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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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76
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517 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 175
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:
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.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-28-2012)
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Photo of hooliganlife
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy. light white pillow head.

very funky with strong brett notes, subtle tropical fruits.

very brett straight forward, well blended body allowing the brett to really shine. light tropical fruit, some malt in the back. slight booze in the finish.

mild to moderate carbonation. light feel.

it's a brett beer, very straight forward. no frills. good stuff, but 22oz's a bit much after a while.

hooliganlife, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of zhanson88
1.75/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Apperance: Pours a light, clear straw color with about 1/4" of white head. Head retention is okay, and carbonation seems to be lacking.

Smell: Mango, pineapple, tartness is almost nonexistent.

Taste: Heavy mango and pineapple sweetness, kind of cloying. Again, tartness is nonexistent.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is heavy for the style and lacking carbonation. Overall, not impressed with this as a wild. Kind of refreshing in a sweet way, this is an okay beer from that standpoint, but as a wild comes up way short.

zhanson88, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of tewaris
1.75/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

On tap at Happy Gnome.

Hazy golden colored with a moderate head. Aroma is extremely sweet and quite fruity; perhaps excruciatingly sweet. Generic beer notes abound and nothing else really stands out but the fruitiness.

Tastes underattenuated and just plain messy! A slightly phenolic and very cloying finish. Another good example of why one should either stick to normal ingredients or be absolutely sure before putting the product out. Also, add hops.

I don't really mind the mouthfeel but sweetness kills it. A miserable fail of a beer; there are few "craft" beers that I would turn down and choose an adjunct lager instead. This is one of them.

tewaris, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a small growler at the Charleston Beer Exchange:

Pourd into a new belgium tulip glass, color is pale straw to gold with a brighter white head, light lacing light carbonation.

Smell is lightly funky, earthy, mild bread. some estery like undertones.

Taste is more straightforward than expected, pilsner malts and breads, light yeast, some mild earthiness (my wife described it as mild brie like flavors). The brett like flavors never really come through as strong as expected, though it fits the description mentioned.

Mouthfeel is stronger on the tongue from some of the estery like profile, not bad, lingering sweetness helps in the this regard.

Overall, not as funky as expected but a more interesting beer than not - glad i picked up a bottle - will let it a age some before tasting again.

mvanaskie13, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of imasloth
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy straw color with generous white head and thick lacing.

S- General Brett scent with perhaps a bit of sweetness. Strong green olives over all.

T- Olives into tart and sweet. As it warms tart comes to front but olives dominate. Some pineapple too.

M- Evident carbonation, medium-body, fairly smooth.

O- Having made a beer with Centennial hops and getting same green olive/pineapple flavor (nobody else gets the olive that I do), it may be this hops I don't like. This beer certainly distinct, but not in ways I'd like it to be.

imasloth, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of bsp77
2.48/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold with foamy white head and sticky lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt, biscuit, cherry and citrus. No Brett.

Taste: Still no Brett, or maybe just the slightest hint. That might be okay (despite the misleading name), so does the rest of the beer taste good? No, not really. Strong toast and biscuit with a really odd hop flavor (grass, metal, rotten citrus) and some overripe banana. Tastes like a way too boozy Marzen with some Belgian undertones.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Off dry finish that really coats the mouth in a bad way.

Overall: Tastes like a headache. I really can't believe that this is what New Belgium and Lost Abbey came up with. Not finishing the bomber. At least it was only like $6.

bsp77, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.5/5  rDev +36%

Joshgonzales79, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a cloudy light yellow-orange with a one inch fizzy, near-white head that fades down pretty quickly.

S - Lemons, sour wheat, sour mash.

T - Sour wheat, and just plain odd.

D - Decent carbonation and a lighter body.

O - I was really excited to try this one, but I was really let down. I want to grab a Mo Betta' and see how it compares. I hope it's better.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of bradner
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

bradner, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of marct
3/5  rDev -9.4%

marct, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
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.

JohnGalt1, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

kjkinsey, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of beerbrains
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

beerbrains, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of GregSVT
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.

GregSVT, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of PerHops
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.

PerHops, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of ahalloin
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.

ahalloin, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of Dreadnaught33
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.

Dreadnaught33, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of avalon07
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.

avalon07, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +20.8%

ohtheguilt, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of H0rnedFr0gs
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

H0rnedFr0gs, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of pigc
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!

pigc, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Texasfan549, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

MarkyMOD, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jun 23, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.