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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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175 Reviews

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Reviews: 175
Hads: 526
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 9
Gots: 58 | FT: 4
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:
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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Photo of Jadjunk
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"The best part of collaboration is discovering mutual passions, with Lost Abbey it was the wild yeast strain Brettanomyces. Using Belgian inspiration, we fermented the bier with Brettanomyces to bring out tropical fruit notes, crisp haziness and bright flavor. A touch of fruity Soriachi Ace hops pleases the palette and entices frequent sips." Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale, Brett Beer is a one-off collaboration release between New Belgium and The Lost Abbey, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium globe glass. Served above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Brett Beer pours a frothy cream head of an off-white complexion over a densely hazy pale amber body with plenty of dense peppery sediment in tow. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Up front, notes of pale cracker and wheat malt with undertones of pithy citrus, peppercorns, clove and banana bread. Some mild acidity and lactic tartness is present, however there is little funk and sourness developed in the aroma, resulting in a mild, underdeveloped aroma. The potency is high. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor comes off as even less enjoyable upfront as it is a bit messy and harsh in the few places that the flavor comes through in full. Soapy, grainy pale malts with a light sweetness is accentuated by a sharp arrangement of yeasty phenols and is almost devoid of any funk and Brettanomyces characteristics. Overly sweet and heavy and yet finishes parching dry with a yeasty mouthful of white pepper, clove and dried pineapple. The pasteurization sees this beer as relatively unchanged from its young ale state. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, lightly chewy and moderately dry. Carbonation is medium/high, generating a moderately frothy and smoothly crisp mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is yeasty, acidic and phenolic over sweet. Alcohol presence is medium, phenols are high. 3.5

(Overall) In general, it's a fairly messy wild ale with most of its shortcomings in how poorly the brett-borne flavors have developed. I had expected that with time, sourness may have rounded the edges of this beer and it would have matured, but time doesn't seem to have improved its chances. Too short on funk and sourness, too full on fruity sweetness and yeast-borne phenols. Altogether it's drinkable, but I did not find it very enjoyable. There are far superior examples of Brettanomyces beer out there, and its unfortunate that two reputable breweries were unable to generate a Brett beer whose sum was superior to either of its parts. 3.25

New Belgium Brewing's
Brett Beer (With The Lost Abbey)

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Photo of Phocion
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from phone, reviewed on June 3, 2014.

Etched Lips of Faith bomber poured into a Lindemanns flute, mostly because I rarely get the chance to use it. Pale straw body, mostly clear but with fine pieces of sediment. Solid frothy white head; nearly two fingers with good retention, and intermittent strings of Belgian lacing working down the glass.

This is a very fruity beer. A whole myriad of yeasty tropical fruit esters and a healthy dose of lemon zest screaming "Sorachi Ace." Grassy/earthy with just a little bit of funky and spicy phenols. The yeast definitely takes over for this beer, but aside from a hoppy citrus, there's not much else in the nose. Then again, this is named "Brett Beer," so I suppose that's appropriate.

Very earthy flavor. A touch of yeasty funk, but no sour. The lemon zest adds a nice tang to balance out the drier yeast flavors, but not quite enough.

Low carbonation and a light-medium body. Mouthfeel is a bit dry, but not in an enjoyable crisp or tart way I expect in the style. Actually, the aftertaste is almost chalky.

Overall this was a little disappointing. I like wilds, I'm a huge fan of the Lips of Faith series, and I love Lost Abbey, but this didn't quite measure up. It's drinkable, but hardly impressive.

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Photo of username
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time trying a "wild" ale. Bomber into over-sized wine glass.

A - Dense, frothy foam dissipates quickly. Light orange/amber in color. Substantially visible sediments floating about.

S - Cheese/fruit, which is totally new to me in a beer. Some earthy-ness as well.

T - Sour (as it should be); as in sour/fermented grapes/wine. Some cheese rind.

M - Leans towards the viscous side. Reinforces the flavor(s) & helps persist.

O - Considering I was in the market specifically for a "wild" ale, and this was all that was available, can't ultimately say much. Delivers an 'unconventional' beer experience that one has be anticipating/wanting/expecting; as sneaking a brew like this on someone unfamiliar with what to expect, they would almost certainly disagree with it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.86/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.09/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an apple cider golden color with a thin white head. OK retention and slight lace.

S: Light barnyard aromas with some light stonefruit notes. Funk, pear, white peach, brett, hints of white wine and some sweet Belgian yeast notes. The sweetness is a bit much here, but this doesn't smell bad.

T: Doughy yeast, light pear, white pepper, some other unknown baking spices and lots of Belgian yeast. The finish is very sweet and the mouthfeel is almost buttery. The brett never really shows up to dry this puppy out and I wish it had. Saving the Lost Abbey one for a later date. Hopefully that one's better.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a hazy lemon yellow with high carbonation producing a 1/2 inch white head. Good retention.
S: Farmhouse funk and bright citrus notes courtesy of the brett. White pepper and hint of Belgian spice.
T: Whoa...nose dive here. Watery and weak. Nothing like the aroma...which was fairly pedestrian to begin with.
M: Light body. A bit oily feel. Nothing special here either.
D: Not a very good offering here. Lost Abbey and NBB produced a bastardized beer. Not recommended.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a hazy dark golden with a 2 finger white head. Thick wall with trails of lacing remain.

Sweet honey, bread dough, faint citrus, light funk.

Light sweet pale malts, bread and light citrus with very minimal funk.

Ok beer, that can't decide what it's supposed to be. Is it a Belgian golden with some Brett or was it supposed to have more funk and sour notes?

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Photo of chickenflea
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange yellow pour with a small head and lots of small floating sediment. Aroma was malt, citrus, Belgian yeast and some bret. Taste was consistent with aroma, much heavier on the spice / Belgian yeast and fruit than the sour, which was minimal. Texture was full bodied and chewy. I had let this set for almost a year before opening, and it was very smooth. Most similar to a Belgian strong ale without the high alcohol. Wildness had been tamed dramatically. Loved the beer.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden with lots of small floating chunks. Minimal head and lace. Where's the funk? Very sugary with very little indicating that Brettanomyces was used to brew the beer. Grainy aroma. Very sweet front and center with some old milk like must at the finish. Light to medium body and low to medium carbonation.

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

Bottle from kjyost. Thanks.

A - Pours cloudy golden with strong carbonation coming up to a one finger white head. Decent spotty lace, half finger retention.

S - Peach, grass, mild funk, apricot. Pretty nice.

T - Full on peach, orange, grain, a little bit of yeasty barnyard but very subtle. Sweet notes with lemon candy. Pretty good.

M - Nice carbonation, medium to full body and a mildly funky and dry with a sweet peachy note in the finish.

O/D - Nothing wrong here. Subtle Brett and lot's of complexity. Not sure why reviews for this are so poor. Tasted pretty good and I enjoyed it. Sure the 'wild' character was a bit lacking, but that's refreshing compared to some examples that are all Brett.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a snifter in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger white head with large bubbles and a quickly eroding retention down to a thin base. Cloudy lemon color. Ok looking, not great though.

S- Some funky brett, apricot, candi sugar. Kind of muddled aroma.

T- Slight funk, grassiness, golden malts, some lighter fruits. The Brett is obvious but surprisingly not tart.

M- Biting carbonation with a slight vinous feel at the wet end of it.

O- This beer really missed the mark. Unfortunate. I wish it were sour-er and had an idea of what it wanted to be.

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Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
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".

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.29/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bomber. Poured into a small wine glass.

A delicate, complex brew. The aroma itself is complex, hard to describe and worth the purschase.

A - Poured a cloudy straw color, half-finger dense white head, which quickly dissipates.

S – Barnyard funk, grassy, maybe a little litter box, slightly fruity.

T – Medium to low bitterness balanced with light maltiness, some oak, medium dryness.

MF – Some smoothness.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle for quite some time and decided now was as good a time as any to give it a go...

A fairly clear appearance reminds me of a chardonnay actually... A little lighter than gold...

Aromas are interesting here... Lots of funkiness from the Brett... definitely the band aid thing but the aroma is pregnant with this past-its-prime fruit that adds an interesting twist to this. Maybe it's the Soriachi hops? It's like you've taken a beer and thrown it in an old oak barrel, covered it with cheesecloth and let it sit for a month or so...

I actually like what I'm getting from this. Mind you, it isn't earth shattering or anything but I don't think it's quite as bad as some of the other reviews would let on. In the world of Wild Ales, it's definitely not a superstar but it is still a good beer and seems somehow different than others. There's more funky Brett and less sourness than one would find in others... Very earthy and old feeling...

I admit it... I liked this one... I would drink this again if offered... That being said, it's not the best Wild out there, not by a long stretch of the imagination... But it's still a good beer that I enjoyed...

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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.

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3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a stemmed tulip.

A: Hazy hay colored hue. Pours about a 1 finger, thick, foamy, white head. Settles quickly leaving a blanket, and a thick foam ring. Plenty of beer ring lacing. Head completely renews with each pour.

S: Hay, sourdough bread, and a slight bit of raspberry.

T: Very bread, with just the slightest indistinct hint of fermented fruit.

M: Light and crisp. Slightly bittersweet aftertaste.

D: Not much resistance. Very light, despite (relatively) high alcohol content.

Atmosphere is really solid. Decent foamy head, and lots of lacing. Nose is simple bready and light fruit accentuates. Bready flavor with an indistinct fruit compliment. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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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

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3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a 22 oz bomber into a tulip style glass. No date that I can find on the bottle anywhere, but I'm pretty sure this was a one-time brewing from 2012.

Appearance - Pour generates a slim finger of head at most, resting on a body of golden straw. A steady but faint stream of carbonation rises to the top through bits of sediment suspended in the liquid. After about a minute or two, the head dissipates to a silky looking film on top, leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Dominated by the aroma of yeast and funk, but it's a one-note funk. It lacks any acidic bite to counterpoint the yeast. I get hints of fruity phenols in the background.

Taste - More bread and yeast. Perhaps a suggestion of generic fruity tartness, but not that sharp at all. Boozy sourdough finish. Seems unbalanced and like it needs more time for the Brett to do it's work. I'll hold onto my second bottle for quite awhile before cracking another one open.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation and a silky-slick coating on the tongue.

Overall, a beer that isn't bad so much as it's just not quite on the mark. Seems unbalanced and I won't be crying about this being a one-time brew. I hope it gets better with a little more age on it, but with NB's standard pasteurization, that seems unlikely.

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3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-hazy golden straw color with a decent white head and some lacing, some particulate matter

S-malt, yeast, slightly sour, hints of fruit

T-yeasty, malt, little lemon, sour but with some hints of sweetness that are discordant

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation

O-not bad, but just doesn't quite work for me, flavors not well-balanced

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2.96/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have had this beer since August. It is time for the Brett to move on (down my throat).

The beer is golden in color with a lot of particulates floating in it. There is about two fingers of foam that stick around decently on the side of the glass.

Off the top I get some decent fruitiness. I pick up some pineapple and a decent amount of funkiness. The flavor continues the funk and there is some metallic. This is a challenging flavor with some balance issues.

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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
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