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Lips Of Faith - SahtiLips Of Faith - Sahti

Brewed by:
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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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 GRG1313
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer makes a very bad first impression. I thought that it was a big mistake on many levels until I took multiple tastes and "gave it a chance." Suffice it to say that it is a light and elegant beer that is not going to "hit you over the head" as I'm prone to like. However, this beer has "something" going for it that is pleasing and makes it drinkable and probably good for most foods.

Pours a light amber with a white head. The nose is very faint and, truthfully, almost non-existent. It is certainly non-descript from my point of view. A hint of spice and pepper if you look for it.

Mouthfeel is medium/thin and bright and pleasing in the mouth with elegant carbonation. Still, not loving this one....

However, after multiple tastes the flavors come forth and only upon the beer getting more and more towards room temperature. Serve this one cold and you will get absolutely nothing....really. This one must be a bit warmer/room temperature to start to get the character and flavors.

Flavors are light and appealing white pepper with hints of celery and salt. Flavors are actually appealing, even though very light.

Finish is a light pepper/herb/salt character that's pleasant and adds to it's compatibility with food.

Interesting in that it's very understated and elegant but somehow refreshing and bright. I think that many will like this beer if you approach it with an open mind. I'd likely drink this with lighter dishes and seafood.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber and golden mix with little to no head and some lacing. Bread and caramel malts with a sweet corn aroma. More sweet caramel malts in the taste. A little spicy but otherwise a rather bland beer. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation.overall this wasn't a very exciting beer. It's the first of this genre I have reviewed and I feel I need to try another to get a better feel for this beer style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled yeasty with a fruity/floral nose. Not much else really stood out.

T - It tasted of some juniper, spices and sweet caramel malt. A very subtle bitterness.

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

D - This is only my second Sahti that I've tried. It was good although I don't really know how true it is to the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.44/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at the Liquor Stop in Indiana. Shared at a recent tasting and poured into a tulip.

Really not a good example of a Sahti. Oh well, here goes. The beer pours a moderate golden color with a thin white head with moderate retention. The nose brings forward a bit of bready malt. Really plain. Plain, plain, plain. How does that happen with a sahti? Normally I'm complaining that there's way too much going on. The taste is along the same lines. A bit of mild weirdness from who knows what in the background, but mostly just a bit of lightly-sweet malt. Feel is medium and average. Decent carbonation. Nothing horribly offensive about this beer, it's just a bad example of the style. It just doesn't really present anything that would make me think this was a sahti.

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Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber in the snifter, decent head. I don't actually taste the alleged juniper, orange, and lemon flavors cited by the label. Nor the hops, really. It's kind of a stew of very modest flavors. A little on the delicate side with a hint of fruit in the nose. The rye must be only a dose, as well, since that doesn't come through much. Just a slight graininess and a touch of canned peaches.

I'm always up for unusual flavors but this doesn't do much. If you're a fan of either rye or juniper, you can pass on this one. Goes down easy enough in a heavy sort of way.

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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 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 mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

one of the last beers i got to drink before being put on this self imposed hiatus. this one was served in a pint glass and consumed on 11/07/2010.

decent pour here with a light peach color to it with a nice amount of haze rippling throughout the glass. aroma is a touch of fruit, light peaches maybe an apricot with a light grain bill and a touch of fresh grass, again nothing truly spectacular but it seems to do the job.

light profile here as the carbonation seems a touch low and the body as well, but the flavor seems decent. light honey an touches of juniper even, which was odd. rice and apricot round it out and the finish is clean and clear.

overall it was decent. i have had a better example of the style but this was surely decent.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a clear light golden-amber color with almost no head, just a few islands of white foam.

S: A slightly soured aroma with some hints of lemon. A decent amount of woodsy herbs and an interesting berry-like fruitiness. A fair amount of alcohol is noticeable as well.

T: Very woody, herbaceous, and "green". I don't really get the same fruitiness that I found on the nose. Sort of harsh and abrasive to the palate, especially with the high level of alcohol.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D: This didn't seem all that "Sahti-like" to me. I think you're better off sticking to a more traditional example or at least the Nogne-O version.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

Another consequence of a random trip to the Firk. It pours a clear pale amber-straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises red apples, nutmeg, carrots, caramel, and wheat. What? I know, right? Anyway, the taste holds notes of wheat bread, clove, flowers, potato skins, and that Belgian-yeast character normally reserved for dubbels, quads, and the like. I think my tongue is confused. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a sorta watery feel. Honestly, this is an odd beer, even for a sahti (which, in my experience, have been quite odd). Despite the strangeness, it's all pretty drinkable. I don't know what has happened here.

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Photo of Duff27
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an orangish-pink with a quart-inch white head. Cool step lacing and pretty good head retention.

S- Subdued nose. maybe some rye.

T- More mellow that other sahtis I've had in the past. Slight juniper but you'd have to do some searching to find it. More rye notes.

M- Very nicely carbonated. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- If you're going to do a style that most aren't familiar with, then you might as well go "balls" out and i feel New Belgium left something on the table here. Also, points lost for using hops. Not a bad beer per se, but there are better representations of the style out there.

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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 aasher
2.4/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one poured a watery auburn in color with a one finger head. The smell is interesting and not what I expected. I can't pick up anything other than a light malt. That's literally the only aroma. The taste is blase for the style. Nothing impressive here either. It kind of tastes like a light, light doppelbock. The only thing really going for it was that it drank very smoothly. It wasn't crisp despite the bubbling and drank heavier than it looks. This beer was disappointing.

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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 Georgiabeer
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have to say, I was dissapointed in this beer. I like the Sahti style, primarily because I like the zing of juniper you get from it, and the woody bitterness that fills the throat. This beer has none of that. While its pleasant enough, I guess, and there is a hint of juniper, the overall impression is of creamy, malty sweetness, with just a hint of that bitter woodiness. I'd prefer this to be more assertive and the base beer to be a bit less sweet. While I appreciate the fact that New Belgium attempted such an unusual style, but on the other hand, I think if you're going to do that, go full hilt and make it more true to the original style. Most people just don't have the reference point to appreciate a riff on a style they haven't tasted- so just give'em an authentic experience first.

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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 JohnGalt1
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The wife picked this 22 up for me at the COOP last night... poured into my Sierra Nevada globe... Very very short lasting 1/2" white head... no lacing... no cap... the brew is bright orange.

Nose is lightly malty with hints of muted citrus zest.. medicinal with warmth.

Flavor is really bready... some toasty notes .. I guess I am getting some minor juniper notes, but it is less than other Sahtis that I've had.. a bit "woody".. a bit antiseptic elements toward the finish.. Body is about medium.. carbonation is pretty up front yet is small bubble and ever present.

Meh... I remember liking the Nøgne alot more... and the DFH more too... this is okay, but doesn't scream out Sahti to me.. really doesn't scream anything at all.. toasty malts .. maybe.

I knocked the drinkablity slightly.... too much house malt flavor in common with NB regulars... I wish had shared this bottle with the boys... there is no reason why I would ever buy another outside of a trader wanting it.

Interesting to try something outside the realms of normal American brewing, but if you're going to do a beer with Juniper boughs and berries... do it up AHMUUIRICAN. I want bark chips in my teeth and the occasional berry in the bottle. :-)


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Photo of Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a light amber with a minimal white head, fizzy. For the style it's OK.

S: Juniper, definitely herbal almost cilantro type hop notes, hints of tree bark/cedar.

T: Juniper again, green tea leaves, a bit astringent. Nice overall flavour, woodsy, thought the hops make for a weird interpretation of the style.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, very mild ethanol play.

D: A very drinkable beer, quite refreshing. I just wish there was a little more to the overall flavour.

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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 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 Haybeerman
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Light coppery color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head that dissipated to a skim. Decanted continually. Laced near the top in thin, wavy rings.

S: Big caramel aroma. Juniper and wet wood in the background; very faint.

T: Very consistent with the nose though juniper has more of a presence. Though a little resiny, juniper does not balance the big caramel flavor.

M: Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Dry and warming feel doesn't sit well with imbalance.

D: Nothing offensive. Prefer more balance.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.19/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 11/11/11
*From notes

A: It looks like unfiltered peach juice. It really is a lovely beer. A forceful pour yields a one finger head that fade fast. Zero lacing.

S: Pear skins, star fruit. Huh, to be honest it's kind of hard to get much out of the nose at all, actually.

T: The flavor is...nil. WTF - I didn't know I was gonna be taking a tour of Bland City. Really, I've never had a beer like it before. It's just a buttery, bland mess.

M: Middle of the road here.

O: Lips of Faith Sahti is terribly forgettable. Don't go out of your way for this. In fact, I'm giving this a hearty thumbs down.

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Photo of beertunes
2.91/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in 160z goblet. Poured a medium brown with 3/4 inch of just off-white head that had OK retention and lacing. The aroma very bland and neutral. The flavor had some grain and spice notes, but was also bland and neutral.

The body was medium and OK. Drinkability was OK as well. I don't have a lot of experience with this style, but I suspect that there much better versions out there.

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Photo of champ103
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

A: Pours a clear amber/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Big floral and herbal aromas up front. Like green tea. Kind of minty as well. Very bready with a light sweetness. Interesting.
T: Just kind of sweet with a bread/biscuit flavor. Light herbal flavors as well. Not nearly as interesting as the nose.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. Fairly dry as well. Easy to drink, I can quaff several without a problem.

Not bad at all. Nothing really exciting going on, but enjoyable. Cheers to New Belgium for trying something new though.

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