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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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1,460 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,460
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 450
Gots: 219 | FT: 20
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware). The only packagining information on the bottle appears to be “2014” printed above the name, “LE TERROIR – DRY HOPPED SOUR ALE.” From what I can tell, this dropped within the last month, so it should be fresh.

Appearance (4.25): The head comes up to about two fingers of bone-white foam, capping a rich, orange-golden body that’s clear, minus a light chill haze. It sticks around longer than most sour beers, leaving a light film on the surface and some broken chunks of a thin, loopy collar. As the beer recedes, it leaves very little—just a few patches of light, lacy foam.

Smell (4.0): Man, this smells lovely. Tart fruit juices (red grapefruit, green apple) mixed with sweet tropical notes (some ripe pineapple, papaya, honeydew, and a little cashew fruit), some dank, funky hops, and just a light undercurrent of sugar cookie bready sweetness. The sour beer at its heart could be a little more complex, but that funky, fruity character that smells like cashew fruit and underripe honeydew together adds a really nice layer of hoppy weirdness.

Taste (4.75): Holy nuts, this is fucking tasty! Tart grapefruit flesh and underripe kiwi, married to a underplayed but still rich, sweet base of cantaloupe and overripe mango burst onto the palate, followed by a clean, crisp sourness that’s extremely balanced—lightly acetic, with a clean (not funky, not yogurty) lactic tang, and brightly citrusy. Just a tiny bit of water crackers and floury, peasant white bread offer some semblance of a malt body, but really this beer has been fermented out so cleanly it’s almost non-existant. Some pithy, slightly resinous and definitely kinda dank, herbal hops add a fruity, lightly vegetal, funky dimension to everything else going on in this beer, and vinous, somewhat tannic and minerally white wine tones boost the dryness of the malt body, also aided by those zesty hops. No booze. Just pure awesome.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Smooth, lightly tingly carbonation ushers in a perfectly medium-weight body, which feels just a little oily before drying out to a pithy, slightly parching finish. The carbonation foams up softly with a fine tingle before it washes out at the end—this is just absurdly drinkable.

Overall (4.5): This is, without a doubt, at least as good if not better than the sum of its parts. And yes, I know it’s pasteurized and the heyday of all New Belgium sours is supposed to be prior to the era of pasteurization, but goddamn this is delicious. Absurdly good, like, why-isn’t-this-always-available delicious. The base sour is extremely solid, which I feel confident in saying after having had an old bottle (post-pasteurization) a couple of years ago after the hops had died off, and that was plenty tasty on its own. But this is in a zone of its own right now, while the hops are still kickin’. Definitely pick this beer up.

fmccormi, Sep 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

StoutItOutLoud, Today at 01:53 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

yeahrick, Yesterday at 10:36 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

jeffaroo95, Yesterday at 07:19 PM
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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

Etan, Sunday at 09:57 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

dsalmons, Sunday at 09:39 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Enochase04, Sunday at 03:39 AM
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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%

DavidHume, Sunday at 01:50 AM
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4.28/5  rDev -0.2%

ncelauro, Saturday at 10:14 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Jamato14, Saturday at 09:46 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

MOVERTON1284, Saturday at 09:33 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

stampfler07, Saturday at 09:28 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

dcc449, Saturday at 05:07 PM
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4.64/5  rDev +8.2%

tclipse, Saturday at 02:25 AM
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

ahommell, Friday at 05:59 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Crimsontider22, Friday at 03:22 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Not a big fan of sours, but this beer has so much going on, it's hard not to be impressed. Along with the expected sour component, there's some nice vanilla, grapes, and wine (cabernet is what I thought I picked up). Can't imagine drinking a full pint or tulip of this, but in a small, 4 ounce taster glass, this was very nice. Impressive.

John_M, Friday at 03:09 AM
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4.06/5  rDev -5.4%

Bimmers, Friday at 02:09 AM
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4.44/5  rDev +3.5%

Iparedman, Friday at 01:50 AM
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4.72/5  rDev +10%

ooftu, Thursday at 05:07 PM
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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

MrDave, Thursday at 04:35 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Clear orange sun colored pour with an airy one-finger white head. Aroma is big and fruity with grapefruit and apricot standing out. Excellent tart flavor of tropical fruit and citrus. Grapefruit, apricot and orange peel flavors really stand out. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Karibourgeois, Thursday at 12:26 PM
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4.28/5  rDev -0.2%

Bp123, Thursday at 03:22 AM
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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,460 ratings.