Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 435
Hads: 2,061
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 458
Gots: 357 | 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 gpatt55
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light toffee color, nose is full of sweet green apple fruit and bretty straw/hay. On the palate this makes itself known with good acidity, but it's balanced with a lovely ciderlike sweetness. This tastes fantastic, an almost perfectly balanced sour that leaves your palate with the impression of sweet apple fruit but stays fresh and acidic enough to keep you coming back for more. There's only a hint of acetic/vinegar character. This is a knockout sour from New Belgium. Not as impressively powerful as La Folie but perhaps their best balanced offering to date. (576 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to beerwolf77 for tracking this one down for me! I still cannot believe this did not come to my area.

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color that produced a nice frothy yellow to white colored head with great retention. Some lace.

(S)- A nice dry, almost earthy citrus (peach & orange) profile. Some tart/sour characters in the background. Some floral aspects and a subtle band-aid like brett on the finish.

(T)- A really nice combination of acidic sour citric fruits (peach, lemon, orange) with a dry lightly earthy funk. Finishes with a fairly assertive sour acidity.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Nicely sour with a good fruit profile. The acidity is assertive but oh so welcomed in my opinion.

(D)- A solid to great wild ale. A great acidity, while not being over-the-top in your face sour. A good fruit profile too. An easy drinker as well; great for how nice it is becoming outside! (947 characters)

Photo of Verecund
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011. Opened on April 11, 2011. This is my second time having this, though I didn't take notes the first time.

Pours a tangerine orange with a one finger head. Decent lacing.

This was one of my favorite parts of the beer the first time. On first smell, I get lots of floral and citrus hops. Tangerine, pineapple, and candied sugar. But after tasting the beer, I pick up a lot more sourness and tanginess.

Taste features a nice interplay of citrus fruits, sour, and sweet. Tons of mandarin orange, tangerine, pineapple, and a little bit of complementing lemon. The lactic (and acetic, though low, low amounts for NB) white apple acidity lingers on the tip of the tongue like sour skittles, while the back of the tongue experiences the tart and sweet apricot. Faintly woody / tannic finish.

Medium, medium light in body, with medium-high carbonation. Still, this has a lot going on for it in the way of acidity and tartness, with just the slightest tannic contrast on the finish.

I know that this beer has torn apart families, but I like it well enough. It's not the most complex sour you'll find in today's market, but it's imminently drinkable and it's just different enough to interest the palate. Plus, Amarillo hops are among my favorite. (1,248 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden with a slight haze, fluffy white head that can only be reanimated as a film, and lots of carbonation. Sour apples and cherries aroma with a hint of oak. A balance of mostly sour, but some sweet from front to middle. Mild bitter finish. A good amount of carbonation and light body. Flavor is similar to the aroma, lots of sour fruit, but with enough sugar to create an interesting balance. Every now and then the fruit esters give a paint thinner like sensation. Think La Folie dialed back a notch or two. (511 characters)

Photo of Azurescens
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with no freshness date poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/9/11

A: Pours a pretty clear golden orange with fluffy white head and good retention.

S: Strong, sweet grapefruit aroma is abundant from the dry hopping with some tang and funk in the background. The citrus is really pleasant and the tartness hints of some sourness in the taste.

T: This is a lot more tart and sour than the aroma lead me to believe. A big sour, tart bite with some acidity, lots of grapefruit, lemon and other citrus flavors.

M: Sweet and sour up front and finishes dry. Nice carbonation adds to the tingle on my tongue. Not mouth puckering sour but sour enough that I find myself licking my lips after each sip.

O: Great tasting sour that really showcases the hops in the both the smell and taste. I'll be buying more of this for sure, solid all around and costs significantly less per ounce than most sours around. (924 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, Lips of Faith series.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a big bubbly beige head that recedes quickly but leaves a clump in the middle being fed by a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom.

Aroma is initially hoppy but that's swept away by the big funky brett character and some vinegar as well. There are lots of tropical fruits underneath after the initial funk subsides with pineapples and oranges and some spicy oak.

The taste completely puckers my mouth with the first sip. Massive fruity tartness in combination with the acidity and earthy funk. After the initial sour onslaught, the toasted malts and lemony hops start to shine through, maybe some grapefruit and apricots. Finish is dry and oaky with plenty of lingering funk.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and exceptionally crisp and clean.

Overall, this is a great sour, but be prepared for the big sour blast on the palate, because if you are, you're rewarded with a complex and very drinkable beer. Big fan of this one. (1,031 characters)

Photo of atowle25
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pleasant yellow/hazy color. Quite good looking. Decent sized head followed by a small amount of lacing. The smell has a surprisingly strong floral hop aroma along with some lemon/funk and citrus notes.

The taste! Oh man, this is a delicious beer. Very acidic, similar to la folie, but not nearly as puckering. Strong lemon presence...like sucking on a lemon. :/ Very dry finish and extremely easy to drink. As it warms up, the hops become more apparent and the ac idity is a bit more muted. This is a wonderful beer, and a really good value for this style. I will be buying this regularly. (599 characters)

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

Yellow not to carbonated light tangy. Like a pear jelly belly. Can taste the spicy hops in the nose at first sip. Pretty wild! little bit of lemon zest at first reminded me of apricot and lemon hybrid. Malty after taste, very tasty. A little bit of dry to it making you want more, well done! Similar to la follie maybe yeast but of course 2 different styles plus the hops make it completely different if that makes sense...¬†Wonder how an IPA sour would do? (457 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here is another one of the Lips of Faith beers that I haven't reviewed yet, so let's give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy yellowish orange color with about a 1/2" head of off white bubbles that was rather fizzy and settled in at about 1/8" to stand for quite some time. There is very little lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma in this beer is really interesting. I am getting sour apple and lemon grass in particular, but there is some sweet caramel malt in there to that is playing a supporting role. There are some spicy qualities coming out as the beer sits for a bit that I think are hop derived if they aren't actual spices. The aroma is incredible overall and reminds me of a candy or something, but it is definitely playing on my senses. Very nice!

Taste: The flavor is significantly different than you would think it will be from the aroma. The body is lighter than I anticipated, and the carbonation a bigger player than it looks like it will be. Overall the beer has a very well blended hodge-podge of flavor with tons of mouthfeel going on here. It is still fruity, but the hops are reserved in the finish letting the balance sway slightly toward the funk and malt with the carbonation playing on the back of the throat for what seems like forever after the sip. The alcohol is masked well in the flavor, but the ABV is apparent in the warming you get after drinking half the bottle.

Opinion: Well, about all I can say is WOW! This beer is a trip!...literally! It is undoubtedly one of the most unusual beers I have tried in some time. It practically defines a style as nothing exactly like this exists that I know of. I would say that if you are a fan of sour/wild ales like I am, you absolutely HAVE to give this a shot. It is so different I think that you will be pleased. If you are expecting an IPA with a bit of funk, this beer isn't for you. It is complex and well blended with the hops participating in the whole ensemble rather than dominating it. (2,006 characters)

Photo of GuruDel
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a tulip, split 3 ways

A: Hazy golden yellow with a rocky 3 finger head.

S: Huge floral and citrus hop notes, with solid funk underneath also some apricots and peach notes.

T: a hoppy acidic sour with a piney notes from the hops, horse funk and lemon.

M: Perfect carbonation for this beer, enough to get flavors going but not too much.

O: not what I was expecting but surely it was enjoyable. Will look forward to having again. (449 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle). Pours hazy apricot color with chunky off-white head. Aroma has lots of citrus, ripe summer fruits, and funk along with some florals. Wow, this is quite acidic/vinegar-like and I didn't expect that. Medium bodied with a dry finish. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but the sour fruitiness is very refreshing. I like this quite a bit. (350 characters)

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

Pours into a tulip with a thick, dense head, moderate retention and lacing. Color is a beautiful golden orange, just slightly cloudy.

Aroma starts tart and grassy. Underneath is a little mango, some funk, sour cherries

Really sharp taste off the bat with interesting complexities. Lemon in the front of the mouth with an apricot mid-palate and finish. Carbonation seems just right, enough to make it lively without being prickly. As it warms, the grassiness from the hops starts to appear as well a little more funk. Good lingering finish.

A lovely sour, one of my favorites. Like a summer field in a glass. (610 characters)

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

Had this on tap, now out of the bottle for a review. Fairly fresh, just showed up on the shelves.

Nice looking hazy neon orange with ample carbonation.

Acetic sourness with some green apple hits first. Peaches and citrus give it a tangy, hoppy vibe, even some pine shows up. I started thinking "IPA sour." Lots of brain pathways crossing on this one, a lot going on and combining tastes and smells that are usually mutually exclusive, at least in my experience.

Not overly sour, but some puckering and the lactic beats out the acetic in the mouth. (I think I would have liked this more if it were less sour, more fruity and IPA-like, like a New Glarus "sour" with a unique hoppy vibe.)

Overall, I like what they did here. Good execution on an interesting idea.

edit: had another. on second thought, I wouldn't change much. The hops had started to fade, but the beer overall is quite tasty. Upped the score some. (919 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a semi-hazy orangish yellow with a small head that dissipates quickly

S - smells very sweet and sour, with tropical mangos coming in the strongest...smells delicious

T - wowza. Starts off very sweet, with peach and some tart, concentrated lemon and tangerine. These tastes stay around, as this stays sour all the way through. An extremely subtle oak comes out, but it is deeply buried beneath the sour, tropical fruits. The finish is the most sour part of this beer. Awesome stuff!

M - some carbonation and the sourness coats the palate and leaves a very dry finish

D - Solid sour here. As I am just getting into this style this will set the bar pretty high. Given the price point, this seems to be a very affordable wild ale. I'll have to go out and grab another. (778 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden orange, slightly hazy, with a thin white head. Smells acetic and lactic, with some late creaminess. No funk at all, just tart and sour and cream. The taste is mostly similar, but with the addition of some earthy hops at the end. Pretty tasty, but honestly it would probably be at least as good if not better without the dry hopping. The spicy hops distract a little from the sour flavors. Not the most aggressive sour in the world, not the most complex, but it's a fairly easy entrance for the non-sour drinker into the world of sours. (555 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange-gold body with a medium-sized, near white head. Tiny splattering of lace.

Smell: A pleasant, inviting aroma of tart, fresh tropical fruits, top-notch vinegars, and a thin vein of lactic acid.

Taste: Tart and acidic immediately from the get-go. Incredibly mild sweetness flashes past. Lightly lactic activity. Sips of citrus vinaigrette prepared with bitter oranges, lemons, and grapefruits (and even pineapple). Hints of berries and that sweet-n-sour sauce you get at Chinese restaurants, minus the whole gloopy sweetness. Drop of vanilla flavoring. Modestly earthy. Maybe a low level of bitterness, but, mainly, it's heavy on the throat-scalding tartness and acidity, until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Lightly carbonated, but yet with a noted crispness to it.

Overall: Tasty, tropical, refreshing, and a nice compliment to a warm Sunday afternoon. An interesting sour. I dug it. (1,012 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Complex sour with tropical aromas.

Nice lacy appearance in the chalice with good carbonation in the mouth. What is that suddenly familiar aroma? I flashed on cutting a passion fruit in half and smelling it. More nose of pineapple guava. Tart profile is obvious from first dip of the tongue, but has a real underpinning of interesting tastes. Not exactly rich, but complexity includes some malt as well as the well balanced hops. Not overly bitter, but more like a green sour apricot taste. Hops and sour funk in the back of the mouth, like candied grapefruit peel.

One of the best and most interesting beers I've tried this year. I'm a big fan of New Belgium, and I'm glad to find an accessible and intriguing sour. Pizza Port in San Diego (Ocean Beach) had this. (765 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color; the head is not too much to write home about but it stll leaves a fair bit of lacing

Smell: Tart tangerine, with a floral range of tropical fruit (pineapple, grapefruit and mango); underneath, there is a distinct sourness as well as a hint of oak

Taste: Tart citrus from the outset, with the tangerine and tropical fruit flavors adding a sweet balance underneath; by mid-palate, the sour elements take over and dominate after the swallow; still, there is a lingering sweetness underneath as well as some vanilla from the oak, both of which add intriguing balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; puckering feel from the sour elements

Drinkability: Rather unique among sours, it makes you wonder why other brewers don't experiment with a west coast hop addition to their sour brews (849 characters)

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

A: Poured a golden yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Plenty of sourness, fresh floral and citrus hops, leaves some vanilla and peach

T: I noticed a nice fresh hop presence, nice fruits, peaches and apricots, crisp, dry some tropical fruits at time, plenty of fresh hops

M: Nice body, tart, dry medium body.

D: Very good. Would def recommend and go for another one (393 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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 (435 characters)

Photo of trevorjn06
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw/golden color that is slightly hazy. Two finger head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
Aroma is pretty amazing, Northwest hops hit you first with citrus, fruit, floral and some grassy notes. Next you notice tart aromas, lightly toasted oak and hints of vanilla.
Taste is fairly dry, quite sour. Nice light malts, toasted vanilla/oak and lots of fruitiness from hops and yeast. Finishes smooth and sour.
Medium/light mouthfeel with medium/high carbonation.
Overall I am quite impressed with this beer, the aromas are wonderful and the hops play nice with the sourness. I will be having this again. (615 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (714 characters)

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle a schooner. Tiny date on the bottle says 11/30/11 - assume that's a best before!

A - slightly cloudy amber with a moderate head that dissipates with a spiderweb of lacing around the glass

S - super fragrant! Dried apricots, overripe fruits and a bit of spiciness

T - simultaneously sour and bitter; hint of apricot in the aftertaste. Definitely can taste some citrus-based hops initially but they resolve relatively quickly. The bulk of the flavor (lemony sour bitterness) resolves quickly, but the tart aftertaste remains stuck at the back of the throat

M - lightly carbonated and medium body; coats the tongue and mouth slightly

D - nice to have a glass, can't imagine a session

As with all of the Lips of Faith series this is an interesting and challenging offering (in a good way!) (817 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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