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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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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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mverity

Florida

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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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

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

Picked up a small growler at the Charleston Beer Exchange:

Pourd into a new belgium tulip glass, color is pale straw to gold with a brighter white head, light lacing light carbonation.

Smell is lightly funky, earthy, mild bread. some estery like undertones.

Taste is more straightforward than expected, pilsner malts and breads, light yeast, some mild earthiness (my wife described it as mild brie like flavors). The brett like flavors never really come through as strong as expected, though it fits the description mentioned.

Mouthfeel is stronger on the tongue from some of the estery like profile, not bad, lingering sweetness helps in the this regard.

Overall, not as funky as expected but a more interesting beer than not - glad i picked up a bottle - will let it a age some before tasting again.

Serving type: growler

07-01-2012 21:33:07 | More by mvanaskie13
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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
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garymuchow

Minnesota

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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jlindros

Massachusetts

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
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notchucknorris

California

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 05:22:23 | More by notchucknorris
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 04:38:02 | More by mwilbur
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gillagorilla

Maryland

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
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

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?

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 01:43:27 | More by kawilliams81
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chickenflea

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 00:17:33 | More by chickenflea
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LittleDon

Texas

3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 23:11:15 | More by LittleDon
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 02:47:52 | More by tbeckett
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Murrhey

Montana

2.74/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 05:32:31 | More by Murrhey
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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
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 04:26:18 | More by Sludgeman
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Tilley4

Tennessee

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...

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 12:55:13 | More by Tilley4
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tectactoe

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 11:46:46 | More by tectactoe
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bmwats

Louisiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 06:29:48 | More by bmwats
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.94/5  rDev +19%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 02:43:52 | More by dbossman
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 19:01:00 | More by LambicPentameter
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 22:24:59 | More by MDDMD
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 04:43:52 | More by mfnmbvp
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.31/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 19:59:37 | More by ummswimmin
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Pencible

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy dark straw with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like horse blanket and wet cardboard, with some apricot and spicy Belgian yeast and bread crust.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and unripe apricot and bread crust, with some horse blanket and spicy Belgian yeast. It had a musty aftertaste that was a bit tart.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a decent representation of brett, but not complex or delicious at all. The scent and taste were uninspired, although the body was nice. The finish was smooth enough, but not entirely clean. Maybe age would help, but fresh was not very exciting.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 21:04:14 | More by Pencible
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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

Fair brew, rather sweet and pleasing, but well short of brett and anything remarkable. A totally skippable collaboration.

Presentation:22 oz screen printed brown capped bottle. Red and blue stained glass like pattern illustrating the bottle . Side paragraphs notes intent, and main characteristics. Shows 7.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale amber pour with a good frothy head, good retention and surface memory with fair touches of lacing.

S - Fruity, sweet, tropical notes...

T - …which flow in the palate. The tropical sweetness predominates. This is ok, unexpected, but nice, where is the brett? Bready and malty with almost no sense of funk under that pineapple and mango sweet lick.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation with a fair smoothness unable to do much with the monochord sense.

O - Not anywhere near what one might expect of such a brew or collab. Drinkable sure… but...

Notes: All right, while nothing to blow the senses theses guys can do better (and worse). This is not a waste of money but with this quality it is not going to pick up in the name of the brewers alone. Pretty blah…

Original notes from a bottle tasting upon the release. More recently compared to a social tasting of the ale and while drinkable the impression does not change much...

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 19:47:50 | More by Daniellobo
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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.