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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Le TerroirLips Of Faith - Le Terroir

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A sour beer barrel-aged for two years and then dry-hopped with Amarillo and Cascade hops for 8 days.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005

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Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2016.

Peach apricot and a bit of dull orange color, with an opaque body appearance. Head creation is a faint tan, slightly banana yellow at two fingers tall but settles to a crowned bowled top.

Very nice unique nose. Sweet hints of malt and cedar like and wood shavings. Fruited apricot and peach esters roll off real large and nicely. Balanced with excellent sweetness and fruit character, with aromas that come off like a summer cocktail. Real nice.

Peach and lightly tart tasting palate on first impression. Soda like body a bit but with some decent malt depth and flavors. Spritzy mix of fruited peach and apricot fuzz, with an almost bubbly champagne fizz and mouthplay. Big juiced character with hints of cedar like sweet wood as well.

Very nice tasting wild, and very unique and memorable.

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Photo of crotharagain
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours a hazy orange with a full finger of foam with decent lacing
S - Mashed fruit and oak
T - Explosively delicious. Reminds me of Tool's excellent Sur Amarillo. Sour awesomeness.
F - Typical of the style
O - Glad I tried this and will pick it up again. This is an outstanding representation of the newly hip sour ales.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the prototypical sour beer. The pour is a hazy orange hue with a slight head. A smell of fruit is followed by a smoked undertone. The taste is heavily sour, with strong citra presence, as well as hops and hints of the wood-barrel the beer was stored in. Overall a delicious sour.

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Photo of bsp77
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, now this is a Sour. Aroma is of extreme overripe fruit at first from the mix of souring and dry hopping, but then it settles to a more expected aroma of tart lemon and oak. Extremely tart flavor, with a focus on lemon, oak and light tropical flourishes. Effervescent body with a very dry and tart finish. Okay, I think I have said sour and tart enough.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a medium orange hue, light amber. Big frothy white head with some ridiculous lacing. Smell is quite on the tart side with a nice citrus burst. Lemon zest, some orange peel, lemon candy. Nice and tart upfront, mild presence of oak. Still getting plenty of that lemon zest and lemon candy. The finish is very mild on the hops, and just a little piney. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and has a resinous character to it. The sweetness and tartness stick around for a while.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a light amber color, clear, not hazy at all, with a small head, a smidgen of lacing.

Smells like bright tart lemon, orange zest, piney hops, and sour candy.

This is one of the original hoppy sours. It's a style that's kind of gotten bigger lately from certain breweries, so it's nice to try one of the OG's. It's only mildly sour, with some tart lemon candy and mild lactic tastes going on, with a nice piney and slightly resinous bitterness on the finish. It's not quite as bold tasting as I would have expected, but it's still very tasty, and super drinkable.

This has a very crisp mouthfeel, and the sourness does not linger on the palate for very long. There's a normal level of carbonation for the style.

This is a pretty tasty, but not amazing beer. I would definitely get it again, though.

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Photo of Jason
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz brown bomber, sample sent from the brewery.

Bright amber hue, nearly perfectly clear. Lacing sticks around. Hop resin on sour beer and grapefruit rind in the nose. Lots of tartness, lemony with a layer of hop resin on the palate. It works, but this is pretty much it ... a tart beer with some hop resin. Easy drinking but not a whole lot of depth. Cleans up nice in the finish.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle. Hazy orange pour with quickly reducing head. Beautiful nose of peach, lemon, honey, vanilla, flower, herbs and vinegar. The taste is surprisingly sweet. Fruit flavors from yeast and hops are forward but nicely balanced by the sour (with some acetic acid). Notes of peach, granny-smith apple, orange, lemon, oak and herbs with a floral/pine hop overtone. The oak tannins dry out the finish nicely. Mouthfeel is excellent - the full, soft carbonation, medium-light mouthfeel, sweet-sour combination and dry finish makes this an easy drinking beer (notched slightly for presence of acetic acid). Overall, an excellent beer and highly recommended. Interesting flavors, well balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of jimfakler
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A cloudy orange color that surprised me because I don't normally like that presentation. It just looked dense, more like orange juice. peaches and acid hit my nose right from the start... not too much and not too little. The taste was like a tart peach that was good, but not overly ripe. Really no sweetness, which I liked a lot. The feel was lighter and thin. I've never had this style of beer before. Definitely worth having another go at more of these.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pretty and glowing yellow, tons of haze, pour yields a full 5/6" of white head with superior retention. Aroma hit those lemony, almost gueuze like American oak notes, but is also relatively hoppy for style. I'm already thinking the American, cleaner version of Cantillon Iris on this one.

More citrus, wood and sourness in the taste. Solid 6.5 on the 1-10 sour scale I'd say. Almost a white wine like citrus impact from the barrel notes. Price of these keeps going up, but even at $15 its still a very good deal off the shelf.

Easily the best in the lips of faith lineup.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at a tasting. Hazy orange pour with a thin white head. Smells of brett and citrus hops. The taste is sour, with notes of vinegar and brett. Dry and sour aftertaste.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is lemony and yeasty. Taste starts sour up-front, dry and lemony with some hops in the background. Light body with high effervescence, very dry. Quite nice, sour, dry but also hoppy in the background.

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Photo of BigGold
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had Le Terroir (2015) poured from 22-oz. bomber into tulip. One of the more complex beverages I've ever had. This dry-hopped sour trend is growing on me.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pleasantly tart with a surprisingly large peach flavour courtesy of the dry-hopping. Lemon is there strongly as well. Without the dry-hopping, I think this would be a pretty average sour. With the dry-hopping, it is quite tasty. Still, not as good as the ratings suggest, in my opinion. I would happily drink it again but I wouldn't hunt it out.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12/27...Lips of Faith series. Pours a matted copper with a tick white foam head and lacing. Light citrus nose, malted. Very modest. Full sour ale flavors, soft and chewy. The dry hopping is evident in the finish and the aftertaste. Worthy of recognition.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Slightly hazy Yellow with a white head.

S: Tangy in your nose right away with a slight smell of almost raspberry and mango. With a fair amount of almost a citrusness to it.

T: Tart right away, after the first sip though you begin to realize how complex this beer is. Oranges, Mango, Strawberry, Lots of exotic fruits but all of them with a slightly unripe taste to them.

F: A full body feel with a nice amount of carbonation.

O: this was the 2015 version of the bottle, will be super excited to try next years version as well!

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into Sam Adams pint glass. 2015 bottle.

Pours a lovely hazy gold with two puffy fingers of eggshell head that leaves solar surface activity lace as it recedes.

Smells tart and fruity. Citrus zest, stone fruit, dry white wine, wet soil and soft oak.

Tastes of hard lemon candy, sour apple, juicy peach, more white wine and gentle funky wood.

Feels creamy and frothy. Medium-light with fluffy carbonation. Finishes dry and clean.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. If you don't like sours, this would instantly convert you.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The one flavor that keeps coming to mind, aside from the sour tart wild ale stuff, is lychee. If you don't know what lychee tastes like, white grape juice is a close comparison. There are dry, brut champagne parallels going on. I haven't had very many wild ales, but I've liked what I've had and this strikes me as a good one. I can't easily get New Belgium beers where I live; currently visiting Florida. I look forward to soaking up some more of what I can't normally get. I would definitely get this again and give warm recommendations.

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Photo of Moose90
3.49/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a slightly hazy but bright golden copper color into the glass, there is a frothy white head on top that shows some persistence and hands around.

S — Smell is somewhat mild, but there are notes of floral amarillo and citrusy bitter cascade hops. A nice enough melange of aromas.

T — Lightly tart and bubbly initially, notes of lemon juice and bitter melon play with a bit of a floral and slightly piney hop profile.

M — Medium bodied, amply carbonated, refreshing.

O — Very good overall, a very high asking price for this one though.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow orange, small but creamy head.

The dry hopping helps develop a green apple aroma and flavor.

Fussing over trying to find the words for this beer detracts from the enjoyment to be honest. This is a really well balanced, perfectly sour ale. Total home run.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beer experiences I've ever had was in Fort Collins at a little cheese bar during GABF week. This happened to be on tap and I got a pint of it with a few select cheeses. Was a holy experience. I believe I admitted to my waiter at the time that I was euphoric.

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Photo of Ri0
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured 22oz bottle into teku. Hazy golden orange with a 2 finger white fluffy head. Fades quickly into a ring with spotty lacing on the glass. Sour citrus fruit of grapefruit, orange and some wet oak. Dry and tart with heavy citrus flavor. A really nice juicy flavor. Tart with prickly carbonation and a light dry feel. This is a terrific dry hopped AWA that is readily available on the shelf.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Burnt orange, very hazy with 1-inch head. Head holds for a fair amount of time. Average visual carbonation.

S - Fruity and sour

T - Tropical fruit, grapefruit, passion fruit. Some bready notes. Moderate hop bitterness without much alcohol taste.

M - Some carbonation burn, medium length finish.

O - A bit strange but enjoyable.

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Photo of zac16125
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Teku
2015 Vintage

A: Very hazy, nearly opaque, dark golden orange with 2.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head that dissipates fairly slowly 4

S: Funky, fruity, slightly tart. Subtle oak, floral, citrus. 4.25

T: Good combination of sweet and tart. Sour citrus, oak, a bit white wine-ish characters. Tart characters and oak builds as it warms. Very nice. 4.5

M/D: medium body; carbonation on the higher end; dry on the finish; very good drinkability 4.5

O: Excellent beer. 4.5

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Photo of braker649er
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a 2014 bottle I'd had in the cellar on 11/21/15. I'd heard this is pasteurized, so not a great sour for aging, but whatever happened, it tasted exceptional to me!

L - pure gold, crystal clear, no real head to speak of, but that's the style
S - wonderfully complex, with a punch of fruitiness and tang with earthiness in the background - grapefruit and peach and apricot and some spice I can't quite place ... and in a good-though-odd way, there's some very-ripe banana in there, too, I swear!
T - sweet and sour at once - as though fruit is amped up but the sour is, too, so they balance; I appreciated that the dry-hop contribution was obvious on the aftertaste but not overpowering and bitter--the tartness won over any bitterness, as this is a sour first and foremost (unlike some lesser dry-hopped sours I've had)
F - fine and tangy, though not the highlight of this beer
O - I think I've made my point. I had lowered my expectations and had them exceeded.

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