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Lips Of Faith - Sahti - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
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193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
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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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

twelveinches, Dec 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +17.3%

THECPJ, Nov 29, 2011
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 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
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

tbeq00, Nov 28, 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
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Rollzroyce21, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of lonestar4lunch
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my New Belgium goblet with a deep copper hue and a light 1in lacing. The aroma lighter than expected but had metallic copper bite and just a hint of spice. The taste follows the nose and is lighter than expected. There is some sweetness in the beginning that is followed by a little rye and some bitterness. I can't really figure this one out. It is very drinkable and does have the nice, faintly dry finish from the rye and hops. But to me it has the feel of a lager which is odd but maybe it is this bottle. It has been in my fridge for who knows how long. I for sure remembering this different when I sampled at the brewery. I have another one put away, will try again soon.

lonestar4lunch, Nov 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12%

TicoCali, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

long4hops, Nov 20, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Magery, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

I2uss, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

DeSoto, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 1 PINT, 6 FL. OZ. bottle in a trade w/ CurtisMcArthur back in August and the estimated price is around $15. Poured from the Sahti Tree covered bottle into my 12oz Surly Darkness Tulip Glass. Has a Bottled on Date of 09/09/10 on the bottom of line of the bottle.

Story Behind this Brew: In the hunt for enjoying every one of the Lips of Faith Series beers, this one was attractive because I've never had a Sahti brew! This is my first Sahti ale now and very interested in reviewing it. Thanks Curtis!

Aroma- Tons of malt and spiciness in the starting of the nose. Has a good floral hop aroma and nice yeastiness. Very complexed aroma!

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies very quickly. Has an amber/dark orange colored body with tons of haze. Leaves thick, spider-web like lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a great combination of fruits, spices, and malt. Very light hops are in the taste but can tell they are citrus covered. A good grapefruit taste finishes off this brew. Bitterness is at a medium level and is finished with spices. Nice!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Effervescent, and has a prickly, acidic finish. Leaves good spices behind on the palate.

Overall Impression- While never having this style before and not able to compare it to any other brews, I definitely wish this one was going to be brewed again! I wouldn't mind enjoying another Sahti when available as well. I haven't seen this style in any liquor store in St. Louis. Nice amount of spice and fruit flavors all the way through.

DCon, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

EasyReader, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Tamarack22, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12%

kkrez, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mattboyer182
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clearish copper color with basically no head.

S - smell is all malt pretty much. A biscuty grainy scent.

T - taste is very similar to the smell. Tons of malts. It finishes sweet. Kind of brown sugar maybe.

M - medium bodied a medium carbonation.

O - not a lot of balance In this. It's not bad just not complex.

mattboyer182, Oct 24, 2011
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
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3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

802nd Review on BA
Bottle to NB Globe
22oz

No date.

App- A very deep gold with a 1-1/2 finger head. A few whispy lines of lace. Smaller rings of bubble funnel from the outside rim inward. A little bit of a pond layer on top of the beer.

Smell- This was far less aromatic than I anticipated. It was a little damp, seemed a little old, a little dense wood-like and maybe a hint of stale berries. At the very end a slight tinge of sugar.

Taste- My buddy said he found this offensive. I don't find it offensive so much as its just lacking in HUGE flavors we have come to expect from a beer. It was a little muted, a little malty and retained some of the berry and wood notes from the smell. Could've been a little less damp feeling and a little more crisp.

Mouth- Medium bodied and a slightly medium/lower carbonation level to me. A bit thick in the drink and was a dense berry and wood flavor.

Drink- As stated above in my taste section, it was a little lacking in huge flavors but not that’s its a bad beer. It's not. Its supposed to have subtle flavors and little nuances from the ingredients. I would like to try the DFH to compare them. I probably wont come back to this one though. A little too un-crisp for me for the flavors.

FosterJM, Sep 07, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark gold with a thinner, but tight off-white head. Looks good.

S: Smells very spicy and floral, but not super pungent.

T: The initial taste is lighter than the body with an almost tea like feel that is throughout the beer. Definitely leans towards the sweeter side. It isn't bad, but it lacks a certain beeryness and the sweetness hurts it a bit.

M: Thicker than I expected, but it does slowly become more drinkable. The carbonation is a little low and it sits on the palate too much.

O: I honestly would buy this again if I found it for a cheap price and was feeling some alcoholic, slightly-sweetened tea, otherwise I do not think I will be pick this up again.

OnThenIn, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an orangish-pink with a quart-inch white head. Cool step lacing and pretty good head retention.

S- Subdued nose. maybe some rye.

T- More mellow that other sahtis I've had in the past. Slight juniper but you'd have to do some searching to find it. More rye notes.

M- Very nicely carbonated. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- If you're going to do a style that most aren't familiar with, then you might as well go "balls" out and i feel New Belgium left something on the table here. Also, points lost for using hops. Not a bad beer per se, but there are better representations of the style out there.

Duff27, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a dark, clear shade of amber with a solid offwhite head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some excellent lacing. Looks gorgeous.

S- smells very spicy. A little grassy. Almost like a saison

T- getting a lot of tea flavors from the juniper. The finish is pretty sweet. The flavor is overall very mild and laid back...feels like drinking a cold tea

M- the feel of this one....it's really thick. But not syrupy. It's more thick like a stout than thick like a DIPA...and I really enjoy that

O- this is a fantastic beer in a style that doesn't really get much love. I'd really like to see more breweries give it a whirl

bigfnjoe, Aug 26, 2011
Lips Of Faith - Sahti from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.