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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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BA SCORE
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497 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy medium straw yellow in color with some light orange highlights, light to moderate amounts of white and black sediment, and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy and sudsy off-white head that quickly reduces to a small thick patch of medium sized bubbles, a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of funky hay aromas with fruity notes (pineapple, pear, apple, and lemon/citrus), and just a hint of clove. Just a touch of earthiness.

T: The beer starts out with a light amount of pale malts which is quickly followed by light to moderate amounts of light fruits (pineapple, pear, and lemon zest). There is a light amount of hay, barnyard funk, and yeastiness towards the finish. Light amounts of bitterness and alcohol in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of acidity, alcohol heat, and dryness.

O: Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed in this beer - it is called Brett beer and it lacks much of the Brett flavor and aroma I was expecting. It was a little heavier in the mouthfeel than I was expecting, I wanted a little more acidity and dryness.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:41:45 | More by dbrauneis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 06:17:02 | More by BEERchitect
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 15:36:30 | More by rhoadsrage
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twiggamortis420

Texas

2.13/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle pours a clear gold color with an ample cap of white head. Nice and dense, it sticks around quite awhile and leaves some nice lace.

Nose is mostly light grains with a touch of honey. Im not entirely sure brettanomyces would be the first thing to come to mind if I drank this blind. It mostly just smells like a Belgian Pale Ale.

Taste is too much sweet malt and not nearly enough brett. The honeyed grains are cloying even, and where the hell are the hops? It is like the brewers just completely forgot to add any bittering cones at all. The alcohol is surprisingly rough too, at 7.5% it attacks more like a 9 or 10%er. I dont think I have been a fan of any of the LoF series that is not a sour, this one is no exception. Yuk…nearing drain pour status.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 23:34:35 | More by twiggamortis420
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kylehay2004

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 02:19:41 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 02:19:38 | More by nickfl
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

3.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Deep gold color with a 1.5-finger frothy, rocky, white head. Nice retention and some great lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles. I’m actually surprised by how clear this is.

S – Bready, grainy malt, lemongrass (I’m assuming that’s the Sorachi Ace hops), and a bit of mustiness from the Brett. This smells nice, but it doesn’t have the rush of barnyard funk that I was expecting from a beer called “Brett Beer.”

T – Sweet bready malt and lemon esters, spicy peppery yeast, mildly bitter lemongrass hops, and a bit of earthy, musty Brett. Again, it doesn’t have as much Brett as I would have hoped.

Note: The last pour from the bottle stirred up some of the yeast from the bottom of the bottle and some more Brett funk reared its head. It still wasn’t as strong as I was thinking it would be, but it was definitely more apparent.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with great carbonation, a creamy and zesty mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter, dry, and funky finish. Peppery and earthy yeast dryness and spice lingers for a bit.

O – While this is tasty, it drinks more like a saison than a wild ale. It doesn’t have nearly as much Brett as I expected from a beer with that word in the name. It’s a decent beer, just not what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 03:44:49 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

2.89/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz split with my wife
Served in a Southern Tier tulip

A - Pours a cloudy golden straw with 2 fingers of mounded bubbles. Lots of suspended specks.

S - Sweet pale malt, wheat, hay, vitamins, citrus fruit, dusty grains, slightly astringent alcohol.

T - Spicy yeast, bittering and floral hops upfront, tropical fruit, lemons, limes, very sweet malts, finishes peppery with a lemon citrus kick.

M - Full doughy body, bulky and smooth feel.

Well this wasn't what I was expecting. The brett was there but very subtle. It was sweet with a semi-dry finish and a bulky mouthfeel. It had a rustic sense about it but was a little on the sweet side.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 01:59:36 | More by StaveHooks
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falloutsnow

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: None on bottle, released in late spring 2012
Glass: Tulip

In both scent and taste, the LoF Brett Beer represents a fairly low standard for American Wild Ales, which I have, in the past, found to be quite complex, full of flavor, and fairly intense. I was hoping for a showcase of Brett characters, but what the bottle contains is a relatively middling amount of any character, be it Brettanomyces, malt, or hops. The overal beer is certainly drinkable, but bland and uninspiring to me.

Pours a tall, >3cm, white head, composed of medium to large-sized bubbles that has above average retention. As the head recedes to a thin cap atop the body, it leaves significant lacing in a variety of shapes along the sides of the glass. The body itself is a light yellow-gold color, semi-hazy from some poured in sediment. Carbonation is visible and appears quite active.

Aroma is surprisingly bland: a mellow and light Brett presence; flat, grainy malts; hints of lemon. I was really hoping for something quite Brett-heavy, as not only is this the name of the beer, but the bottle itself mentions some of the flavors from Brett-influenced beer I like the most, such as pineapple and acidic sourness/tartness.

Taste is similar to aroma, perhaps a bit bolder, but not by much: the same flat, grainy malts, mellow Brett presence, and mild lemon are apparent (there's also some breadines). Front of palate detects fairly boring pale malts, leading to a mid-palate with mild Brettanomyces-influenced basement must and wet straw. There's continued mildly sweet pale malts, hints of white bread, and a light fruit ester essence (diluted pear juice?). Back of palate notes bready, pale malts, dried lemon, and faint Brettanomyces characters.

The beer is medium in weight, with carbonation levels that are medium-high to high. This results in a prickly feeling moving across the palate at first, which gradually fades into a substantial foam: aggressive, then soothing. Not entirely disagreeable, but carbonation could be lower and more enjoyable. Closes semi-dry with little residual stickiness on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 04:57:03 | More by falloutsnow
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 03:20:47 | More by Thorpe429
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DavidST

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet, unknown bottled date. This pours a very cloudy, brett or yeast filled (with lots of dregs) slightly golden but mostly yellow color with a small short lived off white head. The smells are light of lemon and brett. The feel is medium light with mid carbonation. The taste is lacking, I was expecting a funky brett filled experience, but instead I get only a very mild hint of barnyard funk, mostly a little grass hops and some doughy malts, what a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 04:43:11 | More by DavidST
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