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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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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of jimicoop
2.14/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of JohnLynch
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of BeerHunter76
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of wceaton
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of jjanega08
4.11/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

Photo of hiphopj5
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of yamar68
2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
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).

Photo of Docer
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of n2185
3.09/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle that I got charged $9 for which I think is a mistake, pretty sure this one is supposed to be $6. I wonder if all of these Lips of Faith beers have the same sku because I will often see the same beer at different stores at a $6 or $9 price point. I once saw biere de mars for $15 which is La Folie prices so who knows. Anyway bright yellow color, cloudy, white head. Smells a little bretty a hint of flowers, meh. Taste is brett but light and overall nothing special. I would not buy this again and expected a little more from a NB collab with the Lost Abbey. :(

Photo of RuckusDu
2.43/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - maybe a finger and a half of just off white head. Body is cloudy and straight up golden. Some good lacing.

S - Very floral with only a little sour and funk. Fairly simple.

T - Artificial flavors and a lot of floral notes. Not that great for me. Just tastes like an artificial flower to me. Maybe a little hops at the finish.

M - Strong carbonation and medium body.

O - Not for me and I don't know what else to say.

Photo of Humulus85
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was excited to see this at my favorite bottle shop, and that they had plenty. Picked up two, so I could lay one down. No bottle date. From a 22oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy, vibrant straw color. Produced a dense, two-finger, bone-white head. Really solid retention, but pretty minimal lacing.

Funk, a little fruit, and a bunch of diacetyl/fake butter notes.

An initial hit of lemon zest form the Sorachi, then a weird blend of diacetyl and Brett funk, clean finish with a wisp of booze. Zero sourness.

Light in body. Creamy, bordering on slippery in the mouth. Light effervescent carbonation keeps the beer on the tongue.

Overall this, in it's current state, is a bit of a disappointment. I had real trouble getting past the diacetyl taste. Really not much from the Sorachi hops either. I'm hoping a year in the cellar will give the Brett time to clear out that diacetyl and help blend everything else together. Grab a bottle if you like the style, but this one needs some age. At least it was pretty cheap. Cheers!

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

Pours a cloudy orange with a white head that lingers.

Smells of sweet malt, some lighter fruit, and diacetyl along with a hint of funk.

Taste follows the nose with an interesting and light fruit flavor, almost pineapple, before bringing in some diacetyl. I assume the buttery flavor is a byproduct of the brett...it would be nice to see it develop some more.

Medium to lighter body and medium carbonation works well.

A solid brett beer that isn't too funky...more of an accent.

Photo of chugalug06
2.48/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Small, one finger, foamy, white head. Nice lacing! Brew is cloudy gold color with lots of yellow.

There's a ton of Belgian funk in this one... Some light apple/fig fruits. Very light. Gamey, wet dog, and barnyard come to mind.

Very light and airy. Heavy carbonation, but it fits the style. Lots of sulfur (fart) flavors. Light fruity-ness, but no tropical fruit like the bottle claims. Lots of bretty biscuit flavors. Zero sourness, disappointing... Where's the tart? Heavy, creamy chamomile ;p

This brew is a mess. There's zero sour/tart... Coming from NB and LA I would expect an amazing concoction. This brew falls far short of anything memorable. Maybe this brew will change with time, and I'll update if it does, but right now I cannot recommend.

Photo of siddhartha
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of HopHead84
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks! Poured into Lost Abbey Patron Sinner stemware.

A: Hazy yellow orange with two fingers of craggy white sea foam that linger for many minutes. The head leaves lots of lacing scattered on the glass as it recedes and settles to a thin bubbly layer of foam. Nice color.

S: Earthy, musty, leathery, and slightly horsey with a light floral bouquet. The funk blends with fruity notes, reminiscent of lemon, orange, and stone fruit. There's a light pineapple presence. Malt is soft and bready.

T: Soft orange, mango, and pineapple with musty, earthy, and leathery Brett. There's a whisper of tartness with some barnyard notes. Malt is biscuity and lightly sweet. There's a low bitterness. The finish is funky, lightly tart, fruity, and ultimately dry. Pineapple lingers. No alcohol is evident.

M: Lower medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, sticky, and dry.

Overall: A nice and refreshing Brett beer.

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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.