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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer - New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Brett BeerLips Of Faith - Brett Beer

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497 Ratings

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%

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 ngeunit1


4.23/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of wheat, funky brett and farmhouse smells, lemon zest, tartness, vanilla, and some fruity esters.

T - Starts off with a mix of wheat, lemon zest, light spices, tart fruity esters, and a touch of vanilla. Through the middle, some funky brett comes through with some more funkiness. The finish is a mix of tart lemon, funky brett, farmhouse flavors, and some wheat.

M - Medium-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart, funky, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice sour beer with good brett flavor. Could have used a bit more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 06:11:50 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of ikantspel


3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bomber into a duvel tulip

pours a golden straw color with an average head and champagne bubbles. leaves some sticky icky on the glass

belgian yeast in the smell along with apricot and some slight funk

some malt, little bit of hop, and some citrus.

definitely different. a juxtaposition in mouth for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 04:00:31 | More by ikantspel
Photo of secondtooth


3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow-opaque upon pouring. Thick and attractive head of fine, white carbonation. Lovely loopy chain-link style lacing.

Nose is fruity and funky. I get both wild berries and citrus tones. Quite enticing!

Taste is nicely fruity up front, even hinting at some pineapple. Body is heavy, though, and the Soriachi hops add to the tangy quality. I quite liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 00:33:35 | More by secondtooth
Photo of boilermakerbrew


3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light, hazy, golden color into a Stella Chalice. Huge, foamy head, probably 4 fingers or more. Great retention and lacing. Lots of yeast floating and settling both in the bottle and glass.

S- Light and tangy. Some fruity notes of apricot, orange, and maybe a hint of banana. Spicy notes sneak in too with some coriander and clove-like notes.

T- Starts off with a slightly creamy, almost buttery flavor. Transitions into the traditional Belgian wild yeast flavor with a hint of funkiness on the way. Funkiness is only a hint sour, nothing to make you pucker or anything. The yeast flavor profile lingers, dampening out the light malt flavors. I pick up some wheat like flavor, and maybe a hint of hops bitterness towards the end. Finishes dry, with the aftertaste predominantly a wild yeast flavor.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium weight body. Drinks much heavier than it appears in the glass. Has a slight alcohol bite towards the end, which is surprising for 7.5%. Nothing special here.

Overall, this is an interesting take using brett, but it is not really used to its full extent. Tastes and feels more like a yeasty Belgian golden ale than anything.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 00:04:19 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of mdaschaf


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

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a one finger white head with decent retention and lacing.

S: A rather closed aroma, a bit of orange rind, pale malt, wheat, and hints of funky brett.

T: More of the same from the aroma. Bready malt, some orange and light citrus and again very faint funk.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, on the creamier side.

O: A bit of a let down, the Brett really didn't impart much on this beer...yet at least.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 18:02:11 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of DRyan


3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy gold, reminiscent of a wit or a cloudy trippel. Has a very white head that receds quickly and leaves some lacing
S: Citrusy, fruity, without being hoppy, has a very “unibroue” yeasty like scent
T: Sweet, fruity, with a touch of bitter and sour on the end. Aftertaste again reminds me of unibroue’s releases, but without being much like unibroue. Ends very dry and champagne like.
M: Very crisp, almost champagne like with very fine bubbles, and not a whole lot of them.
D: Easily drinkable, could easily down to of these 22oz with little trouble.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:38:20 | More by DRyan
Photo of BarryMFBurton


3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never had anything from The Lost Abbey, but I’ve had plenty of New Belgium; their brett stuff has been pretty tasty, at least.

A: Pale gold body, slight haze, with a white bubbly head. Retention is only light powder on top of the body, a coat of lacing covering the inside of the glass.

S: Tangerine, blood orange, and soapy lemon tones, on top of some naturally funky brett; mango and raspberry with cream swim beneath. The brett’s not huge, but it’s there, and it actually has a weird plastic character to it – where did that come from? Other than that, it’s mild and creamy.

T: This one is tough to put a finger on; it’s sort of a delicate yeastiness with some grassiness, layered on top of skunk, brown sugar, banana, and dark fruits. A not-too-pleasant, dull wet wood taste sits at the bottom of it all, too, along with some cinnamon-spice and green hoppiness. The aftertaste is strangely malty, out-of-place raisin and butteriness. Slightly dry to the very end.

M: Thick and smooth, sort of like the texture of orange juice. A little bit of foaminess in the feel.

O: An odd mix of flavors, none of them tasting all that great. The flavors are pretty old-tasting, actually, and that’s the main problem here. Pretty average beer for the money.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 02:31:52 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of Holland


2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: looks pale yellow, very cloudy, decent sized head

S: orange, pineapple, kind of homebrew-like with its yeasty qualities

T: kind of like pineapple juice with the sweetness and fruity flavor, but it has almost no sourness.

M: medium body, medium carbonation, feels smooth

O: meh, this beer is not a wild ale. Very disappointing in that respect. It's more like an average IPA without any bitterness. There is no sourness from the brett, and maybe a bit of funk.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 00:24:44 | More by Holland
Photo of XicanoBeerRun


3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden, transparent, no head, but bubbles along rim of glass

S: Peroxide, Sour fruit

T: Bready after taste, white grapes, white pepper, Sweet, don't pick up on pineapple like in description

I was looking forward to the colab because I love both the Lost Abbey and the Lips of Faith series. I expected more from this, more complexity. Maybe I should have aged it.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 18:28:06 | More by XicanoBeerRun
Photo of abrand


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

Bomber poured into lost abbey tulip

Pours a yellow color with a nice 2 finger head that leaves some lacing. Nice color to the head. Smells of lemon, funk, soap, and some fruits. Very fresh smelling. Taste isn't quite as funky as I would like. Some yeast and fruits on the palate. Not as complex as I was expecting. Mouthfeel is fairly light with decent carbonation. Overall decent, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 01:49:13 | More by abrand
Photo of larryi86


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

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium glass

A- Clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Pale malts, earthy spice, Brett.

T- Some light fruits, some earthy spices, musty brett, very little maltiness, boozy finish.

M- Light to medium body.

O- Taste like a mediocre beer that had some Brett added to it to try to make it better. I love Brett beers but this is not doing it for me, light on flavor and kind of boozy.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 00:27:29 | More by larryi86
Photo of flagmantho


4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a one pint New Belgium chalice at Elliott Bay Pizza & Pub in Mill Creek, WA. I guess this is the New Belgium sister beer of Mo Betta Bretta.

Appearance: light golden hue with plenty of haze and a thick finger of creamy white foam with good retention and a nice thick lace.

Smell: light sweet malt with a balanced amount of bretty funk. It works for me.

Taste: sweet golden malt flavor with a nice chalky funk from the Brett. Not sour at all, which is nice; I like the more alkaline character. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a rather nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a good wild ale. Not sour, but a good quaffer nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 18:57:30 | More by flagmantho
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

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

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a hazy medium golden yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white pillowy head that receded slowly for about a minute down to a large puddle with medium collar and excellent sticky sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt and a mild funky Brett yeast with notes of overripe pineapple, pears, citrus (lemon) and a touch of spice.

The taste was lightly sweet and acidic with notes of pineapple and citrus throughout with a nice dose of a tart yeast and a slight bitter spiciness towards the end. The flavor lasted only a short while with a tart yeasty spiciness left behind.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body and very mildly dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a mildly tart yeasty brew that reminds me more of a Belgian Ale than a Wild Ale...


Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 13:53:17 | More by KajII
Photo of Beaver13


2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy straw yellow with a medium white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet vegetal malts and some stinky yeast (cheesy onions).

The flavor is sweet sugary malts and tropical fruits with a little musty brett. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK brett beer. The sweetness overpowers the brett. Since they pasteurized, it probably won't come out much more though.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 05:00:03 | More by Beaver13
Photo of NoLeafClover44


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

22 oz. bottle poured into a DFH Signature snifter. Bottled on 5/18/12.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with about an inch of dense white head. There is a geyser of carbonation rising from the laser etching in the bottom of the glass to the beer's surface. Good retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Smells of yeast, corn, and lemon. It also has a compost-like blend of earth and funk. I can't really decide whether or not I enjoy the aroma, but it isn't awful.

T - Starts a bit tart with lemon and pineapple. The Bretty funk is more mellow than anticipated. Comes off musty on the back of the tongue.

M - Maybe I waited too long to take the first sip, but it came off flat to me. Finish was dry and saved some of the off-flavors on the back end.

O - I am always intrigued by collaboration beers and couldn't turn this one down. Both breweries are known for beers in this style so my expectations were pretty lofty. The brett funky flavors were not very pronounced. As a matter of fact, none of the flavors really stood out making fro a bit of a bland beer. Not something I will get again, but can't be too upset about a $7 bomber of wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 00:46:10 | More by NoLeafClover44
Photo of daledeee


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

A 22 oz bottle.

Pours an almost clear straw yellow with minor head that went away.

Nose is faint grain, yeast and fruit.

Taste. A mix of fruits and yeast. The Brett does not seem too strong to me. Not a lot of malt. Slightly sweet and spicy.

Mouth feel is a little syrupy. Alcohol is warming.

Overall this beer series has been hit and miss for me. This one is somewhere in the middle. I think they could have done more with the Brett.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 22:05:16 | More by daledeee
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Rhode Island

3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 9/16/12

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Pale gold/honey/straw color, pours with a decent white head, fades quickly to very little, a faint ring - a few spots of lacing

Smell: Interesting - juicy American hops and Belgian influences - fleshy orange, tangerine, and grapefruit, as well as some tropical notes like pineapple - Belgian yeast, but it's subtle - some sour funkiness, but not much considering the name of this beer - some chewy, pale malts, kind of smells like a pound cake

Taste: Mild but good - sweet citrus flesh and tropical fruit juice - light, hoppy bitterness, but mostly just juicy hops - some barnyard funkiness in the background, but I wouldn't call this tart or sour - just mostly sweet - raw, pale grains in the back - maybe this needs some time to mature?

Mouthfeel: Slightly heavier than light bodied, juicy, could possibly use some more carbonation

Overall: Rather strange

Something about this beer feels unfinished. The malts feel oddly raw and it's really not funky like something called "Brett Beer" should be. It's good, but weird.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 04:43:32 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy dark straw. Bright white collar. Almost no head. Some minor carbonation.

Smell: Lemon, yeast, hay, Brett. Yeasty funk. Fresh pineapple and cut grass. Mild earthiness with some slight spiciness and pale malts for support. Very mild. Some pear flesh. Touches of clean horse blanket.

Taste: Mild Brett. Powdery, earthy yeast. Mild spiciness plays in the back. Very restrained. Lemon zest and sweet pale malts. Grass. Uncooked crackers. Pale fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Lightish, pushes medium with minor carbonation. A little creaminess.

Overall: Decent, but that's how it goes. Brett lite. Nice intro to what it can do.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 04:38:05 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Lucky's Beverage World in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, straw-hued body with a medium-small, creamyish, white head. Very scant lace on the descent.

Smell: Slightly sweet-smelling, hay-hinted malts, maybe a little crumpled cookie. Agreeably fruity, with notes of pineapple, pear, apple, and citrus. Mild whole clove hints.

Taste: Light touch of pale malts (with a little sugar cookie sweetness) quickly changing to fruity tastes of sweetened pear juice, pineapple juice, and a sprinkling of fresh lemon zest. Some bitterness coming across, but also some clove-like phenolics. All of the various tastes roll around the tongue until the semi-dry, fruity, creamyish finish with a touch of alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamyish mouthfeel.

Overall: Well, it's not exactly what I was expecting. Essentially none of the wildness coming across from the brettanomyces. Grab hold of the bottle and shimmy your thumb over "BRETT" on the label. This leaves a more straightforward, honest "BEER" on the front of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 21:50:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of darklordlager


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

A: Straw, with some murkiness about.

S: Some brett funk, but phenolics rule the show--perhaps too much. Lightly "burnt plastic" aroma, band-aid, with leather lingering in the background. Subtle citrus.

T: Sweetened lemon, Bretty/leathery funk, and those somewhat undesirable phenolics--burnt plastic & band-aid again. Citrus again lingers in the background.

M: Light, creamy. Medium-high carbonation, which is appropriate.

O: Not the best example of a brett-centric beer. If they cleaned up the phenolics, it may have something going for it. I would imagine the "accidental" pasteurization did not help either...

Addendum: After the tongue gets used to the phenolics (and/or the 7.5% abv sets in), the "burnt plastic/band-aid" becomes less prevalent, allowing the more citrus/tropical notes to come through. Still too phenolic though, even now.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2012 03:25:56 | More by darklordlager
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

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

@ Raleigh Times

Hazy golden yellow with apparently vigorous carbonation, but only a slender white head that leaves nice rings behind. Tart-ish citrus juice, pale malt, and yeast aroma. Tastes of sweet oranges, pale malt, light pineapple, spicy lemon, and a very mild funky note. Medium bodied and not as effervescent as it looks.

Not a bad beer, though not particularly wild or exciting either. No super-funky, decidedly "Bretty" characteristics - which is surprising. I think they just missed the mark on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 14:40:26 | More by wedge
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3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into NB snifter

Pours golden hay, white head that dissipates quickly but lingers about throughout the pour. Hazy like a wheat.

SMELLZ- Bit o' brett smell, bit o' spice.

FLAVORZ- malt sweet, caramel/toffee, belgian esters. Brett makes an appearance on the back end, though its part is fairly minor.

THOUGHTZ- Definitely closer to a brett beer than a sour beer, though even then it is lacking in what I would like in brett character. It reminds me of the bret character in Brux, the difference though is that NB kills the Brett with pasteurization which means that time in the cellar isn't going to change the beer. For six bucks it is a decent beer, and the brettanomyces adds a bit of complexity, but I'm definitely looking forward to its sibling mo betta bretta after being aged for a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 00:22:29 | More by Ghenna
Photo of Florida9


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

A: Light pastel yellow. Clear on the first pour, but fairly cloudy on the second. Forms a small-to-moderates sized white head that reduces fairly quickly. Leaves some very light lacing.

S: Rather stinky: stewed vegetable and "horse blanket" mixed with earthy/rotten lemon.

T: Starts off with a sort of dry lemony tartness. Earthy, vegetal, and dirty with some light citrus and green apple notes that don't mix well with the other flavors. In all honesty, this tastes like a lemon that has been allowed to sit on the counter for too long. A touch of rubbing alcohol on the finish.

M: On the lighter side. Lower carbonation. Slight tartness. Oddly, this beer feels dry on the tongue while simultaneously having an almost sugary sweetness to it. Difficult to describe, but it still feels as if the beer doesn't know what it's trying to be.

O: Can't say I'm the biggest Wild Ale fan out there, but I know what I like and what I don't and this would definitely be in the later. This beer is rather disjointed: sweet yet dry; funky with a contradicting sweetness; earthy, with bright citrus qualities. In the end, I just don't feel like it works.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 00:21:47 | More by Florida9
Photo of pvo


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

Enjoyable, but not worth seeking out. It's surprisingly fruity, and somewhat sweet, which I guess should be expected since it's 7.5% alcohol, but lacks the depth of a lot of other New Belgium offerings.

Again, I am happy to have had it, but New Belgium seems to be falling into the same trap as Dogfish Head- I love all their regular beers, but their 'Specialty' offerings come off too sweet, and lack the balance that makes their other beers so good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2012 23:26:14 | More by pvo
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma comes off as a normal Brett beer. A bit of horseblanket barnyard funk, a little bit herbal and spicy as well with a nice blanket of grain that it all rests on.

Hazy on the eyes as the yeast settles in. Its a golden straw color with a crisp fluffy white head that just sticks to the glass. Looks quite nice albiet hazy.

Brett Beer mimics the smell with the taste of the beer. It has a certain funkiness to it that I attribute to Brett beers (barnyard, horseblanket). I taste a nice malty backbone of grain flavor with a few herbal notes to round it out. Moderatly low carbonation with a medium body make this easy to drink, but watch out, you can't taste the alcohol and it is likely to creep up on you, like it did me.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 05:52:36 | More by tlazaroff
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