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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,461
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 451
Gots: 219 | FT: 20
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A sour beer barrel-aged for two years and then dry-hopped with Amarillo and Cascade hops for 8 days.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005)
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

UCLABrewN84, May 14, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -6.8%

djrn2, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to coryking for getting this bottle out to me. Thanks as well to rmalinowski4 for getting me a bottle to cellar. Served in a snifter.

Pours a cloudy peach color with a thin white head and a bit of lacing. The nose contains strawberry seeds, hints of cherry, and a sour lactic presence. Mild earthiness there as well. The flavor has a bit of strawberry and cherry, which are followed up by a mild sourness and a slight amount of funk. Don't really smell or taste any of the dry hopping here. Light fruit throughout and in the finish, going along with some mild sourness. Pretty good; interested to see how this one ages out.

Thorpe429, May 03, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -6.8%

zestar, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.8%

acurtis, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish orange in color and does not have any visible carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface that quickly faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is quite sour and has some hints of citrus from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink for the style because it’s not too sour.

metter98, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
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

brentk56, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Texasfan549, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at The Festival of Barrel Aged Beer in Chicago. Listed as a Flanders Red, it was described as, " Belgian amber ale aged in wine barrels w/ resident bacteria, then dry-hopped with Amarillo hops." If it sounds good, you can imagine how it tasted. The color is a rust - peach color with a haze. Good head retention that settled to a film over the alcohol and barrel aging. Aromas are of sour cherries, cider, a tart merlot, molassas, musky and complex. The flavors reaffirm the aromas. Throw in a touch of cocoa, raspberries, cranberries, nutty, and woody. Aged for richness and boldness keeps the beer from becoming overly sour or tart. Never astringent or off-putting. The texture is shy of creamy. Thinning from alcohol, low carbonation, and tartness. Lighty vineous in the bitter finish. The amerillo hops really help balance the sweet.

BEERchitect, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a clear light amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of fruity notes of peaches and mango with light tart undertones is quite unique. Taste is quite unique with subtle fruity notes of mango and peaches with very nice fruity ester with some well balanced tart notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. It is a wonder the aroma that was created using hops; this is definitely a beer I will seek again.

Phyl21ca, Apr 17, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh good Gawd what do we have here. Much thanks to the kind soul from AZ who sent this one my way. I had been waiting forever to try this one and now I have another I can cross off my list. 22 oz bomber, this one was served chilled and poured into a snifter.

Very cloudy orange tinted amber color coming forward. A light head of white graces the top for all but a few moments before it settles down to nothing more then some token side glass lacing. The aroma though is where this all began for me. Rich, deep funk. The sourest vinegar like notes I have come across in some time. I just had to go in for a taste. Lip puckering is a whole new thing for me. I thought I had tasted sour before, and I was wrong. This is tart fruit at its best. Light touch of apples perhaps, but mostly that draw dropping, lip puckering, sour flavor that you only get on the best of days. Rich feel, medium bodied with a light touch of carbonation that gave it a good all around approach. Not sure the abv but around 6 would be my guess, leaving this one to be super drinkable as well.

Overall as solid as could be. This was insanely well put together and easily that most sour beer i have come across in months, if not years. Not to be messed with, you need to seek this one out.

mikesgroove, Jun 29, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

kjkinsey, Oct 20, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a short pure white head that fades quickly.

Nose is an assertive and unique fruity pine. There is a light sour orange/sour tangerine character in the nose.

Mouthfeel is bright and medium sour with a wonderful acidic and sour quality. Very drinkable and inviting.

Flavors on this one really rock. Assertive lightly sour and acidic tangerine, sour apricot and oranges. Loads of citrus flavors with a very consumer friendly sour character.

This is a very well made beer; a really nice sour right now and one that should be tried fresh and enjoyed before we all jump to age it. It will likely age well but perhaps lose some of that wonderful tangerine/orange/apricot fruit character. One of my favorites of the Lips of Faith Series. I really like this one.

GRG1313, Mar 19, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy yellow-orange color with a bit of white foam.

S: Very fruity, too many fruits to identify, tartness, and a bit of earthy funk.

T: Very nice tartness up front, a mild sweetness, both of which are fruity. The finish is quite earthy and woody. Very complex and interesting flavors.

M: Somewhat light in body, low-moderate carbonation, dry.

D: The combination of sweet, sour, and earthiness makes this beer very fun to drink.

womencantsail, Aug 31, 2009
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a slightly hazy copper orange color with a soapy white head. Very scattered lacing and thin retention. The smell of the beer is earthy, slightly tart, some cherry notes and oak. The taste of the beer is very tart, far more sour than all the other "sour" ales that New Belgium makes. There is more cherry in the flavor with some vinegar. The mouthfeel is pretty good, drinkable and light bodied nice carbonation. Overall this beer is good, the hops have faded but the sour notes are what seem to me as their peak. Really nice beer.

Knapp85, Mar 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to jl28r1 for this bottle!

Damn French and its crazy pronunciations... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly murky golden amber topped by a finger or so of kinda fluffy white sea foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, orange rind, lime, pineapple, ruby red grapefruit, sour watermelon, currants, and a touch of peach. It's a tart, fruity wonderland in my nose. I believe there's also a hint of mild mint and pine in there too. The taste is pretty similar, but with the sourness pumped up significantly. It's not necessarily mouth-puckering but it's more than palpable, lemme tell ya. Still dominated by fruit, though a bit of hoppy goodness does make it through the produce stand and onto my 'buds. Unfortunately, it's not as easy to pick out the individual fruits now. Still pretty tasty, though. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, good times all-around here. Thankfully this is one relatively readily-available sour that does not disappoint.

TMoney2591, Jul 22, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Stone, drank this as a palate-cleanser alongside several vintages of Stone IRS. Poured into a tumbler, the beer appears a murky, hazy orange. The head is small and disappears quickly. The nose is funky and fruity, musty brett alongside aromas of plums and ripe strawberries. There's a ton of acetic acid, some lactic sourness and a touch of sweetness. The ripe fruit character pairs beautifully with the acetic sourness. The taste opens with a ton of lactic sourness and fruity sweetness. Strawberries, vinegar and a faintly herbal hop flavor come out in the mid-palate, with a bit of grain flavor beneath the sourness. The finish is sharp and very vinegary, more than I generally like, but this is really enjoyable in small quantities.

largadeer, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely happy to finally see this bottled, it's been about 3 years since first trying it at a fest then waiting for this day.

Hazy saturated orange body, effervescent carbonation rises from below. The offwhite eggshelll foam has a creamy texture, and laces in delicate patterns against the glass.

Aroma is very fruit dominated, and not by any single one. Peach, lemon, starfruit, lime, mango... it's an intoxicating tropical melange. Some contrasting oak and fresh yogurt notes are there too, lending some harmonizing 'wild' elements without getting too funky.

Flavor is moderately puckering, tart and verging on lemony sour. Some very light orange wafer cookie malt sweetness is there around the edges to contrast, with dry tannic bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is light, yet scrubs the palate clean. Hop elements are present though indistinct in the mix, lending some possible leafy orange tea notes, and residual bitterness. Dry hopping lends to the aroma only though, not the taste.

Le Terroir is a unique Wild Ale, fruit-forward and quenching, only moderately tart. Should appeal to a wide audience without losing any street cred.

emerge077, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of head.

S - It smelled funky with some barnyard-like smells. Peach aromas with some other sweet/sour fruits.

T - Sour fruits - apple, peach and cherry with a good spice bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice wild ale. I'm glad it finally made it into my hands/beer glass!

zeff80, Mar 21, 2011
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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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