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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 447
Hads: 2,128
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 21.08%
Wants: 464
Gots: 380 | FT: 28
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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 augustgarage
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Faintly hazy orange peel liquid with a lasting smattering of ivory. Delicate lacing.

Citrus and herb laden hops in the nose, along with a vinuous floral quality from the barrel aging. Further murky complexity is aroused once the beverage warms.

Bracingly sour palate entry suggesting lemon, kiwi, pomegranate, and more. Faint rosé wine notes give way to a mild bitterness and an increasing wave of hop flavor. I'm reminded of the immense quantities of hops utilized in lambic brewing, though here, they are allowed to retain and contribute substantial flavor, making this unmistakably a domestic rendition of a traditional sour. Finishes tart, dry, and lightly mineral in nature.

Light bodied, well carbonated, spritzy, but with a touch of creaminess as well.

Another success from New Belgium's Lips of Faith series - wonderful for a hot day, so grab it while you can.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at itap, served in a tulip

pour was a deep golden yellow with a light fizzy head.

the tap was more subtle on the hops bringing out more of the sour base. more peach than anything else. a light hint of oak. bits of sweetness.

very peach forward with light citrus fruits beneath. a very moderate sourness that was pretty consistent from start to finish. light malt backbone. hints of oak still remained.

nice tartness hits the gums. moderate carbonation and dry finish.

seeing as the dry hopping was far more subtle, this was almost different. tasted more like a fresh Eric's Ale. very good in its own way.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to pick this one up from Hop City in Atlanta. Can't find a bottled on date but I'm sure it was pretty recently. Enjoyed on 03/24/11.

A - Pours a nice looking dark gold/amber color with a one finger white head. Leaves no lacing at all. Only slightly hazy. Pretty good looking beer.

S - This is my favorite part of this beer. An excellent balance of IPA-like hoppiness and a sour, vinegary aroma. Some sweet malts are present also, great aroma.

T - Quite sour upfront with a good lactic character. Sweet malts are present as well. Finish is pretty tart and stays on the tongue for a while which then fades to a mild sweetness that I love.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Medium with a pretty good amount of carbonation.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this. Only just recently started getting into sours, and I loved this one. Make sure you pick up a bottle. Or two!

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Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap.

A- Pours a semi-hazed orange color with some golden highlights to it. One finger white head shows medium retention. Couple of streaks of lace on the glass but not much else.

S- Citrus hops in the front of the aroma. There is a light citrus undertone to the rest of the nose which creeps between the lactic sourness and some barnyard funk. Light green apple notes in the ending with a soured alcohol ending in the nose. Overall a nice aroma for the style.

T- The citrus hops in the front of the aroma does come in the flavor at first as well. Some soured green apple flavors come through next with hints of barnyard funk. This comes through in the middle with more of a lemony and citrus orange light sour tone. The backend of the flavor profile shows some wood notes along with a final light sour note. Piney hops show up for a split second which ends on a light alcohol tone.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Soured fruit and more soured fruit left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, soured fruit, and hints of wood. Flavor were well balanced for the style with this being not too overly sour. No off flavors were detected while it would be hard to find if there was. Heavy alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

O- This was a nice drinker overall. The sourness to this beer was never over the top and the ABV was never really a problem while drinking. I think this was left in the barrel for the perfect amount of time. Nice job New Belgium on making yet another great tasting sour.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to jl28r1 for this bottle!

Damn French and its crazy pronunciations... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly murky golden amber topped by a finger or so of kinda fluffy white sea foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, orange rind, lime, pineapple, ruby red grapefruit, sour watermelon, currants, and a touch of peach. It's a tart, fruity wonderland in my nose. I believe there's also a hint of mild mint and pine in there too. The taste is pretty similar, but with the sourness pumped up significantly. It's not necessarily mouth-puckering but it's more than palpable, lemme tell ya. Still dominated by fruit, though a bit of hoppy goodness does make it through the produce stand and onto my 'buds. Unfortunately, it's not as easy to pick out the individual fruits now. Still pretty tasty, though. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, good times all-around here. Thankfully this is one relatively readily-available sour that does not disappoint.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, cloudy golden color. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom. One finger head settles to a coating over the top of the beer.

Smells, sweet and musty at the same time. You can smell the hops and funk dancing together...makes for an extremely wonderful aroma.

Taste is similar, but the sourness prevails here. You can get a sneak preview of the hops at first touch of the lips, but then the sour funk dominates. This follows through the swallow, which leaves a sharp acidic bite at the back of my throat...I love it!

Feels creamier than most Wilds. Creamy isn't a word I would normally use for any wild, but this has a touch of it. It flows nicely through the mouth on its way down the hatch, and instantly leaves you wanting another swallow...

Overall, I love this beer! It's kind of an advanced sour for beginners? Does that make sense??? I guess what I mean is it is more sour than some of the docile ones out there that people call 'beginner sours', but it isn't over the top, tear the enamel off your teeth sour. The hoppiness makes it approachable to some that may have only tried a sour or two before. I would definately drink this again and again....and again...

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Fairly clear golden amber with a light white head that doesn't stick around.

S - Earthy and tart with tangerine, peach, sour apple and lemon. Some chalky sweet tart candy scents.

T - Fruity, tangerine with a bit of sweetness that quickly turns tart. Some light bready malt hidden underneath the tartness, lemon peels, earthy, chardonnay, oak and more fruit that lingers through a very dry finish.

M - Light and almost juicy with a linger tart dryness.

D - Interested if the heavy fruit comes from the dry hopping or Brett C strain. Very good.

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Photo of Harvest06
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid sour and the hops add a nice complexity. Overall it's nothing amazing and not worth the $15 price tag. For a dry hop IPA I'd rather have a red swingline.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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Photo of peabody
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a straw yellow with two fingers of white suds.
Smell is hoppy and sour at the same time. Some malt and some sugar but the aroma on this one is fairly faint.
Taste is sour and hop at the same time. I like this. Two great tastes together!.
Mouthfeel is very clean for a 7.5%er. You want another drink quickly after the previous one clears the throat.
Overall this is a pretty good beer from NB.

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Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Pours a burnt orange with a nice off-white head.

S: Aroma is super-citrusy. Lots of orange and grapefruit and apricot notes, along with some lemony acidity lurking.

T: Taste brings earthy sourness, bit of bitter grapefruit pith, light vanilla wood tannin, lemon, mango, super drying and fruity.

M: Light-bodied with light carb.

O: Always a pleasure. One of the few New Belgium beers along with La Folie still working buying.

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Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 22oz bomber

A-poured a beautiful mostly clear amber/orange color with a fresh head and lacing it looks like a nice gueuze..

S-great smell of citrus hops ,pineapple,and sour funk

T- is superb i get lots of tropical fruits ,citrus hops a nice tart sour burst of apples and lemon,funky barnyard tastes

M-is tart and sour but balanced very well tropical hops

O- a very drinkable sour which is dry hopped very drinkable very tasty

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Photo of dcloeren
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying this is my first sour. Don't crucify me if I'm way off or sound like it's amateur hour

Poured a hazy but crisp orange with only a finger of bright white head that quickly receded to a thin ring around the edges

At first it smelled like liquid sour cream... but once it started to warm up I'm getting some rotting pineapple, sour yeast and some floral notes

Taste is legit and I was shocked I must say. Getting a nice sweet pineapple that's covered in sour patch kids sugar with some granny smith apple. My lips are puckered

Mouth feel is light and crisp with an ample amount of carbonation that really gives it a great touch. Very tart and it has a very sour after taste on the back corners of my tongue. ("obviously... Hence the term sour ale dipshit" is what I just said to myself out loud)

Overall I was pleased with my first sour. I was told that this was a great starter sour and a very good beer and I couldn't agree more

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Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the 1st Annual Brass Hat Brewing Brewfest in Watertown, CT, this little beauty from the bomber shows a somewhat cloudy straw-yellow brown color with a decent frothy white head and very healthy lacing. The aroma impresses you immediately with lemon-bread, skunky yeast and a little sweet bubblegum. I like it and the sour invitation is compelling. The flavor again echoes the lemon sharpness detected by the nose but there's also some peachy vinegar and some vanilla biscuit. Bitter but perfectly drinkable for the style. It's medium-light bodied with lively carbonation and a light, crisp feel. Once again, this Lips of Faith series is really translating the Belgian ideas into accessible American lingo that I thoroughly enjoy. While it's a little different from the couple of European leaders I have sampled, it stands well with them in my mind. Enjoy this if you find it!

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange in door with a decent whte head. Not too sticky, but the look is pretty good. Aroma includes notes of green apple, bubble gum, and pale malt sweetness.

Le Terroir is a really good wild ale. The sourness is assertive with notes of apple, lemon, and cherry. It is sweet, but balanced by a slightly peppery or herbal hop bitterness. Sour is definitely the leader, but it is balanced all around.

Light, assertive carbonation,but not enough to squash the lovely flavor emanating from those Brett bugs. Fantastic.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by the late chswimmer (RIP). Thanks, Ted.

I confess I enjoyed it a lot more than I told the guys at the tasting. They seemed less enthused about it, so I kept quiet and kept taking pours of it "for research." I didn't let on that I enjoyed it, but I really did. It's surprisingly delicious. I stress, "surprisingly."

A: Pours a clear orange-gold with 1 finger of off-white head.

S: It's very floral, blending seamlessly into vibrant pineapple, peach, apricots, and lemon, with a light funk. There's a lactic sourness in the nose. It's mildly tannic, as well.

T: I go absolutely nuts for pineapple, peach, and apricot flavors in beer. This one is no exception. I'm guessing all of those flavors are from the dry-hopping that Ted mentioned. This must be a super-fresh bottle then. It's vibrant and delicious. I'm impressed that it's simultaneously peach-sweet and pineapple-sour. It's mostly lactic on the palate, though there is a mild acetic burn in the finish, accentuated by tannins.

M: Light-medium bodied. It has spritzy carbonation; maybe a little too much, as it winds up being kind of foamy on the palate.

O: Again: SURPRISINGLY tasty.

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Photo of TVolt1
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like a highly carbonated lager. Same type of color, good clarity.

S: Smell of sour apple and sour grapes along with a nice floral hoppy aroma.

T: Great mellow taste. I can taste sour apple along with grapes and a hint of kiwi. Not a huge hit of sour that some beers have that make you pucker but just enough to make you want more. I like the fruity flavor and how they incorporated more fruits besides the usual cherry.

M: Good carbonated medium mouthfeel.

O: Overall, I think this is a great beer. Good sipping beer that is mellow enough to enjoy casually but with enough flavor to want another. Definately a beer I would get again.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a clear amber with a white foamy head that falls to a thin collar. Nice thick gobs of lacing despite the subdued head. The scent is full of tropical fruits as well as peach. Very fresh scent. Upon tasting, the initial fruity sweetness gives way to a crisp, tart, and acidic finish. Not a full on sour bomb, but it is there and very enjoyable. Wonderful lingering flavor of a slightly sweet mango. Lively carbonation and light bodied. Very enjoyable beer and a sour ale that is likely to be best fresh.

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Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draught today @ Choice City Butcher & Deli. A lovely sour ale. It opens up with an intense sourness then leans towards light hints of caramel and sour apples. Honestly, I didn’t perceive much hop character at all, but that is okay. A tremendous brew.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a flute glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with two fingers of dense white head. Great retention. Very nice.

S: Light lactic acid with a tropical hop profile. Lots of mango, pineapple, and oranges - it's almost hard to tell what is coming from the hops and what is coming from the bugs it is so well integrated. Juicy smelling, but still a bit dry.

T: Like biting into a juicy orange. Light lactic acid mixes with light brett funk and a great tropical hoppiness. Very clean, yet full tasting.

M: Moderate thickness with good carbonation.

O: I really like the mixture of hop flavor and sourness of this beer. It's quite flavorful yet still clean.

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Photo of camp0474
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange with an off-white head. Leaves good lacing as it dies off.

S: Hops up front are somewhat fruity and citrusy. Notes of a funky earthy tartness too. Sour apple. Great smells of sour and hops.

T: Some tart citrus like lemon and grapefruit and sour apple. Starts sour and then becomes mouth-puckering and very tart. Ends with nice hoppy bitterness. Some nice subtle sweetness in there too. Quite drinkable regarding how sour and tart this beer is. Lingering bitterness lasts for a while, but you still want more.Reminds me of a Shock Tart... haven't thought about this candy for many many years.

M: Lighter medium body. Medium carbonation, fizzy in the mouth prickles the tongue. Suits this beer quite well.

D: Pretty refreshing and drinkable. Balanced and tasty.

Haven't had too many sours but this beer was solid. Good showing of tartness with some balance and good flavors. Definitely having this again.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Jake's in Omaha, NE and stored in refrigerator
No bottled on date, "364 D-1 1612" stamped on bottom
Poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

New Belgium's Le Terroir was an amazing beer when fresh, full of fruit and moderated sourness. Having aged over a year, the beer is still a quality wild ale, full of lactobacillus and brettanomyces character and associated acids. The hopping has been noticeably reduced, but the fruitiness of it fresh is still lingering around in places and replaced by sourness. Interestingly, the malt and oak character is starting to peek through, which I didn't notice when fresh. In all, an excellent wild ale that I wish would be released again and on a more predictable basis.

Pours a 2cm tall head, composed of small bubbles, that has moderate retention, dissipating to a thick circle and scattered islands atop the beer's body. Leaves some modest lacing along the sides of the glass, mostly large splotches. Body is a semi-hazy copper-orange color, turning yellow-orange with yellow highlights when held to a light. Carbonation is substantial and easily visible within the body.

Aroma offers some bright, sweet malt contributions along with a mixed variety of fruits, including apricot, a bit of mango. Slight white wine aroma. There is a fairly strong undercurrent of sweet-and-sour sauce, which I don't recall there being when this was fresh on-tap or in bottles. Not sure how well this is aging as a result.

Taste opens with quite pleasant, sweet malt meets tangy apricots with a bit of acidic bite on the tip of the tongue. Mid-palate is able to detect an increased fruitiness from the beer, including apricots, peaches, and mango in a light bath of malt sweetness and modest acid sourness. As the taste progresses down the palate, I pick up something champagne-like in taste, mildly vinous. Also, a very mild bitterness appears along the sides of the tongue, no doubt imparted by the hops. Back of palate picks up increasing, though still moderate, levels of sourness, definitely acetic or lactic in edge, with a mild bit of acetone. Oak character is noticeable, though not as abundant as in gueuzes. Finish is a long-lingering mild malt with oak and subtle sourness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with adequate carbonation to assist this in foaming slightly on the palate, rendering a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Finishes semi-dry, with a bit of stickiness around the lips from residual sugars. Mildly acidic throughout, but particularly noticeable in the close, the throat both enjoys and does not appreciate the mild burning the beer is able to cause.

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Edition

- Pours a deep golden orange.

- Strong hop scent followed by tangerine and grapefruit. At first the nose made me think the beer would be quite hoppy/bitter, but after initial taste the aroma changed more to the fruit-citrus notes.

- Taste is a very interesting mix of a nice citrus fruit sour and an IPA. Citrus Tart flavor up front followed by bitterness from the hops and a creamy mouthfeel. The fruit acidity kicks in to clean the hops away and leaves a dry palate and no lingering of the hops. No huge flavors from the oak barrel and not overly complex.

- Overall an astonishingly good IPA sour with the two styles complementing each other quite well. The citrus sour profile definitely dominates between the two, making this a true sour with IPA undertones to balance it out nicely. Biggest issue with this beer is the lack of complexity, but this also makes it VERY drinkable and palate quenching.

Update: After having this many times over the last 8 months, I need to adjust my scores down a bit. The awesome mango fruit flavor is completely gone along with the hops. Still good, but not quite what it was when fresh. Will still age some and see how it does.

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Photo of jpro
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler last week at the special New Belgium event at CBX...

A: Pours a golden apricot with a one-finger, cream head of tight packed fizziness.

S: Pineapple; light tannins; a touch of vinegar; its a very enticing aroma that invites a sip; a little bit of mustiness / stank on this one, too (more noticeable as the beer warms).

T: Nice, crispy sour; dry citrus rind and a cidery tartness.

M: Medium bodied with a zingy carbonation; good puckering factor, here.

D/O: Wow, a very drinkable sour... tart, but refreshing; the amarillo dry hop is great as I think it gives this beer a touch of sweetness; definitely one of the more drinkable sours I've had and a likely candidate for any sourhead's fix.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft at sams in Durham. new Belgium snifter.

pours a hazy orange with a slight head. smell is a bit muted, but definitely sour and even a bit hoppy. taste is very tart at first but dies quickly. slight bitterness even on the back end and you do feel the remaining sourness on the back of your tongue. very balanced. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall an excellent sour!

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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.