Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 2,023
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 453
Gots: 357 | FT: 28
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Colorado, United States

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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Ratings: 2,023 | Reviews: 450
Photo of Fcolle2
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy light orange in color with a 1 finger white head that has good retention.

Smell is good. Fresh lemon and lemon rind are forward over a substantial amount of vinegar. There are some very light hint of citrus hops before a good oak presence finishes the aroma.

Taste is great. There is a fresh lemon like tartness forward in the brew that keeps it incredibly refreshing and crisp. There is a mild straw like malt flavor before a fruity tart and sweet flavor comes in at the end brew.

Mouthfeel is great, crisp refreshing and tart. Everything have come to expect in a good sour and more.

Photo of MrBoh
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a strong, frothy head.

Smells of bread, orange zest and barnyard.

Bread and the barnyard dominate the taste, while orange zest, lemomgrass and tropical flavors provide some good accent.

A little pucker to this one, but most the sour still comes in the taste, not the mouthfeel.

Very well constructed beer. It has renewed my interest in New Belgium.

Photo of LittleDon
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of kkleu357
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A vintage 2014 Lips of Faith on tap. Light hazy yellow body. Smells a lot like a freshly cut orange. Big sour grapefruit taste. Hints of oak and orange. Another great sour beer by New Belgium.

Photo of parris
4.6/5  rDev +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.

Photo of timontheroad
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small tulip- quarter inch light head that quickly faded to a very thin film. Hazy golden color. Aroma has huge fruity smells, both lots of tropical and citrus. I also got some sweet malt notes and some funky yeast. The taste is wonderful, with so many great flavors assaulting your palate. Grapefruit, mango, and peach notes slap you in the face up front with a nice lingering sour yeasty flavor on the back end. Mouthfeel was fairly light and crisp, with the tartness putting a nice prickly feel on your tongue. Overall, this is an outstanding sour, with the dry-hopping adding those great aromas and flavors. This one's a keeper!

Photo of mverity
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle shared at Proof. Pours a pale gold with some white head. Medium white collar, and no lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops and a bit of pine, lots of fruity funkiness. Taste is mouth wateringly sour, in a good way. Some of that fruit ester funk in the taste too. Light body, sour bite on the tongue, and low carbonation.

Photo of zhanson88
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Le Terroir pours out a slightly hazy warm tangerine color. About a finger of head forms, below average retention and not much lacing.

Smell: This is good. The first thing I pick up on is a nice, juicy citrus hop punch. Underneath that I get a pleasant lactic sourness and funk that is prevalent but not overly strong. This beer is really a study in contrasting styles that come together excellently. About as good a wild ale as I've smelled.

Taste: Great juicy citrus notes up front, followed by funk and moderate sourness. It's definitely more lemony-sour on the palate than on the nose, but still not nearing overbearing by any stretch. Fairly dry finish with notes of light woodiness, funk and hops.

Mouthfeel/Overall: A bit over light bodied with a reasonably high level of carbonation. A bit spritzy, and about right for the style. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. The strong citrus notes are very much at odds yet really compliment the sourness and funk well.

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

Thanks gbontrag for a chance to try this.
A- Thin off white head that fades fast. Cloudy orange body.
S- Some tart fruits hit the nose first. Hint of alcohol, big sour notes to it. Sour apples really come through. Very complex smell and I know I am probably missing a lot.
T- Huge sour flavors slam on the tongue right off the bat. Pretty big tart fruit flavors also. Hint of alcohol makes it way through too. Can taste the hops slightly pushing their way through the big puckering sourness. The sour apples really come out in this too. Oak comes through too. As you get used to the sourness more flavors really start to show. There is a bitterness that is lingering on the tongue in the aftertaste. Very complex in the taste.
M- medium to full body with low carbonation.
D- It is strangely good. The first two sips I was kind of worried and wasn't sure I would like this at all. The more I drink of it the more welcoming it becomes. I think I just had to let me taste buds adjust to it. It is one of my first Flanders red (besides Monk's Cafe) and I think I could start to get more into this style. It is very strange how such an offensive beer at first can slowly bring you into it where you just don't want to set it down. Can't wait to try my La Folie.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy dark golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are mild. Has that Belgium yeast sour aroma. Slightly fruity. The taste is excellent! Bready at first but quickly hits you with a sour, fruity blast. Leaves that sour taste on your palate. Definitely one of my favorite beers. I just wish it wasn't so damn expensive.

Photo of JMad
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured some of my 22 oz bomber into my New Belgium globe glass...

The beer is a hazy, orange, copper color with a thin, white bubbly head. You can smell a lot of acidity, some peachy aroma from the amarillo hops and I detected some tart apple and tangerine as well. When you take a sip there is lots of sourness on the tongue, taste consists of green apples, orange and white grapes, tart flavors pucker the sides of the mouth. This beer has low carbonation, it's medium bodied and bites at the tongue leaving a dry, sour mouth. I thought this was a wonderful brew, it's the first sour beer I've had and I look forward to having many more.

Photo of PaulyB83
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip glass

A- Pours a bright medium amber with medium-heavy clarity. Medium level head that dissipates quickly. Looks like an IPA!

S- Mmm...sour funk, slight yeast, Granny Smith apple, slight floral notes

T- Similar to aroma, not too tart, very drinkable.

M- Medium light in the mouth, sourness stays but not to an extreme degree.

O- Great beer this one is, not too sour or funky and the hops are faint enough not to clash. This replaces La Folie as the best New Belgium beer I've had. For a place that does a lot of middle of the road stuff, this shows they can really deliver when they want to.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 version

A - Pours a golden orange with a two-finger foamy white head. The head dissapates leaving some soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is an interesting mix of grapefruit, orange peel, vinegar, and a light barnyard funkiness.

T - The flavor starts off tart with a vinegary flavor that is balanced out by some citrus. There is some yeasty barnyard funk throughout with a biscuity maltiness. The finish has a nice earthiness.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice sour. The dry hopping adds some nice citrus notes. A very fun beer that would be a good introduction for non sour fans.

Photo of jpro
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of EricCioe
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy burnt orange with a two finger white head that didn't stick long before it became a collar, leaving just a hint of lace on the way. On the nose there is a strange but pleasant mixture of deep pine hops with an overriding acidic funk. In the mouth that mixture becomes more pronounced, exceedingly tart citrus fruit hitting right up at the very tip of the tongue. The finish is like biting into a lemon, leaving me puckering a bit in a nice way. There is some evidence of being aged on oak once the sourness subsides enough for anything else to come into the picture.

Overall, this beer was a nice mix between a highly hopped beer and one that is supremely sour. I've not had a lot of sours, but to me the hops really made this one stick out.

Photo of KevSal
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Fantastic beer, actually comes close to my favorite Dry hopped sour from the same state. Batch 60. and a touch behind love buzz that share similarities. Highly recomend.

Photo of ggaughan
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at Monk's Cafe for their New Belgium dinner. What treat this was after waiting to try it for so long. The beer poured a very hazy golden color with an off white head. The nose was a bit hot, maybe high abv but I don't believe the beer has a high abv. There was also a tart barny nose to this as well. The taste is hard to describe. A nice sharp, tart taste with some banana esters and citrus. Very very nice. For lack of a better work, I would compare this to RR Beatification which I happen to love. Although I also love La Folie, I would have to say this was my favorite NB beer of the night.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Photo of Lucular
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was skeptical about a wild ale that was hop-centric, but this beer really blew me away. The reason it works for me is that the hops are on the citrus side. Really a unique beer.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Poured a light gold with a couple of fingers of white head. Lots of carbonation. Citrus and hops in the aroma along with a slightly vegetal scent like green pepper. Nice tart bite, plenty of tropical fruit. Dry and light bodied. Hops come through in aroma, but not bitterness. Easy drinking. Nice beer, though the aroma dinged my rating a bit.

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. This American Wild Ale pours a cloudy orange golden color. The head is white, retention is below average and lacing is also below average. The aroma was almost tropical and slightly sour. The taste of the beer is very tart and is very acidic. The finish is slightly sweet. The fruit profile is very complex, i can barely register it all- I taste grapefruit, tangerine, sour cherry, raspberry and pineapple. It almost seemed with every sip, I would detect something else. I am a relative newcomer to sour beers so with out much to compare this too, I really like this. The body of the sour was medium, the carbonation was very nice and it is very drinkable. Very Very Very Berry good Beer!

Photo of nhindian
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Bottle generously provided as an extra by thagr81us in the 'Nice Piece of Glass CIF', thanks a ton Calton!

A - Pours a golden orange color with a torrent of rushing carbonation rising from the etched bottom to the surface. On top of the liquid rests a creamy, 2-fingered eggshell head with great retention for the style. The lacing is awesome as well, with a majority of the glass having remnants of the head left behind as it passes.

S - The name of this beer is very apt given what the nose provides. It's earthy and grassy, and has a noticeable funk and must to it. It smells old yet strangely refreshing. The dry-hopping also leaves a good amount of hops in the nose, with a ton of citrus and tropical fruits, including pineapple, mango, and peaches. An interesting twist, and I whole-heartedly welcome it.

T - Wow, if the nose gave off any impression of sourness, it was understated. Here, it's very sour, and up there with Russian River in that regard in my opinion. It starts off pretty malty in the front, before the bugs and hops kick in. There's no note of the alcohol here, and the finish is sublime, end with a huge peach and mango flavor that lasts and lasts.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. Even after letting it sit and being mesmerized watching the carbonation stream beautifully, it never seems to lose any mouthfeel or pop. A little mouth-puckering and zesty, and finishes rather dry.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. This is an interesting beer and I think the dry-hopping really adds a lot to this beer. I'm not sure of the age on this, but I don't think this has been released for a while, but even still, the hops still add a good amount of nose and flavor to this. The tartness makes it a slow-drinker, but the sustained mouthfeel and unique finish keep this one in my hand.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle
7.5% abv

Lips Of Faith Le Terroir was golden orange in color and hazy. It had an off-white head with decent retention and a little lacing. The smell was quite interesting with sourness and citric hops. The taste was tart with grapefruit flavors (sort of like a tropical fruit sweet-tart). It finished dry with some sourness on the tongue. It was medium light in body with mild carbonation. Overall this is a very interesting and refreshing beer. This beer is definitely worth a try.

Photo of Harvest06
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid sour and the hops add a nice complexity. Overall it's nothing amazing and not worth the $15 price tag. For a dry hop IPA I'd rather have a red swingline.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orangish brew with a fizzy white head. Hops come out immediately, champagne-covered oranges and grapefruit oils in the nose, this is smack-dab in IPA territory. Some sour notes, but more winey than most sours. Taste is outstanding, this is basically a sour IPA. Lots of bitter hops going head-to-head with mouth-puckering vinegar and sour notes. One of the most intriguing and innovative brews I have ever had. Hats off to New Belgium.

Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 2,023 ratings.