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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 Stevedore
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle of the recent 2013 release, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/27/2013. Thanks for the bottle, Dustin.

Pours a dark orange-amber colour with a nice one finger white head. Looks an awful lot like grapefruit juice. Head retains decently well, leaving a bubbly collar and some lacing. Looks good.

Smells... weird. A bit metallic. Underlying hints of grapefruit and passion fruit, with some citrus acidity- but aside from that, there is not much in the way of acidity, lactate, funk, anything that would indicate this is a sour. Its not particularly great smelling, but its not bad either.

The flavour on this is fantastic. It tastes like straight up grapefruit juice, with some mouthpuckering acidity that makes me pause.. its quite sour, actually, probably a 4/10 on the sour scale. Very enjoyable, with a nice juiciness on the front end with a grapefruity bitterness on the backend. It's like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.

Medium bodied, a bit undercarbonated for a sour but good enough for my enjoyment. Its got a nice grapefruity flavour and bitterness on the backend. I still might be fooled into thinking I'm drinking spiked grapefruit juice.

As far as sours go, this is quite unique and enjoyable. The hops seem to be adding a lot of grapefruit and other citrus notes to this beer- combined with the acidity of the sour ale, makes for a grapefruit juice-like experience. Wish there was more to the nose, but honestly, with the way the hops complement the sour ale base, I really cannot complain about the overall beer.

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Photo of joe1510
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
Liquor World - Kankakee, IL

2013 Bottling

A soft pour produces a dusty white head with impressive silkiness. The head easily rises to a finger and head and even after settling never recedes below a thick cap. Carbonation seems to rush to the foam from every conceivable surface of glass through the russet orange body. Impressive sheet lacing sticks around after each drink.

The dry hopping consists of an abundance of candied citrus and soft tropical fruitiness. The candied citrus when combined with the sharp tartness reminds me vaguely of Sweet Tarts. Minerality in the form of wet stones and a vinous white grape like tartness. Soft but spicy oak and a semi-sharp white vinegar make up the remainder. The dry hopping qualities when combined with the overall base tartness and depth make for a mouthwatering aroma.

The flavor profile steps stride for stride with the nose. Snappy tartness, again vinous, washes over the tongue upfront. The minerality is still present but more subdued while the semi-sharp white vinegar takes over mid palate with soft but spicy oak. The finish is a sweet citrusy and tart sour just like Sweet Tarts again. The balance on the finish is nice. While there's a good amount of vinegar sharpness there's enough sweetness to somewhat balance.

A surprisingly light body body and aggressive carbonation make for a quick moving drink. The tartness hits at the sides of the tongue and takes hold on the dry finish making the salivary glands kick into high gear. This beer is tart, quenching, and incredibly easy drinking.

Le Terroir has been a favorite of mine for many moons now. The bottle doesn't stand up to draft but it's in no way shabby. A bracing vinegar tartness, fruity dry hopping, minerality, and an insatiable drinkability make for a highly enjoyable libation.

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

2013 bottle shared at Proof. Pours a pale gold with some white head. Medium white collar, and no lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops and a bit of pine, lots of fruity funkiness. Taste is mouth wateringly sour, in a good way. Some of that fruit ester funk in the taste too. Light body, sour bite on the tongue, and low carbonation.

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Photo of macher0
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Le Terrior 2013 Bottle to chardonnay glass

A. Color is dark golden. Poured a 2 finger white, semi-frothy head. The head very slowly retreated an absolutely flat appearance after about 30 minutes. No lacing.

S. Slight tartness with big tart fruit. Fruity notes of sour green grapes, figs, persimmon, elderberries, and blueberries. A mild neutral oak is apparent but I do not pick up on the hops.

T. Mildly to moderately tart. No bitterness. Follows the nose with notes of grapes, neutral oak, and berries. Not much hops.

M. Light to moderate carbonation. Smooth as silk. Light bodied.

O. A very nice sour. I took my time with this beer, which certainly may have influenced the appearance. This ale leaves a very gentle aftertaste that is awesome. I didn’t see the hops but I’m not holding it against the beer because it’s flat out great. I highly recommend this to sour fans.

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Photo of MotoGuitard
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got lucky to find a bottle shop where nobody is noticing these on the shelf. Lucky to be able to grab a few of these over the last month.

Pours a really rich citrus like orange color. The citrusy look is echoed in the smell as well. The smell on this one is really making me excited to imbibe.

The taste is immediately tart. It's exactly what I was hoping for in the sour department. The end is refreshing and fades away really well for me. Really struggling to not sip this one every other second.

This beer was exactly what I was expecting. Glad I have a couple more to sip on.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour brings forth a hazy orange body with a white head.

Smells like a damn IPA. This is crazy. Sweet citrus fruit and pine.

Tastes tart and fruity with apricots, orange, and lemon.

Light-medium prickly body that finishes dry.

Nice sour with a big hop presence.

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

2013 bottle poured into a wine glass.

Had this for the first time over the weekend and was quite delighted to get another shot at it last night. Off the bat I love the idea of this beer, barrel aged sour then dry hopped for 8 days... Pours very cleanly, but the aroma off this one was more attention grabbing. Fruity and floral with a bit of funk, you're drawn right in. Don't get it twisted, this is a sour beer that begs to be consumed slowly as there is a fully formed wild palette in the brew. The hops do a lot to cut the sharpness leaving this a highly drinkable and enjoyable beer. Perfect gateway beer for IPA drinkers trying to get into sours.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, fall 2013 vintage

A: Very IPA like in color. Orange with slightly hazed look. Half finger of bright white head. Leaving some lacing.

S: Definitely getting both sides: hops and hop. Amarillo. Tart sour.

T: Nice blast of hop bitterness on tip of the tongue. Almost like fruit rind bitterness. Orange and mango. That sour kick is really nice. Pucker. Finish you get lingering bitter character. Dry.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of dabaloons
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great offering from new belgium, might have some competition with la folie. A fantastic sour blonde. The combination of hops with beer adds a great taste and feel to the beer. I would wish this was offered year round rather than just being a seasonal beer.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium Le Terroir is a very interesting take on a wild ale. Citrus hops and sourness combine for a grapefruit-like effect. A clean and refreshing beer. This would be a great summer beer!

A: Orange colour and a head that fades to nothing really fast. 3.25

S: The smell is lovely. Some nice hop aroma as well as a little sour funk. 4

T: This beer is so unusual with it's mix of citrus hops and sour funk. The mixture makes for a clean, grapefruit-like flavour. Clean, dry, bitter finish. 4.25

M: I'd prefer more carbonation. 3.5

O: 3.75

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

Enjoyed out of a silkscreened brown 22 oz bomber. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series tulip glass.

Appearance - A complex, glowing golden orange body with some haze. Bright gold highlight where the light shines through. Atop the body sits a firm stark white one-finger head of smaller bubbles with a few larger bubbles that expand and leave nice pocking. Retention is pretty solid, and leaves little to no lacing as it dissipates.

Smell - A wonderfully herbal hop profile, with notes of fresh cut grass, garden greens, basil, and lemongrass. There is also a more faint, but definitely detectable bit of acidity, almost like watered-down apple cider vinegar. Smells exactly as you might expect a dry-hopped sour ale to smell. Delicious and refreshing.

Taste - Whereas the smell tended to lean a bit more towards the hoppy characteristics, the taste is more of a standard sour blonde. Citrus zest, fresh grass, pine needles, lemon vinaigrette, citric acidity and some faint hints of wood and even leather. Just an outstandingly balanced beer, with the hops and acidity playing very well together.

Mouthfeel - Light body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish with a lingering tartness on the aftertaste.

Overall, another sour LoF beer that I'm just blown away by. I'm glad that NB decided to re-release this beer, as I missed out on it the first time it hit the market. This one is wonderfully balanced and I might suggest it to someone who was looking to get into sour beers, as the hoppiness provides some flavor profiles that might be more familiar to someone who was new to the characteristics of sour beer. I will definitely continue buying this beer as long as they keep releasing it.

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

The beer pours a hazy golden amber with a thin off-white head that fades while lacing. The nose is a potent mix of piney/earthy cascade hops carried on by a bit of tart funk. The taste brings a lot more malty sweetness and flavor forward accented by earthy hops and a light, tart fruity (watermelon, kiwi, grapes?) funkiness. Medium bodied, well carbonated, slightly tart and acidic, but drinkable, earthy hops, lingering fruit, masked alcohol...like whoa. This beer is a great seasonal sour from NB, more drinkable and approachable than la folie (which I also thoroughly enjoy) and has a better chance pairing with a meal for that reason. I'd definitely drink this one again and recommend to others.

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Photo of larryi86
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a New Belgium glass

A- A hazy straw color with a small white head.

S- Sour with some nice hops, getting sour lemons, tropical fruits and a nice herbal tea smell.

T- Sour lemons, tropical fruits, nice barnyard funk, some piney/herbal hops in the finish, great mix of flavors very well balanced.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry, light body.

O- Wow, a very well done sour, love what the dry hopping brings to it.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have had the pleasure of enjoying this beer many times in many settings, finally time for a review. Pours a somewhat cloudy orange with a blanket of white head that retains nicely and leaves heavy lacing. The nose starts with fresh hops, the simcoe and amarillo bring some pine, grass, and tropical fruit to the table. This is followed by some toasty malt aroma paired with a nice dose of lactobacillus. The taste is way more tart than the nose lets you believe. Notes of tart cherries, lemon, balsamic vinegar, and tropical fruits are all present on the palate. The sourness is refreshing and plenty puckering, the hops kind of tame down the intensity. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and light. Overall, this is a very unique sour that features the best of both the hoppy and the wild ale world.

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Photo of Rangerat1
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a beer! If you like sours but do not want to be overwhelmed with tartness this is your baby! Probably my single favorite hands down New Belgium beer ever produced. Luckily my local brewery taps this the past couple years. Not much I can say other than you just gotta try it. Some folks are not fans and this seems to be a love it or hate it kinda brew. Barring some of the Trappist sour offerings in Belgium this is one of the best to come out of the New World!

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange with a towering creamy, bubbly, and sparkling white head. Nice look.

S - Tart Cherries, peaches, malts, some citrus hops, apples.

T - Sour apple jolly ranchers - pucker up. This has a very unique sweet n' sour build and gets better after the initial smack to the jowls. Sticky mouth feel - and a sour bitter finish lingers on the tongue.

O - Very interesting brew. Glad I tried it, but not a beer I will come back to.

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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 Beer4Baltimore
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Le Terroir 2013
A - hazy orange with spritzy looking bubbles topped with a thin lasting head that leaves fine lacing behind.
S - orange, mango, tart fruity aromas, with the amarillo hops just popping right out.
T - fantastic stuff. Just enough sweet tart to slightly overpower the bitter and compliment the fruity hops. It is a sharp sour like lemons.
M - light bodied with fizzy carbonation that just lifts the aromas throughout your mouth. The tart lingers in the aftertaste in an extremely pleasant way.
O - I wish I bought more than one bottle. This goes down easy and quite enjoyably.

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Photo of deebo
2.94/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2013 bottle

A-Poured into a pint glass I get a thin finger of white head that recedes to a thin skimming. Slightly hazy with a dark golden color with some burnt orange hues.

S-The hops hit me first with aromas of ripe citrus (passion fruit and orange) and grass. There is a subdued aroma of funk and sourness (white wine) with some oak.

T-Taste is more sour than the aroma. Hits you upfront and lingers into the finish. The aftertaste is first sour than bitter. The nice hop aroma is overpowered with the sour and the funk. Some fruitiness here but it is quickly overtaken with the sour and some bitterness.

M-Tingly carbonation with a light body. No detection of alcohol. Very dry finish.

O-This is a damn sour brew. Not a lot of funkiness and the nice aroma doesn't follow thru into the taste. An interesting brew but too much sourness and I don't care for the bitter finish.

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Photo of hingaling220
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got a free pint of this at Belmont Station because it killed the keg, thanks Paul!

Poured a crisp gold with about a 3" head b/c of the finished keg. Waited 5-10 minutes for it to die down, brought out so much more of the dry hop in the nose. Notes of bright fruit and very slight sourness in the aroma really are a nice counterpoint to the taste. Mostly lemongrass and grapefruit give the flavor a very strong but not overbearing sour character. Mouth feel was dry, with almost no lingering sour filmy-ness. Amazing beer.

This beer was my baptism in sours, and I couldn't be happier with it. Ended up leaving the store with a bottle of Cuvee des Jacobin Rouge and Petrus Pale to round out the night!

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Photo of MrBoh
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a strong, frothy head.

Smells of bread, orange zest and barnyard.

Bread and the barnyard dominate the taste, while orange zest, lemomgrass and tropical flavors provide some good accent.

A little pucker to this one, but most the sour still comes in the taste, not the mouthfeel.

Very well constructed beer. It has renewed my interest in New Belgium.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! I am new to Le Terroir so I didn't know to buy more than two. Oh well - I am happy to not be missing out and I'll know next year to grab an armful!

A: Bright golden orange with off-white head that dissipates to lacing.

S: Ooh! I knew it was dry hopped so I expected more hops than the average sour, but I didn't expect this wonderful fruit bowl of orange, passion fruit, pineapple and apricot. Some floral too. The tart, lactic sourness flows below these fruits creating a surprisingly complimentary mix.

T: Good God. More perfect meshing of a sour base that I dare say reminds me of a Cantillon gueuze - big oak and dry acidity, great fruitiness - with just awesome hops additions that are bright and fresh and offer little to no drawbacks. If there's any woodiness in the hops it's meshing in perfectly with the oaked base, and the bitterness they are creating blends with the sour base to create a tonic-like dry finish.

M: Good carbonation which contributes to the tonic quality, the body evaporates off the tonque quickly but the flavour is longer lasting.

O: I'm blown away, I did not realize I would enjoy this so much. It's like a really excellent sour beer and a really excellent IPA all in one, and the two halves combine to produce a beer greater than the sum of its parts!

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Photo of nj111579
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a 22 oz. bomber.
2013 edition

Appearance: yellowish orange, crystal clear, perfect.

Smell: Sweetness from the malt, hops, oak, lactic sourness. Everything you want, nothing more nothing less. All the aromas make an appearance at every stage of the experience. Amazing.

Taste: Everything you smell you taste and more. I thought at one point I had opened a bottle of sparkling apple juice. Might as well be apple sparkling wine.

Mouthfeel: Light, astringent, bubbly. Again perfect.

Overall: I want more. It's an amazing beer. The 96 point rating is a tad bit low in my opinion, I can't find anything wrong with it. I'm not the most experienced sour beer drinker, but I've had Cantillon , Drie Fonteinen, Cascade and Russian River offerings and I wouldn't hesitate to put this up against any of them. Thank you New Belgium. What a truly fantastic beer.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoy La Folie but was eagerly anticipating this offering. Especially at half the price.

From bottle into FFF Teku.

Patient pour yields virtully no head but lacing sticks to the side of the glass quite nicely.

Copper/orange colors.

Big funky nose. Sour apples. Actually smells like apple sauce in my opinion. Love this nose.

Tart but not extremely sour. Dry finish. I get a little more citrus than apple flavor. Really dry. Light mouthfeel, decent carbonation.

It's good and easily drinkable but I think I was hoping for a bit more. Still, for the price point and definite lack of attainable sours in the Midwest, I'd pick this up again.

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

Lots of fruit on the nose this year (pineapple, mango, guava melon sweetness, good funkiness, earthy and my god juicy!)
Very well balance of fruit to earthy funk to overall fruit quenching juiciness , this beer gets better every year!
I think the dry hop addition of Amarillo gives it some of the peachy mango like aromas but yet the slightly grassy/spicy quality of the hop?
Overall I am a huge fan of this beer it might be my favorite sour beer, incredibly refreshing and ever sip leaves you wanting more.
5/5 le terrior

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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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