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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: 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:
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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Photo of sd123
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of GilGarp
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served old into a goblet.

Brett Beer is a very light golden yellow color with a slightly hazy appearance. The head is thin and short-lived.

Aroma is fairly sour, slightly hoppy, and a little funky yeasty.

Flavor is also surprisingly mild. The base beer is so plain, I have to figure it is only there to showcase the Brett. Unfortunately, it just isn't that sour or flavorful.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated. It's well balanced and mild with low alcohol presence.

Overall a beer that just isn't all that impressive. Well made but just not that memorable.

Photo of jaminjohnson
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of TexIndy
4.18/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. There was a bottling date on there but it was smeared so couldn't read it. But this just hit the TX market so it's pretty fresh. Was an opaque straw color with good carb streams. It had about a finger of foam that slowly settled into a good collar and covering film. Lots of sliding lace with good amount sticking.

The aroma was good but not as brett intense as I was expecting. Moderate amount of that with spicy yeast and pineapple and mango. Good but really would have liked a brett punch. The taste follows the aroma but has more of the brett showing up plus a touch of the Sorachi. Very tasty. Medium to full mouthfeel. Creamy. Good carb levels and good aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one, and while not the brett bomb I might have wanted, it really shines on it's own. Highly recommend. Available here in TX. Rotation - really enjoyed this one so will be seeking out several more [Y:Y]

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.5/5  rDev +36%

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average but not high; I tried the Lost Abbey version and didn't find it all that fantastic.

Served warmer than refrigerator cold but not quite room temperature. Side-poured with extra vigor as carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour, fair cream, fair thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a clear pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Bretty, with pineapple coming through quite nicely. Strangely lacking on the funk factor; I'm shocked. Some yeast. any hops are backgrounded and vaguely citrusy. A mild but pleasant aroma.

T: Bretts are dominant but not overbearing. The pineapple is mild but near perfectly integrated. Clean malts don't intrude but add some body. Background vaguely floral hopping; maybe a tinsy bit of citrus. Nicely balanced all around but lacking depth and complexity. It's fairly subtle, but not so much as to really impress. I'd like more yeast.

Mf: Smooth, tingly, and wet. Gets coarser as it goes along, to its credit. Nicely thick. Not too heavy on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable. A nice summer brew. I like it but it just isn't all that impressive - especially for the price and brewers. I expect more from these two breweries, particularly in a sour. These are the guys that did La Folie and Framboise de Amarosa?


Photo of guildencrantz
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very friendly brett. With a moderate mouth feel, light citrus flavor and just a touch of funk from the brettanomyces this is quite an enjoyable beer: it's not offensive, and doesn't push boundaries in any direction, but is very drinkable and I'd certainly try it again if I was looking for something light.

Photo of elec
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of snaotheus
2.69/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle split into two large snifters

Pours cloudy straw color with a film of head and a few clumps. Sediment collected at the bottom, so the end of the pour is quite cloudy and the beginning was pretty clear. Smell is musty, tart...maybe a little banana. Something about this smell is unappealing.

Taste is also not so appealing. There's some interesting stuff in it. Something sweet, something cloying, but something about it reminds me of durian, in not such a pleasant way. It's not horrible, but not so appealing.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky without feeling heavy. Overall, not a fan. I won't buy this again, and wouldn't recommend it to my friends.

Photo of THECPJ
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Peller80
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a lemon gold color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is intriguing, as I pick up a lot of tropical fruit, light lemon zest, and I guess a hint of barnyard funk (it's sort of dominated by the tropical fruit). The flavor profile replicates the nose for the most part, though I'm surprised by how sweet this beer is. The brett component is a bit odd with this level of sweetness... sort of a tropical fruit meets sweaty socks taste to it. Definitely picking up some noticeable pineapple and bananna as well. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, sweet, lightly funky finish. Alcohol is fairly well integrated into the flavor profile, but the beer is almost cloyingly sweet.

Weird beer. Hard to imagine drinking down a pint of this stuff (I found it tough sledding, just making it through a sampler glass). I give the brewer an E for effort, but in my book, this one is a fail.

Photo of dejrrma
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of jacewg
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of vkv822
2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz : snifter

Clear yellow with a foamy, bubbly white head.

Funky Brett notes predominately, some malty grain.

Bretty funk, light fruity, pineapple notes.

Medium body, low prickly carbonation.

A decent beer, though the flavor just was not very intriguing or exciting.

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of DovaliHops
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had really high expectations for this one. Pours a slightly hazy, golden straw color with a large white head that disappears at a steady pace. Scent definitely has some Brett to it, although it is not as funky as I was expecting. Although I was hoping it would be tart/sour, I knew it wouldn't be. The aroma is somewhat of a letdown, as it is not even as funky as I was hoping. It has some pleasant tropical fruit and hops to it though. Taste is quite good. Initially, I get some earthy and floral flavors. Tropical fruits...pineapple and melon. Belgian yeast with slight Brett characteristics. Not much funk or barnyard at all...still a tasty beer though. Lovely hoppiness with sweet fruits. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Somewhat spicy and crisp finish. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, I know Lost Abbey does some amazing thing with Brett, so I had my expectations way too high. Although this is a good beer, it isn't worthy of the name "Brett Beer".

Photo of marine1975
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one sitting out by the pool on the 4th in the sun! Served from bottle into an RJ Rockers shaker. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount fairly slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, earth, mango, pineapple, and subtle fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, earthy funk, earth, subtle fruit, mango, and pineapple. Overall this was a decent brew. For those of you out there who believe Brett makes a beer sour or tart, you need to try this one. There is no sour or tart notes present at all in this one. Just a nice earthy funk which is how it should be. However, a little sour/tart might not have hurt this brew too much as the Brett dominated it. The fruit aspects tried to settle it down, but fell a little short if you ask me. Definitely worth trying at least once to judge for yourself.

Photo of Lob
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of GTB
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of phishsihq
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brett Beer pours a hazy, opaque straw color with a slight apricot tint. A thin white head provides a good deal of lace. Strong aromas of pineapple, lemon, and Brettacomyces funk hide a slightly floral hop notes and a grainy maltiness. Tropical fruit flavors again dominate the pallet, followed by a light breadiness, and just a touch of funk in the finish. Brett Beer is medium light in body and has a lower level of carbonation. It seems that some aging would do this beer good.


Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a medium white head, solid lace.

S: Bretty leathery notes, with some spoiled pineapple and musrooms.

T: Definite tropical notes. Pineapple, passion fruit, but not in a hoppy sense, more of in a yeasty sense. Musty, Bretty undercurrent.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, silky, musty.

O: An interesting beer at first, but didn't retain my interest until the end of the bomber. Not as tasty as the Lost Abbey counterpart. That being said it's considerably less expensive than the Lost Abbey counterpart (3:1). A solid effort, worth a try if you're into Brett.

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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