Lips Of Faith - Sahti | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - SahtiLips Of Faith - Sahti

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Sahti

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by GilGarp on 09-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 139
Reviews by Snow81:
Photo of Snow81
3.96/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden orange

Smell: almost smells like a Extra Pale Ale

Head: Very Little

Taste: has a bit of a hop note going on with a small amout of bitter and malt, more like a very lite epa

Weight: lite on the palate

Finish: a little hoppy lingering

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More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, crystal clear orange with a quarter inch of white bubbles on top of the brew that leaves some stringy lacing. Citrus peel mixes in with a nice juniper accent. Sweet malt backbone along with herbal undertones.

First sip brings somewhat sweet malts upfront mixing with juniper and citrus flavors that roll across the palate. Spicy and herbal with earth tones as it flows down. Mild bitterness on the end with a lingering juniper flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth with good carbonation. Goes down easily and ends up being rather refreshing. I personally would've liked the juniper to be a little more forward, however it's still a tasty brew, if a tad on the sweet side. Thanks to Jeff and Debbie for this one!

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Beaver13
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a clear copper gold with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts and a little spice.

The flavor is bready malts and some rye and juniper with a decent sized hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and creamy.

Overall, not a lot going on. It's interesting to try a different traditional style, but sounds like they didn't really hit the style like the Berliner Weisse (at least that one was more interesting).

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Photo of mikechance
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a nice rusty orange color and about 1/3 inch head. I'm picking some earthy, yeast and nutmeg scents. Very smooth taste with little carbonation and a light oiliness in the aftertaste. I can sense a few spices, but nothing distinctive enough to call out. I’m enjoying it on a very hot summer day and it works well (although it’s not a summer ale). Overall it’s a very nice beer which I would try again.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Excited to try this one as it is only my second sahti.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the grain and spices, but I can't identify any of the individual notes. The flavor is a mix of pine (or is it juniper), grass, grain and spices. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not much going on here, one of the least exciting Lips of Faith beers.

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Photo of bsp77
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into dimpled mug.

Appearance: Clear amber with thin white head that disappears leaving no lacing. I thought a Sahti should be cloudy?

Smell: Bready with a decent level of spiciness, citrus and a somewhat metallic bitterness (this may be the juniper).

Taste: Very bready, caramely and spicy, with citrus and juniper. The juniper just seems a little strange to me, as if some gin was poured into my beer. Surprisingly simple, and almost ordinary, compared to my expectations.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body with a juniper-driven dry finish. Strangely boozy for the moderate alcohol.

Drinkability: Hard to review a style I have not had before. It is hard to know if it is indicative of the style or not. My guess is not, since I thought it would be much more yeasty, both in appearance (cloudy) and in taste (banana, maybe slightly tart). As is, this seems to be simple English Ale with a bunch of juniper. I will need to try one of the better reviewed examples of the style to know if I am the problem or if the beer is (I have a sneaking suspicion it is the beer).

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Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a crystal-clear copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts with moderate amounts of earthy hops. Also present are slight amounts of spiciness, not unlike the hop presence in a year-old IPA.

Tastes similar to how it smells though more one-dimensional. Somewhat grainy malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of earthy hop flavors. The malt flavors sweeten up midway through the sip before hints of spiciness dry things out and carry through to a moderately bitter ending. The alcohol is fairly well hidden and the aftertaste is medicinal.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this beer was drier and had less juniper influence than other Sahtis that I've had. As I noted in the aroma section this beer is more reminiscent of an IPA (or maybe an APA would be more apt) past its prime than anything else.

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Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of nickthegun12
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a bottle of this stuff at green's in the atl! rare find!

the appearance is brown with not much head and splotchy lacing

smells bready to malty, maybe a hint of fruitiness in there as well

the taste is very smooth...but the malt comes to my taste buds more than anything else, then a bready flavor comes over....the traditional recipe uses bakers yeast so i think new belgium did a great job on recreating this traditional recipe

the feel is dry as i would think it should be

overall this is a lovely ale...i really should have picked up a few of these bombers!

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Photo of GilGarp
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

According to the bottle, a rye ale brewed with Juniper, hopped with cascade and amarillo hops, and flavored with orange and lemon peel.

Served cool into my New Belgium goblet, Sahti is a hazy golden pumpkin color with thick creamy head. Good retention and a sheet of lace left behind as it settles.

Aroma is surprisingly mild given all of the flavoring used in the brewing process. I can pick up the citrus peels and a little spice but the hops are not as much in the forefront.

Flavor is still on the subtle side but the vast array of ingredients start to come out of hiding. The juniper provides a piney bitterness that combines with the citrus nicely. The hops are still not a major contributor but they start to assert themselves as the beer warms. A sweet, biscuit malt body is familiar to drinkers of NB beers as is the yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with very good balance. Carbonation is on the low side, which I like.

Overall it's a tasty Sahti. It is certainly a rare style so I'm glad to see a major craft brewer (other than Dogfish Head) taking a stab at it.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery amber color, sort of sunset orange maybe, with remarkable clarity. Bubbles are numerous, like in champagne, and they feed a white and fairly thin head.

Getting hardly anything from the smell. Just a light shade of herbs of no particular variety and a faint whiff of citrus. With all the stuff this was made with (rye, juniper, orange & lemon peel, Cascade and Amarillo hops) you'd think there'd be more in the sniffer. Let's hope so for the taste...

A mild, almost timid flavor, although its subtleties come through with patience, and with warming. A dab of orange molasses peeks through the rye base, the rye only showing a trace of the coarseness that other rye-based beers can have (I mean "coarse" in a good way, rye is tough to describe). There's a mingling of citrus and, again, unassuming and indistinct tea-like herbs, other than a fairly prominent ginger-like character. Maybe that's the juniper, but I would have liked it to come through stronger. I remember smelling juniper on a recent walk through the Hollywood Hills and thinking "I need to find more beers brewed with juniper!"

Feels slick and smooth, yet the carbonation is strong enough to offer a gentle prickle, which is fitting for the various flavors happening in the taste. A bit dry, quite crisp, very clean overall.

Overall a subtle yet satisfying beer. Earthy all the way. Just wanted a little more "oomph" to it, that's all. Maybe Dogfish Head's excellent Sah'tea set the bar too high for Americanizations of this Finnish style?

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Photo of beerbrains
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of cokes
2.71/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and somewhere between golden and bronze in color. The thin off-white head is low and fades fast, leaving some scattered lacework.
Neutral, floured dough aroma. Some backing toast and lowly evergreen notes, presumably from the juniper. There is not much to smell here.
It hits the mouth toasty, lightly toffee sweet, with some pecan nuttiness. Doughier as it sits and that carries it through the middle and later portions, all dusted with flour. Jupiter and piney hops add a late evergreen needle-y bitterness, dotted with phantoms of citrus. Some boozy heat dots the swallow.
Medium bodied with a bustling CO2.
I'm not an expert on the style, but this is nothing like the few I've tried. The rye doesn't pop, the juniper doesn't pop, the citrus peel spicing doesn't pop,the non-traditional hopping doesn't pop either, and the fermentation/yeast profile is bland. It's far more reminiscent of an American Amber ale, and a bland-ish one at that. New Belgium already does one of those, without the exotic name, fancy bomber, and inflated price tag.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ken's bottle.Light orange with carbonation bubbles, two inch head. Funky and malty aromas. A spicy taste, with some pine and spruce. A smooth mouthfeel. Sweet, then a bitter finish with mint aftertaste. I am not the biggest fan of Juniper. Lacey. Drying.

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Photo of rossracing
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tetu
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured orange-amber with good amount of carbonation evenly spaced throughout glass. Head was small and evacuated quickly. Aroma is biscuity malt with spices. Taste is pine and spicy with a caramel base and subtle fruit in background. Getting more lemon flavor as it warms. I would have enjoyed more body, as it is on the low end of the medium body spectrum. For the price it is a good beer which I may pick up again, but for the style I'm not so sure.

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Photo of dbossman
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear and golden-brown with a thin but steady head; lacing is okay

S: Really not a lot going on; a bit earthy and grainy with some subtle hops and maybe a touch of spiciness

T: More going on in the taste; a nice balance of malts, hops, and spiciness--just a touch of juniper berries; also a touch of rye--but still all pretty subdued

F: Nicely carbonated with decent mouth coating

D: It's a pretty easy drinking beer; nothing amazing here but it's interesting enough and it's pretty drinkable--it does grow on you throughout the glass

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Photo of kkrez
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of lungboy
2.3/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap as a taste sample, about 4 oz. It didn't taste at all like a sahti. It didn't taste bad at all, and if it didn't have "sahti" in the name, I would probably have liked it for a summer day. It tasted like a session lager, clean. I could barely taste the juniper because the citrus additives (!!) got in the way. At least to me, a sahti doesn't have any hops, there's a strong taste of buckwheat and the juniper comes across first on the nose and then as an oily aftertaste. Also, it was carbonated like an american lager. My first thought was Old Style, which I don't hate.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Goebbel's in Wichita. I believe this is the first Sahti I've ever had, was tempted to drink outta my cow horn flagon!

Pours a bright honey/amber colored with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Much clearer than I figured it would be, average head retention & lacing

S: Yeasty, bready & slight pear notes when warm

T: Honey, lemony faint yeasty flavors up front, slight peppery notes to this as well. I pick up some medicinal notes, peppery notes as this warms, along with earthy yeast notes, a touch of honey dryness, also just a touch of lemon. Finishes with pear fruittyness, a touch of honey sweetness & a bit medicinal & woody bitterness, a bit of yeasty bite, plus almost a doughnut type flavor, wild! along with some peppery notes

Medium bodied, a touch over carbonated based on the style profile. Something in this is making my lips tingle, perhaps the ABV ( I doubt it ) or the Juniper

This is drinkable enough, would love to try some Finnish stuff to compare & contrast. I would drink this again if was an option & I was looking for a break from hoppy beers/something different. I'm betting this isn't quite as old school as it could be. Still, here's to New Belgium for taking a shot at this obscure style!

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Photo of HalfFull
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 22 oz. bomber into a wine glass. This New Begium offering pours a clear golden with a light transient cap of foam. Pours clear for the style yet not unexpected from a 'modern' brewery.

Nose starts a bit funky but improves with exposure. Offers an herbal and sour juniper sense to it, along with a slightly funky/sour apricot nature. Odd but intriguing.

Taste is pleasant and light and with a light citric sweetness with just a touch of pine.

Smooth and clean with a light piney bitterness, otherwise offers a sweet and lightly viscous feel with a nice bubbly carbonation.

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Photo of bashiba
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly hazy copper color with a light white ring of head.

Has a funky musty and bready smell.

The flavor is surprisingly boring, just a light bit of bready malt and a touch of bitter juniper, not much going on here.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin and a bit flat.

Pretty bland and poor overall.

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Photo of ewright
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a DFH snifter. As this is the first "Sahti" I've ever had, I'm judging this based on what I assume the style should show.

A: Clear, medium amber beer with a thin layer of white foam that recedes to a ring rather quickly. There is a tiny amount of lacing apparent. Based on the style, it is far clearer than it should be, presumably due to the boil.

S: Faintly sweet fruitiness, notes of peach. A bit of a peppery note as well. Very faint notes of what might be juniper wood, but it is not as apparent as you would expect for the style.

T: Sweet toasted grains, low to moderate hop bite in the finish that is non-traditional for the style. A bit of lingering herbal tea flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation, mostly clean finish outside of the herbal tea notes.

D: It's a relatively drinkable beer, but nothing about it screams Sahti. I was hoping for something a bit more out of the ordinary.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a New Belgium globe. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, BIG wheat, BIG grain, spice, and big sweetness. The flavor was of sweet malt, spices, grain, subtle tea, sugar, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. With this being my first brew from the style I can honestly say that I don’t have a refined palate for this style, however, I was not a massive fan of it. The aroma was very sharp when it came to sweetness/maltiness. The flavor was a little bit better with a bit more balance. That was a very welcomed change as based on the aroma, I was rather concerned once I smelled it. Glad I got the chance to try this one though, but don’t think I will go out of my way to do so again.

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