Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 435
Hads: 2,058
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 Neffbeer
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mavajo for this bottle.
Poured into a Cantillon glass.

A: Amazing golden color with excellent clarity. It reveals an orange hue when held up to the light. There is a thick one finger head that hangs on for dear life. Great retention and solid lacing.

S: The nose begins with an excellent bouquet of citrus filled hops. There are also some of the typical sour fruit notes found in american wild ales; apples, grapes, and lemon peel. The funky side of things is tame, but present. Wafts of barnyard, leather, and mustiness creep in at the edges. It smells very well balanced.

T: The taste does not let down as the hops jump to the foreground; grapefruit and orange goodness brace the palate. That quickly eases into a very tart lactic acid bite that leaves me chewing on air. The barnyard is quite muted, with only a hint of freshly baled hay and leather boots. It finishes dry and very clean.

M: Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Light; in that it doesn't coat the palate, but rather scrubs it dry.

O: I found this to be a very interesting take on the American wild ale. Sour enough to earn the label and the American hop varieties bring a new element into play. It would be interesting to see how this beer ages as the hops fade and the funk grows. Cheers to New Belgium. This beer alone makes me wish they distributed to NYC! (1,353 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden body. Three fingers of white head. Dies down to a slim head leaves decent lacing behind.

Smells of jam like mango and peaches. Tart, a touch vinous, some tea notes.

Taste follows smell citrusy lemon tartness, mango and peach jam, some tea, and some spicy oak.

Tart and dry. Very interesting to say the least. Worth trying for sure. (347 characters)

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

22 oz. bottle from The Beer Mongers, shared with neighborhood beer buddy 3.28.11, poured into Delirium Tremens tulip.

One finger slightly rocky white head, medium dissipation with significant lacing. Multiple streams of rising carbonation quite a bit of which clung to side of glass, orangish amber clear body. Nose features a fairly significant hoppiness due to dry hop, citrusy, which compliments the sourish aroma. Taste mirrors the nose, more sour re vinegar than tart, big dose of citrus re meyer lemon on the back end but balanced by a Jolly Rancher sour apple (!), sweetish pears, dryish malt profile, damn funky. Mouthfeel is medium very good effervescence, not sticky. This was my buddy's first 'sour' and he was certainly intrigued. I liked the citrusy hoppiness of this which aided in drinkability and approachability. This was a very pleasant surprise, I wish I'd have grabbed more bottles, though I suspect the hoppiness won't hold up to prolonged cellaring. Another winner in the Lips of Faith series. A must try for the adventurous palates. One of the better beers I've had so far this year. (1,107 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear golden-yellow with a frothy whitish head. Looks tasty.

Smell is predominantly citrus hops, with some nice mildly funky sour coming in behind it. As it warms up, the sour asserts itself more. Nice and fruity; tangerine is the fruit I get the most of, followed by lemon.

Straight up lemony sour, though a very pleasant, tart, soft-edged sour. I don't get much sharpness, which is nice. But unfortunately, I don't get much beyond the sour. Where are those lovely fruits I picked up in the nose? I get almost none of the hops anywhere in the flavor. Finish is a bit sweet and a bit acidic.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and well-carbonated, which I think goes quite well with the sour flavor.

I like this beer. I like the sour flavors, and I like the citrus hops in the nose. But I want more from the flavor than the initial punch of sour. Just not as complex as I was hoping. (893 characters)

Photo of samie85
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a pretty pale orange color with an eight finger of white head.

S-Very fruity in the form of apricot and guava with some lemon and leather.

T-Very tart lemon upfront with some bitter fruity notes and leather on the finish.

M-Acidic with prickly carbonation and it's light to medium bodied with a lingering acidity in the throatfeel.

D-Very high drinkability and a very interesting beer. I was worried the dry-hopping would overpower the sour aspects, but its very nicely balanced. (492 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Brewforia on Thursday.. waited until tonight after a long day at work to crack it... poured into MNFG.. short lasting white head.... no real lacing... the brew is surprisingly clear orange for a wild ale.

Nose is yummy .. bright lemon juice and a nice punch of fruity hoppiness... a bit of melon and apricot.. Loving this one right out of the gate... a bit floral with later pours.

Tart and very refreshing.. again bunches of lemon and maybe some green apple.. the hops are borderline tropical and add waves of complexities.... only enough malt sweetness to just barely balance, but make no mistake this is a wild ale.. lactic and some misc. pineapple later in the bottle...but wow... this is drinking very nice fresh.

Lite/medium body with an ever present small bubble carbonation.. lingering pineapple on the finish.. wonderful.

I am surprised how much I liked this one... Damn tasty.

3.5/4/4.5/4/4.5 (925 characters)

Photo of MrTopher
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip glass, served from a 22oz bomber.

A: This is a golden wheat color, a light orange almost with a slight amount of haze to it. The head is white and a decent thickness, but diminishes rather quickly and leaves a decent film on the sides of the glass.

S: Has the smell of an IPA, this beer just has the citrus hop sent that is common in most single and double IPAs. There is a little bit of funk blended into the smell but the hops over power the funk. There is a little tropical smell to it, but its more in the background and overpowered by the citrus hops.

T: Its hard not to call this an IPA, but its also hard not to call this a Wild, this beer has the best of both. There is a dominate battle between the hop and yeast. This beer just screams to the pallet and makes it wish it wasn't so delicate. There is sharp tartness on the tip of the tongue along with on the very back of the tongue, in between its all citrus notes. There is a little bit of farmhouse funk and oak present also. No malt presence at all, which makes this really enjoyable.

M: Light and clean, almost just dissolves once it hits your tongue, the carbonation also perfect. They really accomplished a lot in a 22oz bottle.

O: I'm on the hunt for some more of this, I like Wild Ales and I love IPAs, and this is the best of both worlds. It safe to say this is presently my favorite Wild Ale I've ever had. (1,404 characters)

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

Much like Eric's Ale before it, La Terroir has been a local NB favorite for years that just never made it into bottles. I don't believe it (still) is, but at one time NB employees described it as being a dry hopped La Folie. At that time both were pretty rare, so I never had much of a reference to compare the two.
Pours a golden yellow color with a voluminous head on a normal draft pour. Lacing is pretty abundant as you work your way in. It's definitely not the same color as La Folie, FYI.
The profile on this beer is interesting because it shifts. Up front I get a sweetness that suddenly becomes very sour and citric when it hits the middle of the tongue. Right when you think you know what you're getting, the earthy, almost "salty" hops kick in to form a great counter balance to the sourness. Swallowing revives the sour notes a bit, although the hops keep it from being a one-note finish, too.
The 3-stage flavor profile makes you come back for more and more, and it never gets any less interesting and the palate never dulls. I think this one could satisfy fans of lots of different styles, without compromising one bit.
NB's best beer? It might be. If not, it's at least on par with Eric's and La Folie. (1,217 characters)

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

Poured into 2 Unibroue tulips.

A: Medium honey color, one finger pale tan head with decent retention and good lace.

S: Punget, slightly overripe mangoes. Funk in the background with a little spice.

T: Cider funk with mango underneath. Finish is interesting combination of hop bitterness and oak, with a very faint sweetness. Alcohol is totally hidden.

M: Light mouthfeel is very refreshing and cider/soda-like in quality.

O: A really nice beer.

Didn't quite know what to expect from this, but very pleasantly surprised. Yet another one-timer that I wish I could have again. Will need to check whether any of the local stores still have some on the shelves. Delicious. (673 characters)

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

New Belgium Lips of Faith Le Terroir
Poured into a tulip glass from a bomber.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange color with some slight copper notes and a .25 inch dense had that recedes rather quickly. The head is white in leaves a thin film and ring around the glass. (4.0)

S - Hops, citrus notes and some slight funk are present in the nose. Mild fruit sweetness. There is some tartness in the nose as well mixed in with some nice grassy and citrus hop notes. Some peach and some nice tropical notes form the hops are present. (4.0)

T & M - Starts off with sharp tartness and some nice funk that is balanced off by some grassy character from the hops. Light and refreshing tartness is present with some slight vinegar hints and some nice malty grain notes. The malt is nice and bready. Fruit sweetness can also be perceived with some nice tropical notes. Peaches, some apple juice and white grape are perceived as well. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with an extremely nice dry and clean finish. (4.5)(4.5)

O - Great pick up. This is a nice wild ale example and well done with the hops. A true American wild ale at that. (4.0) (1,134 characters)

Photo of hopsbreath
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a couple of these a few weeks ago. I split one with MADhombrewer and took some mediocre notes. I'm drinking the other one now to compare to the two week old notes I took.

A: Poured into a New Belgium globe. It appears to be a pale honey colored clear body with a couple fingers of bone white head on top the recedes to a wispy cap. Tons of lacing. World class? Yep. 5/5

S: Here's the biggest difference from the extra two weeks in the bottle. The first time I had this I took notes saying mango, pineapple, and guava. Those aromas are no longer as pungent. The lactic qualities and sugar cookies were there before and still are but the dry-hopping is lending less distinct tropical fruits and is instead a little generic. It no longer is the fantastic bouquet it was, but its still a very appetizing albeit unique smell. My score given was for the fresher bottle. 4.5/5

T: Sour without being over-bearingly so. The other underlying flavors can come through nicely. Ripened cheese, white grapes, peaches, green strawberries, and good old-fashioned vanilla laden wood help complicate the flavors. Very good. 4/5

M: Very spritzy, thin side of moderate body, dry and crisp. Paired well with my chicken katsu tonight. 4/5

O: Great beer! An extremely unique drink fresh and still a solid sour when the tropical dry-hopping fades. Definitely worth the $7 a bomber I paid. 4.5/5 (1,383 characters)

Photo of pmccallum86
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color with a thin bubbly head.

The smell is tart and vinegar up front with a grassy hop note and a little oak.

Taste is tart up front, but not overly puckering. Hops comes through as well, interesting. Some oaky notes with dry leatherness.

Mouthfeel is dry with medium carbonation.

Overall a great beer, possibly the best American Wild Ale when considering price ($8.89 for 22 oz) (406 characters)

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

a: served in appropriate glassware, the beer is a clear golden in color with a light, wispy layer of carbonation on the surface

s: a subtle, cleanly grainy base sits under a strong wild presence, lots of sour-tart cherries, nice oak, musty fruits, some lemon rind, lots of funky-fruity complexity here, the hops come through really well - appropriate level for the style with a great citrus note

m: carbonation lively, on the high moderate range, with a light-medium body

t: clean pale grain body with overriding currents of tartness and funk, hugely sour, musty tart cherry, light oak, lemon peel, drying in the finish with sour crabapple, just a dash of juicy citrus hop, very nice stuff but unfortunately not quite as complex as the aroma profile

o: a quality wild ale no doubt, plenty of interesting funk and fruit while not sacrificing drinkability, the aroma is huge and really lifts my opinion of this one

draft at Falling Rock, Denver (947 characters)

Photo of 100floods
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an apple juice hue. looks pretty carbonated. half-finger white head, looks like it's not going to stick around after a minute or two. A little hazy, but mostly clear. Decent hop aroma, sweet, a little tropical fruit and a little sour bite from the yeast. Very juicy, sour bite. Juicy hopped finish which eases the sour flavors in the start. It's not bitter at all. The dry hopping definitely helps this beer and provides something unique. I'd be curious if they chose to make this beer again and give that fruit-juicy hop flavor more presence, it could be a pretty good upgrade. However. I'm definitely enjoying this as it stands. (636 characters)

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

A: Pours a somewhat hazy orange/brown with a decent white head

S: Has a tart funkiness to it, but also some oak and a hint of vinegar, not really getting much of the hops as others had described - if they're there, they're definitely taking a back seat to the other smells

T: The sourness definitely stands out most in this beer, especially up front, with a bit of vinegar as well; there's definitely some citrus hoppiness on the back end though - it's subtle, but it actually works really well with the other flavors, very different finish from any wild ale I've ever had which makes this one stand out

M: I love the mouthfeel, it's got a lot more body than most sours and really coats your mouth

O: This is probably the best of all of the New Belgium wild ales I've had and definitely unique among wild ales in general. I was worried that the dry hopping would create a weird IPA/wild ale hybrid that didn't seem at all appealing, but the wild ale characteristics definitely stand out most prominently with the hops hanging in the background and integrating themselves in very well. (1,090 characters)

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber into a snifter

a-deep orange with a nice white head that floats on top for a while...the bubbles are there but not over the top...

s-caught me off guard...u can really smell the sweet and dank amarillo hops and the citrus from both amarillo and cascade from the dry hopping...really surprised this stood out in a wild ale...the funk is here with the acidity...

t-semi sweet grain starts this off then follows with the twang...the sourness and the wood take over the middle...with a little acidity....the funk is def there seems this is very brett forward with a good amount of must to even out the sour...finishes extremely dry..

m-thin but i imagine that is from the maturation in the wood...the carbonation is perfect and the acidity doesnt wreck my palate or my stomach....very very dry ....

o-a very good sour...far superior to last years la folie....but not on par with erics ale....quite pleased with it...will go back for more.. (947 characters)

Photo of Janderson91
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to pick this one up from Hop City in Atlanta. Can't find a bottled on date but I'm sure it was pretty recently. Enjoyed on 03/24/11.

A - Pours a nice looking dark gold/amber color with a one finger white head. Leaves no lacing at all. Only slightly hazy. Pretty good looking beer.

S - This is my favorite part of this beer. An excellent balance of IPA-like hoppiness and a sour, vinegary aroma. Some sweet malts are present also, great aroma.

T - Quite sour upfront with a good lactic character. Sweet malts are present as well. Finish is pretty tart and stays on the tongue for a while which then fades to a mild sweetness that I love.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Medium with a pretty good amount of carbonation.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this. Only just recently started getting into sours, and I loved this one. Make sure you pick up a bottle. Or two! (865 characters)

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

Ahhh...The joy of finding a new excellent beer. A darker amber pour than expected yields a short lived white head, with sparse lacing. The smell is straight up IPA territory, but the taste, ah, a beautiful tropical laced sour with a comforting acidity. Mouthfeel is smooth, coating, and acidic. No carbonation evident despite the pleasing head. I would never have thought this combination of IPA and sour to be as comforting and pleasurable as it is. A transition beer from an IPA tasting into a sour tasting? I never would have thought of it, yet here is is. Affordable, wonderfully tart, and at the same time, a resiny grapefruit kiss. This has entered into regular rotation for me. Exceptionally well done. (709 characters)

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

One of several bottles I picked up on a recent trip to Boone, NC, this review is from notes taken on 3/23/2011 and poured from the bottle to a goblet.

Appearance: Pour is a light orange/coppery color and it starts with a nice 1 and 1/2 finger slightly off-white head that fades quickly to a creamy, full and incomplete skim; body is quite hazy, and shows light carbonation; a couple of strands and spots of lacing stick to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A strong tart bret funkiness leads the way and it's quite potent; bit of a pulpy/woody presence behind it; a bit dank and musty and slightly reminiscent of vinegar; bit of a citrusy hop presence as well.

Taste: Wow, very interesting -- the same as with the smell, the tart bret funk leads the way and it comes across with a bit of a juicy orange/apricot flavor behind it; the dry-hopping is an interesting addition and adds a nice bitterness to it, but it really couples well with the funk and citrus; just a bit of the dank mustiness and wood that's present in the nose as well; in the aftertaste, there's a bit of grainy sweet maltiness that barely lingers.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium in weight and the carbonation is rather soft and brings just a bit of spritz; a moderately thick and sticky coating is left all over the roof of the mouth and it holds just a bit of the grainy sweetness mentioned above; belly is left a little warm from the acidity of the drink.

Overall: This sour is pretty solid -- very robust, citric and funky smells and flavors really meet what I feel is intended with this one. The ABV isn't overly high, but the acidity would likely catch up after a while -- one 22 oz. bottle is just about perfect. An excellent and refreshing beer. (1,737 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant yet darker yellow haze with great lace retention. Great tart aroma coupled with hops, truly the best of both worlds, I love the smell of this stuff, chicks should douche with it or something, great interplay of the amarillo n cascade hops.

Taste, sour, slightly woody, citric fruity and hoppy. Saliva inducing. Small aspect of chardonnay feel to it. Good slight peach, grapefruit and lemon fruit feel in it. Heck even a bit of green apple.

Only $8 for a bomber of an undeniable soured beer, much less the barrel and dry hopping. Probably suffers a little rating wise bc its from NB, but I'm telling you, this can hang with Russian River's Temptation or Sanctification any day. I might even like it more. I've had 2 of these now, about 10 more to go. We'll see. (771 characters)

Photo of whoneeds8
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (605 characters)

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

I LOVED the Le Terrior (is a "the" in-front of "le" redundant?).

I didn't think it was too sour, but rather, well-balanced with an unripe fruit-like sweetness. Those Amarillo hops on the aroma gave it a beautiful, fresh smell. The only thought that kept coming back to me was that this tasted a whole lot like a mango lassi; tart, fruity with a lactic-sourness that, for the second night in a row, had me thinking about curry.

Fantastic! If you like big juicy hop aromas and beautifully balanced sour ales do yourself a favor and seek this out. (548 characters)

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

La Terroir, Dry Hopped Sour Ale, alc. 7.5% by Vol. La Terroir is a French term meaning "of the earth". Used to reference the environmental conditions that affect the brew, we like to think about the terroir of our folders. These wooden barrels age our sour ale in varying temperatures, humidity and vibrations. The terroir of New Belgium, so to speak. Add in another variable by dry-hopping with peachy, mango-like Amarillo hops, and we created an ale that changes every time we brew it."

Hazy, dusky peach appearance, solid, off-white head. starts big, slims down.

Aromatics cry out from the start, pungent and tart. Wild, funky flavors are matched with under-tones and tropical and citrus fruit. Sour, with traces of cat urine. But, you like that sort of thing, don't you? I love sniffing litterboxes, personally.

Tasting it: Booom-shaka-lacka! A serious thwack on the palate. Twisted, sour, and weird, but also light and refreshing! How about that? Bracingly tart on the tongue, meshed with a further fruit flavor, a more varied hoppy roundness, that caresses and calms the ravaging sourness. A crazy roller coaster ride. Merest malt, just the kiss of the hops, a flavor sensation led by the wicked yeast and the oak of the barrel. The Amarillo dry-hopping is the key, though, with that tropic fruit flavor meshing so well against the sourness of the ale. Lemon, apricot, grapefruit, mango, pineapple.

This is tasty stuff. Light bodied, but with persistent, sour, yeasty flavor, ends on a light note. Starts strong, ends soft, stays pleasantly weird and wonderful. (1,573 characters)

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

A - Crisp peach color with a decent sized, light, foamy, soapy, fluffy, white head. Nice retention leaving a decent lacing.

S - Wonderful fruity and funky aroma. Peach, mango, citrus, touches of apple/pear, and tangerine. Slight funky/barnyard aroma and a sour touch to the sweet fruit.

T - Strong tart fruit flavors. Peach, apricot, mango, etc. along with some orchard fruit. Quite tart (more than the nose suggested) and slightly sour. Only a subtle funk. Hops compliment the fruitiness with a nice citrus flavor. A slight sweetness and berry flavor. Only a vague woody aspect. Not overly vinegary but does has a slight vinegar aspect.

M - Lighter body with average carbonation. Quiet smooth.

D - Very nice and drinkable sour. Mixes tart and sweet flavors nicely with subtle hints of other aspects. Hop flavors compliment the tart and sweet fruitiness quite well.

Notes: Really nice sour and at a pretty good price point for a sour. Nice balance and the hops really add a nice subtle something. Barrel aging adds another subtle aspect. Great fruity flavors and tartness. Well done sour. (1,093 characters)

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium gold in color, with a slight cast of haze. Moderate fluffy white head with decent retention.

Aroma-Well, it's interesting to say the least. The first aroma is an assault of American hops-Piney, citrusy (Lemon, grapefruit), Resiny, and a little catty. Underneath the hops are some tart, acidic aromas, which heighten the lemon and grapefruit character of the hops. It smells like a sour/west coast IPA blend. Very interesting.

Flavor-Once again, very interesting. An almost candy-like sweet lemon/grapefruit flavor is dominant here. Moderately tart. Other hop flavors are present as well-notes of pine, resin, and cat piss. Underlying musty earthy flavors as well. Some other fruit flavors come into play as well-peaches and apricots most notably. The acidic character manages to dry the beer out a bit, but it still finishes a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation. Slight acidic prickle on the tongue.

Pretty good, and definitely unique, but I'm not sure these specific hops did it for me. I think there's potential in a dry-hopped sour, but the catty hop tones were a little off-putting, especially in the flavor. On the whole, I liked it, and I'm definitely glad I tried it. (1,260 characters)

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