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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1192
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%


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.

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cokes

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Misty, toasted golden bodied with a skim of off-white suds. Retention is modest, lacing a bit better.
The first few whiffs bring a toasted grain and mango-citric hopping. An earthiness quickly seeps in, adding woody notes. Then the sour tones arrive in full, with vinegar, pineapple juice, apple cider, Chardonnay, and tart mixed berries. Further on, it seems to shape-shift between its hoppy and sour persona each time the nose nears the glass. It's a varied and interesting nose, but it could be more explosive.
Sour grabs hold of the cheeks right away. Tart cherries, raspberries, and pineapple. Toasty malt act as a canvas, and collects the barrel notes as it goes along. The sourness dives into balsamic vinegar and iron-rich blood, then brightens towards under-ripe mangoes and papaya, as the hops enter the fray. They also bring pine and lemon peel, before being reabsorbed by the prevailing tartness.
Medium-full bodied, given spark by the tiny, persistent buzz of CO2. This, along with the kaleidoscopic array of flavors keeps it hugely drinkable and involving.
The Lips of Faith series is wildly inconsistant, but offerings like this keep me eagerly awaiting the next one.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 08:20:37 | More by cokes
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champ103

Texas

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

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color color. A two finger white head quickly forms. The foam gently recedes and leaves some light lace.
S: I love the aroma. Tart fruits all the way. Like a tart tropical fruit punch. Pineapple, peach, apples. Some wood/barrel character comes in toward the end, along with a bit of sweetness.
T: Tart and acidic pineapple. Wood and some sweetness. For the most part just full on pineapple juice. I like it a lot.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp, clean, very dry, and refreshing. So easy to drink. All day with this one. Especially during a hot day.

This is excellent. One of the most fruit dominate beers I have had. Add the tartness and the complexity of the wood makes for a great beer. Well done New Belgium, and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 23:39:11 | More by champ103
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blackie

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in appropriate glassware, the beer is a clear golden in color with a light, wispy layer of carbonation on the surface

s: a subtle, cleanly grainy base sits under a strong wild presence, lots of sour-tart cherries, nice oak, musty fruits, some lemon rind, lots of funky-fruity complexity here, the hops come through really well - appropriate level for the style with a great citrus note

m: carbonation lively, on the high moderate range, with a light-medium body

t: clean pale grain body with overriding currents of tartness and funk, hugely sour, musty tart cherry, light oak, lemon peel, drying in the finish with sour crabapple, just a dash of juicy citrus hop, very nice stuff but unfortunately not quite as complex as the aroma profile

o: a quality wild ale no doubt, plenty of interesting funk and fruit while not sacrificing drinkability, the aroma is huge and really lifts my opinion of this one

draft at Falling Rock, Denver

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 04:22:28 | More by blackie
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Almost completely clear amber body with a finger of coarse white head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad.

S: Pungently sour, with lemon and white grape floating above a solid foundation of lactic sourness. I'm not getting any hops, but I'm fine with the serious sourness.

T: Nowhere near as sour as the nose promised, but still amazing. Peach, pineapple, lemon, and zesty citric tartness. Funking awesome.

M: Smooth, light body; almost no carbonation. The sourness really shines, but I'd still like some more life.

O: Terrific sour, especially for the money. I'll be drinking it again for sure.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 18:38:46 | More by woosterbill
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap.

Orange gold, with quite a big frothy head for these New Belgium sour beers. Aromas of citus, citirc acid, oak, vanilla, fruit, and berry. Taste is funky and cidery, butmore fruity than the Foedre or the love. get lots of cherry, and maybe some grape. A bit of sunflower seedin the back their too, with a nice hint of leather pulling it together. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth medium. Drinkability remains high. Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2008 17:40:40 | More by francisweizen
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FosterJM

California

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

429th review on BA
Bottle to tulip
650 ml

App- Hazy, fuzzy orange with a very nice two finger head. Some dots and a line of lace is all that lingers and a little bit of bubbles on top of the beer as it goes down each sip.

Smell- A very tart aciditic with both the dryness and oak coming through. It took a long time for scents to develop and reveal themselves.

Taste- This is damn near the best into sour I have seen. It's very pleasant with the cutting dryness against the wetter tart citric acids. Well balanced with the dry hops flavors. The taste was so sour to drive people away en mass but was so mind blowing to bring them in en mass either.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium/high carbonation. A dry peach aciditic taste lingers.

Drink- Great craft intro sour. This was balanced, tart, crisp, aciditic and dry all at the same time but it all worked. I would like to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 03:45:13 | More by FosterJM
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Falling Rock. Poured into a chalice.
Light orange/copper color with reddish tint. Big white head, a bit soapy.
Smell of sour cherries, vinegar and old socks. Some other fruits as well. Richness in yeast.
Taste is like La Folie, but not as complex, rich or good. A bit thin, sourness overpowers the sweetness and flavors of the fruits. Does not have the lip-smacking goodness of La Folie. However, this beer is pretty good. Overall, I think this beer is just too sour without having any other comparable qualities.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2007 23:48:17 | More by Mebuzzard
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle $8.99 I've had this before on tap and it was much better but this was still good. The bottle notes that it changes every time they brew it so maybe it has a lot of batch to batch variation. Very light orange color and a sour smell that morphs into hops. The taste is very fruity like an odd peach or tropical fruit but still sour. This has A lot less glue qualities (unfortunately) than I remember on tap but it's worth the price tag. Very unique flavors and the hops seem to be the reason.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 05:50:31 | More by ArrogantB
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light gold orange hue with a big, big almost three finger fluffy white creamy head that leaves enormous side lacing and a very dense, thick blanket. Wonderful.

S - Woah, what is this aroma?! Very sour, some vinegar, definite tropical. Theres something else though. Maybe some peach, but not sure if the hops + barrel is making this aroma but its got a faint "I've smelled something like the before but have no clue what or where to begin". Its incredibly enjoyable and mysterious for me. Its really almost like a sweet and sour sauce...

T - WOAH is this tart, suddenly it just slams with sour. No vinegar, getting lots of sour peach, tropical, faint wine barrel, and more of that sweet and sour type flavor. The finish though, so distinctly armarillo. Its got a sour patch kid gummy flavour somewhere in the middle. Powedered sweet tarts and smarties. The hop finish is really cool with this. This flavour profile is intense. Worth noting again, sweet and sour sauce!

M - Mouthfeel is delicious nice and sour and tart with some light carbonation. The alcohol isnt noticeable at all. Wonderful.

O - Overall this beer exceeded all expectations. Cant believe it took this long to try it. Its unreal what west coast hops did to this sour, just unreal.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 01:24:50 | More by rudzud
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Durge

Connecticut

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

Enjoyed at the 1st Annual Brass Hat Brewing Brewfest in Watertown, CT, this little beauty from the bomber shows a somewhat cloudy straw-yellow brown color with a decent frothy white head and very healthy lacing. The aroma impresses you immediately with lemon-bread, skunky yeast and a little sweet bubblegum. I like it and the sour invitation is compelling. The flavor again echoes the lemon sharpness detected by the nose but there's also some peachy vinegar and some vanilla biscuit. Bitter but perfectly drinkable for the style. It's medium-light bodied with lively carbonation and a light, crisp feel. Once again, this Lips of Faith series is really translating the Belgian ideas into accessible American lingo that I thoroughly enjoy. While it's a little different from the couple of European leaders I have sampled, it stands well with them in my mind. Enjoy this if you find it!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 19:11:45 | More by Durge
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 3.11.11

A - pours a bright hazy orange with a bright cream colored head.

S - Smells of old citrus fruit.

T - Sour oranges, cherries, and grapefruit.

D - Starts sour, but smoothes out nicely.

O - This one left me longing for more.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 20:53:25 | More by HuskyinPDX
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ehammond1


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Cloudy but electric bright yellow with a thin white cap. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

A sweet and juicy aroma dominated by the smell of fresh apricots. There's an underlying yet strong aroma of biting sour tartness along with a touch of wood, earth, and more bright citrus: orange, lemon, ?and lime?

More sweet apricot flavor along with a bit of tart and stinging lemon and some earth and grass. The sourness is not overwhelming or dominant but certainly present.

Light to medium bodied.

A delicious and highly drinkable apricot sour. I would love to have a keg of this at home.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 19:03:14 | More by ehammond1
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a Duvel tulip split with oglmcdgl, thx.

Le Terroir pours out a juice colored bright orange with some faint peach within. A nice billow of an inch of white foam firm on top, some suds on the sides. After a bit stillness.

Smells quite earthy with citrus hops and an earthy scent. I get a tang juice scent it's quite large. The Amarillo shows more than the cascade with grapefruit, apricot, etc. A small sweet malt with bread. Quite bold scented and bright.

A nice mix of hops and sour, the dry hop comes out with amarillo type citrus taste. I had this a few months ago and it has lost a bite. The sour is on the lactic side, while brett may be there. Peaches, grapefruit, earth, sour, nice.

Feel is quite tart in the mouth. A pucker if you will. The acidity mixed with hop bitterness is a bit of a pain. The body is on the low side while this is quite lively.

This is a great sour, besides some work on the mouth feel, no qualms. I would not want to kill a whole bottle of this as I would be scortched mid way palate wise. I would drink these up and stock one or two for some cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 05:48:38 | More by BARFLYB
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some thick lace.

S - Aroma is full of funky and tart green apple, candied citrus hops with some grapefruit and pinepple, and a bit of oak.

T - Starts off with some very tart green apple flavor with some citrus hops growing in the background with some bitterness. Through the middle, some more grapefruit and pineapple come through alongside some more bitterness, lemon, and a bit of toasted malt. The finish is a mix of mellowing tartness, citrus hops, mild bitterness, and a touch of sweet malt that really linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart, sweet, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The dry hopping puts a nice hop element in the nose and in the flavor that adds a nice element to the sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 02:19:14 | More by ngeunit1
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billab914

Virginia

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

Review from notes. 22oz bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured a bright, amber orange color with a thin white head to it.

The aroma has a very interesting mix of juicy hoppiness and funky, musty sourness. I get a little bit of a grapefruit and mango notes out of the hoppiness.

The taste shows more of the citrusy and fruity hoppiness to it up front with some notes of pineapple and mango to it. Towards the finish some bold tartness and mild sourness really come out. The sour, tartness and the hop bitterness combine to give it a pretty powerful finish. It's a very interesting mix of flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being high. Overall it was a pretty cool beer with some very interesting and unique flavors to it. Very flavorful and pretty enjoyable as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 13:32:44 | More by billab914
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the Rackhouse in Denver tonight. Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a nice rocky white head. Nice tart aromas, with lemon, vinegar and wood. Light bodied, refreshing and tart, with flavors of lemon rind, vinegar and grapefruit.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2011 04:36:22 | More by emmasdad
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Floydster

California

3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint from Liar's Club in San Diego

Super sour, almost too sour in my opinion

When held up to the nose, has aromas of vinegar

Could not see many people liking this one, definitely taskes an acquired taste

Had to have some water after this it had so much going on

Bartender told me it was like Russian River's Supplication, but it was not near as good, and tasted nothing like cherries

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2007 21:08:40 | More by Floydster
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illidurit

California

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Burger. in Santa Cruz. POurs an opaque tangerine bronze color with a sticky white head. Aroma is lemons and unripe berries, blackberries in particular come to mind, seedy and tart. Flavor is acidic unripe fruits, citrus and berries, something subtly herbal, lemonhead candy, slight honey malts in the finish, very dry and tart. Palate is very nice but I'm somewhat underwhelmed by the depth of flavor. Reminds me a lot of unsweetened lemonade. Still a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 01:08:30 | More by illidurit
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scottfrie

California

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy apricot color with a couple of fingers of fuzzy light tan head that faded rather quickly into thin soft looking film.
S: Sweet and fruity notes of bright peaches, apricots and tangerine nectar. Floral and lightly bitter smelling as well. There are some underlying notes of dry yeast, slight funk, and a hint of tartness that reminds me this isn’t just a flowery ipa.
T: Musty, tart, and dry up front, with bright notes of stone fruits and citrus. Peach, apricot, and kumquats follow, with earthy and dirty flavors of barn floor flavored yeast, musty attic and spicy hops. The finish is has a kiss of tart acid and mango, and the aftertaste is juicy, dry and sweet with a lingering fruitiness.
M: Bright and frothy carbonation that bubbly up on my mouth, but it isn’t suffocating or harsh. Soft and drying mouthfeel, medium body with touch of grease to it. More funky than tart, and very easy to drink all-around. Very low acidity/vinegar.
O: I knew this beer was supposed to be really good, but I haven’t really ever been blow away by a NB LoF beer since La Folie. This beer was fantastic. The tart musty base worked very well with the tropical fruit hop addition. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:25:25 | More by scottfrie
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homebrew311

Illinois

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

Have had the pleasure of enjoying this beer many times in many settings, finally time for a review. Pours a somewhat cloudy orange with a blanket of white head that retains nicely and leaves heavy lacing. The nose starts with fresh hops, the simcoe and amarillo bring some pine, grass, and tropical fruit to the table. This is followed by some toasty malt aroma paired with a nice dose of lactobacillus. The taste is way more tart than the nose lets you believe. Notes of tart cherries, lemon, balsamic vinegar, and tropical fruits are all present on the palate. The sourness is refreshing and plenty puckering, the hops kind of tame down the intensity. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and light. Overall, this is a very unique sour that features the best of both the hoppy and the wild ale world.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 05:42:58 | More by homebrew311
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Overlord

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I horribly underrated the cask version of this.

POurs a bright orange-y brown-ish gold. Smells like abundant fresh apricots, sour tang-y wood/oak, a bit of fresh citrus and grass, and a biting, lemon-y tartness.

Taste is excellent. The apricot and citrus and hops OH MY just spill all over themselves. It really gives you a palate work-out, as it manages the rare trick of being both woodsy/lemon-y sour AND citrus-y sour with some fruit sweetness at the same time.

Nice bubbly mouthfeel. Really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 21:46:45 | More by Overlord
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Brouwers during Big Wood. Review from notes.

A: The beer is a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head on top, minimal retention and lacing.

S: Really liked the aroma on this beer, nice sour/tartness with some tropical fruits and lots of pine on the finish. There is some lemon and a little bit of funk.

T: Quite sour! Surprisingly hoppy, lots more tropical fruit, lemon, grass, and a bit of pickle juice actually.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Great level of sour/tartness.

O: Really liked this beer, very different. Basically a sour IIPA, loved how the tropical fruit and pine mixed with the sour/vinegary notes.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 00:43:08 | More by mdaschaf
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to beerwolf77 for tracking this one down for me! I still cannot believe this did not come to my area.

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color that produced a nice frothy yellow to white colored head with great retention. Some lace.

(S)- A nice dry, almost earthy citrus (peach & orange) profile. Some tart/sour characters in the background. Some floral aspects and a subtle band-aid like brett on the finish.

(T)- A really nice combination of acidic sour citric fruits (peach, lemon, orange) with a dry lightly earthy funk. Finishes with a fairly assertive sour acidity.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Nicely sour with a good fruit profile. The acidity is assertive but oh so welcomed in my opinion.

(D)- A solid to great wild ale. A great acidity, while not being over-the-top in your face sour. A good fruit profile too. An easy drinker as well; great for how nice it is becoming outside!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 00:21:44 | More by sweemzander
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Crosling

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draught today @ Choice City Butcher & Deli. A lovely sour ale. It opens up with an intense sourness then leans towards light hints of caramel and sour apples. Honestly, I didn’t perceive much hop character at all, but that is okay. A tremendous brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2007 00:55:49 | More by Crosling
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harrymel

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled on: unk

A: Pours a light golden ale with near excellent clarity. A single finger of fine off-white head falls over a couple minutes to a centrally capped sheet of the same with a collar of central depth. Scattered cobweb lacing.

S: Brett dominates the initial draw. Then subtle tones of the dry hop come out: tropical fruits, citrus fruits. I cannot press how subtle this is - a mere thread. Mostly sour ale with hints of hay, earthy clays. Decent.

T: Ha! Quite tart, love that! Nice citrusy, lemony, sharp sour tones hit me in the forefront. Just what I was hoping for. Now let's see what else is in there.... Okay, a bit of a salt-water flavor underlying, a bit of grain and some sweetness, but nothing in comparison to the sourness. I really dont give a shit about the hops in this, the beer tastes great.

M: Thin body and medium to hi carbonation. Good, dry and mouth-watering finish.

O: This beer exceeded my already slightly inflated expectations. Good beer. Glad I have three more to sit on. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 16:13:52 | More by harrymel
Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 1,192 ratings.