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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
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 isualum12
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Just couldn't do it on this one. It was the 4th beer of a 5 beer, five course meal with each beer specifically paired.

Needless to say with or without the elk steak it didn't do it for me.

Smell was simple with a decent spice
taste was weak with a strong bite at the end. Mouthfeel was ok and enjoyable
drinkablity was really low for me. I couldn't finish it. I guess that says it all right there.

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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 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 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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Photo of ckeegan04
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orange and very clear. Two fingers of off-white foam with spiderwebs of lace left behind.

S - American hops with hints of citrus matched by juniper berries. Underlying bready malts with just a hint of sweetness.

T - The American hops and juniper come together for something I dont find overly pleasant. Bitterness and a herbal taste dominate throughout with a sweetness on the backend reminiscient of toffee.

M/D - Very sticky in the feel with a nice puckering bitterness. The juniper taste is a bit overwhelming in the finish and becomes a bit rougher as the beer warms.

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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 BretSikkink
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gave a moderate pour and ended up with a frothy, sticky lace that looks just superb atop this golden orange brew. Lots of streaming bubbles, just a really nice look. The head pushes it up a half point.

The nose is very clean and mildly sweet. I get some biscuity malts leading the way, with mild doses of pepper and some herbs, citrus and other fruits, and a light dusting of esters (hint of bubble gum).

Mouthfeel is quite light, with the high carbonation doing a lot of work. Initial body brings a nice wave of citrus zest and juniper spicing. The sweetness gets to be a bit much in the middle, but this malt body disintegrates in the finish. Hops dominate here, with the juniper singing backup. Quite dry, with a toasted finish and biscuit in the aftertaste. Carbonation pulls everything else off the palate quickly.

Hmm, I've had few sahti beers, so I'm not sure where this falls on the Tradition-to-Postmodern spectrum. Definitely a different take on the style as I've experienced it, but no problems with the drinkability, as this is a tasty ale, albeit somewhat slight and moderately unbalanced.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a tight off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of rye mostly.

Tastes of spicy rye with some background noise. Rye seems to dominate with a peppery flavor and some breadiness. Juniper is in the background and gives a little of that distinct taste. Sweetness comes through and the balance is more on its side. Some bitterness from hops comes through with a bit of citrus and pine, but is again in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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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 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 Briken
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, orange amber with thinfaomy head with okay retention and good lacing. Mostly amber ale aroma with hint of spice. Average amber ale taste up front and then your hit with pepper and light citrus zest with a juniper berry and caramel lingering on the palate. An herbal (guarana?) quality shows in the retro-olfactory. Similar to a craft cola in taste, in a good way, it does also have a syrupy stickiness with moderate to low carbonation.

The sticky sweetness seems to have thrown a lot of people but judging by the style, it seems unavoidable. It is actually not that pronounced. This is a very approachable beer and, like a lot of NB beers the flavors are not bold but they are well done and in this case I think the subtlety works very well. It has a nice juniper flavor, in fact it's better than Rogue's Juniper pale ale aged in gin barrels! This is the first in the Lips of Faith series that actually impressed me.

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Photo of NStLincoln
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Snagged a bottle at the store the day after it came to Lincoln. Poured in a pint glass. Burnt orange with an whitish head that fizzes away quickly.

Smells farmyard stinky with a touch of sugar. I have to focus really hard to get any juniper, which leads me to believe there's not any on the nose.

Rye flavor without the spice. The alcohol is unbalanced on the end. Again not getting the juniper. Pretty blah.

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

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pale copper with a very slight haze. A rocky eggshell cap starts strong. It fairly quickly falls to a patchwork film. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Fairly light in the nose. Spruce, juniper and twig aromas do most of the work. A strong inhale nets some lemon and toasted bread.

T: Toasted grain starts things out. Earthy juniper and pine flavors come next. Finishes with lingering lemon and juniper flavors. The overall flavor is fairly light. Letting the beer warm a bit helps.

M: The medium body is slightly grainy and a bit over carbonated.

D: This is an OK Sahti, but something is missing that I can't quite peg. Still, I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this one as a birthday gift from one of my kids (can't remember which one) and figured I'd give it a shot tonight. Pours into the chalice a very nice clear copper color, with a good two fingers of light ecru head. On the nose, I get a little pine and a bit of caramel. Fairly sweet on the palate, reminiscent of an imperial amber, with just a hint of pine. Nothing offensive, but nothing special either.

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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 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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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 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 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 dpnelson1978
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle into glass tulip.

$6.49 / ea.

A: Hazy copper body topped with a loose two-finger head that quickly dissipates without a trace of lacing and only a thin creamy cover.

S: The sweetness of the rye sticks out immediately, but the secondary characteristics are more difficult to discern. I don't think I would ever be able to pull out the juniper and peel aromas without knowing they were already there, but they are definitely there, and wonderfully balanced. This brew has a very complex aroma that only lacks potency, in my opinion.

T: Again, the rye is the star. Sweet, and slightly bready it seems to overpower the nuances that made the aroma so great. Still, a slight citrus pulls through with a delicate spice in recesses that I can not seem to pin point.

M: Light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Much crisper than I expected and it works wonderfully.

D: Great mouthfeel, and an interesting aroma, but the flavor profile comes off a bit sweeter than I would like to see. A bomber goes down easy, but more than that would be overkill.

O: Good beer that makes for great conversation. Share one with friends.

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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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