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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 BeerDawgs
3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle pored into a Lost Abbey Tulip Glass

A - A fairly clear straw yellow, with alot of sediment floating around. Small amount of head, no sticky lace on the glass

S - Belgian yeast strain of the Brett is the most dominant. Slight sugar candy. Not too strong on the aroma front

T - Sweet sugar candy, but not overwhelming. Warms from the alcohol. A tad tarty at the end.

M - Medium bodied, fairly well carbonated.

O - Not like most Wild Ale's or sours. More like a belgian pale ale. I enjoyed it. Hope they collaborate again!

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Photo of Phelps
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Into a tulip glass, Brett Beer has the soft golden hue of saffron rice, hazed slightly by lingering yeast particles. A wispy, half-inch head of cloud-white foam fizzles gentle away, dotting the sides of the glass like a Bingo player.

Funk can be a difficult beast to master. Give the wild yeast to much rein and you can quickly edge from pleasantly piquant into downright smelly. Brett Beer toes the edge of the latter — notes of unripe pear and banana rise above a base layer of wet hay and rotten pineapples. Brett runs amok in the nose, delivering musty, earthy undertones along with a whisper of white vinegar in the back.

The flavor is more subdued, though it still shows some signs of abundant funk. The brett, interestingly, has imparting some very Belgian flavors like pear juice, banana and canned, processed pineapple. These swirl with gentle sweetness at the front of the flavor, while Target, Centennial and Sorachi Ace hops lend a healthy bitterness that settles into the back of the tongue. Hop flavor is nearly nil, but alcohol flavor isn’t — a large helping of clean booze strikes upon the swallow. The wild yeast lends a musty undercurrent to the whole affair, but has done its work to eat away residual sugars — the beer evacuates the palate with the cleanliness of a hotel maid.

If wildness and rampant funk is your thing, Brett Beer will likely be a fun brew to try. Pair it with some James Brown or George Clinton, who knew a thing or two about controlled amounts of funk. For my part, I’ll look for brews with a little more control.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.39/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stella glass.

4.0 A: Well hazed dark yellow color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy white head. Retention is about average, but plenty of lacing is left.

2.5 S: The first thing that jumped into my head is corny. Corny as in that sickly sweetness you find in AALs. Now that I think of it, it smells a good bit like an AAL. Grassy with a very light citrusy/peachy component. The only brett there is comes from my imagining it. Not horrible, but not good either. When it warms up it smells a hell of a lot better though. Some peppery spiciness comes out and the corns fades away some.

3.5 T: It kinda tastes like an AAL as well. Well, maybe not that bad and much better than the nose. Grassy with hay, peach, and apple. Maybe some pineapple too. Very, very light funkiness. A bit sweet, which seems strange from a brett'd beer. Peppery spiciness.

4.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess to this. Great here.

3.5 D: It's decent, but it's too sweet, isn't clean, and isn't very funky or bretty. When I think of a damn good brett beer, I think or Orval. This is about the opposite of that. Still, I like it even though I probably shouldn't.

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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 rfbenavi80
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A- Pours a nice bright straw yellow, with 2 fingers of brilliant, shiny white head that is hanging around longer than I expected, and is leaving some decent lacing on the glass.

S- Some funkiness from the Brett, some mild hints of tropical fruitiness. Mainly pineapple. Just a hint of sourness.

T- A good starter for people looking to try a Brett beer. The Brett is not overwhelming, but present. Biscuity flavors give way to a mild fruitiness.

M- Medium amount of carbonation. I think it could be higher. I like a wild ale that has lively carbonation. Might be a tad too thick. Would like to see a lighter body on this one.

O- A beginners Brett. This one is good, not great. I don't think it's near as bad as some of the reviewers have said. But that being said, everybody is different. I can say that this one is a decent beer to drink. This beer has turned into a huge disappointment for a lot of people, but I think it fits well into the Lips of Faith Series.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sweet, a wild ale for $6.50. Let check it out...

Poured into NB globe, pours cloudy yellow with thin white head. Decent retention and some lacing left behind. The aroma features an initial rush of funky Brett. The funk has a bit of dirt involved. Sorachi Ace hops come through next with waves of lemon zest and a bit of coriander. The taste starts off with a bit of citric tartness and balances out to an even tasting fruity finish. Notes of orange and lemon come through. The taste doesn't have the same level of funk that the nose has. The finish is not spectacular as it lacks character. The mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Overall, you get what you pay for here. This doesn't feature the depth or complexity that I like in other American Wild Ales.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a very nice hazy straw golden color. There is a nice white head that is about 0.25 inch tall. The head is nice and dense and recedes quickly and leaves a ncie white ring.

Starts off with some nice yeasty esters and some good corn husk and barnyard funk. Nice grainy notes and malty grain notes that are bready and slightly sweet.

Flavor starts off slightly sweet and spicy like a BPA or a Saison. Nice slight clove notes. There is some midl tartness to it but I cant pick up the funk as much on the taste. Nice malty notes and some nice yeasty and fruity esters are present that add some sweetness to the brew and there is a some earthy notes as well. Surprisingly mild but refreshing and with some good flavors. Crisp and clean.

So so brew. Not bad but nothing earth shattering.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served old into a goblet.

Brett Beer is a very light golden yellow color with a slightly hazy appearance. The head is thin and short-lived.

Aroma is fairly sour, slightly hoppy, and a little funky yeasty.

Flavor is also surprisingly mild. The base beer is so plain, I have to figure it is only there to showcase the Brett. Unfortunately, it just isn't that sour or flavorful.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated. It's well balanced and mild with low alcohol presence.

Overall a beer that just isn't all that impressive. Well made but just not that memorable.

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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 kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average but not high; I tried the Lost Abbey version and didn't find it all that fantastic.

Served warmer than refrigerator cold but not quite room temperature. Side-poured with extra vigor as carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour, fair cream, fair thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a clear pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Bretty, with pineapple coming through quite nicely. Strangely lacking on the funk factor; I'm shocked. Some yeast. any hops are backgrounded and vaguely citrusy. A mild but pleasant aroma.

T: Bretts are dominant but not overbearing. The pineapple is mild but near perfectly integrated. Clean malts don't intrude but add some body. Background vaguely floral hopping; maybe a tinsy bit of citrus. Nicely balanced all around but lacking depth and complexity. It's fairly subtle, but not so much as to really impress. I'd like more yeast.

Mf: Smooth, tingly, and wet. Gets coarser as it goes along, to its credit. Nicely thick. Not too heavy on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable. A nice summer brew. I like it but it just isn't all that impressive - especially for the price and brewers. I expect more from these two breweries, particularly in a sour. These are the guys that did La Folie and Framboise de Amarosa?


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Photo of guildencrantz
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very friendly brett. With a moderate mouth feel, light citrus flavor and just a touch of funk from the brettanomyces this is quite an enjoyable beer: it's not offensive, and doesn't push boundaries in any direction, but is very drinkable and I'd certainly try it again if I was looking for something light.

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Photo of snaotheus
2.69/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle split into two large snifters

Pours cloudy straw color with a film of head and a few clumps. Sediment collected at the bottom, so the end of the pour is quite cloudy and the beginning was pretty clear. Smell is musty, tart...maybe a little banana. Something about this smell is unappealing.

Taste is also not so appealing. There's some interesting stuff in it. Something sweet, something cloying, but something about it reminds me of durian, in not such a pleasant way. It's not horrible, but not so appealing.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky without feeling heavy. Overall, not a fan. I won't buy this again, and wouldn't recommend it to my friends.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a lemon gold color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is intriguing, as I pick up a lot of tropical fruit, light lemon zest, and I guess a hint of barnyard funk (it's sort of dominated by the tropical fruit). The flavor profile replicates the nose for the most part, though I'm surprised by how sweet this beer is. The brett component is a bit odd with this level of sweetness... sort of a tropical fruit meets sweaty socks taste to it. Definitely picking up some noticeable pineapple and bananna as well. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, sweet, lightly funky finish. Alcohol is fairly well integrated into the flavor profile, but the beer is almost cloyingly sweet.

Weird beer. Hard to imagine drinking down a pint of this stuff (I found it tough sledding, just making it through a sampler glass). I give the brewer an E for effort, but in my book, this one is a fail.

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Photo of vkv822
2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz : snifter

Clear yellow with a foamy, bubbly white head.

Funky Brett notes predominately, some malty grain.

Bretty funk, light fruity, pineapple notes.

Medium body, low prickly carbonation.

A decent beer, though the flavor just was not very intriguing or exciting.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had really high expectations for this one. Pours a slightly hazy, golden straw color with a large white head that disappears at a steady pace. Scent definitely has some Brett to it, although it is not as funky as I was expecting. Although I was hoping it would be tart/sour, I knew it wouldn't be. The aroma is somewhat of a letdown, as it is not even as funky as I was hoping. It has some pleasant tropical fruit and hops to it though. Taste is quite good. Initially, I get some earthy and floral flavors. Tropical fruits...pineapple and melon. Belgian yeast with slight Brett characteristics. Not much funk or barnyard at all...still a tasty beer though. Lovely hoppiness with sweet fruits. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Somewhat spicy and crisp finish. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, I know Lost Abbey does some amazing thing with Brett, so I had my expectations way too high. Although this is a good beer, it isn't worthy of the name "Brett Beer".

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one sitting out by the pool on the 4th in the sun! Served from bottle into an RJ Rockers shaker. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount fairly slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, earth, mango, pineapple, and subtle fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, earthy funk, earth, subtle fruit, mango, and pineapple. Overall this was a decent brew. For those of you out there who believe Brett makes a beer sour or tart, you need to try this one. There is no sour or tart notes present at all in this one. Just a nice earthy funk which is how it should be. However, a little sour/tart might not have hurt this brew too much as the Brett dominated it. The fruit aspects tried to settle it down, but fell a little short if you ask me. Definitely worth trying at least once to judge for yourself.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brett Beer pours a hazy, opaque straw color with a slight apricot tint. A thin white head provides a good deal of lace. Strong aromas of pineapple, lemon, and Brettacomyces funk hide a slightly floral hop notes and a grainy maltiness. Tropical fruit flavors again dominate the pallet, followed by a light breadiness, and just a touch of funk in the finish. Brett Beer is medium light in body and has a lower level of carbonation. It seems that some aging would do this beer good.


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Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a medium white head, solid lace.

S: Bretty leathery notes, with some spoiled pineapple and musrooms.

T: Definite tropical notes. Pineapple, passion fruit, but not in a hoppy sense, more of in a yeasty sense. Musty, Bretty undercurrent.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, silky, musty.

O: An interesting beer at first, but didn't retain my interest until the end of the bomber. Not as tasty as the Lost Abbey counterpart. That being said it's considerably less expensive than the Lost Abbey counterpart (3:1). A solid effort, worth a try if you're into Brett.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy. light white pillow head.

very funky with strong brett notes, subtle tropical fruits.

very brett straight forward, well blended body allowing the brett to really shine. light tropical fruit, some malt in the back. slight booze in the finish.

mild to moderate carbonation. light feel.

it's a brett beer, very straight forward. no frills. good stuff, but 22oz's a bit much after a while.

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Photo of zhanson88
1.77/5  rDev -46.5%
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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Photo of tewaris
1.86/5  rDev -43.8%
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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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a small growler at the Charleston Beer Exchange:

Pourd into a new belgium tulip glass, color is pale straw to gold with a brighter white head, light lacing light carbonation.

Smell is lightly funky, earthy, mild bread. some estery like undertones.

Taste is more straightforward than expected, pilsner malts and breads, light yeast, some mild earthiness (my wife described it as mild brie like flavors). The brett like flavors never really come through as strong as expected, though it fits the description mentioned.

Mouthfeel is stronger on the tongue from some of the estery like profile, not bad, lingering sweetness helps in the this regard.

Overall, not as funky as expected but a more interesting beer than not - glad i picked up a bottle - will let it a age some before tasting again.

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Photo of imasloth
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy straw color with generous white head and thick lacing.

S- General Brett scent with perhaps a bit of sweetness. Strong green olives over all.

T- Olives into tart and sweet. As it warms tart comes to front but olives dominate. Some pineapple too.

M- Evident carbonation, medium-body, fairly smooth.

O- Having made a beer with Centennial hops and getting same green olive/pineapple flavor (nobody else gets the olive that I do), it may be this hops I don't like. This beer certainly distinct, but not in ways I'd like it to be.

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Photo of bsp77
2.56/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold with foamy white head and sticky lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt, biscuit, cherry and citrus. No Brett.

Taste: Still no Brett, or maybe just the slightest hint. That might be okay (despite the misleading name), so does the rest of the beer taste good? No, not really. Strong toast and biscuit with a really odd hop flavor (grass, metal, rotten citrus) and some overripe banana. Tastes like a way too boozy Marzen with some Belgian undertones.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Off dry finish that really coats the mouth in a bad way.

Overall: Tastes like a headache. I really can't believe that this is what New Belgium and Lost Abbey came up with. Not finishing the bomber. At least it was only like $6.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a cloudy light yellow-orange with a one inch fizzy, near-white head that fades down pretty quickly.

S - Lemons, sour wheat, sour mash.

T - Sour wheat, and just plain odd.

D - Decent carbonation and a lighter body.

O - I was really excited to try this one, but I was really let down. I want to grab a Mo Betta' and see how it compares. I hope it's better.

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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
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