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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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516 Ratings

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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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Photo of ralphw56
3/5  rDev -9.4%

ralphw56, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of heresy22
3/5  rDev -9.4%

heresy22, Jul 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

roblund, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of hickmancase
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

hickmancase, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-cloudy yellow with thin white head

S-extremely faint scent of berries and possibly a hint of brett. Very faint. A hint of sour lactose. 

T-comes in with a slightly fruity taste of bitter grains. It's not good. Its not terrible either. For something brewed with Brett, it's a downright disappointment. Matching after-taste, complete lack of tartness

M-medium to low carbonation. Dry finish

O-This has got to be the worst beer I've had from New Belgium or the Lost Abbey. I really don't know how either brewery let this one out. It tastes like what would happen if a nano brewery wanted to put out a sour with a very limited budget

AdamBear, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -9.4%

mothman, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of ncketchum
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a straw yellow, lots of sediment, huge head which disappears over a couple minutes

S - funky yeast with a little bit of citrus

T - pretty funky straight away, a little bit of hops, pineapple in the end

M - fairly dry, moderate amount of alcohol, not too thin

O - Pretty drinkable, not particularly sour, I'm looking forward to see what my other bottle does with some age

ncketchum, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy pale gold and produced a creamy white head about one and a half fingers high. Leaves good lacing.
The smell is yeast , citrus, pepper, clove.
The taste is interesting, and is dominated by the flavors mentioned above. The best part of this beer for me was the really good mouthfeel. A nice peppery tingle on the gum and tongue. For that I will give a 4.5 for mouthfeel.
A very drinkable beer!

Hopfenpeter, Jul 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

justinlaz, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of khall
4/5  rDev +20.8%

khall, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of n00blar
3/5  rDev -9.4%

n00blar, Jul 26, 2012
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.

Jason, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of bubseymour
4.75/5  rDev +43.5%

bubseymour, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Alewife baltimore, into flute. Pours a hazy blonde, constant champagne like bubbles, and little head. Smells of yeast big time, but also citrus fruit notes. Taste is yeasty, but malty citrus fruit. Some clove and spice but otherwise citrus yeast stands out and is really nice. Good amount of hops and great hop flavor. Its a very good tasting brew with no good eye candy. Very crisp but dry and easy. Overall, another well crafted LOF brew from NB!

DrinkSlurm, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into my FFF Teku glass.

So I wasn't sure what exactly to expect from this beer... But I'll be honest: I was hoping for something tasty and sour based on the brewers involved...

The outcome is that I'm a little disappointed.

This beer drinks like a Belgian pale ale (not necessarily my favorite style) that just happens to be fermented with Brett....

Some dry malt leads off, kinda grainy, little toasty bread. Some citrusy hop notes, then a big Brett character with dirty notes and some extra fruity notes. Big juicy pineapple comes through.

The body is a little chalky-- medium-full body yet amply carbonated. Dry crisp finish. Not really bitter at all, but a dry fruitiness with some citrus notes that border on lemon-like tartness are present at the finish.

Overall-- this isn't sour at all. It isn't incredibly delicious like I'd hoped... But it isn't bad either. It actually seems to have some good aging potential-- though the tasty hop notes will fade, the Brett might get better (or should I say Brettier?).

I hope Mo Betta Bretta is better!

AleWatcher, Jul 23, 2012
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.

zeff80, Jul 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

chebode2, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well balanced Ale in all aspects. The color when poured in a pint glass was a very hazy dark wheat yellow. The was hardly any foam and not lace at all. The smell of hops, with sweet spices and fruit was evident in the aroma. The flavor was of mild hops, sweet spices and fruit. A very good balance of sweet/bitter/sour on the aftertaste. For a 7.5% alcohol content, it was very smooth and mild.

BeerManDan, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of kew
3/5  rDev -9.4%

kew, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of martyl1000
4.2/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, the massive head rises rocky and fragrant. The barnyard funk hits the nose instantly, followed by a vinegar seriousness.

The citric tartness is tempered by the banana-taffy sweetness of brettomyacin yeast. Incredibly refreshing this afternoon of climate-change heat here in Madison.

The sour Brett in the mouth is a lemony bitterness, leavened by a subtle tropical fruit sweetness.

martyl1000, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of champ103
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Hat Merchant in Houston, TX

A: Pours a deep hazy copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Stone fruits. Apples, pears. Light biscuit malts. A lingering sweetness. A little to sweet for the style.
T: Again, fruits are up front. Apples, pears, citrus flavors. A sweetness lingers. Not enough funky Brett character for me.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. This needs to be more crisp and dry. Not hard to drink, but nothing I care to come back to.

Eh, pretty average. Just to sweet and not enough yeast character to make this distinct. Maybe if I tried this a few years ago I would have had a different opinion (a la Biere De Mars). Though right now I think this is middle of the road at best.

champ103, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of herman77
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

herman77, Jul 21, 2012
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.

Knapp85, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy white head that leaves bits if lacing.

Smells of a little brett ajd pale malt.

Tastes of sweet malts with small brett contributions. Starts off with a honey like sweetness along with some breadiness that leads to a little bit of fruit. Brett is not terribly forward, but is slightly noticeable with a little funk.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a disappointment for me, and definitely not up to par with other Lips of Faiths I have had. This beer is fairly bland.

ocelot2500, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft into snifter at KnB Wine Cellar’s in San Diego, Calif., on July 18, 2012. Hazy orange color. One finger of head when I got it. Frothy, white lacing. Good retention throughout the pour, including on the top and the sides.

Smelled grapes, spoiled fruit, plum, apple, slight cloves and slight banana.

The taste was pretty similar. Got apple, grapes, spoiled fruit, plum and slight cloves. Seemed to be a bit warm, at least room temperature.

Light body. Creamy texture. Very carbonated. Long lasting sour finish.

Still getting into wilds, but really enjoyed this beer. Not too sour or too tart.

BucannonXC5, Jul 21, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.