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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
76
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507 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 8
Gots: 56 | 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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

Picked this one up tonight at Bier Thirty for $6ish... First place in town that has it on the shelf.

Poured into my slim tulip... 1" white head dies quickly... decent lacing and retention...

The nose begins with thick pale malt.. sorta husky... grassy hops... Late warmth shows some background tart notes.. sweet and some apricot.... VERY little brett notes ...

Flavor is very fruity... white peach and apricot... grassy brett notes are very light.... "yeasty" I don't think so. "Brett", nothing... much more like a BSPA....

Seems like this one was "pushed through" before ANY of the brett notes got a good punch... The yeast did sooo little damage.. Too thick and "IF" the Brett ever does bite, I expect bottle bombs... Way too much residual malt and standard 22's are problem.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 05:55:22 | More by JohnGalt1
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-29-2012 14:08:47 | More by kjkinsey
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beerbrains

Nebraska

2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

06-29-2012 04:44:57 | More by beerbrains
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GregSVT

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy light yellow with a nice white head that fades to a big ring/small layer and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Like someone said below it smells like a belch or like rotting fruit. There is some funk and fruity notes in there if you don't swirl it before smelling. Very odd aroma and not something I'd like to smell too often.

T: The taste is slightly better but still off. The sweet malty notes are good but there is a weird over ripe fruit flavor in there as well. Almost tastes like a banana that has sat for too long. It's a bit interesting but not what I expected.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy which is odd as well for a brett beer. I was expecting some dryness and a crisp feel.

O: I figured a brett beer would have a crisp and dry feel. This one was just weird and not exactly what I expected. There are some fruity notes but not enough to overcome whatever is going on here.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 04:32:54 | More by GregSVT
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PerHops

California

3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks beautiful. Slightly coloudy golden orange with a thin slightly soapy head.

S- Oofduh. This is funky, but not so much in a barnyard way, but more like the smell of a belch. Gives way to some fruits, if old rotting fruit. Mellows out after a bit.

T- Much sweeter than I expected. This is pretty well balanced, but really underwhelming. Fits into that growing trend of "slightly sour" beers.

M- Great carbonation, great drinkability.

O- It's ok. Throwing one in the cellar and hoping it gets a whole lot more character over time.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 03:04:02 | More by PerHops
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ahalloin

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap a Bier Baron in DC. At first I thought it was the wrong beer delivered to my table because it didnt have the Brett character I was hoping for, but more on that in a bit.

Pours a cloudy light yellow color with decent white head that receded rather quickly to a very thin ring.

The smell seems lacking for a Brett beer. I want more fermentation by-product smell with horse blanket/barnyard type things but I get very little of that. I get some tart wheat and a touch of chamomile smell. Weird. It really reminds me of a wit beer. I also get a touch of DMS, cooked veggies/corn smell.

The taste is a let down too. Tart wheat, tea spices, and some stone fruit qualities. Slight herbal bitter finish. I'm not getting the Brett character I would expect.

Mouthfeel is a bit under carbonated and prett thin.

Overall this was kind of a let down. Weak, if any, Brett character.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 23:53:18 | More by ahalloin
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

2.38/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer was a huge disappointment to me. Had on tap at Bier Baron in DC.

The beer pours a nice golden color, not very hazy with just a bit of lacing and a small head. Pretty good overall.

The smell is just non existent. I have to struggle to get even the slightest wisp of Brett at all and after that it smells like a very weak Berliner Weiss in the malt profile, like a sour mash that hardly springs from the glass. Taste is not much better, my beer loving friend and I said it kind of tasted like an adjunct wheat beer like a bad blue moon that doesn't have a lot of carbonation. Like a bad allagash white. Some alcohol flavor is probably the most recognizable taste here. Hardly any Brett, not tart, just a touch of fruit. Feel is fine, under carbonated and thin.

Yikes! We thought we ordered the wrong beer, but it turns out it was the right beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 23:42:25 | More by Dreadnaught33
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There were two inches of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A tart, sweet smell of citrus, yeast, and some malt.

T: Tasted of citrus (a bit of pineapple), malt, a good dose of Belgian yeast, and the advertised brett. This is an uneven flavor. It's alternately sweet and horribly acidic - especially in the finish. Unfocused.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely a mixed bag of a beer. Interesting in some respects, but a little undisciplined in others.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 13:03:50 | More by avalon07
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4/5  rDev +20.8%

06-28-2012 12:07:28 | More by ohtheguilt
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H0rnedFr0gs

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-27-2012 13:10:48 | More by H0rnedFr0gs
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pigc

Nebraska

4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy yellow with one finger head that fades quickly. Small bubbles of carbonation rise to the top.

S - Peach, mango, apple. Slight brett presence.

T - Fresh green apples, tart mango and just a bit of the brett funk.

M - Light to medium bodied. Average carbonation.

O - Definitely not a strong brett beer but this is extremely easy to drink on a hot summer day. Very refreshing and saison like. With so many wild ales trying to pack on as much sour as possible this one is a real treat!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 00:45:21 | More by pigc
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-27-2012 00:45:13 | More by Texasfan549
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

06-26-2012 21:58:53 | More by MarkyMOD
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
7.5% ABV, mushed numbers on bottom of label.

A - Small floating particles cloud the vibrantly golden beer and are continuously stirred up by a column of carbonation feeding the billowing, dense egg-shell head. Good retention is followed by sticky lace spattered on the glass.

S - Initially this Brett Beer from the Lips of Faith series smells like odd, over-ripe banana, not that far from what an infected hefeweizen would be like. As volatile aromas escape, this changes, quite drastically, to something a little more appealing; citrusy, tropical fruit notes while still carrying some funk. Freshly cut pineapple and juicy mango mix with a dash of citrus and floral hop notes. Pale malt is content residing towards the background, simply providing a base. The nicest part though, is the lemongrass, white pepper, and clay earthy, spicy notes that come through the finish.

T - Pale and pilsner-like sweet malt creates a base for the rest of the beer to play off of nicely. Bold fruitiness akin to the nose brings pineapple and mango while there's quite a bit of lemony citrus too. The funk is fair, not intrusive, and relatively simple in the flavor.

M - The mouthfeel is much like the collaboration, meeting somewhere in the middle of different backgrounds. The malty sweetness is balanced by both moderate dry hops and bitterness but also a lightly tart finish from the brett. Faint alcohol perception, like the brett in the flavor, remains simple, not intrusive.

O - New Belgium and The Lost Abbey's collaboration on the Lips of Faith Brett Beer isn't as out-of-this-world as many of the wilds produced by The Lost Abbey, but Brett Beer remains a very well balanced and drinkable introductory wild; unoffensive and somewhat mainstream while still allowing some subtle nuances of the bacteria to be showcased throughout. A fine drinking beer for some of the hotter summer days while still packing a punch, you might consider sipping this lightly tart and slightly higher ABV beauty at family functions you don't particularly care to be at.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 23:51:04 | More by BeerFMAndy
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4/5  rDev +20.8%

06-23-2012 21:08:01 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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jimicoop

Minnesota

2.15/5  rDev -35%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hate to say but I taste a lot of oxidization/cardboard flavor in this beer. It seems to dominate the flavor profile. Definitely a let down. I enjoy brett beers but not this one. Maybe I picked up the wrong bottle? I've participated in 'off flavor' beer presentations at NHC and can remember with clarity EXACTLY what oxidization tastes like. Brett can be excellent but this one is somewhere between oxidization and diacetyl. New Belgium usually kicks ass. Not this time in my opinion. Hope others had a better experience. Not sure if I'd buy this again and give it a second chance.
I actually wound up pouring it down the drain. :(
BOo hiss.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 05:43:01 | More by jimicoop
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Mora2000

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Excited to see a collaboration from two of my favorite breweries.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is not too exciting. I get a lot of husky grain notes, with a little bit of brett and leather notes hidden in the background. The brett is more prevalent in the flavor. I get some nice leather notes, as well as some toffee and biscuit malt, some grassy and citrusy hops and some grain. I don't get any real sourness, only a hint of frunk from the brett and some leather notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad beer by any means, but definitely a beer that didn't live up to expectations.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 03:18:16 | More by Mora2000
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JohnLynch


4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

06-22-2012 22:48:31 | More by JohnLynch
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3/5  rDev -9.4%

06-21-2012 19:32:24 | More by BeerHunter76
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wceaton

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +20.8%

06-21-2012 02:03:33 | More by wceaton
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating or vintage on this bottle.

A= Pours a light hazy yellow color with a finger of thick foamy head on it that holds great retention and lacing. I was expecting a larger head from the brett but this will do nicely.

S= The smell is definitally funky. It almost has a sort of pie like aroma. There is a bit of biscuity aroma and a little pie like sweetness. It has a little bit of a hoppy aroma to it but not too much. Sort of leaves a little bit of a melony tropical fruit aroma.

T= The taste is a mouth of funk. Tons of bretty funk with a little biscuit flavor to it. There is a nice hoppy bitterness and a sort of pie like flavor again. A little bit of melon and pineapple to it. The finish is very dry and a clean doughy flavor. There's a slight tartness to it as well.

M= Long dry finish and a nice bubble.

O= I usually am a little more weary of brett beers. This is fine example. There is a nice drinkablility that screams summer night. Well worth picking up and drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 04:07:51 | More by jjanega08
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hiphopj5

Colorado

3/5  rDev -9.4%

06-19-2012 20:57:13 | More by hiphopj5
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber to snifter:

Pours a macro pale hazy gold with a short-lived head. Subtle lacing and abundant beading.

So... this smells terrible. Like... wet burlap, vitamins and shitty weed. Really not a good sort of funk whatsoever.

The taste takes a different direction, thank god. No real Brett to speak of but there are some nice, light saison or witbier type characteristics at work. Easy drinking, but far from funky.

Overall, swing and a miss. I'm kinda glad that I have two though, I'm interested to see how the Brett might surface (if at all).

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 03:17:53 | More by yamar68
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Docer

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: (4.0)

- Nice light colored straw yellow pale beer. Big fingers of fluffy white head settle with bubbly lace all over the glass, and a scattered blanket of messy goof foam. Quite the pretty beer, and yet simple, like a standard 2-row pale with some great yeasts.

Smell: (3.5)

- Very simple bready 2-row malt aroma. Thick oat-like biscuit aroma, and an almost berliner weisse funk to it. Some earthy and grassy notes, but those are very light. Really just a nice funk to what seems to be a simple malt beer.

Taste: (3.0)

- Interesting wheat and malt presence. Slightly sweet grain, corn.. almost like creamed corn. Subtle dry brett flavors, and some earthy spice. Overall kind of interesting. Perhaps some much better brett flavors would shine after some time in the bottle.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- Nice creamy medium body, well carbonated. It's a touch dry, and certainly very chewy. The brett does lend it some dry character. Easy on the palate.

Overall: (3.0)

- This just needs the brett to do a little more magic. For now, the beer seems like a 2-row pale malt beer brewed with corn and Belgian yeast. Overall the flavor just isn't there, nor any prominent hop presence. Perhaps after a year, there will be some more funk and brett character. For now, it's not all that.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 03:00:29 | More by Docer
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n2185

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours a hazy yellow with two figers of white head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: lots of corn and biscuity aromas on the nose. There are some slight sour and funky notes as well. It smells like a pilsner, and not in a good way.

T: light spice notes with candy sugar, crystal and biscuit malt flavors up front. There are some lightly funky notes toward the finish with a lightly bitter note.

M: light body with medium-high carbonatuon, this beer is light and drinkable.

O: a decent beer overall, though the smell is a turn-off. Still, it's an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 00:48:22 | More by n2185
Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
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