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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,415
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 445
Gots: 203 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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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Photo of kbutler1
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Bottle. Poured into a New Belgium tulip glass, how appropriate! Pours an ever so slightly hazed copper straw color with a a finger off white head. Hops in the nose right off the bat of a more fruitful note, with grapefruit and some tropical aromas. Behind all that is a medium level of sourness with lemon like notes. Medium/light mouthfeel. Decent sourness and sweetness in the upfront, some mustiness as well, with an ending lingering bitterness from the hops. As it warms, an earthy/oaky flavor makes itself known. For the price, this is a solid brew. The lingering bitterness is interesting. The 7.5 abv is not noticeable at all. No real lace.

kbutler1, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours a mostly clear golden-yellow with a frothy whitish head. Looks tasty.

Smell is predominantly citrus hops, with some nice mildly funky sour coming in behind it. As it warms up, the sour asserts itself more. Nice and fruity; tangerine is the fruit I get the most of, followed by lemon.

Straight up lemony sour, though a very pleasant, tart, soft-edged sour. I don't get much sharpness, which is nice. But unfortunately, I don't get much beyond the sour. Where are those lovely fruits I picked up in the nose? I get almost none of the hops anywhere in the flavor. Finish is a bit sweet and a bit acidic.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and well-carbonated, which I think goes quite well with the sour flavor.

I like this beer. I like the sour flavors, and I like the citrus hops in the nose. But I want more from the flavor than the initial punch of sour. Just not as complex as I was hoping.

zeledonia, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of DaveHack
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a dark, cloudy golden color. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom. One finger head settles to a coating over the top of the beer.

Smells, sweet and musty at the same time. You can smell the hops and funk dancing together...makes for an extremely wonderful aroma.

Taste is similar, but the sourness prevails here. You can get a sneak preview of the hops at first touch of the lips, but then the sour funk dominates. This follows through the swallow, which leaves a sharp acidic bite at the back of my throat...I love it!

Feels creamier than most Wilds. Creamy isn't a word I would normally use for any wild, but this has a touch of it. It flows nicely through the mouth on its way down the hatch, and instantly leaves you wanting another swallow...

Overall, I love this beer! It's kind of an advanced sour for beginners? Does that make sense??? I guess what I mean is it is more sour than some of the docile ones out there that people call 'beginner sours', but it isn't over the top, tear the enamel off your teeth sour. The hoppiness makes it approachable to some that may have only tried a sour or two before. I would definately drink this again and again....and again...

DaveHack, May 30, 2012
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Thanks to Gary for bringing this back to me on his travels. I've had this bottle in my possession for at least a year now.

Pours a golden-ish color with a tint of orange, thin bubbly head which fades rapidly, leaves no lacing in the chalice.

Smell starts with a smack of sour on the nose but quickly mellows out as a slight hop and woody presence comes across, picking up a nice citrus element as well.

Taste has a nice sour tartness up front that's a bit vinegar-like, it's not overpowering though because of the barrel aging, the barrel imparts some subtle nuances of wood and a hint of funk, any hoppy character has mostly fades by now but certainly played at part at some point.

deltatauhobbit, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of codynevels
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of beerwolf77
2.73/5  rDev -36.5%

Very excited to get a shot at this one. With all the glowing reviews I have high hopes. Split into globe glasses.

A: Golden orange amber. Two fingers of dirty white head. Modest lace.

S: WTF! Sweet and sour chicken? We joked about smelling Chinese food in this but it's a sad reality. Full on hop blast. Moderate lactic sour but the hops just drown it out.

T: The flavor isn't much better. Weak all the way around. Mild sour bite along with loads of citrus hops. Sour hops is pretty much all I get. Very strange.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

O: I have no idea where all those high scores came from. This stuff is nowhere near a solid wild ale. I had high hopes. Sadly my hopes were dashed.

beerwolf77, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of ms11781
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

ms11781, May 24, 2012
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of sd123
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

sd123, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of szmnnl99
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

szmnnl99, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of falloutsnow
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%

Bottle from Jake's in Omaha, NE and stored in refrigerator
No bottled on date, "364 D-1 1612" stamped on bottom
Poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

New Belgium's Le Terroir was an amazing beer when fresh, full of fruit and moderated sourness. Having aged over a year, the beer is still a quality wild ale, full of lactobacillus and brettanomyces character and associated acids. The hopping has been noticeably reduced, but the fruitiness of it fresh is still lingering around in places and replaced by sourness. Interestingly, the malt and oak character is starting to peek through, which I didn't notice when fresh. In all, an excellent wild ale that I wish would be released again and on a more predictable basis.

Pours a 2cm tall head, composed of small bubbles, that has moderate retention, dissipating to a thick circle and scattered islands atop the beer's body. Leaves some modest lacing along the sides of the glass, mostly large splotches. Body is a semi-hazy copper-orange color, turning yellow-orange with yellow highlights when held to a light. Carbonation is substantial and easily visible within the body.

Aroma offers some bright, sweet malt contributions along with a mixed variety of fruits, including apricot, a bit of mango. Slight white wine aroma. There is a fairly strong undercurrent of sweet-and-sour sauce, which I don't recall there being when this was fresh on-tap or in bottles. Not sure how well this is aging as a result.

Taste opens with quite pleasant, sweet malt meets tangy apricots with a bit of acidic bite on the tip of the tongue. Mid-palate is able to detect an increased fruitiness from the beer, including apricots, peaches, and mango in a light bath of malt sweetness and modest acid sourness. As the taste progresses down the palate, I pick up something champagne-like in taste, mildly vinous. Also, a very mild bitterness appears along the sides of the tongue, no doubt imparted by the hops. Back of palate picks up increasing, though still moderate, levels of sourness, definitely acetic or lactic in edge, with a mild bit of acetone. Oak character is noticeable, though not as abundant as in gueuzes. Finish is a long-lingering mild malt with oak and subtle sourness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with adequate carbonation to assist this in foaming slightly on the palate, rendering a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Finishes semi-dry, with a bit of stickiness around the lips from residual sugars. Mildly acidic throughout, but particularly noticeable in the close, the throat both enjoys and does not appreciate the mild burning the beer is able to cause.

falloutsnow, May 22, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

2013 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque, pretty gold hue with a half finger of off white head, champagne like carbonation. Good retention but no lacing.

S: Nice fruit (cherry, orange, apricot, mango), some sugar and grass, cherry Kool Aid, lacto sourness. Really nice stuff.

T: Moderate, sour lemon warhead-like sour, fruit (orange, mango, lemon, and light apricot).

M: Medium body, and medium-high carbonation which complements the sour flavor nicely.

O: Very tasty, with a nice level of sourness and great supporting fruit flavors. The combination of hops and sour works nicely. Highly drinkable and a great value. I’d keep this in the regular rotation if it were more easily available.

pmarlowe, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jpd7374, May 26, 2014
Photo of savagepm
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

savagepm, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Large capped bottle poured into a tulip. Unknown date.

Slightly hazy, dark golden, whiite head, good lacing and retention.
Aroma is quite funky, vinegar notes, some faint grass and hops, but a lot less than suggested by the bottle. You have to look for the hops.
Light to medium, very funky, tart and refreshing. Sour, tart fruits, very flavorful, but not puckering as some other reviewers considered - perhaps a little old?
A very nice beer, if not that sour or puckering. Too bad it is too expensive.

brdc, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of GTB
4/5  rDev -7%

GTB, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

iatethecloudsfor, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of ricecracker420
3/5  rDev -30.2%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

22oz bottle into a flute glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with two fingers of dense white head. Great retention. Very nice.

S: Light lactic acid with a tropical hop profile. Lots of mango, pineapple, and oranges - it's almost hard to tell what is coming from the hops and what is coming from the bugs it is so well integrated. Juicy smelling, but still a bit dry.

T: Like biting into a juicy orange. Light lactic acid mixes with light brett funk and a great tropical hoppiness. Very clean, yet full tasting.

M: Moderate thickness with good carbonation.

O: I really like the mixture of hop flavor and sourness of this beer. It's quite flavorful yet still clean.

coreyfmcdonald, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of DCon
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Bought a 1 PINT, 6 FL.OZ. bottle of this from Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $13. Poured from the Brown/White labeled bottle w/ a sun, grass, and dirt hardly recognizable into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date on the bottle (on the box the manager said).

Aroma- Very strong sour aroma from the beginning. Almost like a gueuze, has barnyard and goaty acidity and then has a huge rhubarb finish. Perfect for the style and complexity of this aged brew.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has a glowing orange body with good clarity. Tons of suds are left behind.

Flavor- A fantastic sour taste starts and finishes this one. A bit of oak also hits the palate in between tastes but isn't too big. The sourness dominates the mouth. Good balance between malt and barnyard taste too!

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, little bit of puckering, and then a huge sour finish.

Overall Impression- While enjoying this on-tap and bottle now, I suggest pick up a 22oz bottle and sitting on it. It became an entirely different/more complexed brew as it was aged for over a year.

DCon, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of jschott75
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jschott75, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

FreshmanPour77, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

I've been lucky enough to sample this on a couple of occasions, the best being at FOBAB where I passed on drinking copious amounts of lesser beers like BA Darkness to consume about 3 pints of the wonderful Terroir. I usually don't review beers I drink on such occasions but this beer is so stellar as to mandate a review.

Appearance is a gorgeous hazed peach body under a thin white froth that reduces to lacing rapidly. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is a complicated citrus/cider vinegar with edges of green apple and grape skin. Hops dance lightly on the nose in the aroma's finish.

Taste: Like a trip to the fruit aisle of Vom Fass, this beer brings on a menagerie citric and apple vinegar flavors along with mild mustiness, wood, and grape skin.

Mouthfeel: Flawlessly sour with intense feel on the palate that does not translate into acid reflux in the esophagus or stomach. At times tart as well with impressive dryness and carbonation that does well to cut the acidity.

Drinkability: Exceptional. I have a high tolerance for acidic beverages and that certainly helps but I feel that Le Terroir is not particularly harsh despite its boldness. For me it makes for a refreshing and exciting imbibing experience.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of StaveHooks
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

StaveHooks, Mar 01, 2014
Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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