma. There is a fairly strong undercurrent of sweet-and-sour sauce, which I don't recall there being when this was fresh on-tap or in bottles. Not sure how well this is aging as a result.

Taste opens with quite pleasant, sweet malt meets tangy apricots with a bit of acidic bite on the tip of the tongue. Mid-palate is able to detect an increased fruitiness from the beer, including apricots, peaches, and mango in a light bath of malt sweetness and modest acid sourness. As the taste progresses down the palate, I pick up something champagne-like in taste, mildly vinous. Also, a very mild bitterness appears along the sides of the tongue, no doubt imparted by the hops. Back of palate picks up increasing, though still moderate, levels of sourness, definitely acetic or lactic in edge, with a mild bit of acetone. Oak character is noticeable, though not as abundant as in gueuzes. Finish is a long-lingering mild malt with oak and subtle sourness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with adequate carbonation to assist this in foaming slightly on the palate, rendering a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Finishes semi-dry, with a bit of stickiness around the lips from residual sugars. Mildly acidic throughout, but particularly noticeable in the close, the throat both enjoys and does not appreciate the mild burning the beer is able to cause.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 20:16:46 | More by falloutsnow
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 18:24:16 | More by hooliganlife
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ystazi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-16-2013 02:02:18 | More by ystazi
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

12-18-2011 23:33:31 | More by savagepm
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large capped bottle poured into a tulip. Unknown date.

Slightly hazy, dark golden, whiite head, good lacing and retention.
Aroma is quite funky, vinegar notes, some faint grass and hops, but a lot less than suggested by the bottle. You have to look for the hops.
Light to medium, very funky, tart and refreshing. Sour, tart fruits, very flavorful, but not puckering as some other reviewers considered - perhaps a little old?
A very nice beer, if not that sour or puckering. Too bad it is too expensive.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 00:55:37 | More by brdc
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-15-2013 18:28:20 | More by bubseymour
Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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