Lips Of Faith - Sahti | New Belgium Brewing

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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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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 139
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 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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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 spycow
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -5%

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 DrBier
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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 ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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 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 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 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 rab53
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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 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 a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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