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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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521 Ratings

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Ratings: 521
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 62 | 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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Ratings: 521 | Reviews: 176
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of stakem
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a pair of pint glasses. The brew appears a pale straw yellow to golden with particulate hanging throughout suspension. A white frothy head 3 fingers strong fades leaving stringy patches of lace sticking to thr glass.

The aroma is full of fruit like mango and peach. Maybe a touch of apricot but with some green yeastiness keeping things broken up and earthy. Notes of clove and banana is fairly present giving me the notion that this is simply a belgian style blonde ale that hasnt yet evolved into the beer that is described above in the notes and on the label.

The taste has some fresh grainy sweetness almost like corn in it. A faint caramel touch with a buttery flavoring lasting. Some mild earth and minerals break up the sweetness. The earth picks up some fruity tinges almost like mango and pear/dehydrated apricot. Sulfur is faint in the aftertaste.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with modest level of carbonation that visually looks like too much but in the feel is a little lacking. The alcohol is very well hidden but the overall flavors are also a bit clashing. For a belgian style blonde I thought this was a pretty good offerig. But as-advertised it is not yet developed into what it claims to be. This is not a sour, it is not even tart. Remove that advertisement from the label and my score automatically increases by a full point. Perhaps I just drank this too young. If presented with another opportunity, I would try it again but not on my dollar.

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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of DonDirkA
3.89/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose of tropical fruits, mango, tangerine, lemon and grapefruit. Taste has notes of banana, mango, oranges, slight funk from the Brett and its very lemony and effervescent like a hefeweizen. Pretty good, but a little light for my tastes. I love Brettanomyces but this one just isn't quite right. A good brew, but for something involving Lost Abbey, I expected more. I've heard a lot about their sours but this doesn't reflect that reputation. It wasn't actually made by Lost Abbey though, but by New Belgium and they're just kinda... meh most of the time.

Photo of ralphw56
3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of AdamBear
2.59/5  rDev -21.8%
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

Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of ncketchum
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of khall
4/5  rDev +20.8%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Jason
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +43.5%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
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!

Photo of AleWatcher
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of martyl1000
4.18/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
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