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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Brett BeerLips Of Faith - Brett Beer

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520 Ratings

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 59 | 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:
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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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of nycwinter
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of Domingo
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich gold color. Not exactly hazy, but there are some scattered yeast particles suspended in it. A good amount of foam forms on a normal pour and it sticks to your glass like egg whites.
The nose is kind of muted. It's randomly sweet and tropical, but it's really, really mild even when fully warmed.
The flavor profile follows that a bit. Sweet on the palate with notes of peaches and mango, but it's almost like the tartness from those fruits is totally gone. The brett yeast gives it a little peppery funkiness on the very back of the palate, but it's mild. It's almost like something is missing. It's pretty easy to drink, but after most sips I felt like they forgot something.
The best way to describe it would be a sweet blonde ale using a brett yeast and some tropical hops that give it sweet, but no sour characteristics. I know brett and sour are mutually exclusive, but here I wonder if a sour brett yeast is what this really needed.
Okay, and not very expensive at only $5 per bomber...but not really one I'll seek out again. That said, I've also seen it on $4 special for pints at my local Old Chicago, so it's a decent deal and potentially a nice intro to brett yeast for people who are new to it.

Photo of SHODriver
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy yellow with a slight orange hue with a finger of white head into a Duvel Tulip
S: fruity with a slight mustyness and a bit of lemony citrus on the nose along with a bit of spice
T: pale malt with a slight fruitiness, mild funk tries hard to go full horseblanket, a bit of spice and small amount of mustyness but mostly fruity. swallow brings a bit of pineapple and some more fruity esters
M: prickly and slightly heavy carbonation and a somewhat thin mouthfeel that is a touch drying on the finish
O: Tastes like it has promise but like the Lost Abbey Version it needs time for the brett to come out to play and take this beer up another level. it's currently a tasty belgian pale ale. I'm not going to play favorites but this one seems to have a bit more complexity going for it but we'll see if it stays that way.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
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 TheBishopco
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of illini4x4
2.25/5  rDev -32%

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Pinche_Oso
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of shebby
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of theempire
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of bkrbdan
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of SourAddict
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of billab914
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into my Allagash glass. Hazy and golden yellow in color. A thin, frothy, sticky, bright white colored head covered the top.

The aroma shows a zesty citrus flavor with just a touch of sour lemon to it. The Brett gives it a lot of earthy yeast spice, but just a little bit of funk. The pale, bready malts give it a nice base. It's not a bad aroma, but it's definitely lacking some of the funky Brett character I was hoping for.

The taste is very zesty up front with some crisp, sweet fruits to it as well. The finish shows more of the earthy yeast spice to it. The Brett flavor really seem to be lacking in it.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being a little above average. Overall, it was a decent beer but not what I was hoping for at all out of a beer with Brett in the name. It tasted like a decent Belgian pale to me but definitely not even close to an American Wild. The funky, dry, Brett characters were just severely limited in it. I read that they pasteurized it by mistake and I can only assume that is what is preventing the Brett yeast from coming out. It wasn't bad tasting though.

Photo of ryanpj
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Tone
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, maize color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, citrus, spice, hint of alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight earthy malt, sweet malt, slight citrus, hint of alcohol, slight spice, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, great aroma complexity, decent mouth feel and blend. Starting with appearance and aroma, my expectations were very high. The body was much weaker than the aroma suggested, and the dominating feature was a hop dryness. Not what I hoping for, from an American Wild.

Photo of beerhan
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of drabmuh
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a huge disappointment. Shared by Thorpe, thanks. Beer is brown and hazy with no head, no lacing, no retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is malty and bandaid.

Beer is medium in body and sweet and has a medicinal grossness that comes through...not a repeat to say the least.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of LambicKing
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of mjohnson17
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.