Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 435
Hads: 2,062
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 3.99%
Wants: 456
Gots: 357 | 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 StoutHunter
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Le Terroir a few weeks ago for $14.99 at The Lager Mill. I've very interested in trying this beer and I've heard more than a few good things about it, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to it that goes well with the name and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a slightly clear golden amber color that took on more of a amber color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of bubbly slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy and spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a fruit aroma being the first to show up with come citrus and tropical fruit aromas, but to me it's the apricot that shows up the most and it goes straight to a sour cherry aroma with the sour aroma starting to take over and it develops more of a sweet tart candy aroma to it. Up next i get some of the hops which I think were where some of the fruity aromas came from and there's also a light floral and light spicy hop aroma showing up in the background. This beer had a very good aroma, the hops seemed to add just enough complexity to it.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with some floral and spicy hops showing up a little and it leads right into the sourness which is on the high side and it has a slight vinegar aspect to it, but it still retains all the sweet tart candy aspects that it had in the aroma. Up next comes the fruits with the apricot showing up just for a second and it goes right into the sour cherrys which are really nice and more sour than cherry. On the finish the sourness lingers into the aftertaste along with some fruity and lightly hoppy flavors. This was a great tasting beer, the hops added just enough complexity to it.

M- Fairly smooth, a little acidic, a little crisp, not too dry, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer and I thought it was a very nice example of the style, I have had hardly any dry hopped sours, but to me this is what they should be all about, it's a sour beer first and once the sourness starts to fade just enough hops show up to remind that there is indeed some hops and this beer and I think it adds complexity to a style that can sometimes be to dominated by just sour and not much else. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little acidic, a little crisp, not too dry, not filling at all and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I think one glass is the perfect amount for me, I might be able to drink the whole bottle, but there's a good chance that the acidic aspect would start to wear on me. What I liked the most about this beer was how well the hoppy aspects worked with this beer, it's got some nice hop flavors and some really nice hop aromas with out adding bitterness which I think would really clash with the sour. What I liked the least about this beer was how acidic it was, I know that comes with the territory when it comes to sours, but if it was toned down just a little I think it would help the drinkability. I would for sure buy this beer again and I wouldn't mind seeing how it ages, but I'm not sure it would get any better since it's dry hopped. I would recommend this to any sour fans, it's for sure worth a try. All in all I was happy with this beer and I was little impressed with how well the hops worked with the sour, they used the hops in such a way were it accents the fruity sour flavors and it's far from dominating. So far this in now one of my favorite beers from New Belgium and in the lips of faith series, it's one of the better sours I've had and it's now the best dry hopped sour I've had. Great job guys this is one tasty beer and I really enjoyed drinking it, keep up all that hard work. (4,281 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 version

A - Pours a golden orange with a two-finger foamy white head. The head dissapates leaving some soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is an interesting mix of grapefruit, orange peel, vinegar, and a light barnyard funkiness.

T - The flavor starts off tart with a vinegary flavor that is balanced out by some citrus. There is some yeasty barnyard funk throughout with a biscuity maltiness. The finish has a nice earthiness.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice sour. The dry hopping adds some nice citrus notes. A very fun beer that would be a good introduction for non sour fans. (646 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small tulip- quarter inch light head that quickly faded to a very thin film. Hazy golden color. Aroma has huge fruity smells, both lots of tropical and citrus. I also got some sweet malt notes and some funky yeast. The taste is wonderful, with so many great flavors assaulting your palate. Grapefruit, mango, and peach notes slap you in the face up front with a nice lingering sour yeasty flavor on the back end. Mouthfeel was fairly light and crisp, with the tartness putting a nice prickly feel on your tongue. Overall, this is an outstanding sour, with the dry-hopping adding those great aromas and flavors. This one's a keeper! (646 characters)

Photo of Guas11
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Extremely enjoyable sour/wild ale that I've had the pleasure of having on draft 3 occasions in 3 different locations. Aroma is a bit deceiving in that I picked up a nice dose of hop and fruit but the flavor that followed was more dank and earthy. Very dry finish with a bit of tannic bitterness lingering. Very good beer and would happily enjoy anytime....salute. (365 characters)

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a light orange color with a very thin white head with no retention. Lightly carbonated with very thin bubbles running up the sides of the glass. First smell is berries soaked in vinegar. The acidity is noticeable. There is also a decent hop presence in the background. First sip is incredibly sour. Strong acidic notes and a vinegary flavor. The hops finally come through after about 3 sips. They are fruity and citric in the aftertaste. The finish is pretty clean with a low hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Fairly still and medium bodied.

A hoppy sour? It actually works. (619 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Vine and Barley Palm City. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Lightly hazy yellow. Nice white head. Great retention.

Smell - Quite hoppy. Kinda lemony and citrusy. Damp and funky woodiness.

Taste - Sour right up front. Lemon and grapefruit. Kinda herbal. Hoppy too. Fresh sharp oak and a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation and very dry. Medium body.

Overall - Finished before getting to this part of the review, so I got nothing. (456 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquors, unknown brewing/bottling date (2014 vintage), poured into my NEBCO Gandhi-Bot large bottom snifter and drank over 60 minutes (184 characters)

Photo of ta_hagen
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Bought this beer twice. $16.99 bottle, little bit of more money on this one, but well worth it. Very sour! Best sour ale as I tested so far. I actually have bought two bottles and they both were a treat. Weird taste, but after the taste you just want more and more and more!!!! (279 characters)

Photo of BrentLepping
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had my reservations, but this beer really surprised me. The strong fruit (mango, papaya, grapefruit) blasts through at first, and then the sour hits hard on the back end. Realy, really unique sour and definitely worth the $16 price tag. (238 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Peach/amber, a little hazy. Nice fat white head.
smell: Wow, what a nose. Mango, citrus, maybe some strawberry with a little spice. A hint of sweet something, maybe molasses, plus just a touch of funk. Damn.
taste: Not quite the heights reached by the nose but damn tasty. Peachy/mango with a little funk.
overall: No idea this was gonna be this badass. Delish. (367 characters)

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

Brew is a light yellowish-orange, slightly peach-colored, topped with a light cream head, small size with reasonable retention for the style.

Wow, I know this beer is dry-hopped, but I was not expecting this aroma! Grapefruit, mango, and starfruit, accompanied by a sweet, sugary caramel. There's a hint of yeast lurking in the background, but the dry hop overwhelms everything else.

Flavor does not follow the aroma; this is a wild ale, tart and sour, through and through. The dry hop comes through as a very fruity presence of grapefruit and mango, slightly dank (from the Amarillo). White grapes and white wine-flavored tartness bounce off the hoppy fruitiness, while oak and a rustic, musty yeast presence develop on the mid-palate and back-end.

Very tart and puckering, but nicely balanced with a fruity sweetness. Definitely a sipper, slightly oily. Relatively short finish except for a lasting astringency.

This is one of the most interesting beers I have ever had. It has a fruity profile from the hops that is quite different from a traditional sour or lambic, and which blends with the tart, puckering sourness in a unique fashion. I'm very glad I got to try it. (1,178 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a fairly vigorous and creamy white head that dissipates moderately. The beer itself is a clear solid gold. The beer smell is pretty complex and delicious. The beer has both a tarty component and a fruity/tropical part. The tart sour (similar to that of grapefruit and Granny Smiths) is pretty strong and dominates the smell but is delightful when the tropical part comes out. The tropical smell is a little bit like watermelon and melon with a bit of sweet papaya. The beer taste is similar but the tart is stronger and the tropical part is harder to make out. The tropical part still comes out and is pretty good but it's hard to keep the beer in your mouth for that long. The tropical portion is generally stronger after the beer has warmed a little and stronger in the aftertaste. The same melon notes from before are present. The tart comes out with the same notes but is amplified by the bitter citrus hops. (927 characters)

Photo of KevSal
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Fantastic beer, actually comes close to my favorite Dry hopped sour from the same state. Batch 60. and a touch behind love buzz that share similarities. Highly recomend. (169 characters)

Photo of hip2hops
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Bottle Date: 08-19-2014
Poured into a Heady Topper stemless goblet.
This amazing mystery liquid from New Belgium's Sour Forest
is ALL OVER THE PLACE.
So many different aromas and flavors...it's an adventure.
It's so tart up front, not sure it's actually beer.
THEN, the payoff...a luxurious, lingering finish of malty sweetness.
A roller coaster ride of deliciousness.
This brew touches all the bases.
Batter up! (416 characters)

Photo of handcrafty
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured from 22oz bottle. The only numbering on the bottle is "140819091", Possibly 08/19/14, so possibly a bit over two months old.
Color is a nice orange-golden body with a thin residual head staying throughout the glass. Nice legging, fairly sticky.
Smells of sour fruit, berries, apples and grass and the taste follows. A little more subtle than I prefer my sours, but I enjoyed the interplay between the Amarillo and Cascade hops and the fruity notes. Very nice. Lots of beautiful citrus notes, plum, raspberries, currants and everything else you would want in a nice sour.
Medium body with a slightly lactic finish. Overall, very enjoyable - easily my favorite from New Belgium. I would love to see them expand their lineup with these styles. (748 characters)

Photo of ColdBassHonkey
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Crisp, lightly acetic, and has a great fruity taste that hits you instantly. The hoppy flavor hits afterwards, which isn't overwhelming to the rest of the balance of this terroir. Not too sour, not too fruity, enough hops, perfect terroir. (242 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1L howler from Sherbrooke Liquor. 2014 version of Le Terroir, and since that sample from their growler bar tasted so good earlier today, time to get 'er done!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some awkward coral reef lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of somewhat acrid and testy Belgian yeast, an earthy funkiness, sort of juicy apricot and peach, overripe red apple, a bit of muddled tropical fruit, grainy, semi-sweet pale malt, an ethereal twinge of tangy caramel, and a sniff of warming alcohol. The taste is certainly fruity - more dried apricots and yet fresh peaches, pineapple core, kiwi, white grapefruit (stopping to catch breath - hell, it'd be easier to state which produce aisle staples aren't seemingly here) - subtly funky old-school yeast, a bready, sort of doughy pale graininess, a tame earthy sourness (well, maybe some strangely agreeable red wine vinegar notes), and an unquestionably distinct citrusy, grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is pretty plain and merely supportive, like it knows the correct side of the buttered bread, the body a solid medium weight for the style, and way more smooth than one unnamed reviewer might have been expecting - wow. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, the tart and acidic character still kickin' about, for sure, but with all the fruitiness and the underappreciated - I'm sure - malt counting this one in the win column.

One tasty, and ultimately approachable wild ale, the yeast and beasties having learned a whole lot of manners and decorum, apparently, or maybe it's just the huge fruit notes (origins duly muddled) that gloss and smooth everything over. Whatever, this is a pleasure to drink, especially given the thoroughly integrated 15-proof booze. Hello mueder, hello foeder! (1,895 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of loads of citrus, mango, peaches, some lemon zest, barnyard funk, some earthiness and a touch of sweet caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a big sour /tart character upfront, citrus, lemon zest, some peaches (very tropical hops), definite barnyard funk and light caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Wow, IPA meets Sour executed perfectly. I would love to have access to this year round.

Serving type: bottle (775 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

I couldn't decide for a long time if I loved or hated this beer. It's just so different than anything I've had before... actually, no, it's really similar to two very dissimilar things I've had before (IPAs and sours). Some swigs feature an explosion of hops, while others are straight-up sour, and most are some crazy commingling of the two. Once I wrapped my brain around the dichotomy, I decided I loved it. The fruity notes in the hops provide a great layer on top of the fruity sour of the base beer. Will be seeking out more of this. (539 characters)

Photo of Ahab2014
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Great beer, thought last years was not as hoppy though but had a bigger sour kick than this years, I dont know if it is just me or not. One of my favorites from New Belgium. (173 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -24.9%

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. (414 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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.. (349 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured a gorgeous cloudy reddish orange body with two fingers of fluffy, long lasting off-white head. The beer looks wonderful and very appealing. Scents of orange flesh, tropical fruit, especially mango, but also with some pineapple, some spicy yeast phenols and a hint of wild yeast and a very faint light pine. Overall impression of aroma is light and fruity, very bright, with a nice undertone of spicy yeast keeping it balanced. Very nice. Flavor begins moderately sour, with a nice wild funk, light pine resin, notes of tropical fruit and lemon zest. This moves into a middle that is still moderately sour, with more pronounced notes pine resin, wild, sour funk, some lemongrass and lemon zest. Finish is dry with high sourness notes of lemongrass, tropical fruit, indeterminate citrus fruit and zest, wild, sour funk and light pine. Aftertaste is wild, sour funk, lemon, hints of peach and tropical fruit and slight lemongrass. Overall impression of flavor is of a sour, funky, complex ale that combines nice wild funk, combined with nice levels of fruitiness and a pine and herbal character from the lemongrass. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a puckering, drying, refreshing feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nicely sour and puckering wild ale that is quite refreshing. Overall this is a wonderful American Wild Ale that is refreshingly tart, fruity, wild, funky and piney in aroma and flavor. Aided by a wonderful mouthfeel it is a nicely refreshing ale. Very well done and quite good. (1,553 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.6/5  rDev +8%

Looks great! Golden with good clarity and a big white head. Very interesting and unique aroma. Fruity, earthy and funky. Good depth. Tartness leads in the flavor but doesn't overwhelm. Fruity and hoppy aspects play along with it making something, again, very unique. This is nothing like any beer I've had before. Well worth a try. (336 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%

2014 Bottle shared with friends at home on Oct. 3, 2014. Pours golden, with a bit of slight orange hue, small white head that dissipates quickly. Beautiful aroma of grassy hops, hay, a little funk, some nice citrus and tangerines, and some sweet bready maltiness. Flavor follows the smell, but with much more citrus fruit and sourness. A nice sharp lactic tart here with big juicy apricots and tangerines, and a light grassy hay-like hop bite that doesn’t get in the way of thtis juicy sour brew. Dry finish after the juicy fruits, light to medium bodied, with plus carbonation. This beer exceeded my expectations. What an awesome, awesome sour from New Belgium. (664 characters)

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