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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

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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Avg:
4.27
pDev:
20.84%
 
 
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Photo of nataku00
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip. Beer poured a clear orange with a finger and a half of creamy white head. Decently uniform head, with a few bubbles here and there, that leaves a very nice amount of sticky lacing on the edge of the glass as the head dissipated to a small collar of bubbles. Some tiny bubbles float up here and there, but not overly active.

Nose is earthy, woodsy, wet hay funk, sweet orange, nectarine and peach, sour fruit vinegar, acetic acid, with a decent caramel and biscuit malt backbone.

A bit of the hops comes through on the taste, the sweet and lightly bitter citrus, tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, sweet stone fruit peaches and nectarines, wet hay funk, light vinegar mid tongue with mild acidity, and finish is a soft earthiness, light oak, and sweet fruit. Lightly dry finish, with some residual fruitiness lingering.

Light bodied with a really gentle and soft carbonation that is nearly perfect from a wild ale. A relatively high abv is well hidden, maybe contributing slightly to an over ripe fruit taste at the back of the throat. Would have liked just a little more acidity, but there are so many excellent flavors going on here that this is still worth trying at least once.

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

Much like Eric's Ale before it, La Terroir has been a local NB favorite for years that just never made it into bottles. I don't believe it (still) is, but at one time NB employees described it as being a dry hopped La Folie. At that time both were pretty rare, so I never had much of a reference to compare the two.
Pours a golden yellow color with a voluminous head on a normal draft pour. Lacing is pretty abundant as you work your way in. It's definitely not the same color as La Folie, FYI.
The profile on this beer is interesting because it shifts. Up front I get a sweetness that suddenly becomes very sour and citric when it hits the middle of the tongue. Right when you think you know what you're getting, the earthy, almost "salty" hops kick in to form a great counter balance to the sourness. Swallowing revives the sour notes a bit, although the hops keep it from being a one-note finish, too.
The 3-stage flavor profile makes you come back for more and more, and it never gets any less interesting and the palate never dulls. I think this one could satisfy fans of lots of different styles, without compromising one bit.
NB's best beer? It might be. If not, it's at least on par with Eric's and La Folie.

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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 drewba
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - semi transparent golden orange, very bright. White finger head that goes away quickly, but bubbles pop up everywhere any time you move it around the glass.

S - tart lemon and green apple, slightly sweet cherry and raspberry. Light vinegar with a very tiny grassy funk to this.

T - Very nice lactic sour, lemon, green apple, sweet berries. The sour is very satisfying, but the sweetness doesn't let it get overwhelming; I'm halfway through a bottle and I don't se my palate completely faded like many other sours might. There is a very light grassy and earthy quality about this in the finish, right before it gets very mouth drying.

M - satisfying body, carbonation pops, it's prickly. Well done.

O - I'm really impressed with this. Nice sour and fruit flavors, some nuance.

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

A bottle split with onix1agr in honor of black dog.

A- a stead pour yields a good two finger of bright white head that holds for a bit then settles to a thin skin and a solid ring. slightly hazy sunset orange in color with a sweet golden yellow glow at the edges when held to the light.

S- funky sour and amarillo hops hitting you at the same time. Vegetative and mildly earthy with some lemon peel and sour orange. Light spice quality. Very interesting nose.

T- grassy herbal hops and a bracingly sour one two punch. Lemon juice and a touch of grapefruit rind. Light dry scone malts and a touch of floral honey sweetness.

M- medium body and light carb. Great juicy pucker and a nice tannic dry finish.

O- this is a great american wild ale and the bold dry hopping is killer. I really wish new belgium would come to philly where the beer flows like water.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a fairly vigorous and creamy white head that dissipates moderately. The beer itself is a clear solid gold. The beer smell is pretty complex and delicious. The beer has both a tarty component and a fruity/tropical part. The tart sour (similar to that of grapefruit and Granny Smiths) is pretty strong and dominates the smell but is delightful when the tropical part comes out. The tropical smell is a little bit like watermelon and melon with a bit of sweet papaya. The beer taste is similar but the tart is stronger and the tropical part is harder to make out. The tropical part still comes out and is pretty good but it's hard to keep the beer in your mouth for that long. The tropical portion is generally stronger after the beer has warmed a little and stronger in the aftertaste. The same melon notes from before are present. The tart comes out with the same notes but is amplified by the bitter citrus hops.

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Photo of papat444
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

***2013 Release***

Thanks to Kump for this.

Poured from a bomber.

Pours a nice gold body with a chill haze and spotted lacing. Aroma is fresh hops, very floral and citrusy, almost certainly Citra. I take a gulp and my senses are thrown for a loop! Vinous, white-wine like, sour and ends with citrusy hops. My taste buds were going crazy and i loved it. Meshed hoppy and sour perfectly, a win for me.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head that has a little bit of retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a slightly hazy and medium amber that appears paler when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very interesting and quite subtle for a wild ale. The hops are definitely still fresh- light notes of orange and lemon with pine and resin in the background. Some grapefruit. Mellow aromas of peach and other stone fruits. Mild notes of straw and grass and minor funk come out of the bottle but not the glass.

Taste- This starts off with mild tartness, mostly lemons and cherries, and this builds with notes of stone fruits, grass, straw, and slight funk. Slight notes of the Amarillo and Cascade- grapefruit being their strongest contribution. Conspicuous lactic acid but really manageable. Does really have a linger because of the clean and dry finish. Loads of peaches. However, this beer doesn't have a large presence but this is no way detrimental to it. This beer is delicate and sublime. The balance is perfect and while this may not be the best sour I've ever had, it's one of the most enjoyable. I will certainly be buying another bottle to age. A step below Cantillon- I simply haven't found any American beers (Russian River excepted) which replicate the mouthfeel of those great Belgian beers. Apples, cherries, and strawberry. All very subtle except for the cherry, lemon, and peach. Some apricot. Some notes of honey and melon as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with some syrup which is quite delicate. Good amount of carbonation. Has a little bit of zing where a bit of airiness would definitely make this a world class beer.

Drinkability- Pretty much the most easygoing sour that I've ever had while maintaining my interest. Pretty much a steal at 8 bucks a bomber when you consider both Cascade's and Russian River's prices.

Overall- Great beer, delicate take on the style. The addition of the hops really mellows it out and reinforces the sublime nature of the beer. Definitely worth a try. I will be grabbing one or two bottles to age- this is too great of a deal to pass up.

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Photo of rawfish
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dusty orange gold hue with a white 2 finger head. Slightly hazy and very effervescent.

Rather incredible aroma slowly fills the room with the pour, floral, primarily of sour cherries but with a pineapple and guava backing. The smell makes me brace a little for the tartness to follow in the drink but I could bask in this one all day.

Malts are a little more heavy and sweet than I expected, no hop character but a fruitiness that permeates throughout the drink. Pineapples, citrus and very tart cherries on the finish. Sour flashes followed by dryness. Would have preferred that the malts be less heavy as it brings down the sour shock factor a little.

Residue is a bit sticky but over all good body. Actively carbonated and pleasantly drying.

Unique sour something unexpected but enjoyable to the last drop. I've tasted this one on tap at the brewery before and it's markedly more bright and carbonated on tap. Some of the hoppy dynamics have started to fade with age. Still a great offering.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden peach pour with a half inch of bubbly white head on top of the brew. Nice clarity...first sniff is tart and oaky with a mix of fruit notes jumping out. Peach/mango/citrus with some Amarillo hops still kicking in there, but they seem to have faded compared to when I have had this on draft in the past.

First sip is a mouth puckering fruit salad. Tons of citrus, peach and tropical flavors mingle with oak and some semi-sweet malts. Amarillo hops are still kicking but not as bright as I recall. Flows down with an acidic sour bite that lingers on. Well played.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. This one packs quite the sour punch but it is still quite drinkable. I think I would've liked it a bit more fresh...don't hang onto this one, drink it now if you have any left as the hops always have made this for me. A great brew overall.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Brouwers during Big Wood. Review from notes.

A: The beer is a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head on top, minimal retention and lacing.

S: Really liked the aroma on this beer, nice sour/tartness with some tropical fruits and lots of pine on the finish. There is some lemon and a little bit of funk.

T: Quite sour! Surprisingly hoppy, lots more tropical fruit, lemon, grass, and a bit of pickle juice actually.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Great level of sour/tartness.

O: Really liked this beer, very different. Basically a sour IIPA, loved how the tropical fruit and pine mixed with the sour/vinegary notes.

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Photo of cokes
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Misty, toasted golden bodied with a skim of off-white suds. Retention is modest, lacing a bit better.
The first few whiffs bring a toasted grain and mango-citric hopping. An earthiness quickly seeps in, adding woody notes. Then the sour tones arrive in full, with vinegar, pineapple juice, apple cider, Chardonnay, and tart mixed berries. Further on, it seems to shape-shift between its hoppy and sour persona each time the nose nears the glass. It's a varied and interesting nose, but it could be more explosive.
Sour grabs hold of the cheeks right away. Tart cherries, raspberries, and pineapple. Toasty malt act as a canvas, and collects the barrel notes as it goes along. The sourness dives into balsamic vinegar and iron-rich blood, then brightens towards under-ripe mangoes and papaya, as the hops enter the fray. They also bring pine and lemon peel, before being reabsorbed by the prevailing tartness.
Medium-full bodied, given spark by the tiny, persistent buzz of CO2. This, along with the kaleidoscopic array of flavors keeps it hugely drinkable and involving.
The Lips of Faith series is wildly inconsistant, but offerings like this keep me eagerly awaiting the next one.

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Photo of beertooth
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sheffield's for their pre-FoBAB party. Served in a New Belgium globe tulip glass.

This beer is a glowing, hazy honey colored liquid with a finger of fizzy white head that fades into a thin collar in no time.

The nose is tart, juicy, funky tea. Faded floral hops, green apples, grape skin, it smells like a tea shop with a little lacto acidity.

The first sip is very fruity and floral. Sour apple notes, mild twang, some tart wheat, hops, juicy tea leaves, a little lemon and musty wood as well. It's refreshing and finishes a little dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

An excellent sour beer, but one glass was all I needed last night. I can't wait to drink more of this tonight though!

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Photo of Lessurluck
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow not to carbonated light tangy. Like a pear jelly belly. Can taste the spicy hops in the nose at first sip. Pretty wild! little bit of lemon zest at first reminded me of apricot and lemon hybrid. Malty after taste, very tasty. A little bit of dry to it making you want more, well done! Similar to la follie maybe yeast but of course 2 different styles plus the hops make it completely different if that makes sense... Wonder how an IPA sour would do?

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Photo of dmsohyea
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a mini challis.

A: Light orange with 1 finger pearl white head with nice, fine bubble structure. Lacing was good, as was retention, which stayed until the bottom.

S: Smells great. Nice lemony scent and strong Amarillo hops. Very grassy, in a good way.

T: Up front it hits with tons of citrus and other light fruits. Lemon, peach, and a touch of apricot. Toward the middle of the palate some grassy hops emerge and finishes decidedly sour and tart. I love that you can barely get any yeast flavors or brett flavors. It's a great blend of a little hoppy flavor and strong sour tartness. Yum.

M: Mouthfeel is average. Nothing special, medium to low carbonation and bone dry.

O: A great sour. Polished off a whole bomber by myself, which I usually can't do with most sours. I think the lack of gut-rotting yeast was what allowed me to enjoy this brew all the way to the bottom. At 7.5% this one will sneak up on you because it's so drinkable.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of head.

S - It smelled funky with some barnyard-like smells. Peach aromas with some other sweet/sour fruits.

T - Sour fruits - apple, peach and cherry with a good spice bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice wild ale. I'm glad it finally made it into my hands/beer glass!

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Photo of bamadog
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of several bottles I picked up on a recent trip to Boone, NC, this review is from notes taken on 3/23/2011 and poured from the bottle to a goblet.

Appearance: Pour is a light orange/coppery color and it starts with a nice 1 and 1/2 finger slightly off-white head that fades quickly to a creamy, full and incomplete skim; body is quite hazy, and shows light carbonation; a couple of strands and spots of lacing stick to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A strong tart bret funkiness leads the way and it's quite potent; bit of a pulpy/woody presence behind it; a bit dank and musty and slightly reminiscent of vinegar; bit of a citrusy hop presence as well.

Taste: Wow, very interesting -- the same as with the smell, the tart bret funk leads the way and it comes across with a bit of a juicy orange/apricot flavor behind it; the dry-hopping is an interesting addition and adds a nice bitterness to it, but it really couples well with the funk and citrus; just a bit of the dank mustiness and wood that's present in the nose as well; in the aftertaste, there's a bit of grainy sweet maltiness that barely lingers.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium in weight and the carbonation is rather soft and brings just a bit of spritz; a moderately thick and sticky coating is left all over the roof of the mouth and it holds just a bit of the grainy sweetness mentioned above; belly is left a little warm from the acidity of the drink.

Overall: This sour is pretty solid -- very robust, citric and funky smells and flavors really meet what I feel is intended with this one. The ABV isn't overly high, but the acidity would likely catch up after a while -- one 22 oz. bottle is just about perfect. An excellent and refreshing beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on tap at Stone on 11/04/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is deep orange with a tiny white head.

The nose has some lactic character with tart unripe plums, and dark grape skins. Oak notes are present, as is citrus and subtle toasted malt notes. A low level of acetic character is present in the nose.

The flavor opens up with a moderate tartness and notes of plum and grape skins. The beer shows notes of oak and lactic sourness midpalate, with apricot, orange, and a low level of vinegar. There's a low moderate acidity and a tart plum finish with lingering lactic notes. This is a deliciously vinous and damn drinkable sour from New Belgium.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden orange into my snifter with about a finger of head, moderate retention and patchy lacing.

S - Quite tantalizing, lots of different fruits, lemon, lime, mango, peach, kiwi, farmhouse funk, and a bit of oak as well.

T - Really nice, sour and tart, makes my mouth water. Lemon and orange citrus, hops are there, but more in the background, oak and funk, very pleasing.

M - Body and carbonation fantastic for the style.

D - By far my favorite lips of faith, good sours are hard to come by down here in Texas, and this one is a breath of fresh air.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some thick lace.

S - Aroma is full of funky and tart green apple, candied citrus hops with some grapefruit and pinepple, and a bit of oak.

T - Starts off with some very tart green apple flavor with some citrus hops growing in the background with some bitterness. Through the middle, some more grapefruit and pineapple come through alongside some more bitterness, lemon, and a bit of toasted malt. The finish is a mix of mellowing tartness, citrus hops, mild bitterness, and a touch of sweet malt that really linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart, sweet, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The dry hopping puts a nice hop element in the nose and in the flavor that adds a nice element to the sour beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is orange in color with a slight haze. The head is about a half inch thick, and leaves a fair amount of lacing behind. The aroma is complex and inviting, with scents of oak, apples, white wine, and a subtle funky tartness. The flavor is well balanced and pleasant, with a nice grape juice / white wine character. The finish brings a nice puckering sensation, with a lasting flavor of sour apples. Overall, I really enjoyed this, and would happily have it again.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber into a snifter

a-deep orange with a nice white head that floats on top for a while...the bubbles are there but not over the top...

s-caught me off guard...u can really smell the sweet and dank amarillo hops and the citrus from both amarillo and cascade from the dry hopping...really surprised this stood out in a wild ale...the funk is here with the acidity...

t-semi sweet grain starts this off then follows with the twang...the sourness and the wood take over the middle...with a little acidity....the funk is def there seems this is very brett forward with a good amount of must to even out the sour...finishes extremely dry..

m-thin but i imagine that is from the maturation in the wood...the carbonation is perfect and the acidity doesnt wreck my palate or my stomach....very very dry ....

o-a very good sour...far superior to last years la folie....but not on par with erics ale....quite pleased with it...will go back for more..

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Photo of dgilks
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light amber colour with virtually no head. Fine given the sourness.

Nice, tart aroma with notes of lemon, moderately intense funk and a hint of herbal character. Nice.

Served in a Rogue XS chalice this is one hell of a beer. Sour, funky and full of Brett character. The tartness presents as lime and under-ripe peach. There is also a hint of sweet cherry in the background that provides a hint of balance. Nicely crafted and very, very delicious.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Spritzy but it works.

A really, solid Wild Ale. I love the balance combined with the intensity. Great.

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Photo of kirkmichel
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-brownish amber, opaque, and a tall off white head. Served in a snifter.
S-ginger, white grapes, spices..pretty complex and I suspect moresoe as it warms up or oxidizes. I am not planning on giving it time for that.
T-Sour (of course) like sour or crab apple, but not overdone and with a ton of fruity cherry and plum on the finish.
M-Fine...sourness clings a bit but doesn't make my mouth water for 5 mins like some of my faves in this style...guess that doesn't really count as mouthfeel, but whatever.
D-probably ordering another after this, but 3 would be too much, so pretty drinkable as wild beers go.

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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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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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