Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir | New Belgium Brewing

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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:
20.84%
 
 
Wants:
479
Gots:
435
For Trade:
31
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Photo of rjd722
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pour House, this is the first dry hopped sour I've had and it's excellent! Pours a deep orange-golden color, very hazy (almost like a dark peach coloring) and has a thin white foam head. The balance of hops and sour notes is perfect in the aroma. The resin from the two hops lingers in the background, up front is primarily tropical fruits, Granny Smith Apple, and apricot. The taste mirrors the aroma, tropical fruits and the hop profile is present without the bitterness. Mouthfeel is tart and acidic, extremely drinkable...would drink this on many an occasion, phenomenal job by NB!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly amber golden yellow orange with a thin layer of off-white foam.

Sour apple, peach, apricot, stone fruits, acidity, subtle hop resin, and some slightly must.

So much peach and apricot comes through front and center, a subtle earthy/grassy hop resin bitterness note as well, and prickly acidic tartness.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, fruity, prickly acidity.

Overall, while I think the hop bill could shine a little more in this, it still is a truly fantastic peachy, apricoty, tart and refreshing brew.

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Photo of myelo
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 model

Pours a cloudy apricot color with thin white head and sticky lacing.

Prominent aroma of green apples, peach, with some citrus. Moderate earthy, woody funkiness. Mild grainy malt.

Taste is initially a prominent sour tartness. balanced with mild malt sweeties and mild citrus rind bitterness. Dry finish with lingering acidity.

Medium somewhat creamy body with medium low carbonation. Slight acidic dryness and mild ethanol warmth.

Overall a complex and well balanced synergy between sour, earthiness, bitterness and malt. Very drinkable and interesting enough to enjoy by itself but would also pair well with something like barbecue ribs, steak, duck, or sweet and sour chicken.

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

What a pleasant surprise as I almost passed this up. The apparent golden base color is muddied by a great haze. The funk hits the nose as it gets in the vicinity of the glass and as it gets closer, the scents of the yeast, citrus, and if you inhale deeply, a little burn from alcohol hit the deep passages of your nostrils. The taste is just as intense. If you like tart, sour beer, this has all that with a distinct grapefruit bent that lingers pleasantly for a good while.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the 2014 vintage poured into Teku glass.
Look - brilliant orange-gold color with a 1" white head that lingers and lingers. Lacing is mild.
Smell - really nice earthy, mustiness. I swear there's a hint of Brett in there. Really nice dry-hop addition with the Amarillo bringing big tropical notes.
Taste - fruit and funk mix with mangoes, peaches, grass, earth and a hint of wood. This is a well done beer.
Feel - light-medium feel with the funkness there but not tart at all. Finish is tangy with mild funk.
Overall - damn nice beer! I really enjoyed this one. Best LOF New Belgium has done.

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

Hot damn, this is a fine beer. Gotta say, I'm not sure if I've had a dry hopped sour before, but if this is the outcome, let's get this ball rollin, brewers! Huge tropical notes on the nose + a health dose of apricot. Seriously, whoever crafted this brew is an artisan, because the Amarillo/Cascade combo marries so harmoniously with the base sour and its aroma...this is great stuff. Palate is similarly delightful, ample sourness but never veering into vinegary acid fest territory. That tropical fruit and tart apricot kinda overshadows any barrel presence, but I sort of sense it being there in a really minor, supporting way. Overall, an absoluet home run from NB, who continues to show that their sours are not to be trifled with -- in fact, I dare say they're one of the better sour producers in America.

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

Pours a hazy burnt orange. Aroma is faint fruity hops, a bit of funk and acid. Faint hint of oak. Smells a bit like a dry hopped Brett saison, but with a bit more acidity. Flavor is a well integrated citrus hop blast with lemony acidity. Barrel and funk mesh with some sweetness to help bring everything together. A much more cohesive effort than some other beers in a similar vein.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apricot flesh coloerd body, white head diminishing fast, lacing is there and looks more sticky than fluffy. Taste is purkey sour, funky, brett and yeasty character, with the malt ever so apparent slight biscuity hint. Mouthfeel is nice puckering medium dryness. not getting any barrel character, straightforward profile which showcases great yeast and malt profile.not showing any abv. A must re-visit. Pair with salads, or desserts with some fruit character and medium-low spice level.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a big billowy white head. The head fades slowly over time to leave tons of spider web lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a sour green apple smell which has a decent showing of some lemon and a bit of a grainy funk. Along with these aromas comes some fruit aromas of peach, apricot, and pear smells with a hint of a hay like aroma thrown in as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather funky sour green apple and light fruit (peach, apricot, pear) taste that is overall drier in nature. As the taste moves forward, the sourness increases as some lemon and a tart grapefruit flavor joins the taste. Grass, herbal, and citrus hop flavors come more toward the end, and with the funk stepping it up a bit, it leaves one is with a dryer-light (in color) funky and sour fruit taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin for a 7.5 % abv. brew with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the style and the sour and tart flavors the feel is spot on, keeping the brew overall very easy sipping and still very tart and sour without allowing these flavors to overwhelm the taste buds.

Overall- A decently sour and tart-light fruit flavored brew with just a little bit of hop to help subdue the bitter and sour. A rather decent and crisp sour overall.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a 1/4" of white head. The head actually adds to the overall appearance because of the beautiful contrast of the golden beer with the white foam. The smell is a very mild and I sense lemon, grass, belgian yeast... all blanketed in a mild sour smell. This is just a straightforward sour ale that flat out delivers. It begins more sweet than it does sour... almost like a warhead after you have sucked off the outer super sour level. The sourness is complimented by tastes of orange, lemon and mild yeast. After the sourness fades a terrific tartness begins to dominate your palate. It's almost like drinking juice the mouthfeel is so smooth, and this being one of the thicker bodies sour ales I've had, the thickness was a definite plus. Overall, this beer doesn't try to be anything it's not, and the result is a simple, traditional American wild ale that is very tasty.

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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 Jeffwildcat
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice drinkable sour that didnt have an overpowering funkiness that La Folie has. Appearance has a nice orange glow with a wine like fizziness and dry on the palete.

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Photo of OhioRay
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange appearance with a thin white head that dissipates to a small ring quickly.

S - Sour. Earthy funkiness - hay, dirt. Lightly citrusy hops in the background.

T - Awesome. Sharp sourness takes over, but then gives way to a complex brett character. Hay, sweat, vinegar, dirt. A lingering hop flavor from the amarillo dry hop. Just fabulous.

M - Medium light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

O - First beer I've had from the lips of faith series. Just an awesome brew. Really well made.

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Photo of fenixtx423
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 version out of a pint glass on tap at Tap & Bottle in Tucson. The best dry-hopped sour I have ever tried. The amarillo/cascade combination is the perfect companion to the flavor profile in this one!

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Photo of justinp444
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip it has a orange mango hazy body with a 3/4 in thick foamy white head (good lacing bad retention). Smell of earth, green apple, grass, citrus, apricots, nectarine, orange, maybe a bit of pineapple, tiny bit of funk, tiny bit of hay, and some lighter biscuit malt. Taste is sour, tart, funk, grass, pineapple, peach, green apple sour, apricot, nectarine, tiny bit of earth malt flavor. It has a light to moderate mouth feel and body with just a light amount of carbonation. A big sweet and sour beer with a good amount of fruity hop flavor to keep you occupied.

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

Best sour ever. This beer is perfect every year and very consistent. I look forward to drinking this fresh to taste the dry-hopping goodness. The dry hopping allows it to smell like a tropical fruity IPA but with a sour, citrusy taste. It's so unique and amazing.

I can't say enough good things about this beer. Worth every penny.

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

2015 vintage. Pours a light amber with little head that dissapates quickly. Smells of apricots and little citrus. Fairly sour but not overly so, tastes of mangos, oranges, peaches, and tropical fruits. Very faint pine, the sourness and hops play very well together, with the hops contributing the tropical fruit and just a bit of bitterness in the finish. Overall I'm impressed with this beer, the dry hopping adds an extra dimension and the only real downside is the price.

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Photo of L0ne
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 version. Recently appeared on shelves in the local grocery store.

Pours a beautiful, opaque orange that brings to mind fresh-squeezed apple juice, with a tiny, fizzy head.

Smell is mostly a funky, acidic tartness, with a background of bright fruitiness (citrus/tropical).

Taste is a burst of tart citrus that fades into just a hint of hoppy bitterness. The finish is short and dry. Faint, sour fruit lingers.

Feels crisp and refreshing. Extremely drinkable.

Overall a well done and enjoyable wild ale. I don't really seek out sours often, but am glad I grabbed this one. The hops and fruit notes add a fresh dimension that had me constantly reaching for the glass for another drink.

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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 kkleu357
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A vintage 2014 Lips of Faith on tap. Light hazy yellow body. Smells a lot like a freshly cut orange. Big sour grapefruit taste. Hints of oak and orange. Another great sour beer by New Belgium.

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Photo of stewart124
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a translucent orange without much head.

Nose has plenty of funky acidic qualities with some apricot notes.

The PH must have dropped down quite low with this tart wild ale. No outstanding phenols. Well balanced with tangerine, apricot and spicy characters. Sour and lingering funk but this all very well balanced. Finishes very dry with some overripe peach.

Just a delicious wild ale from beginning to end. One bomber isn't enough.

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Photo of Lucular
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was skeptical about a wild ale that was hop-centric, but this beer really blew me away. The reason it works for me is that the hops are on the citrus side. Really a unique beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage poured into a snifter glass

A- pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a small sudsy white head that reduces to leave some nice lacing behind

S- mouth watering sour aroma with notes of white wine, white grape skin, mango, cantaloupe, slightly funky yeast, earth & wet hay

T- lots of fruity tartness up front with an emphasis on tangerine marmalade, grapefruit zest, honeydew melon, lemon peel, white grape, vinous white wine tartness, light toasted oak on a dry linger

M- medium body with light carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a bone dry sour finish

O- very fruit forward sour that drinks pretty easy and hides the alcohol well

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a clear amber with a white foamy head that falls to a thin collar. Nice thick gobs of lacing despite the subdued head. The scent is full of tropical fruits as well as peach. Very fresh scent. Upon tasting, the initial fruity sweetness gives way to a crisp, tart, and acidic finish. Not a full on sour bomb, but it is there and very enjoyable. Wonderful lingering flavor of a slightly sweet mango. Lively carbonation and light bodied. Very enjoyable beer and a sour ale that is likely to be best fresh.

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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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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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