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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
474
Ratings:
2,289
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
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Photo of JMad
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured some of my 22 oz bomber into my New Belgium globe glass...

The beer is a hazy, orange, copper color with a thin, white bubbly head. You can smell a lot of acidity, some peachy aroma from the amarillo hops and I detected some tart apple and tangerine as well. When you take a sip there is lots of sourness on the tongue, taste consists of green apples, orange and white grapes, tart flavors pucker the sides of the mouth. This beer has low carbonation, it's medium bodied and bites at the tongue leaving a dry, sour mouth. I thought this was a wonderful brew, it's the first sour beer I've had and I look forward to having many more.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%

Cold 22 oz bomber into tulip

Appearance - Totally hazed over tawny golden, 1 finger head doesn't stick around for long, but leaves nice lacing

Smell - Faint but nice: sweet and sour tropical fruits and citrus, some honey malts deep in the background

Feel/Taste - Explosion of crisp and sour/tart fruity and citrusy up front, like biting into a granny smith apple mixes with sour cherries and lime all at once! After initial tart burst, flavors quickly mellow out and show deep complexities of tropical and stone fruit (pineapple, peach, mango) hops, earthy wood, and toasty, semi-sweet cracker malts melding together beautifully. Ample, spritzy carbonation on a medium body carries the flavor and scrubs the palate nicely, finishes dry and a bit hoppy. 7.5% ABV is nowhere to be heard of. A very slight aftertaste of oakiness mixed with lingers on and on...

Overall - My first foray into sours, and I must say, I'm veryimpressed with this beer. It's a sensory delight with a big blast of tartness up front that quickly mellows into a brew with many elements and complexities. I may not know a lot about sour beers right now, but I can tell this is a beautifully crafted beer in general.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Much like the other beer I've tried in the Lips of Faith series, Eric's Ale, this one is a good introductory sour. It's more just heavily tart, and slightly funky, with less fruit emphasis and more fruity hops.

I'm no hop expert, but apparently, the amarillo hops that were dry-hopped help bring out a fruity element, and I definitely got that both in the nose and taste - slight nectarine, some apricot and mango, a hint of pineapple. There's a nice mix here between sweet and tart, and it's not too puckerish and it doesn't rub your tongue raw like Eric's Ale or stronger sours. There's also a nice, yeasty, fermented funk to this beer, but again, we're not talking about a brett-bomb.

The fact that this isn't a fruit beer and the hops still have this juicy effect on it is impressive. If it weren't so damn expensive, I'd go for this one again. The presentation alone - mild fizz, nice initial haze that dissipates after a bit, and a gorgeous dark orange glow - make it one to try.

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Photo of champ103
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color color. A two finger white head quickly forms. The foam gently recedes and leaves some light lace.
S: I love the aroma. Tart fruits all the way. Like a tart tropical fruit punch. Pineapple, peach, apples. Some wood/barrel character comes in toward the end, along with a bit of sweetness.
T: Tart and acidic pineapple. Wood and some sweetness. For the most part just full on pineapple juice. I like it a lot.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp, clean, very dry, and refreshing. So easy to drink. All day with this one. Especially during a hot day.

This is excellent. One of the most fruit dominate beers I have had. Add the tartness and the complexity of the wood makes for a great beer. Well done New Belgium, and highly recommended.

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Photo of BrentLepping
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had my reservations, but this beer really surprised me. The strong fruit (mango, papaya, grapefruit) blasts through at first, and then the sour hits hard on the back end. Realy, really unique sour and definitely worth the $16 price tag.

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Photo of rangerred
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a hazyy light brown with just a tiny white head that quickly fades away. really no lacing either.

The smell more than makes up for the lackluster appearance. Loaded with juicy peaches and cherries along with a healthy dose of funk. Some dankness there along with a touch of wood, mango and pineapple. Really nice.
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Tartness and funk up front in the taste. This along with a flavor of wood and peaches. Cherry quickly follows along with mango and other tropical fruit. The dry-hopping is quite evident here. Some musty grapes and stone. Mouthfeel is tart and puckering finishing with just the slightest bit of stickyness.

Overall, an excellent beer from New Belgium. I love sours and the dry hopping just adds that added bit of complexity making this beer very interesting. Definitely one to pick up.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange. Good initial egg-shell white head that lingers for a bit before dissipating to just a ring. No lacing.

Strong sour aroma. White vinegar, sour apples, earthy hops, and a hint of sweet citrus. Some hop bitterness on the initial pour and after it warms more. Interesting mix of sour and bitter.

Mouth puckering sourness upfront, but settles down towards the middle. Finish is a mix of sour yeast and bitter earthy and floral hops. Not a huge hop presence but seems to balance the sourness. Nice tart finish with a lingering hoppiness.

Medium body with higher carbonation. Clean finish.

Very interesting and unique flavor that keeps me wanting more. Good level of sour flavor. Really enjoyable.

3/3/2011

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Photo of caskstrength
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap, now out of the bottle for a review. Fairly fresh, just showed up on the shelves.

Nice looking hazy neon orange with ample carbonation.

Acetic sourness with some green apple hits first. Peaches and citrus give it a tangy, hoppy vibe, even some pine shows up. I started thinking "IPA sour." Lots of brain pathways crossing on this one, a lot going on and combining tastes and smells that are usually mutually exclusive, at least in my experience.

Not overly sour, but some puckering and the lactic beats out the acetic in the mouth. (I think I would have liked this more if it were less sour, more fruity and IPA-like, like a New Glarus "sour" with a unique hoppy vibe.)

Overall, I like what they did here. Good execution on an interesting idea.

edit: had another. on second thought, I wouldn't change much. The hops had started to fade, but the beer overall is quite tasty. Upped the score some.

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Photo of Houser
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a nice amber orange. smells a bit strange due to the dry hopped sour. very crisp. really enjoy this taste as the sourness is mild and the hops mesh well.

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Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, Lips of Faith series.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a big bubbly beige head that recedes quickly but leaves a clump in the middle being fed by a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom.

Aroma is initially hoppy but that's swept away by the big funky brett character and some vinegar as well. There are lots of tropical fruits underneath after the initial funk subsides with pineapples and oranges and some spicy oak.

The taste completely puckers my mouth with the first sip. Massive fruity tartness in combination with the acidity and earthy funk. After the initial sour onslaught, the toasted malts and lemony hops start to shine through, maybe some grapefruit and apricots. Finish is dry and oaky with plenty of lingering funk.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and exceptionally crisp and clean.

Overall, this is a great sour, but be prepared for the big sour blast on the palate, because if you are, you're rewarded with a complex and very drinkable beer. Big fan of this one.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into tulip.

A: Straw colored, fairly clear with slight clouding body. White head that dissipates quickly leaving wisps of lace in the middle and clinging to the edge of the glass.

N: Sour funk, almost like spoiled milk and citrus.

T/M: Citrus and funk; very dry and very citric, like lemon juice, in the forefront. Definitely a sour beer. I do not pick up on the "IPA flavors" I have had so many tell me I would find, but i do note that there part of the citric profile comes from the hops. I mostly find this beer to be very dry and very sour, which is what I like.

This was definitely an interesting and complex beer; very refreshing for a warm evening drinking on the porch or in the back yard.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It has a bright golden orange and slightly hazy body with an ivory white one finger head that disappears quickly leaving traces around the top of the glass.

S: There is a sweet toffee and caramel aroma in the beginning. There is a follow up of some citrus followed by a very subtle sour/tart aroma.

T: There is both a sweet and a sour flavor in the front. It has caramel and sour apple flavors. It then transitions to a sour pine flavor and leaves a very dry finish. The flavor does not linger at all.

M: Nice thick silky body with very sharp carbonation.

O: Great sour. Not too hard to find and well worth getting if you get a chance.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a tulip with a thick, dense head, moderate retention and lacing. Color is a beautiful golden orange, just slightly cloudy.

Aroma starts tart and grassy. Underneath is a little mango, some funk, sour cherries

Really sharp taste off the bat with interesting complexities. Lemon in the front of the mouth with an apricot mid-palate and finish. Carbonation seems just right, enough to make it lively without being prickly. As it warms, the grassiness from the hops starts to appear as well a little more funk. Good lingering finish.

A lovely sour, one of my favorites. Like a summer field in a glass.

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Photo of Jas45678
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into snifter

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a small white head that last very long. Smell is citrus, green apples, some hop notes and wild yeast funk. Taste is not super tart. I get some peach, lemon and green apples. Nice funkiness. Hops balance it out nicely. Medium to light body with lighter amount of carbonation. Overall a great beer worth picking up.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1L howler from Sherbrooke Liquor. 2014 version of Le Terroir, and since that sample from their growler bar tasted so good earlier today, time to get 'er done!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some awkward coral reef lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of somewhat acrid and testy Belgian yeast, an earthy funkiness, sort of juicy apricot and peach, overripe red apple, a bit of muddled tropical fruit, grainy, semi-sweet pale malt, an ethereal twinge of tangy caramel, and a sniff of warming alcohol. The taste is certainly fruity - more dried apricots and yet fresh peaches, pineapple core, kiwi, white grapefruit (stopping to catch breath - hell, it'd be easier to state which produce aisle staples aren't seemingly here) - subtly funky old-school yeast, a bready, sort of doughy pale graininess, a tame earthy sourness (well, maybe some strangely agreeable red wine vinegar notes), and an unquestionably distinct citrusy, grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is pretty plain and merely supportive, like it knows the correct side of the buttered bread, the body a solid medium weight for the style, and way more smooth than one unnamed reviewer might have been expecting - wow. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, the tart and acidic character still kickin' about, for sure, but with all the fruitiness and the underappreciated - I'm sure - malt counting this one in the win column.

One tasty, and ultimately approachable wild ale, the yeast and beasties having learned a whole lot of manners and decorum, apparently, or maybe it's just the huge fruit notes (origins duly muddled) that gloss and smooth everything over. Whatever, this is a pleasure to drink, especially given the thoroughly integrated 15-proof booze. Hello mueder, hello foeder!

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Photo of Swillbur
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into chimay chalice

A- Pours gold in color with two fingers of head. Has an unfiltered look with no lacing.

S- Peaches up front on the nose. Im also getting a sour funk along with apples, lemons, mangos and fruity hops. I think the mango is comming from the hops.

T- Wow, super tart but good. Lots of citrus fruits, mangos, grapefruit. Nice bitterness in finish.

D> Light body and carbonation is spot on! This beer almost numbs the lips. The sourness goes great with the bitterness in the end. It almost locked my jam the first time i had it but im glad to say i have had alot more and its a great summer sour beer!

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thanks goes to fsvan for recommending this as I probably wouldn't have purchased otherwise.

A: Light orange in color, slightly hazy. Had a nice soapy head to begin with, but quickly faded. Pretty much no cap or lacing left behind.

S: Smells sour, but balanced by the sweet dry hopped smells. Peach, funk, citrus. I've not had many sours/wilds so it's hard for me to really put this into words, but I like it.

T: Pretty sour, at least for me. It doesn't quite make me pucker, but my eyes squint a little. There's a spicey sweet quality to this that I want to say is cinnamon, but that doesn't seem quite right..like sour red hots maybe.

I like the taste a lot, but it's hard for me to articulate what I'm tasting. A previous reviewer mentioned a salt water like taste that I would have to second. There's certainly a pineapple quality to this as well...juicy.

M: Sour, sticky and dry.

O: Hard to say this is very drinkable because of the tartness, but it's damn tasty. I wish I had purchased a couple more of these before they sold out everywhere. This is a really nice beer and welcome in what is otherwise a sour/wild poor market(Nashville).

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Photo of DCon
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PINT, 6 FL.OZ. bottle of this from Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $13. Poured from the Brown/White labeled bottle w/ a sun, grass, and dirt hardly recognizable into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date on the bottle (on the box the manager said).

Aroma- Very strong sour aroma from the beginning. Almost like a gueuze, has barnyard and goaty acidity and then has a huge rhubarb finish. Perfect for the style and complexity of this aged brew.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has a glowing orange body with good clarity. Tons of suds are left behind.

Flavor- A fantastic sour taste starts and finishes this one. A bit of oak also hits the palate in between tastes but isn't too big. The sourness dominates the mouth. Good balance between malt and barnyard taste too!

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, little bit of puckering, and then a huge sour finish.

Overall Impression- While enjoying this on-tap and bottle now, I suggest pick up a 22oz bottle and sitting on it. It became an entirely different/more complexed brew as it was aged for over a year.

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Photo of ccrida
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Belmont Station's Pucker Fest. Served in a Delirium Tremens snifter, Le Terroir is a hazy pale orange with an off-white collar that left no lace.

Smell is super fruity and rich, watermelon with some brett funk.

Taste is great, like jolly ranchers! A nice tartness, sour citrus, tropical fruit, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is dry, puckering and slick, with a medium-light body.

Drinkability is very good, with a nice tart/sweet fruit combo. It could use more funk but has great acidity. Excellent.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%

2014 Bottle shared with friends at home on Oct. 3, 2014. Pours golden, with a bit of slight orange hue, small white head that dissipates quickly. Beautiful aroma of grassy hops, hay, a little funk, some nice citrus and tangerines, and some sweet bready maltiness. Flavor follows the smell, but with much more citrus fruit and sourness. A nice sharp lactic tart here with big juicy apricots and tangerines, and a light grassy hay-like hop bite that doesn’t get in the way of thtis juicy sour brew. Dry finish after the juicy fruits, light to medium bodied, with plus carbonation. This beer exceeded my expectations. What an awesome, awesome sour from New Belgium.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy light orange in color with a 1 finger white head that has good retention.

Smell is good. Fresh lemon and lemon rind are forward over a substantial amount of vinegar. There are some very light hint of citrus hops before a good oak presence finishes the aroma.

Taste is great. There is a fresh lemon like tartness forward in the brew that keeps it incredibly refreshing and crisp. There is a mild straw like malt flavor before a fruity tart and sweet flavor comes in at the end brew.

Mouthfeel is great, crisp refreshing and tart. Everything have come to expect in a good sour and more.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

Glowing amber orange under an off white small but bubbly head. Aroma is lovely. Bright, floral and juicy pitted fruits/fresh peaches and apricots, and a tropical kind of refreshing tartness that permeates the nostrils. Nice doughy malts underneath. Taste is also very refreshing, sour but rounded out with lightly sweet fruit. Very dry and snappy throughout. Clean, fruity, tart, balanced, and extremely drinkable. The hops work great with their sour base beer here.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've indulged this on tap a couple of times, once at Steingarten LA, the other at Library Alehouse. Delicious. This review will pertain to bottle.

Into a tulip, pours a white frothy head atop a dark golden body, exhibiting tinges of amber. Thicks legs as I tilt, lots of foamy lacing down the side.

Aromas of peach, citrus, and mild Brett funk, the latter just enough to create an edginess to the bouquet. Intense, and wonderfully complex.

Incredibly tart flavors including peaches (and cream), apricot, mild funk, with a nice crispness on the finish. Complex and smooth, though as it warms a tad bit of vinegar does begin manifesting, reminding me greatly of Rodenbach.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a rich fullness I speculate is based from the hops.

Overall, among the best sours I've consumed. Highly drinkable, very smooth, fruity, tart, well-balanced, with the citrus dovetailing perfectly with the dried-hops. For all that, however, I could probably only consume two per sitting, as the combination of hops and funk appears to knock the taste buds out cold. Who would've thunk it?

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage served in a pint glass.

Appearance: orange blossom honey, clear with no head really

Nose: funk, acidic, fruity, bright, fresh, peaches

Taste: acidic, sour, citrusy, very dry, tart and creamy, very short and dry finish

Overall: everything I wanted it to be. The sourness was not as bracing as I expected from other reviews.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle $8.99 I've had this before on tap and it was much better but this was still good. The bottle notes that it changes every time they brew it so maybe it has a lot of batch to batch variation. Very light orange color and a sour smell that morphs into hops. The taste is very fruity like an odd peach or tropical fruit but still sour. This has A lot less glue qualities (unfortunately) than I remember on tap but it's worth the price tag. Very unique flavors and the hops seem to be the reason.

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