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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 fsvan
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A- Clear, beautiful golden orange. Minimal head. Minimal lacing.

S- Acidic sourness. Lots of citrus...lemon, orange. I think a good bit of this is from the dry hopping, but it blends seamlessly into the sour notes. Maybe a bit of malty bread, but just a touch. The sourness makes the mouth water. This is a fantastic smelling beer.

T- An initial sourness that makes the tip of the tongue tingle, and washes over the palate. Lemon and orange citrus in the middle. Finishes with a sour and dry end. There was more of a hop bite in the end when this was fresher, which I preferred, but it is still there, just tamed a bit. Alcohol is hidden beneath the massive sour/citrus flavors. This a not an introductory sour for the uninitiated.

M- Light and unbelievably easy to drink considering the sourness of it.

O- This is a fantastic beer, and my favorite New Belgium offering to date. I prefer it to both La Folie and Eric's Ale, which would be 2 and 3 in some order of NB offerings that I've had. Funny how a brewery that seems to be known as the 'Fat Tire guys' puts out such amazing sours (albeit with a few missess....*cough Vrieinden cough*). I don't know if there are plans to brew/bottle this in the future, but it'd be a damn shame if there weren't.

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Photo of dbossman
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden hue with a bit of an orange tint; wonderful foamy, thick head; lacing is decent

S: Such an interesting, funky aroma: granny smith apples, cider, vinegar, as well as citrus like lemon and orange; also something funky like from an herb garden that I can't quite put my finger on

T: Great fruity sourness up front: lemons and apples for sure with a subtle citrus, herbal hoppiness on the back end--really nice balance of sour and hops actually

F: Beer is light/medium body with enough texture to stick to the roof of the mouth

O: Such a nice, complex sour with a bit of a hoppy kick; one of my 3 favorites from New Belgium--nice stuff!

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Photo of eyeenjoybeer
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was poured into a pint glass.

I was able to find a couple of bottles in a shop that I don't frequent.

The appearance was golden with a white head.

The smell was citrus and grass with notes of vinegar creeping in. The hops were only peeking through in places, but the amarillo was definitely present.

The taste was lemon and amarillo hops up front followed by a great ascetic acid profile that ended with notes of blood orange and more lemon zest. The tartness and sourness in this beer are great. This beer tastes heavenly to me.

The mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing.

Overall, this is one of my favorite beers. The complexity, balance, price point, and availability make this beer tops.

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Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Burger. in Santa Cruz. POurs an opaque tangerine bronze color with a sticky white head. Aroma is lemons and unripe berries, blackberries in particular come to mind, seedy and tart. Flavor is acidic unripe fruits, citrus and berries, something subtly herbal, lemonhead candy, slight honey malts in the finish, very dry and tart. Palate is very nice but I'm somewhat underwhelmed by the depth of flavor. Reminds me a lot of unsweetened lemonade. Still a good beer.

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Photo of gregshead
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 5/7/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours a light orange with half finger of head that dissipates really quickly.

S: Strong tart/barnyard smells along with some tropical tones. Nothing overlwhelms the nose

T: Sour strawberries with some other tart and tropical flavors that remind me of a pale ale or IPA.

M: Oily mouthfeel and some good tartness that lingers in the cheeks

O: Can't wait to have it again and again. Includes a great sour taste along with some hop taste in there also.

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

A-dark golden with a very thin cream colored head

S-smells like white grapes. fresh baked italian bread, and olive oil. very unique.

T-wow this is sour! a great sour. it comes in with a beautfiully tart tastes of white grapes and olive oil. its a very strong and great taste that lasts and continues to the after-taste. the flavors are real strong and of good quality.

M-medium carbonation with fairly dry finish

O-well this is one of the most sour sours i've had. it comes in with great appreciation. the flavors are unique and tasty. i'll be craving this one for awhile. please seek this out!

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

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

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

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

Medium body with higher carbonation. Clean finish.

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


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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heck of a beer. I'm immediately hit with a tangerine and clementine - big fruit citrus with even the peel and seeds in there. Seriously, it's like fresh fruit. There's there's a peppery-lime tang with a balanced (not too big, not too small) sour hit. This is a juicy beer, but not too thick and on the drinkable side of sours.

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Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large capped bottle poured into a tulip. Unknown date.

Slightly hazy, dark golden, whiite head, good lacing and retention.
Aroma is quite funky, vinegar notes, some faint grass and hops, but a lot less than suggested by the bottle. You have to look for the hops.
Light to medium, very funky, tart and refreshing. Sour, tart fruits, very flavorful, but not puckering as some other reviewers considered - perhaps a little old?
A very nice beer, if not that sour or puckering. Too bad it is too expensive.

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

Poured into chimay chalice

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

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

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

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

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Photo of 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 mondegreen
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. into a Duvel Tulip.

Pours a hazy bright yellow with a one finger dense head.

Nose is very fruity. Makes me think funky peaches. Love it.

Super tart taste. This thing is nearly Cantillon sour. Bright citrus fruits through and through.

Super dry, light medium bodied.

A fantastic American Wild at a decent price. New Belgium hit a home run with this one.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: copper color. Slightly hazy. Little head.
S: Orange, grapefruit. Earthy hops. Oak. Very pleasant bouquet.
T: Lime, mandarin, orange, pineapple, pomelo. Fruitiness reigns. Earthy hop aftertaste but bitterness is subdued. No Brett funk.
O: an excellent sour beer where the mixture of hops and acids intertwine seamlessly.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks tsatem for this bottle.

A - slightly hazy golden/copper body, small white head.

S - nice mesh of citrus hops and tart sour aromas, slight medicinal undertones.

T - strong tartness in the back, hops otherwise. Seems to be predominantly acidic flavors, not a lot of balance from earthy or sweeter flavors. Not bad, though.

M - light-ish, moderately smooth, not too thin

O (D) - A palatable sour beer for sure. Not that well balanced or complex, but nice flavors.

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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 ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy orange with some faint brownish hues. Head is a thick layer off light khaki colored foam. Spotty lacing left behind.

S - Tart fruity aromas mixed with just a hint of vinegar. Citrus notes come through but a tart fruit aroma really dominates. Just a hint of oak comes through as the beer warms.

T - Puckering tartness initially with lots of under-ripened citrus fruit flavors. A light oakiness and a hint of lacto come through as well. Faint sweetness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied and very well carbonated. Mouth puckering tartness linger long after the drink.

O - Really enjoyed this one. The hop bitterness mixed in with the really sharp tartness is an interesting combonation.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Flying Saucer in Nashville, TN

A: A deep orange with copper highlights. Solid finger white head. Plenty of carbonation as I see bubbles rolling up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Bitter apple, vinegar, and grape.

T: Very heavy in the vinegar acidity, large tart apple notes along with some citrus orange. Light bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium in body, with good carbonation leaving a light crispness.

D: A super sour brew. Needs a bit more complexity for me, maybe some sweeter flavors of vanilla.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle
7.5% abv

Lips Of Faith Le Terroir was golden orange in color and hazy. It had an off-white head with decent retention and a little lacing. The smell was quite interesting with sourness and citric hops. The taste was tart with grapefruit flavors (sort of like a tropical fruit sweet-tart). It finished dry with some sourness on the tongue. It was medium light in body with mild carbonation. Overall this is a very interesting and refreshing beer. This beer is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I like that New Belgium is putting out some very different and interesting beers. Appearance: Frothy head, fully diminished (2 seconds), Yellow color. Aroma: Grain, but not malty, late, light flowers, grass, little orange, moderate yeast, with apple and clove.Very, very dry texture. Heavy initial sweetness, and very long finish.
Didn't know what to expect. Nice sour ale taste, the dry hopping adds a slight degree of hopiness. More than anything the hops dilutes the sour ale profile.

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Photo of Phelps
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into shaker pint at Flanny’s.

Le Terroir means “of the earth,” a reference to environmental conditions that affect the beer. It’s been dry-hopped with Amarillo, which is unique for a sour.

Slightly hazy apricot in color, with a half-finger, fuzzy head of off-white. The bubbles eventually lower themselves to a thick, lingering blanket, leaving some sticky, reaching arms of lace.

Intriguing nose — the dry-hopping really adds interest to this beer. I get sweet apricot and a bright earthy hoppiness that delivers notes of orange and pine. In the back is a moderate tartness and some subtle funk that reminds me of Thai food — sesame, perhaps? I dig it either way.

Earthy, woody, sour. First I get pine and bright orange peel from the hops. Moderate acerbic notes swoop in next, along with sweet apricot and lime. The hops combine with other flavors to give impression of lemon-lime soda. My buddy Ricky says it reminds him of tart gummy worms. The finish pops with flavor, the amount of sourness is perfect and it’s unlike any sour I've had.

Medium low, massaging carbonation inside a smooth medium body with a moderate amount of fizz. The acidic tartness slides off tongue slowly, deliciously.

I am all about this beer. The dry-hopping adds an earthiness that plays nicely of the funk of the yeast. A very drinkable, interesting sour.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this many times already in 2011 but just realized I hadn't reviewed. This one was poured into my Maudite snifter with a 1/2 in lacing that settles nicely into a constant lacing. The color a bright, crisp orange with maybe just a bit of red. The aroma is outstanding of pears, peaches and grapefruit.

The taste is crisp, clean and dances on your tongue with just the perferct carbonation. The citrus taste is that of tangelos which really is the perfect sweet and sour. The dry hopping compliments the sour so perfect there isn't much else to say. The hops leave a nice dry, bitterness after every sip but at the same time it is quite refreshing. For a sour this is beyond drinkable.

Every sip is like the most perfect concerto of flavors rewarding your senses and leaves you wanting more. Every time I get one of these on draught I share with whoever is around and almost every time they are floored. If you can't tell by this review yet, I am a big fan.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow. A decent amount of white head foams up.

Aroma: Very acidic with a light funk profile. It has some peach and apricot flavors with some lemon and acidicness going on. Can't really taste the hops. It reminds me of a gueuze.

Taste: Again, this beer really reminds me of a gueuze. Funky, sour, and acidic. Peaches, green apples, and lemon citrus. Solid stuff.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a tad dry.

Overall, this was a solid brew from NG. Very drinkable and one of their better sours. I could definitely drink a lot of this.

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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.


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Photo of BARFLYB
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a Duvel tulip split with oglmcdgl, thx.

Le Terroir pours out a juice colored bright orange with some faint peach within. A nice billow of an inch of white foam firm on top, some suds on the sides. After a bit stillness.

Smells quite earthy with citrus hops and an earthy scent. I get a tang juice scent it's quite large. The Amarillo shows more than the cascade with grapefruit, apricot, etc. A small sweet malt with bread. Quite bold scented and bright.

A nice mix of hops and sour, the dry hop comes out with amarillo type citrus taste. I had this a few months ago and it has lost a bite. The sour is on the lactic side, while brett may be there. Peaches, grapefruit, earth, sour, nice.

Feel is quite tart in the mouth. A pucker if you will. The acidity mixed with hop bitterness is a bit of a pain. The body is on the low side while this is quite lively.

This is a great sour, besides some work on the mouth feel, no qualms. I would not want to kill a whole bottle of this as I would be scortched mid way palate wise. I would drink these up and stock one or two for some cellaring.

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Lips Of Faith - Le Terroir from New Belgium Brewing
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