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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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76
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514 Ratings
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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-28-2012)
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Reviews by mfnmbvp:
Photo of mfnmbvp
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Spotted this at the local beer store for $4.99. My first review of a collaboration beer on BeerAdvocate. Excited to try this!

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours the color of a golden yellow lager, with lots of yeast matter slowly maneuvering itself around the glass. Quarter inch of fizzy white head disappears within seconds. Second pour yields another finger of quickly dissolving head and an even bigger gang of sediment floating about.

S - Smell is of yeast and some malt. Slight hint of sour funk, but faint. Almost smells like a Miller Lite, to my disappointment.

T - Very yeasty, slightly bitter, slightly tart. Carbonated; slightly bloating. Not as sour and funky as I had hoped for, but based on the reviews of others, it was to be expected. Not very fruity either, in my opinion, mostly just a very prominent Belgian yeast taste, which isn't my favorite.

M - Carbonated, yeasty, bacteria-like aftertaste from the brettanomyces. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Pretty dry in the finish. I enjoy the aftertaste to this beer more than I enjoy the rest of it, sadly.

Overall, it is medium-bodied, and highly drinkable with a nicely masked 7.50% abv, yet the beer itself is underwhelming. I was definitely hoping for more from this New Belgium & The Lost Abbey collaboration, but such is life; we live and we learn. Glad to have tried it, yet it is definitely not a beer I will be having again. However, I am looking forward to other beers in the Lips Of Faith series, and with higher hopes for them than this one.

The Lost Abbey & New Belgium Lips Of Faith Brett Beer ---3/5.

mfnmbvp, Mar 16, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
2.68/5  rDev -19%
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.

tectactoe, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Beaver13, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of mverity
2.45/5  rDev -26%
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.

mverity, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Guden
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
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?

Guden, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Jason, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of bsp77
2.48/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

bsp77, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of jaminjohnson
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

jaminjohnson, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Bizoneill
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Bizoneill, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of SPRichard
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

SPRichard, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of JohnLynch
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

JohnLynch, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of MFauver35
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

MFauver35, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

stereosforgeeks, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

ianjsullivan, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of breedsimpsonville
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

breedsimpsonville, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

acurtis, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
3/5  rDev -9.4%

ste5venla, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of quirkzoo
3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
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 :)

quirkzoo, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Reappropriated
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Reappropriated, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Bladezone
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Bladezone, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of JasonSiedman
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

JasonSiedman, Jan 13, 2013
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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.