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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer - New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Brett BeerLips Of Faith - Brett Beer

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497 Ratings

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%

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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Photo of gillagorilla


3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Slightly hazy blonde.

S: Yeasty, funk, and farmhouse.

T: Lots of farmhouse. Heavy and thick. Eh, ok. Horse blanket with a fair amount of saison flavor.

M: Decent carbonation with light bubbles.

O: Ok, but not at all what I was expecting.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2013 20:17:15 | More by gillagorilla
Photo of metter98

New York

3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of pale malts are present in the nose along with some hints of sourness from the brett.
T: The overall taste very much follows the smell and has flavors of pale malts along with hints of funk and sourness from the brett.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer really needs more brett and funk in order to be considered a "Brett Beer".

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2013 12:50:31 | More by metter98
Photo of mactrail


3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect amber in the narrow tulip glass. Not so much foam but it sparkles on the tongue. The carbonation floats up and fills the mouth with a spritzy marshmallow feeling.

So rich and mellow. Seriously fruity with a touch of old-fashioned postage stamp glue. Distinct tang of sweet apple juice. Like a Saison, it dries out toward the middle and leaves a modest bitter finish. Quite full of fruit flavors but rather elegant. A strong flavor that intensified as you sip, so a short glass at one time is plenty. It's also a nice lesson in brewing technology, and a surprise if you've had some really outlandish Brett beers.

This is so much better than the stinky, overly bacterial bottle version. Glad I tasted this version. On tap at Pizza Port OB.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 00:08:43 | More by mactrail
Photo of TMoney2591


3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at SmallBar - Division.

Another keg killed off...my day seems made. This stuff pours a lightly hazy golden-straw topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises earthy greens, light brett funk, mild citrus peel, and a soft peck-on-the-cheek of dry honey. The taste mirrors things pretty closely, with the earthiness really taking charge, the citrus acting as an able lieutenant, and the brett shrinking increasingly as time passes. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid brett-focused beer, but one that comes across as rather tame thanks to the "accidental" pasteurization. Still not bad, but likely a shadow of what it could have been.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 14:50:36 | More by TMoney2591
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?

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 02:04:52 | More by Guden
Photo of flagmantho


4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a one pint New Belgium chalice at Elliott Bay Pizza & Pub in Mill Creek, WA. I guess this is the New Belgium sister beer of Mo Betta Bretta.

Appearance: light golden hue with plenty of haze and a thick finger of creamy white foam with good retention and a nice thick lace.

Smell: light sweet malt with a balanced amount of bretty funk. It works for me.

Taste: sweet golden malt flavor with a nice chalky funk from the Brett. Not sour at all, which is nice; I like the more alkaline character. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a rather nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a good wild ale. Not sour, but a good quaffer nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 18:57:30 | More by flagmantho
Photo of darklordlager


3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Straw, with some murkiness about.

S: Some brett funk, but phenolics rule the show--perhaps too much. Lightly "burnt plastic" aroma, band-aid, with leather lingering in the background. Subtle citrus.

T: Sweetened lemon, Bretty/leathery funk, and those somewhat undesirable phenolics--burnt plastic & band-aid again. Citrus again lingers in the background.

M: Light, creamy. Medium-high carbonation, which is appropriate.

O: Not the best example of a brett-centric beer. If they cleaned up the phenolics, it may have something going for it. I would imagine the "accidental" pasteurization did not help either...

Addendum: After the tongue gets used to the phenolics (and/or the 7.5% abv sets in), the "burnt plastic/band-aid" becomes less prevalent, allowing the more citrus/tropical notes to come through. Still too phenolic though, even now.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2012 03:25:56 | More by darklordlager
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

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

@ Raleigh Times

Hazy golden yellow with apparently vigorous carbonation, but only a slender white head that leaves nice rings behind. Tart-ish citrus juice, pale malt, and yeast aroma. Tastes of sweet oranges, pale malt, light pineapple, spicy lemon, and a very mild funky note. Medium bodied and not as effervescent as it looks.

Not a bad beer, though not particularly wild or exciting either. No super-funky, decidedly "Bretty" characteristics - which is surprising. I think they just missed the mark on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 14:40:26 | More by wedge
Photo of pvo


3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyable, but not worth seeking out. It's surprisingly fruity, and somewhat sweet, which I guess should be expected since it's 7.5% alcohol, but lacks the depth of a lot of other New Belgium offerings.

Again, I am happy to have had it, but New Belgium seems to be falling into the same trap as Dogfish Head- I love all their regular beers, but their 'Specialty' offerings come off too sweet, and lack the balance that makes their other beers so good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2012 23:26:14 | More by pvo
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 09:30:22 | More by tdm168
Photo of quaybr


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

A clear, golden body topped by a shallow head of small white bubbles.

Smells of spices and fruity yeast.

Tastes fruity with a confused dark fruit coming through. Spicy alcohol and yeasty with an odd malty finish - not the most appealing.

Light on the verge on medium bodied with an especially high carbonation level.

Overall, this is really interesting, but not the good/fun kind of interesting. This beer seemed a lot closer to a malt beverage than a sour. I would suggest passing up on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 04:56:03 | More by quaybr
Photo of womencantsail


3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a golden color with a white head. Nose is sweet malt, some fruity hops and esters such as lemon, pineapple, apple, and maybe some banana. Just the slightest musty funk in the background. Like the aroma, there is a sweetness to the flavor along with some slight tartness of citrus fruits. A hint of pineapple, some banana, and a touch of apple. Mild spice notes, too. Not really what I think most would expect, but still an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 16:29:35 | More by womencantsail
Photo of AdamBear


2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-cloudy yellow with thin white head

S-extremely faint scent of berries and possibly a hint of brett. Very faint. A hint of sour lactose. 

T-comes in with a slightly fruity taste of bitter grains. It's not good. Its not terrible either. For something brewed with Brett, it's a downright disappointment. Matching after-taste, complete lack of tartness

M-medium to low carbonation. Dry finish

O-This has got to be the worst beer I've had from New Belgium or the Lost Abbey. I really don't know how either brewery let this one out. It tastes like what would happen if a nano brewery wanted to put out a sour with a very limited budget

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 18:22:38 | More by AdamBear
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Alewife baltimore, into flute. Pours a hazy blonde, constant champagne like bubbles, and little head. Smells of yeast big time, but also citrus fruit notes. Taste is yeasty, but malty citrus fruit. Some clove and spice but otherwise citrus yeast stands out and is really nice. Good amount of hops and great hop flavor. Its a very good tasting brew with no good eye candy. Very crisp but dry and easy. Overall, another well crafted LOF brew from NB!

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 21:21:40 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of champ103


3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Hat Merchant in Houston, TX

A: Pours a deep hazy copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Stone fruits. Apples, pears. Light biscuit malts. A lingering sweetness. A little to sweet for the style.
T: Again, fruits are up front. Apples, pears, citrus flavors. A sweetness lingers. Not enough funky Brett character for me.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. This needs to be more crisp and dry. Not hard to drink, but nothing I care to come back to.

Eh, pretty average. Just to sweet and not enough yeast character to make this distinct. Maybe if I tried this a few years ago I would have had a different opinion (a la Biere De Mars). Though right now I think this is middle of the road at best.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 00:28:29 | More by champ103
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft into snifter at KnB Wine Cellar’s in San Diego, Calif., on July 18, 2012. Hazy orange color. One finger of head when I got it. Frothy, white lacing. Good retention throughout the pour, including on the top and the sides.

Smelled grapes, spoiled fruit, plum, apple, slight cloves and slight banana.

The taste was pretty similar. Got apple, grapes, spoiled fruit, plum and slight cloves. Seemed to be a bit warm, at least room temperature.

Light body. Creamy texture. Very carbonated. Long lasting sour finish.

Still getting into wilds, but really enjoyed this beer. Not too sour or too tart.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2012 01:52:34 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of johnmichaelsen


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

The beer pours a lemon gold color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is intriguing, as I pick up a lot of tropical fruit, light lemon zest, and I guess a hint of barnyard funk (it's sort of dominated by the tropical fruit). The flavor profile replicates the nose for the most part, though I'm surprised by how sweet this beer is. The brett component is a bit odd with this level of sweetness... sort of a tropical fruit meets sweaty socks taste to it. Definitely picking up some noticeable pineapple and bananna as well. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, sweet, lightly funky finish. Alcohol is fairly well integrated into the flavor profile, but the beer is almost cloyingly sweet.

Weird beer. Hard to imagine drinking down a pint of this stuff (I found it tough sledding, just making it through a sampler glass). I give the brewer an E for effort, but in my book, this one is a fail.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 20:42:05 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of zhanson88


1.75/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Apperance: Pours a light, clear straw color with about 1/4" of white head. Head retention is okay, and carbonation seems to be lacking.

Smell: Mango, pineapple, tartness is almost nonexistent.

Taste: Heavy mango and pineapple sweetness, kind of cloying. Again, tartness is nonexistent.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is heavy for the style and lacking carbonation. Overall, not impressed with this as a wild. Kind of refreshing in a sweet way, this is an okay beer from that standpoint, but as a wild comes up way short.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2012 23:34:18 | More by zhanson88
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1.75/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

On tap at Happy Gnome.

Hazy golden colored with a moderate head. Aroma is extremely sweet and quite fruity; perhaps excruciatingly sweet. Generic beer notes abound and nothing else really stands out but the fruitiness.

Tastes underattenuated and just plain messy! A slightly phenolic and very cloying finish. Another good example of why one should either stick to normal ingredients or be absolutely sure before putting the product out. Also, add hops.

I don't really mind the mouthfeel but sweetness kills it. A miserable fail of a beer; there are few "craft" beers that I would turn down and choose an adjunct lager instead. This is one of them.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2012 22:49:09 | More by tewaris
Photo of ahalloin


2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap a Bier Baron in DC. At first I thought it was the wrong beer delivered to my table because it didnt have the Brett character I was hoping for, but more on that in a bit.

Pours a cloudy light yellow color with decent white head that receded rather quickly to a very thin ring.

The smell seems lacking for a Brett beer. I want more fermentation by-product smell with horse blanket/barnyard type things but I get very little of that. I get some tart wheat and a touch of chamomile smell. Weird. It really reminds me of a wit beer. I also get a touch of DMS, cooked veggies/corn smell.

The taste is a let down too. Tart wheat, tea spices, and some stone fruit qualities. Slight herbal bitter finish. I'm not getting the Brett character I would expect.

Mouthfeel is a bit under carbonated and prett thin.

Overall this was kind of a let down. Weak, if any, Brett character.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 23:53:18 | More by ahalloin
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District of Columbia

2.38/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer was a huge disappointment to me. Had on tap at Bier Baron in DC.

The beer pours a nice golden color, not very hazy with just a bit of lacing and a small head. Pretty good overall.

The smell is just non existent. I have to struggle to get even the slightest wisp of Brett at all and after that it smells like a very weak Berliner Weiss in the malt profile, like a sour mash that hardly springs from the glass. Taste is not much better, my beer loving friend and I said it kind of tasted like an adjunct wheat beer like a bad blue moon that doesn't have a lot of carbonation. Like a bad allagash white. Some alcohol flavor is probably the most recognizable taste here. Hardly any Brett, not tart, just a touch of fruit. Feel is fine, under carbonated and thin.

Yikes! We thought we ordered the wrong beer, but it turns out it was the right beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 23:42:25 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

This American "WILD" Ale isn't all that wild really. Maybe it's not a brettanomyces beer. Maybe it's named after Brett Michaels? Or Brett Favre?

Smells like some kind of Belgian ale. Looks like it too. Flavor is kind of sweet. One dimensional. Reminds me of something like Palm or Leffe. Belgian and decent, but not really too exciting at all. I would have expected a whole lot more out of this beer with a collaborative effort from two powerhouse breweries.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 04:57:03 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of garymuchow


3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip.
Initial aroma is bready and malt related then the tart and sour effects kick in. It's an interesting mix and not expected
Quite gold and clear. Big full white head and attractive bubbles rise from the nucleation.
Taste is similar with the lager like pils malt base and a mild soft tartness. A little sweetness up front and then the doughy flavors before the yeasts kick in. The alcohol does not show in the taste, in fact it is quite well hidden, except the warmth in the gut. Some light funkiness and noticeable dryness on the finish.
A little lighter on the feels makes it a little too easy to drink down. Soft and enjoyable feel.
I may add some things as I work through this.

Updates - the wild ale flavors show forth as it sits for awhile. They are nice and tasty, just not prominent.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 21:53:53 | More by garymuchow
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3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to dcloeren for this one.

Light fizzy head, semi clear golden honey colored tons of sediment

Nose lemon grass, grassy little hay, sweet candy malts, corn, little grainy funk and straw, candy cereal captain crunch like, lemony

Taste lots of lemony grainy yeasty funk, lemongrass, sweet grain mash, semi sweet mash like little corn and straw wet hay, very little funk, grassy bready doughy, little mineral chalky like, yeasty flavor, fairly sweet with mild orange rind, juicy too. Finish is drier but sticky, light straw and more mild icky sweet funk, weird flavor, lemony straw.

Mouth is med bod, lighter but decent carb,

Overall eh, weird and little funk. Not too enjoyable. Just very weird all around and not really Brett like either.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 02:50:42 | More by jlindros
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.

Serving type: growler

12-22-2013 05:39:16 | More by mverity
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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
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