Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer | New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Brett BeerLips Of Faith - Brett Beer
528 Ratings
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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Ratings: 528 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of Jadjunk
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"The best part of collaboration is discovering mutual passions, with Lost Abbey it was the wild yeast strain Brettanomyces. Using Belgian inspiration, we fermented the bier with Brettanomyces to bring out tropical fruit notes, crisp haziness and bright flavor. A touch of fruity Soriachi Ace hops pleases the palette and entices frequent sips." Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale, Brett Beer is a one-off collaboration release between New Belgium and The Lost Abbey, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium globe glass. Served above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Brett Beer pours a frothy cream head of an off-white complexion over a densely hazy pale amber body with plenty of dense peppery sediment in tow. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Up front, notes of pale cracker and wheat malt with undertones of pithy citrus, peppercorns, clove and banana bread. Some mild acidity and lactic tartness is present, however there is little funk and sourness developed in the aroma, resulting in a mild, underdeveloped aroma. The potency is high. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor comes off as even less enjoyable upfront as it is a bit messy and harsh in the few places that the flavor comes through in full. Soapy, grainy pale malts with a light sweetness is accentuated by a sharp arrangement of yeasty phenols and is almost devoid of any funk and Brettanomyces characteristics. Overly sweet and heavy and yet finishes parching dry with a yeasty mouthful of white pepper, clove and dried pineapple. The pasteurization sees this beer as relatively unchanged from its young ale state. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, lightly chewy and moderately dry. Carbonation is medium/high, generating a moderately frothy and smoothly crisp mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is yeasty, acidic and phenolic over sweet. Alcohol presence is medium, phenols are high. 3.5

(Overall) In general, it's a fairly messy wild ale with most of its shortcomings in how poorly the brett-borne flavors have developed. I had expected that with time, sourness may have rounded the edges of this beer and it would have matured, but time doesn't seem to have improved its chances. Too short on funk and sourness, too full on fruity sweetness and yeast-borne phenols. Altogether it's drinkable, but I did not find it very enjoyable. There are far superior examples of Brettanomyces beer out there, and its unfortunate that two reputable breweries were unable to generate a Brett beer whose sum was superior to either of its parts. 3.25

New Belgium Brewing's
Brett Beer (With The Lost Abbey)

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3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from phone, reviewed on June 3, 2014.

Etched Lips of Faith bomber poured into a Lindemanns flute, mostly because I rarely get the chance to use it. Pale straw body, mostly clear but with fine pieces of sediment. Solid frothy white head; nearly two fingers with good retention, and intermittent strings of Belgian lacing working down the glass.

This is a very fruity beer. A whole myriad of yeasty tropical fruit esters and a healthy dose of lemon zest screaming "Sorachi Ace." Grassy/earthy with just a little bit of funky and spicy phenols. The yeast definitely takes over for this beer, but aside from a hoppy citrus, there's not much else in the nose. Then again, this is named "Brett Beer," so I suppose that's appropriate.

Very earthy flavor. A touch of yeasty funk, but no sour. The lemon zest adds a nice tang to balance out the drier yeast flavors, but not quite enough.

Low carbonation and a light-medium body. Mouthfeel is a bit dry, but not in an enjoyable crisp or tart way I expect in the style. Actually, the aftertaste is almost chalky.

Overall this was a little disappointing. I like wilds, I'm a huge fan of the Lips of Faith series, and I love Lost Abbey, but this didn't quite measure up. It's drinkable, but hardly impressive.

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3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 528 ratings
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