Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Le TerroirLips Of Faith - Le Terroir
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005

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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 kevanb
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, 2013 vintage, poured into a New Belgium Globe.

The beer pours a hazy straw color, hues of apricot and gold with a nice, fluffy white head that rises about 2 fingers high and has good retention while leaving a soapy network of lace behind. The aroma is very earthy, piney hop, tangy citrus, bretty funk, oaky wood and some light, fleshy ripe fruit at the back end. These expressions are more pronounced on the tongue, lots of fresh fruit, apricots, peaches with some light berry flavors, bretty funk, bright citrus, a little wildflower before oak, bitter hop spice, resinous pine and a little vinegar make for an earthy finish. The body is crisp, lively with good carbonation, a touch watery vs expectation, coats the mouth decently well with a dry finish.

Verdict: A very nice sour ale from New Belgium, one of my favorite's that they make. The hops are a great twist and really bring out the earthy and bretty qualities while not overshadowing the fruit and floral qualities. Cheers to New Belgium, I hope they continue to feature this in the Lips of Faith series.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Abbaye de Cureghem Cantillon glass from a growler.

A - The appearance is a hazy, golden hue with a 1/2" head leaving behind a slippery lacing that finds it's way back into the glass quite quickly.

S - Getting an initial aroma of vinegar, a pleasant funk, and apples. Hints of lemons, mixtures of citrus, and fresh white fruit.

T - Peaches are very present on the entry followed by grapefruit, green apples, and mangos. Displays a pleasing tartness from the lactic acid and a light hop flavor on the back end.

M - The mouthfeel is dry with a delicate carbonation. I'm enjoying the sourness of this beer. Very well balanced!

O - This is first year that I have had the chance to try this beer. I am slowly becoming a fan of New Belgium's sours. They are far more talented in this department than in others. Will seek out again next year. Highly recommended!

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Photo of chugalug06
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange colored brew with eggnog colored soapy/foamy head. No lacing.

Orange, lemon, tartness, farmy, acidic, lactic, pineapple, and citrus.

Dry, smooth, not sweet, not bitter, high carbonation, acidic, grapefruit, expired (dry-slightly bitter) mango, tart, lemony, smooth, crisp, drinkable. Funky. Lots of intriguing flavors meld together to create an amazing masterpiece.

Highly recommended. Awesome unique flavors blend wonderfully together to create a great brew that draws you back for sip after sip. I really wish NB would continuously produce masterpieces and not make them one-offs. Initial flavors is bizarre, but leads to wonderful collection of flavor and feel.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

Glowing amber orange under an off white small but bubbly head. Aroma is lovely. Bright, floral and juicy pitted fruits/fresh peaches and apricots, and a tropical kind of refreshing tartness that permeates the nostrils. Nice doughy malts underneath. Taste is also very refreshing, sour but rounded out with lightly sweet fruit. Very dry and snappy throughout. Clean, fruity, tart, balanced, and extremely drinkable. The hops work great with their sour base beer here.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Le Terroir

A: Hazy golden orange, fluffy off white head with good lacing and carbonation.

S: I could smell this beer the moment the cap hit my counter. Hoppy, juicy, earthy overtones, backed with a strong pineapple scent and tart cherries, followed by whiffs of candied sugar, oak, and sweet caramel malt. Very nice.

T: My first sour, but I thought that this beer would be less tart. My god it tastes like barely diluted cherry juice, lemon juice and citric acid. I can't taste much malt but probably because I'm not used to the style and my palette's wrecked.

MF: To me this has a thin mouthfeel, crisp and wet and bitter and finishing with dryness.

O: Probably a great sour for people that are into this style. I ranked it based on the quality of the beer, which I believe is good. My palette just wasn't ready for it.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle. Hazy orange pour with quickly reducing head. Beautiful nose of peach, lemon, honey, vanilla, flower, herbs and vinegar. The taste is surprisingly sweet. Fruit flavors from yeast and hops are forward but nicely balanced by the sour (with some acetic acid). Notes of peach, granny-smith apple, orange, lemon, oak and herbs with a floral/pine hop overtone. The oak tannins dry out the finish nicely. Mouthfeel is excellent - the full, soft carbonation, medium-light mouthfeel, sweet-sour combination and dry finish makes this an easy drinking beer (notched slightly for presence of acetic acid). Overall, an excellent beer and highly recommended. Interesting flavors, well balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of daledeee
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I admit it, I bought this beer based on the reviews.

Pours a bright dark gold with medium head that can easily be revived.

Smell is vinegar, slightly funky and spicy.

Taste is not as "sour" as others. In my opinion, this is better. There is tart fruit such as green apple, hints of citrus and a malt background. Lemon is really present on the back of my tongue. This is quite a tart beer yet sweet.

Mouth feel is nice as it should be: lots of carbonated bite. This is really an easy beer to drink. Usually I am not as crazy about these, but I like this one.

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Photo of bamadog
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brown-ruby-amber pour, nice head and lacing

Smell: Very fruity, and also sour. I get berries, apricot, spicy oak. Pleasant floral hopiness that is quite unique.

Taste: Again, very fruity, but very sour and tart with a slight candy sweetness (beer actually reminds me of a sour berry candy). Very pleasant floral hoppiness to it without a touch of bitter. I get berries, apricot, plums, dates. Also some spicy oak and vanilla. The lack of funk keeps this one below 4.5 overall. Hops are not particularly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: A very soft beer surprisingly. Excellent creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable, the first glass disappeared. Lactic sourness slowed the second glass down a bit. Put some funk in it, put it in a bottle, and cork and cage it please!

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Photo of mcrawford
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Pours a light amber with little head that dissapates quickly. Smells of apricots and little citrus. Fairly sour but not overly so, tastes of mangos, oranges, peaches, and tropical fruits. Very faint pine, the sourness and hops play very well together, with the hops contributing the tropical fruit and just a bit of bitterness in the finish. Overall I'm impressed with this beer, the dry hopping adds an extra dimension and the only real downside is the price.

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Photo of pwoods
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GrizzlyAdams for this trade. Review from notes from awhile back.

A: Golden blonde pour with some plum flesh tinting. A small frothy head forms and dies very fast and only leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Very tart and sour. Lots of acidic fruits and even more tartness.

T/M: The tartness is amped up even more in the taste. Lots of juicy fruits, mango, pineapple, green apples, lemon. The sourness starts to come out more as it warms, definitely some cider vinegar going on. Body is light but the carbonation is a bit weak. Pretty dry throughout.

D: Very tart and sour... this is borderline too much for me(edit: back then it was... would still be potent but it would be more drinkable and more enjoyable for me now).

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Photo of PDXHops
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy light amber with a surprisingly foamy off-white head 2 fingers or so. Decent retention and scattered patches of soapy lacing.

Nose is a nice balance of tartness- underripe grapes, green apples- and dusty/funky notes. Plenty of citrus zest thanks to the dry hopping. Not a ton of funk flavor, but enough to keep things interesting for sure. Loads of tart orange, lemon and green apple. Some sweetness lingers in the background. More tart than sour, which aids in drinkability, along with the crispish finish. A bite of bitterness toward the swallow, then bread and some tartness linger.

Overall impression: Nice little wild ale here. Recommended.

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Photo of brewskis
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark orange color with a two finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thick ring of lacing. Decent carbonation. Smells of bretty funk, mustiness, sour cherries, tiny bit of mango, peaches, good amount of lemon, white grape, a tiny bit of sweet breadiness. Taste starts with the dry hop qualities. Get peaches and mango, as well as a tiny bit of grapefruit. Then gets much more tart in the middle, along with notes of lemon, funk and some oak. The finish brings just a tad bit of sweetness, but is just overtaken by the funkiness from the brett, as well as more peach, mango, grapefruit, almost a white grape flavor, cherry, tropical fruit. You can tell the beer has been sitting in oak barrels for a few years, as the oak is very apparent in the finish. Very tart, puckering, acidic finish that lingers on the palate and makes you want to take another sip. Crisp, slightly creamy, and sticky mouthfeel with a medium body. The dry hopping adds a whole new dimension to the beer. Extremely complex sour for a reasonable price. This is hands down the best beer I’ve had by New Belgium so far.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alas, review number 600. Much thanks to backfat (Dave) for an incredible post to help me decide which beer to drink for this review. Your box will go out on Monday.

On to the beer.

22oz bottle purchased from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO for around $9. Into a NB Globe.

A: Slightly hazy amber in color with a stark white head that bubbled up to an inch or so and has slowly collapsed into a light froth of a head with some excellent gobs of lacing. Small amount of carbonation that moves up from the nucleation point.

S: As promised, a dry hopped sour, very citrusy combo of amarillo and cascade make a nice grapefruit profile. Behind the hops is a decent amount of funk that was apparent right away when I opened the bottle. You can definitely tell that this is a cousin to La Folie, strong acetic notes, and a decent amount of wood finds its way into the nose. Quite nice.

T: I've always wondered about the possibility of dry hops in a sour, and I'd have to say that it works quite well as the aroma really leads over to the taste. I'd be willing to bet that there was a decent dose of late hop additions, as there is a pretty substantial grapefruit and peach note in the taste. A decent amount of funk, and a strong acetic acid presence as well. Nicely tart and acidic, lemon like sourness. Nice malt profile that mixes well with the tart flavors. Really a nice sour beer with a hoppy twist.

M: Light and refreshing, light carbonation, and a nice puckering sourness. Fair amount of lactic acid that really makes my saliva thick. Finishes on the drier side of the spectrum. Really nice here as well.

O: This is another fantastic sour from New Belgium. Very different from the other sours that I've had before, I really enjoy the hop presence in this beer. Hops and sour do not logically go hand in hand, especially given the preservative qualities and natural antiseptic qualities, I fully understand why hops are not included in sour beers, but this works incredibly well. Really a nice beer. Quite the fitting beer for 600. Here's to many more!

Cheers!

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Photo of deebo
2.94/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2013 bottle

A-Poured into a pint glass I get a thin finger of white head that recedes to a thin skimming. Slightly hazy with a dark golden color with some burnt orange hues.

S-The hops hit me first with aromas of ripe citrus (passion fruit and orange) and grass. There is a subdued aroma of funk and sourness (white wine) with some oak.

T-Taste is more sour than the aroma. Hits you upfront and lingers into the finish. The aftertaste is first sour than bitter. The nice hop aroma is overpowered with the sour and the funk. Some fruitiness here but it is quickly overtaken with the sour and some bitterness.

M-Tingly carbonation with a light body. No detection of alcohol. Very dry finish.

O-This is a damn sour brew. Not a lot of funkiness and the nice aroma doesn't follow thru into the taste. An interesting brew but too much sourness and I don't care for the bitter finish.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The one flavor that keeps coming to mind, aside from the sour tart wild ale stuff, is lychee. If you don't know what lychee tastes like, white grape juice is a close comparison. There are dry, brut champagne parallels going on. I haven't had very many wild ales, but I've liked what I've had and this strikes me as a good one. I can't easily get New Belgium beers where I live; currently visiting Florida. I look forward to soaking up some more of what I can't normally get. I would definitely get this again and give warm recommendations.

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Photo of parris
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty unique beer, sweet and sour with a pleasantly astringent and floral dry hopped flavor. Pours a hazy light copper color, and has an aroma that matches the taste.

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Photo of Pahn
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle split two ways into wine glasses. Thanks to BA csano for sending this beer in a recent trade!

Appearance: Pours a semi-translucent yellow orange and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Huge, strongly lychee-reminiscent aroma. So fruity. Can really smell the Amarillo dry hop as well. I'm in love with how this beer smells.

Taste: Decent sourness, with layers of fruit flavor, some nice west coast USA hop notes as well. Citrusy and tropical fruit. Still a bit lychee-like, but not as much as the aroma. Strong grapefruit and grapefruit pith flavors, the latter especially in the finish and aftertaste.

Unique, and extremely flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, pretty sour, low carbonation. Finishes tart with some grapefruit pith bitterness.

Overall: My kind of wild ale: adventurously flavorful and complex, unique, not too acidic, solid sourness (doesn't just suggest sour flavors but rather is undeniably sour), beautiful fruit (and hop!) flavors.

Also, goes great with food--a rarity for me, beerwise. Paired excellently with some pad see ew and Chinese broccoli.

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Photo of nataku00
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip. Beer poured a clear orange with a finger and a half of creamy white head. Decently uniform head, with a few bubbles here and there, that leaves a very nice amount of sticky lacing on the edge of the glass as the head dissipated to a small collar of bubbles. Some tiny bubbles float up here and there, but not overly active.

Nose is earthy, woodsy, wet hay funk, sweet orange, nectarine and peach, sour fruit vinegar, acetic acid, with a decent caramel and biscuit malt backbone.

A bit of the hops comes through on the taste, the sweet and lightly bitter citrus, tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, sweet stone fruit peaches and nectarines, wet hay funk, light vinegar mid tongue with mild acidity, and finish is a soft earthiness, light oak, and sweet fruit. Lightly dry finish, with some residual fruitiness lingering.

Light bodied with a really gentle and soft carbonation that is nearly perfect from a wild ale. A relatively high abv is well hidden, maybe contributing slightly to an over ripe fruit taste at the back of the throat. Would have liked just a little more acidity, but there are so many excellent flavors going on here that this is still worth trying at least once.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apricot flesh coloerd body, white head diminishing fast, lacing is there and looks more sticky than fluffy. Taste is purkey sour, funky, brett and yeasty character, with the malt ever so apparent slight biscuity hint. Mouthfeel is nice puckering medium dryness. not getting any barrel character, straightforward profile which showcases great yeast and malt profile.not showing any abv. A must re-visit. Pair with salads, or desserts with some fruit character and medium-low spice level.

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Photo of KeefD
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid orange color with a huge white head after a sturdy pour into a Captain Lawrence tulip glass. Maybe it was too hard of a pour as it seems like there's no carbonation bubbles coming up, but no big deal. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is very interesting. Light funk, lots of herbal/grassy hops, some bandaid/medicinal action with a touch of light citrus and fruit. Can definitely tell this one has been dry-hopped. This is isn't super sour or tart, but there's plenty there, loads of citrus, lemon, orange, and just a bit of funky/leathery musty goodness on the finish. Firm hoppiness to it, earthy herbal bitterness, flowery, perfumey. Very interesting. Finding it hard to describe the flavors, but overall has some floral, sweet, and citric characters, and all blends together well. Carbonation is good despite the look, medium bodied. This is a very interesting beer and very delicious as well. I love what the dry-hopping has done for the balance to the sour and sweet components. Good stuff.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Created by a former employee of Rodenbach.
On tap at the NB brewery.

When asked how this was different from La Folie, I was told it had been dry-hopped and unlike La Folie, which is described as a sour brown, La Terroir has a lighter malt base.

a: Hazy gold/orange body with an off-white head. Excellent retention.

s: Sour aroma with notes of apple cider vinegar.

t: Sweet tart flavor, oak, sour green apples, with a big bite of hops and sourness in the finish.

m: Tart and acidic with medium carbonation.

d: Very drinkable, excellent tartness. Like La Folie, but lighter malt and with a more pronounced hop profile. An excellent beer, wish they bottled it. I could drink this all night long.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I will preface this review by saying this is my first ever sour beer, so I don't have a lot to compare it to in the style, and may revisit sometime down the road after I've tried more beers in this style. As a hophead I figured this would make a good introduction to Sours.

22oz bottle, January 2011 bottling date. Served cool in a tulip.

Pours lightly hazy orange with a fair white head that recedes to a small cap. Leaves only a little short-lived lacing.

Aroma is citrus hops with apricot and peach notes, quite fruity, some bread, yeast, and perhaps a hint of funk. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is kind of like a sour peach, quite tart and puckering, a lot of fruity and citrus notes, lemon in particular, a touch of funk underneath.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and quite sticky, medium to high carbonation.

Interesting to say the least for this sour noob. I really like the aroma in particular and the flavor is quite good, just need to get used to puckering tartness in a beer. At the very least this has me intrigued to try other Sours and Wilds.

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Photo of Auraan
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured a gorgeous cloudy reddish orange body with two fingers of fluffy, long lasting off-white head. The beer looks wonderful and very appealing. Scents of orange flesh, tropical fruit, especially mango, but also with some pineapple, some spicy yeast phenols and a hint of wild yeast and a very faint light pine. Overall impression of aroma is light and fruity, very bright, with a nice undertone of spicy yeast keeping it balanced. Very nice. Flavor begins moderately sour, with a nice wild funk, light pine resin, notes of tropical fruit and lemon zest. This moves into a middle that is still moderately sour, with more pronounced notes pine resin, wild, sour funk, some lemongrass and lemon zest. Finish is dry with high sourness notes of lemongrass, tropical fruit, indeterminate citrus fruit and zest, wild, sour funk and light pine. Aftertaste is wild, sour funk, lemon, hints of peach and tropical fruit and slight lemongrass. Overall impression of flavor is of a sour, funky, complex ale that combines nice wild funk, combined with nice levels of fruitiness and a pine and herbal character from the lemongrass. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a puckering, drying, refreshing feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nicely sour and puckering wild ale that is quite refreshing. Overall this is a wonderful American Wild Ale that is refreshingly tart, fruity, wild, funky and piney in aroma and flavor. Aided by a wonderful mouthfeel it is a nicely refreshing ale. Very well done and quite good.

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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.