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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,911
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 440
Gots: 313 | FT: 26
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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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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 22oz bomber

A-poured a beautiful mostly clear amber/orange color with a fresh head and lacing it looks like a nice gueuze..

S-great smell of citrus hops ,pineapple,and sour funk

T- is superb i get lots of tropical fruits ,citrus hops a nice tart sour burst of apples and lemon,funky barnyard tastes

M-is tart and sour but balanced very well tropical hops

O- a very drinkable sour which is dry hopped very drinkable very tasty

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, fall 2013 vintage
Tulip

A: Very IPA like in color. Orange with slightly hazed look. Half finger of bright white head. Leaving some lacing.

S: Definitely getting both sides: hops and hop. Amarillo. Tart sour.

T: Nice blast of hop bitterness on tip of the tongue. Almost like fruit rind bitterness. Orange and mango. That sour kick is really nice. Pucker. Finish you get lingering bitter character. Dry.

M: Medium bodied.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Danny1217
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FreshHawk
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crisp peach color with a decent sized, light, foamy, soapy, fluffy, white head. Nice retention leaving a decent lacing.

S - Wonderful fruity and funky aroma. Peach, mango, citrus, touches of apple/pear, and tangerine. Slight funky/barnyard aroma and a sour touch to the sweet fruit.

T - Strong tart fruit flavors. Peach, apricot, mango, etc. along with some orchard fruit. Quite tart (more than the nose suggested) and slightly sour. Only a subtle funk. Hops compliment the fruitiness with a nice citrus flavor. A slight sweetness and berry flavor. Only a vague woody aspect. Not overly vinegary but does has a slight vinegar aspect.

M - Lighter body with average carbonation. Quiet smooth.

D - Very nice and drinkable sour. Mixes tart and sweet flavors nicely with subtle hints of other aspects. Hop flavors compliment the tart and sweet fruitiness quite well.

Notes: Really nice sour and at a pretty good price point for a sour. Nice balance and the hops really add a nice subtle something. Barrel aging adds another subtle aspect. Great fruity flavors and tartness. Well done sour.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Phelps
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into shaker pint at Flanny’s.

Le Terroir means “of the earth,” a reference to environmental conditions that affect the beer. It’s been dry-hopped with Amarillo, which is unique for a sour.

Slightly hazy apricot in color, with a half-finger, fuzzy head of off-white. The bubbles eventually lower themselves to a thick, lingering blanket, leaving some sticky, reaching arms of lace.

Intriguing nose — the dry-hopping really adds interest to this beer. I get sweet apricot and a bright earthy hoppiness that delivers notes of orange and pine. In the back is a moderate tartness and some subtle funk that reminds me of Thai food — sesame, perhaps? I dig it either way.

Earthy, woody, sour. First I get pine and bright orange peel from the hops. Moderate acerbic notes swoop in next, along with sweet apricot and lime. The hops combine with other flavors to give impression of lemon-lime soda. My buddy Ricky says it reminds him of tart gummy worms. The finish pops with flavor, the amount of sourness is perfect and it’s unlike any sour I've had.

Medium low, massaging carbonation inside a smooth medium body with a moderate amount of fizz. The acidic tartness slides off tongue slowly, deliciously.

I am all about this beer. The dry-hopping adds an earthiness that plays nicely of the funk of the yeast. A very drinkable, interesting sour.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

***2013 Release***

Thanks to Kump for this.

Poured from a bomber.

Pours a nice gold body with a chill haze and spotted lacing. Aroma is fresh hops, very floral and citrusy, almost certainly Citra. I take a gulp and my senses are thrown for a loop! Vinous, white-wine like, sour and ends with citrusy hops. My taste buds were going crazy and i loved it. Meshed hoppy and sour perfectly, a win for me.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle served cold into a NB goblet.

Le Terroir is one of New Belgium's Lips of Faith beers that has been on-tap only for a while and I've always wanted to try it so it's exciting to finally see it in bottles.

Appearance is hazy golden orange color with thick creamy head. It settles slowly with a little lace left behind.

Aroma is immediately impressive. It first I get a great big hit of amarillo hops which has some nice citrus. Then, the sour starts to show itself but more subtle than the hops.

Flavor is really pretty special and unique as well. The sour/tart flavors of grapefruit and other tropical fruits come forward the most but there's a lot of depth and complexity. Despite all of the flavors, the balance is very nice for a sour ale.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with appropriate carbonation.

Overall really excellent. Similar in chacter to La Folie but much milder and easier to enjoy a full serving. Much enjoyed.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewandbbq
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, orangy gold. A white, somewhat porous head rose to about a quarter inch and fell fairly quick. No lacework.
The pungent, sour, funky aromatics practically lept from the bottle as I caught a whiff immediately upon pouring.
Tannin-laden fruit pulp, cider vinegar, and mustard greens clear the nostrils.
A melange of soured granny smith apples, fermented peach skins, pepper-dusted lemon pith, and cedar chips.
Plenty wild in character, with the tannins becoming more oaky in nature as the brew warms.
The lingering tart, complex nature lingers after the glass is withdrawn from the nose, leaving behind a trace of cinnamon.
The mouthfeel is thinnish and sharp. Light carbonation complements the beer without interfering with the layers of body.
The pallet is as promised by the nose- sharp and tart.
Boldly acidic but not in an offensive manner.
The complexites of the pallet come forward not at first sip, but as it lingers on the tongue and warms the back of the throat. First the sour/tart onslaught, followed by the intense citrus character.
Fermented fruit with a lactic veil.
Apple skins, peach pits, and grape stems, along with a lingering "beer on a dusty blanket" finish.
To say the finish is long would be an understatement, as the beer makes an indelible impression on the imbiber.

A remarkable beer and big thanks to Gbontrag for the opportunity.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Lips of Faith Le Terroir
Poured into a tulip glass from a bomber.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange color with some slight copper notes and a .25 inch dense had that recedes rather quickly. The head is white in leaves a thin film and ring around the glass. (4.0)

S - Hops, citrus notes and some slight funk are present in the nose. Mild fruit sweetness. There is some tartness in the nose as well mixed in with some nice grassy and citrus hop notes. Some peach and some nice tropical notes form the hops are present. (4.0)

T & M - Starts off with sharp tartness and some nice funk that is balanced off by some grassy character from the hops. Light and refreshing tartness is present with some slight vinegar hints and some nice malty grain notes. The malt is nice and bready. Fruit sweetness can also be perceived with some nice tropical notes. Peaches, some apple juice and white grape are perceived as well. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with an extremely nice dry and clean finish. (4.5)(4.5)

O - Great pick up. This is a nice wild ale example and well done with the hops. A true American wild ale at that. (4.0)

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

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...

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of HalfFull
3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bomber, warmed up for 30 minutes or so and poured into a New Belgium Globe glass for good measure. Pour is golden and with a light white cap. Retention is a bit light and the pour is notably void of any carbonation. Manages to hold a light ring nonetheless.

Nose of citrus and earthy hops and a bit of grain. Offers an odd funky tartness given the hop profile. While interesting, it remains a bit at odds to my expectations and preference, and a bit subdued in the end.

Taste is quite tart at first and loaded with citrus oil and hop bitterness. In the end the hops and sourness clash to no end. Feel is full and thick, yet slightly to a fault as the hops detract from the 'wild' experience by forcing themselves upon you. Unlike others I think that hopping up a sour ale is sketchy business and a distinct failure in this case.

Perhaps some Noble hops might work for me, but for this I feel that I'm a victim of an experiment gone awry.

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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from Wally's. Freaking half the price of the La Folie so I thought why the hell not. Glad I picked it up.

Appearance - Pours into my Bruery Tulip with a nice dark golden, hazy color. About a half finger of slight white head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing (very slight) around the edges of the glass.

Smell - What an odd combination! A mixture of [obviously] Amarillo and Cascade hops reach me first, and then you smell some great barnyard funk, tart, and sour notes. The citrus and hops combination is quite unique and I can't wait to taste this.

Taste - Again, how crazy! This mixture is just making me happy. A hoppy initial blast from the previously mentioned hop varieties, which fades into an utter tart, lip smacking sour flavor. Tropical fruits, green apples, and lemons. Damn complex. NB is constantly impressing me as of late.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied, prickly carbonation, finishes a hint dry and bitter?

Drinkability - VERY easy to drink. The combination of the hops and sour makes the beer just a joy to drink. And as mentioned earlier, I have no idea why this is so much cheaper than the other sours from NB seeing as this is aged for 2 years (I'm not sure about the process for the others so that may be why the price is increased - will look into this). I am buying more of these ASAP. Freaking great.

Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 1,911 ratings.