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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,776
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 438
Gots: 280 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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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.

deltatauhobbit, Sep 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

stillmoving, Sep 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

denimdemon, Sep 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

engberg88, Aug 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

dtx00, Aug 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

headyhopzhead, Aug 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ste5venla, Aug 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

dhbiker0889, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

rudzud, Aug 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

acurtis, Jul 29, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: light tan, clear, thin white head

S: smells interesting, but i can't characterize. behind this whiff of "i don't know what", there's some sweet caramel smell.

T: clean sharp and edgy tartness, like a squeezed lemon, and very very minor vinegar presence. there's citrus-peel bitterness that lingers on sides of my tongue. faint caramel sweetness.

M: light and dry.

O: nice summery drink.
First, I thought it was little too sour for my taste. after a few sips, it's actually nice!

Takahiro, Jul 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

lecoupdejarnac, Jul 18, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. From notes. Enjoyed in the fall of 2011.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a thin, roughly ¾ of a finger’s worth, of bright-white froth. This retrains at about the same level, throwing up a rich cascade of spotty lacing which slowly drips down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of ripe tropical fruit, pine, grapefruit, woody edges, and a funky and slightly acidic sour kick in the back of the nostrils. A touch of warmth is present here in the nose as well.

The taste has a sour bite throughout that leaves this dry and acidic feeling in the finish. The profile is rounded out by some still green bitterness and even a semblance of softer tropical fruit notes (mainly pineapple) that hang on the edges and mingle with some gentle sugars from the malt. The finish is fairly aggressive here, with a mix of earthy tartness, woody tannins, and some leftover pine from the hops all lingering with some strength. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively creamy sharpness that jumps the flavors around in the mouth. The underbelly of the feel here has more of a slick and slippery feel to it from that combo of hops and wood, which aids in all of that tannic sourness going smoothly across the palate.

This was pretty was pretty nice and I really liked what those American hops brought to this despite the age on the bottle. I can only imagine how much this beer popped when fresh. I’ll definitely be seeking this one out again next times it’s released, as it’s a great example of how well hops can still compliment a sour beer.

Kegatron, Jul 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

doucmehu, Jul 12, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased 8/2011, bottling date unknown.

A - Pours a clear burnt orange with one finger of white head. Head doesn't last long, but maintains a collar. Nice stream of carbonation rising from the center of the tulip.

S - Nice funky sourness in the aroma. Lemon and tart peach, and some lactic sourness. Despite holding this for awhile, I do get some hops aroma. Very nice aroma.

T - While the sourness is front and center, there is a very nice fruitiness here as well. Not a sweet fruitiness, but juicy tart peach, some faint bitterness.

M - Medium, crisp mouthfeel with a nice carbonation level. Some faint lingering funkiness.

O - Really enjoyable sour from New Belgium. The dry hopping adds a nice twist to this, and the peach notes are very tasty. Would love have this again.

warnerry, Jul 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ASUBeer, Jul 08, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.