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
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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Holy crap! This brew has gotten some really shitty reviews on here!

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Not quite orange in color.... more like apricot. Also, the head was cottony and sticky.... and pretty white!

S: INTENSE smell of mothballs and raw grains. Jeez... I won't say fruit, I'll say soggy breakfast cereal.

T: You know what, I kinda dig the late, late, late aftertaste on this one, but the rest was an utter disaster. The fruitiness (or lack thereof) was hindered by a very unpleasant, unfresh citrus quality that reminded me of low-grade orange juice. I also got some stomach acid in there as well....

M: Sugary mess, ridiculous lacing on the glass AND the palate. The carbonation level was low, but that wasn't what this venture was about anyway...

O: "Entices Frequent Sips"... Nope.

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4.3/5  rDev +29.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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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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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 7.5% abv. Hazy golden color with a quickly disappearing white head. Some sediment, and very little visable carbonation.

Sour, and lactic nose up front. Earthy, funky, a bit leathery and buttery. Maybe some hay or straw.

Earthy malt up front. A bit tart with slight funky feel. Some nice citrusy favors on the back end. Not much sweetness or bitterness really. Maybe a bit leathery at the end.

Lighter body, not much carbonation at all. Not as interesting, complex or as funky as I thought. The fruity notes help a bit, but kind of boring overall.

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +50.6%

Photo of beer2day
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light lemon gold with a hint of white cream head. No retention and only faint lace.

Nose is a mess. Not a lot of anything, but a lot of subtle flavors. Sweet pineapple, apricot, and somehow I'm getting light white cheese. Not very funky, but not all that bad either.

Flavor brings more pineapple, sour this time. Sweet citrus in the finish with a presence of hop esters, but a real lack of brett here. Again, not bad ... just not what I would expect.

Feel is mildly thick without being too cloying.

As many others have said, this isn't a bad beer at all. Just not what the label would suggest.

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into snifter.

A - Hazy golden/yellow. Nice carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Head dissipated quickly.

S - Some sweet fruit and citrus upfront. Some Belgian funk. Nice spice aroma; coriander, maybe nutmeg, pepper. Smells and looks delicious.

T - Taken out of context, this is a nice Belgian-style ale; a very drinkable one at that. But opening the bottle expecting some in-your-face brettanomyces action, I was kind of let down. I get some fruitiness/spiciness...but only hints of funk. Much less than the smell suggested. Leaves me wanting more. But it hasn't stopped me from blasting through this bomber. Nice brew for a hot Texas day...just not what I was expecting.

M - Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation aids in drinkability. Could benefit from some added dryness but I like it.

O - Once again, in a blind taste test I'd probably dig this beer more than I do. Seems the brett is an afterthought. Expectations do things to a man...

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a globe glass. This 'Brett' beer pours a hazed golden with a half inch cap of white foam. Decent retention and lace follow, to a degree.

Touch of sourness on the aroma though notably wheat based. Slightest hint of Brett fruit on the aroma and quite muddled with light hops. Brett notes do expand with warming and enhance the aroma above all else.

At half the price of The Lost Abbey Version and with twice the Brett, chime in....

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2.48/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From bomber to tulip glass

A: Light tangerine in color, opaque with a chilled haze, forms a small wispy head on the pour.

S: Honey-sweet malts and earthy tea anchor the bouquet, coriander and nutmeg surround. Where's the funk?

T: Candy-sweet malts meet ripe citrus fruit at the front of the palate, light holiday spice mid-sip. Hops poke through near the end, yielding an earthy tea-edge. Closes with just a touch of tart orange-citrus, but the malty sweetness dominates an unnecessarily long finish. Where's the pop? Where's the funk? Wild ale?

M: Super oily slick and chewy, accentuating the brew's sweet aspects.

The beer isn't all that hard to quaff, but is this ever mislabeled? I can't believe two brewers that have mastered this style would call this "Brett Beer". If they had called it 'The Taming of the Brett' or something I might have been more generous, but it's still not a very memorable sip.

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2.82/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Light apricot with a thick and fluffy bone white head. Head slowly faded into a very thick film that left epic sheets of lace down the glass.
S: Faint smelling and musty. Old citrus and muddled earth come through with sweet notes of stone fruits and brett. Brett has that earthy dry straw scent but it’s not super strong.
T: Golden ale flavors with a light kiss of brett. As far as brett goes though, this beer is neither drying nor earthy/funky. I would say this vaguely reminds me of some of Anchorage’s beers, but this is terrible compared to theirs.
M: Very greasy mouthfeel with a medium-full body and low carbonation. Drinks greasy and unrefreshing.
O: Flavors are okay at best. If this was brighter and dryer it would be great. Right now it’s a greasy muted bleh of a beer.

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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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