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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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522 Ratings
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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 9
Gots: 59 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

New Belgium Brewing and The Lost Abbey brewery from San Marcos, California have a shared passion for a variety of things, not the least of which is the wild Belgian yeast brettanomyces. So they decided to join forces and collaborate. Lost Abbey Collaboration is brewed simply with pale malts accompanied by Target, Centennial and Sorachi hops for a hint of citrus. Focusing on their mutual respect for the ingredient, the spotlight shines on the brettanomyces, where a full brett fermentation offers bold pineapple overtones and funky, sour edge. The beer is a shining, golden shade and is warming and dry.
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Ratings: 522 | Reviews: 176
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.84/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Lucky's Beverage World in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, straw-hued body with a medium-small, creamyish, white head. Very scant lace on the descent.

Smell: Slightly sweet-smelling, hay-hinted malts, maybe a little crumpled cookie. Agreeably fruity, with notes of pineapple, pear, apple, and citrus. Mild whole clove hints.

Taste: Light touch of pale malts (with a little sugar cookie sweetness) quickly changing to fruity tastes of sweetened pear juice, pineapple juice, and a sprinkling of fresh lemon zest. Some bitterness coming across, but also some clove-like phenolics. All of the various tastes roll around the tongue until the semi-dry, fruity, creamyish finish with a touch of alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamyish mouthfeel.

Overall: Well, it's not exactly what I was expecting. Essentially none of the wildness coming across from the brettanomyces. Grab hold of the bottle and shimmy your thumb over "BRETT" on the label. This leaves a more straightforward, honest "BEER" on the front of the bottle.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
2.69/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Thanks to Mike for opening this one with me. Lost Abbey and New Belgium creating a beer with Brett... what could go wrong, right? This one pours a dense shade of gold, moderately translucent with lots of tiny sediment hanging in suspension within the beer. Foamy, nearly soapy white head fizzles up and dissipates almost as quickly; moderate lacing left behind.

Whoof, the aroma is an overload of Brett and bready malt. More than I care to handle in one serving, at least. Liberal amounts of funk, biscuit, and heavy, heavy baked bread. Don't get me wrong, I love bread. But not in this capacity when describing a beer. Moderately damp, musky citrus, though not enough to give an appealing sweetness or tartness. I hate to say this, also, but I think this marks the first time I'm actually smelled "band-aids" in my beer. It's got a funky, medical, sterile, weird-ass aroma. Not a big fan - let's hope this one tastes a little better.

Well, don't get your hopes up too high. There really isn't much variety going on here, sadly. Huge, gaping quantities of Brett smash your palate - earthy, wet cardboard, band-aid, damp cellar, and medicinal off-flavors. Yuck. Up front, there's a light lemon and citrus zest that kind of spritzes the tongue for a moment, but the magnitude of Brett comes in quickly and just sweeps that under the rug.

Not sure if it's from the Brett or the malt bill, but this beer is super bread heavy, also, just like the aroma was showing. Some strange astringency wafts over my palate during each successive sip, too. Very yeasty, belligerently funky, and dryer than the Sahara in the finish. It's almost like the Lost Abbey / New Belgium were just trying to play along with this "Brett" craze, so they added a metric shit ton of it to a malt-heavy beer and tried to pass it off as a "wild ale", forgetting that more is not always better.

Very disappointed that a collab between these two breweries, who have compiled an impressive list of wild ales and beers with brettanomyces on their own, missed the mark so badly. Just a mess of a beer with no balance or effort (it seems). Extremely forgettable - Mike and I didn't even finish our pours. Pass on this one.

Photo of Beaver13
2.67/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy straw yellow with a medium white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet vegetal malts and some stinky yeast (cheesy onions).

The flavor is sweet sugary malts and tropical fruits with a little musty brett. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK brett beer. The sweetness overpowers the brett. Since they pasteurized, it probably won't come out much more though.

Photo of mverity
2.46/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle share at Proof thanks to jbruner. Clear pale yellow color with swirls of thin white head and a medium collar. Aroma is super grainey and light malt. Taste is very faintly grassy, and then some light malt sweetness. Not much else to this one. Thin watery body, light carbonation.

Photo of Guden
2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- A brilliantly clear light blonde color. No head to speak of.

S- Light citrusy hops. There really isn't anything else there, the yeast might be adding to the fruity citrus character but lemon and tangerine are the only smells.

T- Again light citrus hops seem to dominate an otherwise boring beer. Underwhelming, though not unpleasant.

M- Thin and dry with light carbonation, could use more carbonation but in a timid beer like this it doesn't matter that much.

D- This beer is boring. Why waste perfectly good Brett on an underwhelming lightly flavored beer?

Photo of Jason
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Semi-clear golden yellow, decent lacing

SMELL: Spicy, herbal, broth, alcohol, dried grass, green peppercorn, mint, lots of yeast

TASTE: Smoothness, medium bodied, a bit slick, malty, peppery, alcohol, yeast, ripe stone fruit, mild broth, semi-sweet finish

Wait for brett to show up, muddled chaos is what my palate picks up on 1st. Too young is what I am getting, too tame to even have "Brett" part of its name. Why is this beer so sweet as well? I am all for collabs but this one missed its mark.

Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Excited to see a collaboration from two of my favorite breweries.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is not too exciting. I get a lot of husky grain notes, with a little bit of brett and leather notes hidden in the background. The brett is more prevalent in the flavor. I get some nice leather notes, as well as some toffee and biscuit malt, some grassy and citrusy hops and some grain. I don't get any real sourness, only a hint of frunk from the brett and some leather notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad beer by any means, but definitely a beer that didn't live up to expectations.

Photo of bsp77
2.56/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold with foamy white head and sticky lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt, biscuit, cherry and citrus. No Brett.

Taste: Still no Brett, or maybe just the slightest hint. That might be okay (despite the misleading name), so does the rest of the beer taste good? No, not really. Strong toast and biscuit with a really odd hop flavor (grass, metal, rotten citrus) and some overripe banana. Tastes like a way too boozy Marzen with some Belgian undertones.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Off dry finish that really coats the mouth in a bad way.

Overall: Tastes like a headache. I really can't believe that this is what New Belgium and Lost Abbey came up with. Not finishing the bomber. At least it was only like $6.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 22oz poured into a flute.

A: Pale gold with a half-a-finger white, creamy head.

S: Lemon meringue pie, grapefruit, brett funk, spicy hops.

T: Very sweet lemonade with hints of sour grapefruit and spicy, green, metallic finish.

M: Medium and sweet

O: An unbalanced beer, Brett has too much sweetness that is not complemented by the green (not refreshing) sourness instead of crisp hops. The finish is a too cloying.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy lemon yellow with a thick off white head that last and last and a gentle sea of carbonation.

S- The cooked corn aroma has a note of fresh cream but takes on a cooked lettuce aroma in the finish. There is a soft raw wet grain aroma that fade as the beer opens.

T- the soft cooked corn note has a mineral taste to it wit a soft dry hop bite that blends in in the finish.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture and a gentle fizz

O- I really love brett that comes through in aged beers but this one has to much cooked corn and blended with a hop bite makes it interesting to drink but hard to swallow.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.97/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up for $5, awesome value.

Pours a hazy golden, the color of orange blossom honey, with minimal head that recedes quickly.

Lots of bright citrus fruits up front, strong lemon with a background note of orange. A little bit of wet hay brettness in the background. Not especially funky for a brett beer.

Taste is more of the bright citrus fruits with a touch of wet hay and a very dry clean maltiness and a touch of tartness but I wouldn't consider it a "sour" beer.

Light and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking for 7.5%

Overall I love the value. Nice, easy drinking brett beer though not terribly complex. I enjoyed the 22oz while making chili and it enhanced the experience greatly :)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a one finger white head with decent retention and lacing.

S: A rather closed aroma, a bit of orange rind, pale malt, wheat, and hints of funky brett.

T: More of the same from the aroma. Bready malt, some orange and light citrus and again very faint funk.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, on the creamier side.

O: A bit of a let down, the Brett really didn't impart much on this beer...yet at least.

Photo of GilGarp
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served old into a goblet.

Brett Beer is a very light golden yellow color with a slightly hazy appearance. The head is thin and short-lived.

Aroma is fairly sour, slightly hoppy, and a little funky yeasty.

Flavor is also surprisingly mild. The base beer is so plain, I have to figure it is only there to showcase the Brett. Unfortunately, it just isn't that sour or flavorful.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated. It's well balanced and mild with low alcohol presence.

Overall a beer that just isn't all that impressive. Well made but just not that memorable.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable beer, thanks for sharing John. Orange bodied with a beautiful head. Delivers, orange and tropical fruit flavours, very smooth drinker. One of the better beers in terms of drinkability our whole long weekend.Understated carbonation helped. Earthy.

Photo of tdm168
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room on 8/28/12.

A - bright yellow with a huge cap of soft, dense, white head that has great retention

S - wheat, lemon, a bit sour, pepper

T - pepper, lemon, wheat, bread, faintly tart, almost lactic, warming alcohol in the finish

M - medium bodied, warm, smooth, well carbonated

I'm not sure how I feel about this beer. Unfortunately, I didn't get the pineapple that everyone was raving about from the Brett. I did enjoy it, but I thought it was a bit all over the place. The flavors didn't quite go mesh. It's worth a try nonetheless.

Photo of secondtooth
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow-opaque upon pouring. Thick and attractive head of fine, white carbonation. Lovely loopy chain-link style lacing.

Nose is fruity and funky. I get both wild berries and citrus tones. Quite enticing!

Taste is nicely fruity up front, even hinting at some pineapple. Body is heavy, though, and the Soriachi hops add to the tangy quality. I quite liked this one.

Photo of dbossman
3.96/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow hue with a thin but solid and steady hue and fantastic lacing

S: Definitely some cheesy, funky barnyard aromas on top of citrus, apple, tangerine; this is a nice little funky, fruity, and grainy smelling beer; I am excited (despite the poor reviews this beer has gotten)

T: Not quite as funky as I was hoping and a surprising malty sweetness but the fruitiness balances things out and a touch of the cheesy funk in the end lets this come together

F: Quite creamy and sticky--pretty nice body

O: This is solid; I don't get the naysayers on this beer--the brett is prominent and it plays well off the other characteristics

Photo of hooliganlife
3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy. light white pillow head.

very funky with strong brett notes, subtle tropical fruits.

very brett straight forward, well blended body allowing the brett to really shine. light tropical fruit, some malt in the back. slight booze in the finish.

mild to moderate carbonation. light feel.

it's a brett beer, very straight forward. no frills. good stuff, but 22oz's a bit much after a while.

Photo of russpowell
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent gold/straw with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Murks up a bit, above average head retention, very good lacing

S: Yeastyness, bready notes

T: Breadyness & pears with a touch of pineapple up front. Slight phenolic notes as this warms, more pineapple, not really getting much brett here. Finishes with pear, pineapple, slight sourness & slight banana hints

MF: Medium bodied with slight carbonation, body is pretty fluffy as this warms

I expected much more from this, the Brett is AWOL in this beer. Sour freaks will be let down by this one

Photo of Kegatron
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a clear gold, with 1 ½ fingers of rich and frothy light white colored head. This maintains a ½ finger of creamy froth, which leaves back a sudsy cascade of thick lacing behind. The aroma smells fresh and Bretty, with notes of musty earth and a ripe tartness sticking out. A touch of sweetness mixes in, adding some twang to the nose.

The taste is earthy bitterness with a splash of zesty lemon. There is malt sweetness across the back that seems to get a bit cloying feeling at times. Brett finishes this with a dry and earthy feel on the tail-end of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and firm on the tongue but then spreads out into more of a sharp creaminess. Alcohol is at least well hid for the most part.

Yeah, I wasn’t overly impressed by this. The Brett character itself is fine but it’s just that there really isn’t anything here for it to play against here, expect a rather boring and overly sweet malt profile. This was just too cut and dry and plain for me to really get into it. I’m one and done with this Lips of Faith release.

Photo of DonDirkA
3.89/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose of tropical fruits, mango, tangerine, lemon and grapefruit. Taste has notes of banana, mango, oranges, slight funk from the Brett and its very lemony and effervescent like a hefeweizen. Pretty good, but a little light for my tastes. I love Brettanomyces but this one just isn't quite right. A good brew, but for something involving Lost Abbey, I expected more. I've heard a lot about their sours but this doesn't reflect that reputation. It wasn't actually made by Lost Abbey though, but by New Belgium and they're just kinda... meh most of the time.

Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a globe glass. This 'Brett' beer pours a hazed golden with a half inch cap of white foam. Decent retention and lace follow, to a degree.

Touch of sourness on the aroma though notably wheat based. Slightest hint of Brett fruit on the aroma and quite muddled with light hops. Brett notes do expand with warming and enhance the aroma above all else.

At half the price of The Lost Abbey Version and with twice the Brett, chime in....

Photo of hdofu
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I wasn't really impressed by this beer. It poured blonde with a thin head. Had a thin head to it, smell was not particularly impressive with smell of citrus. Taste is like marmalade and lemon. It has a crispness but a sort of weak almost flat finnish. Not much excitement with this one although not alot to get offended by either. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again although I wouldn't pass up a glass if it was offered to me either.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one sitting out by the pool on the 4th in the sun! Served from bottle into an RJ Rockers shaker. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount fairly slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, earth, mango, pineapple, and subtle fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, earthy funk, earth, subtle fruit, mango, and pineapple. Overall this was a decent brew. For those of you out there who believe Brett makes a beer sour or tart, you need to try this one. There is no sour or tart notes present at all in this one. Just a nice earthy funk which is how it should be. However, a little sour/tart might not have hurt this brew too much as the Brett dominated it. The fruit aspects tried to settle it down, but fell a little short if you ask me. Definitely worth trying at least once to judge for yourself.

Photo of bum732
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Bready, doughy malt, some grassiness, slight clove. Some daisies and slight stone fruits.

L: Cloudy, golden yellow, white creamy head that dissipates.

T: Grainy maltiness with some fruitiness. Quite floral throughout. Medium low bitterness, a kind of muddled graininess near the finish that clashes with the fruitiness. Finishes fairly clean and semi-dry.

M: Medium low carbonation, medium bodied.

Meh, pretty muddled throughout. A lot of the flavors clash, not a good combination.

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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.