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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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1,905 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,905
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 438
Gots: 311 | 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:
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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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.

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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!

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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

Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 1,905 ratings.