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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1194
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.74%

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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Photo of LambicPentameter


4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a silkscreened brown 22 oz bomber. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series tulip glass.

Appearance - A complex, glowing golden orange body with some haze. Bright gold highlight where the light shines through. Atop the body sits a firm stark white one-finger head of smaller bubbles with a few larger bubbles that expand and leave nice pocking. Retention is pretty solid, and leaves little to no lacing as it dissipates.

Smell - A wonderfully herbal hop profile, with notes of fresh cut grass, garden greens, basil, and lemongrass. There is also a more faint, but definitely detectable bit of acidity, almost like watered-down apple cider vinegar. Smells exactly as you might expect a dry-hopped sour ale to smell. Delicious and refreshing.

Taste - Whereas the smell tended to lean a bit more towards the hoppy characteristics, the taste is more of a standard sour blonde. Citrus zest, fresh grass, pine needles, lemon vinaigrette, citric acidity and some faint hints of wood and even leather. Just an outstandingly balanced beer, with the hops and acidity playing very well together.

Mouthfeel - Light body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish with a lingering tartness on the aftertaste.

Overall, another sour LoF beer that I'm just blown away by. I'm glad that NB decided to re-release this beer, as I missed out on it the first time it hit the market. This one is wonderfully balanced and I might suggest it to someone who was looking to get into sour beers, as the hoppiness provides some flavor profiles that might be more familiar to someone who was new to the characteristics of sour beer. I will definitely continue buying this beer as long as they keep releasing it.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 03:58:28 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a hazy golden amber with a thin off-white head that fades while lacing. The nose is a potent mix of piney/earthy cascade hops carried on by a bit of tart funk. The taste brings a lot more malty sweetness and flavor forward accented by earthy hops and a light, tart fruity (watermelon, kiwi, grapes?) funkiness. Medium bodied, well carbonated, slightly tart and acidic, but drinkable, earthy hops, lingering fruit, masked alcohol...like whoa. This beer is a great seasonal sour from NB, more drinkable and approachable than la folie (which I also thoroughly enjoy) and has a better chance pairing with a meal for that reason. I'd definitely drink this one again and recommend to others.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 23:11:16 | More by ThePorterSorter
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4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a New Belgium glass

A- A hazy straw color with a small white head.

S- Sour with some nice hops, getting sour lemons, tropical fruits and a nice herbal tea smell.

T- Sour lemons, tropical fruits, nice barnyard funk, some piney/herbal hops in the finish, great mix of flavors very well balanced.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry, light body.

O- Wow, a very well done sour, love what the dry hopping brings to it.

Serving type: growler

11-26-2013 01:31:11 | More by larryi86
Photo of homebrew311


4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have had the pleasure of enjoying this beer many times in many settings, finally time for a review. Pours a somewhat cloudy orange with a blanket of white head that retains nicely and leaves heavy lacing. The nose starts with fresh hops, the simcoe and amarillo bring some pine, grass, and tropical fruit to the table. This is followed by some toasty malt aroma paired with a nice dose of lactobacillus. The taste is way more tart than the nose lets you believe. Notes of tart cherries, lemon, balsamic vinegar, and tropical fruits are all present on the palate. The sourness is refreshing and plenty puckering, the hops kind of tame down the intensity. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and light. Overall, this is a very unique sour that features the best of both the hoppy and the wild ale world.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 05:42:58 | More by homebrew311
Photo of Rangerat1


5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a beer! If you like sours but do not want to be overwhelmed with tartness this is your baby! Probably my single favorite hands down New Belgium beer ever produced. Luckily my local brewery taps this the past couple years. Not much I can say other than you just gotta try it. Some folks are not fans and this seems to be a love it or hate it kinda brew. Barring some of the Trappist sour offerings in Belgium this is one of the best to come out of the New World!

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 22:21:38 | More by Rangerat1
Photo of andrewjraab


3.66/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange with a towering creamy, bubbly, and sparkling white head. Nice look.

S - Tart Cherries, peaches, malts, some citrus hops, apples.

T - Sour apple jolly ranchers - pucker up. This has a very unique sweet n' sour build and gets better after the initial smack to the jowls. Sticky mouth feel - and a sour bitter finish lingers on the tongue.

O - Very interesting brew. Glad I tried it, but not a beer I will come back to.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 02:57:38 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of Fcolle2


4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy light orange in color with a 1 finger white head that has good retention.

Smell is good. Fresh lemon and lemon rind are forward over a substantial amount of vinegar. There are some very light hint of citrus hops before a good oak presence finishes the aroma.

Taste is great. There is a fresh lemon like tartness forward in the brew that keeps it incredibly refreshing and crisp. There is a mild straw like malt flavor before a fruity tart and sweet flavor comes in at the end brew.

Mouthfeel is great, crisp refreshing and tart. Everything have come to expect in a good sour and more.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 03:38:21 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of Beer4Baltimore


4.89/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 01:55:46 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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2.89/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 01:49:04 | More by deebo
Photo of hingaling220


4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2013 16:13:27 | More by hingaling220
Photo of MrBoh


4.44/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 15:52:57 | More by MrBoh
Photo of JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 05:28:05 | More by JasonLovesBeer
Photo of nj111579


5/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 03:07:17 | More by nj111579
Photo of Zaximus


4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 01:47:19 | More by Zaximus
Photo of PaulyB83


4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 02:29:52 | More by PaulyB83
Photo of lordofstarside


4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:10:19 | More by lordofstarside
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.44/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 21:02:59 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of DrewskiWhit


4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 02:37:11 | More by DrewskiWhit
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 01:40:46 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of notchucknorris


4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
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.


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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2013 02:24:15 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of Powderhornphil


4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 01:53:45 | More by Powderhornphil
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4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 12:34:45 | More by jbaker67
Photo of Danimals_Beard


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 05:37:44 | More by Danimals_Beard
Photo of TheHumanFund


3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 06:39:28 | More by TheHumanFund
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4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 02:21:04 | More by CowsandBeer
Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.