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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

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4.27
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from 2beerornot2beer in the Blind Beer Round 6 BIF.

A: Pours a wonderful amber gold, with more hues of yellow than red. There is about one half finger of pure white head that settles quickly. I can see is decent amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose of this beer is sour. I’m picking up notes of peach, apricot, lemon, and a tiny bit of cherry. There are some earthy grain like qualities to this beer as well.

T: This beer starts off with huge sour notes. It is incredibly puckering. After that initial blast, it shifts into some nice fruit notes (mainly peach and apricot). As the fruit notes fade, I’m picking up on some hoppy citrus and tropical fruit notes. There is also a mild underlying sweetness towards the finish that is really nice.

M: Medium bodied beer. This beer is really tart, and it finishes really dry. There aren’t many lingering flavors in this beer.

O: Color me impressed. This has a massive tart start, but it mellows out and allows all of the other flavors of this beer to shine through. I’d drink this beer again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of chaz410
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this FANTASTIC brew at Vintners in Charlotte with none other than Lauren Salazar from New Belgian.
This beer pours a beautiful light amber hued body with a slight cloudy body and a half finger length head that stays for a little while but doesn't completely disappear.
The smell is full of hops!!! This is the hoppiest smelling sour I've ever had. It's full of grapefruit, and obvious Citra Hop undertones. Citra gives that great mandarin orange peel mixed with raw green onion essence. Lots of sweet, clean, citrus hop spiceyness with only a faint sour tartness in the nose.
The taste is completely contrast to the smell which makes this beer so unique. It's tart and sour like sucking on a lemon with grassy spice and a sharp finish. It's sour like a grapefruit mid taste and leave your tongue partially dried and partially salivating wanting more. I've never had a brew finish like this and all I want is to go back for more! As the brew warms it balances the tartness and hop harshness and they blend more uniformly. I don't know which I like better, the colder or warmer version.
Finish is very sharp and clean with slight drying effect but the mouthfeel is pretty thick considering how sharp it is. The is the mouthfeel of a very well made, high quality belgian, thick but not heavy. The texture nearly gets fuzzy after a few sips but it's mostly likely due to the tart and hoppy effects on your tongue.
The beer is as any good sour should be!
I absolutely love this beer, I hope I can find it again soon, my favorite so far from New Belgian!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Almost completely clear amber body with a finger of coarse white head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad.

S: Pungently sour, with lemon and white grape floating above a solid foundation of lactic sourness. I'm not getting any hops, but I'm fine with the serious sourness.

T: Nowhere near as sour as the nose promised, but still amazing. Peach, pineapple, lemon, and zesty citric tartness. Funking awesome.

M: Smooth, light body; almost no carbonation. The sourness really shines, but I'd still like some more life.

O: Terrific sour, especially for the money. I'll be drinking it again for sure.

Cheers!

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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 GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a short pure white head that fades quickly.

Nose is an assertive and unique fruity pine. There is a light sour orange/sour tangerine character in the nose.

Mouthfeel is bright and medium sour with a wonderful acidic and sour quality. Very drinkable and inviting.

Flavors on this one really rock. Assertive lightly sour and acidic tangerine, sour apricot and oranges. Loads of citrus flavors with a very consumer friendly sour character.

This is a very well made beer; a really nice sour right now and one that should be tried fresh and enjoyed before we all jump to age it. It will likely age well but perhaps lose some of that wonderful tangerine/orange/apricot fruit character. One of my favorites of the Lips of Faith Series. I really like this one.

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

Appearance: sunny, hazy yellow, with a bone white finger of quickly dissipating head. No lace.

Aroma: lemons, tart green apple, fruity, citrus hops, light biscuits.

Taste: sour upfront, puckering, lightly bitter, citrus and lemon peel and a start acidity.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: wish it wasn't $15 here because it's damn delicious!

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a murky dark gold with a soft 1 finger off white head. terrific lacing.

S- Quite different from any sour I have ever smelled. crabapple, pear, peach, and even some clove comes through. Interesting that I smell juicy bubble gum. Citra hop and wood barrel also come through. Aroma is divine

T- So acidic. Really kicks you in the back of the jaw with its tartness...like a crybaby. Somewhere along the way it mellows out and finds a sweet fruity balance. Great depth with apple, pineapple, and peach.

M- mid body, slick, and lip smacking dry. Very crisp and refreshing.

O- A clear NB favorite for me, and probably my favorite sour. Complex, tart, and terrific hoppy character. I'd give it a slight nod over Boulevard's Foeder Project #1.

2013 bottle
$10.99 for 22 oz bomber

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. This American Wild Ale pours a cloudy orange golden color. The head is white, retention is below average and lacing is also below average. The aroma was almost tropical and slightly sour. The taste of the beer is very tart and is very acidic. The finish is slightly sweet. The fruit profile is very complex, i can barely register it all- I taste grapefruit, tangerine, sour cherry, raspberry and pineapple. It almost seemed with every sip, I would detect something else. I am a relative newcomer to sour beers so with out much to compare this too, I really like this. The body of the sour was medium, the carbonation was very nice and it is very drinkable. Very Very Very Berry good Beer!

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

Pours apricot orange. A bit hazy. Might have expected a bit more head but it looks inviting.

Aroma is big on the hops. Oranges, lemon, hint of evergreen. A bit of acidic tartness shows as well.

Rarely have I encountered such a lip-smacking beer. The way the sourness and the hops interact creates a huge juiciness on the palate. Citrus and sour notes combine grapefruit, orange, lemons. Just great.

Lower carb than I expected. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ahhh...The joy of finding a new excellent beer. A darker amber pour than expected yields a short lived white head, with sparse lacing. The smell is straight up IPA territory, but the taste, ah, a beautiful tropical laced sour with a comforting acidity. Mouthfeel is smooth, coating, and acidic. No carbonation evident despite the pleasing head. I would never have thought this combination of IPA and sour to be as comforting and pleasurable as it is. A transition beer from an IPA tasting into a sour tasting? I never would have thought of it, yet here is is. Affordable, wonderfully tart, and at the same time, a resiny grapefruit kiss. This has entered into regular rotation for me. Exceptionally well done.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A - A murky dark orange color. One finger of off-white foam that dissipates to a mostly solid cap and thick ring. There's a little bit of lacing too.

S - Big sour acetic vinegar character, some sweet bretty funkiness, a touch of pediococcus lactic flavor, and some light floral and citrus hop notes. It really comes alive as the brew warms, with more barnyard coming out and an odd spicy aroma as well that I didn't dig all that much.

T - A rare beer where I find the taste is eminently better than the smell. More tart, with a lot of lemony character. Still a good amount of sour vinegar and funkiness. There's a brief hint of peachiness and then it dissolves into a light oak and Granny Smith apple finish.

M - Texture was good - my only knock was the carbonation had a little too much grit and not enough champagne style spritz. Otherwise a nice medium body with a great dry finish that has a touch of residual stickiness.

D - The 41cl(!) glass was a good serving size. I could have gone for another, but I need to save my liver for FoBAB tomorrow. Still it was hard to stop reaching for the glass. Nothing really inhibits drinkability other than having to reach for some Tums later in the evening.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a somewhat hazy orange/brown with a decent white head

S: Has a tart funkiness to it, but also some oak and a hint of vinegar, not really getting much of the hops as others had described - if they're there, they're definitely taking a back seat to the other smells

T: The sourness definitely stands out most in this beer, especially up front, with a bit of vinegar as well; there's definitely some citrus hoppiness on the back end though - it's subtle, but it actually works really well with the other flavors, very different finish from any wild ale I've ever had which makes this one stand out

M: I love the mouthfeel, it's got a lot more body than most sours and really coats your mouth

O: This is probably the best of all of the New Belgium wild ales I've had and definitely unique among wild ales in general. I was worried that the dry hopping would create a weird IPA/wild ale hybrid that didn't seem at all appealing, but the wild ale characteristics definitely stand out most prominently with the hops hanging in the background and integrating themselves in very well.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a (New Belgium) tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber color. The head is a one finger off-white shade. It doesn't have the thickest-looking texture, but it's retention is excellent for a sour. A surprising amount of lacing is left behind. Considering it's a sour ale, it looks damn good.

S: I actually get more of the hops than I do the sourness. Hops provide notes of apricot, peach, grapefruit, mango, pine, and some distant herbs. Tartness lies in the background; personally I was hoping for it to be as sour as La Folie, but I can't deny that this is a quality aroma. Come to think of it, it kind of smells like a soured version of a beer Lagunitas would make. That's a huge compliment.

T: A nice profile of hops open this up nicely. Like the aroma suggested, it's heavy in apricot, mango, and pine, with just a subtle suggestion of herbs. The finish is...well, it's sour - in particular, it displays mostly a lemony tartness rather than a cherry tartness. Not suffocatingly sour mind you (or really, even as sour as La Folie), which simply means the interplay between the hop flavors and the tartness is superb. That's this brew's modus operandi in a nutshell: it takes two desirable qualities (hops and sourness) and balances them beautifully. Hell, I even pick up a malt backbone!

M: Tannic, dry, and puckering. It isn't really drinkable, but God is it wonderful to savor. So very, very wonderful. Carbonation takes a back seat to the palate puckering. On the plus side, the tartness isn't so overpowering that it strangles the tongue.

O: Fuck, this is tasty. Normally, a brew I really adore (for example, Troegs Perpetual IPA) I just want to guzzle 'til the cows come home, but this is something I'll savor happily - and still wish I had another bottle to drink. I need more of this in my life, right now.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Stone Sour Fest 09.

The beer was a hazy orange color with a half inch of foam.

Fruit salad sourness on the nose...a mixture of oranges, nectarines, apples, and peaches.

Sweet and vinegary upfront with some citric sourness and a nice dry puckering finish, oak tannins and bits of vanilla in the back. A bit salty. Some red and green apples, as well as some sour grapes. Low carbonation but quite dry in the finish making it very refreshing and easy to drink. I'd love to have this one more often. One of my favorites at the festival.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden color with a funky floral, citrus, grapefruit pine aroma. Taste is like nothing I’ve had before. It starts off like a solid IPA and then slowly melds into what a sour ale should be. Tastes of lemon, grapefruit, oranges and lime on the hop notes. The sour starts when it crosses from pine into the citrus flavors that complement this beer perfectly as it transitions into mango and peach.Tons of tropical fruit flavor in this. Mouthfeel is very nice and refreshing.

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Photo of jdense
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle from The Beer Mongers, shared with neighborhood beer buddy 3.28.11, poured into Delirium Tremens tulip.

One finger slightly rocky white head, medium dissipation with significant lacing. Multiple streams of rising carbonation quite a bit of which clung to side of glass, orangish amber clear body. Nose features a fairly significant hoppiness due to dry hop, citrusy, which compliments the sourish aroma. Taste mirrors the nose, more sour re vinegar than tart, big dose of citrus re meyer lemon on the back end but balanced by a Jolly Rancher sour apple (!), sweetish pears, dryish malt profile, damn funky. Mouthfeel is medium very good effervescence, not sticky. This was my buddy's first 'sour' and he was certainly intrigued. I liked the citrusy hoppiness of this which aided in drinkability and approachability. This was a very pleasant surprise, I wish I'd have grabbed more bottles, though I suspect the hoppiness won't hold up to prolonged cellaring. Another winner in the Lips of Faith series. A must try for the adventurous palates. One of the better beers I've had so far this year.

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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 nhindian
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Bottle generously provided as an extra by thagr81us in the 'Nice Piece of Glass CIF', thanks a ton Calton!

A - Pours a golden orange color with a torrent of rushing carbonation rising from the etched bottom to the surface. On top of the liquid rests a creamy, 2-fingered eggshell head with great retention for the style. The lacing is awesome as well, with a majority of the glass having remnants of the head left behind as it passes.

S - The name of this beer is very apt given what the nose provides. It's earthy and grassy, and has a noticeable funk and must to it. It smells old yet strangely refreshing. The dry-hopping also leaves a good amount of hops in the nose, with a ton of citrus and tropical fruits, including pineapple, mango, and peaches. An interesting twist, and I whole-heartedly welcome it.

T - Wow, if the nose gave off any impression of sourness, it was understated. Here, it's very sour, and up there with Russian River in that regard in my opinion. It starts off pretty malty in the front, before the bugs and hops kick in. There's no note of the alcohol here, and the finish is sublime, end with a huge peach and mango flavor that lasts and lasts.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. Even after letting it sit and being mesmerized watching the carbonation stream beautifully, it never seems to lose any mouthfeel or pop. A little mouth-puckering and zesty, and finishes rather dry.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. This is an interesting beer and I think the dry-hopping really adds a lot to this beer. I'm not sure of the age on this, but I don't think this has been released for a while, but even still, the hops still add a good amount of nose and flavor to this. The tartness makes it a slow-drinker, but the sustained mouthfeel and unique finish keep this one in my hand.

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Photo of mactrail
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Complex sour with tropical aromas.

Nice lacy appearance in the chalice with good carbonation in the mouth. What is that suddenly familiar aroma? I flashed on cutting a passion fruit in half and smelling it. More nose of pineapple guava. Tart profile is obvious from first dip of the tongue, but has a real underpinning of interesting tastes. Not exactly rich, but complexity includes some malt as well as the well balanced hops. Not overly bitter, but more like a green sour apricot taste. Hops and sour funk in the back of the mouth, like candied grapefruit peel.

One of the best and most interesting beers I've tried this year. I'm a big fan of New Belgium, and I'm glad to find an accessible and intriguing sour. Pizza Port in San Diego (Ocean Beach) had this.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden orange with a 1-finger white head. Weak retention and lace.

The combination of the intensely fragrant hops and the sour aromas make for quite a bright and delicious smelling nose- intensely tropical with leafy hints of green tea, very ripe apples, fresh apricots, tart red grapefruit and melon rind. A subtle touch of buttered biscuit malt as well.

The palate flips the hop-driven character of the nose with a big, sour delivery of tart mandarin orange, peach and mango flavors. There's enough bitterness to balance but it never once outshines the tartness, while some floral flavors and a bit of mid-tongue resin (or are those wood tannins?) join in on the long, tart finish.

Definately very clean for a sour ale, without those earthy yeasty tones, but the brightness and intensely tropical vibe make this so nice on a hot summer day. The flavors in this are simply out of this world.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque, pretty gold hue with a half finger of off white head, champagne like carbonation. Good retention but no lacing.

S: Nice fruit (cherry, orange, apricot, mango), some sugar and grass, cherry Kool Aid, lacto sourness. Really nice stuff.

T: Moderate, sour lemon warhead-like sour, fruit (orange, mango, lemon, and light apricot).

M: Medium body, and medium-high carbonation which complements the sour flavor nicely.

O: Very tasty, with a nice level of sourness and great supporting fruit flavors. The combination of hops and sour works nicely. Highly drinkable and a great value. I’d keep this in the regular rotation if it were more easily available.

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Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely happy to finally see this bottled, it's been about 3 years since first trying it at a fest then waiting for this day.

Hazy saturated orange body, effervescent carbonation rises from below. The offwhite eggshelll foam has a creamy texture, and laces in delicate patterns against the glass.

Aroma is very fruit dominated, and not by any single one. Peach, lemon, starfruit, lime, mango... it's an intoxicating tropical melange. Some contrasting oak and fresh yogurt notes are there too, lending some harmonizing 'wild' elements without getting too funky.

Flavor is moderately puckering, tart and verging on lemony sour. Some very light orange wafer cookie malt sweetness is there around the edges to contrast, with dry tannic bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is light, yet scrubs the palate clean. Hop elements are present though indistinct in the mix, lending some possible leafy orange tea notes, and residual bitterness. Dry hopping lends to the aroma only though, not the taste.

Le Terroir is a unique Wild Ale, fruit-forward and quenching, only moderately tart. Should appeal to a wide audience without losing any street cred.

2015: Much more 1-dimensional and acetic than past versions that were bursting with tropical dry-hop qualities. Sad that the price has gone up too, it used to be a real favorite.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the brew pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is fruity and sour, it smells like tart apples, apricots, peaches, lemons, and some vinegar. The taste is similar to the aroma, but I notice some white grape and a bit of pine/citrus hop flavors, too. The sourness isn't overpowering but you definitely can tell it's a mostly sour brew. I know it's a dry hopped brew, but I pick up more sourness than hops in both the aroma and taste. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated and also dry. I think this is a pretty good overall beer, I'll definitely buy this again the next time I find it.

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Photo of wedge
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013

Hazy, rusty orange with a small white head that amounts to a loose collection of frothy bubbles. Tart, fruity aroma with some acetic notes coming through to join a touch of wood, while citrusy hops and grass waft above. Peaches, flowers, bergamot, and lime, getting better as it warms, adding a subtle tea-like smell to the equation. Sour flavor with a definite peachy, fruity hop element. Lots of stone fruit, grapefruit, and lingering sour lemon. Such a smooth melding of hops and sourness. Refreshing and drinkable, but not super acetic, which is pleasant. Very smooth and well rounded. Dry and slightly puckering, leading to some dryness on the gums. I could drink a lot of this if given the opportunity. I had to keep restraining myself from taking huge gulps. Seems less super dry and funky than Felix on its own, thanks to the lovely fruity and floral integration of hoppy goodness. Good stuff!

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

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Le Terroir a few weeks ago for $14.99 at The Lager Mill. I've very interested in trying this beer and I've heard more than a few good things about it, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to it that goes well with the name and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a slightly clear golden amber color that took on more of a amber color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of bubbly slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy and spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a fruit aroma being the first to show up with come citrus and tropical fruit aromas, but to me it's the apricot that shows up the most and it goes straight to a sour cherry aroma with the sour aroma starting to take over and it develops more of a sweet tart candy aroma to it. Up next i get some of the hops which I think were where some of the fruity aromas came from and there's also a light floral and light spicy hop aroma showing up in the background. This beer had a very good aroma, the hops seemed to add just enough complexity to it.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with some floral and spicy hops showing up a little and it leads right into the sourness which is on the high side and it has a slight vinegar aspect to it, but it still retains all the sweet tart candy aspects that it had in the aroma. Up next comes the fruits with the apricot showing up just for a second and it goes right into the sour cherrys which are really nice and more sour than cherry. On the finish the sourness lingers into the aftertaste along with some fruity and lightly hoppy flavors. This was a great tasting beer, the hops added just enough complexity to it.

M- Fairly smooth, a little acidic, a little crisp, not too dry, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer and I thought it was a very nice example of the style, I have had hardly any dry hopped sours, but to me this is what they should be all about, it's a sour beer first and once the sourness starts to fade just enough hops show up to remind that there is indeed some hops and this beer and I think it adds complexity to a style that can sometimes be to dominated by just sour and not much else. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little acidic, a little crisp, not too dry, not filling at all and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I think one glass is the perfect amount for me, I might be able to drink the whole bottle, but there's a good chance that the acidic aspect would start to wear on me. What I liked the most about this beer was how well the hoppy aspects worked with this beer, it's got some nice hop flavors and some really nice hop aromas with out adding bitterness which I think would really clash with the sour. What I liked the least about this beer was how acidic it was, I know that comes with the territory when it comes to sours, but if it was toned down just a little I think it would help the drinkability. I would for sure buy this beer again and I wouldn't mind seeing how it ages, but I'm not sure it would get any better since it's dry hopped. I would recommend this to any sour fans, it's for sure worth a try. All in all I was happy with this beer and I was little impressed with how well the hops worked with the sour, they used the hops in such a way were it accents the fruity sour flavors and it's far from dominating. So far this in now one of my favorite beers from New Belgium and in the lips of faith series, it's one of the better sours I've had and it's now the best dry hopped sour I've had. Great job guys this is one tasty beer and I really enjoyed drinking it, keep up all that hard work.

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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.
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