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Lips Of Faith - Sahti - New Belgium Brewing

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139 Reviews
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Reviews: 139
Hads: 196
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 15
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:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 09-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 139 | Hads: 196
Photo of HardTarget
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown Bomber, split with Pegasus.

Appearance: Orange amber glass holds a finger of light tan head that lasts but doesn't lace.

Smell: Light malt whiffs, a light citric (orange, lemon) twist and an earthy / dusty smell.

Taste: Balanced with the sweet malt base overtaken by a lightly medicinal bitter tonic taste. English earthy hops blend with an American grassy, almost catty pine.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation level, medium heavy body.

Overall: Not crazy about this one, a bit of Juniper berry tonic in a Belgian Pale Ale like base. Two flavors that I don't personally care for, but nothing wrong here. Worth a shot.

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Photo of jzeilinger
2.77/5  rDev -19%
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.)

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Photo of allengarvin
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught at Meddlesome Moth. Cloudy amber color with modest head. Aroma provides a moderately sweet maltiness and a fair amount of grassy, spicy hops. Flavor is similar, though there's a light hint of juniper. The rye character is very subtle. Reminds me a lot of their Two Below in terms of malt and hop profile. A touch medicinal at the finish.

A bit disappointing... I've tried homebrew Sahti with a lot of character... more like an underhopped Anchor OSA than this. The hop presence is definitely not to style, since hops are rare in Scandinavia.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.69/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of Sorcerer
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured slowly into an Imperial pint glass.

No head whatsoever. Really beautiful copper color.

Smell, dry malt, some lemon, but nothing leapt out (maybe my nose was not working right after work with solvents today).

Tastes interesting - unlike anything - perhaps distantly reminiscent of Alaska Spruce Ale - but the Juniper was not the steamroller flavor I expected. Juniper there for sure, putting on a solid baseline to the floral bitterness of the Amarillo Hops. Then there's some rye into the barley malt. Then there's the lemon and orange peel, nicely under-done, but plays a light sky over the forest of deep flavor.

Finnish is the nationality of this brew.

Finish is long lasting and complex, sweet and bitter, and deep in the forest of beer flavors. Does not anesthetize the tonsils. I think the finish of this beer is one of the best things about it. An alpine meadow of herbal flavors. Since the scoring system here doesn't allow any weight for this category, my review will be lower.

Flavor was good. But this isn't a session beer. It is something to sip and savor.

7.2% ABV makes it a strong ale, and it is.

I liked it a lot, but an honest score for this beer is not possible in the beer advocate system.

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Photo of kwjd
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange colour with huge white head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Quite sweet (or at least sweeter than I expected) with pine and spices in the aroma. Quite malty, I'm getting caramel and butterscotch. Smooth mouthfeel. I picked up this bottle just to try a Sahti. I'd like to try others now as I enjoyed this.

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Photo of rrski198
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Done from brief notes at a beer festival

A: Translucent amber color with white head. Decent bubbles.

S: Sweet fruit and molasses. Smell doesnt match the color as this smells of a much darker and stronger beer.

T: What is going on here? Taste follows the smell but it tastes watered down in a sense. Mildly spicy on the back end. Odd.

M: Thin and easy to drink. Mild spice a the back end. Flavor comes and goes to quickly.

D: Not bad. Interesting but wouldn't have again. To thin and jsut kind of odd.

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Photo of Snow81
3.96/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden orange

Smell: almost smells like a Extra Pale Ale

Head: Very Little

Taste: has a bit of a hop note going on with a small amout of bitter and malt, more like a very lite epa

Weight: lite on the palate

Finish: a little hoppy lingering

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Photo of bsp77
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into dimpled mug.

Appearance: Clear amber with thin white head that disappears leaving no lacing. I thought a Sahti should be cloudy?

Smell: Bready with a decent level of spiciness, citrus and a somewhat metallic bitterness (this may be the juniper).

Taste: Very bready, caramely and spicy, with citrus and juniper. The juniper just seems a little strange to me, as if some gin was poured into my beer. Surprisingly simple, and almost ordinary, compared to my expectations.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body with a juniper-driven dry finish. Strangely boozy for the moderate alcohol.

Drinkability: Hard to review a style I have not had before. It is hard to know if it is indicative of the style or not. My guess is not, since I thought it would be much more yeasty, both in appearance (cloudy) and in taste (banana, maybe slightly tart). As is, this seems to be simple English Ale with a bunch of juniper. I will need to try one of the better reviewed examples of the style to know if I am the problem or if the beer is (I have a sneaking suspicion it is the beer).

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ken's bottle.Light orange with carbonation bubbles, two inch head. Funky and malty aromas. A spicy taste, with some pine and spruce. A smooth mouthfeel. Sweet, then a bitter finish with mint aftertaste. I am not the biggest fan of Juniper. Lacey. Drying.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a brassy amber hue with two fingers of creamy parchment head. Catches light wonderfully, great head retention, a beauty.

Smell -- Juniper, caramel, golden toast, and a whiff of booze. Aside from the abundance of juniper, it smells an awful lot like a garden variety amber ale.

Taste -- Toated malt, spicy grain (rye?), juniper berries, clover honey sweetness, tart yeast. Gently sweet and very herbal, bordering on medicinal. Minimal hop character, though the juniper does some to balance. Finish is boozy, though this got better as it warms. Lingering flavor of honey and juniper berry.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation. Full and round, quite satisfying.

Drinkability -- This wound up tasting more like a traditional beer than I had anticipated, though the juniper brought me back to the days when gin was my drink of choice. Aside from the booziness, pretty good. Quite unique, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at 10AM on a Sunday morning.

Pours a bronzey golden colour, clear body, mild bead. Head is modest, little more than a film of whispy foam. Nice, sticky lace though, on the plus side. Not bad, but alright.

Smells...interesting. Oddly metallic with some burnt wheat notes and overripe fruit - cherry and plum notes mostly. Strong grainy sweetness that doesn't quite sit right with the sour pungency. Intrigued, but not really enthused.

Tastes similar, I guess. Very malty with an odd white peppery note on the very front that gets a lot of molasses notes together with that quite metallic bitterness that builds with each gathering moment. Has its crescendo late-mid where it's quite coppery with an undertone of overripe plum. Decent brown sugar sweetness provides some balance, but then the flavours disappear and leave an unwanted grain notes on the back which is slightly insipid and yeasty. The finish here is the best part, mildly sweet but bold, if it only lasted longer.

A bit thin on the front, but in the mouth there's a fullness. The texture is a bit effervescent, although it leaves well enough.

Yeah, I couldn't attack too much of this, and not just because it's 10AM.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It claims to be a sahti, so I am going to treat it as such. It's my first of the style, but I don't think this is necessarily a quintessential interpretation, but I'm intrigued.

Appearance- A very nice copper, light amber color. Pours with a couple of inches of nice, rich head. Settles down into a cap. Laces very nicely. Good looker.

Smell- I get the hops, some grapefruit, a nice citrus. Not getting a lot of spice. More like an APA, with some biscuit and the hop character.

Taste- And, things get interesting. The hop character is there. But then the spiciness comes through. Herbal, definitely. I certainly get the juniper. It's a little sweet. Lingering maltiness. Some lemongrass. The sweet and spiciness and hops are all sort of muddled. More alcohol taste than expected.

Mouthfeel- So rich it is a hindrance. Honestly, it slows down the enjoyability. Just so damned thick.

Drinkability- The stangeness, and muddled characteristics. along with the thick body, conspire against this one.

I'd be interested to try another example of this style, to see what direction this beer was trying to go. It's a little strange, and certainly not my cup of ti.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased in the US and cracked open with @laituegonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a very clear and bright orange colour, slightly burnished, with a fine but light head of white bubbles. Lots of body to it, which means it forms some pleasant static carbonation when swirled. I like the colour - would have expected a sahti to be cloudier, but otherwise, looks pretty decent.

Nose is slightly metallic and phenolic. Some organic hints giving rise to a kind of honey-fermentation character, and a bit of gin-like spice. Smells of chemicals and booze for the most part. Often you get a whiff of that, but this is overdone.

Taste is very light on, really. Initial metallic sharpness dies off almost immediately, leaving a subtle bitterness and a bready yeast note on the back. Some hints of phenolics throughout, and there's still that chemical note coming through for the most part, leaving some green organics in its wake.

Feel is remarkably light and empty, given the look of it. Smooth enough: it feels like silky water.

Eh. Not really that interesting, and I feel a Sahti needs to be interesting in order to be good - they just have an oddness to them that rankles unless they have complexity to keep you interested. This one's very much the worst example I've tried, both other examples had oddity, but complexity and balance.

This one's surprisingly bland.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Kern River Brewing pint glass on 1/8/11

It pours a nice clear light copper color with a bit of foam that quickly becomes a layer of fine bubbles. Not alot of aroma going on, just a bit of graininess with hints of the junipers and lemon. Everything comes together in the flavor, i'm picking up the light grains, juniper and lemon with just a touch of spiciness. It is light-medium bodied with a slightly dry finish. Good carbonation makes this one easy to drink. Its a good flavor but not my favorite, not sure if i'd have this again or not. Overall pretty good, just not an every day beer

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Photo of OakedCanuck
2.18/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.24/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.44/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first sahti I've had so I wasn't sure what to expect. It's a light copper color with low carbonation. The aroma is herbal with a touch of spice. The taste is the same with a touch of cloves. It has a nice balance on the acidity with a light sweetness. It's more mellow than a typical beer that's 7.2%. It's decent enough to give it a try.

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Photo of dbossman
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear and golden-brown with a thin but steady head; lacing is okay

S: Really not a lot going on; a bit earthy and grainy with some subtle hops and maybe a touch of spiciness

T: More going on in the taste; a nice balance of malts, hops, and spiciness--just a touch of juniper berries; also a touch of rye--but still all pretty subdued

F: Nicely carbonated with decent mouth coating

D: It's a pretty easy drinking beer; nothing amazing here but it's interesting enough and it's pretty drinkable--it does grow on you throughout the glass

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Photo of dfillius
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/9/10, drank 12/6/10, poured into pint glass.
A: Moderate pour yields 1/4 finger off-white head with fairly good retention. Reddish gold liquid is gorgeous. Bottle art is nice too! Slightly more head would make this perfect looking.
S: Bread with some caramel and a bit of juniper. Bland overall.
T: Malt, not much else! Where's the juniper, and hops? Balanced definitely, not like straight wort, but not like a sahti, more like a amber or a brown ale.
M: Kind of thin in the front of the mouth. Almost gaseous, but not hot and alcoholly. Full in the back.
D: Very easy to drink. I could order a second and probably would, but I would not buy another bottle. Unremarkable.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh pale malt nose, very slight spruce, small amount of esters with spice increasing as it warms.
Golden amber. Smallish off-white head settles quickly with some lacing.
Flavors are more complex than the aroma. Spice flavors are all mixed together and hard to separate out, but are interesting and enjoyable. slight spruce or juniper. Hops show towards the bottom of the glass. Moderate amount of dryness.
As warms it develops a slight creaminess that's nice. Reasonable smooth drink.
I like this and it left me desiring more.
Thanks Bry.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pretty amber color with a thick white head and tons of lacing. Smells yeasty, and boozy, with a little bit of hops thrown in. Tastes a little spicy, reminds me of an oktoberfest, which killed this beer for me. Mouthfeel is a little thin with a little carbonation. Drinkability is pretty low.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass after sitting out for ~10 minutes. Minimal white head with minimal retention, golden orange-y color.

Smell is, not overpowering, which is to say pretty light. I get a definite citrus, and a general crispness.

Amber sweet in the taste, with a dry juniper/almost fruity (I assume that is what this taste is) flavor on the finnish (get it?). Lingers for a bit too.

Carbonation levels are pretty non-noteworthy, not a bad thing. Though the dryness lingers on the palate the beer is medium bodied.

My first try with the style. I've actually got a bottle Sah'tea in the fridge that I was going to drink at the same time to compare, but reconsidering that since DFH's offering doesn't seem in the same authentic catagory as this. Plus I'd probably be pretty smushed after both of those, and I have to do some work around the house. It is an adequate beer, and worth it (at the price I got it) for a first foray into this style. I'm hoping that my rating comes out to a B or a B-, as that is what I'd grade it otherwise.

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Photo of McCrae
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- good amber color, decent head with only a little lacing on the glass for me, albeit poured quite sloppily by me

S- nothing in-particular stands out other than just an overall yeasty alcohol smell with a Faint hint of hops

T- a little yeasty up front followed by a distinct spiciness similar but not as potent as Saison Du Buff
Definite Citrus aftertaste

M- good carbonation, light on the tongue

D- can imagine it being great with lots of different types of food, wouldn't want to drink too much by itself

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Lips Of Faith - Sahti from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.