Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer
New Belgium Brewing Company

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American Brett
3.34 | pDev: 16.47%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Lips Of Faith - Brett BeerLips Of Faith - Brett Beer
Notes: New Belgium Brewing and The Lost Abbey brewery from San Marcos, California have a shared passion for a variety of things, not the least of which is the wild Belgian yeast brettanomyces. So they decided to join forces and collaborate. Lost Abbey Collaboration is brewed simply with pale malts accompanied by Target, Centennial and Sorachi hops for a hint of citrus. Focusing on their mutual respect for the ingredient, the spotlight shines on the brettanomyces, where a full brett fermentation offers bold pineapple overtones and funky, sour edge. The beer is a shining, golden shade and is warming and dry.
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Reviews by qchic:
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3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a 22 oz bomber into a tulip style glass. No date that I can find on the bottle anywhere, but I'm pretty sure this was a one-time brewing from 2012.

Appearance - Pour generates a slim finger of head at most, resting on a body of golden straw. A steady but faint stream of carbonation rises to the top through bits of sediment suspended in the liquid. After about a minute or two, the head dissipates to a silky looking film on top, leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Dominated by the aroma of yeast and funk, but it's a one-note funk. It lacks any acidic bite to counterpoint the yeast. I get hints of fruity phenols in the background.

Taste - More bread and yeast. Perhaps a suggestion of generic fruity tartness, but not that sharp at all. Boozy sourdough finish. Seems unbalanced and like it needs more time for the Brett to do it's work. I'll hold onto my second bottle for quite awhile before cracking another one open.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation and a silky-slick coating on the tongue.

Overall, a beer that isn't bad so much as it's just not quite on the mark. Seems unbalanced and I won't be crying about this being a one-time brew. I hope it gets better with a little more age on it, but with NB's standard pasteurization, that seems unlikely.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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2.59/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-cloudy yellow with thin white head

S-extremely faint scent of berries and possibly a hint of brett. Very faint. A hint of sour lactose. 

T-comes in with a slightly fruity taste of bitter grains. It's not good. Its not terrible either. For something brewed with Brett, it's a downright disappointment. Matching after-taste, complete lack of tartness

M-medium to low carbonation. Dry finish

O-This has got to be the worst beer I've had from New Belgium or the Lost Abbey. I really don't know how either brewery let this one out. It tastes like what would happen if a nano brewery wanted to put out a sour with a very limited budget

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time trying a "wild" ale. Bomber into over-sized wine glass.

A - Dense, frothy foam dissipates quickly. Light orange/amber in color. Substantially visible sediments floating about.

S - Cheese/fruit, which is totally new to me in a beer. Some earthy-ness as well.

T - Sour (as it should be); as in sour/fermented grapes/wine. Some cheese rind.

M - Leans towards the viscous side. Reinforces the flavor(s) & helps persist.

O - Considering I was in the market specifically for a "wild" ale, and this was all that was available, can't ultimately say much. Delivers an 'unconventional' beer experience that one has be anticipating/wanting/expecting; as sneaking a brew like this on someone unfamiliar with what to expect, they would almost certainly disagree with it.

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3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a lightly hazy looking yellow color with a nice looking white head on top. The head fades and leaves basically nothing behind. The smell of the beer is not funky at all really... This was a beer that I thought would blow me away with sour tart aromas but instead it was really subtle. I liked the surprise of it all. The taste of the beer was lightly soured, but barely. The beer had a nice sweetness to it with a lemony bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was light, gently carbonated and smooth. Overall it was good in my opinion but not something that a sour beer lover would want to pay for I don't think.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Very pale, hazy brown-yellow, with a churning white head and lots of bubbles.

S: Neutral, grainy yeast. Lightly Belgian? Not unpleasant, but not very fruity.

T: The Brett is distant. That said, this is a very nice, easygoing, Belgian-style pale ale. Fruity yeast is tropical (pineapple?) and is complemented by a grassy, almost bubble gummy, hop presence. Light, fruity, and yeasty are the watchwords here. Not bad!

M: Clean and refreshing.

O: A thoroughly drinkable, very pleasing beer. Even if the Brettanomyces is subdued, which makes for an initially offputting experience, the beer itself is more than capable. I expected nothing less from this collaborative team.

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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2.46/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle share at Proof thanks to jbruner. Clear pale yellow color with swirls of thin white head and a medium collar. Aroma is super grainey and light malt. Taste is very faintly grassy, and then some light malt sweetness. Not much else to this one. Thin watery body, light carbonation.

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3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 07/18/12 notes. Split with my girlfriend; poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware and New Belgium globe.

a - Pours a hazy, deep yellow orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of oranges, brett, wheat, and bready malts. Brett and oranges are pretty weak. Nose isn't bad at all, but kind of muted. Very average and very surprised there wasn't more brett.

t - Tastes of bready malts, citrus, oranges, fruity malts, wheat, and very light funk, but not much. A little stronger and better than the nose, but still not much brett.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, the body is super smooth and creamy. Easily the best part of the beer; very easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent beer, but disappointing given the 2 high level breweries, and a bit underwhelming. For a name like "Brett Beer" it did not have a ton of brett, and the nose was very muted. Wouldn't seek it out again and wouldn't suggest buying a whole bomber of it.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 529 ratings