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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 466
Hads: 2,242
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 20.84%
Wants: 473
Gots: 424 | FT: 30
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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 Bitterbill
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3.5 is what I gave the bottle I had in Vegas.

Full review for the bottle I bought at Liquor Shed for under $10.

A clear gold with an inch of foam, very good lacing.

The dry hopping is up front in the nose followed by the tartness that was lacking in the other bottle I had.

My, that dry hoppy goodness DOES go well with the sour notes. The dry hop to me consists of tropical fruit; a good compliment to the sourness, I reckon.

Medium body and carbonation, it's a smooth brew to my palate.

Nice. Not something I'd want very often, but nice.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml 2013 bomber poured into tulip 15/6/14 big cheers towards Rutager for sending the bottle

A slight haze in a light orange body, fine sediment being moved around by bubbles of all sizes, three fingers of loose noisy foam falls quickly leaving no lace

S more hops then I expected one can only imagine what a fresh bottles like, canned peaches, lychee, mango, over ripe pineapple, tangerine and lemon, some funk, soft caramel and wet wood round things out, interesting nose smells massive

T not quite the levels of fruit found on the nose but that still leaves a fair bit, some orange peel, sweet and sour work well together, just a little funk, I'm loving the taste but the nose had a little more intensity

M medium bodied with soft carbonation, slightly tart, lots of lemon on the finish

O not sure what I was expecting but this works for me, surprised by the amount of hops in this brew still clear as day

I'd love to try some older bottles to see what happens to it, the funks pretty mellow at this point but plenty of hops works well for this guy

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Prying off the cap unleashes fruit, lemon, spice, herb, light short bread aromas.
It pours a hazy peach color under a very meager head but is surprisingly lacy.
The beer has a big lemony tart palate that comes in layers with light fruit and herbal notes.
It has a medium light body with very fine soft carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish..

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Photo of rudzud
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light gold orange hue with a big, big almost three finger fluffy white creamy head that leaves enormous side lacing and a very dense, thick blanket. Wonderful.

S - Woah, what is this aroma?! Very sour, some vinegar, definite tropical. Theres something else though. Maybe some peach, but not sure if the hops + barrel is making this aroma but its got a faint "I've smelled something like the before but have no clue what or where to begin". Its incredibly enjoyable and mysterious for me. Its really almost like a sweet and sour sauce...

T - WOAH is this tart, suddenly it just slams with sour. No vinegar, getting lots of sour peach, tropical, faint wine barrel, and more of that sweet and sour type flavor. The finish though, so distinctly armarillo. Its got a sour patch kid gummy flavour somewhere in the middle. Powedered sweet tarts and smarties. The hop finish is really cool with this. This flavour profile is intense. Worth noting again, sweet and sour sauce!

M - Mouthfeel is delicious nice and sour and tart with some light carbonation. The alcohol isnt noticeable at all. Wonderful.

O - Overall this beer exceeded all expectations. Cant believe it took this long to try it. Its unreal what west coast hops did to this sour, just unreal.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden color with a funky floral, citrus, grapefruit pine aroma. Taste is like nothing I’ve had before. It starts off like a solid IPA and then slowly melds into what a sour ale should be. Tastes of lemon, grapefruit, oranges and lime on the hop notes. The sour starts when it crosses from pine into the citrus flavors that complement this beer perfectly as it transitions into mango and peach.Tons of tropical fruit flavor in this. Mouthfeel is very nice and refreshing.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the brew pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is fruity and sour, it smells like tart apples, apricots, peaches, lemons, and some vinegar. The taste is similar to the aroma, but I notice some white grape and a bit of pine/citrus hop flavors, too. The sourness isn't overpowering but you definitely can tell it's a mostly sour brew. I know it's a dry hopped brew, but I pick up more sourness than hops in both the aroma and taste. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated and also dry. I think this is a pretty good overall beer, I'll definitely buy this again the next time I find it.

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brouwers.

Pours a hazy orange gold, some straw yellow corners, medium sized white head forms, drops to a thin ring, some lace spots stick to the glass. Smell is real nice, tons of sour fruit, apricots, lemons, oranges, grapefruit, nice woody character, lightly buttery with a touch of vanilla, quite funky and acidic, real nice. Taste is similar, very fruity, lots of sourness, apricots, lemons, orange and tangerine, some wood, burnt toast, very acidic and funky, nice tart finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with low carbonation, some warmth going down, very dry finish. A great sour, definitely well done.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to beerwolf77 for tracking this one down for me! I still cannot believe this did not come to my area.

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color that produced a nice frothy yellow to white colored head with great retention. Some lace.

(S)- A nice dry, almost earthy citrus (peach & orange) profile. Some tart/sour characters in the background. Some floral aspects and a subtle band-aid like brett on the finish.

(T)- A really nice combination of acidic sour citric fruits (peach, lemon, orange) with a dry lightly earthy funk. Finishes with a fairly assertive sour acidity.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Nicely sour with a good fruit profile. The acidity is assertive but oh so welcomed in my opinion.

(D)- A solid to great wild ale. A great acidity, while not being over-the-top in your face sour. A good fruit profile too. An easy drinker as well; great for how nice it is becoming outside!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 3.11.11

A - pours a bright hazy orange with a bright cream colored head.

S - Smells of old citrus fruit.

T - Sour oranges, cherries, and grapefruit.

D - Starts sour, but smoothes out nicely.

O - This one left me longing for more.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant yet darker yellow haze with great lace retention. Great tart aroma coupled with hops, truly the best of both worlds, I love the smell of this stuff, chicks should douche with it or something, great interplay of the amarillo n cascade hops.

Taste, sour, slightly woody, citric fruity and hoppy. Saliva inducing. Small aspect of chardonnay feel to it. Good slight peach, grapefruit and lemon fruit feel in it. Heck even a bit of green apple.

Only $8 for a bomber of an undeniable soured beer, much less the barrel and dry hopping. Probably suffers a little rating wise bc its from NB, but I'm telling you, this can hang with Russian River's Temptation or Sanctification any day. I might even like it more. I've had 2 of these now, about 10 more to go. We'll see.

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Photo of dgilks
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light amber colour with virtually no head. Fine given the sourness.

Nice, tart aroma with notes of lemon, moderately intense funk and a hint of herbal character. Nice.

Served in a Rogue XS chalice this is one hell of a beer. Sour, funky and full of Brett character. The tartness presents as lime and under-ripe peach. There is also a hint of sweet cherry in the background that provides a hint of balance. Nicely crafted and very, very delicious.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Spritzy but it works.

A really, solid Wild Ale. I love the balance combined with the intensity. Great.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle drank from my Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip... Pours a darkish hazy gold. A nice bright tan head, good cap and lacing... A very interesting aroma that is very sour and musky with some grapes, very vinous but has some very unique accents of hops on the finish. The hops aren't bitter, floral and dusty with a touch of sweetness... The taste is really vinous as well, reminds me of dry hopped pinot grigio. Not a huge fan of the finish, too much hops, I don't like the hop/sour combo. Sour hop juice. The more I drink the hops start to fade and it becomes even more juice like, not as sour as I would like.

This is interesting and tastes good enough to totally crush. I'd have again.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon’s Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy orange-copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with large amounts of tart citrus aromas. Also present are slight amounts of tropical fruit hops and slighter amounts of funk.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Medium to light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately tart fruits – berries and pears if I had to choose, although it’s not terribly close to either one. Joining in midway through the sip are bright citrus hops that fade out into a moderately tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I had to have this beer again after being a big fan of it from the bottle, and it didn’t disappoint. The slight age does temper the the hops a bit, I'd be interested to see how this tastes in a year or two, although I can't imagine it getting better. Well worth a shot however you find it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone yesterday.

Mildly hazy amber with orange highlights and a thin white head that recedes to a ring rather quickly. The nose is rich and conplex, sour with berries, strawberries, plums and a mildly peachy character. The characteristic New Belgium acetic character is present, and the combination of the sourness and the sweetness is excellent. I also get a bit of a citrus character
The palate opens plenty sour and acetic with a lot of red wine vinegar with the fruity raspberry/strawberry character quite strong. Deliciously rich, the combination of sweetness and acidity is quite excellent. Fairly complex. If this beer was dry hopped, it really doesn't show much on the palate. Medium in body with moderate carbonation and a drying, acetic finish, this beer is enjoyable. While the acetic character can be a bit high, the one glass I got was thoroughly enjoyed.

Edit 05 Oct 2013.
Finally getting to revisit this. Bottle from new seasons.

Fruitier and sweeter with a blend of citrus , peach and nectarines with a relatively clean lactic sourness , this is decent. Acetic character is low. Lemon rind sourness is also present, along with some bitterness. The palate is juicy, fruity and moderately sweet, with honey, nectarines , citrus and lemon juice. Decent. 3.5 3.5/3.5

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to Jsanford for sending this one my way.

appearance: golden orange with minimal head

smell: sour, apples,

taste: sour apples, semi sweet, bready, nice balance,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very good sour beer. had a nice balance between the sweet, sour, and bitterness. would definitely drink again.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of dirtylou
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, split and served with fresh pasta and roasted vegetables

appearance: rich golden amber body, light beige film with adequate retention

smell: great tartness - spree candies, tangerine, tropical fruits, grapefruit, candied sugar, oak barrel

taste: The lips of faith line is an interesting beast - 1 out of 3 is pretty awesome and the other 2 are duds. Le Terroir is a pretty fantastic wild ale - cascade hops and sour grapefruit trash the palate, loads of sugar, tangerine zest and oak. Really interesting.

mouthfeel: tart, fresh, overload on the palate

overall/drinkability: nice

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.34/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a New Belgium Globe glass.
7.5% ABV, 01/30/2011.

How kind of Beerwolf77 to not only share this beer with me, but allow me to stroke my tick at his kitchen table!

A - Faintly hazy, the color is a bronzy golden hue topped with an off-white, well-retained head. Nice lace is left caked to the glass.

S - Dry-hopped to high-heaven, this is loaded with delicious juicy grapefruit hops that unfortunately takes a turn for the worse when the good aroma is swapped with that of Chinese food. This smells like lemon chicken doused with sweet and sour sauce with cooked celery on the side.

T - The malt profile consists of an overwhelmed caramel sweetness and toast. The hops burst out with potency that has an underlying citrusy fruit flavor. The Chinese food comes through in the flavor but no where near as much as the off-putting aroma (and I even love Chinese food! Just not in my beer). This finishes with a lactic bite.

M - Very nice sour finish with a lactic kick and medium body. A little thin mid palette though.

O - The sour finish is very good but the food aroma is pretty terrifying. The flavor pulls the overall up a lot more but it's just an ok beer. At first experience I really wouldn't get it again, but seeing so many positive reviews coming off this one, I'd love to nab another bottle and see what the deal with this one was.

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Photo of ccrida
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Belmont Station's Pucker Fest. Served in a Delirium Tremens snifter, Le Terroir is a hazy pale orange with an off-white collar that left no lace.

Smell is super fruity and rich, watermelon with some brett funk.

Taste is great, like jolly ranchers! A nice tartness, sour citrus, tropical fruit, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is dry, puckering and slick, with a medium-light body.

Drinkability is very good, with a nice tart/sweet fruit combo. It could use more funk but has great acidity. Excellent.

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Photo of champ103
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color color. A two finger white head quickly forms. The foam gently recedes and leaves some light lace.
S: I love the aroma. Tart fruits all the way. Like a tart tropical fruit punch. Pineapple, peach, apples. Some wood/barrel character comes in toward the end, along with a bit of sweetness.
T: Tart and acidic pineapple. Wood and some sweetness. For the most part just full on pineapple juice. I like it a lot.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp, clean, very dry, and refreshing. So easy to drink. All day with this one. Especially during a hot day.

This is excellent. One of the most fruit dominate beers I have had. Add the tartness and the complexity of the wood makes for a great beer. Well done New Belgium, and highly recommended.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -25.1%

Pour is mostly transparent golden amber with lots of off white head. Nose is heavily resinous hop with citrus notes and a bit of candied sugar and light nights of bread crust and grain. Taste has a bit more grain up front, gets resinous, lots of hops, moderate sourness, a bit bitter in back, light acidity, candied sugar mid palate, citrus and some leathery brett notes. Medium body, a bit syrupy, decent carb.

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Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the 1st Annual Brass Hat Brewing Brewfest in Watertown, CT, this little beauty from the bomber shows a somewhat cloudy straw-yellow brown color with a decent frothy white head and very healthy lacing. The aroma impresses you immediately with lemon-bread, skunky yeast and a little sweet bubblegum. I like it and the sour invitation is compelling. The flavor again echoes the lemon sharpness detected by the nose but there's also some peachy vinegar and some vanilla biscuit. Bitter but perfectly drinkable for the style. It's medium-light bodied with lively carbonation and a light, crisp feel. Once again, this Lips of Faith series is really translating the Belgian ideas into accessible American lingo that I thoroughly enjoy. While it's a little different from the couple of European leaders I have sampled, it stands well with them in my mind. Enjoy this if you find it!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a big billowy white head. The head fades slowly over time to leave tons of spider web lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a sour green apple smell which has a decent showing of some lemon and a bit of a grainy funk. Along with these aromas comes some fruit aromas of peach, apricot, and pear smells with a hint of a hay like aroma thrown in as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather funky sour green apple and light fruit (peach, apricot, pear) taste that is overall drier in nature. As the taste moves forward, the sourness increases as some lemon and a tart grapefruit flavor joins the taste. Grass, herbal, and citrus hop flavors come more toward the end, and with the funk stepping it up a bit, it leaves one is with a dryer-light (in color) funky and sour fruit taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin for a 7.5 % abv. brew with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the style and the sour and tart flavors the feel is spot on, keeping the brew overall very easy sipping and still very tart and sour without allowing these flavors to overwhelm the taste buds.

Overall- A decently sour and tart-light fruit flavored brew with just a little bit of hop to help subdue the bitter and sour. A rather decent and crisp sour overall.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle $8.99 I've had this before on tap and it was much better but this was still good. The bottle notes that it changes every time they brew it so maybe it has a lot of batch to batch variation. Very light orange color and a sour smell that morphs into hops. The taste is very fruity like an odd peach or tropical fruit but still sour. This has A lot less glue qualities (unfortunately) than I remember on tap but it's worth the price tag. Very unique flavors and the hops seem to be the reason.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Bell's tulip. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a three finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. The hop character on this one really makes its presence known. Really adds a very nice additional character to the sour and tart backbone going on in this one. A definite must try without a doubt!

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from 2beerornot2beer in the Blind Beer Round 6 BIF.

A: Pours a wonderful amber gold, with more hues of yellow than red. There is about one half finger of pure white head that settles quickly. I can see is decent amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose of this beer is sour. I’m picking up notes of peach, apricot, lemon, and a tiny bit of cherry. There are some earthy grain like qualities to this beer as well.

T: This beer starts off with huge sour notes. It is incredibly puckering. After that initial blast, it shifts into some nice fruit notes (mainly peach and apricot). As the fruit notes fade, I’m picking up on some hoppy citrus and tropical fruit notes. There is also a mild underlying sweetness towards the finish that is really nice.

M: Medium bodied beer. This beer is really tart, and it finishes really dry. There aren’t many lingering flavors in this beer.

O: Color me impressed. This has a massive tart start, but it mellows out and allows all of the other flavors of this beer to shine through. I’d drink this beer again in a heartbeat.

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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.