Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 175
Hads: 525
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 9
Gots: 60 | FT: 4
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 Phocion
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from phone, reviewed on June 3, 2014.

Etched Lips of Faith bomber poured into a Lindemanns flute, mostly because I rarely get the chance to use it. Pale straw body, mostly clear but with fine pieces of sediment. Solid frothy white head; nearly two fingers with good retention, and intermittent strings of Belgian lacing working down the glass.

This is a very fruity beer. A whole myriad of yeasty tropical fruit esters and a healthy dose of lemon zest screaming "Sorachi Ace." Grassy/earthy with just a little bit of funky and spicy phenols. The yeast definitely takes over for this beer, but aside from a hoppy citrus, there's not much else in the nose. Then again, this is named "Brett Beer," so I suppose that's appropriate.

Very earthy flavor. A touch of yeasty funk, but no sour. The lemon zest adds a nice tang to balance out the drier yeast flavors, but not quite enough.

Low carbonation and a light-medium body. Mouthfeel is a bit dry, but not in an enjoyable crisp or tart way I expect in the style. Actually, the aftertaste is almost chalky.

Overall this was a little disappointing. I like wilds, I'm a huge fan of the Lips of Faith series, and I love Lost Abbey, but this didn't quite measure up. It's drinkable, but hardly impressive. (1,258 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an apple cider golden color with a thin white head. OK retention and slight lace.

S: Light barnyard aromas with some light stonefruit notes. Funk, pear, white peach, brett, hints of white wine and some sweet Belgian yeast notes. The sweetness is a bit much here, but this doesn't smell bad.

T: Doughy yeast, light pear, white pepper, some other unknown baking spices and lots of Belgian yeast. The finish is very sweet and the mouthfeel is almost buttery. The brett never really shows up to dry this puppy out and I wish it had. Saving the Lost Abbey one for a later date. Hopefully that one's better. (612 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a hazy dark golden with a 2 finger white head. Thick wall with trails of lacing remain.

Sweet honey, bread dough, faint citrus, light funk.

Light sweet pale malts, bread and light citrus with very minimal funk.

Ok beer, that can't decide what it's supposed to be. Is it a Belgian golden with some Brett or was it supposed to have more funk and sour notes? (408 characters)

Photo of username
3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time trying a "wild" ale. Bomber into over-sized wine glass.

A - Dense, frothy foam dissipates quickly. Light orange/amber in color. Substantially visible sediments floating about.

S - Cheese/fruit, which is totally new to me in a beer. Some earthy-ness as well.

T - Sour (as it should be); as in sour/fermented grapes/wine. Some cheese rind.

M - Leans towards the viscous side. Reinforces the flavor(s) & helps persist.

O - Considering I was in the market specifically for a "wild" ale, and this was all that was available, can't ultimately say much. Delivers an 'unconventional' beer experience that one has be anticipating/wanting/expecting; as sneaking a brew like this on someone unfamiliar with what to expect, they would almost certainly disagree with it. (773 characters)

Photo of imasloth
3.53/5  rDev +7%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at SmallBar - Division.

Another keg killed off...my day seems made. This stuff pours a lightly hazy golden-straw topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises earthy greens, light brett funk, mild citrus peel, and a soft peck-on-the-cheek of dry honey. The taste mirrors things pretty closely, with the earthiness really taking charge, the citrus acting as an able lieutenant, and the brett shrinking increasingly as time passes. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid brett-focused beer, but one that comes across as rather tame thanks to the "accidental" pasteurization. Still not bad, but likely a shadow of what it could have been. (741 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev +7%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.53/5  rDev +7%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair brew, rather sweet and pleasing, but well short of brett and anything remarkable. A totally skippable collaboration.

Presentation:22 oz screen printed brown capped bottle. Red and blue stained glass like pattern illustrating the bottle . Side paragraphs notes intent, and main characteristics. Shows 7.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale amber pour with a good frothy head, good retention and surface memory with fair touches of lacing.

S - Fruity, sweet, tropical notes...

T - …which flow in the palate. The tropical sweetness predominates. This is ok, unexpected, but nice, where is the brett? Bready and malty with almost no sense of funk under that pineapple and mango sweet lick.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation with a fair smoothness unable to do much with the monochord sense.

O - Not anywhere near what one might expect of such a brew or collab. Drinkable sure… but...

Notes: All right, while nothing to blow the senses theses guys can do better (and worse). This is not a waste of money but with this quality it is not going to pick up in the name of the brewers alone. Pretty blah…

Original notes from a bottle tasting upon the release. More recently compared to a social tasting of the ale and while drinkable the impression does not change much... (1,307 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 7.5% abv. Hazy golden color with a quickly disappearing white head. Some sediment, and very little visable carbonation.

Sour, and lactic nose up front. Earthy, funky, a bit leathery and buttery. Maybe some hay or straw.

Earthy malt up front. A bit tart with slight funky feel. Some nice citrusy favors on the back end. Not much sweetness or bitterness really. Maybe a bit leathery at the end.

Lighter body, not much carbonation at all. Not as interesting, complex or as funky as I thought. The fruity notes help a bit, but kind of boring overall. (564 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of abrand
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a straw-gold with a big creamy white head.

S: Big wheat, hefeweizen esters, slight mango. So far, no funk...

T: Banana, stone fruits, sugar, wheat and a bit of spice. Maybe the slightest bit of wet hay, but pretty clean all-around.

M: Light-bodied, light yet prickly carbonation.

O: Tastes fine. Not really any brett funk, more like a straight ahead BPA or hefeweizen than one would expect from "brett beer." (448 characters)

Photo of DRyan
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy lemon yellow with a thick off white head that last and last and a gentle sea of carbonation.

S- The cooked corn aroma has a note of fresh cream but takes on a cooked lettuce aroma in the finish. There is a soft raw wet grain aroma that fade as the beer opens.

T- the soft cooked corn note has a mineral taste to it wit a soft dry hop bite that blends in in the finish.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture and a gentle fizz

O- I really love brett that comes through in aged beers but this one has to much cooked corn and blended with a hop bite makes it interesting to drink but hard to swallow. (667 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of pale malts are present in the nose along with some hints of sourness from the brett.
T: The overall taste very much follows the smell and has flavors of pale malts along with hints of funk and sourness from the brett.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer really needs more brett and funk in order to be considered a "Brett Beer". (673 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a stemmed tulip.

A: Hazy hay colored hue. Pours about a 1 finger, thick, foamy, white head. Settles quickly leaving a blanket, and a thick foam ring. Plenty of beer ring lacing. Head completely renews with each pour.

S: Hay, sourdough bread, and a slight bit of raspberry.

T: Very bread, with just the slightest indistinct hint of fermented fruit.

M: Light and crisp. Slightly bittersweet aftertaste.

D: Not much resistance. Very light, despite (relatively) high alcohol content.

Atmosphere is really solid. Decent foamy head, and lots of lacing. Nose is simple bready and light fruit accentuates. Bready flavor with an indistinct fruit compliment. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff. (725 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, maize color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, citrus, spice, hint of alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight earthy malt, sweet malt, slight citrus, hint of alcohol, slight spice, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, great aroma complexity, decent mouth feel and blend. Starting with appearance and aroma, my expectations were very high. The body was much weaker than the aroma suggested, and the dominating feature was a hop dryness. Not what I hoping for, from an American Wild. (696 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-hazy golden straw color with a decent white head and some lacing, some particulate matter

S-malt, yeast, slightly sour, hints of fruit

T-yeasty, malt, little lemon, sour but with some hints of sweetness that are discordant

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation

O-not bad, but just doesn't quite work for me, flavors not well-balanced (350 characters)

Photo of PerHops
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (540 characters)

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

I wasn't really impressed by this beer. It poured blonde with a thin head. Had a thin head to it, smell was not particularly impressive with smell of citrus. Taste is like marmalade and lemon. It has a crispness but a sort of weak almost flat finnish. Not much excitement with this one although not alot to get offended by either. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again although I wouldn't pass up a glass if it was offered to me either. (442 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
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