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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
76
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519 Ratings
THE BROS
73
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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 58 | FT: 3
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:
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.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-28-2012)
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
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 spycow
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, slight must, slight floral, and some weird pickle juice/brine aromas. I am not really getting any in your face Brett aromas from this one. Taste is slightly sour and is of malt/grain, yeast, and some funky and musty flavors. Again, no real Brett flavors are present. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that doesn't do the Brett any justice aroma or flavor wise. It's not a bad beer per se but definitely a disappointment in my opinion. I read that they accidentally pasteurized this one so there is no point in holding on to bottles because this one isn't getting any better over time.

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
1.85/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Served in a New Belgium globe glass. Metallic with some tropical fruit and light citrus. Quite off. Not a good beer. Some bready character.

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of metter98
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".

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

With the brewers of La Folie and Supplication coming together for a collaborative effort, what could possibly go wrong, right?

And its with a heavy yeasty goldenrod pour, the beer carries an aesthetic weight with its medium murk. A creamy white froth blankets the beer in liquefied fashion that lessens as the carbonation subsides and the acidity takes hold. With no surprise with these funky ales, only isolated islands of lace could be found early before the foam character collapses.

Mid-stream aromas start out semi-tart and firmly earthy. The tangy scent of dried fruit captivates the nose and then settles it with musty, dusty woods, yeasty dough, and saddle leather. And with only moderate acidity, the raw aroma of whole grain bread and damp earth is largely unsupported.

In similar fashion, the heavy bread taste is rich with vegemite, cookie dough, and weathered wood. Medium tartness bring about modest wine-like tartness that makes cameo appearances through the rich bready taste. Dried limes, crab apple, and peppered woods offer little complexity above the bread and yeast. Little in the way of hop character, the yeast and malts are left to battle out the balance that largely remains unresolved.

Its rich taste is also reflected in body. Not that it is a rich beer, but when highly acidic and dry ale is expected, then even medium-bodied beers seem heavy. And that's exactly how this beer plays out on the palate sensations. A turn to finish reveals only slim wine-like acidity and light alcohol warmth that leaves the mouth wanting more.

A lot like Sierra Nevada's collaboration brew with Russian River- Brux, the beer turns out young, unresolved, and immature. Where that beer may very well may mature gracefully for years, I'm somewhat less hopeful for this collaborative effort.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: single finger head with good lacing on a cloudy dull golden body with floaters in it.

S: lemon custard orange peel Brett yeast, minimal spiciness.

T: coriander, yeast, lemon custard, orange peel, breads, dough, floral.

M: medium creamy body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is a little odd to me. It's not a terrible beer and I enjoyed the creamy feel. For what it is I liked it, not sorry but nice degree of yeast and funk.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a lightly hazy looking yellow color with a nice looking white head on top. The head fades and leaves basically nothing behind. The smell of the beer is not funky at all really... This was a beer that I thought would blow me away with sour tart aromas but instead it was really subtle. I liked the surprise of it all. The taste of the beer was lightly soured, but barely. The beer had a nice sweetness to it with a lemony bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was light, gently carbonated and smooth. Overall it was good in my opinion but not something that a sour beer lover would want to pay for I don't think.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i really didnt dig this. not because it was a bad beer, but just that it isnt what i says it is, and its quite bland. it pours cloudy straw color with a decent white head. the nose is saison yeast and cut grass, with a hint of vanilla sweetness. the flavor is just dull to me, i dont pick up much brett at all, and the booze flavor eliminates any delicate taste sensations. it was just sort of a let down for me, i wonder if the lost abbey version is any better? feel was fine, well carbonated and a bit heavier on the body than id like in a beer of this type, but the flavor ruined it for me long before i got to thinking about the mouthfeel. please save yourself ten bucks and dont buy this, its easily the worst lips of faith beer ive had, especially following boulevard's saison brett... yikes!

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, pale gold color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled slightly funky with some floral notes. A touch of citrus, too.

T - Tasted herbal with a slight phenolic taste. Some sour green apple and grains.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Was lucky enough to sample the Lost Abbey version at the same time. Two vastly different beers and I enjoyed the Lost Abbey version better - more brett character.

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.

Photo of nickfl
4.16/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles rapidly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Pineapple, clove, lemon, and lemongrass.

T - A thick, wheat flavor up front with some lemon and orange in the middle. Finishes with clove, vanilla, pineapple and orange creamsicle.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a lightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, the spicy hops and brett work nicely together and make for an interesting, saison like experience.

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.

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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.