Lips Of Faith - Sahti | New Belgium Brewing

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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Finnish Sahti

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 197
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with no foam head but a trace of off-white bubbly residue hangs around. Bubbles rise in numerous fine streams. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very bready, including a prominent dose of baker's yeast, with slight honey. Uncooked sourdough is brought to mind.

T: Begins off-dry, with delicate estery fruit, faint conifer foliage, and hard minerals. A whiff of soap is detected into the middle, but fades and gives way to lemon peel and mild spirituous grain. The pleasant finish reminds of sourdough pancakes from the Original Pancake House, with only the slightest hint of bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, cleansing on the palate yet with enough texture to carry the doughy flavor, and with brisk carbonation.

D: A beer that proudly bears its New Belgium roots by being not just malt-forward but bread-forward. Although not a sour ale by any means, the sourdough qualities add interest and elevate it above the basic Fat Tire experience. While not as big of a beer as Dogfish Head's Sah'tea, it is correspondingly more appoachable and just as food-friendly.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh pale malt nose, very slight spruce, small amount of esters with spice increasing as it warms.
Golden amber. Smallish off-white head settles quickly with some lacing.
Flavors are more complex than the aroma. Spice flavors are all mixed together and hard to separate out, but are interesting and enjoyable. slight spruce or juniper. Hops show towards the bottom of the glass. Moderate amount of dryness.
As warms it develops a slight creaminess that's nice. Reasonable smooth drink.
I like this and it left me desiring more.
Thanks Bry.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at the Draught House, 7 Oct 2010.

Served in a 0.4 L NB snifter. Small beige head. Medium carbonation. Clear copper color. Aromas of caramel, some slight pine. Medium to light body. Slightly sweet, some pine undertones. Light alcohol. Fairly mild all around.

Like a mild lightly hopped pale ale.

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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 daledeee
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I thought Sahti was the name. I started to review and realized it is a style. Guess I don't know much.

Poured it into my wine glass and got a decent white head with some lacing. The body is very dark clear gold.

Roasted grain in the nose.

The taste is a little spicy with sweetness. I think there may be some kind of malt flavor as well. This is unique flavored beer; as unique as the name. What is remarkable about this beer is the very fuzzy or velvety mouth feel. Alcohol is well hidden. Got more boring as I drank it. Not worth buying again.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled on date of 9/9/10. Was a slightly hazy amber color with some carb streams. It had an averaged sized fizzy white head that quickly settled into a very thin collar. Very little lacing that quickly slides back into the glass.

The aroma was citrus and juniper with some spices and caramel malt. Only my 2nd Sahti but the other had far better aroma and flavor. Taste was mostly sweet malt with juniper and a bit of spices. Not bad but didn't really leave an impression. Mouthfeel was medium and needing more carbonation. Sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a good but bland beer. I preferred the DFH version much more. Does get better as it is really warms up. Recommend if you are looking to try the style and can't find the DFH Sahti. Available here in TX. Rotation - I'm glad I tried it as it's a rare style but one is enough. [N;O]

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Photo of JISurfer
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Being that I've had Sahti before, I wanted to try this and see how New Belgium's take would be on it. This one for me, was like Sahti light, with just a tiny hint of juniper in the taste and smell. What was surprising about the taste, there was hardly any detection of the alcohol, which could sneak up on you if you didn't watch it. It did have a decently thick head that stayed around for a little bit. I let the rest of the folks that were at the house try it and they all liked it. We went through the growler in about 30 minutes. I can't say that I'll buy it again, but I will say that it is a good brew worth trying if you have the chance.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz from "Habits" in S.Salem ( they are getting better beers again). Huge frothy overwhelmig head..cream coloured and very thick. When it dies down a bit i see a clear orange beer. Aroma slightly subdued reallyFloral, vaguelly spruce tip, sight hint of toffee. Taste..smooth toffee, pear,grassy hop and a nice hint of juniper right at the very end. Ok on the palate..nothing mind bending. Not sure about this one at this Sahti? No idea never had a real one before.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown Bomber, split with Pegasus.

Appearance: Orange amber glass holds a finger of light tan head that lasts but doesn't lace.

Smell: Light malt whiffs, a light citric (orange, lemon) twist and an earthy / dusty smell.

Taste: Balanced with the sweet malt base overtaken by a lightly medicinal bitter tonic taste. English earthy hops blend with an American grassy, almost catty pine.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation level, medium heavy body.

Overall: Not crazy about this one, a bit of Juniper berry tonic in a Belgian Pale Ale like base. Two flavors that I don't personally care for, but nothing wrong here. Worth a shot.

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

A solid pour into my produces a two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a light amber hue that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright copper / red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of cascade hops, ample biscuit like malt character, some spicy grain notes, lots of grapefruit, some lychee like aromas and some light juicy fruit gum like notes. I don't really notice the juniper, but I think that it is mixing in with the fruity hop notes and does seem to add a touch of spicy berry character to the more dominant fruit character. This smells like a nice hoppy ale, but I was hoping for more of the Sahti character coming through; other than this disappointment though this is quite a nice smelling beer.

Somewhat lighter than I was expecting and the beer has a cleaness that I associate with a bit too aggressive filtration process. Flavors of tangerine, lychee and ruby-red grapefruit are balanced by an almost turpene like spiciness towards the finish that seems to be from the juniper. This beer is fairly sweet, actually perhaps a bit too sweet in that it could use more hops or spice character to balance the sweetness. The body definitely has a fullness to it that keeps this from being quaffable. There is some nice backing malt character here that has a touch of spiciness to it, some toasty whole grain like notes, lots of lingering biscuit like character, and some caramelized-honey like malt sweetness.

Interesting perhaps, but not with the Sahti character that I was hoping for. I can't help but feel a bit disappointed as the hops seem to dominate this beer. I can't even just fully enjoy this as a hoppy beer as it comes off as being overly filtered and lacking in malt / hop complexity because of it.

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Photo of mentor
2.56/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of of-white head over a clear light brown liquid. Smells biscuit malt with some mint and mild clean alcohol. A little bit of vegetal, but not hte juniper and sour I was expecting.

Tastes like fat tire with a minor undertone of juniper. Earthy and mineral with some minty and vegetal character, likely from the juniper. Md mouthfeel and md carbonation. Pretty drinkable, but I was expecting a traditional sahti and got a fat tire instead.

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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 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 drabmuh
2.24/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe, this was a thoughtful "Best of" style share by Mike but this is BY FAR the worst Sahti I've ever had, and I've had some bad ones. On top of it being a bad beer, there is NOTHING in this beer that is reminiscent of the Sahti style. It is actually a HUGE disappointment to me overall.

I pour aggressively assuming that it will be undercarbonated but I'm wrong, beer is tan and hazy with a big white head of small and medium bubbles that collapse into a fairly contiguous head, some lacing, moderate and steady carbonation....OK.

Aroma is sweet, biscuit I was thinking / was this beer filtered?

Beer tastes like diluted malt syrup. FUN! No spiciness detected in the palate. The dominate flavor is malt, followed by alcohol. Alcohol? Really? Why are there more examples of Sahti on the market that are above 6% than the opposite? It doesn't have to be a huge beer. I would NOT have this again. If it is CALLED SAHTI IT SHOULD TASTE LIKE A SAHTI.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased in the US and cracked open with @laituegonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a very clear and bright orange colour, slightly burnished, with a fine but light head of white bubbles. Lots of body to it, which means it forms some pleasant static carbonation when swirled. I like the colour - would have expected a sahti to be cloudier, but otherwise, looks pretty decent.

Nose is slightly metallic and phenolic. Some organic hints giving rise to a kind of honey-fermentation character, and a bit of gin-like spice. Smells of chemicals and booze for the most part. Often you get a whiff of that, but this is overdone.

Taste is very light on, really. Initial metallic sharpness dies off almost immediately, leaving a subtle bitterness and a bready yeast note on the back. Some hints of phenolics throughout, and there's still that chemical note coming through for the most part, leaving some green organics in its wake.

Feel is remarkably light and empty, given the look of it. Smooth enough: it feels like silky water.

Eh. Not really that interesting, and I feel a Sahti needs to be interesting in order to be good - they just have an oddness to them that rankles unless they have complexity to keep you interested. This one's very much the worst example I've tried, both other examples had oddity, but complexity and balance.

This one's surprisingly bland.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught at Meddlesome Moth. Cloudy amber color with modest head. Aroma provides a moderately sweet maltiness and a fair amount of grassy, spicy hops. Flavor is similar, though there's a light hint of juniper. The rye character is very subtle. Reminds me a lot of their Two Below in terms of malt and hop profile. A touch medicinal at the finish.

A bit disappointing... I've tried homebrew Sahti with a lot of character... more like an underhopped Anchor OSA than this. The hop presence is definitely not to style, since hops are rare in Scandinavia.

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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 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 ChainGangGuy
2.69/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, amber-hued body with a two finger-high, whitish head.

Smell: Sweetish, grainy nose, smelling of malted barley with a hints of spicy rye, golden syrup, peppery alcohol, and juniper-scented soap.

Taste: Toasted barley and a zip of rye with a caramel-like sweetness and hint of crushed sugar cookies. Slight hint of juniper berries. Light kiss of citrus. Somewhat soapy character midway, picking up warming alcohol nearing the end. Dry finish with a bit of displeasing medicinal twang to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A letdown, really. The loosely medicinal, booziness of the brew, along with it's ho-hum flavor, leaves me a bit flat.

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Photo of Magery
3.25/5  rDev -5%

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 eclaycamp
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber. I’ve seen this several times but never picked one up, until last night. I’m not really sure what to expect out of this beer. The label states it’s a Finnish Rye and that it’s got some hops in it. Little to no head, cloudy appearance, murky carbonation. Color is a nice amber brown, cinnamon. Aroma isn’t as big as I had hoped for – guess those hops aren’t used for aroma. I can pick out the rye and some caramel malt sweetness. Pretty disappointing really. Luckily the beer makes up for it in the taste department, as there’s lots of things going on. The spice of the rye really hits you first, it kind of punches you in the mouth and makes you sit up and take notice. Unfortunately, from there things sort of wash out in the middle, as the mouth is still reeling from the initial hit of rye. However the beer makes a comeback, finishing with floral juniper and citrusy hop bitterness. This is clearly and almost makes up for the lack of complexity in the middle. Mouthfeel is sufficiently slick though never oily, with medium carbonation. It’s somewhat watery – I find myself wanting the body of the beer to be a little bit heartier. There’s a little bit of a hint of alcohol esters in the middle of the beer but nothing outlandish – and I’m relatively sensitive to those so you may not even notice. Overall this is an interesting though slightly disappointing beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
2.77/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a vibrant amber color with a frothy one fingered, white, creamy head and light to moderate carbonation. The heads gradually dies down and leaves a thin layer of white cream across the top.

S - I'm honestly struggling to get anything at all in the nose, it's like it's not even there. This is really unusual...either my nose isn't working or maybe it's an older bottle?

T - Taste is mild earthy, grassy caramel, with a twist of faint lemon, mild juniper, and a little bit of spicey character (but buried way down there on the palette).

M - Somewhat thin and is just over the border of light, pushing towards medium body, watery, semi-and dry finish.

D - Marginal.

It's a mild rye ale, not bad, but for the $10 I paid for it, I was expecting more. (Sorry to say, with all due respect to New Belgium Brewing.)

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy red color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of light caramel, lots of herbal notes, flowers, a faint hint of honey, juniper. There is a lot going on in this aroma, and I really like what I am smelling. The taste a real let down. I was hoping it would be like the aroma, but it is rather bland and airy. There is some biscuity malt, a hint of flower bed, and an strong alcohol presence in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy with a silky texture. Carbonation is moderate. Overall, this is the second Sahti I've tasted, and I must say that although I don't dislike this beer I liked Nøgne Ø's Sahti much more as it had much more in the flavor department.

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Lips Of Faith - Sahti from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 197 ratings