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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,328
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 426
Gots: 183 | FT: 16
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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billab914

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -10%
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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dirtylou

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, split and served with fresh pasta and roasted vegetables

appearance: rich golden amber body, light beige film with adequate retention

smell: great tartness - spree candies, tangerine, tropical fruits, grapefruit, candied sugar, oak barrel

taste: The lips of faith line is an interesting beast - 1 out of 3 is pretty awesome and the other 2 are duds. Le Terroir is a pretty fantastic wild ale - cascade hops and sour grapefruit trash the palate, loads of sugar, tangerine zest and oak. Really interesting.

mouthfeel: tart, fresh, overload on the palate

overall/drinkability: nice

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 00:20:05 | More by dirtylou
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HopHead84

California

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2009 19:10:02 | More by HopHead84
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-14-2011 11:35:30 | More by TurdFurgison
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

03-22-2014 21:10:14 | More by afsdan
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-16-2013 14:47:28 | More by xnicknj
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml 2013 bomber poured into tulip 15/6/14 big cheers towards Rutager for sending the bottle

A slight haze in a light orange body, fine sediment being moved around by bubbles of all sizes, three fingers of loose noisy foam falls quickly leaving no lace

S more hops then I expected one can only imagine what a fresh bottles like, canned peaches, lychee, mango, over ripe pineapple, tangerine and lemon, some funk, soft caramel and wet wood round things out, interesting nose smells massive

T not quite the levels of fruit found on the nose but that still leaves a fair bit, some orange peel, sweet and sour work well together, just a little funk, I'm loving the taste but the nose had a little more intensity

M medium bodied with soft carbonation, slightly tart, lots of lemon on the finish

O not sure what I was expecting but this works for me, surprised by the amount of hops in this brew still clear as day

I'd love to try some older bottles to see what happens to it, the funks pretty mellow at this point but plenty of hops works well for this guy

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 23:08:19 | More by wordemupg
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

01-19-2013 15:20:14 | More by drummermattie02
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -13%

10-17-2013 16:35:53 | More by GraduatedCashew
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ccrida

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Belmont Station's Pucker Fest. Served in a Delirium Tremens snifter, Le Terroir is a hazy pale orange with an off-white collar that left no lace.

Smell is super fruity and rich, watermelon with some brett funk.

Taste is great, like jolly ranchers! A nice tartness, sour citrus, tropical fruit, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is dry, puckering and slick, with a medium-light body.

Drinkability is very good, with a nice tart/sweet fruit combo. It could use more funk but has great acidity. Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2009 23:57:59 | More by ccrida
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.2%

10-22-2013 02:38:40 | More by Zaphog
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a New Belgium Globe glass.
7.5% ABV, 01/30/2011.

How kind of Beerwolf77 to not only share this beer with me, but allow me to stroke my tick at his kitchen table!

A - Faintly hazy, the color is a bronzy golden hue topped with an off-white, well-retained head. Nice lace is left caked to the glass.

S - Dry-hopped to high-heaven, this is loaded with delicious juicy grapefruit hops that unfortunately takes a turn for the worse when the good aroma is swapped with that of Chinese food. This smells like lemon chicken doused with sweet and sour sauce with cooked celery on the side.

T - The malt profile consists of an overwhelmed caramel sweetness and toast. The hops burst out with potency that has an underlying citrusy fruit flavor. The Chinese food comes through in the flavor but no where near as much as the off-putting aroma (and I even love Chinese food! Just not in my beer). This finishes with a lactic bite.

M - Very nice sour finish with a lactic kick and medium body. A little thin mid palette though.

O - The sour finish is very good but the food aroma is pretty terrifying. The flavor pulls the overall up a lot more but it's just an ok beer. At first experience I really wouldn't get it again, but seeing so many positive reviews coming off this one, I'd love to nab another bottle and see what the deal with this one was.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 15:04:57 | More by BeerFMAndy
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-07-2014 04:59:35 | More by liamt07
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle drank from my Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip... Pours a darkish hazy gold. A nice bright tan head, good cap and lacing... A very interesting aroma that is very sour and musky with some grapes, very vinous but has some very unique accents of hops on the finish. The hops aren't bitter, floral and dusty with a touch of sweetness... The taste is really vinous as well, reminds me of dry hopped pinot grigio. Not a huge fan of the finish, too much hops, I don't like the hop/sour combo. Sour hop juice. The more I drink the hops start to fade and it becomes even more juice like, not as sour as I would like.

This is interesting and tastes good enough to totally crush. I'd have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 03:01:52 | More by jrallen34
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

06-05-2014 22:22:24 | More by Bitterbill
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Bell's tulip. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a three finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. The hop character on this one really makes its presence known. Really adds a very nice additional character to the sour and tart backbone going on in this one. A definite must try without a doubt!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 12:02:01 | More by thagr81us
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-09-2013 14:44:50 | More by ShanePB
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

05-31-2014 16:05:57 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the brew pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is fruity and sour, it smells like tart apples, apricots, peaches, lemons, and some vinegar. The taste is similar to the aroma, but I notice some white grape and a bit of pine/citrus hop flavors, too. The sourness isn't overpowering but you definitely can tell it's a mostly sour brew. I know it's a dry hopped brew, but I pick up more sourness than hops in both the aroma and taste. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated and also dry. I think this is a pretty good overall beer, I'll definitely buy this again the next time I find it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 21:49:50 | More by bluejacket74
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-28-2013 20:31:19 | More by WOLFGANG
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone yesterday.

Mildly hazy amber with orange highlights and a thin white head that recedes to a ring rather quickly. The nose is rich and conplex, sour with berries, strawberries, plums and a mildly peachy character. The characteristic New Belgium acetic character is present, and the combination of the sourness and the sweetness is excellent. I also get a bit of a citrus character
The palate opens plenty sour and acetic with a lot of red wine vinegar with the fruity raspberry/strawberry character quite strong. Deliciously rich, the combination of sweetness and acidity is quite excellent. Fairly complex. If this beer was dry hopped, it really doesn't show much on the palate. Medium in body with moderate carbonation and a drying, acetic finish, this beer is enjoyable. While the acetic character can be a bit high, the one glass I got was thoroughly enjoyed.

Edit 05 Oct 2013.
Finally getting to revisit this. Bottle from new seasons.

Fruitier and sweeter with a blend of citrus , peach and nectarines with a relatively clean lactic sourness , this is decent. Acetic character is low. Lemon rind sourness is also present, along with some bitterness. The palate is juicy, fruity and moderately sweet, with honey, nectarines , citrus and lemon juice. Decent. 3.5 3.5/3.5

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 01:23:38 | More by DefenCorps
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chippo33

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

07-23-2013 02:19:19 | More by chippo33
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dgilks

Australia

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light amber colour with virtually no head. Fine given the sourness.

Nice, tart aroma with notes of lemon, moderately intense funk and a hint of herbal character. Nice.

Served in a Rogue XS chalice this is one hell of a beer. Sour, funky and full of Brett character. The tartness presents as lime and under-ripe peach. There is also a hint of sweet cherry in the background that provides a hint of balance. Nicely crafted and very, very delicious.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Spritzy but it works.

A really, solid Wild Ale. I love the balance combined with the intensity. Great.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 21:40:40 | More by dgilks
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gford217

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, Lips of Faith series.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a big bubbly beige head that recedes quickly but leaves a clump in the middle being fed by a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom.

Aroma is initially hoppy but that's swept away by the big funky brett character and some vinegar as well. There are lots of tropical fruits underneath after the initial funk subsides with pineapples and oranges and some spicy oak.

The taste completely puckers my mouth with the first sip. Massive fruity tartness in combination with the acidity and earthy funk. After the initial sour onslaught, the toasted malts and lemony hops start to shine through, maybe some grapefruit and apricots. Finish is dry and oaky with plenty of lingering funk.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and exceptionally crisp and clean.

Overall, this is a great sour, but be prepared for the big sour blast on the palate, because if you are, you're rewarded with a complex and very drinkable beer. Big fan of this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 20:18:13 | More by gford217
Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 1,328 ratings.