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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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456 Reviews
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Reviews: 456
Hads: 2,185
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 20.84%
Wants: 467
Gots: 403 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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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Photo of EricCioe
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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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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Photo of nhindian
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.97/5  rDev -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.

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

2014 vintage served in a pint glass.

Appearance: orange blossom honey, clear with no head really

Nose: funk, acidic, fruity, bright, fresh, peaches

Taste: acidic, sour, citrusy, very dry, tart and creamy, very short and dry finish

Overall: everything I wanted it to be. The sourness was not as bracing as I expected from other reviews.

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Photo of Harvest06
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles and lightly laces.

S: Fruity, peach and apricot, a little tropical fruit and citrus.

T: Nicely tart, fruity peach and apricot, a little mango, some lemon, and maybe a very light funk.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, quite smooth.

O: I haven't had much of a chance to get into sours, but this one was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a clear amber with a white foamy head that falls to a thin collar. Nice thick gobs of lacing despite the subdued head. The scent is full of tropical fruits as well as peach. Very fresh scent. Upon tasting, the initial fruity sweetness gives way to a crisp, tart, and acidic finish. Not a full on sour bomb, but it is there and very enjoyable. Wonderful lingering flavor of a slightly sweet mango. Lively carbonation and light bodied. Very enjoyable beer and a sour ale that is likely to be best fresh.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange with a towering creamy, bubbly, and sparkling white head. Nice look.

S - Tart Cherries, peaches, malts, some citrus hops, apples.

T - Sour apple jolly ranchers - pucker up. This has a very unique sweet n' sour build and gets better after the initial smack to the jowls. Sticky mouth feel - and a sour bitter finish lingers on the tongue.

O - Very interesting brew. Glad I tried it, but not a beer I will come back to.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of csiewert
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice clear copper color with a finger of fizzy head that dissipated quickly.

S - dry hopped notes come out strong, along with some peaches and cherries. Definitely leads you to think this is more of a farmhouse ale.

T - wow sour... Kind of overwhelming... But at least there are no off favors like some other wild ales.

M - definitely puckering, evaporates on the tongue... No lasting negatives

O - good wild ale although it's somewhat two-dimensional... Dry hop aroma and sour... Nothing more

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Bought a 22oz bomber on 05/02 for $8.50 at Coaltrain in Colorado Springs.

Pours a hazy tangerine orange capped with a finger of white head that quickly disappears. Looks inviting.

Smells of two wonderful worlds, both slightly funky, sour and heady intermingled with juicy American hops. On man, I an looking forward to this flavor. Two years in the barrel and then dry hopped...

Whoa, hits the tongue with more sour than I expected from the nose, but this isn't a bad thing in the least. On the contrary, I thought while smelling this that maybe it would be rather docile. Have no fear, fur this beer holds up against other sours with a good dose of pucker in the form of lacto and brett goodness. Certainly not the most puckering funky brew ever, but that probably was never the intention. The hops show up on the palate as well, supplying some interesting bitterness and a touch of their flavor. Man, as I continue this gets better and better. What a complex array of flavors. Apples, cider, flowers in spring, vinegar, toasty oak. Good Lord this is tasty.

The mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied. Sour and slightly hoppy.

Conclusion: This is a great American wild. Not traditional, but a version of this wide style that works very well if you love both hops and sours. I applaud its excellent aroma and balance of flavors. The best beer I have tried from New Belgium to date.

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Photo of chumba526
2.67/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It appears hazy orange.

It smells really weird. There is an odd peppery spicy flavor. There is also a weird sulfuric smell. It almost smells like vomit.

It actually tastes pretty good. it is slightly sour. I get a bit of a fruity and peppery flavor. The beer is sour but it is not overly sour. It is a pretty smooth beer.

It has a crisp mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Overall it smells nasty but it tastes pretty good though it is nowhere close to being one of the best sour ales I have had.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquors, unknown brewing/bottling date (2014 vintage), poured into my NEBCO Gandhi-Bot large bottom snifter and drank over 60 minutes

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Photo of Apellonious
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. 2014 version.

A - Translucent orange with ruby highlights. Small half finger head that moves to a thin lace.

S- Aromatic hops! Peach, apricot. No hint of sourness.

T - And there's the twist. Sourness on a slightly below medium level. It does stay consistent with the nose at first, until the slight sourness and vinegar take over. You also some get some blueberry underneath.

M- For a sharp and dry and finish, it is suprisingly low on the carbonation.

O - A good tasting sour, great aroma.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

I couldn't decide for a long time if I loved or hated this beer. It's just so different than anything I've had before... actually, no, it's really similar to two very dissimilar things I've had before (IPAs and sours). Some swigs feature an explosion of hops, while others are straight-up sour, and most are some crazy commingling of the two. Once I wrapped my brain around the dichotomy, I decided I loved it. The fruity notes in the hops provide a great layer on top of the fruity sour of the base beer. Will be seeking out more of this.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden honey with a dense white merengue head.

Colder the temperature aroma is muted. Warming up pronounces, though mild, resinous hop and sourness of green apples.

Sour hop bitterness. Like fresh sliced peaches in soda water with fresh squeezed lemon deliciosity. Same could be said about the rich mango flavor which is probably coming from the oak barrel aging. Got that IPA thang going on with a citrusy hop profile. Wonderful complexity. Me mouth is happy!

Light to medium body with supple carbonation. The sour aspect really makes my mouth water wanting more.

The world of sours just got a bit more interesting for me. Finely crafted and well-balanced. I just love this freaking stuff!

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Photo of Phocion
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured (partially, obviously) into a Lindemans flute, since it's one of my more neglected pieces of glassware. Sparkling and clear golden body with a finger and a half of frothy white head. Very bubbly, looks almost like a champagne.

Aroma is filled with sour apple, along with any sort of tropical or citrus fruit you can name (peach, mango, apricot, cherry, pineapple, lemon, etc.). A bit acidic and just a hint of grassy hops.

Flavor is sour, but mellow. Definitely sour apple followed by an entire fruit buffet. Not sure if the citrus taste is coming from the hops or not, but it's definitely there as well. (Edit: Just read the bottle, and it says it's brewed with amarillo, so that's probably the case).

Very crisp and well-carbonated with a medium/light body.

Overall, this isn't really what I'd expect when drinking a sour; sort of reminds me of a combination of a not-too-sour cider and champagne. Not the best sour I've had, but easily the most easily drinkable...a bad combination when it's sitting at 7.5%.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Allagash flute.

A - Kind of hazy dark yellow color with a nice sized white head

S - Sour gueuze like notes with a definite lemony presence. Definetly citrus notes presents mingling with a sour smell.

T - Really picking up on the citrusy hop presence at first before giving way to some sour lemony notes. A bit of funkiness mixed in there as well.

M - medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation

D - decently drinkable. I'm not sure that I really like how citrusy this beer is. I look forward to revisiting this sometime in the future when some of the hop presence has died down. That being said I don't mind drinking it now and might buy a few more to drink now and a few more to lay down.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First Lips of Faith brew. Pretty stoked.

A – This is a hazily vibrant orange-gold topped with a robust rocky head that quickly gives way. Nice juicy consistency.

S – You get the sour apple and farmland funk of a wild ale, but it’s buttressed by grass, mango, and citrus notes from the hopping.

T – There’s a green apple pucker and straw-grassy resin, and at first a bit of ashiness left on the tongue. The main composition is a tart lemony funkiness, but I also get some a wonderful passion fruit undertone. The fruit gains with each sip, with mango and pineapple notes overtaking the sourness. Not much hoppy bitterness to speak of and only a measured amount of sour astringency.

M - Effervescent but not by any means light. It tickles the tonge and coats the cheeks. Fantastic.

O – Fun sour. The most impressive part is how balanced it is, with neither the bitterness of a pale ale nor the vinegar notes of a sour.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into snifter

A - Pours a light orange with white head, decent lacing but not a lot of retention

S - Very floral and fruity, grapefruit, lemon, and some blue cheese like funk.

T - To me it tasted very grassy, and sour! Almost too sour, masking some of the more delicate fruit flavours. I did pick up some lemon, apricot, papaya. This reminded me of chokecherries for some reason.

M - Light, dry, pretty refreshing.

D - A summer sour for sure, decently drinkable. Solid but not the best out there. I would pick up another bottle for sure.

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Photo of plfahey
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium gold in color, with a slight cast of haze. Moderate fluffy white head with decent retention.

Aroma-Well, it's interesting to say the least. The first aroma is an assault of American hops-Piney, citrusy (Lemon, grapefruit), Resiny, and a little catty. Underneath the hops are some tart, acidic aromas, which heighten the lemon and grapefruit character of the hops. It smells like a sour/west coast IPA blend. Very interesting.

Flavor-Once again, very interesting. An almost candy-like sweet lemon/grapefruit flavor is dominant here. Moderately tart. Other hop flavors are present as well-notes of pine, resin, and cat piss. Underlying musty earthy flavors as well. Some other fruit flavors come into play as well-peaches and apricots most notably. The acidic character manages to dry the beer out a bit, but it still finishes a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation. Slight acidic prickle on the tongue.

Pretty good, and definitely unique, but I'm not sure these specific hops did it for me. I think there's potential in a dry-hopped sour, but the catty hop tones were a little off-putting, especially in the flavor. On the whole, I liked it, and I'm definitely glad I tried it.

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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.