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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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1,909 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,909
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 439
Gots: 312 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of biegaman
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Toronado, in San Francisco.

I might be tempted to score the appearance a perfect 5 if only I had some criteria with which to judge it. Of course, no real rules exist for these wild compositions; they are at the mercy of nature which, in this case, was evidently quite good to it over the past two years. It is a glossy, lovely papaya orange tone with a fine, mossy head.

You want funk? You got it! Trying to throw light upon the sour, funky smells of a wild ale to someone who's never tried one is like trying to explain the theory of relativity to a kindergartner - wild yeasts and bacteria are ingredients that make almost impossible things happen. A perfect score hardly does such an extraordinary bouquet justice.

Wild yeast is a gamble in the great casino of nature, but New Belgium seems to have hit the jackpot. Tasting like dried out grains, the maltiness is rather blank and expressionless but that yeast (or bacteria, or both) swoop in with the sweetest fruity flavours I've ever tasted. Where are the fruit flies? This emulates an authentic lambic quite well, but with an added vibrant hoppiness that endows soft floral notes and tons of peach-y, pineapple-y fruitiness.

Terroir is a French word and a French concept that denotes the unique characteristics that particular varieties of foods and drinks gain from the geography, geology and climate around them. It's appropriate, therefore, that this beer captures the terroir of a French-speaking place: the Senne Valley in Belgium. The brewery will tell you that it's a taste of "their" terroir, but sorry New Belgium, Cantillon and the likes got there first.

Biology students take note - this is a beer worthy of a thesis. How one can take wild yeast and bacteria, let them fester in beer for two years, and come out of it with something appealing is beyond me. But while this may be challenging to drink for some, for my tastes it is one of the most simultaneously unique and pleasant beers I've had the pleasure of trying.

I don't think it would be unfair to say of New Belgium that they are still tinkerers, rather than trained engineers, when it comes to wild ales and barrel-aging. But it must be said that Le Terroir is a masterpiece that doesn't just approach the best American sour beers, it actually surpasses many of them. A beer like this is worth paying whatever the asking price for.

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

Thanks to gbontrag for this one.

Was sent a bomber from the tap and capped 2 days ago.

Pours a slightly cloudy orangy/pinkish color, some carbonation, no head, and no lacing. The nose is of sour apples, citrus/mandarins, slight yeast, and some hops. The taste is pretty sour/bitter/tangy, but very tasty, it draws you into the brew. The finish is dry. Medium body, well rounded, complex brew. Very drinkable, quite a different brew from NB (never had a La Folie yet). I hear it will not be around much longer, so if you can get over to NB, do it.

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Not a big fan of sours, but this beer has so much going on, it's hard not to be impressed. Along with the expected sour component, there's some nice vanilla, grapes, and wine (cabernet is what I thought I picked up). Can't imagine drinking a full pint or tulip of this, but in a small, 4 ounce taster glass, this was very nice. Impressive.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HopHead84
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on tap at Stone on 11/04/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is deep orange with a tiny white head.

The nose has some lactic character with tart unripe plums, and dark grape skins. Oak notes are present, as is citrus and subtle toasted malt notes. A low level of acetic character is present in the nose.

The flavor opens up with a moderate tartness and notes of plum and grape skins. The beer shows notes of oak and lactic sourness midpalate, with apricot, orange, and a low level of vinegar. There's a low moderate acidity and a tart plum finish with lingering lactic notes. This is a deliciously vinous and damn drinkable sour from New Belgium.

Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of billab914
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Vine and Barley Palm City. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Lightly hazy yellow. Nice white head. Great retention.

Smell - Quite hoppy. Kinda lemony and citrusy. Damp and funky woodiness.

Taste - Sour right up front. Lemon and grapefruit. Kinda herbal. Hoppy too. Fresh sharp oak and a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation and very dry. Medium body.

Overall - Finished before getting to this part of the review, so I got nothing.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Brewforia on Thursday.. waited until tonight after a long day at work to crack it... poured into MNFG.. short lasting white head.... no real lacing... the brew is surprisingly clear orange for a wild ale.

Nose is yummy .. bright lemon juice and a nice punch of fruity hoppiness... a bit of melon and apricot.. Loving this one right out of the gate... a bit floral with later pours.

Tart and very refreshing.. again bunches of lemon and maybe some green apple.. the hops are borderline tropical and add waves of complexities.... only enough malt sweetness to just barely balance, but make no mistake this is a wild ale.. lactic and some misc. pineapple later in the bottle...but wow... this is drinking very nice fresh.

Lite/medium body with an ever present small bubble carbonation.. lingering pineapple on the finish.. wonderful.

I am surprised how much I liked this one... Damn tasty.

3.5/4/4.5/4/4.5

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

On tap at Brouwers.

Pours a hazy orange gold, some straw yellow corners, medium sized white head forms, drops to a thin ring, some lace spots stick to the glass. Smell is real nice, tons of sour fruit, apricots, lemons, oranges, grapefruit, nice woody character, lightly buttery with a touch of vanilla, quite funky and acidic, real nice. Taste is similar, very fruity, lots of sourness, apricots, lemons, orange and tangerine, some wood, burnt toast, very acidic and funky, nice tart finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with low carbonation, some warmth going down, very dry finish. A great sour, definitely well done.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant yet darker yellow haze with great lace retention. Great tart aroma coupled with hops, truly the best of both worlds, I love the smell of this stuff, chicks should douche with it or something, great interplay of the amarillo n cascade hops.

Taste, sour, slightly woody, citric fruity and hoppy. Saliva inducing. Small aspect of chardonnay feel to it. Good slight peach, grapefruit and lemon fruit feel in it. Heck even a bit of green apple.

Only $8 for a bomber of an undeniable soured beer, much less the barrel and dry hopping. Probably suffers a little rating wise bc its from NB, but I'm telling you, this can hang with Russian River's Temptation or Sanctification any day. I might even like it more. I've had 2 of these now, about 10 more to go. We'll see.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft at sams in Durham. new Belgium snifter.

pours a hazy orange with a slight head. smell is a bit muted, but definitely sour and even a bit hoppy. taste is very tart at first but dies quickly. slight bitterness even on the back end and you do feel the remaining sourness on the back of your tongue. very balanced. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall an excellent sour!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
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.

Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of IPAchris
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 1,909 ratings.