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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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1,428 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,428
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 448
Gots: 207 | FT: 19
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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3/5  rDev -30.2%

Whiskeydeez, Jan 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

Anaxagoris, Friday at 07:58 PM
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

fredmugs, Sep 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

neorunner, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

Rau71, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of RTJakarta
3.05/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a small head and some visible carbonation.

Smell is not what I would expect at all. Doesn't have the sour smell like a lot of Flanders Reds....kinda smells like an IPA gone awry to me. Sort of makes me cringe before I even try this. (I picked up a bottle because it was relatively inexpensive, and I <3 sour ales.)

Taste was better than I thought after smelling. Definitely a little bit of sourness, but the beer is WAY too busy. Sure, you taste a sourness, but you also get a weird blend of hops and fruits. I just think there's too much going on at once.

Mouthfeel is smooth, minimal feel of the carbonation. Nice.

Overall, not bad, but not very good either. The schizophrenic taste is a big detractor, but if you want something kinda sour, this is a relatively cheap choice.

RTJakarta, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of crusian
3.05/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, limited to 1, as all of Dallas got 10 cases. Tried and could only get this one bottle.
Pours a nice yellow color, not quite golden... 1 finger of head.
Smell is bad. The sour and the hops clash on the nose like nobodys business. Don't get me wrong, you can distinctly smell the hops and the sour, but they do not mix well. Smells like stomach acid or vomit...I am really worried about the way this will taste.
Taste, is actually really good. The hops lend a nice citrus note to it that is lost in the nose. Has a really nice lemonade tart flavor. To be honest, tastes a bit like sprite mixed with really tart lemonade the more I drink it. Mostly on the finish I get the sprite, and the tart lemonade up front. Wish I could get some more.

Edit: after all the other A reviews, thought I would give it another shot... actually lowering my rating... still a very harsh hop-sour clash. Maybe in a few years... but for now, the taste seems very artificial also... very unnatural. Sprite/lemonade is not natural. Tastes like an alcapop...

crusian, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bomber, warmed up for 30 minutes or so and poured into a New Belgium Globe glass for good measure. Pour is golden and with a light white cap. Retention is a bit light and the pour is notably void of any carbonation. Manages to hold a light ring nonetheless.

Nose of citrus and earthy hops and a bit of grain. Offers an odd funky tartness given the hop profile. While interesting, it remains a bit at odds to my expectations and preference, and a bit subdued in the end.

Taste is quite tart at first and loaded with citrus oil and hop bitterness. In the end the hops and sourness clash to no end. Feel is full and thick, yet slightly to a fault as the hops detract from the 'wild' experience by forcing themselves upon you. Unlike others I think that hopping up a sour ale is sketchy business and a distinct failure in this case.

Perhaps some Noble hops might work for me, but for this I feel that I'm a victim of an experiment gone awry.

HalfFull, May 01, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

obiwan_k3n00bi, Mar 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

ChrisPro, Jan 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

dwitt24, Dec 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

JCam9981, Dec 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

popery, Jan 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

mrjbrown27, Oct 02, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint from Liar's Club in San Diego

Super sour, almost too sour in my opinion

When held up to the nose, has aromas of vinegar

Could not see many people liking this one, definitely taskes an acquired taste

Had to have some water after this it had so much going on

Bartender told me it was like Russian River's Supplication, but it was not near as good, and tasted nothing like cherries

Floydster, Sep 06, 2007
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3.35/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the Rackhouse in Denver tonight. Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a nice rocky white head. Nice tart aromas, with lemon, vinegar and wood. Light bodied, refreshing and tart, with flavors of lemon rind, vinegar and grapefruit.

emmasdad, Apr 16, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy gold with a two finger off white head, with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has tart tangerine, apples, vinegar, and peaches.

The taste is much like the aroma. There is more vinegar taste than I thought there would be, and this beer is both sweet and tart.

Light bodied with soft carbonation, and a vinegar forward aftertaste. Not a bad effort, but not as good as the best sours. I am glad I had a chance to try this though.

hardy008, Apr 10, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a New Belgium Globe glass.
7.5% ABV, 01/30/2011.

How kind of Beerwolf77 to not only share this beer with me, but allow me to stroke my tick at his kitchen table!

A - Faintly hazy, the color is a bronzy golden hue topped with an off-white, well-retained head. Nice lace is left caked to the glass.

S - Dry-hopped to high-heaven, this is loaded with delicious juicy grapefruit hops that unfortunately takes a turn for the worse when the good aroma is swapped with that of Chinese food. This smells like lemon chicken doused with sweet and sour sauce with cooked celery on the side.

T - The malt profile consists of an overwhelmed caramel sweetness and toast. The hops burst out with potency that has an underlying citrusy fruit flavor. The Chinese food comes through in the flavor but no where near as much as the off-putting aroma (and I even love Chinese food! Just not in my beer). This finishes with a lactic bite.

M - Very nice sour finish with a lactic kick and medium body. A little thin mid palette though.

O - The sour finish is very good but the food aroma is pretty terrifying. The flavor pulls the overall up a lot more but it's just an ok beer. At first experience I really wouldn't get it again, but seeing so many positive reviews coming off this one, I'd love to nab another bottle and see what the deal with this one was.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 20, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden yellow in color with no head and obviously no retention

Smell: Citrus hops with hints of lemon and coriander

Taste: It taste like a lemon head that was soaked in vinegar with hints of citrus hops on the back end

Mouthfeel: Dry right off the bat. Light body and high carbonation and leaves a nice sour burn in the mouth

Overall: Not all that intense of a wild ale so there is a bit of drinkability just not for me

DarthKostrizer, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Falling Rock. Poured into a chalice.
Light orange/copper color with reddish tint. Big white head, a bit soapy.
Smell of sour cherries, vinegar and old socks. Some other fruits as well. Richness in yeast.
Taste is like La Folie, but not as complex, rich or good. A bit thin, sourness overpowers the sweetness and flavors of the fruits. Does not have the lip-smacking goodness of La Folie. However, this beer is pretty good. Overall, I think this beer is just too sour without having any other comparable qualities.

Mebuzzard, Mar 04, 2007
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3.48/5  rDev -19.1%

SalukiAlum, Sep 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

jlisuk, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

tjcamm, Jun 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

beerdave, Apr 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Big_Dave, Aug 13, 2014
Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 1,428 ratings.