Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 435
Hads: 2,061
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 3.99%
Wants: 458
Gots: 356 | FT: 29
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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 dmsohyea
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a mini challis.

A: Light orange with 1 finger pearl white head with nice, fine bubble structure. Lacing was good, as was retention, which stayed until the bottom.

S: Smells great. Nice lemony scent and strong Amarillo hops. Very grassy, in a good way.

T: Up front it hits with tons of citrus and other light fruits. Lemon, peach, and a touch of apricot. Toward the middle of the palate some grassy hops emerge and finishes decidedly sour and tart. I love that you can barely get any yeast flavors or brett flavors. It's a great blend of a little hoppy flavor and strong sour tartness. Yum.

M: Mouthfeel is average. Nothing special, medium to low carbonation and bone dry.

O: A great sour. Polished off a whole bomber by myself, which I usually can't do with most sours. I think the lack of gut-rotting yeast was what allowed me to enjoy this brew all the way to the bottom. At 7.5% this one will sneak up on you because it's so drinkable. (972 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served into a white wine glass

Pours a witbier-like light orange color with a bit of haziness. I've seen Gueuze beer that is similarly colored. Very bright and sunshiny. I'd say only about 1/4 of a finger of eggshell white head forms, leaving lacing in little stops and starts. I'd like to see more activity from the foam, but this is a fine looking wild ale.

Wow. There's like 13 different things going on at once on the nose. I first pick up on the obvious acetic sourness from the bacteria, but my mind quickly became concentrated on the hop character. Hop resin and dried peaches and nectarine lupulin aromas waft up from the glass as if this were a west coast IPA. But the hop aromas are just great accents to the tart lemon juice and cider vinegar that make up the majority of the nose. This would be a fine, if basic, aroma for a wild ale: plenty of sharpness, much more focused on the lactobacillus and pediococcus than than brettanomyces. But the hops, notably the aroma of dried peaches, plays so incredibly well with the base nose. There's also a slightly syrupy malt scent here too; it comes across like sweet tea. The peach hop aroma plays very well with the sweet tea character.

The taste follows the nose to a large respect, but the interplay between the hops and bacteria is slightly less successful than it was for the aroma. The hop flavors are even more of an accent on the palate. In fact, I find that the sour and tart flavors overwhelm the hops, at least on the initial attack through the midpalate. Some peach juice flavor that has had a bunch of lemons squeezed into it is the dominant flavor. Maybe even some kiwi. Le Terroir is very juicy and vibrant. Plenty of tartness but its never overwhelming. There's a sweet bubblegum like character that arrives in the midpalate. The hops manage to make themselves known during the finish: there's a bit of a leafy character and an almost-bitterness. The sourness swallows up all of the bitterness, but it almost pokes through on the finish. I'd characterize the finish as ultimately soft and sweet, as the tartness fades pretty quickly. I wish the overall flavor were more complex -- this is a pretty straightforward beer -- but it is tasty and refreshing.

The body feels a bit thicker than I'd prefer. The problem is that it is underattenuated; the light carbonation makes this beer take on some unnecessary weight. Overall, this is one of the best beers from New Belgium that I've had. It's pretty unique and really tasty. If you like peaches then you should love this beer. Definitely pick one up if you see it. (2,600 characters)

Photo of GradyS1
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a long time this has been one of my favorite sours, this batch is the first time that I have had it out of bottles. Dark Golden appearance with a small lacing that forms on top. My favorite smelling beer, strong smell of hops, a floral earthy hops. Woody smell on the back end but a small amount. With each sip, a sweet floral start is overtaken by a tart earthy lemon. Very tart on the end with a earthy hoppy aftertaste. This one is sharp and dry on the tongue. Light bodied. This is a great beer that is light enough to be very drinkable. Perfect for spring. (565 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of Phoptos
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Won in a "beer bracket" contest for March Madness.

A: Poured into my Pretty Things goblet. Pours a ruby orange with a decent soft white head. As it fades there's a pencil thing lace around the outside that's barely noticeable. Love the bottle too. Good design.

S: Funky fruits. Citrus forward and pulpy with a hit of earth swirling around. Like a Chinese chicken special...sweet and sour.

T: Wow. The tart grapefruit hits the tongue with a nice pop that carries over to the back of the throat. The earthiness in between gives it more of a blood orange pulp flavor with some bitter rinds while, and this is what I love, the dry hops hold it together and punctuate it. A sour that has the salavating hops to keep you coming back? Yes please.

M: The dry hops keep you coming back to the glass early and often. While there's little lace in appearance there's a nice coat on the tongue with each sip. The dry hops really shine while the fruit flavor fades slowly. With the initial tart hit on the tongue, you'd expect it to saturate and maybe even irritate the pallet. Not at all. A nice thin wire walk with the balance.

O: I love it. This has everything I've been looking for in a wild. With the perfect balance of funky sour and a balancing earthiness of dry hops, this is high on my trade list already. (1,306 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear golden yellow with a thin wet head. Light lacing left behind.

Aroma of sour apple, white wine, yeast and barnyard funk. A tropical fruit note appears as it warms.

Agressive sour apple taste with white wine and cider vinegar notes. Finishes with a bitter tinge.

Thinner bodied with a sharp carbonation.

This one is a definite acquired taste which I'm still acquiring. (401 characters)

Photo of tsatem
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle into a snifter, bottled 1/30/2011.

A: Hazy orange with a one finger egg white head. Little bubbles are making their way up along the side of the glass in steady minuscule streams.

S: Grapefruit and mandarin orange abound, slightly lactic with some funk. Lots of citrusy and floral hop notes. Earth and wood as it warms, along with some spice and more funk.

T: More sour and lactic here than in the nose, very tart. Woody notes are in the background but come to the forefront for just a moment in the middle. They get more prominent as the beer warms and add to the dryness and some sweetness. Lots of citrus, which is a kind of strange but oh-so-wonderful pairing. Peach, sour apple, very cider-like in the finish. The floral hop aromas aren't here so much.

M: I barely had time to notice this because I loved the way this tasted so much, so I took that to mean that it was pretty good. Once I paid attention I found a very light but lively carbonation, extremely crisp. Dry and tart, but not in the sharp dry out your palate kind of way.

O: This is delicious, drinkable, and refreshing. The sweet and sour paired with the citrus and earth is a great combination. I keep coming back to this beer. (1,215 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a becker glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light orange-amber color with over one finger of eggshell-tinted foam head. Light spotty lacing remains on the glass.

S: Surprisingly mild, with crisp herbaceous and medicinal hops, a fine thread of acetic tartness, and a persistent whiff of old, dusty oak. Some fresh nectarine fruit develops as the beer warms.

T: Begins dry, with juicy grapefruit flesh that is enhanced--practically made three-dimensional--by balanced sourness and delicate hop aromatics. There is also just enough pine involved to merit mention. Bright stone fruit, more temperate than tropical, is revealed as the beer warms. Aggressive wood, well-cured but aromatic, emerges into the middle where it briefly dominates the palate. Some sweetness also develops, with toasted malt accents. The finish is mild compared to earlier parts, kind of hard to pin down, with lingering phantom acidity and some sweet malt, but little bitterness.

M: Medium viscosity; its favorable wetness, stickiness, and succulence is largely nullified by a deep and lasting acidic burn at the back of the throat; with moderate carbonation.

D/O: History tells us that New Belgium is much more adept at harnessing sourness than hops, yet this beer's flavor makes something amazing out of both--and it happens simultaneously. The attraction is found early in the flavor of the cellar-temperature beer; it may taste more like real grapefruit juice than any other beer tasted so far. Unfortunately this beer's pleasant but unremarkable smell is not its lowest point--the burn of acidity builds on the palate over time, becoming uncomfortable. Still, the flavors win out; they are impossible to resist, the resultant burn being a cost worth paying. (1,754 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Bev Mo in Point Loma for $7.99 (cheapest I've seen it anywhere by $2 - $3) and poured it into a Geuze Boon Lembeek glass.

A: Pours a fairly clean/slightly hazy golden honey-like hue with a good effervescence, thin head dissipating quickly, leaving very little lacing in my glass.

S: Smell is mellow all around - herbal tea, sour fruit (apricot and green apple) - the yeast is notably funky and unique, some citrus hoppiness in the mix as well - nice smell overall, but very faint - wish it packed more of a punch.

T: Taste is similar to the smell, but much more aggressive in comparison, especially in the hop department - good amounts of amarillo and cascade (or the likes) coming through big time in the flavor and lingering for a while, the yeast keeps itself in the mix as well - very sour and funky, balanced well with flavors of dried apricot and sweet yellow raisins. There is a lingering flavor of sweet tarts throughout that I really dig a lot!

M/D: Light bodied, fresh and effervescent - drinks crisp and finishes clean with a noticeable bitterness from the hop. Extremely drinkable, especially for this time of year - great summertime/springtime drinker. (1,199 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is orange in color with a slight haze. The head is about a half inch thick, and leaves a fair amount of lacing behind. The aroma is complex and inviting, with scents of oak, apples, white wine, and a subtle funky tartness. The flavor is well balanced and pleasant, with a nice grape juice / white wine character. The finish brings a nice puckering sensation, with a lasting flavor of sour apples. Overall, I really enjoyed this, and would happily have it again. (470 characters)

Photo of aval89
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into New Belgium globe.

A: pours a dirty golden orange color.. a bit hazy body.. got about a 1.5 finger head..

S: pine & mild tropical fruits upfront. Sour green apple notes with sour lactic tones as well.. some musty barnyard funk is also present.. also some doughy breadiness..

T: sour green apple upfront.. that slowly turns into a mild citrus flavor with some hints of tropical fruits.. peach, mango, lemon juice.. has an overal barnyard funk throughout the taste, but not too overpowering.. the finish has a touch of pine with some breadiness & some vinegar like characteristics..leaves a bit of a sour lemon taste..

Mf: light-medium body with an almost prickly carbonation that dances on the tongue.. has a nice puckery/dry finish..

O: very solid sour from NB! The combo with the dry hopping/sour was amazing! Worked out excellent!! (850 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (1,541 characters)

Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as one of several generous extras from jconrick1, thanks!
Pour is a little darker that I expected with little head retention though overall it still looks appealing with a cloudy pine sap color. The dry hoping is notable but not dominant, surprisingly it mixes well with the mild acetone tartness. There is also a little mustiness and a tropical fruit profile in the aroma, any concern about a mediocre NB commercial sour has been put aside now, I can tell this will be enjoyable. The flavor is soft amalgamation of peach, apricot, grain, lemon zest, and grass with none of those flavors coming through more than any other. This beer is more tart than sour but as a sour lover this easily scratches my itch for sour beer. Also the acetone detected in the aroma is not nearly as prevalent in the flavor as it was in the aroma, which is a good thing. Mouthfeel is moderate, could stand to be lighter but thats nitpicking abit. As far as drinkability goes this reminds me of a Berliner Weiss in that it is flavorful and refreshing without being overbearing or cloying, very satisfying. I would buy this if it were available to me locally. Recommended. (1,157 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Little patches of lace around the glass on the drink down. Smells of spicy hops, apricot/peach, mango, and slight funk/must. Taste is of fermented peach/mango, vinegar, funk/must, with the spicy hop flavors coming through on the finish. There is a sour and spicy feel on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. A bit sticky in the mouth. Overall, this is a really awesome wild ale and one of the best Lips Of Faith beers. I only bought one because I wasn't too sure how a dry-hopped wild would pan out but I am going to stock up on these for sure. (672 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. This American Wild Ale pours a cloudy orange golden color. The head is white, retention is below average and lacing is also below average. The aroma was almost tropical and slightly sour. The taste of the beer is very tart and is very acidic. The finish is slightly sweet. The fruit profile is very complex, i can barely register it all- I taste grapefruit, tangerine, sour cherry, raspberry and pineapple. It almost seemed with every sip, I would detect something else. I am a relative newcomer to sour beers so with out much to compare this too, I really like this. The body of the sour was medium, the carbonation was very nice and it is very drinkable. Very Very Very Berry good Beer! (734 characters)

Photo of anell213
2.88/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden, orange, not much carbonation. Small amount of head and lacing.

S: Vinegar, apples, hops, and vinegar.

T: Wow - very sour and very vinegary. Borderline too sour. Some lemon, hops and other citrus in the background, but I can't get passed the vinegar.

M: Medium body, acidic.

O: Was excited to try this and was disappointed. Too sour and too much vinegar for me. (376 characters)

Photo of Bennettrox
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first introduction to sours at time, so take that into consideration.

A - Pours a honeycomb yellow haze with a one finger white head.

S - Sour fruits, a little bit of apple, and orange. Smells a bit like apple cider.

T - Pungent and tart fruits. Good bit of apples and orange. Makes your lips pucker.

M - Despite the sourness, this went down really well. Carbonation was right on and I finished this 22oz quicker than anticipated.

O - Great introduction to the sours. Looking forward to trying more and getting more attuned with this great beer style. (569 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Le Terroir pours out a slightly hazy warm tangerine color. About a finger of head forms, below average retention and not much lacing.

Smell: This is good. The first thing I pick up on is a nice, juicy citrus hop punch. Underneath that I get a pleasant lactic sourness and funk that is prevalent but not overly strong. This beer is really a study in contrasting styles that come together excellently. About as good a wild ale as I've smelled.

Taste: Great juicy citrus notes up front, followed by funk and moderate sourness. It's definitely more lemony-sour on the palate than on the nose, but still not nearing overbearing by any stretch. Fairly dry finish with notes of light woodiness, funk and hops.

Mouthfeel/Overall: A bit over light bodied with a reasonably high level of carbonation. A bit spritzy, and about right for the style. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. The strong citrus notes are very much at odds yet really compliment the sourness and funk well. (983 characters)

Photo of cpmichael
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden-yellow color, with .5 finger white foam that stuck around awhile.

S: The nose is very citrusy, specifically lemon, with a hint of pine from the hops and a touch of funk.

T: Very acidic, sour apples, lemon peel, piney hop character. Not puckering, but def. sour.

M/D: well carbonated, light body. Thought it could have been a bit thicker.

Overall: A very refreshing wild. I thought the beer could have used a little more body and maybe a little more on the nose. (488 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Bell's tulip. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a three finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. The hop character on this one really makes its presence known. Really adds a very nice additional character to the sour and tart backbone going on in this one. A definite must try without a doubt! (623 characters)

Photo of backfat
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a glowing hazed amber with a fizzy, white, minimal head. Reminds me of Fou' Foune.

It smells unbelievable to me. Like gumballhead with a strong acidity. Tart Peaches, apricots, lemons, juicy amarillo hops, mangos...you name it. If it's tropical, it's in this beer. Quite literally the best beer I've smelled all year.

Very tight fruit characteristic. puckeringly sour. some stinging carbonation with a tinge of lemon juice.

I can't get enough of this stuff. If you get the opportunity to try this, prepare to get yo jaw dropped. (538 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy burnt orange with a two finger white head that didn't stick long before it became a collar, leaving just a hint of lace on the way. On the nose there is a strange but pleasant mixture of deep pine hops with an overriding acidic funk. In the mouth that mixture becomes more pronounced, exceedingly tart citrus fruit hitting right up at the very tip of the tongue. The finish is like biting into a lemon, leaving me puckering a bit in a nice way. There is some evidence of being aged on oak once the sourness subsides enough for anything else to come into the picture.

Overall, this beer was a nice mix between a highly hopped beer and one that is supremely sour. I've not had a lot of sours, but to me the hops really made this one stick out. (760 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at SMBDC growler/bottle tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Very light fizzy head, semi hazy golden carrot orange yellow color.

N: Nice sour malts, touch of sour fruit, some semi bitter fruity aromatic hops as well, light malty backbone.

T: Wow, Hawaiian Punch! Fruit juice to start, sour malts, sour tart fruit, citrus fruit, tropical fruits, tons of fruit, light tingly sour and touch of lactic acid, bit spicy hops, mouth watering tart. Finishes with light dry feel, lingering tart fruit and sour malts, tropical hops.

M: Med bodied, decent carbonation.

O: Great beer, fruity deliciousness, tart sour fruit, tropical hops, blended well, drinkable and delicious. (673 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into tulip.

A: Straw colored, fairly clear with slight clouding body. White head that dissipates quickly leaving wisps of lace in the middle and clinging to the edge of the glass.

N: Sour funk, almost like spoiled milk and citrus.

T/M: Citrus and funk; very dry and very citric, like lemon juice, in the forefront. Definitely a sour beer. I do not pick up on the "IPA flavors" I have had so many tell me I would find, but i do note that there part of the citric profile comes from the hops. I mostly find this beer to be very dry and very sour, which is what I like.

This was definitely an interesting and complex beer; very refreshing for a warm evening drinking on the porch or in the back yard. (722 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.