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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,947
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 440
Gots: 339 | FT: 28
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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:
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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4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, 2013 vintage, poured into a New Belgium Globe.

The beer pours a hazy straw color, hues of apricot and gold with a nice, fluffy white head that rises about 2 fingers high and has good retention while leaving a soapy network of lace behind. The aroma is very earthy, piney hop, tangy citrus, bretty funk, oaky wood and some light, fleshy ripe fruit at the back end. These expressions are more pronounced on the tongue, lots of fresh fruit, apricots, peaches with some light berry flavors, bretty funk, bright citrus, a little wildflower before oak, bitter hop spice, resinous pine and a little vinegar make for an earthy finish. The body is crisp, lively with good carbonation, a touch watery vs expectation, coats the mouth decently well with a dry finish.

Verdict: A very nice sour ale from New Belgium, one of my favorite's that they make. The hops are a great twist and really bring out the earthy and bretty qualities while not overshadowing the fruit and floral qualities. Cheers to New Belgium, I hope they continue to feature this in the Lips of Faith series.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright but hazy golden orange color with a finger of light tan head. Retention is ok, lacing is pretty solid.

S - Lots of peach, puckering lemon citrus, lactic acid, grapefruit, hops. There's definitely a candied quality, almost iced tea like aroma. Smells fantastic!

T - Oh that's good! Initially puckering lemon zest, tons of peach, some light grassy/straw flavors, lactic acidity, apples, cherries, and funk. Some cascade type hop flavors come through and give the beer some nice balance. Aftertaste is sweet with a lingering mildly dry hop quality. The aftertaste of the sourness is indescribable but it's fantastic.

M - Medium bodied or less, good carbonation, very refreshing, very easy to drink.

O - Love the flavors, their quite unique and a bit difficult to explain.

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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head that has a little bit of retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a slightly hazy and medium amber that appears paler when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very interesting and quite subtle for a wild ale. The hops are definitely still fresh- light notes of orange and lemon with pine and resin in the background. Some grapefruit. Mellow aromas of peach and other stone fruits. Mild notes of straw and grass and minor funk come out of the bottle but not the glass.

Taste- This starts off with mild tartness, mostly lemons and cherries, and this builds with notes of stone fruits, grass, straw, and slight funk. Slight notes of the Amarillo and Cascade- grapefruit being their strongest contribution. Conspicuous lactic acid but really manageable. Does really have a linger because of the clean and dry finish. Loads of peaches. However, this beer doesn't have a large presence but this is no way detrimental to it. This beer is delicate and sublime. The balance is perfect and while this may not be the best sour I've ever had, it's one of the most enjoyable. I will certainly be buying another bottle to age. A step below Cantillon- I simply haven't found any American beers (Russian River excepted) which replicate the mouthfeel of those great Belgian beers. Apples, cherries, and strawberry. All very subtle except for the cherry, lemon, and peach. Some apricot. Some notes of honey and melon as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with some syrup which is quite delicate. Good amount of carbonation. Has a little bit of zing where a bit of airiness would definitely make this a world class beer.

Drinkability- Pretty much the most easygoing sour that I've ever had while maintaining my interest. Pretty much a steal at 8 bucks a bomber when you consider both Cascade's and Russian River's prices.

Overall- Great beer, delicate take on the style. The addition of the hops really mellows it out and reinforces the sublime nature of the beer. Definitely worth a try. I will be grabbing one or two bottles to age- this is too great of a deal to pass up.

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3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this didn't quite live up to the hype for me. a cool sour, highly prized, and finally scored. it pours a clearish orangey resin color with a good inch or so of just off white foam. the nose on it s quite sweet, and this beer is in fact a sweet and sour package. starts sweet in both taste and nose. mango and peach are obvious, possibly from the hops, possibly from something else. the sour part is the second half, lactic and puckery, but not as intense as it might be. its a good late summer palate, and a much more mild type of sour than I was expecting, and certainly when compared to la folie. bright fruit and sour go well together, but I found this a touch too sweet. it hurt my teeth and left my mouth feeling strange, like eating too many sour patch kids. dry as dry champagne too. the carbonation is nice though, and the body is right on medium. I am glad I had some friends to share this with, a whole bomber would have been too much.

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4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Abbaye de Cureghem Cantillon glass from a growler.

A - The appearance is a hazy, golden hue with a 1/2" head leaving behind a slippery lacing that finds it's way back into the glass quite quickly.

S - Getting an initial aroma of vinegar, a pleasant funk, and apples. Hints of lemons, mixtures of citrus, and fresh white fruit.

T - Peaches are very present on the entry followed by grapefruit, green apples, and mangos. Displays a pleasing tartness from the lactic acid and a light hop flavor on the back end.

M - The mouthfeel is dry with a delicate carbonation. I'm enjoying the sourness of this beer. Very well balanced!

O - This is first year that I have had the chance to try this beer. I am slowly becoming a fan of New Belgium's sours. They are far more talented in this department than in others. Will seek out again next year. Highly recommended!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 22oz into a tulip. Pours a hazy honey straw color w/ a 1-finger white head that leaves behind some loose lace.

Aroma is complex and intriguing. Pears, green apples, fresh-cut hay, oranges, pineapple.

Taste is equally unique and complex, leading off with fresh citrus and a lemony zing. Pale, slightly grainy malt, dry oak, juicy hops, some pink grapefruit, peach and mango. Nice and tart without being vinegary or overly sour.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and bone dry. Reminds me a little bit of a Berliner weisse, perhaps crossed with a wheatwine. Really nice.

Overall just an outstanding, interesting wild ale, by far the best I've had from the Lips of Faith series.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden orange, f quickly dissipating head. No lace.

S: refreshing lime, like a lime club soda.

T: lightly sour upfront, ever so slightly bitter, reminds of a gin and tonic .

M: light and crisp, a little watery and unsubstantional for me, nice carbonation.

Overall: I'm glad it's only $8.99 here, this is a great summer beer, if it could come out earlier in the season I would want to drink it all summer long.

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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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