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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 435
Hads: 2,075
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 463
Gots: 363 | 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 Beer4Baltimore
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Le Terroir 2013
A - hazy orange with spritzy looking bubbles topped with a thin lasting head that leaves fine lacing behind.
S - orange, mango, tart fruity aromas, with the amarillo hops just popping right out.
T - fantastic stuff. Just enough sweet tart to slightly overpower the bitter and compliment the fruity hops. It is a sharp sour like lemons.
M - light bodied with fizzy carbonation that just lifts the aromas throughout your mouth. The tart lingers in the aftertaste in an extremely pleasant way.
O - I wish I bought more than one bottle. This goes down easy and quite enjoyably.
Wow. (595 characters)

Photo of deebo
2.94/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2013 bottle

A-Poured into a pint glass I get a thin finger of white head that recedes to a thin skimming. Slightly hazy with a dark golden color with some burnt orange hues.

S-The hops hit me first with aromas of ripe citrus (passion fruit and orange) and grass. There is a subdued aroma of funk and sourness (white wine) with some oak.

T-Taste is more sour than the aroma. Hits you upfront and lingers into the finish. The aftertaste is first sour than bitter. The nice hop aroma is overpowered with the sour and the funk. Some fruitiness here but it is quickly overtaken with the sour and some bitterness.

M-Tingly carbonation with a light body. No detection of alcohol. Very dry finish.

O-This is a damn sour brew. Not a lot of funkiness and the nice aroma doesn't follow thru into the taste. An interesting brew but too much sourness and I don't care for the bitter finish. (883 characters)

Photo of hingaling220
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got a free pint of this at Belmont Station because it killed the keg, thanks Paul!

Poured a crisp gold with about a 3" head b/c of the finished keg. Waited 5-10 minutes for it to die down, brought out so much more of the dry hop in the nose. Notes of bright fruit and very slight sourness in the aroma really are a nice counterpoint to the taste. Mostly lemongrass and grapefruit give the flavor a very strong but not overbearing sour character. Mouth feel was dry, with almost no lingering sour filmy-ness. Amazing beer.

This beer was my baptism in sours, and I couldn't be happier with it. Ended up leaving the store with a bottle of Cuvee des Jacobin Rouge and Petrus Pale to round out the night! (702 characters)

Photo of MrBoh
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a strong, frothy head.

Smells of bread, orange zest and barnyard.

Bread and the barnyard dominate the taste, while orange zest, lemomgrass and tropical flavors provide some good accent.

A little pucker to this one, but most the sour still comes in the taste, not the mouthfeel.

Very well constructed beer. It has renewed my interest in New Belgium. (377 characters)

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! I am new to Le Terroir so I didn't know to buy more than two. Oh well - I am happy to not be missing out and I'll know next year to grab an armful!

A: Bright golden orange with off-white head that dissipates to lacing.

S: Ooh! I knew it was dry hopped so I expected more hops than the average sour, but I didn't expect this wonderful fruit bowl of orange, passion fruit, pineapple and apricot. Some floral too. The tart, lactic sourness flows below these fruits creating a surprisingly complimentary mix.

T: Good God. More perfect meshing of a sour base that I dare say reminds me of a Cantillon gueuze - big oak and dry acidity, great fruitiness - with just awesome hops additions that are bright and fresh and offer little to no drawbacks. If there's any woodiness in the hops it's meshing in perfectly with the oaked base, and the bitterness they are creating blends with the sour base to create a tonic-like dry finish.

M: Good carbonation which contributes to the tonic quality, the body evaporates off the tonque quickly but the flavour is longer lasting.

O: I'm blown away, I did not realize I would enjoy this so much. It's like a really excellent sour beer and a really excellent IPA all in one, and the two halves combine to produce a beer greater than the sum of its parts! (1,298 characters)

Photo of nj111579
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a 22 oz. bomber.
2013 edition

Appearance: yellowish orange, crystal clear, perfect.

Smell: Sweetness from the malt, hops, oak, lactic sourness. Everything you want, nothing more nothing less. All the aromas make an appearance at every stage of the experience. Amazing.

Taste: Everything you smell you taste and more. I thought at one point I had opened a bottle of sparkling apple juice. Might as well be apple sparkling wine.

Mouthfeel: Light, astringent, bubbly. Again perfect.

Overall: I want more. It's an amazing beer. The 96 point rating is a tad bit low in my opinion, I can't find anything wrong with it. I'm not the most experienced sour beer drinker, but I've had Cantillon , Drie Fonteinen, Cascade and Russian River offerings and I wouldn't hesitate to put this up against any of them. Thank you New Belgium. What a truly fantastic beer. (865 characters)

Photo of Zaximus
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoy La Folie but was eagerly anticipating this offering. Especially at half the price.

From bottle into FFF Teku.

Patient pour yields virtully no head but lacing sticks to the side of the glass quite nicely.

Copper/orange colors.

Big funky nose. Sour apples. Actually smells like apple sauce in my opinion. Love this nose.

Tart but not extremely sour. Dry finish. I get a little more citrus than apple flavor. Really dry. Light mouthfeel, decent carbonation.

It's good and easily drinkable but I think I was hoping for a bit more. Still, for the price point and definite lack of attainable sours in the Midwest, I'd pick this up again. (654 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip glass

A- Pours a bright medium amber with medium-heavy clarity. Medium level head that dissipates quickly. Looks like an IPA!

S- Mmm...sour funk, slight yeast, Granny Smith apple, slight floral notes

T- Similar to aroma, not too tart, very drinkable.

M- Medium light in the mouth, sourness stays but not to an extreme degree.

O- Great beer this one is, not too sour or funky and the hops are faint enough not to clash. This replaces La Folie as the best New Belgium beer I've had. For a place that does a lot of middle of the road stuff, this shows they can really deliver when they want to. (634 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber to a snifter

Pours a hazy orange gold (40%) with a finger of foam thats died down to a finger of foam. Strong carbonation stems from the center of the glass, pretty nice lacing as I swirl the glass, legs to boot. Not too bad looking

Smells of sweetened tart citrus- mango, peach, tangerine, lemon. All smell sweet with a hint of tartness and neutralize each other out, very unique. Earthy oak and some Belgian funk along with a sweet malt, all come together well. Earthy fruits really shine on this

Taste is much more tart than the nose, sour tangerine mango followed by acidic vinegar and a nice blast of creamy funk. A little bit of sweetness gets drown out on the finish, maybe just a touch of alcohol at the end.

Feel is moderate/high sourness, enough to really make my face pucker the first few sips, but I'm slowly getting used to it, a little more quickly than I'd like. Very smooth and creamy finish with the yeasty funk, goes down way too easy. Leaves a nice slick patch on the side of my tongue and the top salivating for more. easily the best part

Overall not bad, interesting to see hops successfully fused with a sour. I might pick up another before they sell out (1,192 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2013 release picked up about four days ago (late October) from a local bottle shop.

The beer pours a golden color with copper hues and produces a two-finger thick head. Considerable lacing forms on all sides of the glass and the head lingers and settles into an 1/8 inch layer atop the liquid.

The smell is immediately hoppy, offering hints of pine and sweet tropical fruit. Then the sour characteristics emerge, first with a funkiness reminiscent of a gueuze and then sour yeastiness. The blend of aromas and the unique hopped up sour profile make this an eloquent smelling sour.

After the unforgettable smell, the taste has a tough act to follow. The sour aspects are much more apparent on the taste, hitting the front palate immediately. The beer bounces between fruity, grape and winelike sweetness, and yeasty funk.

Overall, a splendid sour beer unlike most others I've had. I probably will have to stock up on a few of these. (940 characters)

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

A deep golden orange with a bright 1 finger head. Looks nice.

S hops and some mild funky sweetness

T nice strong funk bitterness right at the front then funky grape bitterness in the middle with a sweet finish. Would be nice if the aftertaste hung on a little longer. Really good tasting beer

M very good. Nice carbonation. Some of these sours are way over carbonated for me but this is pretty much just right.

O a very enjoyable beer. Not overly sour but there are some really nice flavors here. (500 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque, pretty gold hue with a half finger of off white head, champagne like carbonation. Good retention but no lacing.

S: Nice fruit (cherry, orange, apricot, mango), some sugar and grass, cherry Kool Aid, lacto sourness. Really nice stuff.

T: Moderate, sour lemon warhead-like sour, fruit (orange, mango, lemon, and light apricot).

M: Medium body, and medium-high carbonation which complements the sour flavor nicely.

O: Very tasty, with a nice level of sourness and great supporting fruit flavors. The combination of hops and sour works nicely. Highly drinkable and a great value. I’d keep this in the regular rotation if it were more easily available. (701 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

10/29/13 Re-Review:
First reviewed this back in 2011. Had it on the same day as my first Pliny the Younger and Exponential Hoppiness. Maybe one of the best days of my life. It kind of got overshadowed by the others though, so I'm glad it's back.

A: A raw honey color with a slight haze to it. A half finger cream colored head forms and leaves some lazy streaks of lace after each sip.

S: The smell is pretty incredible. A deep, musty smell with bright tropical notes of mango, pear, lychee and a good amount of lacto. Some slightly bready malt and light yeast notes begin to emerge as it warms. Develops a bit of umami as well. Interesting.

T: Has a great sourness to it right off the bat. It doesn't wallop you with it, but it grows and lingers on the sides of your tongue. Underripe white peach, green apple, lacto and some light apricot. The finish brings some mango, soft bready malt and a touch of wood. Some brett emerges as the beer warms. Really great stuff.

4/5/11

A: Hazy, honey color with a frothy looking white head that holds up pretty well. Eventually, the head settles to a thin ring around the rim of the glass.

S: There's a lot of funk to the smell with a lot of tart cherries and apple cider vinegar in the nose.

T: There is a ton going on here. I picked up apple cider vinegar, black cherries, a little spiciness, apricot and a little white wine as well. The sourness is big (though not as big as some of RR's sours) and the prickly carbonation really does well to enhance the sourness. There's a bit of bready malts in the background that hold the tartness in check a bit. Overall, this is a really well done sour. It reminded me a lot of Compunction and it may be better. I'll definitely be trying this one again. (1,743 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours apricot orange. A bit hazy. Might have expected a bit more head but it looks inviting.

Aroma is big on the hops. Oranges, lemon, hint of evergreen. A bit of acidic tartness shows as well.

Rarely have I encountered such a lip-smacking beer. The way the sourness and the hops interact creates a huge juiciness on the palate. Citrus and sour notes combine grapefruit, orange, lemons. Just great.

Lower carb than I expected. Medium mouthfeel. (447 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

While I have not tried the esteemed wild/sour ales from Russian River, I am a big fan of what New Belgium as done with wild/sour ales, especially La Folie and Le Terroir. I do object to La Folie being categorized as a Flemish Brown. It is just as much of an American Wild Ale as this is. Both are first rate, though. (317 characters)

Photo of Danimals_Beard
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color. Creamy head with slight lacing on the side of glass. Smells sour, similar to a lambic. Taste has an immediate tartness, reminds me of a cider a little bit. As the tartness faded there is a hop aftertaste that comes out and lingers. It's not over the top hoppy like some IPA's but just a light pleasant hop presence. Overall different from what I'm used to, but very refreshing in it's own way. (421 characters)

Photo of TheHumanFund
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 22 ounce bottle purchased from Small Batch Liquor in Denver

A: Light amber color, creamy white carbonation, with slight hazy.

S: Citrus, dry-hopped nose with a mild acidic finish. The two smells blend very nicely.

T: Resembles a dry-hopped, malty pale ale, with an intense, but not overwhelming, acidic and sour finish.

M: A dry, acidic bite with a tiny, creamy effervescence.

O: An exceptional beer that places a unique dry-hopped twist, on a sour ale. We'll worth a try or two. (493 characters)

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

Bomber purchased from Fleming Place Wine & Spirits in Topeka, KS. Consumed on a chilly October evening. Poured at refrigerator temperature into a Tallgrass cervoise glass.

Appearance: Pours three fingers of fluffy, cream colored head. Orange, peach colored body. Great lacing on the sides from the pour. Eventually a ring of bubbles remained with a white film on top.

Smell: Up front you get earthy, citrusy hops. More hops in the way of tropical fruits. Lacto tangyness. Some funk. The hopes are definitely what stands out in the nose.

Taste: Strong lacto tangyness. Also tart apples, white grapes and over ripened oranges and peaches. Some citrus notes do pop up towards the end though they're very subtle. A bit of brett comes out once it's warmed. Finishes with a long bready malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel that glides onto your tongue with some prickly carbonation. I can see this being quite refreshing in warmer weather. Drying finish. No signs of the ABV to be found.

Overall: A nice, tangy sour ale from New Belgium. Excellent, fruity hoppy nose and tart taste. Really showcases the lacto in my opinion. One thing is that I definitely wish I could have picked up on more oakyness from the foeders these are aged in. Given the cost though I would recommend splitting the bottle with a friend. (1,307 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Currently #199 on the Top 250 list. I love La Folie, so expectations are high. Reviewed as a "Dry hopped sour ale." 2013 vintage. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with ornate label art and branded red pry-off cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. 7.5% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness. Okay creaminess. No real frothiness. I can get some lacing on the sides of the glass when I tilt it, but none sticks. Head retention is average - ~2 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper-orange. Quasitransparent; you can't read text through it but a close finger is visible. Nice glowing vibrance. It's got a warm hue.

Overall, it's within style conventions, and while not unique or special, is quite appealing. There are no obvious flaws here. Looking forward to trying it

Sm: Has a nice lactic sourness; I only find lactobacillus - no lambic yeast. Hints of controlled bacteria are evident; it's a better sourness than you'd find in most American sours, but it still has the clinical clean feel that betrays an absence of true spontaneous fermentation, so it doesn't quite compete with the good Belgian sours. Maybe some brettanomyces, but any funkiness is hardly present. I also pick up some gose-like saltiness. Vinegar. Straw, clean barley, pilsner malts, grassiness, tart lychee. Sour apple - especially as it warms. Pear. It's a bit saison-esque in its build (if you'll forgive the pretension inherent in that phrasing). I do get some light citrusy touches along with some floral notes - no doubt the dry-hopping coming to play; it's a nice effect. Hints of oak. A bit cidery. Musky.

Overall, it's an inviting aroma of moderate strength. I'm really looking forward to trying it. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Has a lovely streak of lactobacillus-induced lactic sourness along with more subtle hints of a controlled bacterial sourness. A bit of brettanomyces funk, I guess - but lacto is the dominant yeast. Some lemon peel, pear, sour orchard apple, salt, and pilsner malts. Lychee. Sour/mandarin oranges. Hints of citrusy zest and floral notes are imparted by the timid hops. Some lime surfaces as it warms. The oak/barrel notes are subtle, perhaps even reticent.

Luckily, I'm not finding the tropical fruit notes that other reviewers have noted; I'm very happy there's no pineapple here. It's not puckerworthy, per se, but it's got a good sourness to it. Lightly tart; I could use a bit more tartness. Some acetic notes would do it well as well. A bit of crystal malt.

Sweetness/sourness/bitterness balance is superb.

No alcohol comes through.

The dry-hopping works well here, but I think mostly because it's so timid. The hops complement but don't distract - sourness is still the star here.

It's a well balanced sour ale with plenty of complexity and subtlety. It's quite cohesive, and even flirts with a gestalt build but never quite gets there. The blending is well executed; it doesn't feel too young nor too old. Good depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

As it warms, some peach and apricot appear.

Mf: Crisp, lightly spritzy, nicely carbonated (if overly so), and refreshing. Has a good smoothness/coarseness balance, with enough coarseness to accentuate the many flavours but enough smoothness to maintain its light presence on the palate. Wet. Very approachable and pleasant. Fairly acidic. Complements the flavour profile quite well. Excellent thickness and body; brewed to style. A bit sticky.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, hot, harsh, boozy, or syrupy.

Dr: A highly drinkable sour ale that masks its ABV impressively well. I'm really glad I got the chance to try it, but it isn't clearly superior to La Folie as some have asserted. It's very fairly priced for the quality and may be one of the best American sours, but I can't say it's in the league of superior Belgian sours.

I'll have no trouble murdering this whole bottle myself, and I'm glad I was greedy with this one. I'll definitely snatch up any bottles I see in the future, but in all honesty I may prefer La Folie, and I do think that this beer's limited availability combined with nostalgia during periods in which it's unavailable is driving up the ratings.

Absolutely worth trying, and undoubtedly great, but not mind-blowing. I'd recommend this to friends and trade partners. It certainly deserves to be in the top 250, and I think that says it all. I'd be very curious to try this aged, or to try a different batch. I sure wish I had a few more bottles for my own stash.

Drank very well from Cantillon stemware.

Would pair well with salad.

Serve chilled.

Low A-

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2014: Papaya. Crackery malts. Oak ties it together. 4-5/10 sourness intensity.

B+ (5,000 characters)

Photo of Impfan
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Hazy amber pour producing a couple of fingers of white head that recedes to form a lasting ring. Body is fairly light and sprightly for a sour. Aroma and flavor are complex with peach, mango, pineapple, lemon, cedar shavings, sour cherry, vinegar, horse blanket/barnyard funk, anda bit of allspice, The judicious use of Amarillos for dry hopping was ingenious, as the fruitiness imparted by the hops segues seamlessly into the funkiness contributed by the brett.. This one is not quite as sour as La Folie, but has a more intriguing balance and flavor profile, and it has a better drinkability. Buy at least few, (it’s considerably cheaper than the Folie) if you can find them. (679 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft at sams in Durham. new Belgium snifter.

pours a hazy orange with a slight head. smell is a bit muted, but definitely sour and even a bit hoppy. taste is very tart at first but dies quickly. slight bitterness even on the back end and you do feel the remaining sourness on the back of your tongue. very balanced. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall an excellent sour! (383 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a (New Belgium) tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber color. The head is a one finger off-white shade. It doesn't have the thickest-looking texture, but it's retention is excellent for a sour. A surprising amount of lacing is left behind. Considering it's a sour ale, it looks damn good.

S: I actually get more of the hops than I do the sourness. Hops provide notes of apricot, peach, grapefruit, mango, pine, and some distant herbs. Tartness lies in the background; personally I was hoping for it to be as sour as La Folie, but I can't deny that this is a quality aroma. Come to think of it, it kind of smells like a soured version of a beer Lagunitas would make. That's a huge compliment.

T: A nice profile of hops open this up nicely. Like the aroma suggested, it's heavy in apricot, mango, and pine, with just a subtle suggestion of herbs. The finish is...well, it's sour - in particular, it displays mostly a lemony tartness rather than a cherry tartness. Not suffocatingly sour mind you (or really, even as sour as La Folie), which simply means the interplay between the hop flavors and the tartness is superb. That's this brew's modus operandi in a nutshell: it takes two desirable qualities (hops and sourness) and balances them beautifully. Hell, I even pick up a malt backbone!

M: Tannic, dry, and puckering. It isn't really drinkable, but God is it wonderful to savor. So very, very wonderful. Carbonation takes a back seat to the palate puckering. On the plus side, the tartness isn't so overpowering that it strangles the tongue.

O: Fuck, this is tasty. Normally, a brew I really adore (for example, Troegs Perpetual IPA) I just want to guzzle 'til the cows come home, but this is something I'll savor happily - and still wish I had another bottle to drink. I need more of this in my life, right now. (1,836 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 deschutes_fan
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Edition

- Pours a deep golden orange.

- Strong hop scent followed by tangerine and grapefruit. At first the nose made me think the beer would be quite hoppy/bitter, but after initial taste the aroma changed more to the fruit-citrus notes.

- Taste is a very interesting mix of a nice citrus fruit sour and an IPA. Citrus Tart flavor up front followed by bitterness from the hops and a creamy mouthfeel. The fruit acidity kicks in to clean the hops away and leaves a dry palate and no lingering of the hops. No huge flavors from the oak barrel and not overly complex.

- Overall an astonishingly good IPA sour with the two styles complementing each other quite well. The citrus sour profile definitely dominates between the two, making this a true sour with IPA undertones to balance it out nicely. Biggest issue with this beer is the lack of complexity, but this also makes it VERY drinkable and palate quenching.

Update: After having this many times over the last 8 months, I need to adjust my scores down a bit. The awesome mango fruit flavor is completely gone along with the hops. Still good, but not quite what it was when fresh. Will still age some and see how it does. (1,183 characters)

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