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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1/5  rDev -69.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -54.8%

Photo of harrymel
1.56/5  rDev -53%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Alright, supposed to be a BFD.

Pours a near crystal golden ale with dissipating white sheeting. Smells of manure, straw, mushroom, pear juice and unleaded (the good part) no indications of lemon for me. Wowza, sweet estery juice. Lots of sweet wheat character, yeast and saccharine like sweetness. Sooo sweet. Where did this even come from?! Hints of straw and yeast with a little lead character. Full bodied for the style with low carbonation. This beer is a disaster. I'm giving this an overall 1.0 despite any other ratings because the beer is composed poorly. Drain pour. What a disappointment for two renowned breweries.

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Photo of jheezee
1.75/5  rDev -47.3%

Photo of zhanson88
1.77/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Apperance: Pours a light, clear straw color with about 1/4" of white head. Head retention is okay, and carbonation seems to be lacking.

Smell: Mango, pineapple, tartness is almost nonexistent.

Taste: Heavy mango and pineapple sweetness, kind of cloying. Again, tartness is nonexistent.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is heavy for the style and lacking carbonation. Overall, not impressed with this as a wild. Kind of refreshing in a sweet way, this is an okay beer from that standpoint, but as a wild comes up way short.

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1.86/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

On tap at Happy Gnome.

Hazy golden colored with a moderate head. Aroma is extremely sweet and quite fruity; perhaps excruciatingly sweet. Generic beer notes abound and nothing else really stands out but the fruitiness.

Tastes underattenuated and just plain messy! A slightly phenolic and very cloying finish. Another good example of why one should either stick to normal ingredients or be absolutely sure before putting the product out. Also, add hops.

I don't really mind the mouthfeel but sweetness kills it. A miserable fail of a beer; there are few "craft" beers that I would turn down and choose an adjunct lager instead. This is one of them.

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1.9/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Served in a New Belgium globe glass. Metallic with some tropical fruit and light citrus. Quite off. Not a good beer. Some bready character.

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of jimicoop
2.14/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hate to say but I taste a lot of oxidization/cardboard flavor in this beer. It seems to dominate the flavor profile. Definitely a let down. I enjoy brett beers but not this one. Maybe I picked up the wrong bottle? I've participated in 'off flavor' beer presentations at NHC and can remember with clarity EXACTLY what oxidization tastes like. Brett can be excellent but this one is somewhere between oxidization and diacetyl. New Belgium usually kicks ass. Not this time in my opinion. Hope others had a better experience. Not sure if I'd buy this again and give it a second chance.
I actually wound up pouring it down the drain. :(
BOo hiss.

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2.16/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle pours a clear gold color with an ample cap of white head. Nice and dense, it sticks around quite awhile and leaves some nice lace.

Nose is mostly light grains with a touch of honey. Im not entirely sure brettanomyces would be the first thing to come to mind if I drank this blind. It mostly just smells like a Belgian Pale Ale.

Taste is too much sweet malt and not nearly enough brett. The honeyed grains are cloying even, and where the hell are the hops? It is like the brewers just completely forgot to add any bittering cones at all. The alcohol is surprisingly rough too, at 7.5% it attacks more like a 9 or 10%er. I dont think I have been a fan of any of the LoF series that is not a sour, this one is no exception. Yuk…nearing drain pour status.

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2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of dpasotti
2.34/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A very nice-looking beer. Golden honey color with solid head that bleeds lace. The aroma is light sweet pale malt, some floral hops, and peppery/fruity saison-like yeast notes. Zero brett.

Flavor is doughy malt, some yeasty spice, and not much else. Pretty clean flavor here. I literally got up and checked the bottle to make sure I opened the right beer. There is no brett element here whatsoever.

Medium body and carbonation. Mouthfeel is good. Overall, this is by far the most off-style beer I've ever had. It's somewhere between an American blonde, a saison, and a German helles; but it is in no way in the realm of a wild ale. The name Brett Beer does a disservice to the distinguished microorganism. To be fair, it's a good beer. But when you sell it to me as a "Brett Beer," you better bring the funk--and this is more of a Milli Vanilli.

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2.37/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer was a huge disappointment to me. Had on tap at Bier Baron in DC.

The beer pours a nice golden color, not very hazy with just a bit of lacing and a small head. Pretty good overall.

The smell is just non existent. I have to struggle to get even the slightest wisp of Brett at all and after that it smells like a very weak Berliner Weiss in the malt profile, like a sour mash that hardly springs from the glass. Taste is not much better, my beer loving friend and I said it kind of tasted like an adjunct wheat beer like a bad blue moon that doesn't have a lot of carbonation. Like a bad allagash white. Some alcohol flavor is probably the most recognizable taste here. Hardly any Brett, not tart, just a touch of fruit. Feel is fine, under carbonated and thin.

Yikes! We thought we ordered the wrong beer, but it turns out it was the right beer.

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Photo of hardy008
2.38/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale gold with a white two finger head with good retention and lacing. Smells of pineapple, citrus, spices, yeast, and some Brett.

The taste is sweeter than I would have expected. There is lemon, pale malts, pineapple, yeast, and Brett. This is a confused tasting mess. Like an experiment that went wrong. I have tasted worst beers to be sure, but I haven't had many this confusing before.

Light to medium bodied with light carbonation, and a lemon / Brett aftertaste. Not to my liking.

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2.43/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - maybe a finger and a half of just off white head. Body is cloudy and straight up golden. Some good lacing.

S - Very floral with only a little sour and funk. Fairly simple.

T - Artificial flavors and a lot of floral notes. Not that great for me. Just tastes like an artificial flower to me. Maybe a little hops at the finish.

M - Strong carbonation and medium body.

O - Not for me and I don't know what else to say.

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