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Lips Of Faith - Sahti - New Belgium Brewing

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 13
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Sahti |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 09-22-2010)
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Photo of Philly82785
1/5  rDev -70.7%

Philly82785, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of bonapartist1
1.75/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Virtually no rye or juniper berry character. Tastes like a "bigger" although still intensely bland flat tire, and I'm not kidding. I was really interested in trying a new beer style and refuse to believe Sahtis are supposed to taste like this.

bonapartist1, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of amcmaho1
2.13/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm reviewing this beer after the fact, and i unfortunately have no notes (Although the notes would describe variations of disappointment). I feel like there was an overall blandness about the beer. I'm excited about the "Lips of Faith" series of beer, but i feel like this one simply fell short of the expectations i had for it. There just wasn't really much there concerning smell or taste; which i personally find strange for a Sahti. I'm interested in the other beers in the "LoF" lineup, but i can't see revisiting this beer in the future.

amcmaho1, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of OakedCanuck
2.15/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz poured into tulip

A - deep yellow, lots of bubbles. Whitish head that did not make a show, just left the room right away. Crystal clear

S - Smells a little spicy but is difficult to pick up. Mostly just malt and some grains

T - Not good. In my opinion, this tastes like carbonated water with a few sprigs of juniper and other evergreen needles thrown in. I also pick up some rye but is very weak.

M - Thin, watery and some alcohol heat.

D - Sorry NB, but this one failed for me. I love most of your other stuff, but this, I think, was a poor example of the style.

OakedCanuck, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.17/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 11/11/11
*From notes

A: It looks like unfiltered peach juice. It really is a lovely beer. A forceful pour yields a one finger head that fade fast. Zero lacing.

S: Pear skins, star fruit. Huh, to be honest it's kind of hard to get much out of the nose at all, actually.

T: The flavor is...nil. WTF - I didn't know I was gonna be taking a tour of Bland City. Really, I've never had a beer like it before. It's just a buttery, bland mess.

M: Middle of the road here.

O: Lips of Faith Sahti is terribly forgettable. Don't go out of your way for this. In fact, I'm giving this a hearty thumbs down.

Rhettroactive, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
2.23/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe, this was a thoughtful "Best of" style share by Mike but this is BY FAR the worst Sahti I've ever had, and I've had some bad ones. On top of it being a bad beer, there is NOTHING in this beer that is reminiscent of the Sahti style. It is actually a HUGE disappointment to me overall.

I pour aggressively assuming that it will be undercarbonated but I'm wrong, beer is tan and hazy with a big white head of small and medium bubbles that collapse into a fairly contiguous head, some lacing, moderate and steady carbonation....OK.

Aroma is sweet, biscuit malt....ummm...juniper I was thinking / hoping....how was this beer filtered?

Beer tastes like diluted malt syrup. FUN! No spiciness detected in the palate. The dominate flavor is malt, followed by alcohol. Alcohol? Really? Why are there more examples of Sahti on the market that are above 6% than the opposite? It doesn't have to be a huge beer. I would NOT have this again. If it is CALLED SAHTI IT SHOULD TASTE LIKE A SAHTI.

drabmuh, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of lungboy
2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap as a taste sample, about 4 oz. It didn't taste at all like a sahti. It didn't taste bad at all, and if it didn't have "sahti" in the name, I would probably have liked it for a summer day. It tasted like a session lager, clean. I could barely taste the juniper because the citrus additives (!!) got in the way. At least to me, a sahti doesn't have any hops, there's a strong taste of buckwheat and the juniper comes across first on the nose and then as an oily aftertaste. Also, it was carbonated like an american lager. My first thought was Old Style, which I don't hate.

lungboy, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Blakaeris
2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear red-golden with just a slight white head that doesn't hang around long.

Aroma is dominated by a metallic, oxidized funk. Sweet, with just a hint of light fruit and strong fusel alcohol.

Taste is bready pale malt. Once again, hints of light fruit.Finishes with a slight nutty quality and a metallic sting.

Mouthfeel is light. Thin.

Overall; forgettable beer flavor with a relatively unpleasant aroma.

Blakaeris, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of aasher
2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one poured a watery auburn in color with a one finger head. The smell is interesting and not what I expected. I can't pick up anything other than a light malt. That's literally the only aroma. The taste is blase for the style. Nothing impressive here either. It kind of tastes like a light, light doppelbock. The only thing really going for it was that it drank very smoothly. It wasn't crisp despite the bubbling and drank heavier than it looks. This beer was disappointing.

aasher, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at the Liquor Stop in Indiana. Shared at a recent tasting and poured into a tulip.

Really not a good example of a Sahti. Oh well, here goes. The beer pours a moderate golden color with a thin white head with moderate retention. The nose brings forward a bit of bready malt. Really plain. Plain, plain, plain. How does that happen with a sahti? Normally I'm complaining that there's way too much going on. The taste is along the same lines. A bit of mild weirdness from who knows what in the background, but mostly just a bit of lightly-sweet malt. Feel is medium and average. Decent carbonation. Nothing horribly offensive about this beer, it's just a bad example of the style. It just doesn't really present anything that would make me think this was a sahti.

Thorpe429, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of WastingFreetime
2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

The bomber bottle artwork is really quite nice, it reminds me of the aesthetic of a bonsai juniper. But anyway, this is supposed to be about the beer, not the label.

Pours out into my tulip glass a slightly hazed golden-orange color with a two finger foamy head that dissipated in about two minutes, not bad! Dime-sized loops of lacing were left behind with each medium-bodied, crisply carbonated sip. Now for the bad news....I can hardly smell nor taste any juniper in this Sahti at all, just barely a tickle of it exists in the tip of the finish. How disappointing. Also, the rye flavor and nose aspects are in dire need of amplification. All that I have here to smell and taste is a very pretty and nicely-textured pale ale with a standard citric hopping on top of some bready malts, and merely the faintest ghost of a whisper of rye brassiness that really ought to be more prominent. Too bad, but I'm not really all that upset about one oddball screw up in a portfolio like New Belgium's. After all, they can't *all* be home runs every time you swing the bat..

WastingFreetime, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

djrn2, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of mentor
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of of-white head over a clear light brown liquid. Smells biscuit malt with some mint and mild clean alcohol. A little bit of vegetal, but not hte juniper and sour I was expecting.

Tastes like fat tire with a minor undertone of juniper. Earthy and mineral with some minty and vegetal character, likely from the juniper. Md mouthfeel and md carbonation. Pretty drinkable, but I was expecting a traditional sahti and got a fat tire instead.

mentor, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of isualum12
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Just couldn't do it on this one. It was the 4th beer of a 5 beer, five course meal with each beer specifically paired.

Needless to say with or without the elk steak it didn't do it for me.

Smell was simple with a decent spice
taste was weak with a strong bite at the end. Mouthfeel was ok and enjoyable
drinkablity was really low for me. I couldn't finish it. I guess that says it all right there.

isualum12, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of bashiba
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly hazy copper color with a light white ring of head.

Has a funky musty and bready smell.

The flavor is surprisingly boring, just a light bit of bready malt and a touch of bitter juniper, not much going on here.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin and a bit flat.

Pretty bland and poor overall.

bashiba, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, amber-hued body with a two finger-high, whitish head.

Smell: Sweetish, grainy nose, smelling of malted barley with a hints of spicy rye, golden syrup, peppery alcohol, and juniper-scented soap.

Taste: Toasted barley and a zip of rye with a caramel-like sweetness and hint of crushed sugar cookies. Slight hint of juniper berries. Light kiss of citrus. Somewhat soapy character midway, picking up warming alcohol nearing the end. Dry finish with a bit of displeasing medicinal twang to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A letdown, really. The loosely medicinal, booziness of the brew, along with it's ho-hum flavor, leaves me a bit flat.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of cokes
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and somewhere between golden and bronze in color. The thin off-white head is low and fades fast, leaving some scattered lacework.
Neutral, floured dough aroma. Some backing toast and lowly evergreen notes, presumably from the juniper. There is not much to smell here.
It hits the mouth toasty, lightly toffee sweet, with some pecan nuttiness. Doughier as it sits and that carries it through the middle and later portions, all dusted with flour. Jupiter and piney hops add a late evergreen needle-y bitterness, dotted with phantoms of citrus. Some boozy heat dots the swallow.
Medium bodied with a bustling CO2.
I'm not an expert on the style, but this is nothing like the few I've tried. The rye doesn't pop, the juniper doesn't pop, the citrus peel spicing doesn't pop,the non-traditional hopping doesn't pop either, and the fermentation/yeast profile is bland. It's far more reminiscent of an American Amber ale, and a bland-ish one at that. New Belgium already does one of those, without the exotic name, fancy bomber, and inflated price tag.

cokes, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of brewcrew76
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden orange with a thin white head.

S - Non descript aroma. Very faint hint of lemon, malt and juniper. Has to be one of the lightest aromas I have smelled based on the ingredients.

T - Woody and herbal with some sweet toffee. Slight astringency with a bit of alcohol.

M - Medium body

D - I enjoy the good sahti's i have tried I would never guess that is what this is. This is so blah that I would have never blindly guessed the style. For juniper, lemon, orange, cascade and amarillo this is pretty boring. I expect more from New Belgium. $6.50 is steep for such a poor beer.

brewcrew76, Nov 11, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Achoo_Bacca
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of jzeilinger
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a vibrant amber color with a frothy one fingered, white, creamy head and light to moderate carbonation. The heads gradually dies down and leaves a thin layer of white cream across the top.

S - I'm honestly struggling to get anything at all in the nose, it's like it's not even there. This is really unusual...either my nose isn't working or maybe it's an older bottle?

T - Taste is mild earthy, grassy caramel, with a twist of faint lemon, mild juniper, and a little bit of spicey character (but buried way down there on the palette).

M - Somewhat thin and is just over the border of light, pushing towards medium body, watery, semi-and dry finish.

D - Marginal.

It's a mild rye ale, not bad, but for the $10 I paid for it, I was expecting more. (Sorry to say, with all due respect to New Belgium Brewing.)

jzeilinger, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a clear light golden-amber color with almost no head, just a few islands of white foam.

S: A slightly soured aroma with some hints of lemon. A decent amount of woodsy herbs and an interesting berry-like fruitiness. A fair amount of alcohol is noticeable as well.

T: Very woody, herbaceous, and "green". I don't really get the same fruitiness that I found on the nose. Sort of harsh and abrasive to the palate, especially with the high level of alcohol.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D: This didn't seem all that "Sahti-like" to me. I think you're better off sticking to a more traditional example or at least the Nogne-O version.

womencantsail, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of TheWhiskerReview
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow-tinged apricot. Retention and lace unknown as this was a tasting sample.

With this being such an obscure style I was expecting something pretty crazy and out-of-the-box, even if NB didn't stick to the true method of making a Sahti. But instead, what they delivered tastes more like a Fat Tire with a hefty dose of rye.

The nose basically melds the Fat Tire toastiness with that buttery, fruity and spicy rye character. The juniper is no where to be found, while the hops add a bit of citrus that still barely manages to push its way through the hearty rye malt. Some toasted walnut from the malt and some estery apricot.

The medium-bodied palate once again takes your Fat Tire character but subs in the drier and chewier rye maltiness. The bitterness is mild while the juniper finally makes an appearance at the very end, imparting a juniper tea-like tone to the buttery, toasty apricot character.

Is it good for the style? Dunno, it's my first Sahti. But I seriously doubt that Sahti is meant to taste like Fat Tire, so I'm going to say that this isn't very good for a style. Nor is it really that great of a beer. If I want Fat Tire, I'll drink Fat Tire. And I don't often really want it to begin with.

TheWhiskerReview, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of NStLincoln
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Snagged a bottle at the store the day after it came to Lincoln. Poured in a pint glass. Burnt orange with an whitish head that fizzes away quickly.

Smells farmyard stinky with a touch of sugar. I have to focus really hard to get any juniper, which leads me to believe there's not any on the nose.

Rye flavor without the spice. The alcohol is unbalanced on the end. Again not getting the juniper. Pretty blah.

NStLincoln, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of match1112
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: bright golden orange/ copper with a small thin bright white head that settles to a crescent moon shape in the glass. no lacing.

s: mostly malt, some subtle spice, juniper and citrus.

t: orange, lemon, malts, hops.

m: medium body with decent carbonation. tongue tingling spicy finish.

o: nothing too exciting about this beer. looks, tastes and smells like beer, nothing to set it apart.

match1112, Dec 18, 2011
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Lips Of Faith - Sahti from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.