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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 447
Hads: 2,133
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 21.08%
Wants: 464
Gots: 380 | FT: 28
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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 caskstrength
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of jpro
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
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!)

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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3.8/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of jdense
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.8/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of samie85
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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.


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Photo of MrTopher
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Domingo
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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)

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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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

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4.27/5  rDev 0%
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)

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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

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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.