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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,327
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 426
Gots: 182 | FT: 15
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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California

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

06-26-2014 08:46:58 | More by calivessel
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clemson14

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

12-02-2013 03:25:24 | More by clemson14
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jschonert

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

11-03-2013 22:12:31 | More by jschonert
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dkw0063

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

03-11-2014 20:14:40 | More by dkw0063
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Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

11-24-2013 15:12:20 | More by AGust82
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mhbarber

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

12-31-2013 22:47:27 | More by mhbarber
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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Dolfan907

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

12-27-2013 18:17:19 | More by Dolfan907
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TypsiYpsi

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

10-17-2013 01:57:12 | More by TypsiYpsi
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

06-05-2014 22:22:24 | More by Bitterbill
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Blashawright

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

05-16-2013 22:37:52 | More by Blashawright
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C_Roetting

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

09-16-2013 17:10:28 | More by C_Roetting
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deekyn

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

04-02-2014 17:49:34 | More by deekyn
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sharpski

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

12-07-2013 08:36:39 | More by sharpski
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FrankHammer

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

10-21-2013 13:31:27 | More by FrankHammer
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kevrice88

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

01-06-2014 00:41:10 | More by kevrice88
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doubleipa

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I like that New Belgium is putting out some very different and interesting beers. Appearance: Frothy head, fully diminished (2 seconds), Yellow color. Aroma: Grain, but not malty, late, light flowers, grass, little orange, moderate yeast, with apple and clove.Very, very dry texture. Heavy initial sweetness, and very long finish.
Didn't know what to expect. Nice sour ale taste, the dry hopping adds a slight degree of hopiness. More than anything the hops dilutes the sour ale profile.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 23:42:18 | More by doubleipa
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xraided81

California

3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing notes from a 22oz bomber.
My first review of a sour. appearance is a golden pale with a slight haze mostl likely from the yeast. effervescent for the first couple of minutes then the head dissipates to a thin white ring. no lace at all in my pour. Smells citruisy and earthy, the dry hopping is dominated by an aggresive american hop , my guess would be amarillo, brett is present in the background, but the american hops definetly dominate the aroma in this beer. Fresh squeezed lemonade is what comes to mind at first, but the bittery bite of an ipa is present on the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and light. thiis a refreshing beer i've had this both on draft and in bottles within a couple of weeks of each other. and the draft version has less tartness, and you get more of the belgian funk, brett, horseblanket character. This bottled version kept more of the hoppy character to this beer, more like a sour IPA in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 05:55:10 | More by xraided81
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass a pale burnt orange with a thin white head. No retention or lacing.

There is an immediate notice of a floral scent. If flowers could go sour, then this is what they'd smell like. There's also a sour citrus scent to it.

The taste . . . whoa. TART TART TART. The only thing more sour would be a candy. Underneath all this tartness there's some citrus flavors, lemon mostly. There is also a noticable amount of belgian yeast in the back of the palatte.

Body is medium with rather lower carbonation.

If you like Sour, this beer will be your thing. But it's not mine.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 22:17:02 | More by whoneeds8
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks tsatem for this bottle.

A - slightly hazy golden/copper body, small white head.

S - nice mesh of citrus hops and tart sour aromas, slight medicinal undertones.

T - strong tartness in the back, hops otherwise. Seems to be predominantly acidic flavors, not a lot of balance from earthy or sweeter flavors. Not bad, though.

M - light-ish, moderately smooth, not too thin

O (D) - A palatable sour beer for sure. Not that well balanced or complex, but nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 01:49:13 | More by ColdPoncho
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hugostiglitz

California

3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am skeptical of a sour that isn't in a high pressure bottle, but maybe they pasteurize it?

It is slightly hazy and a nice orange hue. small amount of white foam.

It smells strange because of the hops and sourness. Bile funk and brett with citrusy floral hops. Weird combo, but I like it.

The taste is citrus hop flavor, some grapefruit, citric acid. Lemon and tropical tang. The malt is in the background, maybe pils with some wheat and a touch of biscuit or light crystal? Not too complex, not too sour or hoppy.

The mouthfeel is okay. The beer is full bodied with med high carbonation. I feel that the beer should be more dry with more carbonation, it is sweet for a sour.

Overall the beer is unique, but I would rather have a Lost Abbey or Russian River sour in a smaller bottle for more money.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 06:12:05 | More by hugostiglitz
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andrewjraab

Michigan

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
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in Duvel tulip.

Huge thanks to Brian23456

A: Pours a hazy golden orange. Big fluffy head dwindles slowly.

S: Strangely sour. Scent is pleasant, but unlike other sours. The sourness is somewhat herbal, almost medicinal in some way. Band-aids? Actually got a whiff of cheese here and there. Odd, but nice.

T: Zesty, bracing citrus initially. Very tart green apple skin. Various milder sweet fruit flavors appear, if only fleetingly. Some mango, maybe apricot and a bit of nectarine. Crackery malt peaks out from behind the sourness from time to time. Finishes with a unique juiciness and then almost completely dries out.

M: Well carbonated, a little prickly. Could stand to be slightly more effervescent. Finer carbonation would benefit this beer.

D: Pretty easy to drink. This is an interesting beer. It's taken me over half the bottle but it just hit me that this reminds me a little bit of Cantillon Iris. Not nearly as good as Iris, but similar.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 08:25:02 | More by AdamGarcia
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into snifter

A - Pours a light orange with white head, decent lacing but not a lot of retention

S - Very floral and fruity, grapefruit, lemon, and some blue cheese like funk.

T - To me it tasted very grassy, and sour! Almost too sour, masking some of the more delicate fruit flavours. I did pick up some lemon, apricot, papaya. This reminded me of chokecherries for some reason.

M - Light, dry, pretty refreshing.

D - A summer sour for sure, decently drinkable. Solid but not the best out there. I would pick up another bottle for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 14:29:51 | More by OakedCanuck
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MowryJC

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a New Belgium Globe.

A - Lightly hazed tarnished yellow-orange capped by a finger and a half of foam that thins out pretty quickly. Leaves light lacing down the glass.

S - Apricot and peach moves into both a lactic and acetic sour smell. Very light funk. Perhaps the funk most others mention isn't as prevalent in the draft form as the bottle.

T - Same balance between lactic and acetic sourness, with a nice peachiness. I like how sour it is while still being pretty balanced. A sweetness at the end that is a bit much. A little citrus from the hops (I assume).

M - Moderate body with nice carbonation, but the cloying sweetness at the end clings to my tongue and mouth, not driving me to want to drink as much of this.

All in all, a good Wild Ale, with the issue of not being dry enough IMHO. A little dryer and the drinkability would go up. Could also use a little more funk, but like I said, maybe I'd get more of that in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 12:45:00 | More by MowryJC
Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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