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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 466
Hads: 2,243
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 20.84%
Wants: 473
Gots: 425 | FT: 30
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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 NODAK
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma has some definitely tart cherry and apple notes on it...with citric grapefruit-type hop notes also being quite evident from the dry hopping. Actually reminds me somewhat of a red wine in a way.

Pours quite golden, which surprised me a little. Little head to be found.

Taste is very puckeringly tart, with something resembling apple cider vinegar combined with sucking on a lemon. While this beer says that it is dry hopped for 8 days, I wouldn't necessarily say that this is a hoppy beer at all. During the drink, the grapefruit taste of the hops peeks through the tartness a bit but never really imparts a bitterness on the tongue. It just serves to add complexity. Really, it's just tart from the start through to the finish. It isn't much less tart than sucking on a lemon. It's so tart that I found my mouth watering for quite a while after each drink automatically.

I'm somewhat new to wild ales, but I tend to like sour things so I enjoyed this one quite a bit. As I explore more, I'll hopefully find out if this is exceedingly tart for style or not.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.9/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer tastes like pineapples and hops with a dry finish. Not my favorite beer....just OK.

Beer is yellow and hazy with almost no head, served in a snifter, carbonation low.

Aroma is strong, mildly sour, smells a lot like hops, mostly fruity / pineapple hops.

The beer presents rather sweet with a strong strong fruit character so much so that it is like drinking pineapple juice with a really dry finish. The bitterness at the back is decent. Eh, not a repeat for me.

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Photo of xraided81
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing notes from a 22oz bomber.
My first review of a sour. appearance is a golden pale with a slight haze mostl likely from the yeast. effervescent for the first couple of minutes then the head dissipates to a thin white ring. no lace at all in my pour. Smells citruisy and earthy, the dry hopping is dominated by an aggresive american hop , my guess would be amarillo, brett is present in the background, but the american hops definetly dominate the aroma in this beer. Fresh squeezed lemonade is what comes to mind at first, but the bittery bite of an ipa is present on the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and light. thiis a refreshing beer i've had this both on draft and in bottles within a couple of weeks of each other. and the draft version has less tartness, and you get more of the belgian funk, brett, horseblanket character. This bottled version kept more of the hoppy character to this beer, more like a sour IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the Rackhouse in Denver tonight. Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a nice rocky white head. Nice tart aromas, with lemon, vinegar and wood. Light bodied, refreshing and tart, with flavors of lemon rind, vinegar and grapefruit.

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Photo of KingPuuChuu
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unlike anything I've ever had.

Pours a beautiful gold, quickly shrinking head. A heavy citrus lemonade smell overpowering. The dry hopping definitely added a slight hoppiness, which adds sweetness to the nose. It's pretty awesome.

Flavor punches the tongue. Grapefruit, lime, the citrus is definitely here. Along the sides of the tongue, there is a slight hop bitterness.

For mouthfeel, it goes down like a soda, but it definitely feels heavy, like one of Stone's offerings. Great carbonation, but it almost comes off as too sour. I feel like I could drink one of these a month.

In the end, this is a unique beer, for sure, and I can't wait to try the next offering from New Belgium.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from 22oz bomber.

A: pours slightly murky golden yellow. nice two fingers of head that leave a bit of lacing.

S: earthy hops, a bit of pine and citrus (tangerine?), followed by an untraditional funk - almost cheesy, a bit of sulfur. Later, the lingering smells off the tongue are overwhelmingly lime jello (aka the nuclear green mix flavor), then bits of pineapple, citrus, and the smallest of strawberry vanilla. the after-sip smells may be the best thing about this. On second pour, the cheesyness may be a bit medicinal.

T: sour and bitter, a strange mix of citrus and hops, perhaps amarillo. complexity of fruity sour and bitter mix well but not exceptionally. orange sherbet plus lime dominates the aftertaste. Wow I wonder how this would taste paired with meringue pie or carrot cake.

M: light-medium body. a nice tingle of carbonation but finishes very acidic. a puckering mouthfeel afterwards is similar to a sweetart's aftertaste in that the tongue feels extra mucousy.

O: I'm pretty sure I've eaten this flavor in ice cream form, when it came in some orange and green color. There's a huge candy-like component. I feel the dry-hopping added some aromatic complexity to what would have been an otherwise one-dimensionally citrus sour, albeit a tasty one. This isn't the best sour, but it's certainly one I'd order again and one I'd love to attempt to brew.

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Photo of gpatt55
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

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Photo of Verecund
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of atowle25
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Lessurluck
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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?

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of GuruDel
3.97/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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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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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.