Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Brett BeerLips Of Faith - Brett Beer

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by HopHead84 on 05-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a dry tartness of white grapes. In the taste, starts dry to a small tartness and acidity of a white grape. A small sour bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry white grape sourness in the aftertaste. A small tartness and just a hint of fruit, nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.29/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bomber. Poured into a small wine glass.

A delicate, complex brew. The aroma itself is complex, hard to describe and worth the purschase.

A - Poured a cloudy straw color, half-finger dense white head, which quickly dissipates.

S – Barnyard funk, grassy, maybe a little litter box, slightly fruity.

T – Medium to low bitterness balanced with light maltiness, some oak, medium dryness.

MF – Some smoothness.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of wheat, funky brett and farmhouse smells, lemon zest, tartness, vanilla, and some fruity esters.

T - Starts off with a mix of wheat, lemon zest, light spices, tart fruity esters, and a touch of vanilla. Through the middle, some funky brett comes through with some more funkiness. The finish is a mix of tart lemon, funky brett, farmhouse flavors, and some wheat.

M - Medium-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart, funky, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice sour beer with good brett flavor. Could have used a bit more complexity.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.18/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. There was a bottling date on there but it was smeared so couldn't read it. But this just hit the TX market so it's pretty fresh. Was an opaque straw color with good carb streams. It had about a finger of foam that slowly settled into a good collar and covering film. Lots of sliding lace with good amount sticking.

The aroma was good but not as brett intense as I was expecting. Moderate amount of that with spicy yeast and pineapple and mango. Good but really would have liked a brett punch. The taste follows the aroma but has more of the brett showing up plus a touch of the Sorachi. Very tasty. Medium to full mouthfeel. Creamy. Good carb levels and good aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one, and while not the brett bomb I might have wanted, it really shines on it's own. Highly recommend. Available here in TX. Rotation - really enjoyed this one so will be seeking out several more [Y:Y]

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Photo of martyl1000
4.18/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, the massive head rises rocky and fragrant. The barnyard funk hits the nose instantly, followed by a vinegar seriousness.

The citric tartness is tempered by the banana-taffy sweetness of brettomyacin yeast. Incredibly refreshing this afternoon of climate-change heat here in Madison.

The sour Brett in the mouth is a lemony bitterness, leavened by a subtle tropical fruit sweetness.

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Photo of nickfl
4.16/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles rapidly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Pineapple, clove, lemon, and lemongrass.

T - A thick, wheat flavor up front with some lemon and orange in the middle. Finishes with clove, vanilla, pineapple and orange creamsicle.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a lightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, the spicy hops and brett work nicely together and make for an interesting, saison like experience.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.12/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is mainly fruity, mostly apple with subtle notes of banana and pear; balance is yeasty and a little malty. Pours a clear, bright solar yellow with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, palest gold head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Sublime, fruity flavor has a firm yeasty note and hints of butterscotch, malt, and - is that freshly-mowed hay? Overall, very tasty and lip-smacking. Texture has good body and good fizz, making for a real winner. I love beer collaborations! I wanna see more of ’em!

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Photo of jjanega08
4.11/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating or vintage on this bottle.

A= Pours a light hazy yellow color with a finger of thick foamy head on it that holds great retention and lacing. I was expecting a larger head from the brett but this will do nicely.

S= The smell is definitally funky. It almost has a sort of pie like aroma. There is a bit of biscuity aroma and a little pie like sweetness. It has a little bit of a hoppy aroma to it but not too much. Sort of leaves a little bit of a melony tropical fruit aroma.

T= The taste is a mouth of funk. Tons of bretty funk with a little biscuit flavor to it. There is a nice hoppy bitterness and a sort of pie like flavor again. A little bit of melon and pineapple to it. The finish is very dry and a clean doughy flavor. There's a slight tartness to it as well.

M= Long dry finish and a nice bubble.

O= I usually am a little more weary of brett beers. This is fine example. There is a nice drinkablility that screams summer night. Well worth picking up and drinking.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 0.5L Duvel tulip. No date, but I guess it was brewed once, so no matter.

A: Light golden body, clear with some carbonation. Big white head, very good lacing.

S: Somewhat Belgian like yeast character, but with more musk and fruit. Blends with a noble hop aroma.

T: Hit by Belgian character up front, but it feels heavier. A little alcohol heat in the middle. A sweetness followed by slightly overripe fruit flavors on the finish. Quite an intense and interesting beer.

M: Mouthfeel is full, body is actually not very dry at all.

O: This is a very interesting beer considering it is solely brewed with brettanomyces. If you expect funk in everything brewed with brett you're mistaken. Anyone who has read the paper "A Horse of a Different Color" knows this. More than interesting, this beer is tasty, and unique enough for me to wish this was on rotating release.

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Photo of pigc
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy yellow with one finger head that fades quickly. Small bubbles of carbonation rise to the top.

S - Peach, mango, apple. Slight brett presence.

T - Fresh green apples, tart mango and just a bit of the brett funk.

M - Light to medium bodied. Average carbonation.

O - Definitely not a strong brett beer but this is extremely easy to drink on a hot summer day. Very refreshing and saison like. With so many wild ales trying to pack on as much sour as possible this one is a real treat!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
7.5% ABV, mushed numbers on bottom of label.

A - Small floating particles cloud the vibrantly golden beer and are continuously stirred up by a column of carbonation feeding the billowing, dense egg-shell head. Good retention is followed by sticky lace spattered on the glass.

S - Initially this Brett Beer from the Lips of Faith series smells like odd, over-ripe banana, not that far from what an infected hefeweizen would be like. As volatile aromas escape, this changes, quite drastically, to something a little more appealing; citrusy, tropical fruit notes while still carrying some funk. Freshly cut pineapple and juicy mango mix with a dash of citrus and floral hop notes. Pale malt is content residing towards the background, simply providing a base. The nicest part though, is the lemongrass, white pepper, and clay earthy, spicy notes that come through the finish.

T - Pale and pilsner-like sweet malt creates a base for the rest of the beer to play off of nicely. Bold fruitiness akin to the nose brings pineapple and mango while there's quite a bit of lemony citrus too. The funk is fair, not intrusive, and relatively simple in the flavor.

M - The mouthfeel is much like the collaboration, meeting somewhere in the middle of different backgrounds. The malty sweetness is balanced by both moderate dry hops and bitterness but also a lightly tart finish from the brett. Faint alcohol perception, like the brett in the flavor, remains simple, not intrusive.

O - New Belgium and The Lost Abbey's collaboration on the Lips of Faith Brett Beer isn't as out-of-this-world as many of the wilds produced by The Lost Abbey, but Brett Beer remains a very well balanced and drinkable introductory wild; unoffensive and somewhat mainstream while still allowing some subtle nuances of the bacteria to be showcased throughout. A fine drinking beer for some of the hotter summer days while still packing a punch, you might consider sipping this lightly tart and slightly higher ABV beauty at family functions you don't particularly care to be at.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Alewife baltimore, into flute. Pours a hazy blonde, constant champagne like bubbles, and little head. Smells of yeast big time, but also citrus fruit notes. Taste is yeasty, but malty citrus fruit. Some clove and spice but otherwise citrus yeast stands out and is really nice. Good amount of hops and great hop flavor. Its a very good tasting brew with no good eye candy. Very crisp but dry and easy. Overall, another well crafted LOF brew from NB!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks! Poured into Lost Abbey Patron Sinner stemware.

A: Hazy yellow orange with two fingers of craggy white sea foam that linger for many minutes. The head leaves lots of lacing scattered on the glass as it recedes and settles to a thin bubbly layer of foam. Nice color.

S: Earthy, musty, leathery, and slightly horsey with a light floral bouquet. The funk blends with fruity notes, reminiscent of lemon, orange, and stone fruit. There's a light pineapple presence. Malt is soft and bready.

T: Soft orange, mango, and pineapple with musty, earthy, and leathery Brett. There's a whisper of tartness with some barnyard notes. Malt is biscuity and lightly sweet. There's a low bitterness. The finish is funky, lightly tart, fruity, and ultimately dry. Pineapple lingers. No alcohol is evident.

M: Lower medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, sticky, and dry.

Overall: A nice and refreshing Brett beer.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a white head that lingers.

Smells of sweet malt, some lighter fruit, and diacetyl along with a hint of funk.

Taste follows the nose with an interesting and light fruit flavor, almost pineapple, before bringing in some diacetyl. I assume the buttery flavor is a byproduct of the would be nice to see it develop some more.

Medium to lighter body and medium carbonation works well.

A solid brett beer that isn't too funky...more of an accent.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a one pint New Belgium chalice at Elliott Bay Pizza & Pub in Mill Creek, WA. I guess this is the New Belgium sister beer of Mo Betta Bretta.

Appearance: light golden hue with plenty of haze and a thick finger of creamy white foam with good retention and a nice thick lace.

Smell: light sweet malt with a balanced amount of bretty funk. It works for me.

Taste: sweet golden malt flavor with a nice chalky funk from the Brett. Not sour at all, which is nice; I like the more alkaline character. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a rather nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a good wild ale. Not sour, but a good quaffer nonetheless.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well balanced Ale in all aspects. The color when poured in a pint glass was a very hazy dark wheat yellow. The was hardly any foam and not lace at all. The smell of hops, with sweet spices and fruit was evident in the aroma. The flavor was of mild hops, sweet spices and fruit. A very good balance of sweet/bitter/sour on the aftertaste. For a 7.5% alcohol content, it was very smooth and mild.

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Photo of bylerteck
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from kjyost. Thanks.

A - Pours cloudy golden with strong carbonation coming up to a one finger white head. Decent spotty lace, half finger retention.

S - Peach, grass, mild funk, apricot. Pretty nice.

T - Full on peach, orange, grain, a little bit of yeasty barnyard but very subtle. Sweet notes with lemon candy. Pretty good.

M - Nice carbonation, medium to full body and a mildly funky and dry with a sweet peachy note in the finish.

O/D - Nothing wrong here. Subtle Brett and lot's of complexity. Not sure why reviews for this are so poor. Tasted pretty good and I enjoyed it. Sure the 'wild' character was a bit lacking, but that's refreshing compared to some examples that are all Brett.

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Photo of AronVietti
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, pours a quickly diminishing head that becomes a thin layer floating on top.

A - Cloudy and straw colored, spot on for this style.

S - Lemon zest, pear, ripe pineapple, touch of barnyard

T - Same as the smell, with perceived sweetness that dries out on the finish. The fruit flavors come across as extremely ripe.

M - Good body for a beer that could easily become too thin, and a nice long finish.

O - This is a really good effort and showcases the fruitiness that Brett can produce, especially when paired with the right hops. I will note that this beer should not be served too cold.

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.97/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up for $5, awesome value.

Pours a hazy golden, the color of orange blossom honey, with minimal head that recedes quickly.

Lots of bright citrus fruits up front, strong lemon with a background note of orange. A little bit of wet hay brettness in the background. Not especially funky for a brett beer.

Taste is more of the bright citrus fruits with a touch of wet hay and a very dry clean maltiness and a touch of tartness but I wouldn't consider it a "sour" beer.

Light and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking for 7.5%

Overall I love the value. Nice, easy drinking brett beer though not terribly complex. I enjoyed the 22oz while making chili and it enhanced the experience greatly :)

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Photo of mactrail
3.97/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect amber in the narrow tulip glass. Not so much foam but it sparkles on the tongue. The carbonation floats up and fills the mouth with a spritzy marshmallow feeling.

So rich and mellow. Seriously fruity with a touch of old-fashioned postage stamp glue. Distinct tang of sweet apple juice. Like a Saison, it dries out toward the middle and leaves a modest bitter finish. Quite full of fruit flavors but rather elegant. A strong flavor that intensified as you sip, so a short glass at one time is plenty. It's also a nice lesson in brewing technology, and a surprise if you've had some really outlandish Brett beers.

This is so much better than the stinky, overly bacterial bottle version. Glad I tasted this version. On tap at Pizza Port OB.

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Photo of tylerzander
3.97/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy straw color - classic kind of farmhouse ale - with a two finger white head that swiftly reduces to a minimal layer of foam atop the beer

S - pineapple-like aroma with a kind of white grape twist on it, and then a grassy/wet hay aroma with some barnyard funk to provide another layer on top of the fruitiness; as it warms, some more tropical notes: orange peel, mango

T - if there is a "funky" taste coming through, it centers more on the fruity and sweet side; a touch of tropical fruit hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste that manages to be both fruity and woodsy

M - bright but surprisingly full bodied for an all-brett fermentation, almost like fruit juice; a medium level of carbonation with a little bite from that at the end

D - definitely a complex beer that withstands several close looks, and well-crafted given the difficulties of brettanomyces fermentations, yet still not as satisfying or drinkable as top-level saccharomyces beers finished with brett; anyway, I'd like to see more stabs in this direction, toward balancing yeast character with complementary flavors provided by newer hop varieties

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Photo of dbossman
3.96/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow hue with a thin but solid and steady hue and fantastic lacing

S: Definitely some cheesy, funky barnyard aromas on top of citrus, apple, tangerine; this is a nice little funky, fruity, and grainy smelling beer; I am excited (despite the poor reviews this beer has gotten)

T: Not quite as funky as I was hoping and a surprising malty sweetness but the fruitiness balances things out and a touch of the cheesy funk in the end lets this come together

F: Quite creamy and sticky--pretty nice body

O: This is solid; I don't get the naysayers on this beer--the brett is prominent and it plays well off the other characteristics

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
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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Photo of Tilley4
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle for quite some time and decided now was as good a time as any to give it a go...

A fairly clear appearance reminds me of a chardonnay actually... A little lighter than gold...

Aromas are interesting here... Lots of funkiness from the Brett... definitely the band aid thing but the aroma is pregnant with this past-its-prime fruit that adds an interesting twist to this. Maybe it's the Soriachi hops? It's like you've taken a beer and thrown it in an old oak barrel, covered it with cheesecloth and let it sit for a month or so...

I actually like what I'm getting from this. Mind you, it isn't earth shattering or anything but I don't think it's quite as bad as some of the other reviews would let on. In the world of Wild Ales, it's definitely not a superstar but it is still a good beer and seems somehow different than others. There's more funky Brett and less sourness than one would find in others... Very earthy and old feeling...

I admit it... I liked this one... I would drink this again if offered... That being said, it's not the best Wild out there, not by a long stretch of the imagination... But it's still a good beer that I enjoyed...

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Photo of DonDirkA
3.89/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose of tropical fruits, mango, tangerine, lemon and grapefruit. Taste has notes of banana, mango, oranges, slight funk from the Brett and its very lemony and effervescent like a hefeweizen. Pretty good, but a little light for my tastes. I love Brettanomyces but this one just isn't quite right. A good brew, but for something involving Lost Abbey, I expected more. I've heard a lot about their sours but this doesn't reflect that reputation. It wasn't actually made by Lost Abbey though, but by New Belgium and they're just kinda... meh most of the time.

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